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.
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.
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.
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.
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.