It was a 1-2-3 for Trek World Racing’s Downhill Men at the 2nd round of the Pro Gravity Tour in the US. The race took place at Highland Park in New Hampshire, and despite the dire wet conditions on the final day, all three riders raced their Session 88s to the top of the podium. The big surprise for some was that the winner was junior rider, Neko Mulally (USA) who had a convincing gap of 2.5secs over teammate Aaron Gwin (USA) and another second back to Justin Leov (NZL) who is back on pace. The stacked podium was a great end to the weekend, which started off in sunny conditions, but then just as the final came around, the heavens opened up. Neko felt confident on the wet roots and rocks, and rode a time that was strong, but he was pretty sure he would get beaten.
Neko said: “I was having a good time all weekend. It felt good to be back racing a local race again. I didn’t feel any pressure and was just having a good time with friends and especially Aaron and Justin. It was supposed to rain all weekend and a lot of people were stressing over it but I wasn’t worried because I knew I could ride mud as good as anyone else. While we were warming up for the race it was raining super hard, so I knew the track wouldn’t be as slick and the rocks would have been cleaned off. I rode with confidence and had a clean run with no mistakes. I knew it was good when I crossed the finish but I really thought Aaron and Justin would have beat me if they had good runs. With a good race this weekend, I’m really looking forward to next weekend.”
The team is off to Plattekill, NY, for the next round of the Pro Gravity Tour this weekend.