Finals Photo Epic - Leogang DH World Cup 4

Jun 16, 2014
by Nathan Hughes  


WELCOME TO MIAMI



Josh Bryceland. The Ratboy. Miami Bryce. The kid goes by a few aliases, but today you can call Ratty Skidson, 'champ'. The mountain bike hall of heroes welcomes a new member to join around the giant oak table to wear cloaks and swig liter beers with all the greats as we can assume they must do. A firm and dry Austrian gauntlet brought fiery pace, big air and race times close enough to be influenced by how many flies exploded against the race plate since leaving the gate. 2014 gets better every round and this time there was more to marvel at than ever. The racing lines, the drifts, the crashes... A completely tyreless run from Aaron Gwin that was nothing short of bicycle genius. It was all-round one totally astonishing weekend of racing. Thanks for reading everyone, we're off to watch the replay just one more time.


2014 World Cup 4 Leogang
  10:15am, first in the gate for group A practice; one man had the World at his feet. A second place here at last year's final and an incredible qualifying day behind him, Loic Bruni of Lapierre Gravity Republic was primed to tear the hard-packed course apart and storm to World Cup victory for the very first time.

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Ratboy coming into the mid rock section. After a couple practice runs I thought I might be able do this and f cking win this thing. Turns out Bruni was going a lot quicker and gutted for him for sure.
  Sadly the day wasn't to be his, as an incredible run washed out in the gravel and instead we saw yet another first time winner nail down a phenomenally high speed course and take to the top step. Welcome to the winners club Josh Bryceland.

Welcome to the winners club Josh Bryceland.
  With a formidable run that tipped the World champion and senior team mate, Minnaar, out of the hot seat, Bryceland added to the roster of 2014 winners, to make four winners from four World Cups, in a continuation of one of the most exciting season's racing we've ever seen.

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  It was an all time day for spectating on track and also at home with a live-feed that really showed the full extent of rider skill and course gnar. Son of Hogan surveys the scene before finals.

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  A Cairns python, far from home slithers through the trees.

Jordie Cortes of Fox Racing shox showing off a couple of aces and two wild cards from the collection of service cards for Leogang the morning before the final.
  Jordie Cortes of Fox Racing shox showing off a couple of aces and two wild cards from the collection of service cards for Leogang the morning of finals.

Team Norco heading up and ready to charge for the day.
  Team Norco heading up and ready to charge for the day.

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  Simmonds hikes the off-camber and Beaumont ploughs some custom ruts in the last runs of morning practice.

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  The Jr. men's field is totally stacked this year. Team GB's Drew Carters was deadly fast, but still 13 seconds outside contention.

Talylor Vernon going down the rabbit hole on his final practice run before the finals.
  GT's Taylor Vernon going down the rabbit hole and almost clinching it for the Brits.

Amaury Pierron from France rode away with the victory in the junior men s race today. He was half a second up on GT s Taylor Vernon.
  Amaury Pierron from France rode away with the victory in the junior men's race today. He was half a second up on Vernon.

Loris Vergier slipped a bit and then some on his run the number two qualifier in the juniors had a hell of a crash knocked his head and came home over two minutes off pace.
  Loris Vergier slipped a bit and then some on his run; the number two qualifier in the juniors had a hell of a crash, knocked his head, and came home over two minutes off pace.

A disappointing day for Luca Shaw. Shaw was stuck behind Loris Vergier after the Lapierre rider went down on the middle section of the track. Shaw finished third.
  A disappointing race for Luca Shaw. Shaw was stuck behind Vergier after the Lapierre rider went down on the middle section of the track. Shaw finished third.

The Jr. men s field is stacked this year. It was good to see Luca Shaw take the overall lead and for Taylor Vernon to finally make his way back to the podium where he belongs.
   It was good to see Luca Shaw take the overall lead, and for Vernon to finally make his way back to the podium where he belongs.

Tracy Hannah continues to chip away at regaining the confidence that escaped her in during her injury riddled season of 13. Tenth at the first split eighth at the second split and seventh at the end. How soon until she notches another win
  Tracy Hannah continues to chip away at regaining the confidence that escaped her in during her injury riddled season of '13. Tenth at the first split, eighth at the second split, and seventh at the end. How soon until she notches another win?

After a flat tire last weekend in Fort William Tahnee Seagrave had her revenge her in Leogang. Welcome to the podium Tahnee. We have a feeling we ll be seeing a lot more of you up there this season.
  After a flat tire last weekend in Fort William, Tahnee Seagrave had her revenge here in Leogang and it was her birthday. Happy Birthday and welcome to the podium Tahnee. We have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more of you up there this season.

