Josh proving that his bike is doing the right thing and the bigger wheels seem to be working a treat for him. Josh Bryceland’s win here will dow in the history book as one of the most exciting races. But the fun doesn't stop here, join us in a few weeks time as we hit up the French Alps for the final round of the UCI MTB World Cup.
When in rome and all that. No one really does a car park BBQ better than the americans. With the coals roaring, the burgers started flowing.
Trying to work out where it all went wrong on track. Loic Bruni was up there as a huge favourite to win this weekend and it was another huge disappointment for him. His day will come soon! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/41_audio.mp3"]"
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'You not going to sing bro?!' Josh Bryceland top step taking it all in as he waves the flag high for the Brits today. Josh really has had one impressive year. Two World Cup wins, National Champ, he will be going into the final round strong and hungry for it. Steve Peat talks about how he felt Josh's day has gone. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/39_audio.mp3"]"
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The American way is to have beer on the podium and not champagne? Really. Lets go with it either way, shotgun any one? Josh knocking back in celebration of today's victory.
Arms held high and crowd go mental for the British rider. With Josh being such a character in the sport, its hard to not want him to do well. Huge result for him!
A huge smile on the face of Kathy Sessler, Syndicate team manager. Kathy has been through the days with Peaty and Greg and now its her honour to see Rat do the same.
That cheeky face has done it once again. It was only a few nights ago Sam Dale was showing me photos of these guys as kids, looking up at the big guns and wondering what it would be like to be them...now Josh knows! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/35_audio_01.mp3"]"
Everyone wants a piece of the Rat! Josh is the first Elite guy to win two races this season, putting him in a great position for the overall. Flowers raised and mouth wide to the floor, he can't believe it's real!
Ratboy, the last man, comes screeching down the track and getting loose than a flag in the wind. Blowing out corners, drifting turns and sending jumps to flat, Josh Bryceland was full throttle the whole way down. Smashing into the finish arena, he crosses the line and takes the win, with a huge 1.5 seconds to spare.
Coming into sight, with all lights on green, the whole crowd stood up and screamed Aaron Gwin down this last part of the track. Pinned over the last set of jumps he pushed hard for the finish line. Over the line and the lights stay green, Gwin goes up on team mate Troy and secures at least a 2nd place.
When Gwin crossed the first split and the lights were green, the crowd reacted! A huge USA following made the ground shake as he came down the hillside.
The current overall leader Troy Brosnan was hoping for a result that would maintain his lead and put him in good stead for the overall. A serious fight all the way up until the line, Troy crossed the line and went right into the hot seat. But with 3 fast riders still to come down he was only able to hold onto 3rd place. A great podium non the less but not the result he was after.
Sam Blenkinsop has a great history here in Windham, with a 3rd back in 2010. One wild card rider that really could have caused some damage went right into the hot seat, pushing young Matt Jones off the top. On the podium for the 2nd time in two weeks, Blenki ends up in 4th. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/29_audio1.mp3"]"
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Its difficult for a rider to win two back to back races, especially when there is no time in between them. After his win in MSA, a long technical track, he found it hard to sink his teeth into the fast loose one line track. A top ten position non the less with 7th here today, but once you have tasted a win, you can't help but want more and more.
Another race and another finals of bad luck. Dropping in strong, Bruni picks up a front flat in the top section, ending any hopes of the win here. He said he has now pretty much just wrote off the season and now already looking at Worlds and the following season. Although racing on home soil next week on an all new track could work in his favour!
Style all day from Wyn Masters, he always manages to make a shape for the crowds on track. Not the run that Wyn was looking for today, the Kiwi falls back into 55th place.
'Merica doesn't do things in half measures. This is by far the loudest and biggest air horn Ive ever had the displeasure of listening too. A truck horn strapped up to a cylinder of compressed gas. Fair play to the guy for carrying this beast around all day.
Mikes Jones from CRC Nukeproof puts down the run of his life. A faultless flat out run that sees him come right across the line and into the hot seat. A time that couldn't be touched, not until the final 5 came down. Mike comes away from her a happy man with a 6th place. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/24_audio2.mp3"]"
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Gee hasn't really been getting to grips with this track all week and since his timed practice run where he was on top, he has struggled to put down a performance that he is able to. Back in 15th in yesterday's qualis he only manages to better it by two places. Not where he wants to be sitting coming into the last round.
Missing out on a quali time yesterday after a front flat, Steve found it hard to find a time to base where he was at. Going a little too hasty into his final, he made a few mistakes which on a track like this can mean places lost quickly. Disappointed when he reached the line he managed 43rd. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/22_audio1.mp3"]"
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A well and truly up and down season for Brooke Macdonald, one race would see him podium and another would see him back in the 30s. Living for the high places he finds himself once again on the podium in Windham. 5th today after a powerful run from the Kiwi. He will be happy with that one.
Manon feeling uncomfortable being off the top 3 blocks on the podium, as every round except Fort William has seen her up there. A top result for Emmeline will see her going into the final round with the yellow number board and a the home soil advantage, but with it being an all new track it will be all on the line once again!
Big smiles from the French lady as she takes her second win this year after success in Fort William.
Last women down Rachel Atherton needed to really have this one if she was to be in contention of the overall. Feeling nervous coming into her run, it showed a little on track, braking where she dint need to and loosing out on vital time. Crossing the line she goes into 2nd place, just behind Ragot by 2.8secs.
Rachel still to come, Emmeline looks eagerly on at the big screen, getting more excited as the red lights started to appear.
