If running an e.thirteen chain retention system on your bike wasn't the ticket to a podium finish, then our only other guess would have to be those patriotic skinsuits everyone was wearing. E.thirteen riders blew away the field in Ft. William, Scotland this past weekend, with record-breaking crowds in attendance.
e.thirteen bagged five of the six available gold medals, as well as a handful of silver and bronze medals. In the elite categories, e.thirteen athletes took the top three positions in men's downhill!
Ruaridh Cunningham, one of e.thirteen's newest recruits and the new Junior World Champion, has had an amazing season as a junior racer. He grabbed the junior win in Vigo, while placing tenth overall amongst the elite class. It's been an intense battle between Ruaridh and Josh Bryceland for the overall junior leader's jersey, but after his commanding win in Ft William, it appears that Ruaridh will have a great chance of clinching the Junior points leader jersey.
Congratulations also go to JD Swanguen, who placed only two seconds behind Ruaridh, which was good enough for the silver medal! Swanguen made his fellow Americans proud by being the highest placing American in the downhill race.
The men's elite downhill podium was chock full of e.thirteen athletes-the top three riders in the field were all running e.thirteen chain retention systems, a necessity for the inclement weather that came down on Scotland. Sam Hill continued his reign and properly defended his world title, using the muddy course to his advantage for his second elite world title.
Behind Sam Hill was Fabien Barel, who gave Sam quite the scare with his split time. Barel was in fine form, even after crashing in practice on the course. He rode with confidence and strength during the final and took home the silver medal, less than one second behind Sam-but over five seconds faster than the rest of the field!
Gee Atherton grabbed third place behind Barel, and his sister Rachel was also able to make a podium appearance in the women's elite downhill race. The women's downhill class was also dominated by e.thirteen athletes: Sabrina Jonnier took the win, followed by Rachel Atherton. Both girls were a full eight seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Sabrina's win capped the sixth World Championship title for e.thirteen's worldwide patent pending "taco" internal bashguard design.
Jill Kintner also picked up her third world title for mountaincross. Despite the fact that Jill crashed hard on her arm during practice and was barely able to hold onto the handlebars, she dug deep in the finals and took the win. As reigning world champion, Jill has one more tough race ahead of her at the World Cup finals in Maribor, as she leads Anneke Beerten by a margin of only 40 points.
Jurg Meijer rounded out the men's mountaincross podium with a third place finish. Jurg's bronze medal secured podium appearances by e.thirteen athletes on every single podium at the World Championships.
French rider Floriane Pugin snapped up the women's junior world title by a margin of over 29 seconds! From every angle, this past weekend in Fort William was a total success for riders using e.thirteen product.
e.thirteen would like to congratulate all of their athletes for a stellar weekend at the world championships. Congratulations for our five athletes who are now World Champions, and congratulations to everyone who raced this weekend and represented their country with pride.
e.thirteen would also like to take this opportunity to send their best wishes to Tara Llanes who was hospitalized after a crash at the Jeep event last week. There is a website being set up to help Tara and we encourage everyone to visit it and encourage Tara in her healing process: http://www.tarallanesroadtorecovery.com/
e.thirteen components is a small, rider-owned and operated company that strongly supports dozens of grassroots races, series, contests and other riding events all over the world every year. Founded in 2001, e.thirteen's innovative, functional, simple and lightweight chain retention systems have made them a world leader in this category, and the choice of top pro and amateur riders and mechanics alike. They support a worldwide distribution network and take great pride in offering devoted customer service.
source: Aaron Lutze
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