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MTB News and Notes: New rankings; More on Travis

The latest set of UCI mountain bike ranking came out Wednesday, and theyincluded some bad news for Canada. In the women’s cross-country nationrankings Switzerland has jumped into third place ahead of Canada, meaningif things stay as they are now, the Swiss would get three start spots forthe 2004 Olympic cross-country race while Canada would settle for two.But don’t count this race as over just yet. The gap between the twocountries is just six points and there is still a smattering of races tobe contested. Because of that, Canada has sent three of its best, AlisonSydor, Kiara Bisaro and

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By Jason Sumner, VeloNews associate editor

The latest set of UCI mountain bike ranking came out Wednesday, and theyincluded some bad news for Canada. In the women’s cross-country nationrankings Switzerland has jumped into third place ahead of Canada, meaningif things stay as they are now, the Swiss would get three start spots forthe 2004 Olympic cross-country race while Canada would settle for two.But don’t count this race as over just yet. The gap between the twocountries is just six points and there is still a smattering of races tobe contested. Because of that, Canada has sent three of its best, AlisonSydor, Kiara Bisaro and Marie-Helen Premont, back to Europe. Sydor andBisaro recently contested a race in Holland and all three will be in Francefor the famed Roc d’Azur mountain-biking festival.“I think with those three over there we should be okay,” said YurriKashirin, the Canadian national team’s mountain biking coach. “But we don’twant to leave anything to chance.”Kashirin also confirmed what cross-country pro Geoff Kabush told VeloNewsa week ago, saying that on the men’s side Canada had resigned itself tojust two places in Athens.“With how far back we are, and the cost, and Roland [Green] being sick,it just wasn’t feasible,” said Kashirin.The Canadian men are in seventh place in the latest set of UCI rankings,487 points behind fifth-place Germany. The top five in the men’s standingsreceive three Olympic start spots, while the next 10 are limited to two.T-Brown update
Spoke with Travis Brown on Wednesday and he said that he’s gotten nofirm offer from Trek-Volkswagen for 2004.“There’s been dialogue,” he added, “but no offer, yet.”Brown went on to say that he couldn’t see himself riding for anotherteam next year and that if Trek doesn’t come up with “an offer that willmake ends meet I might retire and try something else.”He said that something else would most likely involve staying in thecycling industry, but didn’t offer any specifics. Brown also raised thepossibility of trying to put together a solo racing program, but said itwas more likely that he would just scale back his racing to part time.“I’ll always be doing some kind of racing,” said Brown, who is takingon a full slate of cyclo-cross races this fall. “I’ll be the old curmudgeonout there doing master’s races just for the fun of it.”What happens with Trek will also have an impact on whether Brown makesa push for one of the two U.S. spots for the men’s cross-country race atthe 2004 Olympics in Athens.“I want to make the team,” he said. “But to do what I need to do, todo all the World Cups and give it 100 percent, I’ll need to have the supportfrom Trek-Volkswagen.“But I really do expect the relationship [with Trek] to go forward.I think it’s been mutually beneficial for a long time and I think thatwill continue.”Already the 2000 Olympian Brown has seen major changes in his life thisyear. He and longtime girlfriend Mary Monroe got married earlier this year,and five weeks ago Brown’s new wife gave birth to their first child, ZaraRose.“It’s been an amazing experience,” Brown said.
 
World’s head south of the equator
The UCI has announced the locations for its world championships for2006, and when it comes time for the mountain-biking event the fat-tirecircus will be making the trip way south to the city of Rotorua in NewZealand. This will mark just the second time the MTB world’s have beenheld outside Europe or North America. In 1996, competition took place inCairns, Australia.