MTBcut’s Ben Cathro, La Bresse World Cup

August 10 2011

MTBcut rider and World Cup ripper Ben Cathro had a stormer at La Bresse, taking his first top ten since Fort William three seasons ago. He clocks in with this report from the weekend...

Ben Cathro MTBcut Orange Bikes La Bresse World Cup

Ben Cathro getting his race face on...

The real deal.

Three years ago I steered my Orange 224 to 8th place at Fort William. It was my first top ten at a world cup but I didn't feel I deserved it. It was the year of the fabled Mojo skinsuits and although we were giving a metaphorical middle finger to the image over function mentality I felt like we were cheating. Since then I've been trying to prove to myself more than anyone that I can do it again...

Ben Cathro La Bresse World Cup

Cathro doing it again...

Race day in La Bresse started off with rain. Everyone was firing the wetscreams on and getting loose. Joe was getting wild back wheel steering his 322 down the hill, feet on as always and loving it. Race run time for Joe was a steady affair, he had a decent run but just didn't push it enough. Top 60, not too shabby.

Joe Barnes MTBcut La Bresse World Cup Orange Bikes 322

Joe Barnes fitting in a little DH between the enduro racing...

Fraser McGlone spent race day shredding joe's wee bike and chatting up race mums. Qualifying was a nail biting time for Fraser, a decent run saw him on the edge of making the cut. Unfortunately as the riders went by Fraser saw himself miss out by only 1 second. Gutted.

Fraser McGlone MTBcut Orange Bikes La Bresse

Fraser checking out the 'Race Mums'...?

My run went by in a blast. There were no dramas and I was at the finish before I knew it. Straight into the hotseat and I was stoked. I was hoping for a top 20 but as time went on I kept creeping closer to the top 10. I didn't want to get my hopes up but my excitement was building. When the final results were posted I was sitting in 10th. Boom! Thank you very much!

Ben Cathro MTBcut La Bresse World Cup Orange Bikes 322

Cathro hitting the top ten, boom!

The team's rocked into morzine now for some supreme braking bump action. Next up, Val di Sole World Cup.


It was great to see Ben get into the top ten, so from everyone at Orange Bikes, yeah boiiiii...


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