Atherton clinches round and overall

MInnaar doubles on the runner up places

The final round of the 2010 Mountain Bike World Cup concluded on Sunday in Windham, New York, with the men's downhill. The riders did not disappoint, with a tight race for both the event win and the overall title. The men had a race within a race - both the race to win the World Cup final, and the race for the title. Gee Atherton (Commencal) and Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) were separated by a mere four points, so it all came down to whomever finished in front - no matter where they finished in the race. Atherton sealed the title by winning the race; 37 hundredths of a second in front of Minnaar.

Junior rider Troy Brosnan (Monster Energy/Specialized/Mad Catz) set the first sub-2:36 time, and ended up winning the junior World Cup title. His time was slowly eaten away at, until his teammate Sam Hill, returning from injury, dropped the top time below 2:35. Hill was, in turn, bumped by a third teammate, Brendan Fairclough. Fairclough took the leading time down to 2:33.49 with 20 riders remaining.

Nine riders later, Brook MacDonald took the lead, but he didn't even have time to climb into the hot seat before the next rider down, Nick Beer (Scott 11) knocked nearly two seconds off the lead. There were 10 riders left, but Beer was untouchable until Atherton came in over three seconds faster.

Next up was Minnaar. The South African was seven tenths of a second slower through the two intermediate splits, but picked it up in the lower section to finish 37 hundredths of a second behind Atherton. After a season of racing, the World Cup had been won by less than half a second.

There were still three riders to finish for the event victory. Sam Blenkinsop (Lapierre International) slotted in third behind Minnaar, and Aaron Gwin (Yeti Fox Shox) was just behind Blenkinsop. The only rider left was Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate), the world champion, and the fastest qualifier. Peat was fast, and getting faster as he came down the course - 1.41 seconds ahead at the second split. It looked like Atherton would have to settle for the overall title, until Peat inexplicably crashed less than 500 metres from the finish line.

"As you can imagine, I feel at the top of the world," said Atherton. "It's a great way to end the season. I'm stoked I've won it but Steve was up on me and he crashed... but that is just racing, I guess."

"I feel ready for the Worlds. This was a good race to lead into it. It has been a tough track to race on all week, so you know everyone's going to be definitely raring to go for next weekend."

