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Lenzerheide- 5th round of the 2017 UCI world cup

Lenzerheide- 5th round of the 2017 UCI world cup

The MS Mondraker Team did a double podium with Danny Hart and Laurie Greenland with 3rd and 4th place in Lenzerheide/ Switzerland. This is the first Elite podium for youngster Laurie Greenland and the second podium in 2017 for double world champion Danny Hart.


Lenzerheide/ Switzerland hosted the 5th round of the 2017 UCI MTB world cup. We came here with good memories as in 2016 this was the place of Danny’s first ever world cup victory and we were super excited to race here again.

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As usual we had good and very warm weather in Lenzerheide. The track was very dusty which in combination with a hard track surface and rocks made the track very slippery. The track itself didn’t change a lot from the year before apart from a new finish jump and a few little things- in total the track was again a warrantor for tight and exciting racing.

We started into the week with some little issues concerning our setup, but with the help of the race support of our sponsors we get everything sorted. Danny crashed once on Friday where he ripped open his hand palm and Laurie crashed twice in practice, but without any injuries.

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Danny had a good qualification run, which took him into 6th place. Laurie went into his qualification run without the normal warm up procedure. He suffered from a crash in the morning and just wanted to cruise down the track as he was protected anyway. This cruising run put him into 13th place, which was pretty promising for the race. Markus Pekoll struggled in his qualification and had some mistakes in his run- he ended up in 36th position.

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A thunderstorm during the nighttime packed the course a little bit. The track was still slippery, but not as in the days before. Markus Pekoll was the first rider of the MS Mondraker team. Already the first split time was a sign for that he wasn’t on a good run. There were no obvious big mistakes, but it wasn’t a good run in general and he crossed the finish line in 20th position and end up in 52nd.

Lenzer Qualie-830Laurie Greenland was next and he came down in his typical manner. He was on a wild run and he was the first who was able to undercut the 3 minute mark. Laurie jumped into the hotseat and even there were a few more riders to come it looked good for him to enter the top five. Last Man to come down was Danny. Like in Andorra on the weekend before Danny was again on a “flying” run. Not wild but very precise and fast he made it into the finish without big mistakes and finished 3rd in the end.

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The double podium of Laurie and Danny put us into the 2nd place of the today’s team ranking and we made up 2 positions to rank 4 into the overall ranking.

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We are super happy with this results and now we are going into a well-deserved 3 week world cup break and will be back in Mont Saint Anne/ Canada for the 6th round of the 2017 UCI MTB worldcup.

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Riders statements:

Markus: ”I am shocked. I thought I was on a good run. I was just 71st in the first split time and I have no explanation for this. I feel a bit tired after 6 weeks of racing and I am happy to have some time to refresh- hopefully I can come back for the last 3 races of the season.”

Laurie: “I can’t be more happy. First Elite podium… I am stoked! The week didn’t start too good for me as I was struggling a bit with my setup. I crashed twice in practice and I just cruised down in my qualification run. It seems like I am able to work my way up…”

Danny: “well… another podium result which is good. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to repeat my victory from 2016. I struggled a bit. It was slipper all week long and I crashed once, where I ripped open my hand palm- that’s far from being optimal… but it’s good to be back on the podium!

 

full results:

Vallnord/ Andorra-  4th round of the 2017 UCI world cup

Vallnord/ Andorra- 4th round of the 2017 UCI world cup

The 4th round of the 2017 UCI world cup in Vallnord/ Andorra was a race with mixed feelings for us… while Markus and Laurie were unlucky and crashed in their race runs Danny was back on the world cup podium with a hell of a run…


Coming to the place of our biggest success in 2016 was exciting. In 2016 Danny won his 3rd race in a row and with both Markus and Laurie in the top 10 we were able to win the team overall world cup by 1 point.

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All the riders love the track of Vallnord as it has a little bit of everything: technical parts, very fast sections and it has a lot of natural elements- this mixtures is what riders want to see and don’t complain about. The track is pretty steep in some sections and rough and for sure it separates the wheat from the chaff.
From the very beginning of the training sessions the MS Mondraker squad showed that the rest of the fiield has to count with them. Laurie’s showed up with top split times in the trainings, Markus looked very confident and fast and Danny set the first best time 0,3 ahead of future winner Troy Brosnan.

