MATTI TAHKOLA NEW EUROPEAN CHAMPION!
New Croc signing for this year Matti Tahkola yesterday won the Festina 24h Wembo MTB European Championship event in Béla, Slovakia.
Completing a distance of 390,6km in 24h, Matti beat his nearest rival by just under 10km riding our Croc 29 Fully.
"It's been a fantastic 24h race for me. I knew that I'm in great shape coming in to this event, but you never know what is going to happen over such a long race. Conditions were very wet and muddy, and it was great to have two Croc 29 Fully here which I kept swapping throughout the event. Everything worked as planned with both the rider and the bike, and we've come away with the best possible result"
24h is a real test, we're pleased to see our bike is performing well in such an extreme event and everyone here at Croc sends big congrats to Matti, well done! Our first ever European Championship gold! #crocsports
Here's a throwback to the Finnish nationals in speed disciplines at Ylläs which ended a week ago. Here are Mr Kankkunen and Mr Piirainen who both snapped some podium positions.
Sampo Kankkunen took three Finnish National Championship silver medals: In downhill, Super-G and alpine combined. Joona Piirainen was second in the Latvian National Championship alpine combined which was also raced in Ylläs.
Sampo won all three U21 category races (DH, SG, AC) and Joona took two bronze positions in DH and SG.
results: [click here][click here]
Ultra Distance rider Matti Tahkola joins Croc for 2018
Matti Tahkola, 22 years old Ultra Distance and Endurance MTB rider from Raahe Finland will race with the Croc 29 Fully in the European Championship, World Championship and other selected races this season. Despite his young age, Matti is already experienced in these categories, with victories in Relentless24h solo Scotland (329km) and Levi24h solo (388km) last year as well as other podium finishes.
“Croc is a proven race winner in the shorter distances, and I’m looking forward to putting Croc 29 Fully through its paces in these Ultra Distance events. My training period has gone well, and with this collaboration I’m eager to get going” said Matti whose season will begin on the 2nd of June in Festina 24 Hour Solo Wembo MTB European Championship in Slovakia.
We at Croc Bike are very excited that Matti has chosen to join us this season. It’s a great opportunity for us to show what our bike can do in these extreme events, as well as collecting valuable data for future developments.