Bigham wins Mud Bath in Houffalize

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Iron Sally in freezing temperatures and adverse conditions: The Topeak Ergon rider defies the extreme weather conditions in Belgium Houffalize at the Roc d’Ardennes on Saturday and tacks another victory to her long Palmarès. World Champion Alban Lakata continues the upward trend at Lake Garda by taking fourth.

”It was tremendously slippery and very difficult to get a grip,” said Bigham. 
However, that didn’t phase ”Iron Sally” very much. The Brit was able to capture the lead during the first short climb. Soaking wet, struggling, raking and sliding are the conditions in which she constantly battled with to keep her lead over the French Helene Marcouyre on her Canyon Lux CF securing the largest trophy at her premiere in the Ardennes.

”It took me an hour in the shower to get clean again,” laughed Sally Bigham. ”But it’s a great day. A great town and beautiful trails. Even, if it rains.”

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The BIKE Festival Garda Trentino at the Lake Garda that features the Rocky Mountain BIKE Marathon provided a beautifully sunny race day. Alban Lakata finished his second race after the Cape Epic on the Ronda Extrema taking fourth place. ”It was again a step forward. The watt values are on, but only the body weight remains too high after the sickness. You really notice that on a climbing course. But everything is on track. I want to improve myself leading up to the European Championship”, commented the Austrian on the 90 km (about 56 miles) in Italy. 
”It should go even better next week in Singen. In addition the route there is similar to the route of the European Championships.”
 The classic at Lake Garda closes with Kristian Hynek in tenth place.

Next Sunday, May 8th, Sally, Alban and Kristian are starting at the Rothaus Hegau Bike Marathon in Singen, an event of the UCI Marathon MTB World Series.

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This article was originally posted on topeak-ergon-racing.com.

 

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RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE

N1NO couldn’t ask for a better start to the World Cup season. Jenny Rissveds rides into the top ten and Michiel van der Heijden is missing just a little for a top ranking. All in all an awesome start Down Under.

Cairns, Australia- it’s quite a ways to travel for a 90 minute mountain bike race. With the change in time zones and climate, plus shipping all the equipment, this is a logistically difficult and expensive journey.

This is why you better get something out of it. And this is exactly what SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing did. Or how the Aussies would say: we are not here to fuck spiders!

Please forgive my choice of words, but this is an official saying in Australia.

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N1NO is not here to fuck spiders. He takes his 18th World Cup win!

N1NO’s winning streak has continued into the 2016/2017 World Cup Season- his method hasn’t changed. This means getting out of the start block like a missile, putting his contenders on the defensive early on, controlling the race and than increasing the pace in the last few laps. It sounds pretty simple, but this takes an athlete in top shape. And in top shape Nino certainly was. To his fortune, his biggest rival, Julien Absalon, flatted in lap one and seemed to be out of contention. But the man with the most World Cup wins fought his way back into the race in a way only a great champion can do.

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N1NO’s SCOTT Spark 700 came in handy on the technical track with heavy drops and jumps.

This doesn’t mean there was no competition aside from Absalon. Swiss rider Mathias Flückiger challenged the World Champion not only on the climbs, but also put the pressure on Nino on the long descent by taking a lot of risk. The track was very well built and had some tricky sections in it that caused a lot of flat tires. Absalon was by far not the only one slowed down by a mechanical. Aussie Dan McConnell dropped out the lead group with a flat. French Maxime Marotte stayed with the Swiss Schurter/Flückiger train for 2/3 of the race. After that he lost contact, but never was far behind the leaders riding in 3rd place.

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The last two laps were the most exciting. N1NO attacked and left Flückiger behind. The Absalon train pulled in from behind catching up time on the leader. This also forced Marotte to speed up. Both French riders passed Flückiger in the finale and at the finish line the winning World Champion had a 3 second gap on Marotte and 27 seconds on Absalon. Who knows the outcome without Absalon’s flat?

