Video: Knowmad Development // Photos: Isac Paddock
Riding a prototype YT TUES 29er bike for only the second time in competition, Aaron Gwin took 5th place here in Switzerland in front of a raucous crowd of 20,000+ people. His teammate Angel Suarez was on a scorcher of a run that would have placed him 6th, but a front wheel wash out in the final sector put an end to a dream run.
Conditions for the 29th World Championships in Lenzerheide were ideal, but the lead up to race day was tricky with varied conditions for each training session, from rainy, to slick, to partly dry, meaning that all riders were struggling in the sunny conditions this afternoon to find the limit of grip. Even the changes in the course conditions from the morning’s final training session to the finals mid-afternoon were very noticeable. Aaron found the bike getting a little loose in sections but still scored his 3rd best result ever in the single day World Championships.
Teammate Angel Suarez came into the event on the back of some very strong World Cup performances and really loved the track here. His 2nd and 3rd splits are the 3rd fastest of the entire field and he was 4th fastest in the speed trap, so despite the crash, he can go into the offseason knowing he’s one of the fastest men in the sport currently.
At the end of this month Angel will compete in the Spanish National Championships in Rute (Andalucia), on September 29 and 30. On behalf of the whole team, we want to thank our sponsors and fans for the incredible support this year!