TEAM UPDATE: DISERA BROTHERS PODIUM AT WORLD CUP, CANADA CUP
June 2, 2017
WORLD CUP XCO – ALBSTADT, GERMANY
NORCO FACTORY TEAM
Last weekend, the Norco Factory Team took to the steep hills of Albstadt for the second round of the UCI World Cup XCO. Both Peter Disera and Haley Smith had positive starts to the season in Czech Republic and were excited to spend some time on the updated German course.
With 157 riders, the U23 race was the largest field of the weekend. After his 8th place finish in Nové Mésto, Peter was called up to start on the front line. With a clean runway for the opening sprint, Peter and one other rider got off to an early lead and pulled away from the field.
A mechanical took out the other rider, leaving Peter solo with a gap between him and the chase group. The temperatures soared into the 30’s and the track started to dry up leaving riders faced with unpredictable traction on the steepest track of the year. Peter hung on to finish on the podium in 3rd place, his best-ever World Cup result.
“I was feeling good leading the race. This is what I’ve been training for and is the trajectory that I’m taking my cycling career to. With the heat and the loose course I settled in a comfortable pace and am extremely happy with my end result.” – Peter Disera
On Sunday, Haley and the rest of the Elite field took their turn on the extremely dry course. As the temperatures continued to climb, hydration and icy cold dump water bottles became an important part of the strategy. Haley had a clean start and a strong first attack, but after moving up in the field she slid out in some loose gravel and crashed. She quickly got back on her bike and kept fighting.
“There are a lot of positives that came out today. Albstadt is one of the most physically demanding courses, and it was even harder today with my crash and the unrelenting heat. I’m proud of how I fought back afterwards and battled to the end throughout the physical and mental strain.” – Haley Smith
The Norco Factory Team is supported by: SRAM, RockShox, Kenda, WTB, DT Swiss, HT Pedals, Smith Optics, Cane Creek, Park Tool, Axiom, Live to Play Sports and Jakroo.
The Elite Men’s race saw Andrew L’Esperance and Evan McNeely racing for the Canadian team with Forward Racing. Andrew had a good start and was pleased with the pace he kept, performing stronger and more on form. Unfortunately Evan also fell victim to the course conditions, crashing early on but continuing his race.
Sean Fincham was looking to repeat his performance from Nove Mésto but during his U23 race he crashed hard. Showing amazing character and strength, Sean got up and continued racing until he was pulled prior to the last lap and was freed up to seek medical aid.
CANADA CUP #3 – BAIE ST PAUL, QC
Back on home soil, Norco Factory Team athlete Quinton Disera was looking to repeat his podium effort from the previous weekend. Quinton raced hard, battling last weekend’s winner Evan Guthrie as the two raced for first and second. Guthrie’s flat tire on the final lap helped make way Quinton to take his first Pro Men’s win at only 18 years old.
The Norco Factory Team is back together for the next Canada Cup events in June. Haley, Peter and Quinton then head back to Europe for XCO rounds 3 and 4 in Andorra and Switzerland at the end of the month. Stay tuned to norco.com and Red Bull TV for all the action!