GT Bicycles announced today that German Slopestyle athlete Amir Kabbani will join the brand’s Wingmen team in 2014. An ideal fit for the team, Kabbani is an extremely well-rounded, world-class rider who competes at the highest level on the FMB World Tour in addition to creating inspiring edits. The veteran rider, Kabbani will be joining some of the most accomplished riders in the industry, Tyler McCaul, Kyle Strait, Hans Rey and Kenny Belaey. Kabbani will be representing GT at key FMB World Tour events along with McCaul and Strait, while participating in select brand media projects.
||I’m stoked to be riding with an awesome team and with pro athletes like Kyle, Hans, Tyler, and Kenny. I also can’t wait to get on the latest bikes. – Amir Kabbani
For the last three years, Kabbani has hosted his own event – Fade Away Session – with satisfied riders after every competition. He is also coming off a strong 2013 placing 2nd at King of Dirt Riva, 8th at the Bearclaw Invitational, and 9th at the FISE Slopestyle.
As he enters the 2014 season, Kabbani has a number of goals in mind; among them is wrapping up the last of “Into the Woods,” a series of progressive mountain bike videos. Kabbani also plans to make a comeback on the FMB World Tour for the 2014 contest season.
Kabbani will be riding on three models: the LaBomba, the Fury and the Force.
||Amir is a globally recognized athlete, and we are excited to have him on our team. Having him based in Germany is an added benefit for the brand as well. It will provide us a better opportunity to create consumer interactions in the EU. – Tim Inall, Global General Manager GT Bicycles
For more information, visit GT Bicycles and Amir Kabbani.
We have now finalized our 2014 Factory Development Team and are proud and excited to be working with some of the world’s best:
Hannah Barnes Enduro Hannah Barnes / UK Fergus Lamb / UK Justin Leov / NZ Liam Moynihan / UK
Steffi Marth DH Joel Andrey / CH George Brannigan / NZ Carina Cappellari / CH Drew Carters / UK Joe Connell / UK Bernard Kerr / UK Steffi Marth / Germany Lars Peyer / CH Jack Reading / UK
Bernard Kerr BMX Race Shanaze Reade / UK Miki Iibata / Japan bluegrasseagle.com/
The first official artistic cycling World Championships were held in 1956. This sport is most popular in Germany, where there are no fewer than 10000 licence holders.
This sport is comparable to ice-skating and artistic gymnastics. The competitors (individuals or pairs) present a 5-minute programme set to music. The jury awards marks for the quality of the performance.
Women’s team pursuit – Phenomenal Britain
Britain made the debut of four-a-side women’s pursuit a historical day when they beat the world record in the heats in 4:23.910 before sweeping the floor again in the final. The British express of Laura Trott, Danielle King, world champion Elinor Barker and Joanna Roswell eventually clocked a phenomenal landmark time of 4:19.604.
“We knew after the qualifications that we could be faster. I’m over the moon. Now the challenge is to sleep a bit to recover before the individual pursuit”, said Joanna Roswell. The Britons beat the Canadians, timed in 4:27.083. Australia came third in 4:30.831. The season has only just started but given the impressive performance of the British Cycling girls, they should be extremely hard to topple this season.
Men’s team pursuit – Britain as usual
The men’s British four also started the season in style in front of their home crowd in Manchester. Fastest in the morning heats, Owain Doull, Edward Clancy, Andrew Tennant and Steven Burke won the final in 3:58.654. Burke was the evening’s spokesman: “We gained a second between the qualifications and the final. We handled our races perfectly. Manchester is my favourite event, it’s just fantastic to win here.” World champions Australia, with a refurbished team – Alexander Edmondson is the only man left from the foursome crowned in Minsk – came second in 3:59.293. The Danes, led by Omnium Olympic champion Lasse Norman Hansen, took the last podium place on 4:01.934.
Women’s team sprint – Unstoppable Germans
Reigning world champions Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte of Germany outclassed their rivals to win the first leg of the UCI track World cup in 32.788 ahead of local favourites Victoria Williamson and Rebecca James in 33.635. China’s Lin Junhong/Tianshi Zhong from Max Success Pro Cycling clinched third place in 33.372.
Men’s team sprint – Germans rule
While Britain led the team pursuit events on home soil, Germany outshone the rest of the field in the sprints. Despite the absence of world champion Stefan Boetticher, Rene Edners, Max Niederlag and Robert Foerstemann were still too strong for the opposition, winning in 43.293, ahead of Russia (43.844) and Britain (43.792).
Scratch – First for Malgorzata Wojtyra
Poland keep dominating women’s Scratch. While Katarzyna Pawlowska led the way in the discipline in the last two seasons, her 24-year-old compatriot Malgorzata Wojtyra emulated her on the Manchester ring by winning ahead of Kate Archibald and Ukraine’s Tetyana Klimchenko.
Photo : Manchester crowd cheers Laura Trott and Co after GB women’s team pursuite clinched gold and world record
The races are broadcast live on www.youttube.com/ucichannel