Finals Photo Epic - Meribel DH World Cup 7

Aug 24, 2014
by Nathan Hughes  


LAST CHANCE SALOON





Yesterday we could see Mont Blanc and today we could barely see to the other side of the valley.
  That one special day finally has at last arrived... Judgement day is here. Would a season of hard work be rewarded; hosed down in grape juice on the top step or would it go to waste, blown apart in the rock gardens? Today in Meribel, coveted points went up for grabs one last time, and only those with the courage, focus and good fortune would be able to snatch them up against the ruthless competition.

Morning traffic at the top of the lift. Some of the first riders were met by cows on their morning migration.
  More cowbell! Morning traffic at the top of the lift... Some of the first riders were met by cows on their morning migration.

 When in Europe do as the Europes Trek World Racing Mechanic Monk Dawg.
  "When in Europe do as the Europes" as Trek World Racing Mechanic, Monk Dawg, would say. A great day was to follow for the French, but a little better still for team GB.




JUNIORS




The clouds came in last night and clung to the upper slopes making for some fantastic moody lighting.
  The clouds came in last night and clung to the upper slopes making for some fantastic moody lighting first thing for training.

Loris Veriger smashing out Luca Shaw for the junior win.
  It would be a huge day for young Frenchman, Loris Vergier, who would go on to smash out Luca Shaw for the junior win on home soil.

Spain s Ferran Jorba Pratts had a phenomenal qualifier in Windham and backed it up here today with 4th place finish on the markedly different French terrain.
  Spain's Ferran Jorba Pratts had a phenomenal qualifier in Windham and backed it up here today with 4th place finish on the markedly different French terrain.

Laurie Greenland has just closed out his first junior season with a second place finish. The future looks bright for the young TWR rider.
  Laurie Greenland has just closed out his first junior season with a second place finish. The future looks bright for the young TWR rider.

With another year left in the Jr class Laurie Greenland was ecstatic to end his season on the podium in Meribel.
  Greenland was ecstatic to end his season on the podium in Meribel and has another year left in the Jr class.

Maxime Ciriego skips into the rock garden flat-out for 6th place as France s fastest junior after Loris Vergier.
  Maxime Ciriego skips into the rock garden flat-out for 6th place as France's fastest junior after Loris Vergier.

Good to see Innes Graham back and styled as ever.
  Good to see Innes Graham back and well-styled as ever. Shame about the giveaway dirt on the sleeve.

Taylor Vernon was on a ripper of a run but couldn t get ahead of fellow country man Laurie Greenland.
  Taylor Vernon was on a ripper of a run, but mistakes in the woods meant he couldn't get ahead of fellow country man Laurie Greenland.

Taylor Vernon and Luca Shaw were the biggest threats to Loris Vergier s title today but they just couldn t match the pace of the French youngster.
  Vernon and Shaw were the biggest threats to Vergier's title today, but neither could match the pace of the French youngster.

Luca tried his best despite not being 100 today. He now shifts his aim to World Champs.
  Luca tried his best despite not being 100% today. He now shifts his aim to World Champs.

Loris Vergier rode to first place on home soil today and took the overall for the season.
  Loris Vergier almost literally on fire into the final turns of this epic French race course.

bigquotesIt was a little bit stressful today because we're in France and all my people are here. I was just riding as fast as possible and made some mistakes, but it was an awesome race on a sick track on a sick bike. It's an insane feeling to win the overall here in France. The people are just incredible, it was almost impossible to concentrate because they were cheering all the way down the track. It was just crazy - Loris Vergier - Lapierre Gravity Republic


Last man down and across the line in green Loris Vergier took home the Jr. title from Luca Shaw.
With a Jr. World Cup title and the overall team title Lapierre had plenty to celebrate today.
  Last man down and doing the business, across the line in green. Men's and Women's podiums, a Jr. World Cup title and the overall team title, Lapierre had plenty to celebrate today.






LADIES






Tahnee Seagrave looking pinned as ever and on to another podium this year.
Tahnee has officially taken it to the next level this year now a regular face on the podium and making 5th in the overall at 19 years old.
  Tahnee Seagrave looking pinned as ever, officially taking it to the next level this year. She's now a regular face on the podium and after her result today, she's made 5th in the overall at just 19 years old.

