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Today sees the release of the fifth episode for 2015 of Trek World Racing’s Stories. Episode 2.5 takes place at the final World Cup of the year on the iconic Val Di Sole track in northern Italy.
In confirmation of the speed he’s had all year, Brook MacDonald threw down a classic ‘Bulldog’ run on the steep and root strewn track in Italy at the final round of the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. After dislocating his knee in training the day before, there was doubt about his ability to race, yet a strong showing in yesterday’s qualifiers for a 10th place showed he had gas in the tank and was ready for a strong final result.
Today sees the release of the fourth episode for 2015 of Trek World Racing’s Stories. Episode 2.4 covers the just completed North American leg of the UCI World Cup which saw some pretty amazing racing on the Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) and Windham (USA) courses.
After qualifying 7th on Friday Laurie Greenland had a nerve wracking wait in the hotseat during the finals as 6 of the best juniors in the world attempted to beat his race time of 2m 49.9secs. Laurie was suffering from hay fever for qualifying lacking his usual energy, and the track in Windham which was running extremely loose and fast, provided its own set of challenges. Fastest qualifier Jacob Dickson went faster than Laurie at split one so it was an anxious 90secs of waiting to see if Laurie’s time would hold. In the end Laurie scored his 3rd World Cup win in a row, by a margin of 0.7secs.
At Round 5 of the UCI World Cup, Trek World Racing’s Laurie Greenland had an emphatic win in the junior category, taking the victory by 6.6secs and moving him back into the lead of the series, by a margin of 28 points with 2 races to go. Meanwhile, George Brannigan had a career best result for the track here at Mont-Sainte-Anne by finishing 10th in the final.
Today sees the release of the third episode for 2015 of Trek World Racing’s Stories. Episode 2.3 is set in the Swiss Alps, which offered up the new “classic” track at Lenzerheide, coupling steep technical and high speed, with dust and heat.
The 2015 British National Downhill Championships took place in a very sunny and dusty Llangollen in Wales, on a track that’s been used many times for British DH races and always produces close and exciting racing. Trek World Racing had both British riders in attendance, Laurie Greenland in the junior category and Greg Williamson in the Elite Men.
Trek World Racing’s junior rider Laurie Greenland backed up his 1st place in qualifying to take a massive win on finals day, some 4.7secs ahead of his nearest rival. The time of 3m 05.884 would have placed him 15th in the Elite Men’s race on the same day. The result has ended a run of 2nd and 3rd places and is his first ever World Cup race win.
Today sees the release of the second episode for 2015 of Trek World Racing’s Stories. Episode 2.2 depicts a busy couple of weeks for the Trek World Racing riders with back to back racing at World Cup Round 2 in Fort William (SCO) and Round 3 in Leogang (AUT).
Trek World Racing sent a full complement of 4 riders to this weekend’s iXS European Cup held on the classic course in Schladming, Austria, host of 6 memorable World Cups back in the mid 2000’s. The course has a massive reputation, and for those riders on our team that had raced here before, it was a welcome return, and for Laurie, it was something he’d always wanted to do.
With the threat of rain hanging over the technical Leogang track in the Austrian Alps, all four Trek World Racing riders put in solid crash fee runs which resulted in all 3 elite men improving their World Cup ranking, and Laurie Greenland back on the podium for the 5th time in a row since Méribel last year.
In a weekend of trying weather at the second stop of the UCI Downhill World Cup in Fort William, Scotland, Trek World Racing’s Laurie Greenland emerged with the coveted leader’s jersey and yet another 2nd place in the world class racing. Another highlight for the team was George Brannigan’s 9th place, his career best result on the tough 2km track.
Today sees the release of the first episode for 2015 of Trek World Racing’s Stories. In Episode 2.1 follow the team as they tackle the opening opening round of the UCI World Cup at the new venue of Lourdes in the French Pyrenees.
Trek World Racing’s junior rider Laurie Greenland started the 2015 World Cup season by landing yet another podium, while crashes marred the Elite Men’s race where Brook MacDonald finished 12th for the day.
New Zealand has this ability to produce an incredible number of great sporting champions from their relatively small population. Downhill racing is no exception and on TWR we’re lucky to have two of the very best Kiwis the world has ever seen race bikes down mountains.
In a team 1-2 that saw Trek World Racing’s George Brannigan and Brook MacDonald claim the gold and silver at the New Zealand National Downhill Championships today in Rotorua, the team also saw the continuation of the title staying 'in house'. Since Justin Leov won the title in 2012, Trek World Racing riders have taken their Sessions to the winner’s circle 4 years running.
As we head into the 2015 season we look back on the season had by our two British riders, Greg Williamson and Junior Laurie Greenland. ‘The Brits’ both represented their nation at the World Champs where Laurie scored a silver medal, and the comradery between the two is pretty evident. This video also showcases their unique styles on the Trek Session.
- World Junior DH Championships
September 5th, 2015 - September 5th, 2015
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