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The qualification didn’t go as good as we expected after the performance on the first day. Markus and Laurie had some bad luck and crashed in their qualifications runs. Markus ended up in 51st position, but Laurie finished in 18th spot even he had a big spill. Danny needed a solid run to qualify- nothing crazy or pushing to hard as he had to see the finish to qualify for the race. He ended up in 6thposition and was able to collect some points for his overall ranking.
Markus and Laurie knew that they were missing some seconds to be in the very top and both were working hard with our line checker to find the one or other second.

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Markus was the first to come down and was about 2,5 seconds ahead of the current leader Johannes Fischbach till the second last corner before the finish, where Markus slipped out and crashed again. Being on a good run, with being 2,5 seconds ahead of the current leader could have taken him into the top 30. Unfortunately the crash cost him several places and so he end up in 49th place.

Next of the MS Mondraker squad was Laurie. He came into the first split with the overall 9th fastest split time, but also he slipped out and crashed before the second split time. Unfortunately this spill buried his hopes for another top ten result- Laurie finished in 43rd position.

 

Danny was the 6th last man to come down and immediately show up with top split times with being more than 6 seconds ahead of the current leader Mark Wallace. Danny was on a hell of a ride. He knew he had to push to be on the podium and he did- Danny ended up in 3rdposition.

The results of this race turned the positions in the overall ranking quite a bit. While Danny moved from 25th into 10th place, Laurie lost 2 positions and is now in 11th and Markus dropped into 31st position.

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The racing was tight and we saw a lot of crashes, but this made this race so special and exciting. It was a fair race without any lottery sections and we saw a hard earned winner!

Next stop is the 5th round of the 2017 UCI MTB world cup in Lenzerheide/ Switzerland upcoming week – join us there or follow us on instagram profile or our facebook page.

Leogang- 3rd round of the 2017 UCI world cup

Leogang- 3rd round of the 2017 UCI world cup

Back to back racing- with just a few days in between and coming from more than 2000 km away, we race the 3rd round of the 2017 uci mtb worldcup this weekend in Leogang/ Austria. With the feedback of 2016 the organizer gave the track a small overhaul, which was again polarizing the riders field.


We looked forward to this race as we did not perform on the level we have been used to from 2016 and we were willing to step back up. Leogang is the perfect spot to do so as we always saw tight and fast races on a track with some technical difficulties.

 

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All the riders were fired up- Laurie because of his ascending performance, Markus because of his status of the local hero and Danny simply because he wanted to strive off the bad luck from the previous races.

A lot of riders were struggling during the training days and we saw a lot of bad crashes, but luckily non of the MS Mondraker riders was effected by crashes or mechanicals. Unfortunately the organizers had to re-tape some sections and they also had to reshape the finish jump after a horrifying crash of Frenchmen Remi Thirion in his qualification run, just after Laurie has finished his qualification run in 7th place.

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Markus Pekoll had to do a re-run as he was just on track when Thirion crashed which cause a “race stop” situation. All further runs got postponed by 45min, which caused a lot of concerns in the rider’s field. In the end Markus finished in 25th and Danny in 9th position.

On race day Markus Pekoll was the first to come down of the MS Mondraker squad. He looked very confident and fast in the top part, but he had a blackout before the second wallride, missed his line and was not able to carry enough speed for the following section- Markus ended up in 41th position. Next to come was Danny- feeling a little up and coming performance he started with some hard pedal strokes out of the gate and unfortunately snapped his chain at the second stroke. Knowing that he still could end up in a good position and carry some points he fought hard and finished in 11th position- maybe not what he hoped for, but more than solid if circumstances are considered. Last to come down was Laurie, who’s form curve is rising at the moment. Laurie had a good but not flawless run. He lost some tens of a second in the highway section and finished 6th just 0,16 off the podium and 1,8 seconds off third.

 

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For the overall worldcup this means Laurie kept his 9th spot, Markus lost some positions and is now 22nd and Danny made up some space from 53rd to 25th in the world cup overall.

Results of the weekend and the overall…

 

Now we have a week off before we travel to Innsbruck for the first ever Crankworx there- join us there or follow us on facebook and instagram.

 

 

 

Fort William- 2nd UCI worldcup stop 2017

Fort William- 2nd UCI worldcup stop 2017

Racing at it’s finest in the 2nd round of the 2017 UCI MTB worldcup in Fort William. The MS Mondraker team pointed out with some highlights, even the necessary ounce of luck was missing for a good team overall result.


