Rocky Horror Show Finals Photo Epic - Lošinj DH World Cup 2018

Apr 23, 2018
by Nathan Hughes  



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.



Full enduro for Myriam Nicole on her way to first shuttle of the day.
Full enduro for Myriam Nicole on her way to first shuttle of the day.

You are here.
You are here.

Greg Minnaar didn t seem to gel with the Croatian cobbles and rocks and will already be looking to the familiar and happy hunting ground of Fort William.
Greg Minnaar had no luck on the Croatian cobbles and will already be looking to the familiar and happy hunting ground of Fort William.

Brook Macdonald cruising to the shuttle. It was always going to be a win it or bin it today.
Brook Macdonald cruising to the shuttle. It was always going to be a win it or bin it kind of day.

Plenty to smile about living this life.
Plenty to smile about living this life. Angel Suarez knows.

Fist year junior Thibault Daprela came out swinging at his first ever world cup to take the top spot here in Croatia.
First year junior Thibault Daprela came out swinging at his first ever World Cup to take the top spot here in Croatia.

Vali Holl crushed the junior Women s field with a time that would have seen her finish 6th in the Elite field. Without a doubt one to watch for the future.
Vali Holl crushed the junior Women's field with a time that would have seen her finish 6th in the Elite field. Without a doubt one to watch for the future.

Kade Edwards went second in juniors just 1.5 seconds behind newcomer Thibault Daprela.
Kade Edwards went second in juniors just 1.5 seconds behind newcomer Thibault Daprela.

Tracey Hannah was well up for this fight unfortunately a huge crash would take her out of contention and leave her in 10th place.
Tracey Hannah was well up for this fight, unfortunately a huge crash would take her out of contention and leave her in 10th place.

After taking the top spot at the first two Enduro World Series rounds just a few weeks ago Cecile Ravanel landed herself on the podium at her second ever Word Cup DH race.
After taking the top spot at the first two Enduro World Series rounds just a few weeks ago, Cecile Ravanel landed herself on the podium at her second ever Word Cup DH race.

Monika Hrastnik stormed to a 6th place finish a great right from the Slovenian.
Monika Hrastnik stormed to a 6th place finish, a great right from the Slovenian.

Rachel Atherton came out swinging with a 2 44 run but in a shock turn of events it wasn t to be enough.
Rachel Atherton came out swinging with a 2:44 run, but in a surprising turn of events it wasn't to be enough.

Marine Cabirou took her first podium last season and didn t want to wait too long for another.
Marine Cabirou took her first podium last season and didn't want to wait too long for another.

One turn to go for Myriam Nicole as she lays down the fastest time of the day.
One turn to go for Myriam Nicole as she lays down the fastest time of the day.

Pom Pon picking right up where she left off with a dominating performance that would see her take the win over rachel Atherton by more than 3 seconds.
Pom Pon picking right up where she left off with a dominating performance that would see her take the win over Rachel Atherton by more than 3 seconds.


bigquotesI 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


The top 5 Women celebrate a job well done in Croatia .
The top 5 women celebrate a job well done in Croatia.

Quite possibly the coolest podium we ve had a World Cup.
Quite possibly the coolest podium we've had and ever will have at a World Cup.

Myriam may have won this time but can she walk on water
Sure, Myriam may have won this time, but can she walk on water?

All the lads looking to shed a little time before the last training session.
All the lads, looking to shed a little time before the last training session.

Commencal s new signing Amaury Pierron has been on a tear in the opening few races of 2018 but would be denied the result his pace deserved with a flat not far from home.
Commencal's new signing Amaury Pierron has been on a tear in the opening few races of 2018 but would be denied the result his pace deserved with a flat not far from home.

Flo Payet dipping in between the tight walls of the final dash through the alleyways towards the harbour.
Flo Payet dipping in between the tight walls of the final dash through the alleyways towards the harbour.

Polish rock and dust are a dangerous prospect.
Polished rock and dust are a dangerous prospect.

