Downhill World Cup #1 - Maribor Finals

May 17, 2010 at 12:37
May 17, 2010
by Fraser Britton  
 
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Cold. Windy. Muddy. Bring on World Cup Downhill final runs in Europe!

You could tell it wasn't about to be a normal day as riders made their way down to the gate for a 9:30 am start to practice. The gondolas were sitting at about 45 degrees on the lift line and the wind gusts were putting them past that. Not long after team managers and mechanics hit the paddock area, the lifts closed. Practice was delayed until buses were brought in to shuttle with and riders started to stress as the larger team vans were loaded up and headed to the top on the rally road, err shuttle road.Cold. Windy. Muddy. Bring on World Cup Downhill final runs in Europe!

You could tell it wasn't about to be a normal day as riders made their way down to the gate for a 9:30 am start to practice. The gondolas were sitting at about 45 degrees on the lift line and the wind gusts were putting them past that. Not long after team managers and mechanics hit the paddock area, the lifts closed. Practice was delayed until buses were brought in to shuttle with and riders started to stress as the larger team vans were loaded up and headed to the top on the rally road, err shuttle road.
It went from annoying to bizarre pretty quickly as a wedding was also taking place at the resort and a procession of minis had the shuttle road completely blocked for a few minutes.

bigquotesSabrina was freaking out, it was pretty relaxed and comical said Rachel Atherton after her win.

The course, having been sloppy and slick the day before in the rain, was now quickly turning to peanut butter and turning bikes into 50lb blocks of Slovenian dirt. By the time the final 10 men got down, the track was a quagmire and the finish area was even worse.

Check out one final set of images as we roll out to the US Open in 2 weeks!

Rachel has a broken finger and smashed herself on the finish line double on Saturday, knocking herself out in the process.  She is a trooper and took home the win on Sunday.

Rachel has a broken finger and smashed herself on the finish line double on Saturday, knocking herself out in the process. She is a trooper and took home the win on Sunday.


Greg Minnaar surprised no one more than himself taking home the win here in Maribor.  <br> He just stayed smooth, gritted his teeth and pedaled his ass off.

Greg Minnaar surprised no one more than himself taking home the win here in Maribor.
He just stayed smooth, gritted his teeth and pedaled his ass off.


To the victor goes the spoils!

To the victor goes the spoils!


Mud, what mud?

Mud, what mud?


Sam qualified way out in front, but made a small error with a tear off and went down with one  <br> hand on the bars.

Sam qualified way out in front, but made a small error with a tear off and went down with one
hand on the bars. "I landed in the bushes on my head!" he said after. Fifth place.


This is why the World Cup loves Slovenia!

This is why the World Cup loves Slovenia!


Crazy windstorms blew through Saturday night. Sunday morning, Bryn's tent had a second story. Mechanic Jason Marsh soldiers on as if nothing is wrong and with no regard for his own safety.

Crazy windstorms blew through Saturday night. Sunday morning, Bryn's tent had a second story. Mechanic Jason Marsh soldiers on as if nothing is wrong and with no regard for his own safety.


Some people get the Champagne and get to celebrate after the race. Some get back to work. After 2 spots on the finals podium and an overall leader's jersey, Monster Energy Specialized's Jacy Shumilak does what he does best. Get's the bikes cleaned up, tuned up and packed up for another set of long flights.

Some people get the Champagne and get to celebrate after the race. Some get back to work. After 2 spots on the finals podium and an overall leader's jersey, Monster Energy Specialized's Jacy Shumilak does what he does best. Get's the bikes cleaned up, tuned up and packed up for another set of long flights.




Here is a nice little Maribor DH edit from Northern Ireland filmer Andy Yoong:
Views: 33,896    Faves: 487    Comments: 49


Top 10 Men:

1 Greg Minnaar 3:23.42
2 Gee Atherton
3 Brendan Fairclough
4 Fabien Pedemanaud
5 Samuel Hill
6 Steve Smith
7 Aaron Gwin
8 Joseph Smith
9 Justin Leov
10 Cameron Cole

Top 10 Women:

1 Rachel Atherton 4:03.42
2 Sabrina Jonnier
3 Floriane Pugin
4 Myriam Nicole
5 Petra Bernhard
6 Mio Suemasa
7 Claire Buchar
8 Tracy Moseley
9 Emilie Siegenthaler
10 Emmeline Ragot
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114 Comments

