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Mountain Bike Racing

Frischknecht wows ’em in Austria

Swiss legend Thomas Frischknecht (Ritchey-Yahoo!) did it again when he won Sunday's cross-country World Cup in Kaprun, Austria. The Swiss legend finished nearly a minute ahead of Australian Cadel Evans (Volvo-Cannondale). Frischknecht justified his hero status in mountain biking, a status gained by racing for 11 seasons (including the first world chamionships in 1990) and winning at least one World Cup in all but one of those seasons. The women's cross-country race featured two other impressive figures in Spain's Marga Fullana (Specialized) and Russian newcomer Irina Kalentieva (Merida

World Cup battle heats up in Austria

And then there was one. With just one World Cup downhill now remaining on the calendar, the competition was heated on Saturday as riders scrambled for points — and slid their way down a muddy mountainside in Kaprun, Austria. It's round seven of the Tissot-UCI Mountain Bike World Cup this weekend, and it's a triple. South Africa's Greg Minnaar (Global Racing Team) had the most to celebrate, winning his — and the African continent's — first World Cup victory ever, the highest step of his season-long podium appearances. While Anne-Caroline Chausson (Volvo-Cannondale) didn't surprise anyone

Canadian cross-country nationals: an all-Trek affair

Alison Sydor and Roland Green confirmed their status as Canada's top mountain bike racers when they won the Canadian National Mountain Bike Championships cross-country titles Sunday. At the Sun Peaks ski resort in Kamloops, British Columbia, the two Victoria-based professionals, teammates on the U.S.-based Trek-Volkswagen squad, convincingly beat the strongest fields ever assembled for a Canadian championship. Green took the lead early in the 5 lap, 32.5km men's event, with only Seamus McGrath (Haro-Lee Dungarees) able to hold his wheel on the steep climbs. The duo gradually opened a gap on

Juarez, Begy win solo titles at Winter Park

It has to be categorized as mountain biking’s most difficult paycheck, but endurance specialists Tinker Juarez and Cristina Begy finally got their payoff at noon Sunday, when each was crowned as 24-hour U.S. solo champion at Winter Park, Colorado. For Juarez, that term endurance specialist is something new, and if you think it sounds like a rough career switch for a 40-year-old, well it is. But the veteran Volvo-Cannondale pro has always been known to train with superhuman volume, so going around the clock isn’t that much of a stretch. The final numbers posted by Juarez were staggering: 27

Martinez, Leboucher take World Cup wins in Switzerland

The cross-country course in Leysin, Switzerland — site of this week's Tissot-UCI Mountain Bike World Cup — is steep. At 6.3km in length, each lap begins with 2km of fast descending, first through bumpy cow-trodden grass and then down a wooded single-track plunge. Then, for the next four kilometers (60 percent of the total lap), the course points straight back up toward the finish line. It's brutal on even the most seasoned riders, as they discovered Sunday in round six of the series. First victim was the seemingly unbeatable Spaniard Marga Fullana (Specialized), who succumbed to a resurgent

Swiss blitz: Downhill and dual starts World Cup triple

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

Juarez chasing 24-hour title at Winter Park

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,

Vouilloz back to his winning ways

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

Donovan, Bootes win in Japan

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.

Green, Dunlap tops in short track

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,