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I’ve been to Val di Sole once before, for the World Cup last year, and it’s safe to say it kicked my butt. It was such an eye opener. It was the roughest, most rooty, difficult track I had ever ridden down…and it was bone dry.
This year we were in Val di Sole for the third round of the IXS European Cup. They track builders did a great job, and really changed up the track. There were plenty of new sections that linked into some of the more challenging older sections really well. Fridays practice was dry, with some moisture coming through all the fresh loam, that made one or two of the roots a bit slippery. But overall it was rad! Rain was forecast for Saturday, but luckily it didn’t rain, so seeding was dry. Val di Sole is a very physical track so I decided to take it pretty chilled in my seeding run. I made some mistakes in my run and just took it easy to the bottom. I seeded 44th about 15sec off the pace. I knew I could go faster, and there were still a few lines I wanted to have a look at before racing on Sunday.
It rained quite a bit on Saturday night and so the track was a bit more slippery for my first practice run on Sunday but it wasn’t too bad. I managed to ding my rear mech somehow in that run, and we ran into a few complications while fixing it. In the mean time the rain began to come down. I got everything sorted and managed to head up for one last practice run before my race run. I wanted to see how the rain had affected the track. Unfortunately another rider had a big crash on course and so the track was closed for about an hour. This meant I wasn’t able to get another run in. I made a decision about what tires to ride based on what others could tell me, and headed up for my run, not knowing what to expect – only thing I knew was that it was going to be a challenge getting to the bottom.
The track was as challenging as expected and about a 1/3 of the way down, a big tree root that was way more exposed than before, got the better of me, and I went over the bars. From then on I just cruised to the bottom, as fast and as safely as possible.
All in all it was a pretty disastrous race day for me, but riding Val di Sole in the wet isn’t something I will forget any time soon. I am stoked to be heading into Les deux Alpes healthy, and I am hoping my luck will change for the better this weekend.
Schladming is arguably the most popular track that’s been raced on in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why. I love everything about the place. The people are rad, the area and the setting is amazing, and most importantly, the tracks here are unreal.
I had been looking forward to this race ever since I found out it was on the calendar. After some midweek bike park laps, and some epic 20 man trains down secret trails, it was time to get down to racing. We walked the track on Thursday and had a look at some of the changes they had made. I had heard rumours that they were going to re-open the old World Cup forest section, and they did. It was an addition that made the track even better than it already was. There was a huge field of about 300 elite men and there was a really competitive front end of the field with World Cup Winners, and the odd World Champ or two in the mix as well.
Rain on Friday, made the big open grass turns at the bottom pretty sketchy at times, but Schladming is one track that is amazing in the wet and the dry. The weather was looking like it was only going to get better so I just had a ton of fun on Friday doing runs in the mud with the other SA boys.
The sun was out in full force on Saturday, and the track dried out very quickly. I felt great on track and after a few hours off, I headed up for my seeding run. I decided to take it pretty relaxed and try get a good flow going and see how I ended up. I had an alright top split but I knew I could ride it a lot better. I made a few mistakes in the bottom piece, and I seeded 34th with a time of 4min:04. I was 16th at the top split though so I knew I had the speed on track to get the result I was looking for.
I looked at a few lines on race day, worked on my setup a bit and tried to get things dialed in for my race run. After a few more hours of waiting , it was finally race time. Once again I had an alright top section and was 28th, but I still didn’t ride the way I know I can. I didn’t make any big mistakes at the bottom but I was riding pretty tight and I was a bit messy. I pushed as hard as I could to the bottom and ended in 43d with a time of 4min:03. I definitely was looking to do a lot better. It’s a bit frustrating that I didn’t put together the run I know I am capable of, but there are still a lot of positives to take away from the weekend. Val di Sole is next and I can’t wait!
Pics by: Raffi DieWaldfee
With the merge of Sports Nut Gmbh and Hostettler AG, things are pretty frantic around here, and the guy’s are working flat out to keep things running smoothly. After a cancelled flight, I arrived a bit later than expected. A weekend of sightseeing and being a tourist around Stuttgart went down, and then I joined the the crew at Sports Nut, bright and early on Monday morning. It’s been a really exciting few days, with team bikes being built, kit being sorted out and plans for the season being made.
