Oakley Grabs Double Gold in BromontGreg Minnaar reels it in for his third win of the season in Bromont, Canada winning his 11th career UCI downhill race in the 111th UCI World Cup Series event.
Minnaar is not known to be one to crack under pressure, and after a loss last week at Mont Ste Anne to rival Sam Hill (AUS – Monster Energy-Specialized), Minnaar knew he had to take home the win in order to keep the overall title in sight going into the final round in Schladming, Austria in September. After having a minor mishap in the lower woods sections and almost throwing it out the window, Minnaar put down the horsepower he is known for and made up the lost time.
Geoff Kabush took aim at a first-ever World Cup win and hit his target. Heavy rain began falling at the start of the first climb in the men’s race, turning the long ascent into a search for the proper blend of power and traction. The reward for those who made it to the top was a brief downhill leading to wooded single-track.
“On the first lap I was in fifth or sixth. I was about 10 seconds back from (Julien) Absalon but I really had a lot in reserve,” Kabush said.
By the climb on the second lap, Kabush had advanced to within 20 bike lengths of the Orbea rider and each fought fiercely against the muddy slope in hopes of overpowering the other.