Photos+Results: Leogang DH Finals - UCI World Championships 2012

Sep 3, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
 
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Morgane Charre and Greg Minnaar.
  Greg Minnaar has won his first World Championships since 2003, and Morgane Charre has taken it for the women!

Men s Elite podium
Men's Top 5

1. Greg Minnaar
2. Gee Atherton +0.581
3. Stevie Smith +1.214
4. Mick Hannah +2.140
5. Sam Hill +3.406

Women s Elite Podium
Women's Top 6

1. Morgane Charre
2. Emmeline Ragot +1.199
3. Manon Carpenter +1.490
4. Florian Pugin +1.617
5. Rachel Atherton +5.894
6. Micayla Gatto +9.537

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Jr Men

1. Loic Bruni
2. Richie Rude +3.121
3. Connor Fearon +4.944
4. Noel Niederberger +6.029
5. Jack Moir +7.836

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Jr Women

1. Holly Feniak 4:01.622
2. Tahnee Seagrave +8.095
3. Danielle Beecroft +17.945
4. Geraldine Fink +21.011
5. Chole Gallean +21.240

Complete Results below...

Morning fog was shrouding the hill first thing this am but sun was peaking through and the track was tacking up...Every rider had sand and gravel sticking to the thin clay covering their tires--a good sign that come go time the track d be running fast.
  Morning fog was shrouding the hill first thing this am, but sun was peaking through, and the track was tacking up...Every rider had sand and gravel sticking to the thin clay covering their tires--a good sign that come go time, the track be running fast.

Sam Hill Troy Brosnan
  Sam Hill and Troy Brosnan, checking lines in practice

Troy Brosnan
  Troy in practice this morning.

Manon Carpenter s chain getting a bit more lube...
  Manon Carpenter's chain getting a bit more lube...

 A girl s gotta be ready to race in her best --Rachel Atherton scrubbing her shoes clean before donning the UK National kit for her run at the title.
  "A girl's gotta be ready to race in her best"- Rachel Atherton scrubbing her shoes clean before donning the UK National kit for her run at the title.

All systems go Dougie Fresh Hatfield tightening down Josh Bryceland s rotor bolts on the back up wheels.
  All systems go: Dougie "Fresh" Hatfield tightening down Josh Bryceland's rotor bolts on the back up wheels before practice.

The sign of a good morning for a race mechanic an empty service center. The Fox Racing Shox crew telling war stories about the girls in the bar last night and laying bets on the races to come later in the day.
  The sign of a good morning for a race mechanic: an empty service center. The Fox Racing Shox crew telling war stories about the girls in the bar last night and laying bets on the races to come later in the day.

Brook Macdonald tried to relax before his run. This isn t easy for most racers but extra hard for brook. Relaxing isn t something he does well.
  Brook Macdonald tried to relax before his run. This isn't easy for most racers, but extra hard for Brook. Relaxing isn't something he does well.

Monkdawg workling over Gwin s brakes first thing this morning before practice started. Official word is that the prototype brakes Gwin s been using since last winter failed after a some hard cornering--Shimano engineers are tearing into the brakes to determine what went wrong. These are prototypes though not production so the guts are a bit different than what everyone else is running. Gwin was offered the production brakes as soon as they became available but favored the feel of the prototypes over the production versions my guess is that he will be on production brakes in Norway for World Cup Finals.
  Monkdawg working over Gwin's brakes first thing this morning before practice started. Official word is that the prototype brakes Gwin's been using since last winter failed after a some hard cornering - Shimano engineers are tearing into the brakes to determine what went wrong. These are prototypes, though, not production, so the guts are a bit different than what everyone else is running. Gwin was offered the production brakes as soon as they became available, but favoured the feel of the prototypes over the production versions; my guess is that he will be on production brakes in Norway for the World Cup Finals.

T-minus 0 04 49 til go time.
  T-minus 0:01:49 til go time.

Holly Feniak on the loose.
  Holly Feniak has never raced a World Cup, but came to Austria to win. Mission accomplished!

Tawnee Seagraves givin er...But coming home 8 seconds down to Holly Feniak of Canada.
  Tahnee Seagrave givin 'er...but coming home 8 seconds down to Holly.

Loic Bruni
Loic Bruni on his medal run.
  Loic Bruni is leading the Jr Men's World Cup overall this year, no real surprise that he won here.

I swear for a second Richie Rude went Houdini on the course and slithered his bike around the course pole as if his entire body and the bike were made of rubber. It was the damndest thing I ve ever see a rider do.
  I swear for a second Richie Rude went Houdini on the course and slithered his bike around the course pole as if his entire body and the bike were made of rubber. It was the damndest thing I've ever see a rider do.

Connor Fearon
  Connor Fearon...

The track was firming up nicely by the time the elite women were rolling out of the gate. It was still soft in the first corner and in a few patches down lower in the woods. But overall it was looking good to go for the big kids.
  The track was firming up nicely by the time the elite women were rolling out of the gate. It was still soft in the first corner, and in a few patches down lower in the woods. But overall, it was looking good to go for the big kids.

