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MARIBOR, Slovenia — Portuguese junior national champ, Gonçalo Bandeira, looked to sustain his streak last weekend at the iXS European Cup in downhill's Slovenian hotspot, Maribor, the site of many international downhill events and now a go-to destination for gravity junkies looking to test their skills on world class turf. After a qualifying run that was marred by "traffic" (another rider on course) and missed lines, Bandeira pulled it together to go all out the final run. The 15-year-old racer from Lousã faced off against the world's best descenders in the PRO U17 category on a course that Bandeira described as "super fast, super technical, and super fun." Bandeira rolled the first part of the course according to plan but fatigue lower down on the course caused him to make some mistakes that cost him the podium.

But like any budding pro, Gonçalo has already put the result in the past and is charged up for the next race!

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