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Peter Schaupp: World Championship euphoria and the weakness for speed

The national mountain bike coach will have a lot to look forward to in 2020. There will be the first home world championship in 25 years in Albstadt, there will be the four-year highlight – the Olympic Games in Tokyo. And all this within five weeks. This is reason enough to take a closer look at Peter Schaupp, who has held the position of national coach since 2013. But the Swabian’s connection with MTB sport goes back more than a quarter of a century. His sporting biography is all about one thing above all: speed.

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Carla Frick: you have to have passion for music and sports

A mountain bike world championship is a sporting event, but the organizing committee in Albstadt does not settle for the implementation from the starting signal to the award ceremony. The thousands of visitors who will be staying in the Bullentäle and the town in June, and of course the locals, will also be offered cultural highlights at the same time. The singer Carla Frick from Albstadt has been put in charge of the musical program schedule. A new challenge for the versatile 29-year-old and at the same time her first contact with cross-country sports.

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Bart Brentjens: One man, many roles

Anyone interested in mountain biking will certainly come across the name Bart Brentjens at some point. The Dutchman became the first Olympic champion in history in Atlanta in 1996. A year earlier he was World Champion, in 2001 also European Champion. But Brentjens continues to play an important role in cross-country sports even after his competitive sports career, which the now 51-year-old ended in 2008. Better still: several roles. Since 2013 he has been competing every year at the World Cup in Albstadt. This will also be the case in June at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Albstadt.

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Ronja Eibl, local hero and bearer of hope

From whichever perspective you look at the World Championship in Albstadt, you can hardly avoid Ronja Eibl. You can see her on advertising banners as a “face of the World Championship”. When you ask about German top candidates for a medal at the World Championship at home, her name is the most frequently mentioned. When talking about the Olympic year 2020, she is seen as a potential participant.

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THE SPORTS TOWN OF ALBSTADT HAS A LOT TO OFFER.

Even the very youngest can let off steam with children’s gymnastics or mini handball, while grandma and grandpa hike along the Albtrauf. If the weather is bad and you can’t prove your fearlessness and courage in the climbing park at the Waldheim, you can spend a day in the BadKap water park. While the mountain bike season is in summer, in winter many people enjoy the numerous ski lifts and trails. In terms of clothing and equipment, the ´sports town´ lives up to its name with Albstadt´s most famous sports stores such as Ski and Sport Mabitz or Intersport Rebi and the Gonso-Outlet.

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CHAMPIONS IN ALBSTADT: A MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE BIG EMOTIONS

Albstadt will be the venue for the 31st Mountain Bike World Championships in 2020. From June 25th to 28th, the world’s best cross-country specialists will meet in the Swabian Alb and compete for the coveted rainbow jerseys. Champions will meet in Albstadt in the team competition, the E-MTB category, the juniors, U23- and as a highlight in the elite races for women and men.

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UCI FLAG HOISTED

After the Mountain Bike World Championships in Canada, Thierry Marechal, President of the UCI Mountain Bike Commission, handed over the UCI flag to the Albstadt delegation with a very symbolic meaning. In view of the 31st Mountain Bike World Championships, which will take place in Albstadt from June 25 to 28, 2020, this flag was hoisted by Lord Mayor Klaus Konzelmann and First Mayor Anton Reger.

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