Results: Windham DH World Cup - Finals

Aug 8, 2015
by Pinkbike Staff  
QUICK FACTS
- Rachel Atherton crossed the line with 9 seconds left to spare from her nearest competitor, Manon Carpenter.
- The British once again have come out in force, with a 1-2-3 in Elite Women, and 1-3 in Junior Men.
- Phil Kmetz has a massive wipe out near the bottom but gets up and rides out.
- Brannigan was absolutely blazing the top of the course until he clipped his foot and crashed out. He rides out.
- Gutierrez almost loses it in the rock garden but holds on and rides out.
- Loris Vergier sat in the hot seat for a long while. Everyone was on the edge of their seats to see whether Bruni's team-mate could get a podium spot.
- Loic Bruni misses out yet again on his first World Cup win. This time, despite looking pinned at the start, he gets a puncture just before the rock garden and limps home.
- Several riders crash out on the top section.
- Minnaar kept things super smooth though all sections but doesn't have the edge over fastest man on the mountain, Aaron Gwin.

ELITE MEN
1 // Aaron Gwin
2 // Greg Minaar
3 // Loris Vergier



ELITE WOMEN
1 // Rachel Atherton
2 // Manon Carpenter
3 // Tahnee Seagrave



JUNIOR MEN
1 // Laurie Greenland
2 // Jacob Dickson
3 // Neil Stewart





239 Comments

  • + 149
 Claudio "Is that his playoff beard?"
Warner "Is that his what?"
Claudio "His playoff beard, like the hockey players since he's Canadian"
Warner "Oh, I don't even know what a playoff is"
  • + 119
 "If it ain't got wheels I ain't interested"
  • - 50
flag DragRider (Aug 8, 2015 at 14:05) (Below Threshold)
 How was your run today?? GWIN: I don't know man it was so blessing, man Smile
  • + 4
 Wtf with the replays? ! Is it that hard?!
  • + 4
 Thank you wc dh riders...your intensity and awesomeness keeps my heart healthy by making my blood pump as fast as it can during race day. Big up to aron and the rest of the riders.
  • + 106
 Wow what a run by GWIN!! AMAZING! And the redbull player worked too, what the hell was that!
  • + 39
 What a run! So gutted for Loic though... What a race! Amazing run by Vergier to
  • + 30
 Gwin literally left nothing on the mountain, that was on/over the limit the whole way down, how he held that between the tapes i'll never know, utter brilliance!
I'll echo Ride12 statement, so gutted for Loic! i'd love to see him take his first win, but regardless puncture or not i dont think he would have beaten Gwin, but still he just need to get to the bottom without drama for once!
  • + 12
 Loic still put down a pretty damn good time for doing half the run with a flat
  • + 2
 Yeah gutted for Loic. Probably the worst track to puncture on too. With it being so short there is almost no way your going to get any points even if you try to ride it out.
  • + 7
 Gwin's run was the most bike abusive run overall !!!
  • + 40
 And Troy! OTB and still into 6th.... hard to imagine what he could've done if he kept it upright. Theres some serious pace waiting to be unleashed.
  • + 1
 btw guys any chance we see the GoPro helmet on his run? i saw Rachel and Gee mount their GoPro tho
  • + 17
 My son came down to see what all the yelling was about. I told him Gwin won, and he sighed and said "What did he break this time...?"
  • + 6
 Came here looking for a comment from Protour about the horrible inadequacies of the Demo... He must be so frustrated and screaming at his computer in his basement right now.
  • + 2
 ok so companies invest a ton of money on plastic dh bikes but cant keep air in the tires of their riders ???
Las year was gwinn losing his chance for wc overall at leogang now bruni. yeah supermegahitech forks shocks and blabla but invest money where races are really lost.
  • + 75
 Gwin just put 3 seconds into Minaar.

