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Hill, Atherton win Bromont DH titles

Sam Hill (Monster Energy-Iron Horse) regained the lead in the men's downhill World Cup on Saturday over Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate), after beating his South African rival by 2.7 seconds. In the women's race, Rachel Atherton (Animal Commencal) extended her lead over Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis) with her second consecutive win.

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By Rob Jones

Bromont WC DH: Gee Atherton

Bromont WC DH: Gee Atherton

Photo: Rob Jones

Sam Hill (Monster Energy-Iron Horse) regained the lead in the men’s downhill World Cup on Saturday over Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate), after beating his South African rival by 2.7 seconds. In the women’s race, Rachel Atherton (Animal Commencal) extended her lead over Sabrina Jonnier (Maxxis) with her second consecutive win.

American Luke Strobel (Maxxis) was the top North American man in 10th place, while Quebec native Claire Buchar (Intense) was the top woman in sixth place. Canada’s top hope Steve Smith (Cove Bikes) had a very disappointing day, finishing well back in 36th place.

Bromont WC DH: Greg Minnaar

Bromont WC DH: Greg Minnaar

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The good weather from the day before continued on race day, with sun drying out all but the wooded sections. However, the deep woods remained full of mudholes and extremely slick rocks and roots, which took down many riders.

Bromont WC DH: Rachel Atherton

Bromont WC DH: Rachel Atherton

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Canadian Danice Uyesugi (Pink Bike) set the first sub-four-minute time with a 3:40.63 run, but didn’t have time to take the Nissan Hot Seat before Anita Molcik (4 Elements) knocked five seconds off. Molcik was in the lead for four riders, when Floriane Pugin clipped 10 seconds off the leading time. Jonnier then quickly took another nine seconds off, but Atherton was right behind her, and 2.29 seconds faster. The final two riders, Tracy Moseley (Kona) and Mio Suemasa (MS-Intense), couldn’t manage to top Atherton or Jonnier, though Moseley slotted into third.

“I was really nervous after I had a bad run in the qualifier, and it was even worse when I got to the top and saw that it had been raining up there, which I knew would make it slippery,” explained Atherton. “My run was pretty good, but I made some mistakes. I just knew that it was important to never give up.”

Said Buchar: “The track is a lot shorter than Mont-Ste-Anne last weekend, but it is just as tiring. It’s super technical, and I was cautious, because there were a lot of places you could crash on the track, but it went pretty well for me.”

Bromont WC DH: Sam Hill

Bromont WC DH: Sam Hill

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Remi Thirion (France) set the early fast time for the men, at 2:55.82. His time would hold for 25 riders before his countryman Damien Spagnolo knocked off two seconds. After that, the times started dropping in quick succession by small increments, until Brendan Fairclough (Monster Energy-Iron Horse took it to 2:51.65. His time would hold up until the final six riders hit the course, with five of them beating it (Fabien Barel (Subaru) was the only one not to, and he flatted). Marc Beaumont took the lead below 2:50, but one rider later Minnaar dropped another five seconds off the lead. Minnaar’s time would hold until the final rider, Hill.

“I wasn’t really thinking about taking back the [World Cup] jersey,” Hill said afterwards. “I wanted to just put together a good run and try for the race win. It was a tough course all the way down, and there were lots of places to make mistakes, so I just tried to be smooth and consistent all the way down.”

In the World Cup standings, Sam Hill (Monster Energy / Iron Horse) has taken back the overall lead from Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) and Rachel Atherton (Animal Commencal) has extended her lead over Sabrina Jonnier (Team Maxxis).

