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Aug 282014

There was a double British celebration in Meribel last weekend as Josh Bryceland and Manon Carpenter won the elite men’s and women’s UCI Mountain Bike World Cup downhill titles.


Bryceland, a former junior world champion, added the senior World Cup title to his CV by finishing third in Meribel’s final round. After his barnstorming victory in Windham in the previous round, Bryceland knew he could afford to take it a little easier during the final meet. He did just that and put in a relatively cautious ride to claim third, which was more than enough to seal him the overall win with 1187 points. His nearest rivals were Aaron Gwin of the United States and Troy Brosnan of Australia who finished on 1038 and 1025 points respectively.


Meanwhile in the women’s event, 21-year-old Manon Carpenter from Wales also sealed victory with a third placed ride. Despite finishing behind Emmeline Ragot and world champion Rachel Atherton, Carpenter had done just enough to secure overall victory in a very tight competition. She finished with a total of 1360 points. Atherton was second overall with 1310 while Ragot finished third with 1300.
Speaking to Red Bull TV after the event, Carpenter said “It was more than I set out for at the start of the year so I’m really happy.”


Elsewhere on finals weekend French legend Julien Absalon once again took the UCI XCO World Cup title by finishing second in Meribel. It is the sixth time the Frenchman has won the World Cup. In the women’s XCO event Jolanda Neff had already sealed overall victory before the final round of competition.


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