First blood has been drawn in the MTB World Championships, and I’m not talking about the 4X competitor who broke his arm having a gentle practice run on Monday! Today Italy scored the first rainbow jerseys for the event in the Team Relay. This event is a tag team cross country race with a teams consisting of one rider from each of the following classifications: elite men, elite women, under 23 men, and junior men (yes, I think under 23 women should get a chance for this race). Unfortunately the Aussies finished back in 14th (4 mins, 32 seconds behind the Italians). Australian under 23 team member and Canberra lad, Michael Baker put in a solid effort for the Aussies scoring 6th in his classification – let’s hope he has somthing left in the tank for later in the week.
Meanwhile, the downhill riders have been practicing on the mountain. It seems lighter bikes with less travel are being employed this year to take the sting out of the flatter section of the course at the finish.
Check out the DH action (including videos) on Dirt Magazine UK.
Finally, in deepest darkest suburban Canberra, final touches were being put to the track and the first practice sessions were being run for the Pump Track World Champs.
[Ed – RiotPost] And I’m throwing in an interview with Defending men’s world champion Christoph Sauser (Switzerland) by Canadian Cyclist.