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(Deutsch) The Strive Diaries: Entry 1 – Auftakt der Enduro World Series in Chile

miércoles, abril 23rd, 2014



Fabien Barel // Foto: Jérémie Reuiller

Ein Tagebuch lebt von Erlebnissen, Eindrücken und Erfahrungen – den guten wie den weniger guten. Nur die schönen Momente für die Ewigkeit festzuhalten, wird den „Strive Diaries“ nicht gerecht. Das Athletenleben des Canyon Factory Enduro Teams ist voller Höhen und Tiefen, die wir Euch mitteilen möchten. Wir könnten hier also ausnahmslos über die genialen Trails in Chile schreiben, wollen Euch in diesem Eintrag aber auch die Rückschläge nahe bringen.

Unsere Reise nach Chile war ein Trip ins Unbekannte, in vielerlei Hinsicht. Neben den logistischen Unwägbarkeiten hat uns vor allem die wahnsinnig dynamische Mountainbike-Szene überrascht. In Chile wird Enduro mit Hingabe gelebt – davon könnten sich viele europäische Länder eine Scheibe abschneiden. Das südamerikanische Land hatte es auf jeden Fall verdient, den Premierenlauf der Enduro World Series (EWS) 2014 auszurichten.

Das Strive AL – die Abfahrt beginnt bergauf

Um die Zeit in Chile optimal zu nutzen, reisten wir mit einer größeren Crew als üblich an. Die Vorbereitungszeit auf das erste EWS Rennen war mit Trainingseinheiten, Film- und Fotoaufnahmen voll durchgeplant. Auf die Videos und Bilder dürft Ihr gespannt sein. Nachdem die Aufnahmen im Kasten waren, ließen wir uns beim Warm-Up Race „Montenbaik Enduro 2014“ in La Parva auf den ersten Schlagabtausch mit der Szene ein. Die Konkurrenz hatte die letzten Monate ja auch nicht im Winterschlaf verbracht. Fabien Barel fuhr den fünften Platz ein und Ines Thoma schaffte als Dritte sogar den Schritt aufs Treppchen.

Ludo May // Foto: Jérémie Reuiller

Auch Ludo May, unser Schweizer Neuzugang, war nach dem Rennen noch heißer auf die Saison: „Der Trip nach Chile ist der erste mit meinem neuen Team. Es ist toll, die CFET Crew mit Manager und Mechanikern an meiner Seite zu wissen. Ich fühle mich als Teil einer großen Familie! Leider hat mich beim Rennen in La Parva ein kleiner Defekt ausgebremst, aber ich konnte einige gute Stages fahren. Das macht mich sehr zuversichtlich für die Enduro World Series.“

Nach dem Einstand in der „Antigrip-Country“ reisten wir mit Selbstvertrauen fünf Stunden gen Süden nach Nevados de Chillan zum heiß ersehnten Start der EWS. Donnerstag und Freitag standen Trainingstage auf dem Programm. Am Wochenende erwarteten uns zwei Renntage mit je drei Wertungsprüfungen. Wir waren also bestens ausgelastet.

Ines Thoma // Foto: Jérémie Reuiller

Ines beschreibt ihre Aufregung vor dem ersten EWS Rennen so: „Ich denke, dass jeder ein bisschen nervös ist. Irgendwie weiß man noch nicht so richtig, was kommt – obwohl man schon gefühlt 1000 Rennen gefahren ist. Es ist trotzdem was anderes, hier zu sein. Die Strecken sind total geil, das Wetter ist perfekt und drum freu‘ ich mich!“

Schon auf der ersten Stage zeigte sich, dass nicht nur mit den Topfavoriten, sondern auch mit etlichen Newcomern in diesem Jahr zu rechnen sein wird. Bei Fabiens Zieleinlauf stockte allen allerdings der Atem. Was war passiert?

