Pietermaritzburg World Cup 2012 - Greg Minnaar wins!

Mar 18, 2012 at 7:16
Mar 18, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
 
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Greg Minnaar has won the Men's DH in Pietermaritzburg! Aaron Gwin in second and Mick Hannah in third.

Mens Top 5

1. Greg Minnaar
2. Aaron Gwin
3. Mick Hannah
4. Gee Atherton
5. Steve Smith

Watch the Red Bull broadcast replay here, full results below.

After an emotional week for Greg he was able to dig a little deeper and find a win to share with his ailing father.

Greg Minnaar, winning this one for his father!


Greg Minnaar crossing the finish line at the 2012 UCI World Cup DH in Pietermaritzburg as captured by Oakley s Steve Blick.

Greg Minnaar crossing the finish line as captured by Oakley's Steve Blick.


It was a beautiful day in Pietermaritzburg, 25 degrees with overcast skies, and while it had cleared up from yesterday afternoon, conditions were a little less than perfect today after yesterdays rain storm. The track was pretty dry in the open but there were still some slick sections in the trees that saw a few riders go down, including the World Champ Danny Hart.

The first notable rider to take the hot seat today was Brendan Fairclough with a time of 4:07.192 and he held onto it for the next 5 riders until Neko Mulally came out of the gate fast and stayed fast. Neko was over 2 seconds up at the first split and looked absolutely pinned through the whole course, he finished 2.885 ahead of Fairclough with a time of 4:04.307 Neko's time in the hot seat was short lived though as well, two riders later Julian Camellini had a great run beating his time by 0.723 for a 4:03.584 That was fast enough to keep Camellini in the hot seat until Andrew Neethling came down 15 riders later. Luke Strobel has a new ride this year with Pivot bikes, and he finished 18th overall last season, but he couldn't do it here, 4:11.564 put him into 38th spot at the end of the day. Another rider that is always a threat, Sam Blenkinsop, went next. He was over 9 seconds back at the second split though and 12.5 back at the end. Not a great day for Blenki he ended up 58th. Brook MacDonald had some great results last season but he had a bad crash here the other day. He looked fast out of the gate but he was 3.39 seconds back at the 2nd split and coudn't make it up, 3.43 back at the finish which moved him into 4th spot behind Camellini, Neko, and Cous Cous. He finished the day in 19th spot. Justin Leov chose to ride with no knee pads and it seemed to help on the pedal section, he moved up 3 or 4 spots there and his 4:06.559 moved him into 4th spot ahead of the Bulldog.

Damian Spagnolo was second at Worlds last year, but he couldn't put it together here, he seems to prefer a steep course rather than a pedaly one. It's awesome to see Bryn Atkinson back at it and doing well after his injury last year, he came out of the gate quick and had the fastest time at split one, but he was down 3.4 seconds at split two after the pedal section. He finished +5 at the end and moved into 9th place, finishing 24th overall for the day. Ratboy Josh Bryceland, 10th overall last year, and second at split one here, but again the pedal section beat him up, +4 at the second split and +3.7 at the end to put him into 9th spot ahead of Bryn. He finished the day in 21st spot. With 4X being gone from the World Cup circuit a few of the riders have switched to DH, and Johannes Fischbach is one of those. He's a road rider as well and touted to be a strong pedaler but he struggled a bit on his final run finishing 29th after qualifying 16th. Marc Beaumont was up next but he had a dab at the top and was 28th at the first split. He put in an incredible effort on the rest of the course and finished his run in 5th spot with a 4:06.854, that eventually placed him 18th.

Three time world champion Sam Hill came out of the start gate fast and was fastest at split one, still only 0.2 down at the second split but he couldn't make it up in the bottom section and finished 0.232 behind Camellini, which put him in second spot ahead of Neko. Sam's time of 4:03.816 was good enough for 11th place at the end of the day. It will be interesting to see how he does on a steeper track, he's still not looking super fit here. Nick Beer didn't have a great season last year, but he's on a new team this year riding for Devinci, and he had an amazing run here. He was fastest at the second split, but lost a bit at the bottom, finishing 0.23 back, which put him in 3rd behind Camellini and Hill. He ended up 12th overall. Next up was the reigning World Champ Danny Hart. A lot of pressure on him here and he pushed it a little bit too hard at the top, washing his front tire in a fade away corner and going down. There's no room for errors like that on this course, especially when you're not known for pedaling, so with nothing left to lose he threw some huge whips and finished 9 seconds back of Camellini. His time of 4:12.59 was good enough for 41st, not a great start to the season. This race marked Steve Peat's 100th World Cup DH race, of which he's been on the podium for more than half of them. He's also got 17 World Cup wins to his name, making him the winning-est racer in World Cup DH history. He was only 2.4 seconds back at the second split and finished 2.06 back with a 4:05.65 That moved him into 5th spot behind Camellini, Hill, Beer, and Mulally, he finished 15th overall at the end of the day.

