World Cup DH Round #7 - Lenzerheide, Switzerland
While the Lenzerheide track has changed a bit this year, it's one The Syndicate is very familiar with as Steve Peat helped with the original design of the course back in 2015. It has a good mix of terrain with tight technical wooded sections, some big jumps and drops and a bunch of speed.
Greg has won twice here on this track, so confidence was high.
While there was a forecast for some rain, practice day saw nice weather and everyone was feeling good.
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In good track conditions, qualifying went trouble-free, smooth and consistent with The Syndicate all in the top 12.
Greg Minnaar: 4th
Loris Vergier: 6th
Luca Shaw: 12th
The dreaded forecast finally proved to be true as the rain came in overnight before race day and continued into the morning turning the prime track into a slick, and slippery mess during practise. It was looking to be another one of those unpredictable finals where anything can happen. Not what we were looking forward to.
While the start of finals day proved wet, slippery and treacherous for the Juniors and womens races, the swiss track miraculously started to dry out before the Men's Elite race, and by the time the top 20 riders were coming down, the course was in surprisingly good condition.
The Syndicate runs started off with Luca, and while he was a little off the lead pace, he came down into 3rd place for some time on the hot seat podium, and eventually just missing the top ten with an 11th place finish. Luca is climbing in the standings.
Loris has been consistently putting down top runs this year, and when he stays upright he has been on the podium for every race this season.
His splits were up and down, as he was fastest in some of the sections, but then would lose time and be down, then somehow make it all up in the next section and be back in the green. It felt like anything could happen, but at the finish he went into 3rd with 5 riders left.
What more can we say about Greg Minnaar...After a Pierron laid down a time that was over 4 seconds faster than the quickest time on the day, Greg finished less than a second back from the win on a run that was thought to be untouchable. Greg gained time on the whole bottom half of the course but ran out of track, finishing in 2nd. He’ll take it, but after two 2nd place finishes this season, both by only 10ths of a second, Greg is hungry for another World Cup victory to add to his all-time lead of 21 WC DH wins.
Greg Minnaar: 2nd
Loris Vergier: 8th
Luca Shaw: 11th
Bonus on the weekend, The Syndicate took the lead in the Team standings!
It's nice to take the overall lead into the finals in Snowshoe.
But first....World Champs!