The Multivan Merida Biking team had an outstanding weekend at the UCI World Cup in La Bresse, France. After weeks of steadily moving up the rankings Gunn Rita Dahle surprised the rest of the field to achieve her 27th World Cup victory on the physically and technically demanding course.
A fan of the big wheel on marathon courses Gunn Rita was sceptical the 29er would work for her in short and sharp cross country races. However due to the extremely technical nature of the La Bresse course she decided to take her Big Nine Team to the start line.
The stability and comfort of the big wheels propelled her through the demanding sections and helped secure her 1st world cup win since 2008.
This victory leaves her just 1 victory short of becoming the most successful rider in the history of the UCI mountain bike World Cup and also makes her the 1st lady to ever win a World Cup on a Merida Big Nine 29er.
But the weekend had more dramatic race action. In the mens race (also the final qualifying race for the Olympics), Multivan Merida rider Ralf Naef (also on his Big Nine Team) was out to prove himself and to secure his place in the highly fought for Swiss Olympic Team. He put his stamp on the race early on and secured a fantastic 3rd place and gave him his ticket to London 2012 another Big Nine Team-D event.
Watch out for more UCI World Cup action over the next few weeks.
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