Les Gets More Podiums

Posted by jo-2, July 11, 2019

Australian riders will be looking for more podiums this weekend with the World Cup circus stopping in Les Gets, France for downhill and cross-country racing.

It’s the first time back at the venue since the 2004 UCI World Championship.

Tracey Hannah (Polygon UR) holds the overall lead but Rachel Atheron (Atherton Racing) sliced into the points gap after taking out the Vallnord round last week with Hannah in third.

Troy Brosnan (Canyon Factory Racing), who held the overall until last weekend where it was snatched away by Frenchman Loic Bruni (Specialized Gravity Racing), loves this venue having won the last two Crankworx downhill races at this venue.

He’ also the only rider to ever go under three minutes on this track, and he’ll be looking for his first World Cup win in two years.

As for conditions it looks like riders are in for another dusty one here, although it won’t be anywhere close to the dust bowl of Andorra. The majority of the track follows the same route taken by Crankworx course in the past.

The top is flat-out through grass corners in the ski piste in true French style. Things slow down as the trail tightens up and snakes below the chairlift before plunging into the woods, where racers will face a mix of rocks, roots and soft dirt. 

In the XCO which will be shown on Sunday night Australian time, Rebecca McConnell (Primaflora Mondraker) will be out to reaffirm her place in the top 10 after finishing 20th at Vallnord.

The result saw her slip down in the overall standings two places to sixth.

The Les Gets course is 3.8 km long with 140 metres of slopel lots of grass, lots of berms and riders will do seven laps.

Photo Credit: Nathan Hughes\Pink Bike

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