Pietermaritzburg World Cup 2012 - Tracey Hannah wins the Women's DH

Mar 18, 2012 at 5:13
Mar 18, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
 
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Tracey Hannah has won the Women's DH in Pietermaritzburg! Manon Carpenter in second and Emmeline Ragot in third.

Womens Top 5

1. Tracey Hannah
2. Manon Carpenter
3. Emmeline Ragot
5. Jill Kintner
5. Miriam Ruchti

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

Tracey Hannah picking right back up where she left off with a win at the Pietermaritzburg UCI World Cup DH

Tracey Hannah on her way to the first World Cup win of the season


The weather held up for today's race in Pietermaritzburg, with yesterday's rain fading out overnight.

It's great to see Anita Molcik making the move from 4X to DH this year, and while she was a ways off the Podium timewise, she took the lead fairly early on and finished seventh. It will be interesting to see how she does in the rest of the season. It was no surprise to see Manon Carpenter take the lead on her run, she was really fast in qualifying on the first part of the course, but then had some problems and ended up a ways back. Today she started 11th and took the hot seat for almost the rest of the race, not giving it up until Tracey Hannah took it away from her at the very end.

Jill Kintner had a great run, congratulations to her for her first ever World Cup DH Podium. Floriane Pugin qualified third but injured her shoulder in training yesterday and wasn't able to compete today. After Jill it was just Emmeline and Tracey left to go, Emmi looked like she might take it with the fastest first split but she couldn't hold on and moved into second behind Manon. Then it was Tracey's turn and she coudn't beat Emmi's time at the first split but she was fastest at the second and that's how it ended up, Tracey in First, Manon in Second, Emmi in Third, Jill in Fourth, and Miriam in 5th.


42232 DHI WE Results
Photos to come...

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82 Comments

  • + 24
 I apologize to any of you that wanted to watch the Women's event live and were disappointed to see the results go up before watching it on the feed. However the Women's race was not broadcast live, Red Bull only broadcast the the highlights of the top 10 women's runs after it was all over. The results were all over the web well before they showed it, I woke up to the women's official results in my email box. We will mention to Red Bull the number of people that were hoping to watch the women's event live. thanks for understanding!
  • + 10
 the coverage has been amazing, thanks so much pinkbike ...
  • + 2
 We understand it wasn't broadcast live but I daresay most of the people here to view the feed weren't actively looking elsewhere for the results even though they may be up. Most of us were up at odd hours to watch it all unfold. It's no big deal, especially as it's only race one. It's only a tiny measure to implement which I'm sure is going to be taken into account next race given the current response. Regardless, the up to date coverage is appreciated immensely.
  • + 2
 Yeah, this was race one. This type of problems have to appear right now to be able to solve them.

In the other hand: zero conexions problems seeing it from Pinkbike and a good video quality. Not bad. Not bad at all. Thanks for the coverage.
  • + 6
 Next time would it be possible to avoid having the winner's name in the article title? That way you don't find out the result when you load PB to watch the (pre-recorded) racing unless you want to see it. That way everyone's a winner, just like Tracey Hannah Razz
  • + 1
 Thanks guys, we'll be discussing this and trying to figure out a solution for next time. We probably won't keep the names out of the headlines, that's important to the article, however we may be able to do something else like put the live feed on it's own page so you can bookmark it the night before. That way if you don't want to go to the main page and see the headlines you don't have to. Or possibly convince Red Bull to air the women live as well? That would be a better option personally.
  • + 1
 Both ideas are good, Ian. Second one is the best, women deserve full coverage too, but that is Red Bull's decision... :S
  • + 1
 Yeah that would be ideal, but then they'd have to show the whole of the men's which would make the broadcast a lot longer which it sounded like they were trying to get away from. I wouldn't be complaining if they did tho... Big Grin

Even if you just kept the name out of the title until the women's feed was finished then changed it to include the winner... it would be a bit more hassle, but a simple solution. Idk...
  • + 1
 Ian, totally understand your point here and I was aware of the new format. That said, I hopped on here to see if it was broadcast was playing (it wasn't streaming on redbull.tv immediately either) and saw the results. I intentionally avoided Facebook, Dirt.tv and the other sites to watch the women's race without prior knowledge of the winner. My advice would be to post a headline: Women's Race Results - WARNING Spoiler Alert inside!
  • + 1
 Yeah we'll work on a solution for Val di Sole if Red Bull doesn't want to stream the whole thing. As mentioned before though that would make it into a long day have to stream the women's live, and then all of the men's instead of just the top 30. Or there would be a huge break in the middle. I know I'd love to see it all live personally.
  • + 1
 why not 2 shows?!?

