This month of July is non-stop. Our ProRACE team competed last week in the 2nd round of the Trial World Championship and, with barely any time to recover, fought this weekend like warriors in their respective national competitions. Are you ready?
Ion Areitio achieved a commendable 3rd place in the Spanish Championship, behind the current world champion, Abel Mustieles, and the leader of the World Trial Championship, Benito Ros. The organisation of the event was dominated by confusion: the delays in programmed timetables and the dangerous marking of some zones meant our Basque rider had a difficult task ahead of him.
The injury he suffered last year meant that Areitio could not get to the top 5 of the national ranking, which meant that he had to compete in the semi-final. A semi-final which, in theory, should be completed in 3 hours, but which ended up taking 5 hours due to organisational and logistical problems. After 2 hours, Areitio had only been able to complete one circuit of the route, thus decreasing his rest time in the final. The Basque rider led the semi-final with 2 points. In terms of organisation, he decided to cut out a race lap for Elite riders to make up for the inconvenience caused. In the final, the ProRACE rider paid the consequences of the fatigue suffered that same morning, achieving 3rd place in the Spanish Championship with a total of 19 penalty points, 6 behind the second place winner Benito Ros from Navarre and 11 behind the national champion Abel Mustieles. Now it’s time to recharge the batteries and confront the next target to compete for this weekend in the European Championship.
Manon Basseville was the queen of the French Championship which took place in Montgenevre, achieving 1st place. The French rider led right from the beginning of the race, scoring 0. Only in the middle of the first lap did she have a slip-up, forgetting an obstacle, for which she obtained 5 points. Despite this, she got through the second round with only 1 point, achieving first place with many points in hand. In the third and last lap, she advanced in leaps and bounds to reach the highest point on the podium.
Lucien Leiser also defied the laws of gravity and was crowned 1st in the Swiss Championship. The days were stifling, the first starting with 6 riders, of whom the clear leaders who would compete for the medal would be Lucien Leiser and Loris Braun. The long and complicated routes suggested a hard fight for the podium, and this prediction came true. Leiser had some fantastic laps where he was hardly penalised. He finished the first race with only 7 points, and the second only 1 in front of Loris. A hard-fought championship which was, overall, a piece of cake for our Swiss rider.
We could not be prouder of the victory of the ProRACE team and we know that we still have a busy month ahead of us, but one that will hopefully end up with more podium finishes.