Morgane Charre
racerun
Morgane Charre was hot out of the gate and kept the pace high coming home 1.199 seconds ahead of Ragot.
  Morgane Charre was hot out of the gate and kept the pace high, coming home 1.199 seconds ahead of Ragot. While not totally unknown, she's had good results before including a podium in Val di Sole this year, no one was really expecting her to win here.

Ragot on track.
  Ragot on track for a second place finish.

Manon Carpenter
  Manon Carpenter won Worlds at Champery last year as a junior, and it looks like she's just going to keep going. On the podium in South Africa before an injury in Val di Sole took her out for the next few races, it will be interesting to see how she does in Norway. Third place here today.

A fair number of riders and wrenches speculated that Rachel s back troubles and her rolling the start in timed training yesterday was nothing more than a mind game she was playing on the competition. Wonder no longer 5.894 and off the podium on a course that suited her to a T .
  A fair number of riders and wrenches speculated that Rachel's back troubles and her rolling the start in timed training yesterday was nothing more than a mind game she was playing on the competition. Wonder no longer: +5.894 and off the podium on a course that suited her to a "T".

Miller time Miranda Miller dropping in to do some berm smashing.
  Miller time! Miranda Miller dropping in to do some berm smashing. While Miranda ended up 17th spot, there were three Canadian girls in the top 10!

It s the World Champs after all and seeing nations like Iran represented was pretty damn cool. Bikes is a universal language.
  It's the World Champs, after all, and seeing nations like Iran represented was pretty damn cool. "Bikes" is a universal language.

Kazakhstan. Not a country known for producing DH MTB racers... But with deep roots in cycling. 20 year old Alexandr Zubenko was 2 52.207 off pace but damn--the fact he raced here at all was pretty damn cool.
  Kazakhstan. Not a country known for producing DH MTB racers... But with deep roots in cycling. 20 year old Alexandr Zubenko was +2:52.207 off pace, but damn--the fact he raced here at all was pretty damn cool.

Keeping it low Joe Smith skimming the tables on the way to second woods.
  Keeping it low: Joe Smith skimming the tables on the way to second woods.

Logan Binggeli dropping into first woods.
  Logan Binggeli dropping into first woods.

Big mountains big crowds big racing.
  Big mountains, big crowds, big racing.

Super fans in full effect.
  Super fans were in full effect from the top of the track to the bottom. This was perhaps the loudest, most boisterous Worlds since Fort William and the legendary Scottish crowds.

Bryn Atkinson and then Sam Dale set the early fast times today. After the first 80 riders it was Dale, Atkinson, and then Johannes Fischbach on the hotseat, all within a second. Steve Peat looked to be having a good run, but crashed and it was over. Florent Payet came down fast, -2.27 to move into first and push Fischbach off the hotseat. Then it was Markus Pekoll's turn, he couldn't beat Payet, but he moved into 2nd +1.5 back, and then we were in the top 20. Cam Cole had a less than inspiring run, and then it was Troy Brosnan on track. His first race back after his injury, and he washed out in one of the first corners, a hard crash, possibly injuring his shoulder. Troy was followed by Justin Leov, riding in the last race of his career. Not a top finish for him, but a solid end to 10 years of racing. Marcelo Gutierrez down with a time fast enough to put him into third spot on the hot seat, and then it was Andrew Neethling, sending it huge over the jumps up top, and looking fast through the motorway. Fastest at the first split by half a second, he got sideways on the wooden berm and it was over. Blenkinsop down and into 4th spot +2.14.

Bryn Atkinson cruises through the crowd for his best result this season not a bad place to do it
  Bryn Atkinson cruises through the crowd for his best result this season, not a bad place to do it!

Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas
  Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas has been moving up the ranks, and his 10th place finish today will definitely be a good confidence booster. You can be guaranteed his coach and manager, CG, will be celebrating with him tonight!

Andrew Neethling
  Needles was fast at the top and looked like he was on his way to a podium finish when he washed out on the wooden bike park berm and almost went off track. It cost him at least 4 or 5 seconds, more than enough to take him out of contention

Mick Hannah
  Mick Hannah was fastest in timed training yesterday, and he went through the first split -2.6 up, looking incredibly fast, down to -1.9 at the second split, he finished his run -2.087 to take the hot seat with a 3.23.93.

Mick Hannah hugging the fence in the final woods section of the track
  Hannah hugging the fence in the final woods section of the track

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Steve Smith bronze medal for Canada. It was a banner day for Dh racing in Canada. Feniak with gold Smith with Bronze and Gatto and Brown just off of the podium.
  Steve Smith, second to Sam Hill at Mont Saint Anne in 2010, and pinning it here on his new Carbon Devinci Wilson. Down by 1.5 at the first split, he absolutely poured it on in the woods to be fastest at the second split, and then almost a second up at the finish with a 3:23.004

Marc Beaumont.
  Marc Beaumont looked a bit slow at the top, didn't send it over the big jumps, and it showed at the first split, +2.95 and then +5.8 at the finish for 14th place at the end of the day.

Josh Bryceland
  Josh Bryceland stayed low over the first big jump and then sent it over the second, only a second back at the first split, he looked really quiet and fast but went down in the woods, pushing his front tire up out of a corner. After his crash at Worlds last year he's got to be feeling a little discouraged...

