Welcome to episode one of All Things Black and Yellow, this is the first in a series of films that follows the Propain Dirt Sixpack race team around the globe. Which is made up of Phil Atwill, David Trummer, Henry Kerr and George Kerr.
In episode one we start with some pre-season testing in Schoekl, Austria. A stunning location just outside of Graz, with one hell of track for testing; rocks, roots, high speed, corners… probably just about everything you’d want. From Austria we continued onwards to Maribor, Slovenia for the iXS Downhill Cup.
The legendary World Cup track still holds true to it’s roots, but with some newer and faster modifications. David finished in 10th, Phil in 25th, Henry in 2nd and George in 11th. Next we were straight in to the first World Cup of the year in Losinj, Croatia. A stunning island just off the mainland, with a daunting mountain bike track above it. Rocks, and lots of them.
One of the shortest tracks we’ve seen in recent years, but still proved to be a challenge for everyone. Henry finished in 9th and David finished in 45th, but unfortunately Phil and George didn’t qualify. This is where we left the mothership and most of the team, and headed west towards Finale Ligure, Italy with Phil, Rusty and myself. In Finale Phil spent a few days getting to grips with the new Propain Bikes Hugene. And from there we stayed in the Italian Riviera, but in the suspension testing mecca that is San Romolo.
We were joined by the guys at Formula and EXT Racing Shox, to get some settings dialled in and testing some bigger wheels. The final destination on our six week road trip was to Olargues, France. The third round of the Enduro World Series. This was an amazing weekend of riding, on fantastic trails although a bit of an eye opener as to how tough these races are. Phil finished up in 41st position.