After a few days of serious speculation, interest and random guess work, the UCI MTB World Champs DH kicked into gear on Sunday 5th Septmeber and the racing and results were better than anyone could have expected, especially for Tracey Moseley. She had never won a world title and this season she hadn’t even managed a victory in a World Cup race. And still, Tracy Moseley, who for many years has been part of the elite downhill specialists, knew that anything was still possible. For her, the gold medal in Mont-Sainte-Anne was a well merited crowning achievement in a career that would not have been quite complete without this latest exploit.
On the track in Quebec, which was extremely slippery after the morning rain, the British rider opened up some very significant gaps over the two French competitors Sabrina Jonnier, newly-crowned World Cup winner, and Emmeline Ragot, 2009 World Champion in Canberra. The two French riders joined her on the podium, having finished respectively 8 and 11 seconds behind.
Equally as surprising was the mens result as the ever dangerous, yet injured, Sam Hill took a surprising win. The 2007 World Champion in Fort William had only just returned after injury, racing for the first time in months just one week ago in Windham, yet the Australian put in an excellent performance before a change in the condition of the track for the main favourites, notably Gee Atherton and Steve Peat, who had to race to the finish in the rain. The second and third places went to Steve Smith (CAN) and Greg Minnaar (RSA).
As well as Sam Hill’s medal, Australia celebrated another gold medal in the Juniors category with Troy Bronsnan, who beat the American Neko Mulally by 6 hundredths of a second; in third position the British Lewis Buchanan finished nearly 10 seconds behind the winner. In the Juniors women category, Canada obtained its only victory in these World Championships with Lauren Rosser, who finished in front of the French riders Fanny Lombard and Julie Berteaux.
The last titles in this magnificent week of cycling – which confirmed the quality of the organisation in Mont-Sainte-Anne, a renowned mountain bike sanctuary – were awarded in the Trials. In the Juniors, the Spanish rider Ion Areitio Agirre triumphed both in the 20” and the 26” competitions. The Belgian Kenny Belaey took the honours in the Elite competition in front of Benito Ros Charral (ESP) and Marc Caisso (FRA). Spain took the teams title in front of France (second) and Germany (third).
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