Everything Must Go - DH World Cup 6 Finals - Leogang

Sep 23, 2013
by Nathan Hughes  
That's it, that's all. The 2013 downhill season just came and went in a blink. What began with total Atherton dominance, concluded with absolute Smith monopoly... A hat-trick of wins, two in messy conditions and one this afternoon with the pressure gauge turned up to 11, ready to blow. Stevie had the run of his days with the unimaginable weight of hype and anticipation on his shoulders, a mass that would crush and choke anyone less than a full-on bicycle prodigy. Congratulations to the fastest mountain biker the modern world has known, Canadian, Stevie Smith!

Nigel ready to rock early this morning. All prepped and ready to go. Stevie just had to do the rest.
  Nigel ready to rock early this morning. All prepped and ready to go. Stevie just had to do the rest.

Misty Morning Mountain Top.
  Misty Morning Mountain Top.

Noel Niederberger off the gate
  The thick fog was in fact just an inversion layer. It was perfect at the top... Fastest junior in Austria out the gate.

Innes Graham
  Innes Graham could only swoop in for 6th today, but don't forget has a whole other year to come in the juniors class to turn on the heat.

Not happy to stop at the qualifying Niederberger crushed the finals too dampening Vergier s overall winner vibes.
  Not happy to stop at the qualifying, Niederberger crushed the finals too, but it wasn't enough to dampen Vergier's overall winner vibes.

Jones amp Peaty
  Mike Jones tore it up for 3rd today but it was enough to allow his French counterpart the series.

Second place today was enough for Loris snatch the junior overall. No small feat in a field as stacked as it has been this year.
  With a solid second place Loris Vergier snatched the junior overall. No small feat to take the title in a field as stiffly stacked as it has been this year.

Tracy Hannah warming up
  Spin classes with Tracy Hannah.

Morgane Charre
  Morgane couldn't quite bring it home again this time around, but she still sent it big.

FMD
  Super-styling. Seagrave. Seventh.

She may have failed to catch Ragot today but it s been a phenomenal year for Rachel Atherton. With such convincing big margin victories in Scotland Italy Andorra and Norway it seems a bit wrong that 2nd place was just 130 points back in the overall but that s how it works.
  She may have failed to catch Ragot today, but it's been a phenomenal year for Rachel Atherton. With such convincing wins of huge margins in Scotland, Italy, Andorra and Norway it seems a bit wrong that 2nd place could be just 130 points back in the standings, but it's all academic now...the deal is done for Ms Atherton once again.

Emeline amp Rach hot seat
  Sincere sportswomanship in progress...

Emmeline Ragot gets her second win of the season in Leogang a little better than a half second up on Rachel.
  Emmeline Ragot gets her second win of the season in Leogang, a little better than a half second up on Rachel.


And the winner is...Ragot for the second time this season. She stomped the win in Mont St Anne and managed it again by just half a second to seal 2nd place overall.
  Emmeline Ragot smiles like a champ, because she is. This is the second time we've seen this grin reign supreme this season. She stomped the win in Mont St Anne and managed it again here today by just half a second to seal 2nd place overall.

W overall
  A brilliant year for ladies racing... We hope you agree the girls have done us proud this season, picking up the pace substantially and throwing all the right shapes when it counts for some great photos and video. Nice one Rachel, Emmeline, Manon, Myrium, Morganne and everyone else!

A very happy Jill Kintner landing her first podium at a World Cup. It s been a long time coming for the Olympic medalist and multi time 4X dominator.
  A very happy Jill Kintner landing her second podium at a World Cup.

  Troy was stoked to go race Leogang again and 'not die' after his bad luck last time around.

A photographer using his TK mutation to draw riders a little closer.
  A photographer overcooks his TK powers mutation to draw riders a little closer.

Richie Rude would still be fastest junior with the 31st fastest time in the elite but just.
  Eyes of intent. 31st in elite for Junior World Champ, Richie Rude, would still be fastest junior... by a whisker.

A huge personal best for Kyle Sangers this afternoon only 9 seconds back from miracle mustache speed for 20th spot.
  A huge personal best for Kyle Sangers of Perform X Commencal this afternoon, only 9 seconds back from miracle mustache speed for 20th spot.

