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MTB World Cup Cross Country #6, Eliminator #5 & Downhill #6 - Windham 2014

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August 8-10

August 09, Elite men downhill:

Bryceland wins Windham downhill World Cup

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
August 09, 2014, 23:27 BST,
Updated:
August 13, 2014, 15:51 BST

Santa Cruz Syndicate rider leads overall standings

Josh Bryceland atop the elite men's downhill World Cup podium in Windham, NY

Josh Bryceland atop the elite men's downhill World Cup podium in Windham, NY

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Josh Bryceland (Santa Cruz Syndicate) won the second downhill World Cup of his career and the season in Windham, New York, on Saturday afternoon. The British rider, known as "Ratboy", finished ahead of home crowd favorite Aaron Gwin (Specialized Racing DH) and Australian Troy Brosnan (Specialized Racing DH).

"I didn't feel that smooth, but the run felt similar to my qualifying and a good time is a good time," said Bryceland.

Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof spent some early time in the hot seat, first with Joseph Smith, then with Michael Jones.

"I had a pretty solid run - a good top section which I was surprised about," said Jones, who logged his best career World Cup finish to date. "I struggled there all week, but I just kept attacking and I went into the lead."

George Brannigan (Trek World Racing) and Sam Hill (Chain Reaction Cycles / Nukeproof) came close to bumping Jones out of the hot seat, but each slotted into a runner-up spot with their runs.

It wasn't until Sam Blenkinsop (Lapierre Gravity Republic) came down with a 2:27:544 that Jones had to step aside. Blenkinsop drew lots of cheers with his crowd-pleasing pedalling through the air over jumps as he neared the finish line.

One of the favorites Danny Hart (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) crashed up top and lost a bunch of time though he still finished fast.

Fifth fastest qualifier Loic Bruni (Lapierre Gravity Republic) had similar issues, with a crash and also a flat. Bruni rode his front flat down to the finish, getting plenty of cheers from the crowd en route.

Brosnan, the fourth to last rider down the mountain, had a great run and was up by almost a second at the first split and by 1.3 seconds at the second split before he clocked the fastest time at that point - one second ahead of Blenkinsop.

"The top section was super hard, and I let it all go on the top. I didn't make any mistakes all the way down," said Brosnan. "The last finish line jump kind pushed me and I couldn't get on the pedals right away. I'm stoked to still be on the podium and in the points."

"It's a super fast course, and there was so much coming at you the whole time."

Racing in his home World Cup and hoping for a good run, third fastest qualifier Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing) lost time in the middle section of the course and did not challenge the day's top riders.

After Mulally, the crowd was pumped for another American Gwin. The former World Cup winner was racing in front of a bunch of family, including his grandmother, who managed to make it to the base of the course with the help of a wheelchair. Gwin had a good run, consistently up on Brosnan and taking over the hot seat with a 2:25.913.

"It was good and I was pushing hard. I made two big mistakes at the top and it definitely cost me the win," said Gwin. "I tried to make it i up but you can't do that on this track - it's too short. Other than that, it was a good run. It was awesome to have my family out and everyone here."

Bryceland said, "When I was in the start gate, I heard the crowd for Gwin and I thought, 'oh shit, he's had a good run.' Then it was my turn."

Bryceland, the last man down the mountain, who was the star of the day. He was up by 1.235 seconds at split 1 and 1.726 seconds by split two, eventually beating Gwin by 1.5 seconds.

"It was pretty smooth. It's such a short track - you have to ride aggressively. I don't really like doing that but it seems to have paid off," said Bryceland, who with 1007 points, leads Brosnan (964 points) in the World Cup standings and Gwin with 925 points.

