Race Day Photo Epic - Leogang DH World Cup

Jun 11, 2017
by Dave Trumpore  



Under a blazing sun and with the fast track running in ideal conditions, Leogang once again put on an exciting race. With the time right and the margin for error zero, those who were able to hang it on the ragged edge of control for a full run came out on top.

In the juniors, Finn Iles was able to bounce back from a rough week in Fort William and a slow qualifer to nail the run he was after when it counted. With Matt Walker hot on his heals in second, there is now a rivalry for the overall heating up. In third we saw Atherton protege and World Cup rookie Kade Edwards on the podium for the first time.

With Rachel Atherton out, once again all the attention has shifted to Tracey Hannah and Tahnee Seagrave. With Tracey leading the series and setting the fastest time in qualifying she was certainly the favorite. But Tahnee has been so close so many times, and on the wrong side of luck even more than we can count with injuries over the years. No one would ever deny she has the potential to win, it has always been a question of when. This afternoon, however, that wait came to an end. In a nail biter of a final that came down to the very end, and a winning margin of just over half a second, Tahnee's day finally arrived. With three races and three winners this year's women's World Cup is shaping up to be one of the best ever.

Not to be outdone, the men's race too had some of the closest racing we have seen all year. Times were super tight with only seconds separating the top ten before Loris Vergier blew everyone's doors off with a blazing race run. The others tried as they might, but neither Troy Brosnan or Greg Minnaar could raise their game to challenge. It wasn't until Aaron Gwin, the final rider down the hill, that Loris really started to sweat it out on the hot seat. Gwin's splits were up, then down, then over a second clear after carrying blistering pace down the motorway in a speed tuck. Aaron nailed the final steep section of track to extend his lead, eventually roaring across the line with one and a half seconds to spare. Just as in the women's race we have now had three different male winners is as many rounds, and the incredible tight points race is going to make the 2017 World Cup a wild ride.

See you again in three weeks time as we head to the steep and infamous venue of Andorra.

It was a scorcher today in Leogang. Hot and hazy at the top of the mountain and brutally hot at the bottom.
It was a scorcher today in Leogang. Hot and hazy at the top of the mountain and brutally hot at the bottom.

Sadly a crash in training yesterday ruptured a vein in Loic Bruni s thigh. The injury did not fully show itself util late in the evening when his leg became extremely swollen and hew was admitted to the hospital overnight for further evaluation.
Sadly a crash in training yesterday ruptured a vein in Loic Bruni's thigh. The injury did not fully show itself until late in the evening when his leg became extremely swollen and he was admitted to the hospital overnight for further evaluation.

Tracey Hannah making some last minute adjustments to deal with the bone dry track that was running even faster than i previous days.
Tracey Hannah making some last minute adjustments to deal with the bone dry track that was running even faster than in previous days.

Loris Vergier s results this season have seen him in high demand amongst the various media outlets.
Loris Vergier's results this season have seen him in high demand amongst the various media outlets.

Manon s race weapon getting prepped for finals.
Manon's race weapon getting prepped for finals.

Troy Brosnan s Canyon relaxing in the pits before getting ridden straight onto the podium.
Troy Brosnan's Canyon relaxing in the pits before getting ridden straight onto the podium.

Nothing but hot and hard summer here all day long in the Austrian mountains.
Nothing but hot and hard summer here all day long in the Austrian mountains.

The hills are alive with the sound of er turns being railed and buzzing feehubs.
The hills are alive with the sound of, er, turns being railed and buzzing feehubs.

Trek s young gun Kade Edwards ticked off his first podium spot today which will surely open the flood gates for many more.
Trek's young gun Kade Edwards ticked off his first podium spot today, which will surely open the flood gates for many more.

Kaos Seagrave missed out by less than a second in making the double Seagrave podium today. 4th for Kaos.
Kaos Seagrave missed out by less than a second in making the double Seagrave podium today. 4th for Kaos.

After disappointment in Fort William Finn Iles was back on the top step again here in Leogang.
After disappointment in Fort William, Finn Iles was back on the top step again here in Leogang.

