Archive for August, 2008

Canberra round-up

August 31, 2008

Canberra has just made the race for the overal championship that bit tighter. In the most interesting results sheet of the year so far, Greg Minnaar takes his third consecutive World Cup round this year, adding the win here in Australia to his previous victories in Fort William and Mont Sainte Anne. Rennie gets his best result in years with a second place, the course clearly suiting powerful riders. Gee shows what an all-rounder he is, be it on a tech course or one requiring a bit of brute strength. Hill, however is all the way down in 11th, the worst result in memory for the phenomenon of the last two years. It’s all to play for in Schladming…

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Minnaar takes the win in Australia

August 31, 2008
1 27 MINNAAR Greg   RSA19811113 SCB 2:41.34  
  2 13 RENNIE Nathan   AUS19810531 SCB 2:46.02  
  3 4 ATHERTON Gee   GBR19850226 ANC 2:47.00  
  4 8 BAREL Fabien   FRA19800726 SUB 2:47.64  
  5 24 KOVARIK Chris   AUS19780301 CRC 2:48.38  
  6 20 NEETHLING Andrew   RSA19840805 GTM 2:48.67  
  7 3 PEAT Steve   GBR19740617 SCB 2:48.78  
  8 34 RANDO Jared   AUS19810622 GMT 2:49.19  
  9 40 ATKINSON Bryn   AUS19821209 GTM 2:49.39  
  10 23 BLENKINSOP Samuel   NZL19881028 YET 2:50.01  
  11 1 HILL Samuel   AUS19850721 MER 2:50.53  
  12 5 BEAUMONT Marc   GBR19840925 TBR 2:51.11  
  13 29 POLC Filip   SVK19820410 KTR 2:51.12  
  14 18 ATHERTON Dan   GBR19820125 ANC 2:51.30  
  15 22 LEOV Justin   NZL19841020 YET 2:51.55  
  16 42 GRACIA Cédric   FRA19780323 CFO 2:51.96  
  17 25 CANALS FLIX Pasqual   ESP19840915 MAS 2:53.36  
  18 43 DONOGHUE Neil   GBR19810817 TBR 2:53.47  
  19 30 COLE Cameron   NZL19880203 TMX 2:54.01  
  20 33 CAVALIER Amiel   AUS19870324 GMT 2:54.29

Minnaar takes the Semi’s – Hill in 8th

August 31, 2008
1 27 MINNAAR Greg RSA SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE 2:47.64  
  2 3 PEAT Steve GBR SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE 2:47.96  
  3 13 RENNIE Nathan AUS SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE 2:49.48  
  4 8 BAREL Fabien FRA SUBARU MOUNTAIN BIKE PRO TEAM 2:49.85  
  5 29 POLC Filip SVK KENDA TOMAC 2:50.28  
  6 4 ATHERTON Gee GBR ANIMAL COMMENCAL 2:50.83  
  7 23 BLENKINSOP Samuel NZL YETI FOX SHOX FACTORY RACE TEAM 2:51.17  
  8 1 HILL Samuel AUS MONSTER ENERGY / IRON HORSE 2:52.18  
  9 18 ATHERTON Dan GBR ANIMAL COMMENCAL 2:53.15  
  10 40 ATKINSON Bryn AUS GT BICYCLES / MONGOOSE BICYCLES 2:53.69  
  11 24 KOVARIK Chris AUS CHAIN REACTION CYCLES/INTENSE 2:53.79  
  12 20 NEETHLING Andrew RSA GT BICYCLES / MONGOOSE BICYCLES 2:54.18  
  13 34 RANDO Jared AUS GIANT MOUNTAIN BIKE TEAM 2:54.56  
  14 22 LEOV Justin NZL YETI FOX SHOX FACTORY RACE TEAM 2:55.37  
  15 81 O’CONNOR Shaun ° AUS SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE 2:55.97  
  16 33 CAVALIER Amiel AUS GIANT MOUNTAIN BIKE TEAM 2:56.14  
  17 42 GRACIA Cédric FRA COMMENCAL – FURIOUS – OAKLEY TEAM 2:56.44  
  18 39 STROBEL Luke USA TEAM MAXXIS 2:56.52  
  19 5 BEAUMONT Marc GBR TEAM BIKE RADAR 2:57.17  
  20 25 CANALS FLIX Pasqual ESP MASSI 2:57.86