How the hell did he do that?
  • + 14
 Magic
  • + 15
 Skill
  • + 89
 Jesus magic
  • + 5
 Jesus
  • + 75
 Magical Jesus Skill
  • + 30
 It's literally like he has a 450cc engine in the back of that bike. Unreal suspension set up, and the strength to hold onto it, plus the eyes/cojones to find reedonkulous lines. Gwin is on another level. No way Bruni was going to go 3 sec faster! Flats suck tho Frown
  • + 16
 God only knows
  • + 57
 according to his mechanic, old worn-out brake pads and WD-40 on the rotors
  • + 91
 The gap between Gwin and Minnaar is the same as the gap between Minnaar and 15th place
  • + 7
 thank you vital mtb Wink
  • + 69
 I like how Warner said "at least Bruni can take solace in the fact that Gwin would have smoked him no matter what".
  • + 9
 Gwin won cus he's the best and the crowd was going wild. Could hear them from the top of the mountain as he went down.
  • + 10
 those arms and shoulders combined with a stiff fork = fast times ahead
  • + 26
 As the commentators said, Minnaar knows how to ride at 95%. Gwin knows how to ride at 150% and hold it together.
  • + 8
 He was probably just pretending his chain fell off... Razz
  • + 1
 @SeaJay Smile thought people would like to know on Pinkbike.
  • + 38
 He's a terminator sent from the future to protect Troy Brosnan, the future leader of the human resistance. This bike racing thing is just his cover.
  • - 7
flag terashred (Aug 8, 2015 at 23:15) (Below Threshold)
 gwin's side project: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbtlPCbhVGw
  • + 2
 "Dear lord baby Jesus or as our brothers to the south call you, Hey-Zues, we thank you so much for this bountiful harvest of Domino's, KFC and the always delicious Taco Bell. I just want to take time to say thank you for my family: my two beautiful, beautiful handsome, striking sons Walker and Texas Ranger or T.R. as we call him and of course my red-hot smoking wife, Carley who is a stone-cold fox. Who if you were to rate her ass on 100, it would easilly be a 94. Also wanna thank you for my best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton Jr who's got my back no batter what."............Holy Hell does Gwin ever know he's one of the worlds few that can just let go and be damned what's in the way between corners and keep it together...DANG!
  • + 1
 @loopie - lol

Seriously, if he does at Val di Sole what he just did yesterday, it's going to be ugly in regards to the time-gaps.
  • + 4
 To be fair Minnaars only weakness would be that his riding doesn't suit short tracks. In that dirt-statistic thingy his heatmaps always sucked in the first split. Somehow is slower but steadier in getting into it.
  • + 1
 @tabletop84 that's a good point
  • + 58
 Hahaha, Vergier looking so lost on the podium; wild race! Feel bad for Bruni though.
  • + 27
 He had no idea where to stand, etc. That was awesome to see him get 3rd!!
  • + 32
 Standing there with his arm around Gwin was awesome...That kid was fast as hell and he deserved every moment of that podium.
  • + 48
 Great to see Steve Smith put down a good run.
  • + 6
 Yeah except for one or two little mishaps and he could have finished even higher. Must feel good to him. Sense a level of intensity, even worry, to his bearded demeanor now.
  • + 35
 I think it's so great that Missy qualified and is racing at this level.....and true to her style it's either top spot or a crash. she races way beyond the edge and most times results in a podium spot or a crash. But that's why she was one of the Leading NORBA winners. way to go Missy
  • + 31
 She should get on the Syndicate for the women's team!
  • + 5
 nice to hear that she is racing again
  • + 3
 that's what i believe she rode a rental bike if she had a proper Santa Cz....Wink
  • + 12
 Santa Cruz won't put a woman on a V10 because of Juliana Bikes. Juliana needs to come out with their proprietary version of a v10 then sponsor a few women.
  • + 8
 how was she able to get into the World Cup without competing in any races leading up to it?
  • + 21
 She did compete in a race leading up to it... In 1994....
  • + 4
 I think a Juliana DH bike would be a silly thing. Rachel Atherton alone proves that there should be little distinguishing the genders at this level of the sport! Can you imagine Missy & Ratboy on the Santa Cruz videos together? Insane!
  • + 8
 Juliana has a DH bike already. The SHE-10 see it in whistler all the time. Its just a sea-foam green V10 with Juliana decals.
  • + 10
 Would she be able to even leave the country with a criminal record. Wouldn't really make much sense to put her on a race team
  • + 1
 Getting into the states with a criminal record is problematic. The rest of the world does not care as much. Ya just have to pay a fee sometimes.
  • + 6
 The chick is 43 years old … and looking and riding sweet!