Fabien Barel // Foto: Jérémie Reuiller

Fabien über einen Tag, den er wohl nie vergessen wird: “Ich hätte mir niemals träumen lassen, was am ersten Tag, bei der ersten Stage passiert ist. Ich bin die erste Kurve wie ein 15-jähriger Junge angegangen, bei voller Geschwindigkeit durch den Sand gerippt, gedriftet und dann die Fahrspur entlang gehüpft. Mit blindem Vertrauen dachte ich, mir kann nichts passieren. Diese Aufregung kann ich selbst nach 20 Jahren Rennerfahrung einfach nicht kontrollieren. Auf halber Strecke bin ich dann mit 40 km/h über den Lenker gegangen und kopfüber im Sand gelandet. Dabei stauchte sich mein Rücken in einer Weise, wie er es sicher nicht sollte und ich rutschte fünf Meter Böschung herunter. Nach zehn Minuten war ich wieder zurück auf dem Trail. Ich konnte mich kaum bewegen. Ich schaffte es, wieder auf mein Bike zu steigen und die Ziellinie zu überqueren. Danach ging es ab zum medizinischen Support. Nach einem langen Check entschied ich mich, die zweite Stage anzugehen. Hätte ich das für ein paar Punkte wirklich machen sollen? War das Risiko zu hoch? Soll ich am nächsten Tag überhaupt antreten? Hatte ich mir die erste Runde so vorgestellt? Viele Fragen, die unbeantwortet bleiben werden. Ich war mir nur sicher, dass ich zum Biken hier bin und mein Bestes geben will. Nur weil man stolpert, heißt es ja nicht, dass man liegenbleiben sollte. Mein Motto lautet: Gib niemals auf!“

Profisport bei Canyon

Am Sonntagmorgen stand das endgültige Aus für Fabien dann fest. Keine leichte Entscheidung, aber eine absolut richtige, wie sich bei der medizinischen Untersuchung am gleichen Tag herausstellte: Bruch eines Lendenwirbels. Fabien war um Haaresbreite an einer Querschnittslähmung vorbeigeschrammt. An Biken war erstmal nicht zu denken, darüber war sich das ganze Team einig.

Ludo feierte derweil bei seinem ersten EWS Rennen im Canyon-Jersey mit Platz 13 einen super Einstand. Joe Barnes kam mit gutem Tempo, aber etwas Platten-Pech auf Rang 25 und Ines belegte Platz sechs bei den Damen.

Joe Barnes // Foto: Jérémie Reuiller

Joe beschreibt sein Rennen folgendermaßen: „In der Vorbereitung jagte ein Highlight das nächste. Bei jeder Trainingsrunde hatten wir mehr Spaß in den Hügeln Chiles. Auf der ersten Stage fühlte ich mich auf dem Bike sehr wohl und ging die Sache ruhig an. Anschließend war ich bereit für die physisch anstrengende Stage zwei, die ich mit dem 11. Platz beendete. Soweit, so gut. Mit dem ersten Tag war ich zufrieden und wusste, dass ich am Sonntag noch einen raushauen kann. Der nächste Tag begann mit einem flowigen, schnellen und doch lockeren Trail, den ich voll angehen konnte. Mit einer starken Verbesserung kletterte ich vor der letzten Stage im Ranking nach oben. Diese Stage war dann ganz nach meinem Geschmack, ähnlich den Trails in meiner Heimat Schottland. Meine Begeisterung kannte keine Grenzen mehr. Nachdem ich eine steinige Passage etwas zu stark genommen hatte, verlor plötzlich mein Vorderreifen Luft. Bald schon war er komplett platt und dabei lag noch die halbe Strecke vor mir. Ich tat alles, was ich konnte, aber musste einige Kollegen passieren lassen und verlor viel Zeit auf die Konkurrenz. Was für eine Enttäuschung! Mit dem 25. Platz habe ich ein paar Punkte ins Ziel gerettet, aber das war nicht mein Anspruch. Ich kann die nächsten Rennen kaum erwarten und muss mir nur merken: Take it easy on the rocks.“

