First of all UR Team would like to thank Fox Racing Shox for the support and all the people that helped us at Fox along the way.
Indeed, after months of testing, UR Team can announce that the whole team (Downhill, Enduro and Slopestyle) will be riding BOS Suspensions for the following race season. This was a big decision for UR team, but this decision has been driven by the team’s goal for performance.
With BOS we know we have the best package with product performance and team support. We have never seen BOS and Olivier Bossard so eager to win more races and we know we have the full support from everyone in the company. UR team is proud also to play an important role in the development of their products and is really appreciative to work with such top of the range, innovative and technical suspensions.
Mick Hannah is a fighter. After having been so close to his goal in 2013, he is on a mission to knock down the clock and BOS Suspension is these new weapons.
“The last 2 years have shown huge growth for myself and the UR Team as a whole. Our goals combined with the products, goals and dedication that BOS are offering us, I’m confident we will be taking it to the next level and beyond.”
Olivier Bossard has this to say:
“Fabien and his team were part of the first MTB team to race BOS Suspension. Today we wish to reinforce our presence at the highest MTBing racing level and so this partnership comes as a natural step to take in this direction. The UR Team is one of the key players on the World Cup circuit. We really trust the work that will be achieved by these very talented riders may it be in Downhill, Enduro or Slopestyle. All this will help us push our boundries and take our products to the limit.”
Fabien Cousinié team owner:
“I’m really glad to see the team is back working with BOS. Our paths separated a few year ago but it was to make a better and stronger come back in 2014. BOS and UR Team are neighbours in the South West of France, so it’s going to make all the development processes much faster: Keep your eyes open! We’ve already got some surprises on the way!”
Elite Women: Janickova leads the way
After years of domination from Switzerland’s Karin Moor, who retired in 2011 after winning her ninth world title, it appeared the way was clear for Gemma Abant (World Champion in 2008, 2010 and 2012) to take over the reins. But that was without counting on the presence of the young gun from Slovakia, Tatiana Janickova, already bronze medalist in 2010 at the tender age of 16, and again in 2012.
2013 that will go down in the history books as the year of Janickova’s veritable explosion onto the Elite Trials scene. Crowned World Champion in Pietermaritzburg and undefeated in the World Cup, she is opening the way for a new generation of athletes and shaping the future of Women’s Trials.
Elite Men 20”: Mustieles at last
2013 was also the year that nine-time World Champion Benito Ros Charral, unbeaten since 2007, was toppled from his throne. After his two Junior world titles in 2008 and 2009, Spain’s Abel Mustieles Garcia proved he had what it takes to break his fellow countryman’s stronghold and win the Elite Men’s 20” category. His performance was no flash in the pan: Mustieles had a perfect season, winning the World Cup as well as the rainbow jersey after an unforgettable final that took place in torrential rain. He is now World Number 1 and looks set to remain at the top of the hierarchy for a while. France’s Aurélien Fontenoy pulled off an exploit at the 2013 World Championships by sneaking in between the two Spanish athletes to take second place.
An eye should also be kept on another Spanish athlete, Bernat Seuba, who took the world title in the Juniors category in front of Austria’s Thomas Pecchacker and France’s Alex Rudeau.
Elite Men 26” : France continues to dominate
France has always dominated the 26” category (14 titles since 1994) and once again demonstrated its strength at the World Championships in South Africa. With no less than five of eight finalists, they were well placed to dominate the podium. 2012 World Champion Gilles Coustellier, who has four world titles to his name, managed only second place this year behind fellow Frenchman Vincent Hermance. It was a second world title for Hermance after 2007, who confirmed his successful season with a demonstration of all-round skills and nerves of steel. Meanwhile Belgium’s Kenny Belaey, absent throughout the season due to injury, made a remarkable comeback to take third place at the World Championships. The three athletes on the podium have 10 titles between them.
Junior Men 26”: Watch out for Carthy
Although the athletes at the head of the Elite 26” category have been prominent on the scene for several years, Junior World Champion Jack Carthy is already representing a danger to their hold on the discipline. The young British athlete has already graced the podiums of several World Cup events, and even took victory straight after the World Championships. Carthy has shaken up the world Elite hierarchy by taking third place in the UCI rankings at the tender age of 17. He will be the one to watch next year.
Méribel voted best event
It was not only the athletes who were rewarded for their skill and effort in 2013: for the first time an award went to the best event of the UCI Trials World Cup. Athletes, officials and the press took part in the vote, with first place going to Méribel (France), organizers of the fourth round of the 2013 series.
2013 certainly produced some eye-opening performances and it will be interesting to see how this develops next year: the season will open in Cracovie (Poland) on May 30.
Reigning Olympic champion Laura Trott showed the Manchester fans she remained the queen of Omnium: “You only need to listen to the crowd to understand that you’re fast. On the 500 metres, they really helped me out, I won it for them!” she said.
After a cautious start and only the 6th fastest time on the flying lap and 7th in the points race, Trott crushed the opposition in the last events, coming second on the elimination and pursuit before winning both the scratch and 500 metres.
It was the second victory of the week-end for the 21-year-old after her part in the British world record in the team pursuit. Overall she collected 19 points, ahead of Canada’s Gillian Carleton (24) and France’s Laurie Berthon (26).