Damien Spagnolo
  Damien Spagnolo is always a threat, and had a great result at Worlds last year. +1.4 back at the top split, +1.7 at the second split, not fast enough. +2.645 at the finish. Good enough for 6th place at the end of the day though. Stevie Smith still in the hot seat with 5 riders left.

Sam Hill
  Sam Hill pinning it through the top, only +0.8 back at the first split and then into the woods, +2 at the second split, this was not going to be Hill's day, +2.192 at the finish, 4 riders to go.

Brook MacDonald
  Brook MacDonald won the last World Cup in Val d'Isere, but he's not known to be a pedaler. He was +2.5 back at the first split, and then a few mistakes in the woods put him +3.55 back at the second split, this was not going to be his day. +3.6 back at the finish, and he ended up in 8th spot.

Gee Atherton.
  Gee Atherton came out of the gate not looking overly fast, but looks can be deceiving. He cased the first two big jumps but then sprinting hard along the motorway he was fastest by a second at the first split, then fastest buy 1.062 at the second split. Finishing 0.633 ahead of Stevie to move into the hotseat and crush Smiths dreams.

Greg Minnaar
  Greg Minnaar hasn't won a Worlds since 2003 and was giving her everything at the top. Greg knows how to pedal and he was up by -0.516 at the top split, then held it together through the woods to be -0.5 at the second split, and -0.581 at the finish and into the hotseat, with only Aaron Gwin left at the top.

Aaron Gwin
  Unfortunately Aaron Gwin suffered a major mechanical at the top, and was forced to roll down the course, leaving Greg Minnaar with the win. While Greg's win was very well won, we can't help but wonder how Gwin would have done given a full run.

The cart went off the rails for quite a few racers yesterday none more visibly that Aaron Gwin. Gwin had a technical problem going into the steepest woods and had to pull over and slow downafter almost dying in the trees.
Brake trouble Crash World Champs chances in the rubbish bid Screw it...Gwin throwing down a signature move not seen on a finishing straight since his debut at Mt St Anne a few years or so ago.
  Brake trouble? Crash? World Champs chances in the rubbish bid? Screw it...Gwin throwing down a signature move not seen on a finishing straight since his debut at Mt St Anne a few years or so ago.

Greg Minnaar soars to victory in Leogang Austria at the 2012 World Championships. Things started to get emotional for me when I saw that Aaron wasn t going to be able to beat my time.
  Greg Minnaar soars to victory in Leogang Austria at the 2012 World Championships. "Things started to get emotional for me when I saw that Aaron wasn't going to be able to beat my time."

The taste of victory.
  The taste of victory is sweet for Greg Minnaar.



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269 Comments

  • + 147
 Anyone else get annoyed with the Cameraman on the last rock garden drop thing? There is no need to nearly do a barrel roll in this situation!
  • + 12
 Yeah, it was like he was trying to copy the stunt plane that was flying around.
  • + 6
 Got a bit of a sore neck now haha
  • + 19
 DO A BARREL ROLL!
  • + 2
 good dog google, good dog
  • - 9
 Gwin had problem with his brakes? So what? He wouldn't even use them!
  • - 8
 not more annoying than the other guy talking with Rob... take him down!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 3
 @ royal-dh: Good times! USE THE BOOST TO GET THROUGH! XD
  • - 15
 I'm with Caste1200, that other announcer was a total douche bag. Have a bunch of different riders in there as the secondary announcer! Anybody but the douchey dude who was with Warner!
  • - 20
 Anyone else get annoyed with the.. flags, same in every sports event? fra, can, usa, ger, uk..
boring, i just tell you that I feel that this is not good. i always support the rest of the world
minnar deserved. congrats.
  • + 26
 The other commentator was World Champion Myles Rockwell.
  • + 2
 Three words: Brett Motherf*cking Tippie
  • + 2
 i like the mudgaurds the riders are running on the forks brace, but havent been able to find one
  • + 2
 Think they're called mucky nutz
  • - 6
 My day went like this www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShUIqvIptrQ
  • + 4
 Men podium: Mad - Happy - Mad
  • + 1
 smith looked well stoked.
  • + 0
 @ridenz, that would be three words.
  • + 0
 rockwell made it sound alot more professional. i enjoyed his chat
  • + 3
 Screw the racing, where is the BOXXER WORLDS coverage?
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  • + 79
 Yeah Holly Feniak!! One fast BC girl whose whole family rides mtb!! So cool!!
  • + 4
 Awesomeness!!
  • + 20
 Stevie !!!!! Congrats !!! Awesome Race !!!
  • + 4
 And didn't she achieve her goal of being the youngest person ever to medal at, let alone win, world champs?! Good on ya, Holly, keep pinning!
  • + 5
 Morgane Charre...2012 world champion...that was a bigger turn up for the books...
  • + 4
 well done..Stevie "Chopper" Smith.
  • + 2
 Actually the youngest Canadian was 16 when she won people tend to forget 2010 world champs in mont ate anne!
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  • + 60
 I have to say, it was really cool to see Gwin having a laugh! Those bar humps were textbook.
  • + 5
 Yes, they were truly beautiful.
  • + 2
 I was hoping he'd do a one-footed table (a'la - CG) but, yes, those were some nasty bar-humps. While he didn't win, it is nice to know that he still represented for the fans. Good on him...surely he's going to have a lot more fans based on his sportsmanship in the face of a rather humbling defeat.

