Rain Man - DH World Cup 5 Finals - Norway

Sep 16, 2013
by Nathan Hughes  
 
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And so came the rain. The wind howled, the tear-offs flew and the crowds screamed their support and abuse under sagging ponchos. It ended up a nightmare day for tons of riders who hit the deck spectacularly in swathes of liquid mud. In particular, major players Mick Hannah, Gee Atherton and Loic Bruni all encountered serious misdemeanors mid session. Their loss was other's gain, however. Danny Hart, Andrew Neethling and Bernard Kerr all leaped up the rankings on incredible runs to headline the top ten. Tahnee Seagrave and Mike Jones claimed junior thrones and Rachel Atherton went and brought home the Fury flavored bacon once again in the ladies. Stevie Smith, presumed autistic genius, tackled the soaking Hafjell course with a vengeance, in a display of ignorance to the terrible conditions reminiscent of Mont St Anne last month. All eyes now rest on the final round where he will draw swords with Gee in Leogang to decide the overall series title in what could be described as (understatement alert) 'an exciting season finale'.

We woke up to drastically different conditions today in Troll Land. Dust and sunny skies had been replaced by ominous clouds driving wind and rain.
  Dust and sunny skies, replaced by ominous clouds, driving wind and rain? The rug just got pulled.

Splish splash
  Splish splash... Little April showers.

It s been awhile since we ve seen grip wire. Luckily a few mechanics still know how to use the old wire pliers.
  It's been awhile since we've seen grip wire. Luckily, a few mechanics still know how to use the old wire pliers.

Sam Hill preps his goggles for a very wet race here in Hafjell.
  Sam 'me bike gets muddy' Hill preps his goggles for a very wet race here in Hafjell.

Joe Smith gets his back number ready to go while working through the pre race jitters.
  Joe Smith gets his back number ready to go while working through the pre-race jitters.

Water repellence was the top order of the day by any means necessary. Rachel Atherton donning the silver suit of dryness plus 2.
  Water repellence was the top order of the day, by any means necessary. Rachel Atherton donning the silver suit of dryness plus 2.

Steve Smith and Jon Cancellier.
  Makin' it rain. Smith gets taped up with John Cancellier.

Lucas Shaw with a little dose of morning whips. Coo-whip.
  Cool wHip. Luca Shaw with a little dose of off-axis sailing in juniors.

Mark Wallace
  Smith's protege Mark Wallace kept his end up and did him proud, rolling home 3rd.

Innes Graham drifting.
  Innes Graham drifting on a baller, but pipped at the post on the day.

He nailed it on the toughest course of the year in Andorra and he repeated here in the toughest conditions of the year. Mike Jones leads the junior pack as of today but deserves even greater credit for what would have been a top ten time in elite.
  He nailed it on the toughest course of the year in Andorra and he repeated here in the toughest conditions of the year. Mike Jones leads the junior pack as of today, but deserves even greater credit for what would have been a top ten time in elite.

bigquotesStraight out of the start I got wild and landed to flat, bounced into the next corner and kept it wide open from there. I just tried to go steady when there was possibility of crashing from then and came down 3 and a half up. The weather made it way better than riding in the dry... So much slicker and more interesting! Yeah now I'm leading going into Leogang hoping for the result I need for the overall...- Mike Jones, FMD Racing

Bike wash lineup following the junior practice this morning.
  Junior bath time.

Jr Podium
  Mark Wallace, Innes Graham and Mike Jones represent. Niederberger and Vergier backed them up

This is what riders woke to this morning. Somewhere up there lies a race track.
  The weather actually got worse progressively throughout the day...as if that were possible. Somewhere up there lies a race track.

Pom Pon getting aggressive on the last corners into the finish.
  Pom Pon getting nasty on the last corners into the finish.

Manon Carpenter coming up in the ranks in second. Her day is coming soon...
  Manon Carpenter coming up in the ranks in second. Her day is coming soon...

Rachel and Tahnee
  'Are you stealing my lines Tahnee?' Britain's little and large discuss.

Rachel Atherton takes home yet another win this time decked out in the rainbows.
  Rachel Atherton takes home yet another win, this time decked out in the rainbows.

Rachel Atherton explaining her run.
  Rachel Atherton #stoked. Probably she's confessing to nearly binning it into a telegraph pole after the last rocks.

