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.