Photos: Norway DH Finals - UCI World Cup 2012

Sep 15, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
 
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  Steve Smith was fastest at every split, and there probably isn't a single person that isn't stoked for him!

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  5th gear and pinned, headed for the finish line and his first ever World Cup win.

Steve Smith wins his first World Cup Way to go Stevie Canada is proud. It s been a long long time since I ve heard the Canadian national anthem at a downhill podium. You made us all proud.
  Way to go Stevie! It's been a long, long time since I've heard the Canadian National Anthem at a downhill podium. You made us all proud!

greg finished 3rd but he will be content with just the rainbow stripes this year im sure
  Greg Minnaar finished third here today, which gave him enough points for second overall in the series. Pretty sure he'll be content with that and the rainbow stripes this year...

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Your World Cup champ taking some hot laps in his rainbow jersey.
  The World Champion, taking some hot laps in his rainbow jersey this morning.

nick beer finished 5th tp make it 3 devinci riders on the podium....am sure the devinci pr team will be stoked
  Nick beer finished fifth to make it three Devinci riders on the podium. Pretty sure there's already a big party going on in Chicoutimi Quebec

more mad swedish fans
  Crazy Swedish fans!

photographer no press accreditation no bib who cares
  Photographer, no press accreditation, no bib, who cares?

needles whips it out....like danny hart
  Needles whips it out, a bit like Danny Hart

Brendan was very happy with his 10th place
  Brendan was very happy with his 10th place!

finished 11th
  Mick Hannah finished 11th, not quite what he had wanted...

Mick Hannah just didn t have enough in the tank today.
  ...but he just didn't have enough in the tank today.

Great result for the local hero Isac Leivsson 12th place.
  Great result for the local hero Isac Leivsson, 12th place.

Robin Wallner was not able to repeat his yesterdays result. Anyway a solid top 20 for him
  Robin Wallner was not able to repeat his result from yesterday, but a solid top 20 for him!

norway fans finally came out after a few hours
  The Norwegian fans finally came out after a few hours

hard to tell the snapierre bunch apart now they all seem to have similar helmets and a lack of bike detailing etc...but blenki still sends it
  Hard to tell the Lapierre bunch apart now that they all seem to have similar helmets and a lack of bike detailing, but Blenki still sends it!

Richie Rude is getting faster and faster every week. He s quiet but a great kid. Way to shred it Richard the 3rd
  Richie Rude is getting faster and faster every week. He's quiet, but a great kid. Way to shred it Richard the 3rd!

Eliot Jackson cruises an early morning lap in the sunshine.
  Eliot Jackson cruises an early morning lap in the sunshine.

Greg and his rainbows make their way through the lower rock traverse.
  Greg and his rainbows make their way through the lower rock traverse.

The winning machine
  Steve Smith's winning machine!

The rocks here in Norway were as deep and tough to navigate as the Fjords that dot the coastline.
  The rocks here in Norway were as deep and tough to navigate as the Fjords that dot the coastline.

Racehl Atherton was untouchable all week and took home both the win and the World Cup overall by beating Emmeline Ragot of France.
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  Rachel Atherton taking one last win for the season. Even though she won all but one of the World Cups she entered this year, it came down to this one last race, and only 140 points between her and Emmy.

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  Morgane Charre on the podium again this week.

Casey Brown. 3 world cups 1 podium. way to go on your 4th place mighty mouse
  Casey Brown. 3 world cups, 1 podium. Way to go on your 4th place, mighty mouse!

Most of the track dried pretty quick but no the lower part of the last woods. Petra Bernhard just missed the podium here in Hafjell.
  Most of the track dried pretty quick, but not the lower part in the last woods. Petra Bernhard just missed the podium here in Hafjell.

Tahnee went down hard during her final run but managed to continue and finished in 9th place. She s a 2012 junior World cup champ.
  Tahnee went down hard during her final run, but managed to continue and finished in 9th place. She's the 2012 junior World Cup champ.

these feet were made for walking.....plenty of marry me offers coming from the fans..ha ha
  These feet were made for walking. Rachel had plenty of "marry me" offers coming from the fans...

  Canadian girl Casey Brown, stoked with her first World Cup podium!

Thanks to the crazy Norwegian fans for such a great atmosfere during the awards ceremony.
  Thanks to the crazy Norwegian fans for such a great atmosphere during the awards ceremony.

winner nuff said
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  The Men's Podium (left to right: Gee Atherton 4th, George Brannigan 2nd, Steve Smith first, Greg Minnaar 3rd, Nick Beer 5th)

podium
  The Women's Podium (left to right: Casey Brown 4th, Emmeline Ragot 2nd, Rachel Atherton 1st, Morgane Charre 3rd, Jackie Harmony 5th)

All kind of cover bands here in Hafjell AC DC Guns n roses you name it...
  All kind of cover bands here in Hafjell, AC/DC, Guns 'n roses, you name it...
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80 Comments

  • + 135
 Dear Stevie, You sir, are a top lad. Regards, Every downhiller in the universe.
  • + 43
 And with a moustache that awesome.
  • + 81
 Steve, can you spare a minute?

