Kona super grassroots rider Jonathan Maunsell recently travelled to Cyprus to compete in the second last round of the Cyprus Downhill Cup.
“I got the invite last minute from the guys at The Pro Rider performance centre, a Kona dealer on the island. I travelled to the final round at the end of last season and thought it would be a great trip to round of my season again this year! The guys from the scene there are very friendly and are passionate about growing the sport. So I helped to design a new DH track during my visit last year and it was cool to see the building process is going well and they are racing that track in the final round of the series”
The format for the race was a little different to your typical DH style, practice was on Saturday and on Sunday the best of two runs counted. Jonathan stuck in a fantastic second run to take the win on the day!
“I was sitting in second place after run 1 around 2.5s behind the current national champ Andreas Theodorou. I took some extra chances on my second run and took the win by just 0.1 of a second! It was such a tight battle and great racing”
Jonathan would like to sent out a massive thank you to everyone who made this trip possible and so damn enjoyable.
All Photos: Andreas Iacovou