Day 3 - 2013 World Champs - South Africa

Aug 30, 2013
by Nathan Hughes  
Hey ma bru, howzit? All good yah? Well the riders hope for the affirmative because after today all they have left is (ridiculously) 2 half hour sessions. One is at 7am tomorrow morning and the other shortly before final runs on Sunday. The 'monster' 3 hour sesh today was mobbed by an albeit efficient, but inevitably lagging shuttle system and inconceivably... RAIN. Liquid has continued to appear from above all night and that will mean the ice rink effect if there's been too much or perfect tack if dosed correctly. Whatever the case, here's the day's finest, totes OMG moments... You do only YOLO once people.

Yesterday s gorgoeous sunrise over the DH course was a bit different today. The views still go on for days but the weather has moved in.
  Yesterday's gorgeous clear sunrise over the course was slightly modified today. The views still go on for days, but the weather has officially moved in.

Sic Mic relaxed and ready to throw down come race day.
  Sic Mic looks out on one hell of a race to come and dreams of his favorites...big air and Southern hem roost.

Sick Mick on the loose n feeling frisky. He s on a high after his two 2nd places at Crankworx aiming to pick up on last year s 3rd place finish here.
  That'll do it... Polygon on the loose. Mic's on a high after his two 2nd places at Crankworx, aiming to pick up on last year's 3rd place finish here.

  The jungle, recently verified as 'massive'.

Stevie Smith said he was pretty much ready to race just after his first run on his new bike. Things are looking fast
  Stevie Smith said he was pretty much ready to race just after his first run on his new bike. Things are looking fast!

Hart just spinning it out post practice. With timed practice tomorrow perhaps we will get a glimpse of who s got what.
  Spin class with Mr Hart. With timed practice tomorrow, perhaps we will get a glimpse of who's got what on the pedals.

Team spesh look marvelous in their assortment of race pajamas. Their train came rumbling across the roosty dirt first elites of the day.
  Team spesh look marvelous in their assortment of race pajamas. Their train came rumbling across the roosty dirt, first elites of the day.

Tim Bentley bending time with his front wheel. Most style points for the day.
  Tim Bentley bending time with his front wheel. Most style points for the day.

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  Masters always a hot contender for photog/crowd favorite.

World Champs 2013 Day 3
  Spectating's a little different in Africa. You think that bit harder about where you put your butt.

The man the myth the legend. Monk Dawg optimizing tire tread.
  The man, the myth, the legend. Monk Dawg optimizing tire tread.

Monk and Brook making sure all is up to the Bulldog spec.
  Monk and Brook making sure all is up to the Bulldog spec.

Sam HIll is focused and working on his thug life look this week. Hard as bru
  Speaking of DH heroes... Sam Hill is focused and working on his thug life look this week. Hard as, bru?

Flat pedals fo life... Number 4 crushing it.
  Flat pedals fo' life... Number 4 crushing it.

Brosnan taking the plunge down under on the leftward Sam Hill line.
  Brosnan taking the plunge down under on the (rider's) leftward 'Sam Hill' line.

Good to see Peaty back at it after taking MSA off. Hakuna Matata
  Good to see Peaty back at it after missing MSA. Hakuna Matata Sheffield!

Greg Williamson broke his collar bone today during practice. Sad to see him out heal up soon Greg
  Greg Williamson broke his collar bone today during practice. Sad to see him out, heal up soon Greg!

Nick Beer the Swiss blur.
  Nick Beer, the Swiss blur.

George Brannigan line peeps on the Canadian King. As if you wouldn t too.
  George Brannigan line peeps on the Canadian King. As if you wouldn't too.

Marcelo full throttle into the big hitters.
  Gutierrez just won the Garbanzo downhill. Think about that for a minute in relation to the current course requirements... Marcelo full throttle into the big hitters.

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  Loic's a skill-smith on hucks and has pedal power to match, don't forget le garcon.

29er 27.5 er if this axle is any hint maybe the next best thing is 12er wide.
  29er, 27.5er and if this axle is any hint, the next best thing is 12er... width.

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  A moment of calm before some furious riding out there today from Gee, smashing laps on repeat off the shuttle. He was only a second off the pace last year and is at his career strongest right now.

