The final round of the Trial World Cup took place this weekend in Antwerp, Belgium. All of the expectations of the 5th competition were put on the shoulders of our ProRACE team. A great challenge awaited them with exceptional opponents.
Saturday started with the 1/4 final of Elite 20”. Vasek Kolar managed to perform well in both sections; obtaining a score of 11, he passed through to the semi-finals. The turn of the Elite 20” semi-finals for women began in tough weather conditions. The muddy and slippery terrain caused by the rain made the zones extremely difficult. Manon Basseville obtained a score of 5 on several occasions. Her final mark of 34 points positioned her in 6th place, with a clear route to the final.
Luck did not follow our riders on Sunday in the women’s final and men’s semi-finals. Our female rider made some mistakes but achieved the highest score again, pushing her finally to 5th position. The male Czech rider had the same handicap in an unfortunate semi-final which left him in 20th position. A complicated semi-final for all our riders: Lucien Leiser improved in the second round but the 8th position was not enough to qualify for the finals.
Only Ion Areitio succeeded in getting through the semi-final. Despite the puncture and an error made by overflying the belt, he achieved 4th place and was put in the grand final. A final which, despite being intensely fought for, did not conclude in the way he hoped, leaving the Basque rider in 5th position.
It has not been a good weekend. I had the sufficient level to face every zone, but I didn’t hit the mark. Even so, the result isn’t bad. I am happy with the season because I have been consistent and that is very positive. Now I want more than ever to come back fighting in 2017!
Unfortunately, the aims of this race were not reached. The season has ended, but 2017 is around the corner and we trust in the talent of our riders. This is just the beginning!