2012 no brake, 2014 no tyre, 2015 no chain. What else is to come for Aaron Gwin? Amazing.

Leogang World Cup Photos – Finals Gallery

On a wild and windy Sunday in the Austrian Alps history was just written. One man set a new precedent in never giving up, literally laughing in the face of adversity as his chain snapped in the very first moments of his run.

What Aaron Gwin taught us as he pumped his way down what is generally considered a track un-winnable without a solid sprint in the mid-section, is that he is simply in another league. The American took a lesson from Neko Mulally’s stupendous 2014 World Champs chainless run and shrugged off the impossibility of Leogang’s flat sections, carrying speed like no other.

It was quite simply insane riding to witness – spectators waiting with breath drawn as Gwin’s deficit on Australian Connor Fearon’s already impressive split times dropped and dropped. From 22nd at split 1, to 2nd at split 2, to the win at the finish line. Jaws dropped all around.

Leogang 2015 provided some truly memorable racing, perhaps some of the best moments of the season so far. Who knows what is in store when we head over to the Swiss Alps in a few weeks’ time…


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