Top 10 qualifiers

Tenth place qualifier Andrew Neethling is a local favorite and he was racing in front of a home crowd. He started out a little slow at the first split but moved into first at the second split by almost a second, pedaling hard and beating Camellini by 0.804 to take him out of the hot seat with a 4.02.78 Needles ended up in seventh spot, just off the podium.

Jared Graves is another 4X rider looking to dominate in downhill, but unlike some of the other converts he's got a fair bit of DH experience, he placed second behind Minnaar in the 2003 Angelfire World Cup. He qualified 9th here and was looking to improve on that in the final. A bit slow at the top he was 15th at split one, but he put in a huge pedaling effort to move up into 2nd spot at split two. All about the pedaling here, his bottom half was even faster, and he bested Needles by 0.364 bumping him out of the hot seat with a 4:02.416 That was good enough for sixth place at the end of the day.

Aurelian Giordanengo is a name most of you might not of heard of. He's another ex 4X rider and BMX racer, and he was 5th at split one, 5th at split two, and then 6th at the finish. It's great to see a few new names moving towards the top 10, he finished the day in 13th spot with a 4:04.044

Cedric Gracia is looking to make a real comeback this year. He was riding really well last year before injuring himself part way through the season, and has been training hard all winter, racing Enduro's. He was 8th at the first split, 7th at the second split, and then raced hard to move into 4th at the finish with a 4:03.654 That time was good enough to put him in 10th.

Mick Hannah had a pretty bad season last year and he's been looking forward to making up for it this year. Racing on the Hutchinson United Ride team on Morewood bikes with his sister this year, they're looking to have a strong team. Mick was fastest at split one, and then fastest by an incredible 4.6 seconds at split two, finishing 3.44 seconds ahead of Graves to knock him out of the hot seat. Mick was the first rider to break four minutes with a time of 3:58.974, over a second faster than Greg Minnaar's qualifying time. It looks like his luck may be changing...

Troy Brosnan had great hopes here qualifying 5th. He was second at split one, but 3.7 seconds back at split two, and then over four seconds back at the finish. His time of 4:02.997 was good enough for 8th. Not what he wanted for sure, but still a great result.

Four riders to go and Gee Atherton was up with his first race on the new GT and looking to come back after last seasons disappointment. He was seventh at split one, 2.08 back of Mick at split two, and finishing 0.309 back to move into second spot with a 3:59.283 That was good enough for 4th place for the day.

Steve Smith injured himself last year at the end of what was looking to be a great season. He was quick out of the gate here, 2 seconds back and in fourth spot at split one, but then 6 seconds back at split 2 after the pedal section. But he powered through the bottom part of the course to finish only 3.39 back, which put him into 3rd spot with only Gwin and Minnaar left. Guaranteed 5th spot, that's where he ended up with a 4:02.364

Aaron Gwin was the overall World Cup champ last year and needless to say he was looking to beat Minnaar here on his home turf, it was set up to be a battle. He was only 0.008 behind Greg in qualifying and he started off quick. 0.04 back of Mick at the first split, hammering through the middle pedal section he lost a little more and was 0.882 back at the second split. He absolutely killed it at the bottom though, going hard to make up time. He finished 0.362 ahead of Mick to knock him out of the hot seat with a 3:58.974

Greg Minnaar, last rider up. Fastest Qualifier, although barely. He's also the home town favorite here, and had the whole crowd behind him. He sprinted out of the gate in front of a cheering crowd, but was 6th at split one. Still a second back at split 2, but he put in a huge effort through the bottom section to finish 0.0632 ahead of Gwin for the win. Final time 3:57.98

The next race is Val di Sole in early June.