Emmeline Ragot wasn t able to back up last weeks win with another this week. She was a bit off pace and finished fourth.
  Emmeline Ragot wasn't able to back up last week's win with another this week. She was a bit off pace and finished fourth.

Myriam Nicole full speed and all style.
  Myriam Nicole, full speed and all style.

Pom Pon has been incredibly consistent so far this season. She took third place today 4.028 seconds off Carpenter. Can she make the jump to first soon
  Pom Pon has been incredibly consistent so far this season. She took third place today, 4.028 seconds off Carpenter. Can she make the jump to first soon?

Rachel Atherton drops into the finish arena in Leogang.
  Rachel Atherton drops into the finish arena and second place in Leogang.

Manon Carpenter with another win 2.699 seconds up on Rachel Atherton. A nice way to finish after a flat cost her a win last week.
  Manon Carpenter, full man-speed, with another win, 2.699 seconds up on Atherton. A nice way to finish after a flat cost her so dearly last week.

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  Manon's message to all the elite boys she's making feel bad about themselves: 'Tough luck...train harder!'

Manon Carpenter on fire this season and rounding out the team standings for Madison-Sarencen as the overall team leader.
  Manon's on fire this season and rounding out the team standings for Madison-Sarencen with help from Dale and Simmonds, as the overall team leader.

Slipping a thumb off the shifter paddle in wet conditions kind of sucks Emilie Siegenthaler with a bit of extra insurance just in case the rain came out to play in the final.
  Slipping a thumb off the shifter paddle in wet conditions kind of sucks; Emilie Siegenthaler with a bit of extra insurance just in case the rain came out to play in the final.

Nigel Reeves burned a bit of midnight oil fine tuning Steve Smiths sled for the final today... Chainsaw s getting back to form but even the tiniest mistakes on this track were costly.
  Nigel Reeve burned a bit of midnight oil fine tuning Steve Smiths sled for the final today... Chainsaw's getting back to form, but even the tiniest mistakes on this track were costly.

Noel Niederberger navigates the last major tech section on track. Often times the race can be won or lost through this section and today that was no exception.
  Noel Niederberger navigates the last major tech section on track. Often times the race can be won or lost through this section, and today that was no exception.

Because Brendog that s why.
  Because Brendog, that's why.

Mark Wallace chipped a tooth a while back and now looking tough as nails.
  Dean Lucas chipped a tooth a while back and now looks tough as nails...

Mitch Ropelato getting out of shape and reeling it back in on the loose corner that caught Loic Bruni out and cost him his victory.
  Mitch Ropelato getting out of shape and reeling it back in on the loose corner that caught Loic Bruni out and cost him his victory.

Loic wasn t the only one who went down in this loose corner. Despite nightly rains this corner turned right dry and dusty in no time today. If you gave her a bit too much she gave out.
  Loic wasn't the only one who went down in this loose corner. Despite nightly rains, this corner turned right dry and dusty in no time today. If you gave her a bit too much, she gave out.

Joe Smith going full huck.
  Joe Smith at pace and going full huck.

The man with the finest name in racing--Nick Beer--continues to advance towards the top ten aboard the new Wilson. The Swiss rider was only 5 seconds off pace but in this crowd on this track five seconds off pace is only good for seventeenth.
  Nick Beer, continues to advance towards the top ten aboard the new Wilson. The Swiss rider was only 5 seconds off pace, but in this crowd on this track, five seconds off pace is only good for seventeenth.

Team Bulls ready to charge.
  Team Bergamont and Banshee get ready to charge.


E-Bike Earl getting a violent shove from the UCI marshall.
  E-Bike Earl getting a violent shove from the UCI marshall.

Bernard Kerr hucking out and over the tape for a DQ today.
  Bernard Kerr hucking out and over the tape for a DQ today.

Bernard Kerr feeling very gutted after accidentally going off course in a wild ride of hucking off the hollywood drop. Rules are rules and Bernard was officially DQ d.
  Bernard Kerr feeling very gutted after accidentally going off course in a wild ride of hucking off the hollywood drop. Rules are rules and Bernard was officially DQ'd.

Words elude me for the skill Marcus Pekoll displayed in riding through what is arguably the most technical section of the track with one leg figuratively tied behind his back. Pekoll the local favorite was pushing hard entering this section and somehow blew a foot off his pedal and caught it between his rear wheel and the seat tube. And then had to just deal. At race pace. In a section of track that is completely unforgiving.
  Words elude us for the skill Marcus Pekoll displayed in riding through what is arguably the most technical section of the track with one leg figuratively tied behind his back. Pekoll, the local favorite was pushing hard entering this section and somehow blew a foot off his pedal, and caught it between his rear wheel and the seat tube. And then had to just deal. At race pace. In a section of track that is completely unforgiving.

