Val di Sole World Cup - Aaron Gwin wins 5th WC DH of the season!

Aug 21, 2011 at 6:58
Aug 21, 2011
by Ian Hylands  
 
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Aaron Gwin has just become the first man to win 5 World Cup DH races in one season!

With his win today at Val di Sole Aaron Gwin has become the first man to win more than 4 DH World Cup races in one year. In 2000 Anne Caroline Chausson won 6 out of 8 races on the women's side, but the men's has been stuck at 4 since the second year of the DH World Cup. In 1994 François Gachet won 4 out of 6 races, and starting in 1998 Nico Vouilloz won 4 races a year, three years in a row, but not until now 11 years later has anyone been able to raise that bar.

Men's top 5

1. Aaron Gwin
2. Danny Hart
3. Gee Atherton
4. Troy Brosnan
5. Cameron Cole

Complete results at bottom

UNBELIEVABLE
Aaron Gwin taking the historic fifth win for a 7 race World Cup season. Brosnan 4 Danny Hart 2 Gee Atherton 3 Cam Cole 5 and Aaron Gwin 1 .
Aaron Gwin taking the historic fifth win for a 7 race World Cup season. Brosnan (4), Danny Hart (2), Gee Atherton (3), Cam Cole (5), and Aaron Gwin (1).

It was a sunny day in Val di Sole and conditions were dry and dusty as the seventh and final round of this years World Cup DH got underway. The hot seat changed hands fairly infrequently after Mitch Ropelato took it fairly early on. Remi Thirion raised the bar by over 4 seconds on his run, and then Neethling took the hot seat before Minnaar took it away from him. Matti Lehikoined put in a solid run to move into to second with 14 riders to go, then Brook Macdonald looked like he might do it but only managed to edge out Lehikoinen for second. Cameron Cole put in a crazy fast run leading all the way down to beat out Minnaar by 0.8 with a 3:16.529, and then we moved into the top 10 and the 3 minute gaps. Markus Pekoll looked like he had a fast run in him but he flatted near the bottom, and then it was Gee Atherton's turn. Gee has won on this track before, and he was fastest by 1.6 seconds at the split with a run that ended up over 2 seconds faster than Cameron Cole. Troy Brosnan qualified 4th and had an amazing run here today, starting a bit slow but moving up at every split. He finished up only 1.6 seconds behind Gee and moved into 2nd, guaranteeing him his first ever World Cup Podium. Danny Hart has had a pretty good year, and showed everyone here that he can do it. In his typical loose style he was 1.6 seconds ahead at the first split and then almost 3 seconds faster than Gee at the finish to move into the hot seat. The way he slashed the final berm was spectacular, roosting the spectators. And then it was Aaron Gwin's turn. Another 2.6 seconds faster than anyone else at the split, he put in a run that was 1.23 seconds faster than Hart. Steve Smith qualified 2nd fastest but didn't run today because of an injury he sustained in practice.

