Aaron Gwin has won the Windham World Cup and become the first American to win a World Cup DH in the USA since Shaun Palmer in 1999. Steve Peat put in an amazing run to take second, and Andrew Neethling had his best ever World Cup finish, third place! Here at Pinkbike headquarters we're also super stoked to see Steve Smith with his best ever World Cup finish in 4th place. After his second place finish at World Champs last year we've been waiting for him to break the top 3 in the World Cup circuit and it looks like he's almost there!Men's top 5
1. Aaron Gwin
2. Steve Peat
3. Andrew Neethling
4. Steve Smith
5. Brook MacDonaldFull Results and Overall standings at bottom
|Aaron Gwin, headed for the win!|Fastest American in 12 years!
|Gwin, first here at Windham and first overall!|
When Gwin won the first World Cup this season in Pietermaritzburg SA he became the first American to win a Downhill World Cup since Shaun Palmer back in 1999. Gary Houseman came close in 2003 when he won the Grouse Mountain World Cup, however he was disqualified and received a one year suspension when he tested positive for THC at that race. Coincidentally the win by Palmer at Big Bear was also the last time that an American has won a World Cup DH on US soil.
While the USA has been strong in a lot of sports they really haven't had a lot of wins in DH Mountain Biking, and nothing in the past 10 years. The most recent US win really has to be Myles Rockwell's first place finish at 2000 World Championships in Sierra Nevada Spain.
Other notable US results in DH include:Women
1997 1st Elke Brutsaert - Stellenbosch, RSA - DH#1
1997 1st Missy Giove - Mont Sainte Anne - DH#4
1997 1st Leigh Donovan - Massanutten, VA, USA - DH#5
1997 1st Missy Giove - Kaprun, Austria - DH#6Men
1997 1st John Tomac - Kaprun, Austria - DH#6
1999 1st Shaun Palmer - Big Bear, CA, USA - DH#4Windham World Cup DH
Cody Warren's younger brother Austin "Bubba" Warren put in an amazing time of 2:31.41 early on to take the hot seat from Nick Beer. He ended up holding on to the lead for 17 riders until another junior Loic Bruni took it from him. Austin is definitely a rider to watch for in the future, first World Cup race ever, 23rd place and only 7.37 seconds behind Aaron Gwin, that's only 5 seconds behind the rest of the field, and good enough to be the 4th place junior. Loic Bruni held onto the hot seat for 13 riders before Fabien Barel managed to edge him out, definitely keep an eye on this young French rider as well. He finished in 14th spot and was the second place junior behind Troy Brosnan, who finished the day 8th overall. Once again just off the podium. Barel held onto the hot seat for quite a while, and then things got fast quick. First Andrew Neethling put in a super quick time and then immediately after that Steve Peat put in an even faster time and bumped him off of the hot seat. After that nothing really changed until Aaron Gwin came down the mountain absolutely smashing the field with a time that was 2.33 seconds ahead of everyone else. First at the first split by over a second and first at the second split by 2.5 seconds, Gwin started fast and just got faster. He was only 9th fastest through the speed trap but that really didn't matter as he ended up 2.339 seconds ahead of second place finisher Steve Peat. And we can't say enough about Peaty being second on the podium, after the last few races there has been a lot of talk from the peanut gallery saying that he's done, this just proves everyone wrong and is and awesome credit to his supporters. Peaty was looking like he was in contention for a win here last year when he crashed just a few hundred yards from the finish on a section that was labelled "Peaty's Plunge" this year. It was also an amazing day for Andrew Neethling who managed his best finish to date with 3rd place. Great job Needles!
Josh Bryceland suffered a shoulder injury from a crash in practice on Thursday and didn't practice at all, but still decided to do his race run. He was having a pretty good run when the course was red flagged and his run was cut short. He and Luke Strobel both got reruns right before the top 10 and he managed a 13th place, pretty amazing for a guy that didn't train or practice on this track and ran with and injured shoulder. Strobel finished almost right behind him in 15th spot.
Brendan Fairclough has been really struggling this year, currently riding with a knee injury, he finished 21st.
We've been watching Eliot Jackson fairly closely for the past year but unfortunately he front flatted early on in his run. Duncan Riffle suffered the same fate, flatting in the lower rocks.
The B-Story of the day has to be Rae Gandalf being proposed to live on Freecaster...38739 DHI ME Results38739 DHI ME Standings