Finn Iles first at every single damn split... 2.3 seconds the winner.
Finn Iles, first at every single split... 2.3 seconds the winner.

Finn knew he had a good run bit had to wait it out until Matt Walker came down.
Finn knew he had a good run bit had to wait it out until Matt Walker came down.

Matt Walker keeps things interesting in the title chase finishing second to Finn Iles today.
Matt Walker kept things interesting in the title chase finishing second to Finn Iles.

Kade Edwards Finn Iles and Kaos Seagrave sweat it out on the hot seat during Matt Walker s run. Unfortunately for Kaos it would be a run faster enough to bump him from the podium.
Kade Edwards, Finn Iles, and Kaos Seagrave sweat it out on the hot seat during Matt Walker's run. Unfortunately for Kaos it would be a run fast enough to bump him from the podium.

Two familiar faces and one first timer in Kade Edwards on the Junior podium.
Two familiar faces and one first timer in Kade Edwards on the junior podium.

We heart the mountains...
We heart the mountains...

Tracey Hannah taking a few minutes to enjoy pinning the number one plate onto her World Cup leader s jersey. It s been a while since we ve seen anyone but Rachel Atherton in this piece of kit.
Tracey Hannah taking a few minutes to enjoy pinning the number one plate onto her World Cup leader's jersey. It's been a while since we've seen anyone but Rachel Atherton in this piece of kit.

Tracey was happy to get this silly little cray out of the way in training rather than the finals.
Tracey was happy to get this silly little crash out of the way in training rather than the finals.

Latvian Paula Zibasa holding down the top qualifier and roaring to victory in the junior women s race this morning.
Latvian rider Paula Zibasa holding down the top qualifier and roaring to victory in the junior women's race.

Emelie Siegenthaler hitting the podium once again here in Austria.
Emelie Siegenthaler hitting the podium once again here in Austria.

Another podium for Manon Carpenter.
Another podium for Manon Carpenter.

Manon Carpenter was in the scrap for the top step today but had to settle for fourth in a close match only 2.4 seconds from going fastest.
Manon Carpenter was in the scrap for the top step today, but had to settle for fourth in a close match, only 2.9 seconds from going fastest.

Myriam Nicole sending hard for Mitch - that s Remi Thirion - and coming away with 3rd place just 2.5 seconds back.
Myriam Nicole sending hard for 'Mitch' - that's Remi Thirion - and coming away with 3rd place.

Myriam Nicole was third just 2.5 seconds back to make this one of the closest Women s races we ve had in some time.
Myriam Nicole was third, just 2.5 seconds back to make this one of the closest women's races we've had in some time.

It s been a long time coming but Tahnee finally put all the pieces together today.
It's been a long time coming, but Tahnee finally put all the pieces together.

Tahnee just a few seconds from her first World Cup win.
Tahnee just a few seconds from her first World Cup win.

With one rider to go the nerves set in on the hottest.
With one rider to go the nerves set in on the hot seat.

Tracey Hannah drops into the big off camber during the early morning practice.
Tracey Hannah, last on track.

Just over half a second separated Tracey Hannah from back to back victories she still holds onto the overall lead though.
Just over half a second separated Tracey Hannah from back-to-back victories; she still holds onto the overall lead, though.

FMD racing is a family affair and the first people to congratulate Tahnee on her big win were her brother Kaos and her father Tony.
Follow My Dream... FMD racing is a family affair and the first people to congratulate Tahnee on her big win were her brother Kaos and her father Tony. One fine, long-awaited day.


bigquotesIt's more like a relief for me than anything. It's just hard work, all the girls are so fast. Like I was talking to Manon yesterday and was getting to the point wondering whether it would ever happen. You know, they’re pushing lots and I’m quite a reserved rider, so for me at this track it means quite a bit to take the win.Tahnee Seagrave


What a day for Tahnee Tracey and Pom Pon in Leogang.
What a day for Tahnee, Tracey, and Pom Pon in Leogang.

The paparazzi gets cooled off by the fastest ladies in Leogang.
The paparazzi gets cooled off by the fastest ladies in Leogang.

