söndag 14 september 2014

Swedish national series finals in Åre

We feel pretty bad about it but we haven't done any downhill racing at all in Sweden this year, but we finally got some time of and we packed the van one more time for the Swedish national series finals in Åre.

Marcus decided to stay home and rest his injured thumb and our mechanic is back in school so it was only a two man band this weekend with Niklas and Robin.

The track have been the same for the last couple of years so during practice Robin and Niklas took the time to enjoy some laps in the bike park as well, Robin was fastest in the seeding run and Niklas had a smal crash and was sitting in 7th position.

For the finals Niklas had a pretty smooth run and took the lead and nobody was able to beat the time until Robin left the start, and he was up on Niklas time at the first split.
It looked like Robin was on his way to beat Niklas time by a couple of seconds but unfortunately he got a puncture on the front tire in the last corners and was struggling a lot to get to the finish line.
It got close to Niklas time but it was not enough, Robin got into 3rd place behind 4x rider Felix Beckeman.

Overall a very fun and relaxed race weekend and hopefully we can have the time next year to race a couple of more swedish national races.

söndag 7 september 2014

World championships in Hafjell, Norway

This years world champs is in the history books and it´s been an amazing experience for the whole team.

Last weekend Niklas & Robin were able to get on new bikes for this race which got them a bit fired up even though it was a last minute change it seemed like the new bike was just what they have been missing the whole season...

Unfortunately Marcus had a big crash on saturday and did not race the finals after seeding in 14th place in juniors which was a bummer for the whole team as he has been riding very well lately.

The track conditions were surprisingly dry and dusty the whole week which maybe didn't favor us that much but everyone was loving the track and had a good feeling.

Niklas and Robin was featured in the power rankings on vitalmtb at the start of the week and they both had this race as the only goal of the season so confidence was quite good in the pits.
World Champs DH Action Slideshow
Vital Power Rankings, 2014 Downhill World Championships - The 15 Fastest Going In

Just before Niklas was about to head up to the start it looked like rain was coming in so Leo quickly sorted out mud-tires, settings & goggles before running to the lift with Niklas.

Niklas was maybe a bit to nervous and fired up and made some big misstakes on track coming to a complete stop just before entering the main woods and a very sketchy nose-whelie in the last rock-garden.

-I didn´t get near the result that i was after but i had a great feeling in parts of the track and the crowd was just pure amazing which made this race a very memorable one for me and i just want to thank everyone involved that helped me out to get here.

A 49th place in the end didn´t quite reflect Niklas at his best.

Robin had a good feeling in morning-practice and headed for the start fired up.
Sorry enough he hit a pole on the last jump on the first straight so hard with his left hand that the front brake collapsed. He made it down being able to get a bit of front brake in sections by pumping it up at the straights.

-I´m obviously bummed that i didn´t get to go as fast as i wanted and miss out on the last chance to make this race stick. It caught me of guard so i almost crashed in the first woods but i am super happy that i made it down and got to experience the amazing crowd and a 22nd place might not be so bad.

Full results can be found here: full results

We would like to congratulate this years world champion: Gee Atherton and wish 2nd place Josh Bryceland a speedy recovery.

After all we had an amazing week in Hafjell and we want to thank everyone that came out to watch and support.

lördag 23 augusti 2014

Méribel World Cup #7, Finals

As Marcus injured his thumb yesterday, we had a bit more time in the morning. As we got down to the pit we realized some thieves had visited our pit during the night. A pretty bad way to start the day, but there isn't much to do about it then, so the boys headed for practice instead.

The practice session was pretty incident free. Robin threw on some dry tires and harder springs to match the drying and deterioraring track, and Niklas kept the set-up from qualifying.

Niklas started just after 2 o'clock but unfortunately didn't make it far before his tire came off the rim. This accident caused quite a moment but Niklas saved it and is alright but his race was over at that point.

Robin left the start about half an hour later but was troubled by a brake issue and therefore couldn't ride the pace he wanted. After all was said and done Robin was in 57th spot.


A dissapointing way to end the world cup season, but now we head home to do the last preparations for the world championchips in Hafjell.

fredag 22 augusti 2014

Meribel World Cup #7, Qualifying

We are here in Méribel, France, for the final world cup of the season. The track here is new to the world cup circuit and it is steep, fast and has a lot of roots.

Robin and Niklas had an okay practice session this morning, but Marcus had a freak accident on his last run where a pole hit his thumb. After a few hours with the medics the verdict was two fractures in his right thumb. He will not race this weekend, and will use this time to rest up and try to come back strong for the World Championchips in two weeks time.

Robin was our first man of the start, he had a pretty good run according to the clock but not according to Robin. He put in a 33rd place run, with things to improve on which is a good position to be in for tomorrow.

