Well it was another great race at the 3rd Round of the UCI World Cup at Leogang, Austria.
With most of the team having great results we managed to win the best team of the race again for the 2nd consecutive World Cup and we now are leading the World Cup – so at the next round in Champery, we will have the yellow number plates for the leading team.
The track at Leogang was really demanding on the riders and the bikes as it had very mixed terrain with lots of tight steep corners up at the top section and flat pedalling sections linking up the very technical wooded sections lower down on the course.
The weather played a huge part in the race as it rained most of the week and with all the practice with hundreds of riders the track developed huge holes on fast parts of the track and was constantly changing throughout the weekend. When the riders finally came down for their race runs, the track had changed a lot and caught many riders out.
In the Womens race Claire Buchar managed another great result placing 7th again for the 3rd time and retains her 7th place overall in the womens standings. Claire was struggling with breathing at the race due to getting sick in the week leading up to the race so well done Claire.
In the mens race Julien Camellini and Ruaridh Cunnningham didn’t have the best days racing. Both of them fell victim to the tough conditions, Ruaridh crashing hard up on the top section and Julien having a terrible run and going off the course 3 times. Ruaridh ended up 75th position and Julien in a disappointing 48th which has dropped him down to 18th position from 10th in the overall standings. Hopefully they can get back higher in the rankings at the next 3 races.
Chris Kovarik didn’t have the best of runs either, making a few big mistakes and not carrying speed in some sections as well as he would of liked – but he placed 18th and these days with the times so tight it was still a good result in the top 20.
Matt Simmonds and Matti Lehikoien had a great weekend. Matti qualifying in 4th position on the Saturday and Matt Simmonds in a career best 6th place with less than 1 second separating them both. They couldn’t quite match their qualifying positions but still did amazing with Matti in 9th and Matt Simmonds in 10th. His best ever World Cup result to date. So well done him. Matti had now moved up to 8th in the overall standings and Matt is 11th.
Congratulations to Greg Minnaar and Sabrina Jonnier for winning the mens and womens race.
Mens DH Results
1. Greg Minnaar 4:05.65
2. Gee Atherton 4:06.39
3. Aaron Gwin 4:10.09
4. Sam Blenkinsop 4:11.17
5. Cameron Cole 4:11.77
6. Steve Pete 4:11.82
7. Brendan Fairclough 4:12.61
8. Justin Leov 4:12.93
9.Matti Lehikoinen 4:13.25
10. Matt Simmonds 4:13.82
18. Chris Kovarik 4:18.36
48. Julien Camellini 4:26.65
75. Ruaridh Cunningham 4:48.36
Womens DH Results
1. Sabrina Jonnier 4:52.70
2. Emmeline Ragot 4:56.27
3. Floriane Pugin 4:58.05
4. Tracey Moseley 5:02.39
5. Myriam Nicole 5:05.48
7. Claire Buchar 5:12.72
Our next big race is the famous Mega Avalanche in a few weeks time which should be great fun and then the 4th round of the World Cup is another few weeks after that.
Thanks once again to all our sponsors for supporting us with the best equipment.
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