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205 Comments

  • + 156
 I think I speak for alot of people when I say that it would have been nice to have seen the other 2 minutes of track and not just the top and bottom... Especially with CG and Danny Hart..!
  • + 24
 True but 2 minutes of pedal pedal pedal might have been dull after 20 runs. Great racing though, real sad to see Danny Fall, but a worthy win by Minaar!
  • + 65
 yeah would love to see those table tops!
  • + 49
 sure they could have cut out the pedal pedal bit but i too think I speak for a lot fo people when I say SEE WANTED TO SEE THE MASSIVE TABLE JUMPS! Frown
  • + 58
 I agree, but it was better than nothing, and it was free.
  • - 27
 Only just better than nothing, they had many technical problems. Wasnt live either.
  • + 15
 Yeah RedBull did a great job! Thanks
  • + 19
 If they had shown the entire runs, they would have had to wait each time for the previuos person to finish their run before the next person could start, and the race would have taken about 10 hours!
  • + 24
 people seem to forget they go in what, 1min intervals? and the track is 4min long?

A pigeon could do the maths on that one.
  • + 15
 I must say that I appreciate the stable broadcast but considering freecasters relatively small budget they did a great job and their concept of showing the whole race with riders as commentators in the booth, trackwalks, full replays was better.
  • + 3
 Um... 3minute gaps. TBH, I didn't think the Red Bull coverage was any better than the freecaster coverage from last year, which is something of a disappointment. However, the chance to see at least some of it live is just fantastic.
  • + 19
 So, you'd be better on the course Octalex1??
  • + 17
 It's sad to see people enjoying somebody fall. Aren't we a familly? I wonder how many of those haters were Dannny's huge fans after his victory in last WC.
Sorry for any language mistakes, I'm trying to improve my skills Smile
  • + 12
 Tough Crowd...Gotta remember that this is Red Bull's first broadcast of World Cup DH this year. They are still working out the kinks and they will get much better as the season goes on. We can't really complain because it is free!
  • + 6
 It definitely wasn't perfect coverage, but you have to remember that this is the first World Cup Red Bull has covered, so you have to cut them some slack. Hopefully they will have all the problems ironed out for the next race. Glad to see that Warner hasn't been toned down at all!
  • + 3
 I'm confused. Neg prop me if you must, but will this race affect our fantasy team scores?
  • + 7
 fair play to Minnar it was a well deserved win.. It's funny how Cedric Gracia puts in no effort styles it out and still gets on top 10!
  • + 1
 True! I wonder what CG did on those tt's!
  • + 8
 Ppl are saying the time between riders was to short so they didnt show the 'best parts' But it wasnt live anyway as far i could tell.
PinkBike's 1st top news item , just below the video was the Womens DH winnner @ the time the stream started... Frown
Sure its RedBulls 1st time, but seriously, a company as big as RedBull should not make mistakes...
(i had to watch it on PB as RBs site was 503ed at the start of the cast)

And the 1000fps video they showed really G'ed my up for some HD streaming... but it looked like it bounced from 380p to something alot under 720p, most of the time at the lower end Frown

All in all, a great race, but its a little hard watching a race with splits that just shows each split after another. And you dont see how the rider made the 3 seconds or why they lost the 2 seconds on a section..

My 2cents, bytch and hate if you want...
  • + 1
 GAWD f*ckIN DAMN IT, I MISSED IT BECAUSE I HAD TO GO TO WAITROSE TO BY FLOWERS FOR MOTHERS DAY!!!
will there be a video up?
  • - 1
 redbull has ondemand replays
  • + 1
 thanks on the red bull website?
  • + 1
 @Shoryuken - The women's wasn't live, but the top 30 or so men were.
  • + 2
 The only thing that was to be live is top30 men. They stated it before. As for the stream it might have been your connection. It was fine here.
  • + 5
 fucking richie rude man!
  • + 4
 HELLYEAH RICHIE RUDE BEAST MANCHILDBEAR
  • + 15
 Octalex1, you don't belong on pinkbike.
  • + 3
 I am so stoked for so many of the standings here. Some really well deseved places! e.g. Cedric Gracia, brosnan, Hill, and Mr. Graves! Such a sick start to the World Cup, bring on the season!
  • + 3
 Cracking good race, well deserved win to Minnaar, big shame for Danny Hart but it happens.

Sure the coverage was spot on but as already pointed out it is the first WC so there was bound to be some techy issues, the stream wasn't fantastic for, kept jumping around around and i agree that hopefully for Val Di Sole they show a little more of the track.

