Downhill World Cup 2014 – Hill and Carpenter top Mont-Sainte-Anne
The UCI Downhill World Cup continues to amaze. Five different men have now topped the podium in the first five rounds after Sam Hill tasted victory for the first time since 2009 in Mont-Sainte-Anne on Saturday.
Australian rider Hill saw off competition from youngsters Josh Bryceland in second, Danny Hart in third and Troy Brosnan in fourth, to record his fourth-career win on the fast and technical track.
And with just two races to go, Hill is suddenly now in the race for the overall title. In fact, by the time the final race comes around we could have five riders battling for the number one spot on their final run.
In the women’s race, things aren’t quite so tight after Manon Carpenter won her third event of the season to all but secure her first-ever overall title.
However, with Rachel Atherton and Emmeline Ragot in second and third respectively, they are keeping pace with the 21-year-old and won’t go down without a fight.
For a full report from Mont-Sainte-Anne, highlights and the live replay of another epic installment of the Downhill World Cup, click here.
The next race on the tour is just a few days away with round 6 taking place in Windham, USA on Saturday 9th August.
Vans US Open of Surfing – Teenagers take titles in Huntington Beach
One of the biggest events on the surfing calendar went down in California last week and it did not disappoint the 500,000 fans who watched across nine days.
19-year-old Tyler Wright won her first Women’s ASP World Tour event of the year, while 18-year-old Filipe Toledo claimed victory in the men’s ASP Prime competition at the Vans US Open of Surfing.
Both teens defeated more experienced opposition in the finals with Wright seeing off fellow Aussie Stephanie Gilmore, 26, and Toledo winning an all-Brazilian final against 28-year-old Willian Cardoso.
The win moved Toledo up to second in the ASP Qualification rankings while Wright’s first win of the season sees her take third place in the race for the Women’s World Championship.
Skateboarding and BMX also made an appearance in Huntington Beach with the Van Doran Invitationals. Click here for a full report, pictures and highlights from the finals.
The men’s ASP World Tour now heads to Tahiti for the Billabong Pro from August 15th to August 26th. The women’s tour travels to San Clemente, CA for the Swatch Pro on September 9th.
FIM Motocross GP: Cairoli and Anstie weather the storm
It seems nothing can stop Antonio Cairoli, not even thunder and lightning, as he edged closer to an eighth FIM MX World Championship title on Sunday with a double victory in the Grand Prix of Belgium.
Riders had to battle through a sudden thunderstorm in the second race, but the Italian held on to beat Ken de Dycker to the win while Shaun Simpson of Great Britain finished in third.
Jeremy Van Horebeek could only manage eighth place overall allowing Cairoli to take his ninth win of the year, and a 111-point lead in the overall standings, with just two races remaining.
In the MX2 Championship, with the dominant Jeffrey Herlings out injured, Max Anstie took advantage to win his first-ever MX2 Grand Prix race and overall title.
Click here for highlights from both the races in both classifications.
The next Grand Prix takes place in Trindade, Brazil on September 7th, before the final event of the season in Leon, Mexico one week later.
FMB World Tour – Rheeder wins again at City 8
Brett Rheeder won his second major FMB World Tour event in as many weeks with victory in Quebec’s Old Town at a crazy City 8 slopestyle event last Thursday.
The Canadian won at the Colorado Freeride Festival last week, qualified first in Quebec City and then stomped a ridiculous opening run to score 95.7.
City 8 attracted a stacked field including Anthony Messere, Martin Soderstrom, Nicholi Rogatkin and Sam Reynolds, but few riders could put together a mistake-free run on the ruthless course designed by Cam Zink.
And the day ended particularly badly for the penultimate rider to go, Soderstrom, as he suffered an ankle injury flip-whipping the first jump, before heavy rain stopped Rheeder going for a glory lap.
Want to see the carnage for yourself? Click here for the full replay of the City 8 FMB World Tour gold event.
The next major event on the FMB World Tour is the big one. Diamond Series competition Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx, Whistler gets underway on August 16th.
The FEST Series – Biggest jumps yet at Loosefest
Designed to take mountain biking back to its roots, by taking it back to the mountains, The FEST Series continues to push the boundaries of what is possible on two wheels.
Nico Vink hosted the third event of the tour, Loosefest, in Belgium this weekend, and built the biggest jumps ever seen at a mountain bike event.
In the spirit of the contest there is little to no publicity about who won what awards, but the footage that is coming out of the crazy competition means we are all winners.
Click here to watch the insane POV from Loosefest 2014 with Nico Vink, Andrew Lacondeguy and crew.