It was another weekend of wins, podiums and strong results at regional and international events for the Giant Factory Off-Road Team.
In regional racing, American XC racer Stephan Davoust won the prestigious Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Durango, Colorado, and downhiller Jacob Dickson won an Irish DH series race in Bree. In UCI World Cup action, Under-23 racers Cole Paton and Cameron Wright both had solid performances at Round 2 in the Czech Republic.
Davoust is on a roll in North American XC and marathon events, with a string of podiums and wins this spring. The Iron Horse Classic is a special event for the 24-year-old, not only because of the race's history but also because it’s in his hometown.
“The Iron Horse is always a special event,” said Davoust, who rode his Anthem Advanced Pro 29 through a thunderstorm-shortened race to take the win. “It is a local event, but the field is always stacked full of Durango pros. Durango also knows how to support a race, the entire town comes out to watch, the streets and singletrack are lined with people. And to race in front of all the Durango friends ensures that no corner or climb is quiet. Everyone knows my name and is cheering, it’s a pretty awesome feeling!”
On the international scene, Cole Paton had another strong showing, finishing 15th in the U23 men’s race at Round 2 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. The 21-year-old American is in his first full season of World Cup racing, and he’s off to an impressive start in the first two rounds.
“I was absolutely thrilled to put together a ride for 15th place,” said Paton, who improved on his 22nd place from last week’s opener in Germany. “Nove Mesto is one of the most demanding and technical courses on the circuit. The last two weeks working with [coaches] Pawel Zimon and Oscar Saiz have helped me progress immensely.”
Also representing Giant in Nove Mesto was Australian Cameron Wright. The 19-year-old former junior world champion is in his first year of U23 racing, and finished 37th in Nove Mesto.
“I’m happy with my results from the last two weeks and I know what I need to work on in the month gap until the next World Cup in Andorra,” said Wright, who finished 33rd at Round 1 in Germany.
Both Paton and Wright raced their Anthem Advanced Pro 29 bikes on the technical Nove Mesto course, which challenged riders with rock gardens, steep, root-filled climbs, and rough, twisting descents. Both also wore their Giant Rev helmets.
And finally, in downhill action, Dickson scored the victory at Round 2 of the Irish Downhill Series in Bree. The win on his Glory Advanced team bike provided a boost of confidence heading into next week’s DH World Cup race in Fort William, Scotland.