Cyprus Sunshine Cup

Are you following the big start of the XCO season? Matthias Wengelin show Jaroslav Kulhavy how to race and earn a spot in Specialized Racing Team. Riders with new teams and kits. Jolanda Neff and Pauline Ferrand Prevot seems to not be in top shape like last year. After the first 2 stages of this weekends stage race Fabian Giger and Annika Langvad is leading. Langvad won the 55km point to point race yesterday with over 4min to Neff. Here is a couple of videos from Ghost Factory Racing Team with Lisi Osl:

Any more nice videos from it what you’ve seen?

CX World Championships Women Elite

Felt sorry for Eva Lechner today. Hoped that she would win but instead she crashed on the first muddy corner after Nikkie Harris changed line. Her derailleur hanger broke so had to run far to the pits and change bike. Then she showed her form with setting the best laptimes, ended 31st 😦 Impressive to not give up!

Lucie Chainel-Lefevre was in front in the beginning and sat the pace. After was the winning group chasing with riders like Sanne Cant, Marianne Vos, Katerina Nash, Nikki Harris and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. Became a group in the front after a couple of laps but it was two riders who had a bit more power and technical skills than the others. One that at least I didn’t expect.

Sanne Cant and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot showed the fight of the day and Cant showed that she really found the shape in the right moment. Usually she is at the top 5 when all favourites are together but never in front in the end. Today she was and showed a pure cyclocrossers skills.

But Pauline Ferrand-Prevot didn’t let Can pass on the finish straight and took another world champion jersey from Marianne Vos:

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Behind there was a fight between Marianne Vos, Katerina Nash and Nikki Harris. Nash had to much pressure and pushed the limit a bit far on the last lap and crashed a couple of times. Marianne Vos raced like a legend does and ended 3rd. Would be odd to miss the podium on a World Championships.

Top 10:

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The three fastest CX women in the world!

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And did you notice Marianne Vos shoes? I was noticing her class with high white socks but she also got shoes I’ve never seen before. It looks like a pair of Specialized Stumpy II but on the outside it says LIV. That’s classy 😀 And what I’ve seen Marianne Vos is the women with highest class in cycling.

Don’t miss the men elite tomorrow at 14.00

The Queen of Hoogerheide

After following women’s CX and XC racing it’s great to see development. Really happy about the results CX results in Hoogerheide today. Eva Lechner has been the Italian champion for some years and done some CXraces, been top 5 in the end. But today she stepped up with her first World Cup win!

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And not just a World Cup but the one with all the favourites and everyone wants to find their shape to next weekends World Championship. Everyone is aiming for a good result but just one can be on the top. Marianne Vos didn’t seem to have the legs today and Katie Compton had some problems breathing. Katerina Nash ended 2nd and Pauline Ferrand Prevot 3rd:

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Sanne Cant also did a great performance today and ended 4th which helped her win this  seasons World Cup.

I’ve also been trying to find some shape today and was out training with CK Valhall this morning, Carl-Johan took a picture of the rest of us before we left:

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Map and stats here: Movescount

LIV, the new brand of champions!

Giant is not just having a women line-up of bikes and things, they made a complete brand for it. A brand with ambassadors and riders like Marianne Vos dominating road and CX, Pauline Ferrand Prevot that is the new Vos +mtb and had Jolanda Neff who is the new dominating rider on mtb.

Was launched at Eurobike and here is a video from it:

French victory at the worlds!

No Emma Johansson on top today. Pauline Ferrand Prevot won in a sprint!
2. Lisa Brennauer – Germany
3. Emma Johansson – Sweden.
Maybe that’s why they had a Swedish flag in Marigny today:

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Borgersen and Korsæth out trying the course for Duo Normand today in great weather

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Aiming for a great raceday tomorrow here with Team Joker.

The day of racing

Thought of riding my bike after my mum left today but to little time and to many exciting races.

Womens road World Cup in Vårgårda, Sweden:

1. Chantal Blaak – Specialized-Lululemon

The World Cup XCO in Meribel, France:

Women elite:

1. Jolanda Neff – Liv Pro XC Team

2. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå – Multivan Merida Biking Team

3. Pauline Ferrand Prevot – Liv Pro XC Team

Men elite:

1. Nino Schurter – Scott-Odlo Racing Team

2. Julien Absalon – BMC Racing

3. Manuel Fumic – Cannondale Factory Racing

All racing in Meribel for the tragic death of Annefleur Kalvenhaar:

Then i checked the text stream a bit of Tour de l’Avenir, a U23 road stage race in France:

1. Kristoffer Skjerping – Team Joker

Missed Vattenfall Cyclassic:

1. Alexander Kristoff – Katusha

Also Enduro World Series Crankworx in Canada:

Women elite:

1. Cecile Ravanel

Men elite:

1. Jared Graves

And now it is the last stage of USA Pro Challenge that is the last race of Jens Voigts career, live now after 20.30

Racing all day 😀

 

Rabobank-Liv/Giant 2013

New season, new team presentation of the Dutch team:

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Video with interview with Marianne Vos here: Nos.nl

And then the naked truth, Marianne Vos isn’t washing her bike just with mayonnaise. A video with Vos trying the new changed climb on the world cup course of Ronde van Drenthe and in the end some washing:

When are you starting to race?

It’s august, rain is started to come down here in Bergen again, the americans already started, new teamkits are coming, new teammembers, albums for season 2012-13 is coming up on Facebook. It’s soon time for Cyclocross again after training on road and mtb all summer.

A fall when we see if Sven Nys still dominates, If Marianne Vos wins everything she starts, if Jeremy Powers continues with his Behind the Barriers, if Marco Aurelio Fontana will win another Italian CX Championships and with discs for first time? Questions are many but the most important is which riders will be the stars that will race serious from countries like Sweden. Any races in Norway?

Will you race? Will you just ignore or will you follow every race that is on Sporza and try your best to learn flemish? 1 hour of pain, 1 hour of mud and rain, 1 hour to ruin your carbon fibre wheels, 1 hour to conquer, 1 hour of class, 1 hour of the most impressive racing, 1 hour to became the best. Don’t miss that hour!

If you want the CXseason to start as much as I want you should have a look at this pictures, check out Nine Ball Diaries and follow Cyclocross Magazine

 

 

Get yourself a CX, a pair of tubulars like Record/Dura-Ace with DT Competitionspokes and Ambrosio Crono F20 rims. A pair or two of FMB tires like Grifo Medium and go out riding. It’s not harder than that to start.