Team Director Dan Brown is an invaluable resource when it comes to line choice…
But there’s the full factory set-up on hand to support Muddy and Kade who are raring to go and all set to do us proud.
Riders: Graeme Mudd, Kade Edwards ( Junior)
Mechanics: Piotr Michaliszyn, Joe Krejbich, Sam Farrar
Support Team: Dan Brown, Fiona Lundie (Physio) Tim Morris (Podium Catering) Gill Harris is back at base on the hospital runs!
Bikes: Trek Session 9.9
Missing our Champ this weekend…
Race guide: Leogang often suffers by comparison to Fort William with riders only days away from Aonoch Mor comparing the tracks unfavourably but something tells us that this year some might even welcome some of those differences after the ravages of last weekend!
Head technician Joe on film!
Leogang is super fast and full of tables, its pretty long 2.6 Km and definitely pedally with some crazy off-camber rock sections to cause riders angst and several places where lines need to be pinpoint accurate to maintain speed. Tunnels aren’t as easy as they look, Gee came to a dead stop in 2015 after crashing into the side of one of them and wooded sections challenge with plenty of exposed roots and huge contrasts in light – especially if its sunny.
One of Leogang’s key challenges is often the weather, it’s always super-changeable and the course changes with it often leaving riders at a complete loss when practice has been sunny and dry and race day is a boggy wash out!
Weather: Hot and wet!! 27 degrees in the valley with thunderstorms Friday, scattered showers for Saturday’s qualifying and Dry Sunday ( we hope!) its going to be another moveable feast….
History: Kade has never raced here before, he’ll be looking to continue his steady upward progress and grab himself a podium this weekend, Muddy will be looking to move up on the 60th he scored last year as a privateer. The pedally track should suit our powerful young rider so he’s feeling positive as he goes into practice.
Kade with Trek Race Shop’s Ryan Gaul – the close working relationship is paying huge dividends in bike development
Current perspectives: Muddy “I quite like the look of the track, a few last minute track changes have left some very boggy bits but they will add to each feature I think. There are a few critical sections that you are really going to want to nail the exit of to make sure you can hold spped across e flatter more open parts.”
Kade: We’ve been having an awesome time her! The track looks a bit bike-parky but fun, I cant wait to shred!”
Tunnel-life for Muddy !
Pics Sven Martin