It’s not the world cup just yet, but with most of the big international teams racing the British Downhill Series, this is pretty exciting news. Emilie Siegenthaler places 4th, Patrick Thome 14th and Brendan Fairclough 23rd.
Gstaad-Scott used the race on one of the best known world cup tracks as a test and training weekend. It was the first time of the year with the full team set up. We had to make sure our 29 year old bus would still make it to Scotland before we go there again for the world cup in June. The weather was perfect for a real test: Cold, wet and windy.
Noel Niederberger placed 4th in the seeding run on saturday, knowing he could still go a couple of seconds faster. This is what he did on sunday, taking the junior’s win at his first British Downhill series race.
Floriane Pugin was used to the rough weather she found up in Scotland, as it was no different from what she had to deal with at home for the last months. She took the lead in the seeding run on saturday, and stayed calm, taking the win on sunday.
Emilie Siegenthaler had a good run on saturday, placing second just behind her team mate Floriane. Her run on sunday seemed to be just as good, until she had to hit the brakes and ride around a jump because of a rider who crashed in front of her. Emilie finished in 4th place, behind Manon Carpenter and former world champion Emmeline Ragot.
Patrick Thome had to go against almost the full world cup field, with only a few of the top guys missing. His 14th place is a good promise for more to come. Brendan Fairclough was trying to get used to click pedals, knowing that this season might ask him to ride them once or twice. He finished the race in 23rd.
The riders now get to go home for their finish preparations before the world cup. In only one week, the team meets again for the first ever Tour de Pump.
This special road trip will take Gstaad-Scott from pumptrack to pumptrack in Switzerland, bringing you daily videos with inside stories about the team riders and information about the whole pumptrack hype in Switzerland. The Tour de Pump ends at the opening of the mighty urban bikepark of Zurich on May 25, which has been planned during the last 10 years and built during the last 3 months.
The opening of the bikepark Zürich is not only the finish line for the Tour de Pump, but also the starting shot for Gstaad-Scott’s world cup trip .Only one week later, we’re back in Scotland for the next round of the British Downhill Series in Innerleithen, and then, finally, we start the 2013 World Cup in Fort William!