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205 Comments

  • + 62
 Brosnan's nutsack weight to overall body weight ratio must be pretty good
  • + 15
 hm maybe... Specialized goes bananas with their standover heights, maybe to accomodate their top riders nutsacks...
  • + 1
 wow brosnan :S
  • + 2
 Anyone have a photo of Hart destroying that berm?
  • + 1
 Wow that was sick. I mean, he looked good. Shredded that berm so beautifully.
  • + 2
 great that someone put it on youtube, but what was the point with speeding it up?
  • + 1
 Gee has done pretty well this season to stay in the top 3, considering his tire problems that put him out from points....props to him Big Grin
  • + 1
 steve smith with swollen ankle can shred.... but yeah stoked for the kids to be in the podium..
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  • + 40
 I thought Hart had it there
  • + 27
 Hart's run was amazing, was hoping he would have taken the win.
  • + 18
 I've never seen someone explode a corner like Hart did after the off camber at the bottom. In the slowmo the photog who was on the other side of the bump got really spooked.
  • - 26
 You misspelled Gwin... :p
  • + 15
 I hope someone got a good still of that berm
  • - 20
 wheres sam hill when we need him to give aaron gwin a reality check!
  • + 39
 For a man that has proven himself so extremely, its interesting how he still has doubters/ haters. He is the fastest guy in the world hands down. Congrats Gwin
  • + 38
 What about troy in 4th!?!?! He's a kid and up top with the pros!
  • + 18
 stoked for hart and brosnan. also brayton top 30 pretty sick
  • - 18
 CANADA, CANADA, CANADA!!!!
  • - 43
 Aaaron Gwin is a ginger so we all know what this means... he has no soul - so he has nothing to loose an that's cheating!!! so we all know what needs to be done... Daywalkers should not be allowed to compete! Greg should get the medal!
  • - 2
 usa! usa! usa!
  • - 19
 Mexico! Mexico! Mexico!
  • + 20
 my jaw hit the floor when i saw Hart slay the hell out of that last berm. incredible!
  • + 7
 WAKIdesigns haha gingers have no soul, your british really arnt ya
  • - 6
 qwin has just made the world cup races boring, no one really has a chance to win it unless qwin has a big off or makes a lot of mistakes. although val di sole was by far the best race of the year IMO.
  • + 7
 Boring? If one rider winning consistently makes an entire race series boring for you, you're not a real fan of the sport and you should probably find something different to watch. I think I should go see a doctor because clearly I'm some abnormal freak of nature who finds every rider, all the stories going on in a season, and every race absolutely awesome and captivating to watch. And EVERYONE has a chance to win if they push hard, work hard, and earn it. I like how you're basically insulting all the other riders by saying they aren't good enough to get a win because you seem to think Gwin is unstoppable, and as we clearly saw at La Bresse, he's not unstoppable, he is beatable, he's human, he can in fact lose.
  • + 5
 Did you really just say no one has a chance to win? Lol do you think it is easy for him to win every race? This has been one of the most incredible things to watch. What just because it wasn't your favorite who won. He is far from my favorite and i can't say i called his sudden jump ahead but i can certainly appreciate it.
  • + 3
 Gwin joins the legends Smile
  • - 1
 cyrix, this season has certainly been boring in comparison to last season. Watching Greg and Gee battle it out and then it all coming down to one race was as exciting as it gets! Theres nothing exciting about knowing with almost absolute certainty who is going to win, and knowing he will do it with no sick whips, no exploding corners, and no massive no footed ball rides. I'm not taking anything away from Aaron Gwin, he has shown us what can be done a downhill bike and hopefully next year all the other top riders will step it up like they did after Sam Hills domination in 2007 and we'll see even faster racing, but competition is exciting and this year we have simply not seen competition.
  • + 4
 ned propping dosnt change that fact that usa won Smile
  • + 3
 I find the username "emotion-captured" to be almost ironic considering what you're saying. Are you saying Dan Athertons comeback is boring? Are you saying Troy Brosnan's season is boring? Are you saying Stevie Smith having his best season so far is boring? Or how about Hart? His season is boring? Holy shit, how about Peaty? My god his season was...oh wait you think it's boring.... I can't believe you are going to sit there and act like all of the effort these riders have put in is boring. Try looking past who wins a race, try looking at the actual riders and their stories before you tell me it's "boring." You saying this season is "boring" is an insult to the riders who raced. There is more to downhill than just who wins. I'm sorry you can't focus on anything beyond that. Excuse me while I get stoked for all of the riders I mentioned having good seasons. I apologize if it contradicts your idea that downhill has suddenly become "BORING."
  • - 1
 cyrix, you must be the biggest fan in the world, you ignorant ass... people have their opinions and you have no right to judge them and get all butthurt over it... i race both 4x and DH, as well as never missing a free caster broadcast of the DH races in 2 years, that means waking up at 4AM every race, i get stoked to watch riders blast down a track, and i love it when i see a time smashed by a guy thats not consistently top 10, you should have seen me when i watched brosnan's run and harts runs, its stuff like that that makes me love watching DH, everything about this season was good except the predictability
  • + 3
 Hey princess, look up the definition of the word ignorant, because you clearly have no idea what it means. While you're at it look up "hypocrite". Because everything you just threw a temper tantrum about you did yourself. But please do cry me another river for actually liking a sport beyond just who wins a race.
  • + 3
 that discussion makes me sure that in ten years time this sport will have as lame redneck supporters as football: maybe even someone of us here will be sitting on a couch in sweaty undershirt and redneck baseball hat screaming - shut up! daddy's watchin downhill! And tell your mother to bring me another monster energy!!! you know daddy was riding like that back in the days? Daddy could do an x-up! Daddy even went to Whistler, You know where is it? They had winter Olympics there, It's in Cana... Fk that sht, he went over the tape, fkn cheater! oh fo fks sake, why did he take the outside line?! inside is 0,5 quicker! You know I never loved your mother, don't you...
  • + 1
 what the hell are you talking about dude?
  • + 1
 Waki goes off on strange rants. But I LOVE reading his posts. I think he's my favorite member here.
  • + 2
 mtbrider71 - breaking the tension on the line: USA vs The Rest of the world under the self-proclaimed leadership from UK supported by Terrance&Filip.