@Octalex1, seriously mate GTFO
  • + 3
 I hope UCI enlist a more appropriate commentator for the hot seat rider interviews. He might have fitted as a road race commentator but not here - such a huge contrast to Rob Warner's entertaining style.
  • + 2
 I agree austom. It was painful hearing him try to ask the same lame questions....so awkward
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  • + 33
 Danny... Y U NO STAY ON BIKE?!?!?!
  • + 15
 he clearly tried to scrub the corner.
  • + 21
 I think he crashed because Nigel Page forgot to shout "DANNY, STAY ON YA BIKE!"...
  • + 3
 Duh, it wasn't wet out. Wink

Can't blame him for getting a bit too excited after coming off last season so strong.
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  • + 28
 Yeahhhhhhhhhh!!!! Awesome race
  • + 5
 Delighted or Minaar, my fantasy team had an awesome day!!! Bring on Val Di Sole!
  • - 1
 Not wearing knee pads and glove won't bring you any further. safety first guys!
  • + 8
 the coverage was good! well done red bull
  • + 2
 Had Tracey, Mick and Greg in my fantasy team! Well happy! That was a great race. Lets hope the coverage is less problematic at the next one.
  • + 5
 Minaar minaar do do dododo
  • + 1
 Amazing coverage! So stoked for all the racers and I swear Kintner clipped the dirt with her fork towards the end, way to go Jill!
  • + 4
 i thought the coverage was terrible, why weren't half the racers shown?
  • + 4
 I don't get why "chyu" was neg proped. He was right about the safety.
I don't think a pro should have to wear full body protection, but some standarts like knee pads should be a rule at worldcup races.
It's not my problem, when Justin Leov ends up with a knee less, but these guys should think about the kids that look up to them!!
And the Top 5 were all wearing knee pads, so in the end it's about how much power you can put down, and not how comfortable your clothes are.
  • - 3
 He was neg propped as it's personal preference. A helmet is a no brainer (pun kind-of intended), but when was the last time knee pads or gloves saved your life? If they don't wanna wear pads or gloves, they don't have to.
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  • + 26
 So, Id say RedBull TV gets the thumbs up.. Smile
  • + 4
 Red Bull tv now been added to bookmarks
  • + 2
 agreed thanks redbull, great job!
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  • + 17
 Surprised Steve Smith didn't pull out a higher time with his level of fitness and power. I think he must have been a bit tentative on the top section. 5th is still on the podium though and definitely something to build on after breaking his tib/fib to end last season. We're proud of ya' buddy. Good luck for next race too eh!
  • + 5
 it really seemed like he made an error somewhere in the middle. he pulled 8 positions back from split 2 to the finish line which speaks volumes for his fitness. he looked ticked off when he was in the finish area paddock though... so yeah, probably a silly mistake somewhere.
  • + 11
 Steve Smith. Race 1 - 5th in the world. 2.2 off top spot after an injury year if I'm not mistaken. You rock buddy. We're behind you!
  • + 4
 Both Stevie and Gee smashed the bottom section, I wonder if they tried to conserve more energy for the bottom than Hannah and Gwin did.
  • + 6
 More than a few of the top guys were a little slower at the top, and way faster at the bottom, starting with Graves. He was 23rd at the first split but finished 6th, Minnaar was 6th at the first split and won it, Gee was 10th at the first split and came 4th. The difference with Stevie is that while he was 5th at the first split he was slow in the pedal section and 13th at the second split, then killed it at the end to move into 5th. And the speed trap didn't seem to mean much either, Minnaar was only 19th fastest through it but still won, Mick had only the 29th fastest speed but placed third....
  • + 1
 good points, Ian. all that matters in the end is who has that lowest number between start and finish. whatever analysis happens in between is just gossip (nothing against gossip by the way). What amazes me about racing these days whether it's moto GP, Skiing, Rally racing, or DH. The timing equipment has to measure to the thousandth of a second to distinguish between racers. That means that these guys are flat out on the edge of control trying to beat that clock. That makes for a damn good spectator sport. The talent and motivation of the elite athletes this year is going to make for a great show. It also means I'll be saving my pennies for a DH rig for next year. arg.
  • + 4
 Gentleman, may I point out that little Troy Brosnan pulled an 8th place with a rear wheel puncture ! Seems to me that he could have easily been up there with Gee and Mick ! Nobody seemed to have noticed it... but the commentator points it out.
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  • + 19
 minnaar deserved it
  • - 18
 Well considering he had the fastest time, I think you're kind of stating the obvious.
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  • + 14
 Buwwwwwwaaaaaaaapppp MMMIINNNNNNAAARRRRRR PINNNED AS HELLLLLL YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!




