Race Day Photo Epic - Fort William DH World Cup

Jun 5, 2017
by Dave Trumpore  



Once again Fort William put on a race for the record books. A race full of drama and not without a few cruel twists of fate just to spice things up a bit. It was a day that started full of disappointment for some, ended in elation for others, and was nail-biting every moment in between; the record crowds certainly got their money's worth.

Matt Walker would get the crowd on their feet early with a win in the juniors ahead of Finn Iles by a massive margin of more than five seconds. But with one win for Great Britain already in the bag the celebrations were cut short as word spread through the paddock that Rachel Atherton had sustained a dislocated shoulder during her final training run. Just like that, the fairy tale that has been Rachel's unbeaten streak came to an end without her even being able to take to the track and put up a fight. While other British favorites Tahnee Seagrave and Manon Carpenter faltered, it would be Tracey Hannah who absolutely dominated in Rachel's absence. Where many of the women struggled in the muddy woods, Tracey was able to avoid getting bogged down to extend her margin of victory to a whopping ten seconds.

For the men it would be a battle of old-school versus new as the new breed of 29" wheeled machines were looking to prove they were worth the hype, and the 27.5 crowd was determined not to give an inch (and a half). As light rain began to fall on the final five or so riders there was a bit a flashback to the first round in Lourdes, but luckily it only had a mild effect on the outcome. Most notably, Aaron Gwin would slide out on a relatively easy section of track near the bottom to lose valuable time. Ready to pounce on Gwin's mistake would be the Aussie Jack Moir who would steamroll his big-wheeled Intense into the top spot and his first ever podium with only two riders to go. As Vergier and Minnaar left the gate the rain picked up, and while Vergier was a bit off the pace, it was Minnaar who looked to be gaining everywhere. The now visibly slick track didn't faze him as he kept things smooth and put the power down to take an unprecedented third win in a row in Fort William.

In the end it would be an old-school rider on a new-school bike in the worst possible conditions who would continue to prove why he is currently considered the greatest downhill racer of all time. Greg Minnaar has raced gearboxes, single pivots, 26" wheels, 27.5" wheels and now 29" wheels to victory here on the slopes of Fort William in a career well into its second decade.

Thank you, Greg, for making this twentieth World Cup win one to remember.

Beauty and the beast of a track.
Beauty and the beast of a track.

People or sardines
If two is company and three is already crowd, god only knows what we had in the Highlands this afternoon.

A race day UCI rainbow descends on the Fort William pits early in the morning.
A race day UCI rainbow descends on the Fort William pits early in the morning.

Fort William always draws a ton of media attention from outside the sport. Here Loris Vergier gives an interview to the BBC.
Fort William always draws a ton of media attention from outside the sport. Here Loris Vergier gives an interview to the BBC.

Dougie Fresh making sure everything is fresh and clean in the Syndicate pits.
Dougie Fresh making sure everything is fresh and clean in the Syndicate pits.

Epic skies rolled over Ben Nevis with the rain holding off until the last few elite men dropped in.
Epic skies rolled over Ben Nevis with the rain holding off until the last few elite men dropped in.

Sylvain Cougoureux feeling happy and confident for a top result after coming down 7.5 seconds up in the qualy yesterday.
Sylvain Cougoureux feeling happy and confident for a top result after coming down 7.5 seconds up in qualifiers yesterday.

Nik Nestoroff prepares for battle in the warm up shed up top.
Nik Nestoroff prepares for battle in the warm up shed up top.

Finn said he was feeling a bit off all day but he managed to salvage a strong 2nd place result and holds on to lead in the Junior overall.
Finn said he was feeling a bit off all day, but he managed to salvage a strong 2nd place result and holds on to lead in the Junior overall.

Go time for the top junior qualifier.
Go time for the top junior qualifier.

4th in Junior s for Atherton protege Kade Edwards.
4th in Juniors for Atherton protege Kade Edwards.

Iles in the gate and 30 seconds to drop.
Finn Iles in the gate and 30 seconds to drop.

Finn Iles had no answer for Matt Walker today he won t be worried though and is sitting in a relatively comfortable position in the overall.
Iles had no answer for Matt Walker today; he won't be worried, though, and is sitting in a relatively comfortable position in the overall.

Madison Saracen s Matt Walker about to finally score the kind of result his talent deserves.
Madison Saracen's Matt Walker about to finally score the kind of result his talent deserves.

Matt Walker was all business in the junior men s race taking the win from Finn Iles by over five seconds.
Matt Walker was all business in the junior men's race, taking the win from Finn Iles by over five seconds.

