The gravity-fed guys go way, way north for the penultimate round of the 2013 UCI Downhill World Cup held at Hafjell, Norway. Troy Brosnan and Mitch Ropelato headline for Specialized Racing, while Aaron Gwin is forced to sit out due to a shoulder injury sustained at the World Championships.
In rain-soaked conditions, Mitch’s development continues, cracking the top-20 with a fast run despite a mishap. Troy posts another top-10 but clearly will not be satisfied until he hits the top step of the podium.
Specialized Racing traveled to the far northern latitudes for the conclusion of the 2013 cross-country mountain bike season, where the team posted great results.
Reigning Olympic champion, Jaroslav Kulhavy, seems to have found the groove on his new Epic bike, winning a head-to-head race with defending World Champ, Nino Schurter. Lea Davison said she’d settle for nothing less than a strong podium finish, and she got it. Huge morale boost for the athletes, mechanics, and support staff, as we roll into the off-season and begin preparations for next year.
Thanks to John Lawlor and Victor Lucas for another season of coverage, to Benno for color commentary, to the riders that inspire us, and to all of the fans that cheer them on!