The hotly anticipated 2018 UCI World Cup Downhill gets underway this weekend in Croatia where Jacob Dickson flies the flag for Ireland.
Riding for the Giant Factory Off-Road Team, Dromore man Dickson has his sights set on climbing further up the leaderboard, aiming for consistent top-20 results, when the action kicks off in Lošinj.
Showing the world what he can do, 20-year-old Dickson had a breakout season in 2017.
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Carding some impressive finishes on the World Cup circuit, the fiery-fast red head bagged a much-noted top-10 result at the Mont-Saint-Anne round in Canada.
Adding to that, he also claimed his first Elite title in the Irish DH nationals champs in Rostrevor.
“I had a solid first season with the team last year and was really happy to get my first national championship in the Elite ranks,” Dickson said.
“For this year I hope to be consistently in the top-20 and hopefully on some podiums.”
A first-time venue for the World Cup, the Lošinj course is unique. Starting up on holy ground, riders face an approx 1300 metre course with about 240 metres of elevation change.
The top end is extremely rocky before diving into some forestry and finishing off with a street section into the town’s harbour.
Qualification is Saturday, with “all-levers-back” racing on Sunday.