What is cyclocross?

Many consider cyclocross to be a steeplechase with modified road bikes on a 2km course over hill and dale; others consider it muddy hell. Its roots can be traced to the early 1900s, when French army private Daniel Gousseau would ride his bicycle along horseback-riding friends through the woods.

The cyclocross scene is strong in Europe, with some of the most aggressive and successful racers hailing from Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Italy and the Czech Republic. But it’s currently enjoying a massive boom in the US, along with a renaissance in the UK.?

Traditionally, the cyclocross season runs from September to January, ending with the UCI World Championships.


Like triathlon, cyclocross mixes multiple athletic endeavours, namely riding and running, with a strong emphasis on skillful bike handling. The pace, barriers, climate and technical aspects of the course weed out the weak and make for good theatre. Spectators with horns and cowbells provide a festival environment, especially in Europe.

Most races are held on 1km to 3km courses, mixing tarmac, sand, dirt, mud, run-ups and sometimes steps. Races typically last a set timespan – between 30 minutes and an hour – plus a final lap. However, if you’re lapped by the leaders then you have to pull out at the end of that lap to avoid confusion. The pace at the sharp end is unrelenting and brutally fast, and the stop-go nature of the courses and racing means you get an intense workout.

Man-made barriers, usually 18in high, pepper the course, sometimes staggered close enough to force racers to shoulder their bikes or carry them by the top tube. Speed demons with incredible BMX skills have been known to bunnyhop the barriers, much to the chagrin of their fellow racers but awe of the spectators.

There are a few ways to address the barriers, but for efficiency and speed the best way to dismount is to unclip your right foot as you’re approaching the barrier or run-up, swing your leg around the saddle and in between your left foot and the bike. Unclip your left foot as your right strikes the ground, catapulting yourself forward just in time to hop over the barrier or clamber up the hill.

If there are several barriers in a row, it’s sometimes best to shoulder the bike (see why it pays to have the lightest bike you can afford?). Or, if you’re tall and have good upper body strength, carry the bike by the handlebar with your left hand as your right lifts the top tube. Run-ups are always best accomplished by shouldering the bike, and pumping your left arm for momentum.


The ideal cyclocross race bike is a road/mountain bike cross-polination: lightweight aluminum, carbon, steel or titanium frame; carbon fork; drop bars (for leverage on climbs, and for sprinting); integrated shifters/brake levers; 700c x 30-38c (1.2-1.5in) knobby tyres; mountain bike clipless pedals; and a double or single chainring (smaller than on a road bike) with guard. Mud clearance is a big issue; the fork and rear stays need room for mud to build up on the tyres without clogging.

Frames and forks are tougher than on standard road bikes, top tubes are shorter and bottom brackets are often slightly higher. Disc brakes are now allowed for cyclocross racing, potentially giving powerful all-weather braking. Many racers still use linear-pull (V) brakes or cantilevers, which give plenty of power when set up right. Top-bar brake levers are often added for better control.

Many cyclocross bikes play to their utility potential, with mudguard and rack mounts for commuting/weekend exploring work. There’s also a growing number of crossover-style bikes, which trade race weight and jarring rigidity for a heavier and more forgiving chassis, often in smooth-riding steel.

By Emma on September 9, 2014 | Mountain Bikes
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Pro bike: José Antonio Hermida’s Merida Big.Nine

Jos? Antonio Hermida Ramos is a rider from the old guard of cross country mountain biking – back when skinny handlebars, 26” wheels, v-brakes and bar ends were the only option. He was the 2010 cross country world champion and 2004 Olympic silver medallist, and this cheerful 35-year-old doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

While in Cairns, Australia, BikeRadar sat down with Hermida and asked him about his bike setup, opinion on wheel sizes and of current generation course design – before taking a far closer look at the bike of the speedy Spaniard.

José antonio hermida at the world cup round three in nova mesto, czech republic, riding the new upside-down rockshox rs-1 fork:

Jos? Antonio Hermida at the World Cup third round in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic (credit:

Wheel size of choice?

I’m going to use my 29er, not officially, but probably for the whole season. It’s not the perfect wheel for me based on my height – I do fit better on the 27.5 – but for the World Cups you greatly benefit from a 29” wheel. It’s safer, smoother and faster as the courses get rougher.

The 27.5 also accelerates better, but at the end of a race when you have to repeat a dangerous rock garden for the seventh time, it’s just safer to be on the larger wheel and it lets you get away with far more when you’re tired.

Is there an example of a course where you would swap to a 27.5” bike?

In South Africa, Australia and Canada they like to create real mountain bike courses with rough rock gardens and dangerous obstacles. In Europe, the terrain is a little smoother and faster and, on these cleaner courses, the acceleration of a 27.5 may be better. But any time its rough, the 29 is my choice.

Is there something you insist you have on your bike?

My bar ends I couldn’t do without. A painter has a signature in their paint, the bar ends are my signature. 90 percent of riders don’t use them, but I think it’s an advantage as you can open more of your chest, breathe better and push a little harder. I think they are underrated these days.

Dual suspension vs hardtail?

I’m a hardtail rider, but at stage races such as Cape Epic I use full suspension. On those longer races where you are often improvising to the changing terrain, the dual suspension affords you that extra control and comfort. But, in a cross country race where we learn every rock and root, the acceleration of a hardtail makes it the obvious choice.

Will we ever see you racing in baggy shorts?

Nah! It’s not really a trend at the moment, the guys from Cannondale – Fontanna (Marco) and Fumic (Manuel) – are doing it. To me, baggy shorts are like Photoshop to photographers – you’re trying to cover something you don’t want to show!

The bike

As a member of the Multivan Merida team, Hermida does have the choice between The Big.Seven and Big.Nine carbon hardtails as well as a range of dual suspension bikes. With this, his first choice for most races is the Big.Nine CF Team hardtail – a competitively light 8.8kg total.

Since we sat down with Hermida, he was seen at the world cup round three in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, riding the new upside-down RockShox RS-1 fork. This fork seeks to add greater steering and damping control without a major weight penalty, although judging by RockShox’s own claimed weights, we suspect his bike would have gained an approximate 180g with the fork change compared to the SID XX World Cup he used previously.

