Team Update: 2018 UCI MTB World Championships in Lenzerheide – Elliot Jamieson wins bronze in Junior DH
September 10, 2018
The world’s best mountain bikers returned to Lenzerheide, Switzerland, this past week, to race for the coveted rainbow jersey at the 2018 UCI MTB World Championships. It’s a time for riders to not only represent their teams, but their countries. After a week of pouring rain and challenging track conditions in the Swiss Alps, the weather gods were finally compliant and delivered nothing but blue skies and sunshine for the final race of a dramatic 2018 DH season.
First up to race on Sunday was the new up and coming generation of the sport in the Junior Men’s and Women’s category. Elliot Jamieson, first-year junior competitor, Norco rider and son of Norco Product Manager Jim Jamieson, made an impressive appearance in his first-ever World Championship race. After finishing 38th in qualifying on Saturday, he ended up improving his qualification time by 20 seconds, smashing it into 3rd place and earning himself a bronze medal in the Junior Men’s DH finals.
“I can’t really believe it. This is my third Downhill race of the year, so I didn’t have any expectations; I just wanted to have fun and ride well. I was shaking when the top ten were dropping in and I was still on the Hot Seat. I’m so stoked, I can’t believe I am on the podium.” – Elliot Jamieson
Next up was the Elite Women’s category where Norco Twins Racing’s Caro Gehrig represented the Norco team as well as her home country Switzerland. Following a tough race season with severe injuries, Caro was stoked on her 11th place finish aboard her customized Aurum HSP.
“To race World Championships on home soil was just so special. For the past three years, I was cheering in the crowd. Already then, the atmosphere blew my mind. World Champs 30 minutes from my doorstep don’t happen very often, so I was sure that I wanted to have a shot at it. With my heavy injury during the qualification phase I definitely had some obstacles to conquer in order to make the cut for the Swiss team, but I made it and I could not be more stoked.” – Caro Gehrig
“Yesterday was certainly the best day of my cycling career! The amount of support from the crowd and having all my friends and family being there was insane. From the moment I dropped in, I felt like I was riding on a cloud; it was just so loud! I had a good run and I’m absolutely happy with my 11th place. I’ll keep those feelings in my heart forever and can’t thank everyone who supported me along my way to the World Champs enough!”- Caro Gehrig
With close to 80 riders giving it their best to race to the podium and win the rainbow jersey, the Men’s Elite category delivered a thrilling end-of-season DH race. After a good overall season, Norco Factory Racing’s Sam Blenkinsop and Henry Fitzgerald were ready for one last push.
Sam, representing New Zealand, and Henry, representing Canada, were both rocking a custom kit and were competing aboard their custom painted Aurum HSPs. Sam finished 26th and Henry 45th on the demanding Swiss track.
Find the full race results of the 2018 UCI MTB World Championships in Lenzerheide here.