Congrats Tahnee Seagrave.
Congrats Tahnee Seagrave.

What s the best way to wash off a bit at the end of the day With champagne of course.
What's the best way to wash off a bit at the end of the day? With champagne of course.

Redbull halftime entertainment done in style.
Red Bull halftime entertainment done in style.

The racing on track was as hot as the temperature with riders doing their utmost to keep cool before dropping in.
The racing on track was as hot as the temperature with riders doing their utmost to keep cool before dropping in.

George Brannigan snagged himself a nice and secluded spot for warm up tucked away from prying eyes.
George Brannigan snagged himself a nice and secluded spot for warm up, tucked away from prying eyes.

The man with the best hair in downhill Faustin Figaret.
The man with the best hair in downhill; Faustin Figaret.

In just over three minutes it ll all be over.
In just over three minutes it'll all be over.

13th for the Bulldog.
13th for the Bulldog.

Jure Zabjek had been killing it at the IXS rounds taking multiple rounds but has never put a good score down at the World Cup... until today. 12th for the Slovenian.
Jure Zabjek had been killing it at the iXS rounds, taking multiple rounds, but has never put a good score down at the World Cup... until today. 12th for the Slovenian.

Ride of the day from Jure Zabjek The Slovenian national champ rode consistent splits and was rewarded with an excellent 12th.
Ride of the day from Jure Zabjek? The Slovenian national champ rode consistent splits and was rewarded with an excellent 12th.

A disatrous start to the season for the World Champion saw little improvement today with a snapped a chain but at least 11th brings him closer to protected status.
A disastrous start to the season for the World Champion saw little improvement today with a snapped a chain, but at least 11th brings him closer to protected status.

Danny Hart hasn t been able to fond the form that saw him dominate 2016 and would have to settle for 11th today.
Danny Hart hasn't been able to find the form that saw him dominate in 2016, and would have to settle for 11th.

Mick Hannah has a fantastic run going but a slow leaking puncture slowed him down after the motorway to lose precious time.
Mick Hannah has a fantastic run going, but a slowly leaking puncture slowed him down after the motorway to lose precious time.

Marcelo Gutierrez found himself 9 seconds back today which seen him outside the top 20.
Marcelo Gutierrez found himself 9 seconds back today which set him outside the top 20.

That ll do Phil. After a protest run on his hardtail in practice Atwill meant business today and duly delivered with a 16th.
That'll do, Phil. After a protest run on his hardtail in practice, Atwill meant business and duly delivered with a 16th.

What a day for Bernard Kerr. After being denied a podium at Worlds in Val di Sole by one spot he finally got on the box for the first time in his career.
What a day for Bernard Kerr. After being denied a podium at Worlds in Val di Sole by one spot, he finally got on the box for the first time in his career.

The first taste of World Cup podium for Bernard Kerr. we ve seen the Brit consistently climb up the rankings year on year.
The first taste of World Cup podium for Bernard Kerr. We've seen the Brit consistently climb up the rankings year after year.

Jack Moir plunges into the final chute en route to 9th.
Jack Moir plunges into the final chute en route to 9th.

Jack Moir has still got it... Another top 10 this afternoon for the most chilled out man on the mountain.
Jack Moir has still got it... Another top 10 this afternoon (with a crash) for the most chilled out man on the mountain.

Some of team GB watching the top 20 in the fight for the podium spots.
Some of team GB watching the top 20 in the fight for the podium spots.

Laurie Greenland making light work of the roots and ruts that lead onto the long motorway. Ah mere two tenths off the podium.
Laurie Greenland making light work of the roots and ruts that lead onto the long motorway. A mere two tenths off the podium.

One fine day on the mountain for the Syndicate squad and 7th place for Luca the worst performer of the team.
One fine day on the mountain for the Syndicate squad.

After a rough star to the season Luca Shaw finally put down the run everyone onkws he is capable of to land himself in 7th.
After a rough start to the season, Luca Shaw finally put down the run everyone knows he is capable of to land himself in 7th.

