Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5

Aug 4, 2014
by Nathan Hughes  


ME BIKE GETS MUDDY




What can we say? It's been a while. Four years is no short weekend, but after all this time, the one and only Sam Hill is back setting the kind of pace we used to know him for... the fastest kind. Qualifying off the back, but still in touch with 6th, he was more a wildcard pick than any kind of dead cert. Problems with his brakes in that run may have held him back from throwing down all his chips and giving away early his master-plan to destroy this infamous Canadian raceway when it mattered. It comes as a more than welcome surprise addition to the history books, as we see five winners from five rounds and indeed, the return of the king. Sam Hill at long last comes home to roost in the place where he won the World Championships and raced his first ever World Cup all the way back in 2001; the mighty MS of A.



Ratboy s race kit folded neatly and ready to go.
  Hopes and dreams. Ratboy's freshly laundered race kit sits neatly folded, ready to take the top step champagne soaking later on.

MSA World Cup gondola

Sam Hill tattoos
  Some people had other ideas... These hands had a strangle-hold on the track like no one could have predicted. Other than maybe Sam Hill's son, Bam, who called it all along if you have Instagram.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5

bigquotesI wanted all year to win. Fort William I was happy to get second but still disappointed to not get top step. I was really looking forward to this race because the last big win I had was World Champs here in 2010, so I thought I may get things started again here...classic Mont St. Anne. The track is long, rough and fast... just a challenge all the way. I kind of like these sorts of conditions and I put a good run together, missed a few of my lines but I am pumped that I still pulled it off - Sam Hill - CRC Nukeproof


Aaron Gwin has done well here and today may just not have been his day. Windham could be another opportunity for Gwin to get a second win of the season.
  The quiet American, Aaron Gwin, knows great success in these climbs. Today wasn't as he'd hoped, but we can assume he's saving something extra special for the home-soil of Windham next weekend.

After a few days of on and off rain it was all sunshine today making the track ultra fast and loose in spots.
  After a few days of on and off rain it was all sunshine today, making the track ultra fast, blown out and loose in more than a few spots.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  The Canadian fans were out in force enjoying the beers in the baking sun and offering a good mix of French and English heckle and generally raucous support.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  For king and country. Vaea Verbeeck had a hell of a day riding to 7th, right behind Micayla Gato who was less than maple leaf's breadth off the podium.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  FMD's Tahnee Seagrave made the third British girl on the podium and continues to cement herself as one of the World's top girl riders.

Rachel Atherton closing in to Manon but not quite enough to pull a lead.
  Rachel Atherton closing in to Manon, but not quite enough to pull a lead.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5

bigquotesI've had good times and bad here really... I've won a few times, but crashed in the World Champs and then again last year. This year has been definitely the hardest for me mentally and my fitness is not there... I'm struggling on the long tracks. I had a six week bed rest after Australia due to a glandular fever infection, just before Fort William, which obviously set me back and I've tried to catch up but the mid season is just not the right time to get some solid weeks of training in - Rachel Atherton - Atherton Racing


God save the Queen from everyones favorite magazine editor and photo assistant maddogboris
  God save the Queen from #maddogboris

Rachel Atherton pushing hard into the finish line. Atherton is looking like she is getting back on form and might be taking the win soon.
  Rachel Atherton pushing hard into the finish line. She is certainly in good form, but the top five's a tough crowd. It's unlikely we'll wait too long before she strikes again.

Rachel Atherton was on a very fast run but would loose time to Manon through the lower woods. AN early season illness set her back a bit in training which makes these long tracks difficult but look for her to have no troubles with fatigue next week in Windham on a much shorter track.
  Rachel was on a very fast run, dominating the upper splits but would lose time to Manon through the lower woods. Look for her to have no troubles with fatigue next week in Windham on a much snappier stateside course.

bigquotesI am really happy with the result and being so close to Manon because I honestly thought I would be miles away. I'm looking forward to Windham, I do like the track there and it is a bit shorter than this one. It's all still to play for, keep it moving I guess! Rachel Atherton - Atherton Racing


Mannon Carpenter getting low and aggressive on the lower stretch of the track.
  Manon Carpenter getting low and aggressive ready to pounce into the finish area for another win having kept last years winner, Ragot well at Bay.

Mannon Carpenter dropping into the finish line. Carpenter took another win today and now has the series locked up.
  Manon drops into the final huge double to put herself well out in front on 1030 points. The series isn't quite locked up with Ragot on 870 and Rachel on 850 points.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  Just 0.77 seconds would come to separate the three fastest girls down the mountain, the tightest racing at the top of the ladies in some time.

