The Crankworx week in Les 2 Alpes was an intense one for the team and most especially Mick. After having raced the Enduro World Series on the weekend (see our previous news) he raced the Hutchinson Dual Climb on Monday where he came 4th. He then got an excellent 2nd place on the Polygon Air DH behind Gee Atherton. The course was fast and dusty but Mick loved it and really had fun hitting the massive jumps.
On Thursday he went on to race the GT Dual Speed & Style where he got into the final 8 riders. Mick was relying on his racer speed to get him through the heats, but it wasn't enough to get him past the quarter finals. On Friday he also raced the Rockshox Pumptrack Challenge and also made the final 8 before being eliminated. During the Pumptrack finals he was crowned King of Crankworx. This rewards the best overall rider for all the events of the Crankworx week. So that was a great way to reward all the efforts he had put in all week to take part into all the races he felt capable of doing well in. Big congratulations to him!
Guillaume was also up at Les 2 Alpes to take part in the Polygon Air DH. He got a solid 12th place even though he seemed disappointed with such a result. He then travelled down to Auron in the South of France for the end of the week to take part in the French Championships. He had a few mechanicals in training and just before qualifying but still managed to get a 10th place. On Sunday however his race run didn't go so well as he had a big crash on the first section of the track. He made it down to the finish line but in a very poor state. Another big disappointment for Guillaume as he was definitely aiming for the podium. He will definitely be up for doing well again at the next World Cup in Andorra.
Tracey was also taking part in the Polygon Air DH and was having great fun on the track. Unfortunately she crashed hard at the end of the first day of practice. She was jumping one of the big road gaps at the top of the course but hit the berm after it a bit too hard. She went over the bars and broke her left collarbone. She was well taken care of by the medics and got operated on on Wednesday. She is already full into recovery mode and is very keen to get back to racing as quick as possible. All our thoughts go to her and we can't wait for her to get back on the bike. We hope that within 4 weeks she will be back riding.
On a lighter matter, we had the truck inauguration on Wednesday. Lots of people came to check out the new rig and the Spank jacuzzi up on the deck. Everyone was impressed with the setup and the work that had been done to get the whole truck rolling for the races. We would really like to thank everyone who was involved in the construction of it : Steph, Denis, Oliver, Jeremy, Julien, Jamie, Matt and all the others who lent a hand to get it finished on time.
The team is driving to Andorra this week to set up early for the World Cup. We hope that Mick and Guillaume will be in full form to represent the team and score us some precious team points.