My name is Elin - A pro cycling lover's reflections

Woodruff and Blevins joins Stan’s NoTubes-Niner

Category: Mountainbike

For the 2015 season, Chloe Woodruff, 27, and Kaylee Blevins, 19, has decided to compete for the new Team Stan’s NoTubes-Niner squad. Both will focus on elite cross country mountain bike racing domestically and also on the World Cup.

“Stan’s NoTubes and Niner have given Kaylee and me a platform to work together and see what we can do,” Woodruff said. “We’re looking at racing a full UCI World Cup schedule, and we’ll have a presence at the largest domestic races.”

Blevins' goals this year is to continue to improve in the Under 23 category.

Maghalie Rochette joins Luna Pro Team

Category: Cyclo-Cross, Mountainbike

The 20-year-old mountain biker Maghalie Rochette will ride for Luna Pro Team in 2014.

"I am pleased to announce that I will be racing with the Luna Pro Team for the 2014 mountain bike and cyclo-cross season!" she said.

"I remember as a tiny nine-year-old girl dreaming of being a Luna pro. Eleven years later, I still look up with admiration to the current riders of the team, so it is really an honor for me to be part of this great organization. It is a dream come true to ride in the same kit as some of my idols."

Rochette competed in triathlon until age 18.

"Last year, I tried a couple of road races and I started racing cyclo-cross. I decided to start mountain biking in April 2013 thinking it could help me for cyclo-cross, but I had no idea I would fall in love with the discipline as much as I did."

"I really look forward to the next season with Luna, and I am more than excited to learn, race, and enjoy every second of this incredible ride. I am very grateful that I have been given such a great opportunity, and thanks to Clif Bar and the Luna Pro Team family!"

Maghalie Rochette finished fourth place at the 2013 Sea Otter cyclo-cross event in Monterey, California, sixth at the US Pro XCT round in Vermont, 10th place at CrossVegas in Nevada, and ninth at the U23 UCI Cross Country MTB World Championships in South Africa.

Fumic talks about his best-ever world championship finish

Category: Mountainbike

Manuel Fumic Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing) scored his best-ever world championship finish in the elite men's cross country race in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa earlier this month. He broke his collarbone earlier this season and missed several of the World Cup rounds, so for sure, his silver medal performance was something special. Due to that injury, he dropped from third to 14th in the world rankings. 

"I had a rough year - I broke my collarbone, and it was a hard comeback," said Fumic to Cyclingnews. "I knew I'd need a lot of time and maybe I could be back in shape in time for the world championship. For me, it's motivating to get a good result like this."

"The day before the race, I told my guys that I had a good feeling and could go for the medal. I grabbed one of those medals and now I'm really happy."

"I crashed early in the race on the Treehouse rock garden and lost some places. Once you have any problem, the speed at the front is so fast, you often can't come back, but I was focused. When I crashed, I was like, 'ok, I have a plan. I'll make it back.'"

He did what he planned. He first caught the second group, and then continued.

"I didn't hide at all. As soon as I was up to Jose Hermida's back wheel, I overtook him. I wanted it so badly. I pushed hard. In the end, it was close; Nino [Schurter] was only 15 seconds in front of me and he did have a little crash at the very end."

Jose Hermida, who eventually finished third, was pushing hard behind Fumic.

"I could always feel his pressure and he was breathing behind me. But it was a good thing."

"I have a couple of good podium spots now - I'm just missing the top spot. I think I'm on my way. Next year's going to be a good year."

Fumic will ride the final World Cup round in Hafjell, Norway this weekend.