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Hart stunned the crowd in Switzerland with a near flawless run in the worst of conditions. Alain Hall photo.

Hart Crowned DH World Champ!

4 septiembre 2011

Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Danny Hart put the crowning achievement on a breakout season Sunday, winning the 2011 Downhill World Championship in stunning fashion in Champéry, Switzerland. In only his second year in the pro ranks, the 20-year-old Brit pulled off the ride of his life to win the rainbow stripes on his Giant Glory.

Torrential rains during the men’s finals turned the Champéry course treacherous, dashing the hopes of top contenders as one after another crashed in the slick, muddy conditions. Hart, unfazed, attacked the course in his typical style. He let it all hang out and electrified the crowd, surviving several near misses and blitzing the competition with a huge 11-second margin of victory.

"I had a perfect day to have a track be technical, wet and in the pouring rain, and I had a faultless run," Hart told Cyclingnews.com. "I come from England, and it rains every weekend. I saw a river running down the track at the start. I thought I'd try to ride to the bottom in the river. It wasn't as grippy in the dry, but it was grippy enough."

With the win, Hart added to his 2009 Junior Downhill World Championship and joined Steve Peat and Gee Atherton as one of three Brits to be crowned elite men’s DH World Champion.

The biggest win of Hart’s career put a huge exclamation point on a breakout season. In addition to the World Championship, he scored several World Cup podiums and emerged as one of the most exciting talents in the world of downhill racing.