Unior Tools Team Race Report from UCI Class I Race in Bolgaria
ŽIGA PANDUR TAKES HIS FIRST VICTORY ON INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
22-years old Slovenian Žiga Pandur today took his first ever victory – and not just on any race, but on UCI Class I with strong international competition. Lucky place for Unior Tools Team rider was Shambhala Open downhill near Sopot in Bolgaria. Second and third place went to UK riders Sam Dale and Adam Bryton.
“I had no doubt in my head, I was just flying on my bike,” said Žiga Pandur right after last rider came down the hill and could not beat Žiga’s fastest time of the day. Žiga was feeling strong a week ago on the iXS European Cup event in Monte Tamaro but after the unfortunate qualifications the finals were cancelled. “I wanted to keep that good feeling and top racing form that I had in Switzerland, so this race had perfect timing. The trip down here was worth it. I won for the first time in my career and this is only thing that matters right now,” said Žiga with big smile on his face. Žiga is no stranger to podium but the top spot somehow always got away from him. Not on this Sunday though!
The race in Shambhala bike park near Sopot in Bolgaria is ranked UCI Class I, so it got the attention of very strong international competition. UK riders were the favorites with some pro riders and young talents but even the fastest qualifier Sam Dale could not beat Žiga’s final time of 4:17,30. Žiga just had too much fun! “Course over here is rocky but good for riding and I liked it from the first minute. And to take a win in such a strong competition is even sweeter. Now I have a result that proves how fast I ride and now I have to transfer this also into the World Cups and other events.”
Žiga won the race ahead of Sam Dale (UK, Transition) and Adam Bryton (UK, Banshee – One Industries); Slovenian Boštjan Volf (Supersnurf Giant) took 26th place.