The happy winner confessed: “On a course like this luck has to be on your side. And today it definitely was on my side. This win is not only a great way to start the World Cup season, it also makes me hungry for more when we come back for World Championships next year.”

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“This win is not only a great way to start the World Cup season, it also makes me hungry for more when we come back for World Championships next year.”

Nino Schurter, World Champion
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The winning bike powered by the World Champion and the brand new 12 speed Sram Eagle drivetrain.

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This article was originally posted on scott-odlo.com.

 

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Mathew Hayman wins Paris Roubaix, settles unfinished business

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Veteran classics specialist Mathew Hayman has produced a masterful performance for ORICA-GreenEDGE today, sprinting to victory on the iconic velodrome of Paris-Roubaix, one of cycling’s five monuments.

The 37-year old returned for his 15th attempt at the ‘Hell of the North’, a race he has always declared unfinished business with, just five weeks after fracturing his right radius.

Spending the majority of the race in the front group Hayman used all of his experience to take the win ahead of four-time previous winner Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep)

“I still can’t believe it,” said Hayman. “I’ve had enough bad luck in Paris-Roubaix in the last fifteen years. Everything went right today, I was in a good place mentally, I was relaxed and I was trying not to put pressure on myself.”

“With one kilometre to go I was thinking that I would be happy just to be on the podium. I had a feeling that my legs were pretty good and I was happy to ride with Tom (Boonen) until the finish line but then it all came back together for the last lap.”

“I’ve been riding some track recently after breaking my arm five weeks ago. My legs were feeling pretty good going into the finishing straight when I started my sprint, I could see Tom’s tyre underneath my arm but I managed to keep going.”

Hayman raced with intelligence throughout the day, part of the early group of over twenty riders that formed the day’s breakaway alongside teammate Magnus Cort. Hayman positioned himself expertly as the attacks began to spring in the finale.

Using his experience and his power, the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion stayed clear of the four chasers to become only the second Australian to win the ‘Queen of the Classics’.

Sport director Laurenzo Lapage was over the moon with the result and the performance of Hayman, a tireless leader and worker for the ORICA-GreenEDGE team.

“What an amazing ride,” said Lapage. “If there is one guy that you want to win this race it would be Mathew (Hayman), he has been waiting for a long, long time to get the right opportunity and he put in an outstanding performance to get the win.”

“The whole team rode very well throughout the race, we knew that if Mathew could stay up there at the front until the final then he had a good chance but we didn’t expect it to go so perfectly.”

“We can enjoy this moment now, it’s a special victory in a special race. Everyone in this team works so hard it’s great when it pays off in a race like Paris-Roubaix”

How it happened:

The sun was shining in Compiegne for the start of the 114th Paris-Roubaix, there had been some rain overnight but for all intents and purposes it was shaping up to be a dry and dusty day on the cobbles.

The first 40kilometres of racing were extremely fast with numerous breakaways trying to form but the peloton were not letting anything go.Eventually a group of twenty or more riders managed to pull away and gained over 30seconds on the peloton.

The group included representatives from the teams Tek-Segafredo, Cannondale, Tinkoff, FDJ and Mark Cavendish (Dimension-Data). The Cavendish group pushed on ahead and the increased speed of the chase split the peloton into two groups.

Forty riders formed the first chasing group behind the escapees. Ten kilometres later and the Cavendish group had been swallowed by the first peloton and only three riders remained up the road with a slender advantage of 20seconds.

Cort and Hayman of ORICA-GreenEDGE bridged across to the three leaders and were followed by another fifteen riders to form the second breakaway. After 120kilometres had been covered the Hayman group had a lead of one-minute 28seconds over the chasers. The race was now upon the first cobbled sectors of the day yet the average speed remained high at over 45kph.

After the halfway point of the race the leaders advantage had grown to three minutes and 40seconds. Tony Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) and three teammates including Tom Boonen broke clear of the peloton in an attempt to connect with the leaders. Other riders followed Martin, creating three groups on the road.

