Video: Lenzerheide World Cup DH Highlights

Jul 5, 2015
by Red Bull Bike  


MENTIONS: @redbullbike




53 Comments

  • + 80
 Minnaar has proved time and time again that he is such a consistant podium finisher. He seems to excel on every track of the calendar and is by far one of the smoothest riders I think i've ever witnessed. Whether it's the Scottish weather down the Fort William rock fest', or a dusty Pietermaritzburg pedal, you would always expect Greg to be there or there abouts. A massive congratulations to Greg in becoming the most successful World Cup downhill mountain biker ever. It was a pleasure to watch history in the making, despite Red Bulls dreadful player and the technical difficulties yesterday (we'll leave that for another day). A thank you goes out to the builders and everyone involved in making that World Cup possible and showing us exactly what the location had to offer; i'm looking forward to next years already! Also credit to Dean Lucas for getting on the podium. Outstanding effort there by him.
  • + 35
 people used to knock Minnaar for being a little less ragged, wild and flashy compared to other riders, but he's won, consistently, on all kinds of tracks. Credit to him - best WC DH racer ever.
  • + 35
 So is Minnaar the oldest guy on the circuit right now. . . . . . and still schooling the youngsters
  • + 28
 Rachel Atherton - 23 WC wins. Beats Minnar by 5.
  • + 6
 Was gonna reply something, but you covered it all.
  • + 6
 Most sucessfull downhiller is still Nicolas Vouilloz, who won ten worlds and five world cups, if i rememeber it right.
  • + 5
 Yeah let's not forget about the alien. 10 World Championships, 5 World Cup overalls, and 16 World Cup wins.
  • + 21
 3x world cup overall and 18x world cup wins and 9 Downhill World Champion medals (3 x gold; 3 x silver; 3 x bronze). In this competitive of a field w this refined technology is amazing. Greg is one of the greatest for sure. Nico dominated and props to him, but it was his fitness that was on another level. if Palmer or the other guys hit the gym like they do now, Nico would have seen stiffer competition.
  • + 3
 Minnaar is a legend, no doubt about that, but I think people are forgeting Anne-Caroline Chausson, who has around 40 plus world cup wins to her name.
  • + 1
 The most succesfull downhiller is still Anne-Caro.12 times World Champion not to mention other titles. No doubt Greg is one of the greatest.

