Fort William Results and Photos

Jun 6, 2010 at 16:55
Jun 6, 2010
by Karl Burkat  
 
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Gee takes home top spot at the Fort William world cup. Congrats!

Results inside

1 ATHERTON Gee GBR19850226 COM 4:35.70
2 COLE Cameron NZL19880203 TMR 4:36.18
3 MINNAAR Greg RSA19811113 SCB 4:36.91
4 GWIN Aaron USA19871224 YET 4:37.71
5 HANNAH Michael AUS19831121 GTB 4:37.75
6 BLENKINSOP Samuel NZL19881028 LPI 4:37.81
7 CAMELLINI Julien FRA19840107 CRC 4:40.93
8 O'CONNOR Shaun AUS19910713 KPB 4:41.54
9 BEER Nick SUI19870917 STT 4:41.97
10 LEHIKOINEN Matti FIN19840419 CRC 4:42.08
11 BEAUMONT Marc GBR19840925 GTB 4:42.20
12 HART Danny GBR19910920 GFT 4:42.77
13 SMITH Joseph GBR19900704 KON 4:42.89
14 LEOV Justin NZL19841020 TRK 4:43.08
15 NEETHLING Andrew RSA19840805 TRK 4:43.18
16 ATKINSON Bryn AUS19821209 --- 4:43.45
17 VINK Nico BEL19830323 --- 4:44.07
18 PEAT Steve GBR19740617 SCB 4:44.27
19 CATHRO Ben GBR19880420 --- 4:44.81
20 SIMMONDS Matthew GBR19870520 CRC 4:45.07
21 BIGONI Joris FRA19890421 --- 4:45.16
22 FAIRCLOUGH Brendan GBR19880110 MER 4:45.67
23 PEDEMANAUD Fabien FRA19840612 STT 4:45.77
24 RUFFIN Thibaut FRA19841030 CSR 4:46.19
25 POLC Filip SVK19820410 MSE 4:46.30
26 BRYCELAND Josh GBR19900323 SCB 4:46.31
27 DALE Sam GBR19900212 --- 4:46.77
28 LAMB Fergus GBR19860916 --- 4:46.95
29 PAYET Florent FRA19861121 BMU 4:47.04
30 PAULHAN Romain FRA19880416 --- 4:47.19
31 DELFS Mitchell AUS19890725 --- 4:47.63
32 BUTTON Joshua AUS19891125 KON 4:48.03
33 CANALS FLIX Pasqual ESP19840915 XMS 4:48.05
34 WALLNER Robin SWE19880704 SMG 4:48.13
35 REID Ben IRL19860324 DNT 4:48.26
36 STRAIT Kyle USA19870404 --- 4:48.39
37 CUNNINGHAM Ruaridh GBR19890215 CRC 4:48.50
38 STROBEL Luke USA19860624 MSE 4:48.67
39 SPAGNOLO Damien FRA19850428 MFT 4:49.01
40 MASTERS Wyn NZL19870418 KPB 4:49.13
41 GIORDANENGO Aurélien FRA19880422 MFT 4:49.15
42 BADOUARD Antoine FRA19880417 --- 4:49.22
43 RIFFLE Duncan USA19861029 GFT 4:49.38
44 BRAITHWAITE Thomas GBR19841228 --- 4:50.02
45 BRAYTON Adam GBR19881019 --- 4:50.24
46 FERREIRO PAJUELO Antonio ESP19900103 XMS 4:51.15
47 GRACIA Cédric FRA19780323 --- 4:51.76
48 SMITH Robert GBR19860603 --- 4:52.22
49 BARNES Joe GBR19880611 --- 4:52.35
50 GUTIERREZ VILLEGAS Marcelo COL19900509 --- 4:52.81
51 CHARVAT Matej CZE19851126 KTR 4:52.86
52 RANKIN Nathan NZL19790430 KPB 4:52.94
53 HUTCHENS Chris GBR19891105 --- 4:52.97
54 KANGAS Alexander SWE19900809 --- 4:53.24
55 POMBO Emanuel POR19870616 --- 4:53.39
56 KLAUSMANN Marcus GER19770808 GAT 4:53.70
57 BROSNAN Troy ° AUS19930713 MER 4:53.79
58 THIRION Rémi FRA19900423 SMG 4:54.22
59 COUSINIE Fabien FRA19860814 BMU 4:54.32
60 DERTELL Dennis SWE19900108 --- 4:54.42
61 HEATH Harry GBR19910805 --- 4:55.52
62 BRANNIGAN George ° NZL19920409 ANT 4:55.73
63 JONES Ralph GBR19880304 --- 4:55.95
64 BARRETT Aari NZL19910131 STT 4:56.24
65 KEENE Curtis USA19791121 --- 4:56.25
66 STRASSER Benny GER19890805 --- 4:57.96
67 LAUGHLAND Scott IRL19900301 --- 4:58.99
68 MOLLOY Harry GBR19910530 --- 4:59.70
69 KOVARIK Chris AUS19780301 CRC 5:08.42
70 OULEGO MORENO Ivan ESP19760604 MAS 5:10.20
71 FLOCKHART Sam ° GBR19930217 LPI 5:10.63
72 SMITH Steve CAN19891125 MSE 5:11.99
73 BUCHANAN Lewis ° GBR19930927 MSE 5:12.52
74 THOMAS Richard GBR19880512 --- 5:16.84
75 SCOLES Matthew NZL19890605 CPT 5:17.84
76 MACDONALD Brook NZL19911125 MSE 6:07.63
77 SCOTT Mark ° GBR19930511 --- 6:56.01
78 PEKOLL Markus AUT19871013 SAF 7:04.82

