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The LEX / Pivot Cycles race team got their first runs on the new Pivot Phoenix Downhill bike this weekend in Maribor, Slovenia at the first downhill World Cup of the 2010 season.

By race day, track conditions had deteriorated beyond description due to 2 solid days of rain and cold. With no real precipitation falling on Sunday, the once sloppy mud turned to peanut butter, testing both bike and riders to the limits.

Mitch Delfs (AUS) lead the way for Pivot with a 15th place finish, a great result, especially considering that his new bike only arrived from the Munich airport by Quebec Express on Thursday afternoon. "The new bike went sick. Only had a few days on it, so it was a bit of a learning process. I think it worked out well. It took the big hits sick, and the mud just rolled on through to a 15th. The run was great, I had a few stalls but it was hard not to, so I am pretty stoked to get down without crashing really. The track got so much slower as the mud dried up, it got really gluggy and sticky. It was a surprise track really."

Teammate Kyle Strait (USA) ended up 70th, after a run that was filled with surprises. "The run started out awesome with a good time, I made it through everything at the top. It was super fun. I got down to the bottom section, I was telling my teammates it was like you're riding and having fun and then every section is a surprise party. Oh yeah happy! It was crazy coming down the course every time. I crashed twice in the bottom section, but besides that it was fun. Better luck next time, right?"

Will Rischbieth (AUS) had a big crash due to track conditions being awful during qualifying. "I was disappointed with the result of qualifying with my crash, but it happens unfortunately, But I am really happy with my new bike and product, I feel really confident on my new ride and I cant wait till forth william world cup."

Mathieu Dupelle (Team Manager) was happy with the new team and bikes. "I am really happy how it turned out, wasn’t the best results but it was a rough course and the riders had a great challenge. I was relieved how everything came together with the new bike and product, we built those bikes on Thursday and tested them on the first day of practice of a really tough world cup course, For the first time ever with a new bike we had no problems setting them up or mechanical during the first rides, Pivot Did an amazing job with these frames and Sram and Mavic and the rest of our support made everything a fail safe ride." 

The next event for the LEX / Pivot Cycles team is in Fort William, Scotland for round 2 of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike world Cup. Drop by and check out the new Pivot Phoenix Downhill bike!
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