What Happened At the UCI Downhill Test Event in Lourdes?
This isn't a proper race, it's a UCI Downhill test event from the organizers, to iron out some of the scheduling differences from last year and let the riders give their opinions on the new racing format. It’s an opportunity for the elite teams and new organizers to have a dry run and test things out before the 2023 season. There have been changes to format and production, as well as experiments with course markings, of which riders are feeding back this weekend. As well as a chance to shake off the off-season, riders' opinions from this weekend will provide valuable insight and help shape downhill racing this season.