Finals Photo Epic- Fort William DH World Cup 3

Jun 9, 2014
by Nathan Hughes  


TWO MAD CATZ



June 2010: An 16 year old Sam Hill apprentice of the Monster/Specialized/Mad Catz team arrives in Fort William town. His name is Troy Brosnan and he rides to a 4:53.8 and it places him 57th.

June 2014: A 20 year old Troy Brosnan arrives in Fort William town. He rides to a 4:36.6 and it places him one spot ahead of his former master and into the history books as the first rider to take their inaugural win on the most brutal track in downhill racing.

bigquotesYeah it got pretty wild in the commentary box on Brosnan's run didn't it...probably gonna get in trouble for that one if I'm honest. You've gotta go mad if someone's that good and they're the last man down the mountain haven't you...Yeah. Go crazy - Sir Robert Warner - professional commentator extraordinaire


Fort William weather-o-meter Sock hanging down product still in box Sock held constantly sideways perfectly fine day Sock shredded to sh t gentle breeze expected later
  Fort William weather-o-meter: Sock hanging down = product still in box. Sock held constantly sideways = perfectly fine day. Sock shredded to sh*t = gentle breeze expected later

the mixed weather in Scotland makes for some breathtaking scenery.

Ahhhhhh the fickle weather of Scotland. While we didn t get snow this week we got just about everything else mother nature has to offer. Four seasons in one day.
  Ahhhhhh, the fickle weather of Scotland. While we didn't get snow this week, we got just about everything else mother nature has to offer. Four seasons in one day.

This was the weather as riders headed up for the first practice session. At this point it was anyone s guess as to what the weather would do on the day.
  This was the state of the mountain heading up for first practice session. At this point the atmospherics for the day were anyone's guess.

Beaumont tweaks the Dragon elastic coming off the top of the gondola. Slugger is out to steal some serious Atherton limelight this season 11 won t be enough for him this time but still shows he means it.
  Beaumont tweaks the Dragon elastic coming off the top of the gondola. Slugger is out to steal some serious Atherton limelight this season.

There are a LOT of thirsty fans here in Fort William...
  There are a LOT of thirsty fans here in Fort William...


Junior Laurie Greenland pushing his way through the last rock section of the open slopes during morning practice. Greenland finished sixth today.
  Junior Laurie Greenland pushing his way through the last rock section of the open slopes during morning practice. Greenland finished sixth today.

Racing for the win in the Fort William at the 2014 World Cup.
  Luca getting ready to dig deep without the heavy machinery.

Among many Luca Shaw didn t quite get the luck here in Fort William he was looking for.
  Among the many, Luca Shaw didn't quite get the luck here in Fort William he was looking for.

Walker Shaw and Jon Cancellier from SRAM doing a final check on who ended up where the previous day in qualifying.
  Walker Shaw and Jon Cancellier from SRAM doing a final check on who ended up where the previous day in qualifying.


Loris Vergier. 25th at split 1 first at split 2 but could still only claw back second place. Still at least he can be sure he ll never have to wear sunglasses with a full-face.
  Loris Vergier. 25th at split 1, first at split 2, but could still only claw back second place. Still at least he can be sure he'll never have to wear sunglasses with a full-face.


The riders on the hotseat and a packed finish arena watch as Martin Maes storms to victory in his first ever World Cup race.
  The riders on the hotseat and a packed finish arena watch as Martin Maes storms to victory in his first ever World Cup race.

What can you say about Martin Maes other than the guy is a freaking power house. His first world cup. His first World Cup win. Belgium s first World Cup win. Well done Maes well done.
  What can you say about Martin Maes other than the guy is a freaking power house. His first world cup. His first World Cup win. Belgium's first World Cup win. Well done Maes, well done.

Martin Maes may have beaten Loris today in a World Cup DH but Loris beat Martin in an EWS race last year so as far as we can reckon they are even regardless of racing discipline.
  Martin may have beaten Loris today in a World Cup DH, but Loris beat Martin in an EWS race last year so as far as we can reckon they are even regardless of racing discipline.

