Video: Hafjell World Cup Track

Sep 7, 2012 at 12:22
by Anders Håheim  

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Riders: Mathias Jørgensen and Hans Petter Gjevik test the World Cup track in Hafjell Bikepark.
Filmed and edited: Anders Håheim
Music: Warp Riders - Black Widow
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159 Comments

  • + 49
 I do not the direction the UCI World Cup tracks are heading... Aside from one technical section in the woods, this track is an oversized bike park... Its like driving a F1 on a go cart track. Overkill!
  • + 4
 Agreed. Track is pretty much flat out except for the two rock gardens. It's still going to be fun to watch but I'd imagine the times are going to very close.
  • + 108
 I think you accidentally a word.
  • + 9
 I was going to post something similar until I saw your post. I love bike park but the WC tracks should have at least 1-2 high speed off camber turns. Yeah, the last wooded section looks like a World Cup track. The rest looks not even as hard as what I ride weekly at Mountain Creek, NJ.
  • + 10
 Stevie Smith for the win. Winning the Air DH a coulple weeks ago should help on this course.
  • + 3
 The word yall are looking for is LIKE...
  • + 61
 Why did champery go?
Why is a track that resembles a bastard child of crabapple, wind ham and a soccer field at the end, the last WC?
Why is there only one Canadian track, in Québec, which has been used, and reused time and time again?
Why are there no western North American stops, even though many of the top racers including gwin are from the west coast?
Why is 4X not a UCI series?
Why isn't the UCI dead already? Frown
  • + 11
 Why so many rhetorical questions?

To answer a lot of what you just wrote, race series have to make bank, or they won't survive. The UCI makes its dolla through road cycling, it's a much bigger and more profitable area. It's not going to give lots of money to a niche cycling sport like DH out of the love of its heart, nor should it. Plus, the truth of the matter is, very few resorts or locations actually want to put on world cups, there's very little financial gain and a colossal possibility for loss (literally $100k+ could be flushed away if it doesn't go to plan). The result is that the few places that have a lot of experience in running World Cups do it again and again, because they know how to make it work - Fort William, Mont Sainte Anne, Maribor etc. If you want to know why there were no World Cups in the USA for years, google "What happened to Angel Fire?". No-one wanted to after that debacle.
  • + 16
 And everyone was complaining about Val d'Isère being not enough like a bike park. There is no pleasing you guys.
  • + 5
 Exactly Cyrix! People just love to bitch but seem to forget that DH isn't all just about technical sketchy shoots and roots, there has to be some of both. What do more and more people think of when they think DH? Whistler. What do most people think of when you say Whistler? A-Line. It's only normal that the UCI make more and more tracks that look like bike park tracks with shorter technical sections because that's what the general public think of and want to see when they hear DH.

And yeah MaxBerkowitz, most of your questions pretty much answer themselves. And quite honestly, if you're sick of Mont Saint-Anne you clearly do not get what's up with that place. Ride it once and then tell me you still want to see it gone. It's the track that separates the men from the children, it's been there since the beginning and people still find it's sketchy and tough as hell. And the reason why UCI can't get in to Western North American stops, it's because nobody there wants the UCI's business, which quite frankly is f*cking fine with me.
  • + 14
 Looks like a good mix of everything to me if they tape it nice and wide, some nice big crowd pleasing jumps, some nice big rock gardens to sort the men from the boys and a pedally motorway to make sure your fit enough to be considered a professional athlete. At the end of the day your gunna have to be a decent all round rider to win here. The racers who are only fast at techy tracks won't and the guys who are only fast on open-full-gas-all-the-way tracks won't either. Stop complaining, also as harriieee (sort of) said bike parks already have the infrastructure to run a large race. and think about this for a second: if world cups are held at bike parks more often they will have to up the difficulty of the tracks at the bike park making them more fun for all the 'serious' riders who are complaining about the world cup/ bike park tracks being too mellow.
  • + 11
 To all those complaining about the track... have any of you actually been there and ridden it? It seems really stupid to judge a track that you've never been to based off a singular edit.

