Last Tuesday 30th August, the representatives of the ProRACE team began the 30th edition of the Trial World Championship in Val di Sole, Italy. This is one of the most important competitions of the year, in which all the cyclists want to perform at the highest level, a few days from the end of the season.
The prelude was the competition for national teams, in which five pilots from each country and different categories competed to win the world title. Manon Basseville and the French team fought tooth and nail for the champion title in the last two years, and they succeeded in controlling the threat from Spain in a battle where everything happened in the last moment: a small mistake from the Spanish team gifted the title to France, which they were able to maintain with an incredible display of hard work. The result was a gold medal for France with 660 points, silver for the Spanish, by merely 30 points, and bronze for Germany with 570 points. Lucien Leiser and the Swiss team stayed close to the podium in fourth position.
Wednesday was time for the semi-finals. Five sections in which the six best riders of each category fought for their place in the much-desired final. In Elite women’s, Manon Baseville received two penalties of 5 points, which she tried to remedy with a strong finish to the first round and by maintaining that level in the second. When it seemed that qualifying for the final was within reach, exhaustion took over and cramp caused our rider to finish in 7th position, on the brink.
The pressure did not affect our riders in Elite 20” and, regaining the confidence demonstrated fully throughout the tournament, they lead the semi-final phase without impediments, ready to give their best in the grand final. After a hard year of work, the reward came to the Basque Ion Areitio with the bronze medal, and to the Spanish riders Benito Ros, with the silver medal, and Abel Mustieles, with the gold. A 100% Spanish podium!
A podium that is relishing glory after a hard 2015. Mission accomplished!
Lucien Leiser fought for a good score but could not make enough of a difference and ended up in 4th position. Vasek Kolar moved down one place in the ranking, to 15th. Now only the final stretch remains, and the ProRACE team is determined to demonstrate that it is capable to fight for a place at the top and compete against the best riders of the global landscape!