Leogang Course Walk and Pits - UCI World Championships 2012

Aug 29, 2012
by Colin Meagher  

Not a man to be taken lightly... Claudio Calouri the Scott 11 team manager runs the team has a trail building company and competes in the Redbull Crashed Iced competitions. Oh and when he s down to only two riders representing his team and the sponsors at World Champs he goes to the Swiss Nationals races places high enough to make the Swiss Team selection and pins on a number. Hell yeah
  Not a man to be taken lightly... Claudio Calouri, the Scott 11 team manager, runs the team, has a trail building company, and competes in the Redbull Crashed Iced competitions. Oh, and when he's down to only two riders representing his team (and the sponsors) at World Champs, he goes to the Swiss Nationals, races, places high enough to make the Swiss Team selection, and pins on a number. Hell yeah!

Whistler May have a Top of the World Trail but this is the top of the world for Downhill racing this week the start shack at Leogang.
  Whistler may have a "Top of the World" Trail, but this is the top of the world for Downhill racing this week: the start shack at Leogang.

Motley Crew on the track L-R George Brannigan Brook Macdonald Kyle Sangers Luke Strobel Steve Smith hiding in front of Strobel and Mitch Delfs.
  Motley Crew on the track (L-R): George Brannigan, Steve Smith, Kyle Sangers, Luke Strobel, Brook Macdonald (hiding in front of Strobel), and Mitch Delfs.

Ah bike park berms. Not sure why Steve Smith looks concerned here--he s got an helluva track record of late on bike park courses.
  Ah, bike park berms. Not sure why Steve Smith looks concerned here - he's got a helluva track record as of late on bike park courses.

The berms in the opening section of the track have been groomed out for the World Champs but that dirt s moist and has a lot of clay to it. If--no when--it rains here tthe bomb holes that are going to develop in those berms are going to resemble a WWII gunnery range. And then it s onto the sketchy rubber mats lining a right hander and straight away onto the--depending on whom you talk to-- surprisingly grippy white astroturf seen above or the white astroturf of death also seen above.
  The berms in the opening section of the track have been groomed out for the World Champs; but that dirt's moist and has a lot of clay to it. If - no, when - it rains here, the bomb holes that are going to develop in those berms are going to resemble a WWII gunnery range. And then it's onto the sketchy rubber mats lining a right hander and straight away onto the - depending on whom you talk to - 'surprisingly grippy' white astroturf seen above, or the 'white astroturf of death', also seen above.

Manon Carpenter heading down the steep rollover into the first woods. Yeah it is as steep as it looks but it s pretty straightforward.
  Manon Carpenter heading down the steep rollover into the first woods. Yeah, it is as steep as it looks, but it's pretty straightforward.

A profile view of the boys walking the roll-over into the woods.
  A profile view of the boys walking the roll-over into the woods.

There were a lot of fresh looking stumps alongside the track opening it up and as some racers claimed dumbing it down. Byrn Atkinson noted that the more open terrain allows riders better lines of sight in a few zones which allows them to push it harder. From there it starts to become even more of a mental game as racers holding down a time that can podium are also holding up a speed that guarantees that a crash will be felt for a long long time.
  There were a lot of fresh looking stumps alongside the track, opening it up and, as some racers claimed, dumbing it down. Bryn Atkinson noted that the more open terrain allows riders better lines of sight in a few zones, which allows them to push it harder. From there it starts to become even more of a mental game as racers holding down a time that can podium are also holding up a speed that guarantees that a crash will be felt for a long, long time.

More trackside pruning. More than one shooter was bummed out as the corner the crew is clogging up in this shot beautifully last year.
  More trackside pruning. More than one shooter was bummed out as the corner the crew is clogging up in this shot, shot beautifully last year.

The wooden senders. 45 foot gaps to the table tops and you can add on another ten to clear to tranny. Nasty...
  The wooden senders. 45 foot gaps to the table tops, and you can add on another ten to clear to tranny. Nasty...

After the modified tables it was back onto the motorway the right hand side trail that runs through the frame--the other is a bike park trail . Sure it s a bit of a mental resting zone here but it s a pure redline otherwise racers will be spinting faster than a cop for free donuts in this section of the track. The winner will be the rider best able to carry their speed along this and the upper straight. If you are unwilling to literally pedal til you puke in this section you ll go home with nothing more than a clapped out bike and a dirty jersey.
  After the modified tables, it was back onto the "motorway" (the right hand side trail that runs through the frame - the other is a bike park trail). Sure it's a bit of a mental resting zone here, but it's a pure redline otherwise: racers will be spinting faster than a cop for free donuts in this section of the track. The winner will be the rider best able to carry their speed along this and the upper straight. If you are unwilling to literally pedal til you puke in this section, you'll go home with nothing more than a clapped out bike and a dirty jersey.

