Preview: Windham Mountain Bike World Cup

By BikeRadar

Friday, August 27, 2010 9.35am

US venue hosts World Cup finale

Windham, New York State, will host the first World Cup event to be held in the US in five years this weekend, where the 2010 World Cup winner of the cross-country, downhill and four-cross disciplines will be decided.

In the four-cross competition, Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox) has already won the title going into the weekend, after three victories this season. In the women's four-cross, defending champion Anneke Beerten (Suspension Centre) holds a 45 point lead over her nearest rival, Austrian Anita Molcik, so this title is still in contention.

In the downhill competition, Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-RockyMountain) holds a significant 175 point lead over World Champion Emmeline Ragot (Suspension Centre), but Ragot starts in Windham off the back of two consecutive victories, so confidence is high for the Frenchwoman.

The men's race for the title is one of the tightest in memory, with a mere seven points separating the current leader Gee Atherton (Commencal) from rival Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate).  It’s down to the wire as to who finishes on top.

The cross-country finals will be equally exciting, with Catharine Pendrel (Luna) leading Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini Sudtirol) by 54 points and Willow Koerber (Subaru Gary Fisher) by 59.  All three have led the World Cup this season, but who will be the final one to don the jersey?

In the men's race, World Champion Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) took the leader's jersey from Julien Absalon (Orbea) in round five, but his lead is only 26 points, so the title will go to whoever crosses the finish line first in Windham.

You can watch a preview video of the four-cross and downhill course here:

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Watch a highlights video of downhill practice here:

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