Aaron Gwin put all that off-season gym work to good use today muscling through one of the most physical tracks we ve seen on the circuit to take the win by a scant 0.79 seconds.
Aaron Gwin put all that off-season gym work to good use today, muscling through one of the most physical tracks we've seen on the circuit to take the win by a scant 0.79 seconds.

Kaos Seagrave reminding us of his significant whip game.
Kaos Seagrave reminding us of his significant whip game.

Loris Vergier was up at the splits in the early parts of the track but would fade toward the bottom to take 8th.
Loris Vergier was up at the splits in the early parts of the track but would fade toward the bottom to take 8th.

Brook Macdonald took a huge slam in his final run that required medial attention trackside. But in true Kiwi fashion he would set off again and still finish his run.
Brook Macdonald took a huge slam in his final run that required medial attention trackside. But in true Kiwi fashion, he would set off again and still finish his run.

The Bulldog will be angry for Fort William and it will be beautiful.
The Bulldog will be angry for Fort William and it will be beautiful.

The Bull Dog bruised and and battered but he will live to fight another day.
Bruised and battered, but he will live to fight another day.

Nathan Hughes tries to find a unique angle and some refreshing shade as the top 20 took to the track.
Nathan Hughes looking for that unique angle and some refreshing shade as the top 20 took to the track.

Greg Williamson kicked off his 2018 season and first race on board UNNO with a solid 18th place.
Greg Williamson kicked off his 2018 season and first race on board UNNO with a solid 18th place.

Laurie Greenland would finish just just 0.20 off the podium in 7th.
Laurie Greenland would finish just 0.20 off the podium in 7th.

Laurie Greenland stoked on 7th to start off 2018.
Greenland, stoked on 7th to start off 2018.

Neko Mullaly putting a good score on the board to start his second season with the Mob.
Neko Mullaly putting a good score on the board to start his second season with the Mob.

Remi Thirion blissfully unaware about the potential cat-astrophe he missed by a few whiskers in the closing seconds off his run.
Remi Thirion blissfully unaware of the potential cat-astrophe he missed by a few whiskers in the closing seconds off his run.

Remi Thirion will be back just watch.
Thirion will be back, just watch.

Jack Moir thrashing the last few pedals across the line to miss the podium by just 0.2 seconds.
Jack Moir thrashing the last few pedals across the line, to miss the podium by just 0.2 seconds.

After showning promise last year as a privateer Dakotah Norton lived up to the hype and put his factory ride onto the podium at the opening round of 2018.
After showing promise last year as a privateer, Dakotah Norton lived up to the hype and put his factory ride onto the podium at the opening round of 2018.

Dakotah Norton makes his way through the narrow alley in into the finish arena.
Dakotah Norton makes his way through the narrow alley in into the finish arena.

The moment Dakotah Norton looked at the leader board and knew he was on the World Cup podium for the first time.
The moment Dakotah Norton looked at the leaderboard and knew he was on the World Cup podium for the first time.

Blenki grabs a handful of throttle for one last push to the line and 4th place on the day.
Blenki grabs a handful of throttle for one last push to the line and 4th place on the day.

Blenki back on the WC cup podium after far too long... Fort William 2015 to be precise.
Blenkinsop back on the WC cup podium after far too long... Fort William 2015 to be precise.

John Hall suited and booted ready to take that top mechanic spot just one more time.
John Hall suited and booted, ready to take that top mechanic spot just one more time.

Luca Shaw new it was a good one the moment he crossed the line. He would eventually finish the day in 2nd to join fellow American s Aaron Gwin and Dakotah Norton on the podium.
Luca Shaw knew it was a good one the moment he crossed the line. He would eventually finish the day in 2nd to join fellow American's Aaron Gwin and Dakotah Norton on the podium.

Gwin cruising in cool and calm taking his time to gaze round to look whether he went green or not.
Gwin cruising in cool and calm, taking his time to gaze round to look whether he went green or not.

Gwinning ain t easy but AG sure makes it look that way.
Gwinning ain't easy, but AG sure makes it look that way.

World Cup DH
Second in qualifying, but with it all to do again today, Dean Lucas didn't let the pressure get to him.

