May 20th, 2012

Luk and Math Flueckiger Both Finish Top 15 at World Cup 4



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 Switzerlandís case itís 3 places for men, only. Considering there are 9 men who could fill those spots with ease, itís the toughest selection race of the year.

Luk was definitely in with a chance today, and after starting brilliantly and fighting for top 5 positions in the first 2 laps, the race got away from him in the second half, and although 10th place was not a bad result to get in just about any World Cup, it wasnít enough in this World Cup to clinch a place for London. Luk was clearly disappointed at the end of the race.

Luk said: ďItís over. On the long climb on lap 3 I started losing power and I was getting gapped by Fabian Giger, and then Ralf Naef passed me. I tried really hard today. I gave everything I had for the first 2 laps but then I didn't have enough power on the climbs to stay with the leaders on lap 3. While itís over for the Olympics I'm now going to concentrate on the future World Cups and the World Championships in Austria."

Meanwhile younger brother Math who has not had a great start to the 2012 season, found he is on the way back. Starting in position 23, he never dropped from the top 25 and got as high as 12th, just 20 seconds off his brother, before twisting a chain and having to settle for 15th, still his best for the year.

Math said: ďMy form is better than before, but I'm still not where I want to be. My climbing, descending and mentality is improving by every race. It was unfortunate that I had a problem with the chain as I think I could have pushed for top 10.Ē

The brothers have a small break from racing now before competing in the prestigious Swiss Bike Trophy near their home in Bern. They fly to Canada on June 18 for the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup on a track they both really enjoy.

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