Friday, August 30, 2013

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Preview: UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Kicks Off in South Africa

Pietermaritzburg hosts cross country and downhill riders from around the globe
 
By: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor


The first-ever UCI Mountain Bike Worlds to be held in Africa kicks off on Wednesday in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. For the rest of the week, mountain bikers will compete in the team relay, cross country, downhill, eliminator and trials disciplines.

Pietermaritzburg previously hosted the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, and the well-organized event has stepped up to a new level by taking on the job of hosting the Worlds.

Team relay

Competition opens on Wednesday with the team relay. Each nation will field four riders - one elite man, one U23 man, one junior man and one woman, with each taking a turn doing a lap. The order of the riders is up to each team and plays a key role in the strategy of the winning squads.

Switzerland, France, Italy and Czech Republic often bring strong teams and will be among the favorites, but any nation can surprise with a good ride. Italy won the most recent Worlds, held last year in Saalfelden, Austria.

At the time of this posting, the start list for the team relay was not available, so no one knows which cross country riders will feature from each nation.

Cross country

The cross country races will feature from Thursday through Saturday, with the juniors racing the first day, followed by the U23s on the second day and the elites on the weekend.

Among the favorites for the elite men's race are defending champion Nino Schurter (Switzerland) and former world champions Julien Absalon (France), Jose Hermida (Spain) and Jaroslav Kulhavy (Czech Republic). Although Schurter has been beating Absalon for most of the season, the Frenchman pulled off the win at the most recent World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada.

It's not a super technical course, but there are short, intense technical sections. As has happened at the World Cups this year, Absalon will have to attack on a climb to get away from Schurter and then hope for good mechanical luck to hold a lead until the end. Schurter will probably have the upper hand on the rock gardens and more gradual climbs.

Kulhavy hasn't had a strong World Cup season, but as the Olympics proved, the Czech rider knows how to pull off a one-day race victory as well as anyone. Hermida is recovering from a cold and hoping to feel better in time for the weekend.

"I'm still sounding a little like a truck driver, but in the next five days and with this good weather, I should feel better," said a congested Hermida to Cyclingnews. "It's just a cold. I hope to recover and do my best if I can."

In the elite women's race, several women could take the title. Defending champion Julie Bresset (France) is a bit of an unknown after breaking her collarbone earlier this year, but she seems to be regaining form and confidence each race since she has gotten back on her bike.

Tanja Zakelj (Slovenia), a former U23 world champion, has been extremely strong on the World Cup circuit, pulling off wins. No longer an unknown rider, Zakelj commented to Cyclingnews that she does feel more pressure and more like a marked woman than she used to.

Eva Lechner (Italy) has never won an elite world title, but is consistently strong at international events and could pull off a win.

Former world champions Maja Wloszczowska (Poland), Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Norway) and Catharine Pendrel (Canada) can never be counted out. Pendrel hasn't had a strong season, having missed the middle of it for a broken collarbone although Wloszczowska and current marathon world champion Dahle Flesjaa have put in some strong World Cup performances.

Riders like Sabine Spitz (Germany), Georgia Gould (USA), Emily Batty (Canada), Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) and Lea Davison (USA) could bring home medals.

The cross country course is 3.094 miles or 4.979km long and features two main loops. Races typically range from one hour to two hours, depending on the category. The number of laps also varies by category, with the elite men likely to do seven laps and the elite women likely to do six. Lap times measured during the team relay will help organizers in finalizing numbers of laps for each category for the rest of the week's races.

After a 350m long start straight, loop one of the cross country course kicks off with a sharp climb called Red Face Hill, where racers will likely bottleneck on the first lap. Then riders are off onto meandering forest tracks to Noogies Knoll, which starts with a hairpin right into the first big climb of the first loop. The bottom section is short, but it's one of the steepest sections of the track, with five switchbacks taking riders to the top. This leads into Kim's Corner - a short, technical descending section with a number of step-like drops.

