Cycling News Roundup 24 May 2006
US Pro Cycling Tour Triple Crown UCI Points, Team News, Health Net Top NRC
Ranks, Stelvio XRP,
Commerce Bank Reading Classic Secures UCI
Valuable UCI Points Up For Grabs in All Triple Crown of Cycling Events
The Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling Benefiting Fox Chase Cancer Center has
pulled off a last minute coup. With an 11th hour decision by the UCI, the
governing body of international cycling, the Commerce Bank Reading Classic has
been granted official approval for prestigious UCI sanctioning.
Final UCI approval was held up until Pro Cycling Tour, race organizers, could
present course details. According to course designer,
Jerry Casale, “This was not a simple matter
of switching the Thursday race from Trenton, NJ to Reading, PA. The UCI needs to
be certain that road closure approvals and adequate safety precautions are in
place. We worked closely with Reading city officials to make sure they were
completely pleased with the plan before we submitted it. Considering that we
confirmed Reading as the June 8 venue late last month, this was done in record
Playing a key role in their final decision was the fact that throughout its
21 year history the Pro Cycling Tour’s Philadelphia race series has been in good
standing with the UCI and Sean Petty of USA Cycling strongly endorsed the new
venue. The green light was finally given and the Commerce Bank Reading Classic
was added to the list of UCI races along with the Commerce Bank Philadelphia
International Cycling Championship and the Commerce Bank Tom Bamford Lancaster
With all three races in the Commerce Bank Triple
Crown of Cycling slated as UCI events, this week of cycling presents
a golden opportunity for the 23 professional men’s and 24 professional women’s
teams competing to amass valuable international UCI ranking points. In the eyes
of the international cycling community, these points ultimately determine the
success of both the team and the individual riders that ride for it.
Just as important to race organizers is to ensure that each course has unique
characteristics. “The Reading course will favor the
strong power climbers,” said PCT technical
director, Ron Ruggiero. “Add Lancaster as a
tough technical course and Philly as the one that favors good all rounders who
can go the longer distance and you have three very different races. The rider
who does well in all three will certainly have to be a top, top pro.”
The Commerce Bank Tom Bamford, Reading and women’s Liberty Classics will be
designated as category 1.1 UCI races with the winner of each event receiving 80
UCI points. The final race of the Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling, the
Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship which is
continuing as a 1.HC category UCI event will award a whopping 100 UCI points to
the winner and is at the same level in terms of prestige as the biggest European
professional Semi-Classic races which draw hundreds of thousands of spectators.
In addition to awarding these coveted UCI points, the Pro Cycling Tour will
be required to run the races under strict UCI rules that designate specific
timing protocol, race course set up and prize money minimums.
With the addition of the Commerce Bank Reading Classic to the list of UCI
races on tap for the Triple Crown week, the pressure will be placed firmly on
the shoulders of the dominant team’s leaders. These stars of cycling would be
well advised to keep a close eye on the underdogs as there will be no lack of
incentive for them to take their shots at climbing to the top step of the
Pate wins, Friedman 5th in Stage 2 of FBD Ras
Danny Pate soloed to victory in today's stage of the FBD Ras! The 180 kilometer
stage is the second in the eight day FBD Ras in Ireland.
Only 30 kilometers into the rolling stage, Pate was on the attack with a
group of ten. Over the next three hours some of these riders were dropped, while
others were able to bridge across to the break, but with 10 kilometers left Pate
remained. Sensing the right moment, Pate attacked his three remaining breakaway
companions and rode solo to the finish to win by 27 seconds. Soon after Pate's
three breakaway companions finished, Michael Friedman came storming across for
5th place on the day.
Another day of breakaways and crazy racing greeted Team TIAA-CREF in today's
stage of the Ras. Mike Friedman covered a breakaway to protect Danny Pate's lead
yesterday, but ended up taking the lead. Today, as Friedman marked rival Chris
Newton, Pate covered a dangerous move and barely kept the lead in the TIAA-CREF
Today's stage went up the most difficult climb of the Ras, and it was here
that Irish National Champion, David O'Loughlin made his attack that almost took
the lead from our boys! Luckily Pate chased in time and regained the race
leader's jersey by just one second.
Tomorrow is another tough stage, followed by a decisive team time trial on
Skil-Shimano signs Floris Goesinnen
Skil-Shimano has reinforced the team, with a view to the upcoming stage races,
with Dutch rider Floris Goesinnen. The 22-year old is now riding Olympia’s Tour
for Van Vliet-EBH Advocaten and this team has given their full cooperation with
his transfer to the Pro Continental team of Skil-Shimano.