Putting experience to work. Fionn Griffiths has been racing since ever and her racers head came into play this afternoon as she rode to an awesome 6th place.
  Putting experience to work. Fionn Griffiths has been racing since just about ever and her racer's head came into play this afternoon as she rode to an awesome 6th place.

Emmeline couldn t outdo Rachel but she was never going to disappoint the French fans. Second place for an amzing performance out in the home mountains.
  Emmeline couldn't outdo Rachel but she was never going to disappoint the French fans. Second place for an amazing performance out in the home mountains.

A fantastic year for Tracey Hannah making Polygon shapes on her way to 4th in the overall. She managed 3rd in Windham and Fort William and sent it to 4th place this afternoon.
  A fantastic year for Tracey Hannah making Polygon shapes on her way to 4th in the overall. She managed 3rd in Windham and Fort William and sent it to 4th place this afternoon.

Rachel Atherton took the win on the final race of the world cup season.
  Rachel Atherton took the win on the final race of the world cup season.

bigquotesI was so nervous today, like mad nervous...like retching and vomiting, it was horrible. I think it was because I knew I could do well. The track was mint, it was so much fun. It's so good when a World Cup is on a track like this because at the top of the run you go through the track in your head and you still don't know quite which line you gonna take and that 's how it should be, it was mint! I made some last minute decisions, riding lines that I was comfortable on that might not necessarily be the fastest. I had to ask Warner for some arm pump advice because my arm pump was horrific. He said 'wiggling your fingers' and so I was wiggling as much as I could! I did not want to turn around when I crossed the line because I wasn't sure; it was very calm, so I turned around and was like yes!! - Rachel Atherton - Atherton Racing


3.4 seconds up and the Rachel we used to know is back and sneaking ahead of Ragot by just 10 points in the overall. Now to defend the jersey...
  3.4 seconds up and the Rachel we used to know is back and sneaking ahead of Ragot by just 10 points in the overall. Now to defend the jersey...

bigquotesIt was pretty important for me to win today because I feel stronger and stronger every year. I do feel pretty good now and better about myself. I want to go out on a high this winter to know that I can do it and smash it next year. I am buzzing, I am absolutely stoked for the World Champs because this jersey means a lot to me and f###, I am going to fight hard for it - Rachel Atherton - Atherton Racing

No time to reflect on an amazing season Manon drops in with everything on the line.
  No time to reflect on an amazing season, Manon drops in with everything on the line.

bigquotesI was really nervous even though I was trying to not think about it. I couldn't really sleep last night and I struggled to eat this morning at breakfast. The overall was always in the back of my head so I am really stoked I stayed on my bike! I think in my run I was riding a bit tight to be fair. In practice I was thinking, ah that line looks a bit risky... I was going for it, but when I came into the open it was really quiet like I wasn't in the lead so that was a shame, but I've got the overall that's more than I ever hoped for - Manon Carpenter - Madison Saracen


Manon sensibly took a flat-out high risk run off the menu and tucked into something like a fast paced conservation run. She came in 6 seconds back for third. In Norway she will have to face Rachel head on and we re all looking forward to seeing what she s got.
  Manon rode the perfect pace to seal the overall, 6 seconds back for third. In Norway she will face Rachel head on and we're all looking forward to seeing the sparks fly.

Congrats Manon Carpenter on a job well done.
  Congratulations Manon Carpenter on a job so well done.

bigquotesI guess at some point I was thinking I could beat Rachel and coming into the season I wanted to win a few World Cups. I managed to be consistent all year and it's pretty nuts really... I got my trophy!!! - Manon Carpenter - Madison Saracen


Manon number 1
Cheers and beers with Manon Carpenter to celebrate her 2014 world Cup title.
  Cheers and beers with Manon Carpenter to celebrate her 2014 world Cup title.





GENTS





Troy
  Brosnan had it all to do coming into finals after a disastrous qualy, but with the win he would have needed a RatBoy meltdown to take the series for his own. He was disappointed, but in good spirits for what's to come...

bigquotesI felt pretty calm at the start because I got that flat in qualifying and had no real pressure on me. I was pretty pinned on the first split and just washed the front end right after that so I tried to bring back some time and really ride hard after that. When I came across the line I was only two seconds back from taking the green so I am gonna be happy. The season has been pretty good to end up third overall. That's what I can be really proud of and it's gonna give me some confidence and at the same time fire up that feeling inside of me for the World Champs. I just gotta forget this weekend like it never happened and move on. World Champs is a big thing... I have won two Junior World Championships and know how to win so I will go out there, give my best and throw it out - Troy Brosnan - Specialized Racing DH


Marcello Gutierez would like to forget about this season and has his sights set on a bigger and better 2015.
  Marcello Gutierez would like to forget a few things too... like most of this season, but don't worry he has his sights set on a bigger and better 2015.

