SOURCE: e.thirteen components/PINKBIKE
e.thirteen athletes turned in another amazing performance in Schladming, Austria: Sam Hill won the menâ€™s DH and retained his leaderâ€™s jersey, Ruareidh Cunningham placed 17th and regained the junior leaderâ€™s jersey.
Jill Kintner won 4X to hold her womenâ€™s 4X lead and Sabrina Jonnier also retained her womenâ€™s leaderâ€™s jersey after a second place finish.
Sam Hill retained his overall lead with some serious authority in Schladming. He was the first place qualifier, picking up 50 points. Then, he cemented his lead with a victory (with a five-second margin) in Schladming, leaving second place overall rider Steve Peat over 150 points behind him.
Rising star Ruareidh Cunningham recaptured the junior leaderâ€™s jersey after an impressive run in Austria. Ruareidh started the World Cup season with the leaderâ€™s jersey but had to hand it over to Josh Bryceland shortly thereafter. In Schladming, Cunningham finished 17th overall, over 14 seconds and 41 places ahead of the next junior racer (Marco Bugnone 4:20.75).
Jill Kintner continued her winning ways taking top spot in the womenâ€™s 4x. Jill recaptured the leaderâ€™s jersey from Anneke Beerten but will still have to turn in another top finish in Maribor to clinch the overall womenâ€™s 4X title.
e.thirteen athletes now hold four World Cup leadersâ€™ jerseys (Sam Hill, menâ€™s DH; Sabrina Jonnier, womenâ€™s DH; Jill Kintner, womenâ€™s 4X; Ruareidh Cunningham, junior menâ€™s DH). In addition to the overall leaders, e.thirteen athletes have been making appearances in other podium positions.
Gee Atherton had a strong weekend in Austria, qualifying behind Sam Hill and following his qualifying run with a second place finish. Gee now sits in 6th place overall in the menâ€™s DH world cup standings. Jared Graves also turned in a fourth place finish in 4X; Tracy Moseley came through in the womenâ€™s DH with a fourth place finish; and Japanâ€™s Mio Suemasa took home third place in 4X.
Sam Hill followed his Schladming victory with another victory at Psychosisâ€”breaking the course record with a run of 12 minutes and 48 seconds. According to reports, the course was running slower than previous years, but the hot weather and dusty course couldnâ€™t slow down the current World Cup DH leader. Sam was joined on the podium by two more e.thirteen athletes: Cove riders Steve Smith (2nd place) and Tyler Morland (3rd place).
In the freeride world, Crankworx Colorado went off without a hitch, with e.thirteen rider Cameron McCaul taking the win, followed by fellow e.thirteen rider Paul Basagoitia in third place. e.thirteenâ€™s newest recruit, Andrew Taylor, followed right behind Basagoitia in fourth place.
e.thirteen riders have been gracing the podiums of world cups, NORBA nationals and huge international freeride events all year. The crew at e.thirteen salutes all of these riders who have been absolutely slaying it in 2007 with the help of e.thirteen chain retention systems. Best of luck to all the riders at Crankworx and in Maribor!
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