SPOTLIGHT: POLYGON UR TEAM
TALKS ABOUT THE RECENT
WORLD CUP DOWNHILL 2015
(From left: Manon Carpenter, Rachel Atherton, Emmerline Ragot, Myriam Nicole and Tracey Hannah)
The world cup stop for the very first time in the French Pyrenees in the holy city of Lourdes. Everyone agreed that the track was awesome, fast, technical and gnarly – a true world cup track. For Polygon UR Team, it was a memorable stop and a fitting venue for their World Cup Downhill endeavor. The training went well for all their riders and they were very excited to get into the action. Here's their account of the 2 days at Lourdes
FRIDAY – QUALIFICATION RUN
Tracey qualified first with more than 5 seconds in front of Rachel Atherton with a very strong and smooth run. What a statement she made for the team! Remy, the team's new junior is learning the ropes to living the live of a world cup rider. He had a big crash during his run but managed to qualified 15th. In the Man Elite, Mick qualified 21st with a safe and clean run. And Andrew, the team's new Polygon UR rider was getting faster and faster on his new bike and came out with a solid top 10. The team was happy with their qualification day results.
The tension and excitement for the first word cup race was in the air!
Remy managed to get 16th place for his first world cup race. That was positive news to the team considering the huge crash that he had on his last practice run. That was one day before the race. Tracey qualifying time was 3:29.78 minutes. She was pushing and hungry for the win, but crashed hard in her race run and separated her shoulder. To put things in perspective, Ragot's winning time was 3:32.62 minutes – what a bummer! The team believe she has every quality to win as she has the speed. She is currently ranked 4th overall. Here's hoping for a better run at the next World Cup race. Andrew got into some mechanical problems right at the beginning of his run and didn’t have the chance to repeat his good qualification timing. No luck for him this time! He can't wait for the next race where he can have another shot. Like Remy, Mick had a big crash during practice before his run and couldn’t hold the bar properly, he did his best and finished in the 35th spot and saved some good points for the overall ranking.
Despite the bad luck, everybody was still motivated for the next World Cup race. But before that, they would be heading for California to race at the Sea Otter Classic. More updates from Polygon UR Team at Fort William soon!
(Pre-race quiet moment?)
(We see focus and determination in her eyes)
(Check out the line choice!)
RAW STORY LOURDES WORLD CUP
Here's a brief summary of the Lourdes World Cup race as seen through the eyes of Polygon UR Team.
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