The Legends and all those wanting to become legends are now assembled in Lourdes, France, ready for the opening UCI Downhill World Cup this weekend.
This is where we find out who’s winter training has worked best, which bike changes are delivering – and who can tame the brutal, technical Lourdes course.
Throw a bit of mud in the mix and the stage is set for another classic opening to a stunning World Cup season.
Catch all of the action live on Red Bull TV.
BDS mudfest honours for Gee and Manon
The first BDS (British Downhill Series) race was held at Ae. A very muddy Ae, thanks to the odd Spring shower. Or two.
But class always delivers, with Gee Atherton and Manon Carpenter putting down early markers for the highly competitive BDS series.
Next is Nevis Range on 14/15 May, always a key test event for the World Cup some 2 weeks later.
Results BDS Ae, 2-3 April
Elite Men – 1: Gee Atherton, 2: Innes Graham, 3: Matt Simmonds
Elite Women – 1: Manon Carpenter, 2: Tahnée Seagrave, 3: Katy Curd
BDS Series 2016
Round 2 14th/15th May – Nevis Range, Fort William
Round 3 28th/29th May – Rhyd-Y-Felin
Round 4 25th/26th June – Moelfre
Round 5 27th/28th August – Revolution Bike Park, Wales.
Round 6 17th/18th September – Llangollen
Join the World Cup Crew
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a World Cup? This is your chance to sign up as a volunteer and join the legendary, hardworking crew that makes it all happen in Fort William!
Interested? Then fill in the application form here.
If you have any questions about volunteering please call Rare Management at 0131 555 3820 or email Annika at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us in June!
And just in case you haven’t got your tickets yet: Advance tickets (all prices maintained at 2015 levels) are available now. If you want to guarantee a ticket with gondola access at the best price, buy your tickets now.