Latest Downhill News
Following the recent announcement of the upcoming Enduro World Series, Trek World Racing is excited to confirm that the team will commit to the series. This follows today's signing of Justin Leov on a 2 year deal that will see the talented New Zealander focus on Enduro Racing. Justin recently retired from World Cup Downhill racing, but the new Enduro calendar provides the 28 year old with the perfect opportunity to extend his racing career.
Neko Mulally's attendance at the Asia Pacific Challenge Cup in Indonesia marked the first time a team rider had raced in Asia and it turned out to be a great experience for the young American. As is typical in these tropical regions, the weather played a big part in the final result, but Neko managed yet another poium. Here in his words you'll learn more about his experience.
Last weekend in Taxco, Mexico, Trek World Racing's Neko Mulally took his Session 9.9 to the steep and unforgiving urban streets and ramps of the infamous Taxco Downhill. Havign never raced an street or urban downhill before, Neko was there to learn as much as he could as well as enjoy the amazing atmosphere the Mexican fans create trackside.
While the official race season may have come to a close, Neko Mulally (USA) will still be keeping busy with two major events in very different parts of the world.
Following on the recent announcement that Aaron Gwin has signed to Trek World Racing for the next 3 years, the team is confirming that it will focus on gravity moving forward. As Trek World Racing refocuses on gravity it will be bolstering its line-up of riders by adding another top rider. Trek World Racing will announce its remaining roster of 3 additional gravity riders later in the year. The only confirmed signing at this point is Aaron Gwin.
As the sole competitor racing for Trek World Racing at the World Cup finals here in Hafjell, Norway, Neko Mulally showed great pace in both qualifying and the final race to demonstrate he’s fully recovered from the injuries suffered earlier in the season. Unfortunately a hand injury sustained in practice forced Aaron Gwin out of the event. It was the same hand and injury location as that suffered in Val d’Isere at Round 6, but this time the bone was heavily bruised. Team mate Justin Leov was unable to attend the finals due to the unexpected loss of his best friend James Dodds, a pioneer in New Zealand mountain biking who was being remembered by many of the Kiwi riders here this weekend.
Race favourite Aaron Gwin (USA) saw his hopes of taking a ‘bonus’ title this year come to an end around 1min 20secs into his final race run, when inexplicably both his front and rear brakes failed, resulting in a crash. Shortly after the crash Aaron pumped the brakes to try and get some pressure going but it was insufficient to complete the course safely at speed, and he cruised to the line disappointed he was unable to throw down a run on the three and half minute course.
After two incredible seasons where the history books in Men’s Downhill racing have been re-written several times, UCI World Number 1, Aaron Gwin (USA) has just confirmed his recent re-signing with Trek World Racing for the next 3 years. The announcement made last night in the US during the annual Trek World show in Waterloo, Wisconsin which Aaron as attending.
By taking 5th place at Round 6 of the UCI World Cup, Aaron not only won his 2nd World Cup Overall title in as many years, but he also maintained his 100% record of World Cup podium results, 13 from 13 starts with Trek World Racing, and a record 14 in a row when the final round of 2010 is taken into account. Furthermore, the Trek Session race bike has scored an impressive 35 World Cup podiums since the start of 2009, more than any other bike model.
Trek World Racing’s Justin Leov and Neko Mulally were in action yesterday at the 3rd round of the US Grand Prix of MTB at Highland Park, New Hampshire, on the US east coast. Neko stunned the field in Sunday morning qualifying with a run that was 5 seconds quicker than any rider, but unfortunately crashed in the finals in the first wooded section. Justin on the hand was nursing a broken finger from Windham and was a conservative 5th in qualifying but laid it down for the final run.
In front of the partial home crowd and a large contingent from the Gwin family, Trek World Racing’s Aaron Gwin took his 4th World Cup win of the season, and a career 9th, when he bested the rest of the world class field here in Windham, New York. Drowned out by chants of U-S-A, U-S-A, Aaron battled to find the words to describe the feeling of winning in front of his American fans.
For the second year in a row, Aaron Gwin has won the World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, the track where he made his dramatic debut in 2008. Team mate Justin Leov scored his first top 10 of the year after qualifying 5th, and Neko Mulally walks away from a horrific crash that had his family and the team looking on with great concern.
During this past weekend in Vermont, many people saw Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing) was wearing the US National Flag on his left sleeve, as is required under UCI rules for National Champions in DH racing. This, despite the fact that in earlier races this year American Logan Binggeli was wearing that sleeve.
