World championships. National championships. Victories on the road, off-road and on the track. In the 120th year of Fuji Bikes, the mountain logo flashed its way to the top of the podium in races around the world, making for an outstanding 2019.
From its sponsorship of the Women’s World Tour road teams TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank and Hitec Products to individual champions in mountain biking, track riding and triathlons, Fuji continued its history of success as a racing brand for men and women alike.
Four riders rode their Fujis to the rainbow jersey of world champion, all at the UCI World Masters Track Championships in the U.K. in August: Rachel McKinnon of Canada, Alejandro Acton of Argentina, Anna Rzasowska of Poland and, at 78 years old, the seemingly ageless Keith Oliver of Australia.
Others earned their country’s national colors in 2019. Amy Morrison won the USA Cycling Enduro National Championship, Lisa Nutter won the Sprint title at the USA Cycling Masters Track Championships, Anita Stenberg won all eight races at the Norwegian Track Championships (giving her 61 for her career), Natalia Vera won three races at the Argentinian National Track Championships, Oscar Nehuen Bazan won the Under-23 Argentina Marathon MTB Championship and Ingrid Norvid of Norway and the Hitec Products team, Lucja Pietrzak of Poland and MAT-Atom Deweloper, and Alo Jakin of Estona and St. Michel-Auber93 won their national road-race titles.
Yes, it was a very good year.
Full Year-End Race Report:
- In Australia, Alison Jackson of TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank was fifth and teammate Lauren Stephens seventh at the Santos Tour Down Under.
- Brodie Chapman (photo) of TIBCO-SVB finished sixth at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and was third overall at the Women’s Herald Sun Tour.
- Jose Almagro (photo) won the San Sebastian de los Reyes Triathlon in Madrid, Spain.
- Shane Kline won the Team Elimination at Six Days Melbourne.
- Sharlotte Lewis of TIBCO-SVB won her second straight Oceania Women’s Cycling Championship in Tasmania.
- Lauren Stephens and Emily Newsom of TIBCO-SVB finished second and third overall at the Redlands Classic in California.
- Daniel Auer of the Maloja Pushbikers won the series opener of the 59th Rad Bundelisga in Austria.
- Alfredo Lucero of Team LiraSport won the Rally Bike de San Jose de La Dormida, the Alpa Corral Tour and the Gran Rural Bike de Los Condores.
- Raymond Kreder (photo) of Team UKYO won the final stage andgeneral classification at the 3rd Tour de Tochigi in Japan.
- Jose Almagro won the Duathlon Villa de Madrid, Spain.
- Sarah Haskins (photo) scored her record eighth victory in the St. Anthony’s Triathlon in Florida.
- Amy Morrison finished second at the TDS Enduro in California.
- TIBCO-SVB had a pair of top-10 finishes at Belgian one-day classics races: Alison Jackson was ninth at the Amstel Gold and Brodie Chapman was ninth at the La Fleche Wallonne Feminin.
- TIBCO-SVB’s Brodie Chapman (photo) won the final stage and overall at the Tour of the Gila women’s race in New Mexico, and also finished sixth overall at the Amgen Tour of California.
- Teammate Nina Kessler was fourth overall and won the Mountains classification at the Tour of Chongming Island in China. Lucy Garner and Marta Tagliaferro of Hitec Products were fifth and sixth overall, respectively.
- Alison Jackson of TIBCO-SVB was third on the first stage of the ASDA Tour de Yorkshire.
- Vita Heine of Hitec Products won the final stage and was third overall at the Tour of Uppsala in Sweden.
- Romain Feillu was second for St. Michel-Auber93 at the Grand Prix de la Somme in France.
- Florian Anderle of the Fuji Rockets mountain bike team won at the Saalfelder Feen Marathon in Germany and the Author Kral Sumavy race in the Czech Republic.
- Raymond Kreder won the fourth stage of the Tour of Japan. Teammate, Benjamin Prades finished second overall.
- Katarzyna Wilkos of MAT-Atom Deweloper won the Kievskaya Sotka Women’s Challenge race in Ukraine;. teammate Lucja Pietrzak was fourth.
- Sarah Haskins won the Herbalife24 Los Angeles Triathlon.
- Amy Morrison was second at the Capital Forest Enduro mountain bike race in Washington.
- Shane Kline won the UCI Elite Madison race in Pennsylvania.
- Vita Heine of Team Hitec won on Stage 3 of the UCI Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour on May 30 in Germany. Teammate Marta Tagliaferro won the Salverda Omloop van de IJsseldelta in the Netherlands.
- Kendall Ryan of TIBCO-SVB won both races at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic in suburban Washington D.C., the first woman in the 22-year history of the two-day event to win both races.
- Teammate Emily Newsom finished fifth at the Grande Prix Cycliste de Gatineau and fourth the next day at the Chrono de Gatineau.
- Anthony Maldonado (photo) of St. Michel-Auber93won both the second stage and the overall classification at the four-day Ronde de l’Oise in France.
- Raymond Kreder of Team UKYO won the first stage and finished third overall at the Tour de Korea. Teammate Benjamin Prades was third overall.