A sweet, quality ladies stream - say, top 10 qualifiers - and the top 30 men.

bet it will be good...
  • + 1
 Why not keep the top 30 men the way it was and show the women right before the men broadcast instead of after?
  • + 1
 @genericmk I think what you're missing is that the women race probably 45 minutes or more before the top 30 men, so if they show the women live there will then be a large break while the 30-80 ranked men ride. To get around it they filmed the women, then showed them racing right before the top 30 men, as you suggested. However the women's race wasn't live, it had taken place more than 30 minutes before they showed it.
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  • + 24
 Cheers for giving it away. i did want to watch it live.
  • - 2
 Yeah i agree... im an little frustrated:\
  • + 15
 Give it away... watch live? Are you aware what LIVE means?

They are only showing the mens. Which is annoying.
  • + 7
 No, they are showing top 10 women's pre-recorded, and top 50 qualied men live.
  • + 1
 Far out, Its annoying yes but calling Ian a 'c-word' is a bit uncalled for.

Edit: comment deleted
  • + 2
 really hope both hannahs to win.
  • + 1
 where.the.hell.is.rachel?
  • + 11
 she.no.start.she.hurty
  • + 2
 Yeah, how about instead of "Pietermaritzburg World Cup 2012 - Tracey Hannah wins the Women's DH" how about something like "Pietermaritzburg World Cup 2012 - Women's DH Spoiler Report." or something of that nature. Same goes for the men as well, It would be nice to not stumble upon the results while searching for the replay....
  • + 6
 I can understand with the women's race as Red Bull didn't air the race until after it was finished and done, but the men's was fair play. If you want to see the race before you see the results then you need to get up early enough to watch it live. We'll always report the news and the results as quickly as we can, usually within minutes of the finish. I apologize if that's not convenient for you, but I don't see that part changing any time in the near future.
  • + 1
 @tom and it wasn't even by me, I didn't even get to see the comment. No worries though, not bothered by it.

As I stated previously we'll be forwarding our thoughts and your comments to Red Bull and hopefully they can see fit to air the women's event live next time. If it doesn't work out that way I'm sure we'll still post the women's results as soon as they're available, however we can maybe try something different like posting the live feed on it's own page, that way you can bookmark it the night before if you don't want to see the headlines. We'll have to discuss it based on what Red Bull decides to do.
  • + 1
 Rachel hurt her shoulder, she was at moelfre today on her AM bike
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  • + 21
 Well done Manon. I said she would get podiums this year!
  • + 7
 YEAH TRACY AND MICK !!!!
  • + 2
 totally. does this mean they will start a TV show?
  • + 3
 Well done Manon Big Grin kick ass stuff!
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  • + 15
 Yeah Tracey!! WC title on the way!
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  • + 12
 Looks like there is a legit audience! My vote - broadcast the top 10 ladies live!
  • + 1
 Umm how do you just do the top 10 if it's live? Are the results predeclared?
  • + 2
 qualifiers.
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  • + 7
 Honestly, all it needed was a spoiler alert. There are people who would like to know regardless but I think it's fair to say that most of us didn't want it ruined. Next time have it in capital letters that the article contains race result spoilers so we can choose not to look if that's the case.