Also"Hese gone down like a french Brest-implant" Gotaa love Rob!!!
  • + 1
 Same here, I was laughing my head off when I heard that comment from Rob. Classic Warner style Smile where would the DH scene be without him. I got to meet him a few years ago and he is just as lively in person just as you hear him broadcasting. He's an overall great fella.
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  • + 7
 The race was excellent, Really happy to see Greg Minnar win he was pinned!!! Good race for Aaron, and execellent race for Sick Mick. RED BULL MEDIA HOUSE please fire your director of LIVE broadcast, the guy was just not there, and yeah what zup with no table tops camera. Not smart, but the quality of the footage its great!!!!! Looking forward for the next one !!!!!!!!!!
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  • + 9
 Way to Go Greg and Aaron you still da man. 2012 is set to be a great season of racing!
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  • + 9
 CG pushed it hard! Nice job!!
  • + 5
 Yeah! So glad that he's right back on track were he had to call it a day last season with his injury.
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  • + 6
 just look under CG, who said old dogs can't learn new tricks? CG is killing it!. Awesome runs by Minnaar, Gwin and Hanna, just amazing!
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  • + 6
 Minnar crushed the bottom section stealing it from gwin. Lookout for hanah this season.
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  • + 6
 Way to go Minnaar !! Congrats, Extremely exciting race. What a way to start the season.
  • + 1
 Was a fantastic race!
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  • + 6
 Great footage! I would've loved to see those huge tables though
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  • + 7
 minnar the pinnarr!!!
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  • + 5
 I must ask. Why does it say Minnaar won last year when it was Gwin. And it says it more than once. Might want to edit that.
  • + 8
 because I haven't slept enough and messed up my notes, all fixed, thanks!
  • + 1
 Thanks Ian! The coverage you provide is much appreciated! Get some well deserved sleep.
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  • + 5
 I guess Yeti's carbon should be saved for less demanding circumstances... Like photo shoots and chillin in the yard.
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  • + 6
 Rob Warner Quote: He goes down faster than a France breast implants.
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  • + 3
 The quality of the stream was ten times better than freecaster. I could actually see the picture clearly. As for being live. Not sure how they killed 2 mins of riding in the middle of the course.
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  • + 6
 danny hart got sketched out before that steep section
  • - 3
 washed out you mean
  • + 8
 Bloody hell danny
  • + 1
 yeh it looked pretty loose and he was giving it some on that section,bring on the next round!
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  • + 2
 The Canadian Chainsaw Masacre, Steve Smith! Nice. Great footage from red bull tv... Few glitches though viewing on iPad. (switched to different video a few times.)

Minnar's legs sure showed their strength on the bottom of course... Pedaled where others didn't.

Wish camera footage from the tables was shown though.
  • + 1
 That happened to all of us I think, not just your iPad!
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  • + 2
 the best thing was the quality hd footage and no interupts in the broadcast, Well done Red Bull , I love you even more.Thanks for bringing our sport to the masses,We love you for it.Awesome quality X
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  • + 5
 damn right greggy make sure gwin doesnt take it again this year!
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  • + 4
 Soo good, Graves is looking very promising! Danny dominated....in the face-plant stage, unfortunately.
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  • + 4
 lets give jared spme credit, first competative wc race in years and he rocks up in sixth, the mans a machine!
  • + 4
 Yeah Jared did great, knocked out a great finish!
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  • + 1
 Really shows that whoever comes to race their bikes can win! Not that he didn't deserve it but it's going to be a season unlike any other other. would have loves to see some of that middle section, I thought redbull had more cameras than freecaster?
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  • + 5
 No carbon Yeti for Graves?
  • + 7
 I was surprised about that too!
  • + 7
 It definitely wasn't the black one... and I don't think they painted it overnight
  • + 1
 Warrantied a fair number of Yeti carbon in my day.
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  • + 5
 That was a great race, was on the edge of my seat.
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  • + 3
 Three Australians in the top 10... is this a sign for the future! Great to see! Good all round race. Whens the WC coming to Cairns?
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  • + 5
 why do they have the qualifying results on here???
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  • + 1
 Great Race!! Thanks Red Bull for covering the event...Couple comments...

Please cover more sections of the track even if its a quick shot....seriously no shots of the huge tables??

