In Swiss spheres across the finish line during the World CupPublished on: 12 september 2018
LENZERHEIDE – Our Habitat Mountainbike Team performed well at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Kevin Panhuyzen, Isla Short and Milan Vader achieved a place in the first 30 of the race. While being in the gorgeous environment, Dutchman Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel won the bronze medal in the category Men Elite. Swiss Nino Schurter won the world title for the seventh time for Men Elite.
Kevin Panhuyzen, who finished 20th last year for Elite Men, made an improvement and finished 19th this year. With a starting position on 60th place, the Dutchmen made his way to the front of the race. ‘Because I had a pretty good start, I could get to the 45th place in the first round, after that I maintained my speed and I won position after position in direction to the top 20 each round. When entering the final round, I was riding 22th position and with this strong round I finished 19th place.’ Panhuyzen is aiming his targets on 2020 for some time now. ‘My ambitions for Tokyo remain the same. We need to try as a country to get with the first seven runners. With that Belgium can delegate two runners and I believe I will make a chance. Of course, I’m going to try to continue growing and I will hope that I can narrow the gap between Jens Schuermans and me.’
Milan Vader started at the U23 Men strong in the leading group on September 7th. But he had to sacrifice some positions and finished on place 25th. Isla Short had the fastest start of the U23 Women XC. The track was quite a challenge, but she still reached the 25th place. ‘Another week to race and after that I’m offskies to rest first. After that, the training will start to make more progress in 2019!’
Last weekend, NOS(Dutch television) made different items about the World Cup in Lenzerheide. We as Team Habitat are proud of the media attention that NOS gave to the World Cup. With over 10.000 visitors in Lenzerheide the mountainbike sport gets more name for itself. We as Habitat are very pleased to experience the growing love for mountain biking. We thank you for your support!
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