Ahhhhhh the fickle weather of Scotland. While we didn t get snow this week we got just about everything else mother nature has to offer. Four seasons in one day.
  Fort William epic-level peaking..

 treasuremap Some riders visualize the course to help them memorize critical sections Jill Kintner prefers to map it out in pen and ink.
  #treasuremap. Some riders visualize the course to help them memorize critical sections; Jill Kintner prefers to map it out in pen and ink.

Jill Kintnter dropping into her second World Cup podium of the season and not her last.
  Kintner dropping into her second World Cup podium of the season and not her last.

Power manual FTW.
  Power manual FTW.... Siegenthaler wheelies to Fort Bill fourth.


Myriam Nicole always attaching the technical parts on the track.
  Myriam Nicole, always attacking the technical parts on the track, but still some 8.71 seconds back for Pom Pon.

The Fort William track is one of the most demanding on the circuit and riders arrive to the finish exhausted after leaving it all on track.
  The Fort William track is one of the most demanding on the circuit and riders arrive to the finish exhausted after leaving it all on track.


After two seasons plagued with serious injuries it was great to see Tracey Hannah back on the podium today in 3rd.
  After two seasons plagued with serious injuries, it was great to see Tracey Hannah back on the podium today in 3rd.

Tracy Hannah filled the shoes she needed to today while her brother Mick watched from the sidelines.
  Tracy Hannah filled the shoes she needed to today while her brother Mick watched from the sidelines.


There s a lot of weight on these shoulders heading into the final...Manon Carpenter warms up for the final practice session.
  There was a lot of weight on these shoulders heading into the final...Manon Carpenter warms up for the final practice session. Manon is still season leader though!

Mannon Carpenter was on the fast track for a win today but luck would not be with her. A puncture before the second split put her out of the running. She was one of three women to succumb to flats that finished their runs.
  Manon Carpenter was on the fast track for a win today, but luck would not be with her. A puncture before the second split put her out of the running. She was one of three women to succumb to flats that finished their runs.

Pre-race jitters Not Rachel Atherton--she was goofing around in the pits playing with her new Oakley goggles all loaded up with a roll off in case it gets wet out there today.
  Pre-race jitters? Not Rachel Atherton--she was goofing around in the pits, playing with her new Oakley goggles, all loaded up with a roll off in case it gets wet out there today.

Rachel Atherton was fast through the top split but an untimely puncture left her far off the pace by run s end.
  Rachel Atherton was fast through the top split but an untimely puncture left her far off the pace by run's end.

Emmeline Ragot confident and relaxed at the start of the day warms up in the Lapierre pits.
  Emmeline Ragot, confident and relaxed at the start of the day warms up in the Lapierre pits.


Emmeline Ragot warming up with her mechanic Billy on hand for whatever she might need. Being a professional mechanic at this level is a lot like being a bartender psychologist--Billy is there to provide whatever Emmeline needs prior to starting the clock on her race run advice warm gloves water... you name it Billy supplies it.
  Emmeline Ragot warming up with her mechanic, Billy on hand for whatever she might need. Being a professional mechanic at this level is a lot like being a bartender/psychologist--Billy is there to provide whatever Emmeline needs prior to starting the clock on her race run: advice, warm gloves, water... you name it, Billy supplies it.

Ragot on track for a rock stat time....
  Ragot on track for a rock stat time....

There is no better way to validate a new bike than with a World Cup win. Doing so with 8 seconds of authority is even better.
  There is no better way to validate a new bike than with a World Cup win. Doing so with 8 seconds of authority is even better.

Oui madame vous tes num ro un. Ragot and Myriam whisper secretively as their plan to plant nail strips in tactical locations on track comes together.
  Oui madame, vous etes numero un. Ragot and Myriam whisper secretively as their plan to plant nail strips in tactical locations on track comes together.

If there was ever a story behind the final results this was it. Three flat tires for three of the fastest ladies on the planet made for a bittersweet ending to the women s final.
  If there was ever a story behind the final results this was it. Three flat tires for three of the fastest ladies on the planet made for a bittersweet ending to the women's final.

Brook took an unplanned diversion during his run that saw him riding some serious rodeo. The Bulldog is still looking to find the form that put him on the top steps here last year before his shoulder gave out.
  Brook took an unplanned diversion during his run that saw him riding some serious rodeo. The Bulldog is still looking to find the form that put him on the top steps here last year before his shoulder gave out.