I'm still bummed that Peaty crashed when he was definitely on a banger of a run. Frown
  • + 1
 Yeah for sure, I'm not sure how he stayed calm like that. I would have rolled off the track and destroyed that bike.
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  • + 50
 Greg totally deserved that win.
  • + 55
 rob warner.."minaar, faster than julian assange popping out for a takeaway"
  • + 5
 Sooo stoked for him!!!
  • + 29
 Rob Warner "(Stevie) looks like he left the pub at 2 with a 10 and woke up with a 2 at 10"

I agree with you that Minnaar completely deserved this. It seems like he put everything into this season so even though Gwin didn't win, this is def. an awesome consolation prize as a spectator. Next season is going to be crazy (especially the Pietermaritzburg stop) to see him ripping in the rainbow jersey. Its insane how long he's been killing it for.
  • - 42
 Gwin would have killed it
  • + 47
 But he didn't, so give it a rest @norcoaline13
  • + 5
 Greg was killin' it. He made up time where ya would have thought there wasn't any to make up. Congrats to him. Stevie put on a great show. And not so sure that Gwin would have won by the way he looked at the top unless the mech. failure was real early in the race
  • + 6
 Anyone hear Warner's joke about some guy looking like Prince Harry. Went something like "He looks like prince Harry going through that rough section!"
  • + 2
 I think it was something about prince Harry being caught with bare ass pissing in public.... Was about some rider who fell on the course or something.
  • + 6
 ^ Apparently pictures of him were put online of him playing strip pool, more specifically a shot of him bare hugging a naked chick. I guess no one cared except for the media... go figure.
  • + 3
 ^^ This just in: "Man gets naked with Girl"... no wonder no one cared...
  • + 3
 It was when Bryceland fell. 'He went Prince Harry. He got caught with his pants down on that corner'
  • + 2
 Prince Harry is the shit regardless.
  • - 2
 Gwin had to much pressure on him, I don't think he would have won! Stevie was so bummed! But he had a great race!
  • + 1
 It was with Bryceland but it went like this: 'He must feel a bit like Prince Harry, that corner caught him with his pants down'
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  • + 46
 Stevie Smith represented Canada well!
  • + 18
 I really thought he had it! I'm happy anyways cause Minnaar had been my favorite rider for so long. Congratulations! What a race!
  • + 18
 Him and Gee both looked pretty pissed off at the end.
  • - 10
 Stevie would have won it if he were better at the flatter sections, he totally rocked in the woods. He needs to go home and practice cardio, intervals and booring shit. Then he'll win it next year.
  • + 15
 You mean he needs to do MORE cardio etc. I'm pretty sure he trains his ass off already.
  • + 13
 he isn't as powerful a rider as minaar or hannah or gee. he smoked the woods section though, i wonder if anyone was faster through there than him. great ride for him. he just need a gold now to cmplete his worlds set of medals. he's young and getting better evry year. may have finished 3rd this year but overall he was solid on the season
  • + 2
 It was still pretty impressive that he was able to come back from that first split, just imagine if he'd been up a second there instead of down
  • + 6
 Gladegp, Stevie just won the garbanzo dh, Canada cup, and air dh all within a week, go look it up.
  • + 11
 Garbanzo dh is a 14 minute race 10 Kms long drops 1300 feet, and has uphill sections, that should be good for cardio training and intervals
  • + 1
 Of course I know that Stevie won that, how could I have missed it? It was ment as a positive comment that he was better than all others in the technical stuff, he just needs to do even more cardio because of the flat boring sections. What qbert said
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  • + 36
 No champagne??? What the hell?? Hats off to Minnaar well deserved win after 9years
  • + 8
 Seconded.
  • + 6
 I was thinking the same thing. Looked a bit too serious up there on the podium. They needed some champange
  • + 1
 Yeah needed it for a celebration
  • + 1
 Very tame, IMHO. You've just won a medal at World Championships...here's a bouquet - hope you're not allergic to bees. ?!?
  • + 1
 Where's the party? What are they supposed to do with these flowers?... smoke it?
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  • + 31
 I thought that Morgane Charre's win was pretty special. Her behavior in the hotseat and at the award ceremony suggested that she had no illusions about winning, she just showed up and give it everything she had, surprising everyone, including herself. Pretty cool.
  • + 3
 That, for me, is the true essence of racing. Anything is possible once the clock starts ticking.
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  • + 21
 Not sure when it was said but, "Stevie Smith looks like a man who went home with a ten at two and woke up with a two at ten". Price less.
  • + 5
 Can someone explain this one to me. I don't get it.
  • + 11
 its got something to do with beer goggles and 1 night stands lol
  • + 4
 basically it means he went home with a girl who he thought was a 10 in the looks department but woke up next morning and she was a 2 in the looks department. It looked like he had a winning run but it didn't work out.
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  • + 21
 Connor Fearon, BOOM
  • + 7
 I agree, kids a stud.
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  • + 16
 Did Minnar just hint that the'll retire at the end of next season? refering to the chance to win a third world champs next year in PMB as "...good way to end it..."

