2010 Ft William UCI Downhill World Cup #2 Video – Results – Pictures

2010 Ft. William World Cup

Another World Cup is in the books for 2010. It was full of drama and lots of great action. Check inside for full details on the race, including team race reports, results, images, and videos.

Interesting notes:

  • Gee Atherton won the UCI DH race at Ft. William for the first time.
  • Fabien Barel is still out.  Check out an interview with him embedded in this page in the Mondraker section.
  • Sam Hill got injured (shoulder) during practice and did not race.  Time will tell how long the healing process will be.
  • Ft William saw some major revisions to the course.  New speeds and new line choices have evolved on this course due to the revisions.
  • Greg Minnaar set the pace early and took the #1 qualifying position.  He ended up 3rd on race day however.
  • Rachel Atherton couldn’t hang on for the win after qualifying in the top spot. Her broken finger is still healing.  She was fast on the top section, but couldn’t keep the power down as well as Sabrina at the bottom pedal section. Sabrina Jonnier took the win at Ft. William and takes the overall lead over Atherton.
  • A lot of the new names to the top 10 from WC #1  (Cameron Cole(2nd) , Joe Smith(13th), Aaron Gwin(4th)) continued to do well and remain on the list of ones to keep an eye out for the remainder of the season.
  • Lots of new prototype downhill bikes being tested from Pivot, Specialized, Intense, Yeti, and Santa Cruz.
  • Tons of quality videos are out now! The free live feed and replay is back now as well thanks to IMTTO/Freecaster.


Pro Men Overall Standings (top 20) after two rounds:

Rank Prev. NAME / First Name UCI Code Team pts
1 1 MINNAAR Greg RSA19811113 SCB 420
2 2 ATHERTON Gee GBR19850226 COM 405
3 8 COLE Cameron NZL19880203 TMR 282
4 9 GWIN Aaron USA19871224 YET 240
5 3 FAIRCLOUGH Brendan GBR19880110 MER 239
6 12 BLENKINSOP Samuel NZL19881028 LPI 219
7 5 PEDEMANAUD Fabien FRA19840612 STT 199
8 30 HANNAH Michael AUS19831121 GTB 173
9 7 LEOV Justin NZL19841020 TRK 171
10 24 CAMELLINI Julien FRA19840107 CRC 163
11 4 HILL Samuel AUS19850721 MER 160
12 23 LEHIKOINEN Matti FIN19840419 CRC 160
13 17 BEAUMONT Marc GBR19840925 GTB 155
14 11 SMITH Joseph GBR19900704 KON 153
15 29 BEER Nick SUI19870917 STT 149
16 15 ATKINSON Bryn AUS19821209 143
17 13 BRYCELAND Josh GBR19900323 SCB 138
18 18 HART Danny GBR19910920 GFT 137
19 6 SMITH Steve CAN19891125 MSE 136
20 22 CATHRO Ben GBR19880420 133



Fort William, Scotland
June 6, 2010

Greg Minnaar and Steve Peat | credit: Kathy Sessler (click to view more event photos)

Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Greg Minnaar (SRAM/RockShox) retains the leader’s jersey in the UCI World Cup Downhill Series with a 3rd place finish today on this dry, dusty, brutal track in Fort William, Scotland.  Steve Peat and Josh Bryceland made improvements on their qualifying runs, but still battled to get the flow just right and placed 18th and 26th respectively.  As always, the crowd and atmosphere here at Fort William was vibrant with over 7,000 people watching the downhill.

Josh Bryceland | credit: Kathy Sessler (click to view more event photos)

Starting the series with a win in Maribor and coming into Fort William wearing the leaders jersey was a great position for Greg to spring from.  In Saturday’s qualifier Greg put together a solid run and clinched the 1st place points towards the individual ranking.  Feeling happy with his result he did a few back flips into the airbag in the pits.

Fort William was packed on race day and the riders looked forward to hearing the cheers as they enter the finish arena.  The crowd is especially loud for the UK riders and when Steve was on track they were roaring.  At the second split we could see he was off the pace, yet the fans gave the reigning World Champ a hearty welcome as he crossed the line. Greg was the last man down with Gee Atherton now in the hotseat.  He rode smooth and steady, but was just 1.21 behind Gee at the finish for third, with Cameron Cole in 2nd.  “As a result it’s pretty good, but I wanted to win here,” said Greg.  Josh had a run that felt solid, yet he finished 11 seconds off the pace.

