Monday, April 13th, 2015
A fantastic result to the 1st round of the Downhill World Cup, Nukeproof Athlete and CRC-Paypal rider Mike Jones standing on the podium, just behind French champion Loic Bruni and winner, ex World Cup Champion Aaron Gwin.
The track in Lourdes was technical, steep, dangerous and ridiculously fast. Riders had to lay it on the line to get a result and this made for nail biting viewing with big crashes, injuries and mechanical’s.
After a tough start to the weekend for the CRC-Paypal team, with Sam Hill not being able to compete (due to a an injury sustained in pre-season training the week before) on a track described by some as a”designed for Sam Hill”, Sam stayed positive and helped his team mates scope the track for the best lines. After 10 weeks spent living and training in Australia with Sam in the off season it was fantastic to see Mike come through to get his first World cup podium in elite (also on the back off last weeks success in the British Downhill Series). After qualifying a comfortable 8th position its testament to Mikes confidence and commitment that he hit all his lines on such a technical gnarly track.
“The speed this young lad has risen though the elite ranks in only one full season as a senior is breathtaking and he definitely has the established top riders worried. Mike Jones has definitely arrived and only has one goal in his mind: to be number one.” said CRC Paypal team Manager Nigel Page
Don’t worry, Sam should be back on his back ready to challenge for the next World Cup in Fort William, Scotland.
Joe Smith didn’t get the result he wanted, ending up in 57th, but again in practice and qualifying showed promise and will looking forward to making an impact in Fort William. “Joe has the ability and speed to be top 15 at any World Cup so I know he was really disappointed especially after such a good result last weekend at the first British round on the podium.” said Nigel Page
Super stylish junior rider Elliot Heap had a great result mixing it with the fastest juniors in the world in 11th. Team Manager Nigel Page said “Elliott stayed calm all weekend and rode fast and smart for such a young rider and finished 11th out of the fastest juniors in the world. This was an amazing result for Elliott and the team. It is great to have him on board – he is a fresh addition to the team and a super cool kid to have around. He, for sure, has a bright future ahead of him in this amazing sport.”
As well as Elliot we had our Wideopen Magazine team rider Charlie Hatton out competing in his first world cup race, finish a very credible 21st. its exciting to see how Charlie develops this season.
Great start to the year for the Nukeproof team. See you all in Fort William 6-7th June.