Windham Day 3 in Photos - UCI World Cup 2012

Jul 1, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
Downhill Practice


Mitch Delfs looks on as Hill drops in for his first practice run here on bonus day . Hill did 3 runs today quite ouf of the ordinary for him on a day when many didn t even drop in. He s serious about trying to get back on top of the box and it shows.
  Mitch Delfs looks on as Hill drops in for his first practice run here on "bonus day". Hill did 3 runs today, quite out of the ordinary for him on a day when many didn't even drop in. He's serious about trying to get back on top of the box and it shows.

Mick Hannah does what Mick Hannah does. Pedal and focus.
  Mick Hannah does what Mick Hannah does. Pedal and focus.

Harry Malloy exits the first major texh section. Sam Hill managed to turn this chica e into a single right hand corner. Today more than a few riders tried his line none succeeded.
  Harry Malloy exits the first major tech section. Sam Hill managed to turn this chicane into a single right hand corner. Today, more than a few riders tried his line; none succeeded.

Dan Stanbridge blowing up the roost. It s loose and dry out there grip goes away as fast as you can find it.
  Dan Stanbridge blowing up the roost. It's loose and dry out there, grip goes away as fast as you can find it.

Greg Minnaar was pushing up and down all morning. He s looking for the seconds to try and beat Aaron Gwin again.
  Greg Minnaar was pushing up and down all morning. He's looking for the seconds to try and beat Aaron Gwin again.

Bryn Atkinson dives into the trees here in Windham. He put in a few extra runs this week and it s paying off. Bryn isn t afraid to get loose so keep an eye on him Sunday when he lets loose.
  Bryn Atkinson dives into the trees here in Windham. He put in a few extra runs this week and it's paying off. Bryn isn't afraid to get loose, so keep an eye on him Sunday when he lets loose.

Marcello Guttierez and the Brigade colors looking good through the upper woods early Saturday AM.
  Marcello Gutierrez and the Brigade colors looking good through the upper woods early Saturday AM.

Steve Smith is looking incredibly fast after qualifying second on Friday. He is one of the few riders who actually put in a run or 2 today.
  Steve Smith is looking incredibly fast after qualifying second on Friday. He is one of the few riders who actually put in a run or 2 today.

Sam HIll is going so fast it s hard to keep him in focus. Engage.
  Sam Hill is going so fast it's hard to keep him in focus. Engage.

This is the very first sample of what will become Sam Hill s new signature 5.10. Lots of features going on that we can t show you yet but be assured it s coming. The Hill-Iminator maybe
  This is the very first sample of what will become Sam Hill's new signature 5.10. Lots of features going on that we can't show you yet, but be assured it's coming. The Hill-Iminator maybe?


Cross Country


It was pretty warm at Windham many racers were wearing ice vests in an effort to keep core temps low until the big dance.
  It was pretty warm at Windham; many racers were wearing ice vests in an effort to keep core temps low until the big dance.

Emily Batty had the cool shade of an umbrella boy as well as ice packs down her jersey.
  Emily Batty had the cool shade of an umbrella boy as well as ice packs down her jersey.

Emily Batty cranks here way through the tall grasses under high heat on XC day in Windham.
  Emily cranks her way through the tall grasses, 11th place in the heat on XC day in Windham.

Georgia Gould opened up the Women s race with a massive can of whoop-ass leading the field by as much as 60 seconds. Sadly Gould punctured descending on the final lap. She stopped applied a C02 cartridge to re-inflate her tire but was forced to run the final climb up into the finish straight...
  Georgia Gould opened up the Women's race with a massive can of whoop-ass; leading the field by as much as 60 seconds. Sadly, Gould punctured descending on the final lap. She stopped, applied a C02 cartridge to re-inflate her tire, but was forced to run the final climb up into the finish straight...

...Only to be passed by her two teammates. That makes it two races in row that bad luck has kicked Gould on the home stretch. And two races that teammate Catharine Pendrel has taken at the closing moments. Some people may view that as poor team dynamics but for Catharine it was playing it safe. Anything could have happened at MSA last week--Gould was fading rapidly. And this week by taking the win Pendrel sealed up the overall.
  Only to be passed by her two teammates. That makes it two races in row that bad luck has kicked Gould on the home stretch. And two races that teammate Catharine Pendrel has taken at the closing moments. Some people may view that as poor team dynamics, but for Catharine, it was playing it safe. Anything could have happened at MSA last week--Gould was fading rapidly. And this week, by taking the win, Pendrel sealed up the overall.