Yes … Most PB dudes she is old enough to be your mom!!!!


Melissa "Missy" Giove (born 1972) is a professional downhill mountain biker. Her nickname is The Missile.

Giove was one of mountain-bike racing's first mainstream female superstars, did some ads for Reebok, is the all-time leader in NORBA downhill wins with 14, and is second on the World Cup list with 11. Giove's other accomplishments include three overall NORBA downhill crowns, two World Cup overalls, and the 1994 world championship title. Prior to cycling, Missy was also a nationally ranked downhill skier.

Early in her career, Missy raced for the highly respected boutique Yeti Racing team along with other top downhill racing stars such as Myles Rockwell, Jimmy Deaton, John Tomac, and Johnny O under the management of industry veteran and former owner of Yeti Cycles, John Parker. After establishing herself as the top US women's downhill talent, Missy moved to the larger corporate financed team of Volvo-Cannondale USA cycling team. Together Missy Giove and Myles Rockwell dominated many of the US downhill races under the Cannondale badge in the early 90's. Missy was always known for being colorful and fast talking.

She announced her retirement from full-time racing in August 2003, and in March 2004, she appeared in an episode of the cartoon Rocket Power titled "Missile Crisis" (the title referring to her nickname), giving one of the characters a compliment. After retirement she helped finance the travel and fees for several up and coming downhill cyclists.

Giove was noted for wearing the desiccated body of her deceased pet piranha Gonzo on a necklace when racing. She is openly lesbian.[1]

