Brendan Fairclough starts the world cup in the top 10

Grande Finale of the world cup in Val di Sole

The first world cup of the season in Lourdes, France, was a tough test for all the athletes.

Brendan in one of his training runs. (Photo by Sven Martin)

Team Manager Claudio Caluori was the first one to have a look at the track. And what was a very slippery challenge for him only got worse for the world cup athletes during their training. Lots of rain and very cold temperatures were not easy to handle on the muddy track with lots of rocks and roots.

You can get on board with Claudio and watch the first try of the track right here.

Claudio on track together with Remy Thirion. (Photo by Bartek Woliński)

Brendan Fairclough was able to stay on his bike and on the track during his qualifying run on Saturday, which many of the other top riders couldn’t. Brendan qualified in 6th position.

On sunday, the sun was out for the first time of the week. Completely different conditions than in training set a new challenge for the athletes. They didn’t know what to expect, was it going to be dry, or was it still going to be slippery? Brendan managed to stay cool and place in 10th position with a spectacular run, choosing lines that no others have chosen.

Brendan during the finals, – keeping the spectators amazed. (Sven Martin)

Neko Mulally struggled a little more with the wet conditions in France, placing 21st in qualifying and crashing in the finals. It’s only 10 days until we’re back on track at the world cup in Cairns, Australia though, where Neko gets his next chance to show his speed, – and we won’t have to expect any cold temperatures in the jungle.

Neko on his run on the drying track in the Pyrenees. (Sven Martin)

Gstaad-Scott is already on its way back to Switzerland, to then catch the flight to Australia immediately.

Gstaad-Scott-Lourdes-2016-03The Black Pearl is taking off from Lourdes.

See more of our photos by Sven Martin here! More news will come straight from the other side of the world. Stay tuned!

If you want to watch the replay of the World Cup on Red Bull TV, you can do it right here!

The Gstaad-Scott mechanics at work (Sven Martin)

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