April 9th, 2012

Neko Takes Silver at Pan-American Championships

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.

Despite the fact that these UCI Continental Championships carry a great deal of prestige and valuable world ranking points, the Mexicans managed to put on a laid back affair which Neko enjoyed very much. Neko ran his Session 9.9 with the new Bontrager G4 tires which suited the volcanic dusty and rocky track perfectly.

Here’s how Neko saw his first Pan-Ams.

“This week was pretty crazy. There were no shuttles for the DH course so we had to hitch hike back to the top of the track after each run. It was a fun event and a lot of the South American riders were so excited to race against me and made me feel really welcome. I really enjoyed it.

I wanted to race these Championships to get some more early-season racing in and it turned out that this track was a great place to do that. The track was really short, but there were a lot of line options which made it really fun and challenging. It was dry, hot and dusty the whole time. There were a lot of sharp volcano rocks on the course which the Fox suspension handled very well. In quali I ran a 2:13 and Marcelo was in 2nd with a 2:15, but in the finals even though I found 2 seconds, Marcelo managed to find nearly 5 seconds. Overall I had a really fun week in Mexico with the US Federation. Experiencing a country like this is something I'll never forget.”

Neko managed to pick up 150 World Ranking points, which along with the points from his 14th in World Cup round 1, and the win in Gouveia move him from 29th to inside the top 15 in the world.

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