Contrasting Fortunes: Vallnord DH World Cup 2017 - Finals Photo Epic

Jul 2, 2017
by Ross Bell  




Breathless. Perhaps the best way to describe the rollercoaster of racing that unfolded on the steep Andorran slopes this afternoon. A real classic that built to a mighty crescendo and saw two former winners return to past glory and clinch a well overdue return to the top step, chapeau Myriam and Troy.

The day began with the hills around Vallnord looking like they were losing a battle to hold the rain at bay with many of the jagged peaks engulfed in battleship grey, it held off for the most part although I’m sure the final few men sitting in the start gate would have been fearing the worst. Again. Once more Finn Iles and Matt Walker found themselves sat alongside each other in the time sheets but a 5 second margin is shear domination on Iles’ behalf who is really setting out his stall for his move upto elites next year, the top dogs better watch out as a new force will soon getting in the mix, along with Walker.

With Rachel Atherton finding herself further down the times after qualifying many people would have expected her to rocket back up the pile but it wasn’t to be, still a 4th place after coming back so quickly from a dislocated shoulder is highly commendable. The two biggest shocks of the weekend came in the shape of Marine Cabirou and Eleonora Farina who laid down two scorching runs to end up in 3rd and 5th respectively. The La Massana track takes no prisoners as Tracey Hannah found out to her peril; the women are really having to lay it on the line this year with the racing so close. That left Myriam Nicole to carve her way to a very popular victory at the home of Commencal, making that 4 different winners in the first 4 races.

The men’s race took over from where the women had left off. Tension, drama, and super tight racing. Many fell victim to the arduous terrain when they had gone green. Pierron, Brannigan, Fearon, Moir, all hero to zero in a matter of seconds. After a quick dose of carnage the racing really kicked off with Danny Hart lighting the timing screens ablaze in green, holding impossible lines and making the wildest shapes, Hart had found his feet in the 2017 season. Greg Minnaar then set about displacing him with a cunning run, the wise head of Minnaar finding a line towards the bottom no one else could have mustered up. With the rain increasing all the time it looked like he’d done the business. Could Troy really do it? He’d qualified fastest so many times only to be pipped at the post… We should never have doubted. A gripping run kept everyone guessing until the last seconds, the stopwatch never lies and with one last final flurry of green the finish line erupted.

Finn Iles waiting patiently for his turn to drop into the length La Massana track.
Finn Iles waiting patiently for his turn to drop into the La Massana track.

Matt Walker knew he d have to push every section harder than ever before to take down Iles this morning.
Matt Walker knew he'd have to push every section harder than ever before to take down Iles this morning.

Kade Edwards is truly finding his feet now another podium for Trek s junior who will now have to set his sights even higher.
Kade Edwards is truly finding his feet now, another podium for Trek's junior who will now have to set his sights even higher.

Max Hartenstern back in the game for team Germany and Cube Global Squad with a fifth place finish.
Max Hartenstern back in the game for team Germany and the Cube Global Squad with a fifth place finish.

Matt Walker had a stonking run and gave it his all but found himself nearly 5 back on Iles.
Matt Walker had a strong run and gave it his all but found himself nearly 5 back on Iles.

Finn Iles steering from the rear on his final practice run before laying down a commanding final time.
Finn Iles steering from the rear on his final practice run before laying down a commanding final time.

Iles making molehills out of mountains once again.
Iles making molehills out of mountains once again.

What else can we say about Finn Iles that hasn t been said already He will be a cat amongst the pigeons next year.
What else can we say about Finn Iles that hasn't been said already? He looks set to be a cat amongst the pigeons next year.

Junior bosses Iles Walker and Edwards.
Junior bosses: Iles, Walker and Edwards.

Megan James. Remember the name - the girl smashing the junior field has a great mentor in Tracy Moseley and is one to watch for the future.
Megan James. Remember the name - the girl smashing the junior field has a great mentor in Tracy Moseley and is one to watch for the future.

Tracey Hannah calm and collected going through the pre-practice motions.
Tracey Hannah calm and collected, going through the pre-practice motions.

4th place for the fastest woman on earth 8.6 seconds back nursing her shoulder injury down the steeps.
4th place for the fastest woman on earth, 8.6 seconds back, nursing her shoulder injury down the steeps.

Tahnee Seagrave flying down to the line for second place.
Tahnee Seagrave flying down to the line for second place.

