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Racer951 RichardCunningham's article
Jan 15, 2017 at 3:41
Jan 15, 2017
Troy Brosnan Talks About His New Canyon Sender
@jaame: Read again, it says 5cm stem, as in 50mm. They may be mixing units of measurement but it isnt that hard to understand, is it?
Racer951 laurenjenkins's article
Jan 13, 2017 at 7:45
Jan 13, 2017
Snapshot: Examining the UCI's Changes to World Cup DH Racing
@monty15: I actually think the chance for a young female racer to get support is much more than that of a young male racer who has a huge amount of competition and has to ride at a much higher level before they are even noticed. I have said this before and I wont name anybody out of respect but I know of a few local female riders getting decent levels of support from brands and the local shop when their riding standards are pretty low in all reality - What they do have though is a good image and instagram page. The guys that get the same support level are Men get things just as hard but remember when they travel all of the way to another country in the hope of qualification for a WC this is often dashed as they cant make it into the top 80 riders most of which will be full time atheletes. There are hundreds of guys who travel as privateers to world cups, driving themselves there, getting money together from winter jobs or even working inbetween - Its no easier for the guys but they do it, its a right of passage for many and the reality of DH racing. I dont think it is any more obvious in the womens field - It is a simple case of show the talent / results and get support and as there is more talent than there is support available, somebody has to miss out. To be honest I think support for women is getting better and I am all for it - I want to see women racing DH but it will be a slow change to what is lets be honest a male sport by its very culture. This will change over time, it already is.
Racer951 BTRfabrications's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 6:49
Jan 12, 2017
BTR Ranger Hardtail Updated For 2017 - Press Release
@jaame: Yea agree with that, passive bashing of any countries products isn't a great thing to see but I would like to see more people praising things made in the UK (or whichever country the person is from for that matter) Support your 'local' business, though I don't doubt the fact Taiwain and China can produce a decent product, I don't want every product to look the same or share such similar traits they may as well be, be that because all of the small companies are gone or because one place is making everything - Just look at many Taiwanese hardtails, all made in one of a few factories and all sharing similar construction to keep the cost down.
Racer951 BTRfabrications's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 3:41
Jan 12, 2017
BTR Ranger Hardtail Updated For 2017 - Press Release
That's my one geometry criticism, I would use this kind of bike for every-day trail riding etc and feel anything below 425-430mm is too small and I would be riding over the rear axle with the saddle up - For a DJ bike definitely, trail bike, not so sure.
Racer951 BTRfabrications's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 3:39
Jan 12, 2017
BTR Ranger Hardtail Updated For 2017 - Press Release
Its more a case of you are getting something quite unique, hand-made in the UK (Which matters to some people, not others but that's personal opinion) with customisable options and quite progressive geometry - Its not a mass-produced option like the Stanton or Production Privee. You are the customer and you decide what works for you best but without these cool small manufacturers things would really get boring fast!
Racer951 laurenjenkins's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 3:26
Jan 12, 2017
Snapshot: Examining the UCI's Changes to World Cup DH Racing
The womens side of DH is in transition at the moment. We have Rachel, Tracey, Tahnee, Mannon etc all at the top level of DH and there does seem to be a lot of younger riders becoming interested now too. The problem we seem to have is the huge differences in ability levels at elite level and the low turnout - We almost make a mockery of competition if all women that enter automatically qualify can rank themselves as '10th in the world' if they end a race 40 seconds slower than the top 3. If / when more women compete in the sport things will sort themselves out but for now something had to be done to ensure it is only people capable of racing at the highest level that are on track in the final - Hopefully it will give women something to push for. I can only hope womens DH continues to grow, it has come a long way from when I used to race and women riding was seen as a bit of a joke by some. The problem with other events is that they just don't have the competition - a local DH race will see every women that enters get on the podium - it must be difficult to motivate yourself to ride faster if you don't have anybody to beat....
Racer951 laurenjenkins's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 3:20
Jan 12, 2017
Snapshot: Examining the UCI's Changes to World Cup DH Racing
More racing would make the series much more exciting and give more to the riders and sponsors but as others have said the cost and logistics implications seem to outweigh any motivation to do it. In certain areas it would be eeeasy to add an additional round onto the following weekend, places like the Alps and Canada have huge amounts of tracks to choose from, you could have one track one weekend, keep the pits in the same place and then another track the next before moving on - It would be quite cost effective that way as travelling amount is the same, you just need to stay longer.
Racer951 laurenjenkins's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 3:17
Jan 12, 2017
Snapshot: Examining the UCI's Changes to World Cup DH Racing
@tufty: I can understand your point on the level that this person is passionate and dedicated but that is not a substitute for performance. The reality is that the womens field of DH has a huge performance gradient, from Rachel to the bottom of the field is such a huge time gap - You just cannot continue along the lines of allowing women who are really not that good to race at this level for the simple reason that the participant level is so low everybody qualifies. The reason your friend is in the top 30 in the world but cannot compete at WC level will simply mean she is not good enough - its a harsh reality. Take for instance the mens race, you can be a phenomenal rider and still not qualify because the standard of riding is so high, why then should a woman qualify automatically because the number of participants is low? This is a fair way to run things, if you are good enough, you will qualify, if you are not good enough then you will either have to train more or come to the realisation that you can not cut it at the highest level - this is the same for men or women and the truth about any sport.
Racer951 PhotoCal's article
Jan 11, 2017 at 5:18
Jan 11, 2017
Bex Baraona's EWS Fundraising Raffle
@gavlaa: Huh?! Would you care to explain your meaning behind a plain observation? Yes, I am criticising somebody for whinging about something, how is that difficult to understand? I have not started the negative tone on this discussion, that was done when people begun to question the motives behind companies helping the rider and the legalities of a small raffle - I am simply responding to the bilge.
Racer951 PhotoCal's article
Jan 11, 2017 at 4:30
Jan 11, 2017
Bex Baraona's EWS Fundraising Raffle
@bendy: Show some common courtesy to the guys involved in the raffle in not trying to knock it down and question its motives maybe? If you come online to make your opinion public expect a reaction.
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