First Title Defense a Success in the French Alps
For Immediate Release
Novato, Calif. - Marin Bikes rider Shaums March scored his second rainbow stripes jersey while defending his current Masters World Downhill Champion title. Although officially retired and busy raising his son Isaac with his wife Aleisha, March still has the speed to compete at the international level with some of the fastest, seasoned athletes in the world. March is also the founder and head coach of Mad March Racing, an organization that offers downhill mountain bike instruction and coaching for aspiring riders and racers.
On the day of the finals, March sat in third place after his seeding run before the final event. The theme of the course was speed with a mix of technical root and off camber sections filtering into a big finish line jump. All these elements proved be a benefit for powerful riders like Shaums. Competing in the Men’s 30-34 age category, March raced against a field of 101 riders and edged out his victory by just .36 seconds, posting the fastest time in all categories in the process. In contrast to winning his first title on his home turf at Sun Peaks resort in Canada, March was elated to win on a course where he had never raced before and had little knowledge of. "It was kind of confusing because the course was super dusty and looked the same in so many sections", stated March. He decided, therefore, to practice what he preaches and, just as he instructs his MMR team of young racers, he drew the course out on a piece of paper and studied it every night.
While his 2006 victory came aboard the Quake 7.2, March’s recent win came aboard Marin’s new downhill prototype. Although the new bike shares Marin’s highly effective Quad Link suspension system with the freeride-oriented Quake, the new bike features 9” of travel and is specifically designed for downhill competition. Both March and Marin were pleased with the bike’s prowess in its developmental stages. “This is a great first test of a completely new frame design. For a prototype to win a race like this on its first time out is exciting” said Jason Faircloth, Product Manager for Marin Bikes.
Currently living in Squamish, British Columbia, March officially represented the United States during the event. He is a native of the US, where he cut his teeth racing bikes while growing up in Santa Barbara, CA. March travels throughout both countries to promote his MMR skills camps and attend mountain bike events. Shaums returned back in Squamish earlier this week, World Masters Champion title in hand, to help MMR/Marin Canadian Junior rider Miranda Miller prepare for her World Championship race in Scotland before the team departure date of August 30th.
For further information on March’s win and photo’s of Marin’s new downhill bike, visit the Marin Bike’s blogspot at http://www.marinbikes.com/blog/
Marin Bikes, a designer and manufacturer of performance bicycles and bicycle accessories, is located in Marin County, California, the birthplace of mountain biking. Founded in 1986 by Robert Buckley, who remains it principal owner, Marin and the company’s employee/owners are as committed to high quality service and customer support as they are to the lifestyle of cycling. Distributed in approximately 40 countries with international offices in Canada, Taiwan and Switzerland, Marin continues to pursue its original mission of providing quality performance and product innovation.
source: Dave Hemming/Marin Bikes
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