This just wasn t the track for Sam Hill. Hill finished tenth not the follow up to last week we thought we might see. notschladming
  This just wasn't the track for Sam Hill. Hill finished tenth, not the follow up to last week we thought we might see. #notschladming

Not a steep enough track for Sam Hill but MSA is still to come and will be looking for a win.
  Not a steep enough track for Sam Hill, but MSA is still to come and will be looking for a win.

Danny Hart was full commited on every section of track. More so than anyone over the finishline jump sailing far clear of the landing in the biggest huck to flat the WC has ever seen.
  Danny Hart was fully committed on every section of track. More so than anyone over the finish line jump, sailing far clear of the landing in the biggest huck to flat the WC has ever seen.

It s been a few years since George Brannigan s break through podium in Hafjell Norway. The potential has been there since and today he finally lived up to it once again.
  It's been a few years since George Brannigan's break through podium in Hafjell, Norway. The potential has been there since, and today he finally lived up to it once again.

Big day for George Brannigan. The Kiwi has been making steady gains since his knee surgery last season. George finished fifth today. Perhaps we will see him consistently in the top ten again.
  Big day for George Brannigan. The Kiwi has been making steady gains since his knee surgery last season. George finished fifth today. Perhaps we will see him consistently in the top ten again.


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  The centurion from South Africa warping into the 101. He stepped right off the podium and into a helicopter to make a date in London last night.

Greg Minnaar may have one hundred and one World Cups under his belt but he certainly isn t showing signs of slowing down. Second place today. 1.275 seconds back from Bryceland.
  Greg Minnaar may have one hundred and one World Cups under his belt, but he certainly isn't showing signs of slowing down. Second place today. 1.275 seconds back from team mate and good buddy Bryceland.

Greg Minnaar tucked and into second just behind Ratty.
  The smoothest rider of all time, tucking into second just behind Ratty.

We said it yesterday after Greg Minnaar s poor quali run and we will say it again today. Never count Greg out.
  We said it yesterday after Greg Minnaar's poor quali run and we will say it again today. Never count Greg out.

Brook Macdonald is right back where he left off before injury cut his season short in 2013. With some rowdy tracks coming up we expect the Bulldog to be fighting for the top spot fro here on out.
  Brook Macdonald is right back where he left off before injury cut his season short in 2013. With some rowdy tracks coming up we expect the Bulldog to be fighting for the top spot fro here on out.

Bulldog charging his way through the field and getting back the results he d been wanting for some time.
  Bulldog charging his way through the field and getting back the results he'd been wanting for some time.

Lat years winner Steve Smith is oh so close but still has a little work to do in order to be back on top. With a 6 week break before the next round you can be sure the chainsaw will be firing on a cylinders in Mont-Ste-Anne.
  Last years winner Steve Smith had a brilliant run, but he still has a little work to do in order to be right back up at the incredibly high level required to make the top steps.

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  With a 6 week break before the next round, you can be sure the chainsaw will be firing on a cylinders in Mont-Ste-Anne. Make no mistake he is planning another massacre.

A fovorite to watch and one who shows flashes of brilliance on some tracks this just wasn t Sam Blenkinsop s weekend.
  A favorite to watch, and one who shows flashes of brilliance on some tracks, this just wasn't Sam Blenkinsop's weekend.

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  4.97 second back and you get16th...such is the level.

Troy Brosnan didnt have the speed to match his winning pace from a week ago but was still in the mix in Leogang. He is showing the kind of consistancy this year that wins championships and half way through the season the title is very much within his reach.
  Troy Brosnan didnt have the speed to match his winning pace from a week ago but was still in the mix in Leogang. He is showing the kind of consistancy this year that wins championships, and half way through the season the title is very much within his reach.

Troy Brosnan dropping into the final dash to the finish. He s definitely feeling it now--a mere 1.275 seconds off pace for third place.
  Troy Brosnan dropping into the final dash to the finish. He's definitely feeling it now, a mere 1.275 seconds off pace for third place.

Troy Brosnan comes through hoping to get a double win but still seemed happy to be up on the steps.
  Brosnan comes through hoping to get a double win, but still stoked to be up on the steps and leading out the overall.

Smooth and fast through all the woods and with the fitness to match in the middle Josh Bryclend tore the Leogang track apart today.
  Smooth and fast through all the woods, and with the fitness to match in the middle, Josh Bryclend tore the Leogang track apart today.

Ratboy getting loose just above the chute. The wild one kept things under control today and took his first world cup victory.
  Ratboy getting loose just above the chute. The wild one kept things under control today and took his first world cup victory.

