After torrential rain turned practice and qualifications at the first round of the UCI Downhill World Cup at Lourdes, France into a bog, the sight of sun this morning was a mostly welcome one. “Mostly” because it would be easier for riders to get down the technical and slippery track without faulting, but the double edged sword of the dry conditions would also throw riders on to essentially an unknown track.WC_Lourdes_Finals-5409

After a great qualification run, which seeded him in 8th place, Connor nervously awaited his start. He dropped in for what would be a safe and solid run that would prove good enough for 9th, a great start to his season, with some solid points on the board towards the overall.


A big crash for first time junior Anthony Poulson in his qualification run put paid to any chances of improving his 44th position. His riding up until the crash however was turning heads and gaining alot of media attention. The boys head to Cairns, Australia for round two in a couple of weeks time.