Getting low. hermida rides with the headset bearings exposed in order to lower his handlebar height:

The headset bearing is exposed to help reduce the bike’s front-end height

With the bigger 29er wheel, some modifications have been made to get the handlebars lower. This includes removal of the headset topcap – running the stem directly on the top bearing, surely leading to a higher bearing wear rate. Additionally, the fork has been reduced to 80mm of travel, helping lower the front by a further 20mm compared with a stock 100mm fork.

With most SRAM-sponsored riders taking to the new single ring trend, Hermida’s XX1 gearing choice is of little surprise. Showing his strength is a rather large 36T front chainring, Helping jump through the wide-range 11-speed cassette is a Grip Shift shifter, something that’s popular among the XC pros owing to its ability to dump a bunch of gears in one move, and the easy shifting in any condition.

Hermida was riding a rockshox sid xx world cup, but most recently has been seen ripping on the newly released rs-1 upside down fork:

What looks to be a prototype carbon 29er wheelset from Fulcrum

The Fulcrum branded wheels are a prototype carbon model that we currently know little about. Sharing some similarity with the current 26” Red Carbon XRP model, these 29er hoops have far smaller hub flanges and unmarked rims. Previously it was rumoured team Multivan Merida were using prototype tubular wheels; these were obviously a clincher type rim.

Hermida has his non-tubeless rear tyre set up tubeless, but unusually uses a tube in the front. With the low tyre pressures used, he claims this ensures he doesn’t roll the tyre when pushing hard into corners.

The frame features a stiffening 142×12mm rear thru-axle; saving a claimed 47g is a FRM TASK-E thru-axle, something that’s possibly chosen to avoid sponsor conflict as much as for its beneficial weight savings.

Hermida sits on top a prologo scratch cpc saddle, the cpc adds a high-level of traction to the seats surface :

The Spanish flag appears on Hermida’s Prologo saddle

Keeping Hermida comfortable is a custom-covered Prologo Scratch saddle with CPC grippers on the surface. Steering upfront is handled by a rather standard 660mm wide handlebar and 110mm length stem of the PRC (Procraft Racing Components) label.

Complete bike specifications

  • Frame:?Merida Big.Nine CF Team, size medium (17”)
  • Fork:?RockShox SID World Cup XX BlackBox, set to 80mm (since seen on RockShox RS-1)
  • Headset:?Sealed, topcap removed
  • Stem: Procraft?PRC 110mm
  • Handlebar:?Procraft PRC Carbon 660mm
  • Tape:?ESI Racers Edge
  • Front brake:?SRAM XX
  • Rear brake:?SRAM XX
  • Brake levers:?SRAM XX
  • Rear derailleur:?SRAM XX1
  • Shift levers:?SRAM XX1 Grip Shift?????????
  • Cassette:?SRAM XX1 10-42T
  • Chain:?SRAM XX1
  • Crankset:?SRAM XX1, 36T chainring, 175mm
  • Bottom bracket:?press-fit
  • Pedals:?Time ATAC XC12 Titan Carbon
  • Wheels: Fulcrum carbon prototype, FRM Task-E rear skewer
  • Front tyre:?Maxxis Aspen 2.1” – tube in front
  • Rear tyre:?Maxxis Aspen 2.1” – tubeless rear
  • Saddle:?Prologo Scratch Pro CPC nack
  • Seatpost:?Procraft PRC carbon, straight
  • Extras: Procraft bar ends, VDO computer, King bottle cage

Critical measurements

  • Rider’s height:?1.72m (5ft 7in)
  • Rider’s weight:?63kg (139lb)
  • Saddle height from BB, c-t:?725mm
  • Saddle setback: 45mm
  • Seat tube length (c-t): 440
  • Seat tube length (c-c): 385
  • Tip of saddle to center of bar:?555mm
  • Head tube length:?110mm
  • Saddle-to-bar drop: 30mm
  • Top tube length (effective):?599mm
  • Total bicycle weight:?8.8kg (19.36lb)

For a closer look at Hermida’s bike, be sure to click through the image gallery.

Burry Stander death: more details emerge

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Family, friends and the cycling community mourned the loss of Olympian Burry Stander after he was killed while training last Thursday.

“No parent should ever have to see his child lying on a tarred road after an accident, knowing that there is absolutely nothing he can do to save his life,” said Charles Stander, father of Burry. “It is definitely the worst moment of my life. Words cannot even begin to describe how one feels when it happens. It was terrible.”

Burry Stander was out on a training ride in Shelly Beach, on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast on January 3, when he was hit by a taxi. Apparently the driver did not see Stander when he made a turn. Stander died on the scene.

Colonel Jay Naicker, a spokesperson for the police, confirmed that a docket for culpable homicide was opened.

According to Charles Stander, he and his family will remember his son not just for his successes as a mountain biker. “For us Burry will always be more than just a mountain bike champion. In fact, he was a champion on and off his bike. For him his family always came first. He never hesitated to help when, and where ever, he could.”

When asked what he considered to be the highlights of his son’s cycling career, Charles Stander said that it was almost impossible to make a selection. “Where does one start? There were some special moments. Burry really made us all very proud.”

Charles Stander asked the cyclists who are planning to participate in Memorial Rides in memory of his son, not to let their emotions get the best of them. “This is the last thing that Burry would have wanted.”

The funeral arrangements will only be finalized by next week.

Remembering Burry

Zoon Cronje, ZCMC, said that a Burry Stander Foundation will be established to fund and drive the process to change legislation concerning cycling safety as well as assist various projects to promote safe cycling.

“Our initial plan with the Burry Stander Foundation is to raise funds to help to pay for any legal costs that may be incurred to drive the process. Later on we hope to not only assist various safe cycling initiatives but also to assist talented young riders to fulfil their dreams.” Stander was already associated with projects like with his Cape Epic training partner and Specialized teammate Christoph Sauser.

The official memorial rides will be used to not only drive awareness but also hand over petitions to the MEC. Cronje said, “We are fortunate to have the organisers of the Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour helping us with the Cape Town leg, the organizers of the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge assisting with the Gauteng leg and also support from Andrew Maclean via CycleLab and Fritz Pienaar via Advendurance. There will also be a ride on the South Coast where Burry is from.”