Listen missy! You better stop dressing me up as a mermaid while having sex with a guy that I don't even know... i i i in my fathers bedroom!
  • + 1
 I don't remember saying this season was boring, just compared to last year which I felt was far more exciting. Also what on earth does my username have to do with it?
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  • + 30
 Great job Gwin..!
I can't believe some of the comments above!
the guy earned it all straight up, it's not a sport where you can buy or cheat your way to the top.
It's too bad that these people can't just be good sport's and accept that he's a great rider that's leading WC into another level of racing...
Who cares if he's american, who cares if he doesn't jump up in the air screaming when he wins (doesn't mean he isn't stoked), who cares if he's leaving your old favorites in the dust, he's killing it and others need to step their game up...
He's not my favorite WC rider either, but you gotta recognize Gwin's talent and the fact that he's pulled off a record that no one has pulled off before, not even when the others were right in their prime...
  • + 1
 The point-gap of the overall 1st (gwin) to the overall 2nd (minnaar) is the biggest ever, right?
  • + 6
 In an interview after winning he said "trying to have fun and ride a bike, just trying to keep it that simple." I struggle to understand how you can hate on a humble and chill guy like that? Stoked for the win gwin!
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  • + 22
 This was the best race footage of this whole world cup season,nothing was more epic than this race on the most hardcore track.it head the most crashes and every one was pinning it to the max,Danny Harts run was the wildest run i have ever seen next to Sam Hills legendary world champs run and Troy Brosnan was killing it to the max. Watch out for that kid in the future when he goes senior.

Aaron Gwin must head the season of his life,he is such a god on two wheels,if he wins world champs that would truly blow my mind off.Thank you freecaster for broadcasting this awesome live feedSalute
  • + 10
 hats off to brosnan. that dude is on a come up
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  • + 15
 It seems that everyone who has something negative to say about Aaron Gwin fits into the following categories:

A. Under the age of 18
B. From the United Kingdom
C. Seriously lacking in education and perspective
D. A combination of all of the above

Gwin is obviously an incredible racer and is a great ambassador for the sport of mountain biking. He is humble, soft spoken, and extremely gracious to the sport and his competitors. He seems truly humbled by his own success.

No matter how hard you work and how badly you beat the competition...act like you've been there before.
  • + 5
 My favorite part is the people saying him winning has made the sport "boring". I guess they just don't actually give a damn about the sport because no matter who wins, the races and the riders are FAR FAR FAR from boring. I look forward to every single race to see how each rider will do, see who will step up and really push it, see who will have a crazy save after getting loose, see who will come back from injury, etc...etc... People who say Gwin makes the sport boring should find another sport to watch.

Who wins the race is just icing on the cake, the real good stuff is all the crazy stories that go on in a season surrounding the teams/riders/tracks.
  • - 3
 donch, you make some fair points there apart from losing all credibility with point B. i suggest you look at the flags next to the comments more closely...
  • + 0
 Uh oh, someone hasnt been following the comment sections this entire race season.........
  • + 4
 bueheh donch15 my friend, it's not against Gwin, it's against USA. It's retarded but well, every super emotional supporting in sport is retarded, that's why half of footbal spectators should be stripped of all belongings to find some proper problem in life, instead of hate towards other team or nationality, because 11 pimps lot the game on the grass field.

But at the same time you do have some problems with distancing yourselves to the eternal glory of stars and stripes promised by founding fathers, hence we are mean Big Grin because we know it pixxes you off greatly Big Grin USA is the new French buahaha
  • + 2
 WAKI is quite right, I'd be going wild for Gwin if he wasn't American (well I would have been at the start of the season but I would still have got a bit bored later on), but he's American and that means when he does well somewhere in the world Americans are reinforcing their belief that they are better than everyone else.

