Finals - Cairns DH World Cup 2

Apr 27, 2014
by Nathan Hughes  


THROUGH THE LENS



It's a biased thing what we do as photographers and journalists, even at a bicycle race. 'The camera never lies' is probably one of the most accepted heinous lies out there. Besides any optical illusion, Photoshop cheat or random technical glitches, the perspective we provide is not always close to the reality. As DH photographers we use our individual taste and talent to seek out the most aesthetic surrounds, ragged lines and relevant riders from the angle that best suits a computer-sized rectangle. Then only shots that have some impact telling a certain story are selected. While a World Cup may often be better or worse in the flesh, only being there first hand could ever provide your own personally accurate truth... And only at your own point in place and time on the mountain. In the clichéd words of T.Rice:

bigquotesYou know it's funny what's happening to us. Our lives have become digital, our friends now virtual...and everything you could ever want to know is just a click away. Experiencing the world through second hand information isn't enough: If we want authenticity we have to initiate it - The Art of Flight.

But of course that's not always possible and that's the reason we've been sliding around in the filth, doing this job on the other side of the planet. If we can give someone at work or in bed a thousand miles away a rush of excitement by looking down our lens, then our work is done. Our shots were not the whole race. The live feed was definitely not the whole race. But we hope Cairns WC raised some hairs at some point because it was a hell of a time out in the jungle.


Going Pro
  Going Pro. How many videos of how much carnage were made today? In all Cairns World Cup was quite a spectacle and one that a thousand SD cards will make sure we don't forget any time soon.

 Yo just hit a tree in my run spectators were awesome couldn t thank them enough. The guy who took my bike down was a good man no idea why he hit the whoops but I don t blame him they were sick. I think he s ok though he was in my ambulance on a spine board and was pretty k od but that s all I know I m going to pop down to hospital tomorrow and see how he s doing
  We checked in with Adam Brayton to see how he managed to split his shin open, knee to ankle and how his bike ended up in further danger after the incident in what would become by far the most shared footage from the WC series so far.

bigquotesYo just hit a tree in my run, spectators were awesome couldn't thank them enough. The guy who took my bike down was a good man, no idea why he hit the whoops but I don't blame him they were sick. I think he's ok though, he was in my ambulance on a spine board and was pretty KO-d but that's all I know... I'm going to pop down to the hospital tomorrow and see how he's doing - Adam Brayton


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Photo credit: Adam Bowey

Only in Australia would there be red flag course closure for a snake slithering over the track. Good thing nobody ended up coming face to face with this guy.
  We can say it's been an experience. Only in Australia would there be another red flag course closure for a snake slithering over the track. Good thing the crazy crowds left this guy well alone.

The SRAM pits were given a decent morning surprise from mother nature today. Heavy rain over the night left some of the pits in shambles.
  Little April showers. The SRAM pits were given a decent morning surprise from mother nature today. Further storms overnight left a lot of the pits in a shambles, but thankfully nothing more was to fall for the rest of the race.

Try as they may no team was successful at keeping the mud out of their pits.
  Try as they may no team was successful in stopping the syrupy mud seeping into their workspace.

Leave nothing to chance on race day. Spokes must be tensioned pressures checked and tires ready in case conditions change. It s all about preparation.
  Leave nothing to chance on race day. Spokes must be tensioned. Pressures checked, tires ready in case conditions change. It's all about preparation.

The Muscles From Brussels found some sharp new spectacles that match GT team colors. If a bug flew straight at his eye he might be in trouble though.
  The Muscles From Brussels found some sharp new spectacles that match GT team colors. If a bug flew straight at his eye, he might be in trouble though.


Connor Hamilton made it across the Tasman Sea to battle it out in the jungle. 5th place and a podium for the Kiwi junior.
  Connor Hamilton made it across the Tasman Sea to battle it out in the jungle. 5th place for the Kiwi junior and one worthwhile trip.

Vernon into the cork at pace. Later he got slightly overexcited and unfortunately flew off the course taking himself out of contention in the youngsters.
  Vernon into the cork at pace. Later he got slightly overexcited and unfortunately flew off the course taking himself off the youngsters' podium.

Luca Shaw didn t get the run he was looking for compared to his dominating win last week in Pietermaritzburg and will be training hard over the next month to make sure he can defend his title.
  Luca Shaw didn't get the run he was looking for compared to his dominating win last week in Pietermaritzburg and will be training hard over the next month to make sure he can defend his title.

Let the battle begin in the Junior Division. Loris Vergier came out on top today for the juniors he was nearly six seconds up on Aussie Aiden Varley. Shaw crashed and ended up in tenth place giving Vergier the leaders jersey for now.
  Let the battle begin in the Junior Division. Loris Vergier came out on top today for the juniors, he was nearly six seconds up on Aussie Aiden Varley. Shaw crashed and ended up in tenth place giving Vergier the leaders jersey for now.

Junior Podium
  Loris Vergier, Straya's Aiden Varley and Neil Stewart were the men among boys out there on track today.

Cairns local Tracy Hannah got the run she was looking for to get herself up on the podium rocking her national colors.
  All the Aussies got a deafening reception on track... Cairns locals were especially well received, but it wasn't enough of a boost to take Tracy to the top. Nevertheless, she was stoked to get herself up on the podium rocking her national colors.

