The UCI Cycle-ball World Cup Chronicle

The UCI Cycle-ball World Cup Chronicle

UCI Cycle-ball World Cup
UCI Cycle-ball World Cup

– What happened? –

Shortly before midnight on Saturday, a message appeared on RV Stahlross Obernfeld’s Facebook page: “What a crazy final at the World Cup in St Gallen.” The match in question was a genuine thriller that ended in the event’s first German one-two since 2010.

Obernfeld pair André and Manuel Kopp faced RMC Stein’s Bernd and Gerhard Mlady in a captivating showdown in the seventh round of this year’s UCI Cycle-ball World Cup. With the scores tied at 8-8 after normal time and 10-10 after extra time, Obernfeld finally prevailed 3-2 on penalties to win the 70th edition of the Olma Cup, the oldest cycle-ball tournament in the world. By securing their third triumph in 25 UCI World Cup appearances, the Kopp cousins now top the overall standings once more.

The third-place play-off was an all-Swiss affair as former UCI World Champions RC Winterthur (Peter Jiricek/Marcel Waldispühl) defeated wildcards RMV Mosnang (Timo Reichen/Lukas Schönenberg) 5-1.

Although both home teams made it through the preliminary rounds unbeaten, Winterthur narrowly lost 7-6 to Obernfeld in the semi-final, while Mosnang were soundly beaten 7-2 by Stein in the other last-four encounter.

– What’s next? –

2016 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup #8: Wendlingen (Germany), 29 October

Last year’s results
Wendlingen did not hold a UCI Cycle-ball World Cup event in 2015. The last tournament took place here in 2012.

2012 results
1. RC Höchst I/AUT (Dietmar Schneider*/Patrick Schnetzer – *retired)
2. SV Ehrenberg/GER (Mike Pfaffenberger/Rico Rademann – retired)
3. RV Gärtringen/GER (Matthias König/Uwe Berner – retired)

– What you should know about… Wendlingen –

Wendlingen is a German town near Stuttgart, with a population of 16,000. Its indoor cycling pedigree stretches back to 1909. Local rider Andrea Barth won three women’s artistic cycling titles at the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships between 1994 and 1996, and since then, the town has tasted success in this discipline at both domestic and European youth level.

Wendlingen’s most recent cycle-ball triumph dates back to 1973, when the Mayer brothers became German youth champions. Local heroes Kevin Seever and Frank Schmid are representing the town in this season’s UCI World Cup. Playing in the fourth tier as recently as 2012, the pair were promoted to the 2nd Bundesliga last year.

 

– Ranking –

 

– Photo of the week –

St Gallen

– Focus on… Stein (GER) –

With the retirement of several long-serving teams, cousins Bernd and Gerhard Mlady are among Germany’s brightest cycle-ball hopes. Winners of two UCI World Cup qualifying tournaments so far this season, the men from Bavaria have high hopes for the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships in Stuttgart in early December. For their first appearance in the UCI World Cup in 2014, the Mladys qualified for the Final, finishing in 6th place. Last year they improved to take 4th place in the Final.

Main results

2016 National League – 1st
2014 National Cup – 1st
2015 National Championship – 2nd
2016 National Cup – 3rd
2014 National Championship – 3rd
2015 UCI World Cup Final – 4th
2014 European Cup – 4th
2010, 2011 U-23 European Cup – 1st
2007, 2008 U-19 European Championship – 1st

UCI Cycle-ball World Cup: Germans dominate after a day of surprises in St Gall

UCI Cycle-ball World Cup: Germans dominate after a day of surprises in St Gall

RS Altdorf v RMC Stein
RS Altdorf v RMC Stein

The seventh round of the 2015 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup in St Gall, Switzerland, on Saturday was dominated by the Germans.

The expected battle in the final between World Champions RC Höchst I (Patrick Schnetzer – Markus Bröll) and the silver medallists from the 2014 UCI World Championships RS Altdorf (Roman Schneider – Dominik Planzer), was not to be.

Instead, the Swiss Champions RS Altdorf found themselves up against a surprising and very strong German team RMC Stein. The 25-year-old cousins put on a brilliant performance to take their first victory in a UCI World Cup round, winning the final against the Swiss 4:3. The Germans prevented RS Altdorf, winners five times in St Gall in the past, from getting closer to the record of Swiss cycle-ball legend Paul Oberhänsli, who recorded seven victories in the world’s oldest cycle-ball tournament between 1975 and 1984. It is worth noting that in this 69th edition, the victory returned to Germany for the first time since 2004.

The German triumph was completed with the third place of Andre and Manuel Kopp (RV Obernfeld) who are now wearing the World Cup leader jersey for the first time in their career. The German duo took a clear 8:2 win against Swiss team RMV Pfungen (Benjamin and Severin Waibel), who were competing in the semi-finals for the first time in their career after an upset win (8:6) over RC Höchst I in the preliminary round.

