[ad3]In the women’s there is basically nothing new to report…Rachel Atherton is on track to win 10 of the last world cups in a row. She demolished the field despite Tracey Hannah’s best efforts and intimate knowledge of the home track in Cairns.
In men’s, local Australian Josh Button spent an absurd amount of time in the hot seat, watching legends try as they might only to fail in upsetting him. It wasn’t until Loic Bruni came through that he finally had to step down. Loic beat him by a solid 3 seconds. For the first time in ages, Aaron Gwin finished somewhere other than the top step. Cairns was unbelievably tight racing. Second place qualifier Mick Hannah had a huge showing and threw down the hammer, but still couldn’t upset Loic. Last up was Troy Brosnan. He came under a half second a way but it just wasn’t his day – Loic would finally get his first World Cup win. Not on home soil, but it was well deserved for sure. Incredible racing…what a nail biter. Huge congrats to Josh Button on the top 5 result after coming straight from a 9-5 job.