Ladies and gentleman, do we ever have a race on our hands here in Val di Sole. The points were certainly tight coming into this final round of the World Cup season, and after qualifying, they just got a whole lot tighter.
In the women's race, series leader Myriam Nicole went down in qualifying, leaving the door open for the competition to take advantage. And take advantage they did as Tracey Hannah, Tahnee Seagrave and Rachel Atherton all came out in front. The biggest gain going to Tracey who sits second in the series and needs every point she can get if she hopes to steal away the overall. If she can repeat her performance tomorrow and Myriam Nicole falters once again, things are going to get very interesting.
While the women's race for the title is certainly tight, the men's race is simply just too close to call. A focused and committed Aaron Gwin put it all on the line to take maximum points in qualifying, enough to close the differential to Greg Minnaar to the single digits. Minnaar, after a stressful day that saw him take a huge crash on his final training run, and a destroyed frame did his part to keep the damage to a minimum. Mental strength has never been a weakness for Greg and he rallied back from his mishaps to take second, and amazing 0.17 off the pace of his rival. Tomorrow, these two men will be the last two down the hill, and whoever finishes in front of the other will be the World Cup Champion.
If ever there was a World Cup race series that really did, as the cliche goes, come down to the wire, this is it. And if you are a fan of downhill racing, it just doesn't get any better than this.