Neko Mullaly cresting the finishing straight with a red board--not exactly the sight one wants to see after nearly 4 minutes of full tilt boogie.
  Neko Mullaly cresting the finishing straight with a red board--not exactly the sight one wants to see after nearly 4 minutes of full tilt boogie.

Noel Niederberger was one of three pro men who were without good luck today and didn t finish. Norco s Isak Leivsson and RRP Ghost s David Trummer also ended the day with DNF s.
  Noel Niederberger was one of three pro men who were without good luck today and didn't finish. Norco's Isak Leivsson and RRP Ghost's David Trummer also ended the day with DNF's.

Mark Wallace of Devinci on track. This may not look all that technical but for a rider with aspriations of contending it means going inside and quite possibly clipping aa couple of massive immovable rocks near the exit.
  Mark Wallace of Devinci on track. This may not look all that technical, but for a rider with aspirations of contending, it means going inside and quite possibly clipping a couple of massive, immovable rocks near the exit.

Marcello Gutierrez modeling his brand new mouth guard. I never thought about wearing one until I broke out a couple teeth. Now I always wear one. It has some other benefits too. When asked Gutierrez claims it aids his breathing and also works in the event of a crash to prevent concussions.
  Marcello Gutierrez modeling his brand new mouth guard. "I never thought about wearing one until I broke out a couple teeth. Now I always wear one. It has some other benefits, too." When asked, Gutierrez claims it aids his breathing and also works (in the event of a crash) to prevent concussions.

Josh Bryceland points towards glory. 1 of over 2 000 photos thought to be lost soon after the Fort William Finals. My CF card mysteriously disappeared for a few hours and was miraculously found by Kathy Sessler in the Santa Cruz pits.
  Josh Bryceland not getting the run he wanted today but pointing towards the fact that Ratboy gunning for a win.

Race day went off in front of a packed house. Threatening skis loomed most of the day but their bark was worse than their bite.
  Race day went off in front of a packed house. Threatening skies loomed most of the day, but their bark was worse than their bite.

Isak Leivsson KO d himself hard during his run and didn t make it down the mountain at least from what he can remember . The Norwegien has style for miles.
  Isak Leivsson KO'd himself hard during his run and didn't make it down the mountain ( at least from what he can remember). The Norwegien has style for miles.

Neko Mulally fired up after doing well back in Cairns but unfortunately unable to keep it together here in Fort William.
  Neko Mulally fired up after doing well back in Cairns but unfortunately unable to keep it together here in Fort William.

Greg Williams of Trek had a rubbish run yesterday qualifying 64th but a baller run today coming home 9th in the final.
  Greg Williamson of Trek had a rubbish run yesterday, qualifying 64th , but had a baller run today...

Gerg Williamson celebrated his twenty second birthday today he also finished ninth. Last year Williamson finished tenth here at Fort Bill. Happy birthday Greg
  It was well timed; Williamson celebrated his twenty second birthday today. Last year Williamson finished tenth and today 9th here at Fort Bill. Happy birthday Greg!

TWR mechanic Ben Arnott finds just the thing in his tool box to complete a job well done.
  TWR mechanic Ben Arnott finds just the thing in his tool box to complete a job well done.

Bryn Atkinson Schleyble-topping to the max and gaining the most race run style points for the day.
  Bryn Atkinson Schleyble-topping to the max and gaining the most race run style points for the day.


Greg Minnaar completing his 100th World Cup race and will seemingly be adding on to that number for long into the future. Congrats Greg
  Congratulations from all at PB to Greg Minnaar, completing his 100th World Cup race and we know he'll be adding to the tally long into the future. He has won this race 4 times in its history, arriving first on Aonoch moor in 2002. Today he had to settle for just another boring top ten.

Stevie Smith warming up the chainsaw for what could be a massacre soon to come..
  Stevie Smith warming up the chainsaw for what could be a massacre soon to come..


Simmonds tore up the top half of the moor on a great time but fell back in the bottom sections to place 18th. Still he and Dale are doing well in cementing themselves as truly World Class right now.
  Simmonds tore up the top half of the moor on a great time, but fell back in the bottom sections to place 18th. Still, he and Dale are doing well in cementing themselves as truly World Class right now.


