TEAM ROBOT Leogang WC Course Walk

Jun 12, 2014
by Dave Trumpore  
 
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As a privateer and aspiring pro it is imperative that you maximize your media exposure at World Cup races. However, starting with a 200 number plate means most of the professional photographers along the track probably won't even click the shutter when you go past, or if they do the photos will never see the light of day. Let's be be honest here and say that there's a pretty good chance you won't even qualify this round as the track is far from home and unlike anything you train on. So really your best bet for exposure is to get a well known photographer to do track walk with you, that way you are guaranteed to grab your 15 minutes of media fame for all of your sponsors (your friends, and your Mom & Dad back home).

If you have at least 300 instagram followers you can leverage your photo skills and offer to shoot a new Facebook profile pic for your pro photographer friend. This is also known as a fair trade.
  If you have at least 300 Instagram followers you can leverage your photo skills and offer to shoot a new Facebook profile pic for your pro photographer friend. This is also known as a fair trade. If you fail at racing you will have also proved photo skills and could easily slide into a cush media job.

This is Boris. He will be at the race and no track walk is complete without getting him to show you some of his body art . Don t worry he s more than willing.
  This is Boris. He will be at the race and no track walk is complete without getting him to show you some of his "body art". Don't worry, he's more than willing. If there is a World Cup and Boris is not there, then the World Cup obviously did not happen. He's almost as big a deal as Lord Rob Warner.

If the venue is in an epic mountain setting be sure to capture plenty of footage to show your friends back home.
  If the venue is in an epic mountain setting be sure to capture plenty of footage to show your friends back home.

Always be sure to adhere to all course markings. Part 1 optional freeride line and wallride
  Always be sure to adhere to all course markings. Part 1: optional freeride line and wallride?

Lesson learned Real pro s always bring an umbrella. Look how much more pro it looks to point out lines to your teammates using your umbrella. If all you have is a waterbottle it isn t pro.
  Lesson learned: Real pro's always bring an umbrella. Look how much more pro it looks to point out lines to your teammates using your umbrella. If all you have is a water bottle it isn't pro.

The Grocery Store Rule GSR applies to track walk as well. You don t wear you riding gear to the grocery store and you shouldd t wear it for track walk either. Hard soled SPD shoes will result in blood. FACT.
  The Grocery Store Rule (GSR) applies to track walk as well. You don't wear your riding gear to the grocery store and you shouldn't wear it for track walk either. Hard soled SPD shoes will result in blood. FACT.

You ll soon discover that despite what you assumed from watching endless GoPro footage the track is much steeper than it looked. Note Vans are as impractical as SPD shoes but you will look way cooler.
  You'll soon discover that despite what you assumed from watching endless GoPro footage, the track is much steeper than it looked. Note: Vans are as impractical as SPD shoes, but you will look way cooler.

Be sure to get in touch with the organic matter around you and feel the aura of the track. Mother Earth Gaia Spirits and Sh t.
  Be sure to get in touch with the organic matter around you, and feel the aura of the track. Mother Earth, Gaia, Spirits, and Sh*t.

As a privateer your Mom amp Dad probably payed a lot of money for you to be here this weekend. Or your boss at Starbucks was kind enough to grant you a week off. Either way be sure to document the epicmoments with copious selfies.
  As a privateer your Mom & Dad probably payed a lot of money for you to be here this weekend. Or your boss at Starbucks was kind enough to grant you a week off. Either way be sure to document the #epicmoments with copious #selfies.

A great way to gain more non-rider instagram followers is to play up the international traveler angle. Chicks dig a guy with a sensitive side too. Don t worry about the data roaming charges Mom amp Dad probably get that bill too.
  A great way to gain more non-rider Instagram followers is to play up the international traveler angle. Chicks dig a guy with a sensitive side too. Don't worry about the data roaming charges, Mom & Dad probably get that bill too.

