2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 100 Days To Go

Today marks 100 days to go until the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns.

 

While the world’s leading athletes are in the thick of World Cup events overseas, the action closer to home has also stepped up a notch as organisers continue to develop the World Championships course and event activities.

 

With recent upgrades to fan routes and zones in the rainforest – which includes full spectator access right along the Downhill course from the Event Village to the Rock Garden – fans won’t miss a berm, jump, dab or crash! 

 

Organisers have promised that the inclusion of food trucks, music, bars and a comprehensive entertainment program will complement the new spectator improvements to making the 2017 World Championships the biggest spectacular on two wheels seen in Cairns. 

 

To celebrate the 100 Days to Go milestone, Cycling Australia has also declared that Thursday 7 September will be Schools Day, encouraging local students and young mountain bike fans to experience a world class event for free. In a further incentive for schools, organisers have launched the Official Schools Competition for local students to win their way to the event with a VIP experience.

 

Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green encouraged mountain bike fans and sports fans to get behind the event and said that there was still plenty of time to book a spot and be part of the action.

 

This is only the third time that Australia has hosted a Mountain Bike World Championships. It’s an experience not to be missed, and this year’s event promises to be a fantastic combination of iconic rainforest environment, explosive action from the world’s best riders and an unrivalled spectator experience.”

 

More than 20,000 spectators are set to descend on the idyllic location, and a special ‘locals’ pricing structure has been introduced to invite fans from 208 postcodes within the Cairns region to experience mountain biking’s pinnacle event and world class action.

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Prices for adult tickets start from $15 and $40 for families with children under 10 FREE to experience the explosive action from the world’s best Mountain Bike athletes.

 

The 2017 event will feature over 300 riders from more than 35 countries competing in the Cross Country (XCO) and Downhill (DHI) disciplines.

 

The event will be held at Smithfield Regional Park, James Cook University from the 5 – 10 September 2017 and features six days of action.

 

The most notable change to the schedule is the shift of the two disciplines from last year’s World Cup format. This year the Cross Country (XCO) competition will be contested on Saturday 9 September while the Downhill (DHI) event will take place on Sunday 10 September.

 

Tickets can be purchased via the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike Championships website, visit – http://mtbworldscairns.com.au

 

Travel packages are now also on sale via Flight Centre for those looking to travel to Cairns for the event – http://bit.ly/2mN2zcg

 

The event will have significant TV and digital viewing presence including the distribution of television broadcast to a cumulative audience in excess of 6.13 million globally across 18 different nations.

 

The Queensland Government is proud to support the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Cairns through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. Queensland, just the place to experience Australia’s best live events.

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First UCI Mountain Bike World Cup win for Richards

Great Britain Cycling Team’s Evie Richards won her first-ever UCI Mountain Bike World Cup under-23 women’s race with a sensational performance in Germany.

The Senior Academy rider – three times a runner-up in world cup races, including last week in the Czech Republic – dominated over the climbs in Albstadt to secure her first win.

Starting in the front row, alongside early world cup series leader Kate Courtney of the United States and Switzerland’s Sina Frei, Richards saw her American rival take an early lead over the opening loop section.

But as soon as the course reached the main circuit, Richards showed her skills, closing a seven second gap to have a lead of more than 20 seconds after one lap.

From there, despite suffering a flat tyre during the course of the race, the win never looked in doubt for the young rider from Malvern, who stretched her lead to over a minute by the halfway mark.

Richards powered home to cross the line in South Germany in 1:23:17 – 52 seconds clear of Courtney and having delivered the fastest final lap of any rider in the field.

Fellow British rider Isla Short, representing OMX Pro Team, finished 18th, 9:29 behind Richards, while her Great Britain Cycling Team colleague Ella Conolly showed great form to finish 44th – a strong performance after illness cut short her race in Nove Mesto one week earlier.

The win sees Richards move to first in the world cup rankings, albeit tied on points with Kate Courtney with four of the six races remaining.

In the elite women’s race, British rider Annie Last (OMX Pro Team) finished 19th with Ukraine’s Yana Belomoina taking the win. 

Roe and Jones make it two apiece in Motherwell

Eileen Roe (WNT Team) made it two wins from two, as she sprinted to victory in Motherwell on Monday night, in the seventh round of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series.

Brenton Jones propelled JLT Condor back into the lead of The Tour Series with his second victory of the series, out-sprinting Team Raleigh GAC’s Enrique Sanz in Motherwell to help his squad to the win.

JLT Condor have now a one-point lead over Madison Genesis, as the battle for the top spot rages on between the two sides.

The lead for Drops in the women’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series remains much larger, despite the efforts of WNT Team duo Eileen Roe and Katie Archibald to reign them back. 

Both riders had featured strongly throughout the race, but it was Roe who eventually escaped as a part of a four-rider group who looked set to contest the finish.

So it didn’t rain for a Scottish round of the disappointing BUT tonight’s race was brilliant How was it brilliant – TEAMWORK https://t.co/PN46tpFlaA

— Eileen Roe (@eileenroe1)

Never one to be left behind however, Archibald then turned on the burners and bridged across a 30-second gap with series leader, Drops’ Rebecca Durrell for company, to set up a seven-rider sprint for the finish.

