The world keeps spinning, thank goodness, and despite the problems that German chancellor Angela Merkel has in trying to prop up the broken Greek economy we are pleased to report that the UCI mountain bike cross country world championship heads to Offenburg in Germany for the latest round of competition this weekend.
The 5.1 kms circuit has been voted by both riders and the media as the best circuit for the last two years so you can expect some very tough competition in Offenburg. When is Julien Absalon, the defending world champion going to claim his first victory of the 2010 season. His main competition at this stage in the season comes from the Spaniard Jose Antonio Hernida Ramos, with South African Burry Stander and Swiss Nino Schurter pushing them all the way.
As can be seen in the video below from stumpyhofi it was great weather for last years event which Absalon won – he is determined to repeat that victory.
The elite women had a great race last year which saw the Chinese girl Chengyuan Ren come out on top with Margarita Fullana Riera of Spain second and Lene Byberg of Norway third. This year it is the American Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher) who wears the leader’s jersey, the first time an American has been in such a position in nearly a decade after back-to-back second places in Dalby Forest and Houffalize. She is still looking for her first World Cup win and will be hotly pursued by round one winner Irina Kalentieva (Topeak Ergon), and round two winner Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini Suditrol).
The action comes from last years race for the elite women kindly provided by ucimtb
So the wheels will keep turning and maybe Germany will just have to accept Corfu in return for bailing out the Greeks!