Look at the time Josh Bryceland sailing home to his first World Cup victory. Ratboy has been honing in on the top step this season and today it all came together.
  Look at the time! Bryceland sailing home to his first World Cup victory. Ratboy has been honing in on the top step this season, and today it all came together.

Ratboy coming through the line with Loic still to come down and already celebrating his time spent here in Austria.
  Ratboy coming over the line with Loic still to come down, but already celebrating his time spent here in Austria.

DFL for Gwin but you gotta give the man credit for riding a tire wheel combo from halfway to the first woods at the top of the track all the way home. Sure 39 seconds off pace but he never let off the gas.

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  There's commitment, there's skill and there's Aaron Gwin. It's been a while since we saw anything close to that ridiculous.

Ratboy in the hot seat and patiently waiting for Loic to make his next move. What was thought to be Loic s big day turned out to be Ratboy s biggest yet.
  Ratboy in the hot seat and patiently waiting for Loic to make his next move. What was thought to be Loic's big day turned out to be Ratboy's biggest yet.

What might have been... Bruni was on a burner a half second up on Bryceland when he washed out of a berm near the bottom of the track. The Lapierre rider was full gas but the crash was at the worst possible place on the track--heading into a short uphill. Still he was only adrift some 6.5 seconds. Next time Bruni next time.
  What might have been... Bruni was on a burner, a half second up on Bryceland, when he washed out of a berm near the bottom of the track. The Lapierre rider was full gas, but the crash was at the worst possible place on the track--heading into a short uphill. Still, he was only adrift some 6.5 seconds. Next time, Bruni, next time.

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  That's racing. As people went mad for Bryceland around the hotseat, Loic was collapsed on his back wheel, stuck staring at the clock in the middle of the arena. He was devastated, completely paralyzed by the loss. The contrast was almost too painful to watch.

One of Loic s best friends on circuit Guillaume Cauvin greats him at the finish line.
  Guillaume Cauvin, one of Loic's best friends on the circuit, was there to offer some support at the finish line.

No words could describe what Loic was feeling in this moment.
  No words could describe what Loic was feeling in this moment.

Ratty getting a lift around in Peaty style.

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  Victory-hitch from long-time mentor, role model and legend, Peaty.

RATBOY FTW
  RATBOY FTW

I don t think anyone was more stoked to see Josh Bryceland on top of his first WC podium than this man. No one has given back more to the sport than Steve and surely he played a huge rle over the years in Josh s success.
  I don't think anyone was more stoked to see Josh Bryceland on top of his first WC podium than this man. No one has given back more to the sport than Steve, and surely he played a huge rle over the years in Josh's success.

Peaty gives Bryceland a long awaited hug for a well deserved win.
  Peaty gives Bryceland a long awaited hug for a well deserved win.


The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. A shattered Bruni congratulates Ratty. Bruni had some hard luck today but that win is certain to come soon. It s been coming for Bryceland for a long time.
  The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. A shattered Bruni congratulates Ratty. Bruni had some hard luck today, but that win is certain to come soon. It's been coming for Bryceland for a long time.

bigquotesAfter a couple of practice runs, I thought I might be able do this and f*cking win this thing. Turns out Bruni was going a lot quicker, I'm gutted for him for sure. Josh Bryceland - Santa Cruz Syndicate



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  Welcome to the winner's club Josh Bryceland

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  The Great British gals took down the French today with Tahnee, Rach and Manon locking horns with Emmeline and Myriam.

Manon Carpenter... Unstoppable So far for the most part. But Ragot is trailing her a mere 90 points back and with 3 races to go Carpenter s grasp on the overall lead is anything but secure.
  Manon Carpenter... Unstoppable? So far, for the most part. But Ragot is trailing her a mere 90 points back, and with 3 races to go, Carpenter's grasp on the overall lead is anything but secure.

Girls gone wild.
  Girls gone wild. Happy 19th Tahnee!

The Bulldog and Sam Dale sharing a laugh before awards. The Bulldog is back and we can t be happier about it.
  The Bulldog and Sam Dale sharing a laugh before awards. The Bulldog is back, and we can't be happier about it.

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bigquotesIt's been a long time since I had a podium... so stoked to be back up there! After the injury I had doubts about if I could come back at the top again, but you know I don't give up at all so it's all about fighting back. A big injury is just a hard thing to deal with and kind of new to me, but all the hard work has paid off - Brook MacDonald - Trek World Racing


A long time in the making. Josh Bryceland will be partying hard tonight.
  A long time in the making. The once miniature, now very tall shredder, Josh Bryceland will be partying hard tonight.

Last weeks first time winner Troy Brosnan sprays downthis weeks first time winner with the victory chamagne.
  Last weeks newcomer victor, Troy Brosnan, sprays down this weeks first time winner with the victory champagne.