In June 2009, Giove was arrested in Wilton, New York on charges of conspiring to possess and distribute 384 pounds of marijuana. Giove pled guilty to the charges.[2] On November 23, 2011, she was sentenced to the time served, six months of home detention and five years of supervised release.[3]
  • - 8
flag madmon (Aug 8, 2015 at 19:34) (Below Threshold)
 That girl is nuts. She had an Effed up fist and like she said she has ridden 16 times in a decade. I'm surprised she made it down that gnarly track. Just look how those riders were worked like hoes on Main St. on a Saturday night.
  • + 12
 I'm not a Missy fan, but it's a shame she has a "criminal record" associated with her name all because she "conspired to sell something people actually wanted. Thanks nanny state war on drugs that does way more harm then good. I'd rather see her riding a bike.
  • + 4
 I'd rather see her racing as well, but, she was a selling major quantities of weed for some rather big dealers- it wasn't a case of a few bags here and there. There are a few articles about this online.
  • + 1
 Missy was on a YT Tues CF Comp, unlikely a rental.
  • + 4
 Missy's Tuesday was provided by the Zink Bros. Props and Daps to them!
  • + 1
 She had raced two pro grts and was granted. Spot on the U.S. TEAM so she could petition to compete. She went down HARD in practice and her arm and shoulder were all fucked up. I was surprised she even raced.
  • + 37
 Vergier throwin' the wrench in the GT frame contest
  • + 3
 Rachel throwin' the wrench in the Boxxer contest. At least 3 or 4 seconds faster than most thought possible.
  • + 4
 More like Bruni's flat, if he went second I'd have gotten the 1,2,3
  • + 6
 Shit! Forgot to enter the GT frame Contest. Frown
  • + 1
 Seriously, my predictions would have been 100% correct both men and women if not for a flat tire.
  • + 1
 And how would you know what he would of placed without a flat
  • + 1
 He was up through the splits before the flat, but slower than Gwin, it's likely he would have gone second.
  • + 34
 I love the women's races but can't wait for the day it becomes more unpredictable. The talent is for sure out there.
  • + 21
 Missy would be good competition...
At 4:20 in the afternoon of course...
  • + 28
 Is it just me that thinks missy looks like the b#stard love child of ratboy and......well.. ratboy...?
  • + 60
 Thanks to an unexpected time travel incident, Ratboy is actually the b*stard lovechild of Missy and Ratboy.
  • - 16
flag codypup (Aug 8, 2015 at 14:58) (Below Threshold)
 We get it Beavis. Your a real comedian. On this day, on home turf, missy proved she still belongs on a world cup,course. Let's see you take a decade or so off and finish top 20 in a WC. I have huge respect for her for doing this.
  • + 9
 @Codypup he was referencing her affinity for and legal charges regarding cannabis.
  • + 3
 What did she place?
  • - 9
flag codypup (Aug 8, 2015 at 22:16) (Below Threshold)
 No s### sherlock. My point is that she is so much more than one incident in her life.
  • + 5
 Sherlock? My name's Andrew, dude.
  • + 33
 What a run from Vergier! Really a future of downhill
  • + 8
 That was simply amazing for him to be in the hot seat for so long , and look at the quality of the riders that did beat his time , he must feel like he's in a dream world right now.
  • + 29
 Gwin just made all other riders' runs meaningless, again.
  • + 29
 legendary run by brannigan lol
  • + 11
 Hope he's relatively ok after that gong-show of a run. He got rag-dolled pretty hard going over that left-handed "berm". I'd guess he rang his bell rather well based on his comments at the finish.
  • + 3
 he seemed a little bit knocked out after his first crash...^^
glad he's ok tho!
  • + 5
 Lucky he made it over the berm though and not into it.
  • + 24
 Aaron Gwin isn't human. the laws of gravity and physics do not apply to him.
  • + 3
 maybe he's not human ... but he seemed to be very happy after his run I guess I saw him laughing for the first time
  • + 25
 Rob "Unbelievable" Warner and Claudio "Smooth" Caluori
  • + 25
 Brosnan covered in dust claps his hands to shake it of the gloves and they talking about arm pump ...
  • + 2
 Well it make sense... After gwin came down Brosnan had said he went over the bars but no one had seen it. That's why he was clapping the dirt off. I can see where they were coming from when they were confused by why he would be clapping.
  • + 3
 Agree...I wondered why they weren't talking about the dust all over him, but then he finished 6th (or 4th or whatever at the time) so I joined in thinking he must not have actually gone down 'cause 6th!
  • + 3
 Quite a run by Brosnan to finish that close with a crash.
  • + 11
 Gwin from split 1 to finish: 1:28.119
Troy from split 1 to finish: 1:28.517 (with a clap)
  • + 20
 If its true and Troy really went over the bars and still came 6th he must of been flying up top.
  • + 10
 Yep...his has gotta be the most overlooked run. That's just nuts. He's so fast he can crash, figure out which way is down, and get back on his bike, in less than six seconds?
  • + 4
 On a 2:40 track where even the slightest bobble can cost you upwards of 10 places. Have they checked those Specialized bikes for motors?? Wink
  • + 21
 I'm unsure if Gwin actually touched is brakes.... Holy jeez.
  • + 15
 Or the ground
  • + 6
 The worn out pads and DW40 on his rotors was an inspired move by his mechanic.
  • + 3
 @dingus - I saw that interview and thought he was kidding. Apparently, he was serious. :/
  • + 19
 Amazing run by Gwin but Brosnan was just as fast from 1st split down What could have been!
  • + 10
 yeah you're right about Brosnan though not sure if he was as fast as Gwin, 3rd fastest through the speed trap. A crash that put him in 39 at split 1 then 10th and split 2 and finshed in 6th. So we was moving and making a lot of time on track.
  • + 10
 Lost just 0,4 of second from 1st split down to Gwin, pretty good considering a crash earlier up. More to put a perspective on Gwins time that to analyze what could have been!
  • + 5
 that .4 was probably in the clap he did
  • + 17
 Gwin!!! I actually think this guy has made a deal with the devil, and all his religious talk is just a cover for the soul doping he must have committed.
  • + 16
 Was thinking the same, he had an odd eye twitch in his interview, I think he's a prototype superhuman & that's why he knows the limit of grip - he has an inbuilt stability control program & adaptive camber technologies which make him faster...