To the victor go the spoils.. and the champagne.
  To the victors go the spoils.. and the champagne.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5

bigquotesIt still feels weird, I am still expecting to not be up there! I'm really happy the racing is close, it's a bit boring when someone is miles ahead so it 's exciting to watch, it 's cool. Today I was actually not going really fast, I kept stalling all the time on the top before the first split... Under the gondola I was getting it together! I always do it like that, building up the speed towards the bottom so I guess I have to sort this out for next weekend because the Windham track's short. When I came down to the finish area I saw red on the board and thought: Oh no... but I snuck it back just at the end - Manon Carpenter - Madison Saracen Factory Team


Jack Iles putting down a great run for the junior and one of his best results yet
  The junior season continues to captivate, with incredible racing as the North Americans shut down the Euro hopes this time round.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  Loris Vergier's knee tells you all you need to know about his weekend. He was fighting to tame the MSA beast that took him down in qualies but it only bit back again in the final. Third is still more than a useful result, however, and he lies just 4 points behind the series lead.

Canadian Jack Iles took advantage of being on home soil today and took second place in the Junoirs.
  Canadian Jack Iles took full advantage of being on home soil today, and shredded his Evil to an incredible second place.

Luca Shaw qualified and finished in first. Going back to home soil the young American now has the number one plate back and he plans on keeping it.
  Luca Shaw qualified first and finished in first. The young American now has the number one plate back and he plans on keeping it at home in the US next weekend.

Luca Shaw has stepped it up big time this year and after taking the win here in MSA he finally gets the 1 plate back.
  Shaw has stepped it up big time this year, winning the first round in South Africa and storming to victory once again in Quebec.

Luca Shaw getting the green light and in for the win.
  A badass scrub and the green light for the win.

Sam Hill wasn t the only winner with his Father present. Luca Shaw did his family proud as well.

Doug Shaw couldn t be more proud of his son Luca right now.
  Doug Shaw couldn't be more proud of his son, Luca, right now.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  Smith checks out race progress from above hoping Nigel doesn't let go.

Blenki riding stylish per usual and
  Sam Blenkinsop smashed his stylish way down the course one last time and it was good enough only for fifth.

Brendog smashing through the lower rock setcion. Although himself and many others are capable of pulling off a win here the course seems to suit little guys a bit better.
  Brendog sending through the dark of the lower rock section. After a strong 13th qualifying he settled for 18th at the close of play.

Bryn Atkinson taking a little siesta before finals.
  All the high speeds can really take it out you. Norco International take a pre race-run nap.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  Exceptio Sport's Oscar Harnstrom sending it for team Sweden.

Steve Peat finally got his race kit after having worn some borrowed gear earlier this week while waiting for his bags to show up.
  Steve Peat finally got his race kit after riding borrowed gear all week while waiting for his bags to show up. 9 seconds back was enough to nudge him just outside the top 20.

Bulldog
  Bulldog Brook in wrecking-ball mode...Miley Cyrus has no idea.

Brook MacDonald looked pinned all week but couldn t match his podium performance from the last round in Leogang.
  MacDonald looked pinned all week, but unfortunately couldn't match his podium performance from the last round in Leogang.

Bryn Atkinson dopping in through the rocks.
  Bryn Atkinson dropping in through the rocks where Greg took his fall in the morning.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  No fake... Harry Heath, on a team and getting it done. Only 7.4seconds away from taking the win.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  Quentin Chanudet putting style first for the crowds at 55kph.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  Just not his race. Any track, any conditions, Gee Atherton can make it work. His nasty fall in training definitely salted his game and left him back in 10th. Still a great result by anyone else's standards.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  Sam Dale couldn't find the kind of luck to match team mates Manon and Simmonds.

The dust has settled and history has been made again. Time to look toward the Windham round.
  Matt Simmonds slayed his way to 8th and only 3 seconds from the sharp end. The powerful Englishman is well on his way to top step contention.

Loic Bruni was pushing hard in practice this morning perhaps a bit too hard. Bruni finished in ninth surely not the result he was looking for.
  Loic Bruni was pushing hard in practice this morning, perhaps a bit too hard. Loic finished in ninth, surely not the result he was looking for.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  Bruni warps off the giant yellow box to the line. Windham could be right up his street or maybe Meribel in familiar climbs.