Bulldog loose as ever.
  Bulldog loose as ever; too loose this time for another podium, however.

Joe Smith shows you why we love flat pedals and flat corners.
  Joe Smith shows you why we love flat pedals and flat corners, setting the fields alight for 12th.

Guillaume Cauvin on the final open slope descent into the the valley below.
  Guillaume Cauvin on the final open slope descent into the the valley below about to score another top 20 for France. Fellow countryman, Faustin Figaret rode to 26th, but couldn't quite match his qualy.

Sam Blenkinsop was pinned through the lower slopes but couldn t pull back enough time to get onto the podium.
  Sam Blenkinsop was pinned through the lower slopes, but couldn't pull back enough time to get in on the podium.

Marc Beaumont cuts the last corner in front of a massive crowd in Meribel.
  Marc Beaumont cuts the last corner in front of a massive crowd in Meribel after mistakes in split 2 cost him dear.

Obligatory Brendog smashing a corner photo.
  And there's the obligatory Brendog smashing a corner photo... And it looks awesome. 9th in the first split, the 'dawg was on for a better one than 16th.

Superhero Brayton
Conor Fearon look excellent in practice smashing corners and taking risky lines.
  Kona Fearon look excellent in practice smashing corners and taking risky lines, settling in his regular spot just outside the top 10.

Greg Minnaar straightens out two corners by taking the tricky and risky off camber line to the inside.
  World Champion, Greg Minnaar, dialing in his spots before the race, straightening out two corners by taking the tricky and risky off camber line to the inside.

Yes... Yes we do
  Greg loves Meribel, we love Meribel...everyone loves Meribel.

Minnaar has had a few too many crashes lately and will be taking it easy before Worlds. Massive car accident last week and crashed during finals today..
  Minnaar has had a few too many crashes lately on and off the bike and will be taking it easy before Worlds.

Danny Hart was expected to do a bit better here but wasn t the win he was hoping for.
  Danny Hart was expected to do a bit better here. Surely an incredible run, but incredible isn't often enough in this business.

Fan club
  The trackside fans this season have been unbelievable, partying and supporting their hearts out in the woods at every stop. If you are within 1000km of a World Cup and haven't been before you seriously have to get yourself to one next season.

Greg Williamson slayed this mountain and was the fastest Trek making his second top ten this season.
  Greg Williamson slayed this mountain and was the fastest Trek, making his second top ten this season.

MS Mondraker s Markus Pekoll had the ride of his life her Meribel. He took to the hotseat with a stunning top section that would remain 2nd fastest after Atherton and held on for a WC personal best 8th place finish.
  MS Mondraker's Markus Pekoll had the ride of his life here Meribel. He took to the hotseat with a stunning top section that would remain the 2nd fastest and he held on for a WC personal best 8th place finish.

Markus Peckol excels on these tech tracks and had one of his best results of the season.
  Austrian, Pekoll, excels on these tech tracks and certainly made his mark here at the last chance saloon in Meribel.


Gee Atherton
  Gee Atherton found those seconds out on course today. He was the first to take a big chunk of time off the clock and ended up finishing fifth.

Gee Atherton found that time out on course today. He was the first to take a big chunk of time off the clock and ended up finishing fifth.
  5th doesn't impress riders with this much experience and talent, but Gee was genuinely happy to hold firm for the overall and pick up his crystal UCI trophy.


Aaron Gwin was a top contender for the win today but it wasn t meant to be. Gwin finished sixth on the day and takes second place in the overall for the season.
  Aaron Gwin was a top contender for the win today, but it wasn't meant to be. Gwin finished sixth on the day and takes second place ahead of Troy in the series.

Aaron Gwin repping the stars and stripes into the second overall title since Troy fell behind too far.
  Repping the stars and stripes at full tilt towards the final wooden booter.

