South African racer Greg Minnaar won the second round of the 2017 World Cup in Fort William on Sunday, riding the new 29er version of the Santa Cruz V10. Minnaar is the winningest rider in World Cup history with an incredible 20 victories, including an astounding seven at Fort William alone. As the fastest qualifier, Minnaar was the last man down the hill. Even the rain moving in didn’t slow him down though, as he took the day with an impressive three second margin over 2nd place, Jack Moir of Australia. Minnaar’s victory represents the first win for a 29er at the World Cup level of DH racing.
Moir, who rode a prototype 29er DH bike from Intense, has shown great potential including winning the Australian National Championships this year. He had an impressive run in qualifiers taking the third spot, but shaved a massive six seconds off that run in the finals.
Aaron Gwin was setting the track ablaze until a bobble lower down the track cost him precious time. Gwin would have to settle for 3rd on the day, but it’s a much better result than the DQ he received after crashing off the track during Round 1 in Lourdes, France.
The women’s race was wide open after Rachel Atherton crashed in morning practice, dislocating her shoulder. Atherton’s injury brought an end to her unbelievable 14-race winning streak. Australian Tracey Hannah took the stop step in the women’s race followed by Myriam Nicole in second and Emilie Siegenthaler in third.
Watch the complete replay of the race on Red Bull TV. The third round of the 2017 schedule takes place this coming weekend (June 11) in Leogang, Austria.