November 29th, 2012

Trek World Racing's First Race In Asia

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.

Neko: "I managed to get on the podium despite one of the worst runs I've ever had. It was raining harder than the 2011 Champery Worlds and the hard-packed clay surface on the track made for a lottery of a race. I felt I took this race very seriously despite it being at the end of the year when many riders are in relax or party mode. I really wanted to do well and I did everything I could. Unfortunately I came out of the gate full gas and crashed in the first corner. I don't think I would have ridden it slower if I was in the same position knowing what I knew then, the track was just a lot slicker than anyone thought. We weren't allowed any practice so it was a guess as to how slick it would be. I can take away from this weekend a better understanding of how to approach a super slick track like this. Maybe a little more of a calm approach would be better. Hard to say, but I feel like if nothing else I learned something. I ended up 5th behind Dan Atherton, Marc Beaumont, Mitch Ropelato and local hero 'Popo'. Trek Indonesia guys were so good to me that I'd gladly come and race with them anytime. Big thanks to them for the invite and taking great care of everything,"

Thanks to Christopher Berry for the photo.

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