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Ft. William is in the Books

The second round of the 2019 World Cup season is in the books. Our gravity team had a mixed weekend, but ultimately ended up unscathed and is ready for Leogang.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG During Ft William UCI MTB World Cup DH Round 2

Connor Fearon had a massive crash in practice that resulted in him needing a new bike. Fortunately, he wasn’t injured and was able to lay down a solid race run in diabolical conditions that took out many riders on Sunday. He landed in 19th place aboard his Operator CR. Jackson Frew had a mechanical that kept him from completing his race run.

“I was excited about coming into Fort William this year. I really wanted to have a good result after a slow start to the season in Maribor for me. It pretty much rained the entire weekend which isn’t too bad because the track is almost gravel the whole way so it doesn’t get too slippery or muddy. I had a good first practice day and was confident for qualifying,” Fearon said. “Unfortunately my qualifying day practice runs didn’t go so well with a couple of problems and a big crash kind of dropping my confidence quite a bit. I got through qualifying and my sights were set on the race. My race run went pretty well. I had a good run but still lacked the intensity and speed I know that I can deliver. I finished in 19th which is a step forward from round 1 but I’m definitely looking forward to Leogang where I have a good track record and to try to keep moving forward and better my results.”

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG During Ft William UCI MTB World Cup DH Round 2

Quote from Dupelle.

“Fort William was hard this year. It’s been the toughest it been in a while and to add on very unpleasant weather as well didn’t make it easier and but the team pushed through and got it done anyway, and I’m very happy the riders walked away safe at the end,” said team manager Mathieu Dupelle.
“We are very happy to be in Leogang now with gorgeous mountain views and great weather. It’s a track Connor and Jackson are looking forward to riding.”

Next up: one of Connor’s and Jackon’s favorite tracks: Leogang! We’re looking forward to seeing what the team can pull off in the legendary bike park.