Maribor was Mick Hannah's first World Cup 18 years ago and it happens also to be the first World Cup of our junior rider Simon Chapelet. Follow our weekend of racing where all riders talk about racing their first World Cup and see Tracey Hannah grabbing the 3rd place!
Intense Factory Racing
It’s been an exciting couple of weeks over here in Maribor, Slovenia! We have just finished the first UCI World Cup of the season. Overall our results were good. Not great. Not bad. Good. For a new team program, including new teammates, new mechanics, new bikes and/or equipment, everyone can walk away feeling positive about the outcome. We now have 4 weeks to prepare for our next World Cup in Fort William, Scotland.
Starting the season on a track like Maribor was brilliant! Loam, roots, off-cambers, compressions, jumps, a breathtaking rock garden and a massive supportive crowd with us every step of the way. The rain might have rolled in to disturb the qualifying runs but the sun came back for the finals. And what a race! Probably one of the tightest ever and it got the new World Cup season off to a pretty exciting start!
Trek Factory Racing
Life is busy, so enjoy this one-minute video of the downhill team taking it to the first World Cup of the season! Charlie Harrison takes fourth, Reece Wilson takes 12th, and Ethan Shandro takes second in juniors.
CUBE Global Squad
This was the first Downhill World Cup of 2019 for the CUBE Global Squad. Sudden rain in qualifications took Max Hartenstern and Phil Atwill out while Gaetan Vigé managed to hold on with his CUBE Bikes Two15 29". Come race day Gaetan Vigé put down a solid race run however a couple of mistakes cost him precious time: P46
Even though the team couldn’t deliver the result they are capable of, they take a lot of positives out the first World Cup of the year.
The new team works great and more exciting things will follow.
What a way to start the World Cup season! Series kicked off on the legendary Maribor venue, which hosted so many spectacular races in the past. With the team being based in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, and Unior being based in nearby Zreče, for us, this is our home race, and a home race is always special.
And last day of racing proved to be the most special of them all, with Dakotah Norton taking 10th place and Jure Žabjek finishing in 20th. Looking at the overall standings feels even better, with Dak in 10th and Jure in 14th – thanks to a fantastic 8th place in the qualies.
MS Mondraker Team
Done and dusted. The first round of the 2019 UCI MTB World Cup is in the books and even it did not end top class, we are happy about the overall result: 2 top 10, 3 riders in the top 20 Elite men and a 5th place for the team.
2019 season and we're back! First weekend of racing went good!
Propain Factory Racing
We are Maribor again for the second weekend on the trot. It was relatively the same track as the IXS last weekend with a few new sections to speed things up. Our boys were already comfortable on the dry Slovenian soil. Practice on Friday and Saturday morning was lovely and dry but come qualifying it was a different kettle of fish. With big downpours for the Elites, it proved difficult to judge how hard to push resulting in Rudy not qualifying and Henry having a big stack in the infamous rock garden. This left the oldest and young members of the team to do battle on Sunday.
Check out all the action here!
Team Dorval AM
The team went to Maribor for the first World cup of 2019! A good beginning for the team! Next steps: European Championship & Fort Bill World Cup!
Video: William Klock
Andi Kolb had a good race today, and ended up in 24th and stands 20th overall!
KHS Factory Racing
Nikolas Nestoroff and Steven Walton make the trip out to Slovenia for the IXS Cup and the first world cup of the series in Maribor. Good times were had and a lot was learned. The team is ready for round two in Fort William.