I can't, I moustache to the finish!
  • + 44
 Always makes me think of his seasons segment where he says he wants to become no1. Thats true determination!
  • + 4
 One 'stache to rule them all, One 'stache to find them. One 'stache to bring them all, And in the darkness bind them.
  • + 1
 jaffa... best comment ever.. propper ticlked me
  • + 1
 Are you sure you can't wait, Stevie? because I really moustache you a question.
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  • + 25
 Why no pics of George Brannigan pinning it? 2nd seems pretty epic for Clifford the GC...
  • + 2
 was gonna say pics go stevie then minaar! wtf pinkbike
  • + 6
 Wander if he would have won if he was also on the full carbon bike? does carbon make 0.4s difference?
  • + 4
 Dude gets 2nd out of nowhere...no pics, no nothing . Not bitter ,mindSmile Well done Steve BTW, about time.
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  • + 18
 AWESOME 2012 WORLD CUP COVERAGE FROM PINKBIKE!!!! THANKS TO ALL and by 2013!!! DOWNHILL WORLD CUP? WE LOVE IT!
  • + 1
 you mean redbull? or are you just referring to the pictures and link?
i'm just bummed that i have to wait 8 months for more UCI action Frown
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  • + 16
 Seriously, great to see stevie and the team pinning it!
  • - 118
 well that's bcuz Gwin didn't race!
  • + 49
 Wow really?
Everything I've ever seen of Gwin leads me to believe that he is an upstanding person. I'm100% sure that he would give Stevie all the credit he deserves. He's been chomping HARD at his heels,and on given day on any given track,he can destroy!
Gwin being a true sportsman would be embarrassed of such a comment!
Wurd!
  • - 74
 you mad?
  • + 28
 Happy as fawk...Stevie destroys! Humbleness is one of Gwin's greatest traits, I'm a huge fan of his! Unlike you he is an American I strive to be more like!
  • - 76
 I'm happy as fawk too! I'm just calling it like it is. If Gwin was 100% n raced he would have killed it as usual.
Props to Smith for the win but like I said b4 ^
  • + 73
 Dear Everyone,

Not all Americans are like this silly head ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Congrats Stevie! You killed it out there!
  • - 62
 arsh kissing! lol
  • + 12
 when it comes down to it you cant win a race if your not in it and your race run is your race run. you cant say i could have done better or this guy would have beet him if he raced the fact is the results dont lie!
  • - 47
 True dat man! back to back WC champ --> Gwin
  • + 25
 Not arse kissing. It's called not being a douchebag. And he's right, not all Americans are as narrow minded and condescending. I'm a huge Gwin fan just like anyone else, but Stevie deserves this win no matter what. A wise downhill racer once told me that mt bike racing is a collaborative process in terms of the rider, equipment, weather, support crew, planets aligning, and pure dumb luck all working together to produce a victory, or not. Mechanical failures, rainy weather, a kid running onto the track, etc cannot be controlled so your race run - sometimes being at the mercy of chance and luck - is fully the responsibility of the rider. We can blame Shimano for Gwin's brake failure, or we can blame his crew for not installing it properly, or we can blame Gwin himself for taking a bad line. Just like tanman said above, you can't win a race if you aren't in it, and the fact is, he wasn't racing.

Congrats Stevie for a great showing this year! He's come a long way and beyond since Seasons when he said "I want be on the podium with Sam Hill and Steve Peat."
  • + 28
 In the pre-race interview with Gwin, he himself was rooting for Stevie. True sportsmanship. And congrats Stevie on the win and Devinci for storming the podium!
  • + 0
 Steve is a true gentleman and a popular winner, humble, fast and relaxed. The thing that makes his success even better for the majority of fans is not him, but his supporters and countrymen being so grounded and humble too. Long may his winning ways continue aboard the Canadian Carbon rocketship.

With the release of the carbon Wilson at a price a little over the aluminium version, is the price of the latter set to fall I wonder? I would be happy to see a version released with a Kage or Van RC shock, full aluminium for $2000. That would be great for the likes of me to have a shot at buying Steve's winning machine (or the next best thing). How about it Devinci?

3 races without a win now... looks to me like "GWINSANITY" is well and truly over.

