Curtain Call: Finals Photo Epic - Val Di Sole DH World Cup 2017

Aug 26, 2017
by Nathan Hughes  



One more song! One more song! Unfortunately, that's right about the end of it folks; the 2017 World Cup season has met its end and Aaron Gwin and Myriam Nicole just dropped their mics and smashed their guitars to pieces. It was physical, it was freakishly fast, and if the Val di Sole track wasn't so goddam gnarly you could call it beautiful. If you're still thirsty for more, don't worry, there will be an encore on the other side of the world in two weeks; the final hurrah will come in the form of the 'all or nothing' World Champs race and what a spectacle it shall be. Set your alarms and be ready.

While Nicole might have claimed the series overall, defeating number one qualifier, Tracey Hannah, and last year's champ, Rachel Atherton, on the day it was Tahnee Seagrave who took a convincing win in the dust, making it 2 times in a row on the top step. In the junior races, Melanie Chappaz silenced the threat from Paula Zibasa, while Finn Iles schooled his rival kids one last time before he steps up to the big leagues. The men's race well and truly lived up to the significant hype as Aaron Gwin, Greg Minnaar and Troy Brosnan all went in for the kill and plenty of others got absolutely silly with it. How did it all go down in the end...? You don't know? Wow, guess you don't have Instagram. Let's dive right into the fun and get you up to speed...



Warning Contains spoilers...
Warning, contains spoilers... The way the day and the season ended; stars and stripes on top for the 5th time in 10 years.

Religion.
Always the scene of the most epic DH battles: Val di Sole, Trentino, Italy, produced the goods and the level just went up another notch.

The calm before...
The calm before...

... the stump. no riders were seriously harmed in the making of this photo
... the stump. (no riders were seriously harmed in the making of this photo)

Tracey seemed relaxed as she headed up for morning practice smashing out three runs.
Tracey seemed relaxed as she headed up for morning practice, smashing out three runs.

If Myriam had pre-race nerves this morning you wouldn t have known it laughing with the team and even singing autographs as she rolled out the pits.
If Myriam had pre-race nerves this morning you wouldn't have known it, laughing with the team and even signing autographs as she rolled out the pits.

Matt Walker couldn t win the war this season but this one battle was still up for grabs...
Matt Walker couldn't win the war this season, but this one battle was still up for grabs...

2 seconds back from the win for Matt Walker but with a time that would see him comfortably inside the top 20 in elites...
Two seconds back from the win for Walker but with a time that would see him comfortably inside the top 20 in elites...

Melanie Chappaz sealing off her title winning season in style with another win.
Melanie Chappaz signing off her title-winning season in style with another win.

Sylvain Cougoureux took 3rd on the day but the result was still good enough to end the year in 2nd.
Sylvain Cougoureux took 3rd on the day, but the result was still good enough to end the year in 2nd.

Lativian shredder Paula Zibasa has rained on the junior womens parade before but today she had to settle for second best.
Lativian shredder, Paula Zibasa, has rained on the junior women's parade before, but today she had to settle for second best.

Finn Iles proved he is ready to make the jump to Elite s next season putting down a blistering run that would have been good enough for 10th in the men s race.
Finn Iles proved he is ready to make the jump to the elite division next season, putting down a blistering run that would have been good enough for 10th in the men's race.

Melanie Chappaz and Paulo Zibasa atop the Junior Women s podium. Unfortunately 3rd place rider Megan James was unable to attend do to injury.
Melanie Chappaz and Paulo Zibasa atop the junior women's podium. Unfortunately, 3rd place rider Megan James was unable to attend due to injury.

Finn Iles takes home the Junior Men s title for the second straight year followed by Sylvain Cougoureux and Matt Walker.
Finn Iles takes home the junior men's title for the second straight year, followed by Sylvain Cougoureux and Matt Walker.

