Photo Epic: The Dust Hasn't Settled Yet - Windham DH World Cup, Qualification

Aug 8, 2015
by Matthew DeLorme  
Aaron Gwin was fastest on the day with a 2:39.987 qualification time. He was two seconds and change up on second place Loic Bruni. That's huge on a track as short as this. Aaron Gwin is no stranger to winning here. With two races to go in the season, he has a target on his back. Track conditions will play a big part in how things shake out tomorrow. Bone dry is an understatement. In some places it's a river of dust. Large rocks break loose from the powder every few riders leaving gaping holes that weren't there eight minutes before. Gwin could have an advantage on this kind of terrain, but he will have to look out for the likes of Bruni, Brosnan, Bryceland, and Minnaar. Loic Bruni was second fastest today, followed by Troy and Greg. So far, this race is looking stacked.

Rachel Atherton once again took the stop spot for the women and it would be enough to stake her claim on the 2015 season overall. Pom Pon is clearly back up to speed with a second place and Manon Carpenter right behind.

Jake Dickson took another first in quails for the junior men, followed by Crimmins and Charlie Harrison. It looks like it's going to be a hot one here tomorrow and we certainly can't wait to see how things shake down.

Ben wheels Arnott was up with the sun getting Laurie Greenland s wheels all set.
  Ben 'Wheels' Arnott was up with the sun, getting Laurie Greenland's wheels all set.

Superstar Legend Explorer is blending right in with his camo shirt.
  Superstar Legend Explorer is blending right in with his camo shirt.

Alex Marin giving the bike a final brake check before heading to practice.
  Alex Marin giving the bike a final brake check before heading to practice.

Pom Pon and Ruffin getting limbered up before practice.
  Pom Pon and Ruffin getting limbered up before practice.

Tahnee Seagrave took a chilled-out approach to her morning. She qualified third so it must have helped.
  Tahnee Seagrave took a chilled-out approach to her morning. She qualified third, so it must have helped.

Seagrave stormed the dusty murican woods today to beat Carpenter at all splits and take third. This means war tomorrow...
  Seagrave stormed the dusty 'murican woods today to beat Carpenter at all splits and take third. This means war tomorrow...

The Windham dust gets about another inch deeper every lap. Expect some mighty explosions with any small deviations from the line for finals...
  The Windham dust gets about another inch deeper every lap. Expect some mighty explosions with any small deviations from the line for finals...

Rachel Atherton was out in front again. Pom Pon was closest to her at 2.39 seconds back.
  Rachel Atherton was out in front again. Pom Pon was closest to her at 2.39 seconds back.

A thousand dust-coated obstacles in Atherton s way couldn t stop her roaring to another quali win this afternoon. 50 more points in the bank and the series overall is all hers without even needing to touch the bike on race day. Congratulations to Rachel your 2015 WC overall title winner on one hell of a season
  A thousand dust-coated obstacles in Atherton's way couldn't stop her roaring to another quali win this afternoon. 50 more points in the bank and the series' overall is all hers without even needing to touch the bike on race day. Congratulations to Rachel, your 2015 WC overall title winner, on one hell of a season!

Emilie Siegenthaler crashed on her already injured shoulder during qualifications but is happy with her run and thinks she can pull out a bit more time on race day.
  Emilie Siegenthaler crashed on her already injured shoulder during qualifications, but is happy with her run and thinks she can pull out a bit more time on race day.

14 years without a bike and Cameron Zink hooks 90s downhill superstar Missy Giove up with a YT to race Windham. One huge petition to get around her lack of points later and she is riding the track blind in jeans without a track walk. Yes she crashed plenty this week but she made the cut for 17th today
  14 years without a bike and Cameron Zink hooks 90s downhill superstar, Missy Giove, up with a YT to race at Windham. One huge petition to get around her lack of points later and she is riding the track blind, in jeans, without a track walk. Yes, she crashed plenty this week, but she made the cut for 17th today!

