Windham DH Finals in photos

Aug 30, 2010
by Ian Hylands  
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Then Gee Atherton took the hot seat with a run a full 3.38 seconds faster than Beer.
Gee, waiting for Minnaar to finish
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Women
Sabrina Jonnier was the World Cup leader going into this race, and even though she finished 8th it was enough to keep the title.
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
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.
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
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, in the start gate
Rachel Atherton for the win, back on top of the World Cup Podium
Rachel Atherton for the win, back on top of the World Cup Podium

more photos....
the rock garden
the rock garden
Chris Kovarik
Chris Kovarik
Troy Brosnan took the Junior title
Troy Brosnan took the Junior title
Claire Buchar, 7th place again...
Claire Buchar, 7th place again...
Claire Buchar
Claire Buchar

More photos from Hylands, Jake Hamm, and Fraser Britton


32 Comments

  • 17 2
 @davestuartkelly: I think Ian shoots Nikon - so I'd guess a high end body (D3s maybe?) & glass. Smile

@jackgolfgti: TWAAAAAAAAAT
  • 1 3
 yes i am thanks do you still get bullied
  • 10 2
 Excellent pictures, what else can you say.I wonder what Camera and lens was used??
  • 4 48
flag jackgolfgti (Aug 30, 2010 at 11:02) (Below Threshold)
 this is a mountain bike website why are you bothered what camera and lens was used, all them amazing riders and what a show they have put on but forget that lets see what cameras where used to takes some pics GEEEEEEEEEEK
  • 17 2
 chill jackoff, i appreciate the evolution of the pics and vids.has given our sport huge exposure. when i raced it was probably the top 4 or 5 in canada that got any support.now its atleast 10 times that, which is directly related to the evo of pics vids and gear together with sites like pinkbike
  • 9 1
 quality shots, valid question
  • 9 1
 I'll be blunt jackgolfgti. The media is what progesses the sport, its what increased its popularity and keeps making it bigger and better than ever, and its how you're able to see whats going on the other side of the world in almost real time (or on freecaster, pretty much dead on IN real time) if someone from the potential next gen of film makers and photographers wants to know how the guys behind the lens gets such sick shots, then fair play. Now shut it, you twat.
  • 2 0
 ^^^ Well said sir.
  • 1 2
 yeah fully agree on what your saying but when people are saying sweet pic its all good but why ask what camera was used etc kind of takes the buzz away from it, wow look how far out he has whipped his bike then some doesn't see that they ask what camera he used hmmm bit geeky when its a cool sport the media is a double edge weapon always remember that
  • 3 0
 Jackgolf you are the shittest cunt. I haven't commented on anything on Pinkbike for ages but I felt like that needed to be said.
  • 2 0
 Why are you so concerned with "cool" vs "geeky"? I geek out on geometry, materials, suspension technology, etc constantly. Maybe you are just projecting your own insecurity onto what other people are saying to make yourself feel "cool". If so, I think it goes without saying that you are in fact a long way from even understanding cool, let alone being that way.
  • 8 2
 Was really pulling for Peaty, ya just gotta respect the guy. Congrats to Gee though, killer race and killer season!
  • 1 0
 meh let the young buck win it for once. At least w/ Hill slowly getting back to things someone else can win some events for awhile. So good stuff Altherton!
  • 4 2
 Gutted for Peaty that extra speed he had was probably his undoing. Great news for Gee winning the overall and great to see Rachel back on form. Great pics as well.
  • 1 0
 curious whether UCI publishes the uncertainty, or measurement error, of their timing systems?
  • 1 0
 i think it was good. might be a little blurry, but its still a decent shot.
  • 6 4
 sick.
  • 3 3
 Super photos!I was hoping there will be some sick photos from the massive crash near the start.
  • 7 3
 gee gee gee
  • 2 2
 Clair. . . . 7th . . . .again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wait, I never saw that coming . . .
  • 9 1
 To bad Peaty crashed Frown
  • 1 0
 yah man I would of liked to see him win to I don't know how much longer he'll racing for
  • 1 0
 lol Peaty is in his prime... what are you talking about the shredder?
  • 1 0
 Peaty allways says as long as hes having fun on his bike hes gonna keep riding... and he was 1.5 faster than all these younge guns at the second split ... As for Gee Man.. he could clean up this year. World Cup winner, good chance of winning the world champs and then on to rampage, he finished 2nd at rampage a few years ago so a win there could be possible...
  • 1 0
 itsgotta be said, clair has had the most consistant season ever. she just needs to be on the top step with the same consistensy
  • 2 2
 was a fast track and good race, gutted for peaty like 15 seconds before the finish
  • 1 0
 would have been nice to see someone else take the win, good anyway though
  • 3 3
 the last pickture was nooby
  • 1 1
 not really
  • 2 0
 Like to see you shoot better.
  • 1 0
 @mr-noodles99, Shoot some better "picktures" before you criticize other's.
  • 2 3
 Beautiful photo's...looks like the course worked in nicely.

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