• Rachel Atherton (GBr) Trek Factory Racing DH (Rob Jones)Source: Rob Jones
Both the Women's and Men's Downhill World Cup leaders extended their leads in the Mountain Bike World Cup, on Sunday, by winning the fourth round in Leogang, Austria.
Rob Jones

14 Jun 2016 - 8:56 AM 

Rachel Atherton (Trek Factory Racing DH) won the 30th World Cup of her career in the women's competition and, equally significant, her tenth consecutive World Cup victory, setting a new record for consecutive wins, and breaking the previous mark set by the legendary Anne-Caroline Chausson of France. 

In the men's competition, Aaron Gwin (YT Mob) took the 16th World Cup win of his career, now only three wins behind the record of Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate).

Atherton beat Tahnee Seagrave (Transition Factory Racing/FMD) by over five seconds for her fourth victory of the season, with Canada's Miranda Miller finishing third and Australian champion Tracey Hannah (Polygon UR) fourth. 

Atherton now holds a 300 point lead over Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen), with Hannah a further 30 points back.

"Yeah, ten wins in a row ... it feels amazing," Atherton said.  "That was the best I rode the course all week. 

"I had such a loose run, it was really wild.  I knew I had to pull out all the stops.  I felt the pressure today, and the nerves a little bit ... I'm pretty relieved."

World Cup leader Aaron Gwin was the final starter for the men after qualifying fastest and was the only rider to go under three and a half minutes, and 3.131 seconds ahead of Loris Vergier (Specialized Gravity p/b SRAM), who had the best result of his career. 

Australian's Troy Brosnan (Specialized Racing) took third, a further second back. In the overall standings, Gwin padded his lead, and now has 810 points, 160 ahead of Brosnan, with Danny Hart (MS Mondraker) in third at 518 points.

"The track was amazing," Gwin said.  "It was so good that last run ... I like this place.  I've had a few years of rough luck, but everything stayed together today, so it's pretty awesome. 

"I finally feel like I laid down a good one.  I just really want to win races, that's why we race.  That's what it's all about, and I'll just let the overall figure itself out at the end of the year."

Gaetan Vige (Commencal/Valnord) won the Junior Men's competition, 0.625 seconds ahead of World Cup leader Finnley Iles (Specialized Gravity p/b SRAM). 

Remy Morton was the top Australian rider, in eighth. Iles continues to lead the standings with 160 points, followed by Vige at 135. Australian Jackson Frew is fifth with 75 points, followed by Morton with 71.