Trek’s Laurie Greenland (GBR) rode his SDG saddle to the win in the junior category at this weekend’s stop on the World Cup circuit in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Loic Bruni rode to a second place finish just .96 back after a spectacular save. Emmeline Ragot (FRA) was 5th in the women’s category.
A fresh track here in Switzerland meant that the playing field was levelled. A very wide, creative tape job turned a track that most riders were not so sure about earlier in the week, into a course worthy of a World Cup race. Incredibly steep and loose, giant braking bumps formed throughout the week, and left riders with a slippery, hand rattling freeway by race day. High speeds and billowing clouds of dust kept riders on their toes as they had to try and stick to a plethora of lines in some sections.
Greenland bested his closest junior rival by over 4.7 seconds, decimating the field and teaching a class in hanging it out when the going gets loose.
Bruni had a scorcher of a run going, when he pushed the rear end in the last corner and saw his rear wheel go past him. Somehow, the talented young frenchman keept it upright and clipped back in to spring his way to the finish line in spectacular fashion.
The World Cup now takes a 3 week break for National championships in the northern hemisphere. Racing will resume in 3 weeks time in Canada on the legendary Mont Ste Anne course.