Weekly Wrap: Post-Soviet singletrack and UCI Whirlpools

Greg Minnaar ties Peaty for most World Cup DH victories

Fort William never seems to disappoint. This year’s inclement weather turned the new woods section into a shit-slick slip-n-slide with an awkward, low-speed drop in the middle that sent a large contingent of the field OTB, and resulted in fumbled runs for many top contenders. Greg Minnaar started his run conservatively, smashed through the wooded section as if it were covered in a fresh dump-truck load of hero dirt and then put down the power at the bottom of the track to take home his first World Cup win since South Africa in 2013. Rob Warner said it best: “never, ever, rule this man out.” This is Minnaar’s 17th World Cup win, which ties him with his teammate Steve Peat for most downhill victories. Greg wasn’t the only one to have a historic weekend: Marcelo Gutierrez’s third-place finish made him the first Colombian to stand on a World Cup DH podium.

 

Bell Built Grant Winner Announced

The dust has settled in the battle for Bell and IMBA’s $100,000 trail grant. The bloodstained McLeods have been laid down, and The Urban Wilderness Gravity Trail proposed by the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club of Knoxville, Tennessee, has emerged victorious.

 

Bike goes to Georgia

Not the Gone with the Wind Georgia–the Gone with the USSR Georgia. Follow editor Brice Minnigh’s adventure @bikemag on instagram, where he’ll be posting updates as often as cell service allows.

 

Another World Cup weekend

Aaron Gwin and Rachel Atherton will fight to maintain their overall points leads in Leogang, Austria, this weekend. The historically buff and fast (as far as World Cup tracks go) course has gotten a bit more technical (watch Claudio’s course preview), and the UCI looks to be debuting a new, controversial whirlpool track feature. UCI officials declined to comment when asked if they would be banning the use of floaties during race runs:

It's a little wet underfoot here at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Leogang, Austria

Posted by RedBull.com Bike on Thursday, June 11, 2015

 
You can watch this weekend’s World Cup race live, on Sunday, on redbull.com.