  • + 13
 congrats minnaar and sam too bad about the little mistake, oh and crzy dedication for rach nice win
  • + 15
 thats awesome that gee got 2nd, super stoked on minnaar getting 1st! where was peaty ? :S
  • + 2
 peaty cruzed down nice and slow he did a error on top...
  • + 2
 way back down in the bottom half of the times.
  • + 6
 but uh...
gee got second place not Sam?
Sam came 5th
Greg first
Gee second
Brendan thirrd
Fabien 4th
Sam fifth

that is what the uci website says at least...
  • + 17
 and muffintop, who are you correcting? thats what this article said about about 5 inches above your post. good looking out though.
  • + 5
 The photo of Hill originally had a typo in it saying 2nd place. Looks like it has been fixed now.
  • + 3
 mantis he was correcting me cuz i thought hill got second and there was a large discussion but all the comments got deleted for some reason
  • + 1
 peaty not top 10?!?!? he must have crashed Frown

EDIT: deeeee i just read saso's message
  • + 2
 yeah there was a mistake and it said under the pic that sam got second, so i was just a wee bit confused. and i actually missed that they posted up the results. my bad.
  • + 1
 haaaaah minnaar won, take that "new" v10 haters. hahahah
  • + 0
 Video was ace, but faggy music called for mutage
  • + 1
 OMG!! Only 15$ for a table dance Big Grin
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  • + 13
 New Boxxers are so ugly (black sliders).
  • + 5
 they need something to compete with the Kashima coating hence the DLC coating
  • + 7
 still ugly like the bombers...
  • + 10
 Performance > looks. Get over it
  • + 1
 Yeah, the . . . "SLIDERS" . . . .

Someones a bike tech.
  • + 5
 well come on, look at his flag lol
  • + 23
 hey waldon, whats "stanchion" in slovenian? what? you don't know? give the guy a break.
  • + 6
 the boxxers'll look cool if they put white lettering on the stantions!
  • + 11
 google says stanchion.
  • + 4
 Google says they look dope. Because the pros got em and you don't!
  • + 3
 if google doesn't have a translation for it they don't translate it. Who cares, sliders is still somewhat correct.
  • - 1
 dirtbiker > Why would I need to know. His sentence is clearly written in English. Give your self a break
  • + 0
 waldon, he`s slovenian, sliders sounds like an english word isnt it? but dude maybe thats how they say stantion or maybe he doesnt speak english???

GIVE THE GUY A BREAK! LEAVE HIM ALONE!GO RIDE YOUR BIKE AND STOP INSISTING!
  • - 1
 He doesn't speak English? Even though his sentence is written . . . you guessed it, in ENGLISH !
Good one Kurt, good one.
  • + 0
 thats not what i mean. my point is is that english isnt his primary language maybe thats why he refers to a stanchion as slider cuz he doesnt know whats it called or maybe thats how they call a stanchion in his country.
  • - 1
 Whatever, you're gay
  • + 4
 very well then, that ended up with me being gay.
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  • + 7
 agreed to the ugly boxxers with black stanctions..who they think they are marzocchi? and nooo one wants to be marzocchi
  • + 3
 Performance > looks
  • + 1
 You've said that 15 times...let them get on with it!
  • + 1
 Actually 2, based on the number of comments the topic received. Do you know how to count?
  • + 1
 Exaggeration.
  • + 1
 Exactly what do you mean when you say let them get on with it? Let them get on with what? Posting stupid comments?
  • + 1
 Let them argue about what looks shit and what looks good.
  • + 1
 Nah, if I want to comment, I will. L o l.
  • + 1
 Nah, if I want to comment, I will. No sorry it upsets you. Hahaha.
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  • + 1
 I can't believe Rachael was allowed to race right after such a serious concussion like that. Both her and UCI should be ashamed of such a poor decision and lack of safety. A small hit to the head soon after even a moderate concussion can be very deadly. Getting straight knocked out constitutes a very serious concussion and could very easily been fatal for Rachael if she had of crashed again on Sunday.
  • + 8
 After what she's gone through last year mate, I don't think a bump on her head will stop her if a car couldn't last year.
  • + 1
 I was all ready to argue, as it wasn't 'right after', it was the next day, but then read this:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second-impact_syndrome
Nasty.

Still, i am guessing it was her decision not the UCI's. Maybe her manager is at fault here?
  • + 3
 She is at fault, its not her managers fault, or her parents or the UCI's. They cannot restrict you in the respect of whether or not you can compete due to physical injury. You americans need to get off the "blame everyone but the person at fault" band wagon. She's an adult, she was fully conscious when she entered the start gate, she knew the possible consequences of what she was doing and she rolled the dice. If something had happened, it would have been her fault, no one else's. I know what she was thinking because I've done what she did but I wasnt so lucky.
  • + 2
 With all due respect, her team manager has a huge responsibility for her wellbeing with regards to her participation in races. If it were any other sport the coach and manager would have a lot of responsibility for the looking after the sportspersons health.