The saying, "it does no justice" can easily be applied here. How about you all hold off on the judgement and hate until we get reactions from the people who are going to race it. That sounds sensible doesn't it?
  • + 2
 To Alex-Mtl Sun Peaks resort wants and has been trying to get a world cup stop for several years. So yeah western Canada DOES want to host a race...
  • + 5
 You are running your mouth already? Just wait for Willingen next year and imaging a giant 4x track for a wc dh race...
  • + 11
 cant we all just agree that this was a good track preview
  • - 4
 Yeah, Mountain Creek has better trails. That was boring.
  • + 1
 Back in the day... The Day DH was born actually, it was all technical and with no suspension. Now, its flat and flowy with smooth berms and doubles and we have loads of suspension... If they keep building trails like this, The DH bike as we know it shrink and the ever so popular AM bikes will reign. Alex-MtL, Val D'isere is an awesome track. So is Sainte-Anne and Val di sole... DH is not what we think about when we think of Whistler its freeriding . Leave the no nonsense hardcore speed demons show us just how fast they can go through some gnarly shit and the freeriders show us how freaking huge they can go off doubles and drops... And in between we have a special event, its called Crankworx...
  • - 7
 guess what this track looks ratheer sh*t
  • + 0
 @scott-Townes ...the point is that I am comparing it to other helmet cam footage of places I have ridden and/or have feedback on. By that method I have a good handle to judge based on looking at my own footage from my cam as well. Unless they have a different lens I think it's somewhat of a decent tool for judgement.

Both sides of the argument making good points. I will say that I've never seen a race I didn't like. I know that expecting every track to be like MSA in unfair but after all they are man made. Money drives everything though, I guess people want more jumps.
  • + 1
 I'd be down with a course like the garbo dh being a wc track or the canadian open... but not at whistler UCI would f*ck up crankworx big time with rules like "stay off hecklers rock"
  • + 2
 Joey- Comparing a track that you've never been to, to Mountain Creek NJ helmet cam footage is incredibly dumb. Don't take that personal but man... really? You must not ride many places or much at all if you think helmet cam footage is a decent tool for judging... judging a track that you've never seen in person or ridden no less. They didn't add in jumps because it somehow creates more revenue for the event either, that's absurd to think that. Its located in a bike park and as we all know, well maybe not yourself, a lot of trails in bike parks usually have machine-made jumps, berms and other features. Here's a quote from Kopaczus, a member who has actually ridden the course... "That rockgarden at 2:07 is deceptively steep."