A forest road, and two short sections of singletrack, take riders into the top section of Pick Up Stix. This consists of a left berm into a right berm into a short off-camber section, which has two-step downs that are positioned on a steep slope. After Pick- Up Stix, some flowing, descending singletrack leads into the top of Rapid Rocks, a hand-made rock garden and the most technical section on the first loop. Riders then cross a stream down to a new section called Buckjump Alley, four rocky mounds of soil with multiple lines. After Buckjump Alley, riders will enter Feed/Tech Zone 1 near the start/finish area.

Then it's on to loop 2, on which riders face the largest climb of the course up to Switch Back singletrack. The first portion of Switch Back is contoured, with the second half made up of short and tight switchbacks. The track continues to climb into the top of The Amphitheatre, the highest point and one of the signature features of the track. This is made up of switchbacks, berms, bridges rocks and drop-offs.

The course then goes up a short, sharp climb to the top of Sharka's Playground, where riders have three options of either a bull run, or one of two chicken runs. The bull run consists of a partial-spiral log staircase, and the first chicken run goes past the bull run on the right, off a small step-down, over a small gap jump, into a sharp left, and drops down into the main track. The second chicken run is the same as the first, but instead of the gap jump it goes left, over some log rollers.

The track descends down the Amphitheatre Extension to the bottom of Shale's Climb, which goes into Tree House Rock Garden. This has three main lines through (or over) the rocks. Riders uncomfortable with this obstacle can choose a B-line, taking them around the section. There is a short portion of singletrack between Tree House Rock Garden and the Corkscrew, which itself is a steep, bermed descent into a short, rocky section. From the bottom of the Corkscrew it's 150m to Feed/Tech Zone 2, and a completed lap. On the last lap, riders continue past the feed/tech zone to the finish.

Downhill

The downhill covers 1.877 miles or 3.021km. Known as one of the least technical tracks on the World Cup circuit, the course again seems to live up to that reputation.

Hometown hero Greg Minnaar (South Africa) has to be the favorite in the men's race. Also the defending world champion, Minnaar has a bike shop across the street from the shopping mall next to course and lives nearby in Pietermaritzburg.

He'll face stiff competition from multiple World Cup winner and former world champion Gee Atherton (Great Britain), recent Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup winner Steve Smith (Canada) and former world champions Sam Hill (Australia) and Danny Hart (Great Britain). Though he hasn't had a great 2013, Aaron Gwin (United States) has never won a world championship and will be hungry for some late season success.

However, there is so much depth in the elite men's downhill field that emerging talent is always constantly improving and could have a breakout ride to stand on the podium and upset the favorites.

The women's race favorites include former world champion Rachel Atherton and defending world champion Manon Carpenter (both Great Britain) and the following French riders: Emmeline Ragot, Morgane Charre, Floriane Pugin and Myriam Nicole. Ragot is fresh off winning the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup.

Unknowns include former four cross world champion Caroline Buchanan (Australia), who is returning to downhill racing after a focus on BMX while Tracey Hannah (Australia) is just coming off injury and hasn't had much time to hone her form.

Sector one of the downhill course forms the steepest and most technical portion of the track. The start rock garden has been extended, creating a stair-step section down to the Eye Boggler rock drop. From Cloud 9, the track follows a ridge line through an off-camber singletrack to the Haibo road gap, then through the corkscrew and over the Doctor Evil gap jump. From here, speeds increase to almost 80km/h before the riders hit the N3 tabletops.

In sector two, riders have to change their riding style into the second sector, for the pedal section - a 40-second sprint. This sector tests the riders' endurance until they hit the left turn into the Bombhole and the gradient increases once again into the final sector.

Sector 3 starts with the Air-odrome bridge drop, where riders need to adjust their style once again, as the track changes from a flat-out sprinting surface to a massive supercross track. It overlaps with some of the old four cross track. Speeds again reach in excess of 60km/h, as riders are catapulted through an endless rollercoaster of berms and jumps. The final sprint to the finish includes the Moneymaker hip, a 15-metre step-down hip that wows the crowds. From there it's a massive power to the finish.

The juniors will race the downhill on Friday while the elites will compete in the finals on Sunday. Each category will get one official timed run prior to the finals; unlike in the World Cup, there is no qualifying.