Manon Carpenter qualifed fourth. She was ten seconds down on Atherton and will need to find some significant time out there tomorrow.
  Manon Carpenter qualified fourth. She was ten seconds down on Atherton, and will need to find some significant time out there tomorrow.

Tracey Hannah was fifth in qualifying. She definitely has what it takes to make the top three here.
  Tracey Hannah was fifth in qualifying. She definitely has what it takes to make the top three here.

Myriam s back no question today riding at what looks to be full speed and power already hounding away at Rachel s heels only 2.4 seconds behind.
  Myriam's back no question; today riding at what looks to be full speed and power, already hounding away at Rachel's heels, just 2.4 seconds behind.

Alex Marin keeping it low and fast on his way to qualifying fourth.
  Alex Marin keeping it low and fast on his way to qualifying fourth.

If you re going to pencil pencil right. Loris Vergier knows. Straight-as-an-arrow perfection.
  If you're going to pencil, pencil right. Loris Vergier knows. Straight-as-an-arrow perfection.

Andrew Crimmins was second fastest today for the junior men. Rest assured he and Greenland will be keeping it close tomorrow.
  Andrew Crimmins was second fastest today for the junior men. Rest assured, he and Greenland will be keeping it close tomorrow.

Jackson Frew has been locked in attack mode since rolling down the start ramp for the first time. Today he claimed 6th just a modest 3.6 off the pace.
  Jackson Frew has been locked in attack mode since rolling down the start ramp for the first time. Today he claimed 6th, just a modest 3.6 off the pace.

Charlie Harrison likes these loose conditions. He qualified third in junior men.
  Charlie Harrison likes these loose conditions. He qualified third in junior men.

Top qualifier for the second time in a row in the juniors is Jacob Dickson and it could be his race if only he can keep it together in the dust storm on track tomorrow. All easier said than done...
  Top qualifier for the second time in a row in the juniors is Jacob Dickson and it could be his race if only he can keep it together in the dust storm on track tomorrow. All easier said than done...

Neil Stewart was blowing up corners this morning and qualified fifth. We like his style fast and loose.
  Neil Stewart was blowing up corners this morning and qualified fifth. We like his style; fast and loose.

It s been a season riddled with a steady mix of set backs for Markus Pekoll but finally today he broke into the top 10 for qualies landing 8th place. Tomorrow s a big one for the Austrian
  It's been a season riddled with a steady mix of set backs for Markus Pekoll, but finally today he broke into the top 10 for qualies, landing 8th place. Tomorrow's a big one for the Austrian!

Before qualis Needles called it pretty well. Gwin Brosnan and Bryceland were his guesses at a top 3 from his time spent studying the practice sessions. On the podium here in 2011 himself he knows the balls to the wall approach the Windham track demands of riders looking for medals.
  Before qualis, Needles called it almost perfectly. Gwin, Brosnan, Bruni and a possible Bryceland were his guesses at the top dangermen from his time spent studying the practice sessions. On the podium here in 2011 himself, he knows the 'balls to the wall' approach the Windham track demands of riders looking for medals.

Brendan s having one hell of a season luckily a mechanical in the quali won t spoil it as a protected rider.
  Brendan's having one hell of a season, luckily a mechanical in the qualies won't spoil it as a protected rider.

This is one of the few repeat venues where Greg actually hasn t taken the win before. After just losing out to Gee at the end of the 2010 season second place remains his best result on the east-coast track and with 5 seconds to find for the final we expect no root rock or whoop go unscrutinized in morning practice.
  This is one of the few repeat venues where Greg actually hasn't taken the win before. After just losing out to Gee at the end of the 2010 season, second place remains his best result on the east-coast track and with 5 seconds to find for the final we expect no root, rock or whoop go unscrutinized in morning practice.

Gee Atherton was sixth in timed training today. Will the Gee-man be up on the podium tomorrow
  Gee Atherton was sixth in timed training today. Will the Gee-man be up on the podium tomorrow?

