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Riders prepare for World Cup season opener at Momentum Health XCO Internationals

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Mar. 12, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM EST

This weekend was the Momentum Health XCO Internationals race at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The race was the third and final in the series promoted by KwaZulu-Natal Mountain Bike Commission. Saturday’s cross-country race was run on the same course that will be used for the World Cup season opener on March 17th. It gave riders a chance to practice on the course as well as the opportunity to earn coveted UCI points at a UCI Category 2 event as they head into the 2012 Olympic year.

The startlines for both the women’s and men’s elite races saw world champions, national champions and top ranked World Cup riders. Cecile Ravanel of France won the elite women’s event while Switzerland’s Nino Schurter topped the podium for the men.

The course has received some attention for its technical features that include multiple rock gardens and drop offs. At the time of this post, some course changes are being considered for a drop-off that sent South Africa’s Yolande Speedy to the hospital after a crash in practice last week.

The women’s field of 27 riders had five Americans in the showing. Two of these riders, Lea Davison (Specialized) and Judy Freeman (Crankbrothers Race Club) finished in the top ten, placing fourth and ninth respectively. They were followed by Willow Rockwell (17th), Krista Park (18th) and Chloe Woodruff (DNF due to a mechanical). This weekend was Rockwell’s first race since giving birth to her daughter in late December of 2011.

Stephen Ettinger (BMC) was the lone American rider in the men’s event. He finished 19th in a field of 61 riders. As riders from around the globe continue to arrive in South Africa, all fields are expected to be larger for the world cup race.

The World Cup events in Pietermaritzburg on March 16-18th will host both cross-country and downhill events. For more schedule information, see www.mtbworldcupsa.co.za

Elite women

  • 1. Cécile RAVANEL, (FRA), in 1:49:58
  • 2. Annie LAST, (GBR), in 1:50:13
  • 3. Nathalie SCHNEITTER, (SUI), in 1:51:50
  • 4. Lea DAVISON, (USA), in 1:52:49
  • 5. Rie KATAYAMA, (JPN), in 1:54:33
  • 6. Julie KRASNIAK, (FRA), in 1:55:31
  • 7. Tanja ZAKELJ, (SLO), in 1:55:58
  • 8. Lene BYBERG, (NOR), in 1:58:05
  • 9. Judy FREEMAN, (USA), in 1:59:25
  • 10. Samantha SANDERS, (RSA), in 1:59:49
  • 11. Gunn-Rita DAHLE FLESJAA, (NOR), in 2:00:22
  • 12. Laura TURPIJN, (NED), in 2:00:42
  • 13. Vivienne MEYER, (SUI), in 2:00:55
  • 14. Barbara BENKO, (HUN), in 2:01:56
  • 15. Lee CRAIGIE, (GBR), in 2:02:12
  • 16. Candice NEETHLING, (RSA), in 2:03:41
  • 17. Willow ROCKWELL, (USA), in 2:08:20
  • 18. Krista PARK, (USA), in 2:10:00
  • 19. Fanny BOURDON, (FRA), in
  • 20. Julie BERTEAUX, (FRA), in
  • 21. Julia COLVIN, (RSA), in
  • 22. Melanie PALFRAMAN, (RSA), in
  • 23. Simone VOSLOO, (RSA), in
  • 23. Angela EGELAND, (RSA), in
  • 25. Ashleigh PARKER-MOFFATT, (RSA), in
  • 26. Chloe WOODRUFF, (USA), in
  • 27. Lauren HOYER, (RSA), in

Elite men

  • 1. Nino SCHURTER, (SUI), in 1:44:14
  • 2. Burry STANDER, (RSA), in 1:44:20
  • 3. Florian VOGEL, (SUI), in 1:44:59
  • 4. Moritz MILATZ, (GER), in 1:45:50
  • 5. Patrik GALLATI, (SUI), in 1:46:06
  • 6. Lukas FLÜCKIGER, (SUI), in 1:46:21
  • 7. Ralph NAEF, (SUI), in 1:49:07
  • 8. Wolfram KURSCHAT, (GER), in 1:49:20
  • 9. Mathias FLÜCKIGER, (SUI), in 1:49:25
  • 10. Nicola ROHRBACH, (SUI), in 1:49:56
  • 11. Cédric RAVANEL, (FRA), in 1:50:19
  • 12. Liam KILLEEN, (GBR), in 1:50:42
  • 13. Kohei YAMAMOTO, (JPN), in 1:50:56
  • 14. Kevin VAN HOOVELS, (BEL), in 1:51:17
  • 15. Philip BUYS, (RSA), in 1:51:19
  • 16. Milan SPESNY, (CZE), in 1:51:49
  • 17. Reto INDERGAND, (SUI), in 1:51:56
  • 18. Jochen KASS, (GER), in 1:52:12
  • 19. Stephen ETTINGER, (USA), in 1:52:13
  • 20. Rourke CROESER, (RSA), in 1:52:44
  • 21. Fabien CANAL, (FRA), in 1:53:33
  • 22. Sebastien CARABIN, (BEL), in 1:53:48
  • 23. Steffen THUM, (GER), in 1:54:03
  • 24. Martin GUJAN, (SUI), in 1:54:05
  • 25. Marc BASSINGTHWAIGHTE, (NAM), in 1:54:05
  • 26. Matous ULMAN, (CZE), in 1:54:29
  • 27. Manuel FUMIC, (GER), in 1:55:02
  • 28. Julien TRARIEUX, (FRA), in 1:55:43
  • 29. Jeff LUYTEN, (BEL), in 1:55:57
  • 30. Robert MENNEN, (GER), in 1:56:25
  • 31. Andras PARTI, (HUN), in 1:56:27
  • 32. Julien TARAMARCAZ, (SUI), in 1:56:33
  • 33. Ondrej CINK, (CZE), in 1:56:46
  • 34. Matthys BEUKES, (RSA), in 1:56:48
  • 35. James REID, (RSA), in 1:56:52
  • 36. Kenta GALLAGHER, (GBR), in 1:57:34
  • 37. Grant FERGUSON, (GBR), in 1:58:23
  • 38. Christian PFÄFFLE, (GER), in 1:59:08
  • 39. Renay GROUSTRA, (RSA), in 1:59:27
  • 40. Luke ROBERTS, (RSA), in 2:00:33
  • 41. Louis-Bresler KNIPE, (RSA), in 2:02:06
  • 42. Markus SCHULTE-LUENZUM, (GER), in 2:04:03
  • 43. Travis WALKER, (RSA), in
  • 44. Sebastian BATCHELOR, (GBR), in
  • 45. Martin GLUTH, (GER), in
  • 46. Robert GEHBAUER, (AUT), in
  • 47. Zsolt JUHASZ, (HUN), in
  • 48. Andrew WARR, (RSA), in
  • 49. Roger WALDER, (SUI), in
  • 50. Simon GEGENHEIMER, (GER), in
  • 51. Gert HEYNS, (RSA), in
  • 52. Szilard BURUCZKI, (HUN), in
  • 53. David FLETCHER, (GBR), in
  • 54. Marek RAUCHFUSS, (CZE), in
  • 55. Kazuhiro YAMAMOTO, (JPN), in
  • 56. Christopher WOLHUTER, (RSA), in
  • 57. Shaun Craig SILVER, (RSA), in
  • 58. Stuart MARAIS, (RSA), in
  • 59. Jedson TOOMS, (RSA), in
  • 60. Callan DEACON, (RSA), in
  • 61. Connor YOUNG, (RSA), in

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