An incredible race for the IFR boys aboard the new M29 bikes. 3rd 6th and 14th saw them miss out on team of the day by just one point.
An incredible race for the IFR boys aboard the new M29 bikes. 3rd, 6th and 14th saw them miss out on team of the day to the Syndicate by just one point.

Dean Lucas shocked at whats being played on the big screen or tired after his run into third
Dean Lucas shocked at what's being played on the big screen or tired after his run into third?

Proving unstoppable once again Gwin continues to be the ultimate force to be wreckoned with in downhill racing.
Proving unstoppable once again, Gwin continues to be the ultimate force to be wreckoned with in downhill racing.


bigquotesIt'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


The top five men bathe in champagne before jumping into the Adriatic.
The top five men bathe in champagne before jumping into the Adriatic.

Aaron Gwin exits the podium in style.
Aaron Gwin exits the podium in style.

High fives on three Americans on the podium... how times have changed.
High fives from three Americans on the podium... how times have changed.

World Cup DH
Croatia over and out.


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170 Comments

  • + 190
 Gwin perpetually destroying the dreams of other riders winning their first world cup win...
  • + 50
 It's remarkable that one can dominate like he does
  • - 247
flag fatduke (Apr 22, 2018 at 21:44) (Below Threshold)
 @gooutsidetoday: Not really that remarkable if you look at past world cup winners. I'm not saying he's crap or anything I'm just saying it's nothing special yet.
  • + 120
 @fatduke: your soooo right. 20 world cup race wins and 5 overall title wins........ its nothing special yet, you better write him a little note saying must try harder.
  • - 95
flag fatduke (Apr 22, 2018 at 22:23) (Below Threshold)
 @Hillfarmer: You got his address?
  • + 1
 @fatduke: Better ask Big G. He found the land for Gwinner, so he can no doubt point you in the right direction.
  • + 3
 What happens when they get older? Do they get like put out to pasture? I'm 28, and I'm like visibly disabled compared to when I was 17, my career would be well over. Do they just keep going until they're not good enough anymore? Man that would be a lot of pressure watching yourself deteriorate.
  • + 47
 @Kramz: apparently if you're Greg Minnaar, you just keep going strong.
  • + 8
 @CF519: I thinking depends on the individual and whether they can keep the motivation required. Look at Gee, who hasn't been on it for about four years despite physically having what it takes. He obviously just can t be bothered any more. On the other hand Minnaar just keeps that fire in his belly year after year. Amazing!
  • + 11
 @Kramz: @Kramz: You're 28?