Gwin looked blisteringly fast out the gate but a mistake left him back in 14th with an impossible task challenge ahead of him. Still he salvaged sixth which was enough to overtake Brosnan in the overall for 2nd. He s never won World s before so you can bet his attentions are already turned well ahead to Norway.
  Gwin looked blisteringly fast out of the gate, but a mistake left him back in 14th with an impossible challenge ahead of him. He was still able to salvage sixth which was enough to overtake Brosnan in the overall for 2nd. He's never won World's before, so you can bet his attentions are already turned well ahead to Norway.

Remi Thirion had some special lines and big gaps but he couldn t use them to push past the competition today.
  Remi Thirion looked superb all weekend and had some special lines and big gaps, but he couldn't use them to push past the competition today.

Francisco Pardal s glorious surprise qualifier yesterday had Portugal and anyone who likes an underdog screaming their support like never before. Sadly he couldn t find quite the same venom today but 21st is never a poor result. Well Played Francisco
  Francisco Pardal's glorious surprise qualifier yesterday had Portugal and anyone who likes an underdog screaming their support like never before. Sadly he couldn't find quite the same venom today, but 21st is never a poor result. Well Played Francisco!

Sam Hill crushed it today. This track seemed built for Hill. Now it s time to see how he will fare in Norway. Will Sam take take another world championship title
  Sam Hill crushed it today. This track seemed built for him. Now it's time to see how he will fare in Norway. Will Sam take take another world championship title since his last in 2010?

bigquotesI've been nervous all day for some reason, but I had a good feeling before we even got here and I wanted to win. The track's awesome, been having a lot of fun here. I knew racing was gonna be close, it's pretty fast so there is not a lot of time to be made up. I changed a couple of lines from yesterday cos I felt they were working better because the track was drying up. It all worked out today though ay... It was kind of a parade lap for Ratboy really, it could have been different if he wasn't gonna win the title so easy. I am happy for him, he has ridden awesome all year, but I'm pumped to win today - Sam Hill Team CRC/Nukeproof


creative line choice and amazing cornering speed put Sam Hill back on top today. We look forward to what he can do in Norway in a few weeks time.
  No doubting it was creative line choice and amazing cornering speed put Sam Hill back on top today. We're looking forward to seeing what he can do in Scandinavia to say the least. We asked where he's at right now, coming off his recent wins, in mindset terms..

bigquotesIt is just what I wanted to do the last couple of years really so I've been getting back there. I'm in better shape this year, more focused and hungry. Everything on the team is working awesome, Nukeproof is working awesome. I dunno... it 's just determination and hunger really that has got me the wins this year. I'm looking forward to World in a couple of weeks to see if I can hold up against Ratboy - Sam Hill Team CRC/Nukeproof

Hill aims for the hole in the crowd coming into land from his devastatingly fast bottom section. 3rd in the first two splits Hill was able to drift his way back on track through the grassy off-camber turns at the end.
  Hill aims for the hole in the crowd coming into land from his devastatingly fast bottom section. 3rd in the first two splits, Hill was able to drift his way back on track through the grassy off-camber turns at the end.

After Mont Saint Anne Sam Hill said he was just getting started clearly he was prepared to back up those words. Sam is back to his winning ways.
  After Mont Saint Anne, Sam Hill said he was just getting started; clearly he was prepared to back up those words. Sam is back to his winning ways.

France s fastest export Loic Bruni flying high into 3rd just one second off the best.
  France's fastest export, Loic Bruni flying high just one second off the best.

3rd place qualifier and a bit of a home town hero Loic Bruni was looking for a win here but could go only 4rth.
  3rd place qualifier and a bit of a home town hero, Bruni was looking for a win here but could go only 4th.

A fine day comes for Loic at last and in the perfect setting. His run of terrible luck came to an end as the French crowd went wild for their national champion riding to third place.
  He couldn't stop the British invasion, or the Aussie one for that matter, but it was still a fine day for Loic at last and in the perfect home setting. His spate of terrible luck came to an end as the French crowd went wild for their national champion.

With Rat Boy in the gate the fans began to celebrate in anticipation of what was to come.
  With Rat Boy in the gate the fans began to celebrate in anticipation of what was to come.

Ratty may not have won the battle today but he won the war. After many years of runs that were cut short by bad luck Ratty finally put it all together this season. Well done Rat well done. Please light something on fire tonight.
  Ratty may not have won the battle today, but he won the war. After many years of runs that were cut short by bad luck, Ratty finally put it all together this season. Well done Rat, well done. Please light something on fire tonight.

