After a long and quiet winter, Pinkbike racing is back between the tape. It was time for Aimi, Ben, Thibault and Wyatt to drop the gate again this week in the Swiss alps in Lenzerheide.
Just before the race, the team received fresh new kits and new iXS Helmets hand delivered by Richard Carter, Global Bike Manager of iXS! Slightly different from last year, the team changed to blue/navy but kept the three stripes that are now the identity of Pinkbike racing. iXS was spot on with the new design of the helmet and the colorway matches the kit perfectly.
This beauty is ready to ride. Freshly built in Morzine a few days before heading to Lenzerheide.
It was time for the team to experiment with the new race format. The juniors were the first to ride. Straight after trackwalk, they jumped on their bike for some action.
Aimi (left) qualified 4th. It was her first ever qualification with the new race format. In finals she finished 5th. "Super happy to start off the season with a top 5, lets build from here " -Aimi
Wyatt (right) ended up 33rd despite a big crash in his qualification run. The first splits were really good until this point. It was good to see him riding this fast after being ill the day before. "Even if I didn't make into finals (top 25), I learned a lot and had a great time. Ready for Leogang!" - Wyatt
Unfortunately, Ben had a massive crash during his last run before qualifying. He broke a vertebra and will be unable to race for the first part of this season. After only one day at the hospital, he is already back with us and ready to do his second job: making cool videos on world cups. Healing vibes to the big man!
It was Thibault's first World Cup taking on more roles and responsibilities for the team. He just missed out on qualification by a couple of seconds.
There is a new member in the Pinkbike racing team: Torin Moffat (left) will be assisting Peter Duke(right) on the mechanic side. He will mainly work on Aimi and Ben's bikes.
Pinkbike Racing Runs iXS!