All the details will be communicated via Burry’s official Facebook page:

Tributes from around the world

Stander’s death sent shock waves throughout the international sporting community and tributes from all over the world have been pouring in on the various sports and news websites and on the social media.

Leader of the DA, Helen Zille, posted her condolences on Twitter, writing: Such a tragedy. The cycling legend Burry Stander died today after being hit by a vehicle.

Christoph Sauser, Stander’s teammate and mentor, said that the feeling of emptiness and shock he experienced on hearing of Burry’s death was worse than when his dad died when he was still a child. “I will never ever forget you,” he said.

Germany’s Karl Platt, a four-time winner of the Cape Epic, tweeted: “I am speechless, shaking and completely out of my mind! What a sad day. We lost a part of our ‘family’. Our prayers are with your family.”

Greg Minnaar, downhill world champion and fellow South African, described Stander as a fighter, a champion, a gentleman and a legend forever.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, a top South African cyclist, said that she was sickened by the news of the passing away of Burry Stander. “My deepest condolences to Cherise Stander and family! May God give you strength.”

Robert Hunter, former stage winner in the Tour de France, said his thoughts go out to Burry’s wife and family. “Huge loss for South African and world cycling.”

According to John Smit, a former Springbok captain, he is still struggling to deal with the news. “Burry was an absolute legend and hero of mine on the bike. Rest in peace, ‘Boet’.”

Victor Matfield, also a former Springbok captain, said it was time to stand up for cyclists’ rights on South African roads. “Such sad stuff to hear that South African hero, Burry Stander, one of the world’s best mountain bikers, was killed by a taxi on our roads.”

Max Knox, South African marathon champion, said he will miss his rivalry with Burry. “There are no words to describe my feelings when hearing of his death. My heart is very sore. You will be missed dearly, my friend.”

According to Daryl Impey winner of two stages on the ProTour, Burry will always be his hero. “You are a legend in the Czech Republic Forever,” wrote Radek Nedved, a Facebook supporter.

“Terrible news…. Burry Stander passing away – I cannot believe it,” tweeted Arron Brown.

“Saddest news to start 2013. Rest in peace, my fellow 2012 Olympic teammate. My prayers are with his family and Cherise,” said Bridgitte Hartley (bronze medallist canoeist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London).

Gideon Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), said more needed to be done to protect athletes. “I’ve said this time and again but it is really time to work even harder at protecting both our runners and cyclists who use the roads daily to do their training.”

Fierce rival of Stander’s on the South African mountain biking scene, Kevin Evans, wrote on Twitter: “Take nothing for granted. Ever. Condolences to the Stander family.”

Tour de France star Chris Froome said, “Very sad start to the new year and a massive loss to African cycling with the passing of Burry Stander”

Video round-up: Red Bull Foxhunt

It’s Wednesday, which means our friends over at? picked three must-watch mountain bike videos for us this week.?

We follow Gee Atherton on the chase in the Red Bull Foxhunt, have a look at a creative but crazy BMX vid and get up close and personal with Rampage GoPro footage.

1 Red Bull Foxhunt

Gee Atherton?returned to his reversed role as the fox for the 2012 Red Bull Foxhunt, with a?bunch of Ireland’s top racers again becoming his prey. His mission was simple?– chase the pack of ‘hounds’ downhill through Belfast’s?Cave Hill Country Park, picking them off one by one. Did he manage to claw his way into first place or did the competition outfox him? Find out here.

Gee atherton, star of the red bull foxhunt 2012:

See more Foxhunt footage on ChopMTB, along with a massive photo gallery

2 Most creative BMX video yet?

This is one innovative video profile. Made by Czech company MERGE Studio for freestyle BMXer Michael Beran, it was filmed at various locations – including an airport runway, a swimming pool and a studio.?

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For more BMX videos head to ChopMTB

3 Red Bull Rampage GoPro highlights ?

Filmed 100 percent on the?GoPro HD HERO2, this highlights edit captures the?Red Bull Rampage 2012 in all its cliff-hucking, bone-crunching madness.

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Video courtesy of GoPro

Got a thirst for more Rampage coverage? Head over to ChopMTB

Bike Brno

Start: November 7, 2013 End: November 10, 2013 Location: Brno Exhibition Centre, Brno, Czech Republic

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Dugast debuts Small Bird tubular

The team recently debuted a new ‘cross tubular from Dugast called the Small Bird. Billed as a sort of hybrid between the current Typhoon and Rhino treads, the Small Bird is Dugast’s first ‘cross tubular with a dual-compound tread – and it’s already been used to win U-23, Elite and Junior races at the recent World Cup in Tabor, Czech Republic.

As the name suggests, the new Dugast Small Bird is similar to the company’s Fast Bird mountain bike tubular with sharp, hook-shaped knobs derived from the mud-slaying Rhino but with knob heights and sizes varying across the width of the tire.

According to team manager (and current exclusive US importer) Stu Thorne, the Small Bird’s side knobs are tall and stout to pierce through softer ground and provide a firm, secure shoulder for attacking corners – just like the Rhino.

However, the knob height and size decrease progressively as you move toward the center of the tread in order to provide a faster roller and less knob squirm when on harder ground. In addition, the Small Bird is the first tire from Dugast to sport a dual-compound tread with harder and faster rubber down the center mixed with a softer and grippier compound on the sides.

Hutchinson is making the treads for Dugast, and the French tire giant also has its own dual-compound cyclocross tubular now, the Black Mamba.

The new dugast small bird features the company's familiar hook-shaped knobs but their size and height are progressively variable. smaller and lower knobs are used in the center for straight-line speed but they're taller and bigger towards the edges for cornering grip: the new dugast small bird features the company's familiar hook-shaped knobs but their size and height are progressively variable. smaller and lower knobs are used in the center for straight-line speed but they're taller and bigger towards the edges for cornering gripThe Small Bird is Dugast’s first cyclocross tubular with a dual-compound tread

Thorne claims the Small Bird is likely now the most versatile tire in Dugast’s lineup with cornering traction nearly on par with a Rhino but straight-line speed similar to the long-running Typhoon.