Full Results

Elite men downhill
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:02:24.300  
2 Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:01.581  
3 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH 0:00:02.123  
4 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic 0:00:03.212  
5 Brook Macdonald (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:03.267  
6 Michael Jones (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:03.402  
7 Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:03.589  
8 George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:03.845  
9 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 0:00:03.862  
10 Manuel Gruber (Aut) 0:00:03.928  
11 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:04.208  
12 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:04.270  
13 Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:00:04.744  
14 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team 0:00:04.853  
15 Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:05.015  
16 Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:05.123  
17 Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona Factory Team 0:00:05.251  
18 Dean Lucas (Aus) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:05.320  
19 Harry Heath (GBr) Orange Dirt World Team, O'neal 0:00:05.561  
20 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing 0:00:06.109  
21 Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing 0:00:06.592  
22 Bernard Kerr (GBr) Pivot Factory DH Team 0:00:06.790  
23 Jack Moir (Aus) Bergamont Hayes World Team 0:00:06.844  
24 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:07.076  
25 Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing 0:00:07.296  
26 Edward Masters (NZl) Bergamont Hayes World Team 0:00:07.751  
27 Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson UR 0:00:07.924  
28 Austin Warren (USA) 0:00:08.121  
29 Eliot Jackson (USA) Pivot Factory DH Team 0:00:08.225  
30 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) 0:00:08.251  
31 Joseph Connell (GBr) SC Intense 0:00:08.307  
32 Adam Brayton (GBr) 0:00:08.340  
33 Kevin Aiello (USA) 0:00:08.349  
34 Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team 0:00:08.503  
35 Forrest Riesco (Can) 0:00:08.561  
36 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott 0:00:08.574  
37 Markus Pekoll (Aut) MS Mondraker Team 0:00:08.576  
38 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:08.626  
39 Cameron Cole (NZl) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:08.656  
40 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 0:00:08.733  
41 Noel Niederberger (Swi) Gstaad-Scott 0:00:08.741  
42 Florent Payet (Fra) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:09.117  
43 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:09.156  
44 Benoit Coulanges (Fra) Roc Vtt Oz En Oisans 0:00:09.464  
45 Romain Paulhan (Fra) 0:00:09.759  
46 Mathew Stuttard (GBr) 0:00:09.805  
47 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour 0:00:09.845  
48 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:10.056  
49 Logan Binggeli (USA) 0:00:10.200  
50 Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team 0:00:10.435  
51 Phil Atwill (GBr) RRP Ghost 0:00:10.483  
52 Alexander Kangas (Swe) 0:00:10.516  
53 Johannes Von Klebelsberg (Ita) 0:00:10.704  
54 Harry Molloy (GBr) RRP Ghost 0:00:11.052  
55 Wyn Masters (NZl) Team Bulls - DH 0:00:11.057  
56 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) 0:00:11.071  
57 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:11.194  
58 Robin Wallner (Swe) W-Racing 0:00:11.575  
59 Samuel Thibault (Can) 0:00:11.832  
60 David Mcmillan (Aus) 0:00:11.833  
61 Jack Reading (GBr) SC Intense 0:00:11.893  
62 Matthew Beer (Can) 0:00:12.005  
63 Trevyn Newpher (USA) 0:00:12.984  
64 Niklas Wallner (Swe) W-Racing 0:00:13.018  
65 Mark Wallace (Can) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:13.100  
66 Raphael Kammlein - Cutler (NZl) 0:00:13.118  
67 Rafael Gutierrez (Col) 0:00:13.161  
68 Louis Hamilton (NZl) 0:00:13.248  
69 Martin Knapec (Svk) 0:00:13.623  
70 George Gannicott (GBr) 0:00:14.105  
71 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Unior Tools Team 0:00:14.160  
72 Fraser Mcglone (GBr) Perth City Cycles 0:00:14.240  
73 Mckay Vezina (Can) 0:00:14.676  
74 Peter Williams (GBr) 0:00:15.003  
75 Mathieu Gallean (Fra) 0:00:16.761  
