Happy Friday – Irina “Ira” Kalentieva

She may only measure 1.54m (5’1”) in height, but she likes to compensate for this in a unique way, by using the top step of a podium. Irina “Ira” Kalentieva is head and shoulders above her competitors. Irina is a World Champion who has been with the Topeak Ergon Racing Team for several years and has enjoyed many successes. Take 2009: Silver medalist at the European Championships and World Champion – not a bad score sheet.

Traveling around with the World Cup, and the success of the Olympics all serve to enrich her outlook and will to win. It makes her special, and yet approachable. Known as one of the most open and natural characters on the circuit you are more likely to be greeted with a charming giggle than be ignored. On the bike when racing though, it is all very serious – but after the race, normally crowned with a podium finish, her winning smile is back


1st World Cup Dalby Forest – UK
13th World Cup Houffalize – BEL
8th World Cup Offenburg – GER


World Champion XCCanberra, Australia 2009
Silver Medalist European Championships 2009
2nd World Cup Pietermaritzburg – RSA
2nd World Cup Mont-Saint-Anne – CAN
2nd World Cup Bromont – CAN


1st World Cup Offenburg 2008 (GER)
2nd World Cup Canberra 2008 (AUS)
Russian National Champion (XC) 2008
European Championship Silver Medalist 2008 (GER)
World Championship Bronze Medalist 2008 (ITA)
Olympic Bronze Medalist 2008


World Champion XC, Fort William, Scotland 2007
Silver Medalist European Championships, Turkey 2007
1st World Cup, St. Felicien, Canada 2007
1st World Cup, Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada 2007
1st World Cup, Offenburg, Germany 2007


Silver Medalist World Championships XC 2006 and Marathon 2004
1st World Cup, Schladming, Germany 2004
Silver Medalist, European Championships 2003
3. Place World Championships CC Lugano, Italy, 2003 and European Champion CC St. Wendel, Germany, 2002
6 times Russian National Champion
4 times German National Series Champion