Ratty is handy at spraying the bubbly. Minnaar even ducked out to avoid a hosing.
  Ratty is handy at spraying the bubbly. Minnaar even ducked out to avoid a hosing before his flight.

The new Men s World Cup overall leader Troy Brosnan. With Gwin s DFL Dead Effing Last the overall gets a helluva a lot more interesting all of the sudden. Gwin s been solid all season so he s only 29 points behind Brosnan but Bryceland s consistancy has him only another 58 points back from Gwin. And Gee Atherton is a mere 26 points behind Bryceland. With three races to go things are heating up for the overall.
  The new Men's World Cup overall leader: Troy Brosnan. With Gwin's DFL (Dead Effing Last), the overall gets a helluva a lot more interesting all of the sudden. Gwin's been solid all season, so he's only 29 points behind Brosnan, but Bryceland's consistancy has him only another 58 points back from Gwin. And Gee Atherton is a mere 26 points behind Bryceland. With three races to go, things are heating up for the overall.

What an exciting two weekends it s been for Troy Brosnan. First his first World Cup win and now he stands atop the podium as the new series leader.
  What an exciting two weekends it's been for Troy Brosnan. First his first World Cup win, and now he stands atop the podium as the new series leader.

Peaty Ratboy combo will be an unstoppable force come about 9PM tonight.
  Peaty / Ratboy combo will be an unstoppable force come about 9PM tonight.

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  634 and 605... Specialized boyz on top of the points. Aaron's feeling good about his new arch-nemesis team mate and downplayed his insane annihilation of the course on bare rim...

bigquotesTroy and I are good friends and at the end of the day the fastest guy wins. We make each other better helping with lines and stuff and then when it's time to race, it's time to race and I'm happy to have my team mate beat me over anyone else. I haven't actually had a flat in a race run or qualifying ever so I guess it was bound to happen eventually. The tire stayed on until I dropped into the bottom woods and it was a lot better then because I had a bit of grip again! I figured the race run was going so good and I trained hard not to just give up... I have no idea what points you get to be so far back in the pack, but I figured if it gets me just one point it would be worth it Aaron Gwin - Specialized Racing


Good day for Santa Cruz bikes with Ratboy and Minnaar both up on the top steps.
  You could call it a good day for the Santa Cruz bikes 26" club. Ratboy and Minnaar, 9 years apart spanning the old guard and the new, both up on the top steps.

So Long Leogang. Ratboy just won a World Cup so it s time to PARTY
  So Long Leogang. Ratboy just won a World Cup so it's time to PARTY!!! The hangover should be all cleared up by Mont St Anne.



111 Comments

  • 406 1
 The fact that the course marshalls actually moved the tape out wider after Kerr went over it is such a slap in the face. Either don't DQ him (he didn't cross a pole?) or keep the bloody tape in the same place - don't move it so more following riders get an advantage!
  • 36 1
 @moreover would prop you more if I could.

Really don't think anyone can really complain about Minnaar DQ earlier in the season. but this is wild. Surely its a re run as the course is not marked correctly, at the very most!

I mean how is he meant to change his position going in to a blind drop/fade away? when the course was marked completely differently to every training run qualifying and as it turns out every other rider!
  • 56 4
 Kerr's DQ has shattered my withering faith in the UCI, downhill needs to lose the UCI asap! Already had Minaar and Rach' Atherton get DQ's in previous rounds for reasons that simply go against the grain of downhill entirely, UCI just don't seem to have their head in the sport and no real understanding of its camaraderie and charisma
  • 9 1
 Anyone else think they need to adopt a better method. I can understand some DQ's but minnarr at cairns he did not gain any advantage he lost huge amounts of time with that off and realistically i would have been surprised if he could have walked back up that greasy hill to enter where he left. Kerr ok the argument for well he than entered the corner faster and may have gained an advantage to the finish than give him a time penalty. I think we need to adopt penalties that not just off-set the gain but do give a bit of a slap on the wrist. I'd say DQ for purposely trying to cut the track but small penalties for accidentally track leaves that off sets any advantage plus a bit of an additional disadvantage is where we need to be. It still hurts the rider but doesn't kill them and it still keeps them inside the tape as a penalty will still hurt a fair bit.
  • 10 0
 Rob talked about that rule before the race, and specified you could cross the tape, you just had not to cross a pole... I don't understand their decision.
  • 3 0
 I think the rule was you can cross the tape provided it does not lead to an advantage so it still gives no reason for riders to search for lines near or out of the tape. The only reason I can see him been DQ is that by leaving the tape that wider line allowed him to take that last corner faster which also has a trail down effect all the way to the line. Would be good to hear, hopefully some explanation will pop up. Still think they need to adopt time penalties not just pure DQ's for every situation. It hopefully will be a point of discussion at the UCI.
  • 8 3
 The problem is this: without the UCI, who is going to run it? now where's Si Paton?
  • 23 0
 In the rules you can not move the tape or alter the line after practice. The marshalls should have gotten dq'd if that's the case
  • 5 0
 Been a few tape/flag moving incidents lately.......
  • 3 1
 that rules are just killing the sport, just telling you don't go wild you will be DQ.
  • 7 0
 WayneParsons I think your wrong! The fucking marshal should of got KO'd!
  • 71 0
 Bernard Kerr is the new Norbs.

