2012 UCI World Cup, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa - DOWNHILL FINALS 14

<b>Rob Warner does the talking on this one. Greg Minnaar, your World Cup downhill race winner today. Photo by Gary Perkin</b>

<b>Aaron Gwin was down just 0.008 in qualifiers and then 0.632 in finals...just over a half a second in the first two timed races this season. Boy are we in for a battle this World Cup season. Photo by Gary Perkin</b>

<b>20 years of hijinx and Rob Warner never grows up. That's why we love him. -Sven Martin</b>

<b>It was an incredible day for the Hannah family. 1st for Tracey, 3rd for Mick. -Sven Martin</b>

<b>Mick Hannah looked relaxed and race-ready all week and it showed today. Back on the podium after a few years, trying to find his pace and helping his United Ride Morewood team to their first Team win. Photo by Gary Perkin</b>

<b>This fan was looking for "Big Air," who was last rider left on the hill. He kept himself busy with lots of blowing. Nice to see the whole family out, kids and all. -Sven Martin</b>

<b>Jason Marsh preps Greg Minnaar's race rig with some custom tweaks before finals today. Sometimes it's best not to believe all that you read on the internets. Photo by Gary Perkin</b> (RICHNESS!)

<b>Fox Racing Shox mastermind, Justin Frey and the winner. -Sven Martin</b>

<b>All in the details. With the hard work behind him, Monk Dawg sweats the details on Aaron Gwin's bike. Photo by Gary Perkin</b>

<b>Jill Kintner had to be told that it was her first World Cup podium after crashing in her run. Now that monkey is off her back, the only way is up. Photo by Gary Perkin</b>

<b>It's a shame this was overlooked for TV camera placement. This is what PMB is famous for. The hi-speed, blind gully and massive tables. Even the pedal section would have been fun to watch the riders suffer in. Cedric the entertainer. -Sven Martin</b>

<b>It was a big stats day in PMB. 100 World Cups starts for Steve Peat! I thought I'd honor the big man with a trademark pan through the crowd. A Peaty Pan if you will. Photo by Gary Perkin</b> (YEAH PEATY!!!)

<b>He is so old school that he is new school again. -Sven Martin</b>

<b>This week was a rocky road for Andrew Neethling, who rode with a broken hand and finger. Although he has had a solid start with his seventh, he missed the podium by less than half a second. -Sven Martin</b>

<b>Hijinx ruled a relaxed Santa Cruz Syndicate pits today. Photo by Gary Perkin</b>

<b>Once again, just like last year, Gee was the fastest in the middle section. He said he should of run a bigger gear as he spun out early. Top four riders only 1.3 seconds apart, I have a feeling it's going to be tight all year. -Sven Martin</b>

<b>Manon Carpenter, less than one second off the win, has made a huge improvement to her program and riding. It will be interesting to see how Tracey and her fare when Atherton, Pugin, Jonnier and Moseley are all back. -Sven Martin</b>

<b>Bryn Atkinson will ride protected as a top 20 rider in Val Di Sole. He's jumping for joy. -Sven Martin</b>

<b>Much respect to Cous Cous and the Hutchinson Morewood United team. When the winning team is still having to buy some of the team parts, you know that heart goes a long way and money doesn't mean everything. Fitting win in Morewood's hometown. -Sven Martin</b>

<b>The three musketeers. We are gonna miss the Gary at the next World Cups. -Sven Martin</b> (YES WE ARE!)

<b>Rob Roskopp in the audio. With all that's going on in PMB - sick dad and home turf pressure etc - Greg Minnaar rose to the occasion and closed a local hero, fairy tale weekend in front of the One Life Minnaarmy! Photo by Gary Perkin</b>

<b>I know Greg is religious but his win today made lame men walk and turned water into brandy. Miraculous day indeed. Photo Nick Muzik</b>

<b>As the sun set over Pietermaritzburg, Greg Minnaar went to drug testing and then straight off to the hospital to see his dad in ICU. Get well soon from all of us, Jazzy Jeff! Photo by Gary Perkin</b>

<b>So for a variety of reasons - too many for this caption - this will be the last time in 2012 that I trudge out of a press room in the dark with my Vital partner, Sven. To quote Isaac Newton, "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Thanks for watching it's been emotional. Photo by Gary Perkin</b> (All the thanks goes to you big G! Enjoy the new ride.)

Greg Minnaar pulls off a World Cup downhill win in front of a cheering crowd in his home town of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Narrowly edging out 2011's winner, Aaron Gwin, Greg celebrates victory along first-time women's World Cup winner, Tracey Hannah, who dominated her competitors.
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  • ale-b

    3/26/2012 1:33 AM

    Greg tyre pressure, 20 & 15?!?!?!? For real???

  • Pininator

    3/19/2012 10:15 PM

    Gary goes out with a bang(er)! Congrats and best of luck in the future. You'll be missed, but damn if you don't deserve some stability. Happy trails, Flipper!

    OK, Sven...no pressure, buddy, but we're counting on you to carry the torch.

    Looking forward to the next WC slideshow-fest in...............11 weeks?!?!?!

  • bjenson

    3/19/2012 12:59 PM

    great insight on so many levels. thanks gary and sven.

  • MTB R&D

    3/19/2012 9:27 AM

    Thank you for the photos over the years Gary! Awesome work as always!

  • Big Bird

    3/19/2012 9:06 AM

    "Who's Sperm?"

  • ianjenn

    3/19/2012 7:29 AM

    Where is Gary going? Sorry I am out of the loop. Okay time off for family/friends. Okay cool yo shoot on Gary....


  • dphilpott

    3/19/2012 4:40 AM

    Another great slideshow, its a shame to see Gary go, he'll leave some big shoes to fill!

  • Acadian

    3/19/2012 2:36 AM

    we'll miss you Gary. Thanks for the visual stimulation over the years.

  • DHmental

    3/19/2012 12:03 AM

    Thanks Vital, and thank you Gary it was an epic weekend of racing.

  • sideshow

    3/18/2012 10:19 PM

    Flipper will be missed. This was a great last piece though! Admittedly quite the fan boy, and this opener delivered on so many fronts. I think I'm most pumped for Tracy and Manon! So, so cool. This hiatus until round 2 is going to be like winter all over again...haha

  • Redwoodrider

    3/18/2012 9:21 PM

    sick as always greg fukn killed it

  • Mr. P

    3/18/2012 9:18 PM

    Thanks for taking us to South Africa all week, you guys told a great story.

    Shine on Gary, we'll miss your quality work!


  • bdamschen

    3/18/2012 9:09 PM

    Agree! So good!

  • anotherbikerguy

    3/18/2012 8:53 PM

    i'd rather watch one of these slideshows than a three-minute clip compilation any day

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