Danny Hart Wins Senior Men’s Race: 2016 Vallnord World Cup

And makes it 3 out of 3!!!

Danny Hart Wins Senior Men’s Race at the 2016 Vallnord World Cup, making it three wins from three.

Photos: Seb Schieck
Can you believe it… Danny Hart has just won the last round of the 2016 Downhill World Cup to make it three straight wins out of three… and in doing so almost won the overall title! Aaron Gwin’s grip on the series was never really in doubt, but with Danny on the hot seat and Gwin 69th at Split 2 my heart began to race a a little and thoughts did start to creep into my head of “what if?” Gwin needed just one single point, which meant 80th place of better.

Dropping in for the win. Danny Hart is in phenomenal form. Three World Cup wins on the trot and second place overall… and the World Champs are just around the corner!

The reality of it was that the heavens had opened for the last 15 or so riders and that Gwin knew that all he had to do was to get down the hill safely and in one piece… “riding smart”. Finishing in 55th might not have been the show we were all after, and it was a bit of an anti climax, but riding smart was the thing to do.

Last man down the hill. Troy Brosnan was the only man, he was the only one that could knock Hart off the top spot...
... but it was not to be. Twentieth on the day and third overall.

What had happened in the 60 minutes (or so) before Gwin crossed the line was nothing short of remarkable. The relative unknown Alexandre Fayolle had come down in the dry and sat in the hot seat for some time (he would end up a very credible fourth).

Smiles all round for Alexandre Fayolle. Fourth place for the French Polygon UR team rider, his best ever result.

He was eventually ousted by none other than Greg Minnaar. Never ever forget about this man, he is a demon on a bike and did enough for second place on the day and fourth overall in the series.

But then Danny Hart. Just what is it that makes it all click for a racer? Danny has been around on the race scene for ever. Of course he has won the World Championships, but we have never quite seen the consistency and amazing bike handling skill that he has all come together on such a regular basis. Amazing. Lenzerheide, Mont Sainte Anne and now here in Andorra. He has been dreaming for so long about winning a World Cup, and suddenly it is almost everyday! He came down in the wet, but that didn’t bother him. When he crossed the line 2.798 faster than Minnaar everyone knew that was it. What a day.

It was close in the end but Gwin knew that he had it in the bag. After seven tough racers these are the guys that came out on top in the overall standings. (L-R) Greg Minnaar (4th), Danny Hart (2nd), Aaron Gwin (1st), Troy Brosnan (3rd) and Connor Fearon (5th).

Mens Final Vallnor 2016 Results by Dirt Magazine on Scribd

Mens Final Standings 2016 by Dirt Magazine on Scribd

And this is what it was all about... first place in the overall standings is what all the riders strive for, but very few ever get there.


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