Steeze and sparkles. Masters has had a bit of misfortune at times this year but took 21st place today as a parting gift with the 2013 season.
  Steeze and sparkles. Wyn Masters has had a bit of misfortune at times this year, but was stoked to take 21st place today as a parting gift with the 2013 season. The Bulls Bikes matador will be back!

Ed Masters may have had a mechanical in his run but he still deserves a spot in the post. Want to know why he is known so well in the media Eddie has a marketing degree and sure knows how to use it and can sure put on a solid show for everyone to enjoy.
  Eddy 'looking for a team' Masters had a mechanical in his run, but was on for 26th in split 1. He has put on a solid show for everyone to enjoy this season with Hawaiian shirts, flip-flops, leather jackets, shell-suits, string vests and shark fins... then backed it all up with great riding that sometimes shamed some big names. Somebody sign this master tactician!

Epic whip of the day.
  Epic whip of the day.

G-ing out with George. Brannigan was in the hot seat for some time today but in the end his time was improved by 7.5 seconds leaving him outside the top ten. Still he and Neko have held the fort admirably in the wake of injured Brook and Williamson.
  G-ing out with George. Brannigan was in the hot seat for some time today but in the end his time was improved by 7.5 seconds leaving him a little outside the top ten. Still he and Mulally have held the fort more than admirably in the wake of injured team-mates MacDonald and Williamson.

Luke Strobel
  Luke Strobel Unchained, going the 'Gnarway' for a last day of the season top 20.

Steve Peat
  Steve Peat turned in a second top ten in a row to conclude a challenging season's beginning.

Marcelo nailed his best ever result missing the podium by probably a single pedal stroke. We re super excited to see his progression continue into next season.
  Marcelo nailed his best ever result, missing the podium by probably a single pedal stroke. We're super excited to see his progression continue into next season.

  Top kiwi, Blenky, railed to 7th which was good enough to podium in the overall.

Ratboy
  Downhill is a rat-race.

Rat Boy fans getting rowdy trackside with some green schnapps.
  Rat Boy fans getting rowdy track-side with some green schnapps.

  Big day for Ratty. Bryceland put together a stellar run and took fifth place

Big day for Ratty. Bryceland put together a stellar run and took fifth place. It s good to see the wild child back on the box.
  Great to see the wild child back on the box for the first time since Val D'Isere last summer.

It was expected that Gee would have come in first or second but the mountain gods just weren t with him today. Fourth place for the man we thought might run away with the whole thing at the beginning of the season.
  It was expected that Gee would have come in first or second, but the mountain gods just weren't with him today. Fourth place for the man we thought might run away with the whole thing at the beginning of the season.

Sik Mik into the final turn still fast enough to pull off a podium. Mik s time is coming very soon... Cairns 14 ...
  Sik Mik into the final turn, still fast enough to pull off a podium. Mik's time is coming very soon... Cairns '14.

Loic Bruni may have been the big surprise of the day. He s been in the mix all season but here in Leogang he showed just how talented he is when he rode into second.
  Loic Bruni was the very near winner today. He's been in the mix all season with aggressive performances, but was finally able to keep his lethal pace up all run and ride to his best ever result. So much more to come from le garcon.

Greg Minnaar s super fan made it out to Leogang and put on an awards ceremony show.
  Greg Minnaar's super fan made it out to Leogang and put on an awards ceremony show.

Stevie s Austrian grandad.
  Stevie Smith circa 87...

Smith looked deadly in practice this morning carrying more speed on every section of the track than anyone else.
  Smith looked deadly in practice this morning, carrying more speed on every section of the track than anyone else.

Stevie Smith putting down one of the biggest runs of his career pulling of the overall spot for the season.
  Conquering the rough, Coleman style.

Steve Smith
  Railing ruts and nailing...turns.

Stevie Smith sailing to his third World Cup victory of the season and the World Cup over all. Looks like he made the right bike choice in the end.
  Stevie Smith sailing to his third World Cup victory of the season, and the World Cup over all. Looks like he made the right bike choice in the end.

