2010 Leogang UCI DH World Cup #3 Videos – Results – Picture

Men's Pro DH Podium

We’re officially at the halfway point in the 2010 UCI downhill season.  Leogang proved to be a tough course for the riders and the rainy conditions didn’t make things any easier. Check inside for highlights from the event, press releases, results, and videos. We’ll be updating as news comes in, so check back often.

Interesting notes:

  • Sam Blenkinsop took the top spot in qualifying but had a very loose finals run and ended up 4th at the end of the day.
  • Nick Beer had 4th at the first  split in qualifying but also had problems come finals time.
  • Gee Atherton continues his battle with Minnaar and took a solid second place in the finals.
  • Sam Hill sat Leogang out and is still out with a shoulder injury from Fort William. Will we see him at Champrey?
  • Greg Minnaar is proving to be consistent this year and took another win after his second place qualifying run.
  • Josh Bryceland hit his head on a tree in his race run and did not finish.
  • 2009 World Champion Steve Peat seems to be off pace this year but managed his best result of this season in 6th place
  • Aaron Gwin put together a good qualifying run and ended up 3rd come race day and now 3rd in the overall.  Look out for this guy.
  • Rachel Atherton qualified first even with a crash in the woods but come finals time even though she was 3 seconds up at the first split, she had some trouble shortly thereafter with a crash.  She ended up with a DNF and a trip to the hospital to get herself checked out.  Hopefully she’ll be back as the women’s world cup isn’t quite the same without her.
  • Andrew Neethling had some back problems but raced anyway with a displaced Sacro Iliac joint.  He’s going to get it fully checked out.
  • Lots of prototypes continue to be put through the ringer.  Lapierre put a new bike under Blenkinsop to test out and he seems to be getting along well with it. Santa Cruz, Intense, Pivot, and Yeti all have prototypes on the circuit as well.
  • Lots of quality videos are out now! The free live feed and replay is back now as well thanks to IMTTO/Freecaster.

Results:

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

Rank Prev NAME / First Name TeamUCI Code Team Points
1 1 MINNAAR Greg RSA19811113 SCB 660
2 2 ATHERTON Gee GBR19850226 COM 587
3 4 GWIN Aaron USA19871224 YET 410
4 3 COLE Cameron NZL19880203 TMR 404
5 6 BLENKINSOP Samuel NZL19881028 LPI 394
6 5 FAIRCLOUGH Brendan GBR19880110 MER 345
7 9 LEOV Justin NZL19841020 TRK 274
8 12 LEHIKOINEN Matti FIN19840419 CRC 265
9 7 PEDEMANAUD Fabien FRA19840612 STT 257
10 13 BEAUMONT Marc GBR19840925 GTB 232
11 24 SIMMONDS Matthew GBR19870520 CRC 223
12 25 PEAT Steve GBR19740617 SCB 222
13 8 HANNAH Michael AUS19831121 GTB 218
14 18 HART Danny GBR19910920 GFT 218
15 19 SMITH Steve CAN19891125 MSE 206
16 26 STROBEL Luke USA19860624 MSE 200
17 22 O’CONNOR Shaun AUS19910713 KPB 198
18 10 CAMELLINI Julien FRA19840107 CRC 196
19 21 NEETHLING Andrew RSA19840805 TRK 189
20 16 ATKINSON Bryn AUS19821209 178

Chain Reaction Cycles.com / Intense leading the team world cup standings.

Well it was another great race at the 3rd Round of the UCI World Cup at Leogang, Austria.  With most of the team having great results we managed to win the best team of the race again for the 2nd consecutive World Cup and we now are leading the World Cup – so at the next round in Champery, we will have the yellow number plates for the leading team.

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The track at Leogang was really demanding on the riders and the bikes as it had very mixed terrain with lots of tight steep corners up at the top section and flat pedalling sections linking up the very technical wooded sections lower down on the course.  The weather played a huge part in the race as it rained most of the week and with all the practice with hundreds of riders the track developed huge holes on fast parts of the track and was constantly changing throughout the weekend. When the riders finally came down for their race runs, the track had changed a lot and caught many riders out.

