SQlab riders achieve good results at MTB and Downhill World Championships
Last weekend, the World Mountain Bike and Downhill Championships took place in Val di Sole, Italy. In warm and sunny temperatures, our team riders rode to medal positions in several disciplines. In total, the SQlab athletes can be happy about one gold, one silver and four bronze medals.
In the U23 class in the mountain bike cross-country race, Martin Vidaurre from Chile caused a small sensation. The 21-year-old, who competes for the German Lexware team, wins the world championship title after a strong race and thus the first international title for his home country Chile. At the finish line he is overjoyed after his perfect race and says: "Everything worked out today. My bike, my legs and my riding style." His team mate David List finished in eighth place.
The other athletes of the Lexware team were also fast this weekend. On the very first day of competition, Luca Schwarzbauer secured bronze with the German team in the team competition. Maximilian Brandl showed his strength in the Short Track and also won the bronze medal. In the elite men's cross-country race he was able to build on his good form and speed from the short track and delivered a very strong race. In the end Maximilian Brandl crossed the finish line in fifth place and thus achieved his best result of the season so far. The SQlab team riders also put in strong performances in the junior and junior women's races. In the junior race, the two German Technology Racing team riders Lars Gräter and Fabian Eder finished in eleventh and 21st place. In the junior women's race Antonia Weeger (Lexware Team) finished 20th.
In addition, the downhill world championship titles were fought for in Italy on the weekend. There, too, the SQlab riders were able to achieve very good results. After his seventh place in the qualification, Frenchman Benoit Coulanges rode a perfect and fast run and was able to move up a few places. In the meantime he even led and in the end he only had to admit defeat to the new world champion and won silver with a gap of only 0.2 seconds. His team mate Camille Balanche, who was the reigning women's World Champion, achieved a very good third place after a crash in the qualification and secured bronze. Right behind her, Monika Hrasnik finished fourth, with Nina Hoffmann in 11th place. Hannes Slavik started in the men's fourcross competition and also rode an excellent race. After a heavy fall three weeks before the World Championships, he put up a great fight for the medals and won the bronze medal in the end.
After these outstanding performances, both the mountain bikers and the downhillers continue this weekend with the World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.