TEAM NORCO INTL. – World Championships - LEOGANG
Leogang, Austria – September 2nd, 2012 – Held in the scenic town of Leogang, Austria, Bryn Atkinson was at the 2012 UCI World Championships in full force representing Team Norco Intl. as well as his home country of Australia.
World Champs draws thousands of fans, tons of industry folks pooling in from Eurobike, as well as all the major media outlets. Bryn was looking sharp with a custom Green and yellow "Aussie" wrap job on his Norco Aurum (courtesy of Imagecraft inc.) and delivered an impressive 13th position at the biggest international racing event of the season.
The course had been beaten up by about 230 riders and 3 days of practice in rainy and cold weather. In some spots Ruts were as deep as the front axle and the texture of the soil was ever changing. Luckily race day saw perfect conditions and blue skies for a fair match.
Spectating was especially good at this event as well with the numerous beer gardens and big screens lining the course and keeping everyone captivated.
In the final, Bryn laid down a great run early on, occupying the hot seat for almost 30 minutes. With a few spectacular gaps, and poised form, he eventually finished 13th. Also worth mentioning; his time over the second sector of the course was 4th fastest! This being his highest place this season and heading into World cup finals, the Aussie is riding strong to break back into the top 10.
Bryn had this to say- "It's been a wild year for me and the team, I'm so happy that I could lay down a smoker for Worlds and be so close to the top 10! I knew my speed was there this weekend, my bike is working great and I was really into the wet, rooty, fast and jumpy track conditions. I'm excited so see the course in Norway next week, and finish the season in top form!"
Team Mechanic Alain Hall.
Photo Credits: Fraser Britton, Anne-Marie Ludekens & Colin Meagher
1. Greg Minnaar
2. Gee Atherton
3. Stevie Smith
4. Mick Hannah
5. Sam Hill
13. Bryn Atkinson- Norco Intl.
Next up.. World Cup finals- Hafjell, Norway, and Oregon Enduro finals in Mt.Hood for Jill...
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