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The dust and piles of loose rock have settled at the fifth round of the 2016 UCI World Cup Downhill. The Lenzerheide course was comprised of countless berms, steep, technical rock and wooded sections with some high-speed runways mixed in. Despite the bike park atmosphere, the track was challenging for all competitors with loose, unstable conditions in the many bermed corners. A huge crowd of cheering Swiss MTB fans were on-hand to see Danny Hart, Rachel Atherton and Finn Iles win today.

Danny Hart, the 1st place qualifier and last man down the mountain, made sure the drama was high with a no-holds-barred run that was loose and fully committed. Behind at all splits, the Redcar Rocket made up the difference on the very last sector to win by just .09 seconds. This is Danny's first World Cup DH victory, breaking a streak of four 2nd places. His results moves him into 2nd place in the World Cup overall standings. Well done, Danny!

Prior to Danny's run, it was a race for 2nd place thanks to Aaron Gwin's finals run. Gwin dropped in earlier than usual due to a crash in qualifying which resulted in a 19th place. Gwin's run was visibly more aggressive and quicker than any other prior competitor and his performance stood the test of 17 of the 18 riders to follow. Despite Gwin reporting a lackluster bottom half of the run, that is where all competitors besides Danny lost the most time against him. Greg Minnaar, 3rd-fastest qualifier, was the first rider to really challenge Gwin's time with a second split that was only .07 off the pace. From there down, however, Minnaar's time dwindled earning the 2015 Lenzerheide winner a solid 3rd place and incredible 70th UCI World Cup podium.

Rachel Atherton and victory are so common that anything else would be unexpected. She struggled in qualifying yesterday, finishing 2nd to Tahnee Seagrave, but her race day performances are unmatched and she earned her 11th consecutive World Cup downhill win. Tahnee Seagrave did not let her win easily, however, finishing only .7 seconds behind Rachel, making this one of the closest Women's finals in recent memory. Myriam Nicole enjoyed a return from injury, backing up her 3rd place qualifying run with a hard-earned 3rd place finish in the final.

The Junior Men have been battling back and forth all season. Finn Iles remained focused and consistent all weekend sweeping qualifying and the finals. Iles bested 2nd place Elliott Heap by 2.6 seconds while Gaetan Vage rounded out 3rd place in the highly contested class of up-and-comers.

Elite Men's Results

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Elite Women's Results

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Junior Men's Results

photo by Lee Trumpore

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