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The first World Cup of the 2017 season graced the steep slopes above the French town of Lourdes and after the first berms were emptied of lush French dirt during the practice days race day arrived with expectation and heavy clouds. The Juniors and Women’s field lucked out, they were blessed with dry race runs and as the fastest 80 men began to drop it everything looked set for a real battle for the podium.

Then it rained, and boy did the heavens open! Lourdes was awash with water less than holy. After a few dryish runs for the first riders things got messy, high winds and savage rain made the once dry track a layer of grease and danger.

Our boys escaped the full force of the weather with Neko pushing hard to take away 7th and Adam coming in 36th after battling down the dampening track.


The weather may have played a part in the overall results but racing in the mountains will do this, we’re stoked all our guys are fit and healthy ready to hit Fort William with full force in June.

All our photos are courtesy of Boris Beyer

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