Mud fest at world cup in Cairns

Brutally muddy conditions in Australia made it difficult for the athletes to stay on their bike at the second world cup of the year.

Patrick Thome entered the top 20 with an 18th place, Brendan Fairclough crashed onto 23rd place and Emilie Siegenthaler couldn’t finish the race after a crash.

Brendan Fairclough pedaling through one of the easy sections (by Sven Martin)
Tough conditions
It might be one of the toughest races in the world cup history that the athletes had to go through in Cairns, Australia. Not only that the dirt was greasy and the roots and rocks extremely slippery, also the layout of the track with several climbs and flat pedalling sections was brutally demanding. The sticky dirt made the bikes very heavy and the pedalling very exhausting. It was a tough fight for everybody, and there were a lot of crashes during the race.
Patrick Thom, plowing through the greasy mud. (by Sven Martin)
Patrick Thome 18th
Patrick Thome managed to find the right mix of aggressive riding and staying more or less in control, which put him in 18th place. He’s now 20th in the world cup overall, which means he’s protected for the finals, which means a lot less nerve wrecking qualifiers.
Patrick Thome entering the last pedaling section on the track (by Sven Martin)
Brendan Fairclough on speed
Brendan Fairclough qualified in 13th position and was ready for an attack to get into the top 10. Going a lot faster in his final run, he overshot a jump and landed in a whole that threw him over the bars. He didn’t give up though and still finished in 23rd position.
Sideways is forward, says Brendan Fairclough. (by Sven Martin)
Emilie Siegenthaler DNF
Emilie Siegenthaler was attacking hard right out of the gate, but already the first rock garden was the end of her race, as her front wheel got stuck between the rocks and Emilie flew over the bars.
Emilie Siegenthaler during training one of the slippery root sections. (by Sven Martin)
You can watch the race again on and you can see more photos from our Australian week right here!
It’s now time to pack up and fly back to Europe, where we are preparing for the third race of the world cup, in Fort William, Scotland, with some smaller races in the meantime.
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