  'In 20 metres, you have reached your destination'... Wilson GPS success.

  Mission complete!

  Public displays of affection abound...

Steve amp Gabe
  It's just possible Gabe Fox at Devinci will feel positive regards the outcome of this race season.

Even babies want to view the king.
  Honey I blew up the kids... Even giant babies want to view the king.

Smith Bruni and Hannah. No one could have asked for a more exciting race or a more well rounded podium.
  Smith, Bruni, and Hannah. No one could have asked for a more exciting race, or a more interesting line-up.

Surely not the outcome Atherton was looking for and not entirely what some of us had expected.
  A far cry from the outcome Atherton was looking for, and not entirely what some of us had expected.

What a year it s been... Sven Martin agrees it s time for some R amp R after the hard work is over.
  What a year it's been... Sven Martin agrees it's time for some R&R after the hard work is over.

  Irony from Red Bull...? That was no piece of cake.

M podium
  Those who predicted this outcome... spend it wisely. A stunning conclusion to one of the most intense seasons in recent memory.

Rach amp Stevie
  The truest of form.

  See it off, son. Churrrr.

  How many years in the making?

So long Leogang thanks for the epic views and golden memories.
  So long Leogang, thanks for the epic views and golden memories. 2013, you did not disappoint us! Here's to the rekindling in April 2014!!



181 Comments

  • + 685
 Stevie gazing into the eyes of Rachel... maybe he'll steal Gee's sister too?
  • + 111
 that would certainly be one way of celebrating!
  • + 196
 Perhaps they can spawn some super DH babies.
  • + 33
 Stevie and Rachel would make a great couple
  • + 112
 she definitely wants the D
  • + 37
 Stevie's better half might take issue with that.
  • + 8
 for sure....there was a moment somewhere.
  • + 20
 Rach + Stevie = Really fast kids!!
  • + 22
 Ben Reid is Rachel's boyfriend!
  • + 10
 Stevie looks like he's blushing and Rachel maybe likes the stash, or maybe they just sculled a few super steins!
  • + 66
 Could you imagine the family holidays...
  • - 7
flag misobol (Sep 23, 2013 at 1:58) (Below Threshold)
 They look like they're more into themselves then showing off the trophy.
Lovely moment with Rachel Smith Smile
  • + 17
 Miss Hannah, jealous much??
  • + 10
 That relaxing moment when I see first comment is what I thought about that shoot
  • + 8
 Stevie said to Gee in a Gandalf voice, "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!"
  • + 53
 Most awkward christmas dinner ever.
  • + 13
 "she definitely wants the D"... Devinci?
  • - 14
flag bizutch (Sep 23, 2013 at 7:20) (Below Threshold)
 She's probably pissed that he is ther instead of her brother. Duh!
  • - 11
flag zer0c00l44 (Sep 23, 2013 at 8:06) (Below Threshold)
 Stevie did Gee, its only polite he should now do his sister.
  • + 3
 She thinks his DH is sexy
  • + 22
 If thy get hitched and have kids, Claudio can commentate on delivery. "Ohhh there we have it, the baby is crowning, ooo he is crowning fast!"
  • + 1
 Just wrong! So, so wrong. plus Stevie has himself a nice girlfriend, why would he like, y'know, want like, y'know, Rachel y'know!
  • - 6
flag BikeNERD007 (Sep 23, 2013 at 23:18) (Below Threshold)
 Stevie anal'd gee out of the title.... now its time for rachel...
  • - 1
 what an idiot
  • + 136
 Congrats Stevie, Thanks PB for all the coverage, what an amazing year of racing
  • + 3
 They both better train hard, bring on another season like that
  • + 17
 yea thanks redbull for the live feed.
  • + 1
 And not at ALL biased in favor of Stevie Razz Not that I don't support that, just never have seen some much attention on one rider from PB.
  • + 2
 Stevie is from Canada, PinkBike is from Canada, so I think we can cut them some slack for rooting for the home team.
  • + 1
 Pink bike is from canada? f*ck... finally the first thing someone from our country did that im proud of!!!!!
  • + 73
 Stevie... you made Canada proud. It was well deserved. You killed it man!!! Congrats!
  • + 50
 Amazing photos! the videos and all of the coverage really gave me a different perspective on DH racing. Thanks Pinkbike Salute
  • + 28
 yes! Pinkbike, you've killing it with the photo coverage. Congrats and thank you to all the photographers!
  • + 9
 Yeah great coverage Pinkbike! Really made it worth while for those of us who can't be there!
  • + 1
 Here here!
  • + 40
 Stevie and Rachel having a bit of a moment?
  • + 40
 Someone sign Eddy!
  • + 27
 I can't help but think he would be an amazing addition to The Syndicate. Imagine the videos featuring him and Ratboy...
  • + 3
 I want to see what he can do on that Zerode with some financial backing. I think the G2 is a worldcup winning bike in the right hands.
  • + 1
 Can't believe he hasn't already been signed..it's a crime if no one signs him next year!
  • + 3
 markhouse I totally agree. A wee while ago I saw on a forum that the guys from Zerode were asking for ideas on how they might go about financially backing a team/if anyone on the forum were keen. Unfortunately since then one of the guys from Zerode passed away, but for their sake, Hope, Chris King, Funn, surely one of you lot could run a team??? Give the boys a call haha!
  • + 2
 Yeah sad about Dodzy but Rob has made some great upgrades with the G2. I will have mine in a few months. It would be great if he could get the backing to run a team next year.
  • + 30
 Is Specialized going to try and sign Steve away from Devinci for next year???
  • + 17
 And wouldn't he be crazy to sign with them!? The Wilson is definitely working for him.
  • - 10
flag GiantFaithUser (Sep 23, 2013 at 0:11) (Below Threshold)
 Are you comparing smith to Gwin?
haha that was funny.
  • + 3
 Steves stock probably through the roof but we all know how quick that can change. Still, if he change up you can't blame a guy getting what he came for.