Entering the iconic Forest of Arenberg sector of cobbles and the gap between the leaders and the Martin group had fallen to a minute and 30seconds. Luke Durbridge had made the split and was in the first chasing group with Martin and Boonen.

The third group contained Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) and with 80kilometres to go Hayman attacked from the leaders group and led the race alone for the next ten kilometres. With 60 kilometres left to race the Boonen group made contact with breakaway, around fifteen riders forged ahead forming a new group of leaders including Hayman for ORICA-GreenEDGE. Behind the leaders the chase group was splitting apart as Cancellara hit a stretch of muddy cobbles and crashed with three or four other riders also in difficulty.

Thirty kilometres remained and the group of Hayman, Boonen and Ian Stannard (Team-Sky) had over a minute on the group of Sagan and Durbridge with the Cancellara group a further minute behind. Attacks were beginning to form at the head of the race with first Boonen and then Stannard as the group approached the famous Carrefour de l’Arbe section of cobbles.

This stretch of pave is where many editions of the race have been decided. It was Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNl-Jumbo) who finally broke free and gained over fifty metres on the leaders which he held for the following few kilometres before the group came back together with ten kilometres to go.

It was a game of cat and mouse in the final kilometres until Hayman attacked with under three kilometres left taking only Boonen with him. The duo entered the historic Roubaix velodrome with Vanmarcke, Stannard and Edvald Boassen Hagen (Dimension- Data) hot on their heels. The ringing of the one lap to go bell brought the group together and the tension increased. Hayman attacked in the final 200metres, giving everything that he had left the Australian held on until the line for a memorable victory.

The next race for ORICA-GreenEDGE is Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday 13th of April.

Paris-Roubaix results:

1. Mathew Hayman (ORICA-GreenEDGE) 5:51:53

2. Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep) ST

3. Ian Stannard (Team-Sky) ST

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Mathew Hayman in action during the 2016 Paris-Roubaix

This article was originally posted on greenedgecycling.com.

 

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Win-Win Situation!

31 March 2016 | We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the 2016 race season. Both Nino Schurter and Jenny Rissveds claimed victory in Milan.

Milano, Italy. The season kick of in the Italian metropololis was held in a kind of unusual place for a mountain bike race. Monte Stella, a park in the heart of the city close to the famous San Siro stadium had some compromises with regards to course design, but attracted a huge crowd of Tifosi’s to create a spectacular atmosphere.

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There are no real mountains in Milano, but riding straight up Monte Stella four times per lap was very selective. Soon after the start a four man lead group featuring Nino Schurter, former SCOTT-Odlo rider Florian Vogel, Frenchman Stephane Tempier and local hero Marco Aurelio Fontana made their way well ahead the rest of the field. With the exception of Vogel, this group stayed together until the very end.

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Straight up- straight down. The crowd loved it more than the riders.

In the last lap on the last climb the World Champion launched his attack. To his surprise, the very strong Italian champion stayed on his wheel. Not only that, in the following descent he even passed him in a turn on the inside. N1NO was not very pleased with this move. In the end, it gave him that extra bit of energy for a long sprint finish out of second position. And wow! This sprint could not have been any tighter than it was. We have not seen such a close one in years.

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Just a few centimeters decided the win between Schurter and Fontana!

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The World Champion was pretty exhausted at the finish but happy about the outcome. “This was a hard peace of work. I haven’t seen Fontana riding this strong for a while. I really had to give it all to beat him. I’m as happy about my victory as I’m about the fact that the Tifosi’s are just as much behind me than their local hero Fontana. It was a great ambiance here in Milano.”

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“This was a hard peace of work. I’m as happy about my victory as I’m about the fact that the Tifosi’s are just as much behind me than their local hero Fontana. It was a great ambiance here in Milano.”

We also saw a strong performance from our second rider in the field, Michiel van der Heijden. He established himself in the group behind Nino & co. riding for 5th place. They also battled it out in a close finish. It was an 8th place in the end, only 14 seconds behind 4th place Florian Vogel.