Again, wait until the best in the world ride it and give their opinion before you make absurd claims like you can ride it no problem. You just sound like an overly cocky rider, even though I doubt that was your intention.
  • + 0
 Hey man, calm down. I only ride one trail, ever. Wow. Meet me if you want. Trestle next week, Steamboat the week after, then back to Mountain Creek, then Launch and finally Snowshoe to finish the year. So clearly I ride wherever and whenever possible. Also it's pretty clear I love bike parks. I also don't distinguish between "man-made" and "machine made". Either way a human designed it and operated the machinery. I don't get your point there. The fact is I am excited for this race just noting the overall increase in park-like features and my feelings about that. I said it below, I don't know if I'm upset about the tracks getting easier or excited that I can ride them now.
  • + 3
 Why not take it back to Canberra? It looks easy but it canhurt those that underestimate it, its dry and dusty and its the perfect time as MTB is growing with the younger generation getting into. Seriously its growing down here. There were easily over 700 kids at the CORC MTB school championships wth people coming from 5 hours away for the 9am start.
  • + 2
 Ah shit, sorry Joey... I really was not trying to insult you but I guess I did anyways. I apologize for that and please don't think I'm angry towards you. By machine-made, I mean man-made because they usually use bobcats and other machinery for resort bike parks. Judging from the video I wouldn't doubt if a majority of people on this site could get down this trail but my point is that you cannot judge how easy or hard a track is by comparing it to helmet cam footage of places you've ridden before. To say WC tracks are getting easier is pretty subjective as well because its one thing to ride a trail to get down it but its a whole different story to ride it at WC speed. You literally have to ride different lines that some people may not even see as possible in order to maintain speed and get the fastest line possible but I'm very sure you know that by watching past WC events. The only trips back east I take are usually for X-Mas so riding with you will probably not be possible, which sucks because riding with locals is insanely better Wink
  • - 1
 It's not called A-Line anymore, it's called GAY-Line. Bring back the roots, rocks, and off camber sections to World Cup DH racing and make it a mans sport once again. Val d' Isere is the only track that makes a real difference anymore. Everything else may as well be DH BMX.
  • - 1
 looks bad
  • + 10
 Hehe you guys are soooo funnyyyyyy. The vid does not show even a bit of what rock gardens are like, it's a quite bad vid actualy if they wanted to show the track. The second last woods is pretty much something like a cementery of hige rocks of fridge and dishwasher size, you come in after two burms and you either go flat out or you die. There is no safe line, there is only balls out line. Lower woods is no better. I never ever came upon a place like that where I thought that my Nomad is waaaaaaay to small. Walked the lower part of Val Di Sole track this year and that looks way more rideable than Middle woods in Hafjell. From what MtSt Anne looks like on vids, Hafjell is very similar.
  • - 3
 this could be won by fmba riders... uci dhi lost it.
  • - 5
 wouldn't even class that as a downhill track. It's more freeride than anything else.
  • + 8
 Is this the same track that hosted european championship couple of years back? The track is rad though, It has something for everyone.
  • + 1
 yup highrider005
  • + 2
 @ScaryGerry: I hear what your saying about AM bikes. And consider that Steve Smith won the last Air DH on an AM bike.

Of course, A-Line is as smooth as it gets and manages to prove that 6" is more then enough for a lot of the jumps on that trail.

Hell! I'm at Snowshoe now and was tempted yesterday to bring my AM bike instead of my DH rig.

You're right! A DH course that can be run on an AM bike isn't a World Class/Cup DH track.
  • + 4
 You people have some serious stuff going on, you haven't seen the course and you talk BS, the middle and lower woods are barely rideable by AM bike (Im sure non of you arguing here would do it) and are quite challenging on DH rig. Shut the hell up...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I sure hope you're not directing this at me. I actually agree with you. :-)
  • + 2
 At the end of the day - riding a course and going full tilt race speed are different - the guys in the video are not doing it at race speed by any means, the tree wood sections all look like at full titl you'd have to be on your game and yeah everyone ragged on Val dIsere when they first saw that but it was a great race. This will be too. Bring it on!
  • + 5
 Just like to say this video looks like a fairer representation of the track: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qefkVgmwJpQ&;

The video in the post looks a little selective after having watched a full headcam run!
  • + 1
 I don't think it's a matter of the video or the footage. Its pretty clear what this track is, and I'm sure that wooded and rocky section is plenty technical. But my main point and problem is there isn't enough of that. Just because there is one small steep techy section that may challenge even WC riders doesn't make it a suitable world cup track when the other 90% of the track is a glorified bike park. There needs to be more than just a small section to challenge these guys.
  • - 1
 Sino- Unless you've raced WC I don't think you should speak for the WC riders and what they need or want.... and to let you know edits don't show every inch of the trail... its kinda what makes an edit an edit...
  • + 2
 Oh I'm sorry Scott, I didn't realize that we all had to be World Cup racers to comment on a track. I'm sure some guys like this type of course because it requires alot less skill to ride and I know that that there are WC racers who don't. I've heard and read plenty of quotes from guys stating just that.