Tahnee Seagrave made great use of this morning s practice session to find her missing seconds.
Tahnee Seagrave made great use of this morning's practice session to find her missing seconds.

A good turn around for Tahnee today after a sluggish qualifying she ll be satisfied with 2nd.
A good turn around for Tahnee today after a sluggish qualifying, she'll be satisfied with 2nd.

It happens its racing. Tracey Hannah will have to regroup and go again in Lenzerheide.
It happens, it's racing. Tracey Hannah will have to regroup and go again in Lenzerheide.

Manon Carpenter was pipped to the podium by a mere 2 tenths she ll have looked for more from this weekend.
Manon Carpenter was pipped to the podium by a mere 2 tenths, she'll have looked for more from this weekend.

Marine Cabirou compressing and nearly popping out of the berm before the final field section on route to her career best finish finish of 3rd.
Marine Cabirou compressing and nearly popping out of the berm before the final field section on route to her career best finish finish of 3rd.

What a weekend for Marine Cabirou who backed up her sublime qualifying with an even better 3rd in finals. Ride of the weekend
What a weekend for Cabirou who backed up her sublime qualifying with an even better 3rd in finals. Ride of the weekend?

Two surprise new podium finishers this weekend 5th place went to Italy s Eleonora Farina.
Two surprise new podium finishers this weekend, 5th place went to Italy's Eleonora Farina.

Healing vibes to Morgane Charre who took a nightmare tumble just short of the line.
Healing vibes to Morgane Charre who took a nightmare tumble just short of the line.

Myriam Nicole sprints along the pedally top section in the golden morning light before a lengthy wait until her race run later that afternoon.
Myriam Nicole sprints along the pedally top section in the golden morning light before a lengthy wait until her race run later that afternoon.

When you leave it all on the hill and get the repayment for your efforts.
When you leave it all on the hill and get the repayment for your efforts.

Hannah takes the plunge down one of so many gnarly chutes that make up the Andorran course.
Hannah takes the plunge down one of so many gnarly chutes that make up the Andorran course.

The battle scars on Tracey Hannah s kit say all you need to know she leaves Vallnord with a slender 5 point advantage over Myriam Nicole.
The battle scars on Tracey Hannah's kit say all you need to know, she leaves Vallnord with a slender 5 point advantage over Myriam Nicole.

Two juxtaposing emotions.
Two juxtaposing emotions.


bigquotesI knew that was possible compared to other tracks but I didn’t think about the result before racing but I’m super stoked now and still don’t really believe it! 2011 in Val di Sole was my last and only win so far, 6 years ago. It feels amazing. I still don’t believe it. It’s amazing, especially here in Andorra with Commencal Vallnord, all the sponsors - it couldn’t be any better! It's just five points in the overall now but I will just do my best and take it race by race. After the hard winter I had with school, the season started a bit too early for me, this winter was so hard so I’m really pleased with that because the start of the season wasn’t the best for me. I wasn’t ready and now I can.Myriam Nicole

Vallnord elite womens snow dome.
Vallnord elite women's snow dome.

4 from 4 in the women s category. Its been a while since we ve had such great and wideopen racing.
4 from 4 in the women's category. Its been a while since we've had such great and wideopen racing.

The intense focus of Loic Bruni. Back on the bike and with a fine 4th place finish he ll look to start rebuilding his momentum as he searches for that top step once more.
The intense focus of Loic Bruni. Back on the bike and with a fine 4th place finish, he'll look to start rebuilding his momentum as he searches for that top step once more.

Alex Fayolle and Vallnord are a great combination the round 1 winner finished u 11th and moved back inside the top 10 in the overall.
Alex Fayolle and Vallnord are a great combination, the round 1 winner finished in 11th and moved back inside the top 10 in the overall.

Connor Fearon had some serious game here in Andorra but came unexpectaedly unstuck with just a couple of turns to go.
Connor Fearon had some serious game here in Andorra but came unexpectedly unstuck with just a couple of turns to go.

Aaron Gwin will be fired up to claw back lost ground in the overall next time out in Lenzerheide.
Aaron Gwin will be fired up to claw back lost ground in the overall next time out in Lenzerheide.

With such small margins separating the riders you ve got to be sure to shave as close as you dare to any imposing trail side feature. Sik Mik matching his number board with a 14th place finish.
With such small margins separating the riders you've got to be sure to shave as close as you dare to any imposing trail side feature. Sik Mik matching his number board with a 14th place finish.