Cheers to another epic World Cup in the books
  Cheers to another epic World Cup in the books!

Greg Minnaar had a massive crash today during practice and said he felt like 2 beers deep after the tumble. He scaped away just a bit banged up and was able to still put down an incredible run.
  Greg Minnaar had a massive crash today during practice and said he felt like 2 beers deep after the tumble. He escaped just a bit banged up and was able to still put down an incredible run in the afternoon with a swollen hand.

Greg Minnaar had a ripper of a run today and it looked like his time might even stick for awhile but one rider after another came down and took just a little more off the clock.
  Minnaar's run was a ripper putting him straight in the hotseat, and it looked like his time might even stick for awhile, but one rider after another came down and took just a little more off the clock.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  Gwin will take missing the podium on the chin and look right ahead to Windham. From the side of the track, his riding has stood out all year and the home soil incentive could be just the thing to lock it down in the race run.

Aaron Gwin
  Aaron Gwin hits the last huck a little back in the red, his hopes of reigning supreme again on this course diminished.

Blenki
  Blenki and Loic have been filming in Meribel, better believe they are ready to take the season finale down to the wire.

Troy Brosnan was flying this morning he just wasn t flying fast enough to take another win.
  Troy Brosnan was flying this morning. The series leader just wasn't flying fast enough to take another win.

Troy Brosnan left it all on track but it wasn t enough to catch Sam Hill this weekend. He did however put some tie into his main rival Aaron Gwin for the overall and will carry the 1 plate into the next round.
  Brosnan left it all on track but he couldn't quite catch Sam Hill this weekend. He did however put some time into his main rival Aaron Gwin for the overall and will still carry the #1 plate into the next round.

Danny Hart has been stepping his game back up but we have yet to see anything that matches that amazing World Champs run. Hart finished third today.
  Danny Hart has been stepping his game back up. He trained on the track harder than anyone, but we're still waiting for something that matches that all-time World Champs run.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  Hart looked incredible once again today, but in all just short of his first ever World Cup win. Could he be another fresh winner in the last two rounds?

Bryceland may not have won today but he looked damn good in practice.
  Bryceland may not have won today, but he looked damn good all weekend and is clearly one the biggest threats out there.

Bryceland and Hart tried their best to scrub away extra time but neither could manage to go one better than Sam Hill and would end up 2nd amp 3rd
  Bryceland and Hart tried their best to scrub away extra time but neither could manage to go one better than Sam Hill and would end up 2nd and 3rd

Bryceland digging deep on the home stretch. Ratty didn t take the top step but the season isn t over yet.
  Digging deep on the home stretch. Ratty didn't take the top step, but was stoked enough with second. The season's far from over yet anyway.

Ratboy giving the drop a style check.
  Ratboy giving the drop a style check.

Ratboy has been on fire this year and gunning for more wins. Sam Hill had a long deserved win today while Ratty has many more to come.
  Hill had a long deserved win today while Ratty has many more to come.

The last time Sam Hill won a major race it was 2010 World Champs at MSA. The last time he won a World Cup was here at MSA in 2009. It s only fitting that the same venue would end his dry spell.
  The last time Sam Hill won a major race it was 2010 World Champs at MSA. The last time he won a World Cup was here at MSA in 2009. It's only fitting that the same venue would end his dry spell.

bigquotesEverything is just working awesome this year, I'm in good shape and my bike feels awesome. JC hooked me up with some extra long pins in my pedals, so I got no problem. Flat pedals win medals I reckon - Sam Hill - CRC Nukeproof


Sam Hill picked up where he left off with his last win here in 2010. It s been four years since Sam has taken a win it seems only fitting he did so here.
  Sam Hill picked up where he left off with his last win here in 2010. It's been four years, but it seems only fitting he did it here.

Sam hill squashes the final jump into the finish area as the timing clock in green tells the tale.
  Hill squashes the final jump into the finish area as the timing clock in green tells the tale.

Hill taking it home. Sam has been making steady gains all season and it all came together here today.
  Taking it home and praying it can go the distance. Once Hill starts winning, any chance for the rest of the field is going to go downhill quick. As Sam always says- flat pedals win medals!

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  After Troy stole the win from his former mentor in Fort William, balance was finally restored today. Sam's been making steady gains all season, and it all came together at last.

The CRC team is a tight knit crew and Sam s teammates were the first on scene to congratulate his very long overdue win.
  The CRC team is a tight-knit crew and Sam's teammates were the first on the scene to congratulate his very long overdue win.

