The World Cup Downhill at Windham, New York State, was won convincingly by Aaron Gwin from the USA. The racing was dry, dusty and close, but Gwin succeeded in shaving more than 5 seconds off his already impressive first place qualifying run to win the event more than 2 seconds ahead of Steve Peat.
- Aaron Gwin
Gwin has now won four out of five rounds of this year’s World Cup series. Barring disaster, it will be nearly impossible for him to lose the overall series championship to Greg Minnaar, the powerful South African rider.
The course was magnificent:
And you can see some of the action here:
Rachel Atherton was back on form and took top podium position at Windham. She won here last year, and succeeded again this time round. This was good news for Rachel as she had been unable to compete for most of the season due to injury, her comeback began the previous weekend at Fort William where she came second. “I’m really happy with second place. There’s definitely no battle with Tracy (Moseley), she’s a great rider and I’m just delighted to be back,” she said. She will be even more delighted with this win.
Next venue is La Bresse, France on 6th – 7th August, followed by Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czechoslovakia on the 135h – 14th August and Val di Sol in the Dolomites, Italy on the 20th – 21st August.
It’s a full calendar.
photo courtesy of Sven Martin