Time flies. The entire Specialized Racing crew is trying to wrap our heads around the fact that another season has drawn to a close. For the downhill team, all eyes at the final event were upon Troy Brosnan. Gwin’s out due to shoulder injury, and Mitch opted to stay in the USA. Troy slayed some demons at the Leogang, Austria, course, where he suffered a spectacular crash last year.
Onto the off-season. A little time to recover from injuries and fatigue, the promptly get back to training and testing. 2014 will be here before we know it. Thanks to Aaron, Troy, Mitch, the entire S-Racing crew, the event promoters, course designers, and most of all to the fans for another year!
The final race of the series and the overall was down to nothing more than a coin toss. With barely any points in the overall both Gee Atherton and Steve Smith would have to put down solid runs in both qualifying and finals, bar injury, to take out the series overall. Whilst Atherton had a solid season opener with wins in the first two round, Smith showed equal consistency in the later stages of the season with wins in Mont St Anne and Hafjell and was clearly everyone’s pick for the win.
As practice got underway, the feedback was much the same as in previous years, bike park-ie with a few new added features. Unfortunately this was enough to see some of the big wigs go down with Danny Hart having a particularly bad over the bars ending in one broke and one cracked wrist.
Sunday dawned and the juniors were up first. Despite carrying the overall leaders jersey in the opening couple of rounds, Dean Lucas’s last few rounds have not been as kind with results, meaning it was a podium or nothing for the young star if he wanted to push up through the rankings. Finishing up in 12th it was not to be on the day but Lucas still managed to bring home 4th in the overall. With another year up his sleeve, this kid is destined to go even higher.…View More
High drama at World Champs for Monster Specialized Aussies Troy Brosnan and Sam Hill. Brosnan as we now all know dislocates his shoulder, Sam has a impressive off in practice but is still looking for that podium and teammate Mitch Ropelato doesn’t quite have the weekend he was expecting.
A little unsure who’s who, can’t seem to match the face or the kit to the name? Well check out this epic gallery of Australia’s finest racers. Inside you will find images showing every individual who has been elected to represent Australia at this weekends upcoming World Championships in Leogang, Austria. Continue reading →