The third of seven UCI World Cup downhill stops features a long, lightning-fast course at the popular Bikepark Leogang in Saalfelden Leogang, Austria. With the season nearing its halfway mark, the sport’s elite will charge 500 meters of vertical descent including roots and ruts, brawny stones, step-downs, and table-top jumps – plus vertigo-inducing grades of over 32 percent on the 2.5km-long ‘Speedster’ World Cup track. The stars to beat, USA’s Aaron Gwin and Great Britain’s Rachel Atherton, have previously clocked runs for the ages at Leogang and have both won the last two editions. Will they be able to make it a Leogang hat-trick?

Greg Minnaar Fort Williams

Aaron Gwin Leogang 2016

The women’s field saw a seismic shift in Scotland on June 4, as Rachel Atherton suffered a dislocated shoulder in her final practice run before the race and was therefore unable to continue her 14-race winning streak that spanned three seasons. The longest and roughest track of the season was even more difficult this year as the famously fickle weather of the Scottish Highlands turned the newly-built wood section into a muddy bog that saw the majority of riders struggling to ride cleanly. Australia’s Tracey Hannah risked it all and put down a gutsy run to become the first new face atop the women’s podium in over two years, distancing second-place finisher Myriam Nicole (FRA) by a whooping 10 seconds. Emily Siegenthaler (SUI) completed the top 3. Will Hannah be able to defend her newly acquired top-spot in the overall rankings in Leogang, will Atherton be able to overcome her injury and race in Leogang?

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Danny Hart Leogang 2016

Greg Minnaar Leogang 2016

On the men’s side, after potentially missing out on a victory in Fort William because of a rare mistake, Aaron Gwin will be looking forward to return to Leogang and his favorite World Cup track. Gwin’s “impossible” chainless win in Austria two years ago – it snapped at the start – is legendary; and he repeated his win (with a chain) in 2016. Can Fort William winner Greg Minnaar (RSA) use his 29-inch wheels to tower over Gwin and the rest of the field on the leaderboard once more? Or will the formidable field of charging contenders such as Loic Bruni (FRA), Danny Hart (GBR) and Troy Brosnan (AUS) take the top spot on the podium? The ‘Speester’ track in Leogang demands rhythm, flow and fitness in addition to brute speed, but the cruelest opponent of all could be the unpredictable summer weather in the Alps, capable of converting the course into menacing mud. One thing is for sure, it will an exciting, race!

Loris Vergier Leogang 2016