Tracey Hannah struggled wth confidence today after a big crash. She would finish 3rd in the race and the overall.
Tracey Hannah struggled with confidence today after a big crash, but would finish 3rd in both the race and the overall.

Tracey Hannah took a huge slam in morning practice and for a while thought her collar bone was broken. A little tape and a whole lot of determination later she would battle on to take 3rd.
Initially Tracey thought her collarbone was broken, however a little tape and a whole lot of determination later, she would battle on for her spot on the podium.

Le congratulazioni a Eleonora Farina - top performing Italian of the weekend and a podium to boot.
Le congratulazioni a Eleonora Farina - top performing Italian of the weekend and a podium to boot.

Farina the people s champ.
Farina, the people's champ.

Emile Siebenthaler had a bit of an off day but still left Val di Sole with the 5th place tophy in the championship.
Emile Siegenthaler had a bit of an off-day, but still left Val di Sole with the 5th place trophy in the championship.

Rachel Atherton rolls out of the start gate for the final WC race of the season.
Rachel Atherton rolls out of the start gate for the final WC race of the season.

Rachel Atherton must surely be glad to have the season over with. Just World Champs to go and she can begin to focus on getting healthy again.
Atherton must surely be glad to have this season over with. Just World Champs to go and she can begin to focus on getting healthy again.

Pompon s goal before this season was simply to finish the year she s done that and then some
Pom Pon's goal before this season was simply to finish the year, she's done that and then some!

Myriam Nicole may have felt the nerves a bit today but she dod what needed to be done and is the 2017 World Cup Champion.
Nicole may have felt the nerves a bit today, but she did what needed to be done and is the 2017 World Cup Champion.

Tahnee Seagrave looked visibly faster and smoother than the competition in practice this morning.
Up at all the splits, Tahnee Seagrave looked visibly faster and smoother than the competition.

Tahnee makes it two in a row.
Tahnee makes it two in a row.

Tahnee wins the race and congratulates Pom Pon on her victory in the World Cup overall.
Tahnee wins the race and congratulates Pom Pon on her victory in the World Cup overall.

Women s podium.
Women's podium.

Myriam couldn t afford to relax today with Hannah laying down the gauntlet in qualifying but it would be Seagrave who d finish as her nearest challenger in the end.
Myriam couldn't afford to relax today with Hannah laying down the gauntlet in qualifying, but it would be Seagrave who'd finish as her nearest challenger in the end.

bigquotesIt's crazy, it still hasn't sunk in at all.... Unreal. As I said before, the goal was only to finish the season after three years of having my World Cup seasons cut short by injury. Now I've come back and won so I'm really stoked! I think you have to be clever; sometimes I wanted to push myself too hard, and some sections or jumps I didn't feel right doing them and I think that was the right choice. I still have some weakness to work on and I'm stoked I have another winter to work on that. After my crash yesterday I had some pressure as I know you can come off the bike here so easily. It wasn't a run for the win for sure, but I made it, and all the way down I was like 'calm down, be careful, watch out'... And at the end it isn't the perfect run, but just what I needed to do!Myriam Nicole

Tahnee Seagrave sprays it for the three-peat.
Tahnee celebrates two in a row.

The top 5 women of the 2017 World Cup series.
The top 5 women of the 2017 World Cup series.

It s a family affair at FMD racing and Tont Seagrave has a lot to be proud of after the season his daughter has had this year.
It's a family affair at FMD racing, and Tony Seagrave has a lot to be proud of to say the least...

Deep dry loam... axle-deep in places.
Deep, dry loam... axle-deep in places.

The World Champs silver medalist set one hell of pace on track this afternoon and finished 15th still on the way back to full strength after his shoulder injury.
The 2016 World Champs bronze medalist set one hell of pace on track this afternoon and finished 15th, still on the way back to full strength after his shoulder injury.

Not Brendan s weekend he struggled to dial into the Val di Sole track and found himself back in the pack.
Not Brendan's weekend, he struggled to dial into the Val di Sole track and found himself back in the pack.

