Canyon Year Review 2013 – Part 3

  December 20th, 2013 | 15:47 | Onlineredaktion

Countdown to Christmas – 24 of the Best Canyon Moments From 2013

Christmas is drawing closer, can you feel it? Before you’re off on holiday, we present you with Days 14 to 20 of the Canyon Year Review.

Day 14

Inflite AL

The Inflite AL makes winter a thing of the past! Its brother’s frame, the Ultimate AL’s, is a lesson to all others showing what can be achieved using aluminium and in numerous grouptests it has left several of its carbon-framed competitors in its wake (“Winner” TOUR 05/13). As a new addition to the Canyon range the Inflite AL has benefited from the success of our other models to help create an outstanding cyclocross bike. With the Inflite AL, there’s simply no excuse not to get out and ride every day of the year!

Canyon goes Cross

Day 15

Joaquim

After the huge disappointment of just missing out on being crowned World Champion at the end of September in Florence, Katusha’s Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez bounced straight back with a commanding victory at Italy’s autumn classic, “Il Lombardia” for the second year in succession. For Canyon this marked yet another milestone taking our win tally to four in the “Race of the Falling Leaves”, one of cycling’s Monuments. With this victory Purito was also reinstated as number one rider in the UCI WorldTour Rankings. Follow his journey “Back to No. 1” in our 11 part fly-on-the-wall documentary.

Purito’s journey “Back to No. 1″

Day 16

Canyon Young Heroes

What a start to 2013! In February, 15 year-old Belgian Eva Maria Palm cleaned up at the Amateur National Championships in Ghent, winning three medals in her age category aboard her Canyon V-Drome. Eva Maria rode for the Canyon Young Heroes Team in both 2012 and 2013, an initiative that was born in 2008 to encourage up-and-coming riders. Applications are now open for places on the 2014 team.

Young Heroes 2014, apply now!

Day 17

Dirt 100 // Torque DHX Flashzone und Spectral AL 9.0 EX

Every year for the past 6 years, Dirt Magazine meticulously review the very best Mountain Bike products on the market to compile the annual Dirt 100. Quite simply the 100 top downhill / enduro products on the market. To make it into the list with one bike is an honour so to have 2 make the grade this year with the Torque DHX Flashzone and Spectral AL 9.0 EX is pretty special! Find out more about both Canyon models elcted, click here:

Torque DHX Flashzone
Spectral AL 9.0 EX

Day 18

Topeak-Ergon Racing Team // Foto: RTI

2013 World Champions, European Champions and Transalp Champions. Topeak-Ergon Racing Team riders Alban Lakata and Sally Bigham have had more than their fair share of success over the past season. They weren’t alone, however, with 24 year-old German Nadine Rieder taking a well-deserved third place in the Eliminator Sprint at the Cross Country World Cup in Albstadt. We look forward to more of the same in 2014!

Grand Canyon CF – the Transalp Winner 2013

Day 19

Canyon Roadshow 2013

In 2013 we got itchy feet. So we decided to go on tour! Between March and June we visited Freiburg, Koblenz, Munich, Hamburg and Berlin with our latest models for the public to try out as well as workshops to take part in. Thanks to everyone who showed up, we had a great time and hope you did too!

Day 20

Joaquim

Yesterday in Madrid Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez picked up the coveted UCI WorldTour Trophy 2013 by Brian Cookson. This is the third time Purito has won the award following his achievements in 2010 and 2012 and he can now take joy in the successful completion of his mission from the start of the year, “Back to No. 1”. Congratulations, Purito!

Purito’s journey “Back to No. 1″

Look forward to part 4!

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Canyon Year Review 2013 – Part 2

  December 17th, 2013 | 17:23 | Onlineredaktion

Countdown to Christmas – 24 of the Best Canyon Moments From 2013

The Countdown continues, the third advent is already behind us. Here we present you with days 7 to 13 of the Canyon Year Review.

Again, we hope you have a great festive period!