RC Höchst I finally took fifth place after their 10:7 victory over Czech team SC Svitavka (Pavel Loskot – Jiri Hrdlicka). With the presence of newcomers UC Benicarlo (Florencio Monge – Marcel Chaves), at the bottom of the table in St Gall, Spain becomes the 21st participating country in the history of the UCI Cycle-ball World Cup.

With 160 ranking points, RV Obernfeld is the new World Cup leader. The 8th and last tournament before the Final will be held in Höchst, Austria, on  October 24.

UCI Cycle-ball World Cup: 2014 World Champions and silver medallists in St Gall

UCI Cycle-ball World Cup: 2014 World Champions and silver medallists in St Gall

2014 UCI Cycle-ball World Championships: RC Höscht 1 v RS Altdorf
2014 UCI Cycle-ball World Championships: RC Höscht 1 v RS Altdorf

The seventh tournament of the 2015 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup will take place on Saturday in St Gall, Switzerland. First held in 1945, the Swiss event celebrates its 69th edition this weekend, making it the oldest cycle-ball tournament in the world. It has been part of the World Cup series since 2004.

Ten teams from six nations will compete at St Gallen‘s Athletic Centre. The favourites are reigning World Champions Patrick Schnetzer and Markus Bröll from RC Höchst I (Austria), winners of the tournaments in Denkendorf and Svitavka, and last year’s World Championship finalists Dominik Planzer and Roman Schneider from RS Altdorf (Switzerland), winners of the tournament in Krofdorf. Their strongest competition will come from Germany with the teams RVS Obernfeld (Andre and Manuel Kopp) and RMC Stein (Gerhard and Bernd Mlady). The Belgians from SNA Gent (Peter Martens – Christophe Baudu) and the Austrians from RV Dornbirn (Jürgen Türtscher – Martin Lingg) will play their fourth and last tournament of 2015.

The Czechs from SC Svitavka (Jiri Hrdlicka – Pavel Loskot), winners in Tokyo, are under pressure as they must reach at least rank 5 if they want to overtake their compatriots from TJ Favorit Brno (Pavel Smid – Petr Skotak) in the overall ranking. Switzerland will have another two teams playing in its home tournament: the young brothers from RMV Pfungen (Severin and Benjamin Waibel) as well as RMV Mosnang (Lukas Schönenberger with his new partner Rafael Wohlgensinger).

Saturday’s competition will also see the participation of Spanish team UC Benicarlo (Florencio Monge – Marcel Chaves), which won the group B competition of the 2014 World Championships in Brno (CZE).

With the absence this weekend of UCI World Cup leaders RC Höchst II (Simon König – Florian Fischer) the leader’s jersey could change hands in St. Gallen: RVS Obernfeld are in with a chance of claiming the jersey from the Austrian team.

UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships: final rainbow jerseys of the year awarded

UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships: final rainbow jerseys of the year awarded

UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships: final rainbow jerseys of the year awarded

Austria beats Switzerland in the Cycle-ball final
Austria beats Switzerland in the Cycle-ball final

Cycling’s last six World Championship titles for 2014 were awarded to the specialists in artistic cycling and cycle-ball at the weekend in the Czech Republic.

Some 5000 spectators from various participating nations ensured that the atmosphere in the city of Brno’s sport hall was constantly fired up. As is the tradition, the athletes from all nations and their fans celebrated their performances together after each day of competition.

In total, nearly 140 athletes from 17 countries took part in the World Championships which took place from November 21 to 23.

Open Pairs: Bugner brothers confirm

The first World Champions of the competition were the German brothers André and Benedikt Bugner who successfully defended their title in the Open Pairs won in Basel, Switzerland last year.

With 162.65 points, they were comfortably in front of second placed Austrians Fabien Allgäuer and Adriana Mathis (142.73) and their fellow Germans Michael Rauch and Melissa Breitenbach (135.11).

The brothers had decided to deduce the risk in the final, taking out a difficulty factor that had caused them a slight wobble in the qualifications. André Bugner explained: “A fall at this point would have cost a lot of points. In the final, we showed our skills and were more sure than in the qualifications.”

Single Women: fifth title for Biethan

With four World titles already to her name, Germany’s Corinna Biethan (formerly Hein) was looking to claim her fifth gold medal in Brno, her first under her married name. The six-time German Champion did not disappoint, finishing with 178.02 points, just short of last year when she became the first ever woman to reach the magic score of 180 points at a World Championships.

Austria’s Adriana Mathis finished just over 7 points behind Biethan, with Nicole Frybortova (Slovakia) taking the bronze medal. 

Quadri Women: Swiss get it right

The Swiss foursome of Céline Burlet, Flavia Zuber, Melanie and Jennifer Schmid put on a masterful demonstration to take the world title in the ACT 4 category. Despite a mistake at the beginning of their freestyle programme, they kept their nerve and went on to provide a demanding and near flawless show. The four women beat the German team by nearly five points.

