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Saturday
Jun132015

Antoine Bizet Wins The 2015 Leogang 26Trix

Saalfelden Leogang in Salzburger Land, Austria, June 13th 2015 – All day Antoine Bizet geared up for the run of his season and when it came down to the line, the Frenchman rode for glory in Bikepark Leogang at the FMB World Tour Gold event, 26TRIX during the Out of Bounds Festival. Knocked off the top spot in the last moment, Nicholi Rogatkin is satisfied with his second place and winning the GoPro Best Trick. Combo master, Thomas Genon takes third place on the podium.
 
The sun was out all day in Saalfelden Leogang and after the UCI Downhill World Cup qualifying took place, the FMB stars took to the dirt for the finals of 26TRIX. The crowds, 4000 strong, showed amazing amounts of stoke as the wind delayed the contest but when it calmed down, the action was back and the 10th edition of this historic dirt jump contest was on!

 
Ever since his double back flip tuck no-hand last year, Antoine Bizet is a crowd favorite here in the Austrian bike resort. Practice looked good and his run was on point, but sitting in 4th place after both final runs meant that his last hope of success was a third super final attempt. The crowd amped up the atmosphere and his winning run featured a cashroll, flatspin x-up, double backflip, backflip-360, barspin on the hip and front flip no hand on the last booter.
 
Nicholi has been on the top of his game from the start of the season and his performance at 26TRIX was no different. Consistent, well-executed tricks meant that he was the man to beat in today’s finals. Confident that his run would keep him in first place, he kept the score from his first run. The gamble didn’t pay off this time, but despite settling for second, he his happy with his result. Nicholi’s run featured a cashroll, tailwhip to barspin, double tailwhip, backflip-360, barspin and front flip barspin to finish. In addition to standing on the podium, Nicholi’s front flip barspin also won him the GoPro Best Trick contest.
 
On the other side of the podium is Thomas Genon. The Belgian rider is no stranger to the podium and although it was not his ultimate run, a backflip- 360, 360 downside whip, massive 360 invert, 360 tailwhip, tailwhip on the hip and stylish truckdriver to table was enough to secure third. Still eager to claim a victory in Leogang, Sam Reynolds finished fourth, just ahead of Tom van Steenbergen. Taking fifth, the Canadian will claim the event wildcard for the next FMB Diamond Event, Swatch Prime Line in Munich on June 27th.
 
Apart from the 10th anniversary, 26TRIX celebrated the participation of BMX legend Ryan Nyquist (USA), who entered his first dirt jump contest on a mountain bike. The 36-years old multi-time X Games medalist flew in from the US after just competing at X Games Austin last week. His Leogang adventure began with pre-qualis, which he won ahead of the Russian Pavel Alekhin. Later that afternoon, Nyquist first run wasn’t enough to make it to the finals and unfortunately he crashed on a flip double barspin in his second run. The spectators were pleased to see Ryan ride in Leogang and the mountain bikers hope to welcome him again at more contests.

Saturday
Jun132015

2015 Leogang Qualifying Results

Junior Men Qualifying Results Leogang

  1. Andrew Crimmins 3:48.653
  2. Laurie Greenland 3:49.943
  3. Jacob Dickson 3:50.514

Elite Women Qualifying Results Leogang

  1. Rachel Atherton 4:06.25
  2. Emmeline Ragot 4:12.12
  3. Tahnee Seagrave 4:14.68

Elite Men Qualifying Results Leogang

  1. Aaron Gwin 3:35.358
  2. Connor Fearon 3:36.790
  3. Remi Thirion 3:38.259

Thursday
Jun112015

YT Industries Releases The Capra AL1 In Extra Large

YT’s Capra dropped like a highly acclaimed bomb in the mountain bike community last year, and the engineers of the Forchheim manufacturer have now added a much sought-after XL size to the Capra AL1 – for all the larger-than-life shredders out there! If like YT athlete and Red Bull Rampage hero Kelly McGarry you are not of average size, but rather tend to rise a bit above it all, it is often hard to fully enjoy your riding with regular sized frames. And even YT’s all-rounder Capra is more difficult to pilot properly if your body size does not match the frame’s geometry and dimensions. It is good news then that YT now comes to rescue of all the biking giants out there with the forthcoming release of the Capra AL1 in XL.
 
Available for sale immediately and deliverable in December, the XL Capra AL1 shares the spec of its smaller brothers (see the specifications and geo tables below). As for the Capra AL2, it will likely only be available in XL as of 2016.
 
Aside from the larger frame size, the XL Capra AL1 delivers all the characteristics of YT’s flagship enduro bike: robustness, fun-oriented geometry, and well-rounded capabilities that make it as suitable for long trail rides as it is for bike park airtime missions. For those who like it extra large but don’t want to give up on agility and liveliness, the Capra AL1 XL is the perfect companion for every occasion!

 2015 YT Capra AL 1 Build Kit

2015 YT Capra AL 1 Geometry

Monday
Jun082015

Greg Minnaar's Winning Run From Fort William

Monday
Jun082015

Laurie Greenland Leads Junior World Cup

In a weekend of trying weather at the second stop of the UCI Downhill World Cup in Fort William, Scotland, Trek World Racing’s Laurie Greenland emerged with the coveted leader’s jersey and yet another 2nd place in the world class racing. Another highlight for the team was George Brannigan’s 9th place, his career best result on the tough 2km track.

Torrential rains and strong winds caused a complete cancellation of the Saturday World Cup schedule, resulting in no training or qualifying. This is mainly due to the fact that the gondola to the top of the hill cannot operate in high winds when transporting bikes. Additionally this venue is the only one on the circuit that doesn’t have an alternative access route to the top of the track via a fire road.

The schedule for Sunday was long, starting at 6.15am for training, followed by qualifying and then the finals. In George’s race run he was held up by a rider who’d had a mechanical problem, and he was offered a re-run by the UCI. Not an easy decision on a physical track but George’s decision to head to the top resulted in a 6 second improvement on his affected run, and his first top 10 result at Fort William.

George said: “After a full effort in qualifying and then again in the final, I wasn’t sure what to do when the Commissaires came over to me and offered a re-run, but I had a fair bit of time to recover and in the end it was the right thing to do. To be honest I’m pretty happy with 9th here.”

Laurie Greenland who finished 6th on this track last year, qualified in 3rd on Friday and was confident of being able to improve on his time of 5m 08s. In the final he improved another 5 seconds, was fastest in the most difficult technical middle sector, and took 2nd place to last year’s winner on this track, Martin Maes (BEL), The result was enough to take him into the lead in the overall series going into round 3.

Laurie said: “Pretty amazing feeling to be up on the podium on my own and being awarded the jersey, such a great feeling and an honour to wear it. I’d be lying if I said I was happy to get 2nd again….it’s 4 races in a row now, so I’m hungrier than ever for the win.”

A crash in the 2nd sector put an end to Brook MacDonald’s hopes after showing great speed all week. Fort William is one of his favourite tracks but a loose rock caught him out and the time loss was too great. Brook recovered though to be 2nd fastest rider of the day in the all-important final sector where fitness is key. Local hero Greg Williamson had a difficult run and finished 26th. Despite the disappointing run, he took home a good swag of points and has elevated his World Cup ranking by 40 positions.

The team heads to Leogang, Austria, this week for round 3 of the World Cup.