The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano Chronicle
– What Happened? –
The second downhill (DHI) round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano took place in Scotland (Great Britain), outside of Fort William. The Scottish Highlands resort is a fixture on the international downhill circuit, and boasts the series’ longest course which requires both technical skills and the highest level of physical fitness.
The Elite Women's race had an upset even before the final started, when UCI World Champion and World Cup leader Rachel Atherton (Trek Factory) was unable to start after dislocating her shoulder in a crash on her final training run. The win went to Australian Champion Tracey Hannah (Polygon UR), second to Atherton in qualifying. Hannah beat French rival Myriam Nicole (Commencal/Vallnord) by over ten seconds, with Emilie Siegenthaler (Pivot Factory) third. Hannah moves into the overall World Cup lead with 425 points, 90 points ahead of Nicole. Atherton drops to third (290).
The Elite Men's race was won by South Africa's Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate), the fastest qualifier, almost three seconds ahead of Australian Champion Jack Moir (Intense Factory). Defending UCI World Cup overall champion Aaron Gwin (The YT Mob) finished third. It was Minnaar’s seventh win in Scotland and his 20th UCI World Cup win in total, the most by any male rider. Minnaar takes the leader's jersey with 292 points, two more than Marcelo Gutierrez (Giant Factory). Moir sits in third at 269 points.
Great Britain’s Matt Walker (Madison Saracen) won the Junior Men's competition, while his compatriot Megan James took the Junior Women’s win.
– What's Next? –
Leogang, AUT, DHI World Cup #3 > June 10-11
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– Focus on Tracey Hannah –
Australian Downhill Champion Tracey Hannah, who rides for Polygon UR alongside her brother 'Mick' (Michael), has had a strong start to the 2017 season, finishing third in the opening round of the UCI World Cup then winning the second and taking over the leader's jersey. This was Hannah's third World Cup win, after victories in 2007 and 2012. She was the Junior UCI World Champion in 2006 and has won bronze four times at the Elite UCI World Championships. This year, the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships will take place in her home town of Cairns.
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