You become a product manager, or better yet; a brand ambassador
  • + 20
 @jaame: Or Hill re igniting the fire within by switching disciplines.
  • + 2
 Gwin continues to be the ultimate force to be wreckoned with in downhill racing.
  • + 15
 @jaame Not sure about that. Gee has been in and out of hospital wards a lot for the last 3 years. Shoulder issue, broken hip...each time at the start of the season. Minnaar hasn't had nearly the same level of injuries. i find it amazing he still decides to get back on the DH bike and doesn't try his hand on Enduro. I don't think Enduro is less competitive or easier, but the crashes aren't quite as harsh
  • + 1
 @vesko: I know he's had bad luck with injuries lately, that's true. I'm a big fan of Gee Atherton. That's why I said that about him not being bothered any more. I believe if he was 100% into it like around 2010, he would be right at the sharp end of the field, challenging for race wins. He still has what it takes in my opinion. Hopefully he proves me wrong and gets quicker over the next couple of races. I would love to see him back up in the hunt for the overall, but I doubt it will happen.
  • + 6
 @jaame: Before 2016, Gee has been one of the most consistent riders in DH. I'm sure he works just as hard as the top 10 guys but he's been injured a lot recently. Plus, he never really had the raw pace of a Gwin, Minnar or Hill. I think the field has improved a lot recently with younger riders emerging like Vergier, Shaw and Pierron. It's much harder now with the old guard still on top with the young guns reaching their level as seasons go by.
  • + 1
 @almacigatrailrider: @jaame - I think the field is so much on its toes right now that if you have the share of bad luck with injuries like Gee had, you’re just not in top 10. Then you have the young guns who just don’t know yet how it hurts when you risk like that. Greg is known for not riding in a “go big or go home” manner, he just has that potentially career ending injury experience with him, which makes it even more admirable what he is able to achieve. Danny Hart has recovered from a major digger two years ago, he was able to put it back together. Quite a few can’t. To me Gwinny does look a bit over the edge, Greg? Very rarely if ever. Troy seems to be riding smart even if it means not winning. That’s what I also love about Blenkis come back to podium. That lad is a fkng power house. If he went (back) to Enduro, he’d be a fkng force to reckon with.
  • + 10
 In my humble opinion, Minnaar has never had that raw pace of Hill or Gwin. His strength is in his consistency and his ability to ride on the edge, but not over it. He has 24 wins, but that is over a twenty year period. Gwin is a phenom in comparison. Riding so close to the edge, but like Greg never seeming to crash. He's amassed 20 wins in seven years, which is just next level pace. I think when Gee was on top, say 08-12, he had the beating of Minnaar everywhere. He had Sam for consistency and power, and was not far off on raw talent. It's just a shame because he was a cut above the rest for years. He has ten wins now I think, which must put him in the all time top five.
  • - 43
flag fatduke (Apr 23, 2018 at 7:59) (Below Threshold)
 Life goal achieved for 100+ negs. All I meant is that someone who trains to win who then wins isn't that remarkable or special.
  • + 8
 @fatduke: please read what you wrote... they all train to win Big Grin
  • + 5
 @fatduke: He and everyone else train to be fast. But, to consistently be able to look a field of the 60 best riders in the world and be better than every single one of them by a few seconds consistently is unreal. 2-3 seconds is literally nothing in real time, but on a DH course it's the difference between 1st and 10th. The fact that more often than not Gwin can get down a 2-5 minute course 2 seconds faster than every other rider is remarkable.
  • - 19
flag fatduke (Apr 23, 2018 at 9:01) (Below Threshold)
 @JoshParsons87: Naaaah he just trains harder.

Chainless runs
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.
  • + 6
 I would love to see a list of runners up when Gwin's won to see how many folks would have wins under their belt by now.
  • + 3
 @fatduke: hahaha, fat dick strikes again, classic!
  • - 7
flag fatduke (Apr 23, 2018 at 9:23) (Below Threshold)
 @Beez177: love you poppet xxx
  • + 3
 @fatduke: hah I’d love to see how good you are at your job then if you don’t see the disparity between different people doing the same job. For a moment I hoped you were trolling...
  • - 11
flag fatduke (Apr 23, 2018 at 10:01) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: unless I want to move in to the offices I'm on the highest grade.
  • + 7
 @fatduke: well since you lack a fundamental ability to compare performance of several individuals while doing same task and cannot identify people who are bad, average and/or remarkable at something I am left with very few options: you don’t meet people, you are socially handicapped or you believe in some sort of weird equality of outcome. None of these options are mutually exclusive. I am however certain that there is something wrong with you. To the point where I can’t stop giving you benefit of a doubt, it just sounds too stupid to not be trolling and fkng with people.
  • - 12
flag fatduke (Apr 23, 2018 at 10:18) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: Also I can see the disparity between different people doing the same job but I wouldn't ever use the word remarkable for some one who's at the top of there game doing well which is what this is about.
  • - 9
flag fatduke (Apr 23, 2018 at 10:27) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: I get the whole bad/average/good thing but I would put remarkable as something worthy of more than good. Some thing like Gwins chainless run, Harts Champery run and Athertons winning streak are remarkable. Gwin winning a race by less than a second is just Gwin being Gwin which is good.
  • + 5
 @fatduke: you proved your ignorance with your first comment and have now solidified your spot as King of the morons!!!
  • - 5
flag fatduke (Apr 23, 2018 at 12:15) (Below Threshold)
 @tj74840: remarkable Big Grin
  • + 13
 @fatduke: ok, English is my second language so I apologize but, when it comes to Hart from Champery, Hill from VDS, Gwin without a chain or in the rain, I have other words in store that I think are above remarkable on the scale like: astonishing, impossible, unbelievable, fkng amazing, WTF?!, Jesus fkng Christ - look at that!, Sweet Painting of apes fkng Mohammed - how did he do that? , and finally: tits
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: And thanks to you the thread is now as good as closed and all pinkbike staffers will have to undergo a witness protection style identity change... all in a days work, right?
  • + 6
 @Ohlalaa: you mean that Westboro Baptist Church will send their death squad to stab PB staff with sharpened crucifixes saying God hates Down Country?
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: @WAKIdesigns: Chainsaws MSA win over Gee falls into that category as well.
  • + 4
 Holy moly, I had a salient point, but after reading all that it's gone. Good work everybody. Isn't RC already under police protection since the skis vs. bikes debacle?
  • + 6
 @BenPea: I’m going to draw Mohammed riding a 1666 wheelbase down country bike, dressed up only in fanny pack filled with explosive co2 charges, wearing Turban with MIPS logo, any minute now! I expect ISIS to send their folks to Rampage, hucking to flat from 200ft on rigid hardtails, expecting to meet 53 virgins in a shuttle bus after they fall to their death. They died doing what they love. Ride In Peace. #norbsgotblown #redbullshouldpay #idontknowhowigothere #butitsfun
  • + 1
 Well I'm remarkabley satisfied with the amount of amusement that this has caused me.

