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From Stik, LOL: Taking a break from building 500 show bikes, making decals, talking to sponsors and athletes about 2011, building magazine bikes, breakfast, scrubbing puke off my shirt from the MSA party (not my puke), ordering more catalogs to write this sweet wanna-be press release of sorts.
PhotoThe CRC/Intense gang arrived monday after winning the #1 world cup team trophy in NY the previous weekend. Matti Lehikoinen who crashed in NY had to spend one day in MSA before heading home to evaluate his shoulder injury. Matti was pretty bummed over the whole deal and not being able to race the world championships again really did not help. The rest of the team were all healthy and ready to rock. In the finals, our guys had some bad luck with Matt Simmonds having a wicked crash in his race run, but luckily it was on the freecaster live broadcast so the fans will never forget it. Kovarik had a less than stellar run and Julien Cammelini and Ruaridh Cunningham grabbing 20th and 19th places to be the stars of the team. Kovariks bike was the hit of the event though, stealth black with a demonic themed decal kit.

PhotoMens Downhill Results:
1. Unibrow
2. Canadian Chainsaw Massacre
3. I honestly dont remember
19. Ruaridh Cunningham (UK) CRC/Intense M9 FRO
20. Julien Cammelini (FRA) CRC/Intense M9 FRO
27. Kovarik (AUS) CRC/Intense M9 FRO (death metal edition)
48. Matt Simmonds CRC/Intense M9 FRO

Our Intense Ladies who always kill it were also ready to battle. Emmeline Ragot (riding a custom Intense M9FRO) from france who almost won world cup title last weekend was ready to defend her rainbows, but the track proved to be a bit too long for the tiny world champ. She ended up getting the bronze medal in the final. In 5th place in pro women was Japans Mio Suemasa and she was more than pleased with her performance on her 951. Next up in the results would be 1995 world downhill champion Leigh Donovan (Riding a new custom M9FRO) in 8th place. Leigh held off a dozen or so riders and kept the hot seat warm as she was the first rider down. Leigh had been busy all week doing interviews with media as she was the story of the event. Being a mom, business owner and not having raced international competition for 9 years since she retired at the Vail worlds in 2001, it made for an incredible story....oh and she was the first american rider too, which mean USA is so off the back. Rounding up the top 10 was Canada's Claire Buchar in 9th place.

Womens Downhill Results
1. Moseley
2. Johnson and Johnson, No more tears
3. Emmeline Ragot (FRA) Intense M9 FRO
5. Mio Suemasa (JPN)
8. Leigh Donovan (USA) first american! Intense M9 FRO
9. Claire Buchar (CAN) CRC/Intense M9 FRO

In 4X action, Anneke Beerten came to win the rainbows after loosing her world cup title the previous weekend, but it was not meant to be. Anneke got pimped out on the first turn and could never catch back up to the leaders. The 4X track being held in near darkness did not make for an easy effort.
PhotoAnother incredible statistic was that Intense Cycles were the 3rd most chosen bike at these world championships. Not bad for a little factory in so-cal, competing against beasts of the bike industry and also an incredible statistic if you throw in the fact that all these riders choose to ride our bikes, we are not throwing around wads of cash to get people on our bikes.
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