Goesinnen is an all round rider and gave proot to that this season with top three
results in de Ronde van Drenthe (second), Omloop van de Glazen Stad (third), the
Friesche Wouden Klassieker (second) and his fifth place in the Hel van het
Mergelland. These strong performances drew the attention of management and sports directors of Skil-Shimano.
Goesinnen will sign a contract till the end of 2007. He is likely to make his
debut for his new team at the Skoda - Tour de Luxembourg which will start on May
Damiano Cunego visits his fans and signs some autographs at the start of
Stage 17. Photo courtesy Lampre/Fondital.
There was no satisfaction for the curiosity of the people that were waiting
for the Giro on the street of Plan de Corones: because of the bad weather
conditions, the Giro's organization change the course of the 17th stage,
cancelling the Passo delle Erbe climb and fixing the finish line on the top of
Passo Furcia, instead of Plan de Corones.
Pieopoli won, reaching the finish line with Basso. We saw the great
determination of Cunego on the climb: Damiano covered the climb at his own pace
and in the final part found a good speed that permitted him to finish 7th at 41"
from the winner.
A performance of heath, that showed the pride of
Damiano: "In the final part I recovered some
positions - said Cunego, adding in a funny way - maybe on the street without
asphalt I could had show the characteristics improved in cross country race in
my youth." Then, said seriously: "I think
that the jury had made the right chosen, eliminating the final climb".
Health Net/Maxxis tops the NRC Rankings
The Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis is once again on top of
the most recent USA Cycling NRC team standings. The team standings, which are
taken by compiling the points of team's top five riders on the individual
standings, have Health Net Presented by Maxxis in first with 2275, a solid 377
and 537 points ahead of ProTour teams Discovery Channel and Phonak respectively.
Toyota-United is the next highest placed domestic team with 1673 points.
O'Neill and Fraser second and third
Nathan O'Neill (793) and Gord Fraser (682) of Health Net Presented by Maxxis are
sitting second and third respectively on the NRC individual standings behind
Floyd Landis (Phonak), who has earned 1270 points on the strength of his overall
titles in the Tours of California and Georgia. High placing's in both California
and Georgia, as well as the overall title at Redlands have given O'Neill his
ranking, while a recent string of wins, including three stages and the overall
title of the Joe Martin Stage Race, have put Fraser in the top 3.
Scott Moninger, last year's overall NRC individual points champion, is 9th with
2006 NRC - Men's Individual Standings
Rank Name Team Total Points
1 LANDIS Floyd PHONAK 1270
2 O'NEILL Nathan HEALTH NET 793
3 FRASER, Gordon HEALTH NET 682
4 ZABRISKIE Dave CSC 655
5 DANIELSON Tom DISCOVERY CHANNEL 615
6 BALDWIN, Chris TOYOTA- UNITED PRO 544
7 HINCAPIE George DISCOVERY CHANNEL 415
8 POPOVYCH, Yaroslav DISCOVERY CHANNEL 405
9 MONINGER Scott HEALTH NET 396
10 HAEDO, Juan Jose TOYOTA- UNITED PRO 377
11 JULICH Bobby TEAM CSC 355
12 LEIPHEIMER Levi GEROLSTEINER 345
13 ENGLAND, Justin TOYOTA- UNITED PRO 315
14 BRAJKOVIC, Janez DISCOVERY CHANNEL 309
15 CATALUNA Jose Enrique Gutierr PHONAK 295
16 JACQUES-MAYNES Ben KODAKGALLERY./S-NEVADA 291
17 BLACKGROVE, Heath TOYOTA- UNITED PRO 266
18 COLBY, Anthony TARGETRAINING 266
19 MENZIES Karl HEALTH NET 259
20 MANION Caleb JELLY BELLY CYCLING TEAM 242
2006 NRC - Men's Team Standings
Rank TeamName Team Points
1 HEALTH NET 2314
2 TOYOTA- UNITED PRO CYCLING TEAM 1912
3 DISCOVERY CHANNEL 1898
4 PHONAK 1738
5 JELLY BELLY CYCLING TEAM 1226
6 CSC 868
7 NAVIGATORS INSURANCE CYCLING TEAM 725
8 DAVITAMON LOTTO 686
9 KODAKGALLERY.COM- SIERRA NEVADA 616
10 TEAM CSC 615
11 TARGETRAINING 528
12 GEROLSTEINER 438
13 COLAVITA OLIVE OIL/ SUTTER HOME PRO 432
14 SUANIER DUVAL - PRODIR 379
15 JITTERY JOE'S - ZERO GRAVITY PRO TEAM 328
16 CREDIT AGRICOLE 309
17 T-MOBILE 294