And I've watched helmet cam footage of the entire track (like someone posted above) not just the edit. It looks like a fun course but like I said there looks like one tough steep section and not much else in the way of a challenge for World Cup riders. I don't need to be a world cup rider to see that.
  • + 4
 why do people always assume you can judge a track by a video? look at whistler for example you dont see them but trust me youll know when your on them and everything looks way easier on helmet cam
  • + 1
 wow I left out words there^ I was talking about whistler and how you cant even see the braking bumps on video...
  • + 6
 Here is a descent video of what the track is like.. The rock garden at 1:56 is REALLY technical and yo can make A LOT of time up if you get through there clean..

vimeo.com/29048853
  • + 1
 Sino- really?, haha. Again, lack of experience and straight up ignorance leads to absurd judgments from helmet cams and edits alike. If you think helmet cams give you an accurate image of what the track is like is only proof of your ignorance. Just shut up until the experienced guys give an opinion because you just look stupid otherwise... especially when people who have actually ridden the trail tell you that you're being stupid.
  • + 1
 ok if its so easy!! you race it a win it then...
  • + 4
 Why doesnt everyone take Plattekill Mountains slogan to heart and just... Shut Up and Ride!!
  • + 0
 Scott why are you still stuck on the helmet cam thing? I've seen 2 videos, one from the helmet cam and the edit in this post. And both show the same thing, A track with one steep techy section and not much else.

And please stop using the old "you've never ridden it" argument. Again it has nothing to do with my skill level or how hard it might be for me to ride. Do you watch the NFL or NBA or any other professional sports? Have you ever watched your favorite team and said that a certain player wasn't any good? I'm sure you have and it would be ridiculous for me to say that you are unqualified to say that since your not a pro ball player because you don't have to be a professional athlete to tell when a guy sucks.

Same here. It doesn't take a top level rider to see that this track doesnt offer much of a challenge for the best riders in the world outside of one difficult section. I've seen tracks that are difficult on video plenty of times and I can see this one. Big tabletops, big smooth berms, and long grassy speed sections are what they are, and are just not that challenging to the best riders in the world. I'm sure it will be a fun track and the race will be good because they always are, but the truth is that the track is on the soft side. I'm not sure why you are so defensive about it.
  • + 3
 video doesn't show the steepness or the condition the dirt is like, look at mount 7 psychosis it looks ridiculously easy on helmet cam yet it is one of the gnarliest and hardest tracks in the world
  • + 0
 Finn - I know that in general helmet cams make things look easier than they are. I have looked at plenty of trails on helmet cams and thought one thing, then had a completely different opinion after actually seeing and riding said trail. I think people are misunderstanding me a little here. I'm not saying the course is easy or isn't challenging overall. I'm sure it is. Keep in mind my context here, which is comparison to other world cup venues. Outside of the one steep rocky section it seems on the tame side, thats all I'm saying.
  • + 2
 I see where your going now.... ya it isnt nearly as awesome as champery but look on the bright side stevie has another chance to win!
  • + 1
 The track really has it all. The fast big jumps at the beginning are pretty rough and rutted and don't look like they'd be fun. Some fast technical sections where riders can really carry speed, fast flat out open parts that require endurance to keep up speed, awesome fast berms and some very tight technical ones, steep slow technical sections, and the end looks like it'd be boring, but once the event is set up and the ring is set up with all the spectators and fanfare it will look much different.
  • + 1
 I would like to see a Stevie Smith, Sam Hill, Steve Peat podium. All three deserve a WC win this year!
  • + 0
 Finn-I think Stevie would have a chance on any track, not just a fast and flowy one. cyrix-I'm sure the race will be good, they always are. Like I was saying above, from my selfish fan perspective I think the races are the most fun to watch on the real beastly tracks that really beat these guys up. Joey-I'd add Gee to that list. I know alot of people dont like him but the dude has been damn consistent this year and has ridden well enough to win a few times only to be edged out. He's the only guy to podium at every WC race this year.
  • + 2
 Id be down with rachel and gee winning! both deserve wins
  • + 3
 I deserved sugar in my morning coffee, and it wasn't there
  • + 1
 "The Day DH was born actually, it was all technical and with no suspension. Now, its flat and flowy with smooth berms and doubles and we have loads of suspension... If they keep building trails like this, The DH bike as we know it shrink and the ever so popular AM bikes will reign."