Charlie Harrison shortly before dropping into another top 20.
Charlie Harrison shortly before dropping into the finale of his second elite season and another top 20.

Dakotah Norton back up his stellar qualifying with a great ride to 14th.
Dakotah Norton back up his stellar qualifying with a great ride to 14th.

Greg Williamson has had an up and down season but finished strongly with his best result of the year in 12th.
Greg Williamson has had an up and down season but finished strongly with his best result of the year in 12th.

10th is never a bad score but Moir would lose out big time slipping of the box for the overall. 7th in the series is still a hell of a year for the tallest Aussie in the game.
10th is never a bad score, but Moir would lose out big time, slipping of the box for the overall. 7th in the series is still a hell of a year for the tallest Aussie in the game.

What could have been for Dean Lucas still he ll be buoyed by his riding of late as he heads home for World Champs.
What could have been for Dean Lucas, still he'll be buoyed by his riding of late as he heads home for World Champs.

When the Black Snake attacks it isn t pretty.
When the Black Snake attacks it isn't pretty.

One of the surprises of the season has been the UK s Charlie Hatton who ended up in 11th today surely he ll be on a few teams shopping lists now.
One of the surprises of the season has been the UK's Charlie Hatton who ended up in 11th today, surely he'll be on a few team's shopping lists now.

Hatton putting the icing on a brilliant inaugural year in elites.
Hatton putting the icing on a brilliant inaugural year in elites.

Adam Brayton limbering up for what would end up being a top 10 worthy run.
Adam Brayton limbering up for what would prove to be an incredible return to form at the end of the season.

Adam Brayton won the long jump and in turn landed himself inside the top 10.
Brayton certainly won the long jump on his way down to the hotseat.

Old Adam Brayton is the new Adam Brayton. Gas to Flat back in the top 10.
Old Adam Brayton is the new Adam Brayton. Gas to Flat, back in the top 10.

Luca Shaw embarrassing his Syndicate team mates today with a lowly 8th place. Shameful really...
Luca Shaw quietly getting down to business in the dust and hitting 8th.

Want to work in the mountain bike media Are you sure you re mature enough MTB News set the bar...
Want to work in the mountain bike media? Sure, but are you mature enough? MTB News set the bar...

Thankfully the rain held off until podiums meaning a fair and square race for all.
Thankfully, the rain held off until podiums meaning a fair and square race for all.

Foot out flat out and on a lose and aggressive run Amaury Pierron took home his best WC result ever with a 2nd place.
Foot out flat out and on a loose and aggressive run, Amaury Pierron had the ride of his life.

What a ride from Amaury Pierron to storm to second place.
What a day for Amaury Pierron, storming to a surprise second place.

Mark Wallace pleasing the crowds on the way to 7th securing 8th in the overall.
Mark Wallace pleasing the crowds on the way to 7th, securing 8th in the overall.

Laurie Greenland has always done well here in Val di Sole and would finish 4 seconds back and just one spot off the podium.
Laurie Greenland has always done well here in Val di Sole and would finish 4 seconds back and just one spot off the podium.

Laurie Greenland laid down another storming run in Val di Sole but it wasn t enough for a podium this time out.
Greenland laid down another storming run in Val di Sole, but it wasn't enough for a podium this time out.

Pierre starts to get nervous with Minnaar and Gwin still to come.
Pierron starts to get nervous with Minnaar and Gwin still to come.

Danny Hart was going for it today but a crash in the woods put an ends to his hopes of victory.
Danny Hart was going for it today, but a crash in the woods put an end to his hopes of victory.

2017 Val Di Sole was nothing like 2016 Val Di Sole. Just ask Danny Hart.
2017 Val Di Sole was nothing like 2016 Val Di Sole. Just ask Danny Hart.

With five riders to go the thunderstorms started to move in and everyone got ver very nervous.
With five riders to go the thunderstorms started to move in and everyone got very very nervous.

