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AUG 16–SPONSORHOUSE.COM FEATURED RIDER

AUG 16–SPONSORHOUSE.COM FEATURED RIDER Installment #2 By Ryan Cleek photos courtesy of sponsorhouse.com The Sponsorhouse.com feature rider interview series continues with 17-year-old pro downhiller from Santa Barbara, California, Duncan Riffle. Last season, he made his mark in downhill by taking fifth in the Junior World Championships, and winning the Semi-pro National Championship, with series wins […]

JUST IN! REMAINING WORLD’s PICK-AUG 13

JUST IN! REMAINING WORLD’s PICK-AUG 13 They might not have had the complete racing season to satisfy the automatic selection standard. But they showed so much promise that USA Cycling hand picked them to round out the full World’s Team. Include the automatic qualifiers and you have 63 Americans vying for gold! Following is USAC’s […]

AUTOMATIC NOMINATIONS FOR MTB WORLDS

AUTOMATIC NOMINATIONS FOR MTB WORLDS From USA Cycling: USA Cycling announced today the automatic qualifiers for the 2004 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships to be held in Les Gets, France Sept. 8-12. Highlighting the roster are the nation’s three Olympic athletes, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo.), Todd Wells (Durango, Colo.) and Mary McConneloug (Fairfax, Calif.). Ranked […]

SHOP RIDES IN WEST VIRGINIA, DC, AND VIRGINIA

SHOP RIDES IN WEST VIRGINIA, DC, AND VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA 1. VIENNA BICYCLE SHOP Wednesday, 6 p.m. rides meet at the Mt. Wood Park’s marina lot. It starts down in a valley and there’s no where to go but up. At the top the technical singletrack follows rolling terrain. Town: Vienna. Contact: (304) 295-5469. 2. […]

STEVE PEAT LIGHTS UP WORLD CUP DOWNHILL-AUG 9

STEVE PEAT LIGHTS UP WORLD CUP DOWNHILL-AUG 9 Smith Optics congratulates Steve Peat on securing the 2004 World Cup Downhill championship title. Peat capped a run of podium appearances on the World Cup Downhill circuit with a solid third place finish in Calgary ensuring the overall World Cup title with one race still left on […]

SNOWMASS VILLAGE NMBS

SNOWMASS VILLAGE NMBS Snowmass in Colorado is known for having the toughest courses on the circuit. Take the cross-country, for example. Called Big Burn, the 13 mile circuit starts at 8500 feet and climbs straight up to 10,000. After descending all the way back down again, the trail follows jagged terrain to the finish. The […]

BUSH & KERRY BATTLE ON SINGLETRACK–AUG 3

BUSH & KERRY BATTLE ON SINGLETRACK–AUG 3 This from IMBA: This year’s path to the White House includes singletrack. Cyclists from Texas and Massachusetts are in the news, and we’re not talking about the rivalry between Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton. President George Bush’s newfound enthusiasm for off-road riding has been a top story recently […]

NORBA #6: SCHWEITZER MTN–AUG 2

NORBA #6: SCHWEITZER MTN–AUG 2 It was the sixth cross country and short track of the eight race national series. There are only six downhills total included in the same series, and Schweitzer was race four. On the mountaincross side it was race five out of seven total. The first two of those gated events […]

CARTER AND KINTNER VICTORIOUS IN SANDPOINT

CARTER AND KINTNER VICTORIOUS IN SANDPOINT (USA Cycling) Gravity action continued at Schweitzer Mountain Resort this afternoon with the mountain cross finals. Securing a win in the women’s category was Jill Kintner (Murrieta, Calif.), as Eric Carter (Temecula,Calif.) was victorious in the men’s competition. The first turn in the brand new course proved to be […]

RIM NORDIC 3–JULY 30

RIM NORDIC 3–JULY 30 There was almost too much action over the weekend. Rim Nordic’s third series event was also the first annual Mark J. Reynolds Memorial Stage Race and the fourth race of the SoCal Single Speed Championships. Wherever you looked there was racing! Lucky for us, Korry Brown was on hand to capture […]