Ratboy taking a very unique line while most riders go through the middle roots or far right line.. Ratty took a path less traveled smashing the side of the course.
  Ratboy taking a very unique line, while most riders go through the middle roots or far right line.. Ratty took a path less traveled smashing the side of the course down a fair chunk of this wild course.

Now that he has the season locked up Josh will certainly be looking to cut loose tonight. Then he will be focusing on Norway a track that he might just take the rainbow stripes on.
  Now that he has the season locked up, Josh will certainly be looking to cut loose tonight. Then he will be focusing on Norway, a track that he might just take the rainbow stripes on.

Ratboy on to win the overall title something most people didn t expect this season.
Bryce
  Year of the Rat, no bones about it.

The proof is in the pudding. Simmonds delivered on his staggering qualy run from the day previous and the crowd went mad as he went into the green entering the final grass turns. He couldn t match Hill s off-camber performance this time but it looks like we have yet another Englishman who could take a win at any time.
  The proof is in the pudding. Matt Simmonds delivered on his staggering qualy run from the day previous and the crowd went mad as he went into the green entering the final grass turns. He couldn't match Hill's off-camber performance, but it looks like we have yet another Englishman who could take a win at any time.

So close for Matt Simmonds but today wasn t to be his day.
  So close for Simmonds... today was 0.36 seconds from being his day.

Matthew Simmonds was on pace again today. He wasn t able to oust Hill but a very close second place finish kept the fans on the edge of their seats.

bigquotesI was pretty nervous to be the last man down... That was an experience itself and I just rode as hard as I could. I had some massive scary moments, but itwas a good run, I was pushing. To be so close to Sam on this terrain shows that I am not just a powerhouse anymore, I can also ride technical tracks. The plan is now to keep it rolling for the Worlds and see what happens. Stoked! - Matt Simmonds - Madison Saracen


the green light from the fastest split greets Matt Simmonds as he sprints to the line. Unfortunately he couldn t keep the pace through the last few turns and would cross the line in 2nd.
  The green light from the fastest split greets Simmonds as he sprints to the line. Incredible composure from the Englishman; the pressure of a top qualifier can weigh heavy on those who aren't used to them and he kept the fans on the edge of their seats to the very end

Cometh the hour cometh Sam Hill. He s back showing the World how to ride a bike best in steep natural terrain.
For the second time this season we get to see Sam Hill take a World Cup win.
  Cometh the hour, cometh Sam Hill. For the second time this season. He's back showing the World how best to ride a bike in steep, natural terrain.

Flats for the win.
  This kinda shoe for the win... for the third time this season. Flat pedals win medals, as Hill both says and proves one more time. We were keen to know if he'd be hosting the legendary end of season Samapalooza party back in Perth this year... (yes fishing for an invite)

bigquotesNah... It's too dangerous. These days I'm just a quiet family man. It will just be a quiet drink at home from now on ha... Looking forward to go back to my family as soon as Norway is done to welcome the noodle-boy. Just another six weeks or so to go - Sam Hill Team CRC/Nukeproof

Hill Simmonds and Bryceland take the top three spots.
  Hill, Simmonds, and Bryceland kissing the girls and taking the top three spots.

So many Rat Boys the UCI chaperons don t know which ones to remove from the finish area.
  So many Rat Boys the UCI chaperons don't know which ones to remove from the finish area.

Mountain biker or Hollywood A lister Be sure to pick up your copy of Heat magazine in the morning to read about his latest yachting holiday and shocking DWI charges.
  Mountain biker or Hollywood A-lister? Be sure to pick up your copy of Heat magazine in the morning to read about his latest yachting holiday and shocking DWI charges.

Greg Josh and Steve have been a team and family for the past 7 years and today was a huge day for all three of them.
  Greg, Josh and Steve have been a team and a family for the past 7 years and today was a huge day for all three of them.

The celebration started early for Ratty as Peaty and Minnaar gave him a lift and carried him through what could only be described as a mini mosh pit of wild fans.
  The celebration started early for Ratty as Peaty and Minnaar gave him a lift and carried him through what could only be described as a mini mosh pit of wild fans.

Gee Atherton Josh Bryceland
  Five from ten Meribel top performers were team GB... 50% odds on a Union Jack for the Worlds.

Lapierre after party and a new tattoo for Maddog Borris.
  Lapierre after party, but Loic's still got admin to attend to.