76 Bernardo Neves Cruz (Bra) 0:00:18.015  
77 Remi Gauvin (Can) 0:00:27.903  
78 Faustin Figaret (Fra) Commencal 0:00:34.510  
79 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) RRP Ghost 0:00:56.213  
80 Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 0:01:37.530  
81 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) 0:02:10.647  
DNS Alexandre Fayolle (Fra)    
Elite men downhill World Cup standings with one round remaining
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 1007  pts
2 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Specialized Racing DH 964  
3 Aaron Gwin (USA) Specialized Racing DH 925  
4 Samuel Hill (Aus) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 802  
5 Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing 688  
6 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 667  
7 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre Gravity Republic 639  
8 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 611  
9 Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing 559  
10 Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team 535  
11 Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre Gravity Republic 514  
12 Brook Macdonald (NZl) Trek World Racing 496  
13 Sam Dale (GBr) Madison Saracen Factory Team 448  
14 Marc Beaumont (GBr) GT Factory Racing 409  
15 Markus Pekoll (Aut) MS Mondraker Team 391  
16 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 378  
17 George Brannigan (NZl) Trek World Racing 377  
18 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Gstaad-Scott 376  
19 Michael Jones (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 369  
20 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 367  
21 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 364  
22 Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing 364  
23 Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 362  
24 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 347  
25 Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona Factory Team 346  
26 Cameron Cole (NZl) Commencal / Riding Addiction 345  
27 Patrick Thome (Fra) Gstaad-Scott 319  
28 Florent Payet (Fra) Evil Vengeance Tour 281  
29 Harry Heath (GBr) Orange Dirt World Team, O'neal 280  
30 Greg Williamson (GBr) Trek World Racing 272  
31 Jack Moir (Aus) Bergamont Hayes World Team 255  
32 Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson UR 252  
33 Edward Masters (NZl) Bergamont Hayes World Team 241  
34 Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr) Unior Tools Team 240  
35 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) 239  
36 Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson UR 227  
37 Eliot Jackson (USA) Pivot Factory DH Team 219  
38 Wyn Masters (NZl) Team Bulls - DH 219  
39 Faustin Figaret (Fra) Commencal 211  
40 Dean Lucas (Aus) Devinci Global Racing 208  
41 Manuel Gruber (Aut) 207  
42 Bernard Kerr (GBr) Pivot Factory DH Team 207  
43 Lorenzo Suding (Ita) 206  
44 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 205  
45 Johannes Fischbach (Ger) RRP Ghost 197  
46 Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team 192  
47 Antonio Ferreiro Pajuelo (Spa) Evil Vengeance Tour 192  
48 Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 177  
49 Harry Molloy (GBr) RRP Ghost 174  
50 Matthew Walker (NZl) Banshee Bikes Factory Team 172  
51 Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Lac Blanc/Scott 172  
52 Jack Reading (GBr) SC Intense 159  
53 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) MS Mondraker Team 155  
54 Joseph Connell (GBr) SC Intense 150  
55 Adam Brayton (GBr) 144  
56 Robin Wallner (Swe) W-Racing 142  
57 Forrest Riesco (Can) 136  
58 Mark Wallace (Can) Devinci Global Racing 130  
59 Isak Leivsson (Nor) 116  
60 Noel Niederberger (Swi) Gstaad-Scott 114  
61 Rupert Chapman (NZl) 108  
62 Phil Atwill (GBr) RRP Ghost 107  
63 Charly Di Pasquale (Fra) 106  
64 Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing DH 96  
65 Kevin Aiello (USA) 93  
66 Alexandre Fayolle (Fra) 85  
67 Fraser Mcglone (GBr) Perth City Cycles 82  
68 George Gannicott (GBr) 81  
69 Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa) 80  
70 Mathew Stuttard (GBr) 78  
71 Kyle Sangers (Can) 74  
72 Johannes Von Klebelsberg (Ita) 72  
73 Alexander Kangas (Swe) 72  
74 Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Hutchinson UR 71  
75 Romain Paulhan (Fra) 71  