Steve Peat | credit: Kathy Sessler (click to view more event photos)

Steve felt like he had some good moments in his race run but says, “This week I’ve been busy between launching the Steve Peat Syndicate and Steve Peat downhill game app, with practice and racing and I thought I dealt with it good.   Today my practice to race time was busy.  I usually get to sleep for an hour, but today I was also signing autographs at the Monster booth, and manning the SPS booth.  It’s hard not to be around for the fans to sign books and autographs, and its good to see each and every one of the fans.

In my race I went quicker than my qualifier, but other people when faster too, and I wasn’t happy about that.  I felt I did kill sections and in years past I probably could’ve won with a time like that.  Guys are fitter these days and pushing even harder.  I’ve had a busy winter so I’m not as fit as I could be.  I want to make the most out of my World Championship title and I want to support and give back to the sport and the fans. This weekend it’s really kicked in and I’m going to knuckle down and get training.  I’m going to ride a lot next week and get back on top of things.”

The next race up is The Wheels of Speed event this week in Willingen, Germany where Greg and Josh will compete.

Learn about the details of the Steve Peat Syndicate here:  www.stevepeatsyndicate.com

Men’s Downhill results:

1st Gee Atherton 4:35.70
2nd Cameron Cole 4:36.18
4th Aaron Gwin 4:37.71
5th Mick Hannah 4:37.75
18th Steve Peat (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE)  4:44.27
26th Josh Bryceland (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE)  4:46.31

Men’s World Cup Overall Standings:

2nd Gee Atherton: 405
3rd Cameron Cole: 282
4th Aaron Gwin: 240
5th Brendan Fairclough: 239
17th Josh Bryceland (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE): 138
25th Steve Peat (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE): 127

Mondraker Factory Team

Barel Talks about his injury

Sabrina Jonnier Wins and Cameron Cole Places Second at Fort William World Cup

June 7, 2010 – Fort William, Scotland

After a two week break, World Cup DH racing resumed in Fort William, Scotland, the site of the 2007 World Championships and an annual stop for the World Cup circuit. Fort William is a rider favorite, as it is one of the longest courses on the circuit at almost five minutes long and is extremely technically challenging. In addition to the top notch course, Fort William attracts thousands of rabid fans that line the course cheering riders with a deafening roar.

Maxxis-Rocky Mountain’s Sabrina Jonnier owned the World Cup circuit in 2009 winning six events and the World Cup overall title. With the UK’s Rachel Atherton back in 2010 from a serious injury, this season has provided tighter competition for Jonnier. After a second place to Atherton at the Maribor round, Jonnier was looking to get back on top of the podium in Fort William. In qualifying, it was Atherton first, then Jonnier two seconds back in second and France’s Florian Pugin in third place. It was clear that the race would be between Jonnier and Atherton in the finals.

Sabrina Jonnier (click to enlarge)

In the finals, one rider after the other took the hot seat in tight succession, but it was the UK’s Tracy Moseley, the 2008 Fort William champion, who set the first time under 5:20 with a 5:16:46. France’s Pugin was down next and squeaked out a tiny two hundredths of a second faster time than Moseley to take the lead. With two riders to go, it was Jonnier blowing the race apart with a five second faster time than Pugin, with most of that advantage gained on the pedaling intensive lower section of the course. Atherton was last to go and only trailed Jonnier at the midway point by half a second, but by the end of the race, she had lost over two seconds. With the win, Jonnier assumed the lead in the series by a scant 15 points.

“”It was a long run,” commented Jonnier. “I hit my pedal on the top section and lost all my speed, but I knew that I could make up the difference at the bottom, so I gave it everything there. All the people cheering were amazing, and it pushed me to go harder.”

Maxxis-Rocky Mountain’s Cameron Cole had a career high 6th placing at last season’s South Africa round of the World Cup, and his 9th place at this year’s opener in Maribor affirmed that the Kiwi can compete with the world’s best. Going into Fort William with more confidence than ever, Cole was looking to make it onto his first ever World Cup podium.

Camerson Cole (click to enlarge)

In qualifications, Cole stunned the competition qualifying third fastest behind Maribor winner Greg Minnaar of South Africa and fellow Kiwi Sam Blenkinsop.

