The gravity-fed guys go way, way north for the penultimate round of the 2013 UCI Downhill World Cup held at Hafjell, Norway. Troy Brosnan and Mitch Ropelato headline for Specialized Racing, while Aaron Gwin is forced to sit out due to a shoulder injury sustained at the World Championships.
In rain-soaked conditions, Mitch’s development continues, cracking the top-20 with a fast run despite a mishap. Troy posts another top-10 but clearly will not be satisfied until he hits the top step of the podium.
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Video shot by John Lawlor and Victor Lucas. Produced by Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
You will simply be unable to look away once you hit play. “We spent four weeks in the summer of 2012 building two lines in Lofoten, Norway; a dirt line and a big bike line. Our goal was to capture world-class riding in the untouched and unique nature around Lofoten. The fast shifting weather and continuous problems with getting the lines working left us with only a couple of days to complete the film.
This is a highlight clip featuring all the best action from the project.
Lines of Lofoten – a 5 episode web-series will be released shortly.”
See Mik and the team at the final World Cup in Hafjell. Amazingly,Tracey still manages to take out fourth in the overall despite missing two races, congrats Tracey. Tracey is also back up and walking and her collarbone is well underway in its healing. Hopefully we will see both Aussie racers this National Season smashing it out. Check out http://www.facebook.com/UnitedRIde to stay up to date with the team in the off season.
Sam Hill closes out season top-5 overall in UCI World Cup Series.
The 2012 Downhill MTB World Cup season wrapped up this weekend in Hafjell, Norway and Monster Energy Specialized’s Sam Hill (AUS) raced to 7th place under blue skies, on a track that had him smiling all week.
The track here in Norway was new to the world cup circuit, but has been used in the past for European championships as well as other local events. It is bedded in and extremely fast when the unpredictable Norwegian weather cooperates. It included everything form massive jumps, to incredibly technical rock gardens that challenged even the best of racers. The weather was wet and cold at the beginning of the week, but cleared up on race day and racing took place under perfect conditions. Hill closed out his rebuilding season, following 2 seasons of injuries with a 5th place in the World Cup overall.
Sam had this to say following the race: “My day went pretty good. I had a solid race run. I would have liked to finish in a better position but I’m happy with how I rode. I have a lot of motivation and hunger for next season. The track was real good, it had a bit of everything. It was pretty physical with lots of nice natural sections which is really good to see on a track these days.”