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Jure Žabjek from the Unior team is 2015 European DH Champion, Ruaridh Cunningham wins Red Bull Hardline

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 19:30

This Sunday 13 September will have to be marked by a white stone and as one of the most epic days for the Unior Tools Team.  Jure Žabjek took the European Downhill Title on the championships that took place in Poland, while Ruaridh Cunningham won the Red Bull Hardline. For those who are not familiar with this event – it’s a downhill race on the extremely hard track build by the Athertons. It is raced only by a number of selected riders.

The National downhill title, overall winner of the Slovenian cup, one of the best results ever for Slovenia on the World Championships and still a contender for top three overall in the iXS European Cup. And now the 2015 European Downhill Champion!

Jure Žabjek is having an amazing season, and we can only wonder what else would he do if he wouldn’t brake his finger in Fort William.

European Champs took place in Wisła/Stożek, Poland. The Unior Team had three riders on the start – Jure, Žiga Pandurand Zarja Černilogar, all in the jerseys of the Slovenian national MTB team. Jure excelled – beating local favoriteSławomir Łukasik by 0.643 seconds – while Žiga was 13th and Zarja was 7th.

This is what Jure Žabjek had to say after the race: “Amazing weekend, amazing end of the weekend. I like the track in Poland very much, it’s short and full of jumps – just like my home track. The track got dry on Sunday and it became much faster. In the seeding run and the finals I did a mistake in the same place, but that didn't have much influence on the final result. Except for that, my run was perfect. I didn’t expect to win European title this weekend, but I’ll take it with great pleasure! Now I really have just one more race to go, after that I will have a break and focus on the next goals.”

Congratulations to you Jure!

Regarding the title of Ruaridh on the Red Bull Hardline, just look at the following link, it says much about this Race.  Congratulation to you Ruaridh.
Link: https://amp.twimg.com/v/81d70f65-8060-4a07-9945-5a1a5be8ce3b

On September 6, Dylan Groenewegen from Team Roompot won the Brussels Cycling Classic, what a great finish

Monday, September 7, 2015 - 11:30

With the victory achieved in a powerful millimeter sprint Dylan Groenewegen got the finest victory of his still young career. Only after detailed examination of the photo finish it was confirmed that Dylan was the fastest and finished before the young Amsterdam Roy Jans (2nd) and Tom Boonen (3rd). Groenewegen gave the third win of the season to his team.

"Beautiful," the sprinter rejoiced immediately after the race, "I was at that time sure of my victory. But then it has to be confirmed by the photo finish.  My first victory as a pro (in the Arnhem Veenendaal Classic) might have been greater, but here I surely come to stand between nice names." Groenewegen had an eye for the nearly hundred year history of what was previously called Paris-Brussels. Top cyclists as Greipel, McEwen, Raas and Merckx indeed preceded him.

After a group of five riders were taken over by the peloton about 65 kilometers before the finish the race really started. "At that stage I tried to drive in front of the peloton. The route climbs make it nervous and you’d better not be too far behind, "said Groenewegen which thereby received support from Tim Kerkhof and Mike Terpstra.

Once in the Belgian capital had the number four of the last NK also a clear tactical plan. "I deliberately wanted the wheel of Boonen. Berden den Vries and Jesper Asselman put me well and after a difficult, but fortunately well-timed sprint I was the fastest. "

With his victory Groenewegen put an extra crown on a longer period of good condition and hard labor. "For example, in the, to me heavy, hill stages in the Eneco Tour just anything to go deeper than other sprinters perhaps would do, I still gained some extra power. Very nice that extra effort paid off this way. "

Congratulation to you Dylan and to the Roompot team.

Lexware Mountainbiking Team Rider Max Brandl wins the silver medal in Andorra with an outstanding performance.

Monday, September 7, 2015 - 11:00

A picture of Max Brandl in the Bikepark Vallnord could well be used to explain the meaning of overwhelming joy. After crossing the finish line, Max raised both arms, once, twice, three times and then embraced the winner and gold medalist Simon Andreassen before laying down on the wet asphalt and throwing his helmet up in the air. “There are no words for it.” No words for these intensive emotions he had just experienced. Maybe because it was “definitely the toughest race” he has made in his – still young – career. Perhaps also, because there was a huge need of mental strength to win over Egan Bernal from Columbia in the battle for the silver medal. Also, the outer conditions were not easy after repeated rainfalls and an altitude of 1900 Meters. “This battle was won in the mind” said Brandl. Understandably all these accumulated tensions turned into pure joy.

While defending champion Simon Andreassen was able to break away in the very first round, Max and last year vice world champion Bernal dueled for the remaining four rounds. It was a thrilling duel with constantly changing constellations. Distance to the following riders with Robin Hofmann and Filippo Colombo on position four and five was increasing. Bernal was stronger in the Uphills, but Max Brandl was able to close the gaps repeatedly on his Scott Scale. In a brutal, extremely steep uphill, the South American rider was able to distance Max by some valuable seconds. “The key to winning the silver medal was to keep believing in myself. It was mentally extremely demanding to not let him break away too far”, said Brandl. Not allowing too large a gap: It seemed to have happened at the end of round 3, when Bernal was 24 seconds ahead of Max Brandl. But Brandls managed to remain focused and even grow. Three kilometers later, Brandl had caught up and the Duo entered into the last round head to head. It turned out that Brandl’s race was more economical allowing him to attack and gain some seconds. However, a drivers fault brought Bernal back into the race. Max Brandl fell and Bernal was able to pass. “The toes were hurting a lot” Brandl conceded. But he did not get discouraged. The game continued: Brandl caught up in the downhill, but lost 10 seconds in the steep uphill again. It was unbelievable, also for the spectators, how Brandl came back each and every time. He closed the gap once more and landed a final coup: He passed Bernal with a maneuver, he conceded to be proud: “I must praise myself for my cornering technique, it was brilliant”, Brandl said with a smile on his face. About two kilometers before the finish line, Brandl outpaced the surprised Columbian. For Brandl “this was absolutely crucial.” Now he was able to capitalize on his strength in the remaining technical parts of the course. Bernal’s resistance was broken one kilometer before the finish line, which Brandl crossed 47 seconds behind Andreasson (1:13:27) and 32 seconds ahead of the Columbian. The rest was only joy and exultation. Exultation without limits. “Andreassen was unbeatable for me. He was as strong as Bernal uphill, and as fast downhill as myself. But silver is a huge success for me,” Brandl summarized the result.

Great job Max.

Kenny Belaey won Bronze medal during the World Champs in Andorra

Monday, September 7, 2015 - 10:30

On Saturday, Kenny Belaey won its 12th medal out of 14 elite World Championships. Kenny is a long-time friend and partner of Sapim and the whole Sapim team would like to congratulate him.  He mentioned to the team that he was really happy and proud of this medal.  “Despite all the activities in which I’m currently involved I must stay fit and continue to train.  This podium really meant a lot to me and my team!”

 Further Kenny declared that “I really rode on my max and had to fight like a lion section after section, sometimes screaming to push my limits. Must have been also the most physical demanding competition I ever did in my life.”

 “It was only at the last section where I HAD to make sure not to make any mistake at all and it worked. So bronze it is!!!”

Kenny Belaey at the Enduro Trials

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 11:00

 

 

Check out Sapim rider Kenny Belaey in a win at the Enduro Trials, a new style of competition combining DH, Trials and Enduro.

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