It was a nail-biting battle for third place with Austria (156.38) just edging out fourth placed Slovakia (155.00) for the bronze medal.

Pairs Women: German double

Last year Katrin Schultheis and Sandra Sprinkmeier lost their rainbow jersey to fellow Germans Jasmin Soika and Katharina Wurster. One year later they have claimed back the title, relegating the 2013 World Champions to second place.

World Champions in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, the winners in Brno were visibly moved by their victory and celebrated in a flood of tears. The multiple World Champions finished the competition with 160.92 points compared to 156.57 points for the silver medalists.

Switzerland’s Anja and Bettina Weber secured bronze with 114.95 points. 

Single Men: Niedermeier goes from silver to gold

Before the World Championships, Germany’s Michael Niedermeier declared: “my goal is the title.”

His confidence and ambitions paid off. Silver medalist in 2013 behind David Schnabel, 23-year-old Niedermeier is 2014 World Champion in the Single Men artistic cycling category. In the absence of multiple World Champion Schnabel, Niedermeier finished with a comfortable win in the final, scoring 202.55 points compared to 187.51 for silver medalist and fellow German Simon Puls.

Hong Kong’s Chin To Wong took the bronze medal for the second consecutive year.

Cycle-ball: Austria dominates again

Since 2010, Austria has had a taste of all three different metals at the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships. Bronze in 2010 and silver in 2012, they were World Champions in 2011, 2013 and… 2014.

In Brno, the current composition of the Austrian team Patrick Schnetzer and Markus Bröll looked comfortable throughout the tournament. They put on a convincing performance in the final, beating the Swiss duo of Roman Schneider and Dominik Planzer 4:1. World Champios in 2012, the Swiss duo won bronze last year.

The local Czech fans had plenty to celebrate in the play-off for bronze when the home team Pavel Smid and Petr Skotak beat Germans Uwe Berner and Matthias König to claim the third spot on the podium. The Czech team’s performance was particularly remarkable, coming 10 years after their 2004 World Championship title in Tata, Hungary.

Switzerland hosts 2013 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships

Switzerland hosts 2013 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships

000indoorThe St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, will provide the stage for the 2013 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships from November 22nd to 24th.  Some 150 athletes from 17 countries will compete for the rainbow jersey in cycle-ball and the five artistic cycling categories: men single, women single, women pairs, women 4 and open 4.

Reigning cycle-ball World Champions, the Swiss team of Roman Schneider and Dominik Planzer, will be looking to confirm their title in front of their home crowd. However they will be up against tough competition from the Germans and the Austrians who are always among the favourites of this spectacular and exciting discipline.

Last year, Germany made a clean sweep of the artistic cycling titles. Other medals went to Austria, Hong Kong and Switzerland, all of whom will be present and aiming to take over the No 1 spot in the world.

Swiss Television SRF2 (Schweizer Radio Fernsehen) will broadcast live some of the action on the last day of competition. Meanwhile, some 5000 spectators are expected to attend the competitions.

Switzerland has hosted the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships nine times since 1956, but this is only the second time in 50 years that the Worlds come to Basel. Built in 1976, the St Jakobshalle is particularly known for hosting the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament, part of the ATP World Tour.

Photo: Last year’s cycle-ball finalists, Switzerland and Austria, will once again be among the favourites.

The St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, will provide the stage for the 2013 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships from November 22nd to 24th.  Some 150 athletes from 17 countries will compete for the rainbow jersey in cycle-ball and the five artistic cycling categories: men single, women single, women pairs, women 4 and open 4.

Reigning cycle-ball World Champions, the Swiss team of Roman Schneider and Dominik Planzer, will be looking to confirm their title in front of their home crowd. However they will be up against tough competition from the Germans and the Austrians who are always among the favourites of this spectacular and exciting discipline.

Last year, Germany made a clean sweep of the artistic cycling titles. Other medals went to Austria, Hong Kong and Switzerland, all of whom will be present and aiming to take over the No 1 spot in the world.

Swiss Television SRF2 (Schweizer Radio Fernsehen) will broadcast live some of the action on the last day of competition. Meanwhile, some 5000 spectators are expected to attend the competitions.

Switzerland has hosted the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships nine times since 1956, but this is only the second time in 50 years that the Worlds come to Basel. Built in 1976, the St Jakobshalle is particularly known for hosting the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament, part of the ATP World Tour.

Photo: Last year’s cycle-ball finalists, Switzerland and Austria, will once again be among the favourites.

Cycle ball

Cycle ball

cballThe first World Cycle-Ball Championships were held in 1930.

This is an exclusively male discipline. Two teams of two players each (who act as both goalkeeper and outfield player) compete in a match. They strike the ball with the front or rear wheel or their body. As in football, they must place the ball in the goal of the opposing team. Fouls are penalised by awarding free kicks and penalties.