Fort William is apart from Mont Sainte Anne THE classic track in mountain bike world cup downhill racing and this is the 15th worldcup edition on this infamous track. The track is very well know for its characteristics such as length, the woodless and hand build top section as well as the last section called the highway. The venue is also known for that it’s well attended and this year they had to stop ticket pre selling as they were already 15% over the previous year bookings.

 

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The MS Racing program can’t really look back on many top results here in Fort William apart from Brook MacDonald’s 3rd place in 2011 and Emmeline Ragot’s victory in 2012. To keep the track attractive during all the years, the organizers always try to keep us entertained by changing parts of the track very year. The year one of the new sections caused a lot of controversial opinions and not all the riders weren’t happy about how this sector might change during the days.

 

Apart from this discussion the use or not use of 29” wheel bikes was the dominating topic in the pits. Quite a few teams were working on their version of 29” wheel fitting bikes and they got tested in Fort William in the British Downhill series race 3 weeks before the world cup. With a victory of Danny in the pocket we decided to insert the one bike we have got to keep up in the battle of material with one rider,. Laurie was testing in a different direction with a lock-out shock and Markus kept his current setup, which he felt confident on.

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While it was expected that the field will be dominated by a 29” wheeled Laurie shocked the competitors with a time of 4:42:318 1,6 seconds ahead of 2nd place and 2,1 seconds ahead of the first 29er.

Unfortunately after this promising time- which was the fastest of the weekend- things went different than we hoped for. Laurie crashed in his qualifications run, Markus had a puncture and had to repair the tire to be able to finish his qualifying run and Danny simply didn’t had the perfect run you need to finish the qualification in first position.

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The finals showed a similar picture: Markus the first to come down struggled in the top part and almost got kicked off the bike. Laurie was a little bit handicapped because of his crash on the day before. He managed to clear the very difficult and controversial wood section and a clean run flushed him into 9th place. Danny came into the wood section with one of the fastest split times, but crashed at the entry of the wood section and another time in the woods- luckless he ended up again in unsatisfying 59th place.

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These results set us back to the 7th place in the team overall- we have to buck up now and strike back. Stay tuned for the 3rd round of the 2017 UCi world cup, which takes place in Leogang next weekend.

 

Results & rankings:

 

1st round of the 2017 UCi mountainbike worldcup Lourdes/ France

1st round of the 2017 UCi mountainbike worldcup Lourdes/ France

 

7 month since our best worldcup season in 13 years we spend the winter time with training and material testing to be ready for the 2017 worldcup season, which started with the race in Lourdes/ France- a venue which is more know for it’s religious tourism, than being a destination for downhill riding.

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At that time of the season you have to expect everything from super hot to wintry conditions and this time we had the full range.

When we arrived it was super cold with snow at the start of the worldcup track. It dried up pretty quick and we had a few days in warm conditions with a bone-dry track.

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The main question was not too much about the track conditions or the fitness level of the riders, but more about the upcoming innovation of using bigger wheels for downhill racing. While most of the teams are using 27,5” wheels since the 2013 one team came up with the bigger 29” wheels, which caused a lot of discussions on speculations, if this will provide a significant advantage in the race. We didn’t mind too much as our 2017 team bike was based on the 2016 winning bike and with the new components of Shimano and Fox the bike was ready to go:

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Already in the timed training runs, it was clear that the riders on 29” wheels are fast and even Danny set the second best time of the day, we knew that the bigger wheel size will be a factor, which was fleshed out by the qualifying results. 3 riders with 29” wheel in the top 6 and 2 ahead of Danny who finished in 4th.

Laurie as well as Markus had good but not perfect qualification runs and so they finished within the reach in 18th and 21st place.

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While we preparing for race day, the weather forecast turned into a nightmare. In the morning the weather was still okay, but the French police thought about shutting down the event because of wind forecasts around 120km/h. The organization kept running the show and pushed thru race after race. It seemed like the weather will stay constant and the men’s race got started as planned. While riders like Markus and Laurie came down it absolute fair conditions on a dry track the weather change badly into unsporting conditions. Heavy winds and rain effected the top qualifiers pretty bad. Danny and all the other top qualifiers form the day before haven’t been able to beat the times, which have been set in the dry and so the race ended with a more than unexpected podium and Danny in 76th place as apart from the unreal conditions he crashed in the last section.

