Photo credit: Sven Martin

Photo credit: Sven Martin

Lourdes on race day was sunny and warm, and fans came out in droves to watch the first World Cup! The course was classic French DH... steep, technical, and scary fast. Line choice became a nightmare as the tough track became increasingly blown out during the weekend. Simply making it down without a crash, mechanical or puncture became most riders' objective!

With Peaty out due to an ACL tear, Josh still nursing his famous foot injury back to race pace, and Greg recovering from thumb surgery only two weeks ago, no one was quite sure what we'd see from Syndicate at the first World Cup.

It was quickly evident that both Josh and Greg came to race, with Josh throwing down the third-fastest time in qualifying, and Greg getting steadily faster throughout the weekend.

Greg planned to be smart and steady, and made a top-30 finish his goal, in light of his hand injury. He was riding great, but partway down the track the strapping on his brace came loose. He backed off the throttle just a bit, but crossed the line with a time that would put him in 29th if everyone remaining finished ahead of him. As we saw, there were a mess of flat tyres, which boosted Greg to 22nd.

"A few weeks ago I told the doctors I would be racing in 2 weeks time, and now I've done it. I feel that I had quite a good run considering my injury and I improved my time each day. I'm pretty confident that it should be healed up for the next World Cup in Ft. William."