“I think it’s going to be perfect for America,” said Thorne.

Stock durability on the new Small Bird should be better than previous Dugast tires, too, with a protective coating applied to the cotton sidewalls applied direct at the factory that supposedly improves the tire’s resistance to abrasion and rotting in wet conditions without adversely affecting the suppleness. However, Thorne still advocates supplemental coats of Aquaseal just to be safe.

Dugast will make the Small Bird only in 32mm and 33mm widths. Pricing and weight will be consistent with other Dugast models – around $125 and 366g for the 33mm size – but Thorne says availability will be “super limited” for now. In fact, even the team only has two sets on hand at the moment.

The buying public will be able to purchase their own Small Bird tires in a few weeks (Thorne’s company is the exclusive US importer) but save for a lucky few, most amateur racers probably shouldn’t count on getting any on their own bikes until next season.

By admin on November 12, 2012 | Mountain Bikes
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MTB World’s 2012: Beerten wins women’s four cross

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The 2012 Mountain Bike World Championships in Leogang, Austria, awarded its first title on Saturday evening, with Anneke Beerten of the Netherlands taking the second rainbow jersey of her career.

Beerten came into the eight rider women’s race the favourite, and did not disappoint. After qualifying first, the Dutch rider won her semi-final to get into the championship race, and was joined by Romana Labounkova (Czech Republic), Celine Gros (France) and local Austrian favourite Anita Molcik.

Beerten got out of the gate fast and led Labounkova by the first corner. The Czech rider tried to stay in contact, but by the end of the second straight, Beerten was clear and on her way to her second four cross title. Labounkova held on for silver, with Gros taking bronze.

Words cannot describe how I feel,” exclaimed Beerten. “It is unbelievable. It started out as such a hard race, I didn’t have the gate that I wanted, and I pulled it off in the first corner. I just thought to my self ‘Don’t brake, just go’ and that’s what I did. It seemed to work. I am so happy.

MTB World’s 2012: Beerten wins women’s four cross

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The 2012 Mountain Bike World Championships in Leogang, Austria, awarded its first title on Saturday evening, with Anneke Beerten of the Netherlands taking the second rainbow jersey of her career.

Beerten came into the eight rider women’s race the favourite, and did not disappoint. After qualifying first, the Dutch rider won her semi-final to get into the championship race, and was joined by Romana Labounkova (Czech Republic), Celine Gros (France) and local Austrian favourite Anita Molcik.

Beerten got out of the gate fast and led Labounkova by the first corner. The Czech rider tried to stay in contact, but by the end of the second straight, Beerten was clear and on her way to her second four cross title. Labounkova held on for silver, with Gros taking bronze.

Words cannot describe how I feel,” exclaimed Beerten. “It is unbelievable. It started out as such a hard race, I didn’t have the gate that I wanted, and I pulled it off in the first corner. I just thought to my self ‘Don’t brake, just go’ and that’s what I did. It seemed to work. I am so happy.

MTB World Cup XC #4: Dahle-Flesjaa and Absalon back on top

Women: Dahle-Flesjaa back on top at La Bresse World Cup

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Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) raced to victory at the fourth round of the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in La Bresse, France on Sunday. Dahle Flesjaa took over the race lead on the final descent, overtaking eventual runner-up Katerina Nash (Luna). Julie Bresset (BH-Suntour) rode in for third place. It was Dahle-Flesjaa’s first World Cup win since 2008 and her 27th career total. ?It was also her first World?Cup win since having a baby.

“I can’t really believe this,” said an incredulous Dahle-Flesjaa. “I was focusing on not going over my limit. You need so much power and concentration on this course. I had a very good race. I paced myself. The course is great. It was tough up and tough down.”

The women delivered a super exciting race on a technical course with regular lead changes as they took turns crashing at various points in the race.? They raced in front of huge crowds.

Nash spent much of the race at the front while the women with her shuffled. Bresset was with her for the first part of the race, and then Pendrel moved her way steadily up before taking over the lead.

About mid-way through the five-lap race, Pendrel crashed on the descent. Bresset was unable to avoid her and endo-ed. Nash got around both women and took over at the front, and the crash seemed to slow the momentum of both downed riders. ?Pendrel struggled to get her chain on afterward while Bresset tried to get her seat back to a level position.

Meanwhile, Dahle-Flesjaa, one of the most experienced racers out there, bided her time and rode steadily toward the front. By the final lap, she was in second place behind Nash. The Czech star looked comfortable and likely to win, but two crashes on the final descent opened the door for a smooth riding Dahle-Flesjaa, who overtook her en route to the victory.

“Everyone is talking about the Olympics, but we have other big races, like today. If I want to fight for a gold in London, I have to be superb. I’m on the right path and we’ll see what happens in London,” said Dahle Flesjaa.

Race note:?Former World?Champion Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon)?skipped the race, instead choosing to do altitude training in preparation for the Olympic Games.

Men: Absalon wins La Bresse cross country in front of home crowd

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Julien absalon (orbea racing team): julien absalon (orbea racing team)

Julien Absalon (Orbea) won the elite men’s cross country World Cup in front of a home crowd in La Bresse, France. Absalon, who lives about 10km away, rode a smart race tactically and managed to escape the bad luck that affected some of the other favorites. Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) steadily worked his way up throughout the race and made a late bid to overtake Absalon, but finished second. Ralph Naef (Multivan Merida) was third, putting in a strong performance in his quest to make the Swiss Olympic team.

“It is maybe one of my best races. It’s been in mind forever – first World Cup at home is a lot of pressure, and I’m happy,” said Absalon after winning on an “old school” course designed by his brother Remi.

It was a dramatic finish with Absalon crashing on the final technical descent. A surging Kulhavy nearly caught the Frenchman, who quickly got back up and into action.

“It was hard. When I saw Jaroslav in the last half lap, I was dead,” said Absalon. “I was thinking I needed to go slow and not crash on that last descent, but then I lost my concentration and I crashed.”