18 QUICK STEP-INNERGETIC 257
19 ORBEA 250
20 TEAM TIAA-CREF 242
21 PRIORITY HEALTH CYCLING TEAM 201
22 AEG-TOSHIBA-JET NETWORK 187
23 TEAM EINSTEIN 161
24 PRODIR- SAUNIER DUVAL 114
25 CALIFORNIA GIANT - VILLAGE PEDDLER 76
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AEG/TOSHIBA/JetNetwork Wins Stage at Tri-Peaks,
Takes Overall Lead
On the second day of racing at the Tri-Peaks Classic stage race in Russellville,
Arkansas, Bruno Langlois of the AEG – TOSHIBA – JetNetwork Professional Cycling
Team infiltrated the early break along with teammates Frank Travieso and Ryan
Trebon. After three major climbs and almost 85 miles off the front, Langlois
attacked with Tom Zirbel (Priority Health) with two miles to go and then handily
beat him to the line. Travieso outsprinted the likes of Gord Fraser (Health Net)
and Ivan Dominguez (Toyota-United) to take an impressive 3rd on the day.
Langlois’ victory moves him into the overall lead and is reminiscent of his
performance at last month’s Tour of Shenandoah, where he also won a stage and
moved into the overall lead. With a strong performance in yesterday’s opening
stage criterium, in which he helped Emile Abraham to a fine 3rd place result,
Langlois has a sizable lead going into tomorrow’s final stage, which concludes
with an 18% climb up Mt. Nebo. Holding off some of the country’s best climbers
won’t be easy, but Langlois and team are determined to find a way to win.
Regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, the AEG – TOSHIBA – JetNetwork boys are
hitting their stride heading into next month’s Commerce Bank Triple Crown of
Cycling held in and around Philadelphia, PA.
Tri-Peaks Classic, Russellville, AK
1. Ivan Stevic (Toyota – United)
2. Ivan Dominguez (Toyota – United)
3. Emile Abraham (AEG – TOSHIBA – JetNetwork)
1. Bruno Langlois (AEG – TOSHIBA – JetNetwork)
2. Tom Zirbel (Priority Health)
3. Frank Travieso (AEG – TOSHIBA – JetNetwork)
After some rest and local success over the last two weeks, the
Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling Team is ready to jump back into the
National Racing Calendar fray with a string of East Coast criteriums.
This past Sunday, the team's Bay Area duo of Ben Jacques-Maynes and Jackson
Stewart followed up their 1-3 result at the Cat's Hill Classic last weekend with
a win at the Pacific State Bank GP in Stockton.
After both KGSN riders rolled away in an eight-rider break under a steady
rain, Stewart attacked with Brent Miller (Arete Racing) in the last 10 laps and
took the win, while Jacques-Maynes finished fourth after keeping an eye on the
other five riders left contention.
Looking ahead to the few weeks, Racing Manager Jonas
Carney commented, "There's a lot of hard
racing and traveling almost every day, and we'll be fresh and ready to race. We
chose to give the team some time at home this month, and I think it'll pay off."
Starting on Friday, May 26, with the Raleigh Twilight, the team's itinerary
will have them stopping off in Baltimore for the Kelly Cup on May 27 and then in
New Jersey on May 29 for the Tour of Somerville before wrapping up in Virginia
with the CapTech Classic on June 1 in Richmond and the CSC Invitational on June
3 in Arlington.
For the Raleigh and Baltimore races, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada will
start seven riders: Pete Lopinto, Dan Schmatz, Martin Gilbert, Scott Zwizanski,
Jackson Stewart, Skyler Bishop, and Jason Allen.
They'll be joined by Jesse Anthony and Mike Dietrich for the Tour of
Then, Ben Jacaques-Maynes and Dominique Perras will arrive for CapTech, where
they'll race alongside Zwizanski, Stewart, Allen, Anthony, Dietrich, and an
eighth rider yet to be selected.
From there, the eight riders for the CSC Invitational will be Lopinto,
Schmatz, Gilbert, Zwizanski, Stewart, Allen, Anthony, and Jacques-Maynes.
The next day, the Commerce Bank Triple Crown of Cycling kicks off in
Pennsylvania with the Lancaster Classic, followed by the Reading Classic on June
8th and the Philadelphia International Championships on the 11th.