Eliminator

The eliminator will be run on Sunday with most of the cross country riders expected to compete for another shot at a rainbow jersey. 2013 is only the second year that the eliminator is a world championship event. Last year's winners Ralph Naef (Switzerland) and Alexandra Engen (Sweden) have shown good form recently and have a shot at defending their jerseys; however, it's not uncommon for lesser known cross country riders or younger riders to surprise in this sprint-centric elimination event.

Weather

The weather has been unseasonably hot for winter in South Africa this week, with temperatures in the low 90s (F) and low 30s (C). That should continue through Thursday; however, rain storms are a possibility for Friday, when temperatures will plummet abruptly to the low 60s (F) and high teens (C) for the duration of Worlds. Those racing in the mornings later in the week could face near freezing temperatures.

The courses are notoriously fast and hard-packed when dry, but become almost impossibly slippery when wet. Riders are hoping for just a bit of rain to pack in some of the loose, marble-y sections, but not enough to turn into mud.

Race note: The four cross world championships will be held separately in Leogang, Austria in mid-September.

Gameplan Media provided editorial assistance with course descriptions.

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Article Source: Cycling News 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

No Positive Doping Tests at 2013 Tour de France

By: Daniel Benson
CADF says samples will be stored for retrospective analysis

The CADF (Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation) has confirmed that no positive tests were returned during the 2013 Tour de France. At a press conference in Aigle, at the headquarters of the UCI, the foundation also announced that the number of tests had increased from last year.

“We don't have any adverse findings from the Tour de France this year,” was how CADF Director Francesca Rossi described the situation. However, she stopped short of claiming that it was a clean edition of the race.

In total, 622 pre- and in-competition tests were carried out for the Tour de France with collaboration between the UCI and AFLD, the French Anti-Doping Agency. That number was up on last year, which saw a total of 566 tests over the same period.

Rossi stressed that the testing programme was more dynamic and ‘less predictable’ than in previous years. However, despite Rossi's claim that the testing strategy was a success, no positive tests were found.

During the Tour, 198 biological passport tests were carried out. However, there were only 18 tests for human growth hormone and just two for blood transfusions.

From the urine samples, of which there were 179, 113 were tested for EPO. The number of in-competition EPO tests were down from 2012.

“We changed our strategy,” Rossi said. “It was put in place because we had the collaboration with the AFLD. We were both in the race for ten days together and we collaborated day-by-day. We set up the testing plan with different sources of information. We have information coming from the athlete passport management unit. We had information from the authorities, especially in France, and from WADA.

“We met everyday and we set up the testing plan. We followed the race and adjusted the testing plan based off what was happening in the race. If the stages were flat we pointed our attention on the sprinters. If there were mountains we tested more of the climbers.”

Is this is success or not?

Cyclingnews asked Rossi whether the CADF's strategy could be deemed a success, in light of the lack of positive cases and the fact that a number of doping stories from previous decades have only started to surface.

"Or they're more scared. The perception was that they realised that we were unpredictable. Normally you test the yellow jersey, the winner of the stage and you test a random. But this year we changed our strategy. We were in the hotels in the evenings more."

"It was a Tour without adverse analytical findings. That's the correct definition for me." Rossi rebuffed the suggestion from another journalist that it must have been frustrating not to have a single positive case.

Rossi also confirmed that tests were carried out for AICAR but that the CADF and the UCI were waiting on WADA to determine a threshold limit for the substance. She added that samples would be stored with retrospective testing an option for the future.

“We’ve already been testing for AICAR for a long time now. The only problem is that some substances are present in the body, they are naturally there, for example AICAR. So we are working with the WADA in order to establish a cut-off value,” she said.

“We’ve kept samples for future analysis. We’ll do the same with the growth hormone test when that’s validated.”

Independence

Rossi was keen to stress the independence of the CADF’s role within the sport. She and her staff share the same offices with the UCI, and the UCI currently sit on the Foundation Board that manages the testing foundation. Rossi stated that a conflict of interest would not be possible given that labs report all their findings via the ADAMS system that WADA tap into.

Currently with a budget of over 7 million Swiss Francs, Rossi has seen the CADF’s coffers grow substantially, too. The WorldTour team currently contribute just over 2.6 million CHF per annum with the UCI providing 1.1 million. However, Rossi stressed that sharing the same building, and having ties to the UCI had not created any form of conflict.