Or he's just fooking mental...

Or both, for that matter!!! What a rider!
  • + 17
 Was yelling my ass off when Gwin came down. So happy for him
  • - 1
 hey, just been wondering if your hardrock is still for sale?
  • + 16
 WTF Gwin's run!!!! Mind blown how fast that was!!
  • + 5
 The only analogy I can think of is that AG is moving like a lion on the savannah...where everyone else is a scared water buffalo trying to get away. Actively hunting that green number at the finish. Mind blowing.
  • + 3
 I think someone was just taking the piss and played his run on fast forward for the lols
  • + 16
 Wow. I couldn't help but just smile throughout Gwin's entire run...
  • + 1
 You should've been there!
  • + 3
 Once I picked my jaw off the floor, all I could do was laugh hysterically. There was so many laws of physics Gwin violated with that run!!
  • + 15
 9 seconds Jesus Christ. Let off the brakes ladies.
  • + 3
 Yup back seat
  • + 9
 You do know that would probably be nine seconds on you as well. Just let go of the brakes mate...
  • + 14
 Did I just see that. Aaron Gwin was godlike on this track... F...
  • + 12
 Gwin run was amazing. I have no idea how you can ride like that and hold it together. Watching his run I was thinking he was going to crash any minute now.
  • + 13
 GWIN!!! look at the timeeeee!!
  • + 13
 WTF?! Gwin over 3 seconds over everyone else. insane!
  • + 12
 Gwin showed everyone a lesson in mental toughness, strength, and bike set up. Again.
  • + 14
 GWINDHAM
  • + 12
 I was hoping to see Gee and Ratboy on the podium together just for the awkwardness.
  • + 12
 Gwin is Gwinning again! Insane run! Congrats!!
  • + 10
 Gwinn has put in two of the best runs ever into one season! That was amazing and in front of a home crowd too. Gutted for Loic and his chase for the overall.
  • + 13
 Gwin for president
  • + 11
 I told myself... don't watch don't watch... but I did... now I know how the women race went before the redbull live .... Frown
  • - 18
flag Yt-shredder (Aug 8, 2015 at 10:36) (Below Threshold)
 Thanks for stating the bloody obvious.
  • + 22
 thanks for stating that I stated the bloody obvious. very useful replay thank you !!!
  • - 12
flag Yt-shredder (Aug 8, 2015 at 10:55) (Below Threshold)
 Well,what do you expect of you Post something what every intelligent User already knows
  • - 11
flag g156 (Aug 8, 2015 at 11:01) (Below Threshold)
 @AloxT you Must be very clever,thumbs up
  • + 11
 i just destroy another wall seeing bruni failed again and again but pretty happy for loris and aaron
  • + 12
 Holy crap...that was amazing!
#GwinningintheUSA
  • + 10
 I'm pretty sure that Minnar has had more 2ND places to Sam Hill and Aaron Gwin than any other rider.
  • + 4
 and most WC wins in history. legend!
  • + 8
 Rachel 9 second faster in a race so short !!!!!! incredible ! other planet !
  • + 5
 I just watched the race again and Brosnan was quite dirty at the bottom. He took a serious spill and still kept it tight. Could have beat Gwin with that run then, which is hard to believe.
  • + 8
 Vergier , this young guy is really strong
  • + 7
 Gwin's run was ridiculous, but Brannigan wins the points for most entertaining run Big Grin
  • + 7
 Gwin from split 1 to finish: 1:28.119
Troy from split 1 to finish: 1:28.517 (with a clap)
  • + 6
 "I wouldn't say it's important. It's, ah...it's just epically...cool..."

