We would like to take a bit of time to look back and sum-up the season and what a year it has been.
Starting out in februari with our first get-togther building new bikes, getting wild in the jumps and everyone just so eager for the season to start of.
We got to film together with Simon Sjören & his http://www.helikoptermedia.se/ he made it in our opinion one of the best edits we have yet published.
In case you haven´t seen it go & have a look:
Team W-Racing Winter Biking in Åre from Fotograf Simon Sjörén on Vimeo.
On from there we loaded up our brand new Peugeot Boxer (thanks to Hanssonbil/Peugeot) and headed for southern Europe.
We got in a week of riding and training in San romolo-Italy with smiles and fun
Both dh & enduro was on:
But the week ended (skip the last run of the day kids) with a visit to the hospital and a broken wrist for Marcus.
This was one of the bigger lows of the season when we got 3 bikes, cameras and a lot of things stolen out of the van in bright daylight outside of the hotel.
Luckely for Robin he could borrow Marcus bike and piloted it to our first podium of the season with a 2nd place.
It was busy days trying to get the missing bikes back first of all wich never seemed likely and didn´t happen...It is still out there somewhere and anyone that finds it will be offered a reward!
Our video-projects had to be put on hold for a while as all of the camera-equipment went missing but we kept busy with ridingclinics, dh-racing and our first few enduro-races!
The first two wc-races became a bit of a dissapointment to the whole crew with Marcus back from injury not at full speed, Niklas not quite up to pace and Robin with a crash in Fort william and then a flat in Val di sole.
Team W-racing.se Episode 3 2013 a Mountain Biking video by lillwallner
When the European cup headed to Czech republic & Spicak Robin put together one of the best runs of the season claiming the teams first win by over 4 seconds in front of riders like Marcus Pekoll & Johannes Fischbach.
Robin is most likely looking back at this as one of his highs of the season showing raw speed.
We had short brake from racing in July where Niklas found time to both train and work on a video-idea he had been thinking of for a while with Robin.
Check it out at:
Reload with Robin Wallner a Mountain Biking video by lillwallner
Robin also picked up a enduro-win on home soil during the Åre bike festival:
We headed out to Canada and Niklas was back in shape with a 40th in qulifying, Marcus 12th in juniors & Robin 24th.
It never clicked in the finals with both Robin & Marcus puncturing & Niklas coming of with a 60th. But somehow this race was where the whole crew got a bit of confidence back.
World champs however was a dissapointment for everyone, firstly since only Robin got selected by the federation to go.
He was well prepared for this race with bigger wheels on and fresh legs but maybe a bit effected missing his teammates, he ended up crashing with a dissapointing 37th place.
Meanwhile back home Marcus went training in Hafjell-Norway to prepare for the world cup there but he ended up in hospital with a broken pelvis wich was another low-point for him and the Whole Team.
The world cup in Hafjell was the race of the season for us and the race that all of us had pinpointed as the goal of the season. Especially with world champs being held there next year and the potential shown last year.
Robin made it into a 13th in qulifying and with Niklas qualifying despite a double flat it was already a succesfull weekend after qualifying.
In the horrible conditions in the finals Niklas finally did what everyone has been waiting for with his best ever WC-result by miles with a 16th place.
Even though Robin came of twice in the finals this was by far the best overall wc-result for the team this season with Robin in 24th place.
Excited Niklas went on to qualifying in 25th the following weekend in Leogang showing it was not a one time thing. Expect to see him back up there in 2014.
Final race of the season was national championships in the middle of Stockholm where Robin & Niklas went head to head for the title.
In the end Robin picked up another National champs-jersey with Niklas close in 3rd spot.
We look back at a very memorable year for many reasons and head into winter motivated as ever to be back as a competetive team for 2014.
Team W-racing.se Episode 4 2013 a Mountain Biking video by lillwallner
A big thank you to all friends & partners who made this year possible!