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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:

 

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…

Results

world cup webisode #2

world cup webisode #2

This is our second webisode from the world cup in Fort William Scotland. We went thru some rough times with a good and a bad ending: bad ending first: Danny got injured and maybe can not race in Leogang Austria… the good ending was that we have been able to defend our leading position in the team ranking and we missed the win of the day by only 3 points.

Emmeline finished third as she crashed in the lower wood section… check out the video clip of her crash and count the seconds… would have been a tight race.


2nd round of the 2015 UCI world cup

2nd round of the 2015 UCI world cup

Wow, what a race. This or “we went thru ups and downs” maybe sound like set phrases, but this weekend was insane. While everywhere else in Europe people enjoy hot summer weather we faced rain, rain and more rain and temperatures around 10 degrees. For sure this is something we can deal with, but the weather becomes worse and worse. We ended up with squalls, which were that bad, that the organizers had to cancel the whole program for Saturday, which meant qualifying and racing on Sunday with limited training. These circumstances were not ideal as the track was really rough and had some new sections in it.

Even the weather got a little better for Sunday the weathercodnitions during the morning were everything else than ideal. Training started at 6:45 in the morning and the conditions affected of Saturday’s weather were bad. All members of the MS Mondraker team crashed in their only trainings run, but Danny hit it hardest. He crashed on his hip really bad with a big bruise as a result. Despite the pain he managed to finished 3rd in the qualification. Emmeline got 2nd in the qualification and Markus didn’t qualify because of a really unlucky crash series in the woods.

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The surprise of the day started with Innes who qualified 24th in his first year Elite. It was a rum start as he wasn’t able to race the first round in Lourdes because of a lack of UCI points.

First to come down in finals was Emmeline as second last in the women’s race. She crashed in the last muddy wood section and lost some valuable seconds by getting her bike back on track. She fought down to the finish as she is known for and got 3rd.

 

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Innes was the first of the MS male squad to come down in finals and surprised again with a really good run. He ended up in 17th position, which got him into 47th worldcup overall standing.

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Between qualification and race Danny’s bruise swelled up pretty alarming. Martin (the masseur) taped him up so he was able to race, but we didn’t expect a top result, but he gritted his teeth and managed to come down in 8th position. Even he lost one position in the worldcup overall it was a surprise that he was able to finish in the top 10. After the race Danny had to see the doctor as he was bleeding thru the bandage and went to the hospital of Fort William. Danny is okay, but had to stay over night in the hospital.

With these individual results the team became 2nd in the today’s overall and we were able to defend the yellow numberplate of the leading team. We are now heading back to Austria to race the third round of the 2015 UCI MTB worldcup in Leogang- see you there.

 

Todays results

webisode 2

webisode 2

Even our recent race results haven’t been the best, we have a story to tell. This webisode covers round 3 and 4 of the 2014 UCI MTB world cup. Gianluca Ricceri did again a fabulous job on catching the scenery with all ups and downs and some good race action as well as Markus Pekoll’s loose moment in Leogang during his race run.
Enjoy!

 

from Lukas Haider on Vimeo.
 

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3rd world cup round Fort William

Coming back to Fort William means coming back to one of the classic race on the world cup circuit. Everybody knows what to expect and so all riders prepare for this high-speed track.

For the MS Mondraker team it was a race with high expectations. We got the new painted version of the 2015 Summum frame and we were settled with suspension and all the other parts- everything seemed to be prepared and we were ready to race…

As usual for Fort William we were aware of quick weather changes, but this time we had to face a weather warning for a big storm. This changed the whole schedule for the qualification day: training started at 6:30 in the morning, and the qualification got accelerated. Not used to this situation Andrew Dorritt started with a close qualifier and finished in 29th place. Damien caught some squalls in the top section, didn’t find his rhythm and finished 64th. Markus managed to put a more than solid run together and finished in promising 11th position.

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After a day with heavy winds and an accelerated schedule we came back to normal for race day. The weather was unconstant but good enough for a fair race.

Again Andrew was the first to come down in the junior race. He struggled a bit in his run, but managed to improve the result from the day before to a 21st end position.

Damien was hungry for the race. He felt like he failed in his qualification and he knew he can do better. Even he finished in 33rd place the result and the growing confidence after his hand injury in 2013 is promising.

Last rider Markus started into the race with really high expectations after the 11th place in the qualification round. He looked very solid in his race run, but he lost too much time in the middle sections and ended up in 22nd position-  his disappointment in the finish was obvious.

Now we are heading back to onshore and we are looking forward to race in Leogang on a more technical track to come back to a normal race pace- stay tuned and follow the race on redbull.com.

 

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