While the women’s race was influenced by crashes among the favorites, the elite men’s race was influenced more by mechanicals and flats. Burry Stander (Specialized) flatted just after the start, and Marco Fontana (Cannondale) flatted while leading the race, unfortunately immediately after passing the tech zone which meant he had a long way to go for help. Moritz Milatz (BMC) also had a mechanical just after the tech zone and Manuel Fumic (Cannondale) required a wheel change. World Cup leader Nino Schurter (Scott Swisspower) sat out the race due to “stomach problems”.

Naef, Florian Vogel and and Marco Fontana set the pace from the start until Fontana flatted and ended up pulling out. Behind them, Absalon, Milatz, Giger and Lukas Flueckiger chased together.

Absalon attacked and went to the front on the second of two laps as Milatz and Vogel chased him, a few seconds back. After Milatz’s mechanical, Giger, Vogel and Naef formed the primary chase group.

At the end of lap 4, Naef made an impressive bid for victory by attacking, then catching and passing Absalon. But Absalon wasn’t about to give up a win on home turf and he surged past Naef on the climb on lap 5. Kulhavy, who had been steadily working his way up through the field, overtook a fried Naef and went in pursuit of Absalon. He got close and almost caught Absalon on the final descent of the final lap, when the fatigued Frenchman crashed. Kulhavy finished just seven seconds back in second place, and Naef soloed in for third.