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Results

Men’s DH results

1. Samuel Hill ((Aus)), Monster Energy / Iron Horse in 2:42.14
2. Greg Minnaar ((RSA)), Santa Cruz Syndicate in 2:44.84 at 2.7
3. Steve Peat ((GBr)), Santa Cruz Syndicate in 2:46.00 at 3.86
4. Gee Atherton ((GBr)), Animal Commencal in 2:48.09 at 5.95
5. Marc Beaumont ((GBr)), Team Bike Radar in 2:49.60 at 7.46
6. Brendan Fairclough ((GBr)), Monster Energy / Iron Horse in 2:51.65 at 9.51
7. Samuel Blenkinsop ((NZl)), Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team in 2:52.86 at 10.72
8. Matti Lehikoinen ((Fin)), Ms-Intense Factory-Racing in 2:53.03 at 10.89
9. Mitchell Delfs ((Aus)), Kenda Tomac in 2:54.15 at 12.01
10. Luke Strobel ((USA)), Team Maxxis in 2:54.56 at 12.42
11. Chris Kovarik ((Aus)), Chain Reaction Cycles/intense in 2:54.64 at 12.5
12. Damien Spagnolo ((Fra)), Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team in 2:54.68 at 12.54
13. Justin Leov ((NZl)), Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team in 2:55.46 at 13.32
14. Andrew Neethling ((RSA)), Gt Bicycles / Mongoose Bicycles in 2:55.62 at 13.48
15. Jared Rando ((Aus)), Giant Mountain Bike Team in 2:55.72 at 13.58
16. Rémi Thirion ((Fra)), Team Sunn in 2:55.82 at 13.68
17. Amiel Cavalier ((Aus)), Giant Mountain Bike Team in 2:56.04 at 13.9
18. Cameron Cole ((NZl)), Team Maxxis in 2:56.17 at 14.03
19. Nathan Rennie ((Aus)), Santa Cruz Syndicate in 2:56.40 at 14.26
20. Josh Bryceland ((GBr)), Santa Cruz Syndicate in 2:56.91 at 14.77
21. Pasqual Canals Flix ((Esp)), Massi in 2:56.91 at 14.77
22. Thibaut Ruffin ((Fra)), — in 2:57.83 at 15.69
23. Nico Vink ((Bel)), Dolphin-Trek Mountainbike Racing Team in 2:58.00 at 15.86
24. Julien Camellini ((Fra)), Chain Reaction Cycles/intense in 2:58.89 at 16.75
25. Pierre Charles Georges ((Fra)), — in 2:59.17 at 17.03
26. Ben Reid ((Irl)), — in 2:59.40 at 17.26
27. Oscar Saiz Castane ((Esp)), Giant Mountain Bike Team in 2:59.66 at 17.52
28. Florent Payet ((Fra)), Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team in 2:59.93 at 17.79
29. Sam Dale ((GBr)), Cannondale Factory Racing in 3:00.35 at 18.21
30. Alan Beggin ((Ita)), — in 3:00.62 at 18.48
31. Joseph Smith ((GBr)), Tomac Factory Racing in 3:00.72 at 18.58
32. Maxime Remy ((Fra)), Team Sunn in 3:00.97 at 18.83
33. Kieran Bennett ((NZl)), — in 3:01.38 at 19.21
34. Filip Polc ((Svk)), Kenda Tomac in 3:01.63 at 19.49
35. Aaron Holmes Gwin ((USA)), Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team in 3:01.63 at 19.49
36. Steve Smith ((Can)), Cove in 3:01.70 at 19.56
37. Adam Brayton ((GBr)), Playbiker – Iron Horse in 3:02.17 at 20.03
38. Boris Tetzlaff ((Aut)), Solid Aclass Factory Team in 3:02.33 at 20.19
39. Ruaridh Cunningham ((GBr)), Chain Reaction Cycles/intense in 3:02.56 at 20.42
40. Hans Lambert ((Can)), Norco World Team in 3:02.91 at 20.77
41. Valentin Juillard ((Fra)), Team Sunn in 3:03.03 at 20.89
42. Kyle Strait ((USA)), Specialized Factory Racing in 3:03.21 at 21.07
43. Dean Tennant ((Can)), — in 3:03.54 at 21.4
44. Charles-Alexandre Dube ((Can)), — in 3:03.95 at 21.81
45. Danny Hart ((GBr)), Lapierre Dh Powered By Saab Salomon in 3:04.50 at 22.36
46. Thomas Braithwaite ((GBr)), — in 3:04.73 at 22.59
47. Will Rischbieth ((Aus)), — in 3:04.95 at 22.81
48. Toni Berg ((Fin)), — in 3:05.12 at 22.98
49. Ralph Jones ((GBr)), — in 3:05.15 at 23.01
50. Markolf Berchtold ((Bra)), — in 3:05.18 at 23.04
51. Matej Charvat ((Cze)), — in 3:05.41 at 23.27
52. Duncan Riffle ((USA)), Cannondale Factory Racing in 3:05.60 at 23.46
53. Marcelo Gutierrez ((Col)), — in 3:05.86 at 23.72
54. Chris Hutchens ((GBr)), Mojo Orange in 3:05.93 at 23.79
55. Mathieu Troquier ((Fra)), Solid Aclass Factory Team in 3:06.22 at 24.08
56. Alastair Wilson ((GBr)), — in 3:06.51 at 24.37
57. Eli Krahenbuhl ((USA)), — in 3:06.60 at 24.46
58. Lorenzo Suding ((Ita)), Playbiker – Iron Horse in 3:06.65 at 24.51
59. Ludovic May ((Sui)), — in 3:06.83 at 24.69
60. Daniel Critchlow ((GBr)), Chain Reaction Cycles/intense in 3:07.19 at 25.05
61. Dylan Morley ((Can)), Playbiker – Iron Horse in 3:08.92 at 26.78
62. Jason Memmelaar ((USA)), — in 3:09.01 at 26.87
63. Cody Warren ((USA)), — in 3:09.72 at 27.58
64. Drew Pautler ((Can)), — in 3:09.85 at 27.71
65. Samuel Zbinden ((Sui)), Argentina Bike Gravity Team in 3:10.91 at 28.77
66. Neil Donoghue ((GBr)), Team Bike Radar in 3:13.70 at 31.56
67. Erik Irmisch ((Ger)), — in 3:14.46 at 32.32
68. Nathan Rankin ((NZl)), Playbiker – Iron Horse in 3:18.27 at 36.13
69. Georg Sieder ((Aut)), Solid Aclass Factory Team in 3:18.54 at 36.4
70. Fabien Pedemanaud ((Fra)), Team Pyrenees Morewood in 3:19.14 at 37
71. Nick Beer ((Sui)), Ixs Sports Division Racing Team in 3:19.55 at 37.41
72. Dominik Gspan ((Sui)), — in 3:23.05 at 40.91
73. Ryan Condrashoff ((USA)), — in 3:24.86 at 42.72
74. Emyr Davies ((GBr)), Reverse Components in 3:33.33 at 51.19
75. Matthew Simmonds ((GBr)), Chain Reaction Cycles/intense in 3:39.58 at 57.44
76. Mathieu Laurin ((Can)), — in 3:56.34 at 1:14.20
77. Michael Skinner ((NZl)), Playbiker – Iron Horse in 4:18.62 at 1:36.48
78. Fabien Barel ((Fra)), Subaru Mountain Bike Pro Team in 4:22.47 at 1:40.33
79. Jonty Neethling ((RSA)), — in 4:41.95 at 1:59.81
80. Dan Atherton ((GBr)), Animal Commencal in 6:19.56 at 3:37.42
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Women’s DH Results:

