It was a huge weekend in Lourdes, France at the first UCI World Cup DH of the season. After an impressive day of qualification that saw Andrew Crimmins qualify second in the Junior Men’s, Connor Fearon sixth in Elite Men’s (his highest qualification ever), and Tegan Molloy 11th in the first Elite Women’s race of her career, it was race day for the Kona World Cup DH Team. The big news of course, is Andrew Crimmins. After an injury plagued season last year, the lighting quick Australian was able to put it all together and win his first ever World Cup race with a time that would have had him 21st in the Elite race. It’s a huge day for the 17-year-old and we couldn’t be more proud.
With all eyes on the super stylish and popular Fearon, would the 21-year-old from Adelaide, Australia native be able to best his 6th place qualifying run and nab his first ever World Cup podium? Like many of his fellow competitors during qualification, come the Finals Connor had a terrible crash and broke a pedal off of his bike and was unable to finish. We’re happy he’s ok, and look forward to World Cup #2 to see what this incredibly talented rider can do on his Supreme Operator.
Coming off of World Cup Overall and World Championship titles in Junior Women’s last year, Tegan Molloy’s first Elite Women’s World Cup race was a big success. The 18-year-old Australian finished a very promising 10th. Big thanks to all of our sponsors and Team support staff for an incredible weekend of racing. Stay tuned to these three riders as they look to challenge the very best throughout the rest of the World Cup season.