1 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 1:39:57
2 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 0:00:16
3 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry 0:00:55
4 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 0:01:12
5 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:02:22
6 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 0:02:46
7 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:03:06
8 Annie Last* (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 0:03:20
9 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru – Trek 0:03:51
10 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 0:05:14
11 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:05:24
12 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 0:05:39
13 Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:05:40
14 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry 0:06:22
15 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 0:07:00
16 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing 0:07:14
17 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team 0:07:30
18 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice 0:07:37
19 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X – Bionic Team 0:07:58
20 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol 0:08:13
21 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) 0:08:21
22 C?cile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:08:30
23 Esther S?ss (Swi) Wheeler – IXS Team 0:08:47
24 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges 0:10:00
25 Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls 0:10:43
26 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 0:10:47
27 Sarah Koba (Swi) 0:11:09
28 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 0:11:20
29 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 0:11:21
30 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 0:11:33
31 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) 0:12:05
32 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 0:12:26
33 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 0:12:54
34 Silke Schmidt (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team 0:13:31
35 Qinglan Shi (Chn) 0:14:11
36 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru – Trek 0:14:43
37 Hanna Klein (Ger)
38 Laura Turpijn (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 0:15:25
39 Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries 0:15:32
40 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus Mig Team 0:15:53
41 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer – BMC
42 Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can) 0:16:11
43 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura 0:16:36
44 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:16:53
45 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 0:17:02
46 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry 0:18:28
47 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Craft 0:20:47
48 Judy Freeman (USA) 0:20:56
-1lap Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team
-1lap Jenni King (Aus)
-1lap Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team
-1lap Anna Villar Argente (Spa)
-1lap Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team
-1lap Caroline Mani (Fra)
-1lap Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe)
-1lap Lucie Vesela (Cze) GT Bicycles Opportunity
-2laps Anne Terpstra* (Ned)
-2laps Samantha Sanders (RSA)
-2laps Franziska Brun (Swi)
-2laps Judith Pollinger (Ita) Hard Rock Canossa Merida
-2laps Kristien Nelen (Bel) Houffalize-Granville Team
-2laps Rowena Fry (Aus)
-2laps Krista Park (USA)
-2laps Elisa Maria Garcia (Chi)
-2laps C?line Farner (Swi) Jb Felt Team
-2laps Aur?lia Perry (Fra)
-2laps Jessica Roberts (GBr)
-3laps Inbar Ronen (Isr)
-3laps Chloe Woodruff (USA)
-3laps Maxine Filby (GBr)
-3laps Katherine O’shea (Aus)
-3laps Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team
DNF Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X – Bionic Team
DNF Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice
DNF Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets
DNF Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol
DNF Maaris Meier (Est)
DNF Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix
DNF Karen Hanlen (NZl)
DNF Angelica Edvardsson (Swe)
DNF Zephanie Blasi (USA) WXC World Racing
DNF Erica Zaveta (USA) Moda-Bikemagic Racing Team
DNF Joanne Clay (GBr) WXC World Racing
DNS Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice
DNS Sabrina Maurer (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team
DNS Ana Zupan (Slo) Energijateam.Com
DNS Tracy Moseley (GBr)
DNS Anneke Beerten (Ned) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team
DNS Joanna Petterson (USA)
1 Luna Pro Team 91 pts
2 Ghost Factory Racing Team 60
3 BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry 49
4 CCC Polkowice 41
5 Multivan Merida Biking Team 40
6 Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 23
7 Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 23
8 Subaru – Trek 22
9 ISD MTB Team 19
10 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 18
11 Specialized Racing 15
12 Salcano Factory Team 14
13 Felt Oetztal X – Bionic Team 12
14 Colnago Sudtirol 11
15 GT Skoda Chamonix 9
16 Wheeler – IXS Team 8
17 Specialized Solodet Vosges 7
18 Team Bulls 6
19 Scott-3Roxracing 1
Elite women individual World Cup standings after round 4
1 Julie Bresset (Fra) BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry 750 pts
2 Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 690
3 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) CCC Polkowice 670
4 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida Biking Team 538
5 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru – Trek 515
6 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 509
7 Irina Kalentieva (Rus) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 425
8 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 393
9 Pauline Ferrand Prevot* (Fra) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 374
10 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost Factory Racing Team 362
11 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 349
12 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Oetztal X – Bionic Team 348
13 Annie Last* (GBr) Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 342
14 Esther S?ss (Swi) Wheeler – IXS Team 332
15 Marie-Helene Premont (Can) 306
16 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost Factory Racing Team 303
17 Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Sudtirol 295
18 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing 252
19 Karen Hanlen (NZl) 234
20 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Felt Oetztal X – Bionic Team 230
21 Sabrina Enaux (Fra) Specialized Solodet Vosges 226
22 Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Bikepark.Ch Craft 209
23 Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Sudtirol 207
24 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost Factory Racing Team 199
25 Tanja Zakelj (Slo) Salcano Factory Team 196
26 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) CCC Polkowice 196
27 Rosara Joseph (NZl) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 182
28 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 181
29 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru – Trek 179
30 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry 176
31 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team 159
32 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) 157
33 Julie Krasniak (Fra) Focus Mig Team 155
34 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 153
35 Annika Langvad (Den) Team Fujibikes Rockets 150
36 Lene Byberg (Nor) GT Skoda Chamonix 142
37 Vera Andreeva (Rus) 126
38 Laura Turpijn (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 125
39 Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 124
40 Anna Szafraniec (Pol) CCC Polkowice 120
41 C?cile Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 119
42 Janka Stevkova (Svk) 118
43 Hanna Klein (Ger) 118
44 Rie Katayama (Jpn) 114
45 Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Crampfix Nakamura 111
46 Sarah Koba (Swi) 110
47 Qinglan Shi (Chn) 105
48 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) CCC Polkowice 104
49 Silke Schmidt (Ger) Notebooksbilliger.De Team 103
50 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 103
51 Heidi Sandsto Rosaasen (Nor) Team United Bakeries 93
52 Judy Freeman (USA) 91
53 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) 84
54 Anne Terpstra* (Ned) 83
55 Laura Metzler (Fra) BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry 80
56 Anja Gradl (Ger) Team Bulls 70
57 Corina Gantenbein (Swi) Fischer – BMC 63
58 Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 51
59 Rowena Fry (Aus) 51
60 Jean Ann Berkenpas (Can) 50
61 Fanny Bourdon (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 47
62 Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek-KMC Trade Team 47
63 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 38
64 Chloe Woodruff (USA) 36
65 Samantha Sanders (RSA) 36
66 Jenni King (Aus) 31
67 Caroline Mani (Fra) 25
68 Anna Villar Argente (Spa) 24
69 Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott-3Roxracing 24
70 Ivonne Kraft (Ger) 20
71 Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team 15
72 Willow Rockwell (USA) Trek World Racing 14
73 Asa Maria Erlandsson (Swe) 13
74 Jodie Willett (Aus) 13
75 Lucie Vesela (Cze) GT Bicycles Opportunity 12
76 Katherine O’shea (Aus) 12
77 Pavlina Sulcova (Cze) Merida Biking Team 10
78 Franziska Brun (Swi) 9
79 Catherine Vipond (Can) 9
80 Julia Colvin (RSA) 9
81 Judith Pollinger (Ita) Hard Rock Canossa Merida 8
82 Jane Nussli (GBr) Fischer – BMC 8
83 Melanie Palframan (RSA) 8
Team World Cup standings after round 4
1 Luna Pro Team 296 pts
2 CCC Polkowice 176
3 Ghost Factory Racing Team 164
4 BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry 155
5 Subaru – Trek 119
6 Felt Oetztal X – Bionic Team 111
7 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 105
8 Multivan Merida Biking Team 98
9 Colnago Sudtirol 91
10 Sabine Spitz Haibike Team 85
11 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 82
12 Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team 67
13 Wheeler – IXS Team 55
14 Specialized Racing 44
15 ISD MTB Team 31
16 Team Fujibikes Rockets 31
17 Bikepark.Ch Craft 28
18 Specialized Solodet Vosges 25
19 Notebooksbilliger.De Team 22
20 Salcano Factory Team 22
21 GT Skoda Chamonix 18
22 Focus MIG Team 7
23 Team Bulls 6
24 Team Crampfix Nakamura 2
25 Scott-3Roxracing 1
1 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea Racing Team 1:37:33
2 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Racing 0:00:07
3 Ralph Naef (Swi) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:00:40
4 Florian Vogel (Swi) Scott – Swisspower MTB Racing Team 0:01:24
5 Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:01:41
6 Christoph Sauser (Swi) Specialized Racing 0:02:08
7 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) 0:02:20
8 Maxime Marotte (Fra) BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry 0:02:35
9 Max Plaxton (Can) 0:02:51
10 Lukas Fl?ckiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:03:20
11 Jos? Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:03:24
12 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:03:45