Loris Vergier finally kept it together in a final run and landed on the podium in 5th. With that result he also managed to sneak into the top 5 in overall season standings.
Loris Vergier finally kept it together in a final run and landed on the podium in 5th. With that result he also managed to sneak into the top 5 in overall season standings.

2nd at split one Brosnan slowed down to 5th by the finish but it was enough to get him one up on Minnaar to take 2nd overall.
2nd at split one, Brosnan slowed down to 5th by the finish, but it was enough to get him one up on Minnaar to take 2nd overall.

Bruni certainly hasn t had luck on his side this year but after missing the race in Leogang he ll be happy to salvage a top 5 overall.
Bruni certainly hasn't had luck on his side this year, but after missing the race in Leogang he'll be happy to salvage a top 5 overall.

Greg Minnaar was looking like the man to beat in practice but Val di Sole can be a cruel cruel place.
Greg Minnaar was looking like the man to beat in practice, but Val di Sole can be a cruel cruel place.

That s one bad day at the office for the number 1.
That's one bad day at the office for the number 1.

Hard to believe it s the lesser of the two mechanical issues experienced by the GOAT this week...
Hard to believe it's the lesser of the two mechanical issues experienced by the GOAT this week.

Minnaar checks over his shoulder for the last man on the hill.
Minnaar checks over his shoulder for the last man on the hill.

A bitter pill to swalllow Minnaar was riding with determination and passion all weekend.
A bitter pill to swalllow, Minnaar was riding with determination and passion all weekend.

It was always going to be win or bust today. Just how close would Minnaar and Gwin have been
It was always going to be win or bust today. Just how close would Minnaar and Gwin have been?

Aaron Gwin once again left his mark on Val di Sole
Yes indeed, Aaron Gwin once again left his mark on Val di Sole.

There was a fine line to tread when pushing here but Gwin as usual calculated it to perfection.
There was a fine line to tread when pushing here but Gwin as usual calculated it to perfection.

Aaron Gwin dropping in and shutting down the 2017 season in one fell swoop.
Aaron Gwin dropping in and shutting down the 2017 season in one fell swoop.

A seasons worth of work culminating in one final charge down the hill for glory.
A season's worth of work culminating in one final charge down the hill for glory.

Fierce competitors and true gentlemen. Greg Minnaar congratulates Aaron Gwin at the finish line.
Fierce competitors, and true gentlemen. Greg Minnaar congratulates Aaron Gwin at the finish line.

Owning it Aaron Gwin.
Owning it; Aaron Gwin.

Aaron Gwin is your 2017 UCI World Cup Champion.
Gwin is your 2017 UCI World Cup Champion.

Pierron struggling to catch up with his accomplishments returning to the podium for only the second time in his career.
Pierron struggling to catch up with his accomplishments, returning to the podium for only the second time in his career.

What an intense season of racing with both overalls coming down to the very last runs.
What an intense season of racing with both overalls coming down to the very last runs.

Ready aim fire...
Ready, aim, fire...

With three Frenchmen on the podium today the champagne toast got a bit out of hand.
With three Frenchmen on the podium today, the champagne toast got a bit out of hand.

It was a hard fought season and Gwin who d have bet on this after Lenzerheide
It was a hard fought season and Gwin, who'd have bet on this after Lenzerheide?


bigquotesIt was all big highs and big lows this year; it was a wild season that was nothing like I'd ever raced before. But I'm happy to be here now, I just wanted to get into this race with a shot of winning and after Mont Sainte Anne that worked out. I knew either one of us could win and I felt like I had the speed to do it, but it's tough to make it happen on the day, especially on a track this challenging. I really fought my set-up and riding all weekend and finally this morning I started to feel pretty good. I had an okay race run, but it wasn't great, I was a little bit nervous coming into the finish to be honest. I didn't know if it would be enough, I made a few pretty big mistakes in the middle.... I don't know, I was just trying to push, I got to the bottom and looked at the time. A crazy feeling. I didn't really know how to celebrate; it's been such a build up the last few weeks that I just wanted to take in the moment and enjoy it with my team and the fans."Aaron Gwin


What a day for these three flying Frenchmen to be alongside each other on the podium.
An incredible afternoon for these three flying Frenchmen to be alongside each other on the podium.