After all of the team stuff had been done, I decided to get involved with the more hands on side of the company. It was great to work along side and get to know all of the guys who operate behind the scenes. They are a great bunch of guys who are really committed, efficient and passionate about what they do. I got involved in as many aspects of the shipping process as I could – from unpacking containers of bikes, to putting orders together and even packing up the boxes. So if you get a package that isn’t quite up to the usual standards, its probably one that I packed Kidding!
The Team and myself are gonna be at the IXS European Cup in Maribor this weekend. Time to get the 2014 European season underway! Check out the post below to see some pics of the Team bikes.
Until next time…
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Ab sofort hat BOS mit dem VOID einen DH Air Shock im Programm und das beste, dieser ist ab sofort lieferbar!
Der Dämpfer wird wie alle BOS Dämpfer passend zum jeweiligen Rahmen ausgeliefert sodass der Dämpfer aus der Verpackung direkt auf die Strecke mitgenommen werden kann. Der Dämpfer wird derzeit auch zusammen mit einer neuen RARE / Air Gabel getestet, welche ebenfalls noch diesen Monat lieferbar sein soll!
Folgende Varianten sind verfügbar!
Maße (mm) : 222 x 68 / 240 x75 / 267 x 89
Dämpfungseinstellungen: Low-Speed-Druckstufe, High-Speed-Druckstufe, Zugstufe
Lufteinstellungen: Druck, Volumen (Progressivität)
Gewicht : 519 g (240 mm ohne Montagezubehör)
Heute morgen erreichte uns eine Pressemitteilung von Fabien Cousinie der Team Manager des Hutchinson United Ride Teams.
Folgende Neuigkeiten entnehmen wir der Pressemitteilung die wichtigsten zuerst:
Mick sowie Tracey Hannah, beides sehr bekannte Gesichter der Worldcup DH Szene sind ab sofort Teil des Teams und damit auch auf Morewood Bikes unterwegs! Die beiden sind froh darüber gemeinsam in einem Team fahren zu können. Außerdem sind Tim Bentley und Guillaume Cauvin als junge Talente mit an Bord. Tim konnte bereits in der vergangenen Saison einige Erfahrungen im Weltcup sammeln und freut sich, von Mick und Tracey eine Menge lernen zu dürfen. Guillaume ist 2011 bei den Weltmeisterschaften in Champery 3. bei den Junioren geworden und ist ebenfalls glücklich ein Teil dieses Teams sein zu können! Außerdem mit an Bord als Manager sowie als Fahrer ist Fabien Cousinie, der sich in dieser Saison erstmalig komplett auf den Weltcup konzentrierren kann, denn er hat sein Studium, was er in den vergangenen Jahren so nebenher betrieb, nun abgeschlossen.
Man konnte bereits die ersten gemeinsamen Tests durchführen und ist sich sicher, dass man gemeinsam die ganze Saison nicht nur gut auskommen wird, sondern auch jede Menge Spaß haben wird.
Der neue Hauptsponsor Hutchinson hat ein paar neue Reifen im Programm, die zusammen mit dem Team weitergetestet und entwickelt werden sollen. Das Team wird weiterhin auf Morewood Rahmen unterwegs sein und als Factory Team der Marke aus Südafrika agieren. Richard Carter, Inhaber von Morewoodbikes, freut sich über die neuen Mitglieder des Teams und kann es kaum erwarten sie alle zusammen beim 1. Weltcup der Saison in Pietermaritzburg, der Heimatstadt von Morewood zu treffen. Der Weltcup ist bereits im März, dort sollen dann auch die restlichen Sponsoren und News rund um das Team bekanntgegeben werden.
Die jährliche Ausgabe der DIRT 100 ist schon ein paar Tage im Handel, wir wollen euch allerdings nicht vorenthalten, da darin mal wieder ein Paar Produkte unserer Marken in die TOP 100 gewählt wurden: