The 2016 Downhill World Cup Season has been the one we’ve been wanting to follow for years. With the exception of tragically losing Stevie Smith, one of mountain biking’s most loved riders, it’s been a pleasue to follow the series and has been an actual real competition this year. The World Cup title is coming down to the final round (for the men at least). Kona’s year has been just as exciting as the main show, it’s been filled with highs, lows, more highs and two weeks ago, one more low. While Connor has had a standout year, working his way up the standings via consistent top ten results to his current fifth overall ranking (and very real chance of standing on the overall podium) his two teammates haven’t fared so well. Tegan Molloy broke her collarbone before the season started on a modular pump track at Mt Buller, Australia and we all felt for Josh Button when he broke his hip at Fort William right after his amazing fifth place finish on home soil in Cairns. Tegan, recovered, dropped a rad video and raced on a healed collarbone for the last three rounds only to crash during the Canadian Open and rebreak her collarbone, rulling her out the final round as well as the World Champs.
The final round sees the World Cup arrive at the the much loved course in Andorra, the site of last years dramitic World Champs. Practice took place yesterday and Connor is loving the track and aiming to keep his momentum moving forward as he hits the track for qualifing today. “I’m really excited for this race. Andorra is such a sick track and everyone loves it, it’s long, but times are always close so it’s exciting to race. I’m currently fifth in the overall and I’ll be going all out to keep it that way!”
Josh Button’s inclusion in the Aussie World Champs team a few weeks back made headlines and let people know that the fifth place finisher from Cairns was back in business and ready to ride. Out of any kind of World Cup overall contention Josh is focused on the World Champs next weekend and is out there to ride and have fun on the bike “For me the World Cup finals is about enjoying myself on the bike, and getting back under the clock. 13 weeks post injury, I’m still pretty green. If I can stay healthy, get my bike dialled and build some confidence coming into World Champs next weekend, I’ll be very happy.”
Connor sends it as the course traverses the mountain side.
Josh Button clearly enjoying himself at Andorra yesterday.