Luca Shaw entering the finish arena and the top 10.
Luca Shaw entering the finish arena and the top 10.

Its crazy to think that Luca Shaw was the lowest places Syndicate in 7th
Its crazy to think that Luca Shaw was the lowest placing Syndicate rider in 7th!

Big wheels and big vies with Loris Vergier.
Big wheels and big views with Loris Vergier.

Loris Vergier riding like an animal to a career-best equalling 2nd place.
Loris Vergier riding like an animal to a career-best equaling 2nd place.

Times were super tight until Loris Vergier came down and blew it wide open.
Times were super tight until Loris Vergier came down and blew it wide open.

A very happy Loris Vergier.
A very happy Loris Vergier.

Troy Brosnan speed tucking into the darkness.
Troy Brosnan speed tucking into the darkness.

Not the top spot but Troy was super happy to cross the line and know he would be on the podium.
Not the top spot, but Troy was super happy to cross the line and know he would be on the podium.

Can Greg Minnaar respond to Aaron Gwin s pace in Andorra or will someone else get a look in
Can Greg Minnaar respond to Aaron Gwin's pace in Andorra, or will someone else get a look in?

The final speed tuck from Greg Minnaar.
The final speed tuck from Greg Minnaar.

The hot seat was genuinely sweltering today the top three could do nothing but look on as the last splits flashed green.
The hot seat was genuinely sweltering today, the top three could do nothing but look on as the last splits flashed green.

Aaron Gwin making the art rumble as he smashes the first corner in the final training session.
Aaron Gwin making the earth rumble as he smashes the first corner.

After tight splits Aaron threw it down on the bottom half of the track to coast into the line with time to spare.
After tight splits, Aaron threw it down on the bottom half of the track to coast into the line with time to spare.

The undisputed king of Leogang makes it three from three in Austria and leaves sitting second in the overall...
The undisputed king of Leogang makes it three from three in Austria and leaves sitting second in the overall...


bigquotesIt feels really good man. I’m super excited, I love racing here. I kind of always say, it feels like a home race for me even though it’s a long way from home. I love the the track, the people here, and everything about it. It’s been awhile since my last win, I’ve really missed it. I’ve been feeling good and everything's been going well I’ve just been having some issues in my race runs. It wasn’t perfect today but it was good enough to get the win, man I’m stoked!Aaron Gwin


Since the blown tyre debarcle of 2014 Aaron Gwin simply can t miss here in Leogang.
Since the blown tire debacle of 2014, Aaron Gwin simply can't miss here in Leogang.

Today s winner Aaron Gwin makes it three in a row at Leogang.
Today's winner, Aaron Gwin makes it three in a row.

17 wins in total for the American who pitched up late in 2009 for a quick go at bicycle racing.
17 wins in total for the American who pitched up late in 2009 for a quick go at bicycle racing.

These three guys put on one heck of a show.
These three guys put on one heck of a show.

Win or lose they re on the booze. That s the Syndicate.
Win or lose they're on the booze. That's the Syndicate.

Only missing the Leogang podium once in the race s history Minnaar still leads the series by a whisker.
Only missing the Leogang podium once in the race's history, Minnaar still leads the series by a whisker.

Your 2017 Leogang gangsters Gwin Vergier Minnaar Brosnan and Kerr.
Your 2017 Leogang gangsters; Gwin, Vergier, Minnaar, Brosnan and Kerr.

Man the champagne mirror.
Man the champagne mirror.

The men decided to jump off the podium ad spray down the crowd who had been standing in the hot sun all day.
The men decided to jump off the podium ad spray down the crowd who had been standing in the hot sun all day.

It s impossible to get tired of the views in this part of the world.
It's impossible to get tired of the views in this part of the world.