Rachel slid out on the first practice run as she was coming to terms with the track. Early in the morning many riders thought the track had gotten worse not better after the rains had stopped.
  Rachel slid out on the first practice run as she was coming to terms with the track. Many riders thought the track early in the morning had gotten worse, not better after the rains had stopped.

Pom Pon destroyed the slippery root-ridden mud section of the track looking confident and in control
  Pom Pon destroyed the slippery, root-ridden mud section of the track, looking confident and in control

Manon Carpenter hanging on to her 1 plate as tight as she can...
  Manon Carpenter hanging on to her #1 plate as tight as she can...

Rachel Atherton recovered from her South African virus and back on her game to take another double Atherton win here in Cairns.
  Rachel Atherton recovered from her South African virus and back on her game to take another double Atherton win here in Cairns.

 Are these cool asks Rach. When you smoke the field by 11 seconds you tell the people what s cool yourself.
  'Are these cool?' asks Rach. When you smoke the field by 11 seconds you tell the people what's cool. Her exceptional career just gets ever-more exceptional.

Women s Podium
  Back to the classic Atherton sandwich formation; Carpenter, Nicole, Ragot and Hannah making the bread.

AUSSIE Dave McMillan battling the now-infamous rock garden that took out most if not all riders at one point this week. Greasy mud slick rocks and come race day hundreds of spectators and their respective decibels made it one of the most difficult and dangerous parts of the track.
  AUSSIE Dave McMillan battling the now-infamous rock garden that took out so many, if not all riders at one point this week. Greasy mud, slick rocks, and come race day, hundreds of the rowdiest spectators and their respective decibels, made it one of the most difficult and dangerous parts of the track. If you didn't already have your line sussed, you weren't going to find a moments peace to plan it out this morning.

Equipment choice of the day flats.
  Equipment choice of the day: flats. MacDonald feels footloose and free on his climb back to the fray and 27th.

Cometh the hour cometh the man. Sam Blenkinsop surveys the scene at the top of the track this morning among the crowds of other hopefuls. He would return to the top of shuttle at the end of the day and wait in the same spot alone. Last. Man. Down.
  Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Sam Blenkinsop surveys the scene at the top of the track this morning among the crowds of other hopefuls. He would return to the top of shuttle at the end of the day and wait in the same spot alone. Last. Man. Down.

With the storm clouds rolling over never going away Danny was a sure favorite. He was onto a good one too 5th in split 1 but mistakes later on left him just outside the top 20.
  With the storm clouds rolling over/never going away all week, Danny was a sure favorite. He was onto a good one too; 5th in split 1, but mistakes later on left him just outside the top 20.

3 s a crowd
  All that home track hype, all those second place finishes... More than a few folk were in favor of a Sik Mik special here in Cairns.

Sick Mick wanted this race more than anyone else here sliding out in the same spot he crashed in yesterday down the alien tree chute.
  Sik Mik wanted this race more than anyone else here, cruelly sliding out in the same spot he crashed in yesterday down the alien tree chute.

The hometown hero with a nation s hopes on his back. Mik gave it his all but unfortunately a crash put him amongst many other big names out of contention
  The hometown hero with a nation's hopes on his back. Mik gave it his all, but sadly the crash put him, amongst many other big names, out of contention

Ratboy putting down the run of his life I m so ready for a win now and honestly looking forward to Fort Bill. I Just want to keep this ball rolling with the wicked speed I ve got this year and a lot more fit from the year before. Toughest race I ve done in a long time unpredictable jungle
  Ratboy soaring like a bird...boy to put down the run of his life.

bigquotes I'm so ready for a win now, and honestly looking forward to Fort Bill. I Just want to keep this ball rolling with the wicked speed I've got this year and a lot more fit from the year before. Toughest race I've done in a long time in the unpredictable jungle Josh Bryceland - Santa Cruz Syndicate


 Hey it s nice up here. Ratboy noticed that being up on the podium has a different feel to it rather than just leaving the finish corral.
  "Hey, it's nice up here." Ratboy noticed that being up on the podium has a different feel to it rather than just leaving the finish corral.

Steve Peat had a bit of an interesting day nearly running over a knocked out fan who crashed on Adam Brayton s bike attempting to ride it down the course after his injury. Getting a red flag and a re run Peaty cleaned a 7th place without having hardly practicing here. Not bad for a 40 year old.
  Steve Peat had a bit of an interesting day nearly running over the knocked out fan who crashed on Adam Brayton's bike. Getting a red flag and a re-run, Peaty cleaned an insane 7th place with a bad back and hardly any practice here. As Warner said, he must have remembered the track from his run in 1996.

Troy Brosnan pinned and hunting for a podium here in Cairns.
  Troy Brosnan pinned and hunting for a podium here in Cairns. He sprinted to the finish like nobody else, incredible power and fitness from someone not so famed for physical power.

Gutierrez low smooth and fast
  Gutierrez, low, smooth, fast and seriously mean on the pedals too.

Australian heckling at it s finest.
  Australian heckling at its finest.