In the Womens race Claire Buchar managed another great result placing 7th again for the 3rd time and retains her 7th place overall in the womens standings. Claire was struggling with breathing at the race due to getting sick in the week leading up to the race so well done Claire.

In the mens race Julien Camellini and Ruaridh Cunnningham didn’t have the best days racing. Both of them fell victim to the tough conditions, Ruaridh crashing hard up on the top section and Julien having a terrible run and going off the course 3 times. Ruaridh ended up 75th position and Julien in a disappointing 48th which has dropped him down to 18th position from 10th in the overall standings. Hopefully they can get back higher in the rankings at the next 3 races.

Chris Kovarik didn’t have the best of runs either, making a few big mistakes and not carrying speed in some sections as well as he would of liked – but he placed 18th and these days with the times so tight it was still a good result in the top 20.

Matt Simmonds and Matti Lehikoien had a great weekend. Matti qualifying in 4th position on the Saturday and Matt Simmonds in a career best 6th place with less than 1 second separating them both. They couldn’t quite match their qualifying positions but still did amazing with Matti in 9th and Matt Simmonds in 10th. His best ever World Cup result to date. So well done him. Matti had now moved up to 8th in the overall standings and Matt is 11th.

Congratulations to Greg Minnaar and Sabrina Jonnier for winning the mens and womens race.

Team results:

Men

9.Matti Lehikoinen 4:13.25
10. Matt Simmonds 4:13.82
18. Chris Kovarik 4:18.36
48. Julien Camellini 4:26.65
75. Ruaridh Cunningham 4:48.36

Women

7. Claire Buchar 5:12.72

SYNDICATE’S “MR. MINN” WINS LEOGANG UCI WORLD CUP

June 20, 2010

Leogang, Austria

Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Greg Minnaar (SRAM/RockShox) shows that he can win on any track as he puts his strengths to the test and wins here in Leogang, Austria at the 3rd UCI World Cup Downhill.  Steve Peat is back on track narrowly missing the podium by .05 seconds and placing 6th, bumping him up to 12th overall in the series, and Josh Bryceland had a horrible crash hitting a tree and stunned himself on his race run.

Josh Bryceland | credit: Kathy Sessler (click to enlarge)

The week started out warm and pleasant in the breathtakingly beautiful village of Leogang, Austria.  We celebrated Steve’s 36th birthday at a nearby restaurant that served Tatar’s Hat, a treat we only find in Austria where you place raw meat on a special cooker on your table, with a little moat around it filled with shredded vegetables and broth, which you drizzle over the sizzling meat.  The owner of the restaurant was pleased to have us in the house and showed us her best hospitality by dancing and the table and from the rafters.  It was unforgettable!

pits | credit: Kathy Sessler (click to enlarge)

The summer weather quickly disappeared and the cold rain arrived making the course a muddy mess.  Maxxis Wet Screams were in order in these conditions.  As it was the course was dangerous and the mud had riders crashing all over the place in the qualifier.  Greg was first man down and posted a 4:03, which held up for 2nd place.  Steve and Josh both had muddy crashes in their qualifiers and placed 34th and 24th respectively and they both hoped to turn things around for the final.

The night before the race Steve commented that every time he wore the World Champs jersey he crashed.  Ricky Bobby had a solution and suggested he crash before the start to get it over with.  Race day Steve took it to heart and Ricky says,

“Steve did the Dead Turtle before the start and threw himself into the bushes, through the fence, into someone’s front garden, pulling up flowers and rolling around in the mud to get the jersey dirty.”  Apparently the strategy worked and Steve had a great run, upright, and crossed the line in 4:11.82 and held the hotseat for over a half hour while creeping into the top ten.  It looked like the podium was in reach until Cameron Cole came across the line just .05 seconds faster.  “Now I know how Greg felt at World’s,” said Steve.