100 au natural. Meribel has been a pleasure and we can only hope an example to World Cup course builders.
  98% au natural. Meribel has been a pleasure and we can only hope an example to World Cup course builders. Well done to all involved with the making of this incredible race, it was a mighty fine trip to the French Alps to end a phenomenal season.

Fans were waiting at the Santa Cruz pits in anticipation of partying with Rat Boy only to be fooled by Wyn TV dressed as an imposter.
to the victor goes the spoils.
  Fans were waiting at the Santa Cruz pits in anticipation of partying with Rat Boy, only to be fooled by some cheap, knock-off, Wyn TV imposter.

2014 Mens Winners club
  2014 Fastest Men in the World Club. Velvet gowns, litre beers, oak tables and caviar for mealtimes.

Your 4 World Cup Champions and a whole bunch of victory Champagne.
  Your 4 World Cup Champions; Josh Bryceland, Manon Carpenter, Loris Vergier, Tegan Molloy and a whole bunch of victory Champagne.


By Nathan Hughes

Must Read This Week

77 Comments

  • + 121
 Emmeline, please don't retire. You are my favorite. Love the way she rips. Also a great personality to have in the wemones field. A real fire cracker! Plus she is super cute!
  • + 16
 Agree 100% with every point mentioned!
  • + 3
 Totally agree. Arguably the most entertaining of the ladies to watch on track. Also, the best looking lady to wear rainbow stripes Razz
  • + 49
 Thank you very much for these coverages of the WC!
  • + 31
 GREAT WORK PINKBIKE!!!

have to shout, these photos have made me excited.

awesome coverage as usual. very stoked to see the current state of DH mountain bike racing Smile
  • + 24
 The Photo of Joe Smith is one of the best around
  • + 7
 What a great mix of first class photographers and beautiful pictures of what a world cup is Congrats to all of them. Saludos
  • + 3
 These World Cup photo epics are the highlight of my day every time I read one at my boring ass cubicle, awaiting 5 o'clock so I can go get on my bike. Thanks PB!
  • + 23
 So stoked to see so many British guys and girls doing well,, just shows how strong our national race scene is to keep producing top riders in all categories!!
  • + 15
 Brilliant photos!! So stoked for the British riders representing! Another great Season UCI, cheers for posting Pinkbike. Bring on the Worlds Smile
  • + 10
 Amazing how it looks easy on the video, and so rad on real life... It was so great to see these guys for real!

Also cool to see the pinkbike crew at work for these splendid photos, thanks guys for the lesson
My humble shots are here : www.pinkbike.com/u/du4photo/album
  • + 4
 nice shots bro
  • + 1
 thanks!
  • + 11
 Joe Smith wins photography for the day then.
  • + 3
 Props for your comment, his counter steer was solid.
  • + 3
 Fantastic shot!
  • + 8
 amazing photos, what a dream week end, still can't realize this pure awesomeness happend Big Grin
  • + 7
 Foto #4: Judging by the baguette-/bodysize ratio that definitley isn`t Monk-Dawg!
  • + 1
 the quote was by Monk Dawg
  • + 7
 I wish i could celebrate with the Rat & the entire Syndicate team... oh man would have been super sweet!
  • + 11
 You need a full face helmet and pads just for that...
  • + 8
 Great photo recap! Can't wait until next season!
  • + 6
 "Kona Fearon look excellent in practice smashing corners"

I wonder how much sponsors pay for naming rights of a rider?
  • + 4
 So funny when loris dropped his bottle and Tegan Molloy didn't manage to open hers because Josh was spraying everyone !
  • + 2
 The Worlds is going to be epic this year. Sam has been a world champ under Iron Horse, Specialized,.... And maybe Nukeproof?? Hafjell does not seem to fit his style. But he's pretty pumped up right now. Good luck!!
  • + 2
 Syndicate is a really solid team, dont know how much overall WC winner that three men has collected, but still going to pile alot of medal next ahead. The next mission maybe to find a successor for Peaty..
  • + 1
 I reckon next year one of Peaty and Minnaar will be on a different team. Not even Santa Cruz can afford three top-dog salaries. Jesus Bryce's value just went through the roof. Who knows, maybe Peaty will retire or move into a different role?
  • + 3
 So glad to see RatBoy in the top.
One of the best years of the UCI eventhough Steve Smith couldn't made it; hope next year will be even better.
  • + 2
 The quality of photos in this post (and of all the World Cup DH's) is truly unreal. Thank you Pinkbike for spoiling us rotten. The shot of Ratboy chugging Champagne on Peaty's and Minaar's shoulders is epic.
  • + 3
 "because I got that flat in qualifying and had no real pressure on me"

