There was one race today for the men, with two titles to be had. Going into the finals of the downhill Gee Atherton had a 4 point lead over Greg Minnaar for the overall title, and a win for either of them here would give them the title. No one else could take it, if Minnaar didn't race Gee could theoretically sit on the sidelines and still take the overall.
There were a few leaders in the beginning of the final, but the real question for me was how Sam Hill would do. After being out for the last few months with an injury suffered in Fort William, Sam had only been on his bike for about 4 days before going into the final here, and most of those days were at Windham in practice and qualifying. Sam qualified mid pack, could he go faster? As he came down the hill he had the fastest split by about 2 seconds at the top, and the race was on. When he got to the bottom he had the fastest time and went into the hot seat, with still a lot of riders left to come.
He was in the hot seat for more than 10 minutes until his team mate Brendan Fairclough came down with a blazing time and knocked him into second.
Then with only 12 riders to go MS Evil rider Brook MacDonald took the hot seat and pushed him into 3rd, but he didn't even have time to sit down before one rider later Nick Beer bested him and it seemed things might change quickly.
Nick Beer, hot seat
Gracia had a bad run, Atkinson flatted, and Bryceland couldn't manage to do it. Steve Smith came down and moved into 2nd, bumped by Marc Beaumont 2 minutes later
Then Gee Atherton took the hot seat with a run a full 3.38 seconds faster than Beer.
Gee, waiting for Minnaar to finish
The big question then was how would Minnaar do? His splits were a tiny bit slower up top, but not by much. In the end he finished 0.37 seconds behind, giving Gee the overall title.
But there were still 3 riders to come, Sam Blenkisop, Aaron Gwin, and Steve Peat, all who had been faster in qualifying. Blenki had a good run but couldn't beat Gee or Greg and moved into 3rd.
Gwin looked fast, but ended up 4th, leaving only Steve Peat at the top.
Peaty's splits all the way down were over a second ahead of Gee and Greg, and it looked like we were going to have a new winner. He was carrying insane speed, a full 2 mph faster than Gee through the speed trap, and the crowd was cheering like crazy. But unfortunately it wasn't Peaty's day, in the last section of the course he crashed and ended up 55th. The race was over.
Sabrina Jonnier was the World Cup leader going into this race, and even though she finished 8th it was enough to keep the title.
Mio Suemasa had a great run and ended up 4th
Emmeline Ragot has been very fast this year and she qualified second but ended up third in the final.
Trek World Racing's Tracy Moseley had qualified first by 4 seconds, but couldn't beat Rachel in the final
Rachel, in the start gate
Rachel Atherton for the win, back on top of the World Cup Podium
the rock garden
Troy Brosnan took the Junior title
Claire Buchar, 7th place again...
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