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Mountain Bike Racing

Shocker: Minnaar takes downhill title from Vouilloz

For the first time in the nine-year history of the World Cup downhill series, someone from outside the European continent has captured the men’s overall title. On Saturday, 19-year-old South African Greg Minnaar, finished second on the sun-soaked slopes of Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec, at the World Cup finals. But the man ahead of him wasn’t named Nicolas Vouilloz, which meant the Global Racing rider had overtaken the Frenchman in the overall points standings. "I thought I had a chance today and it worked out," said an elated Minnaar, moments after seeking out his parents in the large crowd and

SoCal flavor: Donovan, Carter take Mont-Ste-Anne duals

If every dual on the World Cup circuit came off like the one on Saturday at Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec, there might actually be some hope for this much-maligned discipline. In front of a crowd that was three and four deep along both sides of the course, and included several hundred more fans sitting in the finish-line grandstands, fellow Southern Californians Leigh Donovan and Eric Carter came out on top of an event that featured plenty of exciting bar-banging action. In the woman’s bracket Donovan emerged to pick up her fourth win of the year, and put an exclamation point on a stellar season

A chance to make history — again

Two weeks ago Greg Minnaar earned a place in history when he won the downhill at Kaprun, Austria, becoming the first rider from the African continent to win a World Cup race. Now the 19-year-old is chasing an even bigger achievement, the World Cup overall title. When the curtain raises on the men’s downhill at the World Cup finals in Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec on Saturday, the Global Racing rider will find just 28 points separating himself from a storied place in the annals of mountain-bike racing. That’s the margin the unassuming teenager — currently second overall — needs to make up to overtake

World Cup finals: What’s at stake?

Though six events will be contested at this weekend’s World Cup finals in Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec, only two will have significant bearing on the top of the overall standings — the men’s downhill and the men’s cross-country. Saturday will feature a battle between Nicolas Vouilloz (Vouilloz Racing) and Greg Minnaar (Global Racing) to decide the downhill championship. Coming in Vouilloz has a slim 28-point lead over the 19-year-old from South Africa. Vouilloz has won five of the last six overall titles, including three straight, but has struggled this year, winning just one race. Minnaar,

Four-rider racing goes north of the border

The latest rendition of four-rider gated racing took place Wednesday afternoon on the sun-drenched slopes of Les Relais Ski Resort in Lac-Beauport, Quebec, just 15 minutes north of Quebec City. The event, dubbed the Schwinn-Toyota Biker-Cross, served as a prelude for the upcoming World Cup finals slated for Saturday and Sunday at nearby Mont-Ste-Anne. After nearly three hours of delay-marred racing, it was Schwinn’s Mickael Deldycke and Jamis rider Katrina Miller who walked away with the bulk of the $10,000 pot offered up at the made-for-TV affair. The longest delay occurred when a semi-pro

Some old, some new at NORBA downhill finals

Here’s how to watch a professional downhill race at Mount Snow, Vermont, site of the 2001 Chevy Trucks NORBA finals. Put on some sturdy shoes and head up the hill to the section known as "Yard Sale." It’s near the bottom of the 1.5-mile course, so it’s not too far. You’ll know you’re getting closer from the roar of the crowd. Once you’re at this mangled piece of hillside, where the trail drops 100 vertical feet through tight woods, pick out a stout guy and stand behind him — there is going to be carnage. Rocks, sticks and dust will fly. Bikes will fly and riders, too. And as the experienced

Green, Redden do it again in Vermont

Does a two-hour cross-country effort combining endurance and technical skills on the tricky natural terrain of a Vermont forest have anything in common with the effort required to go all out on short, flat man-made circles for 20 minutes? Doesn’t seem like it does, but Roland Green and Chrissy Redden, winners of Friday’s NORBA cross-country race at Mount Snow — the one with the woods and the roots and the endurance and all that — also won Sunday’s short-track race, proving one thing: When you’re on, you’re on. "It was all elbows," reported Redden after she completed the weekend sweep on a

A fitting finale for NORBA dual slalom series

Eric Carter and Leigh Donovan go way back. The two Southern California slalom racing vets each won their first NORBA dual slalom race eight years ago at Snow Summit, California. So it was fitting that, at Donovan’s last NORBA dual slalom race, the two were back on the top of a podium together. This time, they were there as dual slalom national champions -- Carter for the third time, Donovan for the fifth. The end result was the same, but the routes Carter and Donovan took at the final race of the 2001 NORBA dual slalom series at Mount Snow, Vermont were not. Donovan, riding for Schwinn, was

Subaru-Gary Fisher delivers 1-2 punch in Vermont

The NORBA women’s cross-country season wrapped up in fitting fashion Friday at Mount Snow, Vermont, as the Subaru-Gary Fisher duo of Mary Grigson and Chrissy Redden dominated, just as they have all season. On a damp day in the green hills of southern Vermont, Redden attacked early and Grigson coolly defended her overall title. For the second consecutive year, Redden won at Mount Snow, while Grigson cruised behind her teammate to finish second, 1:24 behind Redden’s winning time of 2:01:00. Grigson, who won three out of five in the 2001 series, took the overall NORBA NCS National

Green wraps up NORBA title at Mount Snow

Maybe Roland Green’s onto something. The Trek-Volkswagen rider from Canada has taken some flak for choosing to skip several European World Cup rounds, and therefore forfeiting any shot at winning the World Cup, something no North American has done in a long, long time. But if the form Green showed while winning at Mount Snow, Vermont, on Friday afternoon is any indication, a few weeks at home have done him well. There was plenty of good racing among the 108 men’s starters at Mount Snow, but none of it involved Green, who cruised for the win and the overall NORBA cross-country title. Aboard