Second World Cup Win for Aaron Gwin in Leogang

Second World Cup Win for Aaron Gwin in Leogang
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Sietse_Schelpe]Sietse Schelpe
The elite downhill riders know how to surprise. The need for speed makes them do crazy things and record speed-of-light runs. Trek World Racing rider Aaron Gwin is no exception. The Pietermaritzburg World Cup winner recoded another insane run in Leogang, winning his second World Cup this year.
The steep, downhill course required both strong technical skills and power to do well. Due to the rain falling the previous day, the track was slippery and muddy at first, causing many crashes. However, by the time the top 20 riders came down, the sun appeared and dried it out a bit.
Last year it was all about 2010 World Cup overall winner Gee Atherton and runner-up Greg Minnaar. This year Gwin gets closer and closer to his top rivals and he’s better than ever. If everyone thought that Atherton’s time of 3:46.294 is unbeatable, wait to see the fastest qualified Gwin coming down the mountain. He went massive leading over four seconds at the top part of the course. At the second split he was leading almost three seconds, but lost some ground after the technical section. Finishing with a time of 3:44.181 was more than enough to win the top podium spot today. “The race was good. I came back after the crash from last week in Fort William. At some part I almost blew out, but I held it together and went full speed forward. Winning my second World Cup this year feels great,” commented Gwin after the race.
Gee Atherton is another crazy downhiller. He progressively accelerated his pace just so to cross the finish line with an insane three and a half seconds up. He’s also the man to be watched out in future competitions. The South African Greg Minnaar made things look very easy as well when ascending the mountain. He too was three and a half second up when he cross the finish line, but, eventually, his run was only good enough for the third podium spot.
The Canadian Devinci Global Racing rider Steve Smith claimed the fourth podium spot, finishing almost eight seconds behind the winner, while the current DHI World champion Sam Hill finished nine second behind on fifth.
Elite Men, Leogang DHI World Cup
1 GWIN Aaron USA TREK WORLD RACING 3:44.181
2 ATHERTON Gee GBR COMMENCAL +02.113
3 MINNAAR Greg RSA SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE +05.721
4 SMITH Steve CAN DEVINCI GLOBAL RACING +07.942
5 HILL Samuel AUS MONSTER ENERGY / SPECIALIZED / MAD CATZ +09.225
6 HART Danny GBR GIANT FACTORY OFF-ROAD TEAM +09.253
7 GRACIA C?dric FRA CG RACING BRIGADE +09.357
8 LEOV Justin NZL TREK WORLD RACING +09.984
9 BLENKINSOP Samuel NZL LAPIERRE INTERNATIONAL +10.163
10 MACDONALD Brook NZL MS EVIL RACING +10.615 http://www.rockyroads.net/mountainbike/4679-110612-mountainbike-gravity-downhill-second-world-cup-win-for-aaron-gwin-in-leogang-.html

Source: [http://EzineArticles.com/?Second-World-Cup-Win-for-Aaron-Gwin-in-Leogang&id=6346058] Second World Cup Win for Aaron Gwin in Leogang
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