Downhill World Cup, Lourdes

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

“World Cup 2017 kicks off”

2017 Downhill World Cup kicked off this weekend in typical fashion; Amazing fans, the fastest riders, some crushing lows and controversial talking points. 

Lourdes, France- the opening race for the past 2 seasons and a track the riders love and the fans pilgrimage to. our man Mike Jones has excelled here in the past taking his only world cup podium in 2015. But, like with the first two EWS rounds it seems that practise is in awesome weather and the race day is some what challenging!

With an awesome pre-season behind them, Elliott Heap and Mike Jones were peaking for the roll out of the 2017 World Cup Season. Lourdes, France the location- an amazing track situated on the French side of the Pyrenees, made up of a mix of Natural, fresh sections and some man made berms/ features. On track walk day the team looked stoked (despite the presence of Snow at the top of the hill).

Mike and Elliott scope out the lines together on track walk

Sponsors dream; Media Mike on WynTV on Pinkbike. Click here to watch 

Filmsmiths Track walk edit with the team:

Rock and roll on the CRC-Mavic tour bus- Eggs Pager style #poachedwars

Elliott #94 looked fast and smooth in his first Elite Mountain Bike World Cup

Mike Jones- Flat out #25

Risks of racing- Unfortunately a crash in final practise broke a bone in Mikes wrist ruling him out till Andorra- Seriously gutted for Mike after he has put so much work into his training this winter, but be sure he will be back.  

Elliot made the cut in qualifying despite a messy run with a crash 

Representing; Elliott Heap in front of the Awesome French crowd took away an amazing 23rd despite the unpredictable weather in his first elite World Cup

Finals Day team edit:

Next up will be EWS Maderia and Ireland followed by the Fort William World cup. Mike Jones may be missing this round but Elliott will be joined by Sam Hill.

Full list of results and times here 

Images by Fraser Britton Photos.

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