It was a heartbreaker for everyone. Even Pendrel admitted that this was not a win she relished.
  It was a heartbreaker for everyone. Even Pendrel admitted that this was not a win she relished.

Elite Men Fumic out front. Only to have a mechanical.
  Elite Men: Fumic out front. Only to have a mechanical.

Kulhavy suffered a physical mechanical the runs. He was forced to pull out of the race two laps in.
  Kulhavy suffered a physical mechanical: the runs. He was forced to pull out of the race two laps in.

With many of the main threats unable to challenge Stander for one reason or another Jose Hermida tore a pedal off the spindle on lap one Stander opted to take the reins firmly in hand. He even had time to do a proper zip up on the jersey as he entered the finishing straight.
  With many of the main threats unable to challenge Stander for one reason or another (Jose Hermida tore a pedal off the spindle on lap one), Stander opted to take the reins firmly in hand. He even had time to do a proper zip up on the jersey as he entered the finishing straight.

Max Plaxton was not keen on the heat and simply did not have the legs he showed last week at St Anne coming home seventh.
  Max Plaxton was not keen on the heat and simply did not have the legs he showed last week at St Anne, coming home seventh.

Geoff Kabush was looking more on form here than he did last week. Olympic training taking over Or just Geoff being Geoff--he s always raced better in North America than he has in Europe. However Plaxton edged Kabush out by 5 seconds.
  Geoff Kabush was looking more on form here than he did last week. Olympic training taking over? Or just Geoff being Geoff--he's always raced better in North America than he has in Europe. However, Plaxton edged Kabush out by 5 seconds.

Todd Wells locked down fourth place today showing a return to last year s ability to be a constant podium threat. Wells was patient and worked his way up the entire race and then fended off a charging Matthias Fluckiger in the closing lap to secure his position.
  Todd Wells locked down fourth place today, showing a return to last year's ability to be a constant podium threat. Wells was patient, and worked his way up the entire race, and then fended off a charging Matthias Fluckiger in the closing lap to secure his position.

Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez of Spain showing appreciation for the fans coming out and cheering the riders on in the heat.
  Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez of Spain showing appreciation for the fans coming out and cheering the riders on in the heat.

Marco Aurelio Fontana. Best can of Coke ever.
  Marco Aurelio Fontana. Best can of Coke ever.

Adam Craig rocking baggies and a single speed Evidently as his World Cup racing career winds down AC has a few items on his tick list racing a World Cup on a single speed was one of those things. Yeah it was a bit of a tall gear. 2 1 but it was tall.
  Adam Craig, rocking baggies and a single speed? Evidently, as his World Cup racing career winds down, AC has a few items on his tick list; racing a World Cup on a single speed was one of those things. "Yeah, it was a bit of a tall gear. 2:1 but it was tall."

What s next for Adam Craig Enduro seems to be suiting him of late in the Oregon Enduro series. And Giant doesn t have a proper enduro racer. Might be that we see Craig swapping out lycra for baggies more often.
  What's next for Adam Craig? Enduro seems to be suiting him of late in the Oregon Enduro series. And Giant doesn't have a proper enduro racer. Might be that we see Craig swapping out lycra for baggies more often.

Women s Podium L-R Marie-Helene Premont 4 Katerina Nash 2 Cahtarine Pendrel 1 Georgia Gould 3 and Lea Davison 5 . A full North American podium although admittedly some big names skipped this race and a historical team sweep with Luna going 1-2-3.
  Women's Podium, L-R: Marie-Helene Premont (4), Katerina Nash (2), Cahtarine Pendrel (1), Georgia Gould (3), and Lea Davison (5). A full North American podium (although admittedly some big names skipped this race) and a historical team sweep with Luna going 1-2-3.

Pendrel seals up the overall WC with today s win.
  Pendrel seals up the overall WC with today's win.

