The first round of the 2010 Downhill World Cup took place in Maribor, Slovenia over the weekend, where Santa Cruz Syndicate rider Greg Minnaar stormed to first place after pre-race favourite Sam Hill came a cropper in the mud.
Team Commencal’s Gee Atherton took second place ahead of fellow Brit Brendan Fairclough (Monster Energy/Specialized/Mad Catz). Read the men’s race report now.
Rachel Atherton returned from injury to pip Sabrina Jonnier to the post in the women’s event, and French rider Floriane Pugin finished third. Read the women’s race report now.
We’ve got video action from the weekend courtesy of MTBCut with a pit walk featuring interviews with Chris Kovarik, Steve Peat and Dan Atherton and more:
And here’s a video of practice, featuring Greg Minnaar, Ruaridh Cunningham, Aaron Gwin and Adam Brayton:
The course was soaked for qualifying, where Sam Hill took the initiative going into Sunday’s final, taking first place from team-mate Brendan Fairclough with Greg Minnaar in third. Watch the highlights:
Race day provided plenty of action including a sweet over the bars by Brendan Fairclough and Cedric Gracia telling the crowd Greg Minnaar’s secret to success! Hilarity ensues. Watch now: