Tracy Moseley donned her rainbow jersey over the weekend, winning the Gouveia downhill in Portugal while her American teammate Neko Mulally rode strong at the unofficial season opener for international DH racing.
The Trek World Racing riders used the event to ramp up for the start of the World Cup season next month. Great Britain’s Moseley took the win as the reigning women’s DH world champion, while Mulally, who hails from Reading, Pennsylvania, won the juniors and also took second place overall in scratch.
The track in Gouveia is notorious for the high speed rocky sections throughout, and during the week it claimed many riders, bikes and wheels, including that of Moseley and Mulally. The world champ crashed in training when she had a front wheel wash out and she landed heavily on a large boulder, destroying her new custom painted helmet, according to team director Martin Whiteley. Likewise, Mulally survived a high-speed crash on his final training run, after misjudging a landing slightly, and landed hard and fast onto a large pointed rock, destroying the rear wheel and sending him over the handlebars. He too destroyed a brand new custom helmet, but walked away from the crash with little more than bruising and scraping.
Mulally’s second place overall, behind a flying Danny Hart (GBR), bodes well for the young phenom, whose season was largely derailed last year after a broken arm.