Max Hartenstern stamping the pedals out of the gate.
Cube young gun, Max Hartenstern, stomping the pedals out of the gate.

Cube young gun Max Hartenstern will be one to watch as he gets more experience under his belt.
Hartenstern will be one to watch as he gets more experience under his belt.

Joe Partfit was one of many swallowed by the mud bog in the lower woods. Later in the day his teammate Tahnee Seagrave would have a similar fate.
Joe Partfit was one of many swallowed by the mud bog in the lower woods. Later in the day his teammate Tahnee Seagrave would have a similar fate.

Team Manger Will Longden celebrates with Matt Walker at the finish. Matt would give Great Britain their only victory this weekend on home soil.
Team Manager Will Longden celebrates with Matt Walker at the finish. Matt would give Great Britain their only victory this weekend on home soil.

Britain Canada and France on the top steps of the Junior Men s podium.
Britain, Canada, and France on the top steps of the junior men's podium.

Rachel Atherton checking lines from the gondola in training on what sadly would be her final trip to the top of the track
Rachel Atherton checking lines from the gondola in training.

Unfortunately this would the last run for Rachel Atherton this weekend.
Unfortunately this would the last run for Rachel Atherton this weekend.

It was a somber mood in the Atherton pits as Rachel Atherton watched her unbeaten streak and World Cup points lead come to an end. Will she be back next week in Leogang That is a question no one knows the answer to just yet.
It was a somber mood in the Atherton pits as Rachel Atherton watched her unbeaten streak and World Cup points lead come to an end. Will she be back next week in Leogang? That is a question no one knows the answer to just yet.

Emilie Siegenthaler would the one of her career best finishes in third.
Emilie Siegenthaler en route to one of her career best finishes in third.

One last moment to calm the nerves for Myriam Nicole.
One last moment to calm the nerves for Myriam Nicole.

Myriam Nicole cutting through the morning fog on her final training run.
Myriam Nicole cutting through the morning fog on her final training run.

A fastest speed trap will be slim consolation for Manon Carpenter who stopped the clock a distant fourth.
A fastest speed trap will be slim consolation for Manon Carpenter who stopped the clock a distant fourth.

Tracey Hannah means business this season.
Tracey Hannah means business this season.


bigquotesIts pretty hard to sum up. I guess I never come into Fort William thinking that it wouldn't be a British rider on the top step, to take it home when I prefer it dry and dusty is mind blowing. I'm just super happy for all the people that helped me out in the off-season and how hard the whole team has worked this weekend to help me have the best run I could down the hill. It's a really, really hard track, and mentally you have to deal with it in the right way. Just try not to overthink it and focus on the sections I knew I could do well on and be strong at. The goal was just to get through the woods as that’s such a tiny part of the track, I wasn't at the top thinking I wanted to win I just wanted to get down fast.Tracey Hannah

Tracey Hannah went about twice as big as all the other women on her way through the final jumps. According to the lady herself it was the hardest she s ever ridden.
Tracey Hannah went about twice as big as all the other women on her way through the final jumps. According to the lady herself it was the hardest she's ever ridden.

The smile that never fades from winning Fort Bill.
The smile that never fades from winning Fort Bill.

Unfortunately a giant mud bog stood in the way of Tahnee Seagrave as she tried to capitalize on Rachel Atherton s absence.
Unfortunately a giant mud bog stood in the way of Tahnee Seagrave as she tried to capitalize on Rachel Atherton's absence.

2017 World Cup DH Fort William
Despite managing to podium, Carpenter was gutted to crash multiple times on her race run today and even had to run through part of the woods beside her bike.

A missive effort to overcome a few mistakes sent Pom Pon into second place.
A massive effort to overcome a few mistakes sent Pom Pon into second place.

Mick Hannah with his sister Tracey Hannah in the finish after Tracey s winning run.
Mick Hannah with his sister Tracey Hannah in the finish after Tracey's winning run.

Tracey Hannah started the season off strongly in Lourdes and stepped it up even further here crushing the opposition.
Tracey Hannah started the season off strongly in Lourdes and stepped it up even further here, crushing the opposition.

The most significant timing chip on the hill this weekend.
The most significant timing chip on the hill this weekend.

Dean Lucas was up against it after a big morning practice crash.
Dean Lucas was up against it after a big morning practice crash.

Marcelo Gutierrez started the day nice and relaxed and ended the day second in the overall World Cup standings just two points behind Greg MInnaar.
Marcelo Gutierrez started the day nice and relaxed and ended the day second in the overall World Cup standings just two points behind Greg Minnaar.

