It’s been a while since we’ve had any World Cup Downhill action, but next weekend will see round number 3 of the World Cup Downhill series. This time we’re going to be visiting Vallnord, in Andorra. Here’s your one stop guide of this round of the World Cup.
Are we going to see a continuation of the Atherton domination that we’ve seen in recent months? Or are we going to see someone else step up to the plate? It may seem that the Athertons have this season in the bag, but it’s forcing everyone else to push that much harder, and step up another level, in my mind this round is still very much all to play for.
The Atherton’s have some history here, if you remember back to 2008, it was a full Atherton domination, Gee won the Downhill, Rach won the women’s and Dan won the 4X. Is this going add even more pressure to them? Or will this give them some added confidence to win?
For all of you wondering where Andorra is.
Here are a couple of random facts about Andorra:
– Andorra is the 6th smallest nation in Europe
– Their motto is ‘Virtus Unita Fortior’ which translates to ‘United virtue is stronger’
– The official language is ‘Catalan’
– Each year Andorra receives about 300 days of sunshine!
Enjoy the national anthem.
Here’s the schedule of the weekend.
Cedric takes us down this year’s course.
Here’s a preview video for the event.
Gee Atherton is currently at the top of the standings this year followed by Stevie Smith.
And Rachel is leading the women’s.
As some of you have realised we’re going to have a clash of race dates, with this World Cup round and the Enduro World Series in Colorado. Wait don’t DirtTV cover both events!? Well don’t you worry, luckily we have two Parkins, they’re going to split up and cover both races!
And finally who can forget the MASSIVE crash that Sam Hill had here in 2009…
(Dirt Dodger – Ben needs got a serious slap for missing that one out, especially as I even sent him the bloody link to it before he did this post!)