Team Nukeproof at WC1

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Team Nukeproof riders Dan, Greg and Chris all headed to the first round of the UCI World Cup in South Africa last weekend. The team arrived on Tuesday evening and were eager to get their bikes built up, making a few alterations to their setup due to the nature of the track.

Team Nukeproof riders Dan, Greg and Chris all headed to the first round of the UCI World Cup in South Africa last weekend. The team arrived on Tuesday evening and were eager to get their bikes built up, making a few alterations to their setup due to the nature of the track.

Here you can see Dan’s bike sporting a dropper post, air shock, 40t chainring and a stiffer spring in the forks.

After the bikes were built the Team went to sign on and then walk the track. "The track looked amazing! So fast, dusty and with massive jumps, I couldn’t wait to ride it," Dan said.

Practice started on Thursday and everyone got to grips with the speed of the track very quickly, but unfortunately Chris had a big crash on his last run of practice. "It was the second time going for the big jump in the middle section and I felt that I hit the run-in pretty good. I just came up a little bit short and got bucked straight over the bars. I didn’t want to believe that it had happened as I was in so much pain and knew that the chances of me racing were slim," said Chris.


Friday came quickly and so did qualifying. Both Dan and Greg were riding well and felt confident for their runs. Their results mirrored this with Greg finishing in 54th and Dan taking the final qualifying spot in 80th which made him the first man down on Sunday.

Dan and Greg enjoyed a relaxed day of practice on Saturday while Chris was walking the track watching the world’s best.

Finals time and the boys were ready to go! Dan had a solid ride finishing 78th and had this to say about his run: "I was pushing really hard at the top to make up the time I knew I would lose at the bottom, but I ended up making loads of mistakes. I probably had my worst run of the week but I knew I had to push hard to try and make up time I would lose on the pedal." 

Greg pushed hard in his run and it paid off for him as he finished in 39th position. "I’m very happy to be racing in such a unique part of the world, and as for my result I’m happy with 39th and to get this one out of the way and look forward to the rest of the season on tracks that I know I can do well on.

The next event for the team will be the first round of the British Downhill Series on 14-15th April.





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