The group of people who are very important for a mountain bike world championship certainly include journalists. They carry the news about an event like the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz in Albstadt into the world. One of the most prominent representatives of the mountain bike press is the Canadian Rob Jones. He is a profound expert on the subject and already played a major role in the development of the sport in the 1980s. One of several reasons to talk to him in detail for the series 20 heads for 2020.
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She is an athlete who has rarely been introduced outside of her home country. Yet Maja Wloszczowska has embodied world-class format for 15 years. But the Polish athlete has not only won two Olympic silver medals, two world championship titles and is one of the medal candidates at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Albstadt. She also shapes cross-country sports with her personality and she represents the bikers in committees of the UCI World Cycling Federation. Reasons enough to approach Maja Wloszczowska in the World Championships series “20 Heads for 2020”.
The series 20 heads for 2020 delves deep into the early days of mountain biking with the number eight. Mike Kluge is ambassador for the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Albstadt and no one in Germany embodies the early days of this cycling discipline as much as the Berlin-born. It was only in 1989 that he came across the wild discipline with the new sports equipment and celebrated successes as a road and cyclo-cross rider. He looks back on an eventful life, with many funny moments, but in which there were also great disappointments to cope with.
Alternatives are being examined. The city of Albstadt informs that the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz will not take place in Albstadt from June 25th to 28th, 2020.
It’s not only because the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 2020 will take place in Albstadt in June that the Worlds will be European dominated but also because there are 17 Europeans among the top 20 of the men’s world ranking list. Currently, in second place, the green of the Brazilian flag is shining behind the name of Henrique Avancini.
Stephan Salscheider, who is jointly responsible for the organisation of the Worlds 2020 in Albstadt, is also looking for a sporting challenge. As a former mountain bike racer, he took part in the Cape Epic in South Africa 2 years ago together with the Albstadt mountain biker Ingolf Welsch, Race Director of the World Championship 2020.
In sports, the focus is on the best, athletes from the back rows are rarely noticed. Yet they are an indispensable part of the overall picture of a World Cup or World Championship. Faranak Partoazar finished 66th in the 2019 Albstadt World Cup, but the story of the Iranian champion impressively tells of an almost magical effect of (cycling) sport as a school for life, of a self-confident fight for women’s rights and of an athlete who, with her passion and dedication, is a role model.
Albstadt resented itself from Friday to Sunday with a booth at the Track Cycling World Championship in the Berlin Velodrom. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas did not miss the opportunity to stop by at the Albstadt booth. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was among the 20,000 visitors. The minister, who comes from Saarland, revealed himself to be an enthusiastic cycling fan. It goes without saying that he also stopped by at the information booth of the Cross-Country World Championships. After all, Kim Ames, one of the best German elite cyclists, is also from Saarland.
The best women’s team in the 2019 World Cup was one based in Germany: The Ghost Factory Racing Team based in Waldsassen, Bavaria. Thomas Wickles is the man who has steered the fate of the team since its foundation in 2010 – and with great success. How he got this “dream job” virtually as an intern in the first place, what he has learned in the all-women team since then, why for now he is unemployed at the World Championships, why Albstadt, the World Cup and the World Championships are so important and how a serious accident changed his attitude towards life, he tells in the series 20 heads for 2020.