World Cup Round 3 – Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic

Rider Cat Result
Martin Gujan Elite Men 40th
David Fletcher Elite Men 94th
Rab Wardell Elite Men 116th
Mariske Strauss Elite Women 52nd
Ben Roff Elite U23 107th
Billy Harding Junior 100th

World Cup 3 After skipping round 2 in Australia the team were raring to go in the Czech Republic. This venue is the most well regarded on the XC circuit drawing huge crowds and tight fast racing on a truly World Class course.

Nove Mesto hasn’t bought us too much luck in the past with crashes and mechanicals giving us a hard time there until last year when Mariske took 6th place in the U23 Women’s race.

This time it wasn’t so good for Mariske who struggled to get into her usual rhythm and for the first time since joining us had an off day finishing in 52nd. As a first year Elite who is also studying full time our young star is certainly due an off day although the pain this causes the bright bubbly 23 year old is very clear to see.

World Cup 3 In the Men’s race Martin had a great start before a puncture set him back mid race. This guy is in serious form though and Guschi showed both his physical and mental capabilities by riding back up from 63rd to a finish of 40! Dave was also in great shape but a snapped chain on the start loop gave him an uphill battle as he rode from dead last to 93rd.

Ben continued gaining experience and put in a very solid ride in the U23 men’s race whilst Billy shook off any thoughts of the big crash he had at this venue last year with a solid ride gaining more experience at this level.

Photo Album - World Cup Series Rd 3 - Czech Republic