Brendan Fairclough starts the World Cup Season 2015 in the top ten!
The first world cup in 2015 brought Gstaad-Scott a sixth place by Brendan Fairclough, which marks his best result since 2011.
Lourdes in France provided a spectacular and challenging track for the kickoff of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2015. The huge french crowds got to see an extra-ordinary race with many of the top athletes struggling to stay on their bikes.
Brendan crossing the finish line in front of the french crowds. (photo Sven Martin)
Both Gstaad-Scott riders Neko Mulally and Brendan Fairclough got along with the rough conditions on the track very well. A fourth place the new team member Neko and a 9th place for Brendan brought the hopes up for top results on sunday’s finals, with both riders knowing they can go a little faster.
Brendan checking out lines with Josh Bryceland and Gstaad-Scott sports director Cyril Lagneau. (Sven Martin)
Brendan Fairclough let it all all out right from the start, surprising everybody with the second fastest split time, but then lost a bit of time in some corners and ended up in 6th place, within the same second as third placed Michael Jones.
Brendan after his race run (Sven Martin)
Neko Mulally during practice. (Sven Martin)
Neko Mulally wanted even more and started with full power, but slammed his rear wheel onto a rock after only 10 seconds so hard that it exploded. Tire and rim were cut through by one sharp rock and the hope for a podium today was over.
Neko in the section that caused the most crashes on his way to fourth qualifying position. (Sven Martin)
We are extremely excited about what Brendan and Neko can do at the next round of the world cup in Fort William. We’ll keep you posted on our channels at (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) on what’s going on with the team.
Brendan on the first day of practice. (Sven Martin)