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Aug 31, 2013
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The Rock Garden king.
Emily drives guys batty.
Julie Bresset pulled through and held on to get first place.
Clearly the right line.
Nino took off like a bat out of hell on the start and never looked back.
Manuel Fumic only a small amount off from Nino.
Geoff Kabush riding through the angel boners.
Dusty, loose short steeps meant dabbing and losing time if you were off line.
Not the result Absalon was looking for. An injury during practice stopped him short of his goals.
Manuel Fumic held on through.
Nino Shurter coming in hot by a long lead. Nino held first the entire race by a fairly large margin.
The weather for the Men's Elite was a horse of an entirely different color on Saturday. Conditions quickly returned to dry and dusty.
Jolanda Neff stayed out in front for the U23 women's race to the finish.
By the time the U23 men's race had started, the clouds had well established themselves, and the drizzle began to come down. Cue greasy track and crashes.
Nothing like keeping your sponsors happy on the side of the XC track while recording the whole thing.
Daniele Braidot loses his line and gets sideways after the rain made things slick in the U23 men's race.
Beams of golden glory.
2013 World Champion Nino Schurter up ahead by a long shadow.
Julie Bresset women's elite world champion.
Nino, champion for another year.
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(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:32)
more Emily Batty!! that is all
(Aug 31, 2013 at 17:43)
tried to double prop that...she's very cute
(Aug 31, 2013 at 18:54)
They should have one post just for her and then another one for the rest of the race!
(Aug 31, 2013 at 19:22)
She loves the Pearl Necklace
(Aug 31, 2013 at 19:40)
(Sep 1, 2013 at 19:25)
his face on the second photo is like "please dont rape me"
(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:52)
I hate to say it. I tried Spandex for the first time this season.. I loved it.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 15:14)
Noooooo.....not another one!
(Aug 31, 2013 at 15:20)
Great, another pro-against spandex debate ...
(Aug 31, 2013 at 15:34)
If you look like Emily, it's fine by me.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 16:17)
I love to say that I absolutely hate the feeling of spandex, I don't care if other people wear it, it's just not for me. There is no debate, it's all opinionated.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 17:09)
but it saves the nutterbutters from a tap from the seat. and you can get "compression shorts" not spandex (manly)
from under armor or Nike.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 17:14)
here's what I have to say. If I want to feel like I can have fun and have a more style-over-speed ride, I'll wear lycra underneath baggies and a tshirt. If I want to go fast, I'll wear my full lycra kit. But if I stop at the pump track in the middle of my ride wearing lycra i just feel so out of place...
(Aug 31, 2013 at 17:37)
I'm a DH guy straight up, but to be perfectly objective, Lycra is 100% performance as it allows for pure freedom of movement. Regardless, I still wear TLD 100% of the time, just because that's our culture.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 18:40)
have to admit, rode a bmx track on my cross bike with a skinsuit just for the fun of it and that was the most wrong feeling ever
(Aug 31, 2013 at 18:57)
I would look just SOOO stupid in spandex. Padded shorts for the win!
(Aug 31, 2013 at 19:00)
you can just wear compression shorts under your bike shots or pants and save the children but not look like a flamer.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 21:15)
I thought a lot of people wore a set of spandex padded shorts under their normal riding shorts. Even my when I go to the park or to ride DH I do it. If you're not, you are seriously depriving yourself from a LOT more comfort when you ride, especially if you have to pedal up a lot. Heck, even unpadded compression shorts make a ride much more comfortable.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 23:43)
they probably do, but even when I tried them they were just way too weird feeling, I honestly prefer just boxxers and my tld moto shorts, or just jeans over compression shorts quite honestly.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 23:52)
What about chamois cream? Changed my ars... I mean life on trails.
(Sep 1, 2013 at 0:33)
for road i wear it, I don't like it but it is faster. for everything else its baggys
(Sep 1, 2013 at 1:08)
I just wear my padded shorts under my baggy riding shorts. My comfort is more important than how "cool" I am.
(Sep 1, 2013 at 1:09)
the very awkward moment when you realize you're talking to a bunch of dudes online about the best way to pad your genitals
(Sep 1, 2013 at 1:16)
One person mentioned that, you seem hung up on it though.
