21 July 2007
The top mountain bike riders of the world were in Turkey for the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) Mountain Bike Cross Country Championship that was held at Nevsehir-Goreme.The championship ended with the participation of a total of 66 sportsmen from 23 countries, who were aged between 23-30 that raced over the weekend.Spaniard Jose Antonio won the Elite Men in the last day of the championship. Julien Absalon of France came on the 2nd place and Fredrik Kessiakoff of Switzerland was 3d place in the 23-30 age category in the last day of the championship. The spaniard champion expressed that he belives Nevsehir brought him luck, after beating worlds top ranked biker Absalon,
Another biker, Hermida also found the time to praise Nevsehir, talking about the exciting racecourse and beautiful scenery where second runner Absalon agreed, saying that this was the race he enjoyed the most. Bronze medallist Kessiakoff was content to finish third on such a difficult track.International Cycling Union (UCI) President Pat McQuaid seemed happy about the organization of the event that was held in Turkey for the first time.
McQuaid said that the Cappadocia track is very suitable for mountain biking and Turkey may well be a contender for hosting a world championship in the future. Currently, the world championships are already scheduled until 2011.Cappadocia region’s unique scenery that comes from its geology. Cappadocia is largely underlain by sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams, and ignimbrite deposits erupted from ancient volcanoes approximately three to nine million years ago.
The rocks of Cappadocia near Goreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. The volcanic deposits are soft rocks that the people of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries. Some may recognize the scenery – part of the Cranked film series was shot here along with the 2003 Adidas cycling wear catalogue.