The highest qualifying Aussie put the fear up everyone yesterday with a 7th on this intimidating course but early errors spoiled the broth in his run. At 20 years old he should have more than a few chances ahead of him to put it right.
  The highest qualifying Aussie put the fear up everyone yesterday with a 7th on this intimidating course, but early errors spoiled the broth in his run. At 20 years old he should have more than a few chances ahead of him to put it right.

Loic Bruni was fastest up at split one and could have given Gee a major run for his money if he hadn t crashed out. Along with many others in the field the course took out a number of riders today that could have done a lot better than they did.
  Loic Bruni was fastest up at split one and could have given Gee a major run for his money if he hadn't crashed out. Along with many others in the field, the course took out a number of riders today that could have done a lot better than they did.

You could say Neko Mulally has arrived. He finished 8th in South Africa and followed up that result with a third place finish in Cairns. With a crash. Had he not come off who knows what the outcome would have been. I m really happy with how it went today. I was really pushing it. I had a mistake but the risks I took proved worth it in the end.
  You could say Neko Mulally has arrived. He finished 8th in South Africa and followed up that result with a third place finish in Cairns. With a crash. Had he not come off who knows what the outcome would have been. "I'm really happy with how it went today. I was really pushing it. I had a mistake, but the risks I took proved worth it in the end."

What could have been Neko was fastest through the speed trap and scored his highest world cup result to date third place... with a crash.
  What could have been? Neko scored his highest world cup result to date, third place... with a crash.

The pot roast is near done. Mulally made consistent gains last year finishing the season in the top fifteen. He took eighth place in South Africa. At 8 30 this morning he was cool calm and collected. Focused on his next goal.
  The pot roast is near done. Mulally made consistent gains last year finishing the season in the top fifteen. He took eighth place in South Africa. At 8:30 this morning he was cool, calm and collected. Focused on his next goal.

Gee Atherton was able to hold it together and get the win today. While the only weather we saw was a quick light drizzle and the track dried out considerably it was still a slick mess out there.
  Gee Atherton was able to hold it together and get the win today. While the only weather we saw was a quick light drizzle and the track dried out considerably, it was still a slick mess out there.

Gee Atherton sprinting for gold.
  Gee Atherton sprinting for gold.

Gee passing nervous moments in the hotseat with his incessant and boring fishing stories.
  Gee passing nervous moments in the hotseat with his incessant and boring fishing stories.

snake eyes
  What's more surprising than a fast moving overhead python? Eddy Masters coming down after Gee and before Greg.

Eddy Masters
  Eddy shaved his beard down to racing weight and even added a little ornamentation to it. Unfortunately the lightning bolt oxygen filtration system couldn't help him follow up on his qualifying result.

Eddie Masters shaved his beard down to racing weight and even added a little flare to it. Unfortunately the lightning bolts didn t help him follow up on his qualifying result but he was pleased with how the weekend went and is looking to continue to climb up in the rankings.
  Masters held onto 26th despite his significant fall, which is still about the best result he has landed at a World Cup so far. Unmistakably on the up and taking much away from the experience of being 4th last down the hill

bigquotesEven though I didn't get the result that everyone was begging me for, it's a huge confidence boost for Fort William and I couldn't be more happy with a top 30 result! Hoping me, Casey and Jack with his 11th today can start to put Bergamont on the map outside Europe! Eddy Masters - Bergamont Hayes World Team


Steve Peat greets a dissapointed Greg Minnaar after his run. Minnaar went through the tape costing him a podium spot.
  Steve Peat greets a disappointed and disqualified Greg after his run. Flying through the tape costing him a podium spot and indeed any rank whatsoever.

Aaron Gwin just didn t have what it took to follow up on his win in South Africa. As rainwater evaporated the mud turned into a thick clay that wouldn t clean from tires it was a constant battle to stay upright.
  Aaron Gwin didn't manage to tame the beast on the day and follow up on his win in South Africa. As rainwater evaporated the mud turned to a thick clay that wouldn't clean from tires, it was a constant battle to stay upright.

Eyes on the prize
  The last few agonizing rotations and eyes on the prize.

Gwin looked exceptional all week here and was definitely a little disappointed not to all-out smoke everyone today.
  Gwin looked exceptional all week here and was definitely a little disappointed not to all-out smoke everyone today.

When the chips are down and you put everything on the line some times things just don t come together. Blenki wanted this win and was giving it his all but the track got the best of him.
  When the chips are down and you put everything on the line, some times things just don't come together. Blenky wanted this win, and was giving it his all, but the track got the best of him.

Greg super taco Williamson keeping Gee cool on the hotseat as his victory became all but sealed.
  Greg 'super taco' Williamson keeping Gee cool on the hotseat as his victory became all but sealed.

The final pedal was a lung-bursting flat gravel fire road. Blinky dug deep but had to settle for 6th
  The flat, gravel fire road was absolute hell for the riders to end on and for some reason the best documented section of the course on the live feed... Blenky dug deep but had to settle for 6th.

A stoked Atherton springs off the hotseat as Blenky comes into view and sinks well into the red.
  A stoked Atherton springs off the hotseat as Blenky comes into view and sinks well into the red. After dipping off the podium in South Africa it was hard to call his evidently good form, but today he dominated, crushing the mud soaked field by 4 seconds.