Hope he'll still be a round for a while yet and reading too much into an innocent comment.
  • + 5
 Yeah I caught that too. Would be fitting for him to retire at a home world champs... Hopefully not, absolute top rider!
  • + 8
 He looked so confused when Gwin crossed the line. Like Gwin has just pulled a really bad joke or something. Very keen to find out what happened!
  • + 11
 Well then there will be a big hole in the syndicate team, Peaty cant go on forever even if one wishes. I hope Minaar doesnt quit.
  • - 11
 If im not mistaken this wsa Peaty's last race
  • + 4
 I think he meant good way to end the season, not his career
  • + 1
 Surely, peaty wouldn't quit with one race left in the WCs...
  • + 1
 Agree with JMslo. Next year his home race is at the end of the season, so he meant winning World Champs would be a good end to the year at his home event. Certainly hope he won't be retiring, hes one of my favourites to watch, consistently fast. Great race.
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  • + 19
 Way to go Sam Hill! So happy to see him finish on the top 5!
  • + 6
 he's definitely on his way back to the top!
  • + 7
 he had a great run, such a champ he is. Each race he is getting better and better. I dont think it will be to long before we see him on the top spot. Congrats to Greg on an awesome race and a well deserved world champs win.
  • + 2
 Sam has the sickest style out there...so fun to watch. Great run for a track that doesn't really suit him!
  • + 2
 sam hill will kill it next season, he rides flats and it was a pedally course, cannot wait for next year, smith atherton hill gwin minaarr mcdonald to name a few man its going to be close
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  • + 15
 Excellent worlds event for sure! I kinda feel bad for that German female that biffed it right outta the gate.
  • + 3
 Warner's comments were great. After letting it set in all he could come up with was "that was the worst start I've ever seen.
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  • + 6
 According to Gwin, it was: "Just a freak brake malfunction that led to a crash." Then he added: "Guess that's racing!" He's a solid dude. For sure he's disappointed, but he doesn't let this kind of stuff define him. Looking forward to seeing what he does in Norway, and hey- he's got the overall title.
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  • + 6
 "most boisterous Worlds since Fort William and the legendary english crowds."

Emm, what english crowds? Its the scottish spirit that makes fort william legendary.
  • + 1
 Aye well said. Someone needs to look at a map!
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  • + 8
 noooooooooo gwiinnnnnn :'(
congrats to greg though
  • + 2
 yeah i wanted to see what gwin was going to do, but great race either way
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  • + 5
 According to Mick Hannah via Twitter, Gwin had a problem with his brakes at the top of the course. he uses brakes? good job stevie knew youd get on the podium. weird rachel didnt.....
  • + 2
 So many highlights but don't wanna make a long ass comment! Lol I know how ya feel.
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  • + 9
 Minnaar is a Beast!
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  • + 6
 What a great rider list on the podium for the men's race. Holly is doing Canada proud too. Who ever said we didn't produce world cup racers?
  • + 2
 We all said it... it was just a matter of time before it changed though.
  • + 1
 I'll be the first to admit that Canada has stepped up to the plate in the DH discipline. It used to be the Andrew Shandro show and not much else. Lots of talent in those hills - and still enough left to continue slaying slopestyle comps.
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  • + 7
 Wow! How depressing did that podium ceremony look!
Sad to see it end like that for Gwin=(

Congrats to Minnaar FTW!
  • + 6
 agreed. was very similar to olimpic games ceremonys. i miss girls and champagne.
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  • + 6
 First place - man on the rim Second place - no hands, and at the finish stoppy Third - to Kazakhstan for the will to win!
  • + 5
 Wonder how the Kazakh guy is holding up. That crash was nasty
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  • + 7
 Peaty fastest through the speed trap, and if he never crashed he'd have been in the top 10!... What a legend!
  • + 1
 I think he would have podiumed without the crash...it would have been pretty damn close.
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  • + 5
 Minnaar definitely deserved to win that one, was a super fast run! Smith shouldn't be so sour, it was a formidable third place!
  • + 6
 I have no problem with guys being ticked off after a race. Stevie looked bummed yesterday and it's something people get on Gee for alot. These guys are competitors. They work their whole lives for these races. They should be disappointed. It doesn't mean they are jerks or sore losers.
  • + 0
 Stevie was so pinned on the tech stuff, one of the only riders to make up substantial time on the bottom of the course. I'd be frustrated if I were him too. When a guy like Gwin says something like, "I don't think people realize how much pedaling this track actually has", you can only assume it takes a ridiculous amount of fitness to win. To me it's just a shame to have the *downhill* "world champion" determined by sprinting an 8" bike down a nearly flat "motorway". At least there were no dropper posts!
  • + 2
 I don't think Smith was sour as much as feeling snake-bitten. He was close in 2010 and almost pulled a World Cup win earlier this season. At that level and on that particular stage, losing by just over a second will leave most of us looking that way. I'm sure he was recalling what tiny mistakes he made in his run and was kicking himself in the ass.

