Mont Sainte Anne World Cup Downhill Finals 13

<b>Only Gwin's shadow can claim to know the feeling of being ahead of him.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Bontrager's new, winning tires...the G5.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Fastest in the quali, fastest in all splits, and winning by 1.8 seconds over Myriam Nicole.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Greg Minnaar also had a loose run, fast and wild by his standards but he ran wide on a fast long left-hander into the woods. Sometimes that's all it takes to slow your momentum all the way through the next section. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>You might be wondering if Dany left his helmet on while speaking this audio. Well it sounds pretty much the same.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Gee gets strapped up by Dan Brown this morning before practise. He was happy that he was able to still podium after this week, but he is bugged that he wasn't able to make a proper effort.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Is it really necessary to have any words here. Rather just stare at the fine form of Sam Hill. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Brook was back on fine form again today, not matching his podium performance here last year but pretty damn close. 0.3 seconds off among a load of Kiwi friends.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Martin Whiteley tries to answer the impossible...</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Sam Blenkinsop must feel like a skydiver dropping out of the helicopter.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>We're wishing you all the best, Neko!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Lycra Legends and their rainbows.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Myriam Nicole (clipped-in this time) roosting it. She and others like Mick Hannah almost got claimed by the bombhole you see in the next picture.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Don't hit the hole!</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Weekend carnage: Flats, busted chains and guides (Ragot), Danny's race run dent, Gee's knee.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Matti crashed in the former 4X rock garden. Luck run out.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Andrew Neethling headed up for his final run. Quite intimidating when you pass over some scary fast sections you have to hit flat out. By the way, Needles hit them faster than anyone. 1st place in speed trap with a 62kph!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Brendan Fairclough pushing his bike in a manual through the finish line. He lost his chain somewhere on the way down. Mick Hannah also with no chain pipped him by 1/1000th of a sec.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Chris Kovarik Entertainment LLC. He turned the yard of the hotel into a massive cutty rut! FORE!!!</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Polish Pete is double-checking Gee's rear end suspension for his high-speed assault up ahead. It worked.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>This car is on its last mission. Gettin' ready to bring the NZ boys from MSA to Windham. This car will be sold at Windham, if it isn't impounded at the border, that is.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>The view from beyond the ocean of clouds gave the impression of flying.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>The noise of his loose tire might have been a bit annoying but that didn't keep Nick Beer from giving it his all to the bottom.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Scott 11's Emilie Sigenthaler finished fourth today, backing up the flying banana (Pugin) who did not start due to a crash.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>These two girls did Canada proud. First podium for Micayla Gatto, followed by Casey Brown in sixth.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Steve Smith pushed hard today for the fans and for himself, but it just wasn't to be. It was a weird week for him, next week he can reset and try again. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Brendan and Danny both suffer from having balls this big. It must be really hard to ride bikes like they do. They are also having a bit of an on-going Twitter war right now.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Emmeline Ragot was looking good in her run until she hit something that destroyed her guide, chain and chainring. She had to coast to the finish line and settle for third today. Many others suffered the same fate, are guides too light? What happened to big burly bash guards of days gone by?</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Greg Minnaar prefers to hang out with the media guys upstairs than the journalists downstairs in the press conference area.</b> -Hiroyuki Nakagawa

<b>Who's Aaron Gwin, they asked me...</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Kiwi block party at Lapierre. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Richie Rude, top junior today and ready to be going back home to the U.S.</b>-Sven Martin

<b>Girls fight club.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Boys fight club.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Gwinhog Day for the USA in MSA...See you in New York in just a few short days!</b> -Sven Martin

Gwinhog's Day once again this weekend as Aaron Gwin and Rachel Atherton stand at the top of the podium in Mont Sainte Anne. Photos by Sven Martin and Hoshi Yoshida
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13 comments
  • bradleyjreece

    6/26/2012 4:18 PM

    Love the coverage. Would like Minnaar to get his head in the game and get mad. He needs to take this Gwin character to the mat at some point during this season. Would also be stoked to see Brendog make it down the hill in good form, knowing what he's capable of.

  • C.P.Tocher

    6/25/2012 11:46 PM

    Kiwi Block Party! Love it

  • scriz

    6/25/2012 5:01 PM

    GWINVINCIBLE

  • bturman

    6/25/2012 4:49 PM

    Thumbs up for the Sam Hill scrub pic.

  • reubenshaul

    6/25/2012 1:36 PM

    best photo coverage on the internet like usual. thanks VitalMTB.

  • lacykemp

    6/25/2012 1:14 PM

    You guys trump everyone with your slide shows every time. Awesome coverage.

  • Mr. P

    6/25/2012 10:57 AM

    Great coverage as always! Thanks!

    How do you break a chain in DH? Smash it? Cross chain? Chain growth? Brendon was pinned before he lost his.

    Crazy track, I can see why they call it a Man's Track. Nerve wracking watching them go down.

    P

  • Acadian

    6/25/2012 12:52 PM

    I've lost chains before on mega rough terrain after my power link came undone. Hasn't happen since switching over to Wippermann Connex links

  • Scrub

    6/25/2012 8:29 AM

    Ka-Pow! You guys bring the World Cup coverage to the highest level. Thanks again.

  • Smutok

    6/25/2012 6:02 AM

    Unbeatable coverage again, great work!

  • iceman2058

    6/25/2012 6:02 AM

    Listening to Hart and Smith...not a lot of ego there, just down to earth comments about not being fast enough, even with good runs. I don't think you find this kind of humility in many sports...especially not from top contenders (and a World Champ!). I predict a charge in Windham!

  • Acadian

    6/25/2012 2:29 AM

    once again thanks for bringing these awesome images (and audio) to us. Good work.

  • Pininator

    6/25/2012 1:52 AM

    Awesome slideshow as always.

    The way some of the racers were charging thru the rocks, it's no wonder their drive-trains were getting smoked.

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