1. Rachel Atherton ((GBr)), Animal Commencal in 3:14.35
2. Sabrina Jonnier ((Fra)), Team Maxxis in 3:16.64 at 2.29
3. Tracy Moseley ((GBr)), Kona in 3:17.68 at 3.33
4. Emmeline Ragot ((Fra)), Suspension Center in 3:18.15 at 3.8
5. Floriane Pugin ((Fra)), Playbiker – Iron Horse in 3:25.26 at 10.91
6. Claire Buchar ((Can)), Intense in 3:34.59 at 20.24
7. Mio Suemasa ((Jpn)), Ms-Intense Factory-Racing in 3:34.78 at 20.43
8. Anita Molcik ((Aut)), 4 Elements Yeti/hotec/rsp in 3:35.25 at 20.9
9. Scarlett Hagen ((NZl)), in 3:38.91 at 24.56
10. Micayla Gatto ((Can)), Commencal Marzocchi in 3:39.55 at 25.2
11. Danice Uyesugi ((Can)), Pinkbike.com in 3:40.63 at 26.28
12. Fionn Griffiths ((GBr)), Norco World Team in 3:51.37 at 37.02
13. Elisa Canepa ((Ita)), Playbiker – Iron Horse in 4:04.98 at 50.63
14. Myriam Nicole ((Fra)), in 4:07.08 at 52.73
15. Amy Laird ((NZl)), in 4:08.49 at 54.14
16. Miranda Miller ((Can)), in 4:10.93 at 56.58
17. Harriet Harper ((NZl)), in 4:11.37 at 57.02
18. Amber Zirnhelt ((Can)), in 5:03.70 at 1:49.35
19. Sheila Morris ((Can)), in 5:29.00 at 2:14.65
DNS. Caroline Buchanan ((Aus)),