TROY BROSNAN 2ND IN LENZERHEIDE
Words by Owlpine Group
Troy Brosnan has finished in 2nd Place at Round 5 of the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Lenzerheide over the weekend.
Brosnan was confident heading into the weekend following his win at an Andorra.
He showed his confidence when he finished 1st in timed training after a flying run on his Canyon Sender.
“COMING OFF A WIN I WAS PRETTY CONFIDENT AND EXCITED TO HUNT FOR ANOTHER ONE. I KNEW MY BIKE WAS SET UP PERFECTLY AND EVERYTHING WAS RUNNING SMOOTH, FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE WAS GREAT I FELT THE RYTHYM WAS COMING TO ME PRETTY WELL AND I HAD ALL MY LINES DIALLED SO IT WAS A PRETTY EASY DAY.”
Brosnan had a tough start to his Qualifying day, crashing in both practices in the same section prior to his main run.
Nevertheless, Brosnan hit the track and qualified 2nd all while carrying a dead leg from hitting a tree earlier that morning.
“I CRASHED REALLY HARD ON BOTH PRACTICE RUNS BEFORE QUALI IN THE SAME SECTION WHICH PUT A LITTLE DINT IN MY CONFIDENCE. MY ACTUAL QUALIFYING RUN WAS REALLY GOOD, I WAS STOKED WITH 2ND AND THOUGHT FOR FINALS I COULD CHANGE SOME LINES, UP THE PACE AND GO FOR THE WIN.”
It rained overnight in Lenzerheide, making the track perfect Race conditions with plenty of grip and tack.
Brosnan undertook two morning practice runs and felt confident heading into his Race Run.
“I HAD SOME SPEED FOR THE RACE, COMING IN I WAS FEELING GREAT. MY LEG WAS PRETTY SORE BUT IT WASN’T GOING TO HOLD ME BACK AND THE ADRENALIN KICKED IN! .”
Brosnan got bucked in the top rock garden and went a bit off his line and lost some time.
Pushing as hard as he could through the rest of the sections, Brosnan made back his lost time.
The Canyon Racer finished with a time of 02:57.204 and took 2nd place for the Round, only missing the top step by 0.162 of a second.
“I FEEL LIKE I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN BUT I LET IT GO BY 0.1 OF SECOND, BUT YOU CAN’T WIN THEM ALL AND I’M STOKED GET 2ND! I’M SECOND IN POINTS SO WILL KEEP CRACKING ON AND HUNTING FOR THAT NUMBER 1.”
Brosnan has now jumped into second overall in the UCI MTB World Cup Standings with two rounds remaining.
The next stop for the 2017 UCI Downhill World Cup is in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada from August 5-7.
LENZERHEIDE RACE RESULTS
- 1st – Greg Minnaar: 02:57.042
- 2nd – Troy Brosnan: 02:57.204
- 3rd – Danny Hart: 02:58.868
- 4th – Laurie Greenland: 02:59.985
- 5th – Phillip Atwill: 03:00.830
UCI MTB WORLD CUP STANDINGS
- 1st – Greg Minnaar – 902 points.
- 2nd – Troy Brosnan – 742 points.
- 3rd – Aaron Gwin – 649 points.
- 4th – Loris Vergier – 509 points.
- 5th – Jack Moir – 492 points.