Leogang DH Training - UCI World Championships 2012

Aug 31, 2012
by Ian Hylands  

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Rain mud and mountain biking. I wonder if there s anyone out there willing to undertake a study on how exactly it is that as soon as you concentrate the best gravity riders in the world it starts to rain
  Rain, mud, and mountain biking. I wonder if there's anyone out there willing to undertake a study on how, exactly, it is that as soon as you concentrate the best gravity riders in the world, it starts to rain?

With the drumming of the rain on the roof a constant buzz all night long mechanics dreaded the early morning ritual to come grab a coffee grab some wire snips and start cutting tires.
  With the drumming of the rain on the roof a constant buzz all night long, mechanics dreaded the early morning ritual to come: grab a coffee, grab some wire snips, and start cutting tires.

Yeah one of those kinds of days...
  Yeah, one of those kinds of days...

Mitch Ropelato throws on Storms after 24 hours of rain. Luckily the rig is fully stocked with muds in anticipation of Austria in September.
  Mitch Ropelato throws on Storms after 24 hours of rain. Luckily the rig is fully stocked with muds in anticipation of Austria in September.

Mechanics in every tent were tending to last minute mud preparations this morning. Most had their riders bikes ready to go late last night so they could use the morning to rig up fenders and mudflaps.
  Mechanics in every tent were tending to last minute mud preparations this morning. Most had their riders' bikes ready to go late last night, so they could use the morning to rig up fenders and mudflaps.

Troy shows off his custom Sam Hill goggle eyebrows this morning. Arts and crafts hour to keep the moisture out of your tear offs.
  Troy shows off his custom Sam Hill goggle eyebrows this morning. Arts and crafts hour to keep the moisture out of your tear offs.

So many bikes here in Leogang have custom Worlds decorations that Brook Macdonald s mechanic on MS-Mondraker decided to do something special for Brook s bike...
  So many bikes here in Leogang have custom Worlds decorations that Brook Macdonald's mechanic on MS-Mondraker decided to do something special for Brook's bike...

Needles visualizing sunshine outside of the Giant tent vs. the pissing down rain as he warmed up for practice.
  Needles visualizing sunshine outside of the Giant tent vs. the pissing down rain as he warmed up for practice.

Grin and bear it--Greg Minnaar pedaling to the start in a kit guaranteed to be a filthy wreck in short order.
  Grin and bear it--Greg Minnaar pedaling to the start in a kit guaranteed to be a filthy wreck in short order.

  Tahnee Seagrave, muddy but stoked!

Tracy Moseley has been mostly doing enduro this summer. But she sneaked in a few World Cups and qualified highly enough to make the UK team. The DH skills are a bit rusty but she s a very legitimate threat on this track for a second Rainbow jersey.
  Tracy Moseley has been mostly doing enduro this summer. But she sneaked in a few World Cups and qualified highly enough to make the UK team. The DH skills are a bit rusty, but she's a very legitimate threat on this track for a second Rainbow jersey.

Greg Minnaar and Steve Peat discussing lines during women s and junior s practice.
  Greg Minnaar and Steve Peat discussing lines during women's and junior's practice.

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It was extremely foggy up top all day. Bryn takes to the track in limited visibility for his first of many runs.
  It was extremely foggy up top all day. Bryn takes to the track in limited visibility for his first of many runs.

Mitch Delfs had very little distance to travel to get dirty first run and only 100 meters into the track and he had enough dirt on him to ruin a laundry machine.
  Mitch Delfs had very little distance to travel to get dirty: first run and only 100 meters into the track and he had enough dirt on him to ruin a laundry machine.

The first corner was getting chewed up pretty badly by 2pm.
  The first corner was getting chewed up pretty badly by 2pm.

Greg Minnaar has no issues with a bit of rain this afternoon. Ride it like it s dry.
  Once on track Greg Minnaar had no issues with the bit of rain this afternoon. Ride it like it's dry.

Canadian Kyle Sangers chose the always classy SRAM poncho cape for his rain gear this morning.
  Canadian Kyle Sangers chose the always classy SRAM poncho/cape for his rain gear this morning.

If you don t know how a proper rain kit should look like you can stop at Scott 11 and ask
  If you're not sure what a proper rain kit should look like, you can stop at Scott 11 and ask!

Tear off s littered the mellower sections of the motorway traverses like ticket stubs outside of an arena after a big game.
  Tear off's littered the mellower sections of the motorway traverses like ticket stubs outside of an arena after a big game.

Grubby Graves living up to his nickname. This track is so much fun Dirty as hell right now I know but I m having a blast today -Graves.
Jared Graves said that this afternoons practice was the most fun he has had on his bike in years. Anyone who knows Grubby knows how much he likes gettin dirty.
  Jared Graves said that this afternoons practice was the most fun he has had on his bike in years. Anyone who knows Grubby, knows how much he likes gettin' dirty.

bigquotesThis track is so much fun! Dirty as hell right now, I know; but I'm having a blast today! - Graves

Sam Dale diving into a wild ride on the rollercoaster of berms up top.
  Sam Dale, diving into a wild ride on the rollercoaster of berms up top.

