AMERICAN DOWNHILL RACER AARON GWIN SNAPS BIKE CHAIN, GOES ON TO WIN IN AUSTRIA

Series returns to US at Windham (NY), August 6-9

Windham, N.Y. – Leogang, Austria hosted the third round of the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup presented by Shimano. This was arguably one of the most thrilling races of the season as American Aaron Gwin (Specialized Racing DH) snapped his bike chain at the start of his run but still managed to finish first.

Once again, the Men’s Elite race was incredibly close. Gwin shocked spectators as he sped through the finish line at 3:34.354 despite a broken chain which appeared to have snapped right out of the gate. Australian racer Connor Fearon finished second at 3:34.399 but was nearly disqualified after officials believed he went through the tape. France’s Remi Thirion came in third place (3:35.684). After winning at Fort William, Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) of the Republic of South Africa hit his helmet peak on the start gate at Leogang, which caused him to finish 0.3 seconds after Brosnan and place fifth.

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POOR CONDITIONS RESULT IN ADDITIONAL CHALLENEGES AT THE 2015 UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP IN SCOTLAND

Series returns to US at Windham (NY), August 6-9

Windham, N.Y. – The course at Fort William, Scotland, one of the most physically demanding courses on the circuit, was lined with tens of thousands of fans cheering on the second round of the downhill at the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano this past weekend.

Rachel Atherton (GT Factory), 28, of Great Britain won the Fort William UCI World Cup race with a result of 5:31.654, nearly eight seconds ahead of fellow Brit 20-year-old Tahnee Seagrave (FMD Racing) who placed second with a time of 5:39.643. After a strong win in Round One at Lourdes, France, Emmeline Ragot (FRA, MS Mondraker DH), the defending winner at Fort William, finished third at 5:47.576.

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SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON FOR NEFF; ABSALON TAKES THE GOLD AT THE 2015 UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP IN GERMANY

Series returns to US at Windham (NY), August 6-9

Windham, N.Y. – The challenging course of steep climbs and fast descents challenged the elite cross country riders and led to thrilling finishes at the second of the cross country races of the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano in Albstadt, Germany.

Jolanda Neff (SUI, Stoeckli), the defending women’s World Cup champ and the winner of last week’s race in Nove Mesto na Morave, attacked on the first climb and never looked back maintaining a minute lead over her chasers. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (NOR, Multivan Merida) out-sprinted Catharine Pendrel (CAN, Luna Pro) to take second. Canadian Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) took fourth place and Maja Wloszczowska (POL, Kross Racing) rounded the podium in fifth.

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UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano: Round Two of XCO in Albstadt

One week after the opening of the cross-country racing in the Czech Republic, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano moves to Albstadt, Germany, for the second round.

Playing host for the third consecutive year, Albstadt has developed a reputation as a physically demanding circuit, with long, steep climbs. The weather can also play a considerable factor here: rain the first year turned the course into a slippery mess. The circuit is 4.18 kilometres in length.

The weather is forecast to be sunny, so the men will likely do eight laps and the women seven (one less if it is muddy).  Officials are also looking at adding a start loop for the first time, to spread out the field before the first climb.

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UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP PRESENTED BY SHIMANO: WIN FOR RISSVEDS IN CZECH REPUBLIC

The Under-23 women kicked off the cross-country racing of the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano on Saturday. Victory went to Swedish Champion Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo) in Nove Mesto na Morave, the Czech Republic.

Rissveds rode away from last year’s winner of the Czech round Margot Moschetti (Betch.nl Superior Brentjens) to take the win and don the UCI World Cup leader’s jersey. American Champion Kate Courtney (Specialized) finished third.

Rain was forecast and threatened throughout but did not materialise. Rissveds, Moschetti, Courtney and Alessandra Keller (Strueby-Bixs) quickly distanced themselves from the rest of the field on the long climbs. Rissveds and Moschetti then dropped the other two riders to fight for the win, while Courtney and Keller battled for the final podium spot.

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UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP PRESENTED BY SHIMANO: NEFF & KULHAVY TAKE FIRST ELITE XCO WINS

Day two of the opening cross-country round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano, in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic, saw Switzerland dominate the Elite women’s race. The host nation finished off the weekend by taking the Elite men’s title. Defending women’s World Cup winner Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli) retained the Number One plate with her win, while Olympic Champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) gave Czech fans what they had been hoping for in the men’s race.

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UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP PRESENTED BY SHIMANO: XCO RACING STARTS IN CZECH REPUBLIC

This weekend will see the start of the 2015 season for the cross-country series of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano, in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. The Nove Mesto event, awarded the title of best cross-country World Cup multiple times, is the fitting place to launch the 25th season of the cross-country World Cup series. In addition, riders and countries are chasing every point they can in the race for Olympic qualifying for Rio next year.

Held in the wooded, rolling countryside one hour southeast of Prague, Nove Mesto offers a tough 4.1 kilometre circuit, half of which is climbing. From the arena, riders head out through a rock garden then a long climb followed by an immediate descent and a second long climb. After descending through a difficult rock garden, riders again climb, then go over a drop off and back up to the highest part of the course. A final descent takes them to the flatter portion of the circuit, where they face the famous Rock n’ Roll section before heading into the stadium for the end of the lap. New for this year, as they start each lap they will face an obstacle section.

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AMERICAN DOWNHILL RACER AARON GWIN WINS FIRST RACE OF 2015 UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP SERIES IN FRANCE

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AMERICAN DOWNHILL RACER AARON GWIN WINS FIRST RACE OF 2015 UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP SERIES IN FRANCE
Series returns to US at Windham (NY), August 6-9

Windham, N.Y. – Lourdes, France hosted the first 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano with perfect conditions for riding – good weather and a rocky, steep course that challenged many of the top riders, who suffered mechanicals/crashes in the qualifying rounds.

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2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano: All you need to know

2015 UCI MTB World Cup Media Guide

More teams, more countries represented (including newcomers China, Indonesia, Iran and Israel), and larger audiences: the 2015 season of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano looks like being as enthralling as ever. A quick overview of the nine rounds of the season, which starts on April 11 and will be available on Red Bull TV:

Two new rounds: Lourdes (France) which makes its debut by opening the season, and Lenzerheide (Switzerland), at the beginning of July
After a year’s break, the return of Val di Sole (Italy) which will close the season at the end of August, one week before the UCI MTB World Championships in Andorre
6 venues already part of the World Cup in 2014: Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE), Albstadt (GER), Fort William (GBR), Leogang (AUT), Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) and Windham (USA).

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NEW FACES ON THE PODIUMS AT UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP PRESENTED BY SHIMANO IN WINDHAM SHAKE UP RACES FOR OVERALL WORLD CUP TITLES

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NEW FACES ON THE PODIUMS AT UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CUP PRESENTED BY SHIMANO IN WINDHAM SHAKE UP RACES FOR OVERALL WORLD CUP TITLES
Windham, NY (USA) secures spot on 2015 World Cup calendar

Windham, N.Y. – Spectacular weather and some of the fastest courses on the circuit made for great racing at the eighth stop of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano at Windham, N.Y. (USA).

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