I see what you did there Troy.
  • + 0
 Some of these guys, almost every track this year they complained the course wasn't real, they needed a proper course to show their stuff, they couldn't show us what they were really made of because the course was to slow/not gnarly enough/too short. Well, Meribel gave them their wish, a proper course. Some of them stepped up, some didn't...And you guys who didn't step up? You know who you are! It ain't the course, it's the rider, and now we know who can do and who just talks. And, the XC was awesome
  • + 4
 Sam wearing old five tens, whats the deal there?
  • + 6
 Cos the new ones are utter pap. Thanks Adidas.
  • + 2
 too right they are new impact vxi haveonly lasted me 4 months !!
  • + 1
 Seems like he like the older version more. And i bet he has a loooot of them back home.
  • + 1
 It`s been a joy to follow this season. I´m hoping for an even better one next year, a well Steve Smith, Gee and the other riders that are riding with injuries to challange Ratboy so that he gets even faster!
  • + 2
 That shot of Maxime Ciriego. He was clearly riding a Nicolai, but was it a gearbox bike? Sure looks like it.
  • + 4
 Oh those Meribelles Smile
  • + 1
 Awesome shots as per, the wording is a little off/reads weird in places though. I suppose you guys and gals have to fire this out ASAP though.
  • + 1
 what a race! stoked to see Ratboy bring it home seriously nerve racking watching it. Oh and the Joe Smith shot ah man! Big Grin
  • + 1
 I'm pretty sure I missed the news for this item, but what happened to stevie (smith) and where is he now?
  • + 2
 so so stoked for rat boy!!!
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 Fairytale end to the awesome WC season - best track, Hill and Ratboy wins! Smile Thanks PB for the fantastic coverage!
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 cool shots
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 That was Wyn in Ratboy's jersey, right??? Can't wait for the next WynTV!
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 Great Francisco Pardal. He should have more suport for any factory team.
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 So boys, who has the link to Sam Hill's gopro footage?!!
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 thats a cool vid, he just nails those corners at the bottom
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 Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaa!! Thank you very much!
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 The only thing I learned from this is that, Redbull doesn't give you wings
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 brilliant coverage this season pinkbike and red bull now what do i do till its back haha
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 Loic dropping the champagne in the last pic was gas, "sacré bleu!"
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 That's Loris Vergier, not Loic.
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 Definitely still a junior.
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 After Mt StA there were a few pro 26ers espousing Sam's awesomeness for the small wheeled format. But as mentioned above, his Pulse is mos def 650B both then and now. I'd put money on Bryceland's Leogang win being the last ever 26in wheeled World Cup DH victory.
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 If you just read all of that and looked at the amazing, inspiring pictures and athletes and all you could talk about was wheel size...

I feel sorry for you mate.

Ride a bike, so long as the wheels are round and not square, it'll be fun Smile
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flag Pikasam (Aug 24, 2014 at 11:06) (Below Threshold)
 I watched Connor Fearon's run yesterday, and was thinking when he got to the motorway at the end how much different his result might have been had he been on a bigger wheeled bike. He rode a great race, and I'm looking forward to what he does if they give him a 27.5 Process next year.
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 Actually bouldertom, I was intending to reply to someone else's comment, but stuffed up and hit the wrong 'reply' link. Rest assured, I care little about wheel size preference other than watching it all evolve. And this was indeed an awesome writeup.
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 No worries Smile

Good to know
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 Man that sc syndicate team is scary good. Talk about a team of winners!
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 FRicckin brits! Feels like 1812 all over again!
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 Why was Sam wearing the OLDEN times Impacts vs the new ones?
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 The Year of the Rat!
Congratulation Sam: FLAT PEDALS RULE!
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 AMAZING Pics !! awesome !!!!
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 Amazing photos! Amazing season! The only season where i watched ALL races
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 apart from cycling related. that blondie.
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 Nice one rat boy !
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 Go HILL
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 What do you mean about Gwin? he's never won World's? Wasn't he an overall champ in 11th and 12th??
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 Gwin was the World Cup Series Champion in 2011-2012, but he has never won the World Championship, which is a one day race separate from the World Cup Series.
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 Yeah ratboy
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