Bruni pondering the run in front of him.
Bruni pondering the run in front of him.

Matt Walker bringing some flavor to the morning practice session on the motorway.
Matt Walker bringing some flavor to the morning practice session on the motorway.

Would Greenland have pushed onto the podium without that big hit in qualies yesterday We ll never know but he continues to show the kind of intensity required to win races.
Would Greenland have pushed onto the podium without that big hit in qualies yesterday? We'll never know, but he continues to show the kind of intensity required to win races.

With himself and his two teammates all qualifying inside the top 15 Eliot Jackson looks forward to the afternoon s main event.
With himself and his two teammates all qualifying inside the top 15, Eliot Jackson looks forward to the afternoon's main event.

Game time for Aaron Gwin.
Game time for Aaron Gwin.

Any guesses on the Bulldog s pre-race run music choice
Any guesses on the Bulldog's pre-race run music choice?

After watching his sister win the Women s race Sik Mic threw down his now signature move over the final jump en route to 10th.
After watching his sister win the women's race, Sik Mic threw down his now signature move over the final jump en route to 10th.

After a few seasons in the wilderness Neko Mulally is well and truly back.
After a few seasons in the wilderness Neko Mulally is well and truly back.

Loic said he started off poorly but was able to get into a rhythm through the middle of the track before a slick corner caught him out at the bottom.
Loic said he started off poorly but was able to get into a rhythm through the middle of the track before a slick corner caught him out at the bottom.

Aaron Gwin on rails through the big s-turns up top.
Aaron Gwin on rails through the big s-turns up top.

The groundskeeper himself winding up the back end for the crowds after another dose of muddy misfortune.
The groundskeeper himself winding up the back end for the crowds after another dose of muddy misfortune.

The series leader began with a 12th place split but slipped back over the run to finish 36th. Not a terrible result but that was always going to be a hard plate to give up.
The series leader began with a 12th place split, but the mud on the brake lever tells the rest of the tale. It was always going to be a hard plate to give up.

Loris Vergier smashes the rocky upper slopes one last time in training. Unfortunately by the time he hit this section in his race run the rain had moved in and washed away much of the grip.
Loris Vergier smashes the rocky upper slopes one last time in training. Unfortunately, by the time he hit this section in his race run the rain had moved in and washed away much of the grip.

Troy Brosnan would finish in the most frustrating spot of all. 6th and just one step and two tenths of a second off the podium.
Troy Brosnan would finish in the most frustrating spot of all. 6th and just one step and two tenths of a second off the podium.

Troy Brosnan sending it into the finish arena and onto the hotseat but unfortunately finish just off the podium.
Troy Brosnan sending it into the finish arena and onto the hotseat, but unfortunately finish just off the podium.

Jacob Dickson had his best ever qualifier yesterday in 11th but would slip back to 22nd in the final.
Jacob Dickson had his best ever qualifier yesterday in 11th but would slip back to 22nd in the final.

This was a very common occurrence. In fact three high profile riders in Brendan Fairclough Mark Wallace and Eddie Masters both had the exact same crash seconds apart.
This was a very common occurrence. In fact, Brendan Fairclough, Mark Wallace, and Eddie Masters both had the exact same crash seconds apart.

Reece Wilson reaching for the lock-out on between jumps on the motorway. 11th today is a massive result for the young Scot who has been dogged by injury troubles.
Reece Wilson reaching for the lock-out on between jumps on the motorway. 11th today is a massive result for the young Scot who has been dogged by injury troubles.

Catching Matt Simmonds in 3 2 1...
Catching Matt Simmonds in 3 2 1...

Getting buck wild wit Blenki at the top of the track.
Getting buck wild with Blenki at the top of the track.

Another podium and just a few pints out of the overall lead in the series after todays performance by Marcelo Gutierrez.
Another podium and just a few points out of the overall lead in the series after today's performance by Marcelo Gutierrez.

Lucky number 13 tucking in tight.
Lucky number 13 tucking in tight.

A drivetrain issue derailed wha looked to be a stellar run from Bernard Ker.
A drivetrain issue derailed what looked to be a stellar run from Bernard Ker.

Guess who s back back again The real slim Neko - 7th place just 5 seconds off the pace on the monster course.
Guess who's back, back again? The real slim Neko - 7th place, just 5 seconds off the pace on the monster course.

Aaron Gwin hammers down the line as the rain starts to come in.
Aaron Gwin hammers down the line as the rain starts to come in.

