UCI Rocky Roads World Cup RD 6 – Windham, USA

Rider Cat Result
David Fletcher Elite 38th
Rourke Croeser Elite U23 12th

Start Line - Hurricane Katrina The second week of our first trip to North America took us down from Canada to Windham, New York state, the scene of devastation just a short time ago after it was hit by Hurricane Katrina and destroyed. The people of Windham have rebuilt this now iconic World Cup venue and can be proud of what they have achieved in such a short period of time.

Windham would be an ideal venue for our sponsors SIP Events to hold one of their prestigious events, surrounded by countryside with miles of dry dusty trails set deep in the hills of New York.

After the disappointment of last weekend where the team were all hit by illness and not on full power, the guys were now recharged and ready to do battle once more on a challenging but exciting World Cup course. The start line would be down in the town, on the iconic bridge which had collapsed during Hurricane Katrina and started the devastation on Windham.

Rourke Croeser As last week, Rourke would be first to go with the early start time of 9am. Orange Monkey manager, Paul Beales was delighted to be working alongside the British Cycling team for the day with logistics being tough due to the distances involved from start line to feed zones. Nerves were high as good results today were crucial.

Rourke got off to the worse possible start with a crash in the start loop leaving him well outside the top 25 and needing to work hard. That he did as he made his way inside the top 20 as the riders entered the descent for the first time on lap one. By lap 3 Rourke was pushing into the top 15 and looking to be in his comfort zone after a tough start. It was to be a strong finish by our South African Champion, finishing 12th, his best World Cup result to date!

David Fletcher The pressure was now on our British superstar, Dave Fletcher who also needed a strong ride to help his cause for selection to the World Championships in August. Dave got off to a solid start and with the heat becoming quite intense chose the wise move of riding himself into the race. This tactic worked well as he came through lap after lap in a stronger position and as the heat increased the riders dropped off one by one leaving Dave to enter the final descent with Swiss rider Marcel Wildhaber and Dutch ace Henk Jaap Moorlag, beating them both in a thrilling sprint finish to take 38th spot, and just like Rourke his best World Cup result ever.

Windham had been an undoubted success with both riders getting their best ever results in the categories they currently sit.

The riders will now head back home for their National Championships in July.

A big thank you to our sponsor for the North American leg of our World Cup journey – www.sip-events.co.uk

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