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Our Contessa Jenny Rissveds made our race day a perfect win-.win. Going into the race she was not too confident. Due to an injury on her elbow she was not riding on trails for a good month. She not only surprised us but also herself. From the beginning she was riding strong, both uphill and downhill, to soon leave the strong competition behind her. The win in Milano is her first international victory as an elite rider. What a way to start the season!!

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The happy winner stated: “What a great way to start the season! I can’t ask for more. Sweden needs every UCI point we can get to secure a spot for Olympics. This is a good step  towards this goal.”

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“What a great way to start the season! I can’t ask for more. Sweden needs every UCI point we can get to secure a spot for Olympics. This is a good step  towards this goal.”

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This article was originally posted on scott-odlo.com.

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Sally Bigham triumphs in Andalusia

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Six days Andalucia Bike Race, six days in the fast lane. The Topeak-Ergon Racing Team takes home from Spain a total of nine stage wins, the overall victory of Sally Bigham and the second place of Lakata/Hynek. And moreover, the assurance that the dress rehearsal was successful for the season’s highlight, Cape Epic, coming up in less than 2 weeks in South Africa.

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Sally Bigham was almost euphoric after her impressive victory at the Andalucia Bike Race. She got on superbly with her partner Katrin Leumann and the pairing resulted in a straight march through. Six days and six stage wins offered grounds for high spirits.

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”The Andalucia Bike Race was just perfect to me and exactly what I was hoping for: Great endurance training without having to go full throttle. Now I can continue training and go in top shape to the starting point at Cape Epic,” sums up Bigham. ”To ride with Katrin was cool. I could help her with my great stamina and she helped me with her great skills in downhill. I’m tremendously happy.”

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Additionally, the Topeak Ergon male duo of Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek had every reason to be joyous: ”We had no defects, no real performance slumps and no falls. The team works really well together.” This is how the marathon world champion sums up the six day Andalucia Bike Race.

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Resulting from the experiences of past years, the defending champions adjusted their attitude and tried ”not to ride themselves ragged” as Lakata likes to put it. And the world class duo succeeded. ”We are not as tired as last year and therefore not sad that we weren´t able to defend the title entirely this year.”

Yet, one little drop of bitterness is marring the impression: After a suspenseful course over six days and three stage wins for Topeak Ergon, the Greek Periklis Ilias and the Portuguese Tiago Ferreira took the overall victory on the last day. ”They were too strong today. Apart from that, I’m more than content with our performance and generally with the first race in this season,” states Alban Lakata. ”Bring on the Cape Epic.”

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This article was originally posted on topeak-ergon-racing.com.

 

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2016 Taipei Cycle Show March 2-5

The worldwide cycling industry once again comes to Taiwan for the 2016 International Taipei Cycle Show March 2-5. Topeak invites its distributors, buyers and dealers to visit us at booth #L524 in the Nangang Exhibition Hall for the 2016 International Taipei Cycle Show.

 

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Double Lead at Andalucia Bike Race

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The defending champions from the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team are top in shape at the Andalucia Bike Race 2016. World Champion Alban Lakata and his partner Kristian Hynek have won 3 of 5 stages and are now leading the overall classification. Sally Bigham and Katrin Leumann confidently lead off the front.

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Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek believe Spain is a brilliant way to start the season successfully. During the opening time trial they took a minute lead over the competitors and slipped immediately into the leader jerseys. On Monday it finally caught up to Kristian Hynek — ”worst legs since I have ridden for Topeak-Ergon.”
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In the third stage in Andujar the favorites moved back into the action and celebrated their second stage win. The joy was immense because the second Topeak-Ergon duo, Erik Kleinhans and Jeremiah Bishop, nailed a third place finish and also the podium, now currently ranked ninth.