Another important thing to learn about Brits is we will always support the underdog, we see Gwin doing well and we think 'right, good for him, now lets see some wildcard like Danny Hart thrash him'.
  • + 1
 How can one downhill rider make us Americans think we are better than everyone else come on! I sure don`t feel that. Aaron is just some dude that I never met that rides bikes that is fast sure its cool he is American but he is just doing his job. Everyone thinks they are better then others, it is a shame. Its just a race, there will always be some rider no matter where he is from, winning races and some lame ass hating them for it....
  • + 2
 Trekfueler, it doesn't make us think we're better. Well most of us, there are a few idiots who might use it as a reason to do so, but then again there are people like that from EVERYWHWERE. No idea why he's singling out just one country and trying to act superior.
  • + 2
 So Gwin's american. big deal. Like all racers he's in a battle with himself to understand what it takes to wake up and deliver. Right now he's on fire and all credit to him. That's the same battle every racer has. Anyone who has ever raced knows what a mountain that is to climb. Downhill is a personal battle with fear, fitness, instants in time where it can all crash and burn. Go Gwin you freaking legend.
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  • + 17
 Best quote was "He went down harder than Amy Winehouse" LOL
  • + 1
 Nah, it has to be 'he wants it more than an out of work rapist'.
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  • + 16
 Unbelievable race. Best of the year. Hart was looser than ever.
  • + 24
 Troy must be stoked. Looser than a monkey dry humping a football!!!!! XD
  • + 9
 I couldn't believe hart blew out the last corner! MIND=BLOWN!
  • + 1
 Is there somewhere that i cann have a look at it ?
  • + 1
 You could catch a flight to italy...
  • + 7
 I am talking about the video of danny hart blowing out on the last corner num nuts, not to have a walk around the track.
  • + 1
 It'll be around soon, wait a day or 2.
  • + 1
 Freecaster replay. Go to around the last 10 mins
  • + 2
 99 minutes into the replay.
  • + 2
 Thank you lads, much appreciated Beer
  • + 4
 That was loose as a goose sucking on moose Big Grin
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  • + 11
 Good on Gwin wicked season. Man all you Americans get it tough. You either all get shit for mericans that go round the world that are loud and obnoxious or ya get gwin here who is humble and quite contained the opposite of the american stereotype and hey ya still get shit sheeesh!
  • + 9
 Well said...Gwin is a great ambassador for the sport. Not only is he dominating the races, he is humble, soft spoken, & seems uncomfortable with his own success even though he earned it by being better and outworking everyone.
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  • + 10
 Hart and Brosnon are soming up! What can you say about Gwin, 5 wins in 1 season, WOW
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  • + 9
 Yes I'm American and yes I love Gwin, but please for the love of God no one say "Gwinning"
  • + 2
 Why not, it's so fun, and I already did earlier.
  • + 1
 Charlie and Gwin get together, now that would be gwinning
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  • + 8
 super stoked for gwin breaking the record...Harts run was the run of the day though...especially the last corner...fcuk me...
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  • + 5
 I think most people reading these comments are all stoked for Gwin and don't give a damn about all the bitchy remarks being made about where he's from and all that rubbish. Massive congrats to Gwin! Huge congrats to anyone who stayed on their rides to be honest. The track looked savage. Though cheers Danny for making it the most entertaining to watch! ps. The ginger comment still made me laugh.
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  • + 7
 Most epic race ever, roll on the worlds. dust, loose, scraps for the top. Awesome!!
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  • + 3
 For all you HATERS out there GWIN also wins that 1000 Euro speed trap too.

Aaron Gwin: 278.974 KPH
Greg Minnaar: 278.839 KPH
Thats .135 KPH faster than Greg.

