Brook MacDonald 3rd at MSA, four kiwis in top ten!

2011 Mont Sainte Anne World Cup Downhill Finals — More Mountain Bike Photos

So if you didn't get up to watch Freecaster's (best ever) event coverage of the MSA DH you should be kicking yourself right now. It was edge of the seat stuff with Brook MacDonald destroying the field by over five seconds with only five riders to go. Cole and Blenki were among the five left up top but neither could put it together to knock off Brook. Josh Bryceland raced one of his career best performances to move Brook into 2nd and then that dam yank Gwin killed it moving into first. With Minnaar in the start box  it would have been good to see Gwin in second, but then Brook would have been fourth... Looking good, Minnaar made pretty much his first ever mistake (like ever) and gifted Gwin the win. Read Chris Mildon's of MTBNZ's press release below.

The weekend of July 2nd and 3rd was an exceptional one for NZ's traveling mountain bike racers around the world. Stunning world class podium performances in Canada and France by both downhill and cross country athletes are summarised as follows: MacDonald and Cole 3rd and 5th, NZ Top Ten Domination. NZ's world class downhill contingent practiced their way through four days of weather extremes on the Mont Sainte Anne mountain, at times racing on the world renowned course in less than 10m of visibility. The class of this group of athletes was displayed firstly with Friday's qualification run - Cam Cole (Lapierre International, Christchurch) fourth, teammate Sam Blenkinsop (Wanganui) seventh and Brook MacDonald (MS Evil Racing, Napier) ninth. Joining these three Junior World Championship medalists in the top 80 were George Brannigan (Devinci Global, Hawkes Bay), Justin Leov (Trek World Racing, Dunedin) and Dan Sims (Auckland). Alexandra's Matt Scoles (Cingolani-Trek) had a terrible qualification run, but moved through to the top 80 final due to having protected status as a top 20 rider on current World Cup standings. Racing his first World Cup for several years, James Dodds (Zerode, Rotorua) wasn't able to break the top 80, missing the cut-off by six seconds.

The weather held for today's race run, with the race course dry in the open but still treacherous in the rocky, forest sections. Conditions that suited the NZers with MacDonald blazing to a time that shattered the field with only a handful of riders still to run. MacDonald's time was beaten only by current World Cup leader Aaron Gwinn and the UK's Josh Bryceland, and the Napier flier claimed a charging podium third. Cole looked strong and carried great momentum through the middle parts of the Mont Sainte Anne mountain to claim his first podium result for the World Cup, in fifth. And confirming growing NZ dominance in the top ten on the World Cup Downhill circuit, Blenkinsop was eighth, and Leov 10th - results that have the Downhill circuit on notice with the final two month lead-in to this years World Championships. Scoles and Brannigan raced to 19th and 25th respectively.

Men:

 

