One week on from the wet and wild battle of the Scottish Highlands, the World Cup circuit landed in Leogang, Austria for World Cup #3. Riders were met with a bike park style track that posed an entirely different set of challenges from the week prior. The sun was out and the race was on!
Torrential rain throughout the weekend brought challenge after challenge to the riders and teams. The World Cup circuit is defined by its extreme highs and lows, and this weekend was to be no different.
After a 9 year hiatus the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup returned to Maribor, Slovenia, to kick off another year of racing. Back in 2010 Greg Minnaar came out victorious on a rain soaked course, becoming the first rider to win a World Cup on a complete carbon DH bike. 9 years later and the revolutions continue, this time, with mismatched wheel sizes. Let the racing begin!
With a hard-fought race and perfectly timed last lap pass, Kate Courtney was able to capture her first Elite World Championship in Lenzerheide. She achieved this incredible feat at just 22 years old, ending USA's 17-year gold medal drought; all on board Eggbeater 11 pedals. Click below to check out our photo epic from the race!
The World Cup circuit has been coming to MSA since 1993 and its high-speed straights and rocky wood sections have become notorious among riders and fans alike. Thunderstorms during the first day of practice turned the track up a few notches and posed more of a challenge than ever before. One man wasn’t phased.
Magnus was onboard a pair of our prototype carbon wheels for the race and we’re thrilled to see them be a part of such an impressive victory. After hours of meticulous lab testing, a product’s real test comes on the race track, and we couldn't be happier with the results.