Aaron Gwin roars into the finish line as the massive crowd roars right back. The fans here in Fort William really are second to none on the Word Cup circuit.
Aaron Gwin roars into the finish line as the massive crowd roars right back. The fans here in Fort William really are second-to-none on the Word Cup circuit.

No room for mistakes these days in a wnning performance and Gwin knew it.
No room for mistakes these days in a winning performance, and the master of perfection, Gwin, knows it well.

Cometh the hour cometh the Moir jack roars into the hotseat with only two men still on top of the hill.
Cometh the hour, cometh the Moir, Jack roars into the hotseat with only two men still on top of the hill.

Just as the rain started to pick up Jack Moir finally lived up to his potential and put down the run we ve all been waiting for.
Just as the rain started to pick up, Jack Moir finally lived up to his potential and put down the run we've all been waiting for.

Second to last man on track and for the second World Cup in a row Loris Verhiers runs would be spoiled by rain.
Second to last man on track and for the second World Cup in a row, Loris Vergier's run would be spoiled by rain.

Jack Moir Aaron Gwin and Marcelo Gutierrez wait patiently nervously and entusiasticly as Greg Minaar s faster spit times tick in.
Jack Moir, Aaron Gwin and Marcelo Gutierrez wait patiently, nervously and enthusiastically as Greg Minnaar's (faster) split times tick in.

The man the myth the legend doing as he does best.
The man, the myth, the legend, doing as he does best.

It doesn t matter if there are 26 27.5 or 29 inch wheels bolted to his bike... Greg Minnaar has won on all of them.
It doesn't matter if there are 26, 27.5, or 29-inch wheels bolted to his bike... Greg Minnaar has won on all of them.

bigquotesThat was a tough one. That was one of the hardest I've ever raced. The rain was coming and I was just praying that it would just stay off, I wasn't too concerned about the track as I knew that wherever there was a slippery corner there was enough of a rut to rail. I was just worried about that rain, I knew I had to sit down to pull a tear off as the track is so, so gnarly. I pushed real hard up top and then I worked real hard down the bottom knowing that I'd lost some time taking it easy, so I worked all the way to the end. That was a tough race.Greg Minnaar

Nothing was going to stop Greg Minnaar from fulfilling his destiny today certainly not a silly rainstorm at least. In the worst of conditions Greg took his 20th career win and 7th victory at Fort William rewriting history in the process by doing it all on a 29 er... His fan club reached accordingly.
Nothing was going to stop Greg Minnaar from fulfilling his destiny today, certainly not a silly rainstorm. In the worst conditions of the day Greg took his 20th career win, and 7th victory at Fort William, making history in the process by doing it all on a 29er... His fan club reacted accordingly.

Minnaar on the bottom of the fishline pig pile and People s Champ Steve Peat on top with the day s fastest bike.
Minnaar on the bottom of the finish line pig pile, and People's Champ Steve Peat on top with the day's fastest bike.

Victory for a staggering 20th time for the South African behemoth.
Victory for a staggering 20th time for the South African behemoth.

The 42 plate takes it.
The 42 plate takes it.

Greg Minnaar is the undisputed master of Fort William.
Greg Minnaar is the undisputed master of Fort William.

What could have been Without that moment how close would Gwin have been... We will never know.
What could have been? Without that moment how close would Gwin have been... We will never know.

Greg Minnaar sure did SENDIT to 20 today in Fort William.
Greg Minnaar sure did #SENDIT to #20 today in Fort William.

The greatest of all time just went one greater.
The greatest of all time just went one greater.

The prototype bike that made dreams come true today on the hill. Jack Moir s Intense 29er prototype as modelled by IFR mechanic Chappy Fiene.
The prototype bike that made dreams come true today on the hill. Jack Moir's Intense 29er prototype as modeled by IFR mechanic, Chappy Fiene.

Thirion and Gutierrez shake on a good game of 27.5 versus 29. The battle continues.
Thirion and Gutierrez shake on a good game of 27.5 versus 29. The battle continues.

Greg Minnaar s 7th time tasting the Fort William champagne.
Minnaar, Moir, Gwin, Gutierrez and Thirion on the champagne-soaked steps.

Moir on the booze in great company.
Moir on the booze in great company.

7 wins out of 16 here in Scotland... quite an immense hit rate to say the least.
7 wins out of 16 here in Scotland... quite an immense hit rate to say the least.

Now please remove your hats for the anthems...
Now please remove your hats for the anthems...