You can see how far the tape was moved out after Kerr's run here:

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Kerr was robbed!
  • 18 0
 How about Shaw got stucked behind crashed rider.
  • 1 4
 " The problem is this: without the UCI, who is going to run it? now where's Si Paton?"

x games? Smile
  • 5 9
flag fivesixseven (Jun 16, 2014 at 10:06) (Below Threshold)
 the tape wasn't actually moved by the marshalls after kerr's run - he crashed into the poloes - and did actually ride around two poles, so technically the DQ was ok. the marshalls should have put the tape back into position after he took them down.
  • 5 0
 kerr and shaw, seroiusly wtf
  • 2 1
 Pretty cool. That was my snapshot picture of the tape being moved. You can quite clearly see kerr did land wide and hit only one poll. The fact is i re watched all the riders after him and saw at least 4 other riders land further than where the tape was. The uci this year are destroying the series. I think it will have a bad affect on the riders as now they will start worrying how close they are getting to the tape.
  • 4 1
 again guys, even though i think that the rule is dumb as fuck - no one moved the tape after kerr's run. he rode into two poles and moved them himself.. i stood right beside it and have a slomo vid of it... and he did ride around one pole on the wrong side..
  • 3 0
 Please post that video then. The tape has definatly been moved and held in place by another object
  • 2 1
 Shaw didn't really get robbed, it was just bad luck that Loris crashed ahead of him. I dunno what happened, but Loris definitly should have moves as far out of Shaw's way as possible
  • 3 0
 At least Shaw went away with some points.
  • 5 1
 mnorris, how did Shaw not get robbed? Vergais should have got out of the way, he didn't, slowed him down, in my eyes that deserves a re-run. Just like peatty got a re-run when the poor bastard wrecked on braytons bike on the whoops in cairns. If I'm missing something here, someone chime in.
  • 2 0
 It's just incredible to me how such a great sport, with such great athletes and sportsman (and women), who would probably still do it for free if there was no $ in it...can be governed by such a group of asshatted buffoons.
  • 1 0
 DirtyE +1 to seeing that video
  • 3 0
 Good stuff there. DirtyE Does beg the question why it wasn't returned to its original spot though. More importantly did any rider actually cross the original tape point that was not DQ'd
  • 2 1
 He shouldn't have gotten dq'd for that
  • 5 2
 From watching the video he clearly went the wrong side of the pole so the DQ was a good call.

What's less clear is should the tape/poles have been moved back after he moved them... dunno - what do the rules say?
  • 1 1
 I used to organize races so what do I know.
  • 1 1
 Looking at that video he was more in the track poles than out. How many time on the track do we see poles pushed over almost flat and the riders are jumping over half that pole. Hopefully they will see sense and reinstate his 13th position.
  • 1 1
 I wouldn't say he went outside of the tape at all. That's total BS. He got robbed.
  • 1 1
 @Dingus, the tape did not move. Those are 2 completely different angles of the shot !!!
  • 1 0
 Bullshit, take note of all the props the first comment is getting. Somethings wrong here
  • 2 1
 the tape did move and yes the shots are different but every so slightly. look at the volvo sign the angle and amount of sign visible, where the top of the rocks are in relation to the sign, its all the same, the fence below, the ending point is the same in relation to the rocks. You're looking at the photo extremities which is not accurate because you can easily crop that down. If you crop the top shot down on the right The main shot is almost exactly the same and the tape position in relation to the rocks is clearly evident as well. It was moved.

