June 12, 2015 (Leogang, AUT) – One week after the classic Fort William venue, downhill competitors return to Leogang, Austria, this weekend for Round Three of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano.
Organisers at Leogang have made substantial changes to the track, adding more natural features through the woods for the 3.1 kilometre run. Both technical sections and some high speed sections have been added and the new final jump is even longer than before. Riders have voiced their approval of the changes.
In the women’s competition, Rachel Atherton (Gbr) GT Factory took the lead with her win in Scotland, however, Atherton has never won at Leogang. World Champion Manon Carpenter (Gbr) Madison Saracen is the defending women’s winner at Leogang, and is certainly looking for her first victory of the season. Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker, the winner of Round One, will also be looking to regain the UCI World Cup lead, and is only 15 points behind Atherton.
For the men, Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized took the UCI World Cup lead in Fort William, but crashed at Leogang last year. South Africa’s Greg Minnaar took his 17th World Cup win at fort William, tying him for the all-time record with teammate Steve Peat, so he will be hoping to set a new record here. Others to watch for include Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic and possibly Canada’s Stevie Smith (Devinci Global Racing), back from injury and the winner of the UCI World Cup in 2013 on this track.
The action begins Saturday with qualifying, followed by the Final on Sunday. Watch the final live on www.rebull.tv