Gee Atherton claims downhill World Cup in Cairns

Bryceland and Mulally on the podium

British brother and sister combination of Gee and Rachel Atherton dominated the Australian leg of the UCI World Cup Series, claiming downhill victories at the Smithfield Regional Park in Cairns on Saturday.

The win was the fourth time that reigning world champion Rachel and elder brother Gee (both GT Factory Racing) have reached the top step of the podium at the same World Cup event.

After a wet qualifying session held on Friday, roots and rocks began to protrude from the peanut butter like course, undoing many top players including reigning world champion Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate).

However the ever flawless Atherton siblings soared through their final run, with Gee stopping the clock in four minutes flat, four seconds ahead of Great Britain's Josh Bryceland (Santa Cruz Syndicate) and close to seven seconds in front of America's Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing).

"It's been a tough weekend with really testing conditions. Yesterday's qualifier was quite a big learning round for me, I was surprised how hard it was when I got here," said Gee of his sixth place in qualifying.

"It was absolutely nuts in that rock garden, I knew the crowd were going to be loud, and it was a real struggle to concentrate but it definitely pushed me on, I was pretty amped when I got to the finish."

World Cup series leader Aaron Gwin (Specialized Racing DH) finished fourth while Australia's Sam Hill (Chain Reaction ignited the crowd by taking the hot seat before being usurped by Bryceland.

Gwin remains in the UCI World Cup series lead (415 points), ahead of Gee Atherton (305 points) and Samuel Blenkinsop (Lapierre Gravity Republic / 262).