It s good to have Steve Smith back in the mix. 6th place and just 1 second off the podium means it surely won t be long until he s putting it to the top riders once again.
  It's good to have Steve Smith back in the mix. 6th place and just 1 second off the podium means it surely won't be long until he's putting it to the top riders once again.


Stevie Smith back in the hot seat and nearly making it on the podium after a long winter of recovering from an ankle injury. After his epic win at Leogang last year he could be up higher on the steps next week there.
  Stevie Smith back in the hot seat and nearly making it on the podium after a long winter of recovering from an ankle injury. After his epic win at Leogang last year, he could be up higher on the steps next week there.

Another World Cup another powerful course crushing from one of England s biggest and best. Sam Dale is keeping 2014 fully inside the top 10.
  Another World Cup, another powerful course crushing from one of England's biggest and best. Sam Dale is keeping 2014 fully inside the top 10.

Gee Atherton warming up for action...
  Gee Atherton warming up for action...


Danny Hart put in the performance we ve been waiting to see from him since his World Championships title. So many Brits shinned here today in Fort William. Perhaps that last BDS round heaped out a bit in being prepared. Here s to seeing Hart up on the podium more this season.
  Danny Hart put in the performance we've been waiting to see from him since his World Championships title. So many Brits shined here today in Fort William. Perhaps that last BDS round helped out a bit in being prepared. Here's to seeing Hart up on the podium more this season.


Danny Hart
  Danny Hart with all the creative DH riding awesomeness you would ever want to posses.

Danny Hart
  Hart's riding was totally unbelievable to watch, but did he end up losing time on flair on the flatter woods and motorway?

Second to last rider and the final hope for a British gold medal Danny Hart sees red as he crosses the line.
  Second to last rider, and the final hope for a British gold medal, Danny Hart sees red as he crosses the line.


Today was a day of Popes Pirates Santas Giant Squirrels and all other manner of reveler. We were in mass today just a different kind of mass.
  Today was a day of Popes, Pirates, Santas, Giant Squirrels, and all other manner of reveler. We were in mass today, just a different kind of mass.


Sam Hill was absolutely pinned through the rocks up top. It s been a while since he has so confidently attacked such gnarly tracks and it s good to see him so close to that top step of the podium.
  Sam Hill was absolutely pinned through the rocks up top. It's been a while since he has so confidently attacked such gnarly tracks and it's good to see him so close to that top step of the podium.

Where s Hilldo
  Where's Hilldo?

Coming in hot after over four and a half minutes slaying boulders but ya still gotta have a bit of look to see if you re in the green. Sam Hill checking the numbers mid flight.
  Coming in hot after four and a half minutes slaying boulders, but ya still gotta have a bit of look to see if you're in the green. Sam Hill checks the numbers mid flight.

Who would have thought it would be Troy Brosnan leading the charge with Gwinn in tow. With a pair of wins and multiple podium finishes from both riders already this season and it s hard to tell who the top dog in the Specialized camp is this season.
  Who would have thought it would be Troy Brosnan leading the charge with Gwin in tow? With a pair of wins and multiple podium finishes from both riders already this season and it's hard to tell who the top dog in the Specialized camp is this season.

Troy Brosnan coming off the hip into the last stretch of his first World Cup win to date. Lot s of pressure on the young Australian today and you ll be seeing a lot more of Troy on a podium near you.
  Troy Brosnan coming off the hip into the last stretch of his first World Cup win to date. Lot's of pressure on the young Australian today and you'll be seeing a lot more of Troy on a podium near you.

Gwin Hill and Atherton waiting for Troy to come down.
  Gwin, Hill, and Atherton waiting for Troy to come down.

bigquotesTroy's been waiting for a break to win for a while now, I think it's been coming. Trying to get one myself though! This is one of my favorite tracks, it's where I got my first ever world cup podium and I've always felt like I ride good here. I feel really fit this year; wasn't even too tired at the end of the run... Guess I just didn't have the power to keep up with them boys on the final jumps. But yeah Troy can thank me later eh, haha. - Sam Hill - Team CRC


Troy Brosnan cracking toward the finish line and his first Work Cup win.
  Brosnan cracking toward the finish line and his first World Cup win.

