Leogang was recently announced as the new Austrian tour stop of UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series. The preparations in the small town located nearby Salzburg began immediately to make the long weekend from 18th to 20th of June a very special highlight of the international mountain bike scene.
Well-known and experienced World Cup racer Guido Tschugg was assigned to design and built the official 4X track. After only two weeks of design and construction work, the track is almost finished.
Ghost team rider and long term UCI 4X World Cup racer Guido Tschugg explains the concept and details: “The track is about 450 meters long and is packed with great features: A very steep start section is followed by a drop, a huge sized berm and a pro section with two big doubles. A long rock garden can be used as second line instead of the doubles.
Coming next is a special I really like: A bridge over the official UCI downhill track. This wooden bridge is a big sized step up step down combination on the right side, but also includes a banked version on the left for the regular bike park visitor. The last part of the track features a triple, which also can be ridden as a double and step down jump, as well as a long turn on a grass section. To make it short: the whole track is technically pretty challenging and different to the regular BMX-style 4X tracks we are used to see on UCI races.
The very steep start section will also allow riders with full suspension bikes to have a fast start. These might even have advantages over 10-kilos hardtail riders that could get a flat tire much easier in the rough rock gardens. I am curious what the other UCI World Cup racers will say. The whole track is not static for the next three years and World Cup tour stops.
Leogang and myself will continually work on it to make it perfect. But due to my long-term experience as a World Cup rider, I am a hundred percent positive that the 4X track in Leogang fits the high standards of the UCI in a very good way. I am pretty happy to have a great training track, not too far away from home in the near future. You will see me very often riding in the Bikepark Leogang in the next years.”
The main structure of the track is almost finished. The next two weeks will need a lot of work on compressing the ground and finishing the surface. After that, Guido will give the track numerous test rides to start the last and final improvements, if necessary. Soon the Bikepark Leogang will have a new world-class highlight available for all his visitors.
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