Hey Scary, I agree with you that the tracks are changing to highspeed motorways but I don't think they've necessarily gotten any easier. They're just getting faster.

There is, however, a definite trend towards smoothing out the trail and it's not a new one, it's just been gaining much more momentum in the past 7-8 years with improvements in suspension control and frame designs, as well as this new trend towards bigger wheels.
  • + 1
 Dingo- the first DH races were not all technical, most of them were actually down fire roads and on grassy ski slopes. If they were more technical than today's tracks, no one would have been able to make it down them with the rigs they had back then.
  • + 1
 Yeah I realised I should have cut the first sentence out of that quote... but "oh well". The rest still stands. Tracks are "generally" getting easier/less technical because the sport is growing in popularity and now has to cater to a much larger group of new riders. Seems to me like that trend is also creeping into the world cups.

I guess it's true what they say about trends and how they tend to be cyclical. We're back to wide bars, big wheels and faster courses.
  • + 1
 They didn't have wide handlebars back then... unless you were on some futuristic stuff, haha.
  • + 2
 scott-dave... When DH started and when I started racing, you were 1 year old... Tracks weren't groomed, they were as nature decided they were. There were no berms, no tables, very little fire roads or grassy sections. At least not for long. We tore into the natural soil so quick that it wasn't long until we exposed roots and rocks. Tracks were very technical. Ste-Anne today is not far from what Sainte-Anne was 20 years ago... Same goes for Bromont and many other world class tracks we did back then like Rocky mountain house(that we boycotted because it was to technical and long) and Silverstar mountain resort.

Honestly, 80% of DHers on this site can go fast over tables, berms and wide open speed traps, what separates us from WC is what these guys are able to do through the gnarly shit...
  • + 1
 Scary- Just because I was a baby when you were plummeting downhill, that doesn't mean that I couldn't learn/hear about how it was later on in my life. Also, respectfully, you're a bit off on that. The first timed DH races were happening in Cali years before I was born (very early 80s, late 70s) and they were down fire roads on klunkers. I'm pretty sure there's some documentary floating around about these guys.

That doesn't mean it was the same for you in your area when the first ones were taking place so it is cool to hear about different people's experiences/stories about the early races.
  • + 1
 So technically, you were about 5 years old when the first DH races were taking place Wink
  • + 1
 There were some crazy dudes going ''down the hill'' on standard build bikes before 1990... But it was in 1990 that the DH mountain bike scene came to life with DH specific components and the UCI mountain bike championship... I did some ''DH'' with standard build bikes as well but the essence of the sport really became clear with the technological advancements. I remember thinking that the SoftRide suspension stem was the greatest invention ever because it enabled us to go so much faster. Then came the suspension forks, V-Brakes, and DH specific. Wow, we thought we couldn't possibly go any faster. Boy were we ever wrong.
  • + 1
 oops... DH specific tires***
  • + 1
 Ah so we're talking about two completely different times then. I was referencing the first DH races and you were talking about the first DH races with DH specific rigs/components. I can see why there was some confusion there. That's crazy to hear how a stem could make that much of a difference or how there were DH specific V-brakes. I'm going to message you because I don't want to piss everyone off with more updates in their profiles, haha.
  • + 1
 I wonder if the injury rate is influencing how tracks are designed.

One thing is certain, a place like Whistler is good for the sport because it has tons of smooth, rolling highway like trails. I see families there. Mom's with their kids, either following, or in tow. And plenty of older people that no longer want to ride the chop.

When I was at Snowshoe, guess what most people were riding. The flow / jump trails in Western Territories or Raging Bull (with those dumb wall rides) / Lucid. They all had bikes with plenty of travel, but the whole time I was there I only saw one other person riding any of the tech stuff.