8 seconds off the pace today wasn t Blinky s day
  8 seconds off the pace, after a big stall in the rocks and a few other blips. Today wasn't quite Blinky's day

bigquotes I was stoked about yesterday, I knew if I had a clean run I would end up first... except didn't have a clean run. Today, I just ended up riding too cautious and got a little boggled, bending my derailleur a little bit. In the end though, it's racing. Sixth is still pretty good and I think I'm 4th in the over-all. Pretty stoked for Fort Bill, I've won lot qualifiers, but really hungry for a win Sam Blenkinsop - Lapierre Gravity Republic


 selfies with maddogboris geeatherton ratboy bryce and photobomb by duncanphilpott
  #selfies with maddogboris geeatherton ratboy_bryce and photobomb by duncanphilpott (their Instagram usernames, for those curious).

Flat pedals win medals. Gee made a last-minute decision to ride flats and won the race in borrowed shoes.
  Flat pedals win medals...but not when your shoes still have cleats. Gee made a last-minute decision to ride flats, and won the race in shoes borrowed from the side of the track. Yes you read that correctly.

bigquotesI decided I really need flats so I have a look through my really limited clothes bag and only have these really thin black Vans I use for a night on the town. Tried to do a run coming down in them and they were awful so stopped half way down the course and I was literally calling people out of the crowd checking their foot sizes! Found some dude with the same size feet and some Five Tens on willing to swap shoes with me! Stoked. Gotta go find him now and give them back! Gee Atherton - Atherton Racing


Ratboy Kathy and Hill all head off to the podium staging area.
  Just one more track-walk... Ratboy, Kathy and Hill all head off to the podium staging area to collect metalwork, champagne and flowers.

 I d felt a bit sick all day the humidity got to me a bit... I just did my best once I was on track had a couple of close calls and stalled in a few turns near the bottom... tried to pedal as best I could on the finish straight which seemed like it was never gonna end
  Sam Hill loving his spot on the box in his home country. His team mate Joe Smith also had a great ride, rolling home in 13th.

bigquotesI'd felt a bit sick all day, the humidity got to me a bit I reckon... I just did my best once I was on track, had a couple of close calls and stalled in a few turns near the bottom... tried to pedal as best I could on the finish straight which seemed like it was never gonna end. Thanks to all the Aussie fans for cheerin! Sam Hill - CRC


Putting his helmet down in top spot must have brought a welcome surge of familiarity for Gee from early last season when he looked so unstoppable.
  Putting his helmet down in top spot must have brought a welcome surge of familiarity for Gee... Memories of early last season when he was so unstoppable.

Dogs can look up and Gee Atherton can smile. Take a look at that grin beaming here like the sun never did.
  You see that? Dogs can look up and Gee Atherton can smile. Take a look at that grin beaming here like the sun never did.

bigquotesIt was a wild weekend. Really difficult to learn the course in the conditions. We worked hard with the team, got the bike set up great and the shoes were the icing on the cake really haha! Gee Atherton - Atherton Racing


UCI Mountain Bike Podium Cairns
  Big cash monies for the drinks in Cairns tonight for the formidable blend of Atherton, Bryceland, Mulally, Gwin and Hill

Gwin overall leader

bigquotesThat track's real hard; it's a big roll of the dice if you're gonna get a good run! It took me a couple of years to get comfortable on this stuff and that's one thing I'm definitely taking away from this weekend is I've never felt that good in the mud. A couple of years ago a track like this would have scared the life out of me and I would have crashed ten times haha. It's a World Cup you know, you never know what you're gonna get so you gotta be able to ride everything. I feel I'm still improving I guess - Aaron Gwin - Specialized Racing


Aaron Gwin still holding the over all title for now but can he keep it for the entire season
  Still on top. Gwin leads out the early season and it seems he can make any terrain his own. The fight is on.

Ropo hoses down
  Time to finally get clean. Cairns, it's been more than emotional. Maybe we'll be ready for a rematch in say...another 18 years.



137 Comments

  • 146 1
 Not really sure why Greg was disqualified. I don't think you can argue that he gained an advantage by coming off the course?
  • 60 1
 Yeah, bit of a cock up on the part of the UCI. I wonder if he can challenge it?
  • 50 2
 That's absolute rubbish. He clearly lost time with that little sojourn off course. Damn uci.
  • 15 0
 I didn't get it either the commissaire that decided that may not realize he basically put an end on Minnaar's season. Well whether it's true or not (end of season I mean) it's just a complete non-nense and a very conservative interpretation of the rule.
  • 6 25
flag I-Lloyd-I (Apr 26, 2014 at 15:24) (Below Threshold)
 to be fair if he probably gained more time leaving the corse than if he were to correct him self from going off corse
  • 7 1
 How do you figure that?
  • 4 0
 I guess he's going ride safely this world cup and aim for the World, he seems to like those better anyway !
  • 5 0
 I guess he gained time over the other guys who also crashed and spent ages digging their bike out the rock garden etc, if he had climbed up he would have lost more time like them.... but IMO its Greg Minaar!!! he's not competing with anyone below top 5, he didn't gain time on any podium spot so it was a crap call, very surprised!
  • 4 1
 uci....check 1 2 1 2...
  • 3 0
 He may not have gained any advantage over the top guys, but not re-entering at the same spot may have given him a couple of seconds over the lower half of the competition.
  • 17 0
 Considering Rachel wasn't DQed a couple of years ago @ Windham when she came back in way down from where she came off, this is kind of a BS call, IMHO.
  • 14 0
 I think this is complete BS. I want to see video of this with UCI commentary on exactly how he didn't re-enter the course close enough to where he came out. Seriously, they aren't this strict in golf when tourneys have at least 1 Mill on the line for the winner.

