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Italian Longo takes over overall lead at the Int. Alpentour Trophy

Yesterday's victory took its toll on the Columbian rider Leonardo Paez. During today's second stage of the 16th Int. Alpentour Trophy in Schladming he came third and lost too much time against the Italian stage winner Tony Longo, who takes over the lead overall. The Austrian Hermann Pernsteiner had a great race and placed sixth. In the women's classification the Belgian National Champion Githa Michiels secured herself the stage win on today's 14km time trial onto the Planai mountain.

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Jun 13, 2014

Fort William, the classic stop on the international downhill calendar, once again delivered quality racing in front of a huge and passionate crowd of spectators yesterday in mixed weather conditions that had riders dealing with strong gusty headwinds and frequent outbreaks of light showers.

The demanding trails of Britain's Tweed Valley took their toll on the Enduro World Series' top riders this weekend, while revealing a depth of technical prowess amongst local riders. "I think both the physicality and the technicality of the trails here caught a lot of riders off guard," said Organiser of TweedLove and the Santa Cruz TweedLove World Enduro presented by Sweet Protection, Neil Dagleish. "A lot of people told us they thought this was the hardest round of the EWS so far. The...

Swiss rider Nino Schurter won the men's cross country race in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. This is the third time he has won at this site. Pauline Ferrand Prevot of France took the first victory of her career in the women's race. Top U.S. riders for the men were Stephen Ettinger in 54th place and Kerry Werner in 62nd. Georgia Gould was the first U.S. Woman rider, finishing in 21st place and Evelyn Dong also finished in the top...

Taking in three hills, eight stages and two days, this weekend's Santa Cruz TweedLove World Enduro presented by Sweet Protection is set to be a classic.With no uplift and no outside assistance allowed over two days of racing, riders will need to be self-sufficient throughout two long days, as they cover 87km in distance and 2900m of vertical gain.

If you haven't already, then grab a big marker and highlight September 6th in your calendar. This is the day that Red Bull District Ride returns and it will be bigger than ever! The entire world will be watching freeride athletes take to the streets of the historical town of Nuremberg. Starting at the castle in the heart of the city – the urban course will challenge the riders like never before, but also give them every opportunity to add diversity and creativity to their tricks. The brains...

Northwave enjoyed an outstanding success at Bundesliga Opener in Saalhausen (Germany) with evergreen Gunn-Rita Dahle bringing her Extreme Tech MTB Plus at the top spot of the podium in the women's race. Multivan Merida's biker preceded on the finish line another Northwave's athlete, German Sabine Spitz (Team Haibike), whilst Alexandra Engen (Team Ghost) claimed fifth.

Northwave enjoyed absolute domination at XC Ötztaler Forest Cross, International cross country race held in Haiming (Austria), on Sunday, May 4th, where Ralph Naef (BMC) and eternal Gunn-Rita Dahle brought their Extreme Tech Plus all the way to the top of the podium in their categories.

Josh Bryceland tamed the wet and wild downhill track through the rainforest jungle to take second place at the second stop on the UCI World Cup Downhill circuit in Cairns, Australia. Steve overcame back pain that he was dealing with after the long plane ride to Australia and had a solid 7th place run. Greg Minnaar had a messy run and slid off the course through the tape. Unfortunately he didn't re-enter the track between the poles and what was a 10th place run soon turned into a...

Round 2 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup took place today in Cairns, in very difficult conditions that saw the venue pounded by torrential rains during the week, with very muggy and steamy conditions today. The track was extremely slippery in places and brought many an experienced rider undone. Neko Mulally who came into the race ranked 8th in the World Cup qualified well yesterday in 7th, despite a crash, but showed he had the speed to win. With a 1st at the first split, and 2nd at the...

Riders from 21 nations gathered at the ends of the earth, the Chilean Andes, this weekend, for the stage-setting opening event of the 2014 Enduro World Series. The Santa Cruz Montenbaik Enduro by MTBLab 2014, in Nevados de Chillan, tested the world's best mountain bikers on 6 stages over 2 days, against a backdrop of spectacular terrain to kick-start what promises to be another epic season of enduro mountain bike racing. After two days of to-the-wall racing through the Andes, Anne Caroline...

The UCI World Cup Downhill Series kicked off in the southern hemisphere in Greg Minnaar's backyard inPietermaritzburg. Minnaar had only been on a downhill bike for five weeks since recovering from ACL reconstruction and meniscus surgery last October. He didn't have any idea where his fitness would be leading into the race, but after a timed run, which was four seconds faster than the others, his curiosity about his chances turned to confidence. Josh and Steve were feeling strong, having just...

As mountain bike season kicks off, the enduro mountain bike racing community is headed south, massing in Chile for the first round of the 2014 Enduro World Series this weekend, April 19-20.   Against the backdrop and thin air of the Nevados de Chillan volcano, the Santa Cruz Montenbaik Enduro by MTBLab 2014 course will drop from the steaming vents and high altitude of the volcanic cone around Chile's Nevados de Chillan Bike Park to the densely forested valley floor.  

Saalfelden Leogang in Salzburger Land, Austria, April 14th 2014 – With the mountain bike season upon us, the biggest players on the downhill scene are gearing up for the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup at the Out of Bounds Festival in the idyllic village of Leogang in Austria's Salzburger Land. Once a year, the fastest riders rip up the rough and tough downhill track at Bikepark Leogang. Alongside the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup action, the top FMB World Tour athletes will be...

MENNEN AND HYNEK KINGS OF THE EPIC LANGVAD AND KLEINHANS WIN LARGEST PRIZE PURSE FOR WOMEN It was a traditional final day, all culminating at Lourensford Wine Estate where a hero's welcome awaited the tired riders. It was a short day with a late start, but definitely not a free ride to the finish! A few final hurdles challenged riders, like the climb up Nuweberg on forestry roads, with its steep and washed out descent. Once over the Hottentots Mountain Range, riders enjoyed the vistas over...

It was another dramatic day at the Absa Cape Epic. Stage 4 was marred with the withdrawals of four-times champion Karl Platt and second-place mixed racer Cherise Stander.  Team Bulls' Platt from Germany has finished all 10 previous editions of the Cape Epic, but was left with no choice but to withdraw from the race because of a knee injury suffered during Stage 2. Stander, who partnered with Theo Blignaut for Team RECM in the mixed race and won Stage 3, had to stop because of breathing...

MENNEN AND HYNEK TO WEAR YELLOW TOMORROW Stage 3 was the longest day of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic, and was characterized by rolling hills and gravel roads. It had been described as a transition stage – with less demanding terrain – but a persistent wind made for tough conditions. It took riders from the succulent Robertson Karoo vegetation to the farmlands of Greyton and the Cape Country Meander. The first 50km on quiet district roads was fast, although there were some entertaining deviations...