Trek World Racing announces its roster for 2012, returning once again with an impressive line-up of Cross Country and Downhill riders ready to take on the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, World Championships, Olympics and a selected set of major events including Crankworx in Whistler, the Sea Otter Classic and the Sunshine Cup in Cyprus.
Last Sunday Trek World Racing's Neko Mulally raced in the annual Iron Man Classic BMX race at Central Jersey BMX in Howell, New Jersey. This event allows Mountain Bikes to race other Mountain Bikes on the famed BMX track.
Last Sunday the World Championships showed just how difficult they can be for even the best riders in the world. It’s a one shot deal and the weather and mountain can have a huge effect on a rider’s performance no matter how hard they’ve work for it. In the end, it was a ride of pure brilliance by Danny Hart (GBR) in the Men’s, and a clean and aggressive run by Emmeline Ragot (FRA) in the Women’s, that took the titles.
In a race that saw torrential rain and fading daylight in Champery, Switzerland, Luk Flueckiger scored his best ever result in an Elite XC World Championship when he finished 5th yesterday. Luk was aboard his Top Fuel and in the top 10 for all of the race, and despite suffering a puncture on lap 4 of 7 and losing more than a minute, he showed his form was strong and he was able to ride with the best in the world. Meanwhile brother Math, in his first year in the elite category after winning the Under 23 World Title last year, had a solid 13th place, as high as 9th earlier in the race.
In an incredible end to an amazing season for Trek World Racing, here in Val Di Sole Italy, Tracy Moseley clinched the World Cup title and Aaron Gwin became the only man in history to win 5 Downhill World Cups in one season. It’s also the first time in the history of the World Cup that a team has won both the Men’s and Women’s World Cup overalls in Downhill. To top off the great season, Trek World Racing ended up the number 1 ranked team.
The Flueckiger brothers once again had top 10 results yesterday at Round 7 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup here in Val Di Sole, Italy in very warm conditions on a steep track that was almost entirely climbing or descending. Luk had a great race, always in touch with the top 5, and his legs were the strongest of the chase group on the final lap eventually taking his first World Cup podium of the year. His brother Math also had a great ride moving up through the top 10 to take a well-deserved 7th place
The Flueckiger brothers both finished in the top 10 today at Round 6 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup here at Nove Mesto Na Morave in the Czech Republic, in front of a huge crowd estimated to be around 30,000. This was the first time the World Cup had visited the Czech Republic since 1997, and the fans lined the course and were extremely vocal and supportive. It was a great day of racing that saw Luk finished 6th and Math in 10th.
Today in France Aaron Gwin made history, yet again, by becoming the first ever American man ever to win the World Cup Downhill title, a fact that will become even clearer to the 23 year old when he stands on the podium in Italy in 2 weeks’ time to receive the prized crystal trophy. His team mate, World Champion Tracy Moseley, won her 4th World Cup race of the season today and has extended her lead to 150 points going into the final round in Italy. Rounding out a perfect weekend, the team once again finished up number 1 for the week.
All four Trek World Racing downhill riders performed strongly at Round 5 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Windham, New York in front of a large US crowd on a short and technical track. Neko Mulally (USA) took another solid top 30 result to move up in the rankings, Justin Leov (NZL) had his best result of the year in 6th, just 1/10th of a second off the podium, and Tracy Moseley (GBR) kept her perfect record of being on the podium for every World Cup race in 2011, with a 3rd place.
Following on from their great return to form last week in Mont-Sainte-Anne, the two Swiss brothers powered their Top Fuels into the Top 10 here at Windham, USA, for the 5th of 7 rounds of the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Their results of 9th for Luk and 10th for Math have moved their overall rankings up to 17th and 14th respectively and both now start on the 2nd row of the grid for the next round in August.
Trek World Racing's Willow Koerber, who is presently 4 months pregnant, will be visiting her teammates at the Windham World Cup this weekend.
Despite threats of rain for Sunday's racing in Mont-Sainte-Anne, the wet weather stayed away and allowed for some spectacular racing on the famed mountain in Quebec. Hosting World Cups and World Championships since 1991, it’s a track that all riders want to win on, a true classic. For Tracy Moseley the venue has many special memories from her World Title win last year, and for Aaron Gwin, it was the venue that launched him onto the World Cup scene back in 2008. After qualifying fastest by an amazing 11 seconds, Tracy set off last down the mountain on a course that was a lot dryer and faster, and had seen some very impressive times set by her main rivals, Rachel Atherton (GBR) and Floriane Pugin (FRA). After establishing a lead at the first split time, Tracy kept building until she crossed the line with a margin of 1.8secs. This was Tracy's 3rd win of the year, and her 15th career World Cup win.
After a difficult start to the season, both Mathias and elder brother Lukas are back to where they belong, fighting it out in the top 10 of World Cup racing. Both riders looked extremely comfortable in Saturday's 4th round of the series, until an unfortunate crash robbed Luk of a strong top 10 finish. However, younger brother Mathias moved up steadily to take 4th, his first elite podium since Val di Sole's 5th place last year.
