Propain Dirt Zelvy Leogang World Cup 2016 recap
Sick weekend for the boys
After Fort William, the team trucked straight down to Austria. First to Schladming to session some corners with Phil Atwill, and then secondly to the fourth round of the World Cup in Leogang. The vibe within the team was good off the back of Phil's 16th in Fort William and Innes' top 35. Hit play below and check out all the antics from the team.
Photos: Boris Beyer/ Seb Schiek Words: Tom Caldwell
James Purvis was on fire in practice – he nailed the top rock garden like nobody else. He had a sketchy qualifying run but still made it through. Unfortunately however, after a good top section (only a second back), he took a bad crash in his race run after the two wallrides. Sending the transfer jump too deep and landing on the grass bank, and sliding out. An unfortunate turn of events for the youngster, but we'll keep on working on getting him where he needs to be.
After being unable to ride at Fort William, Isak Levisson came to Leogang with confidence in his injured wrist. He was able to ride and ride well – looking good on track and turning on a dime in the corners as usual. He qualified 70th and went on to put down a decent run on raceday to secure 49th. A step in the right direction, he says, but struggled in the changing conditions on raceday.
Innes Graham was in high spirits approaching Leogang, despite the bike park feel that everyone talks about. After track walk he was looking forward to getting on track because conditions were probably similar to that of Scotland. Soggy, very soggy. He qualified just in front of Isak in 69th with an average run. On raceday, he was struggling in practice due to a bad over the bars crash he had on qualifying day, on the last high speed straight of the track. He woke on raceday feeling sore and bruised. Never the less he cracked on but he says his strength let him down on his race run, leaving him back in 73rd.
Phil Atwill was on a blinder all week, still buzzing from his top 20 result in Fort William. He also qualified towards the back of the field in 68th. He did somehow sort himself out on raceday however, coming down and sitting on the hot seat for a good while. Manager Ben Reid was behind the podiums pouring some G&Ts for the boys, and handed Phil a set of badass sunglasses to sport whilst on the top step of the hot seat.
He wasn't convinced he would be top 20, let alone top 15, but riders came down one by one and could not knock him off the top step. Only 13 of the big boys could beat his time, securing him a 14th and matching his personal best result from Meribel back in 2014. He celebrated like the wild man he is and the team is now in Morzine for Crankworx Europe this week. We'll see you there!