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In this episode, Neko Mulally talks about the track, the team’s experience, and insight to what it means to be a protected rider (or not).
Leogang has one of the shortest tracks on the circuit. Top racers stop the clock around the 3:15 minute mark. Because of this the racing is tight and many riders finish on the same second. The track—built within Bikepark Leogang—was tighter and more confined than in years past, traits that rewarded precise riders. This was especially true in the new chicane sections.
The riders like being in Leogang for the amenities too. The scenery is epic. The food is good, and the hotels are posh—with spas and rooftop pools. This is not always the case for World Cup venues, but very welcome after the harsh conditions experienced last weekend in Scotland. You’ll find Neko’s Musing on that round, here.
Our favorite part this musing comes at the halfway point (3:30). Here, Neko describes the challenge of being an unprotected rider that’s consistently in the Top 30 overall. He says, there’s a fine balance between going for points in the qualies and riding smart to make sure he makes the finals.
With round #3 finished there’s roughly one month before the series picks back up in Vallnord, Andorra for round #4. In the meantime, we’ll be putting together a few non-World Cup based musings. If you have a topic or question for Neko hit us on social media and we’ll see if we can get him to reflect on your topic.
About Mulally’s Musings—We’re shaking down Intense Factory Racing athlete, Neko Mulally, after each World Cup and throughout the season to bring you his thoughts and musings here, in the TRP edition of Mulally’s Musings.