With Laurie’s 2nd place, Patrik’s 3rd place in juniors and Brooks 9th place we won the team ranking of the day- an amazing result for us for sure. Check out the impressions of this weekend captured by Björn Hunger.
“broken pieces” by Not Scientists
“blue pill” by Uncommonmenfrommars
This day was one of these days, which pay off for all the blood, sweat and effort… but let’s start at the beginning. First important race for us today was the junior world cup, where we have been represented by the Australian Junior Patrik Butler. Patrik missed the first couple of race because of a broken scaphoid and Val di Sole was just his 2ndworld cup race in 2018. After qualifying 5thPatrik showed that there is a chance for him to enter the podium. Because of his figure and his body language he looked like flying over the track. He beat some of the stronger and bigger riders and got 3rdwith 3.3 seconds off first.
In the Elite race we have been represented by three riders and first of them to come down was local Johannes von Klebelsberg. With his so far best qualifying result in his pocket, Johannes rode a little bit to conservative and repeat the position from the day before. Johannes finished in 38, which is still his best world cup result so far.
Brook showed top split times in timed training as well as in his qualification run and so he was in a good mute for the race. On race day he struggled a bit with finding the right suspension setup before his race run. The problem lead into his race run and Brook rode a little bit too consistent to be able to get on the podium- 9thplace for him. Last to come down one more time was Laurie Greenland. Laurie had a run, which was evocative to his run of world championships in 2016. He showed some wild lines, which paid off in the end. He crossed the finish line in lead and jumped into the hot seat with 4 more riders to come. Vergier crashed at the very top and was not able to attack the podium anymore. Luca Shawn was a few seconds of in the top split times, made up time in the lower part, but couldn’t beat the time of Laurie. Former team mate Danny Hart came close to Lauries split times, but could beat him in the end. Last men to come down was Amaury Pierron, the two times winner of the 2018 race season, who pointed out his strength in qualifications with a fabulous time and for sure he was the favorite for this race. Amaury was ahead at split one, back at split 2, back again at split 3 and a few tenth of a second ahead again at split 4. The French men crossed the finish line 0,524 ahead of Laurie, who got 2ndin the end.
With the 2ndplace of Laurie, the 9thplace of Brook and the 3rdplace of Patrik in the junior race we won the team ranking of the day and made up some point in the team overall ranking.
We are now heading to the 5thround of the 2018 UCI MTB worldcup in Vallnord/ Anodrra- stay tuned.
Again heavy rain over night- the conditions were difficult and Mike Jones struggled riding with his sore thumb from the crash from the day before. Mike crashed again and could not qualify for the race on Saturday. Brook came down with top split times, but unfortunately crashed in the so-called “Sam Hills corner”, which is the second last corner before the finish. With no speed Brook pedaled into 25thplace. Laurie had a constant run and finished in 10thplace. Big surprise of the day was co-factory rider Johannes von Klebelsberg, who finished in 21stposition- not just his best qualifying result so far, but also in front of his home crowed. Last but not least Patrik Butler qualified in 5thposition.
First day of training is done. We had some heavy rain over night, which made the track being even more tricky. The roots and rocks get even more slippery and the dusty ground changed into a loamy surface. Mike Jones slipped in one sections and crashed, not hard, but he caught a crack and dislocated his thumb. Brook and Laurie didn’t push too hard in timed training and finished in 7thand 36thposition.
Comezzadurra in Val di Sole host the 4thstop of the 2018 UCI MTB world cup. The track is known as rough and unforgiving. We are always come to this place with mixed feelings- for sure it is an exciting track to race on, but we are always happy to leave this place in one piece. There was nothing really new to discover on track walk and so it was just about finding the fastest line… a lot to discuss on and off the track.