Second thing is it is Greg Minnaar. He's a star on the circuit and a legit title contender. You don't knock him out of contention on something so debatable. I hate to say look at the NBA of NHL, but there is a reason they give the big boys the benefit of the doubt. You want them in the hunt at the end of the season. What if he kills it the rest of the way and if he wasn't DSQ'd would be the overall winner?
  • 16 2
 That left chick in Mik's 2nd pic. Clearly she squats.
  • 3 0
 Greg was interviewed by wyn masters and greg did mention that a number of team managers complained which led to the uci decision
  • 4 0
 i thought warner said on the live feed that it used to be you had to join where you came off but now as long as it isn't an an outrageous advantage you can join further down?
  • 4 1
 Chyu. Good spot.
  • 19 1
 Hey Guys. Just to clear something up about Greg and his DSQ ... the rule from last year that Warner was talking about in Live Feed has changed for 2014. It was brought up at the Managers DH Meeting at PMB (of which i was a part as I am the track Manager) .... To eliminate any grey-areas and questions, the rule has been reverted back to "YOU MUST RE-ENTER WHERE YOU WENT OUT" .... This communication was sent to all teams - but obviously not to Warner and the TV crew.

So in Gregs instance he went off track and missed a pole - re-entering underneath the tape after the pole. If he had re-entered where he went out where the tape was broken this would have been fine -- but he didnt so thats a DSQ -

Nick Beer nearly got a DSQ here in PMB for the same thing - but one of our top marshals was there where he crashed and said he returned where he went out so it was fine - So for the remainder of the season - a Rider must come back in where he/she went off course or its a DSQ.
  • 6 0
 Fair enough. It is a bullshit rule though. If you ride it out & maybe gain time then that's one thing, but if you come off you've already lost time. To have to push back up when it's steep etc is bollocks.
  • 2 0
 Thanks for the 4-1-1, NIgel!

Something else I thought of talking to some buddies was the fact that Gee technically borrowed equipment from a spectator for his race-run. I recall a rule in place for XC, at least, that dq'ed a rider for receiving assistance from a spectator. I believe that was only during the actual race, though, so Gee would be off-the-hook on that were it to become an issue.

Regardless, you think Gee's going to keep a pair handy for future reference? Wink
  • 1 0
 Gee got shoes from a spectator. I don't think he'd have won if he had stopped on this run. If yes then he was really fast and definitely deserved a win!
  • 3 0
 @ Pininator

That rule for the XC relates to "outside assistance" but this is only during Official Racing - I believe this relates more to bike maintanence etc (so getting spare wheels from someone outside of a tech zone etc) ... but also relates to water bottles etc.
I presume that if the UCI wanted to be full of it they could go at Gee for that - as it is outside clothing change - but i doubt it as he got them in Practice (although it was official practice) ... But in this instance i doubt they care about it as its more related to XC where the riders get assitance during race if they have a mechanical etc.
  • 1 0
 It sucks that Minnaar got dq'd, but I think this way of interpreting the rule is best. Otherwise why tape the outside of the turn if you can argue that there's no advantage to going outside it?
  • 1 1
 That's the good thing with this new-old rule indeed.
But then comes the counter example: Gwin went out in Champéry in the qualies. Of course it's super steep, and yes it was wet. He couldn't climb back (having been a spectator there I can only confirm). Then it becomes unfair. But ok, obviously it's either try to be fair (and discussions involved), or have a tight rule
  • 3 0
 NEKO CREEPING UP THE RANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 I'm kind of with the organisers on this one - the problem is that if you let Greg 'get away' with something* then next time you get an incident then everyone will refer back to this. You open a real can of worms and, whilst Greg didn't receive any benefit on this occasion the next case may not be quite so clear cut. If we favour the sports elite, it's not really fair on the other racers IMO. It is harsh, but I don't see any way around it.

*(I've not seen the footage - I'm just going on principle here)
  • 69 4
 Send out some healing vibes to the unknown "borrowed bike guy" that came unstuck on the woops and got KO'd.
Sure it was a stupid thing to do, but aussies will do what aussies do - he hasn't deserved some of the trash pinkbikers have given him.
  • 6 0
 Poor guy, must've felt on top of the world for about 10 seconds. The peer pressure to get on that bike must've been immense.