Way to keep a good perspective. Solid.
  • + 3
 Amazing how gwin can push so hard and still stick every corner. Lots of the other riders looked super fast, like Fearon, but ended up slow because they scrubbed so much speed by sliding about. The way he handles his bike is visibly different from every other rider.
  • + 7
 That is nuts, Rachel would be 17th in the men's race. How does she do it?
  • + 9
 Check again.
  • + 5
 Yeah, I saw that, haha. I looked at the juniors by mistake.
  • + 3
 Nevertheless she is unbelievably fast.
  • + 7
 Fair play to atherton but 17th against the juniors! Damn those youngsters are quick!
  • + 5
 Rachel would have finished 73rd in the mens field, which is still an impressive feat in itself!
  • + 7
 Is there conflict between rat boy and gee??
  • + 5
 yeah whats that all about?
  • + 6
 "You're not gonna sing bro?"
  • + 1
 they cant possibly have fallen out over that?
  • + 1
 There was some reports about a fight between Gee and Ratboy and maybe Sam Dale last week at MSA. It's difficult to know exactly what happened (if anything even happened) because 'reporting' done by the media at World Cups can often be sarcastic or tounge in cheek. It's hard to know what they are being serious about and what's a joke or an exaggeration.
  • + 1
 It was a tounge-in-cheek caption by one of the media guys in a photo slideshow that somehow (it's the internet) got blown out of proportion by the viewers.
  • + 3
 Man, Warner and Claudio need to be a bit more professional. Troy did his whole run with some dust all over his race kit and they still ask why he was not on the clock. That's frustrating. And they should wait until seeing the time before to say what they think. What a race th! Gwin on another level.cant wait for the wold championship to see all the rookies playing their life to beat the older dogs with o pressure.
  • + 1
 I agree, especially caluori. What was that snarky comment against the British top three women? "Haven't they got something else to do". Totally not on.
  • + 7
 Gwin is not human
  • + 6
 Brilliant coverage by Red bull TV! Chuffed for Gwin.... What a run
  • + 7
 Gwinter is coming!!!
  • + 7
 o my gwin is a legend
  • + 5
 wow, great run by matt walker. awesome to see the vanzaks getting some great results.
  • + 4
 Hold on ! Look at Missy's first sector : 3rd !!! Grabs a bike without an inch of her competitors training and boom !!!! Poor fellows...
  • + 3
 it's the Top Speed not the first sector ! ! ! anyway very well done, superfast..... MISSILE !!! eheh as you said... there are girls that train hard etc etc... and she puts them behind ! Razz TALENT AND MADNESS !
  • + 5
 @PhilKmetz yeah buddy, pushing it to the limit!
  • + 5
 Even more incredible than his chain less run...mans on fire!!!
  • + 5
 Gutted for Loic... overwhelmed by Gwin!
  • + 1
 Well put.
  • + 4
 First my jaw dropped...then I was laughing hysterically. Did that run really just happen???
  • + 1
 So, basically, if you're a male elite WC DH racer not named Aaron Gwin, you're likely doing a lot of soul-searching right about now.
  • + 3
 Doesn`t Aaron looks a bit stoned to me ? Even though amazing run, so smooth... New York Diesel Big Grin
  • + 3
 Neto should not have changed teams! His results this season have been low compared to the consistency we are used to seeing
  • + 1
 If the whole field somehow rises up to Gwin's level over the off-season, next year all the classic tracks will be some 15 seconds shorter?

