The Clock Doesn't Lie - World Cup Downhill Qualifying Action from Pietermaritzburg

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.

Transport yourself trackside with captivating photos and sounds by Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott and Joe Bowman.

Full PMB Downhill Qualifying Results

How did the riders stack up to the Vital MTB Power Rankings?

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  • Ricorider

    4/12/2014 5:50 AM

    Glad to see you're back with a 300mm Sven. Nice bokeh! ;-)
    Thanks again for the coverage guys. Cheers from France...

  • Hittheshowers13

    4/11/2014 8:19 PM

    Smooth and Shaved!

  • ryan_daugherty

    4/11/2014 8:10 PM

    Sven and Vital kill World Cup coverage. Such a rad slideshow.

  • Big Bird

    4/11/2014 7:07 PM

    I was gonna ask if anyone was showing it on a big screen at Sea Otter, but I just looked and it's at 5:15 AM PST. Time to set my alarm.