2007/09/05

MTB World Championships



The races of the races, the culminating point of most world class mountain bikers, it's on now in Fort William, Scotland and come sunday, we'll know who gets to wear the coveted rainbow jerseys for the next year.

The first event was the team relay: one elite woman, one elite man, one espoir man (under 23) and one junior man make a country's team, each race one lap in the order they choose. Usually, Canada figures as one of the favorite for the relay event but this year, none of the elite racers from Canada managed to get there on time to race so Canada didn't participate. Lame. So, who won? The Swiss team was stacked with talent and they took the win convincingly ahead of Poland and the US.


China dominated the U23 women's race despite their lack of technical skills

Then there was the junior women XC race and then the espoir women XC race. The Chinese girls ruled the under 23 race even with their still clearly lacking technical skills. On that, the course is barely a mountain bike course, apart from a super short man made rocky climb, the course surface looks more like a bike path your grand parents take sunday rides on than a mounatin bike trail. Winners will be the most fit riders, not necessarily the best bike handlers. Again, lame, I think it should be both, especially at the World Championships.


Full rigid bike would go faster and be lighter

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