(Sep 1, 2013 at 1:37)
I ride eco, use banana skins. When things get rough and there's a long way home, It can save your ass...
(Sep 1, 2013 at 4:01)
I tried to...yesterday
(Sep 2, 2013 at 0:44)
Its like surfing in g-string... so wrong... honestly nothing a grown up man should wear in public!!!
(Sep 2, 2013 at 0:54)
I honestly think that compression shorts + ben gey on your thighs, instead of usual underwear, will shave more time offtour DH or Enduro run than 650b could if it was true it actualy can. Taking a dump just before the ride as well, just wash it thoroughly, one missed seed from muesli that made it through the system in one piece can cause havoc on a 2h+ ride... Just sayin...
(Sep 2, 2013 at 7:58)
Lycra's good for pedal efficiency, minimises excessive sweat keeping you cooler at the same time, great for maneuvering on a bike where the saddle is way higher than a DH/FR/AM/DJ bike, and it's great with aerodynamics. As an XC rider if I didn't have to I wouldn't wear it. I also have baggies but I save them for days were I just want to chill on the bike, or go bar hopping on it. Lycra was not made to make you look good, it was made to make you perform better. Besides when you are racing XC it is so physical and mentally exhausting that the last thing you think about is the lycra. Of course when you are done riding you take em' off right away, no body wants to hang out looking like Tina Turner while having a beer at the bar, specially with your balls overheating and full of cheese...
(Sep 2, 2013 at 8:51)
Bibs under Baggies ftw!
(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:53)
Everytime there is a picture of Emily.... I get stuck on that one! She drives me Batty too! :-)
(Aug 31, 2013 at 17:10)
"riding through the angel boners" ooookay
(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:45)
those two big crashes in the womens race were epic, crazy that they kept going! and Absalon racing with several broken rips is impressive.
(Sep 1, 2013 at 0:35)
oh no! not broken rips thats the worst :S
(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:32)
Nino is simply a boss.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:41)
Balls + stem = bad
(Aug 31, 2013 at 20:40)
Amazing ride by Fumic after that early bobble. Schurter was cruising yet again.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:27)
whos thighes r bigger?
(Aug 31, 2013 at 17:49)
Nico is the Quadzilla.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 15:55)
I must say this course look fairly technical to be a xc course, gnarly to ride this for 2+ hours and on that geometry
(Sep 2, 2013 at 1:37)
A lot of experience on the podium. Congrats to Fumic, Hermida and of course Schurter. What´s with Kulhavy anyone else thinks his performance curve is kind of stange?
(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:25)
Cant wait till New York '14...
(Aug 31, 2013 at 21:42)
perfect timing on Bresset pic for the change of crankring
(Aug 31, 2013 at 15:08)
I'm sure I'll get negs for this but hey... Why no knee pads?? Is it against regs or just less weight?? Maybe I just don't stay on my bike enough lol...
(Aug 31, 2013 at 15:12)
Let me guess, the answer is you just don't.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 15:18)
I'm gonna assume you are riding mostly gravity. Try pedalling for about 2hrs with knee pads, you will require knee transplants.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 15:21)
Too uncomfortable when you're doing an entire race at above threshold, When Nino does all mountain/enduro riding for training he will wear knee pads but definitely not in XC racing.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 16:15)
Average cadence for xc is around 80 rpm , imagine the chaffing kneepads create after a +2 hours ride. I guess better risk a gash in a crash that might not even happen than a burn you would surely get.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 17:51)
yeah, ive never even thought about wearing them for xc racing, besides - skin heals
(Aug 31, 2013 at 18:41)
stems from road to, why don't roadies wear it even though they go excess of 100km/h sometimes? simple it's too hot, uncomfortable and looks stupid
(Aug 31, 2013 at 19:21)
skin heals but when you rip open the front of your leg with your flat pedal.... trust me it isn't fun at all
(Aug 31, 2013 at 20:33)
the real question is, why are you on flat pedals for an xc bike?