Steve Peat | credit: Kathy Sessler (click to enlarge)

Fifteen minutes later Josh was on course and after the first split he slipped in the greasy conditions and was sent sideways in the air and his head and shoulders took a direct hit into a tree at quite high speed.  Concussed, he stood up, walked off the track and sat for a bit before cruising down the side of the course, not to finish the race.  He felt as though he may have separated his shoulder and was still in shock at the bottom.  Josh said, “The weekend was good and I found my pace again, but I am devastated to crash out like that.   It’s not where I want to be in the overall, but I’m ready now to prepare for Champery and Val Di Sole.”

Soon Gee Atherton came through the finish with a time of 4:06.39, a staggering 5 seconds faster than Cameron Cole and Steve, each on 4:11.  This looked to be a lofty goal to reach, but Greg was up to the task and put .74 seconds into Gee with a 4:05.65 at the finish after being down on Gee 2.22 seconds at the first split.  With fastest qualifier Sam Blenkinsop last he was flying down the track, but was getting out of shape at the bottom.  He also finished on 4:11, dashing Steve’s hope for a podium, but it secured Greg’s win (in front of some of the PMB oneLife crew in attendance), for his 2nd World Cup win this season.  It was his 13th UCI Downhill career win, with 8 of those wins on Santa Cruz, 2 of which were on the Carbon V-10 and Edge wheels.  This was also his 45th World Cup podium, which ties Nico Voilleuz record, and is 5 behind Steve’s 50 career podiums.

Steve was happy and said, “It’s nice to be back up there and I was pretty solid.  I didn’t rip any trees up and kept my speed up through the muddy sections.  I feel better about myself now.  I came into the weekend to have fun and get up to speed.  I felt better riding my Santa Cruz Carbon V-10 and Greg dragged me back up to speed.  Thanks Greg!  Jon Cancellier from SRAM/RockShox had my bike dialed and thanks to Ricky Bobby for the mint bike.  I’m enjoying my riding again.”

Greg Minaar | credit: Kathy Sessler (click to enlarge)

Greg was very happy, and surprised to win with the run he had.  Greg says, “It was an amazing weekend with a 2nd in qualifier and 1st in the race.  The race was really hard and conditions made it hard to stay on line and even on the track.  I made a few big mistakes on the top.  I wanted to be smooth and carry speed and work hard on the pedaling, but it didn’t really happen that way and I was all over the place and taking dabs with my gangly legs.  Thanks to Doug for having my bike perfect!”

Greg's Carbon V10 | credit: Kathy Sessler (click to enlarge)

We now have half of the World Cup season under our belt and Greg is still in the leaders jersey, 73 points ahead of Gee Atherton.  With 4 weeks until the next World Cup, this week we will be competing at the Pro GRT race in Northstar at Lake Tahoe, California.  Josh may sit this one out depending on the doctor’s report on his shoulder.

Pro Men’s Downhill Results:

1st:  GREG MINNAAR (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 4:05.65
2nd:  Gee Atherton 4:06.39
3rd:  Aaron Gwin 4:10.09
4th:  Sam Blenkinsop 4:11.17
5th:  Cameron Cole 4:11.77
6th:  STEVE PEAT (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 4:11.82
7th: Bendan Fairclough 4:12.61
8th: Justin Leov 4:12.93
9th: Matti Lehikoinen 4:13.25
10th: Matt Simmonds 4:13.82

DNF: Josh Bryceland

Pro Men’s Overall Standings:

1st:  GREG MINNAAR (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 660
2ND:  Gee Atherton 587
3rd: Aaron Gwin 410
4th: Cameron Cole 404
5th: Sam Blenkinsop 394
6th: Brendan Fairclough 345
7th: Justin Leov 274
8th: Matti Lehikoinen 265
9th: Fabien Pedemanaud 257
10th: Marc Beaumont 232
12th: STEVE PEAT (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 222
30TH: JOSH BRYCELAND (SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE) 138

Mondraker Factory Team

Jonnier and Graves win again at the World Cup in Leogang

It’s been a while since the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano had seen so many crashes in one race. The race track in Leogang (Austria) was destroyed after training, and the riders had to find the balance between trying to win and staying on the bike.

