Oakley Victories at MTB "Classic"

Houffalize 2009 World Cup

Houffalize is the Paris-Roubaix of mountain biking. It’s the oldest, toughest, most prestigious and best attended mountain bike cross-country race in existence. As Belgians are fanatic about cycling sports, huge crowds came out for the second stop of the World Cup, including last week’s winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Andy Schleck.

Oakley dominated the 4X race, with Jared Graves, winning the qualifications and every heat of the race to take the title. In second was Oakley’s Dan Atherton from the UK. As for the women, longtime Oakley athlete Jill Kintner was on top from the qualifiers to the finals. After focussing on BMX in 2008 and knee surgery this is a perfect comeback for Kintner. Frenchman Julien Absalon continued his domination of the series, handily taking his second win of the 2009 series, and his second-consecutive win at Houffalize.