Despite the round win for Team WNT, Drops are now edging closer to their first Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series title with a commanding lead the top of the standings, while Storey Racing’s Ejay Harris needs just one-point to secure the Eisberg Sprints Jersey in the remaining three rounds.

In the men’s event, a fast paced round saw constant attacking and aggressive riding as JLT Condor and Madison Genesis each sought the upper hand. 

Eventually it came down to a mass 28-rider sprint, with both teams equally represented but JLT Condor came out on top as Jones, Graham Briggs and Ed Clancy all finished in the top five.

Finishing a highly commendable sixth was Tom Pidcock, making his Tour Series debut for the PH Mas – Paul Milnes – Oldfield guest team, while Spaniard Sebastian Mora retained the Wiggle Points Jersey.

Jones’ last lap effort earned him the Brother Fastest Lap award, while in the women’s race Katie Archibald took the honours.

Eileen Roe makes Tour Series history in Bath

Eileen Roe became the most successful rider in the eight-year history of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series with her fifth round win in the historic spa town of Bath.

The win also gave Roe’s WNT team the team victory for round six.

It was a close fought battle between the teams though, so despite the victory WNT could not reel in the series leaders Drops any further, as they head into the final two races of the competition.

Storey Racing enjoyed another successful evening on the tour, as they added a second and third place finish to their one-two from Croydon earlier in the week, as well as taking the Brother Fastest Lap and lead of the Eisberg Sprints competition through Ejay Harris.

Swift finish for Madison Genesis

Connor Swift took his first ever Tour Series victory in the city of his birth, soloing to an impressing individual win in Bath and helping his Madison Genesis team back into the Tour Series leader jerseys.

Swift, in his first season with the team, and only his fourth Tour Series race, attacked the leading group with a handful of laps remaining, building a 30-second lead at one stage.

The victory means Madison Genesis move back into The Tour Series lead, in the city where they claimed the title back in 2015, while Swift also recorded his first ever Brother Fastest Lap, taking that honour as he pulled away from the chasing bunch.

„It was a case of following moves, and then we thought we’d go for the individual win as well as the team win as we had five guys at the front,” said Swift. 

„I was feeling good, and when I was by myself I could take the lines through the corners as fast as I wanted and press on along the straights and sweeping corners, so I was confident it would pay off.”

Swift finished with a 27-second advantage, aided by a first corner crash with two laps to go involving his teammate Matt Cronshaw, Wembley Park winner Steele Von Hoff and JLT Condor pair Graham Briggs and Brenton Jones.

Tom Stewart (ONE Pro Cycling) claimed second, while Metaltek Kuota’s Bertie Newey took his best ever result in third.

Sebastian Mora retains the Wiggle Points Jersey, which he has held since Round One in Redditch.

Eileen Roe makes Tour Series history in Bath

Eileen Roe became the most successful rider in the eight-year history of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series with her fifth round win in the historic spa town of Bath.

The win also gave Roe’s WNT team the team victory for round six.

It was a close fought battle between the teams though, so despite the victory WNT could not reel in the series leaders Drops any further, as they head into the final two races of the competition.

Storey Racing enjoyed another successful evening on the tour, as they added a second and third place finish to their one-two from Croydon earlier in the week, as well as taking the Brother Fastest Lap and lead of the Eisberg Sprints competition through Ejay Harris.

Swift finish for Madison Genesis

Connor Swift took his first ever Tour Series victory in the city of his birth, soloing to an impressing individual win in Bath and helping his Madison Genesis team back into the Tour Series leader jerseys.

Swift, in his first season with the team, and only his fourth Tour Series race, attacked the leading group with a handful of laps remaining, building a 30-second lead at one stage.

The victory means Madison Genesis move back into The Tour Series lead, in the city where they claimed the title back in 2015, while Swift also recorded his first ever Brother Fastest Lap, taking that honour as he pulled away from the chasing bunch.

„It was a case of following moves, and then we thought we’d go for the individual win as well as the team win as we had five guys at the front,” said Swift. 

„I was feeling good, and when I was by myself I could take the lines through the corners as fast as I wanted and press on along the straights and sweeping corners, so I was confident it would pay off.”

Swift finished with a 27-second advantage, aided by a first corner crash with two laps to go involving his teammate Matt Cronshaw, Wembley Park winner Steele Von Hoff and JLT Condor pair Graham Briggs and Brenton Jones.

Tom Stewart (ONE Pro Cycling) claimed second, while Metaltek Kuota’s Bertie Newey took his best ever result in third.

Sebastian Mora retains the Wiggle Points Jersey, which he has held since Round One in Redditch.

Silver for Evie Richards at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Love Mesto Na Morave

Evie Richards reached her first international mountain bike podium of the year as she took the silver medal at the first UCI Mountain Bike World Cup of 2017 in the Czech Republic.

The 2016 under-23 cyclocross world champion has high hopes for herself in the mountain bike cross country discipline, with a podium finish at the world championships in Cairns this September set firmly in her sights.

After missing her pedal on the start, Richards went out hard on the start loop, in order to split the race.

