Mont Saint Anne World Cup 2011 - Aaron Gwin wins DH!

Jul 3, 2011 at 13:27
Jul 3, 2011
by Ian Hylands  
 
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Photos from Fraser Britton, Colin Meagher, and Ian Hylands

Aaron Gwin has won the Mont Sainte Anne DH, Josh Bryceland 2nd, Brook MacDonald 3rd!

Men's Top 5

1. Aaron Gwin
2. Josh Bryceland
3. Brook MacDonald
4. Danny Hart
5. Cameron Cole

The bad weather held off today with just a short shower midday, not enough to dampen anything but the dust, although as I'm writing this thunder is crashing and the rain is pouring down. The big stories of the day would have to include the men's podium, no huge surprise that Gwin won, but the rest of the podium was fairly fresh. 21 year old Josh Bryceland on the World Cup Podium for the first time in second place, 19 year old Brook MacDonald in 3rd place, 19 year old Danny Hart in 4th place, 23 year old Cameron Cole in 5th place, and 17 year old Troy Brosnan in 6th place. That's 3 of the top 6 riders under the age of 20, and the others not much older, and possibly a sign of things to come...

Building something strong starts with a solid base. Crack of dawn for World Cup Finals at Mt St Anne and Rachel Atherton spent damn near 10 minutes wiping her shoes down and pulling any debris from the inside before even thinking about heading our for training.
Building something strong starts with a solid base. Crack of dawn for World Cup Finals at Mt St Anne, and Rachel Atherton spent damn near 10 minutes wiping her shoes down and pulling any debris from the inside before even thinking about heading our for training.
Thirteen has not been a lucky number for Jill Kintner. 31 and change on the day after a few uncomfortable moments out there on the track.
Thirteen has not been a "lucky" number for Jill Kintner. +31 and change on the day after a few uncomfortable moments out there on the track.
Capt. Canada showed up for women s XC... he brought some friends for DH. Follow me
Capt. Canada showed up for women's XC... he brought some friends for DH. Follow me?
Fabian Cousine getting his head together. Or trying to. Sixty fourth was not the result he was looking for.
Fabian Cousine getting his head together. Or trying to. Sixty fourth was not the result he was looking for.
Emmeline Ragot may not be able to walk down the track courtesy of a battered knee but she can damn well ride it coming home eighth on the day.
Emmeline Ragot may not be able to walk down the track, courtesy of a battered knee; but she can damn well ride it, coming home eighth on the day.
T-Mo started the day off right for Trek...
T-Mo started the day off right for Trek...
Robin Wallner keeping it a bit low for the crowd. They were less than excited.
Robin Wallner keeping it a bit low for the crowd. They were less than excited.
Fabian Pedemanuad putting a show on for the crowds on the middle section of the track underneath the chair.
Fabian Pedemanuad putting a show on for the crowds on the middle section of the track underneath the chair.
Pinned and pointed right at the fans. The numbers may have been down a bit from last year s World Champs here at Mt St Anne but the crowds were still here to witness racing at it s finest.
Pinned and pointed right at the fans. The numbers may have been down a bit from last year's World Champs here at Mt St Anne, but the crowds were still here to witness racing at it's finest.
Slugger gets tucked and stylish over one of the final jumps.
Slugger gets tucked and stylish over one of the final jumps.
Danny Hart started the new school revolution this year and ended up on the podium once again this week. He is about as out of control as one can be and still stay up. One mechanic said he thought Danny has just decided he isn t going to fall that s it.
Danny Hart started the new school revolution this year, and ended up on the podium once again this week. He is about as out of control as one can be and still stay up. One mechanic said he thought Danny has just decided he isn't going to fall, that's it.
This is how Gee Atherton s day ended. It was a long walk back down.
This is how Gee Atherton's day ended. It was a long walk back down.
Gwin it to win it.
Gwin it to win it.
Aaron Gwin wins the Mont Sainte Anne DH
Aaron Gwin, moments from the finish and another win
Greg Minnaar looked like he was having a fast run 2nd at the first split by a tiny bit and fastest rider through the speed trap but then he had a bit of crash... Dirty and a bit beat up but still good enough for 18th...
Greg Minnaar looked like he was having a fast run, 2nd at the first split by a tiny bit, and fastest rider through the speed trap, but then he had a bit of crash... Dirty and a bit beat up but still good enough for 18th...
Somewhere in that off the bike Minnaar took a shot to the wrist. X-rays for the Syndicate rider this evening to determine what-if anything-is broken. Marting the Masseur is using a bit of canned ice to prevent swelling at the finish line.
Somewhere in that off the bike, Minnaar took a shot to the wrist. X-rays for the Syndicate rider this evening to determine what-if anything-is broken. Martin the Masseur is using a bit of canned ice to prevent swelling at the finish line.
The hot seat reacts to Greg Minnaar crashing during finals.
The hot seat reacts to Greg Minnaar crashing during finals.
Mens Podium at Mt Saint Anne Aaron Gwin and a bunch of young uns...
Mens Podium at Mt Saint Anne, Aaron Gwin and a bunch of young'uns...
The story of the day... Troy Brosnan was 6th one spot off the podium at 17. Big things to come for this guy.
The story of the day... Troy Brosnan was 6th, one spot off the podium at 17. Big things to come for this guy.
Aaron Gwin. Enough said.
Aaron Gwin, 'nuff said.
Aaron Gwin stoked on his win and the new bike
Aaron Gwin, stoked on his win and the new bike!