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Pushing really hard when it came down to her run, Ragot nimbly made her way down track ducking and weaving through the trees. Straight in to the first split up a second she pressed on where she went fastest through the speed trap and again up on time. Making further time up in the bottom section she crosses the line a goes right up into the hot seat where she held it until the end, taking her 2nd win this season! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/16.mp3"]"
Missing out on the top spot in qualis, Manon came down the hill with 3 riders still to come. She crossed the line a huge 6 seconds up and went right into the hot seat. Unluckily for her it just wasn't enough as those 3 women went in front of her, pushing her back down to 4th place. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/15_audio3.mp3"]"
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Tahnee Seagrave is constantly proving herself round after round as a girl to watch out for on the circuit. A red flag on course caused her to have a re-run and a 2nd chance at the top spot. Another podium for her this weekend for her first year in Elite Women, she comes in 5th place milliseconds off a few more places. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/14_audio2.mp3"]"
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'Oooh hey can you see...'. America was well and truly out on track today. Flags, face paints, tee shirts and the ominous sound of USA...USA...USA ringing throughout the track.
First time Taylor has stepped up on those big blocks at a podium. Would be great to see him up there more often now, especially with World Champs just around the corner!
This time last year, Taylor Vernon wasn't even riding a bike after he broke his back in L2A. Ever since then he has had a new look on how he races, how he trains hard and looks closely at how he is riding his bike. Its been one huge learning curve for him, but it all paid off for him and today he won his first World Cup! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/11_audio1.mp3"]"
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Elite men finals were soon under way and the riders starting coming in thick and fast. With this track being so short, riders were searching for tenths of seconds all over the place, coming a little faster into a turn, finding the inside line, maintaining exit speed, all key factors that riders needed to get bang on.
Top result for Tracey Hannah today. Matching her qualifying result in her race run she walks away with 3rd place. One of few girls that really enjoyed the fast, flowy nature of the track. Her 'consistent' season is going better than she planned for!
Remi Thirion has yet to lay to down a winning run after his win in Androrra last year. Consistently in the top 20 this year, we have all been eagerly waiting a repeat of that memorable race. Remi puts down a clean run and finishes the job in 12th place.
Current series leader Luca Shaw was feeling like he could have another one in the bag today and extending his lead. A slow top section meant he was chasing time towards the end of the course, but only gets enough to pull back 2nd place today. Holding on to the jersey for another round, it's getting just as close in the Juniors too. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/6_audio.mp3"]"
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Loris needed to put all on the line today in his final run to challenge the leader. But he didn't quite have it in him as he puts down a 'safe' run and secures 3rd place, with a few seconds to spare on 4th place.
Feeling a little anxious going into her race today, Manon was finding it difficult to get to grips with the pace of this track, but with the points race being so tight she will have to turn it on in Meribel if she is to secure the overall.
Eager smiles getting to the top of the hill for today's finals. Back from injury last year, Katy Curd has had a great season she took the win at the 4X World Champs in Leogang. Now back tackling the DH circuit she has been racking up some tidy top ten places.
The sun breaking through the trees and lighting up the rocks below. The track is bone dry, the dust is flying and the speed is high! Lets jump right into the action today, kicking things off with the Juniors. Followed by the Women then Men! It sure was one hell of a day!
Finals day here in Windham, New York. The sun shine is blazing down on us and the risk of some hot action is high. With it all to play for in all the racing today, expect no slow times. With no rain over the last few days, it has really baked the track and its rolling quicker than ever. Jump in to check out how all the action unfolded.
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Ratboy, Ragot and Vernon on top at the 2014 Windham world cup
We thought it was going to be a tight race at the 2014 Windham World Cup but Josh Bryceland decided it wasn't, he beat the rest of the field by 1.5 seconds! Going into the penultimate race of the season the pressure was on the young Syndicate rider but with team mates like Peaty and Minnaar he has the best people around him to point him in the right direction when it comes to the mental side of racing. This high up in the racing game the skills are there for every rider but the mindset has got to be there. Josh seems to be at his best when relaxed and having fun, he clearly flicks a switch when it comes to qualifying and race runs though.
The hotseat was held for a long time by Mike Jones, fastest CRC rider all weekend the 2014 Windham World Cup will be remembered as a great day for him. Just off the podium in 6th but in his first year as an Elite rider that is something pretty amazing. Gwin might have pretty much caused an earthquake when he came across the line under green lights but he didn't have the pace to take another home soil win as he did in 2012. Team mate Brosnan came in 3rd and with that lost the leaders vest to Josh, he's still in touch with the overall as is Gwin but if Josh can keep it together in Meribel then he will be his. Brook MacDonald has been up and down this season but he proved his pace on the new Session and took 5th place, if Brook holds it together he is force to be reckoned with.
The Women's race was won by Emmeline Ragot who stormed down the track and left the other riders watching the dust settle as the lights stayed green. Rachel Atherton was back near her form in second just over two seconds back on Ragot. Tracey Hannah was clearly comfortable with the pace of this track and took 3rd place, ahead of Manon. Carpenter was struggling with this track and the lingering memory of a broken humerus a few years back didn't help, she came in 4th and although she maintains the lead the gap back to Ragot is now down to just 70 points. Tahnee Seagrave is flying this season, another podium for here in Windham in 5th she is going to be up there in the seasons to come.
The Junior race saw a result that was just amazing, Taylor Vernon was only thinking about getting back to walking upright this time last year after breaking his back in Les Deux Alpes. No one thought he would make his return to the World Cup scene with a win, we all knew he was capable of a win but to do it straight of an injury like that is something special. Luca Shaw took second spot and maintained his overall lead but with Loris Vergier taking 3rd the points gap is now just 14 going into Vergier's home race. It's going to be one hell of an end to the season!
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