Sam Hill

bigquotes I always believed in myself and I'm very confident now for the upcoming races... there's no doubt in the back of my mind anymore - Sam Hill - CRC Nukeproof


CRC team manager Nigel Page phones home as the fans begin to party following Sam Hill s big win here in MSA.
  CRC team manager, Nigel Page, phones home as the fans begin to party following Hill's big win here in MSA.

 selfies are all the rage these days but how often do you see one of a World Cup winner and his proud father just moments after the race.
  #selfies are all the rage these days, but how often do you see one of a World Cup winner and his proud father just moments after the race.

Up from above looking onto the media frenzy around the soon to be interent explosion of Sam Hill winning.
  Up from above looking onto the media frenzy around the soon-to-be interenet explosion of Hill winning another World Cup after all these years.

Finals Photo Epic - Mont St Anne DH World Cup 5
  Every fan hoped and dreamed for it, but few could claim for certain Sam Hill would ever get back on top and at arguably the most significant racing venue.

Drink up Sam Hill you earned this one.
  Drink up Sam Hill, you earned this one. Crazy to think thirteen years ago Hill claimed 47th place here at his first World Cup and came back to win 2014.

Burgers and brauts thanks to Giant Bicycles for a little birthday bash celebrating Andrew Neethling s 30th come Tuesday.
  Burgers and brauts thanks to Giant Bicycles for a little birthday bash celebrating Andrew Neethling's 30th. It didn't go his way this time, but he is clearly well on-point this season. Happy Birthday Needles!

Sam Hill giving the thumbs up for winning.
  The dust has settled and history has been made again. Very exciting history it must be said. Time to look toward the Windham round, if that sounds exciting to anybody...



96 Comments

  • + 223
 These story's are always incredibly written and photographed while keeping the true passion of competitive riding alive! Thank you guys for always going beyond the highlight reels and bringing us the real stories behind each world cup!
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 It's really well done coverage but there's one bit that I wish was covered that includes a flat rear tire.... if you watched the race, you'll know what I mean. I cannot wait to see good footage of the most insane kinda recovery/ avoiding complete destruction event this season and in recent memory. This was such a good event and very sick photos as well.
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 I agree, especially with my ridiculously slow computer that can't handle videos.
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 Fantastic pictures Wow. got a background for every day of the week!! Raaaaddd!
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 Agreed -- flat tires and broken hands seemed to be a common theme here this weekend, and more than one rider helped themselves out of the final race by flatting or running rims (a la Gwin) during qualifying. As per the usual MSA performance, it was eventful. If you have a chance, get to Windham next Saturday -- some of this season's best racing (and ensuing theatrics) is still to come. Wink
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 Please let there be an ''afterbang'' MSA
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 So great to see Hill winning! Don't want to be misunderstood but actually it's his last big "real" win since 2009. For those who don't remember the 2010 World Champs race: Hill had some issues in Quali and was therefore the only top gunner starting early. At mid-race it began to rain... Wink Not that anyone would complain, but actually it most likely wouldn't have been his day back then, if it wasn't for the rain.
Even better to see him on top after 5 years Big Grin
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 the only thing missing is the Afterbang, otherwise PB is doing another year of fantastic WC coverage. Big props!
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 In place of the "after bang" you'll notice we have stepped up these daily's with many more photos and a team of 4 hard working photographers. We try to do one big "epic" from the finals rather than another post days late. Hope you all like what you have been seeing this year.
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 of course you guys are top notch
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 crankworx needs to get a world cup
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 only if it's not ours, ok
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 most creative burger flipper? I think so!
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 I'm making one today!!
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 I could only manage to make a cassette wrench from mine. Flipper would be next I guess Big Grin
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 hope it hasnt got any dot on it
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 I'd imagine a world cup mechanic can keep his rotors free of brake fluid...
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 Seems they make good trophies too.
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 To anyone saying the track was a freeway or dumbed down.... I have raced or photographed most of the tracks over the past 6 or so years and have to say this version of MSA ranks up there with one of the best. Proper track with multiple lines everywhere, raw and fast with one if the more difficult sections of woods anywhere. True classic.
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 Who the hell was saying that? This track is pure brutality. I rode it a few years ago and looks only to have gotten rougher since then. Some unexpected changes (flat off camber corners) but I think they got a great mix and definitely a true DH track.
  • + 8
 dumbed down?!? the track looked burly. you only have to look at the podium to see this is the sort of track fans and riders want. more of the same please uci. and for gods sake drop pmb already.
  • + 7
 Good news, PMB is dropped for next year!
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 Anyone saying that hasn't seen the track, the footage or the wrecks -- if there's a place to win, it's MSA. Between the technical and tricky sections, the high speeds, the absolutely brutal length and the inconsistently consistent body-hammering conditions, this track challenged everyone... It was good to see. A good track puts everyone on display, both strengths and weaknesses. MSA is one hell of a course.
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 The Track this year is really Brutal. They changed the whole top section with a gnarly rock garden near the top and off camber gaps. Many riders were still trying to find the optimal lines just a couple hours before their race runs. On top of that, it practically the longest of the year. Amazing race (The best this year so far imo). I'm really stoked for Sam. Windham should be pretty exciting also.
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 FUUUCK YEAH!! thanks guys for the appreciation i think everyone was pleased with the track this year, they did an awesome job, on the track, behind the scenes.... The only thing left to do is put some whoops! Congrats Sam
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 aaaaargh! screw all this wide sx inspired machine built rubbish. the track is sick. everyone is happy. it doesnt need any whoops. it doesnt need any motorway straights with huge tables. it needs rough natural terrain and its got that in bucketloads.please dont ruin it!
  • + 29
 "Angrier than a man with a fork in a world of soup" - Rob Warner, 2014
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 I lost it right there bro....funny shit indeed!
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 "I thought we'd be identifying him by his dental record" gave me a great laugh as well. Warner always kills the commentary!
  • + 3
 He said exactly the same lzst year when Danny got sketchy on the last rock section
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 the "world of soup" is one of the few Warnerisms that I'd actually heard before
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 If you want more Warnerism, there's tons of them in this article:
www.bikemag.com/blog/the-bakery-my-date-with-rob-warner
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 Yeah Sam! Well deserved win, so stoked and inspired to see you take the top spot. Looks like all the hard work over the years paid of BIG TIME... Big Grin
  • + 22
 I am so stoked to witness such an awesome world cup season. Every run had me on the edge of my seat and each round came with different winners. Thank you pinkbike and redbull for the great coverage.. Big wheels or not, flats or clipped in, we truly love this sport! congrats Sam!
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 Delighted to see Sam back on the top spot. Well deserved! Smile
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 Climes, not climbs.

