After an amazing World Cup season, Connor Fearon had little under a week to prepare for the final test on the DH calendar for the year, The World Champs. The infamous Val Di Sole track proved as big as an obstacle as it always has, punishing those that lack the mettle to stay focused the whole way down its steep and technical route. Practice, timed training and qualifications all went well for Connor and teammate Josh Button, the only spanner in the works was pedal choice. The course so rough that Connor decided to stick with flats, one of only two top 20 riders to do so. It was a brave move that eventually paid off, rewarding Connor with 20th place. Josh wasn’t too far back off the mark, considering it was only his second post-injury event, he would cross the line in 37th place.
Damn, that track was hard! I had a fairly good top section, and definitely felt a little race wildness come back which was mint. Before the second split I blew my feet off the pedals, went offline and somehow managed to stay on my bike but I spent the next minute of the track trying to get clipped back in. I finished up 37th but I think a top 30 was definitely in my grasp. I’m happy to come away healthy and more motivated than ever for next season. – Josh Button
I’m really happy to finish the season off with 20th here at Val di Sole at the World Champs. The track was absolutely brutal and I’m happy to be healthy coming out of Val di Sole. Looking forward to a good off-season and coming back here next year to get a better single digit result, it’s definitely the hardest track for me. – Connor Fearon
It wasn’t just Josh and Connor who were competing for a title, team manager, and mechanic Mathieu Dupelle was putting it all on the line at the Boxxer World Champs and had spent his time at Crankworx studying his competition and practicing certain aspects of the “course”. It wasn’t going to be Mathieu’s day though as Evan Warner took the title for the third time. In the Boxxer world champs there is only gold, there are no prizes for second or third.