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Looking forward to a weekend of world cup racing in Offenburg: USA team manager Marc Gullickson and BMC rider Kerry Werner
Looking forward to a weekend of world cup racing in Offenburg: USA team manager Marc Gullickson and BMC rider Kerry Werner

MTB World Cup Offenburg - Preview

28. May 2011

Offenburg, Germany

The 2011 UCI World Cup series is going into its 3rd round in Offenburg (Germany) this weekend. BMC is sending a large international contingent to fight for world cup points in various categories.

Swiss-based BMC Mountainbike Racing Team's roster of four is lead by German Champion Moritz Milatz who placed 6th at last weekend's Dalby Forest world cup. Patrik Gallati remains on his side aiming at the defence of his top-15 placing at the Pietermaritzburg world cup in April. Julien Tamarcarz and Balz Weber are giving their debuts on the world cup scene in 2011.

The United States national team is heavily Swiss influenced. A grand total of 5 riders dressed in stars and stripes will be speeding through the mud on a BMC bike: Stephen Ettinger will be aiming for another top-10 placing in the men's U23 category. Jack Hinkens and Kerry Werner round up the BMC MTB Development Team USA roster.

On the women's side, Chloe Forsman and Erika Zaveta are shooting for experience and glory in the U23 category, racing alongside the elite women on Sunday. The two Americans will be joined by Swiss U23 Champion Michelle Hediger of Team Fischer-BMC and her British teammate Jane Nüssli.

Offenburg is located at the foot of the Black Forest. The area is popular among cyclists on and off the road for its fantastic training routes. Offenburg has been known for giving the world's best mountainbikers great racing conditions for years. The Offenburg world cup has established itself as a firm foundation of the UCI World Cup series.

While the race course had forced competitors to cover large parts of the race by foot, trail work has made it technically easier and more resistant to typical German weather patterns such as rain. While the course has become faster over the years, the competition has become more fierce. It will make up for a weekend of interesting high-speed dirt action in the beautiful German Black Forest.


Fast Race Facts


Date: Saturday May 28th (men's U23) & Sunday 29th 2011 (men's elite & women)
Event: UCI World Cup Offenburg/Germany
Departure: 3:00 pm CET (men's U23), 10:45am CET (women), 2:30pm CET (men' elite)
BMC Team Roster: Patrick Gallati, Moritz, Julien Tamararcaz, Balz Weber (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team); Stephen Ettinger, Cloe Forseman, Jack Hinkens, Kerry Werner, Erica Zaveta (USA national team); Michelle Hediger, Jane Nüssli (Team Fischer-BMC)
Course Length:
Elevation change:
Weather forecast: partly cloudy, 22°C
Surface conditions: slightly wet
Start list: www.scheiderbauer-sports.com/fileadmin/files/events/Worldcup/STARTLIST_2011.pdf
Event Website: www.weltcup-offenburg.de
Twitter Live Coverage: https://twitter.com/#!/BMCmtbRacing
Riders' opinions on course: fast, not extensively technical but good challenge; starting area nice and wide to give riders in the back a better chance for top placings.