Sabrina Jonnier (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) found the right mix of caution and aggressiveness and she won the Women Elite Downhill, strengthening her lead in the World Cup ranking. Jonnier is using SHIMANO SAINT components, just like Floriane Pugin (Scott 11), Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) and Myriam Nicole (Commencal Superriders) who finished 3th, 4th and 5th respectively.

Sabrina Jonnier (click to enlarge)

Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team) proved again he is almost impossible to beat this season in the 4X. The Shimano sponsored rider also strengthened his lead in the World Cup.

Jared Graves (click to enlarge)

More on Sabrina Jonnier

Following on from her win at Fort William, Scotland two weeks ago Sabrina Jonnier, of Hyères, France, won the World Cup at Leogang, Austria yesterday as she closes in on her first back-to-back World Cup title. Jonnier has been first or second in the World Cup for the past nine years, but has never managed to defend her title. Now, she hopes her 10th season at the top of her sport will let her rewrite history. Her win at Leogang brought mixed emotions for the elite racer. She was happy to win in such trying conditions, but disappointed her main rival, Rachel Atherton, of Great Britain, was injured and unable to complete the course.

“Rachel was definitely fast on the course. I watched her in the top part of the course, but I didn’t want to watch anymore when I was in the hot seat, so I just buried my head in my legs,” Jonnier recalls. “She looked very strong at the top and she’s very fast on this kind of track.”

Atherton’s crash meant she was unable to continue her run. “It was a weird victory for me, because I was happy with a win, but I was not sure what was going on with Rachel because she never crossed the line and at first nobody knew anything. I was worried that she may have been hurt,” Jonnier explained later. “She was okay – she hurt her shoulder apparently, but I guess we will hear more in the next few days.”

Rain through the end of the week and into the weekend meant the course was very challenging – the exact conditions that Jonnier dislikes. “It was terrible conditions – it was a track that they had been riding on for years and years and they haven’t touched it for the race, then with the rain it just got worse. Every run the track was different with new holes coming through – it was very tricky,” Jonnier smiled. “I managed to stay on my bike and so I am super happy.”

Women Pro DH podium | credit: Ale Di Lullo (click to enlarge)

When asked how she felt about her qualifying run, Jonnier is quick to respond. “I was pissed off actually,” she said. “I don’t know what’s wrong with me – I am not very good at qualifying. Yesterday was terrible I was slow everywhere and just couldn’t go fast.” Luckily, Jonnier’s mum came to her daughter’s aid. “The first thing I did was to call my mum and she kicked a little sense into me. So I owe a special thanks to my mum. I went back to the track and analysed what happened and I felt it in my mind that I would definitely do better today and keep the leader jersey.”

Strategy played a big role in conquering the course at Leogang. “I had decided to ride fast and strong, but to also stay safe and to stay on the bike. I made mistakes – there is no way you can make a perfect run in those conditions, but they were just small ones – I was far from my limits for crashing,” tells Jonnier. Tyre choice also became a key issue with the field split over whether to run mud tyres or something a little faster rolling. “I ran cut down Maxxis Wet Scream mud tyres. This is the best mud tyre in the world, but I cut them down because there was a long flat section in the middle and it was so boggy,” explained Jonnier. “You had to pedal very hard through it, but because it was between the two technical woods, you couldn’t give it everything you had or you would come into the last woods all tired and risk losing your line.”

“One part of the track was just slippery tree roots – there was no way to ride on dirt and I was scared every time I passed over them. I prayed that my tyres would hold on while trying to be as light as possible on my bike,” she recalled.