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115 Comments

  • + 95
 27.5 vs 29. After years of scientific studies on the wheel size subject we can only say that Gwin is the king of Leogang and Minnaar the king of Fort William.
  • + 1
 So what happens if Gwin starts to ride a YT Tues 29er prototype? Wink
  • + 68
 Hi guys, please correct the caption with Jure Zabjek, he is Slovenian champ, not Slovakian Smile
btw, great pics and go Jure!
  • + 6
 my congrats to Gwin, but most happy for Jure Zabjek and Paula Zibasa, well done folks!
  • + 1
 Was he really on 26 wheels?
  • + 3
 @DuelingBanjos: nope. Guy is so tall is looks like that but black session and black boxxer's stanchions say 27.5
  • + 13
 @donpinpon29: Ah ok, that would've been too much to handle for current fragile dh world anyway Wink
  • + 1
 @DuelingBanjos: No, he's just really tall apparently !
  • + 59
 Gwinter is coming
  • + 2
 The Pinkbike remembers
  • + 3
 Gwinter is HERE.
  • + 3
 SCHNELL GEHEN
  • + 2
 sehr schnell
  • + 3
 Mr Gwinter Sprinter...
  • + 2
 The King of the North... of Austria!
  • + 2
 I thought all the "gwinn..." jokes were exhausted, well-done, that was funny!
  • + 38
 say whatever you want guys, but i'd take the race that happened on a "parky" track like leogang this sunday over a bogged down fort william 1000 times. waaaaaay more interesting and close.
  • + 15
 It was a relief to watch a race where the structure actually worked and we got some excellent, close racing. Wouldn't want to watch Leogang every time tho!
  • + 0
 There is cheap spectator excitement and there is racing bicycles down a hill... I don't give a flying sht if the sport is watched by 10k people or 500k. Also I preferred watching Val Di Sole for pure spectator enjoyment factor. I found it more exciting. Off course Val Di Sole track is in a forest with huge treesso it is not as hard to setup many cameras as in midget woods at Fort William. But I see no reason why Lenzerheide "proudly designed by the man the legend himself" looks as it looks. And racers said the same thing.
  • + 9
 @Bruccio I agree... I know it's kinda DH blasphemy but I've never found the Ft William races all that interesting to watch. Seems like most of the crucial sections that make/ruin a race run are off in spots that cameras can't see well, and it's so long with such short bits of camera coverage it always feels disjointed.

This race was super fun to watch. I'd throw a couple more tech sections in there if I was in charge, but whatever they did worked well and produced a really entertaining race. Reminded me of Windham a little bit - high speeds, close results.

Also... wtf is it with Leogang and chains?
  • + 4
 The forest section ruined the race at Fort Bill, period.
  • - 4
flag WAKIdesigns (Jun 12, 2017 at 10:47) (Below Threshold)
 @ikaika: period this difficult time of the month
  • + 1
 @bkm303: "wtf is it with Leogang and chains?"

either these guys pack some serious firepower in their legs (possible) or/and modern chains are meant to be so light that they snap too easily...i mean hollow pins? how much weight are you really going to save with hollowed pins instead of bulk ones?
  • + 3
 @bkm303: It's super easy - Leogang is fun to watch because we get to see where the race is won & lost. At Ft. Bill, it's a longer track and the deciding sections aren't on camera. We just see one rider showing up being up or down 10 seconds and have no idea why. As an audience that is being advertised against, we deserve both technical difficulty on the courses and the capability to view the race's key points.

Yes, coverage is free, yes I like free, but Red Bull isn't a charity. They should improve their coverage so that we can see the deciding sections as well as the motorway. Add 20 more seconds between riders and see what happens to video coverage
  • + 22
 Was great to see Kerr steal a place in the top 5
  • + 1
 So happy for the guy!
  • + 22
 #wheelsizesomethingsomething
  • + 21
 Man the compression on those 40's while Gwin rails that corner is nuts
  • + 38
 Definitely photoshopped. Gwin's fork are never compressed more than 20mm.
  • + 57
 Aparently Gwin has been experimenting with using suspension this year.
  • + 2
 Amazing, nice catch!
  • + 1
 @asboites Interesting observation, but notice that his rear shock is almost fully extended? He must be so heavy on the front of the bike to have it look like that, totally nuts.
  • + 1
 And I can see he is on Onza! Must be a good tire then.
  • + 17
 27.5 aint dead yet!
  • + 16
 Right. I just made the jump last year to 27.5.... It can't die yet.
  • + 10
 New Saint should be out next year. 8 speed with an 8 speed chain. Or 9 speed with a nine speed chain.

