Trek Factory Racing
This weekend was insane! Val di Sole has always been a favourite with the team but this weekend was positively savage with thunderstorms and changing conditions creating a constantly shifting havoc on course throughout practise and qualifications . There were crashes and disappointments galore with Charlie nursing a fractured scaphoid sustained at Leogang and Gee going down super hard in practise injuring his hand. Undeterred he had Polish Pete velcro his strapped hand to the bars and set about delivering very solid quals and finals runs, proving once again that he is hard as nails! Mille claimed her second World Cup but Kade couldn't put together the run he so badly wanted. Rach laid down a scorcher and for a while it looked like victory was well within her grasp …
Video by TJ Smith.
With Laurie’s 2nd place, Patrik’s 3rd place in juniors and Brooks 9th place we won the team ranking of the day- an amazing result for us for sure. Check out the impressions of this weekend captured by Björn Hunger.
"broken pieces" by Not Scientists
"blue pill" by Uncommonmenfrommars
Myriam Nicole is injured and Amaury Pierron makes it a hat-trick.
Unior Devinci Factory Racing
The « Black Snake » bit again.
Check out why Dakotah Norton didn’t race this past weekend in Val di Sole, Italy. UDFR rider Tanja Žakelj was there for the XC race along with Keegan Wright, who was on the field representing New Zealand at 4X World Champs. A first time experience for the Kiwi.
After just rolling out of the start house yesterday in qualifying and not completing his run, it was clear that the slide out crash which reinjured Aaron’s thumb was going to be the question mark over the 5 Time World Cup Champion coming into today’s race. After getting some training runs in today Aaron decided to give it a go and do what he could to stem the point loss. Impressively he finished 31st today after man handling the bike down the steepest and most technical track of the season, using his legs in places to press against the frame and relieve the pain and pressure from the thumb, it was a champion’s ride, and he now sits in 4th place overall, just 10 points from 2nd.
After a successful weekend in Les Gets / France with Baptiste winning the Mont-Chéry DH Race and Marine finishing second the moral was high going into Val di Sole for the 4th stop of the UCI MTB World Cup.
Val di Sole is one of the team’s favorite venues due to it’s track length and the variety when it comes to line choices. The wet weather mixed things up on qualifying day and was quite tough for our riders. Florent had a crash during practice before qualifying and did not make it into finals for the first time since he started racing. Baptiste kept his 12th position from qualifying and Kevin Mary was able to get his best ever result with finishing 36th.
Now it’s time to pack everything up, head to Andorra and do it all again next weekend! See you all there!
Luckily the Black Snake dried out for finals!! What a week of tough riding for the team on such a demanding track.