Kate Courtney Become First U.S. Mountain Biker to secure place for Olympics 2020

Kate Courtney shocked the cycling act when she won the MTB World Championship trophy in her first term racing in the best field at the age of 22. She is only been structure on her success this year and showing that she deserved to wear rainbow bars. Fans can book their Olympic Mountain Bike Tickets at economical prices from our reliable online ticketing place.

Kate Courtney Become First U.S. Mountain Biker to secure place for Olympics 2020
Kate Courtney Become First U.S. Mountain Biker to secure place for Olympics 2020

Kate Courtney said “In 2016, I recall staying awake until midnight when the Olympic selection was dispatched to see if I was picked to fill an open spot. So it’s silly to be in such a different position with a mindless qualifying slot going into the Olympics 2020. Team USA title into the next summer Olympics 2020″.

She ended up final 5th Former World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot of France finished 1st. On one hand, Courtney declares, her assigning was unacceptable. But on the other, it helped her achieve her lifetime vision of making it onto the Olympics 2020 team since the U.S. would qualify for Olympics 2020 with a top-eight finish at the World Championships.

Kate Courtney Become First U.S. Mountain Biker to secure place for Olympics 2020
Kate Courtney Become First U.S. Mountain Biker to secure place for Olympics 2020

She said “I am really proud of that as well as the development I’ve made as a racer this season. It was an exciting moment, crossing the finish streak. I had entered the race aiming to struggle for a medal.”

She and her team recognized her aims for the year say, hitting one of the Olympic qualifying values, like a top-10 in the World Cup Overall and planned out how her gym workouts and other training could help her reach that. She did make some small twists, though, but considers them more of development rather than a change.

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Mathieu van der Poel picks against equine road race at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Mathieu van der Poel will not ride the road race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics instead of focusing on the mountain bike race. Mountain Bike fans can book their Olympic Mountain Bike Tickets at economical prices from our reliable online ticketing place.

There had been gossip that the Dutchman may try to ride both the road race and mountain bike event having proven his road noble after winning a number of road races this year including the Amstel Gold Race.

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Mathieu van der Poel picks against equine road race at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

However, Van der Poel definite to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that trying to ride both events will be too difficult and he will focus on mountain biking, an event he has already capable of.

Van der Poel said that “It is far too difficult my input in the road race at the Games is not an option. I thought about it for a while but that was at an early stage when the first dates showed that there was a bigger hole between the road race and the mountain bike event.”

Van der Poel will, however, ride the Road World Championships in Yorkshire later this month as well as the Tour of England. The 24-year-old has said his reason behind choosing to target the road race’s rainbow bands are due to the course parallels to the Amstel Gold Race where he beat Simon Clarke.

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Mathieu van der Poel picks against equine road race at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Van der Poel said that “I think the course of the World Championships is similar to the Amstel Gold Race there aren’t any long climbs but it is also not flat. Of course, you do not get the chance to ride on a course that suits you so well at the World Championship that often. I do not want to let that chance go.”

Van der Poel decision to choose just one race at Toyko most likely follows his decision to pick the Yorkshire World over the mountain bike world championship saying

“going full for one is better than being able to give eighty percent twice.”

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Mathieu van der Poel picks against equine road race at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Dutchman has also shown he hopes to race a Grand Tour following the Tokyo 2020 Olympics exactly the Tour de France, which his grandfather Raymond Poulidor made the stage of eight times but never won.

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Olympic Mountain Bike – William Mokgopo is on the way to Tokyo 2020

At the age of 13 years old, Mokgopo built his first bike inside a shipping container. Three years later, he was hurtling down the dirt roads of Africa in serious mountain bike competitions. In 2020, he hopes to ride for gold in Tokyo.

William Mokgopo started out riding his uncle’s bike on the rugged streets of Diep loot, a township 40 kilometers north of Johannesburg. Everything changed when a 13-year-old Mokgopo came across a shipping container.

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Mountain Bike – William Mokgopo is on the way to Tokyo 2020 in search of Olympic glory

“My uncle had this old road bike, it was so big, extra-large, and I was so little I would get into the frame and try to peddle on the side.”

At 13 years old, he built his first bike inside a shipping container. Three years later, he was hurtling down the dirt roads of Africa in serious mountain bike competitions. In 2020, he hopes to ride for gold in Tokyo.

“MTB is growing massively. In the future, I think it could be a major sport. It’s coming to schools now and the schools’ series this year had about 10,000 riders. Even if you look at the black communities, it’s growing. Yesterday we went for an 11-hour ride around Johannesburg and there were about 30 black riders.”

They call him the Skinny Hulk. The name fits like a glove. Mokgopo, the South African mountain biker, is tall, thin and pumped up with gutsy determination. At the age of 24, he is already the 12th-ranked mountain biker in South Africa; part of a new generation of cyclists from the streets to race for gold at the UCI MTB World Championships, the African Continental MTB Championships, and the UCI MTB World Cup.

“I think it’s a bit premature to think I will qualify for this year’s Olympics. But the qualifiers are due in May. Even if I make third or second, I still might make it.”