Auf unseren Trip blicken wir nun mit gemischten Gefühlen zurück. Es war alles dabei: totale Begeisterung beim Biken auf den chilenischen Trails, verhaltener Stolz ob der Rennergebnisse bis hin zu dem Schock nach Fabiens schwerem Sturz. Nun machen wir uns auf den weiten Heimweg und werden uns bis zum BIKE Festival in Riva erstmal sammeln. Vielen Dank für die vielen Genesungswünsche für Fabien, die uns bereits erreicht haben. Wir müssen jetzt Geduld haben, bis weitere Untersuchungen durchgeführt werden. Wir hoffen, dass es unserem „Fab“ bald wieder richtig gut geht.

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miércoles, abril 23rd, 2014

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jueves, abril 17th, 2014

Kristoff Wins Monumental Milan-Sanremo

lunes, marzo 24th, 2014
Alexander Kristoff wins Milan - Sanremo 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

Norwegian sprints to career-defining victory  

Alexander Kristoff of Team Katusha took the biggest win of his career yesterday at the 2014 edition of Milan-San Remo. The Norwegian triumphed in the cold and the rain by unleashing a powerful sprint on his Ultimate CF SLX at the end of 300 km and just under seven hours of tough racing. His success in Italy’s biggest one-day race marks the third victory in a Monument for Katusha following Joaquim Rodríguez’s successive wins at Il Lombardia in 2012 and 2013.

Katusha to the fore in the wind and rain

With the blizzards and freezing conditions of the 2013 edition still fresh in the memories of many, nobody could blame the riders for longing after more pleasant conditions this year. Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t to be as they rode through rain and hail for the entirety of the race, providing a spectacle of endurance and suffering for spectators at home.

Katusha leading the Peloton at Milan - Sanremo 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

Katusha proved to be among those most hardened to the extreme conditions with many riders still present in the finale to work for Kristoff and all riders finishing the race. The Russian duo of Pavel Brutt and Aleksandr Kuchynski were highly visible through the gloomy conditions, upping the pace in a depleted peloton prior to the penultimate climb of the day, up the Cipressa, to reel in the day’s break.

Heading up the race’s final climb of the Poggio, which topped out just 6 km from the finish line, Kristoff was able to stay in touch with the front group as several riders attempted to break away and put the sprinters in difficulty. Fortunately for Kristoff he still had Italian Classics specialist Luca Paolini at his side. Paolini put in an enormous effort to shepherd Kristoff back to the front of the pack down the dangerous descent into Sanremo and then kept the pace high to within the last 600 metres, putting off any late attacks.

Luca Paolini at Milan - Sanremo 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

Sprint Royale

An elite group of around 25 riders made it to the line to fight for the win with many of the pre-race favourites and previous winners still present, including Fabian Cancellara, Gerald Ciolek, Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan. Nevertheless, with some 300 km in the legs Kristoff proved to be the strongest, surging ahead in the final 150 metres to win by a couple of bike lengths over Cancellara and Team Sky’s Ben Swift.

Alexander Kristoff on the podium at Milan - Sanremo 2014 / Photo: Tim De Waele

“It was the best moment of my life”, claimed a delighted Kristoff after the finish, who was keen to highlight the work by his teammate Paolini: “I just said, ‘I’m here Luca,’ and he brought me to the front. He could stay in the group, follow the attacks and he did a great job. I’m very thankful to him. […] A sprint after 300 km is different from one after 200 km. Normally I don’t lose much power even on a long stage”. The Norwegian is well aware of the significance of yesterday’s win and the impact it will have, “Milan-Sanremo really puts you on the map and it’ll always stay in my career. It’s important. It’s almost unbelievable.”

Lobato takes 4th for Movistar Team

Perhaps one of the most standout performances yesterday came from Spain’s Juanjo Lobato, who in his debut Milan-Sanremo just missed out on the podium by finishing 4th. It was a hugely encouraging display by the young sprinter who is in his first season for Movistar Team and rounded off a perfect day for Canyon.

Canyon bikes have now triumphed six times in cycling’s Monuments since 2009.

