Following up on his top ten qualifying and finish two weeks ago at round one of the UCI Downhill World Cup in Lourdes, Connor Fearon is back at it this week, this time on home soil and landing himself 9th in qualifications yesterday. After the mixed weather and track conditions of Thursdays timed training and a few little showers in the morning the sun came out and finally provided a slightly more predictable course, playing into both Connor and new teammate Josh’s hands.


Connor Fearon. Photo: Duncan Philpot

Connor had a great day out there and finished up right where he wanted to be “I’m pretty happy with another top ten result for qualifying. This is where I want to be every race so I’m stoked. I think I have some time up my sleeve for tomorrow and i’m really looking forward to racing”. He’s also stoked about having a new training partner in fellow Aussie and recent Kona team addition Josh Button.


Josh Button. What alien tree? Photo Duncan Philpott

Who is Josh Button? Josh is an Aussie and former Kona Grassroots rider who suffered a massive injury back in 2010. He’s been back on the bike a while and this year finished 3rd at the Australian National Champs behind Connor and Troy and ahead of Sam Hill and many others. With Andrew Crimmins taking the year off racing to finish his apprenticeship, adding a shredder like Josh to the team is a real coup. Having someone to talk to in your camp about line choice, and race preparation is a real advantage and will help both riders come race day. Josh has only been on the bike a few weeks but is clearly feeling at home, pulling off a 15th in qualifications and landing some much needed points. “I’m pumped on 15th today in qualifying. The new bike is absolutely mint and I’m hoping to light it up for finals tomorrow!”


Due to not having enough UCI points Josh had to race in the Australian national jersey with a wildcard entry, finishing 15th will earn him some points, a similar result in finals will see that number drop and the white top kicked to the curb. Photo Duncan Philpott


Theres a 10% chance of rain tomorrow for the finals. No one wants a repeat of what happened two years ago! Photo Duncan Philpott


Connor making short work of the Alien Tree section of track. Photo Duncan Philpott


The Beasties boys clearly weren’t mountain bikers, but i’m guessing “Fast and low, that is the tempo” just didnt have the same ring to it. Photo Duncan Philpott


Kona Team Mechanic Mathieu Dupelle “Gettin er done”