Female Results
1 JONNIER Sabrina FRA19810819 TMR 5:11.57
2 ATHERTON Rachel GBR19871206 COM 5:12.68
3 PUGIN Floriane FRA19890417 STT 5:16.44
4 MOSELEY Tracy GBR19790412 TRK 5:16.46
5 RAGOT Emmeline FRA19860527 SCT 5:20.65
6 SUEMASA Mio JPN19830401 --- 5:24.32
7 BUCHAR Claire CAN19780426 CRC 5:26.50
8 CARPENTER Manon ° GBR19930311 --- 5:30.81
9 GROS Céline FRA19830128 MZA 5:31.27
10 NICOLE Myriam FRA19900208 CSR 5:33.79
11 GATTO Micayla CAN19880821 --- 5:35.59
12 BERNHARD Petra AUT19801118 RCA 5:40.47
13 BUHL Melissa USA19820125 --- 5:43.18
14 STONE Jessica GBR19900914 --- 5:43.50
15 CURD Katy GBR19890427 --- 5:43.81
16 RUCHTI Miriam SUI19870101 DRG 5:45.58
17 PAJOT Anais FRA19910610 SMG 5:52.37
18 RUCKNAGEL Harriet GER19881011 --- 5:52.59
19 DIX Aimee GBR19880620 --- 5:56.32
20 BORDERES Sophie FRA19880708 --- 6:34.97

Gee taking the win
Gee taking the win

Cam Cole - 2nd place
Cam Cole - 2nd place

The Pits
The Pits

Greg Minnaar
Greg Minnaar

Steve Peat
Steve Peat

Steve Peat Beer
Steve Peat Beer

Troy Brosnan
Troy Brosnan


Rachel Atherton
Rachel Atherton

Emmeline Ragot
Emmeline Ragot
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114 Comments

