Trek World Racing clean up at US Open downhill

Victories for Neethling and Moseley

The Trek World Racing team dominated this year's US Open downhill, with Andrew Neethling (RSA) and Tracy Moseley (GBr) winning their races, and Justin Leov placing third.

Some of the world's top racers turned out for the prestigious one-off race at Diablo Freeride Park in New Jersey – perhaps lured by the US$55,000 prize pot – and 'Needles' had to beat former world champions Gee Atherton (GBr|Commencal, second), and Sam Hill (Monster-Specialized-Mad Catz|Aus, fifth) to take the victory.

He qualified third, behind Mick Hannah (Aus|GT) and Gee, with team-mate Leov in sixth. "After qualifying I knew I had a chance at the win today and my goal was to go for it," said Neethling. "For sure, I was a bit nervous at the start, but that's normal against such a world class field.

"My game plan was to be smooth and keep the flow exiting the woods because after practice in the morning I realised that being too aggressive in the rock section wasn't going to pay off. I punched hard to the finish in the open section, and I'm absolutely over the moon."

Moseley qualified second for the women's race, just behind Melissa Buhl (USA) and in front of Jill Kintner (USA), who crashed on the line. "It's pretty cool to be at the US Open for the first time," she said. "The crowds in the rock section were huge and having a great party.

"I was really happy with my top section but I slid out exiting the woods and it felt like I'd flatted, so I rode a bit cautiously for a little while after that. When I realised it wasn't actually a flat I attacked the last section really hard. I'm very happy to win here. Such a great weekend for the team and now I'm so looking forward to Fort William!"

Brit tracy moseley topped the elite women's podium:
Brit tracy moseley topped the elite women's podium:

Elite men

1Andrew Neethling (Trek World Racing)0:02:19.60 
2Gee Atherton (Commencal)0:00:00.50 
3Justin Leov (Trek World Racing)0:00:00.80 
4Steve Smith (Evil Bikes/Red Bull)0:00:01.40 
5Sam Hill (Monster Energy/Specialized)0:00:01.90 
6Brendan Fairclough (Monster Energy/Specialized)0:00:02.70 
7Luke Strobel (Evil Bikes)0:00:04.20 
8Jared Rando (Giant Factory Team)0:00:06.30 
9Richie Rude (Allride Academy)  
10Curtis Keene (Specialized/SRAM)0:00:06.60 

Elite women

1Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing)0:02:40.20 
2Jill Kintner (Transition Racing)0:00:00.40 
3Melissa Buhl (KHS Bicycles)0:00:02.40 
4Jacqueline Harmony (Vixen Racing)0:00:10.00 
5Miranda Miller (Santa Cruz/Pinkbike)0:00:10.90 
6Fionn Griffiths (Norco World Team)0:00:11.50 
7Joanna Petterson0:00:11.70 
8Rebecca Mcqueen (Rocky Mountain Bicycles)0:00:17.90 
9Katie Holden (Specialized)0:00:23.60 
10Vaea Verbeeck0:00:27.50 

Giant slalom

Downhill racers also dominated the giant slalom, where Britain's Brendan Fairclough (Monster Energy/Specialized) took the win ahead of Mitch Ropelato (Ex Drinks) and Specialized team-mate Troy Brosnan. In the women's race, the top three riders were the same as in the downhill, albeit in a different order, with Jill Kintner (Transition Racing) standing on the top step, above Melissa Buhl (KHS Bicycles) and Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing).

Elite men

1Brendan Fairclough (Monster Energy/Specialized)0:00:39.52 
2Mitch Ropelato (Ex Drinks)0:00:00.13 
3Troy Brosnan (Monster Energy/Specialized)0:00:00.36 
4Sam Hill (Monster Energy/Specialized)0:00:00.79 
5George Ryan (Jamis/Pro-Tec/Vans)0:00:00.86 
6Geritt Beytagh (Morewood Bikes USA)0:00:01.00 
7Jared Rando (Giant factory Team)0:00:01.20 
8Brian Lopes (Oakley/ibis/Kenda)0:00:01.36 
9Lars Sternberg (Transition Racing)0:00:01.57 
10Logan Binggeli (KHS Bicycles)0:00:01.59 

Elite women

1Jill Kintner (Transition Racing)0:00:43.18 
2Melissa Buhl (KHS Bicycles)0:00:01.56 
3Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing)0:00:02.72 
4Anne Laplante (XPREZO)0:00:03.29 
5Joanna Petterson0:00:03.96 
6Johanne Tuttle (GRDM Racing)0:00:07.37 
7Kate Parhiala (Wachusett Brew Racing)0:00:07.98 
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