U.S. Nationals DH Qualifying and Dual Slalom - Angel Fire, New Mexico

Aug 3, 2013 at 23:41
Aug 3, 2013
by Matthew DeLorme  
 
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Alex Willie is feeling strong and looking to get on that top step of the podium. The track at Angel Fire is long some two miles and change and has a solid mix of terrain. Loam roots rocks wide open with lots of dust and a few good sized jumps. Throw in a 8 500 foot altitude and it s going to make for some rad racing.

Alex Willie is feeling strong and looking for that top step of the podium. The track at Angel Fire is long, some two miles and change, and has a solid mix of terrain. Loam, roots, rocks, wide open with lots of dust, and a few good sized jumps. Throw in a peak elevation of 10,677 feet, and it's going to make for some rad racing.


Gwin seems to be feeling a bit like his old self; he was first in seeding today by a comfortable margin.


New Mexico is a home to this years National Championships. It s a beautiful landscape with plenty of odd attractions to see along the way to Angel Fire.

New Mexico is a beautiful landscape, with plenty of odd attractions to see along the drive out to Angel Fire.


Jill on her way to another national title in Dual. She also took first in seeding today. Will she be wearing the stars and stripes on her sleeve again tomorrow

Jill on her way to another national title in Dual. She also took first in DH seeding today. Will she be wearing the stars and stripes on her sleeve again after tomorrow?


Burney traversing open slope at Angel Fire. Thunder storms kept the dirt in the woods tacky in qualies but the open track bits quickly turned back into loose dust.

Burney traversing open slope at Angel Fire. Thunder storms kept the dirt in the woods tacky in qualies, but the open track bits quickly turned back into loose dust.


Aiello getting massive style points at Angel Fire this weekend.

Aiello getting massive style points at Angel Fire this weekend.


North Carolina ripper Jay Fesperman took first in seeding today. The Junior X field is stacked and it s going to be some exciting racing come sunday.

North Carolina ripper Jay Fesperman took first in seeding today. The Junior X field is stacked, and it's going to be some exciting racing come Sunday.


The elder Shaw brother took bronze today in Dual.

The elder Shaw brother took bronze today in Dual.


Intermittent rains are not enough to keep conditions from being bone dry. Without a good solid down pour the track will be a dust bowl come race time.

Intermittent rains are not enough to change conditions from being bone dry. Without a good solid downpour, the track will be a dust bowl come race time.


Fresh off BMX world Champs Nobles came out on a big bike and took the win in Dual.

Fresh off BMX World Champs, Nobles came out on a big bike to take the win in Dual.


With a few last minute changes in practice times and the number plates getting lost in the mail riders were unsure of when to practice. This could be Dylan Unger or it could be Alex Willie lost number plates to blame on that one.

With a few last minute changes in practice times (and the number plates getting lost in the mail) riders were unsure of when to practice. This could be Dylan Unger, or it could be Alex Willie, lost number plates to blame on that one.


Pitts mega boosting double action. Few are hitting this one and the jury is still out on wether it is faster to roll it or blast it.

Pitts mega boosting double action. Few are hitting this one, and the jury is still out on whether it is faster to roll or blast it.



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47 Comments

  • + 28
 Im glad gwin is up by so much, but the field is far from stacked (compared to a WC). Hopefully he wins and its gives him a boost for MSA.
  • + 19
 yep gwinn is kind of the gun in a knife fight in that field, pretty much any top30 WC racer would stomp that competition.
  • + 2
 Yea can't compare this to a World Cup. I mean look at the World Cup standings, where is the highest American rider? There's just no competition of that level at the us national level.
  • + 1
 Im surprised the Gwin is even competing with MSA just around the corner. It would make 3 weeks in a row that he is racing. He should have rested and saved his energy for MSA. It's a lot of traveling from Andorra to West USA to Back to Eastern Canada.
  • + 4
 I doubt Specialized would want him to miss what is probably the most important domestic race of the year.
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  • + 5
 Is Gwin ahead and found his form again... or does he need to pick up the pace somewhat. Mitch was 13s down on the win in Andorra on a 4 min track. So 9s down on Gwin. Different track I know, but you can bet Gwin knows Mitch is 2s closer on a longer track. Next weekend being easier and potentially wider than the first 3 world cups will suit Gwin more, will be interesting as the gt seems to roll considerably better than the rest under Gee.
  • + 2
 Mitch is also ridiculously fast and this is his home mountain.
  • + 3
 How is this Mitch's home mountain?
  • + 4
 I sure hope Gwin found his form, it would be great to be on top for the next wc race
  • + 2
 Right? Mitch is from Utah or something.
  • + 2
 Mitch is from a town North of Salt Lake City...not 14 hours away in New Mexico...
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  • + 4
 Lots of course poaching from non racers this weekend. Dh start gate being monitored by Two young teenage boys paying no attention at all to class or number plates its been kinda lame trying to practice with everyone just jamming the course . But its s great course
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  • + 2
 I am happy for Jill, crushing it big time. However, it is a bit embarrassing the second place girl is 24 seconds behind!! Just goes to show you that the elite level female sports talent in the US is attracted to sports other than cycling.
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  • + 4
 geez those womens times are so far apart from each other. and i guess it's good to see gwin back on top?
  • - 2
 even though it's not WC
  • + 4
 Why would you have to guess if it's good to see a rider doing well? You should be thrilled to see any rider doing well, if you're a fan of downhill anyways.
  • + 3
 well what i was trying to say was that he didnt have the same competition as he does in WC, which is a huge difference, so even though he's top, it's still not the same. "i guess" :/
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  • + 4
 That's one long track! Impressive to see Jill Kintner so close to the top guy.
  • + 5
 Ya only 43 seconds and she's there
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  • + 1
 Ill put my Commissaire hat on for this one. The last but one picture shows a rider on course with no visible number board. Even in practice its required incase of a medical emergency, it would quickly help to identify the rider if need be.
  • + 2
 Well spotted commissarie, not sure what the tag he has at the bottom of his jersey? Doesn't look like part of his shorts??
  • + 2
 I think it´s a lift pass
  • + 6
 Did you not read it? The plates got lost in the mail.
  • + 3
 No number plates required for thursday pactice on account of numbers not being available. Every other day has been manditory.
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  • + 4
 Jill Kintner killed it. . .
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  • + 3
 the course is rough and tough! awesome job to the juniors for racing a pro course and making it down with smiles!
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  • + 3
 Where is Mikey Sylvestri?
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  • + 1
 F-ing dust. Crankworx will be a dustbowl too if the weather doesn't change. not that dust is gonna inconvenience Gwin or anything.
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  • + 3
 Is this going to be streamed somewhere today?
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  • + 4
 HIGGERSON!!!! GET IT!
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  • + 3
 Hopefully gwin can end up like this on WC
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  • + 1
 Stoked to see Cody Warren back on the board, I didn't know he was still racing. SD represent!
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  • + 2
 Adam and Ryan! Go so cal locals!!! 949!!!
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  • + 2
 Hell yeah #5 from Amarillo, TX!!!
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  • + 3
 go max morgan.
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  • + 1
 I no sam is fast so look out_____0^0_____
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  • + 1
 Go Austin! Representing Summit County!
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  • + 1
 The second to last one is Lucas Cowan going hard!
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