It's about choice guys, not who's right/wrong, it's about the freedom to choose.
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  • + 7
 Hannah's first race back, Carpenter's first race after competing as a junior ... pretty awesome
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  • + 3
 thanks pinkbike/Haylands. some real thought must have gone through that blurted out headline - under the streaming video feed we've all been waiting for. might as well go wash the car for a bit now. Completely pissed off.
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  • + 1
 Is it just me or did the race start 2 hours early. It said 8.15 emt womens starts and they already halfway thru mens and miss the womens. Hopefully they do a replay Today! Want to check the babes on corse but congrats to hanah. This stream have good resolution but lagging a bit. My ghetto cable not helping either but at least i get to see top 30 men hit the track.
  • + 1
 The posted times were for the start of the broadcast, not the start of the race, and all anyone got to see really were a few pre-recorded highlights from the women's race and the top 30 men.
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  • + 1
 Track looking awesome, that rain probably help if anything. Neko with a good run, i thought brebdog didnt qualify but he doing good too. This going soo fast i dont have time to roll a piff.
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  • + 1
 It's not f********* live they just had issues! Just saw bits of the mens so this is all pre recorded! The mens live timing is coming in now! I know we should cut them some slack for first time but this is JOKE!!!!
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  • + 2
 I can't believe you announced this just below the live stream I was about to watch, I'm totally gutted I was really looking forward to this. Nice one.
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  • - 1
 Oh i see they had issues with live, oh well this is mountain biking and we forced to watch online so what you going to do. Tmrw they have vids of everything. Keep in mind this is the dark continent and not easy streaming from there.
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  • + 1
 Why is the fat guy with the blue tshirt and baseball cap stopping the riders from leaving the track and going for a rest, utter bullshit from the UCI!
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  • + 1
 Sabrina did well getting fifth considering she didn't start!... but well chuffed for Hannah... a great start to her come back!...
  • + 1
 exactly, she fell hardly on pratice the morning. And she didn't even start the race.
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  • + 0
 Boo Redbull tv...don't care about fans of women's dh? What about the middle section??? Come back Freecaster!!!!! Also sorely disappointed to see the headline after setting the alarm for 530!!!!!
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  • + 3
 Danny hart letting the UCI guy know, move it or get rammed, go on!
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  • + 1
 It's to bad that Sam Hill didn't get Tracey Hannah pregnant... That kid would kill all competition!
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  • + 2
 whats about Rachel? Someone tell me whats going on
  • + 4
 Rachel is still recovering from her shoulder surgery and sat this one out, she'll be racing in round two at Val di Sole in June.
  • + 1
 Thanks for the info.
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  • + 3
 Way to Go JILL!!!!
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  • + 2
 ps. stoked on the up to date news!
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  • + 2
 Thanks for letting the cat out of the bag guys, lame.
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  • + 0
 Advertise that you are going to be showing the race online the last couple of days, then give away the results a couple of minutes before it starts up - not cool PinkBike.
  • + 1
 first race, with a new system ... give them some credit that you get to watch it at all
  • + 2
 Nope, no credit, it's not hard to press the "don't publish this article right now button" until people get a chance to see it.
  • + 1
 It was already published on other sites, free video coverage ... wonder how much it costs pinkbike?
  • + 5
 We have to publish results and news as soon as they're available, that's how news works. The real problem is Red Bull not showing the Women's event live. The results had been all over Facebook and Twitter for a short while before we posted them, and then they showed the highlights.
  • + 1
 I wanted to find somewhere to watch it live or not without knowing the results - pinkbike was my first port of call but in future I will def go straight onto the redbull site to watch it without the results directly below spoiling it for me! Sorry pinkbike but that was not cool there must be a way of doing it without the results directly broadcast below what you're about to watch....
  • + 2
 Except as reported...IF YOU BOTHERED TO ACTUALLY READ WHAT WAS ALREADY SAID TWO HOURS AGO.... RedBull themselves chose NOT to broadcast the women's race until AFTER it was finished and the results were posted up everywhere, including on their own website.... .
  • + 2
 What's Twitter? Is that a site for men seeking men? Seriously though, I think most of us came straight to Pinkbike this morning. Live UCI coverage on Pinkbike trumps anything happening on Facebook or Twitter. Next time, just don't put the winners name in bold letters on the article, and we're all good. Not a big deal, and thank you Pinkbike and Redbull for providing us with any footage at all.
  • + 1
 @canarybird unfortunately watching it on Red Bull won't solve that problem for you as they had the women's results posted underneath the video feed as well up until they started covering the men. That's where I first saw the results...
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  • + 1
 Looks like it would've been good to watch! The split times are a little off but no biggie. Smile
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  • + 1
 Anounce the winner then show the footage, the suspense is killing me! hahahaha!
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  • + 0
 Everyone knew she was going to kill it but ffs... telling everyone? Poor form - I thought we were seeing these girls ride live.
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  • + 1
 A lot of male riders appear to be wearing new upper body armour that mimicks female breasts, genius!
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  • + 1
 So did Sabrina Jonnier come 4th or was she DNS?
  • + 2
 DNS, Red Bull feed was messed up and they mentioned her but didn't show her riding. Initially they showed quali results instead of finals which was a little confusing, would have been nice to watch the whole thing live...
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  • + 1
 Riders on the track but all I can see is the dumb ass ranking!
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  • + 1
 when does the mens dh start ?
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  • + 1
 eeeee , PB tooo early ? srsly ?? 10 womens left on LIVE STREAM ?!?!?!?!
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  • + 1
 Buyacka in ya face gwin blaze a fire then minnar gets it
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  • + 1
 manon is in my dirt fantasy league team, yes!
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  • + 1
 uhhh.... we just started watching this!!!! Blank Stare not happy
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  • + 1
 wtf? don't want to know who's won before I watch it.
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  • + 1
 Yeah wtf pinkbike :-/
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  • - 1
 not cool at all PB, i know your keeping everyone upto date and thats brilliant but really?!
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  • - 3
 Why advertise its and then tell everyone who the winners are #lookawaynowifyoudontwanttoknow
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