Brook Macdonald was visibly faster than anyone else through the top section this morning. The Bulldog is looking to smash some people this week.
  Brook Macdonald was visibly faster than anyone else through the top section this morning. The Bulldog is looking to smash some people this week.

The mud wasn t keeping most people down and it wasn t killing much speed. Once the rain lets up however as it is supposed to tonight things may get gnarly in time for timed runs tomorrow.
  The mud wasn't keeping most people down, and it wasn't killing much speed. Once the rain lets up however, as it is supposed to tonight, things may get gnarly in time for timed runs tomorrow.

The Evil Undead is alive and well... Filip Polc suspension testing on a stump.
  The Evil Undead is alive and well... Filip Polc suspension testing on a stump.

It rained non-stop since Thurseday late evening here in Leogang so the course was running insanely fast
  It's rained non-stop since Thursday evening in Leogang, so the course was running insanely fast...

Sick Mick could do really well here in Leogang
  Sick Mick could do really well here in Leogang, he's been having a pretty good season so far. Just off the podium at the last race...

  Logan Binggeli

Ben Reid may disappear in some of the berms here.
  Ben Reid may disappear in some of the berms here.

Pinned Mickael Pascal applying the theory of the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.
  Pinned! Mickael Pascal applying the theory of the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

Damian Spagnolo missed the straight line memo and opted to use the pinball the berms theory of speed on the upper section of the track.
  Damian Spagnolo missed the "straight line" memo and opted to use the "pinball the berms" theory of speed on the upper section of the track.

Brook MacDonald. This bike park style course has not much in common with the one from Val d Isere where he grabbed his first world cup win. justsayinandnothingmore
  Brook MacDonald. This "bike park" style course has not much in common with the one from Val d'Isere where he grabbed his first world cup win... #justsayinandnothingmore

Scouting for sniper lines in the rain... Sam Hill was the last rider down the hill today.
  Scouting for sniper lines in the rain... Sam Hill was the last rider down the hill today.

Holly Feniak contemplating laundry after practice the gloves were white at the start of the day.
  Holly Feniak contemplating laundry after practice; the gloves were white at the start of the day.

Yup definitely one of those kinds of days...
  Yup, definitely one of those kinds of days...







70 Comments

  • 130 0
 Spongebob helps in the wet weather conditions, considering he lives in a pineapple under the sea he's basically an expert.
  • 29 4
 also helps absorb, seeing as he is a sponge
  • 6 5
 Nothing like a sponge between your legs
  • 4 9
flag NorCalikonaryder (Aug 31, 2012 at 23:05) (Below Threshold)
 Umm guys
Where is gwinn?
  • 3 2
 praying the rain stops, if it keeps pissing down all weekend, i'm betting it on Minnaar, if it dries up, it's Gwin's to lose i think
  • 2 3
 He won here at Leogang last year in the rain...
  • 1 2
 What happened to danny hart? he injured or something if i remember last year he was 11 seconds ahead of everyone else due to the scary wet course
  • 38 3
 Rain + mud + certain rider getting stronger every race = Sam Hill 2012 World Champion.

Send it down Huey, and keep it comin'!
  • 23 1
 This is gunna be a good one.
  • 2 0
 For sure, gonna get wild and crazy
  • 23 2
 rain& mud ...I NEED DANNY HART TO GET IT DONE!
  • 17 2
 STAY ON YAA BIKE DANNY!
  • 3 1
 Too bad he isn't competing.
  • 1 0
 LOOK AT THE TIMEEE
  • 1 0
 @ QQ what why not?
  • 3 0
 I swear no one reads. He was injured at crankworx le due alps and underwent shoulder surgery
  • 14 5
 Technically no one is traveling in a straight line on that section of the track due to elevation changes of the bike/rider......engineer troll out.
  • 6 5
 Their heads would be travelling in a straight line - absorb the bumps, extend into the dips.
  • 11 2
 SWEEETT!!! On a Spongebob bike you go faster.... duh..
  • 3 6
 but only if u go underwater...
  • 2 5
 And also in rainy conditions XD
  • 4 5
 Well.. with all the rain they practically are underwater.
  • 8 0
 I know its unlikely but I would dearly love to see peaty smash this one in as a swan song
  • 3 0
 It's not totally unlikely, I hope he at least gets a podium, Us older dudes need to stick together Smile
  • 4 0
 It's a shame we can't see coverage on normal tv. I mean, they televise snooker, cricket etc, golf (hardly fast paced / immediately entertaining) so why not the worlds best sport only we know about. Grumble grumble.
  • 2 0
 I think Minnaar has to be a serious favorite here. His focus has been on the World Champs all season. Raced the ixs leg at leogang this year and won (beat steve by almost 2 seconds). Spent about some serious time training there for the past month. I think he wants this real bad; almost seems like he gave up trying to beat Gwin for the season. I think he'll go all out this weekend
  • 5 0
 Too bad. Going to dirty up all the purty bike.
  • 4 1
 I really hope Bulldog wins so that we'll see the 'Spongebob bike' paraded around trade shows and through advertising campaigns for the next year!
  • 1 0
 Amazing shots. Glad I won't have to ride in that stuff @ Stevens tomorrow!