Hope it's not too serious; the crash was brutal.
  • 11 0
 Dislocated shoulder, and two broken vertebrae, but the guys description of himself was"fixable"! Lucky to be alive...
  • 7 0
 He saw an opportunity to do a run in a world cup with the crowd going wild and he took it! I bet he has no regrets!!
  • 2 0
 And Warner sayin he was stealing the bike without any evidence was a bit rude I thought
  • 2 0
 I thought it was humorous not rude...
  • 1 0
 The way he said it, it was, but if you were in that situation, you probably wouldn't like being wrongly accused of theft....
  • 55 2
 So stoked that ratboy got that result! Wish he had won it though. But well played to Gee, he's just a machine!
  • 1 13
flag immacaroni (Apr 27, 2014 at 22:43) (Below Threshold)
 and a douche
  • 47 1
 I can just imagine it, "has anyone got some flat shoes?", "Gee I've got some Shimano ones", "f##k that, has anyone got some fivetens?"
  • 22 1
 The day Gee realized when the shit gets real, five-tens and flats seal the deal.
  • 2 0
 And to think I have 3 pairs of Five-Tens and a Pro Rider like Gee does not bring one pair of flats(for contingency purposes) to a world cup race. I guess his baggage for fort Bill will include a pair along with a new Five-Ten sponsor on his jersey. He did put in an amazing run though. Congrats Gee.
  • 5 0
 I love the fact that he tried to do a run in Vans.
  • 1 0
 I was speaking to Sam - the guy who swapped his shoes with Gee - he didn't give them back to him or give him any free stuff!


Check out my pics of the actual shoe swap on my JDM Photography Page.



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  • 37 0
 gee just won a world cup on the guys shoes, i think he could offer the guy a free pair of new shoes
  • 15 0
 I'm thinking a full kit...in GT colors of course.
  • 27 2
 Greg disqualified for that? I smell a 650B conspiracy
  • 6 4
 yeah .. even worse if it's called 27.5 conspiracy
  • 23 0
 Ratboy really making his way up. Hope to see him take 1st place this season
  • 22 0
 Steve. Peat. That is all.
  • 19 0
 Brayton very cool and relaxed about the whole thing - class act.
  • 4 0
 Yeah Brayton seems like a very humble person. You see his priorities are at the right spot, he doesn't care about his bike but goes out of his way to go to the hospital to visit the poor dude. Like you said class act.
  • 17 0
 Did anyone else notice Neethling's Leatt advert, and then wasn't wearing a neck brace in his race run?
  • 7 0
 The advert literally said "if your not racing for the world cup, wear all the protection you can"
  • 1 0
 Neethling just seems to always get a boat load of bad luck, when he's hauling ass on a good run too.
  • 16 0
 That is so awesome about Gee's borrowed shoes!! Haha that's great.
  • 14 2
 GM disqualified just more UCI bullshit! They changed the rules for this exact reason every team knows that start if season, no complaints then, GM no gain yet gets DQ for rules if old BS! Rachel rocking the Oakley Razors geez I had a pair back when, u go girl! Eddie never change a thing before race its always bad luck esp cutting the Samson beard, did u learn nutting from Stevie Smith last year yolo! Hard one kiwis thought it was going to be like an Aussie AB Anzac test with boys in black smashing it and taking the glory! Well done ConnorH though brill. Congrats to the brits Peaty, Ratty, Rach n Gee awesome skills physically and mentally. Stoked how SamHill rode too hes looking good ftw on a real DH track if we ever c one again!
  • 4 0
 Dude - read my comment higher up - the Rule was altered in PMB and ALL teams were informed. Greg Missed a pole and thats that DSQ ...
The UCI said they had more issues with the leniancy rule (I think steming from Rachels win at Windam after her course off) .... but yeah there have been a couple of times that this has happened so the UCI Technical deligate said to avoid grey areas - you have to come back in through the tape you have broken - you miss a pole etc thats it DSQ ... Greg knew it ... didnt do it ... His fault.
  • 12 0
 Good thing that guy in the last photo is washing the mud off his feet. You wouldn't want to walk through the mud with muddy feet.
  • 8 0
 I think from reading Gwyns interviews and various comments that hes got his head in a good place and has come to terms with a lot of stuff. I think hes going to smoke a lot of people and win a lot of races this year big time.
  • 9 0
 "Peaty cleaned an insane 7th place with a bad back and hardly any practice here. As Warner said, he must have remembered the track from his run in 1998. "