Day 7

Anton Thelander und Thomas Genon // Foto: Markus Greber

Slopestyle aces Anton Thelander and Thomas Genon spend more time in the air than on the ground. Riding their new Canyon Stitched concept bikes, these guys have been whipping, quite literally up a storm across the slopestyle scene. Thomas Genon proved such with 3rd at the FISE World Montpellier Slopestyle Event and 2nd at Vienna Air King. Meanwhile, Anton “Cleanlander” Thelander fully lived up to his nickname by taking the spoils at the Red Bull Phenom Contest as well as the Martin Söderström Invitational.

Day 8

Canyon ist die Nummer 1

Incredible result. We are proud. Really damn proud. Thanks to all the readers of the magazines TOUR, BIKE and FREERIDE. The survey in all three journals showed that most of you next year intend to buy a Canyon bike. And on top of that we have been chosen as the winner of the Reader’s Choice for “Best Bike Brand” in BIKE and TOUR. And the second winner in FREERIDE magazine in this category. Awesome.

Canyon is the number 1!

Day 9

Leanda Cave // Sebastian Kuhn / Drehmomente

Triathlete Leanda Cave had a clear goal at Kona in 2013: the defence of her Ironman World Championship crown. In spite of a difficult build-up, the Welshwoman was not deterred, especially as she had a special weapon hidden up her sleeve. The new Speedmax CF made its debut on Hawaii to help carry Leanda to victory. Unfotunately, this year things didn’t quite work out that way, but Leanda will be back and fired up again in 2014, taking inspiration from Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez’s motto this year, “Back to Nr. 1.” We wish her the very best of luck next year and will be there to support her throughout!

SWIM-CANYON-RUN

Day 10

Canyon eröffnet Service Center in Norwegen

For several years Canyon has supplied the Norwegian market with superior quality bikes. Now we are looking to expand our customer service through a local service centre in Norway. Canyon is represented in 14 European countries and in 2013 Norway will become the 15th. Welcome to the Canyon Crew!

Day 11

CFET-Fahrer Fabien Barel auf der Roc d'Azur

The biggest Mountainbike event in Europe – Roc D’Azur. 250 exhibitors, 20.000 participants and 150.000 visitors from 50 countries, all of them had only one thing on their minds: bikes. Canyon was the main partner and had lots of surprises ready for everyone: some Canyon heroes visited, more than 40 bikes of the 2014 range were available for testing, afterwards the models got cleaned at the Canyon bikewash and all visitors could talk shop with Canyon mechanics while enjoying some special flavored ice cream in Canyon Factory Enduro Team and Topeak-Ergon Racing Team colors.

Roc d’Azur

Day 12

The Spectral AL – A highly versatile bike constructed for uncompromising all-mountain demands. New for the 2014 season, this is the first ever bike we have built with 27.5” wheels, providing the perfect compromise between 26” wheels’ nimble agility and the smooth rolling of 29” hoops.

Day 13

With a smile on her face, Ines Thoma acknowledges that “racing is not always about just being intelligent”. The Bavarian is the sole female representative of the Canyon Factory Enduro Team and shares her passion for enduro in the video “This is Enduro” along with her teammates Joe Barnes and Fabien Barel. Six minutes that you don’t want to miss. Enjoy!

We keep the ball rolling on our website and Facebook page, go and take a look!

Look forward to part 3!

Part 1 of the Canyon Year Review

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Salut, Ludo May!

  December 16th, 2013 | 12:11 | Canyon Onlineredaktion

There’s no rest for the wicked! After an exhausting enduro season, the CANYON Factory Enduro Team have only a short minute to take a deep breath and let loose before diving into preparations for the upcoming season. The CFET will also be welcoming a new rider: the Swiss Ludovic “Ludo” May. The team’s newbie is full of potential: originating from downhill racing, the 24-year-old is following the footsteps of the CFET captain Fabien Barel. Ludo’s legs have already pushed through ten downhill and eight enduro seasons. His experience and passion for fast stages make him the perfect addition to the CANYON Factory Enduro Team.