REALLY looking forward to getting up early on Sunday to watch finals. It's up for grabs - not about who is fastest today. It's ALL about Sunday-Sunday-Sunday!!!!!!

Any word on whether or not CG will do commentary w/Rob Warner? I'd be OK with that if they did.
  • 2 0
 What a great picture of two legends checking on the course. Have personally met them both and wishing them the best of luck for sunday!!!!
  • 5 1
 i love mud and rain
  • 3 2
 I go to vitalmtb for the latest videos on the WC but I come onto pinkbike for the latest, and possibly best, write-ups with pictures.
  • 4 1
 Pinkbike is THE wordwide mtb news/ video/ pictures/ buysell site!
  • 4 1
 Haha true, it has been around for quite a long time. Its what newschoolers is to freeskiing... except pinkbike is about 10x's as large.
  • 7 1
 Vital MTB is faster by a few hours with getting some stuff up. But other than that i live on pinkbike!
  • 2 0
 Y'all left out dirtTV/UK. The perfect trifecta on WC weekends!!
  • 2 0
 it had me at pink
  • 3 0
 Dirt TV is the one for WC footage though , I must refresh it 10 times a day on the run up to a WC/worlds
  • 2 1
 That picture of Logan Binggeli...not sure that's him. Riding a Yeti 303, Logan rides for KHS. Wrong caption or breaking news?
  • 2 0
 so no bren dog?????????????????????????????????????????????????
  • 1 0
 Sadly....no. UCI rules thing or something. Anybody?
  • 1 3
 Danny hart has also proved himself in the wc!. remember last years wc. Not even a foot dab. GO HART!!! And defend that title! I am also a long time riding and remember petey in Lycra riding for gt. so of course deep down I am also rooting for him, legend! Gwinn is a machine so could still take the win, silly mistake or not Danny still took the win last year with NO mistakes!!!
  • 3 0
 www.pinkbike.com/news/World-Champs-Preview-Leogang-2012.html
Quoting that article :
"Riders to watch: in the men…not Danny Hart; safe to say that unless you’ve been living under a rock, Hart’s shoulder injury and subsequent season ending surgery is old news.........out for the Worlds and out for the season."
  • 2 0
 Gonna be a great race!
  • 2 0
 Tracy Moseley!
  • 2 0
 Go Holly!
  • 1 0
 Finally some rain! If only it was in Quebec!
  • 1 0
 I don't know about Leogang, but rain turned into snow around here (Alpe d'Huez) and some other places in the Alps (including Italy and Austria)
Some pictures here : www.skipass.com/news/79525-il-neige-le-31-aout.html
  • 2 0
 amazing pics!!
  • 1 1
 mmmmmmmmmmmmmuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudddddddddddddddddddddddddddd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 1
 great shots. looks sloopy.
  • 1 1
 Repeat of worlds last year?
  • 1 0
 Not elite men or either juniors categories. Conditions, possibly...this is no Champery, though.
  • 1 0
 who won the championship
  • 2 0
 friendship
  • 1 1
 this is Danny Hart Terrain!!!
  • 1 2
 gotta love rain I suppose
  • 1 1
 it looks a bit wet!
  • 1 2
 this is danny's kinda place...
  • 1 1
 i don't se gwin
  • 2 4
 Looks like Gwin ain´t gonna win!
  • 4 0
 Eventhough I want Sam Hill to get this one, lets not forget Gwin is a methodic calculator SOB......A silent killer . I'll be pinned on my chair watching all the sick runs this Sunday. Best luck to all !
  • 2 2
 What makes you say that? He was on time to beat Danny last year but a silly mistake on the bridge...
  • 1 0
 gwin trains in silt, so when it gets muddy, he shines thru, because hes used to sliding and the lack of traction
  • 3 0
 He wasn't on time to win.. He was almost two seconds back. Not saying he couldn't have made it up though. But Gwin has shown his ability to ride in the rain..
  • 1 0
 i rate Minnaar a better wet weather rider than Gwin, if it keeps pissing down i think Gwin is going to be slightly off the pace, he'll podium for sure
  • 1 0
 Remember he was only 2 seconds down on Danny at Champery when he crashed. And Danny was miles ahead of everyone else. I'd say he can ride in the rain!
  • 1 0
 ^^ seems to crash in the wet ones then? that makes two world champs in the wet and both with bike offs, although his (Gwin's) first ever podium in 2010 was in the wet at Leogang if i'm not mistaken, stand to be corrected
  • 1 0
 Um in what way was world champs at Leogang wet? It was sunny and the track was tacky. No mud on riders to speak of... Most guys on minons/other dry tyres..

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