Amazing progression of sport under our very own eyes.
  • + 4
 Guys, stop pretending Gwin is American, he's not even from this planet !
  • + 5
 Gwinnin'!!
  • + 4
 "f*ck, I don't know what was going on"
  • + 5
 LOOK AT THE TIME
  • + 4
 NINE SECONDS!! Rachel is on another planet!
  • + 4
 Missy first 20 with a crash !!! what a LEGEND !
  • + 3
 Got to Gwinn it to Winn it!
  • + 3
 Can I just say WHAT A RACE! Solid day of racing ladies and gents!
  • + 3
 4 of the top 12 juniors are american, go USA! good job boys
  • + 12
 Yeh but the winner's a BRIT!!! Way to go Laurie!!
  • + 1
 Awesome race, Gwin was unstoppable, and the brits were everywhere. Troy went so fast from 1st to the end to make that much time!
  • + 3
 Missy is running top 10 in timed training! dang!
  • + 10
 This is the finals, not timed training
  • - 1
 Ma Bad Bra.
  • + 4
 And the Gwinner is...
  • + 3
 Missed it by one for the gt frame! I had Hannah in 3rd.
  • + 1
 Same, in the men's too. Thought Mik was lookin super fast. Wish we could have seen his run.
  • + 4
 Jesus of Windham!
  • + 1
 All I can say is..... What an awesome race! F' yeah gwin! Super congrats to Rach.............
  • + 1
 Most exciting race of the eason so far!! Also props to Redbull for the camera angles, really dig the on track view
  • + 1
 I said it would be him! because last week santacruz won, this time will be specialized
  • + 1
 Can someone tell me why is Loic going home ? (i haven't seen todays race Frown ( )
  • + 3
 We was on at least a 2nd place run up until he got a rear flat. #gutted
  • + 1
 I'm still here camping at windham and all I keep hearing is how gwins run was pure perfection.
  • + 1
 Gwin for the win !!!!! Way to make an appearance in your home country tup
  • + 1
 I've missed the last few racers because some idiot thought it would be a clever ideas to have them on a Saturday
  • + 3
 USA USA
  • + 3
 well done rachel
  • + 3
 Come on Tracy
  • + 1
 I only watched this race hoping for a Gee-man vs Ratboy fist fight..... Dissapointing... Nice run by Gwin thou....
  • + 3
 Go Harry, in the top 10.
  • + 1
 How did he put 3 seconds up on everyone. Amazing.
  • + 1
 Hell Ya Tracy!!!!! Melting tires
  • + 1
 Even one day later...incredible run from GWIN!
  • + 1
 Rachel is 5 for 5. Absolutely mind blowing!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Pray for at least one win for Bruni and Oscar for Leo Smile ))
  • + 1
 Gwin's run was just beyond incredible. Holy crap!!!
  • + 1
 steve smith is back to his regular form….glad to see it.
  • + 1
 What even Eek Gwin is a superstar!
  • + 2
 My Mind -> Blown away
  • - 3
 Need more girls to step up and learn to physically overcome the mental barriers of biking that exist for women. After watching a helmet cam vid of Rachel I was highly impressed, but for most other riders I can flat out tell it's a girl riding just by the way they ride. I don't like that, and I know women are physically capable of pushing to where Rachel is at and further, there are plenty of other sports that make an example out of that.
  • + 26
 How do you physically overcome a mental barrier?
  • + 21
 By punching yourself in the brain...obviously.
  • + 1
 In fairness, Gwin did about the same time as he did in qualifying.
  • + 3
 Minnaar was the only rider able to get within 2sec of that qualifying time.
  • + 5
 Yes, and Gwin was 2 seconds up in qualifying as well. The top 3 would be going for the points in qualifying and I doubt they held much back.
  • - 1
 not only was the podium for the ladies 3 brits, but there were 4 brits in the top 8!
  • + 1
 Hill crashed? Big one???
  • + 6
 He rode down and was still whipping the final jumps, so I think ( cross fingers ) that he is fine.
  • + 1
 GO RATBOY!!!
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 Gwins win more impressive,or Rachels?
  • + 3
 Gwin by a mile. No disrespect to Rachel or the other ladies, but there's a decent drop-off in overall skills from Rachel to the rest of her field than that of Gwin and the mens field. She would have finished ahead of a portion of the mens field herself, which is impressive in itself!!
  • + 3
 I don't know, didn't he just match his qualifying run?
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 His qualies run would have won today as well...against the rest of the field, at least.
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 It's not her problem, big respect to the 1-2-3 Brit ladies,
  • - 1
 LAURIE GREENLAND I LOVE YOU
  • - 3
 Yet again proud to be british
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