 


 

 

Even with Laurie in 11th and Markus in 12th we left Lourdes pretty unhappy as the weather conditions and the bad result of Danny will effect the rest of his season. We don’t know yet if we will be able to go for our ambitious goal to fight with Danny for the UCi overall world cup title.

 

Next world cup stop is Fort William in about a month- stay tuned for more news about international non-world cup races in between- follow us on our instagram profile or our facebook page.

 

 

 

 

3rd victory in a row for Danny Hart!

3rd victory in a row for Danny Hart!

This was it. This was the last world cup round in Valnord/ Andorra. We came to Valnord with 2 victories of Danny and a small chance of winning the overall title. Danny was 178 points of Aaron Gwin in the overall and so the door was open. Even it was just a small chance our goal was to make the impossible happen and so the focus was on the overall title.

The tension level was high as on one hand the overall was possible, but Danny’s current second spot was also not secured yet. With qualification and race there was a maximum of 250 points to collect and so the mission was basically “all or nothing”.

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Danny had a kind of cautious qualification run, while the others had perfect full on runs. Troy Brosnan won the qualification and Aaron Gwin got second, while Danny landed in 7th spot. Troy made some points up to Danny and with 200 points between Aaron and Danny the door for the overall was almost closed.

While Markus had a decent qualification run, which got him into 24th, Laurie struggled with a flat tire, but he made it into the finals because of the top 20 protection rule.

Again everything was prepared for a thrilling race and even the chance of winning the overall was just in theory alive, we kept working as it was possible. With the whole focus on this chance we didn’t really think about anything else we probably could win.

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Markus came down with a solid but not perfect run. Some small mistakes avoid a perfect run, but he still made it in the hot seat. A few riders weren’t able to beat his time and also Laurie rank himself right behind Markus. Just during the run of Laurie it slightly started to rain, but it was still okay as the track was so dusty, that the rain didn’t affect the conditions really.

Danny came down with a pinning all or nothing run. He knew he had to win to keep the chance for the overall title alive and he crossed the finish with almost 2,8 seconds ahead of the current leader Greg Minnar. 2 out of the last 6 riders remaining to coming down had a kind of home advantage, but not one of them was able to beat Danny’s time. Aaron Gwin was second last to come down and he knew that all he has to do to secure his overall title is to ride down the hill and cross the finish line and so he did. With Troy being the last man on the track and him being way back, the impossible and unexpected happen- 1 rider in 1st place and two other riders in the top ten made us winning the team of the day ranking. Absolutely happy with that it just turned out before the podium ceremony that we also won the UCI world cup team overall ranking by 1 point.

PODIUM

This information was absolutely overwhelming all the work and investments finally paid off- 13 years after we found the MS-RACING program.

3 victories in a row, 3 riders in the top ten and winning the overall team title… there is no better way to finish the world cup season.

We are now heading to Val di Sole7 Italy for the 2016 world championships.

RESULTS:

Monte Saint Anne- Danny Hart wins again

Monte Saint Anne- Danny Hart wins again

What took Danny 5 years to accomplish for his first time he now managed to accomplish two times in a row- second world cup victory for Danny Hart.

With some awesome results in our bags we came to Monte Saint Anne, which always was a good venue for us as a team and also for the riders. The team won it’s first world cup here in 2006 with Chris Kovarik and with Steve Smith we had a vice world champion in 2010. Danny can look back on some podiums here in MSA and Laurie won his second junior worldcup.

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After we have been able to prove that we are able to win a world cup with our setup it was a big relief for us and we came to Mont Saint Anne as motivated as someone could be. It’s hard to put in words how much we were looking forward to come to MSA and race again as we knew that if everything comes together we might can win again.

With Danny and Laurie we already showed that we are good enough for fighting for the team overall ranking and with having Markus as a joker we were more than confident.

MSA offered the same perfect conditions as always for a great race. The track is known for its speed and this year it was even faster. 75km/h top speed in combination with a rough track separates the wheat from the chaff and mechanicals were on the agenda.

We started with some technical issues at the beginning, but the mechanics and riders found the perfect setups for the races to prevent mechanicals in their race runs.