Neko s younger brother and mechanic Logan Mulally hopes his brother has a fast run in him for finals after clipping his chain guide on a rock at the top of the track and losing his chain as a result. Mishaps here are hard to overcome in such a tight field.
  Neko's younger brother and mechanic, Logan Mulally hopes his brother has a fast run in him for finals, after clipping his chain guide on a rock at the top of the track and losing his chain as a result. Mishaps here are hard to overcome in such a tight field.

Pivot s team mechanic Jack Noy was one of the first to arrive and last to leave the pits. With Eliot Jackson crashing hard during qualis it s up to Bernard Kerr and Emilie Siegenthaler to hold it down for the squad.
  Pivot's team mechanic, Joy Noy was one of the first to arrive and last to leave the pits. With Eliot Jackson crashing hard during qualies, it's up to Bernard Kerr and Emilie Siegenthaler to hold it down for the squad.

Fashions come and go but if you can get ahead and spot the next one before the rest of the pack you ll go far. Louis Hamilton has an epiphany on the next peak related trends after a dirt nap.
  Fashions come and go, but if you can get ahead and spot the next one before the rest of the pack, you'll go far. Louis Hamilton has an epiphany on the next peak related trends after a dirt nap.

Danny Hart qualified twelfth. While these conditions aren t the wet stuff he excels in he could very well do some damage tomorrow.
  Danny Hart qualified twelfth. While these conditions aren't the wet stuff he excels in, he could very well do some damage tomorrow.

Home soil advantage Aaron Gwin went fastest today. He owned both splits and was up by two seconds and change. That s a significant gap for a track this short.
  Home soil advantage? Aaron Gwin went fastest today. He owned both splits and was up by two seconds and change... a significant gap for a track this short.

Up and coming Americans Phil Kmetz and Dakota Norton sharing some stoke after qualifying well within the 82 rider cap.
  Up and coming Americans, Phil Kmetz and Dakota Norton sharing some stoke after qualifying well within the 82 rider cap.

Can Ratty do it again He was sixth in qualifying but will he own it tomorrow We will have to wait and see.
  Can Ratty do it again? He was sixth in qualifying, but will he own it tomorrow? We will have to wait and see.

A lot of people didn t travel such a long way to not make the cut in the qualis. Aussie Dave McMillan of Vanzac fame finds out how low he can go... the results of which are coming to a Sequence Saturday near you.
  A lot of people didn't travel such a long way to not make the cut in the qualies. Aussie, Dave McMillan, of Vanzac fame finds out how low he can go... the results of which are coming to a Sequence Saturday near you.

Eliot Jackson crashed hard at the start of his run and finished just outside of the bubble. He s looking ahead to Whistler for redemption in the coming week.
  Eliot Jackson crashed hard at the start of his run, and finished just outside of the bubble. He's looking ahead to Whistler for redemption in the coming week.

Brook MacDonald smashed his way to a seventh place quali result today. It would be good to see him up on the box here.
  Brook MacDonald smashed his way to a seventh place quali result today. It would be good to see him up on the box here.

Riders found the track to be in a constant state of flux. A line might be there on one run and gone the next.
  Riders found the track to be in a constant state of flux. A line might be there on one run, and gone the next.

Sam felt good about his qualis and is hoping to find a touch more speed come race day.
  Sam felt good about his qualies, and is hoping to find a touch more speed come race day.

Steveie Smith was moving at a solid clip today. He was eighth in qualifying.
  Stevie Smith was moving at a solid clip today. He was a convincing 8th in qualifying.

The Gwizard on home soil is 2.3 up on the rest of the World and the speed and smoothness is right about mind-blowing. Can anyone reel him in
  The Gwizard, over 2 seconds up on the rest of the World and the speed and smoothness is right about mind-blowing. Can anyone reel him in and shut down this kind of sorcery?

 Times and rankings times and rankings . Norwegian boss Isak Leivsson gives the style some TLC up in the woods.
  'Times and rankings', 'times and rankings'. Norwegian champ, Isak Leivsson, gives the 'style' some TLC up in the woods.