Vallnord
After a quiet start to the day, the Andorran crowds started to build towards the sea of fans we have become accustomed to at every WC round.

It s terrfiying to think that a rider with the skills of Sam Blenkinsop has to push so hard for 12th... Still that should at least get his plate down to size for Switzerland.
It's terrfiying to think that a rider with the skills of Sam Blenkinsop has to push so hard for 12th... Still that should at least get his plate down to size for Switzerland.

Brendan s no sissy on the steeps but couldn t quite tame this beast settling outside the top 20 for the weekend.
Brendan's no sissy on the steeps, but couldn't quite tame this beast, settling outside the top 20 for the weekend.

Eliot Jackson took a horrible fall getting cross-rutted just entering the last field section but was thankfully able to roll down the finish.
Eliot Jackson took a horrible fall getting cross-rutted entering the last field section, but was thankfully able to roll down the finish.

Anyone who saw the way Gaetan Vige rode the steep woods here last year as a junior would have picked him for a top result here again.... 10th place is a huge milestone in first year elite.
Anyone who saw the way Gaetan Vige rode the steep woods here last year to take the junior win would have picked him for a top result again here.... 10th place is a huge milestone in first year elite.

Gaetan Vige has had little to show for his effort so for at SCOTT. He got of the board today in style with 10th at a track he won on in juniors.
Vige has had little to show for his efforts so for at Scott, but that all turned around with this banger run.

Brendan Fairclough brought some time back towards the bottom but it wasn t enough and seen him outside the top 20.
Brendan Fairclough brought some time back towards the bottom but it wasn't enough and seen him outside the top 20.

Mark Wallace s time took some beating and more than a few crashed trying...
Mark Wallace's time took some beating and more than a few crashed trying...

The Spaniard on a Saracen Alex Marin had some big support so close to home here in Andorra and it spurred him onto a personal best 8th place.
The Spaniard on a Saracen, Alex Marin, had some big support so close to home here in Andorra and it spurred him onto a personal best 8th place.

Alex Marin showed us his raw pace towards the end of last year and its great to see him matching that with new team Saracen.
Alex Marin showed us his raw pace towards the end of last year and its great to see him matching that with new team Saracen.

Phil Atwil on the ride of his life keeping it rubber side down all the way into the top ten.
Phil Atwil on the ride of his life, keeping it rubber side down all the way into the top ten.

George Brannigan could have pulled something special here after 6th and 9th at the first splits.
George Brannigan could have pulled something special here after 6th and 9th at the first splits.

So many riders had the pace for a big result George Brannigan included. He went down like so many others still he ll be buoyed by the pace he showed.
So many riders had the pace for a big result, Brannigan included. He went down like so many others, still he'll be buoyed by the pace he showed.

Moir was set for a solid top ten but would take one of the gnarlier spills of the afternoon thankfully finishing his run and salvaging enough points to hold on to 5th in the overall.
Moir was set for a solid top ten, but would take one of the gnarlier spills of the afternoon, thankfully finishing his run and salvaging enough points to hold on to 5th in the overall.

Sik Mik loves hella steep n dry courses like this but came in 11.6 seconds shy of the top step this time for 14th.
Sik Mik loves hella steep 'n' dry courses like this, but came in 11.6 seconds shy of the top step this time for 14th.

2.5 seconds back for Gwin on a track so steep it seemed tough for him to really shine and attack with the venom he usually brings to finals.
2.5 seconds back for Gwin on a track so steep it seemed tough for him to really shine and attack with the venom he usually brings to finals.

Not the wonder run of World Champs 2015 for Loic Bruni but a banger none the less...
Not the wonder run of World Champs 2015 for Loic Bruni, but a banger none the less...

An insane run on the edge all the way this afternoon out of the Redcar Rocket himself
An insane run, on the edge all the way this afternoon out of the Redcar Rocket himself

Back in the hot seat and back on the box.
Back in the hot seat and back on the box.

Nervous moments in the hot seat. Loic Bruni and Danny Hart s runs couldn t have been more polar opposite in terms of riding style but they found themselves stuck together on the results sheet.
Nervous moments in the hot seat. Loic Bruni and Danny Hart's runs couldn't have been more polar opposite in terms of riding style but they found themselves stuck together on the results sheet.