Now how close is that!!!
I thought for sure Greg was going to pull that one out of his ass, but Aaron squeezed it out.
  • + 6
 haha when i first saw that thing i was like HOLY SHIT!! then i realized it was combined
  • + 6
 pull that one out of his ass and squeezed it out. those definitely don't belong in the same sentence haha
  • + 1
 I just lol'd so hard.
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 everyones hatin on gwin?why because hes from the US and hes the best rider in the world right now. Stop talking shit on him and face the facts that he is better than gee, minnar,hart and every other rider out there. This comments gona get alot of bitter brits crying
  • + 14
 if only you could stop thinking it's a matter of country
  • - 11
 if u look. people from the uk r the only ones that hate on gwin. because gee is not winning. Everybody needs to stop hatin on him all hes doin is riding his bike. and winning. and alot of people hate the fact that an american is winning
  • + 5
 anyone find motoracer432's comment remind them of that girl crying and screaming on youtube to stop hating on britney spears?!
  • - 8
 u just proved my point.^
  • + 1
 how so? didn't make any reference to gwin, or anyone's speed or winning abilities as far as i was aware?
  • + 1
 Yeah its not about him being from the US, i'm from the UK and my fav riders Sam Hill ,couldnt give a shit, gwin's winning, hes winning cus hes f*cking shreding good on him Smile sooo stop bitching motoracer432
  • + 4
 people are hating on gwin because he's winning so much. he could be from the us or uk or mongolia and still get trash talked. if people are hating on america, it's because of kids like motoracer, not aaron gwin.
  • + 7
 Minors should not be allowed to post comments. . .
  • + 3
 Yeah I wish Gwins country of origin had nothing to do with all the shit talk, but if anyone has been following the comment sections here all season his country of origin has been a big focus for many people eager to trash talk. Though to be fair it has calmed down quite a bit which is good to see. Less jingoistic arrogant behavior.
  • + 1
 cyrix with all due respect, as I generally agree with you. Jingoistic arrogant behavior is what makes this site special from all of the other mountain bike sites.
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  • + 2
 Wow this is absolutely incredible what he has done this year it just goes to show what training hard and working with the right people.

Hopefully everyone (Sam, Stevie) get better and rip it at worlds would suck to not have the top 2 race.

I have a feeling next season will produce somthing a little different... Brosnan will be that much stronger Fairclough should have his knee reassembled and Sam will be back.
  • + 3
 yeah man brosnan is the future.
  • + 4
 Yeah, he desTROYed the junior field!
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 Wow the young guns doing it big at this last race. Gwin going to mop the floor with them again next season. Bigups!!!! USA in your face. Hold that biaaach.
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  • + 1
 AG has deserved it, no question, he's raised the bar if that's boring so be it, everyone needs to up there game or maybe its just that cycle again and the changing of the guard is really taking place.

Peaty is not consistent anymore, no Hill, always seems to be getting injured trying to take it to the next level, Brendawg also on consistent injury list, Hart, Bronson proved they're up to it also lets see if they can back it up following next year and take it up a gear like AG has.

WTH has happened to Blinky this year though, hes really dropped off the pace, I would have thought him having Cam Cole on board would have spurred him on even more but he seems to have helped Brook MacDonald more than himself or CC? shocker for him compared to where he has been in the last 3 years.

