The hot dusty conditions on the super steep track in Val Di Sole saw Brook MacDonald on target for a 4th place result until a crash in the last sector of his run saw those hopes slip away. Meanwhile Neko Mulally who doesn't see this track as one of his strengths, was very pleased to take his 2nd best career result and be on target for the second half of the season.
Trek World Racing opened its World Cup account in Fort William today with a 2nd place for Brook MacDonald and a 10th place for rookie pro, Greg Williamson, and solid positions for both Neko Mulally and George Brannigan. The team, now in its fifth season, has helped Trek rack up an impressive 34 World Cup podiums for the Session bike since 2009.
Trek World Racing took advantage of the close proximity of the 3rd round of the British Downhill Series here in Innerleithen, Scotland, to next week's all important opening round of the UCI World Cup in Fort William, to get the riders up to speed and iron out any remaining preparations. The weather was unseasonably warm and extremely sunny making the narrow, rooty and repetitive track fast, and hard to learn.
Yesterday marked three races from three on the US East Coast where Trek World Racing team mates Neko Mulally and Brook MacDonald have shared the top two spots on the podium. Yesterday it was the tall Pennsylvanian's turn to take the win.
Team mates Brook MacDonald and Neko Mulally made it a 1-2 on the podium for the 4th round of the Pro Gravity Tour at Mountain Creek, New Jersey. After qualifying fastest the day before, Neko had to settle for the backseat on race day, but was only 0.83sec behind his World Cup winning training partner. Brook didn't qualify as strongly but put in a great run on Sunday race day.
Last year Neko raced and won in Duryea, a local race which he was very proud to support and to help elevate in the national media. This year he went a step further by bringing his new team-mate and World Cup race winner, Brook MacDonald to the event.
Today Trek World Racing is releasing the first episode of its new video series, entitled TREK WORLD RACING STORIES.
All three Trek World Racing riders finished in the top 12 in a classy field that many felt made this event feel like a mini World Cup. Ironically named the Underworld Cup, the race in Port Angeles is fast becoming the best pre-World Cup season event in North America for the top riders to test their speed and equipment on a track that's lined with spectators. Rain on Saturday packed the dust down and made for ideal racing conditions.
With nearly all of the top 10 riders in the Sea Otter Downhill riding anything but a standard 26 inch wheel downhill rig on the notoriously short and flat course, Neko and his team-mates all ran their 26 inch Trek Session 9.9 Downhill bikes and had excellent runs despite some setbacks for Brook and Greg
One of our favorite pre-season projects is filming with our riders to update their Video Profiles on the team website. Today we've updated all five riders' profiles and they can be found in the Rider pages on both the Downhill and Enduro areas of the Trek World Racing website. Just click on the red Video Profile tab and the movie will start.
All five Trek World Racing riders have recently returned home from a successful team camp in Santa Barbara, California, where a number of things were achieved. Apart from some solid testing and settling in the new team members, team photographer Matt DeLorme captured some great images.
Trek World Racing's new signing Brook MacDonald took his Trek Session 9.9 to a first ever Elite National Title on the Rotorua course earlier today. The former Junior World Champion and World No.5 has had a busy couple of weeks both preparing for this event, racing in Hunua and filming in Queenstown for Anthill Production's new project.
Trek World Racing is excited to announce its much anticipated line-up for the 2013 race season, a roster which sees a mixture of race winners, World Cup podium riders as well as up-and-coming talent. All the riders selected for the program have the same philosophy and clearly have youth, talent and massive potential as key ingredients.
- Enduro World Series #2
Val d’Allos, France
June 30th, 2013 - June 30th, 2013
- Crankworx, Enduro World Series # 3
Les Deux Alpes, France
July 6th, 2013 - July 7th, 2013
Alpe d’Huez, France
July 14th, 2013 - July 14th, 2013