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Tirreno-Adriatico Roundup: TT & GC Success for Movistar Team

miércoles, marzo 19th, 2014

It’s a busy time in the UCI WorldTour right now with the recent conclusion of stage races in France and Italy, and cycling’s one-day “monuments” looming just around the corner. Tirreno-Adriatico came to a close yesterday bringing an end to yet another successful week for Canyon riders: Movistar Team claimed 2nd in the GC and a stage victory through Nairo Quintana and Adriano Malori respectively, while Dani Moreno of Katusha put in strong performances throughout the week to finish 8th overall.

Magnificent Malori takes closing time trial

Adriano Malori / Photo: Graham Watson

A flat 9.5 km out-and-back time trial along the Adriatic coastline stood between the peloton and the end of a gruelling week of racing through the heart of Italy, which included riding up the country’s steepest road with gradients in excess of 30%. What better place then, for an Italian to triumph? Adriano Malori stunned the rest of the field aboard the Speedmax CF, powering to victory and taking some major scalps in the process.

Malori described his performance yesterday as “the most beautiful victory” of his entire life and after one glance at the results, who could disagree? The Italian overcame the elite of world time-trialling by not only beating Fabian Cancellara into 2nd place by six seconds, but also reigning Olympic Champion, Bradley Wiggins, and World Champion, Tony Martin. In his own words, “it almost feels like a dream to win in front of the best specialists in the world.”

Quintana defends 2nd place in GC    

Nairo Quintana & Dani Moreno / Photo: Graham Watson

Malori’s was not the only standout performance in yesterday’s ITT as Nairo Quintana consolidated his 2nd place in the GC, backing up his climbing performances from earlier in the race. With riders perceived as more adept time-trialists breathing down his neck, the Columbian proved yesterday he is not just exceptional in the hills by putting time into all his rivals including eventual race winner, Alberto Contador. As a key build up event ahead of the Giro d’Italia, things are heading in the right directions for Quintana’s big season goal: “I’m getting used to the way of racing in Italy, the roads, how everything works here”.

Tirreno-Adriatico: Nairo Quintana on the podium / Photo: Tim De Waele

A recent spate of time-trial equipment testing, training and wind tunnel time has paid dividends for Movistar Team. In the race’s opening TTT they surprised the rest of the field with an impressive display to finish 3rd, and in addition to Malori’s victory yesterday British national champion Alex Dowsett also finished 6th.  In a discipline where equipment plays such a vital role, the gains provided by the Speedmax CF have been backed up by three victories already in 2014.

Alex Dowsett / Photo: Graham Watson

Milan-Sanremo Preview: La Primavera kicks off 2014 monuments

In a sport with such a rich history as cycling, there are some races that transcend all others: Milan-Sanremo is one such race. Considered one of cycling’s five monuments, at a shade under 300km it is the longest race of the season, with the distance alone presenting a major obstacle to the riders in addition to the short coastal climbs that feature in its finale. As such, past winners include a wide mix of classics specialists, sprinters and GC riders.

Luca Paolini / Photo: Graham Watson

Katusha animated last year’s snow-disrupted race with an attacking display and Alexander Kristoff eventually took the sprint behind the break in brutal conditions. So far this year the Norwegian has shown good form, taking a stage win at the Tour of Oman last month, and is a good bet as a sprinter who also climbs well. Another contender from the Russian outfit is Italian classics specialist Luca Paolini, who thrives in tough conditions and will no doubt be especially motivated for his country’s biggest one day race.

Movistar Team will be backing Jose Joaquín Rojas who stood out at last week’s Paris-Nice as the most consistent rider in the whole race. Other options for the Spanish squad should the race come down to a sprint finish include Fran Ventoso and Juanjo Lobato, who already has a number of podium finishes to his name in 2014.