The number one plate acts as a vertical stripe and is therefore slimming. It ll be the new hot look for someone else on Sunday unless Morganne can fight them off.
  The number one plate acts as a vertical stripe and is therefore slimming. It'll be the new hot look for someone else on Sunday unless Morganne can fight them off.

Canada s Casey Brown hucks it into the rocks. It s a far cry from Crabapple hits but Casey still manages to make it look good.
  Canada's Casey Brown hucks it into the rocks. It's a far cry from Crabapple hits, but Casey still manages to make it look good.

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  She's back...and her riding ain't whack. Ms Hannah shredded this place to victory last year and looked fully rad this arvo.

Carpenter was 2nd behind Tracey here last season and hit 3rd at the champs rolling hard all day today she s a good pick.
  Carpenter was 2nd behind Tracey here last season and hit 3rd at the champs. Rolling hard all day today she's more than a good pick.

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  Spanner in the works though... It's healthy missy Atherton on 3 world cup wins out of 4 this season.

Greg Minnaar. You can tell whenever he is on track because the cheering gets ratcheted up quite a few notches. Here he jumps into the open section above the gulley.
  Greg Minnaar. You can tell whenever he is on track, because the cheering gets ratcheted up quite a few notches. Here he jumps into the open section above the gulley.

Andrew Neethling is giving it everything he s got this week in practice. The South African World Cup vet has the lungs and legs to do well here anc could surprise quite a few.
  Andrew Neethling is giving it everything he's got this week in practice. The South African World Cup vet has the lungs and legs to do well here and could surprise quite a few... 8th last year afterall.

Danny Hart was having fun all day today throwing huge whips when the wind would allow it and getting his drift on in the loose stuff.
  Danny Hart was having fun all day today throwing huge whips when the wind would allow it and getting his drift on in the loose stuff.

Sik Mik keeping real real low..
  Sik Mik keeping real, real low..

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  Aussie menace number 2 out sharking 'till late in the day.

Graves has been keeping pace with most of the others and will be a major contender.
  And number 3, Jared's grave news: He is a major contender for the medals.

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  A less than comfortable looking position quite ironically from number 69. He rode it out.

Marc Beumont all style. As fun as today was on the jumps.. the boys will be keeping low on Sunday.
  Marc Beaumont all style. As fun as today was on the jumps.. the boys will be keeping low on Sunday.

Florent Payet of France commits and goes wide in the upper rock garden.
  Florent Payet of France commits and goes wide in the upper rock garden.

Blinky doesn t tend to ride straight down a hill on a normal day.
  Blinky doesn't tend to ride straight down a hill on a normal day.

Local knowledge saw the clouds coming well before they were at the horizon... Things went a bit Inuit after lunch. Why the look Seems demanding shirts off on the rock gets a better reception in Whistler.
  Local knowledge saw the clouds coming well before they were at the horizon as things went a bit Inuit after lunch. Why the look? 'Shirts off on the rock' gets a better reception in Whistler.

Things turned pretty sour about 3pm and it was freezing by African standards. Ice forming at about 10 degrees here.
  Things turned pretty sour about 3pm and it was freezing by African standards. Ice forming at about 10 degrees here.

Blinky sending the massive booter amongst the African mist. The dry and extremely hot day quickly turned into a familiar rain. Hopefully it will dampen the track enough tonight to make tomorrows timed training perfect conditions.
  Blinky sending the massive booter amongst the African mist. The dry and extremely hot day quickly turned into a familiar rain. Hopefully it will dampen the track enough tonight to make tomorrows timed training perfect conditions.

Graves keeping in visible range of Atherton across the misty wasteland from the shuttle to the start hut.
  Graves keeping in visible range of Atherton across the misty wasteland from the shuttle to the start hut.

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  The 'maritzburg superhero dropping in for one more.

Greg shunts his special number board over the familiar boulders of his back yard.
  Greg shunts his special number board over the familiar boulders of his back yard.

  An eerie, quite un-African afternoon in the jungle.

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  Big wheel Mitch gets lit.

Neko into the dark.
  Neko into the dark, but illuminated.

GM was the first man and last man on course today. One last run under the threatening skies and falling drizzle.
  GM was the first man and last man on course today. One last run under the threatening skies and falling drizzle.

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  If he doesn't win, he comes 2nd. Greg's set the standard here in the 3 world cups PMB has hosted, but you can bet he's upped the anti still further this time. It would take a real binge on the biltong tomorrow night to slow him down.