I kept reading in yesterday s comments that the roots had all been taken out Yeah... not so much.
  I kept reading in yesterday's comments that the roots had all been taken out? Yeah... not so much.

The drop into the finishing chicane that snakes through the middle of the 4X track. From here it s a couple corners and a couple tables and then glory.
  The drop into the finishing chicane that snakes through the middle of the 4X track. From here it's a couple corners and a couple tables and then glory.

The re-vamped 4X track... There are multiple lines on the second straight. The chicken line and the big boy line in the 4X track. My grandmother could roll the chicken line on a K-Mart Special. The big boy line Not so much...
  The re-vamped 4X track... There are multiple lines on the second straight. The chicken line, and the big boy line in the 4X track. My grandmother could roll the chicken line on a K-Mart Special. The big boy line? Not so much...

Extra incentive to take the big boy line the edge is on the right hand side of the screen the exit to the chicken line has a few small rocks in the middle.
  Extra incentive to take the big boy line (the edge is on the right hand side of the screen); the exit to the chicken line has a few small rocks in the middle.

The big boy line above pales in comparison to the BIG BOY on the track a 52 foot gap jump before the corner leading into the finish.
  The big boy line above pales in comparison to the BIG BOY on the track: a 52 foot gap jump before the corner leading into the finish.

 It is better than marching in the mountains or digging latrines -a comment made by one of the Austrian military personnel aiding track construction.
  "It is better than marching in the mountains or digging latrines" -a comment made by one of the Austrian military personnel aiding track construction.

Only one man on track gets this decal on his Fox 40 Aaron Gwin.
  Only one man on track gets this decal on his Fox 40: Aaron Gwin.

Monkdawg Certified. Only one bike on this track gets this decal.
  Monkdawg Certified. Only one bike on this track gets this decal.

Len from Devicni putting the first touches to Nick Beer s World Championship Devinci Wilson. No she s not carbon only Steve Smith is rocking that kind of bling on the Devinci squad. But she s damn sexy none the less.
  Len from Devinci putting the first touches to Nick Beer's World Championship Devinci Wilson. No, she's not carbon; only Steve Smith is rocking that kind of bling on the Devinci squad. But she's damn sexy none the less.





65 Comments

  • 54 0
 Beer's Devinci looks so fresh
  • 5 3
 Pure sex. I wish I was Swiss so I could have those colours too!
  • 11 3
 only swiss people can have a red and white bike?
  • 8 0
 I think it says "Switzerland" on the top tube, and it has a Swiss flag on the swingarm. As such, I wouldn't get one myself. I mean, I love Switzerland and its people, but I am not one, so I wouldn't get that on my bike. Unless they gave it to me on a really good discount.

However, it does say "Beer" on it, which could cancel out the unwanted (by me, probably not a Swiss) Swiss bit.
  • 8 1
 Can't pinkbike just do a article on the world bikes?? They are like my favourite bit of worlds!!! Can't wait to see peatys bike!
  • 6 0
 Peaty's is looking boss instagram.com/p/O8shc4mZY8
  • 5 1
 when i first saw the picture of peaty on my iphone earlier while scrolling through something not really paying attention, i thought he was a french rider at first, got confused for a second. then realized that it was peaty... i'm retarded.
  • 9 0
 Caluori is a legend - 2007 Champery World Cup (on the course that he built), he broke his left index finger (front brake finger) in practice. Strapped it up, braked using his middle finger on the most ridiculously steep WC track ever raced, and placed top 20 on a track that a lot of top world cup riders couldn't even get down without crashing.
  • 1 0
 thats claudio? aha... well I gotta say, I didn't know it was HIM that made that track... ja, its not so easy, let me tell you.... you honestly have to be pinned with big balls the whole way to be able to make the steeps and turns... that was Danny's theory last year in the wet and it worked apparently. friggin tough track.
Hop Schwiiz!

