Photo Credits: Nathan Hughes Photo, Moonhead Media, Nico Brizin, JB Liautard, KifCat
World Cup #5 Les Gets, France—by barely a hair—Marine Cabirou cannot wait for the sixth round of the World Cup at Val di Sole, Italy in two weeks. The young French rider was just 0.677 off the winning time posted by Tracey Hannah in Les Gets. It was her third, second-place finish this year and by the smallest margin; proving that it is only a matter of time before she steps up to the top of the box.
On the men’s side, we saw every racer at the event step up—big time. Brendan Fairclough was nearly back on the box and spent time on the podium of hot seats before ultimately finishing 6thfor his best finish of 2019. Commencal-100% rider Thomas Estaque is back to full speed and placed 9thoverall. Dean Lucas from Scott DH Factory posted his best finish of the season in 10thplace, while Commencal-100%’s young-gun Hugo Frixtalon was barely behind him in 14thplace.
World Cup number five in Les Gets proved to be an excellent weekend for TRP riders.
Marine Cabirou/Scott DH Factory – 2nd
Veronika Widmann/Insync Racing – 6th
Brendan Fairclough/ Scott DH Factory – 6th
Thomas Estaque/ Commencal-100% – 9th
Dean Lucas/ Scott DH Factory – 10th
Hugo Frixtalon/ Commencal-100% – 14th
Jack Moir/ IFR – 23rd
Florent Payet/ Scott DH Factory – 32nd
Harry Molloy/Insync Racing – 50th
Mixing old school and the new school. A historic Les Gets track is back on the World Cup and while there was plenty of lamenting by the media and riders before the event—as featureless, too easy, boring—the track held one of the most exciting events of the season. In the end, the race crowned the best riders and forced loose, exciting riding for those willing to put it all on the line. In the end, the Les Gets course proved more than adequate to stoke the crazy, celebratory French crowd and get those of us across the pond to yell in excitement at our Redbull TVs. What a race!
But even before the race, there was a competition for bragging rights and cold hard cash. It wasn’t to see who was fastest, rather, to see which rider had the most guts and was best at pulling up. It was a long jump competition on one of the courses fastest jumps. In the end, Commencal-100% rider Bruce Klein put down an 86ft long jump that won the competition and went viral. Strong pull, Bruce!
Before the World Cup picks back up at the beginning of August many of TRP’s riders will be heading to their home countries to race for the honor of wearing their countries colors. This weekend, July 20-21, will crown the men’s and women’s French champions, while athletes in the US will make their bids for the Stars & Bars on July 27-28th. We’re looking forward to seeing some flashy new kits among the TRP sponsored teams’ pits in Val di Sole, Italy on August 3rd and 4th.