The Statue of Liberty by junior world champ Tahnee Seagrave. Today she sealed the overall world cup victory for Great Britain as well.
  The Statue of Liberty by junior world champ, Tahnee Seagrave. Today she sealed the overall world cup victory for Great Britain as well.

Women s Podium
  What do Ragot, Charre, Nicole, Manon and Atherton have in common with Charlie Sheen?

Martin Soderstrom made an appearance making his away around the bottom on crutches. He is healing up well and in good spirits. Stoked to see him out and about
  Martin Soderstrom made an appearance making his away around the bottom on crutches. He is healing up well and in good spirits. Stoked to see him out and about!

A long way from Miami beach for Bryce this morning.
  A long way from Miami beach for Bryce this morning.

Leif Lorenzen found a roll of Shimano course tape and put it to good use turning Ray Syron into a mummy. Ray got some extra waterproofing out of the deal.
  Leif Lorenzen found a roll of Shimano course tape and put it to good use turning Ray Syron into a mummy. Ray got some extra waterproofing out of the deal.

What do you do once you re wrapped up like it s Halloween You cheer on Bren Dog
  What do you do once you're wrapped up like your'e going trick or treating? You cheer on Bren Dog!

Niklas Wallner pulling... 16th fastest.
  Mini-Wallner, Niklas, came in 16th right behind Sam Hill...not yanking your chain.

The fastest section of track had a lot of riders taking an impromptu trail nap. When riders fell they had to patiently wait until they stopped sliding and almost everyone kept hold of the bars the whole 30 yards.
  The fastest section of track had a lot of riders taking a lazy trail nap. When riders fell they had to patiently wait until they stopped sliding and almost everyone kept hold of the bars the whole 30 yards.

Try and guess where Nick Beer ended up today THIRTEENTH... the omen strikes.
  Try and guess where Nick Beer ended up today? THIRTEENTH... the omen strikes.

Whyn amp Boris showin love. Shit happens...
  Wyn & Boris showin' love. Shit happens...

Troy Brosnan putting down a top ten run for the day.
  Troy Brosnan put down yet another top ten run today, but was keen for higher.

 It was a bit slipperier in that one spot than I thought it d be.
  "It was a bit slipperier in that one spot than I thought it'd be."

Bernard Kerr 9th
  Bernard Kerr takes home the Pinkbike personal achievement award (cheque is in the post)... 9th place on the Pivot.

Nearly the whole of the World Cup photo core stayed huddled up to keep hypothermia at bay in the driving wind and rain.
  Husky mode. Nearly the whole of the World Cup photo core stayed huddled up to keep hypothermia at bay in the driving wind and rain.

Matt Simmonds
  Matt Simmonds on a South Africa high, leading out team CRC for 8th.

As much as we are all thrilled to see Stevie on top of the podium everyone is still blown away that the 39 year old Steve Peat was one step off from being on the podium. The man still rips and still has a big fire in his career.
  Sheffield steel on carbon, charging the woods. Everyone was blown away by Steve Peat at 39yo just one off the podium. The man still rips and still has a big fire in his career.

Blinky putting on the gas and into the finish.
  All the waterproofing Blenky needs for 4th: a pair of gloves.

The final tweaks that helped giant onto two of the top three podium spots.
  The final tweaks that helped giant onto two of the top three spots on the podium.

Marcello Guttierez had yet another great result this week. Here he jumps into the bottom rock garden in morning practice.
  Marcello Guttierez had yet another great result this week to round out the Giant Factory Racing sweep. Here he jumps into the bottom rock garden all guns blazing during morning practice.

Neethling dangles over treacherous ground on one of the best runs of his career.
  Neethling dangles over treacherous ground on one of the best runs of his career into 3rd.

Danny Hart into secon this week. When preparation goes out the window and you just have to ride it like you stole it Danny excels.
  When preparation goes out the window and you just have to ride it like you stole it, Danny excels once again, taking 2nd.

bigquotesEveryone was saying 'oh it's your day it's your weather, but it's totally different to the last rain race that I won, the only race I've won. Champery was just point and shoot, where here there's lines and you have to think a lot more with the big rock gardens. I'm just really happy cos I've had a tough year you know, glad to be on the podium and I'll try and do it again next week. Leogang's often wet so we can see how it goes...- Danny Hart - Giant Factory Racing

Greg Minnaar powering through the muck just enough to make the podium.
  Minnaar up in the fray, but not climbing higher than 5th. The most reliable man in mountain biking?