Also I'm stealing " Jesus fkng Christ - look at that!, Sweet Painting of apes fkng Mohammed"
  • + 1
 @vesko: not counting S.Hill...Minnaar probably makes as much money in DH as the top ten enduros all together..i would make it as long as i could as well, even more considering minaar is still a top dog..why swith to enduro, is cool but not where the big $ is at..
  • + 3
 @fatduke: you missed “tits” - typical MTB nerd
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: I was with you until fanny packs. You have to draw the line somewhere. Are you med fasting today?
  • + 1
 @vesko: I think enduro is less competitive, easier no but yes less competitive. If Minaat Hein etc raced enduro (seriously) people like Richie Rude would just be another top ten ho hum rider. The depth in WCDH is a lot greater than enduro
  • + 1
 @vesko: That auto corrected terribly ot should say Minaar, Gwin etc
  • + 1
 @fatduke: -210????
  • + 1
 @applepie: I agree with you on that
  • + 1
 @fatduke: You're in denial... just like that time your mum walked in on you wanking to Tim Curry from Rocky Horror Picture Show....
  • + 1
 @BenPea: I didn't get banned for life and comments weren't taken down. Pinkbike is not a safe space! Let's rejoice. They passed the test! I'm going to open a beer for that tonight.
  • - 1
 @AdustytrunkMonkey: why would I be in denial about that, nowt wrong with a denial wank.
  • + 2
 Car crash of a thread.

