BROSNAN SITTING 3RD IN WORLD CUP
Words by Owlpine Group
Australian Downhill Champion Troy Brosnan currently sits 3rd in the World Cup Standings following 9th, 3rd & 4th place finishes in the opening three rounds of the season.
Round 1: Losinj, Croatia – Position 9
Following up on Brosnan’s World Cup Win in Andorra and his 2nd Overall finish in the 2017 Downhill Elite Mens Category, the Australian was looking forward to getting stuck into the 2018 UCI MTB Series.
The first 2018 World Cup was held in Losinj, Croatia, a short and rocky track, similar to Australian tracks, which benefited Brosnan.
Brosnan felt good in Practice and tweaked the suspension, qualifying 4th for the first Race of the year.
Brosnan had a quick run, but made errors on the tight track and finished 9th with a time of 02:22.404, just under 3 seconds from the lead.
“FOLLOWING UP ON A GREAT 2017 I KNEW THE BIKE WAS DIALLED AND WAS EXCITED TO GET BACK INTO IT AND SEE EVERYTHING FALL BACK INTO PLACE. SOMETIMES I STRUGGLE IN QUALIFYING SO IT WAS GREAT TO FINISH 4TH. WE WENT BACKWARDS WITH BIKE CHANGES BEFORE THE RACE AND HAD TO GO BACK TO OUR QUALIFYING SET-UP. UNFORTUNATELY IN MY RACE RUN, I MADE SOME MISTAKES WHICH PUT ME BACK ON SUCH A TIGHT TRACK. I FINISHED 9TH WHICH I WASN’T HAPPY ABOUT, BUT I’LL TAKE THE RESULT AND LEARN FROM IT.”
Round 2: Fort William, Scotland – Position 3
After testing and training in Australia in between Rounds, Brosnan and his mechanic found some air rear shock changes that better suited Brosnan’s riding.
Brosnan then headed to Scotland, where he claimed his first ever World Cup win in 2014, with his best set-up yet.
The Canyon Racer felt good over the weekend, qualifying 4th before finishing 3rd in his Race Run with a time of 04:34.763.
“HEADING INTO FORT WILLIAM I THINK I HAD MY BEST SET-UP YET, I WAS FEELING REALLY GOOD ALL THROUGH PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING. I PUT DOWN A REALLY GOOD RUN AND PUSHED IT AND MADE A COUPLE OF SMALL MISTAKES AND FINISHED 3RD – 0.3 OF A SECOND OFF OF THE WIN. SUPER CLOSE TIMES SO I WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED I DIDN’T GRAB THE WIN BUT GLAD TO BE UP THERE.”
Round 3: Leogang, Austria – Position 4
Brosnan had a week-long break between Round 2 & 3 of the world series, and after spending the last 4 years on the Leogang podium, he was hunting for a win.
The Canyon Racer harnessed his confidence from Fort William over the weekend, qualifying 7th and improving his result to 4th with a time of 03:12.305.
Brosnan was disappointed to miss the win and is continuing his hunt for a World Cup win in 2018.
“I WAS RIDING WITH A BIT OF CONFIDENCE FOLLOWING 3RD IN FORT WILLIAM BUT MADE A FEW LITTLE MISTAKES IN QUALIFYING WHILE I WAS PUSHING IT. COME RACE DAY WE DIDN’T CHANGE TOO MUCH ON THE BIKE AND STUCK WITH MY LINES AND GOT ON THE PODIUM AGAIN IN 4TH WHICH WAS GREAT. IT’S NICE TO GET ON THE PODIUM BUT I WANT TO WIN SO BADLY IT HURTS A LITTLE BIT, BUT I’M GOING TO KEEP FIGHTING!”
Les Gets Crankworx – Position 1
Brosnan returned to the Les Gets Edition of Crankworx to defend his 2017 title against 196 other Competitors in the Mens series.
The Australian won the event with an impressive time of 2:59.15.
“I WAS EXCITED TO BE BACK TO DEFEND MY WIN HERE IN LES GETS FROM LAST YEAR. THE TRACK WAS DRY AND FAST AGAIN AND I WAS HAVING SO MUCH FUN, WINNING THIS YEAR FELT AMAZING!”
MEN’S WORLD CUP OVERALL STANDINGS
- 1st – Amaury Pierron: 503 points
- 2nd – Aaron Gwinn: 451 Points
- 3rd – Troy Brosnan: 413 points
- 4th – Loris Vergier: 407 points
- 5th – Laurie Greenland: 316 points