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gee Atherton (GBr) Gt Factory Racing0:04:00.700 
2Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:04.229 
3Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing0:00:06.930 
4Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing Dh0:00:07.093 
5Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:07.182 
6Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:00:08.576 
7Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:10.073 
8Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team0:00:10.284 
9Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing Dh0:00:10.535 
10Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:10.925 
11Jack Moir (Aus) Bergamont Hayes World Team0:00:11.787 
12Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Rrp Ghost0:00:12.238 
13Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:12.348 
14Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson Ur0:00:12.558 
15Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team0:00:13.329 
16Marc Beaumont (GBr) Gt Factory Racing0:00:13.340 
17Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic0:00:13.954 
18Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott0:00:14.130 
19Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team0:00:15.019 
20Lorenzo Suding (Ita)0:00:15.187 
21Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:15.593 
22Matthew Walker (NZl) Banshee Bikes Factory Team0:00:15.729 
23Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott0:00:17.347 
24Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing0:00:17.771 
25Eliot Jackson (USA) Pivot Factory Dh Team0:00:18.398 
26Edward Masters (NZl) Bergamont Hayes World Team0:00:19.033 
27Brook Macdonald (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:19.294 
28Florent Payet (Fra) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:21.310 
29Graeme Mudd (Aus)0:00:21.591 
30Michael Jones (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:21.671 
31Chris Kovarik (Aus)0:00:21.772 
32Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team0:00:24.309 
33Isak Leivsson (Nor)0:00:24.486 
34Reece Potter (NZl) Banshee Bikes Factory Team0:00:25.420 
35Wyn Masters (NZl) Team Bulls - Dh0:00:26.993 
36Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott0:00:27.348 
37Forrest Riesco (Can)0:00:27.595 
38Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona Factory Team0:00:27.762 
39Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:27.865 
40Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing Dh0:00:27.979 
41Lindsay Klein (Aus)0:00:29.148 
42Rupert Chapman (NZl)0:00:29.298 
43Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:00:29.754 
44George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:30.122 
45Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson Ur0:00:30.166 
46Fraser Mcglone (GBr) Perth City Cycles0:00:30.225 
47Faustin Figaret (Fra) Commencal0:00:31.317 
48Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:31.976 
49Cameron Cole (NZl) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:35.901 
50Benny Strasser (Ger)0:00:36.497 
51Dean Lucas (Aus) Devinci Global Racing0:00:36.603 
52David Mcmillan (Aus)0:00:36.726 
53Ben Power (Aus)0:00:38.268 
54Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Unior Tools Team0:00:40.460 
55Quentin Chanudet (Fra)0:00:42.077 
56Tom Matthews (NZl) Banshee Bikes Factory Team0:00:42.364 
57Dominik Gspan (Swi)0:00:43.557 
58Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:45.585 
59Louis Hamilton (NZl)0:00:46.005 
60Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil Vengeance Tour0:00:47.089 
61Harry Molloy (GBr) Rrp Ghost0:00:51.911 
62Felix Heine (Ger)0:00:54.448 
63Junya Nagata (Jpn)0:00:57.290 
64Lachlan Blair (GBr)0:00:57.565 
65Brendan Moon (Aus)0:00:57.805 
66Hajime Imoto (Jpn)0:00:58.609 
67Luke Ball (GBr)0:01:01.057 
68Thomas Crimmins (Aus)0:01:02.712 
69Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing0:01:06.131 
70Yuki Kushima (Jpn)0:01:06.872 
71Jono Jones (GBr)0:01:06.958 
72Bryn Atkinson (Aus)0:01:16.005 
73Jesse Beare (Aus)0:01:19.212 
74Peter Knott (Aus)0:01:42.658 
75Joshua Button (Aus)0:01:53.478 
76Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:05:34.319 
Elite men downhill World Cup standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing DH415 pts
2Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing305 
3Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic262 
4Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing261 
5Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate249 
6Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic231 
7Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR227 
8Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH224 
9Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team212 
10Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof206 
11Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate200 
12Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate163 
13Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team159 
14Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team154 
15Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team145 
16Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing141 
17Cameron Cole (NZl) Commencal / Riding Addiction127 
18Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing126 
19Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team124 
20Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott117 
21Lorenzo Suding (Ita)116 
22Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona Factory Team115 
23Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott114 
24Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team107 
25Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team107 
26Jack Moir (Aus) Bergamont Hayes World Team105 
27Matthew Walker (NZl) Banshee Bikes Factory Team101 
28Brook Macdonald (NZl) Trek World Racing100 
29Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson UR99 
30Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof98 
31Isak Leivsson (Nor)98 
32George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing96 
33Florent Payet (Fra) Evil Vengeance Tour95 
34Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Unior Tools Team93 
35Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott93 
36Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team89 
37Eliot Jackson (USA) Pivot Factory DH Team85 
38Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Rrp Ghost84 
39Edward Masters (NZl) Bergamont Hayes World Team80 
40Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour79 
41Wyn Masters (NZl) Team Bulls - DH77 
42Faustin Figaret (Fra) Commencal77 
43Aurã©Lien Giordanengo (Fra) Hutchinson UR71 
44Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing70 
45Bryn Atkinson (Aus)67 
46Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction66 
47Dean Lucas (Aus) Devinci Global Racing62 
48Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction59 
49Graeme Mudd (Aus)52 
50Michael Jones (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof51 
51Chris Kovarik (Aus)50 
52Reece Potter (NZl) Banshee Bikes Factory Team47 
53Harry Heath (GBr) Orange Dirt World Team, O'neal47 
54Tomas Slavik (Cze)45 
55Forrest Riesco (Can)44 
56Jack Reading (GBr) Sc Intense41 
57Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing DH41 
58Bernard Kerr (GBr) Pivot Factory DH Team40 
59Lindsay Klein (Aus)40 
60Adam Brayton (GBr)39 
61Rupert Chapman (NZl)39 
62Fraser Mcglone (GBr) Perth City Cycles35 
63Timothy Bentley (RSA)33 
64Benny Strasser (Ger)31 
65David Mcmillan (Aus)29 
66Stefan Garlicki (RSA)28 
67Ben Power (Aus)28 
68Francisco Pardal (Por)27 
69Tiaan Odendaal (RSA)26 
70Quentin Chanudet (Fra)26 
71Joseph Connell (GBr) Sc Intense25 
72Tom Matthews (NZl) Banshee Bikes Factory Team25 
73Samuel Bull (RSA)24 
74Dominik Gspan (Swi)24 
75Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Hutchinson UR23 
76Harry Molloy (GBr) Rrp Ghost23 
77Jasper Jauch (Ger)22 
78Louis Hamilton (NZl)22 
79Matej Charvat (Cze) Banshee Bikes Factory Team21 
80Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil Vengeance Tour21 
81Jono Jones (GBr)21 
82Charly Di Pasquale (Fra)20 
83Mario Josã© Jarrin Molina (Ecu)19 
84Felix Heine (Ger)19 
85Alexandre Fayolle (Fra)18 
86Junya Nagata (Jpn)18 
87Jonty Neethling (RSA)17 
88Lachlan Blair (GBr)17 
89Brent Smith (Aus)16 
90Brendan Moon (Aus)16 
91Zakarias Blom Johansen (Nor)15 
92Hajime Imoto (Jpn)15 
93Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction14 
94Luke Ball (GBr)14 
95Chris Barlin (Aus) Green To Gold Race Development13 
96Thomas Crimmins (Aus)13 
97Mathew Stuttard (GBr)12 
98Yuki Kushima (Jpn)11 
99Josh Lowe (GBr)10 
100Francesco Colombo (Ita) Gravitalia Squadra Corse9 
101Jesse Beare (Aus)8 
102Alasdair Fey (RSA)8 
103Peter Knott (Aus)7 
104Kazuki Shimizu (Jpn) Madison Saracen Factory Team7 
105Joshua Button (Aus)6 
106Travis Browning (RSA)6 
107Peter Williams (GBr)5 
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