Minnaar quickest in downhill qualifying

Hannah blasts to top women's seed

Home town favourite Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) narrowly edged Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) for the top spot in the downhill qualifying at the opening UCI Mountainbike World Cup in South Africa. Minnaar plummeted down the course in 3:59.62, just eight thousandths of a second quicker than Gwin.

Canadian Steve Smith (Devinci Global) was the third fastest, almost a second slower.

In the elite women's field, Australian Tracy Hannah (Hutchinson United) pummeled the rest of the field, blazing through the course more than three seconds faster than her nearest competitor, Emmeline Ragot (Mondraker) and Floriane Pugin (Scott 11).

Full Results

Elite Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:03:59.620 
2Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing0:00:00.008 
3Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing0:00:00.871 
4Gee Atherton (GBr) Gt Factory Racing0:00:01.767 
5Troy Brosnan (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized0:00:02.270 
6Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride0:00:04.385 
7Cédric Gracia (Fra) Cg Racing Brigade0:00:05.055 
8Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek0:00:05.901 
9Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:05.908 
10Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:06.347 
11Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:06.647 
12Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:06.768 
13Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing0:00:06.921 
14Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized0:00:07.190 
15Marc Beaumont (GBr) Gt Factory Racing0:00:07.452 
16Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:00:07.468 
17Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:08.525 
18Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International0:00:08.830 
19Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team0:00:08.977 
20Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:09.171 
21Julien Camellini (Fra)0:00:09.396 
22Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Hutchinson United Ride0:00:10.059 
23Lorenzo Suding (Ita) Pila-Black Arrows-Mtb Herin School Asd0:00:11.227 
24Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing0:00:12.034 
25Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team0:00:12.100 
26Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:12.121 
27Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:12.400 
28Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace0:00:12.465 
29Luke Strobel (USA)0:00:12.496 
30Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing - Usa Gravity0:00:12.566 
31Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Scott110:00:12.818 
32George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci Global Racing0:00:13.212 
33Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team0:00:13.449 
34Jonathan Jones (GBr)0:00:13.468 
35Patrick Thome (Fra) Lapierre International0:00:13.733 
36Timothy Bentley (RSA) Hutchinson United Ride0:00:13.800 
37Duncan Riffle (USA) Dirt Norco Race Team0:00:13.848 
38Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kona0:00:14.099 
39Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team0:00:14.667 
40Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:00:15.168 
41Bernard Kerr (GBr)0:00:15.678 
42Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:15.855 
43Richard Thomas (GBr)0:00:15.872 
44Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing0:00:16.007 
45Richard Rude Jr (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:16.043 
46Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre International0:00:16.242 
47Johann Potgieter (RSA)0:00:17.053 
48Oliver Burton (GBr)0:00:17.122 
49Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona0:00:17.299 
50Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:17.504 
51Mickael Pascal (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz0:00:18.122 
52Curtis Keene (USA) Specialized Racing - Usa Gravity0:00:18.333 
53Jonty Neethling (RSA)0:00:18.599 
54Greg Williamson (GBr)0:00:18.696 
55Stefan Garlicki (RSA)0:00:18.791 
56Logan Binggeli (USA)0:00:18.803 
57Emanuel Pombo (Por)0:00:19.319 
58Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing0:00:19.830 
59Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) Pila-Black Arrows-Mtb Herin School Asd0:00:20.019 
60Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International0:00:20.151 
61Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)0:00:20.218 
62Jack Reading (GBr)0:00:20.229 
63Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:00:20.262 
64Nejc Rutar (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:00:20.599 
65Lars Peyer (Swi) Sc-Intense0:00:20.806 
66Lutz Weber (Swi)0:00:20.868 
67Miran Vauh (Slo)0:00:20.975 
68Eliot Jackson (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:21.251 
69Kristoffer Haugland (Nor)0:00:21.325 
70Alex Bond (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:21.584 
71Tiaan Odendaal (RSA)0:00:21.586 
72Fergus Lamb (GBr)0:00:22.164 
73Kevin Aiello (USA)0:00:22.502 
74Ludovic May (Swi)0:00:22.511 
75Isak Leivsson (Nor)0:00:22.804 
76Zakarias Blom Johansen (Nor)0:00:22.815 
77Mark Scott (GBr)0:00:22.923 
78Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson United Ride0:00:23.515 
79Tommy Herrmann (Ger)0:00:24.481 
80Dan Sheridan (Irl)0:00:25.398 
81Terje Nylende (Nor) Team Fokus - Danica0:00:25.595 
82Marco Milivinti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop0:00:26.273 
82Rick Balbierer (Ger)  
84Niclas Andersen (Nor)0:00:26.439 
85Thomas Jeandin (Swi)0:00:26.468 
86Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:26.541 
87Jérôme Payet (Fra)0:00:27.166 
88Will Jones (GBr)0:00:27.566 
89Quentin Moreau (Fra)0:00:27.698 
90Daisuke Kurosawa (Jpn)0:00:28.035 
91Samuel Bull (RSA)0:00:28.277 
92Felix Beckeman (Swe)0:00:28.519 
93Daniel Pombo (Por)0:00:28.804 
94Junya Nagata (Jpn)0:00:29.024 
95Walace Henrique Miranda (Bra)0:00:29.105 
96Christian Textor (Ger)0:00:29.980 
97David Trummer (Aut)0:00:30.215 
98Faustin Figaret (Fra) Sc-Intense0:00:30.411 
99Andre Bretas (Bra)0:00:30.902 
100Adi Van Der Merwe (RSA)0:00:30.926 
101Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz0:00:30.965 
102Naoki Idegawa (Jpn)0:00:31.046 
103Fraser Mcglone (GBr)0:00:31.447 
104Travis Browning (RSA)0:00:32.293 
105Takuya Aoki (Jpn)0:00:32.458 
106Darryn Stowe (RSA)0:00:32.463 
107Carlo Caire (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team0:00:33.235 
108Francesco Colombo (Ita) Team Axo/Pro-Gest0:00:33.466 
109Marco Fernandez Garcia (Spa)0:00:33.495 
110Quentin Chanudet (Fra)0:00:33.809 
111Kelvin Purchase (RSA)0:00:34.013 
112Alasdair Fey (RSA)0:00:34.203 
113Cameron Cornforth (Irl)0:00:37.481 
114David Kynaston (GBr)0:00:37.678 
115Simon Parsons (GBr)0:00:37.718 
116Gianluca Vernassa (Ita) Devinci Global Racing0:00:37.731 
117Kyle Davids (RSA)0:00:39.201 
118Guilherme Renke (Bra)0:00:39.349 
119David Hogan (RSA)0:00:39.357 
120Erik Irmisch (Ger)0:00:40.813 
121Steven Sautron (Fra)0:00:43.605 
122Chris Nixon (RSA)0:00:44.215 
123Josh Lewis (GBr) Steve Peat Syndicate0:00:44.477 
124Phil Atwill (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:46.875 
125Justyn Norek (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team0:00:47.013 
126Andreas Sieber (Ger)0:00:50.878 
127Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team0:00:50.921 
128Brook Macdonald (NZl) Ms Mondraker Team0:02:51.869 
DNFMiha Halzer (Slo) Energijateam.Com  
DNSRomain Paulhan (Fra) Scott11  
DNSChristopher Mcglinchey (Irl)  
DNSAlexandre Sicard (Fra)  
DNSMarcelo Dias (Por)  
DNSJoelson Bourice (Fra)  
Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride0:04:36.853 
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team0:00:03.556 
3Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott110:00:03.660 
4Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team0:00:03.984 
5Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International0:00:06.436 
6Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:11.381 
7Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Bra)0:00:13.465 
8Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Sc-Intense0:00:14.760 
9Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott110:00:15.371 
10Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:15.914 
11Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:19.427 
12Anita Molcik (Aut)0:00:20.465 
13Mio Suemasa (Jpn)0:00:22.592 
14Fionn Griffiths (GBr)0:00:27.541 
15Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)0:00:28.573 
16Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:34.470 
17Caroline Sax (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace0:00:38.697 
18Gabriela Williams (Cze) Cg Racing Brigade0:00:41.260 
19Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)0:00:52.849 
20Tamara Maria Ulrich (Aut)0:01:37.827 

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