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July 10/11 15:57 pm - World Cup Windham: Men's DH final report and results


Posted by Editoress on 07/10/11
 

Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) became the first American to win a Mountain Bike World Cup on home soil when he capped a strong weekend of racing in Windham, New York, with his win in the Men's Downhill.  Gwin finished over two seconds ahead of Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate), with Andrew Neethling (Giant) taking third.  Gwin's fourth win of the season gives him an almost insurmountable lead in the overall standings.

Josh Bryceland (Santa Cruz Syndicate) set the first sub-2:30 time, despite having to do a re-run when Romain Paulhan (Giant Planete 2 Roues) crashed hard ahead of him, requiring a race delay while he was removed from the mountain.  Fabien Barel (Mondraker) immediately bumped Bryceland out of the Hot Seat, but the time gaps were marginal, as riders chipped away at the lead. Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) continued to struggle with this course, and eventually finished 12th.  Neethling, at ten riders to go, recorded the next big drop in the leading time, only to be immediately topped by Peat, who recorded 2:26.376 .

This is where it stood, as the final rider, Gwin, was about to start.  Expectations among the spectators were high, after Gwin qualified first, and the partisan nature of the crowd was clear, with American flags everywhere.  The Trek rider was fastest through every part of the course, finishing 2.339 seconds ahead of Peat.

He was mobbed by adoring fans and patiently signed autographs and posed for photos. "It was awesome today, all week actually. It was so great to race in front of the home town crowd. They were all so cool to me. It's been a fun weekend. I'm very happy."

"I was trying to ride smooth and not over ride the course. On this course you can get up to speed pretty fast and that leads to mistakes."

Peat was also having a great time with the whole scene. This was an astounding 52nd World Cup podium appearance for the legendary Brit. "I was very confident and I felt good in practice. I had some problems in qualifying but it came together well today. I've had a bit of problem being consistent recently and I'm stoked to be able to have it come all together to claim second place.  "I've been struggling to put runs together. I've stalled and made little mistakes and not put it together properly. I came in here with confidence because I knew how well I rode it last year. I felt good in practice. The lines were similar to last year so I felt good."

Behind Neethling, in fourth place, was Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) at 3.476. "I'm really pumped to be on the podium. I had a massive, massive mistake at the top of the course that cost me some time. I thought it put me out of the race but I was able to make some time on the bottom of the course. I'm happy to have the fourth."

With his fourth win of the five races so far in the World Cup, Gwin has a total of 1110 points. Greg Minnaar sits in second with 776 points. Gee Atherton (Commencaly) sits in third with 657 points after finishing 11th today.  troy Brosnan (Monster Energy/Specialized/Mad Catz) continues to lead the Junior standings after finishing eighth in Windham.

Race Note

- Once again, Junior-aged Kyle Sanger (Team Canada) was the second Canadian finisher, making it into the top-40 this weekend.  "I had a pretty good run. I made a mistake at the bottom. I grabbed a little too much brake and lost a second or two. Besides that it was a good run. The course held up pretty well this weekend. The ruts got a little deeper but it overall it got faster. Lots of fun."

 

 