Thought it was weird having no idea how the riders were doing through the pedal section until 3 minutes later...maybe ten seconds of footy showing the pedal section and big tables wouldve been nice...that section of track played a big factor in the race and was not covered
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  • + 1
 Hopefully this going to be a real battle this season until gwin takes it at windham again. Gee and Hannah have the speed so this could be interesting with four people that close. Then Graves going to do some damage , just a matter of time.
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  • + 1
 What an exciting race! Hats off to Greg for the win! Such an athlete! Kudos to Aaron and Mich. Good result for Gee on board on the new GT and Good job for my personal fave Steve Smith! 3 of top 5 are riding CF bikes! although the V10 is more carbonated. 4 of the top 5 are riding Fox suspension, which I think levels playing field for the top teams! Hope Greg will be under the Shimano and Fox prototypes program. Much better if there were more exposure on the big jumps because I think that's the most awesome part of watching the race. Can wait to see the next race.
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  • + 5
 Cairns is showing the world how we roll, suck that bitches!!!
  • + 3
 Woohoo. Go Mick and Tracy. Wish Mick could have taken the win too, but psyched that he seems back in to form and not too tentative.
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  • + 3
 Awesome Race!!! Congrats to Minnaar on the win, Gwin and Hannah rounding out the top 3. Looks like its gonna be a sick season!!!!
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  • + 1
 Great race, and awesome to see the contenders being so close at the top. This is going to be a great season for sure.