History in the making. Troy Brosnan qualified first yesterday. The young Aussie took his first pro World Cup win today besting former team mate Sam hill by 1.659 seconds.
  History in the making. Troy Brosnan qualified first yesterday. The young Aussie took his first pro World Cup win today besting former team mate Sam hill by 1.659 seconds.

Brosnan with the look back before realizing he s won this...
  Brosnan with pre-realization face.

Troy Brosnan holds his head in sheer disbelief after finally achieving the young gun s first World Cup win.
  Brosnan holds his head in sheer disbelief after finally achieving the young gun's first World Cup win.

When is it cool for guys to hug in action sports We just checked bro-code guidelines and it is fully legit when you win your first World Cup at the most notorious DH track on the circuit. EC and Troy bear-hug it mid arena.
  When is it cool for guys to hug in action sports? We just checked bro-code guidelines and it is fully legit when you win your first World Cup at the most notorious DH track on the circuit. EC and Troy go full bear-hug, mid arena.

Blackbox Tech Jon Cancellier with a dab of emotion for Brosnan s moment
  Blackbox Tech Jon Cancellier with a dab of emotion for Brosnan's moment.


Mad Dog Borris adding another shot to his collection of World Cup podium selfies.
  Mad Dog Borris adding another shot to his collection of World Cup podium selfies.


Hill hasn t scored 2nd or higher since his World Champs win at Mont St Anne 2010. Knowing the people want nothing more than to see you win again must be quite a feeling.
  Hill hasn't scored 2nd or higher since his World Champs win at Mont St Anne 2010. Knowing the people want nothing more than to see you win again must be quite a feeling.


Proudest team manager in the game EC follows his guys out in front of the crowds.
  Proudest team manager in the game, EC, follows his guys out in front of the massive crowds.

bigquotesEvery race we got guys going fast, but really this race especially... It's been awesome for us and Specialized here and of course me and Troy want to beat each other, but if it has to be someone I'd want it to be my team mate. Happy to be on the podium and really happy for Troy. It's been a long time coming for him; he's had the speed for years - Aaron Gwin - Specialized Racing

Today s fastest.
  Today's fastest dual suspension off-road mountain bikes. They got shocks.

Men s Podium
  The 5 verses the 5 thousand.

It was only a matter of time and with the confidence Troy Brosnan has right now expect it to continue.

bigquotesJust got my first ever World Cup win! Words can't describe how good this feeling is! - Troy Brosnan - Specialized Racing

Kathy Sessler had swords made for Peaty s 40th birthday and Minnaar s 100th World Cup. True dedication for years on end deserves a solid honor.
  Kathy Sessler had swords made for Peaty's 40th birthday and Minnaar's 100th World Cup. True dedication for years on end deserves a solid honor.

All winners here Rob Warner Peaty and Minnaar were all honored for their years of dedication to the sport here in Fort William.
  All winners here; Rob Warner, Peaty and Minnaar were all honored for their years of dedication to the sport here in Fort William.

Jack Peat probably is too young to play with knives but can sure handle a sword like a good knight.
  Jack Peat probably is too young to play with knives but can sure handle a sword like a good knight.

If there was ever a time to call a Bros-amapalooza party it would be tonight in Fort William. Monster gets the chicks .
  The student becomes the master. If there was ever a time to call a 'Brosnamapalooza' party it would be tonight in Fort William. And remember everyone... 'Monster gets the chicks'.