  • + 23
 YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHH GEE!!!
  • + 6
 Pretty sick that he won. He didn't do so swell last year if i'm correct.
  • + 3
 Congrats Gee!!!!!!!!!!, Minnaar is so strong at Fort William, and you took him, ata boy!!
  • + 5
 kinda wacky results imo
  • + 15
 It still amazes me that after a four and a half minute long race, first and fifth place are separated by only two seconds.
  • + 1
 such a sick event!, gee was fucking rapid on his race run!
  • + 1
 YESS GEE. MAN THATS HIS FIRST WIN IN QUITE ALONG TIME. IM GLAD FOR HIM
  • + 1
 about time he got a win! deserved it Smile
  • + 2
 Steve Smith 72nd!?!?! he must have wiped out
  • + 1
 yeah, steve smith crashed just under half way down the track. it was a fairly high speed section so a lot of time was lost, even though he did get up pretty quick!
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  • + 7
 Gee finally getting that top step again way to Gwinn!
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  • + 6
 Wow great result Cam! Congrats!
  • + 8
 And Blinky
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 And Brosnan. He beat Kovarik
  • + 5
 Go Blinky!! i think he likes his lapierre
  • + 3
 Sucks to be the guys who lost to the women, in the time comparison department.
  • + 9
 Why the hell does that matter jimmy? That actually sounds like an extremely lame sexist comment.

There are gals who are faster than almost every single person on this website.... so saying somehting like that is utter bs. I bet people like steve smith were stoked that a gal had a faster or similar time to his. Personally I think it's hot as hell when I get smoked by a gal. Great for them. lil dirt bunnies Smile
  • + 7
 O Geeeeeeeeeeezzzzzz.
  • + 3
 wow jimmy is officially a tool
  • + 14
 Male WC racers should just be faster than the women. Fact of life.
  • + 4
 Thanks you guys. That is just my point. I am not taking a big shot at Stevie. No guy really likes to loose to a woman. Some of you people take comments way to seriously. I dont think you can say my commment was sexist. If I described someone as black you would say i am racist, but i am not. Its just a fact of life. They are black.




jv8616 how would you know? Your just saying that because of my negative props.
  • + 4
 Human anotomy? LOL. Hate to break it to you guys... but there is absolutely nothing scientific that says a gal is not as capable as a man. Sure, the ratio is waaay off, but look at worlds strongest woman comps etc.

Also... look at some of the olympic times in many diff catagories. You would be surprised at how many times, records etc have been made by women. Of course, women don't compete against the guys, so no one really ever mentions something like this.

Just typical male comments saying O chicks can never be faster or better. You guys def have a thing or two to learn about women.
  • + 4
 Well no fuck you idiot. You cant compare the strongest woman to an average guy. Or the fastest womens dh racer to an average guy. Yes there are lots of girls who can beat guys. Its just that these two atheletes Steve and Sabrina are at the top. That is why it would be a downer. I never suggested that Steve sucked. It wasnt ment to be sexist. I never said anything of the sort. People like you piss me off. You take every fucking comment to seriously, and dont take a second to try and understand someones point.
  • + 3
 I'm not comparing them to the avg guy. Like the comments said... this is at the world cup level. There is NO reason a world cup level gal can't be as fast as a guy.

Second... good going. Its nice to see your so passionate about the subject.

www.bikecult.com/bikecultbook/sports_recordsHour.html

you might want to look at that... you will notice.. a lot of the female cycling records are right up there with the male ones. Speeds just a fraction off etc.

I don't take every comment too seriously... I just don't like it when spoiled snot nosed kids make degrading comments about women. Nuf said. Man up and just say you were wrong rather than have a pissing fest back. Would have just been easier to say, I didn't mean it that way... dontcha think?