Rank Name UCI Code Team Result
1 GWIN Aaron USA19871224 TREK WORLD RACING 4:31.771
2 BRYCELAND Josh GBR19900323 SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE +00.465
3 MACDONALD Brook NZL19911125 MS EVIL RACING +00.515
4 HART Danny GBR19910920 GIANT FACTORY OFF-ROAD TEAM +02.679
5 COLE Cameron NZL19880203 LAPIERRE INTERNATIONAL +03.726
6 BROSNAN Troy ° AUS19930713 MONSTER ENERGY / SPECIALIZED / MAD CATZ +06.126
7 SMITH Steve CAN19891125 DEVINCI GLOBAL RACING +06.807
8 BLENKINSOP Samuel NZL19881028 LAPIERRE INTERNATIONAL +07.156
9 NEETHLING Andrew RSA19840805 GIANT FACTORY OFF-ROAD TEAM +07.327
10 LEOV Justin NZL19841020 TREK WORLD RACING +07.711
11 BAREL Fabien FRA19800726 MONDRAKER FACTORY TEAM +08.624
12 BEAUMONT Marc GBR19840925 +08.647
13 LEHIKOINEN Matti FIN19840419 CHAIN REACTION CYCLES / NUKEPROOF +08.836
14 SPAGNOLO Damien FRA19850428 MONDRAKER FACTORY TEAM +09.053
15 PEAT Steve GBR19740617 SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE +09.487
16 O'CONNOR Shaun AUS19910713 YETI FOX SHOX FACTORY RACE TEAM +10.450
17 HANNAH Michael AUS19831121 +10.572
18 MINNAAR Greg RSA19811113 SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE +10.651
19 SCOLES Matthew NZL19890605 TEAM CINGOLANI TREK +11.023
20 PAULHAN Romain FRA19880416 +11.149
21 FAIRCLOUGH Brendan GBR19880110 MONSTER ENERGY / SPECIALIZED / MAD CATZ +11.179
22 MULALLY Neko ° USA19930219 TREK WORLD RACING +12.706
23 REID Ben IRL19860324 DIRT NORCO RACE TEAM +12.840
24 WALLNER Robin SWE19880704 TEAM ARE BIKEPARK POWERED BY W - RACING +13.377
25 BRANNIGAN George NZL19920409 DEVINCI GLOBAL RACING +13.467
26 DALE Sam GBR19900212 TEAM SUNN MONTGENEVRE +14.090
27 HEATH Harry GBR19910805 UNIOR TOOLS TEAM +14.510
28 STROBEL Luke USA19860624 MS EVIL RACING +14.599
29 BEER Nick SUI19870917 SCOTT 11 +14.817
30 CATHRO Ben GBR19880420 +15.523
31 BRUNI Loic ° FRA19940513 LAPIERRE INTERNATIONAL +15.645
32 GEORGES Pierre Charles FRA19860206 TEAM LAC BLANC / SOLID / MASSIF DES VOSGES +15.846
33 CHARVAT Matej CZE19851126 +16.006
34 GRACIA Cédric FRA19780323 CG RACING BRIGADE +16.224
35 PASCAL Mickael FRA19791011 MOREWOOD UNITEDRIDE +16.228
36 BUCHANAN Lewis ° GBR19930927 CHAIN REACTION CYCLES / NUKEPROOF +16.828
37 RIFFLE Duncan USA19861029 GIANT FACTORY OFF-ROAD TEAM +16.831
38 PAYET Florent FRA19861121 SC - INTENSE +16.855
39 CAMELLINI Julien FRA19840107 TEAM SUNN MONTGENEVRE +16.898
40 PEKOLL Markus AUT19871013 MS EVIL RACING +17.241
41 STANBRIDGE Dan GBR19850716 DIRT NORCO RACE TEAM +17.782
42 SANGERS Kyle ° CAN19930412 +18.197
43 VINK Nico BEL19830323 TEAM LAC BLANC / SOLID / MASSIF DES VOSGES +18.483
44 SIMMONDS Matthew GBR19870520 CHAIN REACTION CYCLES / NUKEPROOF +18.951
45 ATHERTON Dan GBR19820125 COMMENCAL +19.008
46 THOME Patrick FRA19911020 MONDRAKER FACTORY TEAM +19.328
47 RUTAR Nejc SLO19890427 UNIOR TOOLS TEAM +19.454
48 ARTHUS Florian FRA19911219 +19.722
49 LAMB Fergus GBR19860916 +19.872
50 FEARON Connor ° AUS19940119 KONA +20.003
51 BRAYTON Adam GBR19881019 +20.567
52 DEL BOSCO Chris CAN19820330 +20.897
53 POLC Filip SVK19820410 MS EVIL RACING +22.709
54 TENNANT Dean CAN19880928 +22.714
55 MOLLOY Harry GBR19910530 MADISON SARACEN +23.259
56 GAUVIN Yann CAN19901020 +23.349
57 CUNNINGHAM Ruaridh GBR19890215 TEAM MAXXIS - ROCKY MOUNTAIN +23.583
58 BREWIN Gareth GBR19910623 +24.973
59 HARNSTROM Oscar SWE19900420 +25.235
60 BRAITHWAITE Thomas GBR19841228 +25.326
61 RUFFIN Thibaut FRA19841030 RIDING ADDICTION COMMENCAL +25.968
62 GSPAN Dominik SUI19870716 +26.017
63 GAUVIN Remi CAN19920616 +27.697
64 COUSINIE Fabien FRA19860814 MOREWOOD UNITEDRIDE +27.844
65 WILLIAMSON Greg GBR19920608 +28.236
66 BURTON Oliver GBR19890712 +29.943
67 TETZLAFF Boris AUT19900121 ALPINE COMMENCAL AUSTRIA +30.357
68 MEARS Scott GBR19890206 +30.544
69 RUFFIN Gaetan FRA19910629 RIDING ADDICTION COMMENCAL +32.145
70 IMOTO Hajime JPN19920607 +33.788
71 BINGGELI Logan USA19890827 +34.380
72 PEDEMANAUD Fabien FRA19840612 SCOTT 11 +35.092
73 KUSHIMA Yuuki ° JPN19930821 +35.690
74 SCOTT Mark ° GBR19930511 TEAM MAXXIS - ROCKY MOUNTAIN +37.322
75 SIMS Daniel NZL19860128 +40.255
76 GUTIERREZ VILLEGAS Marcelo COL19900509 CG RACING BRIGADE +45.667
77 SMITH Joseph GBR19900704 CHAIN REACTION CYCLES / NUKEPROOF +47.554
78 WALLNER Niklas SWE19900519 TEAM ARE BIKEPARK POWERED BY W - RACING +48.667
Men's Points After MSA:

Rank Name Nation Team Points
1 GWIN Aaron USA TREK WORLD RACING 868
2 MINNAAR Greg RSA SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE 695
3 ATHERTON Gee GBR COMMENCAL 547
4 HART Danny GBR GIANT FACTORY OFF-ROAD TEAM 506
5 SMITH Steve CAN DEVINCI GLOBAL RACING 459
6 BRYCELAND Josh GBR SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE 431
7 MACDONALD Brook NZL MS EVIL RACING 430
8 BLENKINSOP Samuel NZL LAPIERRE INTERNATIONAL 371
9 COLE Cameron NZL LAPIERRE INTERNATIONAL 356
10 PEAT Steve GBR SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE 347

