Gwin continues winning streak in Windham

American extends rankings lead

The fifth round of the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup, in Windham, New York had a clear favourite before the race started: almost every one of the thousands of fans on the hill was rooting for Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) to repeat as the men's winner in front of his family and friends, on home soil. He did so in a stunning fashion, winning his fourth World Cup in five starts this season, and extending his two-year record to nine wins in 12 starts.

World champion Danny Hart (Giant Factory) set the first sub-2:30 time, which would hold up for fourth, but three of the top-10 riders would better it. Gee Atherton (GT Factory), riding ninth from last, knocked over a second off, and then the last two on the course both lowered it again. Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing), chasing his first World Cup victory, was eight-tenths of a second faster than Atherton, but Gwin was even faster, finishing nearly a second ahead.

"This was tight, real tight," said Gwin. "This track is one of those tracks. All week you just knew you were going to have to be perfect on all your runs to make it happen. Any mistake was going to really cost you. The run was going awesome and then I ran over some poles just before the split. I just barely kept it in line."

"I thought for a second I was going down. I had to bunny hop over it. Then down near the bottom my chain came off, but luckily it went back on. I am so stoked. Man, this is as good as it gets for me. I've got my family and friends, and all these people here. It makes it so fun."

Gwin now holds a 295-point lead over Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) with two rounds remaining, making it almost impossible for him to be beaten in his quest for a second World Cup title. Gee Atherton remains in third, 354 points in arrears.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing0:02:26.416 
2Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing0:02:27.374 
3Gee Atherton (GBr) GT Factory Racing0:02:28.127 
4Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:02:29.499 
5Loic Bruni° (Fra) Lapierre International0:02:29.773 
6Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing0:02:29.812 
7Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized0:02:30.057 
8Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride0:02:30.342 
9Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:02:30.406 
10Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team  
11Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kona0:02:30.679 
12Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team0:02:30.731 
13Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:02:31.025 
14Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:02:31.179 
15Richard Rude Jr° (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:02:31.192 
16George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci Global Racing0:02:31.345 
17Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International0:02:31.426 
18Sam Dale (GBr)0:02:31.532 
19Joshua Button (Aus) Sc-Intense0:02:31.817 
20Patrick Thome (Fra) Lapierre International0:02:31.838 
21Lewis Buchanan (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:02:32.828 
22Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace0:02:33.552 
23Mitch Ropelato (USA) Monster Energy-Specialized0:02:33.608 
24Markus Pekoll (Aut) MS Mondraker Team0:02:34.336 
25Luke Strobel (USA)0:02:34.398 
26Lorenzo Suding (Ita) Pila-Black Arrows-Mtb Herin School Asd0:02:34.418 
27Greg Williamson (GBr)0:02:34.423 
28Eliot Jackson (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:02:34.467 
29Adam Brayton (GBr)0:02:34.469 
30Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:02:34.617 
31Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:02:34.699 
32Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:02:34.887 
33Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek0:02:34.922 
34Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Mondraker Team0:02:34.940 
35Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Cg Racing Brigade0:02:35.050 
36Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing0:02:35.105 
37Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International0:02:35.270 
38George Gannicott° (GBr)0:02:35.397 
39Mickael Pascal (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz0:02:35.407 
40Austin Warren° (USA)0:02:35.927 

Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International

42Connor Fearon° (Aus) Kona0:02:36.090 
43Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz0:02:36.336 
44Matthew Beer (Can)0:02:36.800 
45Ben Reid (Irl) Dirt Norco Race Team0:02:36.802 
46Kyle Sangers (Can)0:02:37.123 
47Isak Leivsson (Nor)0:02:37.168 
48Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:02:37.499 
49Nejc Rutar (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:02:37.827 
50Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team0:02:38.088 
51Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:02:38.240 
52Joe Connell° (GBr)0:02:38.456 
53Kevin Aiello (USA)0:02:38.705 
54Jono Jones° (GBr)0:02:38.751 
55Logan Binggeli (USA)0:02:38.995 
56Dean Lucas° (Aus)  
57Duncan Riffle (USA) Dirt Norco Race Team0:02:39.073 
58Jack Reading (GBr)0:02:39.121 
59Remi Gauvin (Can)0:02:39.372 
60Manuel Gruber (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:02:39.648 
61Oliver Burton (GBr)0:02:39.806 
62Boris Tetzlaff (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:02:40.426 
63Jack Moir° (Aus)0:02:40.427 
64Mark Scott (GBr)0:02:40.565 
65Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing0:02:41.313 
66Rob Fraser (Can)0:02:41.338 
67Marc Beaumont (GBr) Gt Factory Racing0:02:42.224 
68Faustin Figaret (Fra) SC-Intense0:02:42.250 
69Damien Spagnolo (Fra) MS Mondraker Team0:02:42.859 
70Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) Pila-Black Arrows-MTBHerin School Asd0:02:42.929 
71Bernard Kerr (GBr)0:02:45.824 
72Phil Atwill° (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:02:46.973 
73Richard Thomas (GBr)0:02:48.868 
74Florent Payet (Fra) SC-Intense0:02:53.914 
75Alex Bond (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:03:11.698 
76Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:03:13.207 
77Yuki Kushima (Jpn)0:03:14.612 
78Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:04:05.340 
DNFDan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team  
DNSBrendan Fairclough (GBr) Scott11  
DNSMichael Sylvestri (USA)  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Devinci Global Racing76 pts
2GT Factory Racing72 
3Hutchinson United Ride58 
4Lapierre International53 
5Giant Factory Off-Road Team52 
6Trek World Racing40 
7Santa Cruz Syndicate40 
8MS Mondraker Team37 
9Monster Energy-Specialized32 
11Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team27 
12Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof27 
14Commencal / Riding Addiction22 
15Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team20 
17Madison Saracen Downhill Team18 
18Alpine Commencal Austria14 
19Passion Velo.Fr12 
20Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace12 
21Pila-Black Arrows-Mtb Herin School ASD5 
World cup individual standings after five rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aaron Gwin (USA)1150 pts
2Greg Minnaar (RSA)855 
3Gee Atherton (GBr)796 
4Danny Hart (GBr)650 
5Steve Smith (Can)610 
6Samuel Hill (Aus)573 
7Michael Hannah (Aus)451 
8Josh Bryceland (GBr)409 
9Andrew Neethling (RSA)405 
10Marc Beaumont (GBr)398 
11Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl)379 
12Brook Macdonald (NZl)353 
13Cameron Cole (NZl)342 
14George Brannigan (NZl)341 
15Nick Beer (Swi)333 
16Loic Bruni° (Fra)324 
17Rémi Thirion (Fra)324 
18Matthew Simmonds (GBr)324 
19Justin Leov (NZl)317 
20Richard Rude Jr° (USA)304 
21Damien Spagnolo (Fra)291 
22Joseph Smith (GBr)282 
23Patrick Thome (Fra)279 
24Luke Strobel (USA)268 
25Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra)262 
26Pierre Charles Georges (Fra)253 
27Brendan Fairclough (GBr)245 
28Mitchell Delfs (Aus)235 
29Mickael Pascal (Fra)231 
30Bryn Atkinson (Aus)229 
31Thibaut Ruffin (Fra)208 
32Sam Dale (GBr)204 
33Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col)195 
34Connor Fearon° (Aus)194 
35Jared Graves (Aus)193 
36Greg Williamson (GBr)189 