The British team had prepared for the Nove Mesto course, where racing in groups can often be slower as they stall the riders’ rhythm over the roots, while the repeated climbs makes areo gains from drafting negligible.

Richards pushed on through the back end of the start loop in first place, together with American rider Kate Courtney and the pair got a good gap on the chasing field.

A crash or Richards on the rock garden gave Courtney the gap over the British rider on the first main lap.

Richards regained her rhythm and crossed the line in second place.

Mountain bike cross country lead coach Simon Watts said that, despite her early fall, he was pleased to see Richards regain a good pace and hold her advantage.

“It’s a really solid start to the World Cup calendar,” he said.

“Next week will be tough, with Albstadts savage climbs.”

Senior Academy rider Ella Conolly unfortunately did not finish the race, having to retire due to illness.

Under 23 National Team targeting top step of the podium at An Post Ras

After finishing second and third overall with Jai Hindley (WA) and Lucas Hamilton (VIC) in 2016 the Australian Under 23 National Team is eyeing the top spot on their return to the An Post Ras in Ireland, May 21-28.

Eight time track world champion Cameron Meyer (WA) heads the young squad of Australian Champion Sam Jenner (NSW), team pursuit world champions Sam Welsford (WA) and Alex Porter (SA), with Gran Premio Industrie del Marmo winner Michael Storer (WA) completing the well rounded team.

After a successful campaign at the 2016 Ras with second and third overall, the young riders and teams classification, I decided to take a mixed group back this year to provide opportunities for our Men’s Track Endurance group showing some promise in their road racing ability,” said Cycling Australia’s National U23 Men’s Road Coach James Victor.

„We welcome into the team Cameron Meyer who will follow-on some great leadership he showed with the National Team throughout the recent Australian summer campaign.

„With only five rider teams and more than half of the teams being county or local teams this provides a good mix of aggressive racing, along with some respectable international teams travelling to the RAS for the first time,” Victor added.

The eight-day race tackles the opposite direction from last year with a clockwise northern route starting and finishing near the capital Dublin. With the rolling opening three stages presenting opportunities for the fast men.

Stage four will see the first chance for the climbers to take over with five categorised climbs throughout the 151.8km stage including the category one Mamore Gap, that tops out just 15 kilometres go to.

After a likely GC shake up on stage four, the flatter roads return on stage five, though their rolling nature could prove a day for the opportunists with the general classification contenders saving themselves for a tough stage on Friday.

Seven categorised climbs on stage six will likely see the climbers again take the stage on and the category three Drumbeagh climb just eight kilometres from the finish, provides an opportunity for a late move. Before another flat day on the penultimate stage.

The race comes to its traditional close on Sunday in Skerries with three laps of a tough finishing circuit including the Black Hills climb with riders having to pay attention to the very end.

„The weather will present an unpredictable aspect from last year’s clearer conditions, and certainly a great opportunity for these five riders to gel together chasing results every day,” said Victor of the tough conditions expected.

„The team is Very much looking forward to the week and the opportunities for further successes.”

Craig McCann wins gold in the T2 road race in Ostend

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A gold medal in the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup T2 road race for Craig McCann showed a rider in fantastic form, winning only his second world cup medal in as many weeks.

A leading group led the race from the early stages, with McCann always in the mix, and it was the British rider who had the legs, as the race came down to a sprint finish.

McCann said that his performance in the Italian road race last week had given him a massive confidence boost and that he wanted to push on to win a ‘different colour next time’.

This second world cup medal underlines the ability McCann has as a bike rider; he made the switch to cycling from fencing following the London Paralympic Games, and his hard work seems to be paying dividends.

The young trike rider has found his form in the road race, after finding himself unable to medal in the world cup time trial events so far this season, it seems McCann has a racing brain.

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Frazer Clacherty records career best world cup result in Nove Mesto

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Frazer Clacherty was the British representative in the under-23 men’s race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Nove Mesto this weekend.

The young rider started in gate 43 of 156 riders and made a strong start to the race but found he had over exerted himself too early and suffered in the latter stages of the race.

Clacherty came home in 40th place, a career-best result; his best result previously was a 56th place finish last year in Lenzerheide.

Tomorrow will see the turn of the under-23 women, when Ella Conolly and Evie Richards will line up for the Great Britain Cycling Team.

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Fourth for Britain’s Craig McCann in UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup time trial

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Great Britain Cycling Team’s Craig McCann finished fourth in the T2 tricycle time trial as round two of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup began in Ostend, Belgium.

McCann completed the 15km event – two laps of the 7.5km course – in 28:09.39 to miss out on a podium spot by just over three seconds.

German Hans-Peter Durst collected gold with a powerful ride in 25:50.76, as Americans Ryan Boyle and Steven Peace took second and third respectively.

McCann, 33, part of British Cycling’s Podium Potential programme, will now turn his attention to Saturday’s road race, an event he won silver in at the first round of the world cup in Maniago, Italy.

The time trials continue on Thursday with Mel Nicholls in the H4 time trial and Will Bjergfelt in the C5 time trial for the Great Britain Cycling Team.   

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