This late report was not published because of our bad results, but believe it or not, we did not have time to do it :) Today we've just returned from riding at Ljubljana trails with guys from BikeRadar, including Victor Lucas, Ben Reid... All really excited. Can't wait for the article!
So to return to Maribor World Cup this weekend - extreme conditions were actually not a problem, we did great at tranining but not that great at race. 4x - Tilen was already out during practice after big crash in the last woods, Žiga did too many mistakes and could not jump the bottom step down and finished 68, while Neža did a mistake at the very first straight and finished in the fense.
Saturday the qualifications for downhill - Kristjan actually did his best world cup result, 108th place and around 5 seconds behind the final, which is actually great in this conditions. He made some mistakes in his run, but overall satisfied. Great start. Cec and Žiga P. both had one crash (Žiga's front flip is actually documented all over the web...) in the middle and made it around 10sec behind the final, in 122th and 126th position. Žan crashed on the Rock section and finished the race there, fortunately without serious injury. Maria had to overtake two competitors during here run and she still neds more tranining in the mud. They would be in the final if... arrrghh, there are no "ifs" behind all the results, we trained a lot, bikes were serviced all the time during the weekend, we had new tires, riders had maximum support all the time, so we know we will do better in two weeks at Fort William. We just need to put all the piceses of the puzzle together and we'll get there, definetly!
Spreading Unior around the world
We did great promotion of Unior Tools again, which is actually not hard as the tools are really great and the variety of the offer is enormous. By next world cup, you'll be able to see some of the tools already settled with other teams, for example at Greg Minnars mechanic Doug, who has a great new professional tool box, at Rocky Mountain Maxxis team manager Gary is really excited with his new tool cariage already assembled in his van. We are already talking with many other teams for cooperation. We'll also bring many different samples to Fort William, so feel free to contact us and order your Unior Tools!
Cec over the Rocks and roll
Žiga P. - Red Bull actually gave him wings...
Doug from Santa Cruz Syndicate excited with his first items of Unior Tools.
Gary from Rocky Mountain Maxxis with his new tools cariage.
Cec-senior giving some lectures to Neža
Our pits in the back
Tine doing his job:)
Rok washing Kristjan's bike.
Žan's trek waiting to get dirty again
Here are a couple of shots from first 4cross practice this afternoon. Track is muddy and super slippery as expected after all this rain.
foto: Peter Fettich
Greetings from rainy Maribor. We arrived here early today and set up our blue tents in expo area and now we're off for some muddy 4cross practice... stay tuned.
First 4X World Cup of the season is behind us - unfortunately for our riders with no progress to the next round. After the qualifies they both had bad starting positions and they just couldn't advance to the next round. First on the start gate was Žiga Tatarkovic, Graf and Simms next to him. This meant he would need a perfect run to go to the next round - he attacked on the end of first straight, got to the third position, but lost it the next berm. Race was very different for Neža, who started her final run with bad start. After that she got back in the race and quickly got into third position. Then she went on the inside line after rider in front of her took the wider line - but the girl in front of her fell and took Neža with her. Hopes for semifinals finished in the dust ...
Great response for Unior Tools from the locals
First race of the season started with both Neža and Žiga qualifying for the finals that will be held tomorrow under the reflectors. Neža was fist on the start, she started good and had great ride until the pre-last straight. She lost her front wheel in the dust there and balanced to hold her line. Time was lost but important thing is that she was 15th on the end and got her place in the finals.
Žiga didn't want to take any risks on the dusty course and drove to safe position for the race. Finally he was 56th, but he will still attack. Plan is simple - go fast on the straights and attack in berms.
Neža in the first berm
Blue tents are on their position near the 4cross finish line in Houffalize. First gravity World Cup of the season is just about to start and Neža and Žiga are ready for the afternoon practice. Hopes for the race are high on the same course that should fit both riders. Right now the biggest concern is the weather, since it is expected to rain on Friday and Saturday.
More from the site in the next days.