Whistler wasn't that much different. I saw far fewer people on Upper Angry Pirate or Original Sin then A/B line, Blue Velvet, Crank it up, etc....

But whatever the case, I like all of it and we should make a point to keep it all. I like the idea of my kids riding with me even if it's just something like Powerline or B Line where they don't have to have that much skill.
  • + 2
 BDKR- the reason you see only a fraction of people riding the tech stuff is because of two reasons

1. The number of people who have just begun riding in the past few years greatly outnumbers the number of people who have been riding a majority of their lives. Its creating a new class of rider- the park rat. Its very similar to skiing and park rats in skiing. Its not an insult though, its just what people prefer to ride.

2. Although I prefer tech and fun I have to admit that fast flowy trails are incredible and more laps are possible on those so I wouldn't doubt if some people who can ride tech. prefer to spend more of their time on smooth/fast jump trails.
  • + 1
 cant believe this is still going, these tracks are in here for variety to give everyone a chance, if everything was identical to champery wouldnt you be pissed watching hill and hart decimating the field on it?
  • + 1
 Okay, I'm gonna go ride Trestle tomorrow and talk about track types all day at the base. Maybe a little pink bike from my phone. Stand next to my bike comparing my kit to other riders. Okay then I'll see you back here for the second week of this. Wow! At this point I can't wait for the race. We've been hyping it all week!!!!!!
  • + 1
 I'm heading there tomorrow, I just heard from my buddies I'll be in the cabin next to DeVinvi team's cabin. So you guys better buy me a flight to Vancouver, prepare some guided tour for northshore trails and heli in Whistler - or I'm gonna waste Stevie Smith a night before the race! I'm Polish and I'll bring lots of Vodka. You have time till tomorrow, PM me for passenger details! Make it a national effort!
  • + 1
 hahah how wrong were all you whinging tarts about it being an easy track and not WC standard muahaha!
  • + 1
 @scott-townes: Yeah, the flowy stuff with big jumps are fun. LOL!
  • + 1
 this track is different from others, and thats what you want, you dont want every track to be similar, otherwise there just going to be riding the same thing all the time, different racers will be better or worse in different types of terrain
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  • + 18
 OMG THIS IS GONNA BE AN AMAZING RACE! GET YOUR WHIPS OUT !!
  • + 3
 I dont think my gf would like that...
  • + 1
 this is going to be a cool race! over winner is in the books, worlds is done. only bad part is no CG. would love to see some one throw a dirty sanchez on of the upper hits tho!
  • + 1
 I think this is going to be a gong show of a coarse. On a few parts of this I can just imagine some of the drifts. Gonna be great.
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  • + 14
 This track is definitely more technical then it appears in this awesome video! That said its probobly far from the hardest track this season, but it's really fun, fast and it's gott a little bitt of everything.
  • - 7
 Sorry, but a jump section followed by miles of berms and a few wood sections, finished by a grassy sprint, is not WC level.
Dont get me wrong Norway, looks like a fun track to shred but nothing to make the top pros worry.
Not the greatest track to finish off a "a-line" worlds.
  • + 21
 Well Max you're lucky you are not a World Cup rider, so you don't have to ride it :o)
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  • + 14
 First part looks like Crab Apple hits.....nice vid....get a way better feel for the course than a helmet cam!
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  • + 9
 That rockgarden at 2:07 is deceptively steep. Been there at 2010 european cup, many good looking crashes there Smile Oh and the entire bike park is awesome, so many trails to choose from
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 Oh, so THAT's what they where doing. Now I feel like a bit of a douche as we asked the guy with the cable cam to move his ladder out of the way...
As for the track, it's proper fun and it wasn't like anyone complained when they hosted the european champs on the track back in 2010. The middle forest/rock garden is downright manly, and the lower one is also a bit b*lls to the wall. And I can tell you, the lower one gets slippier than free lube night at the Blue Oyster bar in the wet so rain would definitely shake things up.
All in all, even though it isn't the techiest or the gnarliest course on the circiut, we can expect some exciting racing and I am dead stoked to be there riding, watching and shooting pictures all of next week!