146 Comments

  • + 233
 The fact that there's an Australian Women's winner, Four Australians in the top 10 and Jack Moir coming on to form as a scary quick rider. Added with Fearon and Brosnan constantly getting good results and being proper contenders. The fact that no Australian News will touch this coverage is the most disappointing aspect of this World Cup for sure.
  • + 37
 Sad indeed on the news front. On the good news front though, plenty of opportunity for the aussies to shine this year. Bring on the rest of the Cup rounds, and Cairns!
  • + 49
 No way man. (Insert boofhead footy players name here)'s hamstring injury is WAY more important than winning a pushy race. They just get in the way of me commodore anyway.
  • + 16
 While we are going all crazy and enthusiastic about this sport, many people just consider it as "game for crazy guys". However, we enjoy the craziness and passion in it. And really hope that more attention could be drawn from "the outside world".

What a great race!
  • + 4
 how many places are on the worlds team? will hill get a spot?
  • + 13
 @DJR9000: sadly the same is applicable here in SA.
IIRC only one newspaper ran a headline when Greg won the World Champs at home.
  • + 15
 @Phlippie: I reckon even Cairns World Champs won't get much other than "there's an MTB event running" and a footnote in the sport pages.

At least there's always piinkbike to read and write about the races!
  • + 11
 would love to see a full unedited clip of Fearnon blasting through the top section
  • + 6
 Rachel Atherton has had very limited mainstream news coverage here in the UK which is a massive shame. As for the guys - even less so. Downhill mountain biking is still considered a very niche sport in general sadly, and the little bit of cycling coverage that does make it into mainstream media outlets is road racing!

TL : DR - it's not just a problem in Australia, but here in the UK too (and probably most other places)
  • + 7
 @thinkbike: yeah, he slapped the shit out of those top corners
  • + 3
 @DirtboxTom: tbh it is a niche sport , and a very small one at that, but hey, we love it so f*ck the mainstream
  • + 6
 @Phlippie: And he is literally the most successful sportsman our country has ever produced.
  • + 7
 As I'm a Canadian I'm scared. I'm seeing so many Australians all over the place. Sooner or later whistler is going to become an Australian territory.
  • + 4
 Same goes for here in the U.S. I was really disappointed last year during the 2016 ESPYs (ESPN award show) when Rachel Atherton didn't make the "Best Female Action Sports Athlete" category, especially after the record-breaking season she had. Most of the past winners for that category have either been in Snowboarding, Skiing or Surfing and I don't understand how Mountain Biking isn't considered an action sport, especially DH. I just want to see these amazing athletes get the recognition they deserve.
  • + 1
 Fearon SLAYED the corners through the Pinball section. Super impressive. Cairns is going to be a good show!
  • + 5
 I wanna know how tight can mavic make that kit before its classed as a skin suit!
  • + 119
 Disappointed no pic or footy of Sam. Just turns up for a shred at Fort William and comes in 18th. Legend.
  • + 10
 Was thinking the same
  • + 11
 was so stoked for him to take home 18th
  • + 11
 All i saw was a few seconds of footage of him getting down the muddy section pretty close to perfectly on someone's Instagram live feed before they turned it off
  • + 12
 @DJR9000: haha sounds about right! I pray he races MSA!!
  • + 2
 Yes, blasphemy.
  • + 26
 I got him! Documented each day of the world cup, he flew well under the radar but I caught a couple times:

Qualifying crash at 10:50 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7LWsZdIyM8

Race Run at 9:28 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFJJO31BjBU
  • + 3
 @onandoff: that is some awesome footage. Thanks.
  • + 1
 He also crashed in his race run.
  • + 1
 @onandoff: That bog at the start of the woods though... Frown
  • + 51
 Minnaar is like a James Bond. All around nice guy, always styled, hard working, prepared. There is not that buzz around him like other guys, he just appears, does the job, and thats it. He is truly becoming a legend. What a Sunday!
  • + 12
 this might just be the most matching description of GM I've ever heard.
  • + 1
 Very true. Contrast with Peaty's reaction when he won, looked like someone who had too many beers
  • + 4
 @chrismac70: too many beers?
  • + 4
 @michaelhowie: Too many beers? That's quitter talk....
  • + 1
 @chrismac70: that probably was the case. dont think he would be running dry down there
  • + 2
 @michaelhowie: is that even possible ?
  • + 1
 @pigman65: my point exactly.
  • + 42
 I absolutely loves Dave Trumpmores photography. Nathan Hughes and Ross Bell are two photographers I need to follow as well. Exceptional job of telling the story so well visually. The photoessays are one of my favorite parts of DH season.
  • + 43
 I'm so happy to see Neko found his pace again. He always seemed sorta outa place on Scott but I think he fits in much better now with yt and I wouldn't doubt seeing two Americans on the podium pretty soon.
  • + 7
 Neko won the US open last weekend. He beat Gwin. To be fair Gwin crashed on that run and still came in only a hair's breadth back.
  • + 4
 @fattyheadshok: Hey man, how did you do in the Fort William DH fantasy contest?
  • + 27
 I love how DH has plentiful young talent but in the end the 35 year old veteran stud prevails yet again

