Nissan UCI MTB World Cup Round 4

The fourth round of the Nissan UCI MTB World Cup, presented by Shimano, happened this past Sunday in Madrid, Spain. Habla español? Si?

In the men’s section, World Cup leader Orbea’s Julien Absalon increased his lead at the top with a dominant win, but the real exciting part of the race was the fantastic four-way sprint for third place, which was won by Multivan Merida’s Moritz Milatz.

In the women’s event, Massi’s Marga Fullana also increased her lead in the overall standings with a win. However it was only four seconds ahead of 2008 World Champion, Maxxis-Rocky Mountain’s Marie-Helene Premont – talk about close, but no cigar!

The MTB races were happening thick and fast this weekend! I’m even struggling to type so fast – ouch! Frost bite! Damn you, winter!

The next round of the Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup for the cross-country riders takes place in two months in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada.

For full results of the Nissan UCI MTB World Cup, please visit

Ricky in Spandex

Absalon Assault

Hey peeps, firstly, who watched Idols last night? Man, oh man, I’m so disappointed Jason didn’t win. My cellphone bill is going to be through the roof this month after I voted for him twenty times and he still didn’t win! Anyhow, congrats to Sasha-Lee.

Let’s get down to some MTB business now…

Julien Absalon from team Orbea took home his 18th World Cup victory in the elite men’s cross country event in Offenburg, Germany. Absalon’s third consecutive victory at Offenburg helped move him into the overall lead for the men’s competition and he has now broken Thomas Frischknecht’s record of 17 total World Cup wins.

South Africa’s own golden boy, Burry Stander, managed to finish in fourth place – clap, clap! Represent homeboy! Our local boys are really rocking the MTB scene. Every week, I’m seeing a South African in the top ten of an event. It’s really impressive!

Anyhow, let me get to work before my boss has a fit. Apparently, he’s allergic to the concept of workers having holidays and freedom…

Marky Mark