Brand New GMBN Mountain Bike Race News Show!

Brand New GMBN Mountain Bike Race News Show!


– Hey, welcome to something new for GMBN, a weekly race report. That’s right, this time
of the week, every week, we’re gonna be giving you
the results and the rundown of what’s been happening in
the world of mountain biking and the competitive side of things, all the pros and all your
guys out there racing. So, let’s get into what been happening in the races this week. Let’s start this week’s
show in southern Spain for the Andalucia Bike
Race, presented by Shimano, which came to a close
at the end of last week, and this year’s addition was
probably the toughest so far. The six day stage race is always a terrific challenge for
its 850 competitors, but in 2018 the weather
proved to be a game changer. They kept the races and the
event organisers on their toes. For the event organisers, it was a case of managing difficult logistics, safety, and racing in torrid conditions. Eventually, two stages were shortened and only one was cancelled. For the races, it was a real slog through rain and a true battle to take part. An even greater challenge to compete, but compete they did
on a rain sodden event with stages averaging
70 kilometres each day. The Elite Women was won
by Hildegunn Hovdenak on her Scott Spark, who
admitted the tough conditions had fitted her Norwegian homeland. Hodvenak had started the final
stage with a strong lead, so could ride at the front with control, but couldn’t resist battling
in those final stages, and it lead to a great final stage win. German Naima Diesner of DMT
Racing didn’t win ant stages, but consistent riding throughout meant podiums all the way
through, and that helped her to finish second in the
general classification. The early leader of the
race had been America’s Chloe Woodruff in her debut at
her mountain bike stage race, but she tied over the week and eventually took third overall. In the men’s, it was
Portuguese marathon specialist Tiago Ferreira who was in
fine form this week with another dominating
performance in Andalucia. He built a commanding
lead by the final stage and had only to protect it for the win. Fabian Rabensteiner made a great effort of taking the race to Tiago and it resulted in a
win on the final stage, but it was only enough
for third place overall. Enrique Marcillo of BUFF SCOTT MTB rode a fantastic final stage with the knowledge he could move up the GC. His third place was
enough to place him second over all behind the imperious Tiago. This was his third
Andalucia Bike Race win. Amazing. Time to head over to Australia for the Australian National
Downhill Championships, which took place this weekend at Mystic Mountain Bike Park in Victoria. Some exciting racing here on a blown out track that looked pretty wild. Riding the brand new Intense
M29 production downhill rig, the current Australian
national champion, Jack Moir, had everything in place
to regain his title. However, a far from perfect seeding run added a lot of pressure. To keep things interesting though, his main rival, Troy Brosnan,
had an even worse seeding after a front tyre that
destroyed his effort. That would mean a very
early start time for Troy, so the door was wide open for Jack. In the finals, Troy was first man down and he put an amazing run together. Two seconds faster than the fastest time of anybody from seeding. So, it was going to take an
incredible run to beat it and the entire field
would prove unworthy until Jack Moir came down with a blistering run. It went close to the wire, but Jack was 900th of a second back. Jackson Frew followed and
also came relatively close, just four seconds back, but
Troy Brosnan had done it. First man down the hill
and now, national champ. In the women’s race, it was
really all about Tracy Hannah. Her dominance was obvious in the seeding and the excitement was
always going to come from who would nab second out of
Tegan Malloy and Sian A’Hern. Sian had the upper hand in
seeding, but Tegan managed to improve drastically in the final to get within twenty seconds of Tracy. Claiming her tenth national
title, Tracy Hannah clearly ready for a season of well cut racing. So, congratulations to both Troy Brosnan and Tracy Hannah, Australian
national champions. Left me with some interesting
questions, though. For instance, where was Mick Hannah? Fourth place, but in terms
of time gap, he was way off and he should be closer to these guys. What about the Intense 29’ner
missing out on the win? Dean Lucas had qualified first on that bike in the
qualifying seeding run, but a crash in the finals, it denied him. Frustratingly close for a debut
win for the production M29, cool racing though over in Australia. Time for something a bit different now. In the deserts of Qatar, the
Al Adaid Desert Challenge. A big highlight and the
most challenging cycling event of the Qatar off-road calendar. For the first time in Qatar, the race is also part of the UCI calendar, marked as a C3 cross
country point to point race. Covering forty kilometres
of astonishing desert track, from sea line to one of
Qatar’s most impressive natural wonders, the Inland
Sea, or the Khor al Adaid. In that C3 UCI category,
it was a stunning win for Erik Dekker from the Netherlands, finishing at under one
hour, twenty-five minutes. Which is impressive considering
the heat and the terrain. He held onto a thirty
second advantage to beat Kiwi Roman Van Uden and
Frenchman Frederic Gombert, who was a further thirty seconds back. In the women’s UCI race,
it was Pia Sundstedt from Finland dominating the class. She was nearly twenty minutes ahead of second place Sophie Giovane from France. Other notable results from
the desert spectacular, in the FatBike category, it was a win for Qatar local Mubarak Alajji
with a strong five minute gap back to Simon Aggus from the UK. Glenn Bull and Julie
Melville, both from Australia, took the wins in the open category where most of the
competitors battled it out. In this class, the top racers
were taking two hours plus, some were slogging it out
there for over four hours. The Al Adaid looks like
a fantastic challenge to take on in mountain biking. Now back to Spain for the Chelva
International Cross Country where Yolanda Neff had made
a super fast and unexpectedly early return to racing after
breaking her collar bone in a crash with Pauline Ferrand-Prevot at the Cyclocross World
Champs only five weeks ago. Great news to see her on top
of the podium again in Chelva and ahead of some
serious competition, too. Raiza Goulao Henrique was in second and Maja Wloszczowska in third. In the men’s race, it was Gioele Bertolini with the win for team Focus,
but an unfortunate day for Neff’s cross teammate Fabian Giger, who punctured on the first
lap and was left with a difficult battle to
compete for top honours. These results are
obviously very interesting considering the timing, a great teaser for next week’s opening world cup race in Stellenbosch, South Africa
where all the top riders will be hoping to kick off
their season with a big win. Neff’s return so early from a nasty injury is great news for cross
country fans for sure. It makes me wonder if she
is ready to shock her rivals with a world champion’s
performance in South Africa. The technical track will
certainly suit her riding talents. What about the men’s race there? Last year was a perfect white wash for Nino Schurter
throughout the world cup. However only recently,
he was pit to the post by his own teammate Mateo Sturnuman, racing in the South Africa cup in none other than Stellenbosch. Cound Nino’s perfect run be
about to come to a close? I kind of hope not, but
we shall see this weekend. Exciting times ahead. What a week of racing it’s been, but what about you out there? Have you been racing and
winning medals, getting podiums? Send us your podium shots
if you have and you could be seeing your moment on the rostrum featured here next week. And what about your mate’s races, the unsanctioned events you’ve
been organising out there. We’d love to give your
events some exposure, so send us some videos and
a report of what went down and we will tell everyone all about it. Thank you for watching this very first GMBN Race News, I really enjoyed it. I’d love to know what
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