Men s podium L-R Todd Wells 4 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez 2 Burry Stander 1 Marco Aurilio Fontana 3 . Maatthias Fluckiger 5 .
  Men's podium, L-R: Todd Wells (4), Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (2), Burry Stander (1), Marco Aurilio Fontana (3). Mathias Fluckiger (5).


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43 Comments

  • + 39
 COMMOONNN SAAAMMM!!!!
  • + 2
 IM stoked on Richie Rude!!!! Come On! American Junior overalll!!!!!!!!!
  • + 6
 Love seeing international supporters of Sam
  • + 4
 hope sam gets the win, hes putting so much effort in and it would be good to see him on that top step after such a log time.
  • + 6
 lets goo stevie! win it for us today on canada day!!
  • + 2
 I really want Stevie or Sam to hold the top spot but that guy named Gwin always reserves a few tricks up his sleeve on race day.
  • + 0
 he is somthin else.... gwin is pushing the sport more than i would have thought at this point
  • + 18
 im not much on watching xc but when i tuned in to pinkbike it was the last part of the race for women's xc and seeing gould get a flat tire when she was in seeing view of the finish line was devastating for me! Not only do i think she deserves the win but she needs to be recognized as the winner in this race too!!! Well done Mrs. Gould!!
  • + 0
 I watched the whole women's xc hoping for something exciting to happen then it did. Not the way I was hoping it would happen but it was interesting. I dident know she stopped to use a co2 canister. Pinkbike can you do a write up on one of these xc bikes? Im sure someone else aside from myself will read it.
  • + 1
 That's certainly something we can work on. Who's bike would you like to see?
  • + 1
 ac's bike... single speed xc bike... beast mode, nothing short of it
  • + 2
 Someone running Shimano and someone on SRAM? Or maybe a 26 setup and a 29? Weights, tires, how many tooth rings etc. double front or single. Most of these things I guess depend on the course and conditions.
  • + 1
 I'd be up to see fontana's bike or any other cannondale scalpel theyre interesting at something like 18 pounds
  • + 14
 Really glad you guys included the XC. It's difficult to make it look as interesting as DH but I'd say those guys are definitely more skilled than your average weekend DHer. Try bombing it down a technical descent on a carbon hardtail with 100mm travel and the seatpost all the way up, its bloody hard to go fast.
  • + 4
 If Adam Craig goes full time enduro I think he would have more fun and get more attention than he would racing xc. Would be great for Enduro racing also.
  • + 3
 new sam hill fivetens look awesome, good to see some more colours n styling going into them, cos lets be honest, while impacts work really really well, they do look a lil " special" dont they...
  • + 1
 agreed, these look more like freeride shoes.
  • + 1
 I like how the tag says "Ape Factory"
  • + 4
 C'mon Hill!! I want to see you back on that top step. We all know you can do it!
  • + 5
 Sam has got this in the bag.
  • + 4
 Sam hill is so hot right now
  • + 3
 "Hill-Iminator" Hahaha thats awesome! Would do anything for those!!! Well, almost anything!!!
  • + 3
 12 HOURS 30 MINUTES TILL IT GOES LIVE!!!
  • + 3
 Adam Craig ... What a boss. Massive respect for rocking the SS.
  • + 3
 Looks like i'll be buying a new pair of 5.10's then...
  • + 1
 Not if I get there first. My SH Impacts are 2 years old now... more than due for renewal.
  • + 3
 SAM HILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 No one is going to mention Emily Batty?
  • + 2
 Thanks for the Emily show!
  • + 1
 come on Sam hope he gets it he deserves it so much
  • - 1
 Is it just me or did a lot of people break parts in that XC race? I don't know a lot about XC racing but perhaps they are sacrificing too much to lose weight?
  • + 1
 i love Dan Stanbridges clothes!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Rip it Steve-O!
  • - 1
 not putting xc down or anything but the commentary is so boring compared to the downhill
  • + 1
 not as much to commentate on though is there... even TDF has more action. just my opinion though.
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  • - 2
 29'ers are so gay lol
  • - 2
 How about DH qualification? Whos first?
  • + 12
 Shaquille O'Neal
  • + 0
 Take a guesss dood
  • + 1
 DH Qualifying was a few days ago now, you can find it here http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Windham-Day-2-DH-Qualifying-UCI-World-Cup-2012.html
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