Tuesday, April 27, 2010
World Cup Offenburg: The highlight of the year - the countdown is on!
The World Cup in Offenburg-Rammersweier 2010 was modified in some aspects in order to maintain its flagship status. In the past two years the Offenburg World Cup was elected as the world's best mountain bike event of the year.
The changes include both a new VIP/Hospitality- and media area with about 450 square meters in the World Cup stadium. The VIP and Media sector has received a new look and stands for the modernization of this event. More and more international media representatives cover this sporting event. In order to create perfect conditions for all the journalists, photographers, radio and TV crew the new media division was created directly in the World Cup stadium and offers more space for reporting.
 
The preparation phase for this famous race begins long before the first athletes and spectators arrive at the world famous Mountain Bike location Rammersweier.
With its steep slopes and climbs, the 5.2 km long circuit is mainly known for its fantastic spectator guidance, which allows the fans to be close to the world stars. Dual Speed, North Shore, World Class Drop, Snake Pit and Wolfsdrop are the key points of the famous World Cup course in Offenburg with 280 meters altitude difference per lap. In November 2009, the organizers have begun the preparation of the World Cup course. The track was explicitly prepared, so that only the best mountain bikers are able to ride it.
Due to the high standards for safety the World Cup circuit is closed all year-round in Rammersweier. For the race weekend a two-meter-wide security zone between athletes and the public is set up along the course with fences and barriers. 280 course marshals, section leaders and the mountain rescue service provide for the necessary security during the World Cup race.
 
Since the first World Cup in 2007, no male rider has managed to beat the double Olympic champion Julien Absalon from France. But the the reigning world champion Nino Schurter from Switzerland already showed that he is able to compete with Absalon. Other top favorites are the South African Burry Stander, Jose Antonio Hermida from Spain and both Florian Vogel and Ralf Naef from Switzerland.
Also in the women´s competition we can expect an exciting race. The reigning world champion Irina Kalentieva (RUS) took the honours in 2007 and 2008 in Offenburg. 2009, however, Chinese Ren Chengyuan won and prevented a victory hat-trick for the Russian. The Austrian overall World Cup winner of 2009 Lisi Osl also belongs to the  favourites as well as the Canadians Marie-Helene Premont and Catharine Pendrel and Willow Koerber and Georgia Gould from the United States.
 
In addition, it`ll be interesting how Olympic champion Sabine Spitz from Germany will perform in Offenburg after her surgery. The German hopes in the men's race rest on Wolfram Kurschat, Manuel Fumic and Moritz Milatz. Kurschat finished in a fantastic second place in Offenburg last year.
 
Tickets are on sale now. Order online to save up to 45%: www.weltcup-offenburg.de