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  • 1 0
 on the left I mean Smile
  • 52 0
 It's good to see that in our sport you can be a pro athlete at the top of your game and still have a personality, get rid of media training and allow people to be themselves. Great win and well deserved for an awesome rider.
  • 9 0
 so true... just look at the picture ratboy giving bruni a hug... priceless!
  • 6 0
 Hes all Class. In his post race interview he acknowledged that Bruno was faster and he felt bad he "overcooked' that corner and lost it. At least I think that is what he said. But thats racing!
  • 18 15
 We're looking at you Gee. Sorest loser and most uninspiring personality. He's the only guy I don't root for, such a mopey twat.
  • 14 3
 Speak for yourself miff, everyone else here is talking about bryceland and bruni before you swooped in like a pigeon. Yea Gee's not the most personable guy on the circuit sure, but you gotta respect his determination and focus, that alone is inspiring.
  • 7 1
 I think he likes to play the iceman to protect his soft core Wink ... I bet Gee is a truly nice guy.
  • 21 0
 When has Gee ever actually done anything that would make him a 'sore loser'? Can anyone actually give me an example? Something maybe where he's made comments putting down or discrediting someone who finished ahead of him? Or where he's not shown good sportsmanship? Anything like that? Anyone?

Because being upset after a bad run or not being happy when you lose does not equate to being a sore loser. That's called being a competitor and while some people take it further than others, there is nothing wrong with it.
  • 2 0
 thats it... and he always congratulates other riders when they win before him.
  • 5 1
 Amen. The only pictures I've ever seen of Gee looking surly are after he's just lost a major race (like the last one last year). I'm pretty confident the only person he is dirty on at that point is himself. And if we're going to point fingers, have a look at the video of Gwin's (fairly awesome run) and see if you can identify the only person on the hot seat area not giving him a standing ovation.
  • 5 0
 ^thats cause he's sitting on the hotseat for his first worldcup win with the #1 qualifier to go.......I'd say he's a little stressed as indicated by his facial expression
  • 43 1
 Yesterday fastest without rear tyre - Gwin. That run was unbelievable... How he did that?! Great Gwin riding skills!
  • 20 0
 He was 78th at Split 2 and yet finished 77th, he actually made up time with no rear tyre... what?!
  • 5 0
 it just shows how much skills he actually has
  • 9 1
 He went from 79th to 78th because Matej Charvat crashed hard on the table top after the big roll in on the last section and became a DNF.
  • 5 0
 That was the most entertaining thing to watch out of the entire race. And that was an awesome race.
  • 4 0
 Gwin ! he is a God !!!!!
  • 7 0
 After seeing that run I thought I should just go ahead and sell my downhill bike. This guy just smashed out a run, on a course that I'd have trouble just getting down in one piece, without a fucking back tire.
  • 29 1
 I heard loads of people shouting for Manon during the England match- they kept calling Man On, Man On. Seriously stoked for her and Ratboy.
  • 4 1
 There was a football match ? didn't hear any thing about that Razz
  • 2 0
 Every time anyone mentions the world cup i get all excited for a fraction of a second thinking that people have started following dh ............. then i remember
  • 14 0
 Thanks for that sweet report & amazing photos PB Wink
Ratboy kills it, so happy for him, Bruni was fast, too fast maybe ...
Greg said himself "you have to ride safe" and it works for him ^^

And what about Gwin ? Ridiculous , i think we can create the word "Gwinsane" !!
  • 16 2
 damn i make me almost cry .... He was so closed ....
  • 11 4
 Sad thing is it wasn't really a mistake. A few hours earlier, he would've nailed that corner like noone else, but it was so dusty and blown out, even Minnaar got sketchy there.
  • 5 0
 I think he hit the corner a bit too fast.
  • 1 2
 last rider pressure for a young rider.
  • 4 0
 I call bullshit on that.
If he had not been able to cope with the pressure (like you say), he would've crashed way earlier, the top section and the woods are super sketch.
I rewatched his crash a few times, and I think he just went into the corner a little late.
He would definitely have rode it out if it had happened in the morning, but the corner was so dusty, he just lost the rear wheel.
  • 5 2
 that bikes got a rep for a flexy back end too, if any corners going to bring out that ugly trait, thats the one #lapierreconspiracy
  • 9 0
 Stoked for Ratboy and what a wild run from Gwin.
Lets see if Troy can hold his small gap to Gwin in overall.
its a bit sad to see Loic such frustrated but his time will come, too. Wink
  • 11 0
 Gwin is my new fav. Great attitude and sportsmanship. Finish the race even to get just one point.
  • 10 2
 If you leave the course you must rejoin where you left it, regardless of poles or trees. That's the new rules/guidelines plain and simple. Don't like them, don't race!

That said, the tape was moved after Bernard's run. Which is of course totally against the rules, unless for safety issues and not to be of advantage.

Another argument could be regards the actual taping. A blind corner, tape on the ground, no pole on the entry. In my eyes that should have been picked up by the tech delegates on the course walk and rectified to make sure the race course is clearly defined to the riders.

Bernard did go out and never rejoined, so yes he should have been dq'd. If I had been his team manager I would have disputed the DQ stating the course tapes were moved after his run (track was made wider) which is of course not fair. Plus the course was not defined properly. On that basis hoping the DQ would be reversed and Bernard's time re-instated.

You have 15 mins after the results have been signed, timed and dated by the UCI Commissaire in which to lodge an official dispute in writing.
  • 8 0
 Aaron Gwin's run was the most exciting thing ever seen by myself.. more so than Danny's champs run... I was up cheering and shouting.. The guys is the Ice Man of the MTB world... go on Ratboy woooooo What a year so far !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 3 0
 My heart was in my mouth his whole run... was just waiting for the tyre to snag on a rock or something and for him to go straight OTB.. lucky my fears weren't realised Smile
  • 7 0
 "The mountain bike hall of heroes welcomes a new member to join around the giant oak table to wear cloaks and swig liter beers with all the greats as we can assume they must do"

seriously, make a movie of it.
  • 7 0
 The talent and bike technology in world cup DH is off the hook!!! Gwins flat, Brunis wash out, Minnaar in second, Rat boys first win, Red bull coverage. Cant wait till the next show.
  • 10 2
 Not a long ago almost everyone in here wanted Gwin's head on a plate and now look!!! Internet is a bitch sometimes...
  • 6 6
 I don't like him, I don't want him to win, but that doesn't mean I can't respect him for an incredible athletic performance.
  • 2 13
flag miff (Jun 16, 2014 at 11:12) (Below Threshold)
 I liked the Nazis. ...see I can be contrarian too.
  • 6 0
 Ratboy, the only person in history that becomes easier to understand the more smashed he is Big Grin also, someone please teach him the difference between Austria and Germany Wink
  • 7 0
 Gorgeous shots, love these photos! Thanks PB!
  • 3 0
 the race kept getting bettter, not taking anything away from JB - Gwin's run was just out of this world. I thought he'd stop but he just kept going and Bruni gutted for him he was flying but those 'Stairs of Contrast' took a few out...
  • 4 1
 "E-Bike Earl getting a violent shove from the UCI marshall."

Not sure what's happening but it looks more like the Marshall is getting ready to mount him!

Major respect too to Ratboy, not just for the win but for the classy comment in respecting others' misfortune
  • 6 0
 note to self: remember to buy dt-swiss rims if planning on riding a world cup course with no tires.
  • 6 0
 Ratboy, you not gonne sing bro?
  • 5 0
 Great race, amazing photos!
  • 3 0
 Danny hart went prolly twice as high as anybody else on that last jump, i bet it was insane to watch it in person.
  • 11 9
 damn, that SC V10 must be one fast bike. what size are those wheels again?
  • 7 3
 You're right. It wasn't so much Michelangelo in the Sistine chapel, it was his paintbrush that did that masterpiece. Skill, schmill.
  • 3 0
 I nearly died, when Bruni washed out. Congrats to Bryceland!
  • 3 1
 Myriam Nicole's BIke gives me "Piece of Mind", and yes "Gwinsane" should be a new word.
  • 6 2
 no demo haters ?????
  • 6 3
 Silenced. It rips even without a back tyre. Stick that in ya pipe demo haters.
  • 5 2
 protours silently lurking....distributing the neg props
  • 2 0
 Dear UCI Bernard was officially Disqualified! I think that's alot of bullshit. He was airborne as he left the course!
  • 3 0
 Man, these races have been top notch this year.
  • 3 0
 bruni needs the new bike, that flexy lapierre rear end tweaked on him!
  • 2 0
 I want to see a picture of Gwin's rim after being thrashed so mentally down the course.
  • 1 0
 i feel entitled to a pic of gwin slaying the rock garden tireless. he wasn't any slower through it, its got to be a insane pic who has it??
  • 2 0
 girls on 27.5 looks strange :-)
p.s awesome shots!
  • 5 2
 Twentysevenpointwhat?
  • 2 0
 For myriam nicole it should say full speed full beauty.
  • 1 0
 Ratboy Special of This is Peaty seems too suitable. Well done dude!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6XPIueQM_I
  • 2 0
 Danny Harts boost off the last jump was craaaazy!!
  • 1 0
 Beautiful race, one more time please Wink
  • 2 0
 Cong Ratsboy!
  • 1 0
 3 races left? I thought it was MSA, Windham, Merible, then Hafjell?
  • 1 0
 World champs.....
  • 1 0
 Oh yeah liam, forgot about the funky UCI race designations. Oh UCI........
  • 1 0
 I thought a "banger" was a sausage?

Must see bangers... Heh heh...
  • 1 0
 Close up picture of the rim pretty please..
  • 1 0
 He shall now be known as "RatMan"!! Congrats!
  • 2 4
 Loic is ratboy are too warmly at the moment they everything are going to burst in the mt st anne and especially has widham for loic
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