What I want for next weason, more support to the girls!

This season been a blast, thnx to all the riders and esp. Gee & Steve for battling it out to the end.
  • + 3
 I'm wondering what is funny about comparing Smith to Gwin? Both are world champions Both are capable of dominating parts of a season (Stevie did just win the last 3 races and looks considerably faster than anyone else in his runs right now. Stevie is the best rider in the world right now.
  • + 7
 stevie would turn into a gwin if he did. devinci is a superior to specialized pogo stick. he IS smart enough to know money doesn't buy wins! our local mountain and that WILSON does!
  • - 6
flag GiantFaithUser (Sep 23, 2013 at 11:47) (Below Threshold)
 If Stevie can dominate next season, ( by dominate I mean finish 10 seconds ahead of people) then you can compare him.
  • + 4
 Well for a start Gwin has never won a race by 10 seconds. 7.3 is his biggest margin so far but I think it's fair to say just like Gwin massively raised his game from 2010 to 2011 - Smith has also raised his game right bang in the middle of a season. Atherton is definitely stronger than he was last year too so I dont think you can accurately compare from one year to the next. Kovarik won a race by 12 seconds once, what does that make him?

And I say this as someone who has consistently defended Gwin from people who try to downplay his achievements. He was by far the best rider for the last two seasons and its up to him to regain that. People who talk like you generally have no appreciation of what it takes to win.
  • - 1
 Don't get offended jeez it's just pinkbike , haha damn .
  • + 1
 man I hope not. So far the last 2 big name racers who hopped on a Demo went from top-shelf to also-ran almost instantly. Its Specialized karma for their dickhole business practices hahaha.
  • + 27
 My first full year watching every comp and it was amazing. Thanks PB and Redbull for all the coverage. Being a Brit i am gutted foe Gee. He worked so hear, but couldn't have lost it to a better, more down to earth guy. Congratulations Stevie Smith. You da chainsaw man
  • + 25
 I think my heart stopped when Stevie dropped in this morning!!!! What an epic ending to a wild year of racing!
  • + 22
 Normally I don't post comments, but I have a few things to say....1) thank you for all of the support and kind words that have been given to my boy Stevie. 2) Thank you for all the nice comments directed at me, and yes, I am a very proud mom! 3) another thank you to those who posted the "Seasons" clip...made me tear up every time! 4) PLEASE stop with the Gee slamming....Steve worked very hard to get where he is, so has Gee. He may have not looked happy on the podium, but that would be very hard to do. He did go up to Steve and congratulated him, smiled, then shook his hand. That is not being a poor sport. Obviously, Gee is a very intense person; that is not a bad thing. Steve is also very intense, and I hope that when the time comes and he does not win a race, that people don't start slamming him. Considering the competition between all of the riders, it really is amazing how strong some of the friendships are. It is great when the fans have their favorite riders and like to show support, but lets try and keep it positive! Sorry for the rant, but I thought that as a mom, who is proud of her son's accomplishments, and who reads these posts, it made me feel bad for Gee's mom...maybe she reads these too! So before you want to say something negative about somebody, think about how their mom would feel. Again, thanx for all the wonderful posts....they made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!!!
  • + 4
 You are so correct and I personally apologize for my rant on Gee.. It was uncalled for. I was so happy for Steve that watching Gee react made me a bit mad. I thought he maybe should have been more happy for Steve, but you are right, he is a very intense competitor. Your son is my FAVORITE rider and I should be showing more respect for him by not being so down on Gee. Thanks for pointing that out, and thanks for being such a cool lady. Steve is the most sincere, humble, and professional rider I have ever met, and all of my congratulations go out to him and his accomplishments. Again, my apologies.