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  • 100 0
 Hill looks happy for Troy in the last picture, but its almost like getting beat by your younger brother because Troy was Sam's protégé on Monster-Specialized for several years. It was such an amazing race, can't wait for Leogang now!
  • 69 0
 He does, I'm sure Hill would rather get beaten by Troy than anyone else. I'm so stoked for Troy and his first win!
  • 87 0
 Its just nice to see Sam Hill Smiling!
  • 21 0
 Leogang is going to be freakin' mental!
  • 19 0
 one of the most competitive world cups so far.. the last riders had me and my mates on the edge of our seats, we were screaming when Sam finished, then came Troy and we all just lost it! props to Connor Fearon for getting mad fast at the top section
  • 10 2
 Troy Brosnan is 20 not 22 as reported in the article
  • 8 0
 I think Troy on podium is a new achievement for Hill. He got the podiums himself already, now he got his protégé there. It should be awesome for Hill!
  • 2 0
 Yeah, that is crazy eh. And, when they interviewed him he said something to the effect of 'it' feels like I've been waiting forever to get a win'. I guess two years is forever when you are a high level competitive athlete, however, it is crazy how quickly he went from Juniors to hanging with and then beating the big boys. Class act and well deserved. Well done!
  • 6 0
 Props to Martin for winning his first ever downhill race! Big Grin
  • 2 0
 One of the best races ever.
  • 3 0
 Sam Brosnan!
  • 29 0
 so happy for troy and sam, amazing how well they both did today. Hopefully the rest of the world cups will be as competitive as this one was.
  • 10 0
 Yeah for sure, now we have 10-15 riders who are all potential winners. Starting to feel like we need more world cup venues
  • 7 0
 Agree with that for sure, Round in New Zealand would be great with all the awesome tracks they have there.
  • 6 0
 Great idea bob, possibly have it the week before or after the Australian race if it makes getting crews transported over here easier? Either country is a great place for some down time. I've made the trip to Canda and England a few times and the flight is a killer if you're flying cattle class. The fact that Troy did it back to back (BDS then WC) shows his commitment.

What a race! Give Connor Fearon another year and we could have two Adelaide pinners and a West Australian sharing the podium Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Fearon is one of my fave riders to watch, and that top section of the track was no exception. Kid is loose. No doubt he'll be at the pointy end soon enough.
  • 31 1
 Last picture sums it up perfectly.
  • 1 0
 All the pictures sum up a great race weekend
  • 18 1
 That was such an awesome finish. All that shuffling of the podium at the end. I think we were all treated to some awesome racing.

Here's what I was doing at the end.

1. Orders Fury
2. Cancels Fury order. Orders Demo.
3. Cancels Demo order. Orders Pulse.
4. Puts Glory in shopping cart. Keeps Pulse order.
5. Cancels Pulse order. Orders Demo.

