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As racing got underway at the 2009 Bromont World Cup Women’s XC, it was Fullana up the climb first. As the trail turned technical on the top of the course, she was spit off the back, unable to keep a rhythm on the relentlessly choppy trail. Catharine Pendrel took over for a lap, and then began slipping back, just as the skies began to open up and drizzle. As Pendrel slipped back into third place, the lead became a tug toy between Irina Kalentieva and Lene Byberg, with Byberg launching a strong attack near the top of the climb on the fourth lap. She never looked back. Byberg climbs well and can definitely ride technical terrain, and just kept extending her lead. Even as the initial drizzle became a heavy torrent, she continued to press her advantage, coming across the line two minutes and thirty five seconds ahead of Kalentieva.
Bromont invested some cash into improving its courses, and it shows. Mother Nature hammered the venue yesterday afternoon—a virtual river ran through the Shimano tent at one point, but the track appears to be holding up. And when practice began, the sun started to shine.
The rain that played havoc on the women’s race was less of a factor for the men, but it was still cold and traction was scarce. More than enough fine Quebec mud had already been liberally applied to the rocks by the ladies, turning the numerous technical lines into virtual slip’n slides. It was good [...]
In a rainy, technical and downright nasty XC race, Catharine Pendrel and team Luna reign supreme.
Sabrina Jonnier and Sam Hill are triumphant at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup, while Aaron Gwin becomes the first American rider in years to hold down a podium spot in a World Cup downhill race.
Absalon Continues XC Domination in Houffalize You know how major road races have TV helicopters circling the field? And euro techno is pumped at levels guaranteed to measure on the Richter scale while a polished announcer rattles off commentary with machine-gun precision? Well, all that and more transpired at the Houffalize World Cup cross-country race [...]
Fullana Wins Again What a rock and roll race! I’m not normally one to gush about an XC race, even a World Cup one, but this women’s race was a gas from start to finish. The warm and dry conditions of the previous two days had allowed the course to firm up significantly. Sections of [...]