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Yesterday on the longest stage covering 90 kilometers round Cordoba the Topeak-Ergon duo successfully walked away with another stage win again, directly followed by third place today. Taking over a minute on the overall lead again: ”Everything is back on track”, smiled the Albanator, looking confident on the last stage tomorrow.
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Sally Bigham and her guest rider Katrin Leumann exercise control at it’s highest level, as the partners nab a comfortable victory. Five stages, five wins and more than one hour ahead. The Swiss woman-budgetary cross-country cyclist, praises her British partner almost euphorically, ”Sally is a fantastic partner. Hillside she leaves the pace me and I certainly lead down the downhills. At this level I try as much as possible to get hold of the slipstream. We simply harmonize very well.”

On the last stages tomorrow, the riders have to go a total of 69 km and climb 3,869 meters of altitude gain, before the winners will be announced in Cordoba. This is the 6th year of the Andalucia Bike Race which includes over 700 riders from more than 20 different nations beginning on February 21st, spanning over six days and covering a distance of 400 km and 13,500 vertical meters through the countryside around Cordoba.

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This article was originally posted on topeak-ergon-racing.com.

 

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Erik Kleinhans signs for Topeak-Ergon

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Erik Kleinhans is the new face of the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team. The South African will ride with Jeremiah Bishop to help support the duo of Alban Lakata/Kristian Hynek at the Worlds biggest stage races. Additionally, the 33-year old marathon specialist will be looking to hunt down podium trophies of his own …

”It is such a great honor for me to be a part of this great team and I feel extremely excited to start the season. Topeak-Ergon is the best marathon team in the World and the riders are respected for their talents and down to earth presence”, commented Erik Kleinhans during the signing of his contract.

The staff of Topeak-Ergon found the South African competitor to be a pleasant and intelligent sportsman both on and off the race course. When a replacement for Robert Mennen was needed, Erik’s name quickly came to mind.

Erik Kleinhans is a late bloomer, at least when it comes to the professional side as an athlete. Before he became a professional, after winning the South African Cross-Country championship in 2010, he studied Finance and Business Management, worked as an organizer for Giro del Capo, and performed other functions in the cycling industry.

Nevertheless, he holds impressive career stats after only five years. Notable results include: 2x winner in the mixed category at Cape Epic with his wife Ariane, victory at Wines2Whales and the CT Cycle Tour MTB (2015), as well as victory at the Cape Pioneer in 2013.

Alban Lakata and Kristian Hynek stood out as his greatest competition over the last few years. In 2016, he will support his new teammates at the Cape Epic and other stage races with Jeremiah Bishop at his side.

Team Chief Dirk Juckwer is also more than convinced of the new team member: ”With its exceptional expertise and his many years of experience Erik will help us to succeed especially in the big stage races. So welcome Erik!”

Erik’s goals for 2016? ”Very simple: I primarily want to help Alban and Kristian win the Cape Epic and support them at other top tier stage races. Also, I want to continue to be as successful in the South African races as I have in the past.”

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As announced by different media outlets, Robert Mennen left the team at the end of the year and will follow a different career path after he graduates, however, not entirely without the feeling of a heavy-heart. The 30-year old German looks back on a very successful and close relationship with the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team. He won the German Championship in 2013 and Cape Epic in 2014. We would like to use this occasion to wish him all the best!

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This article was originally posted on topeak-ergon-racing.com.

 

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10th Mega Victory for Rémy Absalon

Four months after his win in Alpe d’huez, Ergon Factory Rider Rémy Absalon, takes his 10th Megavalanche victory this weekend in Saint Paul.

Rémy Absalon celebrated in a beautiful way the 20th birthday of the Reunion Island Megavalanche taking the first place this Sunday. Born in 1995 on the ”Intense island”, Megavalanche stays one of the most famous MTB downhill marathon style races and the Ergon Factory Rider is one of his regular pro riders with six victories here.

The qualifying rounds took place on Saturday afternoon. This year, guys had the pleasure to return to basics with mass start qualifying groups in order to obtain their Sunday start line. In the first group, Rémy fought with Christophe Payet but finally crossed the line in first position. He could start on first line for the Sunday race.

