Neko Mulally Wins Inaugural Duryea Downhill
May 15th, 2012
Racing just minutes from home, Trek World Racing’s Neko Mulally took another win for season 2012 by taking the victory at the Duryea Downhill, an event held in Neko’s hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, and an event he help put together. Here’s what he had to say about the weekend.
“One of my side projects this year has been helping to organize a downhill race in my hometown. The race was very enjoyable for all who participated. The Duryea Downhill is unique because it finishes in Reading’s City Park which is in the center of town. There were a lot of spectators and for that reason and it was cool to race on a track that’s a little different to the ski slopes we’re used to. This race was awesome for me personally because it was so close to home and being able to race on my home trails in front of all my friends from school and my family was really special.
The whole weekend was great. Saturday evening I had a BBQ in my yard where a lot of the riders came to hang out and ride my pump track. Ray Waxham from Trek’s Race Department was with us all weekend and he is always great to have around. My bike was set up perfectly for the track as the race was held on the mountain where I do all my home testing. The new Shimano Saint components were very popular because most of the guys here hadn’t seen them yet. I ran the Bontrager G4 tires again which I believe gave me a big advantage on rolling speed. I won the race by over 7 seconds, and it was awesome to see all my friends and family waiting at the finish line. I am really glad that I was able to help make this race possible and I hope it can become an annual event.”
Race results are here: http://duryeadownhill.com/Results.html
Many thanks to Matt DeLorme for the images from the event.