July 19 2022
Madison Saracen Factory Race Team endured a challenging weekend of racing, with crashes playing their part at the fifth round of the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup series.
Matt Walker took a heavy hit in practice and followed it up with a huge crash in his race run, underlining the severity of the track.
Thankfully – and somewhat miraculously – he walked away after both incidents, but neither helped his campaign in the overall standings. He slips from second down to fourth – but there are a further three races remaining and competition for a coveted podium placing remains tight.
It was a similar story for Veronika Widmann, who had a huge crash in her finals run, coming up short on a jump and taking a heavy over-the-bars slam. Thankfully, Widmann was quick to her feet and continued her run, making it to the bottom of the track without major injury.
Jordan Williams recovered from an out-of-sorts qualifying run to place second in the junior men’s race. With eyes on the overall title, the next three races will be crucial in deciding the outcome of a season-long battle for the number one spot.
Racing resumes with round six of the eight-race series on July 29-30 in Snowshoe, USA.