Gold for Alastair at the Euros

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

We’re delighted to report Nukeproof rider Alastair MacLennan took gold at the Euro Masters Champs n Slovenia – check out his report from the event here. 

We’re delighted to report Nukeproof rider Alastair MacLennan took gold at the Euro Masters Champs n Slovenia – check out his report from the event here.

Kranjska Gora in Slovenia was the venue for this years Euro Masters Championships. 

We walked the track in scorching conditions to find a fun and fast track littered with masses of huge roots and not a rock in sight which was a bit different for us.

After a blast off the start line it was hard on the brakes before turning sharply on the loose surface and diving down over drops and roots before descending further over slick clay soil and then popping out into the open for a series of super fast berms followed by an off camber grass section and then on into the biggest rootiest section off all. I loved this section and grew pretty confident here in practice which I knew would pay dividends come race day.


We were spat out of this section onto some super fast boardwalk before hitting the aptly names "Evil Eye" section where anything could happen as you launched onto the long gnarly roots with the sharp turn at the bottom. 

After another short blast we dived into the last wooded section which featured loose corners, roots and ever increasing in size holes before blasting onto the open piste for a flat out pedal into the ski jump and then a series of flat grassy corners before a final pedal of death into the finish.

Qualifying went well and I  put in a good smooth run and felt very comfortable on the track. I qualified fastest with Giuseppe Lividini coming in second and Marcel Waldmann third.

Lividini is always a fast man on any track but Waldmann was the man I knew I had come here to do battle with and come race day I knew he would be on a charge.

Cooler weather conditions greeted us on race day and as I prepared to start my race run the rain slowly started which could have dramatically changed the track. Fortunately it didn’t come to much.

I got a good start down through the awekward first wooded section and through the berms before entering the main big roots woods where I hit as near perfect as I could have hoped for managing to stay off the brakes and get a pedal stroke in. I undoubtedly made up time here and managed to exit at great speed and onwards into the "Evil Eye" which I again hit with speed and confidence.

The last woods went well and I carried speed through all the corners and over the holes before being spat out onto the open piste where it was full speed ahead and over the ski jump. 

The last few flat grassy corners soon passed and then it was full power onto the finish with every ounce of energy used as I crossed the line to hear the commentator announce I had taken the win. Waldmann came a very close 2nd with Lividini a few seconds down in 3rd.

Very happy to take this win and consider it to be one of my better ones. 

Mention must also go to fellow Nukeproof Rider Tom Sheridan who rode to new found limits and took home a Silver Medal in the 55+ Cat.

Overall a brilliant event which was well organised by great people.

Back home to the cold, rain and rocks for the next race which is the BDS at Glencoe.

 

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