Men Time Diff
1 Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing 2:24.037  
2 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 2:26.376 2.339
3 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 2:27.244 3.207
4 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 2:27.513 3.476
5 Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Evil Racing 2:27.582 3.545
6 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 2:27.720 3.683
7 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International 2:28.634 4.597
8 Troy Brosnan * (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 2:28.848 4.811
9 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 2:28.951 4.914
10 Fabien Barel (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 2:29.288 5.251
11 Gee Atherton (GBr) Commencal 2:29.800 5.763
12 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 2:29.847 5.810
13 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 2:29.911 5.874
14 Loic Bruni * (Fra) Lapierre International 2:30.030 5.993
15 Luke Strobel (USA) MS Evil Racing 2:30.183 6.146
16 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Bikes 2:30.425 6.388
17 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 2:30.524 6.487
18 Lewis Buchanan * (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 2:31.116 7.079
19 Cédric Gracia (Fra) CG Racing Brigade 2:31.189 7.152
20 Florent Payet (Fra) SC - Intense 2:31.384 7.347
21 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad 2:31.397 7.360
22 Julien Camellini (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre 2:31.409 7.372
23 Austin Warren * (USA) 2:31.413 7.376
24 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 2:31.814 7.777
25 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 2:32.040 8.003
26 Joshua Button (Aus) SC - Intense 2:32.073 8.036
27 Neko Mulally * (USA) Trek World Racing 2:32.087 8.050
28 Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International 2:32.165 8.128
29 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 2:32.191 8.154
30 Matthew Scoles (NZl) Team Cingolani Trek 2:32.429 8.392
31 Markus Pekoll (Aut) MS Evil Racing 2:32.432 8.395
32 Matej Charvat (Cze) 2:32.444 8.407
33 Nick Beer (Sui) Scott 11 2:32.539 8.502
34 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Morewood Unitedride 2:32.733 8.696
35 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 2:32.749 8.712
36 Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing 2:32.966 8.929
37 Shaun O'connor (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 2:33.147 9.110
38 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vos 2:33.164 9.127
39 Sam Dale (GBr) Team Sunn Montgenevre 2:33.232 9.195
40 Kyle Sangers * (Can) Devinci 2:33.643 9.606
41 Mitch Ropelato (USA) 2:33.860 9.823
42 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 2:33.980 9.943
43 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) 2:34.086 10.049
44 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) CG Racing Brigade 2:34.133 10.096
45 Ben Cathro (GBr) 2:34.148 10.111
46 Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 2:34.196 10.159
47 Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11 2:34.426 10.389
48 Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bikes 2:34.547 10.510
49 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 2:35.049 11.012
50 Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team 2:35.074 11.037
51 Ralph Jones (GBr) 2:35.198 11.161
52 Cody Warren (USA) 2:35.383 11.346
53 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) 2:35.746 11.709
54 Gavin Vaughan (USA) 2:35.879 11.842
55 Connor Fearon * (Aus) Kona 2:36.110 12.073
56 Mark Scott * (GBr) Team Maxxis - Rocky Mountain 2:36.489 12.452
57 Greg Williamson (GBr) 2:36.765 12.728
58 Dean Tennant (Can) Dunbar/Devinci/Elka 2:36.794 12.757
59 Lars Peyer (Sui) SC - Intense 2:37.254 13.217
60 Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team 2:37.527 13.490
61 Adam Brayton (GBr) 2:37.600 13.563
62 Fergus Lamb (GBr) 2:37.672 13.635
63 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 2:37.973 13.936
64 Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark Powered By W - Racin 2:38.003 13.966
65 George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci Global Racing 2:38.091 14.054
66 Hans Lambert (Can) Pivot Cycles 2:38.345 14.308
67 Curtis Keene (USA) 2:38.854 14.817
68 Oliver Burton (GBr) 2:39.099 15.062
69 Matt Zdriluk (Can) Primary/ SRAM /Trek 2:39.280 15.243
70 Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 2:39.575 15.538
71 Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal 2:40.168 16.131
72 Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen 2:42.613 18.576
73 Alex Bond (GBr) 2:42.798 18.761
74 Timothy Bentley (RSA) Morewood Unitedride 2:46.303 22.266
75 Rob Fraser (Can) Primary/SRAM/Trek 2:47.760 23.723
76 Duncan Riffle (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 2:50.479 26.442
77 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz 3:24.006 59.969
78 Eliot Jackson (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 3:52.485 1:28.448
79 Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 10:25.265 8:01.228
DNF Romain Paulhan (Fra) Giant Planete 2 Roues
DNF Matthew Beer (Can) Opus/OGC


*=Junior

 


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