Rain on the eve of the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships qualifier is set to make terrain conditions for today’s one-off 81km marathon race more challenging and interesting.

Posted: September 29, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Bike, Mountain Biking
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After a full week of hot and dry conditions in Langkawi, the skies opened up yesterday, just a day before some of the world’s top riders contest points and places to qualify for next year’s world championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

The one-day marathon qualifier, the first of its kind in Asia, serves as a prelude for the six-stage 4th Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge (LIMBC), which begins on Monday.

Simon Burney, UCI coordinator for mountain bike endurance, predicts a one-of-a-kind race today.

“We have got some of the world’s best mountain bike cross country and marathon riders here in Langkawi. It just goes to show what a good job the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge organisers have done in previous years to be able to attract such a strong field to this year’s competition.

“We have held a world championship qualifier in every other continent except Asia, and Langkawi has the privilege to complete the journey.

“This is not the normal kind of race conditions we usually come up against in the other parts of the world. The terrain and climate in Langkawi is unlike at any other legs hosting the world championships qualifiers.

“The course creators face unique obstacles to clear the jungle to create the race track. After six months, parts of the track becomes a jungle again so they have to clear it again annually. I inspected the track and the guys have done a good job under difficult conditions to get it ready for racing.”

Read more: Rain makes it more challenging – Racing – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/sports/racing/rain-makes-it-more-challenging-1.364433#ixzz2gHTuMB9B

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