thestigmk1

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thestigmk1 laurenjenkins's article
Jan 13, 2017 at 2:19
Jan 13, 2017
Snapshot: Examining the UCI's Changes to World Cup DH Racing
Note Miranda's and Rachel's responses. Also note Claudio pointing out the obvious maths of it. Also note one of the men running a team very much in favour of change happens to be Tahnee Seagrave's dad. Also note that the Team Manager in charge of representing the Elite teams has Rachel as his star rider. I personally wasn't a big fan but actually reading opinions of two female riders, one at the very top and one on the 10th-15th end of qualifying, and the opinions of those in the field has changed my mind. Don't just cry sexism because it's fashionable. It detracts from real issues elsewhere.
thestigmk1 laurenjenkins's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 7:16
Jan 12, 2017
Snapshot: Examining the UCI's Changes to World Cup DH Racing
@si-paton: Obviously you will know the most about this so I'll gladly stand corrected. If the goal of the UCI in this move is to make the very top tier more competitive, I'd say they need to be speaking to guys like yourself and making national series events a much bigger deal in terms of points on offer (and financial support for organisation). I can see that benefiting everyone across the board.
thestigmk1 laurenjenkins's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 5:03
Jan 12, 2017
thestigmk1 laurenjenkins's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 3:27
Jan 12, 2017
Snapshot: Examining the UCI's Changes to World Cup DH Racing
@PhotoCal: He did :) I'd imagine his past couple of years as privateer would have been very tough/impossible in the new set up though
thestigmk1 laurenjenkins's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 1:49
Jan 12, 2017
Snapshot: Examining the UCI's Changes to World Cup DH Racing
@handynzl: Not wanting to accuse you of a quick google from the other side of the planet mate, but there is only one round that gets points. It's Fort Bill, and it's always a couple of weeks before the world cup, so kiss any chance of points good bye. Every existing British pro races it. If you want an idea of the struggle, look at what Peaty had to do a couple of off-seasons ago. Going around random euro races with zero publicity to get enough points. The cost of having every round UCI sanctioned for points is prohibitive (approx £20,000 per round if I'm not mistaken). And it's crap, as talented riders see no reason to race their own national series. They have to save money to fly to Bulgaria and Portugal to do less competitive, poorly publicised races where they know they can get points.
thestigmk1 laurenjenkins's article
Jan 12, 2017 at 1:09
Jan 12, 2017
Snapshot: Examining the UCI's Changes to World Cup DH Racing
I agree. However the development/middle tier needs to be in place. It's going to be impossible for guys like Harry Heath/ Kenta Gallagher to break onto the scene now. It's a big nail in the privateer coffin. You can't get UCI points at British National series (which is a separate issue but a confounding one). Series like IXS need to be a true leg up to world cup if these changes are going to be for the good of the sport.
thestigmk1 aspectmediauk's article
Jan 8, 2017 at 16:59
Jan 8, 2017
Off-Season with Leigh Johnson - Video
Mal and Soph at Roost are the ones to ask. They do uplift days as well for locals.
thestigmk1 ellsworthbikes's photo
Jan 7, 2017 at 3:21
Jan 7, 2017
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thestigmk1 AJBarlas's article
Jan 6, 2017 at 15:48
Jan 6, 2017
Pinkbike Poll - What's Your Dream Gearbox Bike?
There's quite a few really. Mass is low in central in the frame, unsprung mass is far less, rotational mass is less, service intervals are minimal, replacement is far less frequent than traditional roller chain systems, you only have to clean the casing as opposed to the gears, potentially zero chain growth and the horrendous effects that has on suspension.
thestigmk1 pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 6, 2017 at 15:27
Jan 6, 2017
Tahnée Seagrave Announced as Red Bull Athlete
Come on Waki... you're better than this...
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