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Mountain Bike Racing

Chausson, Lopes tops in dual qualifying

After skipping the second half of the World Cup dual season because of nagging injuries, Anne-Caroline Chausson is back. On Thursday the French Volvo-Cannondale rider was fastest in dual qualifying, posting a time of 44.93 on the world championship course in Vail, Colorado. Just a breath behind Chausson was 2001 World Cup dual champion Leigh Donovan (Schwinn), who was .06 seconds behind Chausson. Australia’s Katrina Miller (Jamis) was third, followed by Tai-Lee Muxlow (Dirt Works), Tara Llanes (Yeti-Pearl Izumi) and Sabrina Jonnier (Intense). Only 13 women started on Thursday, meaning the

A moment to pause and reflect

There would be no racing today at the 2001 World Mountain-bike Championships. Events for the junior and under-23 cross-country riders were postponed in keeping with the national day of mourning in honor of the victims of this past Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Instead, riders, spectators and support personnel took time, stopped, mourned the victims and celebrated each other in the beauty of this high mountain setting. As a video displayed breathtaking vistas of this great country to background music of “America the Beautiful,” the large “family”

Canada rules first day at world’s

The gang from Canada wouldn’t say it, but you know they were thinking it. Thursday probably won’t be the last time O Canada gets cued up at an awards ceremony here at the UCI mountain bike world championships in Vail, Colorado. The first rendition came courtesy of the country’s team relay squad, which had little trouble taking the four-rider race where each member (junior man, under-23 man, elite man and woman) does a single shortened lap of the cross country course. With Chrissy Redden (Subaru-Gary Fisher) riding the anchor leg, the Canadians finished the 30.16km race in 1:35:13, 26 seconds

U.S. dominates masters’ world’s in Bromont

American riders dominated almost all aspects of the Masters World Championships of mountain biking this past weekend in Bromont, Quebec. The U.S. performance continued on Sunday in the downhill as Americans took gold medals in 6 of 13 categories and 13 of 31 medals awarded (6 gold, 2 silver, 5 bronze), repeating a stellar performance on Saturday in the cross-country. France finished second in the medal count with 6 medals (4 gold, 2 bronze) and Canada third (4 medals - 3 silver, 1 bronze). 495 riders from 21 countries participated at the World Masters Championships, ranging in age from 30

Mont-Ste-Anne leftovers

Odds and ends from last weekend’s World Cup final at Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec. — With Mick Hannah out for the rest of the year after breaking his collarbone at Mount Snow, Global Racing has signed 16-year-old Finnish junior Matti Lekihoinen to race for the team at the world championships in Vail. Team director Martin Whiteley said if Koinen wins at world’s his team will sign the reigning European junior downhill champion for 2002. — GT’s Steve Peat was at Mont-Ste-Anne but didn’t race. The early-season World Cup leader is still recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in practice at the

Canadian world’s mountain-biking team

It’s already been an epic year for Canadian mountain bikers, with Roland Green winning the World Cup overall, and Ryder Hesjedal and Chrissy Redden having breakout seasons. Come September those three, plus a host of others will be making the trip south to Vail for the world championships, trying to bring rainbow stripes back to Canada for the first time since 1996 when Alison Sydor won the cross country. Green and Hesjedal will be trying to become the first Canadian males to ever win a world championship. For a look at the complete lineup that the Canadians will be bringing to Colorado click

U.S. world’s team announced

On Monday, USA Cycling announced the 77-racer team that will represent the U.S. at the world mountain bike championships in Vail, Colorado, September 8-16. Among the cross-country team is two-time Olympian Alison Dunlap (GT), who finished sixth in this year’s overall World Cup standings. Fellow Olympian Ruthie Matthes (Trek-Volkswagen), who just won the national championship, also made this year's squad. Matthes announced her retirement earlier this year, making the world championships the last race of her professional career. Other automatic qualifiers included Susan Haywood (Trek-West

Redden wins final World Cup cross country

It’s been a good swing up the East Coast for Canadian Chrissy Redden. A week after the Ontario resident won the cross-country and short track at the NORBA finals in Mount Snow, Vermont, Redden thrilled the home-country fans, winning the cross-country at the World Cup finals in Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec. Redden (Subaru-Gary Fisher) trailed an on-form Caroline Alexander (Specialized) for much of the six-lap, 32.5km race. But Alexander dropped her chain on the final trip up race’s main climb, and surrendered all but 15 seconds of what had been a 30-second lead. From there, Redden was able to close

Who needs Europe: Green still wins overall title

Back in late July at the fourth stop of the NORBA national championship series, Roland Green made it known that he was planning on skipping the two upcoming World Cup races in Europe even though he was the overall leader at the time. Green said he wanted to concentrate on his preparation for September’s world championships in Vail, and though he knew he was giving up something big, it would pay off later. Well guess what? Turns out Green didn’t give up a thing. On Sunday at the World Cup finals in Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec, the Trek-Volkswagen rider won the tough, technical men’s cross country

Minnaar edges closer to Nico

The chase for the overall World Cup downhill title has come down to one run — fastest man take all. That’s because Global Racing’s Greg Minnaar closed the gap between himself and Nicolas Vouilloz (Vouilloz Racing) to just eight points after posting the top time in Saturday morning’s semifinal at the World Cup finals in Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec. By winning the semis Minnaar picked up 50 points, while Vouilloz was third earning just 30 points, finishing 3.02 seconds behind Minnaar’s time of 5:03.76. The point differential between any of the first six places in the finals would be enough push