There is definitely something in the air at Karkloof, KwaZulu-Natal, that brings out the best in Philip Buys (Garmin-adidas). This was the second year in a row that he made his presence felt every time he got on his mountain bike to race during the three-day cycling festival.
On Friday night Buys made mountain bike history when he became the first rider to win the 20km Stihl night race for the second consecutive year. The next day he finished 2nd in the Red Sprint shoot-out and on Sunday he finished 3rd in the marathon.
The Race in Parys, not as cool as Rumble in the Jungle but similar in that it was 2 athletes duking it out for longer than either thought likely. It was always going to be a hard day considering the condition I’m in, I won’t lie, I’m not riding that well at the moment and I was hoping to fake it for as long as possible.
Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) came back from a crash of his own to win the crash-filled finale of the Giro d’Italia’s second stage into Utrecht on Sunday. The American finished ahead of HTC-Columbia’s Matthew Goss and Liquigas’ Fabio Sabatini in a sprint from a small, but fast lead group.
Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) won stage 1 of the 93rd edition of the Giro d’Italia, an 8.4km time trial through the streets of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Clad in a white skinsuit sporting the colors of the British time trial champion, Wiggins cranked out a time of 10 minutes, 18 seconds on the wet, technical circuit.
Just when Mannie Heymans (Garmin-adidas) thought that he had, hopefully, seen the last of the insides of doctors’ consulting rooms for a while, he finds himself back in the too familiar chair in front of the doctor’s desk, waiting for more bad news.
In his own words ‘Mr African’, as Heymans is known in the mountain biking world, ‘has become Mr Fragile’.
Heather Irmiger rolls into 2010 with confidence and motivation following a career best season. A newly titled National Champion in both the cross country and marathon mountain bike disciplines, Heather is looking forward to more success on both the domestic and international mountain bike circuits. In addition to owning the 2009 Short Track Series title and many domestic victories, Heather is a multiple U.S. National Team Member, 2008 Olympic Long Team member, and has appeared on multiple international podiums.