And, yes, Minnaar was as deserving (and overdue) as anybody in that field. It's only fitting that the one guy that's been able to stay within reach of Gwin the last couple of years take the gold. Lots of "what ifs" regarding crashes and mechanicals but, hey, that's racing. Yesterday was Greg's day and I can't wait to see him racing in Norway with the champion's stripes!
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  • + 2
 Big props to Minnaar! Had a feelin he'd win (can't say why). I love the Syndicate team.

No hate or disrespect to the others. All the riders represent why we love to ride. At the end if the day the what if's, should of's and could of's don't mean much.

I personally don't put much into competition; ride because it's fun and because you want to get better.

Bases on above comments I'd hate to be Gwin's bike tech. Ouch.

Speedy recovery to all and props to the winners!
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 Gwin's Tech "monkey" is one of the best in the biz, any team would love to have him on board. I do find it a bit odd why Gwin would risk the Worlds on prototype brakes though. He has all winter to test them out. For sure there's more going on then the info I have,
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 I agree.. There's something else going on there that they are not saying.. No reason to risk worlds on prototype brakes..
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 Sounds like he's been using them most of the season and he has had a few decent results with them. One of those "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" things. Unfortunately, they broke at the absolute wrong time. Agree with z05m in regards to testing them in less critical moments, although they are the folks that push the technology in our sport and the best proving-grounds, of course, are races. I'm sure Monk was more gutted than anybody on the hill during Gwin's run...including Gwin himself.
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 Congrats Greg!!! class act right there. Hats off to our boss the Canadian Chainsaw massacre... Surprising that the fastest American had no sponsor at the beginning of the season... Way to go Luke! Also surprising that there are no Americans in top 20!!!Great race...
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 gutted for Gwin, great top 5 though, I expect Hill will be giving everyone a run for their money next season. And Minaar had the best kit out there anyway, looks good on the top step. So, UCI, you still want to have worlds in the middle of next season? I certainly don't.
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 Sam needs to clip in on a track like that. There are times that he can't keep his feet on when you need to (notice turn three with shoulders forward and one leg back past the rear wheel).
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 No way, Peaty had the best kit hands down this year. By leaps and bounds. www.pinkbike.com/photo/8596417