 

 

Women

Rank Name UCI Code Team Result
1 MOSELEY Tracy GBR19790412 TREK WORLD RACING 5:12.980
2 PUGIN Floriane FRA19890417 SCOTT 11 +01.850
3 ATHERTON Rachel GBR19871206 COMMENCAL +07.530
4 JONNIER Sabrina FRA19810819 TEAM MAXXIS - ROCKY MOUNTAIN +08.494
5 NICOLE Myriam FRA19900208 RIDING ADDICTION COMMENCAL +09.461
6 SIEGENTHALER Emilie SUI19860919 SCOTT 11 +15.563
7 BERNHARD Petra AUT19801118 ALPINE COMMENCAL AUSTRIA +17.979
8 RAGOT Emmeline FRA19860527 TEAM GR +18.059
9 GROS Céline FRA19830128 TEAM MORZINE - AVORIAZ / HAUTE - SAVOIE +21.779
10 GATTO Micayla CAN19880821 +24.873
11 HARMONY Jacqueline USA19780307 +28.596
12 KINTNER Jill USA19811024 +31.465
13 STONE Jessica GBR19900914 +33.290
14 CARPENTER Manon ° GBR19930311 MADISON SARACEN +35.801
15 MILLER Miranda CAN19900302 +40.409
16 RUCHTI Miriam SUI19870101 +43.121
17 HARVEY Darian USA19820727 +46.258
18 WILLIAMS Gabriela CZE19810728 +57.964
19 LAPLANTE Anne CAN19901015 +1:24.242
20 GRIFFITHS Fionn GBR19820827 TEAM GR +4:58.937

 

Women's Points After MSA:

Rank Name Nation Team Points
1 MOSELEY Tracy GBR TREK WORLD RACING 910
2 PUGIN Floriane FRA SCOTT 11 770
3 ATHERTON Rachel GBR COMMENCAL 580
4 JONNIER Sabrina FRA TEAM MAXXIS - ROCKY MOUNTAIN 535
5 NICOLE Myriam FRA RIDING ADDICTION COMMENCAL 419
6 SIEGENTHALER Emilie SUI SCOTT 11 353
7 RAGOT Emmeline FRA TEAM GR 340
8 BERNHARD Petra AUT ALPINE COMMENCAL AUSTRIA 328
9 GRIFFITHS Fionn GBR TEAM GR

 

 

 

UCI World MTB Cup, Mont Sainte Anne, Canada - Cross Country Sheppard U23 Podium 4th Rotorua's Samara Sheppard (iXS Wheeler Pro Team) raced to a break-through World Cup performance on Saturday, proudly delivering a fourth pace finish in the Under 23 Women's race at the always challenging east coast Canadian venue. Sheppard got away to a flying start on her first lap of four to move through the field and into a challenging position with the race leaders. Terrible weather at the Mont Sainte Anne venue over the past week had left the course slippery and treacherous in places, with the several rocky, technical sections proving difficult for most riders to tame. Sheppard had no issues with the conditions or the course, and built on her 2010 World Championships 11th at this same venue 10 months ago to finish fourth. Sheppard has been waiting patiently during her 2011 European campaign for her first World Cup opportunity to measure herself against the cream of the northern hemispheres mountainbike espoirs, and this podium result confirms her rapidly improving form with only two months to the 2011 World Championships. Karen Hanlen (Whakatane) lined up in a class Elite Women's field for her third World Cup of the season. Hanlen was not daunted at all with the challenging race conditions or the competition, and displayed real grit to complete the race in 32nd.

Mont Sainte Anne World Cup Cross Country Results

VTT Subaru French Cup, Val D'Isere Peters and O'Neill U23 Podiums Europe based cross country racers stayed on in France while the UCI World MTB Cup shifted to Canada this weekend, racing at the highly subscribed French Cup. Huge fields were the first challenge for NZs athletes to overcome, but good starting grid positions worked in their favour and enabled several to compete at the front of their respective races. In the 4 lap Elite/U23 Womens race, Katie O'Neill (Bergamont NZ, Rotorua) relished the opportunity some clear air provided, and a stunning 9th place finish was her reward for a very honest days racing. This result saw O'Neill claim a podium second place finish in the Under 23 competition. The 5 lap Elite/U23 Mens race also had NZers running at the front of the pack, with Carl Jones (Bergamont NZ, Rotorua) and Dirk Peters (SantaCruz NZ, Rotorua) having fantastic races in the 110 strong field. Jones held tight to the leaders right through his race and is extremely happy to have maintained such a close margin with his seventh place finish. Peters was only slightly behind Jones throughout the race to finish 11th. However, like O'Neill Peters made the Under 23 podium presentation with a fourth place result in that category. Sam Shaw (Rotorua) also competed in the Elite/U23 Mens race, to finish 40th.

Val D'Isere French Cup Results Elite/U23 Women Val D'iIsere French Cup Results Elite/U23 Men

Issued for MTBNZ Peformance Chris Mildon