E*thirteen riders sweep the golds at the World Cup #2 rounds and Steve Peat’s win at La Bresse makes history
Leominster, MA (May 10, 2009) —E*thirteen sponsored riders continued their winning ways from Sea Otter into the second rounds of 4X and DH events.
The second round for the 4X took place two weekends ago in Houffalize, Belgium. This allowed some downhill athletes some time off or an opportunity to enjoy the 4X action. Jill Kintner, hungry from missing the podium in South Africa, was poised and ready to go. She took home the gold. Jana Horakova just beat out e*thirteen sponsored rider, Anneke Beerten, for second place.
On the men’s side, Yeti/Fox rider Jared Graves took home the gold. Dan Atherton of Animal/Commencal earned his first podium spot for the year with the silver. Both riders, equipped with the LG1+, beat out competitors Roger Rinderknecht and Joost Wichman.
The second round of DH action took place last weekend in the beautiful Giro Mountains in La Bresse, France. The short course had a mix of terrain and consisted of some really technical and sprint-as-fast-as-you-can sections. The women’s race went off early on Sunday. Sabrina Jonnier of Rocky Mountain/Maxxis scorched the competition by five seconds on a two minute course! World Cup Points leader, LG1+ rider Tracy Moseley of the Trek World Racing placed second. E*thirteen sponsored rider Mio Suemasa of Japan placed fourth, just behind Myriam Nicole.
The race action continued in the afternoon when the men’s event started. In an event charged with emotion and threatened by intermittent rain, e*thirteen riders claimed every spot on the podium. Steve Peat had the fastest qualifying time of the weekend and took home the win despite battling rain on the course. It was a decisive victory for “the big man from Sheffield.” Peaty celebrated in style with a huge sideways skid into the finish line, directly into a superman move, and then he ran the entire finish area high fiving the crowd. To cap it off , he finished with a huge rock star slide on his knees towards the cameras. The French crowd went wild! The Santa Cruz Syndicate rider commented, “My weekend started off well when I got to the pits and saw my biked fitted with the new slick e*13 LG1+ guide. I dropped my guide ring size back to a 37 as we had to put it up for South Africa and then let it rip on the hill. I couldn’t believe how silent my bike was with the new guide and definitely had a huge mental advantage knowing I had dropped a little weight by fitting the LG1+. Things just got better and better and I ended up taking my e*thirteen LG1+ equipped Santa Cruz V10 to victory!” Peat’s win was historic as Steve matched Nicolas Vouilloz’s record of 16 World Cup wins. Monster Energy/Specialized Sam Hill edged out GT’s Mick Hannah for the silver. Sam’s teammate Brendan Fairclough placed fourth and reigning World Champion Gee Atherton finished off the podium with a fifth place finish.
The last round of racing action has all e*thirteen sponsored riders top in the point rankings going into this weekend’s World Cup in Andorra. Dutchwoman Anneke Beerten and Aussie Jared Graves lead the 4X action. The Brit’s Tracy Moseley, Steve Peat, and Saab/Solomon/Lapierre Junior rider Danny Hart have the points lead in DH.
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