Completely dialed.
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 seen it, respectfully disagree. a little over-the-top, gaudy even comes to mind.
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 Peaty's was good but I agree it was allllmost a little over the top. To be perfectly honest I don't think anyone had an amazing kit, or even an amazing bike colour - it was all a bit stock standard this year around.
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 @FaullGuy, no he doesn't, Sam Hill is the loosest guy on the planet and that's what he know's how to do, if he went clips, it wouldn't be the same, he is still the best rider to watch down the mountain. Flat Pedals for LIFE!
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 I can see people thinking Peatys race "kit" was s bit over the top. However I loved it! You can't say anything about his bike though, that was MINT!! Custom airbrushing with the union jacks, custom brushed Enve rims...I could go on and on!
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 So stoked that Greg won! Pretty gutted for Peaty and Bryceland's crashes though.
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 Peaty especially - he was on a legit podium-pace...not that Bryceland wasn't. Also harsh was Neethling's bobble - he was on a cooker of a run up until that point.
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 Great race! Stoked on the results today. Too bad about Gwin's brake issue, but as Greg pointed out, that shit just happens sometimes.
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 Can't Gwin 'em all.
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 Gwins bar humps were sooo steezy
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 Yea he pays his dues. For someone so dialled and so professional I love that he can fuck about and have a laugh with the goon-styles.
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 8 seconds?!?! I think I speak for all canadians in that holly feniak f*cking ripped it!!!
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 Sucks about Gwin, but he looked a bit off at the top - congrats to Greg - his time surely would have been tough to beat.
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 does anyone know what the mechanical was yet??
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 ^ Read some comments below this post and apparently his brake failed. Oopsie doodles.
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 Read the article, it clearly says what went wrong...
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 They added that in late though. The original article had no explanation.
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 Yeah, you need to always wait and then read. The original article was posted less then 5 minutes after the end of the race, and no information was available at that time...
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 Congratulations Holly!! First time to Worlds and such a great performance...NICE!!!
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 Gee good effort man so close!! better luck next time! Greg minaar just had an awesome day congrats to you too!!!!
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 Gee takes second by half a second. hes not going to beat himself over that....not at all
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 Stoked for sam dale !! He had a gd run .. Gutted for troy brosnan tho i thought he was guna do sumat special .. Cant wait for world cup now minaar vs gwinn !!
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 Yea Troy had some bad luck but haven't you heard? Gwin has already taken the overall title already.
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 That picture of Troy is just.. amazing. Really sending the vibe of riding, he is sooo loose on that demo. simply amazing. Too bad for Gwin but at least we saw a fun and stylish run Smile
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 Shame for Peaty, as his twitter says, his splits were pretty damn good. What an amazing rider, still getting times most people could only dream of. He can't retire as I think he has a damn sight more to give considering how he is still better than most other riders half his age.
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 Who is the other guy commentating? He's a f*cking half-wit. Get Paigey or Tippie in there with Warner - no one else even comes close to the others.
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 appears that it's Mr Rockwell,
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 I agree. What a tool.
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 Yeah i felt he was rooting for the Americans so hard.
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 don't be too hard on him. he was probably high as fuck.
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 I was hoping for CG. Heal up CG so you can climb a ladder into the commentary box!
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 Rockwell was better then Tippie. And if you don't know who Rockwell is then, you obviously didn't pay any attention to the banter between him and Warner.
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 CG schould be in da BOOTH!
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 lol, he just happens to be Myles Rockwell, a legend of the sport and a world champion. Razz It does annoy me how some clipped in riders always have to bang on about how flats are not as good though, same with when Brian Lopes did some commentating a while back. I also thought he was over critical on a lot of the things he said.
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 teamdoa- its a fact that you cannot get as much power or strokes in compared to clipless if you're bouncing around in a tech/bumpy section because keeping your feet in place is the most important thing at those moments. We all know that its a personal preference so I think you're being overly sensitive about your pedals, haha. They're just pedals, afterall. Wink
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 I liked him. Knew his stuff fo sho. Great insights and observations.
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 guys don't hate on rockwell,compared to the itailans commentaries this is pure gold,i'd rather watch the english version on an old pc screen than see the italian version on a 42" hd tv...this says it all
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 Should be Barel, 2 time world champion and all round legend. Tippie is a fucking idiot, keep him away from all mics and cameras
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 Rockwell is a tool. He can barely speak; it was like he was doped. He might have been a world champ but that doesn’t make him a good commentator.
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 Amen Brother....
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 No it should not be a French person on commentary no matter who it is
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 The commentry was not good, but not as bad as the unlistenable dribble on the few moments of crankworks coverage that I managed to sit through. I think that if the co commentator spot isn't a passing through guest every few riders (like it was on Freecaster) then it should go to Wyn Masters. Pretty sure if it was a Warner / WynTV partnership there would be plenty of one liners, and general entertainment.
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 @uphillsg - You sir are correct. Warner and Wyn combo would be outrageous!
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 I though Rockwell ballanced out Warner's Warnerness with some good intel on the racers and the course, but not in anal way like some of the other guy they occasionally have. But really, for worlds it should always be the dream team of Warner and Pagey!
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 @scott-townes... Sam Hill, that is all.
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 Liam, I think you missed the part where I said it was all about personal preference. What you're most comfortable riding with is going to have the biggest positive impact on your riding... that still doesn't dismiss the fact that you cannot pedal as hard or as much in rough parts of the track, is that a big disadvantage? Clearly not as you pointed out, Sam Hill. Really, you guys have to stop taking talk about pedals so seriously or personal... its really weird that you get offended by trivial crap like that.
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 Brook MacDonald just won Val d'Isere on flats too. That track was all kinds of loose. I think the real clips advantage is not on the tech. bits, but on tracks like PMB and Leogang where an enormous pedal section basically decides the race.
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 WJJ 每次上山爆胎,立贴为证
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 yeah.... shame about that one!
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 i googled those mysterious looking characters and google said...."Every time up the hill to a flat tire, the legislation paste as evidence"...the plot thickens..
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 That's easy for him to say.
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 我不明白,Gwin 没爆胎?
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 I reckon that Carpenter will be one fast chick in a few years... She's already rippin' so hard
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 Didn't realise Minnaar was riding the womans elite.

"Greg Minnaar hasn't won a Worlds since 2003 and was giving her everything at the top"
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 Peaty with the fastest top speed?! Too bad he crashed...was rootin' for the ol' man to podium. What's up with the podium? They all look pissed off!
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 I'd be a little ticked if I podiumed at Worlds and all I got was a frickin' bouquet of flowers.
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 Hats off to Greg!! very good run, edging out Gee. Kudos to my personal fave Stevie!! Oh, all carbon dh bikes on the podium! Too bad on Gwin, that's racing, anything can happen. Hope to see Stevie on the top podium on Norway.
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 I think a lot of that may have to do with the fact that the top riders are all running carbon pretty much.
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 I wonder how Brosnan is doing?
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 Aside from obviously gutted, I wish I could tell you. Hope it's nothing remotely major...we need him back on track.
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 no one can deny gwin still looked an absolute boss on his run it was quite cool watching him play around for a change
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 At first I was thinking they gave time-bonuses for extra style down the hill. OK, I lie. Great to see he can have fun in the face of defeat...surely his time will come.
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 Someone should have told Brosnan not to ride those Furious Freds...

