Women’s Olympic Mountain Bike Race Postponed To Saturday

BEIJING, Aug 21, 2008 (AFP) - The women's Olympic mountain bike race has been postponed until Saturday because of rain damage to the course, it was confirmed on Thursday. The race, held on a 4.5km loop to be raced for approximately 1 hour 40 minutes, was due to be held on Friday. It means that both the women's and men's Olympic races will be held on Saturday, with a scheduled start … [Read more...]

Julien Absalon The Target, But He Wants Nothing Less Than Olympic Gold

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 21, 2008 (AFP) - Choosing the color of an Olympic medal is a luxury that comes to few top athletes. But when it comes to men's mountain biking, one man stands out from the rest. And Frenchman Julien Absalon wants nothing less than gold. "If I don't win a medal it will be a major disappointment. Winning a medal would be good, but I'd like to be able … [Read more...]

Crash From The Womens Road Race At The Beijing Olympics

When I first saw this on the TV I did not realize how deep of a gutter it was. But on the second watch you can see that it was not only deep but pretty wide. That must have hurt. … [Read more...]

Olympic Games BMX Results From Wednesday:

Men's individual (Quarter finals - 4 first of each heat qualified for next round) Heat 1 1. Mike Day (USA) 3 pts Q 2. Marc Willers (NZL) 9 Q 3. Donny Robinson (USA) 11 Q 4. Andres Jimenez (COL) 11 Q 5. … [Read more...]

Olympic Mountain Bike Queens To Test Radical New Course

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 20, 2008 (AFP) - A radically changed Olympic mountain bike course with freshly-added banking, drops and rocks is set to test the technical skills of the best women mountain bikers in the world this Friday. Spaniard Margarita Fullana, who has returned to form in timely fashion by winning the world title in June, leads a pack of hungry European, … [Read more...]

USA’s Mike Day Looks Good For Gold As BMX Thrills Olympics

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 20, 2008 (AFP) - A nervous but thrilling first day of men's Olympic BMX racing here Wednesday saw most of the big favourites for the gold survive the Laoshan track to qualify for the semi-finals. But it was American professional Mike Day who came out tops from the 16 men who, after four heats of three runs, will go into Thursday's semi-finals. … [Read more...]

Argentina Wins Men Madison Beijing Olympic Gold

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 19, 2008 (AFP) - Argentina's Juan Curuchet and Walter Perez grabbed Olympic gold in the men's Madison here Tuesday when all three medals were decided on the last lap's 10th and final sprint. Spain finished second to take the silver with Russia winning the bronze. Perez said the victory was a going-away present for Curuchet, who is retiring after … [Read more...]

Victoria Pendleton Wins Gold And Says Hoy Is Her Hero

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 19, 2008 (AFP) - Victoria Pendleton admitted that winning a maiden Olympic gold will take a while to sink in. After capping a tough, three-day tournament to win the women's sprint ahead of brave Australian Anna Meares, the Englishwoman's emotions were all tied up by her gold-winning teammate Chris Hoy. "I had more emotions watching Chris!" she … [Read more...]

Strombergs and Reade To Face BMX Gold Bandits

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 19, 2008 (AFP) - Latvia's Maris Strombergs goes into the Olympic Games' first ever BMX competition looking to fight his way to an historic first gold on Wednesday. However the European champion knows that he will be one of the most targeted riders on a course that is set to produce thrills, spills and perhaps one or two upsets. "I feel a little … [Read more...]

Marriane Vos Takes Cycling Talents To Olympic Golden Level

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 18, 2008 (AFP) - Dutchwoman Marianne Vos made up for missing out on Olympic road silverware by being crowned track cycling's points race champion after a stunning ride in the final here on Monday. Yoanka Gonzalez of Cuba secured the silver medal with Leire Olaberria of Spain winning the bronze, both riders securing their medals on the 10th and last of … [Read more...]