Pietermaritzburg has thrown out a race that will go down in history for a few reasons, Greg Minnaar pulled off back to back Worlds titles, the fastest women on the day was Rachel Atherton whose win adds to the season long form she has been on. The UK's Tahnée Seagrave takes the Women's Junior Title and Ritchie Rude storms the field to take the Junior Mens title.
Some big names went down in the finals, Sam Hill, Danny Hart and Steve Smith all crashed out, some in spectacular style! World Champs is a mad race and a pressure cooker of emotions and tension. After all said and done Sik Mik Hannah threw down a run that was so close to landing him the top spot he could taste it, but it was local hero Minnaar that made it count by 0.396 of a second to take the win. Jared Graves, on pretty much an Enduro bike took the third step of the podium to prove that its not about the bike. Graves is a power house and if there was ever a track that he could use this bike it was PMB.
Rachel Atherton stormed to the win by 8.632s over her closest rivals Emmeline Ragot and Tracey Hannah. Manon Carpenter was tipped for a podium and had looked quick all weekend, unfortunately she crashed out and had to roll down the track into last spot. She's young and there are many World Champs ahead of her.
This race was discussed far and wide, wheel size, how fitting was the track for Worlds and who could take their form in whatever discipline to the steps of the podium were all the talk of the MTB world. When it came down to it the bike makes a difference but the rider makes a bigger one, Greg Minnaar and Rachel Atherton didn't win because they were on 26" DH bikes they won because they were the fastest riders on that day, under that pressure and they were comfortable and confident on their bikes.