NZ's downhillers were in action at a number of quality events over the weekend, keeping form on track for top performances at the 4th round of the UCI World Cup in Fort William, Scotland this coming Sunday.
Kieran Bennett stayed in the US with his X-Fusion team, competing at the Blue Mountain Cup (Pennsylvania State Championships). Bennett had a great weekend winning both the Super D and Downhill events, both by comfortable margins.
Matt Scoles continued his strong form in Europe with a 2nd at the IXS European Downhill Cup in Verbiers, Switzerland. Scoles was just under two seconds down on winner Duncan Riffle (US); with Hayden Lee racing to a 12th place finish - his best result of his first Eurpean campaign. Brook MacDonald (Ancillotti) and Aari Barrett (Scott 11) were racing in the Junior field at Verbiers with MacDonald winning comfortably, and Barrett back in 3rd. However, the big news was that MacDonald's time would have placed him 4th in the Elite field, proving his form and outright speed is improving at a constant rate at this half way point in the World Cup season.
Cam Cale travelled with his Maxxis/Rocky Mountain team to Llangollen, Wales for the 2nd round of the British Cycling National Points Series. Cole was 10th on the highly rated Llangollen course, a result which bodes well for the long and physically brutal Fort William venue.
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