  • + 3
 @Stevesmom - You ROCK! Way to defend the guy who is not your son. I assumed that Gee's frown was directed at himself and not Stevie. Hope that's true, but the one truth I know is that the vast majority of PB posters don't know these guys and what's going on in their heads.

I also gotta say huge congrats to Stevie and the dedicated mom who helped him get there. As a father of two young guys who absolutely love Stevie and their bikes, you set a good example of what parents do for their kids.
  • + 22
 Right on steve! Rat boy had a fun run to watch....he absolutly launched the last jump!!
  • + 20
 Well... Now what? What am I supposed to do 'til April? I guess I'll just GO RIDE!!!! Epic season, What an awesome overall win for Steve!
  • + 17
 Gee looks so pissed. I love to photo of him with his entourage behind him. Steve turned out to be the better rider this time around and is one of the few people who actually look better with a mustache!
  • + 43
 you'd be pissed to if you narrowly lost your overall after all the hard work and crashing...
  • + 15
 sure. he has good reasons to be disappointed. and i think most of his anger is directed to himself... next season, next chance.
  • + 11
 It may not be over, they may meet again at Redbull Rampage. Both have been invited - www.redbull.com/us/en/bike/stories/1331608876511/rampage-2013-invited-riders
  • + 19
 It annoyed me all the crap spouted about Gee recently. Same as the usual Semenuk rants. The riders are there because of their skill and determination, and how they get there and apply themselves is down to them. We're there to watch them perform on the bikes, and if they are a likeable person to boot (hello Stevie!) then great, but if not why does anyone really care? Shall we bring back Warner and get everyone else to slow down just for the post race interview? ;-)
  • - 14
flag aubbietrekrules (Sep 23, 2013 at 1:54) (Below Threshold)
 Gee didnt lose nothing...the seasons was anyone's to win.... Sure I feel for him, but in the end there is only one first place....and of course your going to be pissed... But you don't have to show it! Be a good sport!
  • + 35
 How was he not a good sport? He went straight up to Stevie and congratulated him!
  • - 16
flag aubbietrekrules (Sep 23, 2013 at 3:20) (Below Threshold)
 Really man...his face say it all...4 of the 5 guys are smiling, fake or not! Gee could at least smile in my opinion.
  • + 18
 I prefer pissed off Gee, at least he's honest, I like honest people, they are reliable. "Attitude is everything" - they always forget to add which attitude is the right one. This is a proffessional sport, Gee behaves right to the occasion. Congrats to Stevie, hands down to Gee!
  • + 14
 i think its totally ok when he shows it. and i think steve can understand that too.
  • + 23
 Yeah those 4 smiling guys had nothing to lose and had not lost anything. Gee had just lost the one thing he's been fighting for with his heart and soul all season, he must have been devastated! As anyone would be! Would you have a big grin on your face??
  • + 11
 If I had worked my ass off for a year to JUST miss out on being #1 in the world, something I REALLY wanted, then I'd have a BIG grin plastered all over my face too!
  • + 8
 Yea the other 4 guys are stoked with their results because those results are good for them. When you are Gee, who can and has been on top before, its a disappointing result. It a completely different perspective. Things change once you have won and I'm sure it will happen to Stevie too. 3 years ago Gwinn was just the chill guy who took up downhilling a few prior ago and started dominating. Before you know it he's in a pressure cooker.

