Well it’s been some time since weather was a huge factor for World Cup DH and today it most certainly was. Rider after rider just couldn’t touch Alexandre Fayolle and as the day went on the brooding weather became ever more threatening until it finally would break during Brooke MacDonald’s run. The kiwi would eventually flat, and quite a few riders had some splits that trumped Fayolle; Bernard Kerr was up but flatted, Connor Fearon came close but lost touch at the bottom.
Then along came Mr. Consistent. Greg Minnaar snatched the hot seat by over 2.5 seconds…IN THE RAIN. Incredible. Loic would have a spectacular run for third place, but it was Danny Hart who blew everyone’s mind. If anyone can turn it on in adverse conditions, we know it’s him. He rode loose and on the ragged edge, besting Minnaar’s time by 2.7 seconds and taking his 3rd win in a row. Yet another weekend of incredible racing. By the time Thirion, Brosnan and Gwin would hit the dirt the conditions were treacherous so they all played it smart and just got down the hill. Gwin takes the World Cup overall and heads to a track where he’s seemingly untouchable(Val Di Sol) with world champs on his mind. Danny’s momentum appears to be a force of nature at the time so the next race will be a nail biter for sure.
In the women’s, Rachel Atherton absolutely made history. Even with a bad back, she decimated the field by 6.5 seconds. She just pulled off a world’s first in the DH world – a perfect season. Now if she can just win World Champs she can make a second major make in the history books.
In men’s juniors, Finn Iles must have struggled as he was 3 second back from Gaetan Vige, the same rider that he beat by around 9 second in qualifying. Elliot Heap would round out the top 3. Enjoy the photos below and scroll to the bottom to find the full results from today as well as overall standings.