Sunday, 28 March 2010

Jenkinson makes top 15 to secure World Cup hopes for 2010 season

Knox protected Stu Jenkinson from Workington in Cumbria, known as ‘Jenko’ in the world of Downhill Mountain Bike racing, has had a dream start to his 2010 season. Last weekend Stu travelled to Portugal to compete alongside 140+ riders in the Maxxis Cup International competition knowing that he needed to secure a top 15 place to guarantee him the final 2 points he needed before the start of the World Cup Series in May.

Racing conditions were not ideal and the pressure mounted on Saturday after the practice session was hampered by torrential rain. The track became extremely boggy and rutted in parts, so strength and power were required in order to cut through the mud , then speed and skill to get through the rocky sections and tight twists and turns.

"Competition this weekend was immense; with top riders competing from all over the world, including Gee Atherton (the 2008 World Champion) who won the race" comments Stu. His determination saw him successfully finish the race in 14th place, the 4th fastest British rider, securing the points he needed and his place in the 2010 World Cup Series.

Stu commented after the race “I’ve been training very hard for the start of this season, I feel fitter than ever. To come here to Portugal and get this result under these weather and track conditions is the best start I could ask for. There are a lot of top riders here, all looking for points for the World Cup series too, now I have all mine, so I am really pleased and can concentrate on my goals for 2010. The weather today was glorious, compared to yesterday’s downpour; the atmosphere and the crowds were electric, a really great weekend. I just can’t wait for the World Cup races to start now”.

As well as the World Cup series, Stu will be competing in the European Championships and the British Nationals. His next race is a British National in Wales on the 10/11th April and all at Knox wish him well.

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