Ed Rudolph Velodrome
Track Cycling: Season Opener
The Ed Rudolph Velodrome will kick off the Thursday Night Racing Series on
Thursday, May 25. The velodrome is expecting
riders in great numbers because they will earn double Rider of Year
participation points throughout the night. This format will provide excitement
among the competitors because this format provides an element of suspense as we
wait and see who will be the Rider of the Year (ROTY) point’s leader.
The Season Opener is sponsored by Turin Bicycles. Turin has been in business
for 41 years. The shop is located in the suburb of Evanston, a city north of the
City of Chicago.
This season promises to be extremely exciting as the schedule calls for an
increase number of races for women, juniors and masters riders.
On-site registration for this week’s events will take place from 5:45 p.m. to
6:45 p.m. Racing begins at 7:00 p.m.
A full race program can be found by visiting
About the Ed Rudolph Northbrook Velodrome: The newly resurfaced
velodrome, located just north of Chicago suburban Village of Northbrook. Several
fundraising efforts helped save the facility. The velodrome attracts cyclist
from multiple states. (www.northbrookvelodrome.org)
About Turin Bicycle Evanston Ltd: The firm has called Evanston its home
since 1965. Turin takes pride in fitting bikes to individual customers to ensure
that cycling will be a positive experience. In addition, the bike store serves
as an educator to the community by hosting several clinics during the year as it
aims at teaching individuals about the sport of cycling. (http://turinbicycle.com)
Volunteer Sign-Up in Place for 2006 Capitol Classic:
A Bicycle Ride & Race for Autism Awareness
Volunteers are needed for the inaugural Capitol Classic: A Bicycle
Ride & Race for Autism Awareness (www.bikeforautism.org). This exciting
fundraiser takes place on Sunday, June 4 from 9am to
5pm in Saint Paul, on the streets surrounding the Minnesota State
Volunteers will work two- or three-hour shifts between 8am and 6pm. Some
available opportunities include race registration, race marshals, award ceremony
assistants, event stewards, and race attendants. Volunteers can offer their
energy, support, and assistance by emailing event organizer Jay Dworsky at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 612-327-1599.
The Capitol Classic features plenty of cycling, live music, healthful-food
options, and wellness expos, plus an action sports demonstration presented by
Skatewave. All proceeds will benefit the Autism Society of Minnesota
The event kicks off with a criterium race—a short, lapped cycling affair
approximately one kilometer in distance. The day will continue with numerous
other cycling events that showcase the prowess of highly skilled local amateurs
of all ages and both genders, with prizes awarded to race winners. Spectators
and cyclists alike will have numerous other opportunities to demonstrate support
for autism during the day and to have a blast doing so. For example, the
autism-awareness ride invites individuals to bicycle the race course for 30
minutes. Participants will be of all ages, abilities, and disabilities, and this
is an exciting forum to pedal a race course with friends and family. All the
cycling action will be visible from the start/finish line, located just off the
south steps of the capitol.
The Capitol Classic is an awesome opportunity for volunteers to help out a great
cause and event while enjoying an up-close and personal look at the mesmerizing
skills developed by the weekend-warrior cyclists visible almost year-round on
the streets of the Twin Cities.
The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is an organization of
families, educators, caregivers, and professionals committed to supporting
individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It exists to enhance the lives
of individuals with ASD, and its primary goals are to inform and educate
families, professionals, and the community about ASDs and promising
interventions that individual needs; to advocate for appropriate services and
rights for people with ASD and their families; and to support families and
individuals through services and relationships. AuSM seeks to realize its
mission through education support, collaboration, and advocacy.
Circuit Global Sports Management (CGSM), facilitates strategic alliances
between corporate partners and professional lifestyle sport teams and athletes.
Previous clients include Cadillac, Timberland, DKNY, Dollar Rent a Car, Kelly
Benefit Strategies and Jeep.
Clarification of National Mountain Bike Series Rule
The National Mountain Bike Championships at the Infineon Raceway on
July 14-16, 2006 will ALSO be a National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS) race ONLY
for the Downhill event.
Due to the number of international Downhill racers who compete in the U.S.
during the summer, the Downhill event at the Infineon Raceway will count towards
NMBS series points as well. This is the ONLY event at the Infineon Raceway venue
that will count towards the NMBS.