Points race – A first for Brown Third in the team pursuit last year at the worlds in Minsk, Laura Brown snatched her first World Cup laurels in the women’s points race. The 26-year-old Calgary-born Canadian scored 29 points to win ahead of American Elizabeth Newell (26) and Hong Kong rider Jamie Yiu Wan Pong, also on 26.
Women’s keirin – Hat-trick for Vogel
Winner of the team and individual sprints, Kristina Vogel will hold three leader’s jerseys in the next World Cup leg in Aguascalientes in Mexico on December 5 to 7. The 22-year-old German added the keirin to her collection, grabbing her second World Cup victory in the event after Glasgow last season. She won ahead of local favourite Rebecca James, who readily conceded defeat:
“She’s in another league right now. In these conditions, I’m glad to come second,” she said. France’s Sandie Clair took the other podium spot.
Men’s Scratch – Mueller on experience
At nearly 34, Austria’s Andreas Mueller confirmed on the last day of racing in Manchester that he remained one of the world’s best Scratch specialists. The Six-Days rider won ahead of Italy’s Elia Viviani, already third in the points race, while Welshman Jonathan Mould was third.
Men’s sprint – Foerstemann’s power
Germany simply ruled the sprints in Manchester, winning all four events.
Robert Foerstemann’s victory in the men’s individual sprint was the icing on the cake, the burly German easily disposing of Trinidad’s Njisane Nicholas Phillip in the final. Australian Shane Perkins won the third place tie.
Photo: Laura Trott pleased the crowd with her second gold in the omnium event
Geoff Proctor, cyclo-cross coach (at USA Cycling and World Cycling Centre), speaks about the history of the discipline.
There are many stories about the origins of cyclo-cross. One is that European road racers in the early 1900s would race each other to the next town over from them and that they were allowed to cut through farmer’s fields, over fences or take any other shortcuts in order to make it to the next town first. This was sometimes called steeple chase as the only visible landmark in the next town was often the steeple. This was a way for them to stay in shape during the winter months and put a twist on road racing. Forced running sections, or portage, were incorporated to help deliver warm blood to the feet and toes, as well as exercise other groups of muscles. Daniel Gousseau of France is credited as having inspired the first cyclo-cross races and organized the first French National Championship in 1902.
After Octave Lapize attributed his win in the 1910 Tour de France to his off season training in cyclo-cross the sport began to spread to countries bordering France. Belgium organized its first National Championship in 1910, Switzerland did so in 1912, then Luxembourg in 1923, Spain in 1929 and Italy in 1930.
Cyclo-cross proved itself as a sport extending beyond the boundaries of France when in 1924 the first international race, Le Critérium International de Cross-Country Cyclo-Pédestre, was held in Paris.
Like many international cycle sports, cyclo-cross is administered by the Union Cycliste Internationale; although it wasn’t until the 1940s, around 40 years after cyclo-cross’ inception, that the UCI began its regulation and the first world championship was held in Paris in 1950.
Cyclo-cross began to become popular in the US in the 1970s, and in 1975 the first race was held in New England. The first US National Championship was held in Berkeley, CA. The Surf City race series held in Santa Cruz, CA holds a lot of history of cyclo-cross in the US. The sport has experienced a growth in popularity in the US since the mid 90s and now the Pacific Northwest hosts some of the largest events in the country. Cyclo-cross races are now regularly held in the Fall/Winter seasons throughout the USA and continue to grow in popularity.
The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, which was organised and run by British Cycling, has been named as Manchester’s Major Sports Event of the Year at the Manchester Sports Awards Dinner which took place last night in Wythenshawe.
The World Cup forms a part of the UCI’s global BMX World Cup series and took place over two days at the National Cycling Centre in April. The event attracted over 2,500 fans from all over the world for action-packed racing featuring international and home grown stars of BMX.
Reacting to the news, Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s Director of Cycle Sport and Membership, said:
“It is great that the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup has been recognised for the impact it had on the Manchester sporting scene.
“As the home of British Cycling, Manchester plays an important part in our strategy to bring major events to this country. Winning the bid to host the event again in Manchester in 2014 is significant for us strategically and is testament to the success of this year’s event.
“Looking further ahead, 2014 should be an exciting 12 months for fans of cycle sport which several high-profile major events coming to Great Britain. We will be looking to use events such as the Tour de France and the Commonwealth Games to inspire the next generation of riders and continue to grow the national interest in our sport.”
“Manchester is the well established home of British Cycling and we are pleased that our partnership with the city has been recognised.”
British Cycling’s Chief Executive, Ian Drake
British Cycling’s 16-year partnership with Manchester was also recognised last night when the sports governing body was named as the winner in the Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Manchester award category. The event organisers paid particular tribute to Brian Cookson on his achievements as President of British Cycling and wished him well in his new role as President of the UCI – the world governing body for cycling.
British Cycling’s Chief Executive, Ian Drake, commented:
“Manchester is the well-established home of British Cycling and we are pleased that our partnership with the city has been recognised. Since British Cycling’s facilities at the National Cycling Centre were set up we’ve won countless Olympic, Paralympic and World Championship medals, celebrated two British winners of the Tour de France, inspired one million more people to ride their bikes and have seen our membership reach a record high. We are proud of what has been achieved and there is plenty more to come yet.”