The 2022 UCI downhill World Cup season started with a long-awaited return to Lourdes. A fearsome mountain biking venue in the Pyrenean foothills of Southern France.
A technical and steep course, which has been missing from the circuit for five years, challenged riders and thrilled fans.
Although it may be too soon to judge riders on their 2022 campaigns, we were able to see what to expect, what worked, and perhaps more importantly, what didn’t.
For South Africans, four-time champion Greg Minnaar's 22nd World Cup season sparked much discussion, particularly around his bike.