Finish 6th one race? Everyone's freaking out, what happened, why, chainstays to short?

Brake failure? Its analyzed like national security is on the line.

Once your on top things change. People won't be as stoked next year when Stevie finishes 4th. Much like Gwinn and Gee, he'll be expected to win and anything less will feel more and more like a letdown.
  • + 4
 yes as Stralov said the anger is mostly directed at himself, I'm a huge Gee fan and I was incredibly disappointed when I was watching his run so I can't imagine how pissed he is at himself for losing the overall like that, his whole run it looked like he couldn't really get going but either way he's still young
  • + 4
 Gee has all the right to be mad at himself. Has anyone here lost a race or series and and gone through the "could of would of's" in your head. I know I have.
  • + 4
 All true, if it was me I would have tried to put up a smiling face for cameras then go home and cry myself to sleep. Gee seems super intense but this is a super intense sport. I thought he was going to win since he treats it more like a athlete then a lot of other guys. We will see what the top field looks like next year. A lot can change in the off season.
  • + 1
 Not going to lie....would probably go home and cry myself to sleep till next season....but would try my hardest to put a smile on the podium. BTW thats just my opinion , I think I'm dumb!
  • + 4
 I'm not sure I understand this idea that the loser should put on a smile. Be gracious in defeat, congratulate the winner, stand on the podium etc, all things Gee did. but act happy to have just lost? why? where in the real world does this happen? In what other sport does this happen? does the losing team in the super bowl ever look happy? If a pitcher gives up a home run to lose a game does he walk off the mound smiling?
  • + 1
 Gee Atherton, how is he not a good sport? well for one they are friends of course he is going to be cool. i could dismiss a couple of pretty rude moments seeing him at whistler, but EVERYTIME i see him it is like he is soooooo put out, it makes it hard to ignore! they are paid to show support for the sport in which they get paid to do. that includes associating with fans on a decent levelFrown
  • + 2
 sweet now we have good guys and bad guys, the plot thickens
  • + 18
 Props to the amazing photographers that contributed to this topic. Some incredible shots right here.
  • + 15
 So much love to PB for putting together some amazing coverage of this season. What a ride. I'm already looking forward to next season.
  • + 14
 Think redbull was gonna give that cake to Gee if he won?
  • + 5
 Yep!
  • + 0
 the cake was probably for gee in the first place seeing as they're both on redbull, well it probs was until qualifying...
  • + 6
 Regardless of who finished above who, a redbull athlete was going to take the overall. So it would make sense to send a cake for either one. There's no name, so my guess is yes, they planned to give it to both.
  • + 3
 I wonder what the runner-up cake looks like?
  • + 5
 That would be Rachel's cake right there.
  • + 9
 if the runner up was on dt swiss then he'd get tacos Wink
  • + 1
 ^have a +1
  • + 2
 Stevie and Gee probably won't be filming again anytime soon.
  • + 8
 One of the best races I've ever watched. Congrats Stevie Smith that was simply awesome!

Well done Gee for pretty much being the man all season. Sucks for him to finish like that but then that's racing...