Ballsy creative lines ridden with some serious authority... Troy wants to carve his name into the Windham shale before the weekend is out. Three seconds is all that stands in his way after qualies.
  Ballsy creative lines ridden with some serious authority... Troy wants to carve his name into the Windham shale before the weekend is out. Three seconds is all that stands in his way at this point.

With Loic Bruni s unbelievable consistency this year it s possible for him to take the overall without actually winning a single race. Aaron Gwin must be well aware how expensive any kind slip up could be at this stage with the young French legend in the making riding to second in qualies.
  With Loic Bruni's unbelievable consistency this year it's possible for him to take the overall without actually winning a single race. Aaron Gwin must be well aware how expensive any kind slip up could be at this stage, with the young French legend in the making, riding to second in qualies.

Pain is weakness leaving the body. And fear You can just put that on hold for the weekend. Wallace lost an appendage in the rocks today and a bunch of media are happy they didn t lose one of their own. As a protected rider in the top 20 Mark will be glad he still gets his start tomorrow.
  Pain is weakness leaving the body. And fear? You can just put that on hold for the weekend. Wallace lost an appendage in the rocks today and a bunch of media are happy they didn't lose one of their own. As a protected rider in the top 20, Mark will be glad he still gets his start tomorrow.

Missy Giove still blowing up corners better than most dudes.
  Until tomorrow here's one of Missy Giove still blowing up corners better than most dudes.



