Monday Sep 05, 2011

Hart and Ragot win DH gold in Champery

Photo: Gary Perkin

After a record breaking season for the American Aaron Gwin, a World Champs win would have seemed a fitting end to an almost perfect year. However, this was not to be as the in-form Danny Hart, who over the final rounds of the World Cup began to demonstrate his real potential, came into to his own in the mud of Champery.

Hart gave a masterful demonstration of what downhill racing is all about as he careered down Champéry’s track undeterred by the torrential rain and treacherous conditions that graced the last day of racing at the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.

At just 20 years old, the young but incredibly powerful athlete put on a technical performance that belied his age and earned him the title of World Champion. In front of a delighted crowd (and hysterical Freecaster commentary team!), Danny Hart set off at full speed, never losing control of his bike, even on sections that had seen veteran riders slip and slide off course.

He cut an astaonishing 11 seconds off the time set by Damien Spagnolo (FRA) who had waited in the hot seat during 10 riders before being relegated by Hart, who was bronze medalist as a Junior at the 2009 Worlds in Canberra. The three remaining starters could do nothing to match the performance of the young British rider. The only one who looked like getting close was the last rider of the day Aaron Gwin.

The 2011 World Cup winner was less than a second off Hart at the first intermediate time, but his hopes were dashed by two falls. Spagnolo remained in second place to take the silver medal, with bronze going to Samuel Blenkinsop (NZL).

Australia’s Troy Brosnan was the only Junior man to go under 4 minutes (3:51.503), winning his second consecutive World Champion title ahead of David Trummer (AUT). The bronze medal went to Guillaume Cauvin (FRA), who recorded the fastest time on the upper section of the course.

In the womens event France’s Emmeline Ragot showed her competitors a clean pair of heels, racing down the Champéry course in 4:54,012, the only woman to go under five minutes.

The former Juniors World Champion (in 2009) took the gold yesterday after two bronze medals in 2008 and 2010. The next fastest woman on the track was 2008 World Champion, Great Britain’s Rachel Atherton (5:09,303), who now adds a silver medal to her collection.

Canada’s Claire Buchar is this year’s bronze medalist. The 2010 World Champion Tracy Moseley (GBR) suffered a fall but climbed back on her bike to finish in ninth place.

In the Junior womens it was gold for Madsion/Saracen rider Manon Carpenter. The Junior women opened the competitions in the morning, with Manon adding to an already impressive season after her 10th place in the Elite category of the World Cup. Agnes Delest (FRA) took silver, and last year’s Juniors World Champion Lauren Rosser (CAN) bronze.  

To watch the full replays of all the action from Champery, head to the STORE and purchase your access pass.

Channels: UCI MTB World Championships DHI 2011, UCI MTB World Cup DHI 2011, Mountain Bike

