NEMA Celebrates Back-to-Back Winning Weekends & Andorra WC Podiums!

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photo courtesy of & Genius Imports (World Cup podium)

What a time it has been in the Nema camp! Just a couple of weeks ago, factory rider Brad Benedict took his first National downhill victory at the Santa Ynez NMBS, while Kieran Bennett grabbed his first International win a week ago in Angel Fire at the Chilie Challenge MSC / NMBS event. Then to top things off, this past weekend, Nema riders had phenominal runs resulting in several podiums at the 2nd round of the UCI World Cup series in Vallnord, Andorra!


Just a few short weeks ago, the 2nd gravity round of the National Mountain Bike Series took place in Santa Ynez, California. Even with 110+ degree temperatures, strong winds, and a lackluster DH track, Nema’s Brad Benedict still went all out for the win. Brad bested current hot-seat leader Eric Carter, and top qualifier Waylon Smith to take the victory! With Brad’s stellar result, he lands into 2nd overall in the National Series standings.

Pro Men DH
1. Brad Benedict 2.00.5 (NEMA)
2. Eric Carter…Mongoose +0.00.9
3. Waylon Smith (GBr) +0.01.1
4. Julius Syvanen +0.02.1 (NEMA)
5. Logan Binggeli +0.03.5

For more information on these events, check out
Santa Ynez NMBS –




One week ago, Nema’s Kieran Bennett flew into the states from his home country of New Zealand just to compete at the MSC Chile Challenge, as it’s one of the tracks he excels on. Having missed out on a win last year, Kieran was on a mission to dominate the track this season.

After qualifying 2nd, right behind fellow Nema rider Aaron Gwin (Yeti/Fox Shox), Kieran knew he had it in him to compete for the win. On race day, Kieran stepped it up and squeaked past Kain Leonard by 2/100ths of a second to take the day’s victory!

Pro Men DH
1. Kieran Bennett 5.19.71 (NEMA)
2. Kain Leonard 5.19.73
3. Eli Krahenbuhl 5.23.42
4. Lars Sternberg 5.24.31
5. Brad Benedict 5.25.22 (NEMA)

Pro Men MTX – US National Champ
1. Rich Houseman
2. Blake Carney
3. Chris Boice (NEMA)
4. Joey Backus
5. Rudy Unrau (NEMA

Pro Women MTX (MSC)
1. Melissa Buhl
2. Neven Steinmetz (NEMA)
3. Jess Vogt
4. Sondar Williamson

For more information on these events, check out
Angel Fire NMBS –

Yeti Video Clip – Nema Sponsored Team –
Click on the “MSC Race” on the right hand column




Just this past weekend, Nema riders had outstanding performances by several riders. Nema’s Rastislav Pirman (4 Elements/Yeti/Hotec/RSP) took 4th spot on the podium in the Men’s 4X, while his teammate Anita Molcik (4 Elements/Yeti/Hotec/RSP) matched his performance by placing 4th in the Women’s 4X.

Meanwhile, Sam Blenkinsop (Yeti / Fox Shox) took his firs step onto the World Cup Podium by placing 5th in the Men’s Downhill. Sam’s stellar result brings him into 9th overall in the World Cup standings.

Pro Men 4X
1. Dan Atherton
2. Brian Lopes
3. Guido Tschugg
4. Rastislav Pirman (NEMA)

Pro Women 4X
1. Anneke Beerten
2. Mio Suemasa
3. Fionn Griffiths
4. Anita Molcik (NEMA)

Pro Men DH
1. Gee Atherton
2. Sam Hill
3. Greg Minnaar
4. Steve Peat
5. Sam Blenkinsop (NEMA)

For more information on these events, check out
UCI World Cup – Vallnord, Andorra – (VIDEO)

Yeti Video Clip – Nema Sponsored Team –

Riders are now in the town of Ft William, Scotland for the next round of the UCI World Cup series, then head to the UCI World Championships in Val-di-Sole, Italy.

Best of luck to all Nema riders!

source: J. Dylan Dean

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