What a bunch of rowdy Swedes banana stuffed skivvies and all. We have no idea what they were yelling. Pretty sure they were cheering for Boris at one point.
  What a bunch of rowdy Swedes, banana stuffed skivvies and all. We have no idea what they were yelling. Pretty sure they were cheering for Boris at one point.

The chainsaw massacre.
  Last year here in Hafjell was Stevie's first ever World Cup win, this year it could be the puzzle piece to Smith taking the WC overall.

Fist in the air...
  Bro fist to the masses...

So many were rooting for Mick when they woke up this morning but when they drew the curtains on Hafjell they knew deep down the game had changed entirely.
  So many were rooting for Mick when they woke up this morning, but when they drew the curtains on Hafjell they knew deep down the game had changed entirely.

Conditions were drastically different from qualies. Come race time Gee crashed twice and just couldn t put down the run he needed for the win.
  Gee has looked infallible much of the this season. Unbelievably this time he crashed twice, including one mighty tree-hug. He just couldn't put down the run he wanted so badly.

Gee Atherton with his head in sorrow as he crosses the line 8.4 seconds behind Stevie. Leogang will present itself with one epic battle between Gee and Stevie for the overall as Gee is still technically in the lead.
  Gee Atherton hanging his head in sorrow as he crosses the line 8.4 seconds behind Stevie. Leogang is set to be one epic battle between these two heavyweights of 2013.

Steve Smith celebrating. Gee in the back.
  The highs and lows of world cup racing.

Stevie FTW
  Stevie Smith FTW!

bigquotesLast year was all hook and grip and it felt like you could fly everywhere, today it felt like I was on a slip and slide the whole way down. I was a 120 something points back at the beginning of the week and it's down to 17 today, it all counts now.- Stevie Smith - Devinci Global Racing

Men s podium
  Shiny happy people.

Andrew Neethling reflecting his thoughts on his recent podium. He hasn t seen a podium since 2011.
  Andrew Neethling reflecting his thoughts on the first podium he's seen since 2011...

bigquotesI've just been focusing on trying to have a good time... I've put worlds behind me. The whole year I was working hard towards that and when it doesn't pay off it's tough so I kind of just hit the reset button to come here, ride my bike, do some whips and ride the course as fast as I can without worrying about who else is doing what, you know. My splits showed that which is good for the confidence when I look at the numbers, so I just need to keep it together and execute. It's just been one of those character building years this year, mentally tough!- Andrew Neethling - Giant Factory Racing

To the victor goes the spoils. Only 17 points separate Gee Atherton and Steve Smith from a World Cup overall title this year. It all comes down to finals.
  To the victor goes the spoils. Only 17 points separate Atherton and Smith from the World Cup overall title this year. It all comes down to finals next weekend.

One very happy Stevie Smith.
  Could this be the face of the 2014 world champion in Hafjell next year? Step aside, Hoffman...the new Rain Man coming through.

108 Comments

  • + 111
 Go stevie, what an awesome end to the wc season, 17 points the difference Who will win it???

