Giant Factory Off-Road’s Jacob Dickson enters this weekend’s UCI Downhill World Cup in Les Gets, France off the back of a season-best 13th in Andorra.
Regarded as one of the championship’s toughest, steepest and gnarliest tracks, Irish National champ Dickson showed he was right at home in the rough stuff.
Hot out of the traps, he posted a top-six time in the opening split, but wasn’t able to keep the form down the hill and carded a 28th in qualification.
But a smooth and smart race run saw Dickson light things up to jump up the leaderboard by 15 positions and take 13th.
“Andorra was a very good race for me, finishing 13th!,” told Dickson. “I felt like I struggled all weekend on the track getting the feel of it – the dust was insane all weekend.
“My race run was good though and I just tried to keep it smooth and smart, and it ended up good!”
With a confidence-boosting ride under his belt, he’ll hope to carry that feel-good momentum through this weekend in France.
He won’t be flying solo with a solid Irish crew out in force too, he’s joined in 150-strong Elite Men by Conor Bate, Ronan Gahan, Liam Wolfe.
In the Junior Men there’s also Insync’s Christopher Cumming and Ronan Dunne (Vitus) looking to grab one of the 20-qualifer places in the 81-rider field.
Don’t forget, all these guys will be in action, much closer to home, for the Irish National Downhill MTB Championship in Rostrevor, Co. Down on July 20/21.
Photo Credit: Sven Martin