What is wrong with women's UCI Downhill?

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Posted: Feb 17, 2017 at 10:31 Quote
I have brought this up several times in the comments section of some articles only to find trolls bashing me for raising a perfectly good question.

When I was younger I played hockey. I was on a really good team...or so I thought. I was recruited by a wealthy business man who was coaching his sons team. I had previously played on teams with peers from my neighborhood. This was the first time I played on a team with peers from all around town. Everything was provided for us; skates, sticks, gear, etc..and not just run of the mill equipment, top of the line equipment. We had ice time 3-4 times a week. That was a big increase from past teams where we were lucky to get an hour of ice between games. We dominated the league, went undefeated all the way to the end of the payoffs. I thought we were really something special. Reflecting back on this we were not special at all. With recruited players, better equipment and more ice time than any other team we had no choice but to dominate. The playing field was not level.

Last season one rider dominated the UCI Women's Downhill. I don't need to mention her name because you already know it. Is she a God among women or given her families racing team, history and money is she receiving a level of training and support other women are not? I think this is a perfectly good question to ask so if you are offended and don't want to have a civil conversation please don't reply. I just don't have time for the angry trolls of Pinkbike.

Posted: Feb 17, 2017 at 10:43 Quote
I kinda feel like this question has been answered....

She is so good because she riders with her brother.

/ thread Salute

Posted: Mar 9, 2017 at 16:02 Quote
I think you have a point with your hockey team. Good equipment,coaching and practise time will make any team/person better. If I had to choose which factor is the most important, assuming all factors remain equal, I'd say the coaching. You can give anyone time and the top notch equipment, but as the saying goes perfect practise makes perfect. Sure there are the competitors that get by on sheer talent, but even then, a good the coach will hone the skill set. Will work on other factors ensuring the athlete remains focused. Is all this transpiring for Rachel? Is her work ethic more pronounced than that of her competitors? Does she just have more skill? Is her equipment better? Coaching? Family life? I'm not there to be able to pass judgement on these things, but from what I can see, she is driven, has some of the best equipment and has the fearless skill set that has given her amazing results.
Having said all that... I think Miriam Nicole will be a force to be reckoned with this year.
Just my two cents

Posted: Mar 9, 2017 at 16:04 Quote
I think you have a point with your hockey team. Good equipment,coaching and practise time will make any team/person better. If I had to choose which factor is the most important, assuming all factors remain equal, I'd say the coaching. You can give anyone time and the top notch equipment, but as the saying goes perfect practise makes perfect. Sure there are the competitors that get by on sheer talent, but even then, a good the coach will hone the skill set. Will work on other factors ensuring the athlete remains focused. Is all this transpiring for Rachel? Is her work ethic more pronounced than that of her competitors? Does she just have more skill? Is her equipment better? Coaching? Family life? I'm not there to be able to pass judgement on these things, but from what I can see, she is driven, has some of the best equipment and has the fearless skill set that has given her amazing results.
Having said all that... I think Miriam Nicole will be a force to be reckoned with this year.
Just my two cents

Posted: Mar 22, 2017 at 13:47 Quote
You are comparing a team sport to an individual (time trial) sport. Riding with faster (bro's) people helps a lot too. I think she would be faster then everyone else even if she was on a hard tail. She is just fast!

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