So the World Cup kicks off for another year and the UCI/Red Bull/whoever are really spoiling us this year with two extra splits, meaning a full FIVE sectors of timing goodness to pore over! Our man Mark Shilton breaks in all down for us…
Photos: Seb Schieck
First up lets take a look at the make up of those splits by looking at Aaron Gwin‘s winning sector times:
As you can see, the first two sectors were the longest, making up more than half of the total time. A good sector 1 and 2 set you up for a good overall position. You couldn’t make up a lot of time in sector 3, at less than 20 seconds long but you could certainly lose some. The final minute of racing was split across the last two sectors at just under 30 seconds each. Let’s take a look at how the top 20 fared across the sectors…
After qualifying, Loic Bruni looked to have some serious speed and he started off this race run the same style, going a full second faster the Amaury Pierron (+1.063) and Aaron Gwin (+1.074) in second and third at the first split.
He then lengthened that lead in sector 2, taking another 0.8 seconds off Gwin with Pierron losing over 1.4 seconds to Bruni in sector 2. Josh Bryceland had a slow start in sector 1 – only 21st fastest, 4 seconds back but he was back up to speed in sector 2 with the third fastest time on the sector, 0.8 seconds behind Bruni.
Troy Brosnan, Danny Hart and Stevie Smith were all in touch at split 1 and Hart and Smith only lost small amounts of time in sector 2 but Troy Brosnan had a some issues in the mid section of the course, only going 17th fastest in sector 2 and 53rd fastest in the very short sector 3 giving away a full 2 seconds to the front runners here.