13 Martin Gujan (Swi) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:03:46
14 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) Wildwolf – Trek Pro Racing 0:04:15
15 Mathias Fl?ckiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 0:04:42
16 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) Wildwolf – Trek Pro Racing 0:05:32
17 St?phane Tempier (Fra) TX Active Bianchi 0:05:43
18 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:05:46
19 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:05:47
20 Martino Fruet (Ita) 0:05:51
21 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 0:06:05
22 Martin Fanger (Swi) Giant Swiss SR -Suntour 0:06:08
23 Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:06:10
24 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Racing 0:06:21
25 Liam Killeen (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:06:26
26 Jochen Kass (Ger) Multivan Merida Biking Team 0:06:52
27 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:06:54
28 Marek Konwa* (Pol) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 0:06:59
29 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Specialized Racing 0:07:05
30 Andras Parti (Hun) Euroone-Waberer’s-Cube MTB Team 0:07:24
31 J?rg Graf (Swi) Bskgraf Rollmat-Koba MTB Team 0:07:37
32 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) Elettroveneta – Corratec 0:07:44
33 Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Oetztal X – Bionic Team 0:07:59
34 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru – Trek 0:08:06
35 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 0:08:28
36 Stephen Ettinger (USA) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team 0:08:55
37 Michele Casagrande (Ita) Elettroveneta – Corratec 0:09:33
38 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team 0:09:50
39 Fabien Canal (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix 0:09:59
40 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop 0:10:02
41 Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:10:07
42 Milan Spesny (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team 0:10:16
43 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Giant Factory Off-Road Team
44 David Fletcher (GBr) Orange Monkey-Cannondale 0:10:18
45 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys Team 0:10:24
46 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 0:10:38
47 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru – Trek 0:10:44
48 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) Wildwolf – Trek Pro Racing 0:10:59
49 Alexis Chenevier (Fra) Scott Les Saisies 0:11:10
50 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 0:11:11
51 Marek Galinski (Pol) JGB – 2 Professional MTB Team 0:11:29
52 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 0:11:37
53 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team 0:12:01
54 Umberto Corti (Ita) Team Cbe Tecnoimpianti A.S.D. 0:12:22
55 Ruben Almeida (Por) 0:12:28
56 Hannes Metzler (Aut) 0:12:32
57 J?r?my Huguenin (Swi) Giant Swiss SR -Suntour 0:12:34
58 Piotr Brzozka (Pol) JGB – 2 Professional MTB Team 0:12:44
59 Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam) 0:12:52
60 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team 0:12:58
61 Shlomi Haimy (Isr) Focus MIG Team 0:13:35
62 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) 0:14:42
-1lap Martin Loo (Est) Hard Rock Canossa Merida
-1lap Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona
-1lap Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys Team
-1lap Hans Becking (Ned) Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team
-1lap Patrik Gallati (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team
-1lap Kazuhiro Yamamoto (Jpn)
-1lap Simon Scheiber (Aut) Felt Oetztal X – Bionic Team
-1lap Pascal Schmutz (Swi)
-1lap Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo (CRc)
-1lap Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet (Fra) Lapierre International
-1lap David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por)
-2laps Tiago Jorge Oliveira Ferreira (Por) Bi&Esse – Infotre Protek
-2laps Pascal Hossay (Bel) Merida Wallonie Mountain Bike Team
-2laps Benjamin Wittrup Justesen (Den)
-2laps Javier Eduardo Puschel (Chi)
-2laps Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Team Fujibikes Rockets
-2laps Daniel Eymann (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team
-2laps Severin Disch (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team
-2laps Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) Scott – Swisspower MTB Racing Team
-2laps Ludovic Dubau (Fra) Team Newcycling
-2laps Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott-3Roxracing
-2laps Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita)
-2laps Cristobal Silva Ibaceta (Chi)
-2laps Michael Broderick (USA)
-2laps Seiya Hirano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team
-2laps Lukas Sablik (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized
-2laps Vitalii Zubchenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team
-2laps Dariusz Batek (Pol)
-2laps Jonas Baumann (Swi) Wheeler – IXS Team
-2laps Simon Gegenheimer (Ger)
-3laps Davy Huygens (Bel)
-3laps Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) Felt Oetztal X – Bionic Team
-3laps Sid Taberlay (Aus)
-3laps Simon Seehofer (Aut)
-3laps Marco Sch?tzing (Ger)
-3laps Brice Scholtes (Bel) Merida Wallonie Mountain Bike Team
-3laps Tim Lemmers (Ned) Feenstra Stevens Bike Team
-3laps Sandro Soncin (Swi)
-3laps Bojan Djurdjic (Srb) Salcano Factory Team
-3laps Steffen Thum (Ger)
-3laps Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa)
-3laps Weisong Tong (Chn)
-3laps Pascal Meyer (Swi)
-3laps Artyom Golovaschenko (Kaz)
-3laps Klaus Nielsen (Den)
-3laps Dennis Ebert (Ned)
-3laps Philip Buys (RSA)
-4laps Robby De Bock (Bel)
-4laps Besik Gavasheli (Geo)
DNF Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Roxracing
DNF Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized
DNF Moritz Milatz (Ger) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team
DNF Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Lapierre International
DNF Jiri Novak (Cze)
DNF Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) Orbea Racing Team
DNF Daniel Geismayr (Aut)
DNF Andy Eyring (Ger)
DNF Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) Bmc Mountainbike Racing Team
DNF Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing
DNF Christoph Soukup (Aut)
DNF Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) Isd MTB Team
DNF Giancarlo Sax (Swi) Thoemus Racing Team
DNF Adam Morka (Can)
DNF John Whittington (GBr)
DNF Kirill Kazantsev (Kaz)
DNF Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)
DNF Robert Mennen (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team
DNF Sven Nys (Bel)
DNF Tom Meeusen (Bel)
DNS Nino Schurter (Swi) Scott – Swisspower MTB Racing Team
DNS C?dric Ravanel (Fra) GT Skoda Chamonix
DNS Alban Lakata (Aut) Topeak Ergon Racing Team
DNS Brian Lopes (USA)
DNS Heiko Gutmann (Ger)
DNS Miha Halzer (Slo) Energijateam.Com
DNS Florian Thie (Swi)
DNS Arnould Jeremy (Fra)
1 Specialized Racing 68 pts
2 Multivan Merida Biking Team 64
3 Cannondale Factory Racing 41
4 Orbea Racing Team 40
5 Trek World Racing 37
6 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 36
7 Wildwolf – Trek Pro Racing 32
8 Scott – Swisspower MTB Racing Team 30
9 BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry 23
10 TX Active Bianchi 14
11 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 13
12 Giant Swiss SR -Suntour 9
13 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 6
14 Milka-Superior MTB Racing Team 3
15 Euroone-Waberer’s-Cube MTB Team 1
Elite men individual World Cup standings after four rounds
1 Nino Schurter (Swi) 700 pts
2 Julien Absalon (Fra) 650
3 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) 625
4 Burry Stander (RSA) 568
5 Manuel Fumic (Ger) 470
6 Fabian Giger (Swi) 440
7 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) 410
8 Jos? Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) 405
9 Ralph Naef (Swi) 395
10 Florian Vogel (Swi) 390
11 Lukas Fl?ckiger (Swi) 385
12 Christoph Sauser (Swi) 364
13 St?phane Tempier (Fra) 364
14 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) 331
15 Maxime Marotte (Fra) 314
16 Moritz Milatz (Ger) 290
17 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) 284
18 Martin Gujan (Swi) 280
19 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spa) 272
20 Emil Lindgren (Swe) 242
21 Mathias Fl?ckiger (Swi) 236
22 Carlos Coloma Nicolas (Spa) 227
23 Max Plaxton (Can) 212
24 Jochen Kass (Ger) 212
25 Liam Killeen (GBr) 206
26 Geoff Kabush (Can) 192
27 Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez (Spa) 190
28 Karl Markt (Aut) 189
29 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) 187
30 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) 166
31 Samuel Schultz (USA) 162
32 Inaki Lejarreta Errasti (Spa) 160
33 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) 152
34 Thomas Litscher (Swi) 148
35 Marek Konwa* (Pol) 143
36 Michele Casagrande (Ita) 135
37 Henk Jaap Moorlag* (Ned) 127
38 Milan Spesny (Cze) 124
39 Catriel Andres Soto (Arg) 114
40 Tony Longo (Ita) 111
41 Martin Fanger (Swi) 108
42 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) 105
43 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) 104
44 Fabien Canal (Fra) 103
45 Sven Nys (Bel) 100
46 Martino Fruet (Ita) 98
47 J?rg Graf (Swi) 98
48 Jiri Novak (Cze) 91
49 Stephen Ettinger (USA) 90
50 Todd Wells (USA) 83
51 Chris Jongewaard (Aus) 82
52 Derek Zandstra (Can) 76
53 Andrea Tiberi (Ita) 70
54 Matous Ulman (Cze) 68
55 Andras Parti (Hun) 63
56 Uwe Hochenwarter (Aut) 56
57 C?dric Ravanel (Fra) 53
58 Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) 53
59 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) 52
60 Piotr Brzozka (Pol) 51
61 Umberto Corti (Ita) 48
62 Lukas Sablik (Cze) 42
63 Lachlan Norris (Aus) 41
64 Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) 40
65 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) 40
66 Marek Galinski (Pol) 37
67 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) 34
68 Sepp Freiburghaus (Swi) 30
69 Robert Mennen (Ger) 30
70 Philip Buys (RSA) 30
71 Adam Craig (USA) 29
72 Alban Lakata (Aut) 29
73 Periklis Ilias (Gre) 27
74 David Fletcher (GBr) 24
75 Patrik Gallati (Swi) 24
76 Kristian Hynek (Cze) 20
77 J?r?my Huguenin (Swi) 20
78 Alexis Chenevier (Fra) 19
79 Paul Van Der Ploeg (Aus) 16
80 Sergji Rysenko (Ukr) 15
81 Marcel Wildhaber (Swi) 14
82 Ruben Almeida (Por) 13
83 Hannes Metzler (Aut) 12
84 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) 11
85 Michal Lami (Svk) 10
86 David Joao Serralheiro Rosa (Por) 10
87 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) 10
88 Marc Bassingthwaighte (Nam) 9
89 Martin Loo (Est) 8
Team World Cup standings after four rounds
1 Specialized Racing 295 pts
2 Cannondale Factory Racing 238
4 Multivan Merida Biking Team 227
3 Scott – Swisspower MTB Racing Team 194
6 Orbea Racing Team 134
5 Rabobank Giant Offroad Team 131
7 Trek World Racing 119
10 Wildwolf – Trek Pro Racing 83
8 TX Active Bianchi 74
9 BMC Mountainbike Racing Team 59
12 BH – SR Suntour – Peisey Vallandry 59
11 Felt Oetztal X – Bionic Team 39
13 Scott-3Roxracing 35
14 Elettroveneta – Corratec 24
15 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 20
20 Topeak Ergon Racing Team 17
16 Subaru – Trek 11
21 Giant Swiss SR -Suntour 10
17 Rubena Auto-Mencik Specialized 8
18 Lapierre International 6
19 S&H Superior MTB Team 5