Lets see what Worlds throws up in Champery..
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  • + 1
 Congrates to gwin I liked him when he was riding for yeti. Also congrates to all the riders. They work hard. There is always the next race look at nick V back in the day. He kick asss gwin is the first American to do this in awhile. Don't hate. He worked hard for it. Next year who knows whAt will happen
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  • + 1
 Gain started doing good at end of last season. His contract was up. He mite have still won this year if he was with yeti. And the field now has to setup. Sam hill was doing great for a couple years. I don't rememeber getting so mad about. Just give credit to all of them. They work hard look at peaty he is still doing very well and works for it.he is still one of my favs and cedric. Riders just keep getting better. So if one does really well. And this is the first year of his winning. He is on his game this year. I seem to remember people think hill was unstoppabl le till someone beat him. So next year shows the ulama coming that anything can be possible.
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  • + 1
 Hoolydooly..YOU NEED TO GET A LIFE!! Why the hell are you acting like such a child. Hey...if anyone out there knows Aaron..Make sure you tell him the next time he wins a race to totally freak out and do back-flips and sh*t...
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  • + 1
 It is going to be a such a great World Champs!! Congratulations to all the riders and teams for putting together such an excellent season! Its to bad to see all the negativity towards such an amazing series, don't let it take away from how sick DH world cup's are, many only dream of experiencing them.
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  • + 5
 I want to see Danny Hart win the world champs race in a couple of weeks.
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  • + 3
 rumor has it charlie sheen stopped saying winning, and started saying GWINNING
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  • + 4
 GWIN FOR THE WIN !! What a beast.
  • - 48
 Gwin is over rated. "so how does it feel winning all 5 world cups" GWIN: "oh, yeah, i forgot about that until now" *troll face*
  • + 22
 yeah, 5 wins in a season is over rated.
  • - 12
 hes talking about his attitude fool
  • + 15
 And, that was probably an honest answer. Dude only looks at the current race, he previous accomplishments don't matter to him, compared to what is ahead. That is a winning attitude. Overrated my left butt cheek.
  • + 6
 Bitter, bitter, bitter... No other explanation. YOu didn't see us moaning and complaining when Gee and the siblings were CREAMING everyone a few seasons ago, so GET ON WITH IT. Let's see him take the Rainbow Jersey too, and ya'll can let us know what's wrong with his racing AND his attitude when he's WITHOUT A DOUBT the best ride on the circuit, PERIOD. Makes me ROFL...
  • + 6
 Yeah its not about him being from the US, i'm from the uk and my fav riders Sam Hill ,couldnt give a shit, gwin's winning, hes winning cus hes f*cking shreding, and good on him Big Grin
  • + 1
 IMO, that's actually more of a humble comment than a bloating one... after every race he wins he seems stoked, but also just comes off as a good guy.
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  • + 3
 Me too, thanks Freecaster it was banging.I was able to watch on my iphone too..That course was truly AWESOME....
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  • + 4
 You work quick getting all that up there mate!
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  • + 0
 Congrats to Gwin for having a dominant year! But let me play Devil's Advocate. I find it very difficult to accept that simply switching bikes would make someone so dominant. If that's the case, Leov should be having a great season too. "Training hard" to get dominant results would simply imply that the likes of Gee, Greg, etc. do not train off season. Or it's also like saying that Gwin himself didnt train when he rode for Yeti. The obvious riding position that I noticed for Gwin is that he rides tucked in now than he did last year, thanks to Tomac. But where does he find the time or line to take to be consistently up on either the first or second time splits? After that, its his race to lose. All I'm trying to say is that Trek, the company, might have something to do with it. After all, the bottomline is Gwin is a business investment. Results = Sales. Is it just a coincidence that Trek was also behind having an athlete who was so dominant that he won 7 times on a Road Touring Race? This is ALL my theory, which I'm entitled to say and of course they are all WITHOUT proofs. In fact, I dont even know how the speed traps work. All I know is, they're humanly programmed or worse if humanly operated. AGAIN, this is all theory, just something to think about. And besides, I dont think even Gwin himself knows anything about it. He even cant believe he's won sometimes, judging from his own interviews. Again, before you hate, THINK.
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 It would be nice to see Gee take 1st, I want to see it on the Atherton Project, killer videos.
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 It's a shame Jack Reading crashed, I reckon he was in for a top 15. His run was wild!
  • + 1
 Yeah, Jack went balls out even after he crashed !!!
  • + 1
 reading was out of his mind. He is really fun to watch.
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 Why ever one on here hatting on the winner? Not Gwins fault that the rest of the comp was not up to parr. OR atleast the GWIIIINERS.
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 I'm not hating on Gwin but I find him hard to like, he seems so boring in the after race interviews and so not stoked. Don't get me wrong he's awesome to watch race, but as a world cup character (Steve peat, Cedric Gracia etc.) he just isn't that interesting.
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  • + 1
 best comment i heard was at the start of Hart's run "And he wants this more than an out of work rapist!!" Gota love Rob Warner's commentary
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  • + 3
 im more proud of danny than gwin
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 congrats to Gwinn, next level racing! world champs is going to be rad!
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 congrats for Gwin! and I'm stocked for Hart, most spectacular rider out there!
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 Vouilloz, we may have found a successor to ye. Only a Worlds gold is lacking...
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 Can't wait for Champery... Craziest track + this new level of competition = BOOM!
  • + 3
 Congratulations to Gwin for that World Cup win (and overall).
Hope it will motivate the other riders for next year.

But, to be the successor of Vouilloz (in terms of titles) Gwin needs a little bit more than that...like 4 more world cup and 7 world champion title (not including the 3 junior WC Vouilloz won before being Elite).

