The first true measurement of 2014 World Cup downhill speed was captured today during qualifying runs. As the dust settled, the clock proved that Aaron Gwin had prepared this off-season and posted a first place. Josh Bryceland managed to post up a solid run and land in 2nd place, which is a welcome surprise. Teammate and PMB local, Greg Minnaar, rounded out the top 3. Manon Carpenter put a large dent in the women's times by running into the lead by over 9-seconds. Rachel Atherton, recovering from a virus, followed Manon. Emmeline Ragot secured a 3rd place.
Not in the results were Mick Hannah, who had a brake failure and Mitch Ropelato who suffered a flat tire aboard his Specialized Enduro 29. Mick will race in the finals as a protected, Top 20 rider. Mitch, does not have that luxury and will not race on finals day.
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