“In a technological world the location is less important than the people. For me being independent isn’t about your address it’s about the people you have. We are here, in this part of the building that’s dedicated to us and I don’t see any problem in location.”

Brian Cookson, who is challenging current UCI leader Pat McQuaid for the presidency has called for an entirely independent body to run the anti-doping tests within the sport. Rossi has attempted to push for greater independence since taking over in 2010 and motions are in place for a new Foundation Board to be created, however Rossi admitted that her nominations for the new roles must be ratified by the current Foundation Board, which includes the UCI.

Under Rossi’s blueprint for the CADF there would be a president, a lawyer with Swiss based experience, an anti-doping expert and finally an individual with expertise in Swiss finances. She would like to see no UCI influence, although under the WADA code it would still mean that the UCI would have the responsibility of opening any anti-doping violation cases after the CADF had made their recommendations.

Article Source: Cycling News 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Peter Stetina Signs with BMC

 American leaves Garmin-Sharp

American Peter Stetina will leave the Garmin-Sharp/Slipstream organization, with which he has spent his entire professional career, for the BMC Racing Team in 2014. The 26-year-old joined Garmin's WorldTour team in 2010 after coming up through the program started by Jonathan Vaughters from his junior days, but it was rumored earlier this summer that Stetina might sign with Belkin, which was eager to add Americans to please its Bay Area technology sponsor.

Stetina said he chose BMC for several reasons, including the fact that the team is headquartered near his residence in Santa Rosa, California.

"BMC is notorious for having the top equipment and the team for its top support, plus it was a chance to reunite with my good friends, Taylor Phinney and Tejay van Garderen," Stetina said in a press release. "I also worked a lot with (BMC Racing Team Performance Manager) Allan Peiper last year and I really respect him. He was a big draw in coming. All the stars aligned, really."

Stetina has raced the Giro d'Italia three times with Garmin, but has yet to compete in the Tour de France. However, he said one motivation was to get more opportunities for himself in shorter races in addition to a chance at the sport's biggest race. "I would really like to take my own chance in some smaller, one-week stage races," he said. "So I would champion my own cause in those races and be a top mountain domestique in the biggest ones, especially the Tour de France. I would really like to ride the Tour next year for the first time."

The team's general manager Jim Ochowicz did not reveal the length of Stetina's contract, instead focussed on the qualities that attracted the team to signing him.

"Pete comes from a family of past and present cyclists and brings with him a nice balance of experience in the many stage races and Grand Tours that he has participated in over the years," Ochowicz said. "He has acted as a top support rider in the mountain stages where his teams have found success. We expect the same here at the BMC Racing Team and are eager to start our work together."

Article Source: Cycling News

Monday, August 12, 2013

Danielson Wins Tour of Utah

By: Cycling News

Francisco Mancebo (5-hour Energy/Kenda) took the final stage win of the 2013 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Sunday in Park City after spending most of the day in a breakaway of 15 riders that got away 16km into the race. Mancebo beat Jamis-Hagens Berman's Janier Acevedo in a two-up sprint, followed closely by Garmin-Sharp's Tom Danielson, who dropped race leader Chris Horner (Radioshack-Leopard) on the final climb up Empire Pass to take the overall win.

Mancebo dedicated his stage win to teammate, Nate English, who was seriously injured in a late-race crash during stage 2. English, who was unconscious for several minutes after the crash, had to be airlifted to a Salt Lake City hospital and suffered multiple broke bones and lacerations. His team said Sunday that he is expected to make a full recovery.

"This race is for my teammate who had a bad crash the second day," Mancebo said. "And I win it for him."

Danielson also praised his team's work on the final day and said he takes a lot of pride in the win after several years of struggling for results.

"I was very proud of myself, because it takes a lot of mental strength to go up against a competitor like Chris [Horner]," he said. "It would have been really easy for me to just sit behind and try to hang on, but I owed it to myself to try and be the person that I want to be and take the bulls by the horn and do it. So I'm really proud, and I dedicate that one to my teammates, who have basically stuck with me the last years and tried to help me do that many times when I didn't do it. So I'm very happy to finally do it."