And sorry Specialized but maybe Gwin shoulda stayed on Trek...? That was a huge fall from the top this season...
  • + 4
 9 seconds spread 1-20. Hats off to all of these guys!!! It's not who to beat but how much faster than yourself can you go. Congrats Stevie! Sick run... And everyone else for making this show so freaking interesting and entertaining. Peaty still kicking ass and taking names. My bike is a better bike 'cause all of you... Peace out!
  • + 7
 I couldn't imagine being that fast on a dh bike. damn.
  • + 6
 Yeeaaaa Stevie! So deserving of the title after all the effort you have put in over the years. Such a shredder!
  • + 6
 nice to see a canadian on the top!
  • + 5
 Troy's aerodynamic shoes...goes to show how much even a split second of time can be a determining factor
  • + 6
 I have to say Stevie smith is probably cooler than Robert Downey jr
  • + 2
 I don't know about anyone else but after watching everyone else on their race run and then seeing Stevie I was just shouting he's just so dam fast!! Gutted for Gee, but Stevie just found his form at the right time and couldn't happen to a nicer bloke
  • + 1
 Isn't it funny how fast things change these days in WC. The last 2 years Gwin has utterly dominated, and as a result been hated, then he has been no where near this year, and Stevie has stepped up and proven what we knew he was capable of. I'm super chuffed for Stevie but I hope to see Gwin back in the mix next year. And, yes I was one of the Gwin haters, because one continual winner is boring.. Next year is going to be awesome.. It's been a long time, if ever that there has been so many contenders who are capable of the win. Bring it on, and for god sake UCI sort this 5-6 races crap! We want to see a FULL season, 10+ Races!
  • + 1
 This was a great final. I would love next season to truly see a wide open field. As good as this season was it was still dominated by one or two guys, much like the last few seasons. It was Gee early and Stevie late. It was basically down to just those two after round 4. Like the last 2 seasons were basically Minnar and Gwinn. I would love next season to see Gwinn and Minnar back on form, Hannah continues to ride well, maybe a few other guys like Bruni and Troy really step it up etc. Having 3 or 4, maybe even five guys still in the overall in the final races would be awesome.
  • + 4
 Awesome World Cup series! I wanted it so bad for Gee, but congrats to Stevie !
  • + 1
 Epic race of an epic season. Truly amzing world cup 2013, none will forget it. Congrats to Steve, no word to tell what he made this year, especially if you think how strong was his near competitor, Gee. Loic, Josh, Blenky, Brook, Marcelo, Peaty, Sik Mik, Samuel, Hart, Remi, Greg, Suding, amzing season.
  • + 3
 It's been so cool to watch Stevie over the years. Way to go man! So much determination and hard work finally paid off tup