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65 Comments

  • + 60
 Missy stating her intentions with middle finger braking.
  • + 58
 for the sake of exciting last round: please, Bruni, win this!
  • + 18
 for the sake of exiting last round: come on Greg, take this one!
  • + 35
 Amazing to see Missy racing again, I reckon she could make a come back if she put the training in. She could certainly make the womens racing more exciting.
  • + 7
 where's the bloody dried piranha?
  • + 8
 Excited for her. Great to see her back on the race track! I remember an interview a few years back where she was eager to race but unsure due to her previous convictions. She was one of the people who helped make racing solid here in the states. Let's hope this trip to NY ends better than her last!
  • + 5
 That fish is still probably hanging around her neck for all we know.
  • + 22
 That mallet pedal looks lonely.
  • + 25
 It's got a crank arm to keep it company.
  • + 3
 well its attached to a crank lol
  • + 3
 oh sorry i typed that before the other comment loaded
  • + 1
 My new wallpaper tup
  • + 19
 i just love Missy's attitude, nothings gonna change that girl! no armor cept a helmet, not even her own bike, and she still goes out there and rips it up like a champ. Long Live Missy Giove! Smile
  • + 14
 The Missile is a certified badass.
  • + 19
 pom pon Greek godess in her spare time
  • + 11
 I don't have money for new pedals, better go and pick up that Mallet.......
  • + 12
 hey Missy giove 's back! ^^
  • + 9
 Be a shrewd move for YT to hook Missy up with a sponsorship, bit like Intense and Palmer. 90's rockstars! Just need Warner now............
  • + 6
 With warner racing the last bds round i say we almost have a full house!
  • - 6
flag dguzzler (Aug 8, 2015 at 5:12) (Below Threshold)
 Right, burnt out drug addicts. Missy and Palm look the part. I found nothing remarkable about Missy's run except that it seemed desperate and out of control - and in stark contrast to the professional athleticism of Atherton, Carpenter and Hannah.
  • + 8
 I think that's just how racing has changed - palmer had the same style and they were amongst the fastest of their time. it was noted that vouilloz was on another level and was feet up smoother, but i think the 90's/early 00's did have a lot of out of control foot out flat out style riding. and it was brilliant to watch.
  • + 3
 I'm with you guys. There are surely better examples and people to help than this woman. She may have been fast and an amazing biker and her time and maybe still is but she is now in her 40's. Maybe it is time to help some younger blood out to get into downhill racing.
  • - 2
 professional athleticism alone might win you races but just look at Ratboy and Lacondeguy vs Atherton or Semenuk. I think nowadays its even more important to stand out as an athlete than back then. I think CG never won much worldcups but it looks like he did get quite a few good sponsor deals plus achieving that 'legend' status. The rockstar attitude still works in many sports and I think in terms of Missy its also important in the sense that girls have more role models than Atheron (yeah my bro/bf races dh so I should too).
  • + 10
 how many other women from the US tried to qualify for this event? Who said these riders are/should be "role models" ? they are racers, individuals, I personally don't mind a little flavor in the field. Kudos to Missy for still wanting to bomb down the hill!
  • + 12
 dguzzler, Missy a burnt out drug addict? you don't know her, you say that because of her conviction...she likes weed and it helps her from being 5 gear pinned all the time. Rather than being hooked on prescription drugs. Her Out of control riding style is her in control!
I agree shes in stark contrast to the elite pros but that's what the sport needs...color...personality. Look at Ratboy for example.
GO Missy
  • + 7
 So, only young guns deserve a shot huh. What about the one's that still feel young. Let them ride. I still hope Peaty will be racing for a couple more yrs. I'm 43 and still wanna go bigger and faster. Much more chances for the young guns over the yrs to come.
  • + 8
 The photo of Missy looks like taken out from some Fest series! Looking forward to that race!
  • + 7
 I think I'm most excited about missy racing. Come to cairns next yeah missy and ill spot you a bike.
  • + 4
 I don't know why this is called "Aaron Gwin's home. He lives in Cali, which is pretty much on the other side of the country, almost 5,000 km away.
If the race was in SoCal, then we can say he has home court advantage, but not at Windham.
  • + 13
 Not sure if you're being serious, so I'm going to leave this comment alone.
  • + 5
 @abzillah How many other U.S. World Cup tracks are raced each season? ok I will make it easy for you. none. this is the only one. so its his home court because he is in his home country. Not France, Italy, Canada. Plus his family if from Ohio, so theres that. I am rooting for a Gwinpocylapse today!
  • + 2
 Plus in most years he rides the east coast pro GRT races at places like mountain creek and plattekill which would make him as familiar as any of the top guys (except maybe Neko) with the east coast terrain.
  • + 1
 That was an awesome run by him today.
  • + 6
 It's a pity we won't see Missy's race run.
$10 says she tries to hard and blows out ff the bike
  • + 7
 shitty X0 cranks..... i love sram stuff but those cranks are just crap Frown
  • + 8
 i doubt you would put them through as much as wallace so i wouldnt worry
  • + 2
 no need to be a pro to break them.. just need a tree or a rock Big Grin had a bad crash not long ago on the last race and smash my Sixc on a tree and they still fine
  • + 5
 I think most downhillers have tried Louis Hamiltons Fashion. Not really a chosen one
  • + 1
 You tube- fat tire journal Missy Giove interview. For any Donkeys that don't know who she is. HUGE respect. If you made a negative comment about her, you are a complete Donkey and should sell your Mtb and go somewhere else kook. Cheers Missy. If you are ignorant to the history of your sport don't make stupid comments.