On this early summer morning, Mokgopo, in riding gear, greets with a warm smile outside Number 3080, on a bumpy street in Diep loot. It’s not easy for cars in this street, but an ideal challenge for training on a bike.

Mokgopo lives in a Reconstruction and Development Program house that the government started building for its citizens after the 1994 elections.

“Everyone here used to live in extension one; in shacks. When the houses were allocated, they chose a block of shacks and said those living in shacks from here to here are getting RDP houses. We were given a number and told this was our house. We signed a form, and that was it. I was still at primary school at that time. Before it was the six of us living in the house.”

“The first year that I started getting paid, I extended these other two houses and one in the back here. It was actually just to have a bit of space. It was difficult living together; trying to bath here and trying to do a whole lot of stuff,” he says.

 “It was just up the road from my house. You will see the fencing on the main road. It started with a project called Earn-A-Bike. You would go and choose a bike, then they would strip it down and then you would teach yourself how to build it. Then, when you graduated, that bike that you built would be your own bike,” he says.

Here, Mokgopo came across Simon Nash, Founder of the Diep loot Mountain Bike Academy, and began to race.

“People didn’t take it seriously. When you are riding a bike in Diep loot, it looks like you are just doing it for leisure. You are a grown-up still riding a bike, for my neighbors it was stupid. Soccer is the main sport here, so when you are on a bike people are like what are you doing?”

For Mokgopo it was uphill all the way. His school friends tied strings across the road to bring down his bike. Outside a corner store, a group of men would sit on crates and laugh at him as he rode by.

“It would be very tough getting out the township in your riding gear. I would have to take shorts and the minute I got out of town then take them off and go ride my bike. There were guys who would stop me and ask me stupid questions, like what is this what? What are these pads on your pants; are they for a woman? But now those people who were laughing at me are actually my friends.”

“The other day, I was sitting on the floor at the corner shop and one of the guys came up and said why is The Celebrity, cause that what they call me now, sitting here? One guy said I think even if William has a million and he will still come and sit here. I always want to show that I still want to be at the level they are.”

One reason for Mokgopo’s smile on this day is a new $4,750 bike, tucked away in his room. Along with competing professionally on the Kargo Pro MTB Team, the first UCI-registered MTB Team in South Africa, Mokgopo is a sports sciences student at the University of Pretoria.

“The tricky thing about MTB is getting the points and staying in front. When you do cross country, you need to look at the course. When you are racing it’s a completely different course. Someone might push you off course or the rock you thought you would be jumping from might have moved. It’s always the thought of what’s coming next,” says Mokgopo.

“From our side, William is a one-of-a-kind athlete, he is so complete on and off the bike and many pro athletes can learn from him. The Olympics is very much a reality for William in 2020 and beyond. He is showing improvement every season and also deals with setbacks very well which is a very important aspect for a pro athlete striving to be the best. Making small adjustments to his training regime over the coming seasons will see William gain that consistency that is needed a week in, week out for Olympic level racing,” says Shaun Peschl, Team Manager of Kargo MTB.

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Mountain Bike – William Mokgopo is on the way to Tokyo 2020 in search of Olympic glory

Cycling isn’t cheap. Mokgopo says it can cost around $34,000 a year to race as a professional for travel alone. His team is fortunate to get their bikes and supplements for free. The latest equipment can make all the difference.

“When I started racing, I had a poorly conditioned bike. I remember the academy got me a carbon bike; I could finish second. It just shows from that little change in equipment it can set you moving into that winning stage. It can put you on the podium. The expenses can push people away from the sport. But it depends on the person you are,” Mokgopo says.

 “I will sit with my eyes open and listen to music. People think I am listening, but I am seeing the course and riding it all the time. It’s getting the feel of the race before even getting to the starting line. I see everything how I want it to be in the race. This is where I have to jump. This is where I need to speed up,” says Mokgopo.

He once spent three weeks in bed with a broken shoulder, after he clipped a motorbike while training on a dirt track.

“I couldn’t even control my fingers. I rode one-handed to home in Diepsloot. Overnight it got worse and we had to go to the hospital the next day. But when I went back everything had completely changed. I started coming second and third and ended up winning a race and that was it. I went to bigger races and was introduced to cross country. When you get your first victory that is when the love gets that bit bigger,” he says.

 “When you fall, the blood looks super cool, My mom was skeptical; with all the bruises and stitches I have when I come home. She didn’t want me to do it. She doesn’t say much, but you can see she’s very proud. My dad always says he’s very proud of me,” says Mokgopo.

Mokgopo’s dream of a spot in Rio was ruined when he injured his knee at the Cape Epic in March. It took two months to get back on the bike again.

The injury forced Mokgopo to build a new dream; his plan is now to be the South African champion in 2017, go to the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and to be an Olympic athlete in Tokyo in 2020.

Bumps, bruises, a bike built in a shipping container and friends who used to laugh at him. Mokgopo comes from humble beginnings and hopes to ride his luck all the way to Japan in 2020.

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World Rugby celebrates one year to Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

July 2019 marks closely one year until the start of Tokyo Olympic 2020 where rugby sevens are set to make its second entrance at an Olympic Games after its debut at Rio 2016. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Rugby can get Olympic Rugby Tickets online.

