Day 1 of the 2001 NORBA national championship series looked a lot like the 2000 season opener. But anybody who said they weren’t surprised was probably lying.
That’s because mountain biking’s No. 1 enigma, Californian Kirk Molday, went from having no team in January to winning the season opening cross-country race at Snow Summit Resort in Big Bear Lake, California. Molday’s win, along with Mary Grigson’s victory earlier in the day, meant there was a pair of repeat winners at Big Bear.
In the men’s race Molday was part of a four-rider break that pulled away from the field during the first of
Finally, after what seems like half a lifetime, the 2001 mountain biking season resumes in North America. Stop No. 1 of the NORBA national championship series commences Friday at Snow Summit Resort in Big Bear Lake, California. It’s the 13th time the NORBA series has touched down in these tree-topped mountains just 90 miles from the sprawl of Los Angeles.
Day 1 will feature the men’s and women’s cross country races. The ladies kick things off at 11 a.m. pacific time. The men follow at 2 p.m. The 8.47-mile course at Big Bear is a lung-buster, with a base elevation of 7200 feet and 1200 feet
Favorites reigned in the pro men and pro women cross country races at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Durango, Colorado on Sunday.
In the men’s race 1999 NORBA national champion and 2000 Olympian Travis Brown (Trek-Volkswagen) had an easy go of it, winning the three-lap, 20.4-mile race with a time of 1:40:48. Costa Rican José Adrian Bonilla (Café Costa Rica) came across second, 1:46 behind Brown. Jay Henry was third, at 3:09.
"I was going pretty hard from the start because José was really pushing the pace," said Brown, who grew up in Durango. "I was getting small gaps on almost every
Marco Bui (Marin-Helly Hansen) and Marga Fullana (Specialized) showed their form for the third round of the 2001 Tissot-UCI mountain bike World Cup on Saturday by winning their respective time trial heats. Bui blazed the one-lap, 7km over the technical, hilly Houffalize course in 21minutes, 50 seconds, 16.1 seconds faster than Canadian Roland Green of the Trek-Volkswagen team. Dane Michael Rasmussen (Haro-Lee Dungarees), the 1999 world cross-country champion, finished third, 17.62 seconds back.
In the women’s race, Fullana ripped the course, finishing 33.75 seconds ahead of Italian
Canadian Roland Green (Trek-Volkswagen) did what no Canadian man has ever done and what a North American hasn’t done in a long time -- win a men’s World Cup mountain bike race. In the women’s race, Marga Fullana (Specialized) won her second World Cup race of the 2001 season.
Trivia question de jour: Name the last American male to win a World Cup cross-country race: Answer: Tinker Juarez in 1994.
Green proved you can speak English as your native tongue and still win at mountain biking. After years slowly building confidence and form, Green stormed away from Bas Van Dooren in the five-lap,
World champion Marga Fullana led from the first climb of four laps around the tough Sarentino World Cup course. The gap over her Specialized teammate and reigning World Cup champion Barbara Blatter grew steadily from a handful of seconds to over a minute by the end. American Alison Dunlap (GT) rode a steady race, maintaining third place throughout and keeping Blatter within 20-30 seconds until the final lap, when she fell over a minute behind the Swiss wearing the World Cup leader’s jersey. The other North American, Alison Sydor (Trek-Volkswagen), fell steadily back from the top five to
Miguel Martinez followed the script of fellow world champion Marga Fullana in the Sarentino, Italy World Cup, but in more gripping fashion. The 115-pound Full Dynamix rider closed a 23-second gap on 162-pound Roland Green (Trek-Volkswagen) on the last lap and then outsprinted the Canadian after playing cat and mouse for the last kilometer. Like Fullana, Martinez swept the time trial and the cross country, while Green and Specialized’s Barbara Blatter finished second in both races.
A lead group of seven had stayed together throughout most of the race, but when Bas Van Dooren (Specialized)
World champions Marga Fullana and Miguel Martinez started the European World Cup season right where they left off last year. Fullana beat her Specialized teammate and reigning World Cup champion Barbara Blatter by 22 seconds in the qualifying time trial in Sarentino, Italy, while Martinez (Full Dynamix) finished ten seconds up on Roland Green (Trek-Volkswagen). The time trial was held in order to seed the riders for tomorrow’s cross country.
The course in Sarentino has changed for this year, and 10th-placed Thomas Frischknecht (Ritchey-Yahoo!) called it "the toughest World Cup course in
Specialized continued its roll on Saturday as defending World Cup champion Barbara Blatter won the opening race of the 2001 Tissot-UCI World Cup series at the Domaine Chandon winery, near Napa, California. Blatter took control of the 22-mile race midway through the third of five laps. She never really attacked, but on one of the steep climbs, Blatter left Alison Dunlap (GT) and Alison Sydor (Trek-Volkswagen) behind, and quickly gained a 30-second lead.
"I just [sped] it up a little from lap to lap, and that was enough," said the 30-year-old Swiss, who has been living with her sister in
You couldn’t ask for a more exciting start to the men’s World Cup cross-country season. Spectators at the Domaine Chandon winery in Yountville, California, were treated to a thrilling opener Sunday that featured seesaw battles for the lead, a touch of weather drama and a first-time winner in Spanish sensation Jose Antonio Hermida.
The 22-year-old Hermida, riding for Bianchi Motorex, experienced a career high last year in Spain when he won the world title in the under-23 category. But even that, said an emotional Hermida after completing the 25.2-mile course in 2:02:06, doesn’t compare to