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UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 2011

Date range:
August 31 - September 4, 2011

September 04, Junior women downhill:

Carpenter races to world championship despite three crashes

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
September 04, 2011, 11:29 BST,
Updated:
September 05, 2011, 6:21 BST

Downpour creates treacherous conditions in Champery

Manon Carpenter (Great Britain) on her way to a win

Manon Carpenter (Great Britain) on her way to a win

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Manon Carpenter (Great Britain) raced to a gold medal at the junior women's world championship downhill on Sunday morning. Agnes Delest (France) took silver ahead of Lauren Rosser (Canada) with bronze.

It started to pour rain in the hour before the junior women were scheduled to race. The wet conditions made the already challenging track even more treacherous and the first few women could barely get down the track - they were crashing all over the place.

"It's good it started raining well before so it was the same for everyone," said Carpenter, who is from Wales and has plenty of experience riding and racing in wet conditions.

But even Carpenter crashed three times during her run.

"I had three crashes, two at the top," said Carpenter. "I was starting to panic and was like, 'stay on, stay on,' and then I took a wrong line coming into the bottom and crashed again."

"I'm used to riding in the rain although that track is chaos in the rain. It was bad enough this morning when it hadn't rained."

Sandra Reynier (France) set the first time that looked fast enough like it would stick at 5:33.488 , but she was immediately bumped from the hot seat by defending world champion Rosser with a 5:28.793.

"My run was alright but I had a lot of crashes because it is really slick," said Rosser, who went down three times early on the course and three times nearer to the bottom.

"It's a good course and it's very challenging. I think the top riders will be able to go no dabs, but it's really starting to rain up top. If you can hold it together, you can get a fast time."

It wasn't until the third last rider, Delest, that Rosser was beaten. The French woman clocked a 5:26.002. The second last woman down the mountain, Lea Fourton had a crash-filled run and failed to make the podium.

Carpenter was the last woman down and by far the smoothest. She finished in 5:11.545, which put her nearly 14.5 seconds ahead of her nearest competition.

With her win, Carpenter capped off a great season as she also won the junior World Cup overall.  She admitted she had been feeling the pressure to win today given her success the rest of the season racing in the elite ranks.

"I'm relieved to have finished the year in one piece. It's all gone well - last year didn't go quite so well," she said.  "Having ridden lots of World Cup tracks helped today, but there is not much that is going to prepare you for a track like this.  Champery is completely different."

Full Results

Junior women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Manon Carpenter (Great Britain) 0:05:11.545  
2 Agnes Delest (France) 0:00:14.457  
3 Lauren Rosser (Canada) 0:00:17.248  
4 Sandra Reynier (France) 0:00:21.943  
5 Sarah Atkin (New Zealand) 0:00:57.367  
6 Veronique Sandler (New Zealand) 0:01:39.175  
7 Lea Fourton (France) 0:01:52.368  
8 Sophiemarie Bethell (New Zealand) 0:01:59.842  
9 Madeline Taylor (New Zealand) 0:02:29.010  
DNF Kelsey Begg (Canada)    
DNS Sophie Tyas (New Zealand)    
DNS Lauren Daney (United States Of America)    
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 France 20  pts
2 New Zealand 14  
3 Great Britain 10  
4 Canada 8