Marathon MTB World Championships
« on: June 25, 2013, 06:28 »
This part of the forum is deader than Norman Bates’ mother; so some activity.

The Marathon world championships start at the end of the week.


Length:   94km   Altitude difference:   4.400 m

Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser- 4-time winner of Cape Epic, 2 time Marathon World Champion, ex European champion, Vince World Champion… he’s done everything.

ATG German Karl Platt is among 21 Germans riding. Platt has won Cape Epic 4 times, and is among a host of possible favourites from Germany including Markus Kauffman and Robert Mennen and maybe Moritz Milatz.

Alban Lakata- Marathon MTB world champion in 2010, and 3 time and current European Champion- from Austria.

Max Knox will lead the South Africans. The team will also consist of Darren Lill, former SA road champion who shifted to MTB as the road races were too sprinter friendly.

Ilias Periklis stunned everyone by winning in 2012. Too much to ask for a repeat?

Length:   85 km   Altitude difference:   3.700 Hm

For the women, Sally Bingham has to be favourite along with Annika Langvad. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa could be another possibility too.

Videos here
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  • ram

    Re: Marathon MTB World Championships
    « Reply #1 on: June 27, 2013, 05:55 »
    Photos of the course-

    Part one is what I ripped off from for the first post eerily similar to the first post.

    Startlists- here

    The Kitzbuhler Alpen bike festival last year of which this is a part of

    I understood nothing
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  • ram

    Re: Marathon MTB World Championships
    « Reply #2 on: June 30, 2013, 06:38 »
    Christoph Sauser won the World Championship ahead of Alban Lakata in a reverse of the European Marathon MTB title.

    Alban Lakata described the race as an elimination race with riders dropping every time the pace was raised. The pair and Colombian Hector Leonardo Leon dropped all the other riders on the climb before the Colombian was dropped by the leading duo on the descent. Lakata then slipped on the final wooded section and lost a couple of seconds to Sauser and this proved decisive in his quest for the win. He added another silver medal in the world championships to his medal tally while Sauser regained his world championship.

    German superstar Karl Platt finished a disappointing 8th eleven minutes behind the winners while the South African challenge petered out with Malcolm Knox finishing in 31st, half an hour down. Oscar Pujol, who's been riding MTB events on and off, finished 30th while Australian Jason English pushed while suffering from cramps and passed riders on the descent to finish in a creditable 37th.

    Full results

    In the women's race, the near forty year old Gunn Rita Dahle-Flesjaa won ahead of Sally Bingham. Esther Seuss finished third.
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