Gravy Stains rules in Canberra

August 30, 2008

Yeti’s Jared Graves took the win in an all-Aussie final on the floodlit Canberra 4X course. After being taken out in the Olympic final, Jared is back to his winning ways on the 26’er. Downhill is scheduled for midnight Eastern time and we’re earmarking Peaty for the win.

Production Tazers for 09?

August 30, 2008

iXS Cup News

August 27, 2008

Nick Beer scores another win at the iXS European Downhill Cup

For the fourth race of the «iXS European Downhill Cup», an approximate number of 300 riders from 12 countries travelled to Ilmenau. This college town has been selected as the venue for the series’ German stop after having hosted last year’s German championships. Being the thirteenth race labeled as «Absolute Abfahrt», the race was the highlight of this event that has become a classic. Despite some heavy rainfalls in the night before the race, the short yet selective course was in an almost perfect condition. Even better, it was drying during the practice runs, offering heaps of traction and allowing insane speeds when it was time for racing.

Saturday’s fastest time was posted by Markus Klausmann (GER – Team Ghost), who pushed Erik Irmisch (GER – Gates Nicolai) into second position. Surprisingly, the third-fastest qualifier was René Schmidt (GER – Alutech). So Sunday’s finals were hard to beat in terms of suspense. Under perfect weather conditions, a few thousand spectators celebrated every single participant, turning the race into a veritable fair especially in the finish area based within the run out of a former ski jump. When the fastest elite riders were blasting down the slope, the fastest times were being improved continuously, so sitting down on the Red Bull Hot Seat was a short-time honour for many. Nick Beer headed into the race as fourth-last starter, posting a best time of exactly 2.00 minutes. Even Klausmann and Irmisch could not clock a time under the seemingly magic two-minute barrier. Two seconds slower than the winner, Klausmann finished in second, pushing Irmisch into third.

In the elite women’s class, Miriam Ruchti (SUI – Sport Promotion) rode to the first place, distancing Harriet Rücknagel (GER – Zonenschein) and Sandra Rübesam (GER – RAD-ART). The junior category was won by John Smith (GBR – Tomac) in a strong time of 2.03min. The second place went to Johannes Sütter (GER – Solid) who kept Harry Heath (GBR – Derryair) at a safe distance. The masters class was won by Wilfred van de Haterd (NED – NOX Cycles).  Apart from the race, the legendary riders’ party also took place in Ilmenau. Hundreds of visitors were partying and dancing to Ska music performed live on stage. Generally, the appeal of the «Absolute Abfahrt» was lying in a very pleasing atmosphere and the perfect organization one has become used to. The finals of the «iXS European Downhill Cup» are scheduled to take place in Leogang, Austria, from 20th to 21st September 2008.

Kowa

August 24, 2008

We’ve been getting  lot of inquiries about the Kowa fork we tested in Issue 5 so we have uploaded the article for you to check out.

Whiteface 5K

August 23, 2008

Whiteface 3rd Annual 5K Downhill Mountain Bike Race, Presented by High Peaks Cyclery, Set For August 31

WILMINGTON, N.Y. – Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, among the most challenging ski and ride mountains in the nation, will host the Third Annual 5 Kilometer Downhill Mountain Bike Race, presented by High Peaks Cyclery, on Sunday, August 31. Race time is 12 p.m.

This NORBA-sanctioned event (National Off-Road Bicycle Association), part of the Gravity East series, will carry a $5,000 pro purse, with the top men and women receiving equal pay. There will be several thousand dollars additionally in bike-related merchandise for the top three finishers in each amateur class. Category 1 points on the USA Cycling calendar will be awarded.

