Do It Now: Watch World Cup DH Racing
After a long pause following the World Cup opener in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, in March, the action is finally picking up again with Round Two this weekend in Val di Sole, Italy. This high-mountain course is notorious for its rugged terrain and challenging rock gardens, and with Redbull TV contributing to coverage this year, this weekend’s race should be superb for spectators.
Over 250 competitors are registered for qualifying this weekend, but the race will likely come down to a handful of favorites. On the women’s side, the attention is on Tracey Hannah (Hutchinson United Ride), who nabbed a convincing first-place in South Africa after taking a few years off of racing. But don’t be surprised to see Rachel Atherton (GT Factory Racing) challenge Hannah for the win.
Greg Minnaar snagged a huge win in front of a hometown crowd in South Africa, and also recently picked up a victory in the iXS EDC series, so he’s the obvious man to beat. American Aaron Gwin, who decisively won the World Cup Overall last season with a record-breaking five first-place finishes, took second place in Pietermaritzbug, and is no doubt looking for a win. Young gun Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) is the wildcard favorite, while Gee Atherton (GT Factory Racing), Mick Hannah (Hutchinson United Ride) and former World Champ Sam Hill (Monster-Specialized) are perennial threats. And don't count out the veteran on the circuit, Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate), who can be seen below previewing the treacherous course.
Tune into Redbull TV for live, streaming coverage of the race. Qualifying begins on Saturday and finals action picks up at 2:15 CEST—6 hours ahead of U.S. EST.