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTyQBMMjZh8
  • + 6
 It was the Stache. Smile
  • + 3
 The style matters too. Gee needs to get his facial hair more aerodynamic. Stevie's was wind tunnel tested - Fact!
  • + 1
 I remember at the BDS in Innerleithen Wyn Masters was staying literally next to my Mate's house, and on the Saturday night he came around to borrow tools or something and ended up coming back around to his house for a beer later haha, such a sick guy!
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 What a great final...honestly both riders deserved it. Congratulations to Smith!!!! ( and I'm sure Stevie's mom smiled as he won...I wonder if all those rides up the mountain came into his mind as he crossed the line)
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 Well done Stevie. And Jack Iles - yay!!!
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 yeah jack should follow in steve's footsteps…
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 next season it will be fairclough, you will all see...
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 Riiiight .....
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 naw, alexarmanetti it will be
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 Love the Master's brothers getting ruckus but still throwing down come race day!
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 Awesome racing this weekend, and a great set of photos. Congrats to Steve and Rachel. Anyone else skip a heartbeat when Beaumont went down?
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 Thanks, PB, for some amazing WC coverage thru this season. Every race a new batch of POD's...no exaggeration. PROPS!
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 Fuck ya Stevie!!
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 Great year to watch downhill! Right on Stevie way to showem all that we Canucks can kill it on the mountain and yes I am a PROUD owner of a WILSON CARBON myself =)
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 Way to go Stevie! We are also from Nanaimo and now my boys want to be just like you. I will do what ever I can to help make it happen. Thanks for the inspiration!
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 Great to see the progression of womens racing! They got far more attention this year then ever, i think! Should make it easier to get our wives/girlfriends into biking!
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 Steve was in a class of his own the last few races - what a smooth run. Congrats!
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 bruni is gonna be the rider to watch next year
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 Congratulations Champ! All Canadians can be proud.
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 Stevie winning the last 3 world cups to steal one from Gee. Epic finish for Stevie!!
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 Gee is sooo serious in the podium,he can play the next Terminator Movie Big Grin
i'm in love in DeVinci Wilson Frown
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 No regrets Gee....it just makes everything in the future even more satisfying....mucho congrats to STEEZ SMITH!!!!
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 Fantastic year of races! A good deals worth of procrastinating on my studies to sit back and watch these races. Great year and congrats to all the competitors!
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 I want ratboy to win next year!!!
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 I wonder if Devinci can afford Stevie now? The wolves must be vying to sign him, I'd bet.
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 The face of the girl on the right in the "Stevie Smith circa 87..." photo is priceless
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 Here's to Stevie's mom. All that shuttling in the old Geo 4x4 paid off. Big time. Congratulations to both of you!
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 I think Stevie's Mechanic (Nigel) should definitely get some props. He has been dialing Stevie's bike all year.
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 Did anyone get what Gee said to Stevie when they sharked hands after the race?
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 PB should tone it down with the coverage, or else NBC will steal it...
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 Way to go Stevie, you made us proud!
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 Classic epic mountain shot from grand master picture wizard Delorme.
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 Rachael and Stevie sitting in a tree... lol! Congrats to them!!!
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 why yellow gees tires? :o
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 She looks like she is dying to see how he rides.
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 Sven - don't drink the Weisse out of a bottle!!!
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 Gee look so piss off ! Go Smith go !
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 Stevie Smith... Enough said
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 Props for Jill getting 3rd!
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 i.imgur.com/X8bUwd5.jpg
This is to all you 'stache' fanboys
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 Congratulations to Stevie!

Whats that rubber bootie stuff on Troys shoe??
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 Yeaahhhhh Ratboy!!!
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 GReat season!! Now we move on to RAmpage, and finally some off season MAtt Hunter videos Smile
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 Will Specialized now buy Stevie too??? ;-)
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 whats Troy got on his feet ?
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 roadie overshoes !!
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 All hail King Steve!!! Why do you always look so mad Gee?...
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 game face bro
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 Congrats to Stevie and Rach!
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 What is this thing covering Troy's shoes? Is this to hide the brand of the shoes?
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 8th picture from the bottom... priceless!
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 Gee crack a smile on the podium at least!
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 he can't, he has a stick up his ass
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 I've been on the gee hater fan bus for a while now but give him a break on this one. He just handed over a world title. Any less of a man would be in tears. I'm impressed he can hold A straight face. Good on him fore congratulating Steve after the race
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 I'm guessing you jumped on the Smith fan bus when Gwin turned out to be useless on a Demo!
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 Iv been wanting Steve to win since he rode for cove. I was so psyched when he switched from evil to devinci cause I knew big things were gonna happen. And I wasn't disappointed. Gwin is a different game. I wish he were there to make his bid in the final round. He is a good racer. Gee is the main reason I fell in love with MTB. 2010 was the first year I actually followed the world cup closely and seeing his riding was really inspirational. I got a chance to congratulate him in person on a podium finish at the US open. Instead of just being cool, he took the chance to share a laugh with his mechanic about my broken helmet hanging from my bars that i couldn't afford to replace. I'm not a fan of gee no matter how talented and competitive he is. That being said. Gee had every right to not smile on the finals podium. If I were in his shoes I would be in tears I'm sure.
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 Did gwin race?
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flag jhuckins (Sep 22, 2013 at 21:58) (Below Threshold)
 Gwin missed the race...he was training still. Awkward!!!?
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 He's been out the last two races with an injured shoulder.
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 ... and it was said he's having surgery in the u.s. - any info on that?!?
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 Cananda is so stoked.
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 Those GUMS on Jill..... urrgggh
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 Huge Congratulations to Stevie! I am so stoked you won! You seriously deserved it! So much more so than that egotistical, angry, ass, Gee...
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 Awesome to see a guy like Stevie take it over Mr Serious Gee.
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