Meet this Australian power couple and reigning national champions as they discuss their second season with Trek Factory Racing. Coming off stellar 2013 World Cup seasons, both are looking to keep that momentum going through the first two World Cups. Hear their stories while training and racing as a couple.
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The sun was out for only the second time in only a week and that was the difference everyone craved for todays four XCO races. However, they didn’t count on the humidity.. Whilst the track still had it’s greasy points, on the whole, it was a much safer track that greeted riders on race day, sure the ‘Crocodile slide’ and ‘Jacobs ladder’ were still there but you can’t have everything.
U23′s Women kicked off the day and it was dominated by Helen Grobert and Jenny Rissveds with Jovana Crnogorac having third dialled in. Aussies Em Parks and Holly Harris didn’t have their best day on the grid but managed to bring home 9th and 10th respectively. The U23 Men were a little more active on the Australian front with Cam Ivory pushing his way up into 8th whilst there was a strong showing just behind with Chris Hamilton bring home 11th. Most of the teens were then occupied by Australian riders with a full lockout from 13th to 18th led by Michael Crosbie. Kyle Ward had looked promising in the lead up but suffering an illness contracted only the previous day, he bravely managed to finish the race. Anton Cooper was also notably absent. In the end the race fell to French duo and team mats of Victor Koretzky and Jordan Sarrou, young Giant rider Michiel Van Der Heijin claiming third. …View More
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Mountain biking legend Dylan Cooper has been recently picked up by Target Trek for the new season and we thought we would catch up with him, shoot a few pics and get him to answer a few questions about the move and upcoming season…
With Rockstar Racing looking like it was coming toward an end you would be up for sponsorship once again, how did this Trek deal all come about? You raced under the Trek banner before, do you see this as a bit of a return?
Well, Rockstar Racing wasn’t coming toward an end, it was all kicking along fine. But when Target Trek offered me a chance to race with a great team consisting of a few friends, on excellent bikes, and with the best support of any team in the country, it was too good an offer to refuse. I don’t like changing teams for the sake of it, but given it’s the best XC race team in Australia
I had to consider it. I was once I decided to stop ‘fluffing’ and get serious about training again for 2014 that the switch made sense. And it has felt like I’m returning to a natural place for me with Trek. After many successful years on bikes that suit me perfectly, I’m pretty excited to be riding them again. Continue reading
One day post race, Dan McDonald and I got to chatting about some local trails of his and I suggested that we should head out for a photo session. Whilst we can’t give too much away about these trails as they are a little of a best kept secret, I can say they are beautifully handcrafted and better than well looked after. Not to mention they are graciously flowy. …View More
January 2013 Sam Brownlie had an unfortunate accident at Mt Buller braking three vertebrae in his back, 9 months on and his back on the bike riding at Narbethong training for an upcoming Victorian State Downhill Series event.
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Recap moments from the fifth round of World Cup series in Mont-Ste-Anne, Quebec Canada. Bec Henderson recaptured the World Cup leader’s jersey after losing it on a tie-breaker in Vallnord, Andorra. Teammates Dan McConnell rode to a podium fifth place finish, while Emily Batty scored a top-10 in her home country race.
Leading up to this weekend’s UCI World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, four members of the team are poised to represent their respective nations and Trek in this key international competition. Toeing the start line will be: Emily Batty representing Canada; Russell Finsterwald for the USA; and Bec Henderson and Dan McConnell for Australia.
The cross-country competition commences on Friday with the under-23 women’s and men’s races, in which both Bec Henderson and Russell Finsterwald will race for their final year of U-23 eligibility. Bec comes into the race as a podium favorite:
“I am very excited to get to South Africa Worlds. I love the course,” said Henderson. “It’s super fast and flows nicely with some big technical features but can also turn to a crazy course when the rain comes down. I feel like I am fit and ready to go and can’t complain about any of my training over the last month.“ …View More