"you keep saying that word...I don't think it means what you think it means"
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 "Inconceivable!"
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  • + 14
 Correction: last time Sam won a world cup was SCHLADMING 2009
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 I thought that too!
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 This is true. Mont-Sainte-Anne was his 2nd to last previous World Cup win. Schladming was the last.
  • + 6
 Decided to check wikipedia to make sure this was correctly noted. Yes it was, however some yahoo had listed the 2 Australian Nationals he won in 2013 as UCI World Cups. I fixed it.
  • + 3
 world champs 2010... almost like a world cup if u ask me
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 Almost.
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 Just got back of holidays to this great news! I'm glad I was wrong about him winning again. On ya champ!
  • + 13
 A glimpse inside the soul of the world cup. Thank you pinkbike!
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 There are lots of good things about all kinds of mountain bike events and wheel sizes but NOTHING like DH RACING, Thank you Pink Bike. Congratulations Sam on a great return.
  • + 9
 so disappointed that I could not be there. I would have liked so much to ask Sam Hill to sign my iron horse sunday after is awesome win!
  • + 7
 Next-level photo-journalism...thanks! Anbody - and I mean ANYBODY - that isn't pumped to see Sam on the top-box once again should sell their bikes and take up knitting or basket-weaving. Just sayin'...
  • + 9
 I just loved reliving the experience through these great photos! Great work guys!
  • + 9
 I love these photo epics. keep them coming!
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 I am a old school down hiller from back in the days and i got to say that sam hill is one of the best D.H. racer of all time.
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 Oh you're from back in the day? Me too!
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 Oh Sammy, so bloody awesome!! Been cheering for a come back win for years now, so stoked to see it happen and in MSA of all places. Its a true moment in the sport, I'm proud as fuck, and love the photo of Sam and Troy. if Troy can just want the title this season it will be another fairy tale year in Downhill racing.
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 Wow... Pumped to see Hill back at the top. I am glad I am not trying to win these races... Insanely competitive this year.. I'm callin Peaty winning the next one for maximum overload.
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 If there's a track Peaty could cork one off, Windham is just that track. He's been slowly creeping up the charts all season, so why the hell not?

