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.
Following the World Cup triple in Durango, Colorado this past weekend the series splits for the last time. The next race is a downhill-dual only affair in Arai, Japan, July 28-29. The cross country riders have a few weeks off before returning to action at the third triple of the year in Leysin, Switzerland, August 4-5. Triples at Kaprun, Austria and Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec will close out the season. Click on the results icon below to see updated overall standings for all three events.
All those complaints about a lack of passing possibilities on World Cup dual courses were put to bed for at least a day at World Cup No. 4 in Durango, Colorado. The course, which was designed by former downhill world champion Greg Herbold, had mix of big berms, jumps and even a rock garden. It also provided plenty of exciting wheel-to-wheel racing. Still, when it was all done, the same names that were at the top of the podium a week ago in Canada were there again here in Colorado: Brian Lopes and Leigh Donovan.
Lopes (GT-Fox) got his third straight win of 2001 by taking down
After winning the first four races of the season, Specialized’s lock on the women’s World Cup cross country series was finally broken at race No. 5 in Durango, Colorado. Australian Mary Grigson (Subaru-Gary Fisher) slowly pulled away from Barbara Blatter (Specialized) during the second lap of the three-lap, 34.5-kilometer race, and went on to capture her second career World Cup win.
Grigson crossed the line in 1:47:45, 1:05 ahead of Blatter, who held on for second. Third place went to Specialized’s Caroline Alexander, while Ruthie Matthes (Trek-Volkswagen) was fourth, followed by Chrissy
For the second week in a row flat tires were the story in the men’s World Cup cross country race, and once again Roland Green was a victim. This time, however, Green had plenty of company, and that helped 20-year-old Julien Absalon get his first career World Cup win, taking race No. 5 in Durango, Colorado.
First to go down with tire problems was cross country No. 4 winner, Christoph Sauser (Volvo-Cannondale). A week ago Sauser was handed the win at Grouse Mountain when Green flatted on the last lap. But this time around Sauser barely broke a sweat, flatting twice less than 10 minutes into
Eleven years after the first world mountain bike championships were held here, big-time mountain biking made a rousing return to Durango, Colorado on Friday evening. Fans young and old lined the downtown streets of the Southwestern tourist town to take in a parade, amateur team relay race, and the pro time trial, all precursors to this weekend’s World Cup event.
The time trial was the highlight of the evening, as riders navigated a criterium-like course that included trips through two local businesses: a warehouse-style brew pub, and one of the local bike shops. Many of the top pros chose to
On a day when the weather changed more than a runway model in Milan, the rain came at the worst possible time for the world’s top male downhillers at World Cup stop No. 4 at Durango, Colorado. The result was some new faces on the podium and some terrible finishes for the guys who usually get to pop open the champagne bottles.
Frenchman Mickael Pascal was the biggest beneficiary. The Be One rider got in his run between a pair of quick moving squalls that rolled in from the west, drenching the ski hill at Durango Mountain Resort. That helped Pascal post the day’s fastest time, 3:37.68. It was
Flat tires are the worst enemy of any cross-country racer, but the happenings on Sunday at World Cup No. 4 at Grouse Mountain in British Columbia took things to a new level of anguish.
For seven of eight laps Roland Green couldn’t have looked any better. The native of nearby Victoria pulled away from his nearest challengers almost immediately after the start, and then built a gap that hung in the 1:20 neighborhood for most of the race. All along the course the buzz was unmistakable. The local boy, who already this year became the first Canadian male to win a World Cup race, was going to make
The first day of racing at the World Cup stop in Grouse Mountain proved two things: short downhills are exciting and dual is not.
In the downhill it was a pair of French riders, Fabien Barel (GT) and Anne-Caroline Chausson (Volvo-Cannondale), walking away with the winner’s points. For Chausson that meant an even tighter grip on the World Cup overall lead. For Barel that meant overtaking teammate Steve Peat, who missed Saturday’s race after suffering a separated shoulder in a training crash on Thursday.
Barel’s win was a slim as can be. The gregarious Frenchman nipped Aussie Chris Kovarik