Breakaway rides to Empire Pass before race explodes

The 125km loop that started and finished in the 2002 Winter Olympic venue offered up 2,326 meters of climbing over two major ascents before a harrowing 8.5km freefall to the finish. The field shuffled and reshuffled several times before the breakaway of 15 riders got away and quickly started building its gap.

Among the escapees were Mancebo; Jakub Novak of BMC; Baden Cooke and Michael Matthews of Orica-GreenEdge; Ted King of Cannondale; Kiel Reijnen of UnitedHealthcare; Martin Wesemann of MTN-Qhubeka; Jason McCartney of Bissell; Tyler Wren and Luis Amaran of Jamis; Tanner Putt and Jasper Stuyven of Bontrager; Joey Rosskopf and Joe Lewis of Hincapie Sportswear; and Alexander Hagman of Jelly Belly.

Mancebo briefly left the breakaway behind before the first KOM in the gated community of Wolf Creek Ranch about 60km into the race, but his move was short lived as the rest of the group soon brought him back and reloaded for the day's major obstacle, the out-of-category climb up Empire Pass that started just after the day's second intermediate sprint in the town of Midway.

The group held an advantage of nearly three minutes at the bottom of the pass when Matthews, who took both of the day's intermediate dashes and earned the final sprint jersey for his troubles, attacked and brought Novak, Cooke, Ted King, Tyler Wren, Stuyven and Mancebo with him. The rest of the break began to shatter, as did the chasing peloton under pressure from Garmin and Danielson.

Horner said the difference between his win in front of Danielson on stage 5 and Danielson's success on stage 6 came down to the tactics at the bottom of the final ascent.

"[Danielson] was stronger than me yesterday, too," Horner said. "He just had to do more work than me. He had to do the whole bottom. Here his team did the bottom and then he was able to get the gap. Garmin did the job at the bottom to really put everyone in the red and allow Danielson to get away."

Danielson's efforts in the middle of the climb whittled his own group down to himself, his teammate, Peter Stetina, Horner and Horner's teammate, Matthew Busche. While at the front of the race, Matthews surged again out of the six rider lead group, and only Mancebo could stick with him.

Matthews momentarily dropped Mancebo on the steep slopes of Empire while Danielson surged away from his group and was momentarily shadowed by Busche, who soon dropped back to help Horner. Mancebo, meanwhile, had caught and passed Matthews, while Danielson continued to sweep up the remnants of the breakaway and press his advantage over Horner.

When Danielson eventually caught Mancebo just before the summit of the climb, he wasted little time dropping the Spanish rider. In the chase down the mountain, United Healthcare's Lucas Euser, who started the day third overall, had joined the Horner group.

When Danielson summited the pass with 8.4km remaining to the finish, Horner's group was still 1km from the top, and the Garmin rider started the descent alone. Mancebo tenaciously descended his way back to the leader, and it looked as though the two would ride into the finish together.

"When Danielson passed me, I knew I was very close to the top," Mancebo said. "And the climb was not that steep at the time. And so I tried to keep my own pace and tried to fight so Danielson wouldn't get too far away. I knew I had a chance to catch him on the descent. I knew Danielson was not going to take chances because he was going for the GC. I was willing to take risks if it was needed."

But before the lead duo hit the bottom, Acevedo caught them and shot past like a rocket. The duo quickly got back on terms with the Colombian climber, but Danielson was more than happy to let the two others fight it out for the stage win on the remaining downhill run into Park City.

"I was being very conservative on the descent," Danielson said. "I knew I needed to go just fast enough that if I had flat tire or a mechanical I could get a bike change or something and be alright, but I needed to go slow enough that I didn't land in a ditch. I wanted to see all the rocks on the road. I just took it real conservative.

"I wasn't surprised to see Paco [Mancebo] there," Danielson continued. "But I was surprised to see [Acevedo]. He's a great rider and he obviously did a fantastic climb to get third overall. I definitely was not going to get in their way for contesting the stage. They can sprint into that downhill corner all day long. That's fine with me."

The Spaniard and the Colombian approached the line neck and neck, with an obviously ecstatic Mancebo posting up for the win.

"It was a surprise to see Acevedo in the last 3km," Mancebo said. "He passed us very fast and he almost touched my wheel, but I liked it that Acevedo did what all the Colombians do and did not win the sprint."

