After the morning started with mist and grease it, wasn’t super clear how the day would go. As the race got underway, Juniors were greeted by a massive set of dark clouds on the horizon and thunder clapping in the background. Thankfully, it was just a menacing sight, and didn’t actually participate in their race.
Laurie showed great form and maturity, putting his Qualifying crash out of mind, and but down a blistering run to take the win. He has clearly figured out what it takes to be on the top step.
The women’s race was an interesting affair, as it started to rain, perhaps playing more of a mental role in the race than anything. Emmeline and Emilie were both not present after some mishaps in practice, which was a shame to see. A moment of note though: Miranda Miller got 5th, a great result, but she had a bobble in her run and it was looking like she could have had an on-the-box-finish. I owe her an apology for missing the shot of her, and not being able to include it in the gallery – sorry Miranda, great job out there! Rachel made it four on-the-trot, and is on a whole new level. She’s about halfway to AC’s all-time win record, just food for thought.
In the late afternoon, with the August golden light hitting the hillside, the crowds had migrated down to watch the men cross the line, the tension was hanging thick without a cloud in the sky. It was wild and tight racing, with some incredible saves (Hart), crashes (Fearon), and mechanicals (too many to name). Once the top-ten was in full swing, every rider down was as threat, and the crowd was loving it. Top was separated by less than .25 seconds – seriously exciting racing. Amazingly, it was Ratboy who took the win. After looking ridiculously casual on the live feed, not pedaling and just cruising for a run, he came down in the hot seat, and stayed there through to the end. Well-earned and deserving win from last year’s World Cup Overall winner, I think we were all just stoked for the 50:1 lad being back on form, in spite of still not being 100% back to physical shape. The remainder of the season is going to be an insane affair, with Bruni, Brosnan, Minnaar, and the rest of the usual suspects trying to get in another win (or their first in the case of Bruni and a few others).
Now off to Windham, but look out, The Rat is back!
Thanks to Zach for providing brilliant, solo coverage of this race. The team of Wacko and Wilko will be reunited in Windham so look out for even more amazing content from Descent-World!
Kenta is certainly getting the hang of the Elite DH life. We know he can do more, so he'll certainly be keen to better his 63rd today.
After some problamatic morning sessions through out the weekend, Eddie reeled it all back in, sat in the hot seat for ages (again), and landed in 16th for the weekend.
The tides may be shifting in in Elites: Greg still made 4th today, but came down in 2nd to Bruni.
Mark may have been inspired being at home in Canada, or perhaps he has just found that next gear. 6th and a maple leaf shy of the podium.
When you're stylish and a GC, you get photos in the Finals gallery in spite of crashing and having a (self-confessed) lack-luster run. Still though Phil, 34th is quite respectable.
First in Qualies, Troy was last man down today. 3rd wasn't what the Aussie wanted, but was happy enough to be on the box and in the points chase - not to mention only .225 seconds off of first.
The big Britt, Matt Simmonds is a beast on a bike. He flatted in his race run, (75th) but in this shot his tire is fully inflated, he is just hitting the corner that hard.
Bulldog was beating the course into submission this weekend...it was gnarly. 11th.
The massive Norwegian, Isak Leivsson, put down a great Finals run for 29th. It's great to see him getting the full-factory treatment this year.
Loris had a great weekend, showing great consitancy and focus; 14th in finals.
33rd and looking on form, Greg has been steady so far in 2015 and there is something to be said for consistancy!
Health didn't quite keep his Firday's performance up for Sunday, but 24th still isn't something to shake a stick at.
Charlie Harrison is an up-and-coming American Junior, and he put in a great performance here at MSA with a 4th in Finals.
Max was on serious pace this weekend, but had some troubles in Finals. 10th, but capable, keep an eye out for the rest of the season.
Being the first-place-qualifier can put a lot of pressure on a rider. Jacob was surely hoping to be on the box, but 5th place is still not too shabby.
Alex was hanging it all out (and off the back!) here at MSA, and it paid off with a wicked 2nd place finish.
Andrew was looking on it this weekend, and 3rd place proves just that.
The Age of Laurie is upon us. First today by 6.66 seconds. m/ SO.METAL.
Vero is making great progress this season, is finding her stride. 17th leaves room for improvement, but consistancy is a great starting place.
Casey looked comfortable all weekend. A solid 7th place is right on track with her consistant pace for this season.
Struggling a bit this weekend with illness, Tracey still managed to find 8th place today. Not ideal in her eyes surely, but there is still racing left for the season.
After being out most of the season so far, Pompon didn't look to be having any troubles this weekend. 3rd, and looking fast!
4th place today, and looking steady on from the first day. Tahnee is in her groove and looking to get back on the box by the end of the season.
A greating showing by Manon this weekend with a 2nd place. She'll be feeling good going into Windham.
4 in a row. Rachel is running away with wins and the overall here in 2015. Impressive.
Luca Commetti was on fire here at MSA. 35th!
Stylish out of the gate and across the line, Dave will carry the momentum of 66th into Windham, likely looking to making up some places while retaining that classic style.
Riding fast and cleanly, many were surprised to see Steve down the list a ways in 41st.
According to a Media Room consensus, Fraser appears to be the top privateer at the moment. 55th on the day and up for the Vital, Privateer Of The Year award.
42nd isn't quite what Rupert is looking for in results, but he has good momentum this season and a great attitude. Big things ahead for the Kiwi.
Matt put in an impressive weekend on a whole, and crossing the line in 11th is a day well done. He finished out 32nd at the end of it all, and can certainly hold his head high leaving MSA heading to Windham.
Still the series leader leaving MSA, Gwin will still be interested in improving his 7th place result come Windham.