Welcome to the Canyon Factory Enduro Team Ludo May / Foto: Canyon

Growing up in the mountains, Ludo became passionate about mountain bike racing at a young age. He began by entering XC contests, but it did not take long for him to realize that adrenaline packed runs are his forte. From there, the results started rolling in: he was the highest ranked Swiss rider at the UCI World Championships DH 2011 (18th in the overall ranking), second in the Swiss Championships DH 2012 and 14th in the Enduro World Series 2013 overall ranking. Those are just some of the highlights – there are plenty more! But now, it is time for Ludo to take his professional racing career to the next level which is why he will be riding with the CFET for the 2014 season.
We are proud to announce that the Swiss enduro star Ludo will join our CANYON Factory Enduro Team,” said team manager Flo Goral. “With his pleasant manner, his particular riding style and of course his excellent results in the Enduro World Series he is a rider I have been targeting for quite some time. I am delighted he is an integral part of our team now and we can rock the big enduro races together!

His experience as a downhill racer has instilled a love for wet and muddy tracks. The dirtier the better – that’s when Ludo is in his element! His technical finesse and infamous riding style shine through during the damp grey race days. Saying that, his friendly “just go for it” approach to racing guarantee that he will be ripping up the tracks in every weather condition. His motto “laugh and live every present moment” doesn’t allow for down days. Generally, gravity is no enemy of the young Ludo – he embraces it during the downhill sections and befriends it during the uphill sections, making the leg burning climbs look as easy as a hot knife through butter. The fresh blooded Swiss is using the winter break to keep the momentum going. Fitness regimes at the gym, frosty bike rides and the occasional swim for all-round goodness.

With this in mind: Let’s ride together on another successful season in 2014!

This is enduro! The CANYON FACTORY ENDURO TEAM

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Young Heroes Wanted: Apply now to become part of our 2014 Canyon Young Heroes Team!

  December 16th, 2013 | 11:44 | Canyon Onlineredaktion

Speed is not just a word. It’s a way of life. Were you born in 1998/99? Will you be competing in U17 races next year? Do you dream about training and racing just like the pros?

If so, we have just the thing for you: As a Canyon Young Hero you will ride and represent your local region while we provide you with the equipment you need for a whole year. You’ll get everything from team kit to a brand new, high-performance carbon race bike – just like our professional riders. But that’s not all. At a training camp in Mallorca early in the year you’ll have the opportunity to meet all your new teammates and carry out intense training under expert supervision to lay down the foundations for the coming season.

Young Heroes Trainingscamp Mallorca 2013 / Foto: Tino Pohlmann

Your Ride: The Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0
Light weight, stiffness and speed all combine together towards one target: forward propulsion. The new Ultimate CF SL 9.0 gives riders a huge boost due to its direct power transfer, sharp handling and smooth ride. With its slender tubing, free flowing form and seamless integrated cable routing, this bike looks born to race. Each bike will sport an exclusive Young Heroes design and will be tailored to each rider’s position as well as being equipped with the appropriate gear ratios for youth category racing.

Young Heroes Trainingscamp Mallorca 2013 / Foto: Tino Pohlmann

Are you ready to become a Young Hero?
Then apply now. With a bit of luck you could secure one of twelve coveted spots on the 2014 Canyon Young Heroes Team!
Application Deadline 31st December 2013.

Download and complete the application form now and either E-Mail it to youngheroes@canyon.com
or send it by post to: Canyon Bicycles GmbH, Karl-Tesche Straße 12, D-56073, Koblenz, Germany.

At the beginning of January our jury will then choose from all the applications to decide on the riders who will make up the 2014 Canyon Young Heroes Team.

We are happy to announce that…
Truls Saedberg Assland (Norway), Luca Felix Happke (Germany) and Anthon Charming (Germany) – three of our successful 2013 Young Heroes Team riders will continue to ride for Canyon in U17 races for a second year. We are proud to be able to support these riders during the next stage as they progress towards a professional career.
Good Luck!

Investing in the Future: The Canyon Young Heroes
Cycling embodies passion and Canyon embodies cycling. Back in 2008 we set up the Young Heroes initiative to help support 15 young racers. Since then our Young Heroes programme has gone from strength to strength and each year we receive even more applications from riders between the ages of 14 and 16. The aim of this initiative is to encourage the young cyclists that will shape the future of our sport and give them the step-up they need so that they might one day make it into the professional ranks.