"In 2000 Anne Caroline Chausson won 6 out of 8 races on the women's side"
Well, sure she did that in 2000 but also in 2001 and, even better, she won 7 out of 8 races in 1998 and 1999.
  • + 1
 Oisans, I dont think you can compare the Mens titles to the Woman's titles. Thats kind of like apples and oranges. And as far as Gwin being a successor to Vouilloz goes. I think its way to early to count your chickens.
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 I am not comparing anything, just quoting the article, and, since it talked about Chausson, it should at least be right.

As for comparing Gwin and Vouilloz, that's what I said, Gwin needs to win a "bit" more to be called Vouilloz's successor (once again, in terms of won titles). It's a long way.
Time will tell.

And, don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Gwin winning everything, or being better than Vouilloz one day.
He earned it this year. Working hard pays.
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 He worked hard, definitely. No one just dominates a year in DH. He prepared, and prepared real good.
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 Amazing. Nobody could beat Gwin this season!
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 except form greg minnaar twice lol
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 Ok man! I agree..but in 2011 season AGwin is overall WC.
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 hart attack, gwin is unbeliveable though
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 jeez, gwin again ? thats crazy !!!
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 why the f*ck didnt stevie smith race?
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 crashed in practise
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 to bad he had a good chance of winning for canada!
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 Shame. Ideal course for him and would have mixed up the podium. Heal well. Gwin earned it though. Was so composed he made it look easy. And adamdigby, you're a hater. We're rolling, you're hating.
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 Why am I a hater, because I said he qualified second? It sucks Stevie didn't race, it would have been cool to see another awesome run.
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 Because you're going around neg proping people who mention Stevie. That's why.
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 You actually put in the effort to see all the comments that mentioned stevie smith and see who up/down voted them? That's dedication.
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 seriously, props actually matter to some of these folks. I find it amazing.
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 I only negative propped the first guy becuase he didn't know what happened, I positive propped the second guy because he knew. I just figured out you could read who pos/neg prop people, I'll be doing that a lot to dictate where my hater comments will be distributed.
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 Fair enough. Just saw you do the ones related to that post and didn’t see the reason. Thought it was some xenophobic issue or something. Props don’t mean anything but they do illustrate the general consensus of a community, which makes it interesting to see. Cyrix, you're still around? Figured a mathematical genius like you would have figured out a way to make 29 inch wheels work for DH. What with them being the future and all according to yourself......
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 I must respectfully disagree about props illustrating the general consensus of a community. I have seen your name around enough to know that you have seen the asinine distribution of props on this site that regularly occurs. Go back and look at some of the other World Cup articles this year to see some severe xenophobic prop distribution.
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 Still crying about something that happened months ago atrokz? You really need to grow up and move on.
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 sometimes you just gotta get butt hurt and hold internet grudges.
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 I honestly had forgotten about it and made zero connection to his name, he was just a random user to me, until he brought up some stupid internet argument from months ago... lol.
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 Well, when realize you're defending something as ludicrous as bitching about pinkbike props I would imagine you might get desperate.
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 Sure it was impressive that Gwin stepped it up that much this year, but it sure made for a boring as series.
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 Yeah dude, he's been Gwinning all season long.
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 hexhamstu no one likes to brag that they just slayed 5 out of 6 world cup races.
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 Aaron Gwin kill of the hill'sss great race ,top riders, that was a great show
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 Gwin is absolutely incredible. Stoked for Danny...so very close. Amazing season.
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 Danny Hart's gonna be next years World Champion
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 Good job for Gwin, for winning a world cup series.
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 Can't spell Gwin without win...BOOYA!!!!
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 Congrats Gwin on the sickest season to date 5 WINS!!!
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 Stoked for Troy!what a great season it's been!!!!
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 Looks like Brosnan desTROYed the junior competition.
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 ha ha ha *sarcastic pity laughs*
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 USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA
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 And that is why peeps are hating on the US in this forum.
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 I thought that Gee was going to win. Awesome race!!
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 I want Gwin's bike
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 I want Hanna's bike's :p
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 I want his bike too....
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 I ve seen Hanna's bike up close last year in 2 alpes and this year I saw marc's bike nice but not my bag...
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 Hell of a season!!
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