DAKOTAH NORTON TAKES 7TH PLACE IN LENZERHEIDE WORLD CUP
The 4th stop on the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup took place today on the fast, steep and stony track just outside of the Swiss alpine village of Lenzerheide. After qualifying 6th and 11th respectively, David Trummer and Dakotah Norton were keen to improve on their time and placing for today’s final.
Dakotah was the first to hit the track and rode a steady and confident run to cross the line with green lights blazing, and to ultimately finish in 7th place, and most importantly, move his overall ranking up 6 places to 15th.
Dakotah said: “Lenzerheide has always been good to me so I knew deep down I would be capable of a good result here. I’m happy to have had a consistent run and move up in the overall with the Top 10 now in reach. Today has also brought me closer to my goals for the season after missing Maribor due to a positive Covid test. After today’s result, I’m excited to keep the ball rolling back in the USA!”
David started about 20 minutes later and was pushing hard for a podium ride. At this level, a conservative or smooth run won’t cut it and unfortunately, a couple of small mistakes cost him enough time to finish just outside the top 10, but Dave also moved up in the rankings to 14th overall.
Dave said: “I was really going for it today in my race run, but unfortunately I had some loose moments near the bottom which cost me some time. I feel like the speed for the podium is there, I just have to put that run together!”
Unfortunately, both of our junior riders fell victim to the sharp rocks on this track, finishing with rear-wheel punctures; Guy doing so in qualifying, unable to make the final. Oisin qualified strongly in 4thplace and had a good opening sector in today’s final but then cut his tire open in sector 2.
This brings to an end the European World Cup season, as the team now heads to the American venue of Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia for Rounds 5 and 6 to close out the season. Round 5 is on Wednesday, September 15th and then Round 6 on Saturday the 18th.