31 May, 2008
WTB team riders have been on a roll. Brad Benedict returned from his first European world cup at Maribor, Slovenia and, five days later, took the biggest victory of his career at the NMBS downhill race at Santa Ynez, California. The following weekend saw Benedict on the podium at the Chile Challenge in Angel Fire, New Mexico. This weekend he's representing WTB and the United States at world cup #2 in Andorra.
Mark Weir is on form as well. He's been putting in major miles and dominating virtually every race that he enters. Weir overcame a nasty bout with the flu to take third place at the Spring Thaw in Ashland, Oregon. He was bedridden for 36 hours and shed 12 pounds in three days. But he came out for the downhill, racing with toilet paper in his jersey pocket (fortunately, he didn't need it). The race was won by Ashland local, Jared Hobbs. WTB team rider Curtis Beavers finished less than one second off of Hobbs and Weir was another 1.5 seconds off of Beavers. Since the flu, Weir has been on fire, winning a string of local races in preparation for the Downieville Classic and the French Enduro series.