2015 World Champs Crowned!

Words Cam McRae
Date Sep 6, 2015

After dominating the circuit this year it was no surprise to see Rachel Atherton win at Andorra, particularly after besting the field by over 19 seconds in timed training. In the end she won by shy of four seconds and foiled Manon Carpenter’s bid to retain the title, in a run that Claudio Caluori described as “very very careful.”

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Rachel claims not to care much about winning at World’s – but her calculated riding told a different story.

The Men’s race was a strange one with Michael Jones sitting in the hot seat until the final riders finally pushed him out. Rider after rider put down top section splits that were faster but none could catch his pace on the bottom section until Greg Minnaar.

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Aaron Gwin’s declaration was to win or crash – and he backed it up by tumbling into the woods in the steeps.

Loic Bruni, who was second five times this season, was the man to do it with a tactical run. He seemed to be saving energy on the flatter top section of the course to have the strength and wits to handle the brutally steep bottom section. It was all looking good until Aaron Gwin rolled into the start hut. But like last year’s champ, Gee Atherton, Gwin got into trouble and ended up in the rhubarb, sending Bruni’s many fans into hysterics.

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Claudio and Rob noticed that Loic was pedalling less than Greg at the top of the course, and they speculated that he was saving energy for the steep challenges further on.

Men’s Results

Women’s Results

Junior Men’s Results

Junior Women’s Results

Watch the replay here…


That caps an amazing season or racing with some memorable highlights.

 

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