Pickering, Great Britain – Felt Ötztal X-Bionic took first and second at the Dalby Worldcup Eliminator, with Paul Van der Ploeg defeating his teammate and defending champion Thomas Litscher in the finals. The young Aussie was able to get a slight lead out of the gate in the final round, and stayed clear of Litscher for the victory.
The event, held in the North Yorkshire town of Pickering, featured 42 racers from which the fastest 32 qualified for the elimination rounds. The course featured stairs and steep climbs that wound around the town’s center. From the beginning of the event, Litscher looked like the man to beat. The 22-year-old Swiss qualified with the fastest time and easily defeated his rivals in the first two rounds of elimination. Van der Ploeg also appeared strong early on, clearing his early rounds to secure a spot in the finals.
In the final round, Litscher got a bit of a slow start, his first of the day. That was all the opportunity that Van der Ploeg needed. The Aussie dashed out to a lead that was only challenged by Litscher on the final climb to the finish. Litscher came up just short, but the two teammates celebrated a fantastic 1-2 finish. Both Van der Ploeg and Litscher raced aboard the Felt Six
full carbon mountain bike throughout the event.