76 Benoit Coulanges (Fra) Roc Vtt Oz En Oisans 70  
77 Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) 67  
78 Quentin Chanudet (Fra) 67  
79 Reece Potter (NZl) Banshee Bikes Factory Team 61  
80 Kirk Mcdowall (Can) 60  
81 Timothy Bentley (RSA) 59  
82 Austin Warren (USA) 53  
83 Louis Hamilton (NZl) 53  
84 Graeme Mudd (Aus) 52  
85 Benny Strasser (Ger) 51  
86 Chris Kovarik (Aus) 50  
87 David Mcmillan (Aus) 50  
88 Tomas Slavik (Cze) 45  
89 Mckay Vezina (Can) 45  
90 David Trummer (Aut) RRP Ghost 42  
91 Alex Bond (GBr) 40  
92 Lindsay Klein (Aus) 40  
93 Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) 40  
94 Niklas Wallner (Swe) W-Racing 39  
95 Maxime Chapuis (Swi) 37  
96 Martin Knapec (Svk) 36  
97 Matthew Beer (Can) 34  
98 Logan Binggeli (USA) 32  
99 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Evil Vengeance Tour 32  
100 Sebastiaan Van Steenbergen (USA) 32  
101 Brent Smith (Aus) 30  
102 Peter Williams (GBr) 30  
103 Stefan Garlicki (RSA) 28  
104 Ben Power (Aus) 28  
105 Richard Thomas (GBr) 28  
106 Matej Charvat (Cze) Banshee Bikes Factory Team 28  
107 Francisco Pardal (Por) 27  
108 Tiaan Odendaal (RSA) 26  
109 Tom Matthews (NZl) Banshee Bikes Factory Team 25  
110 Samuel Bull (RSA) 24  
111 Dominik Gspan (Swi) 24  
112 Zakarias Blom Johansen (Nor) 24  
113 Carlo Caire (Ita) Gravitalia Squadra Corse 23  
114 Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Hutchinson UR 23  
115 Jasper Jauch (Ger) 22  
116 Samuel Thibault (Can) 22  
117 Guy Gibbs (GBr) 21  
118 Jono Jones (GBr) 21  
119 Gareth Brewin (GBr) 20  
120 Dan Sheridan (Irl) 20  
121 Craig Evans (GBr) 19  
122 Mario José Jarrin Molina (Ecu) 19  
123 Felix Heine (Ger) 19  
124 Trevyn Newpher (USA) 18  
125 Terje Nylende (Nor) 18  
126 Junya Nagata (Jpn) 18  
127 Rob Fraser (Can) 17  
128 Jonty Neethling (RSA) 17  
129 Oliver Burton (GBr) 17  
130 Lachlan Blair (GBr) 17  
131 Ben Furbee (USA) 16  
132 Brendan Moon (Aus) 16  
133 Raphael Kammlein - Cutler (NZl) 15  
134 Hajime Imoto (Jpn) 15  
135 Emyr Davies (GBr) 15  
136 Rafael Gutierrez (Col) 14  
137 Gianluca Vernassa (Ita) Devinci Global Racing 14  
138 Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction 14  
139 Luke Ball (GBr) 14  
140 Dan Stanbridge (GBr) 13  
141 Chris Barlin (Aus) Green To Gold Race Development 13  
142 Thomas Crimmins (Aus) 13  
143 Ronan Taylor (GBr) 12  
144 Reon Boe (NZl) 11  
145 Yuki Kushima (Jpn) 11  
146 Morgan Gulland (GBr) 10  
147 Josh Lowe (GBr) 10  
148 Alexis Pujol (Fra) 9  
149 Francesco Colombo (Ita) Gravitalia Squadra Corse 9  
150 Remi Gauvin (Can) 9  
151 Scott Mears (GBr) 8  
152 Jacques Bouvet (Ger) Team Bulls - DH 8  
153 Jesse Beare (Aus) 8  
154 Alasdair Fey (RSA) 8  
155 Michael Daniels (USA) 7  
156 Peter Knott (Aus) 7  
157 Kazuki Shimizu (Jpn) Madison Saracen Factory Team 7  
158 Mathieu Gallean (Fra) 6  
159 Dylan Conte (USA) 6  
160 Joshua Button (Aus) 6  
161 Travis Browning (RSA) 6  
162 Bernardo Neves Cruz (Bra) 5  
163 Sidney Slotegraaf (Can) 4  
164 Slawomir Lukasik (Pol) 4  
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 72  pts
2 Lapierre Gravity Republic 70  
3 Specialized Racing DH 67  
4 GT Factory Racing 64  
5 Trek World Racing 61  
6 Santa Cruz Syndicate 60  
7 Madison Saracen Factory Team 43  
8 Hutchinson Ur 34  
9 Devinci Global Racing 29  
10 Bergamont Hayes World Team 25  
11 FMD Racing 22  
12 Gstaad-Scott 22  
13 Commencal / Riding Addiction 19  
14 Kona Factory Team 14  
15 Orange Dirt World Team, O'neal 12  
16 Pivot Factory DH Team 11  
17 Evil Vengeance Tour 10  
Team World Cup standings with one round remaining
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lapierre Gravity Republic 398  pts
2 GT Factory Racing 393  
3 Madison Saracen Factory Team 385  
4 Santa Cruz Syndicate 355  
5 Specialized Racing DH 345  
6 Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof 299  
7 Trek World Racing 275  
8 Commencal / Riding Addiction 255  
9 Hutchinson Ur 231  
10 Giant Factory Off-Road Team 220  
11 Gstaad-Scott 135  
12 Devinci Global Racing 124  
13 FMD Racing 113  
14 Evil Vengeance Tour 107  
15 Pivot Factory DH Team 94  
16 Bergamont Hayes World Team 93  
17 MS Mondraker Team 64  
18 Kona Factory Team 59  
19 Orange Dirt World Team, O'neal 37  
20 Unior Tools Team 36  
21 RRP Ghost 23  
22 Green To Gold Race Development 17  
23 Lee Cougan Dirty Factory 10  
24 Banshee Bikes Factory Team 9  
25 Blackthorn GT 4  
26 Team Bulls - DH 2  
27 Commencal 2