FILIP MEIRHAEGHE OUT OF OLYMPICS FOR DOPING

FILIP MEIRHAEGHE OUT OF OLYMPICS FOR DOPING (The Associated Press) BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) – Belgian world champion mountain biker Filip Meirhaeghe pulled out of the Olympics and announced his retirement from the sport Thursday after testing positive for the banned substance erythropoietin. Meirhaeghe, 33, said he tested positive for the blood-boosting EPO before a mountain […]

SABRINA JONNIER INJURED IN WHISTLER–JULY 27

SABRINA JONNIER INJURED IN WHISTLER–JULY 27 Factory Intense Cycles downhill and mountaincross star Sabrina Jonnier was severely injured on Saturday, in the Bikercross race at the Crankworx festival in Whistler, B.C. Jonnier crashed in the final round while charging towards eventual winner, and fastest qualifier Jill Kintner, in a whoops section near the bottom of […]

TOUR de FRANCE FINAL THOUGHT–JULY 26

TOUR de FRANCE FINAL THOUGHT–JULY 26 By Eddie Arnet They said he wasn’t serious enough. He was spending too much time craving sweets and Cheryl Crow. That he’s a doper. The Tour route had been designed to make him lose. Or that he started his build-up too late in the season. Plus he had lost […]

HAYWOOD CONSIDERS LEGAL ACTION–JULY 26

HAYWOOD CONSIDERS LEGAL ACTION–JULY 26 By John Ker/MBA Susan Haywood and Mary McConneloug’s pitched battle for the right to represent the U.S. at the Olympics may not have ended yet. Susan Haywood is now deciding if she is going to pursue a legal battle in order to overturn last week’s arbitration decision that would send […]

IMBA ASKS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON CAL FOREST PLANS

IMBA ASKS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON CAL FOREST PLANS The National Forest Service is on the cusp of deciding how it will manage its holdings in California for the next 20 years, and is under extreme pressure from special-interest anti-bike groups to adopt the most stringent of its five proposed plans–one that will erase a […]

FASTEST WOMEN AT THE SUMMIT–JULY 22

FASTEST WOMEN AT THE SUMMIT–JULY 22 Big Bear’s Women Only weekend is full of clinics, fun rides, social gatherings, team relays, obstacle courses, food, and of course, good ‘ol downhill and cross-country racing. The XC beginners raced a 7.5 mile circuit while sports and experts did the longer 14 mile course. Following is MBA’s Top […]

SUSAN HAYWOOD’S STATEMENT–JULY 22

SUSAN HAYWOOD’S STATEMENT–JULY 22 On Friday July 16, 2004 I was chosen to represent the United States at the Olympic Games in Women’s Mountain Biking. I had earned the most UCI points (from the cycling world’s governing body) of any U.S. woman mountain biker and had won what many of us were calling the ?crazy […]

ODI SUMMER SERIES & CAL STATE DOWNHILL–JULY 22

ODI SUMMER SERIES & CAL STATE DOWNHILL–JULY 22 Summer has hit! When it’s a 100 degrees in Fontana, even Southern Californian’s agree that it is hot. The weekend put a wrap on the three race odi Summer XC/DH Series, which culminated with the fifth round of the Cal State Downhill. Instead of taking the weekend […]

MCCONNELOUG GETS OLYMPIC SPOT BACK FROM HAYWOOD

MCCONNELOUG GETS OLYMPIC SPOT BACK FROM HAYWOOD Mary McConneloug was not happy with USA Cycling’s decision to give Susan Haywood the sole women’s spot on the U.S. Olympic mountain biking team last week. The decision came after a year-long points battle between the two women ended with USA Cycling giving the decision to Haywood last […]

JIMENA FLORIT GETS WILDCARD SLOT FOR OLYMPICS

JIMENA FLORIT GETS WILDCARD SLOT FOR OLYMPICS Jimena Florit will get to represent Argentina in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens in August. She just got the news today, July 20th. Here’s what Jimena told MBA: “I want to share with all of you the good news I got just an hour ago: I am […]

