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UCI MTB Windham Elite Men/Women’s DH #5 Report, Results, Photos

by Fraser Britton

July 11, 2011 (Windham, New York) – Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing and Rachel Atherton (Gbr) Commencal have stamped their mark on the fifth round in the series winning the 2011 Windham MTB Downhill World Cup. Gwin continued his destruction of the men’s WCup circuit this season, with four wins out of five races, including his third straight victory and a win on home soil.

Gwin becomes the first American since Missy Giove and Shaun Palmer in 1999 at Big Bear to win at home. Atherton capped off her comeback from a couple of serious injuries by taking the top step of the podium under typical east coast sweltering conditions.

Rain on qualifying day allowed the track to rut up and the rocks to show, turning this once smooth line through the woods into a wheel smashing contest of epic proportions. While it lacked technical difficulty, Windham Mountain more than made up for it in raw velocity. Riders reached maximum speed within a few meters of the start gate,and never looked back, having to keep the throttle wide open if they wanted any chance of a podium.

Gwin was ecstatic with his win. “It was definitely special for me. This is the win of my life so far. It’s so cool racing in front of the home crowd, and my parents are here. I really couldn’t ask for anything more. It was so good. My run was real good. I felt it all weekend. I just had to be smooth and limit my mistakes.

“That run was good, no big moments. I had to back it down about 5% this weekend. I’ve been pushing too hard. I knew I had a few more seconds, but I knew it wasn’t going to take a whole lot more. You had to not override this one. You got up to speed pretty fast and tried just to not make mistakes.”

Atherton was equally happy with her result. “The top bit was absolutely mint. I don’t know what happened. I was so stoked. The crowd was insane! Bongo drums, boomboxes, cheering.

“I got to the road gap and I was like ‘that was perfect. Just chill out and don’t throw it away.’ Wow. I didn’t pedal too much to be fair. I tried to work out if a speed tuck or pedalling would be better, and I went with the tuck – I broke a chain device pretty much every run in practice. If it’s gone in my race run, I’m not pedalling! I tucked and hoped!”

Canadian Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) continued his march to the top of the elites on the World Cup with another podium finish. Riding the number 5 plate, Smith managed another 5th-place finish, surprising even himself.

“I’m happy to finish on the podium. Im surprised to be where I finished. I had a huge moment at the top getting my foot stuck in my tire and sliding off line to a complete stop. The fact that I ended up where I did has me super super pumped. I was hoping to cross the line in the top 15 and have everyone else beat me, so the fact that I crossed in 5th was sweet!”

Reigning DH women’s champ, Micayla Gatto (Team Young Guns), was the top woman for Canada claiming 9th after qualifying in 12th. Fellow Canuck Miranda Miller (Santa Cruz/SRAM) also improved with her final run ending up in 12th (Miller qualified in 18th).


1. Rachel Atherton (Gbr) Commencal 02:50.0
2. Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott 11 1.348
3. Tracy Moseley (Gbr) Trek World Racing 2.671
4. Myriam Nicole (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 4.058
5. Emilie Siegenthaler (Sui) Scott 11 8.719
6. Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 8.853
7. Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 8.877
8. Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Team GR 10.344
9. Micayla Gatto (Can) Team BC/ Young Guns 10.377
10. Jill Kintner (USA) Transition Bikes/Red Bull 12.324
11. Jessica Stone (Gbr) 13.809
12. Miranda Miller (Can) Santa Cruz/SRAM/Cycling BC 13.93  
13. Miriam Ruchti (Sui) 14.376
14. Manon Carpenter* (Gbr) Madison Saracen 14.841
15. Jacqueline Harmony (USA) 15.166
16. Céline Gros (Fra) Team Morzine-Avoriaz / Haute-Savoie 16.377
17. Joanna Petterson (RSA) 17.253
18. Katy Curd (Gbr) 18.454
19. Fionn Griffiths (Gbr) Team GR 25.589
20. Lauren Daney* (USA) 52.723
21. Melissa Buhl (USA) KHS 55.768

1. Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing 02:24.0
2. Steve Peat (Gbr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 2.339
3. Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 3.207
4. Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 3.476   
5. Brook Macdonald (Nzl) MS Evil Racing 3.545
6. Justin Leov (Nzl) Trek World Racing 3.683
7. Samuel Blenkinsop (Nzl) Lapierre International 4.597
8. Troy Brosnan* (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 4.811
9. Danny Hart (Gbr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 4.914
10. Fabien Barel (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 5.251
11. Gee Atherton (Gbr) Commencal 5.763
12. Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 5.81
13. Josh Bryceland (Gbr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 5.874
14. Loic Bruni* (Fra) Lapierre International 5.993
15. Luke Strobel (USA) MS Evil Racing 6.146
16. Marc Beaumont (Gbr) GT Bikes 6.388
17. Ruaridh Cunningham (Gbr) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 6.487
18. Lewis Buchanan* (Gbr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 7.079
19. Cédric Gracia (Fra) CG Racing Brigade 7.152
20. Florent Payet (Fra) SC-Intense 7.347
21. Brendan Fairclough (Gbr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad 7.36
22. Julien Camellini (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre 7.372
23. Austin Warren* (USA) 7.376
24. Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 7.777
25. Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 8.003
26. Joshua Button (Aus) SC-Intense 8.036
27. Neko Mulally* (USA) Trek World Racing 8.05
28. Cameron Cole (Nzl) Lapierre International 8.128
29. Joseph Smith (Gbr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 8.154
30. Matthew Scoles (Nzl) Team Cingolani Trek 8.392
31. Markus Pekoll (Aut) MS Evil Racing 8.395
32. Matej Charvat (Cze) 8.407
33. Nick Beer (Sui) Scott 11 8.502
34. Mickael Pascal (Fra) Morewood Unitedride 8.696
35. Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 8.712
36. Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing 8.929
37. Shaun O’connor (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 9.11
38. Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Massif Des Vos 9.127
39. Sam Dale (Gbr) Team Sunn Montgenevre 9.195
40. Kyle Sangers* (Can) Devinci 9.606        
41. Mitch Ropelato (USA) 9.823
42. Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team 9.943
43. Lorenzo Suding (Ita) 10.049
44. Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) CG Racing Brigade 10.096
45. Ben Cathro (Gbr) 10.111
46. Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team 10.159
47. Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11 10.389
48. Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bikes 10.51
49. Matthew Simmonds (Gbr) Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof 11.012
50. Harry Heath (Gbr) Unior Tools Team 11.037
51. Ralph Jones (Gbr) 11.161
52. Cody Warren (USA) 11.346
53. Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) 11.709
54. Gavin Vaughan (USA) 11.842
55. Connor Fearon* (Aus) Kona 12.073
56. Mark Scott* (Gbr) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 12.452
57. Greg Williamson (Gbr) 12.728
58. Dean Tennant (Can) Dunbar/Devinci/Elka 12.757     
59. Lars Peyer (Sui) SC-Intense 13.217
60. Dan Stanbridge (Gbr) Dirt Norco Race Team 13.49
61. Adam Brayton (Gbr) 13.563
62. Fergus Lamb (Gbr) 13.635
63. Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria 13.936
64. Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark Powered By W-Racin 13.966
65. George Brannigan (Nzl) Devinci Global Racing 14.054
66. Hans Lambert (Can) Pivot Cycles 14.308      
67. Curtis Keene (USA) 14.817
68. Oliver Burton (Gbr) 15.062
69. Matt Zdriluk (Can) Primary/ SRAM /Trek 15.243   
70. Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Riding Addiction Commencal 15.538
71. Dan Atherton (Gbr) Commencal 16.131
72. Harry Molloy (Gbr) Madison Saracen 18.576
73. Alex Bond (Gbr) 18.761
74. Timothy Bentley (RSA) Morewood Unitedride 22.266
75. Rob Fraser (Can) Primary/SRAM/Trek 23.723     
76. Duncan Riffle (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 26.442
77. Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz 59.969
78. Eliot Jackson (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 01:28.4
79. Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 08:01.2
DNF Romain Paulhan (Fra) Giant Planete 2 Roues
DNF Matthew Beer (Can) Opus/OGC      


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