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Canyon Year Review 2013 – Part 1

  December 6th, 2013 | 11:29 | Onlineredaktion

Countdown to Christmas – 24 of the Best Canyon Moments From 2013

Thanks to you, our heroes, our partners and the riding community as a whole, 2013 has been one of our most successful years ever. Before Christmas we want to take a look back and share 24 of the biggest moments with you in our Canyon Year Review. We’ve already got the ball rolling on our website and Facebook page, go and take a look!

From everyone at Canyon, we hope you have a great festive period and look forward to another fantastic year with you in 2014!

Day 1

Enduro World Series #1 - Punta Ala - Fabien Barel gewinnt den Auftakt // Foto: Maxi Dickerhoff

Canyon Goes Enduro! – The start of 2013 saw the launch of the Canyon Factory Enduro Team, our first ever works team. Seasoned campaigner Fabien Barel joined us for the ride and got the season off to the perfect start at the inaugural round of the Enduro World Series at Punta Ala. First race, first victory for the new guys! Fabien and his teammates, Joe Barnes, Ines Thoma, Maxi Dickerhoff and Marco Bühler, have been making waves in the Enduro scene all season long in 2013.

Strive for the podium

Day 2

Daniel Moreno gewinnt den Flèche Wallonne // Foto: Roth

Flèche Wallonne – They say all good things come in threes… After commanding victories by Philippe Gilbert and Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez, it was Dani Moreno’s turn, completing a perfect hat-trick for the Aeroad CF. The Spaniard buried himself on the Muur de Huy to take the revered Flèche Wallonne, saving his best legs till the end to break away on the feared 26% drag to the line and take the title of “Conqueror of the Muur”.

Aeroad CF gets Hat-trick

Day 3

Canyon.Base Robinson Club Mallorca // Foto: Tino Pohlmann

Rent a bike from Canyon.Base at Robinson Club Cala Serena and explore Mallorca’s beautiful countryside either from the road or out on the trail. Experience the most stunning routes and the finest scenery with our guides at your side, or discover the island for yourself.

Canyon.Base Mallorca

Day 4

Alban Lakata - Leadville 100 Sieger // Foto: RTI-Sports

Double Victory at the Leadville 100 – Alban Lakata and Sally Bigham seal the double win at Colorado′s Leadville 100 Trail Race. The two racers also both set new course records for the 100 mile distance at the legendary and hardest Mountain Bike Race in the USA.

Lux CF – The perfect Long-Distance Race-Bike

Day 5

Canyon Urban Concept Bike // Foto: Canyon

Modern urban mobility Canyon style – At this year’s Eurobike Show we presented our Urban Concept Bike. This bike certainly attracted a lot of attention with its fusion of great design and functionality. The cockpit is fully integrated into a single unit and the front and rear lights are also embedded into the frame, giving our Urban Concept Bike a highly distinctive, yet elegant appearance.


Canyon Urban Concept Bike

Day 6

Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Speedmax CF – Winner of the “Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland” in their Product Design Category.
Our Head of Research and Development, Michael Kaiser PhD. Eng. had the following to say: “Good design is really important to us. With this award, our team gets the recognition they deserve and this will motivate us for future projects. A distinct design language allows us to express and define ourselves more clearly, which is something our customers really value.”

The new 2014 Speedmax CF models are now available to order. So it’s time to Beat the Street.

Look forward to part 2!

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Final showdown in Finale Ligure

  October 23rd, 2013 | 11:58 | Onlineredaktion

At the start of the year, five athletes came together to create the Canyon Factory Enduro Team (CFET). Spearheaded by the renowned Fabien Barel, the team achieved its first impressive Enduro World Series (EWS) results six months ago in Punta Ala (ITA). Fabien Barel won the men’s race and the CFET came in second overall when the remaining results were tallied up. Since then the wheels have kept on rolling and the results have been racking up. After an exhausting season, the CFET gathered last weekend for the season final of the EWS in Finale Ligure (ITA). Following the motto “start the way you intend to finish” all eyes were on Fabien Barel. Victory was not to be, however, in the end Fabien achieved a third place EWS #7 race result, which consequently awarded him with a third place overall finish in the final EWS Overall Men ranking. Thanks to a great team effort, the Canyon Factory Enduro Team can celebrate a well-deserved third place in the EWS Overall Team ranking. So, after all the sweat, aching legs and exhausted lungs the CFET team have two podium results in the EWS overall rankings under their belt after their inaugural season – a fantastic start for the young team!