(Aug 31, 2013 at 22:47)
Some of the pads that are soft elastomer that stiffen under impact aren't so bad but remember this is also happening in south africa in august, its not exactly cool there for a 2 hour race...
(Sep 1, 2013 at 20:09)
Did 4 hours xc rides with my 661 D30 knee pads at 30c degrees. No heat, no chaffing. Not much meat on your knees and since it's a joint, it's usually a mess to heal up. Ain't no pro for sure but I feel a lot more confident with them.
(Sep 1, 2013 at 21:55)
Yes, and you'll never convince a pro rider to INCREASE the weight of their XC racing setup not to mention the UCI probably bans them anyway. Anything that can be added to a rider to give an aerodynamic advantage is out. Camelbaks (and other similar hydration packs) for example are banned if they're larger than 0.5L capacity (that's smaller than a standard bottle) as are helmet covers, socks of a given height, and more.
(Sep 1, 2013 at 22:33)
helmet covers banned but giro air attacks, specialized evades, etc. aren't? but I don't think the hydration pack rule is effective in xc
(Sep 1, 2013 at 23:16)
Oh, I know won't convince a XC pro to add weight to his setup and cut on his aerodynamics to increase protection when DH riders barely bother wearing any protective gear, that wasn't my point.
Interesting link you posted. I understand that they put up those rules so the best riders win instead of it being a technological warfare... but aren't those super strict rules about aerodynamism hindering the overall progression of the sport? And why would you allow the shift from alu to carbon frames/parts but limit helmet covers? Why more efficient drivetrains but limited sock length? Why limited camelback bladder sizes but 26", 27.5" and 29" can ride alongside while we're at it? This makes no sense. If they really wanted all riders to be on equal footing they should all wear the same gear and ride the same bike but this is obviously never going to happen. I can't make sense of this but then again I guess it wouldn't be the first time UCI rulings don't make any.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 15:26)
(Aug 31, 2013 at 15:04)
How come no captions for Mike Broderick even though he has two pics in this post?
(Aug 31, 2013 at 22:49)
Well that photo confirms what I suspected earlier, Julie Breset is ALSO on 650B this season (last year she was on a 26er at least as long as the olympics where she won gold).
(Sep 2, 2013 at 10:44)
Paris you make XC look more interesting then it is.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 22:28)
(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:46)
Rock garden king !!!!
(Aug 31, 2013 at 18:53)
None of the riders in the pix seem to be riding fs bikes just hardtails. Whats up with that!?
(Sep 1, 2013 at 3:30)
I came here for the calves.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 18:50)
I like the fact that a lot had single crankrings.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 20:38)
Nino with a 38....
(Aug 31, 2013 at 19:32)
I would love to ride that course on a carbon hardtail WITH a dropper post.
(Sep 1, 2013 at 1:19)
So mens & womens XC won on 650b
if the DH is won on 650b too
can we ditch 29 and 26 and just go back to one wheel size
(Aug 31, 2013 at 15:40)
XC just gets me the least.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 17:11)
Damn, XC is so gnarly!!! Mince pie anyone?
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(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:34)
I guess every dh rider is a bigger rock garden king than him
(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:41)
Speak nothing if you know nothing.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:41)
The XC rock garden was way gnarlier than the Dh rock sections of the track. Props for anyone getting through it on a hardtail.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:47)
Try rocking a hardtail in a rock garden, and you might understand. Pun intended.
*looks like I needed to refresh me browser. typx and paris beat me to it
(Aug 31, 2013 at 18:43)
Nino could do well in dh world cups if he wanted to, you clearly don't know who he is
(Sep 1, 2013 at 1:57)
I am racing xc and dh, and I know the xc guys ! so I know what I'm talking about
(Aug 31, 2013 at 14:48)
To the Xc guys: PLEASE DON'T WEAR SHORTS THAT TIGHT.
(Aug 31, 2013 at 20:34)
you enjoy it, admit it
(Sep 1, 2013 at 5:05)
Not at all. I cringe and have to bleach my eyes if I see that shit.
(Sep 3, 2013 at 10:32)
Why are you looking that closely?
(Sep 3, 2013 at 12:19)
Meeeeeem. Dont smoke
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