I remember watching him in seasons not that long ago, being shuttled up the mountain by him mom, guess hard work and determination do pay off, his mom will be after him for gas money if he wins.
  • + 21
 i want to be like stevie if i grow up!
  • + 13
 Yeah great but, what about the girls and Charlie Sheen!?
  • + 22
 They were on the podium - winning!
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 ^^they just get blitzed all the time
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 what is the prize money for winning the over all WC?
  • + 2
 I guess it was about the short pants...
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 where did you find the points tally where its smith off by 17 points? i went to UCI and the point differential is 233. with first place getting 200 points it means gee has already wrapped it up? www.uci.ch/templates/BUILTIN-NOFRAMES/Template3/layout.asp?MenuId=MTUxNjU i feel like im missing something here? can you send a link dbox123 please
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 haaaa...and just solved my own problem. that link to the UCI counts all races and not just UCI WC races - i wish UCI would better organize their standings board for WC only events point tallies
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  • + 64
 Tree Atherton
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 I always root for Gee but that Tree Hug was pretty funny
  • + 18
 Amazing that he still managed 12th after all that....
  • + 2
 In MSA and now here? Too bad for Gee but stoked for Stevie
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 That tree deserves a medal. Sorry, I'm just kind of racist against Athertons.
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 I hope it's not because they turned into the UKs family version of your beloved Gwinn this season.
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 Awesome racing. Again, we are so spoilt by the magnificent photography... A huge thank you to those snapping stunning pictures, it invites us intot he race.... Awesome work
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  • + 31
 Nice to see Hart On the podium again. Stevie ftw! so much more of a character than gee..
  • - 5
 Look at that picture once more : its Stevie , Blenky and Greg ! Thats it , thats all !
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 Gee is one of the only riders who just annoys me with his attitude. Yea he rips, yea he's fucking amazing on a bike - can not take that away from him. But - fuck me he's such a sulky whiney dude. Just fucking smile and be happy for a change... YOU'RE GETTING PAID TO RIDE BIKES DAWG !
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 YESSSSSSS ! thats what im saying
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 is it true, Gee didn't even give anyone a handshake after the race? He's one hell of a rider, but if you can't be a man, fa-get-about-it.
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 You know what? I love Steve Smith. And we all should, he's everything mountain biking is: honest, fun, and real. GET IT DONE SON....OVERALLS
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  • + 29
 George . George . George of the jungle watch out for that treeeeee ...
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 best one ! Smile ))))
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 now thats just funny right there, he gave that tree a good bloody crotch-bash...
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 I really don't get that bullcrap about Gee, just as it was about Gwin... leave the bloke alone, mind your fecking business. Reminds me of the time when people were complaining that Sam Hill can't talk and that they should stop interviewing him cuz it's terrible to listen to. Are some of you MTB fans or football wankers that "love" their teams so much that they must channel their "hate" somewhere else in equal magnitude? Just enjoy the show, he is serious about his job and passion, if you want stoke and steeze go watch some slope but don't pollute air around here in an actual sport, it ain't figure skating on MTB.
  • + 9
 I agree Waki - all these guys love to race - Gee is a fierce competitor that's all.
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 @WAKI .. its called a joke .. you'r supposed to laugh !!
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 Having met and ridden with gee at one point... he is no better in person than he is on film. So no @waki. I will still support Stevie because he is a much better person all around. Gee takes himself way too seriously. If your a complete dick to the fan who support you then your worthless to the industry. SMILE AND BE HAPPY IF YOUR RANKED #1 IN THE WORLD!!
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 DragontalesDH - every single person in the world has a different personality. He/she experiences and induces different kinds and levels of emotions and feelings, then has his own way of dealing with them, which can be partly indicated by how we look to others, happy, serious, sad, manic. You can work on your outside easily but the inside at this age is next to unchangeable, and whatever Gee actually is, it made him who and where he is now, one of top 3 riders in the world since several years.

Now you expect Gee to be nice and smiling, thus to be false. You seem to just want to be well entertained, you don't like serious people, it doesn't fit your idea of the sport. Well, I will put to you, that even if Gee was publicly talking sht about his opponents (as Greg, Lopes did with Fabien), you still have absolutely no basis for such expectations, as you don't even pay for watching the show. Then everyone having trouble with personalities of other riders should consider the fact that you guys don't meet any of those people everyday, you don't deal with serious people, and you are probably not related in any way to other riders in case they were insulted by the serious guy. You can just turn it off and don't watch recaps. Just don't ride with him anymore! I stood in the the queue to the lift, next to several different top riders I might not necessarily like, I had no intention to talk to none of them or ride with them. Because I don't know those people.

It is mountain bike racing not a reality show. For retarded emotions watch Nascar or Football, other than that: bugger off
  • + 4
 To be fair to Gee, if I had had a shit day I wouldn't want to talk to people either. He's competing for the #1 spot in the world so of course he's not just in it for the fun - his career is based on results. It is easier for Stevie as, coming from so far back, he's not under the same pressure and he will have still have achieved this season (by making back so much ground) even if he finishes second. Everyone needs to chill out and enjoy the last race - last year Gwin walked it and everyone moaned then too!
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 DragontalesDH I'm sure that from seeing him going on track while you were on the Gondola at Whistler or somewhere countes as "met and ridden with Gee at one point" in your world, but back of the crap. The man has all the right in the world to be devastated about it after throwing a 100 point lead on the overall because of a couple silly mistakes (eg he knows he should've probably taken the lower line instead of trying to go high and then going tree hugging, and he'd have lost almost nothing in comparison). Cameras went off him 5 secs after crossing the line, you have no idea about what he did afterwards.