Canyon Factory Enduro Team 3rd Overall EWS

While the overall EWS titles were already sealed after round 6 in Val d’Isere (FRA), the battle for Ines Thoma and Fabien Barel was fierce until the very end of the season. Stage after stage, the ambitious young German rider, Ines, was racing head-to-head with the Dutch Anneke Beerten to secure fourth place in the overall ranking – a result which Ines was determined to achieve. Fabien Barel had a phenomenal opening victory in Punta Ala but the rest of his season was no walk in the park. With such strong competition, Fabien Barel had to ride flat out to land his podium finish in the overall ranking.

The final leg of the EWS was a six stage race over two days. Bearing in mind the skill set of the CFET this final race should have played out to their advantage. The stages were a mixture of dusty single tracks, scattered rock gardens, unforgiving downhill shoots and of course relentless uphill climbs. Unfortunately, it did not work out like this for Joe Barnes, Maxi Dickerhoff and Marco Buehler. Later in the third stage, on the narrow, tight yet flowy switchback section, the CFET found their rhythm and pulled back the missing time. They were back on track and back in the race!

Fabien Barel // Foto: Maxi Dickerhoff

The team momentum was abruptly stopped when the fourth and final stage of day one was cancelled after a severe crash. Although the time in the saddle was over, the riders got together to collect their thoughts and share their experiences in order to build a strategic plan for the following day and the remaining stages.

The tactics proved to be spot on – re-energised and raring to go the team set out to achieve their goals. Fabien, Joe, Ines and Marco were out of the saddle, pedaling hard and concentrating on the technical course. Fabien and Ines managed to regain the lost time from the day before, while for Joe and Marco the race was now more about self-perseverance and giving every last ounce of strength to bring home a solid final race.

Joe Barnes // Foto: Maxi Dickerhoff

Stages 5 and 6 were lined with spectators. Scattered along the key points the Italian crowd, dressed in the recently released CFET fan jerseys cheered on the athletes. The bikes were rolling, legs were pumping – this was the final push! Fabien and Ines were steaming ahead, absorbing every bit of the motivation given to them by their fans.

Five times Fabien Barel was called onto the podium that Sunday evening. Starting with his second place in the category 30 + in the SuperEnduro ranking, then his third place in the SuperEnduro men ranking and the three crucial third place results in the EWS # 7 Men, EWS Overall Men and EWS Overall Team rankings. For Ines although her fourth place in the EWS # 7 Women and EWS Overall Women ranking denied her of that step onto the podium – she was still given the chance when the CFET team stood united to celebrate their third place EWS Overall Team ranking finish.

With this excellent result, the Canyon Factory Enduro Team is finishing its first season and is proud to have ridden and battled amoung the leading athletes. The team riders have demonstrated nothing short of world-class sportsmanship from the very beginning of this first EWS season. CFET team manager Flo Goral says: “This was an extremely exciting first season for us. Fabien Barel, Joe Barnes, Maxi Dickerhoff, Ines Thoma and Marco Buehler work together as a good team. They have performed well and we were able to reap the first fruits. We are very pleased with the results of this first season and are looking forward to next year! ”

Now, the team can enjoy the well-deserved winter break and recover from the stresses and strains. Meanwhile, if you want to dig deeper into the world of the Canyon Factory Enduro Team, check out the clip “This is enduro”. This short documentary shows the team at the fifth EWS stop in Whistler and the challenges of the daily race routine.

