In downhill, you're absolutely 'on the limit', and that's just so exciting to World Champion, Reece Wilson
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Zooming past trees, gnarled roots and metal poles on a mountain bike, the wind blowing in your face as you race down the dirt course -- this is just a snapshot of the UCI Mercedes-Benz Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup.
(CNN)Zooming past trees, gnarled roots and metal poles on a mountain bike, the wind blowing in your face as you race down the dirt course -- this is just a snapshot of the UCI Mercedes-Benz Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup. And downhill world champion Reece Wilson is readily aware of how demanding his sport can be.
The 2021 Downhill World Cup starts Friday in Leogang, Austria, the same venue where Wilson became downhill world champion last year.
Beside downhill, the Mountain Bike World Cup also has other disciplines, including cross country and four-cross.
Within three years, Wilson says he went from never having ridden a downhill bike to being one of the top 25 riders in the world.
Heading into 2020, Wilson had only placed in the top ten once, but on the final day of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, he jumped straight to the top of the podium, conquering the Leogang track in just three minutes and 51 seconds -- three seconds faster than second place.
However, Wilson says he didn't feel too much pressure from wearing the rainbow jersey -- indicating a reigning UCI world champion: "At the end of the day, it's just the jersey for a race where I've done well last year.
"I think I calculated a few years ago that our time spent actually competing and racing in an entire year was only 32 minutes," Wilson continues.
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup starts on Friday June 11 and it is broadcast live and globally on Red Bull TV.