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.
18 year old New Zealander Anton Cooper signed off brilliantly from his international junior racing career by taking the win here in Saalfelden (AUT) at the World Championships, and walking away with the coveted UCI Rainbow Jersey that he’s been targeting for the whole season. In winning, he became the first New Zealander to ever stand on the top step at a XC World Championship.
In an amazing race of changing fortunes, Trek World Racing’s Swiss duo of Luk and Math Flueckiger fulfilled a career long dream of standing together on a World Championship podium, and in so doing, became the first pair of siblings to do so in the sport. It was a roller coaster ride over the 8 laps that saw Math fighting through traffic at the start from a third row grid position, and Luk fighting back from around 12th place after suffering a motivation issue during the 3rd lap.
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.
After having the form for the last 3 World Cup races, bad luck finally evaded Luk Flueckiger as he ran a smart race in the French resort town of Val d’Isere, site of the 2012 World Cup finals. After the crash in Mont-Sainte-Anne and the difficult recovery from the resulting neck injury, Luk was out to show the world class field exactly what he was capable of.
Trek World Racing’s Luk Flueckiger won the 5th round of the BMC Racer Cup in Davos, Switzerland, yesterday on a course that had been dampened by overnight rain. Luk, who has been showing great form in 2012, proved that he is on the right way for the end of the season with upcoming major events such as the World Championships in September, the finals of the UCI World Cup later this month in Val d’Isere, France, and this weekend’s Swiss National Championships. Here’s what Luk had to say about his race yesterday:
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.
Proving that the tough conditions with heat and humidity here on the US East Coast didn’t slow him down, Math Flueckiger rode back into his world class form here yesterday when he took to the World Cup podium for the first time this 2012 season. After battling some real lows earlier in the year, the resilient Swiss showed he has what it takes to be at the top of the elite men’s field.
Fresh off his victory in Canada last week, Trek World Racing’s Junior XC star took another convincing win at Round 6 here in Windham, New York, to make it five World Cup wins from five starts. Ever since his unheralded appearance at Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE) last year when he surprised the European MTB world with a stand out win, Anton has gone on to win a total 5 World Cup races all by very large margins, including the 3 he’s entered this year.
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.
After taking time to return to New Zealand for the last few months to focus on schooling, Anton Cooper returned to international racing this weekend showing that he hadn’t neglected his training during his studies. It was Anton’s first chance to ride the famous Mont-Sainte-Anne course and he clearly loved the layout and the weather that Sunday morning served up for him.
Round 5 of the UCI Mountain Bike XC World Cup took place today on the storied Mont-Sainte-Anne course in Quebec, Canada, in warm conditions that were dampened by a sudden storm on the final lap of 6. Trek World racing’s Luk and Math Flueckiger had great starts and were inside the top 10 by lap 3.
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.
Trek World Racing’s Luk Flueckiger fulfilled a big dream by finishing high up on the podium at Sunday’s Swiss Bike Trophy race held near his home in Bern. Luk finished 2nd to Olympic Champion Julien Absalon (FRA) who has now won the Swiss Bike Trophy, a UCI category HC race, for the 4th time. Luk’s 2nd place earns him a healthy 70 points towards the UCI World Rankings.
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.
Despite the threat of rain, the sun shone and the crowds lined the track for round 4 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. For many riders, including ours, this was the last chance to earn a selection spot for the Olympic Games in London. Each nation has its own system for selection which is mainly governed by their National Olympic Committee standards, and the spots allocated by the UCI qualification system. In Switzerland’s case it’s 3 places for men, only. Considering there are 9 men who could fill those spots with ease, it’s the toughest selection race of the year.
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.
Again the cold weather returned to the Mountain Bike World Cup yesterday in Nove Mesto Na Morave (CZE) despite summer like conditions during the week leading up to the race. Riders were met with 7 degrees and a chilly wind as they took to the start line for their 6 lap race. More than 180 starters lined up for the race including Luk and Math Flueckiger who both started on the 2nd row.
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.
In bitterly cold conditions here in the Belgian Ardennes, at the classic World Cup venue of Houffalize, Trek World Racing’s Flueckiger brothers took to the start of the 6 lap second round of the UCI Men’s XC World Cup. Luk was on the front row and elected to start on the far left, while Math was 2 rows back in position 18.
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 Willow Rockwell (USA) has announced that despite her best efforts to return to the sport of mountain biking after taking time out to have her daughter, the reality of the situation is nothing like she had imagined. In this past week Willow has decided definitively that it’s time to stop racing for good and focus on her new family.
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.
In a world class performance today Anton Cooper won his first World Cup race of the year in stunning fashion, putting four and half minutes into the reigning Junior World Champion, and taking the first World Cup XC victory for his new team. The young rider from Christchurch, New Zealand, attacked decisively on the 2nd climb of the 1st lap, putting 15 seconds into Frenchman Victor Koretzky and continued to stretch his lead over the 4 lap race.
In what most pundits acknowledged was a difficult race to predict due it being the opening round of the World Cup season, and one month earlier than usual, Trek World Racing’s Luk Flueckiger kept his Superfly in the top 10 of the race from start to finish here in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. On his last lap he closed down more than 20 seconds on reigning World Champion Jaroslav Kulhavy, only to lose out in the final straight.
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).
Today all 4 Trek World Racing XC athletes competed in dry, yet very humid, conditions in the South African National XC races, which many teams used as a test event for next weekend’s World Cup on the same course here in Pietermaritzburg. Willow Rockwell made her return to racing just 10 weeks after having her first child, a major feat in itself, while Anton Cooper raced his first international event for his new team, and the Flueckiger brothers showed they have race speed at the start of the season.
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'.
In what is already their 3rd pre-season training camp, Math and Luk Flueckiger are now in the Spanish Canary Islands swapping the snow and ice of Switzerland for some very welcome sunshine on the Atlantic islands off the African west coast.
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.
In a result that wasn’t really too surprising for the locals in New Zealand, Anton Cooper has successfully defended his National Junior XC Title for 2011, and enters his last year of racing the junior category as the reigning 2012 Junior National Champ.
Fresh off his win last week in Dunedin, Trek World Racing’s Junior XC rider makes it two for two, this time in his home town of Christchurch. Another first this week was that it was Anton’s debut racing onboard a 29er; he chose his Trek Superfly for the 2nd round of the National Series. Here’s his report in his own words:
This past weekend saw the opening round of the New Zealand National XC Series in Dunedin, and the muddy conditions provided plenty of challenges for Oceania's best riders. Below are Anton's own words about the weekend's event.