If a football team manager sent a player on, knowing he had an injury which could easily relapse, it'd be him that was was at fault. I'd say the player was dumb for agreeing to play, (In this case Racheal made a risky call) but when it comes to negligence / responsibility, the manager would get the flack.

I agree its mainly Rachaels responsibility, but if the manager and/or coach felt it was dangerous, then i imagine he could stop her. He works for the companies paying her wages after all.

PS. I'm not American thanks.
  • + 2
 I agree with Stabdee, it is her decision, no one else is to blame. I'm sure her manager may have tried to talk her out of racing, but in the end she can do what she wants at the risk of possibly losing sponsors or even greater injury like brain damage or death.

With that said, have you guys never had the passion in any sport to keep going and push through for victory and the glory that goes along with it? if not then you are probably the ones saying this was a bad decision or unsafe. I would have done the same thing as her.
  • + 2
 When I mentioned the American thing I was refering to dowst, not you Orangegoblin. But ultimately its her decision, whether she races or not is her decision, and no one else's. They can tell her what they think but they cant stop her. And that is why her manager can't get the flack. Minnaar raced the whole 2007 season with a dodgey shoulder that resulted in his crash at Fort William worlds that resulted in him dislocating his shoulder through his scapula, his manager didn't get the flak. Fabien Barels knee, his manager didnt get the flak when his knee blew up in South Africa, same with Cedric Gracia. I could go on all day(Matti's wrists, Sam Hills knee, etc.) and they're still racing(or raced). By your reasoning, we should have some of the best in the world sitting it out at any given time because their managers dont think they should race. Its an extreme sport for a reason, it has its inherent risks and injuries and its how riders manage those risks and injuries that is so often the difference between being the best or re-injury.
  • + 1
 Yeah totally see you're point, and i agree. Its her decision ultimately, i suppose the managers analogy doesn't apply so much in Extreme sports.
I do wonder though, if she had crashed, and been brain damaged or similar (God forbid, touch wood etc) whether the manager would be called into question. Liability is a nasty subject these days.
Anyway, lets agree on this, i doubt her manager would have much swing even if he told her no. But do bear in mind Cathy Keslers comments about telling Peaty not to race the nationals in case he has to wear the jersey and lose sponser-ship space.!
  • + 0
 So Mr. South Africa, based exclusively upon my nationality I must be a self righteous, law-suit obsessed, irresponsible American? Perhaps I was only suggesting that the WC's governing body might take it upon themselves (like countless other international sports associations) to be proactive and enforce some regulations that could very likely save some of our favorite athletes' lives? I'm sure you would exhibit the same attitude had Rachel wound up preventively dead.

And by the way, the fallacious logic you condemn me by would also make you an HIV/AIDS positive rapist living in perhaps the most crime-ridden country in the world. Statistically, after all, nearly more rapes and murders occur annually per capita in South Africa than the United States and much of the developed world combined.
  • + 1
 And to add, I think the majority would agree that riding on a bum knee differs vastly from riding with a concussion that could very easily kill you.

And to say that UCI "can tell her what they think but they cant stop her" is just false; The UCI has every right to enforce rules upon the athletes that have signed themselves into the circuit.
  • + 3
 @ dowst, Well said. I kinda can't be arsed debating anymore though. If she had been badly injured or worse, her manager, the UCI, and anyone else involved would be called into question. fwiw, i don't think 'american' is an insult, i just know the tone in which he was using the word. Take it easy.
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 What I don't understand is how, I thought, during the rock section this year the riders had to turn and weave through the rocks not just blow right through them. Gee it look like didn't follow the rules. He blew right through them in a straight Line. Maybe Im tripping. But thats what it looked like to me.
  • + 1
 different lines for different riders, Gee plows other pick lines
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 wtf "lesbo show" on the bill Razz
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  • + 1
 I think Sam was aiming to win every round... too bad for him. I guess the good news is that he can now relax and claw his way back to win the championship. And, of course, the World's.
  • + 1
 For sure. Back from ACL surgery, wrecks and still gets 5th...
  • + 1
 His qualifying time was the course record this year!! Must have fell on his run, but still came 5th
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  • + 1
 Real happy for Sam Hill and Gee.
So stoked for STeve smith who got 6th!! great job Stevie, keep it up!
what happened to peaty??
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  • + 1
 fabien pedemanaud -French rider he is riding for Commencal beafore CG - you can se him in first Bos Suspension video riding with Nicholas Vuollios
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  • + 2
 how bout gee threw that rock garden? he killed it taking a line that no one else did.
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  • + 1
 check out this maribor wc vids:
mens 4X finlas
www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2kInX9D4yU
Rachel Atherton (race run)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTqVrxZe-tc
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  • + 3
 Sweet video, first video ive really enjoyed i wish it was longer Frown
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  • + 2
 Steve Smith 6th Great run
  • + 0
 GWIN BABY!
  • + 1
 I'm surprised your the first one to comment on Steve Smith, way to go guys, show support for canada and Steve! Props to Steve.
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  • + 1
 yeh im glad fairclough got 3rd he'd been dwarfed by hill in the spesh team but it shows that he can run with the top guys
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  • + 2
 Rad race. Would've loved to have been out there,
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  • + 0
 during the race i saw the black stanchions on the boxxers but i thought it was because of the lights and shades...whats with that?
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  • + 1
 Great day for the Athertons! Great start to the season for them too, except rach's finger
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  • + 1
 Does anybody know what's up with FREEcaster.tv not being FREE for world cup DH events anymore???
  • + 4
 guess they needed to make money some how to keep bringing us the live action. Its only £1.50 for us Brits so i'm not complaining if it means they keep showing the world cups.
  • + 1
 I noticed that yesterday too. Anyone got ideas on this one? It costs $1.99 US now.
  • + 1
 something like 2euros to pay, and the streaming is alot better than it was
  • + 2
 Yup.. not making enough money from sponsors/ads alone. IMHO the new paid model is well worth it though. The streaming looked awesome on my 40" TV, and you get unlimited replay viewing as well. It's a great time to be a DH fan. Show them your support!
  • + 1
 no, they are making a deal with somebody i forgot but it should be free with the next month. or At least they are trying to make it free with the month.
  • + 2
 Id happily pay for it if the streaming wasnt such a pile of shite!
  • + 1
 freecaster.tv/blog/39/en/uci-mtb-world-cup-2010-a-new-season-a-new-way-to-watch

