After long hiatus of 2020 season, we can finally say: the racing is back! Bike Park Pohorje hosted first round of Unior Downhill cup and Slovenian national championships. To spice things up, many of fast international racers showed up to take a race as a good training ground for the upcoming UCI MTB World Cup in October. The well renowned world class track down the Pohorje mountain proved us again with thrilling and nail-biting race.
Sinter Brakes Team riders were again fighting for the top steps in their classes. Hero of the day was Žak Gomilšček, which it was first rookie race as Elite rider. He stormed down the racetrack and almost suprisingly took the national championship title in Elite class. Žan Pirš and Tomo Joksimović Terpin also dominated in their own classes with taking national titles.
Elite men category was stacked with fast World Cup class riders, where David Trummer (AUT) and Jure Žabjek (SLO) highlighted the starting list. Žak’s offseason preparations payed off as he showed great speed already in qualifying run where he posted 3rd fastest time overall, just behind Trummer and Žabjek. For final run, Žak turned up the pace and crossed the finish line with time 3.07.97 which was fast enough to take National title and 2nd place overall, right behind Trummer. This is great indicator of things to come for the upcoming races.
In the U19 junior category all eyes were on Žan and Marko who were top contenders for the title. In qualification run, Marko confirmed his form with first place, while Žan had small tip-over which put him down the ranking order. For final run, Žan started among the first riders, took over the hot seat and sat there all until the end. The fastest qualifier Marko had his share of bad luck as he got front flat tyre during the race run and his hopes to earn the junior national champ title was over.
Tomo dominated U15 category with winning both seeding and final runs and becoming unoficial national champ in U15 category.
Next race for Unior Downhill cup in scheduled on 30th August in Tršće (CRO).
PHOTO GALLERY BY: Žiga Mikeli