After suffering a last minute crash in Fort William one week ago, America’s Aaron Gwin proved that he is still the man to beat in the downhill season of 2011, with a convincing win in tricky conditions at Leogang Austria. Aaron’s win means that he, like his team mate Tracy Moseley, will be carrying the World Cup leader’s jersey across the Atlantic for round 4 in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, in 2 weeks time. It was a great weekend for the entire team with Tracy finishing 3rd, Justin Leov scoring another top 10 with 8th, Neko Mulally having a career best 32nd and the Session 88’s carrying the team to the top spot for the weekend, just like Fort William.
Fort William is the absolute classic on the World Cup Downhill circuit and a race that all downhiller riders want to win. In winning for the fifth time at “The Fort”, Tracy Moseley becomes the most successful Downhill rider ever in the decade long history of the venue. On top of that, her result along with Aaron Gwin and Justin Leov who both finished in the top 10, meant that Trek World Racing scored its first trophy for 2011 as Number 1 Team.
Today saw Trek World Racing once again competing on two continents, and this time in 3 different countries. The Flueckiger brothers were racing World Cup XC #3 in Offenburg (GER), the three Downhill men racing the prestigious US Open in Vernon, NJ (USA), and Tracy Moseley at a National Downhill in Scotland (which was cancelled today due to poor weather). The Downhill men scored another strong result with Aaron Gwin (USA) winning the US Open ahead of a world class field, with team mate Justin Leov taking an impressive 3rd place, as he did in 2010. Unfortunately Neko Mulally punctured in the qualifier and didn’t pass to the final.
Yesterday saw Trek World Racing competing on two continents. The Flueckiger brothers were racing World Cup XC #2 in Dalby Forest (GBR) and the three Downhill men were racing the Pro Gravity Tour DH #3 in Plattekill, NY (USA). The Downhill men scored another strong result after qualifying 1-2-3, it was Aaron Gwin (USA) who took the win with Justin Leov (NZL) in 2nd. A simple crash for Neko Mulally (USA) where a front wheel washed out cost him 9 seconds and he ended up 14th.
It was a 1-2-3 for Trek World Racing's Downhill Men at the 2nd round of the Pro Gravity Tour in the US. The race took place at Highland Park in New Hampshire, and despite the dire wet conditions on the final day, all 3 riders raced their Session 88's to the top of the podium. The big surprise for some was that the winner was 'junior' rider, Neko Mulally (USA) who had a convincing gap of 2.5secs over team mate Aaron Gwin (USA) and another second back to Justin Leov (NZL), who is back on pace.
At the opening round of the 2011 Downhill World Cup, Trek World Racing's Tracy Moseley (GBR) and Aaron Gwin (USA) have walked away with the leaders' jerseys of the series after a display of blistering speed, strength, and determination in front of a huge crowd in sunny Pietermaritzburg. For Tracy it was her first World Cup win in the coveted rainbow jersey of the World Champion, and for Aaron, it was his first World Cup win ever, and the first by an American male since 1999.
Starting on the front row of the first World Cup of the 2011 season here in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Mathias Flueckiger was quick to get away at the start of the 6 lap race, with brother Lukas close behind starting from row 2. However, it was very clear 10 minutes into the race that the pace was super quick, more than most riders were expecting, and before long, a group of 3 riders (Nino Schurter, Julien Absalon, Jaroslav Kulhavy) had taken a gap on the rest of the field, and stayed out there for the entire race.
Today saw the South African National Series XC race on the World Cup course to be run here in Pietermaritzburg next week, and the conditions were extremely difficult. Temperatures were lower than they've been all week, the rain bucketed down and the track was very muddy, providing a real test for the World Cup riders that took to the course. Despite this, all three Trek World Racing riders manage to podium with Lukas Flueckiger taking the win in the Elite Men, Willow Koerber took 2nd in the Elite Women, and Mathias finished 3rd in the Elite Men.
The Swiss brother team of Lukas and Mathias Flueckiger wrapped up their third Cape Epic campaign yesterday with a win on the final 65km stage into the Lourensford estate in Somerset West, just outside of Cape Town. In front of a huge crowd in perfect sunny conditions the brothers crossed the line on their Trek Top Fuel 9.9 SSL full suspension race machines, to be greeted soon after by team mates Willow Koerber and Neko Mulally, in town for the start of the team's training camp.
Neko took a lot away from his racing in Vigo yesterday. After qualifying solidly in 2nd place, behind last year's winner Bernat Guardia, and many seconds ahead of World Cup top talents like Brendan Fairclough, Josh Bryceland, Cedric Gracia and others, things were shaping up well. In the qualifier he had a bad start, so he knew he could go quicker.....but a small mistake in the first section of the wet/slippery course saw his hand come off the bars, and lose valuable time as he crashed and bent a front wheel. But it's clear the speed is there and he is a long way ahead of where he was this time last year.
Gouveia in Portugal is recognized by many as the unofficial season opener for international downhill racing, and Trek World Racing riders Tracy Moseley (GBR) and Neko Mulally (USA) decided to use the event as an important ramp up to the start of the World Cup season next month. Tracy took the win in the Women's category, proudly wearing the rainbow jersey of the reigning World Champ, and Neko won the Juniors and also took 2nd place overall in Scratch.