The famous Reunion island Megavalanche started this Sunday from the top of the Maïdo – culminating at 2 205m — with 300 crazy riders ready to fight till the Indian Ocean! Rémy didn’t start very well — near the 7th position — but rode full throttle on the fast rocky lava to catch each rider. He kept going to make a 15” gap in the technical wet jungle and could control his advance in the physical sugar cane fields to the end. After the last stony and dry trail of the seaside, all under intense heat, Rémy crossed the line with another Megavalanche victory in 44,06 minutes.

”It was a bit unexpected after a long rest period but I gave the maximum to take the lead. This race is so hard but I am very happy to catch the 2015 double Mega victory at the end.”

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This article was originally posted on ergon-bike.com.

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Sonya Looney crowned World Champion

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The prestigious WEMBO 24 Hour World Championship was hosted in the USA for the first time with locations like Scotland, Italy, and Australia in its past.  Weaverville, California hosted the event boasting one of the most challenging 24 hour courses on record.  6 time World Champion Jason English noted, “This was the hardest 24 Hour course I’ve ever done, and I’ve won more than 23 of these races!  The climbing was extremely difficult.”

Sonya Looney has three 24 Hour USA National Champion victories to date, all being in the coed duo or 4-person team format.  It was her first attempt at a solo effort for 24 hours.  “I always wanted to take a swing at the solo category and I figured the best place to do it would be at World Championships.  There were a lot of logistical unknowns going into the race, but I had some great veterans on my side giving me invaluable tips.”

The course consisted of roughly 13 mile laps with 1600′ of elevation gain per lap. Sonya steadily completed 18 laps with a total of 234 miles and 29,000′ of elevation gain.  Most of the elevation occurred in the first 3 miles of the course.

The field was extremely competitive with veterans from all over the world.  Sonya recalls, “I didn’t know what was going to happen.  On the first lap, one of the ladies rode away from me on the first climb and I had to be strict with myself and just let her go.  I caught her on the downhill and we went back and forth that way for 2 laps.  At dusk, both 2nd and 3rd place were a mere 7-9 minutes behind me.  I knew that I needed to ride an unwaveringly hard pace through the night with no mistakes.  I managed to open up a gap of 32 minutes by dawn.  Persistency was key; some laps I gained 2 minutes while others I picked up 5 minutes.  I actually had the most fun at night! There’s something to riding at your limit following a short tunnel of light.  I didn’t even need that much caffeine!”

 

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At 11:50 AM, Sonya crossed the finish line claiming her first World Champion victory 50 minutes ahead of 2nd place.  “Everything went right for me and I executed my laps with almost surgical precision.  I was so thankful to have my husband, Matt supporting me in the pit.  It was also his first time supporting me in a race like this and we had to have an organized plan. Of course, there were some things I could have done to be more efficient in the pit, but I could not be happier!   The women charging behind me pushed me to ride at a very high level!  I am happy to say I had no stomach or eye problems like some of the elite men, my equipment was stellar, and my attitude was stronger than my physical state.  That is so important in endurance racing.”

WEMBO offers equal payout for both men and women with a $13,000+ USD prize purse paying 10 deep.  The male and female World Champions also receive a free plane ticket and entry fee to the following year’s World Championship event.  WEMBO is a leader in setting equal payout and media coverage as a standard in cycling.

Sonya’s final thoughts on her season:  “Winning World Championships was a great way to end one of the most tumultuous seasons of my career.  I had some great results with several NUE 100 mile wins including winning the biggest 100 miler in Latin America, winning a 6 day stage race across Patagonia, and a top 4 result at a UCI stage race in Spain with national teams seeking Olympic points. I was off the bike for 6 weeks in the late spring due to knee tendonitis and broke my arm a month after being back on the bike. Those injuries were a major damper on some big plans I had this summer. However, it was breaking my arm that motivated me to register for Worlds!  There is always something positive that comes out of a seemingly disappointing situation!  I’m looking forward to some big Fall rides in BC, honing some of my Enduro skills (hint, hint) and enjoying some local CX races.”

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