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 I admit that this track has a few bike-park segments, because hafjell is... wait for it... A Bike-park. However this video does not do the the technical parts justice, getting through the rockiest section is an achievment in itself, carrying speed is extremely difficult. You could probably all ride through it, but i am really looking forward to see someone riding it fast for a change...
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  • + 9
 i am going there, stoked too see Gwin, Minaar, Hill and Peaty Big Grin
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 I f**king love Damage Inc videos, sick track too
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  • + 4
 i think this track is great, very unique and fresh comparing to other WC tracks. some parts of track need changes, but overall it is good track. there is not much space to gain valuable time so riders will have to push it very hard. might be a chance for other riders to get in top 10, not just the big boys.
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 Haters can hate all day, but you will have to hate next year 2 since Hafjell is also on the show list for 2013! So shut the f**k up and watch how everything unfolds.. First time WCDH in Norway and so many haters.. Support your game and not your ego.. EVERYONE who has been to Hafjell knows its the shit in Scandinavia.. I FLIPPIN LOVE HAFJELL!
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  • + 6
 I really hope that the world cup tracks are not heading the way of bike park trails...that is not WC DH.
  • - 1
 agreed. If they would re-film Strength in Numbers, Follow Me, or any riding film like that the bike park segments and the WC segments are going to start looking the same. Eh, can't find progress. But this, I don't see it as progress. Course looks like its meant for a 7" bike
  • + 3
 Its kinda looked like a few (admittedly pretty rough rock gardens) linked by bike park trail. Not what I would call a WC track. Would still love to ride it though.
  • + 1
 What would you class as a world cup dh track then?
  • + 1
 la bresse, val di sole, fort william? something to offer a challenge in terms of technicality rather than who can send the biggest jumps or scrubs
  • + 1
 admittedly there are elements of a great world cup track like the bottom section but i dont think its enough to replace a great track like champery personally. still looks good though
  • + 1
 La Bresee was hardly a technical course - I seem to remember the last time they were there everyone pulled it apart for being a wide open field. val di sole has already been in the series so they probably thought they'd go for a bit of variety in track style, fort william - couple of big technical bits then an enormous bike park style motorway finish. Every track has to be differents otherwise they'd just hold it int he same place. You get 100 plus riders doing 20-30 pracice runs on that over the weekend and it will get worked over - I bet come race Sunday I wouldnt want to ride it. And probably nor would you, especially at race speed.
  • + 1
 bring back schladming! such a sick track
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 I think this track looks mint, will be interesting to see the splits, many think it is going to be close.... Looks like the kind of track for mistakes and some of those rocks say... pedal strike and crash to me. Will be interesting, something fresh and different...
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 Peddle strike and crash? There is 2 maybe 3 parts that could even happen compared to rock gardens in other WC venues. So, for 99.9% of the riders, they arent going to crash or get hung up at all. This course is weak.
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 Say what you will about the track for WC purposes, but the video was awesome. Damage Inc. always puts out quality stuff.
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 To ride the worldcup you have to be good at everything! So I think its good that the tracks contain a mix o terrain. And this track is most certanly, in my mind, a much more fun trach then the one in south africa!! There you can talk about AM! Should be a fun and fast track to watch looking forward to it!!
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 Track does look pretty fun has to be said! But I really want them to bring back tracks like bromont champery schladming camberra they were insane tracks that tested a rider! Such a shame as well seeing as champery just gets over grown when there isn't a race there! I expect the towns people would be Extactic seeig as there is nothing else going on during the summer with it being so far out!
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 looks long and very random..
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 First section looks like they modeled it after Crabapple hits.
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 Starts with a big double, small double, two long high speed jumps and ends with a 15-20m corner before you hit the first woodsection.