"We understand that making the service only available via this small charge is a new direction and we would have loved to have continued bringing you coverage for free. Unfortunately, the costs we incur simply exceed the advertising revenue we receive. We hope, as MTB racing fans, you will appreciate the situation and continue to tune in to enjoy what promises to be yet another very exciting World Cup season."
  • + 0
 Its really cheap! it were really well spent money! 1,5p for 3h of live streaming? Only horrible think is their comments of UK racers. If i pay for it id like to hear about every one on the track. Not every watcher is from UK and not every one want to hear about Sheffield "steel" and all the stories about..... anyway thanks freecaster for a great project! id like to pay for the service like this! thanks
  • + 1
 Davecz, I totally agree! It's so annoyin to hear about Peaty every two minutes...Right, he won worlds but it was on a flat track, it's all you will hear about for like forever! For example, the commentator had no clue who Mitch Delfs was riding for, he thought it was a Giant..All they care about is "Britain." I know I'm from Scotland which is in Britain but the English media is f*cked up! Maybe they should know more about riders who are not Peaty and Gee.
  • + 1
 I know I'm goin to get fucked for that comment! ha
  • + 2
 You don't see Italian soccer channels cheering on other random teams.. Of course they are going to cheer for their home team. Same goes with any other sports including DH racing.
  • + 1
 At least they will know information about the other players though! Wink
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  • + 1
 I'd pay 15E for a table dance too

and 45 for a lesbo show if they did it on my lapsBig Grin
  • + 1
 Yeah id pay for that too!
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  • + 1
 seriously wicked video. loving all the full speed shots... those guys are flying, and in the mud too!
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 awesome riding gee!!!
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  • + 1
 who is fabien pedemanaud? just heard...
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  • + 2
 nice diggs fairclough
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  • + 1
 RAIN! the same weather now in Ukraine
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  • + 1
 holey shit look at the shot at 55
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  • + 1
 Congrats to both Athertons, Rachel powering through with a broken finger!
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  • + 1
 Great to see two brits on the podium. Come on the Athertons!!! Big Grin
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  • + 1
 Sweet job ! Perfect song. Got me all fired up to ride!!!
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  • + 0
 sloppy wet and muddy = 20 brits in the top 20
  • + 2
 Don't you mean 8? Rolleyes
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  • + 1
 That is an awesome bill!
  • + 1
 still exspensive if you consider my pay check... :/ can say half of it Frown
  • + 1
 hahah i wonder what they were spending on???
  • + 1
 wait what?half of it per month?
  • + 2
 Well the bill amount is pretty low considering what they drink and got !!! It will just be hard to place on a expense report ... lol!
  • + 3
 don't all WC racers get a lap dance and lesbo show as part of training? i certainly would expect it if it was me racing...
  • + 1
 That's not terribly great value when it comes to "dance clubs". Keep in mind, that's Euros.
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  • + 1
 recipt win!!!!!
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  • + 1
 blinky isnt himself!
  • + 1
 ya what been goin on with him?
  • + 1
 must be the gloves
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