  • + 3
 Pretty crazy how Missy can take a bong hit and end up 17th... really wanna see her kill it in finals and I'm not talking about a bong
  • + 3
 No photo of Matt Walker? Pretty sure that's his best qualification placing ever.
  • + 5
 Jacob not jake
  • + 5
 Gwan young Jacob!!!!!!1
  • + 3
 No wonder YT's are always OUT OF STOCK Cam's "hooking" people up. Still Missy deserves it!
  • + 3
 So was Missy racing with a tracking anklet or has she paid her debt to society?
  • + 0
 It had something to do with a pot charge. Just another reason I have huge respect for the girl.
Debt to society? She has done more for the sport of mountain biking than most. She enhances society. She has no debt to society.
  • + 3
 It's just an expression for serving the penalty she was handed when she broke the law. Whatever your feelings on the issue, it is still illegal and it's not like she was pinched with a dime bag... I'm pretty sure it was hundreds of pounds.
  • + 2
 I was busted for growing pot. The judge told me to get a new hobby. Are you a cop.?
I believe its legal in 8 of the united states.
If you always follow the law with out question you might as well live in a dictatorship.
Laws are meant to be challenged if they are not in the best interest of the country as a whole. I love democracy and the judicial system.
War on drugs is a blatant example of how some people still use hate as a tool to control people.
In the end I must respect your opinion. And I have mine.
  • + 4
 No not a cop and I completely respect your opinion. In fact I personally feel the war on drugs is a waste of time and money in regards to pot. However let's not intermingle breaking the law with challenging the moral authority of the government over the governed. The simple fact is you and Missy were involved in that business for one of two reasons A to get high or B to get paid. Otherwise you'd have been growing in your front yard and she'd have had bales of pot strapped to her roof visible to all. But like I said before it's still stupid to be that worried about pot especially when kids I once had as students are ODing on heroin.
  • + 3
 Yeah Missy!!! Best of luck and enjoy that finals run!!! So stoked!!
  • + 2
 What is that mechanic doing to that hub?
  • + 2
 Probably bedding in the internals. I thought the same thing at first too...
  • + 2
 please explain "bedding in the internals",because it looks like he's just posing to me.
  • + 1
 He's using the hammer to tap the bearings in. They don't go in easy, so it's better to use a hammer to secure it all the way in.
  • + 1
 seriously,you don't hammer bearings into hubs.he's a pro mechanic they use specific bearing presses that only apply pressure to the outer race.he's just posing,i guess.
  • + 1
 Sam smiling!? The Missile back in action and a lonely broken crank arm with a pedal for company, Wiked shots!
Thanks.
  • + 2
 LET THE BAD BOY FLY!
  • - 3
 you don't race for a decade, show up get a bike have a few people sign a piece of paper and voila ect...you know how many girls are try to qualify and make a name for them self? move a side I'm taking it from here. superstar? pro? busted! probably not the best role model. 2cent.
  • + 0
 Who the f%ck is Missy Giove, why is she riding in a pair of jeans with her dogs handkerchief hanging out of her back pocket and why should be allowed to turn up and race just because she used to? There are plenty of amazing women training their asses off all year round and Missy just rocks up and rides? It makes a total mockery of the sport and shits on the other girls seasons. The UCI won't recognize Syndicate as a team but they're happy to let some 40yr old stoner rock up and race in jeans? They should be making the sport more professional, not less.
  • + 5
 if you dont know who she is you can always look her up on google, (even tho in the caption of her first photo it says clearly "90s superstar") for sure the UCI or the organization of the race took a bet letting her ride. But she surely delivered by qualifying 17th. fastest racers should be able to race wether they are in their 40s, 20s, 60s shouldn't matter. and as far as I know she isn't breaking any uci regulation by riding jeans, so I don't see any wrong with that either
  • + 8
 The fact that you started your post by saying "who the f*ck is missy give" pretty much says it all. She's had her problems but the woman is a legend of the sport and her getting back on a bike is big news wether you agree with it or not.
  • + 1
 Missy was the greatest female DH racer of her time. Her only real competition at the time was Anne Caro, the G.O.A.T., but Missy brought a lot of attention to the sport in the USA. Her riding style was fast and loose, she trained on MX bikes, got hurt a lot, but always kept charging. Props to her for coming back to race again. She's a true individual spirit and an asset to the sport of gravity riding. Loving her steeze on the bike this weekend. You don't need to wear a pajama suit to be fast and look good doing it.
  • + 4
 OK, so I've done some research and I get that she has done great things for the sport in the past but I don't think anyone, no matter who they are, can just rock up and race. It's not fair to all the other hard working athletes out there who've busted their balls to get there all year. There's another argument about athletes vs legends and I guess you need a bit of both but my main point is that Missy is belittling the season long efforts of the other athletes
  • + 0
 No other women from the USA entered or tried to qualify for the Windham World Cup this year. Missy racing did not displace anyone, the women's division is really small compared to the men. As far as I've been told, the worldcup ladies are stoked she is racing, she had a huge influence in that generation, and paved the way for the current women in the sport, not to mention it's a huge inspiration that a 42 year old can still qualify.
  • + 1
 Missy is the rock!! yeah girl!!!! \m/

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