:P
  • 16 0
 Whilst the day rightfully belongs to Brosnan, you've gotta love Ratboy. That pic of him whipping and pointing at the camera typifies the fun we all like to see (and have!).
  • 18 0
 And Danny Harts manual wasn't too shabby either
  • 3 1
 I think danny harts run was the most fun to watch. Also it was amazing to see that the top qualifiers finished in almost the same positions they qualified in for finals.
  • 1 20
flag Fuglio (Jun 9, 2014 at 9:06) (Below Threshold)
 Im too used to the fmb series where the most awesome run wins.. lots of respect for the fast dudes but there's no comparison between a boring fast rider thats a half second faster then some dude doing 30' manuals and 45' moto whips. Danny hart won that race, at least in my eyes.
  • 2 0
 Possibly my new favorite WC photo!
  • 2 16
flag yesok (Jun 9, 2014 at 11:12) (Below Threshold)
 I really don't gotta love him, honestly find him one of the most irritating people on the DH circuit. He's definitely trying too hard to be "cool".
  • 5 3
 I wondered what type of person wouldn't like rat boy so I looked at your profile. In case you're not aware; you come across as a very sad, bitter individual. Perhaps all Lycra clad XC types are, who knows?
And if there is someone who is trying too hard to be cool in WC DH, it's gee atherton.
  • 4 0
 I am a lycra clad XC type and I think Rat Boy is f*in rad. How can you not love that whip?
  • 16 0
 Amazing! Congrats to Troy and Sam great results.
  • 13 1
 A massive congrats to Troy, totally deserved. A win for the modern Demo too.....
  • 3 4
 A 650b demo!
  • 13 0
 It was great when Troy grabbed the camera...
  • 8 0
 troy is really becoming the all around rider, his a light rider with brilliant technical ability yet can pedal with the big boys. I think we are seeing the turn were the big guys are no longer the only peddlers. Stoked for the aussies this race, massive bummer for hannah he was in such good form this season. Unfortunate to see the womens decided on flats too, Would have loved to see them all get down mech free.
  • 10 0
 Hats off PB, another fine set of photos and a great article. I think next year I might have to make the pilgrimage in person.
  • 12 0
 I saw Tracy Hannah with my own eyes. She was beautiful!
  • 8 0
 Good too see that people can still place so well on flats, Sam hill is a genius, and so happy for troy
  • 8 0
 happy days. great week of sport. cheers chaps. and Daniel Ricciardo...
  • 7 0
 Was just thinking that! Good weekend for Aussies!
  • 4 0
 I was just thinking that you would be thinking that!
  • 1 0
 Thats what i was thinking!
  • 1 0
 now i'm thinking you guys need to change your thinking....
  • 6 2
 With all the tech being thrown into carbon frames, suspension that NASA would be proud of and the wheel size Jihad, surely by now manufacturers could have figured out how to make a tire that doesn't pinch flat... Pointless having all that tech yet the that piece of rubber that connects that tech to the ground spoils the show... C'mon guys... or is this the way to keep the factory busy?
  • 4 0
 I think flats in DH courses are rider's mistakes. So it adds variations to the skills/luck you need to win a race. But yeah, I feel you Smile
  • 4 0
 Isn't it strange that it was the lighter-weight women who were pinch flatting? Were the ladies picking different lines that resulted in flats, or just a difference in a riding technique?
  • 3 1
 @ SunSetter Could argue the same point about the need for suspension in the first place if skill was all that counted. Tires definitely need the same R&D that suspension gets. Start making them tougher instead of worrying about minute variations in tread patterns. Minion is King anyway in that regard... Now Maxxis must make it immortal!
  • 2 1
 In my case it's usually a matter of braking on a rock or in a turn, or over-braking. I'd say that 9 times out of 10, my reaction to a flat is "you bloody idiot", not "oh dear what horrible luck I have". The women brake a lot more than the men so to me it makes sense that they'd flat more often
  • 2 0
 Schwalbe has solved that problem with their dual valve system. I believe it will be available to mortals come the end of the year!
  • 2 0
 +1 to Schwalbe, but from what I read on a pinkbike article about that dual valve system, is it true that wider rims increase the chance of flat? I though wider rims would decrease this...I'm confused lol
  • 2 0
 Wider rims decrease the change of pinch flatting a tire seeing as the rim edges are further apart. Also wider rims reduce the chance of rolling the tire thus adding more stability and allowing you to run lower pressure. By the way when I saw wide I mean over 32mm cause 27mm isn't wide...
  • 5 1
 Just the perfect top 3:Brosnan:young gun who become a King,Hill:the legend/my idole who never loose his style and his insane riding,and for the last step of podium Hart:the most stylish and smoothy rider of the WC!
I cant't imagine a better podium!
  • 7 0
 Troy & Sam & very hearty hug after the race priceless pure sport
  • 7 3
 well for that ppl always say demo 8 sucks and never wins nothing.there it is boys! demo is just one of the best machines out there and the best for me Big Grin
congrats Troy and Hill my fav riders in a top
  • 2 0
 it just needed those bigger wheels!
  • 1 0
 i guess
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 i just realized how big brosnan's first win is. Every single top rider, all the greatest world champions and world cup winners were there and in great shape. It wasn't like he stole the win or anything. He simply beat Hill, Smith, Gwin, Minnaar, Atherton and many other great riders straight up.
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 Brosnan " He`s the real deal "
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 is it "the most brutal track in dh"? wouldn't that honor belong to val di sole or champery? not looking for a fight here - just curious.
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 The content on Pinkbike is nothing short of World class ! It's makes CNN & the BBC's websites look like something that Ron Burgundy's hungover intern would produce. Keep up the tremendous work & thanks to the sharp shooters out there too. We salute you fellas !
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 LOOK AT THE TIME!!!
Brosnan's winning time according to the results page was 4:36.580 not a 4:40.8.
In a sport where hundredths of seconds count for everything I would hope the correct time would get posted when it's being used at the heading of an article.
It's especially important because Troy won on a bike with wheels that were 650B; where as last year's winning time set by Gee Atherton was a 4:36.712...on 26" wheels...which are now dead...and slower...(.132) seconds slower to be exact.
Although in 2010 when Troy Brosnan placed 57th with a time of 4:53.8 Gee Atherton won with a time of 4:35.70(on 26" wheels) which is .88 faster than Troy's 2014 winning time on 650B wheels; so maybe 26" is faster? So confused.
All marketing hype and hundredths of seconds aside, stoked for the young Aussie pinner and his former Master. When arrow points meet head on, what has this to do with the power of skill?
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 + 100000000000
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 I wouldn't compare the previous times too much, as tracks change between races. But yeah, that was worth staying up for last night, what a race! Smile
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 If we look at top speeds in qualifying(which we must as there are no top speeds posted in the final results. Conspiracy?), Michael Vickers who rides for Steve Peat Syndictate qualified 146th, but had the top speed of 86.086kph(That's 53 miles an hour!).
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 fantastic photos-luvd the coverage-im rapt for troy gettin his 1st elite win, @ none other than Fort Bill!!! Im also a huge Sam Hill fan & cant wait for his next UCI WC win, which judging on his recent/current form is not too far away!!!
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 Brosnan is young and still a lot of years to come. Really excited for the next race and see Sam Hill on the podium again. It will be a battle for sure.
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 Can't hear anything over the deafening silence coming from all the demo haters. Great job Troy!
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 Props to Troy and Martin for their impressive run!! And so proud about the french girls 1 and 2!!!! Even if somes flatted, i think Ragot and pompon deserve it! Just disapointed as there isn't a single picture about the frenchies!! come on, Did you just see the massive whip of Bruni??? ^^
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 The legend Eric Carter breathing new life into the Spesh DH team, pretty sweet.
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 if there was one wc track i could try it would be by far fort william . it looks soooo fun! good job troy you are legit bru . im still waiting for the chainsaw to rip you apart tho haha . im still rooting for the canadian sorry.....
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 That was just an awesome race to watch. For the last 10 especially, was on the edge of my seat as each rider came down! This is what World Cup DH is all about.
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 so close for sam hill!
really happy for him to be finally up top again.
Smile
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 "Still at least he can be sure he'll never have to wear sunglasses with a full-face."
By far the best caption in this article even though we all know we'll be washed up DH racers at some point...
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 That's weird, where are all the ignorant anti-demo trolls now? Maybe it IS the rider and not the bike. Twats.

