Posted by Editoress on 03/17/12
Good morning and welcome to the first World Cup of the 2012 season from Pietermaritzburg South Africa
After a rainy night, the skies have cleared and it has become very hot, humid and sunny - temperature is approaching 30C in the sun. In the trees the track is still slippery in sections, which will cause some difficulty.
It is almost a certainty that Todd Wells will not start because of left ankle injury from crash on Wednesday. He hasn't trained since the injury. Will definitely hurt the U.S. in nations ranking points hunt.
There is a bunch of local fans going around with t-shirts that say 'Emily drives me BATTY' - there was a local contest by a blog to come up with best t-shirt slogan. Winners got t-shirts and free entry to event.
Women will do 5 laps - no start loop
Riders are being introduced, with Catharine Pendrel getting the first chance to race a World Cup in her World Championship kit.
Lap 1 start
They are off... FAST.
Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) has the lead up the first rise with Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol) on her wheel
5:34 am EST - As they hit the first climb, Elisabeth Osl (Ghost Factory Racing Team) has moverd to the front followed by Annie Last (Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team), Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol), Emily Batty (Subaru - Trek) and Julie Bresset (BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry)
5:35 am EST - The 5 riders are now establishing a small gap as they head down a short descent.
5:38 am EST - Now through Rapids Rocks and into the first feed zone. Annie Last (Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team) now leadding with Eva Lechner (Colnago Sudtirol). They have a small gap on Elisabeth Osl (Ghost Factory Racing Team) and Emily Batty (Subaru - Trek). Then Julie Bresset (BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry).
Pendrel sitting ~ 10th
5:42 am - Last still leading with Karen Hanlen in 2nd folowed by Batty, Lechner, Bresset, Olsl and Pendrel
5:46 through the Sharks Playground: Last, Hanlon, Bresset, Pendrel and Batty
5:49 am and they are about to hit the end of lap 1
Lap 2 start
1 Annie Last (Milka Brentjens MTB Racing Team) 18:32
2 Karen Hanlen (NZl), 13 sec
3 Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team), 13 sec
4 Julie Bresset (BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry) at 14 sec
5 Emily Batty (Subaru - Trek), 14 sec
6 Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) 16 sec
7 Blaza Klemencic (Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team), 34 sec
13th Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain), Sinn 46th at 2:31, Rockwell 50th at 2:46
Through the first feedzone, and Last has opened the gap. Bresset, Pendrel, Batty chasing
Next are Nash, Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice), Klemencic and Hanlan
6:00 am EST - Pendrel now out front looking smoth with Last 2nd
6:05 am Through the Tree HousePendrel with Last at ~ 8 sec, Bresset, Batty, Nash, Wloszczowskaa and Blaza Klemencic (Felt Oetztal X - Bionic Team)
Lap 3 start
Pendrel, Last at 5 sec, Bresset 3rd at 16 sec, Batty 4th, Nash 5th all at s.t., Wloszczowska 6th at 17 sec and Klemencic s.t.
Heather Irmiger (Subaru - Trek) 17th, Premont 18th, Lea Davison (Specialized Racing) 19th,
Bunch (7) is now all together at the front
6:16 am - halfway through the 3rd lap. Wloszczowska leading Pendrel, Last 3rd, Batty 4th, Bresset, Nash and Klemencic.
Wloszczowska leading Pendrel, Batty 3rd at 2 sec. Bresset 4th at 14 sec, Last 5th at 15 sec , Nash 6th at 16 sec
Wloszczowska attacks as they head to the end of the lap
Lap 4 start
All together as they head out for the 4th Lap - Wloszczowska leading Pendrel, Batty 3rd, Bresset 4th
Nash sitting 5th, Last now 6th
Up the first climb and the 3 leaders are still all together, Bresset 4th at 10 sec, Nash 5th
6:35 am - Batty leading Pendrel and they have a small gap on Wloszczowska as they head to the start of the final lap
Pendrel, Batty, Wloszczowska go through together
Nash now 4th at 34 sec
Bresset 5th, 35 sec
Wloszczowska has opened a small gap through the first technical area, followed by Batty and Pendrel
Through the rocks at Tree House with Wloszczowska out front followed by Pendrel and Batty taking the safer route is dropping off the back
Final Lap starting
Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice) at the front folowed by Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) and Emily Batty (Subaru - Trek)
6:49 am EST
Up the first climb, Wloszczowska leading Batty with Pendrel on her wheel
6:53 am EST
Wloszczowska is attacking
1/2 way through the final lap and 3 leaders still together
Bresset 3rd at 48 sec followed by Nash at another 2 sec
6:58 am EST
Wloszczowska still at the front with Batty on her wheel and Pendrel 3rd
Batty moves to the front and ups the pace, Wloszczowska responds and Pendrel is lagging a bit
Batty and Wloszczowska are battling at the front and they have opened a gap on Pendrel
Tree House and Wloszczowska passes Batty on the outside line and takes the lead back
1 Maja Wloszczowska (CCC Polkowice)
2 Emily Batty (Subaru - Trek)
3 Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team)
4 Esther Süss (Wheeler - Ixs Team)
5 Julie Bresset (BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry)
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