The paragraph in the "2006 National Mountain Bike Series Rule Changes Across
All Disciplines" Press Release regarding the fact that there are seven (7) races
in the Downhill (DH) Series with two (2) drops allowed in any race except the
series finals in Snowmass, CO is correct.
X-Fusion Sponsors USA National Mtn Bike
USA Cycling announced today X-Fusion as the title sponsor for its
2006 National Mountain Bike Championships this summer.
The 2006 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships brought to you by
X-Fusion is scheduled for July 13-16 in Sonoma,
California as part of the Infineon Technologies Cougar Mountain
Classic and is expected to welcome approximately 1,500 competitive off-road
cyclists from across the United States.
The USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships brought to you by
X-Fusion represents the culmination of the domestic mountain bike season as over
150 national titles will be on the line in Sonoma across a wide spectrum of
ages, abilities and disciplines.
X-Fusion’s support of the event, along with a supplemental contribution from
Infineon Raceway, also means a $25,000 prize purse is up for grabs in the 12
men’s and women’s pro events. Competitors in the pro ranks of the Cross Country,
Short Track, Mountain Cross, Downhill, Marathon and Super D will compete for a
$1,000 cash prize to compliment his or her stars and stripes jersey, gold medal
and title of national champion. Additional cash prizes will be paid out five
deep - $500, $250, $150, and $100 respectively. Furthermore, an added $1,000
bonus will be on the line for any pro rider that wins two national titles over
X-Fusion will also provide suspension products for expert categories through
a post-race lottery system amongst podium finishers. In total, three Cross
Country and three Downhill suspension packages will be awarded. Additional
X-Fusion branded apparel and soft goods will be awarded to amateur category
“X-Fusion is proud to be part of the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National
Championships,” commented Alex Wheeler, U.S. marketing manager for X-Fusion.
“X-Fusion shares USA Cycling’s commitment to raising the level of mountain bike
competition in the United States and when the opportunity to sponsor the
National Championships came along we saw it as a perfect fit. The fact that it
is now being held in Sonoma as part of the Infineon Technologies Cougar Mountain
Classic is a bonus for X-Fusion as a relative hometown event. Infineon Raceway
is a fantastic venue and we expect the racing will be fast, furious and
challenging. X-Fusion will also use the opportunity to debut its 2007 product
line of high performance suspension products which includes our fully redesigned
Vector Series coil shocks and our long awaited suspension fork line.”
With the new qualification system underway for the 2008 Olympic Games, the
USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships brought to you by X-Fusion also
plays an integral part in the number of start positions the United States will
receive in the sport of mountain biking in Beijing. As a UCI-recognized national
championship event, the winner of the men’s and women’s Cross Country
disciplines receive 110 UCI points each – a figure that directly factors into
the depth of the United States’ presence at the 2008 Games.
“X-Fusion’s support of USA Cycling’s Mountain Bike National Championships
provides a welcome enhancement to the event,” commented Steve Johnson, chief
executive officer of USA Cycling. “A prize list will further augment the level
of competition and help to provide a more competitive atmosphere for athletes
and spectators alike.”
For more information on the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships
brought to you by X-Fusion, visit
Event registration is currently available at
About X-Fusion: X-Fusion is a global designer and manufacturer of
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About USA Cycling: Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union
Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its
54,000 members and 2,000 annual events. USA Cycling associations include the BMX
Association (BMX), National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), U.S.
Cycling Federation (road/track), the National Collegiate Cycling Association and
the U.S. Professional Racing Organization (professional men’s road). For more
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Destination: Bike Jam 2006
Three riders will journey from New York City to Baltimore next week
Baltimore, MD – In an effort to promote bike riding, David Torres, Carolyn Hare
and Shannon Anderson will bike from New York City on Monday, May 22 and end
their journey on Saturday, May 27 at Patterson Park, the home of Baltimore’s
Kelly Benefit Strategies’ BikeJam 2006.
This will be the second bike trek for Torres, who last year rode from New
York to Philadelphia alone. This year, however, Torres, a 45-year old director
of security for a large hotel in NYC, wanted to share the experience with some
other riders when he finished and as a result Hare, a 25-year old saleswoman
from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Anderson, a restaurateur and artist from North
Carolina, responded to an online ad and will join Torres in his adventure. All
three of the riders will meet for the first time on the first day of the
The trio begins their journey on Monday, May 22 at 4 a.m. at the Days Inn on
94th and Broadway and will head towards the George Washington Bridge. Along the
way they will make five stops: Edison, N.J. (Monday), Bordentown, N.J.