Anyways ... no more flame. Back on topic.
  • + 5
 Agreed, and rffr, there actually are scientific facts that say women are built differently. Fast twitch vs. slow twitch muscle ratio, body fat compositions, etc. etc. Quote me one world record held by a woman in any strength or endurance competition. Now, i'm not saying they're "inferior", just that it's stupid of you to say that there's no evidence that women aren't as "capable", as you put it.
  • + 3
 haha You did take it to seriously. You started your response with "why the hell." I am not just a spoiled snot nosed kid making a dergrading comment, I am your age pal. Nuf said. Dont try to be all mature and try change the subject.
  • + 1
 Ya cause you know I just go around calling people tools who have negative props. Bottom line - nothing positive comes out of someone saying "sucks to be the guys who lost to the women".
  • + 2
 human anatomy. like bgregers said, they are built differently. if you had twins, same genetics just one male, one female, same diet and exercise routine, the male would be faster. its just how they're built. you blew rimmyrecard's comment out of proportion, so just stop being a tool. so please, stop acting like 5 years olds. it just makes everyone look bad.
  • + 4
 Men are typically faster then woman if you compare them equally. Sabrina or Rachel is faster then 90% of the males here.
With that in mind. Pro male athletes will be faster (most likely) then a Pro woman because its down to anatomy. Just how it is. But, they look better in spandex and are sexy when sweaty.
Go Aaron Go Yeti Go America!!!
  • + 4
 For those of you who would contemplate evolution, men spent millions of years evolving as the hunter of the species and killing fast moving prey - we developed a brain more suited to calculating speed and trajectory etc. This is an advantage for DH and disregards fitness and strength. And lets not forget the awesome power of testosterone - men LOVE to compete with one another (which is why the forums on pinkbike are a hotbed of "I'm better than you" - young guys with testosterone oozing out of every pore and orifice).

One should also consider opportunity - if DH suddenly become the most popular sport for women and hence a greater feeder-group, I think the time differences would narrow soon. At the moment, women make up such a small proportion of competitors that I once saw a woman win a State DH championship in her first ever DH race and on an XC bike because she was the only woman that turned up. This smaller feeder group is reflected in the results, as airbornmtnbiker notes above, the difference between 1st and 5th men is 2 seconds - for the women that blows out to 9 seconds.
  • + 1
 o..k...^^^
  • + 4
 Your comment is justified.
If the sexes are so similar, then why is there a mens class and a women's class? ...because there is a large difference between men and women.
Point and Match!
  • + 4
 The fastest woman DH racer in the world will NEVER be faster than the worlds fastest male. Period.
  • + 5
 Kovarik got a flat, Lewis Buchanan had a huge crash and off the track and would have beaten troy for sure
  • + 3
 revin, fair point. I think the only Olympic Sport where men and women compete as equals is in equestrian events (some or all, not sure) - and even the horses can be male or female! Women, men, mares, stallions, geldings, tight pants and whips - now there's a sport!
  • + 4
 I love it when the top women turn up at a regional or national race.
There is a real sense of "can I beat a world champion"... Nothing sexist about it, I am never going to beat or get even close to the top men.
I don't care if they beat me, it just gives me an extra incentive to try that little bit harder. Little old me (well 35) getting a faster time than a world champion (even if they are a different sex).
I normally come in in around the same time as the top women in the world so it is cool to see how my times compare to theirs.
The sport needs more women in it. They tend to come over less serious (more relaxed perhaps) than the blokes.
  • + 1
 Hate to break it to you Peterman, but with the sex change ordeal allowed in the olympics... I can almost bet money that one day a woman will be the fastest racer on the planet.
  • + 0
 Dont be an idiot now you are getting off track. That dcesnt count
  • + 1
 Haha oh man that's good. Had to give you positve props on that one
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  • + 6
 I guess Steve smith crashed with that kind of time, sucks buddy!
  • + 3
 he washed out on a burm near the top. nothing major but was off the bike Frown
  • + 9
 Smith is a point and shoot machine. The guy aint scare to go fast in gnarly shit. Hail Smith !
  • + 7
 Gotta love stevie...neighbor to the north! Ha
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  • + 1
 how can there be 1 Canadian in the men's qualified racers and 2 in the women's ?
considering that we have , here in Canada , BC and all the DH riding is being done there.
There as been world cup in Quebec for more than a decade in Ste-Anne and Bromont where the riding is done about 6 months per year.
we have a federation , national series , a bike industry in very good shape and ridiculously fast riders.
i cant get my head around it.
are we not compétitive enough ? , ...maybe...but still , i dont think that's the problem.
our DH racers are compétitive , our industry is not.
we need to re-organise and commit. We need to suport and manage.

we need more Canadian DH racer doing world cups.