Atherton took the title with 1229 points to Minnaar's 1185, with Blenkinsop third at 864 points.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gee Atherton (GBr) Commencal0:02:28.28 
2Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:00.37 
3Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International0:00:01.91 
4Aaron Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:02.60 
5Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 110:00:03.38 
6Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Bicycles0:00:03.43 
7Steve Smith (Can) MS Evil Racing0:00:03.48 
8Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Evil Racing0:00:05.01 
9Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz0:00:05.21 
10Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:05.39 
11Mitchell Delfs (Aus)0:00:05.53 
12Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:05.74 
13Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz0:00:05.96 
14Lewis Buchanan° (GBr) MS Evil Racing0:00:06.55 
15Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Team0:00:06.95 
16Julien Camellini (Fra) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:07.16 
17Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:07.55 
18Troy Brosnan° (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz0:00:07.63 
19Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal Superiders0:00:07.87 
20Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:07.90 
21Cédric Gracia (Fra)0:00:07.96 
21Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11  
23Joseph Smith (GBr) Kona0:00:08.00 
24Markus Pekoll (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team0:00:08.06 
25Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team0:00:08.08 
26Shaun O'connor (Aus) Kenda-Playbiker0:00:08.09 
27Florent Payet (Fra) Blackmountain Morewood United0:00:08.34 
28Wyn Masters (NZl) Kenda-Playbiker0:00:08.78 
29Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) Massi Team0:00:08.94 
30Kieran Bennett (NZl)0:00:09.13 
31Luke Strobel (USA) MS Evil Racing0:00:09.20 
32Matej Charvat (Cze) K.T.R. Racing Team0:00:09.56 
33Sam Dale (GBr)0:00:09.65 
34Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col)0:00:09.75 
35George Brannigan° (NZl) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team0:00:10.03 
36Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing0:00:10.08 
37Marcel Beer (Swi)0:00:10.09 
38Hans Lambert (Can)0:00:10.18 
39Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team0:00:10.39 
40Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) Massi Team0:00:10.57 
40Romain Paulhan (Fra)  
42Harry Heath (GBr)0:00:10.93 
43Thomas Vanderham (Can)0:00:11.18 
44Joey Schusler (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:11.23 
45Curtis Keene (USA)0:00:11.25 
46Logan Binggeli (USA)0:00:11.29 
47Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense0:00:11.40 
48Mitch Ropelato° (USA) Ex Drinks0:00:11.49 
49Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) XMS Racing Squad0:00:11.59 
50Harry Molloy (GBr)0:00:11.88 
51Lorenzo Suding (Ita)0:00:12.09 
52Kyle Strait (USA)0:00:12.61 
53Eliot Jackson (USA)0:00:12.77 
54Bernard Kerr (GBr) Norco World Team0:00:12.93 
55Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:12.98 
56Jared Rando (Aus) Giant Factory Team0:00:12.99 
57Duncan Riffle (USA) Giant Factory Team0:00:13.18 
58Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Team Lac Blanc Massif Des Vosges0:00:14.31 
59Bryn Atkinson (Aus)0:00:14.44 
60Pasqual Canals Flix (Spa) XMS Racing Squad0:00:14.67 
60Jason Memmelaar (USA)  
62Jed Rooney° (NZl)0:00:14.74 
62Dominik Gspan (Swi)  
64Nejc Rutar (Slo) MBK Orbea0:00:15.01 
65Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Blackmountain Morewood United0:00:15.12 
66Dean Tennant (Can)0:00:15.75 
67Ryan Vanderham (Can)0:00:15.93 
68Andrew Neethling (RSA) Trek World Racing0:00:16.44 
69Mark Scott° (GBr)0:00:16.82 
70Greg Williamson° (GBr)0:00:17.05 
71Chris Heath (USA)0:00:17.14 
72Oliver Burton (GBr)0:00:18.30 
73Yann Gauvin (Can)0:00:21.40 
74Allan Findlay° (GBr)0:00:22.60 
75Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team0:00:24.94 
76Simon Rivoire (Fra)0:00:36.75 
77Maxime Remy (Fra) Suspension Center0:04:22.57 
DNSMatti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense  
DNSJamie Biluk (Can)  
DNSRob Fraser (Can)  
DNSKevin Aiello (USA) GT Bicycles  
DNSKyle Sangers° (Can)  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott 1188 pts
2Commencal80 
3MS Evil Racing64 
4Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense64 
5Trek World Racing56 
6Santa Cruz Syndicate54 
7Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz53 
8Commencal Superiders38 
9Lapierre International32 
10Suspension Center32 
11Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team30 
12GT Bicycles26 
13Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain23 
14Norco World Team21 
15Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie20 
16RC Alpine Commencal Austria19 
17Giant Factory Team16 
18Kona8 
19Kenda-Playbiker8 
20Solid Aclass Factory Team7 
21Dirt Norco Race Team6 
22Blackmountain Morewood United4 
23Massi Team2 
Final World Cup individual standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gee Atherton (GBr) Commencal1229 pts
2Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate1185 
3Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International864 
4Aaron Gwin (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team757 
5Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Bicycles633 
6Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz606 
7Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate491 
8Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Team482 
9Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra) Scott 11480 
10Steve Smith (Can) MS Evil Racing478 
11Cameron Cole (NZl) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain450 
12Nick Beer (Swi) Scott 11435 
13Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense415 
14Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing410 
15Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense379 
16Andrew Neethling (RSA) Trek World Racing378 
17Shaun O'connor (Aus) Kenda-Playbiker378 
18Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Evil Racing377 
19Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team374 
20Luke Strobel (USA) MS Evil Racing340 
21Bryn Atkinson (Aus)340 
22Mitchell Delfs (Aus)333 
23Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate329 
24Joseph Smith (GBr) Kona315 
25Michael Hannah (Aus) GT Bicycles314 
26Florent Payet (Fra) Blackmountain Morewood United308 
27Julien Camellini (Fra) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense303 
28Chris Kovarik (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense301 
29Sam Dale (GBr)298 
30Mickael Pascal (Fra)279 
31Wyn Masters (NZl) Kenda-Playbiker278 
32Markus Pekoll (Aut) Solid Aclass Factory Team268 
33Cédric Gracia (Fra)261 
34Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team259 
35Romain Paulhan (Fra)258 
36Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense245 
37Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal Superiders241 
38Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz228 
39Matthew Scoles (NZl) Team Cingolani - Protone217 
40Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) XMS Racing Squad209 
41Ben Cathro (GBr)202 
42Troy Brosnan° (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz200 
43Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Mondraker Factory Team194 
44Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing189 
45Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Solid Aclass Factory Team187 
46George Brannigan° (NZl) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team185 
47Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)183 
48Matej Charvat (Cze) K.T.R. Racing Team179 
49Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) Massi Team174 
50Lewis Buchanan° (GBr) MS Evil Racing171 
51Harry Molloy (GBr)166 
52Nico Vink (Bel)154 
53Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Sunn Montgenevre153 
54Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Team Lac Blanc Massif Des Vosges152 
55Bernard Kerr (GBr) Norco World Team145 
56Duncan Riffle (USA) Giant Factory Team141 
57Kyle Strait (USA)141 
58Dennis Dertell (Swe)133 
59Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col)130 
60Richard Thomas (GBr)124 
61Pasqual Canals Flix (Spa) XMS Racing Squad122 
62Adam Brayton (GBr)122 
63Oliver Burton (GBr)121 
64Joshua Button (Aus) Kona121 
65Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team120 
66Joris Bigoni (Fra)117 
67Harry Heath (GBr)117 
68Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Blackmountain Morewood United114 
69Lorenzo Suding (Ita)112 
70Curtis Keene (USA)109 
71Joe Barnes (GBr)105 
72Marcel Beer (Swi)100 
73Marco Milivinti (Ita) Team Cingolani - Protone96 
74Scott Mears (GBr)96 
75Adam Vagner (Cze)94 
76Robert Smith (GBr)88 
77Emanuel Pombo (Por)86 
78Fergus Lamb (GBr)79 
79Nejc Rutar (Slo) MBK Orbea78 
80Rémi Thirion (Fra) Team Sunn Montgenevre75 
81Benny Strasser (Ger)75 
82Nathan Rankin (NZl) Kenda-Playbiker69 
83Maxime Remy (Fra) Suspension Center66 
84Jack Reading (GBr)66 
85Dan Atherton (GBr) Commencal65 
86Ralph Jones (GBr)62 
87Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team61 
88Chris Hutchens (GBr)53 
89Bradley Benedict (USA)52 
90Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa) Massi Team52 
91Kieran Bennett (NZl)51 
92Ludovic Oget° (Fra) Ryde-Racing50 
93Ludovic May (Swi)47 
94Dominik Gspan (Swi)46 
95Alexander Kangas (Swe)44 
96Hans Lambert (Can)43 
97Eliot Jackson (USA)42 
98Martin Frei (Swi)41 
99Antoine Badouard (Fra)39 
100Thomas Vanderham (Can)38 
101Joey Schusler (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team37 
102Jed Rooney° (NZl)36 
103Emyr Davies (GBr)35 
104Logan Binggeli (USA)35 
105Mitch Ropelato° (USA) Ex Drinks33 
106Lars Peyer (Swi) Suspension Center32 
107Sam Flockhart° (GBr) Lapierre International32 
108Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team31 
109Mathieu Gallean (Fra) Ryde-Racing29 
110Thomas Jeandin (Swi)28 
111Billy Caroli (Swi)26 
112Olivier Nicole (Fra)26 
113Aari Barrett (NZl) Scott 1126 
114Faustin Figaret° (Fra) Team Sport Bike25 
115Jared Rando (Aus) Giant Factory Team25 
116Martin Mikulenka (Cze)23 
117Ben Baker (GBr)23 
118Jason Memmelaar (USA)21 
119Carlo Gambirasio (Ita) Surfing Shop20 
120Mark Scott° (GBr)19 
121Marco Bugnone (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team18 
122Charly Di Pasquale (Fra)16 
123Dean Tennant (Can)15 
124Alexandre Lohner (Fra)15 
125Ryan Vanderham (Can)14 
126Scott Laughland (Irl)14 
127Esteban Deronzier (Fra)13 
128Kristof Lenssens (Bel)12 
129Rupert Chapman° (NZl)12 
130Greg Williamson° (GBr)11 
131Yannick Colomb (Fra)11 
132Chris Heath (USA)10 
133Jan Javornik (Svk)9 
134Luis Paulo Vicente Ferreira (Por)9 
135Florian Arthus (Fra)8 
136Yann Gauvin (Can)8 
137Arthur Racaud° (Fra) US Cagnes VTT8 
138Allan Findlay° (GBr)7 
139Neko Mulally° (USA) Trek World Racing7 
140Joseph Nation (NZl)6 
141Simon Rivoire (Fra)5 
142Bertrand Gilles (Bel)5 
143Kim Petersson (Swe)4 
144Evan Turpen (USA)3 
Final World Cup Team standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott 1188 pts
2Commencal80 
3MS Evil Racing64 
4Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense64 
5Trek World Racing56 
6Santa Cruz Syndicate54 
7Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz53 
8Commencal Superiders38 
9Lapierre International32 
10Suspension Center32 
11Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team30 
12GT Bicycles26 
13Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain23 
14Norco World Team21 
15Morzine-Avoriaz/Haute-Savoie20 
16RC Alpine Commencal Austria19 
17Giant Factory Team16 
18Kona8 
19Kenda-Playbiker8 
20Solid Aclass Factory Team7 
21Dirt Norco Race Team6 
22Blackmountain Morewood United4 
23Massi Team2 
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