Gwin returns to his winning ways with the debut of SRAM X01DH
Aaron Gwin returns to the top step of the pdium winning round one of the UCI Downhill World Cup using X01DH, Shaw claims his first victory for SRAM | TLD Racing.
After a hard season in 2013 plagued by near misses and an injury, 2012 World Cup Champion Aaron Gwin started his 2014 World Cup season with confident conviction to take a well-deserved stance on the top step of the podium once again. The course in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa is known as one of the more physical and demanding tracks on the tour with a long pedaling section, high speeds and huge consequences. Having won there before, Gwin knew exactly what it would take on such a demanding and unique course to come out on top. After qualifying fastest Gwin would be the last man on the hill taking the new SRAM X01DH drivetrain to it’s first World Cup victory of the year. - Photo by Sven Martin
Following close behind would be Loic Bruni of Team Lapierre Gravity Republic in a strong forth place finish. Bruni had a breakout season in 2013 visiting the podium multiple times beating out some of the best in the world on some of the most challenging courses in existence. Troy Brosnan of Specialized Racing would round out the podium in fifth place. Both Bruni and Brosnan rode the new RockShox BoXXer with Charger Damper and SRAM X01DH drivetrain in their debut performances for 2014. - Photo by Sven Martin
In the inaugural season for the SRAM | Troy Lee Designs Racing Team Luca Shaw set the bar to an all time high at the opening round in the Jr. Men’s Downhill finals taking a commanding victory over last years champion Loris Vergier of Team Lapierre Gravity Republic. This would be Shaw’s first World Cup victory in the Jr. Men’s Downhill establishing great momentum going into round two down in Australia just a few short weeks away. Shaw and Vergier will surly battle for the top position throughout the season pushing each other to new levels using the new SRAM X01DH drivetrain and RockShox BoXXer and Vivid suspension. - Photo by Sven Martin
The Cross Country race in South Africa has rapidly become known to have one of the hottest and most physically challenging climates of the year due to high humidity and hot temperatures. Having been given a revamp to last years World Championship course the new terrain brought more technicality and demanding climbs into the already grueling 5.7-klometre lap. Reigning World Champion Nino Schurter of the Scott-Odlo Team started the race in true form leading the pack at a blistering pace followed closely by Cannondale Factory Racing’s Manuel Fumic. The two would eventually be drawn in by two-time Olympic Champion Julien Absalon of Team BMC. Schurter and Absalon showcased a nail biting back and forth battle where Absalon would eventually take the lead after a rear tire puncture would set Schurter back into 6th place. Fumic would hold strong behind Absalon taking an outstanding 2nd place finish behind the leader using SRAM XX1 drivetrain. - Photo by Sven Martin