The first trailer has dropped for the 2016 mountain bike World Cup and it has us salivating for some downhill action.
The season is kicking off in Lourdes on April 9-10 (we know, it still feels ages away) but this video has us excited to see what the new season will bring. Last year’s race at Lourdes was voted as the best mountain bike event of the year by the UCI and this year’s promises to be just as good.
35,000 spectators will descend on the French town of pilgrimage to watch 242 racers vie to be the fastest on track. The Lourdes track is characterised by being steep, rocky and technical with many of the top riders suffering big crashes last year.
Emmeline Ragot (who has now retired) took the top spot for the women on home soil and Aaron Gwin won the men’s event (although he was unfortunately missed off the live stream).
Next year’s World Cup pits will look very different with the Athertons moving to Trek, Loic Bruni riding on a Specialized and Aaron Gwin’s future still up in the air. The first race is always fascinating as it provides a good shakedown of who has been working hard in the off-season and who has a lot of catching up still to do.
Two weeks after Lourdes the downhill racers will head to Cairns in Australia, followed by Fort William and Leogang in June, Lenzerheide in July, Mont Sainte Anne in August before finishing in Vallnord in September.
Every World Cup race next year will be streamed live on the Red Bull website.