Niklas was next, he had an okay run to finish in 68th place. He has a few things to dial in for tomorrow, but was satisfied to qualify on a type of track he usually doesn't do well on.

So tomorrow is the finals, and as usual you can watch the race live on redbull.com/bike.

Check back after the race for a final report, it might come a bit later than usual as we will start the drive home to Sweden directly after the race.

måndag 18 augusti 2014

Press Release, World Championships

We are very happy and proud to announce that the whole team will get the chance to represent Sweden at this years world championship in Hafjell, Norway.
This is probably the closest we will get to experience a world championship on home soil, and a lot of friends and family will be there. It's no secret that this has been the main goal ever since we heard that the biggest race of the season was going to be held this close to home, and we know we're going to enjoy every second of it.

The Swedish national team will consist of seven downhill riders, four in elite men, two junior men and one women. Robin and Niklas are two of the elite men representatives, Marcus is of course one of the juniors and Leo will, together with the teams previous mechanic and long time friend Erik Källström be wrenching for the whole national team.

"I have been focused on this race ever since it came up on the schedule and i am super stoked it is finally going to happen. I feel fit and healthy and i know i can perform well on that track so lets do this." -Robin Wallner

"I can´t be more excited to do my first World champ and to do it in Hafjell makes it even more special. Ever since I got to know that worlds were going to be in hafjell I have had it on my mind nearly 24/7. It has been my dream and goal for the last 2 years to get there."- Marcus Hansson 

"Hafjell is special for me, I´ve got my best ever world cup result there, I love the track and no matter how bad this season has been with injuries and stuff I´m 100% focus and ready to give it my all in Hafjell." - Niklas Wallner

söndag 17 augusti 2014

Pila European cup #6, Finals

Sunday, raceday here in Pila. Once again we woke up to clear skies and close to freezing temperatures. The morning practice session was pretty standard, the guys put in 3 runs each and everything ran according to plan.

After a lunch back at the appartment and some downtime Niklas headed up to the start. Again he didn't quite find the speed he knows he has in him and put in a time of 4:05;737 which would result in a 12th place finish.
"Well with a couple of misstakes and not feeling very comfortable I tried my best and 12th place was the best I could do." 

Marcus has really started to find his stride lately and after a good qualifying yesterday he was looking to continue to put in a good ride again today. He started just a handfull riders after his team mate and 4:06:270 later he crossed the finish line. This ended him in 14th place in elite and fastest junior, a solid result and he hopes to bring this momentum into the world cup finals next week and the world championships two weeks after that.

- I´m super pumped to crack the top 15. My run went really well. I felt smooth and I didn´t push more than necessary. I didn´t think I would end up as high up in the results as i did but now it really feels like I have found the speed for the remaining races.

Once again Robin was one of the last guys at the start. He started solid and was fastest at the split with a 1.53, unfortunatly he slid out in a turn further down and the run was lost. In the end he ended up in 46th place, dissapointing considering what could have been but that's racing.

-I really like the track here in Pila and i felt that i could do well here, even if i haven´t been feeling 100% comfortable lately it was clicking a bit better in the run today. The speed is there but i need to find a bit of piece of mind and a better feeling heading into Hafjell.

Full results can be found here

lördag 16 augusti 2014

Pila European Cup #6, Qualifying

After Windham we headed for a quick visit in New York City and then flew straight to Milano. The plan was to get of the plane and drive straigt up to Pila. Unfortunately someone at the airport heard Miami instead of Milano, so Robin found himself without any clothes. We stayed the night in Milano in hopes of getting the bag the day after, but no luck. We drove up to Pila and a few days later the bag arrived. The rest of the team got to put a few runs in on the awesome tracks here in the bike park during the week.  

Yesterday practice started and all the guys enjoyed a good day on a fun track. Robin and Niklas was requested to do the IXS Course check. You can see Robin following his brother down the track while commentating at the same time, here below.

Since we are at about 1800m of elevation here the temperatures isn't what you would imagine the Italian summer would be like. This morning was no different, the guys headed out for practice with the thermometer showing 5 degrees celsius. The team had a decent practice and felt as ready for qualifying as you can on a track like this.

Marcus started first and managed to swing his mood around from a crash in practice and put a good run in. Marcus ended up in 29th place overall and is happy to place well in the elite class.

About 20 minutes later Niklas left the start gate. He struggled to find the flow and had some minor issues with the bike, on top of this he cought up to the rider in front of him and had to pass him. This lead to a 37th place run upon which Niklas looks to improve on tomorrow.

Robin started 4th to last and opened with a good first wood section but made some mistakes further down, which in the end turned the run from alright to pretty messy. Robin would end the day in 7th place, which is a decent position to be in for tommorow as he definately can improve on that run. 

As stated, the finals take place tomorrow. You can follow the racing on the IXS live timing, and come back here later for a race report.