Loris Vergier fully pitted hitting the G-out berm down to the line.
Loris Vergier fully pitted hitting the G-out berm down to the line.

Vergier just missed the podium by a spot but interestingly was still nearly 4 seconds behind the pack.
Vergier just missed the podium by a spot, but interestingly was still nearly 4 seconds behind the pack.

The number one so nearly came out on top once again but was denied by 0.2 of a second.
The number one so nearly came out on top once again, but was denied by 0.2 of a second.

It looked like Greg Minnaar had it in the bag and judging by his reaction he thought so too.
It looked like Greg Minnaar had it in the bag, and judging by his reaction he thought so too.

Troy Brosnan had been in this position before last year in Andorra only for the rain to ruini his chances. It almost looked liked a repeat might be on the cards but at the end of the day the fastest man on the hill one.
Troy Brosnan had been in this position before last year in Andorra only for the rain to ruin his chances. It almost looked liked a repeat might be on the cards but at the end of the day the fastest man on the hill one.

Minnaar picking his favourite fans out of the crowd waiting for Troy to take his swing.
Minnaar picking his favourite fans out of the crowd waiting for Troy to take his swing.

After qualifying in pole position the rain salted Brosnan s game here last season well not this time.
After qualifying in pole position the rain salted Brosnan's game here last season, well not this time.

Toe to toe racing the whole way down but ultimately Troy Brosnan edged it by a whole two tenths...
Toe to toe racing the whole way down but ultimately Troy Brosnan edged it by a whole two tenths...

Troy Brosnan about to be swarmed by media and fans.
Troy Brosnan about to be swarmed by media and fans.

bigquotesIt's amazing, who thought it would have been since 2014. It's been a long time but I’ve been working my ass off trying to get there, having a new team meant it would be hard to even get up to speed so to get up to speed and get the win here is crazy. I love this track and love this place, dude I’m beyond stoked. I was thinking maybe I’ve got some upper knowledge from last year when it was raining, it rained pretty hard for Greg and I at the top but it wasn’t enough to damage the track. I was contemplating whether to go roll offs or just nothing, thought I’d risk it and go with nothing. It worked out!Troy Brosnan


Flower power Brosnan Minnaar and Hart.
Flower power; Brosnan, Minnaar and Hart.

Back in the mix pope super Bruni.
Back in the mix, pope super Bruni.

Sharing is caring for the World s fastest here in La Massana.
Sharing is caring for the world's fastest here in La Massana.

Greg Minnaar will have been annoyed at missing out on the top step by so little but its not all bad. He extended his lead in the overall and is heading to Lenzerheide next weekend where he won 2 years ago.
Greg Minnaar will have been annoyed at missing out on the top step by so little but it's not all bad. He extended his lead in the overall and now heads to Lenzerheide next weekend where he won 2 years ago.

Zut alors How it stings.
Zut alors! How it stings.

0.22 takes it.
0.22 takes it.




MENTIONS: @natedh9 / @rossbellphoto




100 Comments

  • + 145
 Some say Minnaar can remove his helmet 10 more times and his hair will stay the same.
  • + 29
 Some say, that he wears South African underwear whilst quoting chuck Norris in the mirror!! All we know is, he's called the GOAT
  • + 29
 It reminds me of the scene in Top Gun where Iceman takes his helmet off to reveal perfectly salon coiffed hair!
  • + 4
 And we call him the G.O.A.T
  • + 4
 @adirint: he could be the mountain biking stig. White pajama suit and a fullface/goggles with good ventilation and mirrored lens. Jeremy will ask the audience standing on their feet if they'd like to see the stig take a lap in the bike under scrutiny. We will all say "yeah!" according to my subtitles. Whatever surprisingly mild music Minnaar is listening to in his earbuds while destroying terrain will be played for us, as well. Everytime his rear tire breaks loose, Jeremy will make note of it.
  • + 6
 @Ron-C: New MTB tv program Top Shift with claudio,rob warner and brad tippie
  • + 3
 @adirint: That would be AMAZING! ( Tippie's first name is 'Brett' not 'Brad' by the way Smile )
  • + 11
 I'd love to see the "star on a reasonably priced bike followed by Claudio". Would make for a much more exciting course previews
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns: yeah a £100 'full suspension' Shockwave from Tesco mmmm mmm
  • + 1
 @ItsOnlyJayke: I like it even more that he was called "Brad"
  • + 2
 @gonecoastal: Perhaps we're all getting it wrong, and his name is actually Bread Tippie.
  • + 2
 @ItsOnlyJayke: Tippie Breed
  • + 2
 My bad Sorry for that wrong name of brett tippie. My bad english since english is not my first or even second language
  • + 2
 @adirint: It's all good man. I figured from the flag English isn't your native language.

