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Tuesday
Jul222014

“Looping Louis” Wins Wildcard For Red Bull District Ride

Munich, July 22nd 2014 – All three event wildcard athletes for Red Bull District Ride are now set. After Szymon Godziek (POL) and Garrett Robertson (CAN) it was Louis Reboul (FRA) who won the last event wildcard. Last weekend, he surprised everybody with his victory at the FMB World Tour Gold event Swatch Prime Line Munich. Now, there are only ten more riders pending – eight will be selected according to the FMB World Ranking after Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler on August 16th. Two other wildcards will be awarded to particularly outstanding riders. Further information can be found on www.redbulldistrictride.com .
Simply amazing – Louis Reboul dominated Swatch Prime Line Munich from start to finish. It began when he became the first rider to attempt the full loop. Feeling confident, he added this unique feature into his dialed run to place him first in qualifying, and on Sunday he came out to steal the top spot on the podium. His impressive overall performance left big names behind him and the French rider could not be happier: "I've never made it into the Top 5 and now winning a FMB World Tour Gold event and getting a wildcard at the same time is simply unreal. I'm looking forward to the Red Bull District Ride."


 
The likeable Frenchman has been pursued by bad luck the past few years and suffered a long term a shoulder injury. This season, he is rising up the ranks once more. After a good sixth place at the Hall of Dirt (GER) and FISE World Montpellier (FRA), he now has a FMB World Tour stop win to his name and is ranked 19th in the FMB World Ranking. As an predominant part of the "French connection", one of the largest groups in the FMB World Tour, he receives great support from his countrymen who motivate and push him to reach his full potential. The course at Red Bull District Ride will certainly not intimidate him, so we can expect to see an impressive performance in Nuremburg.
 
There are only ten spots left for this urban freeride spectacle in Nuremberg's old town on September 6th. Of this, eight spots will be given according to the FMB World Ranking after Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx on August 16th. Two other spots will be awarded by the event host for outstanding athletes.
 
Here are the 14 already fixed riders:
FMB World Ranking                                                                                   
Brandon Semenuk (CAN)                                                                         
Brett Rheeder (CAN)                                                                                  
Martin Soderstrom (SWE)                                                                        
Sam Pilgrim (GBR)                                                                                        
Kelly McGarry (NZL)
Cameron Zink (USA)
Anton Thelander (SWE)
Thomas Genon (BEL)
Darren Berrecloth (CAN)
Yannick Granieri (FRA)
 
Wildcards
Szymon Godziek (POL)
Garrett Robertson (CAN)
Louis Reboul (FRA)
Peter Henke (GER)

Friday
Jul042014

2014 Red Bull Wide Open Livigno Cancelled

ATP Livigno and Red Bull are sorry to inform that the event Red Bull Wide Open, set for July 11-13 in Livigno, has been cancelled.

The interruption of the track construction caused by the Corpo Forestale’s controls, doesn’t allow the completion of the race track, therefore creating serious safety issues for the athletes.
For this reason, APT Livigno and Red Bull have decided to cancel the event.

Luca Moretti, President of APT Livigno has declared: “I am confident in a positive resolution of the incident, considering that APT Livigno requested and received all necessary authorizations and has followed all regulations requested for the building of the track. I am though very disappointed and sadden as I believe that Livigno lost an important chance to show the world how much it is doing for the bike scene, considering the importance of this event on an International level.

Wednesday
May282014

Zerode Rider Support Apparel Available Now

Zerode is looking to help raise funds for some riders to make the entire WC series for 2014. All funds raised will go to help these riders make the journey to race in far away places!

"Zerode race team support Tees and riding tops are finished and the items available on the website now  http://www.zerodebikes.com/shop/  I have posted more info on the FB page https://www.facebook.com/zerodebikes?focus_composer=true  , any income from the sale of these will go to Rupert and Fionn to help fund the remainder of their WC season."

Saturday
Apr262014

2014 UCI World Cup Round 2 Cairns Final Results

Pro Men Results

Pro Women Results

Saturday
Apr262014

Neko Mulally Takes His First World Cup Podium!

Round 2 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup took place today in Cairns, in very difficult conditions that saw the venue pounded by torrential rains during the week, with very muggy and steamy conditions today. The track was extremely slippery in places and brought many an experienced rider undone. Neko Mulally who came into the race ranked 8th in the World Cup qualified well yesterday in 7th, despite a crash, but showed he had the speed to win. With a 1st at the first split, and 2nd at the second split, the signs were good for today.

The 21 year old from Pennsylvania remained focused on race day and was determined to get the job done and not be distracted by all of the attention his form was attracting. In the race run all was going to plan and all of his lines were working well, until just before the second split where a line which he’d been trialling all week had deteriorated with more exposed roots, dropping the rear wheel off line and eventually the whole bike from under him. A quick recovery and a solid finish in the third sector despite damaging a brake in the crash saw Neko cross the line in 2nd, and eventually hold on for an incredible 3rd place. His first ever World Cup podium and the 36th Downhill podium for the Trek Session since Trek World Racing began racing the bike in 2009.

Neko said: “This is a dream come true and something I’ve been working really hard to achieve. This week everything just fell into place, the bike, my set up, having Justin and Chris on course helping me, I just couldn’t be happier. Saying those words, ‘I got third’, it’s just incredible.”

Moving into the next round Neko will hold plate number 4.

Neko’s teammates had mixed fortunes on the demanding track. Brook MacDonald ‘had a messy run’ in his words, but the speed is returning after coming back from surgery, and his 27th is up for 36th at Round 1. George had a crash in his final training session and hurt his hip and this had an impact on his race run. Both Brook and George are looking forward to racing with Neko on the East Coast of the US, in some Pro GRT events, as a good lead up to Fort William, as they did last year.

Greg Williamson had a good smooth run going but crashed on the rock garden, buckling his wheel and was unable to race the rest of his run at speed.

Meanwhile Trek World Racing’s Junior rider Laurie Greenland had his first World Cup race this weekend, and despite a crash and losing time to bigger guys in the heavy muddy conditions, was happy with his 11th and like his team mates, can’t wait to be at Fort William.

Team Manager Martin Whiteley acknowledged the incredible work done by the team mechanics and staff under extremely difficult conditions at the remote venue, and that Neko’s result was a wonderful way to finish what had been a challenging week.

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