Good game good game. No hard feelings. Until World Champs.
Good game, good game. No hard feelings. Until World Champs.

An American an Australian a South African and a pair of Frenchmen. A truly international podium for the fastest men on the World Cup circuit.
An American, an Australian, a South African, and a pair of Frenchmen. A truly international podium for the fastest men on the World Cup circuit.

What a season and what a day for Aaron Gwin.
What a season, and what a day for Aaron Gwin as he took the win and his fifth overall World Cup DH title.



90 Comments

  • + 142
 The best DH season after 2013's Stevie Smith run! Suspense to the final. Love Minnar doing the unthinkable at age 35 and battling it out, signing autographs after a hard crash but man... GWIN just won me over this season building drama for this season coming back, that wet win at MSA and here at Val Di Sole he held nothing back and smashed the field to prove he deserved it! Fan for life!
  • + 33
 I agree on everything, Minnaar has proved to be a great sportsman.A greeting.
  • + 54
 I would have loved to see Pierron taking his first ever world cup win. A first time win is always nice to see. However, Gwin is a very nice character, humble and hard working so, good on him.
I remember seeing Gwin in Whsitler and an 8ish year old kid asking him to sign his shirt. Gwin looked at the parents like "should I sign his tee-shirt ?looks brand new" the kid was so stocked that the parents were like "no worries, that's fine." Gwin eventually took his goggles off, signed them and gave them to this kid. The kid is probably still standing at the bottom of the bike park filled with surprise, joy and thankfulness.
  • + 15
 Agreed, Steve Smith's 2013 season was just amazing. Being form So Cal, of course I am always stoked for Aaron Gwin. I have met him a few times and he is a great person. Still, that run that Steve Smith down MSA to beat Gee Atherton that did his run in dry conditions, well for me that was my favorite run ever.
  • + 15
 @flippantride: Steve Smith's race win at MSA was the most dramatic ever for me and one of the most exciting seasons I can remember. Aaron's MSA race run this year might be my favorite run ever though. Danny Hart's first win at World Champs was insane. Sam Hill's 3rd place finish in the rain and his crashed run in Val Di Sole in 2008 are high on the list, Peaty's World champs win but Gwin's MSA mud run was the most amazing controlled crash of a run I can remember. #longlivechainsaw
  • + 13
 Totally agree, and the humility and respect Minnaar and Gwin have shown one another throughout is awesome. That is missing in every main stream sport and frankly, in our society more and more, but man they way they handled all of this season is a model for every competitor participating in this awesome sport!
  • - 7
flag Narro2 (Aug 27, 2017 at 8:03) (Below Threshold)
 Mayweather was obviusly going to win, they were boxing... If they fought on the octagon the story would've been different.
  • + 0
 Aaron Gwin is Spiderman
  • + 52
 EX471 > M90
  • + 75
 tire>no tire
  • + 7
 M83 We own the sky
  • + 48
 Big thanks to all the hard-working pb photographers who capture the sport and these athletes so vividly.
  • + 35
 Danny hart needs to take a lesson from minaar or gwin on showing good sportsmanship, just riding out the gate and not congratulating the riders not even shaking his team members hand laurie greenland shows 0 respect to me
  • + 11
