Premont 4th, Kabush 15th at Offenburg World Cup
After a three week break from competition, the UCI XC World Cup made its annual stop in Offenburg, Germany last weekend. The Offenburg track is a rider favorite, especially for the Canadian contingent, as it’s extremely rugged and technical like the tracks in Bromont and Mont St. Anne, Quebec.
After a difficult 2009 season in which she suffered from respiratory problems, Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain’s Marie-Helene Premont has been having a much better season so far in 2010. An eighth place in Dalby Forest, UK was not as high as Premont was used to placing, but it showed she was on track to her former self. She was poised for a much better result in
Houffalize, but another rider crashed into her rear derailleur and ended Premont’s race early.
Starting in 26th spot, Premont fought elbow-toelbow to get to the front of the race. The difficult course in Offenburg makes passing extremely difficult, but Premont managed to find the frontrunners by the last lap. On the last lap, Premont tucked into fourth position where she remained until the finish, 1:30 behind race winner and fellow Canadian, Catharine Pendrel. Premont commented after the race, “I felt really good today. I needed to be more aggressive on the start, but I’m happy with my race. I felt very good on the final lap, and was able to gain some time on people then.”
In the mens race, Maxxis-Rocky Mountain’s Geoff Kabush looked to improve upon his first two World Cup showings. A volcano caused travel fiasco limited his chances for success at the Dalby UK round and a chest cold before Houffalize limited Kabush to a disappointing 34th place. After Houffalize, Kabush was able to recover and get some good training in his legs and some medicinal Belgian beer in his stomach. Starting from 40th position, Kabush, like Premont, had his work cut out for him to get to the front. He battled for all seven laps of the Offenburg race, finishing in a respectable 15th position. The result still isn’t up to Kabush’s potential, but it shows that he’s on the right track to regaining his winning form.
“I definitely felt better in this race, and it is good to finish off this part of the season with a strong
result,” commented Kabush. “With a front row start, I think I could have had a top-10 result, but I
didn’t have a good start, dropping back a few spots and then first few laps some jitbag battles in
the singletrack, but after that I felt I could open up the throttle and settle into my own pace.”
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source: Peter Vallance
Sports and Product Marketing
Rocky Mountain Bicycles