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182 Comments

  • + 46
 Gracia 16th WITHOUT A FREAKIN CHAIN!!! I love that guy Big Grin
Definitely the most exciting race so far, these young riders Hart and Brosman are amazing!
  • + 3
 Sry, I took that from the overall list, my bad
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 Still faster then thirty other riders and a massive one-footer over the last jump!
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 Gee is always loosing that damn tyre ! Just shows how much he pins it !
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 or shows that he might want to get back to Maxxis and black pen... not only for flatting but also for how the stuff holds to the rim after a flat...
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  • + 23
 Best track and racing this year so far. Brook set the pace, brosan is a pocket rocket. Hart attack sent it.Rat boys come in to form. bad luck for gee, and gregs mistake and on the pace as well. Gwin is amazing had a mistake but gotta stop be so sore on himself but if thats what drives him then all good. amazing season, gotta love this stuff.
  • + 32
 Gwin is unstoppable
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 This year rules.
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 Gwins still GWINNING Wink
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 He's that good and still unhappy with his run, what a perfectionist Big Grin But that's part of what makes him so good I guess...
  • + 24
 The best race coverage of the year soo far on the fastest world cup track in the world,the cable cam footage was bloody awesome and the race action was spectaculair.Stoked for Gwin for taking the win again,Brycelands best result of the year and Hart always fast & dangerous.Thank you freecaster for broadcasting such an amazing race.
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 must be his amazing bike
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 Trek has to be stoked, they will win the men's and women's overall.

Congrats Aaron & Tracy!!

Trek > Specialized!
  • + 1
 its so rad to see gwin, danny, and stevie up in the top ten! some new faces finally kicking some ass. Its that new carbon DH bike. WAY TO GO GWIN AND TRACEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • - 1
 its the 2012 Trek Carbon Session 9.9 !! as you can see it has got a full new geo and the decal on the steerer tube says "9.9" Wink
stoked to get one of these !!
  • + 1
 One camera is missing in the upper part of the track !!! no cam in the 1st 3min ...they have to correct that next year !
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 There was a camera as they came out of the start gate... So happy for Bryceland, just wish he could've got his first world cup win, Gwin is just a machine!
  • + 1
 why has he got maxxis tires on
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  • + 22
 Aaron Gwin is a Hero! Sorry for Gee, Cedric and Minnaar for bad luck..
  • + 1
 It seems that CG has chronic issues with his.. CG. Just like Gee must be thinking about Maxxis tyres and black pen after like third race-flat this season...
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  • + 22
 gee need get some maxxis and dee maxes on that rig
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 haha i think the same!
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 or he could just stop running tubeless.
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  • + 18
 yer Brook MacDonald u boss
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  • + 9
 Great commentary, so entertaining. Watching Gwin win for the 4th was seriously awesome. Talk about a humble guy. A great example of sportsmanship and class - a much better spokesperson for Amurca than a lot of us here. Congrats Gwin!
  • + 1
 What happened to Mitch Ropelato??? Big race for Neko too (but not as big as Troy's run)!
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  • + 10
 Rob Warner 'that opened his arse up like a hippos yawn'
  • + 1
 It was harsh but pretty profound when he said:

"He looks like Boy George in a Chemo Ward"
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  • + 9
 Young guns are on it!!!! Amazing.
  • + 3
 6th and still a junior! Ratty up in 2nd. Insanity
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  • + 4
 I think France is well ahead of any other country when it comes to producing some of the best riders in the world.

The stocks may have dried up lately but no other country comes close.