(Tuesday), Philadelphia, Pa. (Wednesday), Wilmington, Del. (Thursday), Aberdeen,
Md. (Friday) before arriving at Patterson Park around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday just
in time for the start of The Kelly Cup Men’s Professional Race. When they arrive
at Patterson Park, they will complete a ceremonial first lap with the riders. At
each stop, they will spend the night in a hotel before departing for their next
stop. All-in-all the journey will encompass 250 miles.
Kelly Benefit Strategies’ BikeJam 2006, the Mid-Atlantic’s largest cycling
festival, consists of 12 road races for riders from beginner to professional.
The one-mile road course has become a favorite among racers. Held in historic
Patterson Park near Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor, the course is flat and fast
but contains slight elevation changes and a few turns to add to the excitement.
For those not taking part in the races, there will be the Toyota Family Fun
Festival, which features a Bike Trials and Stunt Show, a Bike and Health Expo, a
Kids’ Activities Pavilion, Food and Live Music and a helmet giveaway for the
kids courtesy of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
Kelly Benefit Strategies’ BikeJam 2006 is being put on by Corrigan Sports
Enterprises, a leader in sports promotions in the Baltimore/Washington D.C.
region. Founded in 1991, CSE owns and operates the following events: Under
Armour Baltimore Marathon, The Charm City Challenge All-Star Basketball Game,
The Capital Classic, the Toyota Pro Beach Volleyball Series, the Scion Trash &
Jam (Extreme Sports) and BikeJam.
Kelly & Associates Insurance Group is Maryland’s leading provider of benefits
to employers. They have been a part of BikeJam for the last three years as the
title sponsor of both the men’s and women’s professional bike races. In
addition, they assist in the event’s yearly donation to the Mt. Washington
The world’s toughest mountain bike marathon
15th of July - Salzkammergut Trophy
Bad Goisern, Upper Austria
The Salzkammergut Trophy is the most popular Mountain Bike marathon in Austria!
Last year more than 2000 participants from 32 nations tackled one of the four
distances. After successfully hosting last year’s UCI Marathon World Cup 2005,
this year we are focusing again on our extreme bikers.
The longest course is 203 km and has unbelievable 6.818 meter change in
altitude – this is the toughest marathon in the World! The drop out rate is
about 30 to 50% so this challenge is even daunting for such Adrenalin Junkies
like Gerrit Glomser and Wolfgang Fasching. Besides being in great physical
shape, athletes need above all great technical driving skills. The course is
identical with last year’s Marathon World Cup course; it’s only two laps
The routes 101 km (3387 m) or 53 km (1663 m) also demand a good physical shape,
and newcomers may challenge the 25 km beginners’ marathon. Tomorrow’s stars
tackle the Junior Trophy in Gosau!
Even children may join in
Children and young people aged from four to fourteen can demonstrate
their bike skills in the Junior Trophy in Gosau on July 15th. According to their
age-group, the junior bikers will tackle a course from 500 metres up to a
sweat-bursting 12 kilometres. The future stars will be cheered by an
enthusiastic audience just like the big one of today! That is why the Junior
Trophy attracts more and more entrants every year – in 2005 there were more than
100 junior bikers from Austria, Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic.
For years the Salzkammergut Trophy has been regarded as one of the
best-organised marathons in Europe and was recently awarded with the
“Bikeboard-Award” by the readers of Austria’s biggest mountain-biker magazine,
the Mountainbike Revue, and it has been amongst the front runners for years in
the international popularity ranks. This is a tribute not only to the town of
Bad Goisern, the tourism association, locals clubs, the police force, the
Austrian Red Cross and the Mountain Rescue Team but also to more than 500
volunteer helpers and many excited spectators all along the perfectly marked
For many years the Salzkammergut region has spellbound more and more mountain
bikers. Especially the various towns and villages - Bad Goisern, Gosau,
Hallstatt, Obertraun, Bad Ischl, and the Ausseerland area - have been investing
a lot of time and effort to encourage mountain bike tourism resulting in more
than 1.300 km sign posted tracks!
The unique combination of breath-taking mountains and sparkling lakes is a
delight to every biker, and the Dachstein-Hallstatt region, which is listed as
part of the world's cultural heritage, forms the perfect backdrop to this
high-ranking marathon event. "The UCI Marathon World Cup with more than 2,000
active participants, thousands of spectators, and numerous representatives of
the media is an excellent advertising for our region and for Upper Austria as a
paradise for mountain bikers,” says Philipp Außerweger from the Upper Austrian