The bullshiting over Gee's gotten to a point where even Si Paton felt he had to come in and give an actual founded opinion on him from somebody who actually knows him. Leave the man alone, and while you're at it go watch some Atherton Project vids to get a bit of insight on how he is. Being hard on himself doesn't mean he's a dick to others.
  • + 1
 I'm not sure where you got the idea I was knocking him for leaving after his run at hafjell. I'd have done the same after that. He has been in the top 5 at almost every race for the past 4 years and you deserve a medal if you can find one where he is smiling in any position other than first. Compare that to smith who was stoked to break the top 10 last year. That's my game. I don't care what gee is like anywhere else or in his spare time. No body likes someone who can't lose happily, regardless of their level of competition.
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 "(...)No body likes someone who can't lose happily, regardless of their level of competition" - eee... there are people who don't give a damn about those things because they don't have any higher expectations from riders - they are fans of the sport not customers of the sport. I despise "entertain me or GTFO" attitude because as I wrote before I feel I have no ground for expecting that from those guys. I am glad that they are there at all.

Now I will give you an example: Sam Hills memorable run in Champery in 2007, while riding in total wet, he came 2sec behind Lehikoinen who rode in the total dry. If you look at the vids when they show him seconds after crossing the line you will see how pissed off he is that he didn't win. I think that is worth more than a thousand of Peatys smiles.
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 While I don't agree 100% with WAKI's last point, part of it is, to me, absolutely true. And it's the reason those guys are there: none of them is pleased with anything other than 1st. So what if Steve's quick to bring out a grin (now, let's wait till he's 28 and he knows his chances are starting to dwindle unlike your name is Greg Minaar or Steve Peat). So what if Aaron did barhumps? Their actual feelings, I can guarantee you, are exactly the same as Gee's. Good on you for blaming the man for showing his passion for racing at all times.

I love cheerful guys like Peaty or Bulldog or Smith, but at the same time I admire the focus of guys like Gee. Btw, I haven't seen you bashing on Danny Hart, who's as sukly as they come post-race. Is it because he doesn't win so often or because he hasn't been the one (outside of Specialized or a mental lapse this summer by Tomac) knock your national hero Mr. Gwinn out of the top?
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 @DragonTalesDH: I still want to hear the story about how Mr. Tennessee here met and rode with Gee... Okay, I actually don't. What I DO want to hear is how you personally support Gee and his racing career that gives you such entitlement to a smile or a wave from a man who is giving his all out there. What, did you buy him dinner and he didn't put out so now you're burnt? THE MAN IS DIFFERENT FROM STEVIE. Does he happen to fit the role of evil villain better than Stevie? Sure. However, he's still human. He still puts his pants on, one leg at a time and he's still a talented guy. Who the hell cares if he doesn't smile and kiss ass when he loses? It's a ride just to watch him race these insane courses. However, if you'd like to switch shoes with Gee for a day and see how you'd fare mentally and physically, then by all means.... Stop comparing riders and their individual personalities. We can't all be sanitized, happy unicorns and rainbow skipping every second of every day. Get over your demonization of a man you don't know; chase your own dreams instead of bashing on others for not 'being happy riding bikes for a living'.
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 I do realize I am a functioning sociopath. But... when I stand next to a guy like Minnaar, Peaty or Hill, I end up saying nothing more than "good luck" or "congrats on the Champs", because I have as much in common with him as with an old woman on a bus this morning. Should I lick his balls telling him how awesome and inspiring are all the videos he's made, that I love his style? I wouldn't definitely like someone to rant how much he loves me in the middle of the crowd - Is it me who is weird or the society is fkd up on fame factor? I think nobody should and actualy gives a sht about mine or your stoke or bum - I find that perfectly normal, because no one else but douches and egomaniacs do care for such crap. I don't know those guys personally, interviews always bend reality, so I make a positive assumption that those guys are alright.
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  • + 9
 Fantastic Race. And who would have thought the season would come down to this? Looked like Gee had it all completely sewn up and suddenly it's THIS close. Been a few years since the overall was decided in the last race - love it. Always makes for an amazingly pressurised final race.
  • + 2
 Last time was less than this in USA with MInnaar and Gee - and Gee squeeked by. I know people love Stevie and rightly so, but I'm rooting for the Gee man - Stevie will have plenty more WC wins!
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 funny to think that stevie is the same kid from season all those years ago.
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 its a goood thing !
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  • + 10
 I'm not Canadian, but GOOOOOOO STEVIE!!!!!!!!
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  • + 8
 Stevie had an awesome run but I'm super stoked for Needles! Crazy course, can't wait to see World Champs next year! Hopefully they build a big hit across the finish!
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 I'm so stoked for Needles. That guy seems to take the biggest crashes in every practice, but gets up and never ceases to amaze.
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 So excited for Stevie. Fantastic riding! So many great riders currently on the WC circuit it's always great to watch them all ride. Interesting to see what happens next week. Both Stevie and Gee are such talented riders.
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 yeah its just that Gee s a treee hugger
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 No pic of the Drummer in the woods??
  • + 1
 yeh??!!
there was heaps of funny 'non-rideing' happenings that could have been thrown in this pictorial for a good laugh.

