Throwback Thursday: Mick Hannah's World Cup Win in Vigo 2006

Sep 23, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

Normally a rider will take a few races to find their feet after swapping teams but for Mick Hannah on his new Cannondale Judge on Cut Racing in 2006, he was on pace right away to claim the biggest win of his career.

Vigo is a short, sharp Spanish track that debuted on the World Cup circuit in 2005. Riders were aiming for a 2:20 for a chance at the win so any mistake on the blown-out Spanish dust is terminal and that led to some interesting results throughout the years.

Mick must have been confident coming into the race in 2006 as he podiumed the year before finishing fourth on a Haro and it didn't take him long to establish himself as one of the fastest on track once again. After a hard crash on day 1 practice, he bounced back to win qualifying by 0.6 ahead of Steve Peat. In the video above you can see he predicts he will knock 1.5 seconds off in finals to take the win and then he did exactly that to lead home an Aussie 1-2 ahead of Nathan Rennie. Steve Peat finished third with a dislocated finger but would recover to take the Lisbon downtown race just a week later.

Mick told Bike Magic after the race, "I felt great all weekend. Everything fell into place for qualifying and I was pumped to race. During my race run I hit all the corners fluid and perfect. The course was quite technical, but the Judge handled it smooth".


72 Comments

  • 99 0
 Earthed 4 and 5 where the pinnacle of heavily edited, one film per season bike films. Honestly I miss Dirt magazine, Earthed and the good old days with races in Brazil, Japan, Spain, … Different era with fond memories
  • 9 0
 First films that got me into riding. Specifically earthed 4.
  • 4 0
 Me too.
  • 5 0
 @wasea04: I still watch them…Nostalgia
  • 12 0
 NWD deserves honorable mention. Super solid era of delicious mtb films
  • 13 1
 Long before hipsters......what a time to be alive!
  • 5 0
 @lehott: no doubt that era was fire
  • 5 0
 We need to throw Decline into this mix for true nostalgic nirvana lol.
  • 2 0
 @wasea04: I loved the Down Vids -
  • 1 0
 @Chives09: same here!
  • 5 0
 @Chives09: NORBAs back then were as big as the world cup. Am truly thankful was able to race at that time. Do we even have a true national season anymore?
  • 5 0
 can't figure out why they're riding bmx bikes...? also, who's the Kona sponsored rider in the 4x?
  • 3 0
 "And on argueably the hardest course of the year, the skies suddenly opened" - gives me goosebumps even now writing it.
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: I think it's Scott Beaumont
  • 1 0
 If there's room in the bike industry for outside plus then there's room in the bike industry for DIRT.
  • 47 0
 Everyone talks about the death of the 26er, but what about the death of shorts in DH racing?
  • 22 0
 Shorts? How about the death of integrated knee and shin guards that flap at the knee, or the death of riders names on their bum bums
  • 28 1
 And the death of tiny looking bikes
  • 21 0
 How about the death of Mavic's wheels.... Seemed like everyone was running Mavics - especially in yellow.
  • 18 1
 @mainflyer: these are not tiny. Riders were giants. Peat, for example, reportedly shrank 3 inches. Mr. Gracia as well. We dont know the reason yet, but I'll find out and those who shrank our riders will pay for it.
  • 8 1
 Naaah, everyone knows that 26" ain't dead.
  • 5 8
 @mainflyer: seriously, they look like a joke
  • 2 0
 @browner: The days of self promotion are gone. You represent the company now. Join the Collective.
  • 6 1
 @chezotron: What if they don't want to join Canyon? Sorry, Cnyn and their Cllctv.
  • 4 0
 @aug7hallak: Rennie is a big fella as well isnt he??
  • 1 1
 @NeilMackie: Assimilate or die. Sorry. In this case: ssmlt or die.
  • 1 0
 I actually googled "why don't dh riders wear shorts anymore?" the other week.
Spray on trousers are all the rage now.
  • 1 0
