Video: Lousa DH World Cup

The Lousa UCI DH World Cup double-header is done and dusted and what an epic race event it was. The top riders in the world rounded out the modified season in Portugal amongst some stellar conditions. New champions rose to the top of the pile and some established greats proved that they are still at the top of their game.

Greg Minnaar at UCI DH World Cup in Lousa, Portugal. // Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

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Miriam Nicole took the top step in the Elite Women’s category in race one and the GOAT Greg Minnaar took his 23rd World Cup win.

Elite Women

1st. Myriam Nicole: 4:26.325
2nd. Marine Cabirou: +4.397
3rd. Tahnee Seagrave: +5.075
4th. Tracey Hannah: +8.290
5th. Nina Hoffmann: +9.264

Elite Men

1st. Greg Minnaar: 3:55.239
2nd. Matt Walker: +1.833
3rd. Loic Bruni: +1.960
4th. Aaron Gwin: +3.062
5th. Dakotah Norton: +3.073

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Rain threatened to alter the race in race 2 but it cleared up in time to allow the top riders to roll down the hill and take the hot seat one after another. Marine Cabirou took the top step in the women’s category over Nina Hoffmann and Tahnee Seagrave in race 2. The Men’s category was intensely battled out with the win going to Loic Bruni over Greg Minnaar by less than .2 of a second, Matt Walker rounded out the top 3 and took out the World Cup overall for 2020.

Elite Women

1st. Marine Cabirou: 4:23.362
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: +1.702
3rd. Tahnee Seagrave: +2.409
4th. Myriam Nicole: +4.982
5th. Monika Hrastnik: +5.684

Elite Men

1st. Loic Bruni: 3:54.288
2nd. Greg Minnaar: +0.170
3rd. Matt Walker: +1.415
4th. Jamie Edmondson: +2.044
5th. Phil Atwill: +2.065

It was great to have bikes racing again this year at a time that we thought would stop all racing. Whilst the season was a modified one it was a welcome addition to 2020, in a time when we all need a little motivation….

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