on rideing matters did anyone catch a snap of the young swiss juniors massive crash?!? and is he ok??
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  • + 4
 Nice to see Neethling on the podium where he belongs. Keep it up the great work.
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 whats up with HILL? just hope the last crash wont turn off the fire we saw in some races this season hope he can get a solid top 3 in the final race of the season anyway i wish stevie the overall win even tho gee is havein a great year, p.s i will be cool to see peaty wins :-)
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 Good to see Danny up there again ! One of the best in the wet conditions I reckon !!
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 an interview with gwin last year about worlds is that worlds is a day race and sponsors go gaga over it, while consistent all 6 laps doesn't mean nothing??? yes, i salute the guys who can get it together just for 1 day to show their best, but to be consistent is another. consistensy means you are what you are....a racer. , with the last lap this exciting, worlds were already forgotten, now, all eyes are on the real race, the overall race, the race which will decide who among the immortals of DH is the best, who in all 6 laps, reign supreme.
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  • + 5
 steve peat is the one!
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  • + 4
 i was well upset when gee hit that tree
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 "They say when he puts the power down, he stops the rotation of the earth."
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 So many surprises today - epic race. Killer pictorial to put an exclamation point on it. THANKS!!!
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 Leogang will be interesting for sure - MInnaar won twice there last year - including Worlds - Gee second by a hair, then Stevie, Mick and Hill. It'll be a great finale!
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 Stevie vs. Gee ......even the qualifying race is important. 50 points on the line.
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 I'm really excited for Stevie, but even more pumped for Peaty
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 "Cool wHip. " - Nice one PB , props for you Smile
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 @WAKIwhatever .. Give it a rest will ya !!
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 Steve Smith making Canada proud, and Danny Hart with his mud loving runs! Both so fun to watch
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 Hope it's pissing rain next week! Go Stevie!
  • + 1
 Is the rain the key to his success? I figure some from the uk would have great rain talent as well.
  • + 1
 rain certainly does hurt for stevie, the local dh mountain that he used to train on and was featured in seasons (mt prevost) is only open during the rainy season
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 raining all week in Leogang - clearing Friday, maybe rain again for Sunday. Stay tuned because someone is going to win!
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 Stevie so much superior... in the rain! Amazing... deserves the overall title 4 sure!
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 4th pic from the bottom, podium of the mustaches.
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 1 'stach 1 bumfluff !!
  • + 1
 Next dominator will have a moustache and huge eyebrows
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 www.pinkbike.com/photo/10099874 wilford brimley is now a photographer???
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 who was that ?
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 WTF does the author mean by "presumed autistic genius"?
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 Yep I've seen the movie...and also have a family member who is autistic.
  • + 1
 As do I, cerebral palsy/autism combo. The connecting of the movie to Smith's rain drenched wins this season with humor is touchy for some, understandably. Apologies for the assumption that you just hadn't seen the movie, the general age demographic on the boards tilts a bit young, so I thought that might be the case here.
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 "autistic genius"? erm, c'mon guys...
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 He won in the rain, back to back, hence: Rain Man... Dustin Hoffman, TomCruise...
  • + 1
 yeah, i got that, but it still seems a little tasteless...
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 Gotcha. Yeah, humor can be a tough line to walk. Honestly, didn't really think twice about it, I just got the movie reference, but can certainly understand why people wouldn't be down with it. Cheers man-
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 stevie it looks so in another level stylish and fast !
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 grip wire?! no lock ons? .. or for the riders grip?
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 What are those goggles niklas walner and manon carpenter are wearing?
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 Need to see some pictures of Nick Beer's high speed drift!!!
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 Great work riders and photogs!
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 Does anybody have the photo of one of the first jumps of Nick Beer?
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 Leogang= Gee.
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 Leogang = rain...
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 We are not considering probabilities in this equation just the facts. So Gee is the answer.
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