Have you ever heard of so many snapped chains since we moved to 11 speed?

It's ridiculous in the traditional sense of the word.

Could be a good opportunity for Box to steal a march on the competition and quickly gain some market share.
  • + 5
 What is even the point of having more than 8 or 9 speeds on a DH bike?
  • + 4
 Was gonna comment that Mark Wallace snapped his chain on a X0 7 speed drivetrain, then I learned that it requires an 11 speed chain. So YES! I agree. Would be interesting.
  • + 1
 I foresee in the future, 6 or 7 speed cassette with two or three internal gears in bottom bracket.
  • + 1
 I never broke any of my 9 speed chains back in the 2x9 days, since i've gone to 1x10 i've broken a few, usually by the pins separating from the link plates and the link plates bending
  • + 1
 @DJR9000: exactly. They talk about the eleven speed chains being stronger and more durable but it's not true. Another industry lie that doesn't hold up in the real world. My favourite one is coil shocks and air shocks both have the same service intervals. Totally false under real world conditions!
  • + 8
 Besides Remi being taken to the cleaners, this was a fantastic and genuinely exciting race to watch. Remember folks, Andorra is the next round and variety is the spice of life. PS. Great photo's!
  • + 6
 Great race! As much as I like seeing Gwin win, I hope Brosnan or some others can get a win and make it more than a two way battle for the title. I thought with the wild start at Lourdes we'd have a bunch of people in contention, but it looks like GM and AG are pulling away.
  • + 13
 Holly sh*t that Gwin's forks compression in that 1st corner
www.pinkbike.com/photo/14822968
Waooo
  • + 7
 @jefftrancex1xtr: ...and he is known for running it stiff!
  • + 3
 Whos that dude at the back?
  • + 4
 @shadcsm: The follow cam guy during the live broadcast haven't you noticed ?
  • + 2
 @fitjoani: lol it's Neko following him in training
  • + 1
 @Werratte: Have you notice the shox FOX X2 must be locked out, check out the travel (just the SAG lenght ... Noticeable isn't it ?
  • + 8
 Hoping Hart can catch a break at Andorra. Definitely not what he would've hoped for for this season thus far, considering his hot streak last year.
  • + 1
 Yeah I feel for the lad. He was on pace at the first two rounds. His confidence must have taken a beating. Hopefully he gets some back with a strong finish in Andorra.
  • + 5
 Damn...Gwin seemed like an emotional outburst in that first interview! Totally badluck Fayolle got that puncture, top20 was insight, rolling good this weekend! This season shaping up nicely, drama, new riders in top20, the plot could not have been written better!!!
  • + 7
 Damn I love racing season so much!
  • + 4
 Gwin crushed it. It didn't seem like he was faster from the camera views shown. I wish I could see the whole run. Vergier looked crazy fast. Gwin's speed is on a whole different level...on 27.5 none the less. Wow!
  • + 6
 Chris Porter claims he did testing riding chainless on different bikes and at super fast speeds 29ers roll slower. Don't ask me why. But out of many he is a guy who can be trusted. Cheers!
  • + 5
 Thanks Pinkbike for putting up some excellent photos from the World Cup (as always).
  • + 2
 Fantastic coverage, high drama race. Gwin truly rode like he had a rocket under his saddle. Never seen the likes of it! Didn't expect him to win after the blistering run Vergier put down. Thanks PB for using such talent in your photo essays. All the best to Bruni and Thirion. Heal up fast guys. The sport needs you!
  • + 4
 My goodness! what an awesome race! Full throttle all the way down. Also, Redbull.Tv nailed this time with the coverage. keep 'em comin!
  • + 5
 That white Gwin picture, congratz! What a shot!
  • + 3
 I can't believe breaking a chain is still a thing at this level... ridiculous.
  • + 2
 The picture of the Canyon bikes is confusing, it is captioned as Troy's bike, but the bike in focus is Mark's, and is CLEARY marked as Mark's.
  • + 2
 This is outrageous! Somebody call the newspaper.
  • + 1
 @MTB-Colada: Yes I agree ( I helped hi out this year a wee bit with something, so I am more focused on Mark!)
  • + 1
 Troy's bike is in front of frame so it's not that incorrect
  • + 1
 @DJR9000: Whatever makes you feel better, Pinkbike's credibility is shot, FAKE NEWS! Wink