Congrats to Minaar & Charre
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 yeah steve smith!!!! 3rd aint bad at all, nice work.
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 coming third to Gee and Minaar is a huge accomplishment. He's got a winning season in his future.
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 Yeeeeeeeeaah Greg ! Deserved to win!
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 It looks like carbon frame + Fox 40 under a skilled rider's balls is a recipe
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 anyone know what happened to brosnan?

damn minaar i was rooting for gee man
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 Brosnan crashed hard.
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 Hats off to Greg!!! Wish Peaty did not crash and Gwin did not have brake failure...but then the out come would not be the same.
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 You DID see the video of him crashing pretty hard into the crash-netting...no? I think he earned his "clown" run...which he still finished 83rd in despite that nasty tumble.
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 Well done Sam Dale!! 12th is sick.
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 BRAVO GREGG !!!!!!! MUCHAS FELICIDADES !!!!! BRAVO COLOMBIA MUY BUENA CARRERA MARCELO
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 great race!!! just hoping costa rica get to podium next time lol
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 GO colombia! 10th!!
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 What mechanical did gwin have? I really couldn't get what he was doing, relaxing al the way down!
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 My guess would be a shifting issue, maybe he got stuck in a low gear and there was no point in pedalling.
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 According to Mick Gwin's brakes failed, lever went to the bars...
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 Brakes pulling to the bars according to Mick Hannah, Jill Kitner just tweeted, presumably he had no power at all?
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 eh, who needs brakes anyway!
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 They only slow you down!
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 That cant be the reason! Since when does gwin use brakes!!! haha
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 I wonder what caused his brakes to fail.
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 And I was so stoked for those new Saint brakes...
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 Haha same! I wonder if it was both brakes or just one? Be very strange if it was both.
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 Wonder what Monkdawg will make of that? Seeing as though he's been working with the brakes all year.
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 Monkdawg will be shot at dawn for his error. Only kidding, but it is kinda of strange....
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 Yikes. Too bad. Feeling pity for Monk. Would like to know the exact specifics on what the failure was and what caused it. CG's big crash was due to brake failure this year also.
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 From above -

"Monkdawg working over Gwin's brakes first thing this morning before practice started. Official word is that the prototype brakes Gwin's been using since last winter failed after a some hard cornering--Shimano engineers are tearing into the brakes to determine what went wrong. These are prototypes, though, not production, so the guts are a bit different than what everyone else is running. Gwin was offered the production brakes as soon as they became available, but favored the feel of the prototypes over the production versions; my guess is that he will be on production brakes in Norway for World Cup Finals. "
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 CG's crash was due to the hose being ripped off by some nasty rock, so the brakes themselves are not to blame, bad luck or/and mistake (like picking the wrong line or something). And as Gwin was running prototypes (looks like the XTR 985 levers, not the Saint ones), don't worry about your Saints Smile

Gwin seemed to enjoy the rest of the run, bikepark style Big Grin yet I guess he's going to be really angry to win that Hajsfell round (and prepare even more for next years' worlds)
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 Am I the only one here who's proud about Bruni?
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 Bruni's one of my favs! Stoked. I'm going through the replay trying to find his run.
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 Gwin in 83rd..? I don't think anyone would've predicted that...
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 Was the best day at work in my life. Thanks Pinkbike/RedBull.
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 Holly Feniak representing Canada like boss and looking good while doing it. Way to go girl.
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 Stevie was sooooooo close!!!!!! SOON!
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 Can't help but root for Stevie. He is such a great figure in the sport. Also one guy I'd like to share a beer with...
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 Agreed. He's going to win one. Windham was a good example as well. If he had a faster top section he would have smoked the fleet.
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 I thought it was enough. It's coming. A guy that rides the way he does will win a race or five in due time.
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 Markus Pekoll on 9th!!! Austria is going big Wink
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 great race, but hoped to hear it from warner, he makes it 10 times better Big Grin
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 Where we're you watching? Rob Warner was in the booth.
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 "since Fort William and the legendary english crowds" foer williams in scotland.
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 Hats off to Minnaar! Great run! Does anyone know if Troy Brosnan's okay? That was some crash!
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 nice podium Smile
nice to see those standing there
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 3 awesome men's top 3 and holly won too! What a great end to the dh season!!
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 In the first pic Minnnaar is a dead ringer for Ewan McGregor
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 YEAAAH MINNAAR!!!!!!!! At last!
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 Where is a picture of no-hander from Miran Vauh????
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 That's the 2nd WC rider I've seen have brake failure with the new Saints (Gwin/Beuamont). Think I'll stick with my 2011 model until they iron out the glitches.
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 Gwin's were prototypes...not the ones us normal-folk can get our grubby paws on. I'd guess they're going to not release those prototypes into production just yet. I'll pass if they do.
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 I wanted Steve Smith to win, but Minaar made a superb race. Congrats
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 Nice one Minnaar world champ!!!! Gwin brake failure gotta b kiddin me.
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 Does anyone else find it ironic that Gwin's "signature move" is the bar hump, even though he his so religious he probably has never even had sex before?
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 actually I do. Do you think he swears or says "golly" and such. Ahh, who cares, the guys shreds and is okay by me.
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 Stoked to be a dialed pinner.....
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 fair amount of hemp on the podiums
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 Where was BrenDog?
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 epic race...its a shame sam didnt go on the podium but still top 5 peaty bad bad luck hope to see u in 2013 world champs
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 What happend to gwin?
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 couldn't pedal nearly from the start mechanical
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 word is his brakes failed.
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