@ItsOnlyJayke Yes!
  • + 2
 @adirint: the language of love is my first language. English is my second. Thankfully for me, my wife is also fluent in both.
  • + 1
 @jaame: same here:

- Ich liebe dich mein Schneewittchen!
- Vous étiez censé sortir les poubelles...
- Aber es ist spät, lass uns Liebe machen!
- Je ne suis pas dans l'ambiance pour cela! Les ordures sont partout et ça sent une ferme porcine...
- Du brichst mir das Herz...
- Et vous avez brisé les toilettes, vous mangez trop de saucisse
- Vielleicht, wenn Sie Wurst öfter gegessen haben, könnte diese Beziehung funktionieren!!!
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns
Bodor na lucu euy edan lah didinya
  • + 121
 That's my favourite thing about Troy. He's always so bloody happy. Always happy with what ever result he gets and always happy for everyone else who does well. He's a guy who seems to truly appreciate how good life riding bikes is and is just having a ball doing it. Legend
  • + 27
 Just a really good dude
  • + 16
 @jaame: agreed! Met him in person, what a great guy! As nice to talk to as to watch him ride. He has kind of kangaroo style, always sending it from one thing to go over another
  • + 9
 Totally agree. Hard not to cheer for a guy like that.
  • + 13
 Troy has become one of my favorite riders and people because he has never complained about something and look jealous against other riders and podiums. Even if he fails, he is happy and stays positive. He is over his ego and this is only brings him positives and he looks a great great guy.
Also he has grown as a person and as well as physical body and looks much more stronger- may be Fabien Barrel does have some influence over his confidence and improving focus.

He totally deserved that WIN and i wish him the best this season.
Loic also looks much more relaxed and happy and careless about but more getting fun.