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Valverde Continues to Reign in Spain

lunes, marzo 3rd, 2014
Alejandro Valverde winning the 2014 Vuelta a Murcia / Photo: Graham Watson

One week after a commanding performance at the Vuelta a AndalucíaAlejandro Valverde clocked up his fifth win of the season and the eighth for Movistar Team on Saturday at the Vuelta a Murcia. The race marked the first occasion in the 2014 season that Nairo Quinatna and Valverde, the two leaders of Movistar Team, have lined up in the same squad together.

Aggressive tactics pay off

Right from the gun the Spanish ProTeam was in an attacking mood and was active in moves throughout the race over what was a particularly challenging and mountainous parcours. In the end it was Valverde who proved the strongest, once again making fine use of his trademark uphill finishing kick to cross the line 3 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Tiago Machado. Jose Joaquin Rojas rounded off another strong team performance and provided a strong signal that he is back to his best following injury by taking 5th, just 7 seconds down on his teammate.

Lobato on the podium in Almería

Movistar Team continued its run of success at the following day’s Clásica de Almería, where Juanjo Lobato sprinted to 2nd place and two other riders in blue, Fran Ventoso and José Joaquín Rojas, also featuring inside the top-10.

Take a closer look at the Movistar Team bikes here.

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Movistar Team Victorious in Andalucía

lunes, febrero 24th, 2014
Alejandro Valverde wins Stage 1 Vuelta a Andalucía / Photo: Movistar Team

A hat-trick of stage wins, the overall and the points classification for Valverde

Movistar Team continued their impressive run of early season form in southern Spain with a commanding display to dominate the Vuelta a Andalucía. The squad got the race underway with an impressive performance in the prologue, where Valverde rode his new Speedmax CF to the fastest time with teammates Izagurre and Moreno also placing inside the top-10. Valverde was then able to unleash his trademark uphill finishing kick on the following two stages to take a hat-trick of wins and an unassailable lead in the GC. Jon Izagirre was also in the mix throughout the race eventually finishing just off the podium in fourth overall.

Teamwork the key to success

A challenging parcours took the peloton over the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, providing a real test for the squad to control the race. In spite of the determined attempts by Team Sky to blow the race to pieces on the two summit finishes and set up their leader, Richie Porte, Movistar Team held firm to deliver Valverde perfectly in the finales.  The Spaniard was keen to pay his teammates back: “After all they did for me these two days, always there, they deserved this victory.”

Alejandro Valverde in the leader's jersey at Vuelta a Andalucía / Photo: Movistar Team

Dream start to 2014

The race marked Movistar Team’s first successes on European soil for the year and takes their current win tally up to seven. This marks the best start to a season the squad has ever had since its debut four years ago as well as the dream beginning to their partnership with Canyon, who became official bike supplier in 2014. With the Spring Classics now fast approaching, results thus far would suggest that the boys in blue will definitely be among the favourites heading into the early season’s biggest one day races. Beforehand, however, Valverde will be back in action this week building his form at La Clásica de Almería and Vuelta a Murcia.

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Wednesday Winners: Two Victories in One Day for Canyon

jueves, febrero 20th, 2014
Alexander Kristoff wins the second stage of the 2014 Tour of Oman / Photo: Tim De Waele

When you’re only halfway through the week and your riding plans at the weekend still seem a way off, it’s easy to see why people refer to Wednesday as the “hump” day.

Nevertheless, Canyon got a mid-week boost yesterday with not one, but two victories coming from our UCI ProTeams. No sooner had Norwegian Alexander Kristoff opened Team Katusha’s 2014 victory account at the Tour of Oman when Alejandro Valverde blasted through the streets of southern Spain to take the win in the prologue of the Vuelta a Andalucia.

First win in the bag for Katusha and Kristoff 

Kristoff has clearly bounced back well from the bad luck that plagued him at the Tour of Qatar, where he crashed heavily. After finishing in the top 10 on stage one in Oman, at the end of stage two he was able to show his good early season form and tactical nous by sprinting into a block headwind in a bunch kick against a strong field.

Kristoff now sits in second place in the overall standings with the situation looking good for the coming northern classics, which the Norwegian has set among his main 2014 objectives.

