Practice and Pit Stops at the Val di Sole World Cup

Jun 15, 2013
by Nathan Hughes  
 
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The DH world took it easy today with a light practice with XC and 4X taking the limelight. Tomorrow will be a different story.

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  Mick and the Team Hutchinson crew's lids align

Mich Ropalato hi-tech wrenching. Looks like the ejection seat training he did yesterday left no major consequences on his brain.
  Mitch Ropelato high-tech wrenching. Looks like ejection seat training yesterday left no major consequences for his brain.

A static shot of two typically high velocity projectiles. Are the heads that fill the helmets ready to win once again tomorrow
  A static shot of two typically high velocity projectiles. Are the heads that fill the helmets ready to win once again tomorrow?

Hats and sunglasses were the best form of protection in Val Di Sole once the neck braces came off at lunch time. Not everyone gets them for free however.
  Hats and sunglasses were the best form of protection in Val Di Sole once the neck braces came off at lunch time. Not everyone gets them for free, however.

Cut down Continental Mud Kings... The Atherton Racing loam gripper of choice.
  Cut down Continental Mud Kings... The Atherton Racing loam gripper of choice.

Formula wheel clamping in operation.... You can t even sneak a double yellow in the mountains.
  Formula wheel clamping in operation... You can't even sneak a double yellow in the mountains.

Devinci Team mechanic Nigel has been hitting the gelato with a vengeance. Allegedly this surge of passion for brain freeze correlates with an affinity for the Val Di Sole lady scoop operators.
  Devinci Team mechanic, Nigel, has been hitting the gelato with a vengeance. Allegedly this surge of passion for brain freeze correlates with an affinity for the Val Di Sole lady scoop operators.

Tom Lloyd is back from slaving at Roost DH in Malaga and now finds himself back in the European heat currently a helpful behind the scenes cog in the Atherton winning machine.
  Tom Lloyd is back from slaving at Roost DH in Malaga and now finds himself returning to the European heat, currently a helpful behind the scenes cog in the Atherton winning machine.

Debate over Wyn Master s bionic arm will rage for weeks until the UCI make a definitive decision on whether robotic power gives him an unfair advantage on the competition. Actually this is just Wyns wrist brace by Texas-born Allsport Dynamics who have become almost standard arm adornment for a lot of motocross riders in the states. Wyn reckons he ll be getting a second one for his other wrist as a preventative he is so impressed with the range of motion and security of the guard.
  Debate over Wyn Master's bionic arm will rage for weeks until the UCI make a definitive decision on whether 'robotic power' gives him an unfair advantage on the competition. Actually this is just Wyn's wrist brace by Texas-born, Allsport Dynamics, who have become almost standard arm adornment for a lot of motocross riders in the states. Wyn reckons he'll be getting a second one for his other wrist as a preventative he is so impressed with the range of motion and security of the guard.

  Hill grits his teeth and hangs on to the bronco.

Loic Bruni charges through the rocks in this morning s abbreviated practice session.
  Loic Bruni charges through the rocks in this morning's abbreviated practice session.

The roost was flying as all of the qualified athletes spent this morning s session getting some last minute practice in while avoiding the holes that are now the size of small VWs.
  The roost was flying as all of the qualified athletes spent this morning's session getting some last minute practice in while avoiding the holes that are now the size of small VWs.

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  Crash netting isn't about making riders or spectators feel safe... more a way to harvest a crop of boulders within a couple of hours.

Gee Atherton spent quite a while looking for tenths in an especially rocky section this morning. 3 lines with possible cross overs were in play and none were easy or straightforward.
  Gee Atherton spent quite a while looking for tenths in an especially rocky section this morning. 3 lines with possible cross overs were in play, and none were easy or straightforward.

Even the best get sketchy when the speeds start to climb. Aarton Gwin drags a foot while looking for seconds.
  Even the best get sketchy when the speeds start to climb. Aaron Gwin drags a foot while looking for seconds.

Mackers is one of the fastest guys on course this week by a large margin. He is a potential threat for the win this week so don t be surprised.
  Mackers is one of the fastest guys on course this week, by a large margin. He is a potential threat for the win this week, so don't be surprised.

It rained last night fairly heavily and the dust is still hanging in the air. Ruts are moving berms are blowing out and the holes are starting to get huge.
  It rained last night fairly heavily, and the dust is still hanging in the air. Ruts are moving, berms are blowing out and the holes are starting to get huge.

