THE SYNDICATE 2016 - Episode 1 - Lourdes13th APR 2016

The first World Cup of 2016 is in the books, and it was a wonderfully muddy, messy way to kick off the season! Peaty got some World Cup points, Minnar finished 15th, and Ratboy pulled off a top-10 finish, with a 6th place result. Lourdes is quickly establishing itself as a first class venue with a rough, challenging track.  Conditions were wet all week, but the sun was shining on Sunday’s finals.  With spectators lining the course, the hills were alive with the sounds of chain saws, bells, and horns, and could be heard miles away. In the final, Loic Bruni was two seconds faster than race leader Aaron Gwin when in the last sector he lost control of the bike and dashed his hopes of a win in his home country. The Syndicate fellows stayed more or less upright in the slop, and are tuned up for the next stop in Cairns. THE SYNDICATE series rolls on for 2016—check out the first episode below, and scroll down for some exclusive photos of the weekend. 

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Break out the silver polish

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Sven Martin

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Minnaar finds the elusive air traction

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Sven Martin

Constantly changing conditions meant a lot of work with the snips in the pits. Jason Marsh fine-tunes Minnaar's tread pattern

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Sven Martin

The track got a bit drier as the race progressed, and Ratty's #2 qualifying spot meant a completely different track than the one everyone practiced on. 

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Sven Martin

Even the finish board got some roost this weekend

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Sven Martin

All smiles from the legend heading into his 23rd World Cup season

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