@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.
  • + 1
 @BenPea: you are coming out a bit confused, like not sure whether to act offended and amused. look I'm enjoying myself, I do rhymes.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I'm faux offended, pretending not to be amused, sometimes truly confused. That's what mental gearboxes are for.
  • + 2
 @applepie: Rude was DH World Champ (junior admittedly, but a serious talent and wicked fast everywhere). I think he would be a bit more than ho-hum regardless of the competition. But I agree depth of field in WCDH is next level.
  • + 1
 @endurendo: where was he world champ at again? And by how much? I seem to recall it was in south Africa, and he won by abut seven seconds... because he was making twice the power of anybody the other eighteen year olds since he's a man child and everything. He is a really good rider, but I don't think he would have won any races in elite men's world cup downhill, let alone a world title, let alone two. I could be wrong though and I guess we will never know.
  • + 1
 And dude looks the least like a mtber. No crazy hair no tattoos doesn't speak using crazy mtb slang quite unassuming overall. If walked up to you in a public setting you would never assume he is the best downhill racer in the world.
  • + 1
 @jaame: silver the year before at Leogang, but yeah, we'll never know and probably pointless to speculate...
  • + 1
 Regarding Gwin.
  • + 1
 @endurendo: he is really good though. Definitely world class, and a class act off the bike. Excellent dude.
  • + 1
 @jaame: Richie Rude the Cube. At 18 yrs old kid was built like an absolute unit.
  • + 1
 Get a room.
  • + 82
 I love that Blenki just looks (dresses) like a weekend warrior compared with the "professionalism" of the rest of em.
  • + 16
 Blenki rock! .. aint no stone would scare his palm.. i hope this new bike will bring more podium to him
  • + 10
 I was pumped for him this weekend - always loved his style and never doubted his ability.
  • + 14
 This will be Blenki's year. More podiums to come!
  • + 5
 i honestly dont understand. you mean he wears race shorts, 3/4 jersey, and no gloves instead of race pants, full jersey, and gloves?
  • + 6
 #saynotopijamas
  • + 1
 @krazieghost: not wearing thights
  • + 67
 Sorry to be a pedantic but igneous aggression? It’s clearly limestone. More like calcareous chaos
  • + 21
 Geology rocks!
  • + 4
 @hamplanet: Science Boy! Big Grin
  • + 2
 Karstic crashes
  • + 5
 To be more exact...it's sedimentary chaos....kind of an oxymoron though..
  • + 48
 After this weekend, the horse is officially in smithereens - we really, really, really need to push for more diversity among tracks year to year. Fort Bill et al will be great, but they just won't carry the excitement and challenge of something like Losinj. Awesome coverage as always.
  • + 31
 amen! watching same tracks year after year is boring. I say nuke Leogang, Lenzerheide, and Fort-Bill. Bring back Champery, Schladming, and add a big, steep, long track in America.
  • + 10
 @ikaika: I'd say many of these venues would love to host a WC race if it wouldn't be so damn expensive Frown
  • + 9
 Let's push for more stops as well. 10 per year is more like it.
  • + 7
 @ikaika: Killington is building there new dh track and plan on having possibly world cups on it, they have already been so successful with the fis world cups there and mtb is soon to follow
  • + 49
 Gwin flipping into the water made me laugh. Always cool to see that side of his personality!
  • - 5
flag thenotoriousmic (Apr 24, 2018 at 9:56) (Below Threshold)
 He’s clearly turned you gay.
  • + 42
 Welcome back dh season,...see ya in 2 months.
  • + 37
 people worried about the Bulldog clavicle, and not a single thought or prayer for the stones that were pulverized by the impact with Brook #rocklivesmatter
  • + 24
 Some special award needs to go to Vali Holl, and to full track coverage!
  • + 17
 Dakota Norton and Cecile Ravenel - the biggest news of the day.
Also - Intense is now a credible racing brand/team again, bravo
  • + 20
 that trail rocks
  • + 48
 if you think these puns are funny, youre probably stoned
  • + 27
 You're taking these puns for granite
  • + 7
 People leave no stone unturned when it comes to puns, and now it’s just hit rock bottom. These puns are ore-ible.
  • + 3
 @OGBrowner: Like Brook, that was a blockbuster of a pun.
  • + 2
 To ride a track like that I would have to be boulder
  • + 14
 Can someone explain to me why riders seem to wear so little in the way of protection? Obviously everyone wears a helmet but beyond that it seems hit or miss. Some racers (literally) look like they just roll up their sleeves and storm down the hill?! With all those rocks I was expecting everyone to be wearing elbow pads, knee pads, spine protectors, neck braces – the works, because anything could happen right? Are these things considered unnecessary? Do they hinders riders ability to handle their bikes? Balls of steel?
  • + 3
 They wear a lot under the clothes I think? Monika is the only rider that seems to wear gear outside of it. But I think they wear a lot of those swish new pads that are soft, but go hard on impact. Oh Danny Hart wears a neck brace too.

But yeah I always think they look like they should be wearing more.