Despite having valuable points in her favour Jonnier is not about to rest on her laurels. “There are three more races to go and a lot can happen. I am not thinking of the title too much yet. But I am proud of myself today – it’s a good win for me in these conditions,” she offered.

The UCI World Cup season now has a five-week break, but Jonnier intends to be busy racing the Enduro de Nations with Anne Caroline Chausson, the Mega Avalanche and her nationals. “I have never raced an enduro race before so it will be interesting. And then I am going to do the Mega Avalanche and then we have the national champs before Champèry. So I am going to be busy – every day I have off I am going to be spending at the beach reading a book,” she laughs.

The endurance downhill races she has selected can be a high risk game, but she insists she is there to have fun. “Every time I do anything dangerous I could get hurt, but I am doing these races for fun – to relax and have fun hanging out with friends.”

Cameron Cole claims his second podium at Leogang World Cup as he and Sam Blenkinsop make history with first podium double for New Zealand

Maxxis-Rocky Mountain team rider Cameron Cole, 22, has continued his rise in UCI World Cup downhill racing by finishing fifth on a wet, rough and challenging track at Leogang, Austria at the weekend. Greg Minnaar, of South Africa, won the race in a time of 4:05.65 ahead of Gee Atherton, of Great Britain, Aaron Gwin, of USA, Sam Blenkinsop, of New Zealand, with Cole in fifth on a time of 4:11.77.

Men's Pro DH Podium | credit: Ale Di Lullo (click to enlarge)

Cole finished second at the last round held at Fort William, Scotland, and this Leogang result confirms that he has arrived at the top of World Cup racing. This is also the first time in the sport’s history that two Kiwis have been on the podium together with Blenkinsop finishing fourth. “It almost feels better than in Fort William. I am more relieved this time – it’s nice to have two podiums in a row as it shows Fort William was not a fluke,” Cole said.

Cole admitted that he did not expect to be competing at this level this year or to be beating his hero, Steve Peat, of Great Britain. “It was great to beat Steve Peat – there wasn’t much in it, but he is like a hero to me – he is a real legend of the sport and so to beat him is a nice feeling,” Cole shares. “It was great to have Sam Blenkinsop on the podium with me. He was ahead of me in fourth – he had been looking good for the win all weekend, but made a couple of mistakes at the bottom. Then Justin Leov wasn’t far off the podium either in eighth – it will be good to get all three of us on there. Maybe at the next one?” he laughs.

Cole’s build up to the Leogang race was not the best. He suffered with a three-day bout of gastro in the lead-up and then crashed heavily in practice. Then, on race day, he crashed in his first two practice runs. “In my third I just tried to get down the hill,” he explains. “It was very tough conditions, the track was changing on every run, but I managed to bounce back from the crashes, which is something I am happy with as it shows that my belief in myself is strong.”

“Even though I crashed in practice I was still enjoying the riding and I rode a smart race – I just had to survive and get down the hill and I knew I would do well.”

Coming into Leogang in third overall in the standings meant Cole would start his qualifying alongside Atherton and Minnaar. “That was a lot of pressure and I was a bit stressed about it,” Cole admitted. “I didn’t really feel like coming to this race – I was still enjoying the second from Fort William, but when I got here I was excited to be back at a World Cup again.”

Cameron Cole | credit: Ale Di Lullo (click to enlarge)

His fifth placing at Leogang puts Cole in fourth overall, but he has amassed enough UCI World Cup points to almost guarantee himself a top 10 finish for the season. “Top 10 was my goal and to be halfway through the season and be fourth presents a tremendous opportunity for me. I am still learning and my goal is just to finish top 10 – I am not changing my goal as I know it will still be tough out there,” he explained.

With two Kiwis on the podium, three in the top 10 and seven in the top 35, there is a real camaraderie emerging at the World Cup races. “It feels like you are racing at home,” Cole explained. “I’m also lucky to have Justin Leov here – he’s a good friend and Sam is cool as well – it’s good to be able to share this experience with other Kiwis.”

