This year’s Belgian DH championship took place during the Houffalize MTB festival, a great event mixing XC, 4X, DH and marathons races. The perfect place for the Barracuda DH Team to show his strenghts in front of a huge crowd wich showed at race day.
The track had a very physical top section mixing berms, jumps and pedaling sections. The last half was very spectacular with some scary drops and a funny high speed section that brought you to the finish line with some jumps. Qualifications went well for our team riders with Kristof Lenssens taking first place, Bertrand Gilles finishing fourth and Gregoire Pazdziorko already standing first in the U17 category.
Gregoire was the first rider down for the team and rode clean fast lines to take his first national title ! With the talent and motivation he showed from the begining of the season we an be sure it is not the last one !
Then came Bertrand Gilles, defending elite champion, really motivated about this race and who took the start ready to give everything. Whilst trying to push past his limits he made a big mistake in the top section which made him lose a lot of speed. Bertrand made a super fast and spectacular last section which gave him a well deserved second place, 0,9 second behind winner Nico Vink.
Last man to start was Kristof Lenssens who managed to ride a good clean and fast run but not enough to défend his first place in qualifying. Kristof ended 3rd and completed a really succesful week-end for the Barracuda DH Team. 3 riders, 3 podiums and a first national titel for Gregroire Pazdziorko !
Next stop for the team will be Todtnau (Germany) this coming week-end for the second round European IXS DH Cup.