87 Comments

  • 50 0
 Jared Graves is also a major contender for worlds biggest calves.
  • 11 2
 Calves so strong they could crush an infant.
  • 7 0
 Powerful enough to run a nuclear power plant which would then run Europe
  • 32 4
 My pick for top three. Smith, Graves, Minnar
  • 31 10
 Dont get me wrong gwin hasn't been him self this season but for some reason I got a feeling he is going to be shutting all his haters up. So I think I'm going 1.gwin 2.gee 3.smith
  • 24 6
 I can see gwin sneaking into the top spot but can't see anyone beating stevie right now
  • 17 3
 Minnaar, Gee, Smith, Hill, Graves
  • 7 1
 He did well at MSA, but realistically the top three matter here and I dont think he has the fitness like Gee, Smith and Minnaar. My dark horse is Graves.
  • 63 6
 Semenuk, Pilgrim, Granieri C'MON SEMENUK!!! Make it three in a row!!!
  • 4 1
 I say 1st Stevie Smith, 2nd Gee Atherton, and 3rd Jared Graves.
  • 5 0
 Smith Minnaar Hannah Graves Atherton
  • 5 0
 as long as stevie is in that top three.... im happy
  • 3 0
 1.smith 2.minnar 3.hannah
  • 4 0
 I'll get a vote for Marcelo Gutierrez. Guitierrez, Smith, Minnar
  • 5 20
flag alexisfire (Aug 30, 2013 at 19:47) (Below Threshold)
 Smith can't win here, not happening, sorry.
  • 3 8
flag mfbeast12 (Aug 30, 2013 at 19:55) (Below Threshold)
 Gee, Minaar, Smith. remember it, bitches...
  • 10 0
 dont count out sik mik.... hes out for blood.
  • 3 1
 sooooooo, no one has put in their prediction for women .... who is your pick for top three ???
...
  • 3 1
 Morgane, Rachel and Gatto
  • 4 1
 Well shoot I need Gwin to win so I can win that boxxer on Vital
  • 5 3
 Sic Mic 4 President
  • 2 1
 I think you people are forgetting the energy that a loud crowd gives you, and they go crazy for Minnar in SA. So, Minnar, Graves, Smith, Hill. and i jus want Rachel to win the womens.
  • 1 0
 1st Hill 2nd Minnaar 3rd Graves 4th Gee 5th Hart
  • 4 0
 Gee. Gee. Gee. Rach. Rach. ...
  • 3 3
 I can't see Graves winning it because I don't think he has quite the speed required in the rough stuff. I forgot about Sick Mick though, he could easily get on the podium too with his demon power. And don't count out Gwin. He's not had a great year but he's not shit either. He's been close on a couple of occasions this year (on time I mean) and look what happened the last two visits to PMB. Yes, the Demo is a shit bike, but this course is more about trying to rip your cranks off all the way down.
  • 1 11
flag jaame (Aug 31, 2013 at 1:52) (Below Threshold)
 Shit, I just read on Dirt that the top 3 in timed practice were