It's going to be tighter than any other race this season with it being a shorter track. I'd imagine the top-20 will be within 5-7 sec of the winner.
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 If I'm not mistaken, Ft. Bill was closer than that. I remember the top 10 at least were all within a second.
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 Can't wait for the CRC Team Video!!!
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 Was such a sick race, stoked to be there!!! The track was super loose ,seeing it on redbull tv doesnt do justice to how gnarly that track was!!
  • + 2
 so....was Sammy hill on 650b or 26 inch wheels? I have a bet going on...I said 26 but don't know the fact? does anyone out there know for a fact? thanks guys! congrats to sam!
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 The CRC/Nukeproof team is running 650b Pulses.
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 thank you sir! where did you find that information...
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 Just look up 650 nuke proof pulse it'll bring up the pb article they did at the beg of the season
  • + 3
 to bad eddy master got a flat on friday. he do the pumptrack in flip flop and party hard barefoot those kiwi are a wild bunch
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 Amazing work fellas! Breathtaking photos!
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 And to think I was considering clipping in!
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 Sam Hill:the Oscar Freire of mountain biking. And if you don't know about my reference then look up Oscar Freire's world championship wins as opposed to race wins. The good thing is that Freire eventually started to win races besides the world championships. I'm glad to see Sam Hill on the top step again.
  • + 5
 Great to see the CRC team showing their support to Stephen Murray!
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 stay strong sam hill. stay strong steven murray. got that sticker on the back of my stem. it comes in handy sometimes
  • + 0
 msa was epic a lot of chamfes on the hot seat. the track wasn't dumbed down. the video coverage didn't include the highway to hell section. the top part receive a lot of work and it look like a world dh track. hill doesn't pedal pedal much but he seem to rarelly used his brake. he got lotof flow and jump over a lotof rock, roots, trunk. all the rock and trunk seem to be smooth jump for him.
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 Why is there a specialized sign on the cutout of Steve smith?
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 question for the photogs and journos: are the Schwalbe riders running the new "Le Système" tires? and how's it working out for them? were there less flats at MSA as a result?
  • + 3
 I really liked those burger flippers... 8 inch wide burger flipper eh..
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 Stoked to see Sam win again. Does anyone know if the version of the 5 10 impacts he is wearing are still available? CRC appear to only have the new version.
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 Why does the cardboard picture of Stevie Smith have Specialized symbol on his devinci jersey?
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 Keep em coming boys!
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 who knows maybe some can turn this hole season upside down and come out as number 1, that would be pretty epic GO SAM!
  • + 2
 In the words of Steve Peat.. "Sams the king.. give him a crown!"
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 Sorry if I'm missing the obvious guys, but what happened to Stevie Smith?
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 ankle
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 Anyone know where I can watch a replay??
Can't watch on Redbull for some reason?
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 Congrats to Sam, Manon, and Luca. Crazy year of racing so far.
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 question... why are Blenki and Bruni not riding the new Lapierre DH bike?
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 One aspect keeps me still thinking. How does a rear 650B wheel resist lateral forces? A remember hub width and axle are still the same. So spokes are longer and mounted at worse agle. This should be more like a jelly wheel on each corner.
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 It's not really that much bigger...not when you look at the chasm between 26 and 29. I can't really feel a difference in lateral flex between 26 and 27.5 in all honesty. Granted, these guys/gals ride a little harder than I do. Wink
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 I hope you are right. I am using a compromised quality 26" rim. Its dimensions are like the Mavic 729, so it should be strong even when made of 6061alloy only. I am using 36 spokes and I am heavy. One thing I know for sure. If spokes tension is too weak, the rear wheel bends in corners and this is unpleasent feel. Maybe I am too heavy, maybe my tire is to grippy, maybe the rims is bad or maybe something else is the reason, but this is where my worries come from. I hope a strong and expensive 650b rim will handle this well.
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 is Sam growing a mullet ?
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 just like the goatee filters air and works like a cold air intake, the mullet works like an air diffuser, allowing the rider to get more rear grip and higher speed trough the corners and the speed traps.
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 Looks like a baby rats tail ...... First time a rats tail has been associated with pure class
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 Congrats Luca, way to dig deep man!
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 The king is back, and a winning streak is on the cards.
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 sick run by sam hill. great to see him take it. awsome race to watch
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 first time i see sam hill laugh :-P
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 2010 or 2009?

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