10! Yes TEN! Everything is supersized in the USA so we've supersized Victor Lucas' WC gallery to bring you 10 Windham bangers.
"Oh hell yeah! The sound of patriotism is still ringing in my ears after todays nail-biter of a race! Aaron Gwin put his name firmly in the history books with another stunning win. Here's an extra bonus 10 shots, where's my Bud Light, Yee Haw! " Victor Lucas
Big up shouty respect to Victor for bringing us amazing shots from the last two weeks at Mont Sainte Anne and Windham.
After a solid 10th place qualifier, Andrew Neethling pulled something special out of the bag today with a stormer of a run that put him in 3rd. Uncle Sven and uncle Gary were very happy with their country mate.
Tracy Moseley had a solid run today and after 3rd in qualies she ended up 3rd in her race run as well. She still leads the overall by 100 points, but Floriane Pugin is getting close on these short technical courses.
Troy Brosnan is having an amazing season, 8th place today and blowing away all the myths about small guys on big man's tracks. Never mind that he is leading the junior World Cup title by a long way, he is ranked 11th in the main overall series. There's a lot more to come from this rider.
This morning in the pits, Steve's mechanic Rick Bobby told me that the big man had that twinkle in his eye which meant something special could happen today, and Steve did just that, charging his way to 2nd place. Any time people start to doubt him, Peaty proves them all wrong.
With all the USA patriots getting rowdy on the hill today, it was good to see a few folk from across the pond to balance things up – here we have Abe Lincoln (aka Al Cartwright) who travelled all the way from Washington DC to watch the race. (Editor-Some of you might remember that Al featured in Dirt Magazine's "Don't give up your day job" section a while back.) [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Al-cartwright.mp3|titles=Al cartwright]
To be honest, during practice this week, Rachel Atherton didn't look like she was really going for it. But she certainly can get things together when it really counts, and she killed it with a 1.3sec gap today ahead of Floriane
We have no mystery rider this week, but we do have a masked super-hero - Captain America (aka Ernie the chief marshall) opened the course in his own super style, shouting 'USA' all the way down. He was only missing a cape. I'd like to see something like this in every country we visit!
Floriane Pugin looked confident on this track and could have had things in the bag, but she lost some time in the top section of the course and ended up 2nd.
Today in Windham the home crowd were hungry for an all American hero, and Aaron Gwin delivered the goods with another great ride to the top step of the podium. He is stretching his lead in the overall with a 342 point advantage over Greg Minnaar, so the pressure will be at another level when we head to La Bresse in August. [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Gwin-wins-crowd.mp3|titles=Gwin wins crowd]
The finish line today was like the backstage door at an Elvis concert, the mob wanted autographs and pics for the album, they weren't letting go of Aaron till all the jerseys were signed and all the iphonez got clicked. [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/USA-Crowd.mp3|titles=USA Crowd]