Danielson crossed the line four seconds later to take his first major stage race win on American soil by 1:29 over Horner and 1:37 over Acevedo.

Despite having lost his overall race lead in the last 15km of the race, Horner said he was happy with the week's effort and the final result.

"Today [Garmin] played it the right way, actually, just to drill it at the bottom so they could get Danielson loose," Horner said. "I knew he was good yesterday. So I'm not surprised and I'm not disappointed. I got a jersey, a stage and I'm on the podium. It's the first race back in five months. Life's good."

Danielson said the win in Utah was the result of a conscious effort to change his attitude after some soul searching following days of getting his "head kicked in" during a difficult Tour de France.

"I don't like to just be a guy in the peloton," he said. "So I decided this would be a good race for me to try [to win the race]. And then we had Lachlan [Morton] doing really well, so I gave a hand to him yesterday, but when I had my opportunity I took it."

Source and for Full Results: Cycling News

Friday, August 9, 2013

Froome Studies the Florence World Championship Course

By: Stephen Farrand

Briton hoping to emulate Greg LeMond with Tour de France-world championship double

Chris Froome traveled to Tuscany this week to secretly study the hilly course of the world road race championships in Florence. The Tour de France winner confirmed that the world title is a goal for the end of season and he will ride the USA Procycling Challenge in Colorado (August 19-25) to prepare for the end of season.

Froome's fiancé Michelle Cound tweeted a photograph of Froome relaxing in Tuscany on Tuesday and then posted a photo of Froome on a key part of the circuit on Friday morning. Gazzetta dello Sport revealed that Froome rode two laps of the circuit on Wednesday morning with former professional rider Roberto Poggiali acting as a guide aboard a scooter. Poggiali was the Under 23 directeur sportif of Froome's teammate Salvatore Puccio.

Froome carefully studied the 4.3km up to Fiesole above Florence, the technical descent back to the centre of the Renaissance city and the key short climb in Via Salviati that could be a perfect point to launch a late attack. The Elite men's road race will cover a total distance of 272km, with a 106km section from Lucca to Florence and then ten laps of the 16.5km Fiesole circuit.

"During the first lap he stayed mostly behind my scooter but on the second lap he carefully tried his gears and pushed it a bit more. He studied every detail and said that it was a hard but great course," Poggiali told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"He pointed out that the final part of the Fiesole climb was important, perhaps more than the Via Salviati climb. He thinks the riders to beat will be the Italians and the Colombians (Sky teammates Rigoberto Uran and Sergio Henao and Movistar's Nairo Quintana); he also said even a rider like Cancellara could be a threat."

Froome has yet to be officially named in the Great Britain team for the world championships but it seems he will only ride the road race, leaving Bradley Wiggins to target the time trial.

"He told me he won’t ride the individual time trial but he could ride the team time trial event on September 22," Poggiali revealed.

Source: Cycling News

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Gwin & Kintner win pro downhill races on final day of 2013 Gravity MTB Nationals


Angel Fire, N.M. (August 4, 2013) — The 2013 USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships wrapped up Sunday with the downhill competitions highlighted by dominating performances in the pro races from Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./Specialized Racing DH) and Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./ Team Norco International/Red Bull).

After the morning’s amateur contests, the pro women led off the afternoon competitions at New Mexico’s Angel Fire Resort. Pro GRT women’s leader Anne Galyean (Frederick, Md./Trek-Integrity Racing-Deity) was the first to crack the seven-minute mark. She was followed by defending national champion Jacqueline Harmony (Tucson, Ariz./A Culture of Speed), who topped her time by a little more than two seconds.

But as soon as Kintner came into view of the finish, it was clear she was about to earn her second national title of this event. Yesterday’s pro women’s dual slalom winner crossed the line in 6:06.208, more than thirty seconds ahead of runner-up Harmony.