Pinkbike! We need answers!
  • + 1
 Nothing would have saved Brooks coller bone, well nothing that would allow him to ride a bike down hill. Good solid muscle is actually a great protector against broken limbs. Most appeared to be wearing back protection.
  • + 3
 I think most riders wear some sort of back/ chest armour and kneepads. Nearly all wear gloves and a lot will have lightweight hip protection, although this is less common.
  • + 2
 Been there this last couple of days and seen a lot of things. Great majority of those riders are young or very young and I don't think they had some serious injury before. They are just YOLO. Saw a guy in adidas training pants which made me laugh. He was in top 15 if I remember correctly.
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 @Archimonde: that was luke Cockburn I think
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 mcvittees I wonder the same! All that gear together probably isn't considered unnecessary, more like uncomfortable.
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...
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 Don’t ask me. I wear elbow pads on flow trails.
  • + 7
 Any thoughts about how the DVO performed for Marcelo? I was thinking the same thing as Rob Warner when he mentioned how low into its travel his fork looked. I wonder if he blew is low speed compression or something.
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 If you would read what people write on Pinkbike you would know that it is impossible. DVO is the best cuz it’s old Marzocchi. Meanwhile look at all those folks on pogo sticks.
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 We were riding yesterday and suddenly like in a nightmare, we realized we ride on Rock Shox forks. We were not sure if we would get home. Then i saw it... my friend... he...he... there was a Reverb under his saddle and inserted to his frame!!! I opened my mouth to say “doooon’t pres...” but he did... it was too late.
  • + 2
 Marcelo should do the next EWS round.
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 I don't know about the rest of you but the "city" section in the low section was really lame, no crowds (like in the urban-DH races), one would have figured to maybe build a wallride here or there...... boring - didn't do this event and Location justice! I'm ony referring to that lower section where they enter the City...
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 Who cares? It was a very short section in a wild track otherwise. Awesome to Watch!I
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 I agree the city section seemed so anticlimactic after that bruiser of a rockgarden course. 'how close are you willing to ride past a wall' is not fun. The rest was so cool i don't even mind though, still a great track for spectators.
  • + 12
 It was way shorter than the Cairns sprint to the finnish. I see no problem.
  • + 4
 It was 20 seconds of a 2.5 minute killer of a track. They were probably relieved it was there by the time they reached it.
  • + 4
 I will also say that it was surprising to me how much time was won or lost in that section, which looked sketchy as phuck to ride fast IMO.
  • + 1
 @jackalope: they lost time in the woods bit most I thought
  • + 4
 Like how can people downvote you ? Totally with you there, 29er domination is yet to be obvious even on a rough track like that where it should have been much better than 27.5. Now forget about that non-sens, maybe keep it for bike-park tracks and Fort Bill but stop trying to sell us this BS and BS bikes.
  • + 5
 I went to the 29er route and now back to 27.5 and will never go back. I am 6'2" btw and owned both hard tail and fs 29ers
  • + 5
 Whatta great weekend that was, all perfect. Congrats to organization crew and all riders for a great show.. hope Lošinj finds space for another race in the calendar of next years.
  • + 7
 Came here expecting to see Tim Curry in fishnets and a corset, disappointed.
  • + 6
 Best podium location ever!!! So awesome
  • + 4
 Would have even been better if they opened up the side curtains on it so 90% of spectators could actually see the people on it.
  • + 5
 Wow--let's give it up for Dave, Ross & Nathan--outstanding photos! Great work, Cheers!
  • + 2
 Gwin is the living proof that as much as you try, train hard, practice, etc, you have those very few individuals that are just blessed and gifted to do what they do...like Jordan, Senna, Hamilton, Rossi, etc! We can have masters but then we have THE maestros!
  • + 6
 Brook MacDonald breaks his collarbone & rides down to the finish. Wow!
  • + 5
 Norton & Ravanel were the winners in my book. Amazing.
  • + 4
 The Bulldog with a clavicle fracture... likely out for Ft. Bill and more?
  • + 3
 I'm pretty sure 2 months is enough time to heal a broken bone. Modern medicine does some magical things...
  • + 1
 Shit.. I was saying this before... it was not normal he did not brake it falling from 4 meters onto the shoulder... Bad ATS let him ride his bike with broken clavicle..
  • + 2
 Not destroying, he's inspiring many to be like him. I'm excited to see next generation of super riders who will rise thanks to Gwins achievements and super positive attitude.
  • + 3
 That shot of Rachel treading water is my favourite Pinkbike photo of 2018 so far.
  • + 5
 I heart Pom Pon.
  • + 3
 Great coverage, cant wait for next round already!

btw YT tales of the mob is already out, do they even live???
  • + 1
 “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.”