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Mennen is German National Marathon Champion

  October 7th, 2013 | 16:00 | Canyon Onlineredaktion

It is a great way to end the season. And it seems that everyone is in form! Robert Mennen this weekend took the German National Marathon Championship title in an impressive manner in Muensingen. Nadine Rieder, racing in the women’s race, was able to secure fifth position. Elsewhere, riding in Ornans, Sally, Alban and Milena took 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the lead up to the race, Robert Mennen had not hidden his belief that he was going to win, and that only a win would do. The way in which he pulled this off at the Alb-Gold trophy, which hosted the German National Marathon Championships, was particularly note worthy. Especially given the riders in attendance, a roll call of who is who in German Marathon Racing. ”It was unbelievable the way that Robert managed to control the race”, Centurion-Vaude rider Hannes Genze who finished fourth, said following the race.

Using a combination of attacks and changes in pace, the 28 year old was able to seemingly neutralize the rest of the field. This was even more remarkable because he was effectively riding by himself — all other riders had someone else riding from their team with them. ”I worked out that I had to ensure that nowhere in the 84km would the race be decided. Even if this means that I had to chase down attacks myself. I had to control it”, the Champion recalled. The reckoning came in the two 9km loops at the end of the course, ”during a technical singletrack uphill passage I was able to pull away from the others, and stay away for 5km until the line.”

So, with 103km in his legs, 2.500m climbed, and with a finishing in a time of 3hr49min03sec, Mennen crossed the line with 14 seconds lead over second place. The race though had been anything but easy. Rain and cold had increased the challenge. Covered in mud, but visibly euphoric, Mennen knew what the win meant.

”It is amazing. When I began in this sport, it was my aim, to hopefully one day be the winner of a national champion’s jersey. I have been close before.” It was something that he didn’t let out of his sight, but at times looked unlikely this season — especially after his crash at the Cape Epic. ”This does take the pain of that disappointment away”, the newly crowned Champion grinned. ”Now I have Roc d’Azur to look forward to — the first race with the Champion’s colors on my shoulders. Then a whole year to wear it. And as for the Cape Epic, I will return …”

Other Topeak-Ergon racers were also riding at the weekend. Sally Bigham won the ”Extreme sur Loue”, part of the UCI World Marathon Series. With a course of 63km, and almost 2.400m of climbing, it took place in Ornans, France. At the same race, Melina Landtwing finished 3rd, while European Champion Alban Lakata, in the 84km long men’s race, finished second.

More Information and results at: www.alb-gold.com, www.extreme-sur-loue.com and www.uci.ch

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Rodriguez Wins Lombardia, Moves to World Tour Number One On Canyon

  October 7th, 2013 | 9:43 | Florian Ehrit

After last weeks disappointment at the World Championships, Katusha Team’s Joaquim Rodriguez earned an incredible second consecutive win in the 107th edition of the Italian fall classic “Il Lombardia”. Riding his Canyon Aeroad CF 9.0 Katusha Team bike, Purito Rodriguez came home 17” ahead of runner-up Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) with Rafa Majka (Saxo Tinkoff) in 3rd. With his brilliant win, Joaquim Rodriguez passed Chris Froome (Sky) as the leader of the UCI World Tour Individual Ranking and now has 607 point to Froome’s 587 points.

Post race, Purito Rodriguez explained “Honestly I think this was a spectacular victory. ‘Il Lombardia’ is one of the most important races of the season, so I was very motivated and I wanted to repeat my 2012 victory. I felt great today, so I attacked in the same place where I attacked last year: I was the favorite rider, I think everybody knew that was my strategy and waited for my move, but nobody could follow me.

So this incredible solo victory makes me really proud, also because now I’m 1st in the UCI World Tour Individual Ranking, something I really care about. Winning the UCI World Tour Individual Ranking proves I had great results all season long and once again I was the most consistent rider this season. I want to thank my Katusha Team teammates: they worked hard all day in order to keep the race under control.”

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Purito – silver lining at the World Championships in Tuscany

  September 30th, 2013 | 17:14 | Onlineredaktion

Joaquim Purito Rodríguez came within centimetres of being World Champion in Tuscany on Sunday. After an epic 270km race in rain, thunder and lightning, Purito made the crucial final split on the hilly course around Florence.