The Whiteface Third Annual 5 Kilometer Downhill, presented by High Peaks Cyclery, offers the longest mountain bike competition in the east, with 2,476 vertical feet from the top of Little Whiteface.

James Ford of Chappaqua, N.Y., needed over six and a half minutes to conquer Whiteface in 2006. Most downhill events require less than three minutes. Derrick Nobman of Oyster Bay, N.Y. required over seven and a half minutes to win the 2007 event on a longer course, while only seven racers broke eight minutes.

Whiteface hosted the alpine skiing events during the 1980 Winter Olympics as well as the ski and ride competitions in the 2000 Winter Goodwill Games. The site remains a yearly stop for World Cup freestyle skiing and World Cup snowboarding.

“This race course starts off at over 40 miles per hour and then disappears into some of the best, naturally challenging downhill single-track anywhere,” said race director “Downhill” Mike Scheur. “With no race conflicts in Quebec and Ontario, we are expecting a large contingent of Canadian riders which we haven’t had the previous two years. The size of this year’s field should be much
bigger.”

The race course will be marked five days prior to the event, and available for training seven days a week including race day. Participants can register at http://www.active.com <http://www.active.com/> until August 30 at 9 p.m. for just $28. Racers can also sign-in at
Whiteface from August 29 until 11 a.m. on August 31 for $35. The competition will be timed by All Sports Events. Interested participants can check out bike and stay packages, beginning at $69 per person including lift ticket and hot breakfast, at http://www.downhillmike.com
http://www.downhillmike.com/> . The website also offers specific race info, videos and photos.

Cross country and advanced downhill mountain biking will be available to the general public on August 31 as some trails will be closed for the race. Normal operating hours from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. will be in effect. The mountain shuttle bus will be running to transport beginner bikers to the trails. An awards ceremony will be held after 3 p.m. Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) concessionaire, Centerplate, will serve food and beverages throughout the day.

-Chevrolet is the Official Vehicle of the Olympic Regional
Development Authority-

WideOpen DVD

August 21, 2008

One of the best movies I have seen this year so far, WideOpen by France’s Thierry Neau combines the usual World Cup footage with action from the French Cup, Avalance Cup and Maxxis cup. These races are easily as spectacular as any World Cup round and provide a unique feel to this euro-oriented race movie. Check them out at www.fastlinesproductions.com or hit up Thierry directly for a copy at info@fastlinesproductions.com.

Canadian Open – Hill, Gee, Kovarik

August 21, 2008

The final day of the Kokanee Crankworx Festival saw over 260 racers tear up the gnarliest race track in the Whistler Bike Park. The Canadian Open track, designed and implemented by Whistler local Tyler Morland and a hand-full of volunteers, made for a challenging ride to the bottom of the mountain.

Chris Kovarik held on through the event filled week and managed a 3rd place finish on the Canadian Open track. He was one of the only top competitors to compete in all the timed events.

Starting on Upper Joyride, connecting to a new line under Fitzsimmons Express, across Old Olly Road, merging back into Joyride, across the flats to Monkey Hands and continuing into the finish corral in Whistler Village, this years Canadian Open track consisted of a little bit of everything. There were technical sections, steep chutes, drops and jumps and the new sections became blown out and full of holes making a rough and sometimes unpredictable ride.

“I liked it because it was all natural terrain and it got rougher as more people rode it”, says Chris. “I held back a bit in the final, I was worried I was going to blow out some corners or lines. I just wanted to make it down the hill and get on that podium but I still had some left in me when I crossed the finish.”

In the Pro Men category, Sam Hill of Australia took first place with a time of 3:09.6; Gee Atherton of the UK took second with a time of 3:11.2; Australian-Whistler transplant Chris Kovarik took third with a time of 3:17.4 and Nico Vink of Belgium took fourth with a time of 3:19.1.

These results were the highlight of the final day of the Kokanee Crankworx Festival 2008. For more festival highlights, event videos and full results, visit www.crankworx.com.

Report by Claire Buchar and pictures by Yorick Carroux