50/01 has just posted this video of Josh Bryceland discussing his 2017 plans. Looks like no World Cups for the Rat this year. Skip to around 16:50 for the key info.

Photo: Ben Winder

Josh said (for our non-British readers): "[I'm] just stepping away from World Cups is all. I'm more motivated than ever to just ride and progress. I just felt a change this year and I'm not that down racing World Cups anymore. I tired my best all year to get into it. Because I'm a chilled riding style guy it doesn't help people thinking I wasn't putting effort in but no doubt going at it. Finishing in Val di Sole with a 15th I was so buzzing going down that track. Just decided to move away from the World Cup."

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WC_Andorra_2016_14_0760_Bryceland

We're gutted beyond words that Josh won't be racing but he has to do what's best for him - if he's not feeling it any more then there's no point in grinding through it. It sounds like he has loads of plans bubbling away (including racing enduros and Crankworx) so there's no doubt we'll still be seeing plenty of him next year. We can't wait to see what's in store!

Max Xam, Josh Bryceland and Josh Lewis.
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The whole interview is a real great insight into Josh's plans and his thoughts on the World Cup circuit so we recommend playing through the whole thing when you have time.

A Slice of British Pie - Josh Bryceland
A Slice of British Pie - Josh Bryceland