Men: Minnaar wins downhill World Cup opener at home
Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) delighted home crowds by winning the elite men’s downhill final at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday afternoon.
After clocking the fastest qualifying time, Minnaar also was fastest in the finals.
“I knew up top that I was behind. I made some stupid mistakes at the beginning and I had to make up as much as I could later. I just had to put my head down and go,” said Minnaar, who also noted how much he was helped by the cheering of locals.
“It was electric out there. It was so wild. When I jumped into the finish area, the crowd was just amazing.”
2011 World Cup winner Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) finished second ahead of Mick Hannah (Hutchinson United Ride).
1 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate
2 Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing
3 Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride
4 Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing
5 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing
6 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team
7 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team
8 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized
9 Julien Camellini (Fra)
10 Cédric Gracia (Fra) CG Racing Brigade
11 Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized
12 Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing
13 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek
14 Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing
15 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate
16 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Hutchinson United Ride
17 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing
18 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing
19 Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Mondraker Team
20 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Scott11
Women: Hannah wins her first race back on the downhill World Cup circuit
Tracey hannah (hutchinson united ride) on her winning ride : tracey hannah (hutchinson united ride) on her winning rideRob Jones
Australian Tracy Hannah (Hutchinson United Ride) marked a successful return to World Cup racing after four years away by winning the elite women’s downhill.
“I’m extraordinarily satisfied. I did heaps of training and I’m so exhausted. I can’t believe it. It’s amazing,” she said.
Junior world champion Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen Downhill Team) finished second ahead of Emmeline Ragot (MS Mondraker Team) in third.
1 Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride
2 Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team