I love the riding style difference between all of them Including Danny`s wicked run at the limit, Loic`s smooth and looking lazy run and Greg`s competence level.
  • + 6
 That photo of him hitting the final berm shows how damn committed he is. Every time.
  • + 57
 Not taking anything away from Loic Bruni's riding skills to ride so fast and stay so smooth, but that Ohlins suspension is looking insanely dialled to track so well over that terrain, nothing else looked close.
  • + 8
 Agreed. I don't know if I'm just mesmerized by the gold stantions but the damping appeared smooth.
  • + 8
 Yup. His run was BUTTER.
  • + 7
 after watching dannys run it looked like loic was riding a gravel path. incredibly talented and smooth rider on what looks to be the most dialed suspension on the circuit - hes going to be a force once he gets his strength back from injury
  • + 2
 That's what came to my mind. Looked different.
  • + 1
 totally agree. combination of rider and bike of course, but it did look well dialled.
  • + 1
 Dialed like butter.
  • + 29
 Fuck yeah Brosnan. Long time coming. So stoked for him. Was on the absolute edge of my seat last night watching live!
  • + 25
 I try to watch all the races with my 3.5yo daughter and even she thought this was an awesome round. She was petrified during Hart's run.
  • + 2
 I was watching with a couple of friends, who don't know shit about DH, and they understood Hart should have crashed at least 3 times. That run was WILD. ...and then GOAT comes, cruises down the hill at walk-in-the-park pace and is 2 seconds up. Mind blown.
  • + 21
 Bicycles are fun!
  • + 5
 Yeah bikes rule cars drool
  • - 1
 Arguing about wheel sizes online is more fun
  • - 2
 @pargolf8: bikes rule, cars....clearly you don't drive a WRX. Cars can be pretty fun too.
  • + 2
 @tetonlarry: how dare you. Brother buys an overly expensive bicycle to compensate for lack of money for an average sportscar and you throw it right in his face
  • + 10
 damn those ohlins gold stanchions are way too fresh .... kashima looks like poopoo now. sorry
  • + 1
 Sadly they remind me way too much of the Marzocchi's 'Racing Gold' coating i.e. Kashima knock off's they used to use on their lower end forks. Titanium Nitride those suckers like proper Ohlins moto forks, then I'll hand over the blank cheque!
  • + 1
 @NickB01: but it did make an appearance. Puts the company on the map
  • + 1
 @NickB01: The tubes and shafts on MX and Moto forks and shocks are steel. The disposition temperature for TiN is above the temps alumium can handle (and even alters the temper on hardened steel, softening it by about 1-3 Rc points). You can't TiN Aluminum. You can anodize it (what most are doing, and what that gold was), perform other PVD coatings such as boron, impregnated like kashima, and you can DLC it, which has a lower friction CoEff than TiN anyway. performance wise, DLC using cathodic arc vs sputtering is the way to go. But it's black/prismatic and everyone wants, er... *needs* gold.
  • + 1
 @atrokz: isn't DLC insanely expensive, like almost at the price of Fox 40 RC2 Factory?
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Nope. It's not too bad, if doing more than one part. There are different types and not all are the same. Some are more for asthetics (high end watches and cheap knives etc) and some are better and multilayer used on Camshafts, Aluminum stamping dies, high end knives, medical stuff
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: can see some examples in my photo albums. This using cathodic arc disposition. I think RS tested it back in the day but it flaked, leading me to know that their process was prob sputter and their surface wasn't prepped properly and the recipe wasn't dialed. I've seen this myself from a company that was fine tuning their recipe, once dialed it was fine, never came off. For suspension I'd do two layer, base of NiB (Nickle Boron) and then DLC. As NiB will be softer than DLC, harder than Alu substrate (aproxx 70HRc), then DLC over which will prevent it coming off and perform better due to NiB providing a better substrate for adhesion. This is only like .0004"-.005" thick for both layers (can increase NiB thickness). NiB alone would be fine too, as it's naturally lubricious and very high performing, often used for BCG on AR rifles for tens of thousands of cycles in a very hot and abrasive application. But it's grey and PB riders *need* gold....
  • + 1
 @atrokz: RS has quality issues with bushings that led a big player in Car/moto suspension player to tell a RS sponsored team to "get a better fork provider" before they ask for a custom cartridge again. Guys were simply unable to get consistent results on dyno after data acquisition. So A: DLC won't help RS since their QC can't deal with bushing fitting/tolerances with stanchions as well as Fox/BOS, and B: I'm glad that they went for cheaper and more reliable option. I can't blame my Lyrik for much though. Other than I miss my 36 VAN RC2.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: correct. I won't get into it, but I have it on good sources that your information is correct and their tolerance are all over the place. They seem to take a PPM model of quality due to the volume they produce. Some people have great experiences and others have total duds from the get go. The glyde ring tollerance issues in the posts was a big tell, as were the internal pistons scraping the insides of certain shocks till they wore out (and a certain aftermarket mfg making replacement parts to fix the issue). This kind of quality worked back in the open bath days, not today.
  • + 1
 @atrokz: I wonder what are those tolerances on Öhlins since they use second party to manufacture chassis. And that party is rumored to be Suntour. From what some knowledgeably sounding folks said on PB, X-Fusion didn't release Revel yet, because they haven't managed to get the factory to deliver tolerances.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: The casting tolerance is one thing, but the machining on that casting is where it all really matters for the smaller tolerance requirments. A good design will take into account this and give meat to machine areas that matter and ensure casting not machined is away from assembly internals inside. It's mainly the machining tolerances that were issues on RS. Their castings themselves aren't too bad.

Interesting on Ohlins and yea, apparently Suntour.
  • + 1
 @atrokz: Huh, that's some crazy in depth level of understanding, interesting stuff! I'm not sure how, but you can apply TiN to a DH fork in some capacity, Marzocchi did it a few years ago but found it didn't last very long:

ep1.pinkbike.org/p5pb7697634/p5pb7697634.jpg

I also think a Nickel coating with a slightly more gold tint would look badass on Ohlins. But as Fox also found it didn't last long enough - and subsequently went to the much more hard wearing Kashima afterwards.

www.sicklines.com/gallery/data/829/fox_shox_interbike_2008.jpg

As a random aside, who wouln't want Kashima scissors?! KASHIMA ALL THE THINGS!!!