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With a 2nd place Danny showed straight in the qualification that he would be again one of the aspirants for the win. Markus qualified in 13th position and Laurie struggled with a mechanical, but still ended up in 80th position.

Greenland ripped his saddle off during his qualie run and almost lost a couple of very important parts in the process. An 80th place finish meant he would have qualified by the skin of his... err teeth, even he wasn't a protected rider.

Greenland ripped his saddle off during his qualie run and almost lost a couple of very important parts in the process. An 80th place finish meant he would have qualified by the skin of his… err teeth, even he wasn’t a protected rider.

First to come down in the finals was Markus. He managed to transfer his performance from the qualification to his race run, crossed the finish line in 2nd and finished in 14th place in the end.

Laurie again had some bad luck with a mechanical and was not able to keep his bike on the track in the top sections. He tried hard to catch up some time, but the mechanical hold him back. He ended up in a very unhappy 46th place.

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Danny was the second last man of the race to come down. He changed his lines a bit from his qualification run and was able to set a time below 4 minutes. Now the pressure was on Aaron Gwin, who wasn’t able to catch up with Danny this time.

With Danny being in first and Aaron being 2nd in the 6th round of the 2016 world cup, the overall world cup is still not decided and open till the last round in Andorra.

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On top of the victory and the 14th place of Markus we got again second in the today’s team ranking and we have been able to defend our 2nd position in the team overall ranking.

For sure we came to Monte Saint Anne to succeed, but how it worked out is something you can’t expect. We are very thankful for these moments and want to thank all our supporters and sponsors.

 

Stay tuned for the last two races of the 2016 race season: world cup finals in Andorra and the world championships in Val di Sole.

 

RESULTS:

 

Lenzerheide- 5th UCI worldcup stop with a victory of Danny Hart

Lenzerheide- 5th UCI worldcup stop with a victory of Danny Hart

Lenzerheide/ Switzerland hosted the 5th round of the 2016 UCi MTB worldcup. Lenzerheide is one of those spots we really enjoy going to as the venue is situated in a nice area with a little lake and there is almost the touch of being on holidays- apart from that Lenzerheide offers a short, but firm track, which is always good for a tight and thrilling race.

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Danny came to Lenzerheide with a little handicap. Since the IXS cup in Schladming he suffered from a little fracture in his thumb, but with the okay of the doctors he was ready to race. Because of this handicap we didn’t see as many training runs in practice as we are used to. Laurie felt good on the track throughout the training sessions and he came to Lenzerheide with a win in his pocket from the former year in the junior’s race.

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His time back then was just 5 seconds of the win in the Elite category and this was a good reason for us to hope for more. Markus is lives thru a though period and missing that extra little bit of luck at the moment. He saw Lenzerheide as another chance to strike back and so he was fully motivated and committed, which is hard in this situation.

The race weekend started a little bit unexpected, but exciting considering circumstances. Markus wasn’t really able to connect his fast sections, but managed to finish in 34th position. The first big surprise was Laurie finishing 5th with just 2,35 seconds of 1st which was Danny. He had a solid but not perfect run and some of his competitors struggled, crashed or had a mechanical, but the result was still promising.

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The weather forecast showed constant weather conditions and so everything was arranged for a fair race. Markus was the first man to come down of our squad, but he crashed just 20 seconds out of the start house. The crashed ruined his chance on fighting back and so Markus finished in unsatisfied 76th position. Next to come down was Laurie. He passed the split time sin reach of the current hotseat, but missed it by just a few tenth of a second. Laurie finished in 13th spot which also got him into 13th place in the overall.

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Last man to come down was Danny this weekend. Aaron Gwin, who crashed in his qualification run, was the current leader and his time seemed to be unbeatable. Danny came into first split with 0,2 off Aarons time, lost a bit more to the 2nd split and came into 3rd split with almost 1 second off. The race for the win seemed to be done for Danny as non of the riders before made up time in the last section. Danny came into the 4th split and was just 0,4 seconds behind Aaron- there was room for hope. Danny crossed the finish line with 0,096 seconds ahead of Aaron Gwin. This was a big relieve for Danny as he hasn’t won a world cup race yet since he won the world championships in 2011. Finally the combination of a top rider, with the material of our sponsors and the support of the team got Danny into the position to accomplish this mission.