Outside of that, what a fantastic race!! Truly what it should be, keeping you guessing until the end. Unbelievable talent from every team.
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 What a great race. So stoked for Sam Hill he is one hell of a Rider and so much fun to watch.
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 the epitome of DH racing
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 What a WC round. Congs to Troy, it will for the next round Sam Wink
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 truly a come back for sam
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 I wonder if Warner's speech was appropriate for the masses during Peaty and Minnars knighting!
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 So other WC riders are on the new 5Tens, but Sam still has to run his old Sig shoe
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 Ahhhhhh young padawan!! I just hope Troy doesn't get his head turned by the dark side and attacks Sam, Anakin Skywalker style
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 Brand name of Troy's shoes?
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 They're a new specialized designi think
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 I believe they are specialized ones, I can't remember the model though.
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 They are prototype Spec shoes, so I don't think they are out yet.
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 prototype specialized shoes I believe
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 A new and currently unreleased design from the bicycle company Specialized..
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 Wait what? Sorry I still didn't understand, 5 answers isn't enough
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 @fabdemaere, i think people are saying it's from specialized and quite possibly a prototype.
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 Lol Pinkbike stole my quote. Wink Last photo is a classic. Reminds me of the Monster energy specialized days.
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 Hill is looking so toned and slim, I'm sure we're going to see a win this year from the Aussie fav!
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 what wheel size is the demo?? just curious, no intention to start a debate or anything!! seriously
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 Six fitty beee
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 cheers
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 amazing pics, ratboy takes the win tho! : )
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 Who said Demo is a shity bike???
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 In the second to last photo, Steve Peat's kid is named Jake, not Jack.
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 Aonoch Mor, not Moor...not Anick moor either...AONOCH MOR its not difficult
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 That was mad exciting.
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 It was the day of the "troy"!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 Right on dude. Troy u. Killed buddy Keep it pinned #1
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 Brosnan ain't 22 Frown
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 looks like Sony didn t ask Pekoll to destroy a camera this time... best race of the year so far !!
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 Sic as
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 That keg tent tho..
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