Mick Hannah of Australia was the first to finally surpass Minnaar’s qualifying time, and did so by two seconds, with 12 riders remaining. Steve Peat, the clear crowd favourite, was well off the pace, but is still favouring his back after a serious crash in Lisbon a month ago. Hannah’s very fast time stood up until it was the turn of Gee Atherton, the 2008 world champion.

Atherton was looking to finally score the first World Cup win on home soil by this racing family, and he did so decisively, beating Hannah by over two seconds. American Aaron Gwin and Cameron Cole both came close to Atherton, with Cole less than half a second back, but it was the two-time defending track champion Minnaar who looked to have the best chance. Minnaar came through the second split four-tenths of a second down, and lost the same amount again in the final pedal into the finish for third place behind Cole, to give Atherton his first World
Cup win on British soil.

Cameron Cole now sits 3rd overall in the World Cup overall.

Chain Reaction Cycles / Intense No.1 Team at Fort William World Cup

(click to enlarge)

Well on the whole we had a fantastic weekend at Fort William. The race, weather and whole event was amazing. As you can see we took top honours for the weekend winning the best team award. It was great having the while team up on the podium in front of the cheering race fans.

The great UK crowd was there in full effect which made for a sensational atmosphere. Lesley, Mike and the crew put on another fantastic World Cup event and the course builders had done an amazing job on the DH track making a great race.

We had some great results over the weekend with everyone making it through to the Sunday finals and Matti Lehikoinen placing 5th in the semi final was great.

Claire Buchar had another great run equaling her 7th place from Maribor at round 1 and is 7th overall in the Womens standings.

Julien Camellini got back up to speed placing 7th in the mens category which was really a good result for him and the team so early on in the season after 1 year out with injury. Matti Lehikoinen also had a brilliant run and placed 10th for the day which should boost his confidence for the rest of the season. Matt Simmonds had another great ride finishing 20th so 2 top 20s for Matt in the first 2 world cups is great. Ruaridh Cunningham had a good run in the final but not quite able to equal his semi final placing of 19th. He ended the day in 37th but only 3 seconds off  his goal of a top 20. On a 4.30 minute plus track this shows Ruaridh is riding really good and hopefully his results will come with a little more time.

The only real disappointment we had for the weekend was Chris Kovarik. He was riding great all weekend placing 9th in the semi final even after a jammed chain from landing on a big rock halfway down the course we were sure he was on for a podium spot at least. But it didn’t go Chris way after clocking the 4th fastest 1st split time only 0.3 of a second behind eventual winner Gee Atherton Chris got a front puncture ending his and the teams high hopes. It was a real shame as Chris put in so much effort this weekend wowing the crowd with his exceptional riding skills doing probably the most runs of anyone all weekend.

But 3 riders in the top 10 and 4 in the top 20 was fantastic for the team and this will give us a good confidence boost heading into the 3rd round of the World Cup in 2 weeks time.

Congratulations to the race winners Gee Atherton winning in front of the home crowd and Sabrina Jonnier from France winning the womens race. Also well done to New Zealand’s Cam Cole in 2nd place in the mens race and the whole team would like to pass on their best wishes to last years World Cup winner Sam Hill who sustained a bad shoulder injury in Fridays practice – we hope to see him back on the bike soon and racing asap.

Downhill Mens Results
1 Gee ATHERTON 4:35.70
2 Cameron COLE 4:36.18
3 Greg MINNAAR 4:36.91
4 Aaron GWIN 4:37.71
5 Mick HANNAH 4:37.75
6 Sam BLENKINSOP 4:37.81
7 Julien CAMELLINI 4:40.93 CRC Team
8 Shaun O’CONNOR 4:41.54
9 Nick BEER 4:41.97
10 Matti LEHIKOINEN 4:42.08 CRC Team
20 Matt SIMMONDS 4:45.07 CRC Team
37 Ruaridh CUNNINGHAM 4:48.50 CRC Team
69 Chris KOVARIK 4:59.70 CRC Team

Downhill Womens Results
1 Sabrina JONNIER 5:11.57
2 Rachel ATHERTON 5:12.68
3 Floriane PUGIN 5:16.44
4 Tracey MOSELEY 5:16.46
5 Emmiline RAGOT 5:20.65
6 Mio SUEMASA 5:24.32
7 Claire BUCHAR 5:26.50 CRC Team
8 Manon CARPENTER 5:30.81
9 Céline GROS 5:31.27
10 Myriam NICOLE 5:33.79

Victories Shimano sponsored athletes World Cup Fort William

Shimano sponsored riders had a lot of success at the second leg of the UCI Downhill and 4X Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William, Scotland, this weekend.

