Legendary downhill rider Greg Minnaar showed he still has what it takes, earning a strong second place at the Leogang World Cup. Maxxis’ sponsored riders Troy Brosnan and Danny Hart joined him on the podium in third and fourth places, and Marine Cabirou took fourth place on the Elite women’s podium.
Minnaar coming in hot to the woods up top. 📸@maddogboris
Brosnan on point. 📸@maddogboris
Hart keeping things tucked up into the finish. 📸@maddogboris
Cabirou sporting some "Test Pilot" tires. 📸@maddogboris
Riding his signature Assegai tires, Minnaar started the weekend by taking first place in Saturday’s qualifier. In what pinkbike.com called “an amazing run that was so close to taking the top spot,” the Santa Cruz Syndicate rider finished the final race in 3:16.456, just 0.324 more than the eventual winner. Canyon Factory Downhill Team’s Brosnan made his final run 0.746 of a second from the winner’s time, with Madison Saracen Factory Team’s Danny Hart 1.994 seconds from first place. Also making the Elite Men’s top ten were Kona Factory Team’s Connor Fearon in eighth place, Santa Cruz Syndicate’s Luca Shaw in ninth, and Unior/Devinci Factory’s Jure Zabjek in tenth place.
Fearon staying low into the finish. 📸@maddogboris
Shaw flicking it in through the woods. 📸@maddogboris
Zabjek lining it up to the inside rut. 📸@maddogboris
SCOTT Downhill Factory Team’s Marine Cabirou made another appearance on the Elite Women’s podium with fourth place, finishing 9.564 seconds from the winning time. Insync’s Veronika Widmann took fifth place with a final time 12.085 behind the winner. Cabirou and Widmann are also fourth and fifth in overall Elite Women’s standings.
Cabirou minus her helmet visor. 📸@maddogboris
Brosnan continues to lead Men’s Elite standings after Leogang, with Hart, Minnaar, and Santa Cruz’s Loris Vergier in fourth, fifth, and sixth places and Brosnan’s teammate Mark Wallace in eighth place.
Brosnan holds on the the championship lead. 📸@maddogboris
In the Junior Women’s race, Vali Holl turned in an outstanding performance, one which Pinkbike noted would have earned her third place in the Elite Women’s category. SRAM TLD Racing’s Holl made her final run in 3:49.363. SRAM Young Guns’ Anna Newkirk joined her on the podium in second place. Holl and Newkirk are also first and second in Junior Women’s standings.
Holl catching the first glimpse of the finish. 📸@maddogboris
Newkirk looking focused. 📸@maddogboris
A'Hern looking fast and rowdy. 📸@maddogboris
Kye A’Hern made a return appearance on his category’s podium at Leogang. The Canyon Factory rider took second place in the Junior Men’s race, finishing 1.963 seconds behind the winner. A’Hern holds second place in standings for the category after Leogang.
Junior Women's podium. 📸@maddogboris
Elite Women's podium. 📸@maddogboris
Elite Men's podium. 📸@maddogboris
Riders get a few weeks’ break after the nearly back-to-back World Cups at Fort William and Leogang: The next World Cup DH race is scheduled for July 6-7 in Vallnord, Andorra.