It's got a beautiful view over the whol valley and the photogs/sponsors/crowd/riders gonna love it. Wink
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 Looks awesome to me, quit all the bitching.
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 I think it looks quite fun. Maybe it is better suited for less travel, but there are sections that will be crucial in regards to time gain/loss that will be exciting to watch.
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 Bring back Angel Fire WC with its endless rock gardens.
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 Looks super fun and the wc boys can make any track rowdy don't worry it'll be a good race
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 Sick video will be there next w/e , pretty exciting ! Anyone from stockholm/sweden going ? trying organise a carpool !
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 YES. that just looks like balls to the walls fun!
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 this will still be good to watch as is any WC DH race, but why they have replaced champerey with this i do not know! I think someone news gonna take the win personally! Pretty disappointed...
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 3:03 thought that was huge berm
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 bring back Schladming!
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 Yeahhh. Totally agree. Schladming kicks ass. Most fun trail I've ridden. That and the Mt 7 psychosis trail in Golden, BC
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 There is a wc planned at sunpeaks in BC for 2014
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 Here is the "A-line" track in Hafjell.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YFE_wxr_tc
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 What you guys talking about... ? the track looks sick.. and if it rains hard its gunna be super sickness!!!
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 This track has got BRAYTON written all over it
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 Are those two riders pros? They look a little slow. Faster than I'll ever be, just sayin.
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 Slow and taking easy lines..
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 No. They are born in 1995 and 1996, but they're still pretty damn fast though, and they are doing well in the norwegian competitions.
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 2:50ish - I wonder if the inside line will be in play once the course is taped, or if it'll be cut out
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 At the start of the course it looks like crabapple lol The location and layout look so familiar hah
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 Val di Sole, Peitermaritzburg, Fort William, were the only races worth watching this year.
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 and where is the WC DH track? as I really dont see it there...
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 I think that this track will look awesome when its taped up and the WC circus is in town!!
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 poderia aumentar a velocidade !!!
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 ^^whatever he said??!!
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 I want to see someone beast it out on a all mountain bike
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 Or a bmx bike!
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 At least this video has more coverage than red bull will give us...
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 Smile ha ha, to be fair the red bull coverage is better than the year before, would be nice if they could cover more of the track
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 Looks like another fast easy course. What the hell happened to the gnar factor that WC courses are supposed to be known for?
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 easy course? thats a pretty bold statement haha
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 I could ride this track with a roadbike... That's what I call an easy track, just like last week... Entertaining yes.Wow factor, no.
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 yeah! doesn't look as hard as my local bike park. The old US Open course at Mountain Creek was harder I think. Berms are for fun time shredding. LAUNCH bike park in Pennsylvania has 10X the gnar of that track, place is 70% rocks.
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 talk is cheap. anyone can watch a vid and say "thats easy"
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 Riding it fast like them isn't "easy"! However most normal (traditionally) world cup courses would be nearly impossible to navigate for novice/intermediates. Watch Earthed 5...you will see pros wrecking all over in practice.
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 Shit looks way different in videos , you can never see how steep/off camber/ or tech as f*ck it is in videos.

I'd say it's 100 percent different in person.
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 I agree video can be deceiving. However, its bike park. Enough said. It is built to be fun. Nothing wrong with it. I don't know whether I am upset about the course being easier or excited about the fact that I can ride them now.
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 I agree with Joey. A good world cup track should make an intermediate rider like myself cringe and ask how the f*ck those riders even get through some sections. This just isn't doing that, at on video yet.
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 now that is my kind of track
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 This track is made for Greg Minnaar....
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 Gee or Stevie, perhaps even Hannah, I would really like to see Troy finish in the top ten.
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 Just in case you missed the World Champs - Troy is out of action untill next season due to dislocated shoulder...which is such a shame..
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 Didn`t know it will require surgery Frown .
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 Yeah, that doesnt seem like a typical WC course. But it could be cool.
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 NICE,BUT I DONT LIKE COMMENCAL BIKE.
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