Another Kiwi heading to Europe is Cole’s girlfriend, former World Cup downhill rider turned cross-country rider Amy Laird, of Christchurch. She will spend almost six weeks with Cole from the end of this week, but it will not be a break for Cole: “we will chill out together and ride bikes – it will be good R and R, but training at the same time,” he laughs. “I think she will find it hard to be here and not racing. She is not enjoying the cross-country training and she wants to enjoy riding her bike and so I think she will race downhill again next year,” he conceded.

Cole will now prepare for Round 4 of the series, which will be held in Champèry, Switzerland from July 24 to 25. Among other local races, Cole has signed up for the Mega Avalanche which will be held at Alpe d’huez, France on July 11. The Mega Avalanche is a super-sized downhill race that tests both skill and endurance.

“I am going there for fun – it seems like it is pretty gnarly, but I would be stoked with a top 15 or top 10 finish. But I will really be there just for fun and to have a bit of a laugh with a few friends,” Cole smiled.

Tracy Moseley Bags Another World Cup Podium for TWR, Leov Gets 8th at Leogang

20.6.2010

Trek World Racing’s Tracy Moseley secured 4th place on the podium and Justin Leov raced back into the top ten at the third round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Downhill in Leogang (Austria) this weekend. Teammate, Andrew Neethling, finished 24th an impressive performance considering he rode suffering intense lower back pain from a displaced Sacro Iliac joint, but a disappointing result for the 26 year old South African who’s performed so successfully these past few weeks. The 2.6 kilometer-long track a new addition to the World Cup calendar this year has an altitude difference of some 524 meters and Sunday’s race took place at a cold, wet course. Weather conditions made an already tough track even trickier with a progressive build-up of mud making the surface sticky and riding lines difficult. Tracy, who performed third fastest at the first split and built up speed to perform 2nd fastest at split 2, was hoping for a strong performance following a good weekend of practice and excellent qualifying run that saw her 3rd fastest to the finish. Whilst she’d hoped for a quicker result in the final, it was a good result at this challenging new track that saw many of the world’s top riders tackle all manner of technical challenges, particularly in the root sections.

Justin, who also had a good weekend’s riding, qualifying 7th on Saturday, rode powerfully and consistently to finish 8th in the final race, a welcome return to the top ten for the New Zealand rider.

Tracy said: “I’m pretty disappointed. I felt like I’d ridden pretty well this weekend and felt comfortable on the track during practice. The weather made it harder and I made a small mistake before the second split, coming to an almost complete stop and losing some valuable time. After that I lost my momentum, especially in the root section, and fatigue set in but I’m happy to be on the podium”.

Justin said: “I’d say I’m pretty happy today. I feel like I’ve got my confidence back, which has been down a bit these past couple of weeks. I rode really well but just faded a little at the end. The podium was super close but I’m happy to be back in the top ten and move up two spots in the overall”.

Andrew said: “I’m highly frustrated by things out of my control that always seem to come at a World Cup. I couldn’t do the practice runs I wanted and it took away from my focus. I had a poor run on a tough course and made two crucial mistakes in the top woods then faded at the bottom. I just hope to get myself fixed up next week and come back at Champery fitter and better”.

Meanwhile, Neko Mulally made a welcome return to the paddock this weekend and although he didn’t ride, he spent some valuable time walking the course with his teammates. Neko continues to make a strong recovery since breaking his arm in April and hopes to be back on his bike soon, competing alongside Justin, Andrew and Tracy.

Next week, Justin and Tracy will stay at Leogang to compete in the iXS Cup before the full TWR team travel to Chatel in France for their annual Summer Camp. This year, two lucky Trek Session owners have the chance to ride with the team at this awesome venue for more details about the competition visit: http://www.23degrees-sports.com/news.php?id=686

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