 The 680mm bars don't help. Riding was definitely a lot more 'loose' on the 26ers.
  • 4 0
 @meathooker: Rennie was a big man, don't forget about this gap that he SENT at a local race here.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzwFH_LQoL0
  • 1 0
 @MTB4LIFE29: yellow because Deemax, how old are you???
  • 1 0
 @MTB4LIFE29: Boy did i lusted after those Deemax wheels when i was a kid.
  • 1 0
 @MTB4LIFE29: Mavic used to be king and then they just stopped making new stuff. Wonder if key employees left or something.
  • 39 0
 Earthed vids were and still are the best mtb vids with the best music.
  • 10 0
 Went to watch the Vigo section and ended up watching the whole movie. Sprung/Earthed, so sick.
  • 17 0
 So crazy how fast those old long travel BMX bikes were able to be pushed to go. I can see why all the riders were wearing full body armor in those days. It also has the side effect of making the rider look that much bigger than the tiny little bikes they were on.
  • 3 0
 It would be amazing to be able to run a new bike down the course in those conditions to see the difference. Time machine please. It seems the riders expected to crash hard most runs back then. Now it seems a clean run is the norm with crashes being the irregularity.
  • 6 0
 Back then it was only Sam Hill riding a setup that looks even remotely reasonable by today's standards LOL
  • 1 0
 @jptothetree: it seems like sam's bike should have been light years ahead of anyone elses from that era. amazed the Sunday was around in 2004/5
  • 1 0
 @jptothetree: He had a crazy slack custom head angle on his Sunday. Slack for even todays standards.
  • 16 0
 Man I love watching all the Earthed and Sprung videos. For me you just can't beat them. I remember this WC so well. I was shit scared of fully letting it go down that rocky chute. The video doesn't fully do it justice. I was so stoked for Mick that weekend. I always looked up to him. I remember my dad dragging me over to congratulate him because I was too scared to talk to him haha. 15 years later I was on a team with him. Life is mad and unpredictable! Mick you're one of the greats and its not just because of the race victories!
  • 11 0
 The full soundtrack from Earthed 1 through 5 is on Spotify.
You’re welcome.
  • 1 0
 @jamessmurthwaite:
Thank you for all you do.
  • 5 0
 Those tiny dh bikes were fast
  • 4 0
 I think Jared Graves was riding a Yeti 4x, love that bike
  • 2 0
 Yep, my mate did the Mega on a Yeti 4X, mad.
  • 4 0
 Crazy how small the bikes were.
  • 3 0
 Those Orange DH bikes look sick.
  • 2 0
 Looks like bunch of grown ass men riding kids bikes haha! Tiny bikes and baggy clothes! This clip makes me feel old!
  • 4 0
 Best era in the sport
  • 2 0
 Mick won on literally the worst bike ever, well maybe not a mountain cycle but close.
  • 2 0
 That rock garden looked so awkward in Vigo. Cheers Mik
  • 2 0
 Anyone know what time Mick's run is at in the video?
  • 6 0
 8:23 Mick's run

BONUS

7:02 Greg's crash on his shiny Honda
7:25 Peaty pulling his dislocated finder back in place
  • 4 2
 those narrow barrows always looked sketchy to me
  • 3 1
 Didn't need Mullets back then to got fast!!
  • 2 0
 Look at all those kids bikes lol
  • 1 0
 This era is true grit downhill. So nostalgic. Love watching all of these movies.
  • 2 0
 graves ripping a cig at the club ! haha. hail world champ
  • 1 0
 When I see how they ride, I instantly remember how those suspended bmx felt.
  • 2 0
 That course was awesome.
  • 1 0
 And that wild crowd! I was lucky to race there 2 times,it was a great experience.
  • 2 0
 I miss my judge.
  • 3 3
 Amazing how long it took the bike industry experts and elite riders to realize 26" were to small.
  • 1 0
 What a team from AUS! Hill, Rennie, Graves, Hannah, Kovarik. All legends!
  • 1 0
 So awesome, and : BRING BACK 4X !!!
  • 1 0
 what a great video!
  • 1 0
 Blow the whistle
  • 2 0
 Why they gotta say it like short?
  • 1 0
 Ah…the good old days

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