Gunn-Rita Rewrites Records. Kulhavy Makes it a Double.
Double World Cup wins for SRAM XX1 and RockShox RS-1 athletes Gunn-Rita Dahle and Jaroslav Kulhavy in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Just one week after winning the Marathon World Championships, Gunn-Rita Dahle took a well deserved win in the 3rd round of the UCI Cross Country World Cup in some of the most challenging conditions seen this year. The World Champ, in blazing heat that had many of the racers outmatched and overwhelmed, won a long and tortuous battle. Her Lenzerheide victory was Gunn-Rita’s 29th win, besting Juli Furtado’s record, and making her the winningest women's Cross Country World Cup athlete of all time. Lea Davison had her best World Cup finish ever, following close behind in 2nd place. Both Dahle and Davison were onboard SRAM XX1, SRAM XX brakes and RockShox RS-1.
As the temperature soared, the men’s field got ready for battle and home-country hero Nino Shurter was a sure favorite for the win. In typical Shurter form, he blasted off of the start line at full pace, taking a commanding initial lead ahead of round-one winner Jaroslav Kulhavy and overall leader Julien Absalon. As the rapidly escalating heat continued to challenge the riders, Shurter and Absalon both suffered rear-tire punctures. Their flats caused stops at the tech zone, which cost them both valuable time while Kulhavy powered on in the lead.
Nino Shurter got in and out of the tech zone with minimal complications, allowing him to get back on the chase to the front. Although putting forth a commendable effort, he would not be able to catch Kulhavy and would have to settle for another second-place finish.
After a difficult season in 2014, Kulhavy showed that he is truly back on form, taking his second win of the season on SRAM XX1, SRAM GUIDE Ultimate brakes and RockShox RS-1 front suspension. A double win in both the women’s and men’s fields for SRAM XX1, RockShox RS-1 and SRAM brakes added to the already memorable weekend in the Swiss Alps for both Jaroslav Kulhavy and Gun-Rita Dahle.