 Yeah i saw that too, Very low of Hart to behave like that. Makes brighter the sportsmanship of the GOAT and Gwin.
  • + 8
 This has become standard procedure for Danny, and as a result, I believe has gathered a disliking from his fellow competitors.
  • + 6
 @mtnbykr05: cant really say im a fan anymore
  • + 2
 @mtnbykr05: I can understand if he's mad at himself for the fall and the run. But if it's a consistent thing, not good.
  • + 33
 Troy is always the bridesmaid
  • + 9
 He just needs to catch the bouquet.
  • + 22
 Can't decide whether I'm stoked on Gwin winning or sad about Minaar's flat...
  • + 43
 Why not both?
  • + 6
 You have to be happy, Aaron Gwin has proved to be the best !! He also had bad luck in Lourdes and Lenzerheide. I personally think he won almost everything in Mont Sainte-Anne. A greeting.
  • + 17
 No photos of Warner giving Claudio that massage then? Maybe they're on another website. . .
  • + 3
 "Warner Bros Massage Studios" - video wasn't approved to be shown here
  • + 2
 @metaam ? more detail?
  • + 5
 @ccolagio: During the intro to the Men's DH race Claudio thanked Rob for giving him a massage, Rob replied 'You won't be getting another one, that was supposed to be between us'. Haha.
  • + 17
 I'm still trying to figure out Who's A greeting
  • + 4
 A greeting, for sure?
  • + 4
 I googled it...a polite word or sign of welcome or recognition.
  • + 16
 Epic, just epic. Feel sorry for Greg. Racing can be cruel. Stoked for Gwin and Pom Pom.
  • + 1
 It's cruel, it's right, it's like that, the same exactly in Lourdes and in Lenzerheide, do not forget, DQ and tire. A greeting.
  • + 16
 In the past 7 years, Gwin has won the overall 71% of the time.
  • + 41
 71%of the time, he wins every time.
  • + 2
 Holy shit! That's truly crazy. What a beast!!
  • - 2
 @hamncheez: why just look at the last 7 years? Normally this statistic is done of the career of the athlete, no?
  • + 2
 @MrEtnie:I think Gwin's only been racing about 7 years...
  • + 7
 So bittersweet. Hated for it to end like that for Minaar, but was definitely rooting for Gwin. I hope he finally gets the rainbow jersey in two weeks time. Really sad that DH season is about to wrap up again. Seems like we just got started!
  • + 12
 Gwin is a monster!!!
  • + 10
 Greenland fast enough to stop and switch helmets somewhere on course!!
  • + 4
 Busted! Good catch, must have just needed an extra photo.
  • + 20
 @wda1wustl: these photos are a mix of the one hour practice session that is held prior to the race as well as final runs. Otherwise these photo epics would only have 3 or 4 angles, and lots would be missed.
  • + 3
 @davetrumpore: I thought as much - after all, I couldn't see Bruni doing a race run with all his telemetry equipment still attached! Wink Great photos, I love these race (and pre-race) reports and photo epics.
  • + 6
 @davetrumpore: Greenland jokes aside, PB event photo coverage is top drawer. Kudos to those that brave the elements, hangovers and debris to bring us the goods!
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: Your work is amazing. It truly capture all the tension and emotion of this day. Keep it going down under...!
  • + 5
 What a great season for both the Men and Women!
So stoked to see Gwin battle back from the poor start of the season. True professional.
Bummed for Minnaar to go out on a mechanical, would have been fun to see him make a full run.
Love to watch two of the classiest guys battle each other.