After attacking several times in the last 5km it looked like he’d done enough for a legendary solo win, but Portugal’s Rui Costa caught him with 600m to go. After almost 7 hours in the saddle the two went head to head in the sprint and Purito just missed out on a dream victory and instead was left to wipe away tears in the podium.

We pay our huge respects to his performance not only in the World Championships but all season long, you made us proud. Congratulations Joaquim! Grande Purito!

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Canyon strikes gold: female riders secure golden hat trick

  September 18th, 2013 | 17:23 | Onlineredaktion

Last weekend was nothing short of a Gold rush for the German bicycle manufacturer Canyon. Celebrations were all around for the Canyon ladies as they rode their bikes to victory in both Enduro and Cross Country races. At the first Ischgl Overmountain Challenge 2013 (AUT), Ines Thomas from the Canyon Factory Enduro Team pedaled her way to success and became the (unofficial) Enduro European Champion. Irina Kalentieva from the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team celebrated her eighth World Cup triumph (Elite Women) this season at the last UCI MTB World Cup Cross Country race Hafjell (NOR). Her younger talented Cross Country colleague Malene Degn also won gold in the Women Juniors category. Making last weekend a ‘golden hat trick’!

Ines Thoma // Foto: Christoph Bayer

The first Ischgl Overmountain Challenge in the famous Tyrolean ski resort Ischgl was held as the “European Enduro Open” – and it was a test race for the Enduro European Championship next year. In almost daring winter conditions around 250 riders, among them 17 women, set off to find Europe’s fastest Enduro riders. Straight from the line, Ines Thomas was not impressed as fresh snow fall resulted in the course being shortened. But not bothered by the harsh conditions she quickly drew out a three second gap ahead of her rivals. Ines remained in the lead for the majority of the race, winning four out of five stages. Even during the heavy pedal stages, Ines powered through, proving her physical condition and earning her victory. The final clock showed that she had crossed the line in 25:38,59 min, fabulous 2:22 minutes ahead of French rival Pauline Dieffenthaler (28:01,16 min). Fellow Canyon teammates Marco Bühler (9th place) and Maxi Dickerhoff (11th place) also showed great determination and strength on this difficult course.

Irina Kalentieva // Foto: Gregor Janas

In Hafjell (NOR), athletes were not exposed to such frosty conditions for the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Cross Country race. Irina Kalentieva saddled up on her Canyon bike focused and fully prepared. In this last World Cup stop of the season, the 35-year-old Topeak-Ergon Racing Team rider achieved her eighth World Cup career win and sent a clear message that she can still compete with the younger guns. The Russian has been training tirelessly for three long years to be where she is today – but it was worth it. The two-time World Champion steam-trained her way up through the field to the fastest three athletes from 17th place. After spending energy moving up the field she then found herself in a tight battle with Julie Bresset (FRA) and Eva Lechner (ITA). Finally, after a grueling 1:25:34 hour race, Irina finished first. Once the wheels had stopped turning and the reality of what just happened sunk in, with tears in her eyes, Irina said: “That feels so good, especially after all the bad luck over recent years. After coming fourth at the championships I was very focused on this race. Even in South Africa, I felt really strong but now it worked out.”

Nadine Rieder // Foto: Gregor Janas

Likewise, Irina’s teammate Nadine Rieder could be more than satisfied with her performance. After the 24-year-old German rider placed sixth at the Sprint Eliminator last Thursday, she ended up 23rd – the best World Cup result of her young career.

Malene Degn // Foto: Thomas N. Nyhus

Danish Malene Degn demonstrated an equally impressive performance in Norway: at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Hafjell she rode onto the podium in the Cross Country Women Juniors category. With a time of 1:04:54 and a 20-second lead ahead of Meda Petrusaukaite (LTU) she grabbed the gold medal. A great comeback for the upcoming athlete after her unfortunate race in Pietermaritzburg, where she was hit by a competitor only 100m after the start, and was forced to retire.

If the Canyon athletes have inspired you then, why not join them? You can already order a 2014 Canyon Bike and get prepared for the next season. For example, this week from 19 to 22 September, the BIKE Women Camp in Caldaro (ITA) will take place. For further information just click here.

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