Things change fast at the World Cup. As the years keep on ticking by, sponsors come and go, stars rise and fall and only one thing is constant; the overall level continues to go up. Riders come to race with a great diversity of backgrounds; different countries, different attitudes, different histories in mountain biking and most obvious after any visit to the pits; different levels of support. Some have it lucky, some have just the one white box van to pit out of and a single set of riding pants... jeans in some cases. Some things work and some things do not and usually only time will tell.
Even the largest and most luxurious of setups don't always equate to rider happiness and rider happiness doesn't even necessitate results. It's a tricky balance and one where no precise rule book can be found, not yet at least. MS Mondraker is a team that seems to be doing it right. They may have one of the biggest and most imposing pit set-ups on the circuit, but they also have something else you might not notice unless you were to stick around a little longer. If you did you might hear the sound of clicking as this combination of riders, management, and support find the magic formula. 2019 has been kind to this crew of MTB race enthusiasts. There's no 'I' in team and you'll notice no 'I's in MS Mondraker either.