Trek World Racing ventured north from the Sea Otter Classic in California, to race yesterday’s opening round of the Pro Gravity Tour, the premiere US series for downhill racing, in Port Angeles, Washington. It seems that TWR was not the only large World Cup team to elect to race, and support this growing US series, as was evident by the start list. Also racing were Commencal, Yeti/Fox, Giant, Santa Cruz Syndicate, Evil Bikes, Dirt/Norco, among others.
All four Trek World Racing riders loved the track. Fast and slick at times, narrow in places, and generally very fast. The local crowd too was super supportive of all the World Cup stars that had made the trip to the opening round.
In the men’s field, all three Trek World Racing riders qualified on the same second, in the top 6, and all knew they had to step it up for the finals, yet the conditions were tricky with rain coming and going over the weekend. The track was slick and the margin for error very small indeed. In the end all three finished inside the top 10 of a stacked field, with Justin taking 2nd place.
Andrew said: “Practice went well for me, and I felt really good on the bike. Quali was solid but I knew I had a bit more. I had a pretty good final and pushed hard but knew I lost momentum in a spot or two. I’m very happy to be on the box with a stacked field heading into Maribor.”
Team website: http://www.trekbikes.com/twr Results:
1. Bryn Atkinson (USA) 2m 34.39secs 2. Justin Leov (Trek World Racing) 2m 35.20secs 3. Luke Strobel (USA) 2m 36.48secs 4. Andrew Neethling (Trek World Racing) 2m 36.71secs 5. Dan Atherton (GBR) 2m 36.93secs 6. Aaron Gwin (USA) 2m 37.06secs 9. Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing) 2m 38.41secs