The latest round of the US National Series visited the new venue of Sugarbush Resort in Vermont on the US East Coast, where the sun shone, and the track was dry and fast. The event saw Trek World Racing's Justin Leov setting the pace, as well as Neko Mulally making his return to racing after suffering a fractured ankle, which x-rays confirmed is fully recovered.
Fort William is a classic stop on the World Cup tour and the mixed weather and rider fortunes meant it was again a race with drama and varying luck for the top riders. Championship contenders Greg Minnaar and Trek World Racing’s Aaron Gwin had qualifying runs they weren’t completely happy with Minnaar finishing 7th, and Aaron scoring no points after having two crashes due to front wheel wash outs. Aaron felt he chose the wrong tire for the conditions on Saturday and was disappointed to concede 18 points to Greg, but the main points were up for grabs today.
The three Trek World Racing Downhill riders, Aaron Gwin (USA), Justin Leov (NZL) and Neko Mulally (USA) will be in Fort William Thursday June 7th for an autograph signing at Alpine Bikes.
After setting the fastest qualifying time yesterday by more than 7 seconds, Trek World Racing’s Aaron Gwin displayed incredible poise and composure to once again win by a similar margin today in the finals here at Val di Sole, Italy. While the rest of the field were separated by tenths of a second, the sizes of Aaron’s winning margins really were the talk of the paddock throughout the weekend. The win today puts Aaron in the leader’s jersey, but tied on points with main rival Greg Minnaar (RSA).
Following on from their 1-2 result last week in the Pro GRT Round 2 at Mountain Creek, the Trek World Racing duo of Aaron Gwin (USA) and Justin Leov (NZL) successfully repeated the result in Plattekill, New York, a venue that’s a favorite for both riders. Neko Mulally (USA) opted to rest up before Italy to ensure his ankle injury had the full amount of time to recovery before World Cup Round 2.
Last weekend and this coming weekend sees back to back rounds of the Pro GRT on the East Coast of the USA, which all three DH riders from Trek World Racing are supporting. Yesterday saw the riders at Mountain Creek, at Vernon, New Jersey, home of the former US Open, and now the new Mountain Creek Bike Park which Aaron Gwin had the honor of officially opening on Saturday.
Racing just minutes from home, Trek World Racing's Neko Mulally took another win for season 2012 by taking the victory at the Duryea Downhill, an event held in Neko's hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, and an event he help put together. Here's what he had to say about the weekend.
At the opening round of the US National series for gravity racing, Trek World Racing’s 3 Downhill riders took on some of the fastest men in the world, including current World Cup series leader Greg Minnaar and eventual race winner Steve Smith, on the famous Pacific North West track in Port Angeles, in Washington State. Aaron Gwin finished 2nd and Neko Mulally joined him on the podium for 5th.
Aaron Gwin led the way with a 3rd place, closely followed by Neko Mulally joining him on the podium for 5th. Justin Leov was also in the mix with a 7th showing everyone that on this course our team had the greatest combined horse power of the weekend.
Representing the USA, Trek World Racing’s Neko Mulally raced the Pan-American Downhill Championships in Puebla, Mexico at the weekend, taking a win in qualifying, but having to settle for second in the final behind Colombia’s World Cup rider Marcelo Guttierez.
Trek World Racing’s youngest downhill rider took a convincing win today on the slopes of the Portuguese town of Gouveia, a town which hosted Trek World Racing’s first ever team camp back in 2009. Neko finished 2nd in the race here last year, but moved up one step in conquering the newly laid out track.
In a thrilling finish that had the thousands of fans here in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on the edge of their seats until the very last second, Aaron Gwin was narrowly defeated by local hero Greg Minnaar after setting a blistering time. Trek World Racing’s youngest downhill rider Neko Mulally scored a career best 14th, while Justin Leov finished a solid 17th. All 3 riders are now top 20 ‘protected’ heading into Round 2.
Aaron Gwin lead the way today for all three Trek World Racing riders who ended up on the podium at the South African national race held on the improved Pietermaritzburg course that will host next week’s World Cup opener. With a scorching time of 4m 14secs, Aaron was 3 seconds ahead of last year’s fastest World Cup qualifier Mick Hannah (AUS).
The early season racing has really kicked off in California and Neko Mulally, who left the frigid temperatures of his hometown Reading, PA, joined his champion team mate in the sunnier climes of California. This past weekend saw Round 4 of the Southridge winter series held on the Fontana track, a dusty, pedally truck lovingly referred to as 'Fontucky'.
Fresh off winning the Super D National Title on Friday, Trek World Racing’s Justin Leov backed it up by taking the win in the downhill on Sunday. This is the second time that Justin has won the National Title on this team, and the 3rd time in his career. Justin was onboard his Session 9.9 with Bontrager G4 rubber.
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