What's next? Smith or Bulldog mania?
  • + 5
 dude, fuck. Shut up about gwin for second. I have a feeling you would be all hyped up about any person with a winning streak as great as Gwins as long as he were American. Show some damn respect for smith, let alone anyone who podiums. Put your you pants back on. '
  • + 3
 IDGAF who wins the damn world cup, just happy to see the sport grow. Props to anyone who is fast enough in the worlds
  • + 1
 Trickland! A response to a negative comment that was appropriate and that I agree with! Well put.
  • - 10
 Gwin might have back to back World Cup Championship, but he also has back to back World Championship chokes on the most important racing day of the season. Stevie has a much better record at World's, he's a better person, and all the momentem is going to his way.
  • + 10
 Now, now Protour... You're being like the overly-prideful Americans.

"He's a better person" ?? Because you know them both personally?
  • + 2
 No, guess not. They are both decent guys.
  • + 3
 get em sarsar lol
  • + 2
 Gwin WOULD have won IF he would have raced and IF his time was faster than everybody else's. Derp.
  • + 1
 Gwin's on YT next season?!
  • + 1
 Gwin is on Trek next year.
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  • + 13
 Great photos!!

I'm pretty sure the Girl with number plate 9 and the rainbow stripes is Morgane Charre and not Emmeline Ragot, though Razz
  • + 1
 Yes, you'r right!
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  • + 12
 I just want a picture of the interviewer from the live feed...
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  • + 8
 Ummm I'm pretty sure you guys heard the Canadian National Anthem 2 weeks ago when Holly Feniak won the Junior Ladies' race at worlds...
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  • + 8
 YES Stevie!... US flag is next to my name cuz I live in Cali, but I'm born and raised on Vancouver Island!
  • - 25
 that sucks.
  • + 9
 Hey screw you buddy Canada is the shit
  • + 3
 if Canada is so great then move there, and change your profile flag to one which is Canadian. so, so many haters... let the neg props roll in...lol
i wish PB had a "global" flag so we didn't all need to be so inclusive and a-whole-ish
  • + 1
 Perhaps dh433 was referring how it sucks that he lives in Cali now? Just a hunch.
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 "Rachel Atherton taking one last win for the season. Even though she won every World Cup she entered this year, it came down to this one last race, and only 140 points between her and Emmy." (under picture n°24)

Not true, she didn't win in Fort Williams (2nd).

And, picture 25, it's Morgane Charre, not Emmeline Ragot.
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 "And, picture 25, it's Morgane Charre, not Emmeline Ragot." --

seriously embarrassing.
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 my only ONLY problem with Stevie's victory is that now Truvativ can say the BooBar is a world cup winning hanlebar Frown Wink
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  • + 4
 The Norwegian fan in blue with the cap on looks like Freddie Flintoff!!
  • + 0
 American's will have no idea who that is. I kind of like that they're not a Test playing nation, cricket doesn't need the ignorance and arrogance.
  • + 5
 A game even more boring than baseball and takes days to complete? I prefer ignorance and arrogance - it's more timely and practical.
  • + 0
 right on cuban-b! i hear that! cricket is ALMOST as boring and silly as soccer--what a waste of time and space
  • + 1
 So timely and practical huh? what are you spending that time on, definitely not anything useful like public healthcare. America = fail.
  • + 1
 relax it's a joke - i conceded that baseball was boring as well, didn't i? Smile

right... i personally have control of the public health infrastructure. i'll get moving on that sir!
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  • + 3
 Rachael didn't win every World Cup she entered, Ragot beat her at Fort William.
  • + 4
 Yes she did, I apologize for that. She won the most points at every race she entered, so when I looked at the the overall it listed her as number one for every race...
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  • + 3
 Buying those megaphones saturday morning was the best choise I did all weekend. My throat is still sore from cheering! Big Grin
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  • + 1
 nobody took a picture of the reporter? so hot.
always good to watch her in the flash interviews, i dont know the name but i didnt forgot the face, attitude and style.
  • + 1
 Definitely made waking up at 5:30am to watch the race a little more worth it. Smile
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 anybody notice the custom blackbox shock on smiths bike?

the adjustment screws are placed a bit odd for a vivid,aren't they? Big Grin
  • + 1
 Yeah I noticed that sweet steel spring too!
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  • + 4
 HELL YEAH STEVIE!
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  • + 1
 Great season, plenty of tension and good to see it shake up towards the end...But a meatgrinder for quite a few...
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  • + 2
 AC/DC??????????????????????????????
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  • + 1
 the photo that says, Emmeline Ragot, second place overall. is morgan charre
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  • + 1
 cant wait for 2013...great photos btw
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  • + 1
 Happy for Steve, he deserved it. Great job, Canadian.
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  • + 1
 what happened to gwin?
  • + 3
 wirst injury i think
  • + 2
 He's a weakling.... Wink
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