  • + 1
 @Bomadics: I just blew my mouthful of covfefe all over the screen Big Grin
  • + 1
 @DJR9000: Ouch that stuff is expensive, and mildly toxic!
  • + 3
 Who the heck is the rider on track behind Gwin on his first photo??? And why is he there?
  • + 26
 On race day riders do one or two practice runs and a race run, that's it. So for variety of both riders and sections of track/angles shot many of the photos are taken from the practice runs. For race runs the photogs can then focus on riders coming into the finish area, and emotions after crossing the line.
  • + 5
 @davetrumpore: Ah, cool. You learn something new everyday. Awesome job btw.
  • + 2
 what trumpore said, which I had no idea happened. Makes total sense. And the rider behind him is also his teammate Neko Mulally. He was a bit off pace Sunday, not sure what happened. Usually a top 15 guy.
  • + 2
 @endlessblockades: oh, his wrist right?
  • + 2
 @slayersxc17: Yep - said he had trouble holding on in the rough.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: Makes sense now. I was trying to figure out how he went from no stars-n-stripes on his left arm to then his nation champ jersey during a run. Is he that fast he can do a wardrobe change mid-track?
  • + 3
 @Offrhodes: Or how I got from the start gate to the finish line in less than 3 minutes ;-)
  • + 1
 Kind of impossible to get a few interesting angles even with a 2nd shooter in just a race run. My approach has been to hope you get some good shots in practice preferably with just the one rider in frame, and hopefully they keep wearing the same kit. Then you can leave race shots to the bottom of the course and get the finish line drama/emotion captured. That's the plan anyway, I always end up half way up the hill at finish time when i shoot, but i've never had the luxury of having a second shooter or being a second shooter.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: Well presumably you didn't have a chain holding you back #nevergetsold
  • + 3
 Pumped the men AND women's series are anyone's to win with the season half way over. That hasn't happened in a while.
  • + 0
 Right on.
  • + 3
 Not pumped on the break between women's and men's coverage. Faced with getting up at 4 AM to see the women or 6 AM to see the men - sleep wins. Rather see a delayed women's race and straight into the men's.
  • + 2
 UCI bollocks there is only 3 on podium, good race think I thinking I may visit Lego land
  • + 1
 Great photos once again! And absolutely mental racing...the speed of all these riders on the wall ride is simply frightening!
  • + 3
 I marked your words with a downvote.
  • + 2
 Why has Greg got a vest on?
  • + 3
 Overall leader.
  • + 0
 while watching it i was thinkg why is everyone keeping theirs elbows out, if they tucked them in close to the body for aero gains
  • + 1
 Love these photos, photo posts, and everything about this post! Keep it up Pinkbike and photogs!
  • + 1
 Am I the only who thinks it's weird that the tractor only has a front mower on?
  • + 1
 It is just me or Minnaar looks very disapointed when Gwin pulls the victory lap?
  • + 3
 I'm sure he was just wanting his team mate Loris to win.
  • + 2
 Do we will speak about Finn's hair cut who looks like Justin Bieber !?!?
  • + 2
 Who is looking like*

Bad English sorry ...
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 @Altair74: you had it better the first time.
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 I think it's better that no one acknowledges it.
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 I have never seen Gwin's fork so compressed...
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 Is Minnar crying while having that beer? Or is it champagne tears?
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 He's just heard Gwin's getting a 29er for the next race Smile
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 @kieran: You've GOAT to be kidding me!
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 Well done Gwinny!
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 Looks to me that after fully packed Lourdes and Ft. Bill, the crowds yesterday were pretty slim...
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 There where only 15000 people watching
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