i'm not judging the women , they are doing great.
i'm not judging the riders ,
  • + 1
 Lots of the well known guys weren't up there Smith,Peaty, hill
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  • + 3
 Props to O'Connor, definatly one of the up and comings that you want to watch
  • + 2
 He lives about an hour away from me, expect to see a video from me of him when he get's back in Aus.
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  • + 4
 way to go gwin! reppin the US
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  • + 5
 YES GEEEE u the man
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  • + 4
 USA with a 4th yeahh!! go Gwin
  • + 2
 His win is coming... GWIN TO WIN GO USA YEEEEEEEEEEAAAH!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Gwin is on fire on his yeti. I'm really happy to see Yeti running amongst the top again. Now its time to see Tomac step up the game and get up there also.

Anyone know if Canfield/White Bro's ever does world cup events? I know they do a lot of local stuff around the country but I have yet to see anything of them in the media. (I know they are a low budget team tho)
  • + 1
 It's awesome to see how good Gwin is doing. That's freakin American!
  • + 1
 For real. Gwin is the next great next American hope. Like today. I bet Gee was biting his finger nails when Aaron came down that hill. Sooo close, oh, so close. If it weren't for that small bobble at the top (which he recovered awesomely from) he could of taken the top seat, maybe.
Aaron is the man plain and simple. Hope to cheer you on in New York!
  • + 1
 Gwin was actually the fastest at the second split, but he was two gears too high on the pedalling by the looks of it and he lost a good 2 seconds at the bottom part of the course, but definitely, he's on for a win this year.
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  • + 2
 Big Grin chuffed that gee took first, specially after last year, suprised he bit minaar though Smile
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  • + 2
 congats to cam cole and blinky for sweet results! and to cedric for his sick no hander!Smile
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  • + 4
 hell yeah araon gwin!!
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  • + 1
 Gee deserved the win, he absolutely sprinted like a demon down the motorway making up vital seconds which won him the race. Awesome riding on a difficult course :0)
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  • + 1
 Despite being there i missed the results for the 4x, can anyone tell me who won please? cheers
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  • + 2
 amazing race live.. even if it finished at 330 am over here...
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  • + 1
 yeah gee!cant beleive hgow poorly peaty and flairclough did. sam hill din even race finals!
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  • + 1
 why was cameron cole on podium in 3rd when he came 2nd and greg minnaar on 2nd podium when he came 3rd?? :/
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  • + 1
 3 Kiwis in the top 15. Massive effort and massive props to them. Congrats to Gee on the win as well. Strong race.
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  • + 1
 congrads to gee!!! but my question is what happened to Steve Smith??? 72nd???
  • + 1
 Steve Smith looked by far the fastest rider up top until he went off on the same corner as Lewis Buchanan.
2 possible winners for their categories, bot fastest by far in their categories, both off on the same corner.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/5162919

We were timing the riders down from the entrance to the old track to the slab before the deer fence. Interesting who was fastest on that section, but could not pedal like the rest of them.
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  • + 1
 T-roy on his way to world domination...
How funny do the femals look coming over the final jump... Razz
  • + 0
 Lewis Buchanan (fastest junior qualifier, 4 seconds quicker than george brannigan and 7 ahead of troy) had a huge crash, off the track and off the bike, would have beaten troy for sure and will at the rest of the races
  • + 1
 Is that why Troy beat Lewis at Maribor and now Ft William? You can talk about "would have" scenarios but the fact is he did crash and that's part of racing, fast + no crash = podium. They are both extremely fast juniors who will be challenging the top 10 in a few years time.
  • + 1
 Oh im not saying troy is slow and defintily deserves everything he gets, its just Lew has had some bad luck and i think people who didnt see the freecaster feed should know the full facts
  • + 1
 Lewis made T-roy look slow until his crash. I know, I was there haha. Shame he did not get to the bottom without a crash.
  • + 1
 Couldn't agree with Goose67 more, Aussies FTW. But this Lewis lad is a local, and most likely has experience riding the track. Troy hasn't, infact we don't really have anything like it in Aus...
  • + 1
 Many important sections of the track have changed for this year.
The woods mostly new (entrance etc.) pinball gone and replaced, traverse gone and replaced. before the woods replaced. All with completely different and new track. Some of it only completed a week or so ago.
  • + 1
 The track is also completly not like any other UK tracks, Lew only rides there for races and all the bits which required a second look were ones that were brand new.
  • + 1
 He still know's the terrain and what not though. Anyway, congrats to everyone who raced I say.
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  • + 2
 good day for the brits, well done.
  • + 0
 too right, good to see it on home soil too!
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  • + 2
 good to see gwinny up there

