Sunday, June 12 2011
WORLD CUP LEADER GRAVES WINS LEOGANG FOUR CROSS
After a lapse of concentration last weekend at round two in Fort William, Scotland, where he was forced to settle for fifth position, world cup leader Jared Graves fought back fiercely at Leogang, Austria, overnight to take out the elite men's four cross event with ease.
Despite the challenging muddy and slippery conditions the Toowoomba-based Graves was eager to reassert his dominance on the men's field qualifying first before advancing through the first four rounds with little difficulty.
Switzerland's David Graf, former world cup champion Michal Prokop (CZE) and world champion Thomas Slavik (CZE) also qualified for a spot in the decider.
In the final, Graves led from the start and was never headed as the others raged a fierce battle for the remaining podium spots. Prokop grabbed second spot into the first corner, however Graf made a bold move by overtaking on a less-ridden line which proved successful allowing him to take second. Slavik repeated the manoeuvre to take third, with Prokop shuffled back to fourth. Round two winner Rinderknecht won the second final for fifth.
"I had my worst race in about three years last week in Fort William, so to get the win back was exactly what I hoped for," Graves said after the race.
"I just tried to ride like I did in practice, not do anything too silly. When you're in that race frame of mine, you just let it go. I tried to hold everyone up a bit [coming into the first corner] to try and stop that 'high-low' move, and I think that worked really well. That was a good tactic, and I'm happy with it."
Victorian Ashley Gray finished in 24th place.
Graves leads the men's world cup standings with 300 points, 50 points ahead of Graf, with Rinderknecht and Prokop tied at 100 points in arrears.
Jared Graves (Aus)
David Graf (Swi)
Tomas Slavik (Cze)
Michal Prokop (Cze)
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IMBA Australia has “Roots in the Dirt”
It started with a seed of hope. In fertile soil, the roots have grown deep. Now well established, with branches reaching for the sky, the tree can grow strong. It will bear fruit if you can provide sustenance. In the right conditions, IMBA Australia will be fruitful. That means great trails in all Australian landscapes!
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In many places, mountain bikers are finding it increasingly difficult to access trails. “NO BIKES” signs are far too common. Mountain bikers get a bad rap as being dangerous or destructive.
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The calendar for the 2011 KWT Maxxis Sunshine Series has been confirmed with the inclusion of a 4 race, 4hr Enduro Series.
Mountain Bikers will have a plethora of events in 2011, with 5 Downhill Rounds and 8 Cross Country Rounds to be decided between May and October.
Downhill (DH) riders will start their series in Toowoomba on May 1st and then head to Round 2 at the soon to be opened, Mt Joyce Recreational Park. The series then moves onto Beerburrum (TBC) followed by 2 rounds at Kenilworth. The final rounds are bisected by the State Championships being held at Illinbah on July 31st.
Cross Country (XC) riders will have two separate series’ in 2011, starting with the traditional Olympic format, competing at 4 venues. First off is Adare on May 29th and then moving to Mt Cotton, D’Aguilar Range Cycle Club’s venue and finally to Mt Crosby. The XCO State Championships will also be held at Illinbah on July 31st.
A new addition to the Sunshine Series in 2011 is the all new 4hr series. Riders will compete ‘Solo’ or in ‘Pairs’ over 4 hours attempting to complete as many laps as possible. The series kicks off again, at Samford before heading to Adare and finally Garapine in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in late October.
XC – 4hr
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