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Jure Žabjek Retires from World Cup Racing After a Decade

Apr 26, 2024 at 9:42
by Sarah Moore  
Ride of the day from Jure Zabjek The Slovenian national champ rode consistent splits and was rewarded with an excellent 12th.

PRESS RELEASE: Unior Sinter Factory Racing

The world cup season will start shortly and for the first time in more than a decade, it will be without Jure Žabjek at the start gates. Jure is not just the best male Slovenian downhiller of all times, he made a name for himself with European titles, top-10 results in the World Cup and countless fantastic results. He might not race at the highest level anymore, but his passion for cycling is still strong!

History of our team (Unior Tools Team, Unior-Devinci Factory Racing and now Unior-Sinter Factory Racing) is inseparably connected with racing career of Jure Žabjek, born & raised in Ljubljana, Slovenija. A place that is also a home for Cycling club Rajd and base for Unior-Sinter Factory Racing. Jure has joined the team at the start of the 2013 season, at the time as a junior. He got noticed at early years, at the youngest of the fast Žabjek brothers. It's easy to say that everything from there one is history, but it really is. Jure continued the legacy of Nejc Rutar and Žiga Pandur, both pushing the levels of Slovenian downhill scene. Jure pushed it even further and became a respected rider on the world cup circuit. His influence among younger generations is immeasurable as many look up to him and dream of being as good. Some dream to be even better, which is going to be very hard.

Jure has tons of ups and downs in the eleven years on the world cup circuit. He took top-10 twice, in Leogang and in Lenzerheide. He won the European downhill title in 2015. He won number of iXS European Downhill Cup races and Slovenian races, including national champs. But for the real fans his best result might be the presence at the top of the world cup standings that lasted for years! Just take a look at his racing photos, so many will have plate number starting with digit 1 or 2. Jure was also one of the main riders in the Slovenian national team, he wore the national team jersey on countless World & European Championships. These are results that are going to be hard to beat by any of his successors. With less bad luck with the injuries, Jure could do even more. Much more!

bigquotesEvery journey has its end. I never thought that the sport that my brothers and I grew up playing would become a professional career. Travelling around the world, meeting new people, getting to know myself and competing at the highest level of racing has been a special experience.

I will never regret the path I have chosen. Each journey has brought me new challenges, insights and opportunities for personal growth. Thank you to everyone who has been part of this and helped me achieve these results, because even though you are alone on the course, there is always a team behind you and many people supporting you. Thank you all, we have achieved a lot together. All the effort was worth these moments. Despite the end of my career as a professional downhill racer, my passion for cycling is still strong. I will continue to test myself in smaller races and enjoy every moment on the bike.
Jure Žabjek

We at Unior-Sinter Factory Racing want to say THANK YOU JURE for all the hard work, commitment & passion that led to so many great results. It was a great run, and we’re sure that eventually the start number will be back on your bars, in one way or another! Good luck Jure!

Jure Zabjek had been killing it at the IXS rounds taking multiple rounds but has never put a good score down at the World Cup... until today. 12th for the Slovenian.

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  • 88 0
 One of the nicest and talented guys on the circuit. All the best Jure!
  • 48 0
 There was a year or two where he was one of the best fantasy picks. Which is obviously the best indicator of a successful downhill career.
  • 6 0
 I remember those years- a great rider to watch - congratulations Jure!
  • 11 0
 Great rider and I always love seeing riders come from places outside of the well-established MTB countries. I remember thinking there was a year or two when he was going to make the jump and become a podium guy, but sounds like it was probably a string of injuries that held him back.
  • 4 0
 Back in 2012 my club organized DH nationals and he set the best time of the day at the age of 16! Amazing talent but it just didnt work out as it should, there was indeeed a long string of annoying injuries that prevented what could have been...
  • 11 0
 Legend! Enjoy retirement!
  • 10 0
 Well done Jure! All the best to you on your next path
  • 8 0
 Was always a dark horse threat at any DH World Cup, and a real gentleman off the bike. Thanks for all the great racing moments Jure!
  • 7 0
 Best of luck in your future, Jure!!! It was great watching you race!
  • 5 0
 Enjoyed watching you race! All best!
  • 3 0
 Always followed Jure. Looked for him in results and picked for my fantasy team. Congratulations on a great career
  • 2 1
 Am I the only one who read the first sentence and thought he retired ten years ago?
  • 2 0
 An honorable and talented racer! Godspeed
  • 1 0
 Hit the gondola with him once, very chill guy and such a talented rider. Thanks for the ride Jure
  • 2 0
 sick riding
  • 1 0
 Was he the guy with the entirely one off shock built by his mechanic?

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