Ahem, excuse me?
  • + 4
 must be a french thing...
  • + 22
 Likely a reference to not being as physically strong to power through some of the real rough stuff if bike setup is off
  • - 17
flag Pinemtn (Apr 22, 2018 at 23:55) (Below Threshold)
 @davetrumpore: having a good bike setup doesn’t matter to me, especially because I’m a man. Us men strategically choose better lines, to avoid having to power through any rough stuff.
  • + 10
 @Pinemtn: Stay strong buddy, keep asking them out and one day one of them won't laugh in your face.
  • + 1
 I know they're all on custom tuned shocks anyway, but maybe even pro women riders struggle with suspension setup being outside the bell curve of typical rider weights? Regardless, always nice to see some candor in these interviews, nicely done Pom Pon!
  • + 0
 I could be wrong but I think what she’s saying is it’s difficult to have a bike that can be soft enough to maintain comfort and not kill your hands and arms on such a rough track while still having the support to race and win a World Cup. For Brook Macdonald or Adam Brayton or whoever the comfort issue won’t be as big as the support issue but for others the middle ground is necessary to achieve.
  • + 0
 was she not the only woman who got over the first double cleanly? Even Rachel who often seems strong enough to be able to take lines the other women wont seemed to come up short .
  • + 1
 @Daledenton: Definitely it is very hard for the girls. Was watching the trainings, some girls had to stop at some points because their hands were probably screaming with pain.
  • - 3
 @BenPea: hang in there Ben pea, it’s not your fault you were born with a low IQ. Head up, bud!
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 @davetrumpore: to assert the importance of bike setup is gender exclusive is silly.
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 @Pinemtn: @Pinemtn: take it up with the fastest woman in the world who made the statement, not the messanger (see her quote in the artical up top)
  • + 3
 So wait, Trumpore was standing behind Bell, with a bigger lens, for the women's podium? Trippy.
  • + 2
 And a little to the right...
  • + 1
 Just noticed this. Pretty cool, thanks for pointing out.
  • + 3
 So, 29er still running faster ??
  • + 3
 4 out of 5 riders in the top 5 ride a 29'er (and 6 in the top 10)...so...yes, they do run faster, but Gwin is still the better rider overall with more skill...
  • + 10
 @RichardJBos:

Then let´s hope Gwin never gets a 29er or this series will be boring as hell.
  • + 3
 What happened to Finn? Did he crash?
  • + 3
 yeah
  • + 3
 More venues and tracks like Croatia please!
  • + 3
 I enjoyed this race, great coverage and challenging track well done
  • + 1
 Heck of a first race! The RedBull coverage was spot on, and way to go Gwin and Luca Shaw!!! Well deserved.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore @natedh9 @rossbellphoto Boys!! What can I say!! epic coverage as usual, see yo on the hill at fort bill :-)
  • + 2
 It doesn't happen too aften to dive into the sea after a race.
  • + 1
 Really pulling for Walker Shaw! Local guy and total shredder!!
  • + 1
 Beautiful shots! Thanks all (Y)
  • + 1
 the race was dull and the start order was stupid.
  • + 1
 Gutted for bulldog. Broken collarbone. Heal up soon!!
  • - 2
 And they say Minar is the greatest of all time.....BS only 3 titles to Gwins 6.
  • - 1
 Is it some NYC Pride on first photo?
  • - 3
 Stupid tires that cost so much to Minnar goat .. in 2 consecutive battles
  • + 5
 It doesn't happen just to minnaar, gwin also got a flat last year, and nothing says he won't get one this year. Luck and bad luck are part of racing. Gwin is still not a world champ...
  • + 1
 I recon they ran an insert only in the back? That's what Vergier said in an interview...
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 Gwin wins a couple of pedal stokes
  • - 3
 Blenkinsop is an American?
Since when?
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