To those that are commenting on Red Bull's "coverage" vs Freecaster's from years past, please understand that it's the UCI that provides the coverage and footage. Red Bull (and Freecaster before that) provides the stream and announcers. For those that follow all types of cycle racing, it's very similar to watching the 'Tour in July. The ASO provides the footage, and (for us in English speaking territories) NBC provides the broadcasting, commentary, and highlight packages. This is the same thing. The company providing the stream is not controlling what you see on your screen.
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  • + 2
 Did anyone else notice the rear wheel puncture on Troy Bronsnan ? Pay attention to the last section, and specially at the end when they zoom in on his bike.
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  • + 5
 sam hill is still god
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 Awesome win, congrats Greg
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  • + 1
 Looking at the Splits - Mick was fastest on both, then Gwin and then Minnaar. Without that peddling section that may be the way the results might have gone. If Mick stays healthy, I think he's gonna be a real threat!
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 Thank the stars the mens coverage wasn't pre recorded or my money would have been on both results being spoilt for the fans watching. Every time you join the tabloid mind set of getting the news out before 'engaging brain' you piss off a lot of your fans. Lesson learnt? I doubt it.
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  • + 2
 Why didn't Jared Graves use the carbon 303 for the final run? Did I miss something?
  • + 1
 that was the painted version of carbon yeti. that other black one is the original proto showing the carbon front end with no paint.
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  • + 3
 Steve Smith : stay hungry.
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  • + 3
 hell yeah Neko got 14th. Dudes getting way fast. Rep the east coast
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  • + 1
 transmission was bad, couldn't see brendog run, also they missed lots of good spots on track, and was really lots of technical problems, whatevere, Greg rocks.
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  • + 2
 coverage just got boring they could have put a camera on the jumps .. not that impressed to be honest ..
  • + 2
 its free, its live, buy a flight if you want better, sorry but that was great footage.Thanks RB
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  • + 1
 What a race by Richie Rude, 31st! First world cup and only 17 or 18 years old. Future downhill world champ right there (could be this year as a junior).
  • + 2
 Good call, at least WC as a junior. A great result for him, hope he carries it through the season. None of the Americans look like contenders this year except Gwin, but they have a few guys with serious potential for the future, if they can learn from Gwin. Looks like Gwin should have another dominant year, those who said alot of people would catch up with him were wrong, not a surprise that Minnar won here but I will be surprised if Minnar beats him again this year. Interesting how the Brits have th biggest overall presence but none did that great here except always reliable Peaty. Aussies got the most bang for the buck, except for Sam can't pedal up a Hill.
  • + 1
 I forgot about Gee's solid podium performance, but still, the Englishmen qualified 20 guys, most ended up in the bottom half. We shouldn't have to wait till June for another big race.
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 SICK MICK !!!!!!!!! on it son! and GRAVEY TRAIN best comback to WC DH!! fantasic race congrats to Minnar on taking the win
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  • + 2
 Did Alex Bond have an engine on his bike at the speed trap, not bad for a guy riding with a broken collar bone!
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  • + 0
 Did any of the major brand factory team backed riders try using a prototype 29er or 650B wheeled bike in the downhill finals (men's or women's) like Nino Schurter used to win the XC ?
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 I wonder what happened to that carbon Yeti...Graves looked like he chose the alloy version for his race run.
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 I was kinda hoping for Gwin and Hannah to take the top two positions , for my fantasy team, but really pleased for Minaar taking the win on his home turf! Smile
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 Don't appreciate the fact that my comment was completely removed from this page .... not allowed to criticize Redbull are we ??
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 Great run by Greg! Winning at home, in front of such awseome crowd, must have been a stupendous feeling! Go Greg!
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 I loved the comment: "He fell faster than a french breast implant" =)
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 Thanks to all for showing this great event! Well done
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 Anyone notice the flying Borat above Minnaar's head?
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 nice work steve smith. making vancouver island proud
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 This race was worth getting up at 5 am for....
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 Same for me man... worth every second!
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 i nearly cried when danny went down some impressive riding from told peaty
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 This is gonna be a great season! Well deserve win for GM and SlickMick is gettin up there too!! Go Gwinn!!
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 Great job RedBull TV, and great race for sure Smile It was a really exciting race Smile
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 Greg WINnaar!
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 Coverage was pretty good! BUT Show more of the track and get Tippie down with the leaders to do the interviews!
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 alex bond is the guy! look at the speed... 63.642(1) - rank 53
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 he rode with a broken collar bone. he is the guy.
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 0.008 of difference between gwin and minnar... INSANE.UCI 2012 looks promising between those two.
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 Thats like nothing, you know. Maybe Aaron ran over a beetle and that slowed him down. It was a sweet race no matter what
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 The times are wrong because in the streaming he was 0.632 up from Gwin
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 Gwin was 0.632 back from Minnaar in the final. I think you're looking at the qualifying results. Agreed, good to see there's going to be a real battle going on this year.
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 Anyone notice he was exactly .008 back on his qualifying run to... that's super strange don't think you could repeat that again if you tried.
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 My mistake, sorry about that, Gwin finished .632 back of Minnaar in the final.
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 My take from watching is that Minnaar straight out pedaled Gwin on the bottom of the course.
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 Pleased for Greg, shame for Danny, also please for Mick more to come from him this season! Roll on round 2!!!!
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 what a great start to the week Smile siting at work and watching the worldcup good times oh yes
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 it was a crazy run by minnar
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 Great coverage and a sick race!! Too bad there weren't cameras on the big tables though
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 What a run you beast!!!!
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 Nice to see Neko Mullaly crack the top 20! He'll be one to watch over the next few seasons!
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 That was definitely worth waking up early to watch live.. Great Job Minnaar Awesome run!!!
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 Graves looking good coming around!
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 minnaaarrrrrrr you beast.
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 goddammit!!!! I wanted gwin! by 0.008 seconds!!! frckin frack!!!!
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 I like the fact that the wc stays the same with redbull but even a little bit better! Good job to red bull and great WC
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 what a race from minnaar!
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 haha, I have guessed winners time, said that it will be about 3:58
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 907 is the pin for the pinkbike dirt fantasy league
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 poor little danny.
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 Really stoked for Sick Mick! Hope he has a better season than last...
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 Minnaar, a legend..
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 damn! i forgot to set the alarm. are there any replays?
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 Redbull tv has it on demand.... just watched it and really don'y understand what people were bitching about, considering it was absolutely free and beats the hell out of reading about it
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 MINAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR
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 let's go MINNAR, awesome race
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 Fuck yeah CG in the top 10!
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 Stoked for CG!
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 Pretty sick racing! was awesome to watch Razz
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 Congratulations to Greg minnar! and good job stevie, val di sole is yours!
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 yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeahhhhhh!!!! Smile
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 Bring on the Pics!!! And edits!
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 A little hasty are we? Edits (both photo video) take time.. patience is a virtue.
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 Maybe a bit haha
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 The run was AMAZING!
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 So stoked for Greg!
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 Fair play Greg.
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 MICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 3, 5, 6, 7 for my fantasy pool. Not bad Smile
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 I'm happy Minaar won. Now I don't have to listen to his whining. He sounded so bitter last year.
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 Aaron Gwin is still the best in the world!!
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 *among the best
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