Steve Peat I wish i could tell you what of world cups this man has competed in but it s well into the 3 digits at th every least. Still on it and still itching for a podium.
  Steve Peat, I wish i could tell you what # of World Cups this man has competed in, but it's well into the 3 digits at the every least. Still on it, and still itching for a podium.

The track is nothing like Loris Vergier remebered it from the day before. Torn roots loose rocks bomb holes nothing is where is supposed to be.
  The track is nothing like Loris Vergier remembered it from the day before. Torn roots, loose rocks, bomb holes, nothing is where it's supposed to be.

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   Needles warps through the pine needles.

Marc and Josh waiting for Oldspice to put them in-line.
  Marc and Josh waiting for Oldspice to put them in-line.

Greg was 5.015 behind Gee on Friday. But Greg s core fans may know something we don t
  Greg was +5.015 behind Gee on Friday. But Greg's "core" fans may know something we don't?!

42 Comments

  • + 74
 Some say Aaron Gwin races bullets in his spare time...
  • + 208
 Gee Atherton races falcons
  • - 18
 I wouldn't say that after his performance at fort william.. hopefully he can turn it around this weekend!
  • + 23
 Aarton Gwin lol
  • + 57
 Imagine if the STIG took part in Fort William or Val Di Sole
  • + 24
 I would love to see him take on val di sole in a pagani zonda r
  • + 18
 That dozer1 guys retard
  • + 7
 not sure if dozer1 is joking or being an idiot
  • + 9
 dozer1: This account has been suspended. (20 hours remaining)

LOL
  • + 5
 @dozer1: obviously your version of downhill is something that my nana could ride. You would crap yourself if you saw what they ride
  • + 14
 Some say Bullets race Aaron gwin in their spare time ...
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  • + 28
 Brook FTW Hill 2nd Gee 3rd Smith 4th Blinki 5th
  • + 4
 here's hoping!
  • + 8
 I don't care in what order as long as Hill 1st, Bulldog 2nd, Blenki 3rd
  • - 33
 Take Gee out of that and replace him with someone else.... anyone else, and I'd be happy.
  • + 2
 Right there with ya hoshi !!!!!
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  • + 14
 Aarton Gwin? how about Aarton Gwenna
  • + 8
 He's very good, but comparing Gwin to Ayrton Senna? Naaaaaahhh... Not yet. That comparison has yet to be earned.
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  • + 10
 I think I would take a tire sponsor over a frame sponsor!! I can't imagine being able to cut a brand new pair of conti's like for every race!!! I bet it adds up to a frame price quick!
  • + 0
 *would be like*
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  • + 9
 When Gwin changed to a large frame, why did he change to large kit. Those trousers look so big, I think he stole them from Santa.
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  • + 10
 Dream podium: Hill, Peaty, Smith.
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  • + 9
 typos and more typos. Definitely a lot of top contender, though. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
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  • + 9
 Hope Brook wins, but podium for Peaty, fucking champion!
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  • + 4
 He who comes down fastest shall win and deservedly so, I'd crap my pants going down that track, every single riders who comes down that track deserves a medal! They thread such a fine line trying to shave of a few milliseconds here and there and there's not much margin between a podium or a hospital bed!
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  • + 6
 Just because he got 20th place doesn't mean you have to spell his name "aarton gwin"
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  • + 6
 Second last photo really does show how steep it is
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  • + 1
 Can't wait till Vallnord! So stoked to be going! Roughing it in the woods for 4 days is gonna be interesting! Better not pitch a tent on the track.....would be a gnarly obstacle tho lol.
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  • + 1
 its world cup day Big Grin yeeeeea! literally cant wait....please redbull stream good, I nearly cried when you started breaking up on dannys run last week!!!
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  • + 0
 Supposed to get thunder rain, let it pour, Hill ftw, Bulldawg second but first if dry, Peaty 3rd in my heart, but think if Danny Hart can stay on it hell be top 3, if its dry Gwin threatens, if wet he"ll be 20th lol
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  • + 2
 2nd to last foto: is bryceland wearing backprotection?
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  • + 2
 Steve, Go forth and crush.
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  • + 2
 Smith for the win
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  • + 0
 Sam Hill likes this track I hope he gets on the hunt and takes a win he deserves it after all his bad luck with injuries!
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  • + 1
 What wheel combo do the Atherton's run on their GT's?
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  • + 2
 Danny.Hart! !
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  • - 1
 Still think Gwin would gain a few seconds just by switching to his all black stealth kit!
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  • + 0
 After this , people will be like Aaron who ?
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