Picchiottino, proud dad of Cole, sent us a few snaps from his iPhone of Cole doing a practice run. Cole is entered in the Junior Men Downhill at the World Championship in South Africa this weekend.
Looking smooth, Cole!
The United States placed four riders in the top 20 in the juniors men's
downhill seeding runs on Thursday. Richard Rude Jr. (Redding,
Conn./Yeti-Fox Factory Racing) registered the second-best time,
completing his run in 4:14.627, only .754 seconds behind Loris Vergier
(FRA). Rude will be the second-to-last rider to contest the championship
run on Friday.
MBA test rider, Mckay Vezina, who is riding for Canada despite calling California home these days, stopped the clock at 4:21.868 for a very impressive 6th place.
Cole Picchiottino (Murrieta,
Calif./Trek-Southridge Racing) posted the 13th-best time, completing the
3.021-kilometer course in 4:24.964, 11.091 seconds behind Vergier. Luca
Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./Specialized Gravity DH) placed 15th,
stopping the clock at 4:26.865. Luca Cometti (San Diego, Calif./Nema
Nukeproof) and Jay Fesperman (Davidson, N.C./Yeti Fox National Team)
placed 17th and 18th, respectively. Cometti finished 13.938 behind
Vergier while Fesperman was 14.022 behind the top time. Walker Shaw
(Hendersonville, N.C./Specialized Gravity USA) rounded out the
Americans' qualification effort, placing 40th, 26.920 seconds behind
The 3.021-kilometer course featured technical sections
such as a downward stair step-like rock garden, cork screw and many
berms and jumps as well as pedal and power sections.
in Pietermaritzburg continues until Sept. 1. Friday’s competition
includes the juniors men’s and women’s downhill competitions as well as
the under-23 men’s and women’s races.