At the beginning of May 2015 Ion Areitio suffered a big injury to his left wrist. One year later, Ion climbed onto the podium in the first ‘UCI Trials World Cup’ test. Obviously nothing is just luck; this result is in line with his ambition to improve, natural talent and desire to return to competition at the highest level. Keep racing ahead with our most sincere congratulations!
At Monty, we couldn’t wait for international competitions. We already knew that there is no better barometer than the Trial World Cup to measure strength and get to know the current form of each rider. The entire ProRACE team went to Krakow, Poland, to compete in the test on the 20th and 21st. The results were mixed for the team members but in general were positive.
Ion Areitio, who, as we previously commented, finished in third position, had to begin the competition from the 1/4 finals because, as a result of his injury, he was outside the international top 10. With a brilliant performance he managed to get through to the semi-finals where he finished in fourth position, achieving a place in the much-desired and renowned final. We already know the result of the final…
The young Basque rider declared at the end of the competition:
“It was a very positive weekend for us. We have seen that we are capable of being in the lead and succeeding against the big players. Third place fills us with energy to confront the upcoming competitions and to continue to train hard in the future. What to say about the M5OS!? It’s a machine that is truly made for competition, with dizzying precision!”
Lucien Leiser, who finished the competition in seventh place, expressed his disappointment in the result obtained, mainly for not having been able to compete in the final Unfortunately he made some easily avoidable errors which denied him a place in the final, where he definitely would have been one to watch. However, once the results have been evaluated objectively, Lucien is aware that we are beginning the season and that he has great potential. He is very motivated, with ambition to work hard to improve his results.
On the other hand, Vasek Kolar, who finished the quarter finals in first position, could not go through to the semi-final and finished in twelfth position overall. Regrettably, Kolář committed two 5s, which could not be overcome. Even so, the young Czech rider wanted to convey his confidence about future competitions, for which he is already training hard.
In terms of the Elite women’s category, the young French Rider Manon Basseville finished fifth. Manon, who is only 18 years old, made the following statement shortly after finishing the competition:
This was the first test of the year of the Trial World Cup. Both the overall location and all the sections of the circuit have been truly lovely. Considering that the season has just begun, I am happy with the result I’ll take away the positives from this weekend; I felt very good on the bike and I am getting more and more prepared both in terms of mental and technical ability.
We at Monty want to thank our riders for their commitment and effort. Next stop: Second test of the Trial World Cup in Les Menuires (France) July 9 and 10.
Finally, we would like to thank the many other riders who competed with the M5 OS reaping great results, both in the men and women’s categories.