Team Jamis members Seamus McGrath, Rotem Ishay, and Adam Snyder will be lining up for our sport’s highest caliber event – the World Cup.
Last weekend’s Word Cup at Mont St. Anne presented the best field we’ve seen in North America in years. Mont St. Anne will be hosting the 2010 World Championships, and almost all of the world’s top 50 ranked riders made the trip to Eastern Canada to test themselves both at the highest level, and also to get glimpse of the course to be used in next year’s championship event.
“Its been almost a decade since a Jamis cross country athlete contested an event of this caliber” said Jamis MTB Product Manager Craig Hoyt.
The quality of the fields at these two events is clearly evident – both by reading the start list, and more pragmatically, by witnessing the pace of the race.
“We were doing battle from kilometer zero all the way to the finish line” commented Canadian Olympian Seamus McGrath regarding the intense pace of the race. “Typically, once we get underway you’re able to move through traffic without too much trouble. This year, with just about every Euro attending, we were fighting for practically every corner until the finish.”
Conditions were muddy, slick, cool, and humid – making for treacherous descents and almost unridable climbs. “We finally had a chance to run some the new Geax Gato tires in the mud. Its been a dry season thus far.” commented Israel’s Rotem Ishay. “Last month’s Euro championship in Netherlands was my first muddy pro race, and today I was the first Israeli rider to ever earn UCI points!”
Rotem, racing his second muddy race EVER, received 57th, finishing in the UCI points by staying in the top 60 at the finish. Adam Snyder moved up from his late 90′s call up, putting him deep into the trenches for the first few laps before finishing in 63rd place, while former Mont St. Anne podium placer McGrath finished a strong 25th.
“It felt good out there. I haven’t done a World Cup since mid-2008″ said McGrath.
This weekend continues the east coast racing as riders travel further into Quebec for the World Cup stop in Bromont. Continued damp weather has persisted all week so the riders’ skills should be honed and ready after last week’s technical track.
Team Jamis will be supported in their adventures and racing conquests by Jamis Bicycles. The bikes are fully equipped with SRAM shifting components installed with Gore RideOn fully sealed cable systems, Edge carbon clincher and tubular wheels, handlebars, stems, and seat posts, FSA cranks and bottom brackets, WTB saddles and grips, Geax tubular and clincher mtb tires, Chris King precision hubs, Hayes hydralic brakes, Fox suspension products, Crank Brothers pedals, and Clif Bar nutrition. Team jerseys and all technical apparel are provided by Mt. Borah clothing, helmets and gloves by Louis Garneau.
source: Jamis Media