1. Smiffy (650b)
2. Ropelato (29)
3. Gee Affy (26)

Proof, if any more were really required, that 650b is The Future TM.
  • 3 0
 you honestly think that it all boils down to mere wheel size? The numbers of variable is too large to be able to say that for example, had Gee ridden on larger wheels, it would have put him on top.
  • 1 1
 Oh sweet Jesus. Give me strength.
  • 1 0
 FUCKING CALLED IT!
  • 1 0
 sorta Smile
  • 15 0
 Go Graves! Thanks for the top notch pics PB!
  • 9 0
 I've got a feeling that there could be some surprising faces on the podium. For some weird reason I want a 29er to win just so I can watch the chaos ensue.
  • 8 0
 Ropaleto on a 9er and Graves on a single crown enduro bike....love to see one of them on the steps.
  • 8 0
 would love to see greg win on home soil
  • 3 0
 My bet is for GRAVES too. After so many enduro races at his back and all his experience in riding "small" 4x bikes I'm sure he will perform brilliantly on his Enduro carbon Yeti.
  • 4 0
 Will be interested to see if Smith still has the dropper post tomorrow. Seems to have it in these pics.
  • 1 1
 He'll have it on tomorrow. Given his bike choice (proto made with less travel for pedaling) he's all about going mach 5 in the pedally bits so having the saddle up is key.
  • 4 0
 Photo of Beer is a winner.
  • 4 0
 That Tim Bentley shot is sick!
  • 3 0
 Amazing coverage as usual PB! Keeps me coming back for more on a regular basis.
  • 2 1
 I have a gut feeling there is going to be another "THIRION PHENOMENON" this Sunday. And no its not gonna be Remi.. Maybe someone else (outside the top 5) is going to win it. It might be Hannah or Graves. Cant wait!!
  • 2 2
 It's all about big wheels on this course - and being clipped in. That's reality - no peddeling efficiency on flats, no upward pull or side push. Fact:: at the same speeds a larger diameter wheel can cover more ground than a smaller one (which would need more rotations (ie speed) to equal the distance of the larger wheel.) Now put the bigger wheel under Stevie - game over. They all need to equalize on this course. The fitness of the top guys will be seperated by their wheel choice.
  • 6 2
 Black lady looks pissed
  • 3 0
 Greg means business. He's not giving up that jersey without a fight.
  • 3 0
 Smith, minnar, atherton, grave As a canadian it's always smith first
  • 2 3
 mmm,,, 1st Smith,,2dn. Hannanh,,3rd Hill , now for the the remaing, Hart is in on the top 10,,,he is the sleeping Giant,, Gwin is in,,,though watch out for a suprise , after reading an watching all the videos and seeing all the positive I have to say Gerad Graves might just be the Cinderella storie of the Worlds this year,,,and the debate goes on,, 650 b's , 29 yers or the 26 will still win over all...We shall see but in my eyes I like DH on the 26 ,,,just get the shit kicked out of you ....
  • 3 0
 The coffee (Marcelo Guitierrez) will make several Europeans eat dust.
  • 3 0
 Is it just me or does Gee have weird looking knees?
  • 4 0
 you checking him out?? -_-
  • 1 0
 Great work PB photographers!! Thanks a lot! i love the black & white local women shot by Nathan Hughes, so powerful. Go Athertons!
  • 1 0
 Danny Hart!!! Danny Hart!!! Danny Hart!!!!!!! Yeah.... He's not going to win.... Sam and Gee will tie, then have to duke it out in a death match on Monday morning...
  • 1 0
 Rachel is going to kill it tomorrow, fastest by 16 in practice!? Gonna win by 8 I reckon. I'd love Stevie to win but that home crowd is gonna power Greg to top spot.
  • 3 0
 Great pics
  • 3 0
 awsome photo coverage
  • 2 0
 Great Pics! let's do it greg. one life bru !
  • 3 2
 With Williamson being out with a broken collarbone, does that mean one of the reserves come in? Brendog?
  • 3 1
 brendog SHOULD be there !!!!!
  • 2 0
 Smith, minnar, atherton, grave
  • 1 0
 Smith has got to have serious confidence after the last round of the WCs...and how he won it.
  • 1 0
 Wow the track is very dry...I look forward to watch the race tomorrow...GO GWIN!!!!
  • 1 0
 Should be some tight racing. Can't wait!
  • 4 3
 What in the hell did I just read?
  • 7 1
 An article on pinkbike that has a lot of photos from an upcoming downhill race that's being held in Africa.
  • 2 1
 maaan...I want Graves to win this sooo bad
  • 1 0
 Sam Hill for the win this time.
  • 2 0
 great shots!
  • 2 0
 Gee, Graves, Minaar, sik
  • 1 0
 Why can't I find broadcast times???
  • 2 1
 1.Smith 2.Gwin 3.Minnar
  • 2 4
 To bad qwin didn't make the cut
  • 2 0
 The cut of what? This race? He's racing. This article? He's in it too.
  • 2 2
 They aren't making the TR250 for 2014. It's discontinued.
  • 2 1
 Smith...end of story
  • 2 2
 Get back on the bike soon Williamson. Next year it's yours...
  • 1 1
 1: Hannah
2: Minnaar
3: Bruni

1: Carpenter
2: Atherton
3: Ragot
  • 1 1
 Stevie is the new Crazy Canuck
  • 1 1
 Is the world championship included in the World Cup overall?
  • 1 0
 Stevie, Minnar, Hill
  • 1 0
 amazinggggggggggggggg!
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