August 31 2021
Jordan Williams took the silver medal at the 2021 UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships, finishing second place in the junior men's competition. Matt Walker and Veronika Widmann both took home top-10 results in the elite men's and women's races respectively.
Williams' result was made all the more remarkable as in practice he had suffered a huge crash, which by his own admission left him struggling to walk.
After taking some rest and receiving treatment, Williams was able to take to the Val di Sole track on race day and race for the world title.
Although still suffering from the effects of the crash, Williams put together a strong run on what is recognised as one of the most physically demanding tracks in the world.
His time was good enough to win the silver medal, just 1.8-seconds back on winner Jackson Goldstone. As a first year junior, Williams will have another shot at the world title in 2022.
In the elite women's race Veronika Widmann was competing on home soil and in front of a home crowd. Encouraged by their support she pushed hard but a small mistake in the middle of the track cost a few seconds and a few places, resulting in a ninth-place finish.
In the elite men's race Matt Walker continued to show his improving form and rode to his first top-10 result of the 2021 season.
Just 3.1-seconds back from winner Greg Minnaar, Walker's race run was consistently fast and sets the scene for the next series of races.
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup now resumes in earnest in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on September 5.