Gee Atherton (click to enlarge)

Gee Atherton (Team Commencal) thrilled the home crowd to take the win at the Downhill race. Gee is riding a full SHIMANO SAINT component group and of course uses the PRO Atherton Star Series handlebar, stem, seat post, grips and saddle. Second was Cameron Cole (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) of New Zealand, also riding a full SHIMANO SAINT group. The first five teams in the World Cup ranking are all riding SHIMANO SAINT components (Scott 11, Commencal, Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense, Maxxis-Rocky Mountain, Trek World Racing).

Gee Atherton (clickt to enlarge)

At the Downhill race for women, the first four positions were taken by Shimano (SAINT) sponsored athletes. Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) was the winner, beating Rachel Atherton (Commencal), Floriane Pugin (Scott 11) and Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing). Scott 11 and Commencal are leading the team World Cup rankings with equal points.

Jared Graves (click to enlarge)

Shimano sponsored rider Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team) won the 4X race for men.

More info about the PRO Atherton Star Series at http://www.pro-bikegear.com/publish/content/pro_2010/nl/en/index/star_series/atherton_star_series.html

More info about SHIMANO SAINT at http://cycle.shimano-eu.com/publish/content/global_cycle/en/nl/index/products/mountain/new_saint.html

Trek World Racing Back On The Podium With Moseley In 4th At Fort William


The second round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Downhill saw solid rides from Trek World Racing with Tracy Moseley back on the podium in 4th place and team mates Justin Leov and Andrew Neethling placed 14th and 15th respectively.

Justin Leov (click to enlarge)

Taking place at Fort William in Scotland, the unexpected heat of the weekend resulted in a hard, fast track for Sunday’s slightly overcast but still-dry race. For a venue that’s famous for being wet and windy, the unusually dusty surface made the track particularly slippery and unpredictable but all riders rode well on their Session 88s resulting in confidence boosting rides all-round.

Following a successful day of qualifications on Saturday, particularly for Andrew who secured 7th place (his best position yet at a track that has long defied him) Tracy was first out for the team on Sunday. Following an aggressive and powerful start which saw her 1st at Split One, she rode impressively throughout, maintaining her pace and coming in just 2/100th’s of a second behind 3rd placed rider, Floriane Pugin (FRA).

With the rain holding off, next up was Justin who rode well but struggled slightly with the loose, rough surface that presented numerous braking bumps after the intensely dry weather. Finally, Andrew took to the track with a time of just under 2 seconds faster than his qualification run ? a reassuring result at a venue that he’s previously struggled at, and a satisfactory finish after his outstanding performance at the US Open last week.

Tracy Moseley (click to enlarge)

Tracy said: “I’m happy with my ride. After Maribor I’m glad to have a decent run ? my ride was more relaxed and I enjoyed it and wasn’t as tense as I was at Maribor. It was a good run but not quick enough and I couldn’t match Sabrina’s pace this time but I’m happy to be here and be back on the podium”.

Andrew Neethling (click to enlarge)

Andrew said: “I’m taking lots of positives away from the weekend, especially the qualis which was one of my best so far. I’m especially pleased because this is a track that’s not suited me in the past. I rode the top good and got a good rhythm then changed gear in the middle but couldn’t find that extra gear I needed. It was pretty close at the bottom but my legs went a bit flat but like I said before, I take away a lot of positives and I’ve proved I can do it here where I’ve struggled before. I know I can be up there with them on the podium”.

Justin said: “I just couldn’t figure it out this weekend. I felt one run out all the time, meaning that my race run felt like it should be my qualifier?and I still have one run left to do! I’m a little disappointed and I need to figure this venue out. Much better than last year, but I need to regroup for the next World Cup”.

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Trek World Racing travel to Willingen (GER) next week for the Wheels Of Speed, and then to Leogang, Austria for the UCI MTB World Cup DH Round 3 on 18 -20 June 2010.