Monday, September 14, 2009

Champery, Switzerland. "That was really hard-Osl" Winner!


The winner of the race Osl pointed out how hard the race was, given the depth of the field.

You have to get use to the tournaments and the surroundings! It is quite a different scene to race on the World Cup! The cost to get to a World Cup costly!
In 2009, we have just seen one of the worst financial periods ever, almost causing a global financial collapse. The aftermath of such a prolonged recession will curb the sport for years to come. The sport needs a shot in the arm! There is no 'entitlement" here! They race for the love of the race! There is not $1.6 ma. at the end of the rainbow (event)and I think that makes it more meaningful, but they can't feed the bulldog. I just concern how they balance their budget, if they have one?
It is not just the financial system at risk! Racer's win a race and in the same time think, how am I going to make a living doing this? There is a very real lack of money to make a living (lack of support)! The nation's biggest banks even get aid or support? We don't see the governments putting capital up for races. Other sports get huge support from those who profit. When is the industry going to be willing to invest in their own economic growth?
It's hard to get use to the lack of money. These folks race their heart's out for almost no money! They do get to travel a bit. Take tennis, where Serena Williams lost her miind and was only fined $10,000 for her bad! The winner of the U.S. Tennis Open Clijsters took home $1.6 ma.
Why doesn't the industry get behind the sport in cash over providing a just a free product?
The top North American finisher was Canadian National Champion and Georgia Gould's teammate Catharine Pendrel (Luna) who was in the hunt, but slipped back to 10th, followed one spot behind by Marie-Helene Premont (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) just ahead of Lea Davison who took 12th. Pendrel moves up to third in the World Cup standings, behind Osl and Byberg.
We are very pleased with the success of U23 Emily Batty. Emily is gaining the time racing and getting her head on her pedal strokes at the big races and learning who she can race against and yes it's hard! The women's field was very deep.
Emily Batty (Team Canada) finished 20th, the 4th U23 rider. Her results leaves her in #2 overall in the Under 23 standings, 33 points behind World Champion Aleksandra Dawidowicz (CCC Polkowice), who was ninth in today's race and the highest-placing Under 23 racer. Batty goes into the final round with a 31-point advantage over third placed Caroline Mani (Team


1Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Central Ghost Pro Team1:39:39
2Anna Szafraniec (Pol) JBG-2 Professional MTB Team0:00:54
3Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Racing0:01:23
4Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago Cap Arreghini0:02:18
5Katrin Leumann (Swi)0:02:27
6Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team0:02:40
7Cécile Rode Ravanel (Fra) Lapierre International0:02:43
8Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini0:03:25
9Aleksandra Dawidowicz* (Pol) CCC Polkowice0:03:38
10Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:04:23
11Marie-Helene Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:05:05
12Lea Davison (USA) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:05:54
13Marielle Saner-Guinchard (Swi) Team Bikepark.ch0:06:22
14Julie Bresset* (Fra) Breiz Mountain0:06:36
15Sabrina Enaux (Fra) BH-Suntour0:07:02
16Hanna Klein* (Ger)0:07:37
17Laura Metzler (Fra) BH-Suntour0:08:29
18Anna Villar Argente (Spa) Massi0:08:37
19Sarah Koba (Swi)0:09:04
20Emily Batty* (Can)0:09:23
21Amanda Sin (Can)0:09:36
22Mary McConneloug (USA)0:10:00
23Vivienne Meyer* (Swi) Colnago Cap Arreghini0:10:33
24Elisabeth Brandau (Ger)0:10:52
25Tanja Zakelj* (Slo) MBK Orbea0:12:06
26Kate Potter (Aus)0:12:19
27Anja Gradl (Ger) Central Ghost Pro Team0:12:45
28Nataliya Krompets* (Ukr)0:12:56
29Annie Last* (GBr)0:13:31
30Fanny Bourdon* (Fra)0:13:41
31Rowena Fry (Aus) Discovertasmania.com0:14:00
32Janka Stevkova (Svk)0:14:13
33Fabienne Niederberger (Swi)0:14:44
34Suzanne Clarke (GBr)0:15:17
35Sandra Walter (Can)0:16:00
36Maria Osl (Aut) Fischer-BMC0:16:46
37Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:17:05
38Barbara Benko* (Hun)0:17:29
39Stephanie Wiedner* (Aut) DS-Rennsport0:17:33
40Sandra Santanyes Murillo (Spa) Cemelorca-Trek-Lorca Taller Del Tiempo0:18:02
41Paula Gorycka* (Pol)0:18:30
42Coralie Redelsperger (Fra)0:18:51
43Jean Ann Mckirdy (Can)0:19:09
44Virginie Pointet* (Swi) Team
45Nadine Rieder* (Ger) Fumic.Brothers.International0:19:23
46Helene Marcouyre (Fra) BH-Suntour0:19:36
47Tatjana Dold (Ger)0:20:05
48Adelheid Morath (Ger)0:21:01
49Truong Lorraine * (Swi)0:21:31
50Jennifer Sagesser* (Swi)0:22:14
51Judith Pollinger* (Ita) Sunshine Racers ASV Nals0:22:23
Elite women team World Cup standings after seven rounds
1Central Ghost Pro Team353 pts
2Luna Pro Team346
3Specialized Factory Racing217
4CCC Polkowice204
5Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles203
6Colnago Cap Arreghini185
7Subaru-Gary Fisher184
8Topeak Ergon Racing Team177
11JBG-2 Professional MTB Team109
12Team Bikepark.ch101
13Lapierre International92
15Breiz Mountain59
17Ceska Sporitelna MTB30
18Felt International MTB Team28
19Team Saeco10
20Torq Performance Nutrition9
21MBK Orbea6

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