1996*
  • 2 0
 anyone know what place steve peat came in in 1996?
  • 2 0
 Peat came in in 15th place in '96.
  • 3 0
 Cedric Gracia in juniors, classic
  • 1 0
 Wow, Lopes was in 13th place back in 1998. These guys have been riding for a hell of a long time.
  • 11 1
 Neko in 3rd and he went down during his run.. Can't wait to see what he does the rest of the season.
  • 2 0
 seriously. i feel like no one here is talking about how insane that run was.
  • 2 0
 THIS! his crash easily cost him the win—insane run to still land in third!
  • 10 0
 Haha gee made my day with his shoe-story... this WC was AMAzing...
  • 8 2
 They could certainly do some work on their coverage. Considering how good some of the photos are, all the video coverage I saw left a lot to be desired. Unless a rider stacked it on the rock garden it was generally missed entirely (leaving it up to the commentators to note that the rider who had just come out of the forest was now covered in mud as the only indicator). No coverage of the switchbacks up the top, corkscrew or the dips that I could see and (as noted under one of the photos above) exhaustive coverage of the loooonnnnng pedal to the finish.
  • 3 1
 I think you need to consider the layout if the track here. Much of the track ran through very dense and thick rainforest with no room to even walk in the sides of the track. Consider that for every camera they set up they need to haul it up the mountain, run Cables down etc. many places you would have liked to see cameras may have just been impossible. Logistically some tracks just work better than others for Arab coverage. You could see from the first course previews that the TV coverage would likely suffer here.
  • 2 0
 i think you need to consider that they need to build media towers to film these races better. These sites need to be scouted way in advance so the organizers can have time to build the structures necessary to get the best shots. Realistically the budget is too small to shoot this live. If you had 12 cameras and a week to edit you could really portray this sport for what it is.
  • 1 0
 tracks that are built in bike parks usually have all those access roads and a lot more space on the sides for cameras
  • 3 0
 I have been to around 6 WC races and its very hard work to cable the whole mountain along the track side. Let alone having all the HD camera's to cover the whole or most of the course. The logistics just are not there and finding proper cable routes is very tedious. Maybe the day will come where everything will be completely wireless to have the bandwidth to send HD feeds in the middle of the woods in the middle of no where but until that day comes we have to settle for what we got. Don't forget that there is also a budget associated to this also.
  • 1 0
 when we're talking red bull... budget isn't that much of a problem Wink
  • 2 0
 No argument that coverage here would be difficult. Just that it wasn't very good. Not just the numbers of cameras, but the choice of angles. They could of got a lot better shots by deploying what they had better (I think there were at least two on the last section for instance). And as difficult as shooting in the jungle is, it can't be more difficult than shooting a guy jumping out of a balloon in orbit (though I admit this audience might be more 'niche').
  • 1 0
 Media towers? In the middle of the rain forrest?
  • 1 0
 cable cams....
  • 1 0
 with another few world cups at cairns in the next few years, I think that there is definitely a need to work on the media coverage - with 1 race down and a year or 2 to plan for the next one, this shouldnt be too hard
  • 8 0
 I have to say this was the funnest WC I have seen. The reason for me is it made all these Elite riders look human coming down it. Plus it was fairly unpredictable.
  • 4 0
 If it made all the Elite riders coming down look Human, Imagine what Human riders coming down would have looked like Smile
  • 6 0
 They would have looked like the spactator who ate sh&t in the woops.
  • 9 1
 I'm just stoked that someone won in flats...
  • 3 0
 Especially when it's somebody that frequents clipless.
  • 3 0
 I'm stoked that a spectator actually gave him Five-tens to ride flats. That guy at the very least deserves Gee's bottle of Champagne.
  • 7 1
 What a great race. Kind of nice to see these racers struggle in tough conditions!
  • 1 1
 I remember when these slop-fests used to be the norm in WC racing. Picture-postcard weather all week and then pissing rain on race-day almost every race! Say what you will about the WC-legitimacy of the track, but you can't take away from the all-around physicality of this race. Survive the mucky, tech stuff and your reward is a lung-buster of a sprint to the finish line. Everybody tossing the enduro comparison out there - if anything, that was more like super-d.
  • 4 0
 Heres my footage form the event

Qualifiers
www.pinkbike.com/video/360580
Practice and Race Run
www.pinkbike.com/video/360576

just a bit of video to show what Red Bull missed out on, shame RB, shame!
  • 1 0
 I like the PB and Vital coverage because they do exactly this: show another spots from the racecourse that we don't see in the live feed! Amazing! Tks Dude!
  • 3 1
 It's a shame the course got saturated, but racing is as racing does and everybody had the same track to run more-or-less. Now we wait for the last traces of snow to disappear from the European tracks and see how this season shakes down.

Weak-sauce on the Minnaar DQ...considering how far down Rachel rode before she got back on track a couple years ago at Windham (and won, IIRC), this was nothing. I hope he can appeal the ruling.

Anywho, what can be said about Ratboy, Neko and the top-Aussie, Sam Hill. Solid results all around. Then there's Peaty...effing LEGEND!!!

Ft. Bill is going to be a slug-fest!
  • 2 0
 Why is there no photo's of the hero of the day, we want STRAYA, the legend, In all serious though I was quick to judge him yesterday after hearing Mr Warner on the live feed but now I feel for the guy, he was doing a kind act, missing out on the rest of the day's action by taking the bike to the pits then under immense peer pressure from the crowd jumped onto an unfamiliar bike and tried to ride it down, I'd say 90% of rider's out there would have struggled hopping on cold. Hope he heal's up because I want to see a pinkbike video of him coming back and riding that course like a boss!
  • 4 0
 Just out of curiosity... How many folk would like to see coverage of the juniors race? Even just the top five riders, so as we could get an idea of who'll be moving up.
  • 2 0
 Better still, show qualies!
  • 5 0
 WHAT A FUCKING AWESOME RACE
  • 1 0
 WHY SHOW WINNER ON FRONT PAGE THUMBNAIL?!? I avoided everyone/everything all weekend to watch the race later, all to accidentally see Gees pic as I scrolled down to the replay. Totally ruins it for anyone who didn't see live coverage. PIC A DIFF THUMBNAIL! Leave winner pics for inside
  • 1 0
 While fully supporting the presence of sponsorship in the sport and particularly appreciating all that Redbull does for it - there comes a time when on camera inclusion of 'The Product' goes from useful marketing to brand damaging self parody. Gee Atherton (legend that he is) is pretty much at that point as of now.....or quite some time ago. If it had been humanly possible for him to be chugging back a can DURING the final sprint to the line, I reckon he would've been.
  • 1 0
 Rachel's 1989 Oakley Razor Blades are ridiculously cool! In fact, I have been sporting an identical pair for the past 10 years (while on my roadie) and never questioned the cool-ness of them. They look better on her than I, though.
  • 3 0
 They closed the course for a carpet python? Children keep them as pets here.
  • 1 0
 It might have been a problem if a rider had hit it/tried to avoid it, though
  • 4 0
 The snake might have chucked him off and won the round itself....
  • 2 0
 Can't look too different to some of the roots , I would've run it over haha
  • 3 0
 Gee smiling? The jungle really does change a man... those buys were more powerful than we thought...
  • 5 2
 No dis to neko but wasnt kovarik fastest? Karver!
  • 3 0
 Not sure why you got neg propped... the UCI results sheet shows Kovarik with the top speed. 74.9Kph!
  • 1 1
 So what's the deal with Gutierrez and the neck brace? Likes the sponsers money but won't wear the product? Saw him do the same thing at crankworx last summer.

