"A patient rush"

That's how Aaron Gwin described the Losinj course. It was a track where you never felt like you were going fast enough, where you were always being pushed off line and struggling for speed. The best way to conquer was to cruise in fourth through the rocks, keeping it smooth and tidy, not straying too close to the line, then opening it up in red zone sprints at the top and bottom. Like riding a highrope on a unicycle, the margin for error was minuscule and the consequences humongous.

In the junior women, we saw a new star born. The elites have two years to collect themselves because there's a storm coming in the form of Vali Holl. She demolished the rest of the field with a time good enough for sixth in elites at the age of 16. She was also the first ever Austrian woman to take to the top step of the podium at a World Cup downhill.

It was another first year junior taking the spotlight in the junior men as Thibaut Daprela stepped up in his first ever World Cup. The young Commencal rider had Max in raptures in the finish area. Another first year, Kye A'Hern, also announced himself on the scene as he finished third. Britain's Kade Edwards was second, after being the man in waiting last year this must surely sting a little. Still, a second is a good result in anyone's book and there's plenty more to come.

On to the women and we finally got a chance to see Rachel racing fully fit and racing again after her dislocated shoulder in Fort William last year. She had laid a marker in qualies but on race day Myriam Nicole put down a champion's run to claim gold. The French were dominant across the board with three podium places including one from Cecile Ravanel who was diving straight in at the deep end as she embarks on a full season of dh racing.

Finally the big show and the men. Agony and ecstasy in equal measures as the riders threw down under the fierce heat. Gwin moved himself one step closer to the all-time wins marker and there were huge results for Dean Lucas, Dakotah Norton, Sam Blenkinsop and Luca Shaw. If this race is anything to go by, the new generation are starting to make their presence felt and we're in for a corker of a season.