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Syndicate Windham 2014

Bryceland Does It Again12th AUG 2014

Josh “Ratboy” Bryceland stormed to the top of the podium once again at UCI Downhill World Cup #6 in Windham (USA) on Saturday, August 9.

His winning margin of 1.581 seconds was a country mile on such a short course. The result marks his third podium and second win of the season, now placing him squarely in the lead overall with 1007 points.
“I'm still in awe that I'm leading the World Cup,” said Bryceland. “I could hear the crowd from the bottom cheering for Gwinny in the finals, so I knew he had had a good run. I put that out of my head and took a few deep breaths, and then gave it everything I had.”

Teammate Greg Minnaar, the reigning World Champion who was recovering from knee surgery earlier in the year, finished in eleventh to consolidate his sixth place in the overall rankings.

Syndicate Windham 2014

“I was refining my bike settings during the week and I felt like I had it dialed in for the qualifier, but I missed getting up to speed in practice.“ explained Greg. “Finishing 11th isn't acceptable to me” he added, suggesting the best is still to come from the South African this season.

Steve Peat was the first to congratulate Josh as he crossed the line, visibly ecstatic at the continued rise of his protégée.

“Ratboy rules!” exclaimed Peaty. “It was another great event at Windham, and my bike was rad. I'm just gutted to be leaving without a decent result, but this place has always had mixed emotions for me over the years!”

Syndicate Windham 2014

The Syndicate are now amped for the final round of the World Cup in Méribel (FRA) set for August 21-23. Will Ratboy be able to retain his lead and take his first World Cup title? The whole mountain biking World will be tuning in live to find out!

Windham Results:
1st  JOSH BRYCELAND (GBR)  2:24:332
2nd AARON GWIN (USA)  2:25:913 
3rd  TROY BROSNAN (AUS)  2:26:455
11th GREG MINNAAR (RSA)  2:28.540
43rd STEVE PEAT (GBR)  2:33.488

Photo credit: Sven Martin

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