It probably helps Im 35 too

Also, Loris > Loic
  • + 2
 Just like in Motogp though Rossi is 38 not 35.
  • + 10
 "Wherever there was a slippery corner there was enough of a rut to rail"... yet another example of experience, vision and confidence earned over his years of consistency... That is why he is King of the Hill
  • + 28
 Moir's bike looks absolutely massive.
  • + 1
 I know that was kind of a fish eye view, but dang! Small dude, big bike? Or regular sized dude, giant bike?!
  • + 4
 @Rhymer: first one forsure. Chappy is a cool dude that absolutely rips but homie is not tall. I feel his pain
  • + 6
 16mm lens exaggerating the 29er appearance
  • + 2
 @Rhymer: Massive dude and massive bike and MASSIVE rider!! Smile
  • + 22
 Love Pinkbike and Red Bull for what they do for WC DH!!! But what is GoPro doing? Why don't they have thier drone in the sky getting footage of the race? Why is there not 50 GoPro cameras lining the course? Why is not live coverage from on board the riders during the race. It's a big fail on GoPro's part. Are they afraid that the Karma would drop out of the sky? I know my last GoPro never worked right (Hero 3 $500). I buy $75 clones now on Amazon and spend a $175 on a gimble and I get much better then I ever did with any of the GoPro Heros I have. How is there not more race footage? I would even take a edit after the race. WC DH racing is such a great sport. The world is missing out! "Oh look, a empty track, there should a rider here, wait yes there is a rider, he must of have gone down because he has mud on his side."
  • + 10
 I guess it's because RedBull doesn't allow for more coverage by other parties.
  • + 8
 @kerberos: Red Bull and GoPro have a partnership agreement. I agree with @krypto8 the coverage could way better than it is.
  • + 10
 Yep. The coverage was horrible Redbull wise. Do they just get the work experience kids to man the cameras and stuff? Rob and Claudio do what they can, but RB need a proper person running the cameras and selecting what to watch. For example, we could all see that one woods section was deciding the race, so what do we get? Vision of one rider in 20 going through there.

Ok I understand we can't get all of each run, but give us the same views of each run at the most exciting/sketchy parts of the track.

Although I shouldn't complain, the race didn't finish till 2am Aussie time *yawn*.
  • + 3
 Tell me about this clone.
  • + 3
 Also can they please interview a rider who isnt sponsored by Redbull. Im sure there are plenty out there to pick from.
  • + 3
 @chrismac70: yup. A clear problem with this arrangement. It's a conflict of interest that should irk professional teams and riders.
  • + 1
 double post
  • + 0
 Might be wrong but I was under the impression that it was the UCI that were in charge of the filming with RedBull just doing the streaming, cometary and production.
  • + 2
 @mikeyspaff: And that partnership agreement entails...? Broadcasting WC DH races? Nope. There is a massive difference between broadcast cameras and GoPros and the IT system that is set up to link all the cameras, split timers and then send it to the 'net. If were as simple as simply 'setting up a bunch of GoPro's' why isn't everyone doing that already?
  • + 1
 set a bunch of go pros?

wouldnt people steal them? and how would they transmit such loads of media long distances? I own a gopro and as long as i remember i can only pass the videos to other devices via cable or bluetooth.... it means they need additional devices other than the gopros, making the whole thing more prone (proner???) to stealing.
  • + 1
 @CaptainSnappy: GoPro records video at 4K, but then the video is downsized for streaming to us all on the internet. I think the reason that no one has done it yet is because they haven't tried. Put some friggin effort into it. The technology that's out there is amazing. We just got to keep asking for it and eventually someone will put it out there. Have you seen all the technology that DJI can put into the Mavic drone. Someone could build something that could be on a network, put it in a theft proof case, then beam the footage to a central location, then sent it to all of us.
  • + 1
 @krypto8: easier said than done.
And you can read it on your own xomment there are both hardware and software hurdles to overcome.

Theftproof case? How is that supposed to work?
  • + 4
 Love all the closet IT/AV guys. Sure just strap some game cameras to the trees then figure out a wireless network that can transmit 1080P video a few miles through trees and canyons.

