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elbandido77 pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 22, 2014 at 10:14
18 hours
Results: World Cup Round 7 Meribel - Qualifications
+1 for @jmbrit There's a lot to dislike about the UCI, but Red Bull is not the answer here. Mountain bike racing isn't a faddy extreme sport like X-Fighters or that Ice skating racing thing. I'd hate it if it was presented in that way. I think most 4X racers want the UCI to readopt the sport as it isn't a big enough draw for fans or top riders under the Pro Tour. The EWS seems to manage OK without the UCI, but there isn't a competing UCI series. Also, I follow some of the riders on FB/Twitter and there are still complaints about the EWS tracks not being technical enough. Anne Caro frequently complains about stages that are too XC. So it seems they haven't been able to solve the main thing that everyone grumbles about with the UCI I could moan about the UCI all day, but be careful what you wish for!
elbandido77 pinkbikeaudience's article
Aug 22, 2014 at 5:57
23 hours
Results: World Cup Round 7 Meribel - Qualifications
Half the mens top 20 are brits. Happy days :)
elbandido77 natedh9's article
Aug 21, 2014 at 2:37
2 days
Trackwalk Photo Epic - Meribel DH World Cup 7
This looks great. If I were a rider I'd be praying for it stay dry, that slate is going to be horrible in the wet.
elbandido77 mattwragg's article
Aug 11, 2014 at 1:46
Aug 11, 2014
The Longest Day - Enduro World Series, Round 6 - Whistler
Bad luck for Anne Caro, but well done to Cecile, she's been knocking on the door for a while now.
elbandido77 holmesslice's article
Aug 8, 2014 at 4:01
Aug 8, 2014
Photo Epic: 2014 Downieville Classic
Nah, there's plenty of evidence to show the system is improving, at least in road racing. Comparing times with years gone by isn't necessarily completely accurate but how is it possible that riders 20 years ago were ascending the same climbs 2-3 minutes quicker, despite 20 years worth of progress in sport science and bicycle design? It's obvious they're doping less, even without factoring in how the riders look etc. see: http://www.climbing-records.com/2014/07/new-hautacam-top-100-nibali-close-to.html Just because you can cheat within the system it doesn't mean that it's pointless. I don't doubt doping is happening all over the place in all sports, but by managing it you can improve the sporting spectacle, or at least stop it from becoming a total farce like the mid 90s TdF or East German shot putters of the 1980s. There is a point where it ruins the sport completely so you gotta keep fighting it.
elbandido77 RichardCunningham's article
Aug 8, 2014 at 2:33
Aug 8, 2014
Pinkbike Poll: Fatbike Racing is Inevitable
I thought fatbikes had come about because of racing. Aren't they already the bike of choice on those arctic adventure races like Iditarod?
elbandido77 natedh9's article
Aug 7, 2014 at 7:58
Aug 7, 2014
Trackwalk - Windham DH World Cup 6
I dunno, I think there's something about having to hit every feature with complete precision that can be quite interesting. Even if there really is only one line it's not like the bike steers itself, and the small time gaps mean that you get hammered for any mistake at all. I reckon that having to do a perfect run puts quite a lot of pressure on the riders. Obviously it's a different kind of race to the sort you get at Val di Sole or Champery, but it can still be an entertaining race* * before pinkbike tears me apart I should stress that Val di Sole is my favourite track and I wish there were more tracks like that. Just pointing out that Windham has been entertaining in the past (in my opinion) :)
elbandido77 natedh9's article
Aug 7, 2014 at 6:16
Aug 7, 2014
Trackwalk - Windham DH World Cup 6
This track may not be the ultimate fantasy downhill track, but it has produced some good racing in the past. Spagnolo's wild run from a few years back was a classic. The fact they've got to completely max out every single part of the track can produce some good drama Most F1 fans want all the tracks to be like Spa, but you still get a lot of good races at the Hungaroring. Same applies to downhill IMO.
elbandido77 holmesslice's article
Aug 7, 2014 at 1:02
Aug 7, 2014
Photo Epic: 2014 Downieville Classic
Some superb photos, looks like a great event. Not so sure about Leipheimer. Obviously a lot of the top road riders from that period were up to the same stuff, but people are still angry about it. Hopefully his infamy didn't put a downer on this event.
elbandido77 mikelevy's article
Aug 6, 2014 at 1:31
Aug 6, 2014
First Look: Bontrager's New Line Elite Wheels and Lithos Helmet, Trek's Farley 8
God, what's wrong with me. That fatbike actually looks OK. I feel a bit funny.
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