Cairns 2014: XCE – Horsepower and Traction Control
You could almost feel the weight of expectation resting on the mighty shoulders of reigning XCE World Champ Paul Van Der Ploeg this afternoon at the Cairns World Cup XCE. With his shoulder held together with bits of sticky tape and wire (well just about, he’s fresh back from shoulder surgery) the mighty Victorian was out-foxed in the final and grabbed bronze.
The drama of it all couldn’t have been more pronounced had George Lucas directed it; the rain rolled in right on cue for racing, turning the the race surface into a gloopy river that taunted riders to find traction, and the dark clouds sapped any light that dared seep into the rain forest. We’ll let the pictures tell the tale.