No reason to string 50 miles of fiber optic cable up the mountains in horrendous conditions along with several millions of dollars of equipment all to provide live video for free to people who openly mock your products. It could be so much simpler...
  • + 1
 @salespunk: lol nailed it
  • + 17
 @Dave Trumpore, Nathan Hughes, and Ross Bell, this is a beautifully done collection of photos from today's event. Thank you all so much for so passionately documenting the drama and pageantry of the sport we so love. If you decide to print this into a coffee table book.... please contact me for a pre order!
  • + 13
 Did you know there was a Junior Women's race, too? In fact, Matt Walker WASN'T the only Brit to win on home soil, Megan James also took home gold for GBR.

I understand that no one cares about women and they're so slow and blah blah blah, but for those junior women the race matters and a regular podium shot will mean the difference between getting on a team as an elite like Manon did versus being stuck in limbo for years as Miranda was.

Great coverage, and as always thank you Pinkbike for bringing all the radness, but please please please one podium shot for the Junior Women. Thank you!!!
  • + 3
 As the dad of an up and coming Cat 1 female racer, I would really like to see at least some coverage of the Jr Women. Maybe RedBull could slot it in between the women's and men's pro finals instead of the Japanese Log Riding festival ...
  • + 13
 Greg went through 7 Enve rims this weekend. Much higher than his usual 3.
  • + 13
 20 wins, what a legend!
  • + 3
 Class Act. Pretty inspirational.
  • + 8
 what a great race, so much to sink in:
Tracey sent those jumps sooooo big!
Connor Fearon at the top, Gwin washing out. Hart going OTB (cant remember the last time that happened?) when up at the split.
Minnaar, just unbelievable
Also, I want to see some more pics of Remi Thirion!
the event looks so pro from these pictures, hitting the big time
  • + 1
 He went OTB in Lourdes aswell
  • + 10
 Tracks are getting too easy they say... Yeah, right.

Even Danny Hart (who could sleep in a hammock between his wheels) went OTfingB!

Such a good race today!
  • + 8
 Absolutely incredible race. The most suspenseful ending I've seen in WC in a long time. RedBull, thanks for the free app! Came in beautifully on my SmartTV and Mobile (had a bathroom break).
  • + 10
 It's getting really hard to call these races. I'm never going to win any of the fantasy prizes.
  • + 6
 Minaar was so good, a master class to the young guns. The photos are brilliant here, that one of Matt Simmonds by Ross Bell shows how steep and muddy and root and stump covered that section is. I can see why so many were caught out.
  • + 9
 Glad to see Gutierrez and Eliot Jackson successful in a very white dominant sport!
  • + 7
 Im I the only one who finds it ironic that having complained that courses were too easy Bruni couldnt race the one the following day without falling off
  • + 3
 Bruni mostly complains about tracks being not steep enough and not rocky/rooty enough. I don't think he ever said fort bill was too easy
  • + 8
 I want to hear what imba have to say about that dodgy poorly drained bog section!
  • + 6
 Great report, but Megan James also took a GBR victory in the Junior women's race, not just Matt Walker.
  • + 3
 Why have they completely forgotten that fact of Megan James a Junior Women's GBR rider also winning her race by 8 seconds and I believe on a flat tyre. Yet nothing is to mention her? Matt Walker was our second GBR winner that weekend! If the junior men can get a feature, So should the junior women.

All in all, epic photo epic as always and even more so an epic race and weekend!! I even got slight sunburn!!!
  • + 3
 Expected a load of Minnaar props here people, wtf?!

The way he rode that course was awesome, smoothed it all out and carried speed through it all, and in what looked like the crapiest conditions of the day. Only Gwin looked close.

One amazing athlete and competitor showing us what the pinnacle of riding a bike down a hill looks like. Epic.
  • - 2
 Hart was 3 seconds up at the top, he very well may have won too.
  • + 4
 @Jack-McLovin: Indeed, he was looking really good but he broke the old rule of "to finish first, first you have to finish"
  • + 3
 @Jack-McLovin: He was .3 down on Minnaar at the top. I don't know where Rob got that number from. He was hardly up on on the hotseat guy before him too.
  • + 6
 Good job PB! Given Chappy props for that buet of a frame, P.S the man can whip it harder than Moir can
  • + 5
 Can we switch Jack Moir's Nick name to Frankenstein? Just head to shoulders.. No neck lol.