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  • + 1
 @NickB01: I believe RS was the only company to try actual TiN with a different disposition temps on the old boxxers for one season and it was basically a temporary coating and didnt last a season. The ones to the public flaked off iirc. Not sure what marz did but I think it was hard ano. I can check
  • + 8
 Both Danny Hart and Conor Fearon had me on the edge of my seat. Both of those guys were riding completely on the edge. It's a shame Conor couldn't keep the rubber side down the whole way.
  • + 4
 Insane raceday. Greg admitted he lost it in the last 2 off-camber grass turns in the bottom yet giving lots of credit to his team for making his bike run so well... Man, Hart's suspension looked brutally stiff by the way!
  • + 6
 That is an impressive group of riders on the elite men's podium. Quite the age range too.
  • + 4
 You guys had a brilliant day behind the cameras!!! No better way to capture such an amazing race!
  • + 1
 Awesome race! Heart in mouth when Moir went down - he was lucky keep riding after that! Greg was understandably upset by his last 2 corners but i though he could have at least acknowledged Troys brilliant ride - i guess we only get to see a few moments of interview with him...
  • + 4
 Awesome race! Wondering if the podium can hold this 5 heavyweights..
  • + 3
 I dare someone to find a picture of Troy Brosnan on a podium where you cant see all of his teeth during his smile
  • + 3
 I thought lycra was banned? The kits are looking awfully tight these days...
Sick race! Great coverage! Amazing images!
  • + 1
 6th last image: the hottie with the yellow jacket. Yum!
Great racing btw Wink
Hart's run was insane, and fully agreed with Loic's run: there was something especially smooth about it.
  • + 8
 bruh she looks about 15
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 ... oh well, your call I guess if you like middle age guys with bit of a gut. Wink
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 That F-wit warner couldn't have sounded less happy about Troy winning - what an absolute f-wit
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 When and almost crash run by Danny Hart can't beaten the smoothy run the 29er GOAT but In the end little bunny TROY win the game... the best race ever top 6 riders nailed it to the maximum
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 GOAT was always smooth, no matter the wheel size. Saw him ride in person in the sketchiest part of Val Di Sole track, he never fights with bike or with terrain, he's ridiculously smooth.
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 Yeah absolutely agree with that, he looks slow buat fast at the time Mr. Consistency i think
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 First and last time we see mud-brown TLD trousers?
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 Haha I thought they looked pretty cool
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 Sorry, but far uglier and old fashioned Gwins Alpinestar kit...
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 *Fox trousers. As with Gwin's kit this is the age of experimentation, no colour is off the cards. If in doubt, throw them all on!
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 Mud brown had been done many times over. Lots of time... mustard yellow was involved
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 hopefully the last - yuck
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 Very wide open season on WC DH on both the men and women side. I do hope the smaller wheels win the overall, though. ;-)
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 Are all these race photos? Pretty sure Blenkinsop had gloves on for his run and jack Moir had a different jersey for his run.
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 There is a mix of shots from race runs and morning practice
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 yeah, the lack of dirt on Jack Moir's back?
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 In the junior podium photo it looks like Finn's legs are back-to-front. Kinda' creepy to look at actually...
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 like Richie chain-sawing Eddie's legs off then stitching them back on - twice. This will only mean anything if you're older than about 30
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 would have been good to hear Minaar acknowledge Troys run, I am sure he had mistakes to.
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 Nice, race. This is so good for downhill. Looking forward for the next round. And Minnaar for overall winner this year.
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 Sooo stoked for Brosnan!
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 What a race, just wishing the first couple of races took off like this event!
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 What a awesome race, loving this season!
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 Loving this years racing... Everyone is on it!
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 Why is Gwin's fork black? I thought that all the guys sponsored by FOX got orange.
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 Seem to remember it being only the series leader or world champs winner getting an orange fork... Something like that. Looked pretty dodgy on Rachel's turquoise Trek last year.
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 Wild race! Also, Canyon needs to get on some sublimated jerseys!
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 Proper race! Stoked for Brosnan, well deserved.
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 Yeah Smiler!
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 Its good to see a mix on the top spot!
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 What a race. What a track,and the coverage was pretty fine at last.
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 and still available live on the Bike channel in the UK. Get in!
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 Does that say weaselusty on the back of Troys top? Churrrr
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 we are lusty...Lusty is an aussie importer/wholesale outfit, they bring in TLD
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 @wolfboy: the fellas at Lusty need to send em a few more iron on names Troy's is about fallen off
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 Best podium of the year
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 great race!!! but I just want Rachel Atherton to reclaim that target placed on her..it just make the sport progress and have more women/girls racing!!!!
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