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  • Simon Oxlade
    Wednesday Nov 09, 2011 at 11:40
    Here's the complete Elite Men's Downhill from Champery, just to put Danny Hart's run into context - fast forward to about 110 mins to see the top ten and see how hard this course was....
  • piranha
    Tuesday Oct 04, 2011 at 00:37
    Hey Adam, shut it. Freecaster said the ONLY way to see the championships, live or otherwise was to pay, so i did. But then they started to do free replays for all the cheapo's out there. It was false advertising. £15 to watch live was worth it to see Dann
  • Adam Barnes
    Monday Oct 03, 2011 at 11:37
    you guys complaining and wanting refunds are dodgy. I'm happy to pay up and see it LIVE the only time i'm asked to all year. Equally happy for my friends to watch it now so long after the event. Support Freecaster where you can and enjoy!
  • piranha
    Friday Sep 30, 2011 at 11:29
    I want my money back.
  • piranha
    Friday Sep 30, 2011 at 11:28
    Free replays? What did i pay £15 for?
  • spicy316
    Thursday Sep 15, 2011 at 23:37
    sick!
  • zony
    Monday Sep 12, 2011 at 15:27
    thanks for the last four years!! ... hopefully next year too!
  • Redas Rrds
    Saturday Sep 10, 2011 at 15:05
    thanks !!!
  • Dhvince
    Friday Sep 09, 2011 at 21:12
    Thank's so much to give us free replay !!
  • Markus-S
    Wednesday Sep 07, 2011 at 14:15
    WHAAAT? Taday everything´s working, must have been my fault somehow.... Danny is riding insane in the rain, next time blindfoldet and still winning!!!
  • Markus-S
    Tuesday Sep 06, 2011 at 20:35
    Hi Freecaster team, I bought the replay via pay pal and watched the 4x yesterday! Insane commentary, great!!! But today i tried to watch the DH but all the WC content is locked again. I am using the same laptop (mac) like yesterday. I also tried to log ou
  • tmb72
    Tuesday Sep 06, 2011 at 14:44
    WHAT THE HELL!!! DANNY HART!!!
  • Yannick
    Tuesday Sep 06, 2011 at 12:25
    gums420: Try to reload the page and clear your browser cache.
  • gums420
    Tuesday Sep 06, 2011 at 11:40
    WTF?!?! it was working yesterday and now it just says, Task Queue failed at step 5: Error #2032
  • Yannick
    Tuesday Sep 06, 2011 at 10:24
    The problems with the DH replays have been identified. A new replay will be uploaded ASAP.
  • EasMTB
    Tuesday Sep 06, 2011 at 02:23
    Thanks FREECASTER!
  • EasMTB
    Tuesday Sep 06, 2011 at 02:22
    AWESOME RACING!!!
  • Miguel Fonseca
    Tuesday Sep 06, 2011 at 00:40
    seems to be okay now ! :) super stuffffff Thanks Freecasterrrrrrrrrr superrrr coooolllll
  • rpmf24
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 22:29
    damn annoying replay. shite
  • tuesdriver87
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 22:23
    it doesnt work^^
  • VonDH
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 22:04
    shocking replay coverage skipping its tits off
  • monkey
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 21:53
    i dont mind paying as long as the service matches the cost. 500,000 people paid @ £13 each! you do the math....it just doesnt add up guys...
  • joel1874
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 19:39
    Rob Warner: How does Danny Hart seat down with balls that big??!!!!
  • robdhoare
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 19:35
    Hey Freecaster, I've paid to watch the replay as I couldn't watch it live and the skipping backwards and forwards is making it impossible to watch. Can you at least post something to let us know when this will be repackaged?
  • themoist
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 19:31
    good coverage but not really good enought on the replay today when i got my mates together to watch it just keeps skipping rubbish
  • mikekk
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 19:24
    Hopefully will be fixed soon, but i still don't mind paying this for all of the coverage this year!
  • gums420
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 14:35
    for some reason though i can't skip forwards or backwards =[
  • gums420
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 14:34
    i don't mind paying esp with robs commentating =]
  • WickedStyx
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 13:37
    replay is jumping all over the place
  • lacusta
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 12:40
    rob....got a new tatto for the other butt cheek: "Look at the whip"
  • makszagar
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 12:36
    where ic bryceland? i want to see replay
  • buzz-lightyear
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 12:03
    The replay is off. I check it last night and it was a choppy mess. I hope they're re-packaging it
  • impalaracing
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 12:01
    If you had trouble with the live stream don't blame freecaster, blame your bad internet connection. Worked great for me. Juniors race was not broadcasted.
  • Eppenfrene
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 10:39
    my live stream worked perfectly and the coverage was great. Why isn't the replay the same as the live stream??? It's much better to watch a rider's complete run
  • julienlibany
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 09:07
    Shame, I could not see live, so I pay to watch the replay, and there is not even the juniors race
  • Mattymatt
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 08:14
    And I just watched it again. Played perfect.
  • Mattymatt
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 08:12
    I am proud that I paid for this awesome race. It played perfect for me. If you stole it, yo momma didn't raise you right.
  • smitey
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 07:37
    as regards to stuttering pictures i have to say mine is perfect! good job freecaster
  • soepalmer
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 07:15
    I can't find the juniors replay ?
  • gTuz
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 06:58
    You can't hold freecaster responsible for your poor connection. Since I upgraded mine the stream has been perfect. before that I was in the same boat with it dropping out and slideshows. Take it up with your ISP.
  • APO888
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 06:10
    danny harts run is still messed up....come on....
  • sundayrider
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 05:54
    absolutely ridiculous! We paid for this mess?!?
  • simonsez38
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 05:29
    my live coverage sucked..it was like watching a race of still frames! the replay was no better..it was jumping allover the place..i've watched Danny Hart start 4 times already on this replay! Really!!! i payed $50 for this!
  • adittheting2
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 03:50
    too bad lost intense coz video jumpy all over the place...
  • nigel
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 03:16
    why is this video jumping around all over the place? The free ones are better
  • piranha
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 01:59
    Danny Hart's live run was all fucked up which spoiled the coverage for me.
  • Denyz
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 01:41
    Brasiiil
  • JCLNV
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 01:21
    The best race run of all-time. If you didn't pay for the excellent coverage you're a muppet. Thanks Freecaster.
  • CYEYO
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 01:06
    wtf? reply is al mixed up.. we want full runs! just like the Live Btoadcast.. not mied pieces!!! comon Freecaster ;)
  • Paul258
    Monday Sep 05, 2011 at 00:35
    Danny was pretty amazing, but it would have been interesting to see how it might have ended up if Gwin had stayed on, only a second down at half way!!!worth the money to see Danny!!!!

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