Taking place at the Tokyo Rugby Stadium the same venue that will host some of the largest Rugby World Cup 2019 matches the men’s competition will run from 27-29 July with the women’s being held 30 July.

The high-octane spectacle that is rugby sevens will be performed by the world’s top athletes on the game’s greatest stage in Tokyo taking the sport to new fans across the globe.

World Rugby celebrates one year to Tokyo Olympic Games 2020
World Rugby celebrates one year to Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

Rugby returned to the Olympic program in Rio 2016 when the sevens format provided a captivating showcase for the game that saw its fan base increase by almost 17 million in 6 key territories with Tokyo Olympic 2020 predictable to unearth an estimated 30 million new fans worldwide Nielsen.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said. Just over one month ago we concluded a record-breaking season on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and today we celebrate exactly one year until Tokyo Summer Games 2020 where rugby sevens will make its second appearance in the Olympic Games program this is a very thrilling time for our sport.

“After the incredible success of Rio 2016, which saw rugby sevens win the hearts of millions of new fans worldwide we are confident that Tokyo will be an excellent platform to showcase our sport and inspire many more to take up playing or watching the unique game of sevens.

We are both excited and honored that rugby sevens will return to the biggest stage in a sport where spectators will witness the players’ immense talent and athleticism over six action-packed days.”

World Rugby celebrates one year to Tokyo Olympic Games 2020
World Rugby celebrates one year to Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

Fifteen teams eight men’s and seven women’s have so far qualified for Tokyo 2020 in what has been a huge competition season for sevens. This year’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series acted as the principal route for qualification with the men’s and women’s teams finishing in the top four earning automatic qualification.

Regional qualification tournaments have also taken place in South America North America and Europe with events for Africa, Oceania and Asia set to take place over the course of October and November 2019.

The last chance for teams to fight for their spot at Tokyo Summer Games 2020 will be at the World Rugby Olympic Repackage tournament which is set to take place next year.

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Mountain Bike Race champion Jolanda Neff gears up for Tokyo 2020

Jolanda Neff a mountain bike racer, cyclocross, and road race champion Neff as she gears up for Tokyo 2020. the Olympic channel’s “Anatomy of” series takes an in-depth look at the physical capabilities of champions in particular sports and analyses them through a range of tests.

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Jolanda Neff gears up for Tokyo 2020

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Jolanda is fairly talented on a two wheels bicycle. At the age of 26, she has enjoyed success in a range of outdoor events on all types of topography. As of early 2019, she is the national champion in mountain biking, road racing, and cyclo-cross.

Born in St Gallen (in the north-east of Switzerland, close to the German and Austrian borders), Neff competed in the road racing and mountain bike competition at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, finishing in the top ten in both– eighth in the previous, on an tarmac surface, and sixth in the later, on hilly, rolling topography. She also has won four world titles to her name – which she won between 2016 and 2018 – in mountain bike marathon, and she is also a three-time International Cycling Union Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Cup overall champion, having taken gold in 2014, 2015 and 2018.

In the Olympic Channel, Neff is taken to a dedicated performance lab, where her physical capabilities are put under the microscope.

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An Olympian himself, explains: “cross-country mountain biking, because it’s off-road, the variability in terrain makes a really big difference. So, you get what’s called stochastic power output, and to be able to sustain that for long periods of time for the entire race is really a very difficult thing. Add on top of that operating under pressure with large numbers of riders around you at the same time. There are very unique traits that mountain bikers have in comparison to other forms of cycling. If you take a look at all cyclists to some range, but particularly mountain bikers, they will tend to be very light, very lean, but very strong and very powerful.”

Mountain Bike Race champion Jolanda Neff
Mountain Bike Race champion Jolanda Neff gears up for Tokyo 2020

All of these attributes tally with Neff’s body type, and this was confirmed by hard data through a series of dynamometer tests, measuring quadriceps and hamstring strength and ability to maintain the effort for repetition after repetition; a body scan to analyze muscle/body mass ratio and skin-fold measure tests. Neff was also positioned in a chamber in which she was made to pedal on a Watt bike in tailored race conditions, with a temperature of 31°C, humidity levels of 80 percent and punishing climbs, to assess her fluid replacement capability.    

She also underwent a peak power test to analyze how well her body could respond to situations in which maximum power output was required, such as the uphill sections in cycling races.

“What we’re looking for is how much power Jolanda can produce, and then looking at how she can sustain that power output. something we call the fatigue index” explained Professor Whyte.

Neff obtained outstanding results in all the tests, which led Professor Whyte to describe her as one of the truly elite athletes in the world – a blend of strength, speed, power and stamina packed into a lean body.

“My body learns really fast,” says Neff. “If I do something, my muscles adapt immediately. My lungs, my legs, everything. When there is an impact, there is a reaction. There’s this saying – ‘train hard, win easy’. I love hard work. It’s just an amazing feeling, and once you’re in that zone, you don’t want to be anywhere else.”

Her international season this year in mountain biking and cyclo-cross could take her all the way to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, where we are likely to be hearing a lot more about her.

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