shame with peaty what happend with that?????
  • + 2
 Some rumors on back pain, someone said something about visiting a chiropractor during the live broadcast on freecastor.
  • + 1
 Steve Peat beer - it tastes like 18th place
  • + 4
 pretty nasty comment there rockracing when he has done so much for the sport + was world champ last year bla bla bla
  • + 2
 ah don't take it so seriously, that was a very funny comment. i literally laughed out loud...for a while!
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 any one know what happend to hill when he crashed?
  • + 1
 Seems to be the world's best kept secret!
How? No one's saying.
Where? Just before the woods.
Result? Probable separated shoulder (unconfirmed) and heavy brusing everywhere else. Rob Warner made a comment about Hill suffering to get out of the chair he'd been sat in for a few minutes.
  • + 1
 yeh i seen the pic of his bike an it was cabbaged haha
  • + 1
 Such a well kept secret. Not like if you watch the Freecaster footage of the race Warner has Hill in and speaks about it.
Hill sounds gutted in the interview, and seemingly was a mess.
My pal (Sponger) took the picture of his bike that is everywhere...
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  • + 1
 ye boy i new as soon as rachel was back hed be ontop of his game again
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  • + 1
 nice one Gee, Bottoms up !!!
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  • + 1
 nico vink 17th place!! faster than peat..hell yeah!
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 Where is SAM HILL!? :O
  • + 1
 He has ligiment damage in his shoulder.
  • + 1
 Sam had a massive off in practise coming into the woods section. Possible shoulder seperation.Interview on Vital. Said he felt like he was just going to collapse over the front of the bars all the time and "that was going pretty damm slow". Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery but maybe worlds will be a realistic goal.
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 Congrats GWIN!!!!!
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 Congrats to Rach and Gee!!
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  • + 1
 i think steve's podiums are over
  • + 1
 I hope you're wrong, but results are on your side...
  • + 1
 Who knows?
I'd say they aren't... but maybe winning the Worlds has taken the edge off?
Hope not!
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  • + 1
 WTF happened to The Beast...flatted ?
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  • + 1
 props GEE !!! i like the Steve Peat Beer also beats the Stella Artois Smile )
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  • + 1
 ATHERTON a11 the WAY!!!
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 What happened to Peaty!?
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 GO GEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • - 2
 70th for mens was faster than 1st for women... sometimes i was a girl, only cuz i could win all of the races... thats ridiculous.
  • + 2
 *Wish i was.... not was
  • + 2
 Wait, what does that have to do with you winning all the races? It's all in perspective man. You wouldn't have it any easier as a chick. If anything, you would have it WAY harder. Chicks have way more hurdles to go over than men do.
  • + 1
 NorthEasternDH, you reminded me of something and good ol' Google came up with the goods:

"Michelle Dumaresq (33) is Canada’s downhill mountain bike champion for 2003. She is also transsexual. She completed her sex-reassignment surgery from male to female in 1996. Michelle has competed in the pro circuit, but downhill mountain bike racing is not yet an Olympic sport.

Although Michelle did not compete as a racer when she was male, she did ride challenging courses all through her childhood. She claims that once she transitioned, she noticed the change in her physical fitness level. She said that without testosterone muscle mass decreases and she has to work extra hard to maintain her top physical condition."

Source: lesbianlife.about.com/od/lesbiansinsports/a/transathletes.htm
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