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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.

Vallnord Qual 425
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!

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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.

Fort Bill Quals II-59

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.

Fort Bill Quals-174

 

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.

 

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