Over the last 18 years or so;

8 x XC World Cup Series Winners
17 x DH World Cup Series Winners
1 x Dual Slalom World Cup Series Winners
2 x 4x World Cup Series Winners

6 x XC World Championships
22 x DH World Championships
2 x 4X World Championships
10 x 26" Trials World Championships

Barel won back to back in 04/05 and Emmeline Ragot in 2009 so sucess isn't that long ago and both riders are still up there
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  • + 7
 That's strange...Gwin didn't seem happy. Anyways, "LOOK AT THE TIME" ! ^^ :Р
  • + 6
 gotta love that commentater.
  • + 0
 Hes Rob, Rob Warner (one of the greats on DH)
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  • + 3
 Wow, the whole country bashing makes those who are adding lame comments sound like a complete douche. On a more positive note, this year has been very exciting to watch. If this is a preview of the years to come, man-o-man is there going to be some close racing. Huge high five to Bryceland, I have been waiting for that kid to crack the whip, well done!
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  • + 6
 The WC this year is the best yet The riders The tracks The bikes Freecaster Rob Warner
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  • + 6
 Come one Gee !!! We all know your still gonna do it for GB
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  • + 3
 Gee needs some tires that won't flat or wheels that won't break. Whatever it is it's been happening for months. This is 6 weeks ago, look familiar? www.pinkbike.com/photo/6612981
  • + 1
 There's Def something wrong, it's happened to Gee at least 4 times this season!!
  • + 1
 One thing is flatting, the other is whether the tyre holds on to the rim after the flat. If you use a full-on tight UST rim with UST tyre, and you put a tube in, in case you are WCup fast, there is no bloody way your tyre will come off. Hard to judge der Baron on pucture resistance comparing to Maxxis products, but no Maxxis would ever come off of the Deemax rim - they are tighter than your ass after someone drops the soap on the floor
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  • + 5
 they need make the film young guns 3, not with emelio estevez but with danny hart, ratboy and brosnan (not pierce)
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  • + 1
 Mother of pearl! Gwin = Smasher! At the top, and ultra-consistent. Should Aaron take the cup as well as the world champ title, I'd be stoked. I'm pretty much happy for whomever wins stuff.

'So pleased to see Josh on the podium. What a great boost for him.

And, Danny Hart? Geez! He's one of the most fun dudes to watch ride -- he's like a hurricane, that boy.

Brook...what a run. Fully lit.

Top dogs getting bitten, but that's racing, I reckon. My heart bled for Gee. Ande, I don't think I've ever seen Minnar crash in a race run. It was surreal. He's still in the points game though.