Junior downhill World Champion: 1993, 1994, 1995
Senior downhill World Champion: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
Senior dual slalom World Champion: 2000, 2001
Senior four-cross World Champion: 2002, 2003
World Cup downhill series winner: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
World Cup dual slalom series winner: 2000
World Cup four-cross series winner: 2002
  • + 9
 The whole debate is world cup DH wins. Not XC, Not World Championships, Not dual slalom, not 4X. Downhill world cup wins.
  • + 2
 @lukaszki she won 39 or 40 world cup DH races. I'm not sure if I counted correctly.
  • + 2
 @makripper plus back in the Nico/Caro days on Sunn bikes, their bikes were probably ahead of all the rest of the bikes on the circuit. You're totally right about his fitness level, he was the first real professional in every sense of the word.
  • + 0
 Respect to Anne, but personally I couldn't care less about women's DH let alone making any sort of inroad with Minaar's accomplishment. Bring on the neg props, but I can't be the only one who feels this way.
  • + 2
 agreed about those sunn bikes. He defined what DH should be (besides the lycra and style lol) but she switched to canondale and continued to destroy even though every race it seemed like they had a different prototype lol @WayneParsons
  • + 28
 looks like loic bruni "lost" the race in that last corner
  • + 7
 was thinking same thing - think he lost 0.8 seconds there? would have been close...
  • + 8
 But thats where Minnar deserves to win. In any world cup sliding out at that last section is almost Reckless. Ratboys last jump in Norway was kinda reckless, Bruni sliding out at Leogang last year was reckless. Conner nose diving that drop was careless. People get good on another level when they learn to go there, and then know where the threshold is. Minnar is the king of that, but Gwinn is an artist at that game!
  • + 1
 He was saying he made a couple of small mistakes up top as well. It all adds up. That being said, it would have been interesting to see what Loic could have done with a cleaner run considering he still took 2nd. He's winning either MSA or Windham - I'm calling it now.
  • + 8
 Yep, Minnaar went as fast as he could, Bruni went as fast as he couldn't. That's the sport. It's not smashing half the track, or two thirds, or nine tenths, it's the whole track. Also, I'm blown away to see Minnaar back at the top the tree again. After a quiet 2013 and injuries last year and already this year it's incredible where his motivation comes from to keep pushing flat out get back to his best. Amazing.
  • + 5
 he did slide a bit, but he was down 0.9 at split 2. seems unlikely he would have made up an entire second on Minnaar on the last split even without the slide.
  • + 20
 Rachel Atherton - 23 World Cup wins making her the most successful downhill mtb'er in history. Not taking anything from Minnar but Warner, get it right. Just because she's a woman and there's less elite female riders doesn't mean she doesn't deserve the title. She comes down those same tracks as the men.
  • + 3
 I agree, not her fault that the ladies field is not as deep as the men.
  • + 59
 CanĀ“t compare male dh and female, not on the same league.
  • + 6
 But calling Minnar the winningest DH racer ever is technically incorrect, since Rachel as more wins than him. No one is comparing male and female, they don't compete against each other. But Minnar is the most successful MALE DH racer, since they are competing in the same sport.
  • + 13
 She comes down the same track... Just a lot slower than a man. That's like comparing a cat 2 rider with 23 wins to a cat 1 rider with 18 wins, the cat 1 is still the best
  • + 27
 The fact that the ladies field isn't as deep as the mens is irrelevant. Greg Minnars time was 27.6 seconds faster than Rachel Athertons on the same track with just about all other variables being equal or negligible. That puts her in 134th in the mens field. The ladies and mens elite categorys can not be compared. This isnt an argument about equality or the sexes or anything that has no place here. Rachel Atherton is the most successfull woman, Greg Minnar is the most successfull male. Both of them are greater in the sport than you and me.
  • + 9
 If we're splitting hairs, doesn't ACC have them all beat?
  • + 5
 was thinking same thing re: ACC. All the info I could find was that she's won 55 UCI races (DH, 4X, BMX...), and 19 DH World Cup or World Championship titles. That, is badass.
  • + 4
 We could split even further. Titles were accrued throughout the years on different generations of bikes with varying levels of funding and sports science. Throw in track variations and rule changes and the quagmire gets worse. To put this to bed i will simply say. Statistics be damned, my favorite rider is far more relevant to me and worth arguing about than who is statistically the best!
  • + 0
 The whole debate is world cup DH wins. Not XC, Not World Championships, Not dual slalom, not 4X. Downhill world cup wins.
  • + 2
 ACC won 39 WC DH races, not to mention all the other ones, like @powderturns said! that's a different level.
  • - 2
 My point is that when watching UCI world cup races they say Greg is the most successful downhill racer in history. And he clearly isn't. Nothing against the guy he's a great rider but not the best ever.
  • + 1
 no one said he's the best ever. theres no best ever. he just has the most WC wins. how many did lopes have again?
  • + 17
 Yeah Eddie!!!
  • + 12
 Champagne spray at the end was awesome!! Goggles on. Shower me.
  • + 11
 minGNAR is king!
  • + 6
 THIS IS DOWNHILL!!! (Sparta voice)
  • + 6
 What's that the G man smiling?!
  • + 0
 Got the Bell Helmet placed appropriately too, sly humour from G?
  • + 5
 anyone knows the status of that guy, who crashed super hard and was heli-lifted?
  • + 4
 are you kidding me? there was no Brosnan's magnificent bunnyhop in highlights? around 1:51:03 in translation
  • + 3
 Rob was freaking out when he did that, also ratboy aired out pretty much the entire rock garden on his run.
  • + 1
 loved to watch that WC on saturday. The track fits perfect in the circuit with so many different lines choices in some sections - makes it interesting!

Does anybody know the name of the song btw? Smile
  • + 2
 Bruni at times makes you think. ..what if?again... He made this last error which costs him another miss at the top step.
  • + 3
 He's slowly but surely becoming the People's Champion much like Peaty used to be to Worlds before '09. I am confident he's winning either MSA or Windham. He's taken his lessons, it's time to graduate!
  • + 1
 the look on atherton's face on the podium is worth the whole world.... Give it up for Minnaar!!!!
  • + 2
 Needs moar metal if you ask me.
  • + 2
 Song???
  • + 1
 Someone else look how bos fork at 0:15 copy the ground? just amazing
  • + 1
 what a run
  • + 1
 Cheers!
  • + 0
 The fact this video was amazing makes up the crappy coverage on sat!!

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