As Aaron Gwinn continued his dominance of the World Champs with another win in Mont Sainte Anne at the weekend, the big news however was more what happened on the other steps of the podium as a troop of young riders made their mark in Canada.
In second place Josh Bryceland graced the podium for the first time in second place, 19 year old Brook MacDonald took third, 19 year old Danny Hart in 4th place, 23 year old Cameron Cole in 5th place and 17 year old Troy Brosnan in 6th place. That is a huge result for youth on the World Cup circuit and real statement to the older riders out there.
Of course it wasn't without luck (good for them, bad for others) that saw this result. Major threats Gee Aherton and Greg Minnaar both were taken out of contention with a puncture and a crash respectively, but there was no denying that a new world order is very much making moves in the world of mens downhill.
The womens was much more of a what you would expect and it was more success for Trek World Racing as Tracey Moseley continued her winning ways with Floriane Pugin in 2nd, Rachel Atherton taking 3rd, Sabrina Jonnier 4th and Myriam Nicole 5th.
Tracey had this to say after her win ,"They were 2 big goals for me this year, to win at Mont-Sainte-Anne, and to reach 15 career wins, so to have both happen here, on a track that gave me this rainbow jersey, is really special. I made a couple of little mistakes in the lower section but overall I'm happy with my run. A big thanks to my mechanic Sander, the bike was flawless all week".
Men's Top Ten
1 Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing 0:04:31.771 2 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:00.465 3 Brook Macdonald (NZl) MS Evil Racing 0:00:00.515 4 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:02.679 5 Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International 0:00:03.726 6 Troy Brosnan (Aus) Monster Energy / Specialized / Mad Catz 0:00:06.126 7 Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:06.807 8 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International 0:00:07.156 9 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:07.327 10 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:07.711
Women's Top Ten 1
Tracy MOSELEY GBR 32 5:12.980 2 Floriane PUGIN FRA 22 5:14.830 3 Rachel ATHERTON GBR 24 5:20.510 4 Sabrina JONNIER FRA 30 5:21.474 5 Myriam NICOLE FRA 21 5:22.441 6 Emilie SIEGENTHALER SUI 25 5:28.543 7 Petra BERNHARD AUT 31 5:30.959 8 Emmeline RAGOT FRA 25 5:31.039 9 Céline GROS FRA 28 5:34.759 10 Micayla GATTO CAN 23 5:37.853
1 Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing 868 pts 2 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 695 3 Gee Atherton (GBR) Commencal 547 4 Danny Hart (GBR) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 506 5 Steve Smith (CAN) Devinci Global Racing 459 6 Josh Bryceland (GBR) Santa Cruz Syndicate 431 7 Brook Macdonald (NZL) MS Evil Racing 430 8 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZL) Lapierre International 371 9 Cameron Cole (NZL) Lapierre International 356 10 Steve Peat (GBR) Santa Cruz Syndicate 347