Seems like a bit of a douchebag move.
  • 3 1
 I'd rather see rarebit win without Gee sliding off actually dude.
  • 6 1
 Damn spell check. Meant ratboy not rarebit!
  • 2 0
 does anyone have a video of brayton crashing?
  • 1 0
 So many GoPros on the whole track and...nothing yet! =(
  • 5 7
 Fun race, but for me this is a sad day. If it is true what ive read that the guy who crashed without helmet was eddged by the crowd to ride the bike down instead of walking it down and that he was seriously injured. Then I can't get it out of my head that a guy who may loved to ride his bike just like me was paralyzed in front of the crowd just because some people eddged him. Sure it still was his own choice to ride down but for uci/ the organizers to allow something like this happend makes med sad and does definitely not make wanna go out and ride.
  • 2 0
 I heard he has spinal injuries but I don't think he's been paralyzed. Even if you have a crowd of people trying to get you to do something, common sense should prevail and you do what's right. Even if he'd had a helmet on he'd still have injured his spine. Was it the fault of UCI no I don't think so as it should only be those involved in the race that are riding the course.
  • 5 9
flag fumetsu (Apr 26, 2014 at 16:56) (Below Threshold)
 You're a f*cking idiot to think UCI is responsible for what that guy did. And if something like this makes you sad that you don't want to ride, that's even more pathetic. Any time you here about someone dying in a car crash does that make you not want to drive?
  • 4 0
 Its no ones fault but the guy who injured himself. The UCI, the venue, nor anyone standing there can really stop someone from doing something dumb. It sucks that he injured himself, but no one forced him to get on the bike. Peer pressure is part of life, its up to the individual to make their own decision on what to do. Shit happens.
  • 1 3
 I gotta agree with Dawwen here. I mean name one other Pro Circuit level sporting event where tournament coordinators would let a spectator mosy about his way down a race track when there are live racers on it(Steve Peat had to redo his run). While they obviously never could've planned for something like this to happen, given how big these events are there should've been controls in place to never have had the scenario been possible in the first place. IE one of the course marshalls near by should have shook his head and held onto that bike until a member from that racers team came up and retrieved it and/or event staff took it down. This really reflects on the unproffesionalism of the UCI Tourney Coordinators, especially in today's litigious society, I mean they better be hoping that man is not seriously injured cause I can't see them not having to cut a giant check to someone if a lawsuit happens.
  • 2 0
 It doesn't seem to effect Formula 1's reputation when someone runs onto the race track, just because. Same thing with any major sporting event like the NFL, MLB etc where you have people streaking on the field. If people are set on doing something, they are going to do it.

And to be honest, after seeing Adam Brayton's leg literally split open from the ankle to the knee, I am sure he was their priority. Not some guy that decided to grab a bike. http://instagram.com/p/nPp1eEmxAp/
  • 6 0
 Good thing that he is Aussie, he wont sue anybody.
  • 3 0
 Whatever peeps.. he did what he did, and how hes sorry for it i bet. Hope he gets better, but I bet to fuck hes never doing that again lol A for effort mang lol but wow... what a ragdoll.
  • 2 1
 He didn't decide to grab a bike, he was under orders to take it down the track to the pits, for Brayton.
  • 2 0
 still nice to see us brits kicking arse again!!
  • 2 0
 Really digging Gore's style of post processing in these images.
  • 2 0
 Holy BOKEH on the first pic!!! The whole set of images are stunning!
  • 2 0
 Great pictures, great words, great race.
  • 1 0
 I have to say congratulations to Nathan Hughes for well set up of pics and narrative of events . Well done
  • 1 0
 Stevie needs to get back soon to give these guys a run for their money! Heal soon man, we need Canada back in this!
  • 4 3
 Gwin is not 26 or however old, it's just not possible.
  • 1 0
 Man Loris will be a major player once he graduates from juniors.
  • 1 0
 ye and she has bigger balls than all of us.. FACT!!!
  • 2 1
 Stoked on rat boys performance. Rooting for him.
  • 1 0
 Was Gwin riding his usual bike or was it the 650B one he rode earlier
  • 1 0
 Fischi with his best world cup result!
  • 1 1
 I don't think its a good idea to have UCI and RedBullTV together...
  • 2 1
 Yaaaaaa, Neko!!
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