Can someone breakdown what was hanging out of Minnaar's tire? Rubber insert plus a foam insert? Is this the new system from Enve?
  • + 1
 Yeah, that was also what I was wondering. It indeed looked like a thick rubber insert with another quite stiff rim-like-thing. Maybe something that serves as rim tape, but then stiff?
  • + 4
 I'm not a big Minnaar fan but I was hoping he could take the overall at his age and after some incredible riding this year. Congrats to Gwin and everyone else for throwing down and for giving us a great season. I hope Sam Hill will race a few rounds next year.
  • + 6
 Another year that the Spesh guys must be thinking..."Oh shit!...maybe we should have..." (insert sarcastic comment as appropriate! haha)
  • + 6
 Shame with Minars, mechanical... Would love to have seen the result if a trouble free run... But thats Dh racing I guess.
  • + 4
 Congrats for Aaron Gwin and he's absolutely mentally,technically and physically a man from other planet such a good creature, love this sport more!! #respect
  • + 5
 How was Myriam "singing autographs"? Would she, like, sing her name AT a person?
  • + 6
 Was looking for somebody to comment on this :-)
  • + 3
 Well, that's what the fan requested, so...
  • - 1
 Myriam is hot!!!
  • - 25
flag ibilodeau (Aug 27, 2017 at 7:03) (Below Threshold)
 @lucky13p0: she ugly
  • + 4
 Did anyone else notice Dakota Norton riding a session 9.9 when he's supposedly sponsered by morpheus?
  • + 2
 surprise surprise the morpheus exploded. that has literally NEVER happened before
  • + 1
 @fsbteamrider99: Haha I wouldn't know I've barely ever seen one
  • + 5
 This season was a bomb, can't wait until the next one Smile
  • + 5
 Some season
  • + 3
 Amazing pictures, huge thanks to all of the PB photographers who deliver this amazing content each race.
  • + 4
 Gwin is a beast of a man
  • + 1
 I really have to feel for my Friend GM >>> but they said it what a season !! this happens in DH ,well done to GWIN
now I cant wait for WORLDS !!,
  • + 4
 A greeting
  • + 1
 That international podium is missing a Brit...unusual to not have a British man in the top 5 overall
  • + 1
 I guess it's tough when 3 of 5 spots seem to be on lockdown for Brosnan, Minnaar and Gwin
  • + 3
 Amazing photos!
  • + 2
 Misspelled Latvian under Paulas photo
  • + 1
 And misspelling Paulas name under the podium photo! Pinkbike really must do some more proofreading.
  • + 2
 Well done YT and Gwin, who'd have guessed it ?!!
  • + 1
 What is attached to Bruni's fork?
  • + 1
 some accelerometer thing used for data acquisition from suspension work, I think. A shot from practice probably, as I would not imagine him racing with it. who knows though.
  • + 1
 Can someone explain me what the World champs in Cairns is? thanks
  • + 4
 All the national teams go up against each other for 1 rider to get the right to wear rainbow stripes next season.
  • + 1
 It sure has been a wild season! Is it 2018 yet?!!?
  • + 1
 good job guys ! thank you Nathan , Dave and Ross . You hart it good !
  • + 2
 Congrats Aaron Gwin!
  • + 1
 Let see some video highlights damn it
  • + 2
 Gw1n # 1 ????✌️
  • - 2
 gwin showed the same as ratboy did, f** big size wheels.

every one riding 27 and ratboy win with 26

now every one riding 29 and gwin took it with 27 Big Grin
  • + 4
 Almost no one but Minnaar and Moir was still on 29 by this race, and those guys are tall as hell.
  • + 3
 @Rubberelli: Are you sure ... Amaury Pierron (2nd Men), Matt Walker (2nd Junior), Luca Shaw (8th Men), WILLIAMSON Greg (12th Men)
  • + 1
 @AlexS1: They were all on 29? My mistake. There were five pros then? What were there at the beginning of the season, a dozen or so?
  • + 1
 @Rubberelli: Cheers mate, it's just something that I happened to notice. Yeah, a few others from teams like Commencal, Mondraker and Bergamont abandoned the wheel size. It's not for everyone, you are right.
  • + 3
 @AlexS1: even Loris Vergier abandoned it by Val di Sole. I thought Luca had awhile back, but maybe not. I think you will mostly see the 6'4"+ crowd riding them next season. After Trek announced theirs to be for sale, I dont recall any others, but I can certainly see Intense doing it as well.
  • + 1
 edit, wrong post...
  • + 0
 Please, no more photos like that of Pompon......can't handle it
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