Alexander Kristoff on the podium after the second stage of the 2014 Tour of Oman / Photo: Tim De Waele

TT Prep pays off for Movistar Team 

Further west in sunny southern Spain, the Vuelta a Andalucia kicked off yesterday with a technical 7.3km prologue through Almeria. Fresh from a training camp to hone their positions aboard their new Speedmax CF time trial machines, Movistar Team was able reap the rewards by placing three riders in the top 10 with Valverde now leading the race. In an exhibition of supreme bike handling, Valverde ripped through the corner-strewn course and at one point even overtook the race commissaire’s motorbike.

The Spaniard was clearly pleased with his new bit of kit, stating, “It was the first time on my new TT bike and this debut was impossible to improve. We are very satisfied with how it works.” Teammates Jon Izaguirre and Javier Moreno now sit in 3rd and 7th position respectively as the squad looks in fine nick heading into the remaining four stages.

Alejandro Valverde on his way to winning the opening prologue of the 2014 Vuelta a Andalucia / Photo: Graham Watson

Canyon Enduro Extrem 2014

jueves, febrero 6th, 2014
Canyon Enduro Extrem 2014

Por tercer año consecutivo el club Bike Madrid y nuestro departamento de eventos en España estamos muy orgullosos de presentar la 3ª edición de la “Canyon Enduro Extrem”.

El recorrido este año varía sustancialmente, pasando de cinco especiales a cuatro, con un recorrido aproximado de 31km y un desnivel de 1660m positivos. Las bajadas aumentan en longitud y en belleza, alguna rondará los 14 minutos.

La organización ha decidido volcar toda su confianza en el cronometraje de la prueba a Magma Sports & Timing, empresa líder del sector. Así se abandona el sistema Sport Ident y se pasa al sistema de célula y chip.

Canyon Enduro Extrem 2014

Se mantienen las dos categorías que tanto éxito tuvieron el año pasado, Extrem y Endurance, que tendrán diferentes tiempos para terminar la carrera. El sistema de salidas será con tarjeta de tiempos para cada especial, teniendo cada corredor marcada su hora de salida y teniendo sus correspondientes penalizaciones si se llega tarde a las salidas de tramo cronometrado.

Más información e inscripciones en: Canyon Enduro Extrem 2014

Canyon Enduro Extrem 2014

Movistar Team Reign Supreme in Argentina

lunes, enero 27th, 2014

Movistar Team came away from an intense week of racing at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina with two stage victories and the overall to round off a dream start to their 2014 campaign.

Following Nairo Quintana’s impressive solo victory atop the Cerro el Amago on stage 4, new-recruit Adriano Malori doubled up the following day with an outstanding performance in the 19.2 km ITT. What’s more, Quintana was able to use the team’s new Speedmax CF to good effect by overcoming the four second deficit to then-race leader, Phillip Gaimon, to pull on the leader’s jersey, which he successfully defended to the end of the race.
Adriano Malori on stage five of the 2014 Tour de San Luis / Photo: Graham Watson

Important Result

Despite a rough start to the week with stomach problems plaguing members of the team in addition to the misfortune suffered by the squad racing at the Tour Down Under, where two riders were side-lined after crashing heavily, Movistar Team came out of the season-opening races on a high. Directeur Sportif José Luis Jaimerena was keen to praise his rider’s efforts: “Starting the season this way is always important, especially for the team’s morale.”
Nairo Quintana is the winner of the Tour de San Luis 2014 / Photo: Graham Watson

What’s to Come

The entire Movistar Team will be in Madrid this Friday for their official team presentation before the racing calendar picks up the pace. With Quintana himself claiming that he is yet to hit top-form, expect plenty more to come from the boys in blue over the coming season.

Team Movistar Overall Rankings:

1. Nairo Quintana
43. Andrey Amador
45. Benat Intxausti
81. Adriano Malori
97. Fran Ventoso
101. Pablo Lastras

Movistar Team and Canyon: On the road to success