Despite the fact that Brook Macdonald qualified first in Round #1
of the Lošinj Downhill World Cup, there were 18 riders who rode down the track after he did. For viewers watching the event live, the seeding order of the riders in the final caused major confusion. Viewers saw that Brook Macdonald was on course, and worried that they had missed the entire race. Then Baptiste Pierron from Voul Voul Racing took to the track, further bewildering viewers.
So what happened. Why didn't the Bulldog start last since he qualified first? Why didn't riders go down the course in reverse order to how they qualified? We asked the UCI.
Here's the regulation that caused the change:4.5.033
THE START ORDER FOR THE FINAL IS DETERMINED ON THE BASIS OF THE REVERSE RESULTS OF THE QUALIFYING ROUND (THE FASTEST RIDER STARTING LAST), EXCEPT FOR THE PROTECTED RIDERS (DEFINIED IN ART. 4.5.031) WHO WILL START AS THE LAST RIDERS BY RACE NUMBER REVERSED.
Basically, because Brook Macdonald was not a protected rider, he had to start before all of the protected riders in the final due to this new rule. This scenario was perhaps not one that the UCI, RBMH and the Elite Teams foresaw, and it sounds like further work will be done on the wording of this regulation. Version #1 of the Men's Start List:Final Men's Start List: