Finals day has been and gone in a puff of smoke, no refunds required... Anybody disappointed with that race besides individuals by the name of Macdonald or Hannah has undeniably been following the wrong sport all along. To witness that full throttle sprint down a gauntlet of some of the most heinous terrain nature can procure, followed by a final dash through the Croatian streets was a delight to behold. Admittedly brief, it was a race that succeeded in packing all of the good stuff into those 2 minutes 20+ seconds and it's left everyone both sides of the tape wanting more - heck let's have a whole season of it.
Idyllic atmospherics blessed the hillside from every day, start to finish and had there been more than a spoonful of dirt available on this course, it would surely have been hooking up just perfectly. In the end, only the most prepared, precise and plain lucky of racers survived the relentless bombardment of igneous aggression and more sedate man-made speed tuck, to come out on top. Vali Holl and Thibaut Daprela made one hell of a first impression in the junior women's and men's categories, while last year's World Cup champion, Myriam Nicole, romped to an intimidating 3.5 second victory against a field that included a fit and healthy Rachel Atherton. In the men's race, Aaron Gwin flexed on what was clearly a perfect off-season to maintain his insane stranglehold on the competition and was joined by two fellow Americans (Luca Shaw & Dakota Norton), an in-form Sam Blenkinsop and rising star Dean Lucas. Meanwhile, Saturday's hero; fastest qualifier, Brook Macdonald, took an almighty spill, but survives to take the fight onto the Highlands at the start of June. The 'Bill just can't come soon enough.
|I don’t know what to say… It’s not my favorite kind of track and still isn’t my favorite kind of track because you are on the edge and you can pick up injuries quite easily if you push too hard. I managed to stay on my lines and put in a good time so I’m really happy with that! We’ve been doing a lot of testing and the bikes are working so well. For the first winter ever I’ve been working hard on both myself and my bike and racing on such a gnarly track my bike was working perfectly and for a girl that is so important. The last few months have been quite intense with studying, but I managed to do everything so I could not be happier today!—Myriam Nicole|
|It's always kind of crazy, it's such a long off season and you’re training for so many months waiting for basically today, which was barely a 2 and a half minute run… By the time I got here I felt ready, but you never know since racing can be so unpredictable... I wouldn’t really say it’s a relief to win, it’s just exciting for me every time! Every win feels good. I love the challenge of a new track and with a fresh track you can find lines that sometimes other people don’t have. I knew times would be really tight from trackwalk, but I was excited as it looked like it would suit me. It was gnarly, but fun and just a good weekend all round!—Aaron Gwin|
MENTIONS: @davetrumpore @rossbellphoto
You become a product manager, or better yet; a brand ambassador
Getting down with no rear tyre
Dry weather times in wet weather conditions
Getting up from sketchy crashes
Those are remarkable, doing what you get paid to do as a job is not remarkable, it's your job.
Also I'm stealing " Jesus fkng Christ - look at that!, Sweet Painting of apes fkng Mohammed"
@WAKIdesigns: this is your safe space Waki. But if Gothenburg burns to the ground this week we'll know why. If you believe Breitbart, it's a matter of when rather than if.
Also - Intense is now a credible racing brand/team again, bravo
But yeah I always think they look like they should be wearing more.
Pinkbike! We need answers!
Not too uncomfortable that it would hinder your ability's that much. Think it has a lot to do with the confidence Pro's have at race speeds. Riding that track without elbow, shoulder pads, even gloves! f-ing crazy. Its like a pro skateboarder who doesn't wear helmets because it makes them uncomfortable, Its crazy! What Im saying is NOBODY really expects a crash, usually it's out of nowhere you flip smash your elbow into the ground, a rock, or tree and destroy your arm. Only then you start thinking, should I wear elbow pads??? So why not just wear them before it happens?
Always noticed injured riders(recently minnaar) tend to go slower and be more cautious when there back from a crash. Think to myself, even if u don't crash often, why not ride with full body armor, so when you finally do crash it might not hurt so bad and keep u in good shape for the future...
Ahem, excuse me?
btw YT tales of the mob is already out, do they even live???
Then let´s hope Gwin never gets a 29er or this series will be boring as hell.
Well, that's tough to tell from the picture of Rachel Atherton