 

The results of Danny and Laurie got us in 2nd position in the team results and also in 2nd position in the UCI worldcup overall team ranking.

We leave Lenzerheide with happy faces and looking forward to the next race in Mont Saint Anne in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more news!

 

full results:

Leogang- 4th UCI worldcup stop 2016

Leogang- 4th UCI worldcup stop 2016

Like every year we came from Fort William to Leogang for the 4th round of the 2016 UCI world cup. With some top results in our pockets we were excited to race the next worldcup in Leogang/ Austria, which is one of our more preferred tracks: a home race with an awesome host in combination with a frequently changing track- what more can you ask for.

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Danny couldn’t really look back to a lot of experience on this track as he missed it 2 times over the past years. For Markus was it the home track, which might have been a little advantage for him and Laurie was just looking forward to race. The weather conditions were contrary to what we had in Fort William, but not as bad as we saw on the forecasts. It started with rain for the track walk day, got sunny and warm for the first day practice and changed back to miserable for qualification day.

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The organizers made some changes on the track, which caused some discussions, but ended with pleased riders as the track was as challenging as they are always asking for.

Danny showed again a solid and strong run in qualification, which took him into 4th. Markus played his cards close to the chest and got 26th and Laurie unfortunately crashed, but made it into the finals because of his protected status.

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Markus went into the race with a lot of expectations, but also with a good confidence. He had some good lines up the sleeve, but risk a little too much in front of his home crowd and crashed. Even he knew he wouldn’t get into the top 20 he tried to make some points at least. A mechanical as well as a last minute course direction change by the UCI hold him back to do so- unhappy 82nd place.

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Laurie was next to come down- he was on the hunt for the current leader and came with top splits thru the top section till he got stopped by the same moved pole as many other riders during this race. Even the same cause hold him back from a possible top 10, Laurie was happy with another top 20 result.

Again last to come down was Danny. Danny was in the direct duel with the current leader Troy Brosnan, who crossed the finish line with an advance of 4,5 seconds. Danny was off at split 1 and 2, was ahead at split 3 and lost 1,4 seconds till the finish- 4th place is maybe a little bit unlucky, but good enough to keep the 3rd sport in the world cup overall.

In total we had a good race with mixed feelings, but that’s racing right? Stay tuned for world cup #5 in Lenzerheide/ Switzerland.

Results

Fort William- 3rd UCI worldcup stop 2016

Fort William- 3rd UCI worldcup stop 2016

Boom- another podium for Danny Hart and Laurie Greenland enters the top 10.

3rd round of the 2016 UCI MTB worldcup ended with a 3rd place of Danny Hart, a 8th place of Laurie Greenland and a 31st place of Markus Pekoll.


Wow what a thrilling weekend. We came back to Fort William after the British national series a few weeks back. We knew that this will be our race and we were prepared for a podium and maybe more. Danny took the win at the national round, which was promising considering the well-staffed starter field.

From the very first time practice Danny was dominating the course of Fort William and he left no doubt on that he is one of the aspirants on the top box of the podium. Also Markus and Laurie did well in their training session and new that with a solid run they will easily make into the top 20.

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As mentioned Danny dominated the time practice with 2 seconds ahead of the closest competitor. This was promising and so we hoped for the sensation- the eagerly awaited world cup win.

Danny crashed in his qualifying round, which didn’t affect him too much and Laurie (15th) and Markus (13th) shone with 2 top 15 results- so everything was again prepared for the race.

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Because of the current ranking Markus was the first to come down. Unfortunately Markus crashed and couldn’t make up enough time to finish in the top 20. Markus ended up in 31st place, but made up some positions in the overall ranking. In between Markus and Danny the future winner Greg Minaar set a best time, which was 5 seconds faster than Danny’s best time over the weekend- Danny tried hard, made up a second from his best training time, but crossed the finish line in 2nd and finished 3rd in the end. Last man to come down of the MS Mondraker team was Laurie and he crossed the finish line in 3rd position. Laurie shared the hotseat with Greg and Danny for a while till he got replaced by Greg Williamson- Laurie finished in 8th position.

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The team finished 2nd overall this weekend and made up a spot in the overall team ranking. We are now 5th and working our way up in the ranking.

Now we are heading back to Austria to compete in our home race in Leogang. Stay tuned for more news…

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