OUT OF AFRICA - World Cup Downhill Slideshow from the Finals at Pietermaritzburg

The doors were blown off the 2014 UCI World Cup Mountain bike season with a battle in the heat of South Africa. When the dust settled, Aaron Gwin and Manon Carpenter schooled their competitors on a track that was both technical, but also physically demanding. While short, the technical section would prove to determine the fate of Mick Hannah, who was favorite for a victory. A mistake up top would be too much for the Australian to make up and after a long, stressful run in the hot seat, the last rider down, Aaron Gwin, would snag victory by just over 2-seconds. U.S. rider, Luca Shaw clinched a Junior victory and fellow Americans, Jill Kintner and Neko Mulally would earn their best World Cup finishes yet, 3rd and 8th respectively. It was truly a remarkable season opener.

Sit back, press play and travel trackside to the most exciting mountain bike competition on the planet, thanks to Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott and Joe Bowman.

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7 comments
  • Pudskies

    4/15/2014 10:54 AM

    I'm interested in the new Norco frame the team have been riding. Carbon?

  • Stiksandstones

    4/14/2014 9:39 AM

    #sramtldracing #TLDgWINning

  • NorCalNomad

    4/13/2014 9:57 PM

    Good to see some American's back on top!

  • akim.be

    4/13/2014 1:35 PM

    I missed that background music.

  • mrpowerjd

    4/13/2014 8:03 AM

    Thanks photogs, for the sweat equity put in all week(end)! And double thanks for the artistic shot of Gwin's rocket sled. I'm with CombatMutt on that--and I side with the general on Rat Boy's interview as well. What a blistering run after losing the chain in the first effing corner!!!

  • CombatMutt

    4/13/2014 7:24 AM

    Love those special, artistic photos.......

  • general lee

    4/13/2014 1:13 AM

    Bryceland's interview is solid gold