This race season is excellent. Wee-hoo!
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  • + 1
 Well done to Gwin, he's really stepped his game up this year, he's looking unstoppable at the moment. Good to see the younger riders doing well, has to be good for the sport. Ratboy should gain some confidence from the last week or so. First place at HALO BDS Llangollen and now second at a World Cup. Way to go fella.
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  • + 1
 I believe Minnaar would have won had it had it not been for the step off and crash. No way were those young guns about to get him (his team mate Josh B knows that) Aaron still won even with a huge mistake, but had Greg went clean he would have beat them all by at least a couple of seconds - as would have Aaron if he didn't make that mistake - he had enough time in the bank to still take a win, however small. Better luck next time for Greg and Gee too - not his year.
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  • + 1
 Today was an excellent day for racing. Freecaster did the best job yet with its coverage and the riders gave more then 100% of themselves. Yes, despite the differences we are having today no one can deny that it was a good day full of upsets and surprise podiums. It no secret that I am proud that Aaron Gwin took first but I am stoked that Miami Brice got 2nd!!! Way to go!
T-Mo shes a beast and she deserves it. Rachel did very well.
It was a good day for racing.
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  • + 1
 Working with Greg a lot I was devastated to see him crash, he is a good guy and great competitor. Great to see the young racers stepping up though! All 130 pounds of Troy, Bryceland finally living up to his potential, Gwin on fire and Brooke out of no where this year to a couple of great finishes! Great racing!
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  • + 2
 Good job trek !!! was a great race to watch, had a great time. Unfortunate situation for Gee though Frown He was pinning it but he lost his back tire. Better luck next time Gee !
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  • + 3
 Gutted for Gee loosing another tyre, must be incredibly frustrating after such a good season last year
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  • + 3
 Damn, good on Connor Fearon for getting 50th as a junior!
  • + 1
 yeah but look where brosnon placed?! haha mentally fast for juniors
  • + 2
 but connors a year younger than troy and its his first world cup, he still stacked it and obviously wasnt on fully but still a damn good effort. hopefully he keep up racing world cups, he could be right up there!
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  • + 2
 poor gee....its weird how your whole season can be ruined by your tire!! he is now out of the points race
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 It's such a pity that Minnaar had a fall... he was going so fast!
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 So glad for Josh, plus he did a very nice whip during the final run, on some drop. (Saw it on freecaster)
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  • + 1
 Might want to check your top 5 with the official list. Either way good to see the younger riders really stepping it up this year.
  • + 2
 official list is the overall standings... but yes, young brits did well at MSA!
  • + 1
 Ah my bad was reading on my iphone with tiny lettering Smile thanks for clearing that up
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 My bad actually, rushing to the podium and mixed up the two sheets, all good now...
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  • + 2
 Bad luck to Gee this season!Also what a shame for Minnaar.
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 thanks freecaster for bringing excellent coverage
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  • + 2
 miami bryce most impressive today! but what a loose race, so nice!
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  • + 1
 aaron gwin is nuts, even gee atherton called that 3 years ago at mont st anne. hes got the overall this year, i can feel it!
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  • + 1
 Guys, try to keep the chauvinism out of this awesome sport, for that we have enough with football and olympics....
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  • + 2
 I wanted Stevie to win Frown
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 Steve Smith - Currently ***5th OVERALL *** in the World Cup Standings.
  • + 1
 AWWW YEAH!
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  • + 1
 Let's someone from the US does good in cycling (Lance) and he was cheating! 60 minutes: Tyler Hamilton
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  • + 3
 troy the new sam hill!
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  • + 0
 I'm thinking the next few year's we will be seeing a new school at WC races, hold on we are .. How long before Peat retires?
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  • + 2
 I cried when i saw Gees run, he must be just as devastated as i am :'(
  • + 3
 Yeah sucked to see his run ruined by a mechanical like that...young guns where rippin' it up though which was awesome to see.
  • + 1
 I was dissapointed to see that happen to Gee to, I saw his face afterward, looked completely bummed out !
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 It must be so frustrating after months of preparation!
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 GB and commonwealth riders have some serious talent GB NZL GB NZL
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 You do know Canada is part of the commonwealth? AKA Steve Smith..
  • + 1
 yeah man, love Canada. ive been over to BC everyone rides a bike and is exceptionally good at it, so many ace trails as well
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 Gee is having no luck with them saint wheels this year!
  • + 2
 they're re-branded dt swiss apparently,
  • + 2
 The wheels don't seem to be the problem, more the tyres.
  • + 1
 Yeah the tubeless tyres keep coming off, not the 1st time Gee's done it this season
  • + 1
 The spokes on gee and dans bikes have been problems too
  • + 2
 Yeah, but to be fair, Gee did smash a rock into his, most spokes would probably have problems with that. I just think that the Continental tyres aren't working as well as a lot of the rest of the field, and it's caused Gee a number of problems this year.
  • + 1
 Well to be honest, at this race Gee's wheel stood up incredibly well. His tire flatted and he kept riding until it became so wrapped up in the drive side that it would no longer turn. There were some huge dents in the rim from racing with the flat tire, but it looked mostly straight and with no broken spokes at the finish.
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  • - 1
 Most overused words in DH at the moment. 1. Combinations of pharases using the word Gwin 2. Gun guns 3. Pinning it 4. Look at the time
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 Young guns dominated the podium
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 Congrats AG !! Sick mountain and conditions to take the win !
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 Aaron THE MAN!
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 2011. Downhill New School represent.
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  • + 1
 what did gee actually do?
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 GWIN IS ON IT THIS YEAR!
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  • + 1
 Aaron gwon it agwin. Stoked!
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  • + 1
 Gwin is on fire
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  • + 1
 Rat boy on clips!
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  • + 1
 Way to go Gwinn!!!
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  • + 1
 yeah Aaron u made it!
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  • + 1
 What did he do?
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  • - 1
 gwin was already fast on his old bike...... give him new carbon fibre session......... UNSTOPPABLE!
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 Gwin is destroying!
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  • - 1
 So much for freedom of speech. A guy cannot even have a valid opinion and it gets taken off!
  • + 4
 Are you talking about your comment inferring that Gwin's on drugs? It's still there, nobody's taking anything off. It was a pretty ignorant comment though...
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 Hart attack !!!
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 Gwin for the win
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  • - 1
 Isn't the 4th of July tomorrow? Someone pass Gwin a calendar!
  • + 1
 Psshh. Whatever
  • + 10
 nah, 4th of July is all weekend...
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