U23 race in the books at MTB worlds

Sam Schultz took the top American spot
Livigno, Italy (September 2, 2005) The U.S. National Mountain Bike Team continued their efforts at the UCI World Championships in Italy on Friday as Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont.) posted the top finish by an American competitor in the 27-mile U23 cross country race.

Schultz placed 17th amongst a 94-rider field consisting of the best mountain bikers in the world between the ages of 19 and 22, a considerable improvement from his 43rd-place finish from a year ago.

Its my best result so far at the worlds, so Im moving up, commented Schultz afterwards.

Russian Yury Trofimov took the world title ahead of Swiss riders Lukas Fluckiger and defending champion Nino Schurter.

Trofimov clocked a final time of two hours, 17 minutes and 30 seconds, stopping the clock 9:23 ahead of Schultz.

I just tried not to overdo it because there are so many steep climbs and it was too long of a race, explained Schultz on the importance of finding the right rhythm early on. I did a pretty good job of pacing myself.

Nick Waite (Davis, W. Va.) scored the only other top-30 finish for the U.S. National Team, finishing 28th, 12:53 down on the winner.

Waite scored a top-30 finish
A selective course, a mid-race rain shower and the challenging competition made for a race of attrition as only 81 of the entrants finished the race. All five U.S. National Team members finished as Nicholas Ranno (Boulder, Colo.) placed 57th and Sam Jerekovic (Durango, Colo.) overcame a flat tire early in the race to place 64th. Andy Schultz (Missoula, Mont.) suffered the worst luck of the American quintet with both a flat tire and minor mechanical failure on his way to finishing 71st.

Ive been coming around late in the season and I was hoping to do a little better, but the world championships are hard, said Sam Schultz. Its always harder than you expect.

In other events, Ryan Cecil (Ashville, N.C.) placed 8th in the semifinals of the junior mens 20 trials competition and Brian Yezierski (Middletown, Conn.) placed 30th in the semifinals of the mens elite 20.

Competition continues on Friday evening with the qualifying heats of the 4-cross as defending world champion Eric Carter (Temecula, Calif.) and Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash.) highlight the U.S. roster. Carter will be hoping to defend his world title while Kintner will look to add to her recent string of victories that includes wins in the last four UCI World Cup 4-cross races.

2005 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
U23 Cross Country
27 miles

1. Yury Trofimov (RUS) 2:17.30
2. Lukas Fluckiger (SUI) +:01
3. Nino Schurter (SUI) +1:55
17. Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont.) +9:23
28. Nick Waite (Davis, W. Va.) +12:53
57. Nicholas Ranno (Boulder, Colo.) +26:13
64. Sam Jurekovic (Durango, Colo.) +29:00
71. Andy Schultz (Missoula, Mont.) +32:55

Click here for complete results from Fridays events

2005 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
Livingo, Italy
August 30-September 4


Friday, September 2
U23 Cross Country
Women 20 and 26 Trials
4-Cross Qualification

Saturday, September 3
Junior Men Downhill
Junior Women Downhill
Elite Women Downhill
Elite Men Downhill
Elite Men 4-Cross
Elite Women 4-Cross

Sunday, September 4
Junior and Elite 20 and 26 Trials
Elite Women Cross Country
Elite Men Cross Country

For a more detailed event schedule and complete results, visit www.uci.ch

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