Identify sections on the track that will play to your strengths. As AMERICAN ENDURO racer this sectiion means big things for you. enduro winning notschladming
  Identify sections on the track that will play to your strengths. As an AMERICAN ENDURO racer this section means big things for you. #enduro #winning #notschladming

If there are jumps on track be sure to stand on the lip with your buddies. For a while. To discuss how fast you think you need to go to hit the sweet spot on the backside. Who cares if there are 20 people behind you waiting to do the same thing.
  If there are jumps on track, be sure to stand on the lip with your buddies. For a while. To discuss how fast you think you need to go to hit the sweet spot on the backside. Who cares if there are 20 people behind you waiting to do the same thing.

Always be sure to adhere to all course markings. Part 2 Ride Free amp Go BIG.
  Always be sure to adhere to all course markings. Part 2: Ride Free & Go BIG.

Sam Hill goes inside on all the corners so you need to go inside on all the corners. claimit
  Sam Hill goes inside on all the corners, so you need to go inside on all the corners. #claimit

Remember your ABC s Always. Be. Creeping.
  Remember your ABC's: Always. Be. Creeping. Yeah, she's looking right at you so try not to be awkward and let your sweet mustache do all the smooth talking.

Be sure to seek inside tips from the top pros you encounter on track. Like Wyn Masters be sure to pack extra food and water.
  Be sure to seek inside tips from the top pros you encounter on track. Like Wyn Masters, be sure to pack extra food and water.

No Track Walk is complete without an overly artsy and blown out sunflare photo. If it s a cloudy day just get your new pro photographer friend to photoshop a sunflare in.
  No track walk is complete without an overly artsy and blown out sunflare photo. If it's a cloudy day just get your new pro photographer friend to photoshop a sunflare in.

If you follow this advice it won't even matter how well you do in your race run. In fact you've pretty much won just by getting your photo taken a few dozen times, and with all those #selfies and scenic shots you have memories to last a lifetime. - TEAM ROBOT

45 Comments

  • + 48
 Great write up. Fun as always.
  • + 15
 It's obvious that the stellar irony and self-deprecating nature of Charlie's style is lost on many PB trolls. I am not even sure if those trolls understand the words I just typed.
  • + 8
 I had to give up being self deprecating- I wasn't any good at it.
  • + 1
 need more coverage on that chick too.
  • + 1
 "Payed" eh?
  • + 1
 I've read in several scientific journals that the wind resistance associated with upper lip facial hair is accountable for an 8% increase in lap time. Maybe next year you can try function over fashion.
  • + 1
 Always. Be. Creeping. Without it, no World Cup is ever complete. Pretty sure there are a few non-racing photos that should have been incorporated into this haha
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  • + 12
 "Did you know that you still ride like a pussy and, wherever Rennie is right now, he's disappointed?" -TeamRobot
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  • + 10
 PB needs moar Team Robot.
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  • + 8
 The umbrella guy, Francisco Pardal, Portuguese National Champion!
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  • + 8
 TEAM ROBOT KILLYOURFACE!!!!!!!!
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  • + 7
 The tash is good but no stevie smith!
  • + 10
 Took him 22 years to grow that thing.
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  • + 4
 About 90% of the top WC racers are going to sit on the toilet, casually read through this post on a mobile device, and think, "this is cute," just as the log drops. Cheers to privateers!
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  • + 7
 diggin the bass pro lid. it's a long way from springfield to leogang
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  • + 6
 "I have no F$%king idea where I am going" FTW
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  • + 3
 Sarcasm on pinkbike. All we need now is irony. Wink
  • + 6
 One at a time please. This is North America.
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  • + 2
 welcome to the kill list...
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  • + 1
 haha that guys shirt in the 5th pic: No Lycra!
  • + 8
 'Cause there's nothing like sweaty tighty-whities tearing your @rse cheek a new one, three hours in!!!
  • + 1
 sorry i wanted to up vote you, but i accidentally missed the up vote button.
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  • + 1
 The stalker behind the tree pic is awesome
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  • + 1
 Sweet write up. GET SOME CHARLIE!
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  • + 2
 Go get 'em Chaz!!
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  • + 1
 The actual walk was beyond hilarious as they plotted this out.
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  • + 1
 Go get it Buddyboy!
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  • + 1
 Wicked Wash socks rule!
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