37Markus Pekoll (Aut)188 
38Bernard Kerr (GBr)179 
39Steve Peat (GBr)178 
40Eliot Jackson (USA)172 
41Joshua Button (Aus)170 
42Lorenzo Suding (Ita)168 
43Lewis Buchanan (GBr)168 
44Julien Camellini (Fra)167 
45Matthew Beer (Can)145 
46Harry Molloy (GBr)138 
47Johannes Fischbach (Ger)137 
48Duncan Riffle (USA)132 
49Mitch Ropelato (USA)131 
50Oscar Harnstrom (Swe)129 
51Robin Wallner (Swe)125 
52Ben Reid (Irl)125 
53Florent Payet (Fra)121 
54Neko Mulally (USA)120 
55Richard Thomas (GBr)120 
56Nejc Rutar (Slo)120 
57Oliver Burton (GBr)116 
58Jack Reading (GBr)114 
59Troy Brosnan (Aus)107 
60Harry Heath (GBr)106 
61Ziga Pandur (Slo)103 
62Kyle Sangers (Can)100 
63Fabien Cousinie (Fra)95 
64Cédric Gracia (Fra)93 
65Adam Brayton (GBr)90 
66Marcus Klausmann (Ger)88 
67Cyrille Kurtz (Fra)85 
68Austin Warren° (USA)84 
69Alexander Kangas (Swe)78 
70Isak Leivsson (Nor)78 
71Fraser Mcglone° (GBr)73 
72Matti Lehikoinen (Fin)67 
73Jono Jones° (GBr)67 
74Boris Tetzlaff (Aut)64 
75Ruaridh Cunningham (GBr)62 
76Mark Scott (GBr)60 
77Dan Stanbridge (GBr)57 
78Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)57 
79Francisco Pardal (Por)56 
80Filip Polc (Svk)55 
81Jack Moir° (Aus)55 
82Benny Strasser (Ger)50 
83Marco Milivinti (Ita)48 
84Johann Potgieter (RSA)48 
85Dean Lucas° (Aus)48 
86Dan Atherton (GBr)45 
87Faustin Figaret (Fra)45 
88Logan Binggeli (USA)44 
89George Gannicott° (GBr)43 
90Alex Bond (GBr)43 
91Fabien Pedemanaud (Fra)42 
92Yoann Barelli (Fra)42 
93Bernat Guardia Pascual (Spa)41 
94Curtis Keene (USA)38 
95Nico Vink (Bel)38 
96Gaetan Ruffin (Fra)38 
97Ivan Oulego Moreno (Spa)37 
98Lars Vatnebryn Sandviken (Nor)35 
99Guillaume Cauvin° (Fra)35 
100Mathieu Gallean (Fra)35 
101Manuel Gruber (Aut)34 
102Cody Warren (USA)33 
103Timothy Bentley (RSA)33 
104Miran Vauh (Slo)33 
105Jonty Neethling (RSA)32 
106Kevin Aiello (USA)32 
107Niklas Wallner (Swe)31 
108Gianluca Vernassa (Ita)30 
109Ralph Jones (GBr)30 
110Ludovic May (Swi)30 
111Rob Fraser (Can)30 
112Joe Barnes (GBr)29 
113Joe Connell° (GBr)29 
114Dennis Dertell (Swe)28 
115Emanuel Pombo (Por)28 
116Stefan Garlicki (RSA)27 
117Kieran Bennett (NZl)26 
118Phil Atwill° (GBr)26 
119Charly Di Pasquale (Fra)23 
120Lars Peyer (Swi)22 
121Remi Gauvin (Can)22 
122Scott Mears (GBr)22 
123Thomas Jeandin (Swi)18 
124Carlo Caire° (Ita)17 
125Fergus Lamb (GBr)16 
126Kazuki Shimizu (Jpn)14 
127Arthur Parret (Fra)14 
128Benjamin Verrier (Fra)12 
129Emyr Davies (GBr)12 
130Junya Nagata (Jpn)11 
131Edgar Carballo Gonzalez (Spa)11 
132Tommy Herrmann (Ger)11 
133Matthias Stonig (Aut)10 
134Mark Wallace° (Can)9 
135Lutz Weber (Swi)8 
136Mathias Haas (Aut)7 
137Tiaan Odendaal° (RSA)7 
138Benjamin Torrano (Fra)7 
139Yuki Kushima (Jpn)4 
140Dan Sheridan° (Irl)3 
141Hans Lambert (Can)3 
142Kristoffer Haugland (Nor)2 
World Cup team standings after five rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1GT Factory Racing364 pts
2Santa Cruz Syndicate266 
3Trek World Racing261 
4MS Mondraker Team259 
5Devinci Global Racing245 
6Lapierre International244 
7Hutchinson United Ride229 
8Giant Factory Off-Road Team210 
10Commencal / Riding Addiction159 
11Monster Energy-Specialized157 
12Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof105 
13Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team95 
14Team Norco International82 
16Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team64 
17Passion Velo.Fr62 
18Madison Saracen Downhill Team61 
19Alpine Commencal Austria60 
20CG Racing Brigade37 
22Team Morzine - Avoriaz / Haute - Savoie27 
23Topcycle By Trek25 
24Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace24 
25CK Racing Santacruz11 
26Unior Tools Team10 
27Torpado Surfing Shop10 
28Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing9 
29Pila-Black Arrows-MTB Herin School ASD6 
30Dirt Norco Race Team4 
31Ghost Factory Racing Team3 


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