Preview: 2012 Mountain Bike World Cup #3

This preview is based on an article originally published on?

The 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series hits?Nove Mesto na Morave in the Czech Republic this weekend after a one-month break since the last round in?Houffalize, Belgium.

Once again, it’ll be skinny-tyred action only, with cross-country and Eliminator racing but no downhill?– you’ll have to wait until next weekend’s World Cup in La Bresse, France for your fix of ‘gravity’ action.

The next two weekends of racing are crucial as?they’re the final opportunities for nations to score valuable ranking points for Olympic qualification (and for riders to meet Olympic standards), so the level of competition will be more intense than ever, with riders fighting for every position.

Nove Mesto is hosting the World Cup for the second time, after last year’s race was chosen by the riders, teams and press as the top cross-country event of 2011. Held in the scenic Vysocina region southeast of Prague, the event is headquartered at the Czech Nordic and Biathlon centre, providing a superb stadium (doubled in size from last year) for fans to watch the start and finish of the racing, and cheer on their countryman, defending men’s champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized).


The action begins today with the eliminator, an exciting short course event that has riders sprint around a course filled with obstacles, with the top two moving on to the next round after each heat. Usually, the eliminator runs heats of four riders at a time but Nove Mesto will run six on the track at once, to make the racing even more exciting.

The course has been totally redesigned from last year and will take place mostly on asphalt, meaning that spectators are likely to see multiple bunch sprint finishes. Britain’s Annie Last (Milka Brentjens) and American Brian Lopes (Ibis) won the first round in Houffalize last month, but the tight racing and crashes mean that they’re by no means assured of repeating.


The cross-country circuit is similar to last year, with long climbs through the surrounding forest requiring tremendous fitness, plus technical descents demanding concentration and skill to do well. However, organisers have lengthened the course to 4.46km with the addition of a BMX-style technical section at the far end. This will require both speed and technical skill?–?a rider could easily open a gap here, or drop out of contention with a mistake.

On Sunday, it’s expected that the elite men will do six laps (plus a start loop) and the elite women one lap less. Currently, it’s sunny and in the low 20?Cs. However, a cold front is moving in for the weekend, with frost expected tomorrow night, and it could be as low as single digits for the start of the women’s race.

World champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna) leads the women’s World Cup standings after her dominating performance in Houffalize, but she’s tied on points with Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice) at 410. The 2011 World Cup champion, Julie Bresset (BH-SR Suntour-Peisey Vallandry), sits in third place with 340 points, just 20 ahead of Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek). Pendrel and Bresset finished one-two in Nove Mesto last year, so expect them both to be contenders, along with Wloszczowska. One other rider who’s sure to be in the mix is Pendrel’s teammate Katerina Nash, a local rider who began her international sports career here as a Nordic skier.

For the men, it should be an exciting battle between defending champion and local hero Kulhavy, current World Cup leader Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) and round two winner Julien Absalon (Orbea). Kulhavy dominated the World Cup last year, including his home win in Nove Mesto, however, this year he’s been building his fitness slower and is currently ranked seventh. This trio finished one-two-three last year, and it’ll be interesting to see if the influx of 20,000 local fans will inspire Kulhavy to new levels and a repeat win.