Pro Men’s Downhill

Aaron Gwin wheelies across the finish line to win the pro men's downhill
Aaron Gwin crosses the finish line to win the pro men's downhill. Photo: Eddie Clark
















Following a weather delay due to lightning in the area, the pro men took to the 2.5-mile long course. Riders were pushing the pace hard, and many had broken chains and flat tires to prove it. However, no one came close to Gwin’s qualifying time of 5:23.2 until eventual runner-up Logan Binggeli (Saint George, Utah/KHS Bicycles) sped through with a 5:25.759. That time would hold as fourth-place finisher Kevin Aiello (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./KHS Factory Racing) and third-place finisher Mitch Ropelato (Ogden, Utah/Factory Specialized DH) came past.

But the defending champ proved unbeatable today; Gwin stopped the clock at 5:14.017 to earn the right to wear the Stars-and-Stripes for another year. Visit the USA Cycling YouTube channel to listen to Gwin describe his winning ride.

Men’s 17-18 Downhill

The men’s 17-18 downhill was the final event to be contested. Walker Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./Specialized Gravity USA), who took third in yesterday’s pro men’s dual slalom, was the first rider to cross the line. He posted a time of 5:54.587. Shortly thereafter, a heavy rain opened up on the mountain. Though the downpour would soon subside, Shaw remained in the hot seat. Of the final eight riders, Kellen Lutz (Fraser, Colo.) came within four-tenths of a second of Shaw’s time, but it wasn’t enough. Shaw took the win, with Todd Renwick (Soulsbyville, Calif.) rounding out the podium in third.

Amateur Downhill Competitions

The juniors and masters races began the day under sunny skies. Riding the same course as the pros, the youngest riders led off the morning session. Katie Sanders (Nine Mile Falls, Wash.), the first rider to start the day and took the win in the girls 11-12 race. Two Utah juniors earned Stars-and-Stripes jerseys when Julien Markewitz (Salt Lake City, Utah) topped the 6-10 boys field and Joseph Foresta (South Jordan, Utah), whose sister, Sophia, won the women’s open dual slalom yesterday, took home the title in the 11-12 group. Devin Kjaer (Aptos, Calif.) improved upon his dual slalom silver with the gold medal in the boys 13-14 race.



Charlie Harrison gets some air on his way to the men's 15-16 downhill win












 Charlie Harrison gets some air on his way to the men's 15-16 downhill win. Photo: Eddie Clark

New Mexico’s own Pederson family claimed two Stars-and-Stripes jerseys when Michelle Pederson (Los Alamos, N.M./Bike n Sport Racing) won the junior women’s 15-18 race and her father Neal Pederson (Los Alamos, N.M./Bike n Sport Racing) did the same in the men’s 45-49 event.
In the boy’s 15-16 downhill, Charlie Harrison (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) stopped the clock at 5:53.144 to take the win and claim the top amateur time of the day. Weston Walker (Laramie, Wyo./University of Wyoming) rode to victory in the men’s 19-24 race, while Willem Cooper (Newport, R.I.) edged the men’s 25-29 field. Amanda Cordell (Salt Lake City, Utah) earned the women’s 19-29 title, and Lindsay Yost (Brighton, Colo.) added a jersey to her closest in the women’s 30-39 race.

Kyle Lofstedt (Denver , Colo.) and Joe Dodds (Lakewood, Colo.) will bring gold medals back to Colorado after winning the men’s 30-34 and 35-39 races, respectively. Noelle Champagne (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) earned her first-place prize in the women’s 40+ division. Scott Spangler (Albuquerque, N.M.) descended fast enough to ascend to the top of the podium in the men’s 40-44 contest.

Paul Cherry (Lakewood, Colo.) topped the men’s 50-54 field, Les Price (Scottsdale, Ariz.) rose to the challenge in the men’s 55-59 group and Joel Creed (Franklin, Ind.) proclaimed his dominance of the men’s 60+ downhill.

For additional event information, daily wrap-ups, photos, results and more, visit the USA Cycling event page at www.usacycling.org/2013/mtb-gravity-nationals. Find additional photos and coverage  on Twitter via the USA Cycling account as well as the hashtag #MTBNats, and on the USA Cycling and Angel Fire Mountain Bike Park on Facebook pages.

Article Source: USA Cycling 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Jamis XCT (2014)



Vice President Greg Webber, Product Manager Sal Crochiola and Team Jamis Manager Jason Sager talk about the new Jamis XCT for 2014.