Hop Stevie!!
  • 9 0
 world champs are soo cool, especially with the country colour schemed bikes like nick beers they look so cool Smile
  • 3 0
 My money has to be on the one and only Sam Hill. He has been coming all year, after having the 2 bad seasons with injury. If he keeps it rubber side down, I think he has a fair chance. Good luck to all the guys any way, I am sure they are all gonna pin it and give us all a great race to watch
  • 1 0
 He didn't keep it rubber down during Crankworx this year.
  • 1 1
 hey when stevie wins a world cup....then talk...
  • 1 0
 Man why so hostel, I was just stating a fact at what I had seen during Crankworx, just said Sam Hill fell off his bike. Also I never said Stevie was going to win(but I do hope he does well).
  • 2 0
 seanstdenis, don't worry, ImILL is just a bit nervous... its almost like the stanley cup finals, game seven nervous.... people say things, but those are just reactions. but its true, Sammy was hung over like nuts and well.... there you go.
  • 2 0
 taking nothing away from Stevie, he had a great crankworx and has had a pretty awesome season but I just got a feeling about this. If this track stays dry and dusty then it has Sam written all over it. That is the type of stuff he rides on all the time here in WA, but if it does rain you know his crazy moto style one foot out and sidways will just dominate the field. If Sam doesnt win though I would like to Steve win or Brosnan.
  • 1 0
 Really it's anybodies race. There are so many fast racers. Everyone has their strenghts and weaknesses. I just hope everyone makes it down in one peace so we can all watch some fast times, not just a lucky win.
  • 1 0
 Im not hating on stevie....next year is going to be his year....hes kinda like atherton in the 09 season always in the 6-4th place finish range but no wins then G exploded in 2010...stevie is gonna fly in 2013....
  • 6 0
 super stoked to see this race happen!
  • 5 0
 If it`s dry, it will be Gwin ftw. If it rains, it will be AWESOME !
  • 7 7
 I agree but l want to see Aaron win no matter whatSmile
  • 2 1
 I'm probably going to get quite a few neg props for this comment, but I'm really confused and so I may as well ask as I won't find out otherwise... What's the difference between the World cup rounds and this World Championships race? I've been following the world cup rounds all year like normal but I don't understand where this race has come from? I know Danny won at the world championships last year but what's the difference between this and the world cup? I'm asking as I don't understand, so please don't have a go at me or argue or anything..as there's no point.
  • 2 1
 oh dude. google.
  • 2 0
 World cup is team events, world champs is one race, riding for your country.
  • 1 0
 Ohh right, I understand now! Thanks for explaining, much appreciated Smile
  • 3 0
 is it just me or does the middle guy in the 4th pic look like he's floating?
  • 2 0
 THe track looks so hellish, i remember it from last yr as a long pounding and who has the fit level to hold up. Nice to see Kyle Sangers and Steve repin' Canada
  • 2 0
 you never really notice how steep these races are untill you see pictures from a side view, its amazing what they can ride
  • 3 0
 gopro's dont give any credit for how steep hills are O.O
  • 3 0
 why does Aaron Gwin have "Holmes"?
  • 6 0
 Ever heard of John Holmes? A Californian best known for his exceptionally large dick. "The longest, thickest and hardest in the porn industry" during the 70's and 80's (no homo, Wikipedia). To ride Gwin's stiff-as-hell-mine-as-well-be-no suspension requires one have similar traits to that of Mr. Holmes.
  • 1 0
 its his middle name... Aaron Holmes Gwin,,,no BS
  • 1 0
 He is a mtb cholo
  • 2 0
 It would be cool to ba able to see group photos of complete national squads.
  • 6 0
 That would be like herding cats...
  • 1 0
 ^^^ahaha
  • 1 0
 Trick them with a keg,like all team members of national team X COME get some delicious beer and snap away.
  • 2 0
 Only a true Canadian would rock the handelbars and rolled up denims. Go Stevie.
  • 2 0
 Faircloth has his name also on the 40, brendawg.
  • 2 0
 nice shorts stevie u looks like a guy i know in chilliwack lol
  • 1 0
 He could complete the Canadian tuxedo with a nice denim jacket lol!
  • 1 0
 3rd pic: smith and bulldogs names should be swapped.
  • 6 0
 Yeah, made a mistake when typing captions. My bad, I have notified the PB Wizard of Posting; likely the PB programming gnomes will likely edit that.
  • 8 0
 Programming gnomes have made the edit.
  • 1 0
 so how do you even 'take roots out'???
  • 1 0
 Ummm, axe or pulaski....
  • 9 0
 Buy them a drink , nice food ...
  • 1 0
 i love my hometrack! i love to be a local!
  • 1 0
 can you ride it?
  • 1 0
 of course! but not the 4x. the 2 jumps are gnarly as hell!
  • 1 0
 it all looks sooooooo fun
  • 1 0
 aint no body dope as nick beer he rides so fresh n so clean! lol
  • 1 0
 Manon Carpenter ... nice....
  • 1 0
 Good. Luck. Stevie.
  • 1 0
 Stevie has got this!!!
  • 1 2
 steve will don't ride his wilson carbon????? wtf
  • 2 0
 yes he will «only Steve Smith is rocking that kind of bling on the Devinci squad.»
  • 1 0
 Read the Caption..
  • 1 2
 Blue guy in the 4th picture looks like floating jajaja
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