TOUR de FRANCE WEEK 2–JULY 19

TOUR de FRANCE WEEK 2–JULY 19 By Eddie Arnet Today might be a rest day, but there are still 500 miles and 40,000 feet of climbing left. Here’s an “Americanized” recap of what happened last week. STAGE 9: ST-LEONARD-de-NOBLAT TO GUERET Winner: Australian Robbie McEwen of Lotto-Domo 99.7 miles in 3:32:55 28.1 m.p.h. average 4100 […]

JULY 16–HAYWOOD NOMINATED TO OLYMPIC TEAM

JULY 16–HAYWOOD NOMINATED TO OLYMPIC TEAM Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 16, 2004)–USA Cycling announced today the formal nomination of Sue Haywood (Davis, W. Va.) to the 2004 U.S. Olympic Mountain Bike Team. Haywood’s nomination comes after a dramatic year-long pursuit of UCI points resulted in her position as the top-ranked American in the world. Haywood […]

JULY 16–RIM NORDIC 2

JULY 16–RIM NORDIC 2 Round two of Rim Nordic’s XC Series dished a revised layout that measured eight miles with 1100 feet of climbing per lap. Fifteen-year old Korry Brown was on hand to capture the action with her new Nikon D70. A guest appearance was also made by photog and LA Fitness triathlete star […]

JULY 16–JIMENA FLORIT IS WAITING FOR THE CALL

JULY 16–JIMENA FLORIT IS WAITING FOR THE CALL In an exclusive interview with Mountain Bike Action on July 16th, Jimena Florit told us that she still does not know if she will be going to the Olympics. Her native country of Argentina has not yet heard if it will be chosen to send a female […]

USA CYCLING NAMES MEN’S OLYMPIC MTB SQUAD

USA CYCLING NAMES MEN’S OLYMPIC MTB SQUAD Horgan Kobelski, Wells On Their Way To Athens Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 15, 2004)–USA Cycling announced today the two-member men’s mountain bike squad that will compete at this summer’s Olympic Games. After a close, season-long competition to fulfill the selection criteria, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski

PART II: THE MARY McCONNELOUG CHRONICLES

PART II: THE MARY McCONNELOUG CHRONICLES This is the latest correspondence between Michael Broderick, Mary McConneloug and Stan Koziatek of NoTubes. Hi Stan, Don’t believe everything you hear when it comes to the high stakes of Olympic selection. Things are getting hot! Please continue to stand by us. We are doing everything in our power […]

THIS SHOULD BE EASY TO SPOT–JULY 15

THIS SHOULD BE EASY TO SPOT–JULY 15 We rarely, if ever publish stolen bike reports, but this one is an interesting story. Jeff Robinson, one of MBA’s riding buddies is six-foot, seven-inches tall. He’s not quite NBA material, but you wouldn’t miss Jeff if you passed him on a local singletrack. Jeff’s custom-built titanium big-wheel […]

THE MARY McCONNELOUG CHRONICLES–JULY 14

THE MARY McCONNELOUG CHRONICLES–JULY 14 Stan at NoTubes is a lot more than a cosponsor of Michael Broderick and Mary McConneloug. He’s also their friend. All year long Stan has helped Mary and Mike through their global journey as they hit every possibly UCI event to earn the points it took to make the Olympics. […]

ALISON DUNLAP’S JOURNAL–JULY 13

ALISON DUNLAP’S JOURNAL–JULY 13 It’s been an interesting week since the last World Cup in Calgary. I apologize for taking so long to get this race report written. A lot has changed and I’m still figuring out how to deal with everything. I never thought it could really happen, but it did. My quest to […]

HORGAN-KOBELSKI AND WELLS POISED FOR OLYMPICS

HORGAN-KOBELSKI AND WELLS POISED FOR OLYMPICS Andy Lee of USA Cycling told MBA on Monday, July 12th, that the men who will be nominated for the U.S. Olympic mountain biking team will definitely be Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Todd Wells. Kobelski and Wells locked up their nominations at the conclusion of the Calgary, Alberta World Cup, […]