- Lukas Schlemmer of Maloja Pushbikers won the prologue and was second on Stage 2 of the Oberösterreichrundfahrt in Austria, helping the team to second place overall.
- Katarzyna Wilkos of MAT-Atom Deweloper won the De Pinte Ladies Cycling Trophy in Belgium.
- Natalia Vera of Team LiraSport won the Santafesino Regional MTB Championships in Argentina.
- TIBCO-SVB dominated British Columbia’s SpeedWeek: Kendall Ryan won the Tour de Delta Criterium in Ladner, the Gastown Grand Prix Criterium in Vancouver and the Giro di Burnaby Criterium in Burnaby; Alison Jackson won the Tour de Delta Road Race and the New West Grand Prix criterium; and Nina Kessler won the PoCo Grand Prix criterium in Port Coquitlam and the Tour de White Rock Westminster Savings Road Race.
- Vita Heine (photo) of Hitec Products won the overall title at the Tour de Feminin, a stage race in the Czech Republic. Teammate Marta Tagliaferro won the first stage. Brodie Chapman of TIBCO-SVB won the second stage, and Katarzyna Wilkos of MAT-Atom Deweloper won the final stage.
- Daniel Auer of Maloja Pushbikers won the Visegrad 4 Special Series race in Hungary.
- Anita Stenberg of Norway won the Omnium title at the UCI Turne 4 Drah track race in the Czech Republic.
- Alison Jackson (photo) of TIBCO-SVB won the second stage at the inaugural Women’s Tour of Scotland.
- Felix Ritzinger of Maloja Pushbikers won the Cycling Tour of Szeklerland in Romania..
- At the Pan-American Games track cycling in Peru, Arlenis Sierra of Cuba finished second in the points race and won the Omnium bronze medal. Natalia Vera of Argentina was fourth in the team sprint, and sixth in the keirin. Estephany Valdivia of Peru finished sixth in the team sprint, setting a new national record.
- Shane Kline won back-to-back road races at the Radsport Festival in Pennsylvania, the Radsport Criterium and the Mount Penn Hill Climb, and the Madison Cup race on the track at Trexlertown.
- Anita Stenberg finished second in the scratch race and third in the omnium at the Cottbuser Nachte event in Germany.
- Brodie Chapman of TIBCO-SVB finished second overall at the Colorado Classic stage race.
- Lonneke Uneken of Hitec Products finished third in the Flanders Ladies Classic.
- Katarzyna Wilkos of MAT-Atom Deweloper won the Polish Mountain Road Championship.
- Amy Morrison won the final stage and was seventh overall at the Enduro World Series at Lake Tahoe.
- Raymond Kreder of Team UKYO won the final stage of the Tour de Hokkaido in Japan. Teammate Sam Crome of Australia finished second overall.
- Robbie Hucker of Team UKYO won the second stage of the International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen in Indonesia.
- Peter Bock (photo) of Marian University won three gold medals and one silver at the USA Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals in South Carolina.
- Lauren Stephens had three podium finishes and two other top-10 results to finish ninth overall at the Tour Cycliste Féminin International in France.
- Monica Brzezna and Katarzyna Wilkos of MAT-Atom Deweloper won the Women’s Elite silver at the Polish Duo Time Trial Championships, then joined with teammates Weronika Humelt and Lucja Pietrzak to finish in place second in the four-woman competition.
- Anita Stenberg won two gold medals and a bronze at the Nordic Track Championships in Denmark.
- Maxi Meier of Fuji Rockets won the Bayernliga XC Elite MTB race, Immanuel Ries won the Adelsberger Bike Marathon, and Majlen Mueller won the final round of the NRW Cup MTB series to clinch the overall title, all in Germany.
- Daniel Auer of Maloja Pushbikers was third in the Lagerhaus Korneuberg in Austria, helping earn his team the overall season victory in the ORV-Bundesliga.
- American Lisa Nutter (photo), competing in the Women’s 55-59 age group, won a bronze medal in the team sprint and recorded her career-best time to finish fifth overall in the time trial at the UCI Masters World Track Championship in the U.K. Megan Stevens won silver in the Women’s 45-54 team sprint.
- Alison Jackson of TIBCO-SVB finished second at the Tour of Guangxi one-day race in China.
- Marcel Weil of Fuji Rockets won at Bad Endbach, Germany for the overall championship in Germany’s Enduro-1 Series.
- Quinty Schoens finished fourth at the ETU Triathlon Cup in Portugal.
- Immanuel Ries (photo) of Fuji Rockets won two races and finished second twice in four races of the German Biehler Cup Cross Challenge.
- Team UKYO had two riders on the podium at the Tour of Okinawa in Japan: Kohei Uchima finished second and Benjamin Prades was third.
- Jose Almagro won the IX Duathlon of Valdebebas in Madrid, Spain.
- Anita Stenberg (photo) won her first race of the UCI Tissot World Cup 2019-2020 season, the Scratch Race in Hong Kong.
- Florian Anderle of Fuji Rockets won the final race of the German Biehler Cup Cross Challenge. Teammate Immanuel Ries did not finish but had clinched the overall title.