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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.

 

 

 

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.