Frankenstein:
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Jack Moir:
ep1.pinkbike.org/p5pb14425229/p5pb14425229.jpg


Man what a great race though!
  • + 2
 @2bigwheels: Probably just the armor he's wearing under the jersey
  • + 1
 @DJR9000: either way... Haha
  • + 2
 @2bigwheels: the shark ate his neck
  • + 5
 Great run of Marcelo, that guy could also run some EWS races and win there easily.
  • + 5
 27.5 is now considered "Old School?" When did that happen...
  • + 5
 Maggie shot mr burns and oj gets away with it too.
  • + 1
 Dave grohl said Scotland has the best crowds for music festivals, lionel messi said Celtic park is his fav place to play outside Barcelona. Fort William always the best support on the World Cup. Like us or love us, us scot's know how to party .
  • + 5
 GM making us PROUD !! you Legend >>> Jack Moir !!! well done !!!
  • + 2
 like the old school surfing rivalry that developed between America vs South Africa vs Australia. A fierce but friendly battle is going to develop me thinks. (if you don't know the surfing one check out Bustin' down the door)
  • + 2
 In the picture where Loris is getting interviewed, I thought the dude just right of the camera man was Stevie Smith...long live chainsaw!!
  • + 5
 Finn doesn't look happy.
  • + 2
 Is anyone happy to be beat by five seconds?
  • + 3
 Blenkisop DNF,any info on that?
  • + 2
 Snapped his front axle. Ben Cathro caught up with him on his video. Cathro Vision on YouTube. Good stuff all weekend.
  • + 3
 I watch in Ben Cathro Vlog in Youtube that Sam rear wheel is a little bit wobble after that section in the wood and Sam checked it to found that his rear axle is snaps
  • + 2
 @A813H: rear axle. My bad.
  • + 2
 Ben cathro got some shots of the woods section on race day. www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFJJO31BjBU
  • + 2
 Would be amazing to have an article with the musics they are listening just before the race run!
  • + 0
 Can photographers not be bothered to take pictures of the Junior woman. Come on guys, get you crap together and give us the full coverage of another brit winner, Megan James, in that category!
  • - 1
 Danny Hart looked like he jacknifed that 29 inch wheel trying to muscle it. I've seen that before on the big wheels. you have to always muscle it and sometimes they hang up and trying to keep pushing just makes it tuck. Can happen on any wheel sizr but the bigger wheel gives less feedback, and requires the extra muscle...just a random thought
  • + 2
 Wow, there are some special pictures in this post. Dave Trumpore wins with a gem of a processed click.
  • + 4
 GOAT!
  • + 1
 Fort William? I've never heard that. I've never seen that. All I know is Fort Minaar
  • + 1
 That could totally be Stevie's brother behind the cameraman in the 5th picture.
  • + 1
 Ass good as the race photos are, its the behind the scenes ones that really do it for me. Bravo photographers.
  • + 3
 Rad Minaar !
  • + 3
 MInaar...
  • + 1
 What helmet is Greg using ? I can only find the motocross version in that color , not the mtb one
  • + 3
 It is the motorcross version. O'Neall hasn't made an MTB version (yet) Greg just switched this winter from Kabuto to O'Neall.
  • + 2
 @kusanagi72: that color rocks , and the helmet is half the price of a dh one . So sad i don't need to replace mine...
  • + 2
 Some really AWESOME pic taken PinkBike!
  • + 1
 Can someone give us a quick shout as to the overall standings please?
  • + 1
 @DJR9000: thanks champ
  • + 1
 @DJR9000: There is a point error in Tracey Hannah, because there written champion 3 and 1. should be written champion 2 and 1
  • + 1
 Jack moir like want to sing "That's what I like" ƪ(˘⌣˘)┐
  • + 0
 It's epic how epic is the most epicly thrown around word. EVERYTHING is Epic!
  • + 1
 Is gwin just pretending to hold flowers in that last podium shot?
  • + 1
 Marcelo is a powerhouse!!!!
  • + 0
 Greg Minaar, true professional. Fuck ya Jack Moir!
  • + 4
 Has Jack Moir upset you in some way? Too used to watching sports where abuse is thrown at the competition?
  • + 3
 @Racer951: I took his comment to read 'yeah' rather than 'ya'. I could be wrong!
  • + 6
 @Racer951: whow whow whow, I'm very stoked for Jack! I guess skipping one letter can definitely make a difference.... my bad guys!
  • + 6
 2 letters Kevin. And you appear to have misspelled your name.
  • - 1
 This new brand of ONAMIH 2... It is all over the pictures and no mention of it.
  • + 0
 not one photo or comment on Dan Hart? really? no inside story? jeez....
  • + 0
 Finn looks old
  • + 0
 29 ain't dead Wink
  • - 3
 where is rat boy ? ohh sam hill, danny hart what happen ?
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