Mountain Bike Worlds continue with U23 women’s cross country and four-cross qualification
Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec (September 2, 2010) – The 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships continued on Thursday with the U23 women’s cross country contest and elite men’s and women’s four-cross qualification rounds.
Two young women donned the red, white and blue in the Thursday morning cross country event – Lydia Tanner (San Clemente, Calif./Montana State University) who was 31st and Sage Wilderman (Fraser, Colo./Team Totally Wired) who was 35th.
The ladies toed the line with the best U23 riders from 21 other nations and set out for a total of 21.4 kilometers of racing under a nice morning cloud cover. The field strung out pretty quickly and with start positions in the back row, the Americans didn’t have optimal positions heading onto a course that makes passing quite difficult.
“There was a lot of traffic toward the start so a lot of hiking where I didn’t want to hike and a lot of getting off the bike,” Tanner explained after the race.
Regardless of the start, Tanner says she really enjoyed the technical course. “I really enjoyed it,” she said. “All my pre-rides went great. I was feeling really strong but I crashed more times in that first lap than I think I crashed all season.”
At the start, British rider Annie Last set the front pace. She held the number one position until fading on the final lap and giving up the lead to winner Alexandra Egen of Sweden. After Last crossed the line for the silver medal, Polish rider Paula Gorycka collected the bronze.
In addition to the U23 women’s cross country event, Friday saw the elite men and women’s four-cross qualification rounds. On the men’s side, American Barry Nobles (Wetumpka, Ala.) qualified in seventh while compatriots Blake Carney (Camarillo, Calif.), Erik Nelson (Gilbert, Ariz.), and Ross Milan (Arvada, Colo./Yeti-Cycles) qualified in ninth, 15th, and 30th respectively. For the U.S. ladies, Neven Steinmetz (Boulder, Colo./Ellsworth Bikes) qualified in 13th. The four-cross finals will be held tomorrow evening.
In addition to the four-cross finals, the Mountain Bike World Championships will continue tomorrow with the junior men’s cross country race and the U23 men’s cross country race.
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2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
Sept. 1-5, 2010
U23 Women’s Cross Country
1. Alexandra Engen (Sweden)
2. Annie Last (Great Britain)
3. Paula Gorycka (Poland)
31. Lydia Tanner (San Clemente, Calif./Montana State University)
35. Sage Wilderman (Fraser, Colo./Team Totally Wired)
Keri S. Kahn
USA Cycling, Inc.