The first European triple of the Tissot-UCI World Cup mountain-bike season kicked off Saturday in the mountains of Switzerland, featuring the gravity crew for the first half of the weekend. And in varying stages of sun, clouds and rain, four riders took the wins in downhill and dual, making the picture for the overall championships a bit clearer.
Frenchman Mickael Pascal of the Dutch-based Be One team won his second downhill of the year, while GT’s Katja Repo captured her first World Cup downhill win after coming close several times.
Then, hours later in the dual, American Brian Lopes
Cross-country veteran Tinker Juarez came to Winter Park, Colorado, on Saturday to chase his fourth national championship, and this time it’s a new title he’s after. At the first-ever national championship for the off-road 24-hour solo competitors, the Volvo-Cannondale rider, who already owns three cross-country championships, made his intentions clear early when he posted the fastest first lap time of anyone -- including the riders racing in team categories.
The 24 Hours of Adrenalin NORBA National Championship race started at noon Saturday, and on his first circuit of the 8-mile course,
Volvo-Cannondale’s Anne-Caroline Chausson demonstrated her continuing mastery of downhill racing in Japan Sunday, when the champion made it five-for-five for the season and three-for-three at the Arai ski resort. France also came out on top in the men’s competition, as Nicolas Vouilloz (Vouilloz Racing Team), finally uncorked one in the 2001 World Cup season, and uncork one he did, winning by a huge margin of nearly seven seconds.
Arai Mountain & Snow Park celebrated the return of World Cup downhill mountain-biking for the third time since 1998, bringing out crowds by the tens of thousands
Schwinn’s Leigh Donovan kept her win streak alive with a Saturday night dual win in Japan. Donovan’s third World Cup dual win allowed her to keep her leader’s jersey and stretch her lead in the overall standings. Australian world champion Wade Bootes (Trek-Volkswagen) won his first World Cup final of the season in front of massive crowds at the Arai ski area.
Thousands of spectators came out for a race that didn't end until nearly 10:00 p.m. This week's World Cup dual had course controversy once again, as the men’s race in particular made a heavy favorite of the first rider out of the gate.
Roland Green probably won’t ever forget his back-to-back World Cup flats that likely cost him a pair of cross-country wins, but after the weekend he’s had at Mammoth Mountain in California, the pain has certainly been eased.
A day after winning the cross country at NORBA NCS No. 4, Green added to his haul by running away with Saturday’s short track. It’s the second time this year the Canadian Trek-Volkswagen rider has doubled up at an NCS stop, a feat he also accomplished at NORBA No. 2 in Snowshoe, West Virginia.
In the women’s race Alison Dunlap was fastest in a hard-fought affair,
Eric Carter and Tai-Lee Muxlo took down all comers on their way to wins in the dual slalom at NORBA NCS No. 4 at Mammoth Mountain in California. It was the 11th slalom victory of Carter’s career. For Muxlo it was her first.
Carter (Mongoose-Hyundai) had about as difficult trip to victory as one could have. He barley got by Michael Ronning (Intense) in the first round, then had to take out Fabien Barel (GT), Mick Hannah (Global Racing) and Wade Bootes (Trek-Volkswagen), before facing Brian Lopes (GT-Fox) in the finals.
In the finals, though, Carter got a break when Lopes’s front tire washed
Fabien Barel’s breakout season rolled on at NORBA National No. 4 at Mammoth Mountain in California. The 20-year-old Frenchman bombed his way down the loose dirt of the new 1.7-mile "Bullet" downhill, just nipping Global Racing’s Mick Hannah by .92 seconds. Barel (GT) was the only rider to post a sub four-minute time, stopping the clock in 3:59.24.
Greg Minnaar (Global Racing), Mickael Pascal (Be One), and John Kirkaldie (Maxxis) completed the podium places.
"I tried to go easy at the top because it’s flatter at the bottom and I knew I’d need maximum energy," said Barel, who is leading the
For the second straight year Australian Mary Grigson (Subaru-Gary Fisher) blew away the field in the NORBA NCS cross country at Mammoth Mountain in California. Grigson finished the four-lap, 23.3-mile race around a windy, dusty track in 2:10:43, 1:42 ahead of second-place finisher and teammate, Chrissy Redden. GT’s Alison Dunlap was next across the line, 4:01 behind Grigson. Jimena Florit (RLX Polo Sport) and Ruthie Matthes (Trek-Volkswagen) rounded out the podium places.
Friday’s win at the fourth of five NCS stops almost assures Grigson of her second straight NORBA series title because
After two very tough weeks, Roland Green’s string of bad luck came to an end Friday at NORBA National No. 4 at Mammoth Mountain in California. The Canadian Trek-Volkswagen rider took the front during the third of five laps, then pulled away from his pursuers to win the 29.3-mile race in 2:18:05. Countryman Ryder Hesjedal (Subaru-Gary Fisher) was next across the line, 1:16 back of Green. New Zealand’s Kashi Leuchs (Volvo-Cannondale) was third, another :36 back.
As Green crossed the finish line he pumped his fist emphatically, then told a gathering of reporters, "The curse is over!"
Stop No. 4 of the NORBA National Championship Series kicks off Friday at Mammoth Mountain. It will mark the 13th time — every year of its existence — that the NORBA series has come to this growing four-season resort town, which sits high up in California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada range.
Friday’s action will feature cross-country racing with the pro women slated to get going at 11 a.m. local time, followed by the men at 2 p.m. The biggest challenge for all the competitors will be the thin air, as much of the cross-country course rises above 8000 feet.