From the Ashes: Finals - Vallnord DH World Cup 2016

Sep 4, 2016
by Nathan Hughes  



Four days straight under blazing Andorran sun, sucking in the orange dust through helmet vents and it all came crashing down in apocalyptic fashion for the last men up the mountain.

Gone was the moon dust, bone-dry wood and rock, replaced by ever-thickening, speed-sapping sludge and treacherous features in between. Yesterday's top performers suddenly became victims of their own success, as the clouds rolled in and thunder crackled hard overhead with perfect ill timing. No doubt, the last few riders were worst affected by the fierce rain and it was obvious, from the state of the bikes, who had the rug pulled out from under them the hardest. Today there would be no heroic miracle runs in the mud, just sketchy crashes or damage limitation... and in the case of Aaron Gwin, an increasingly nervous cruise down to the finish arena to seal the series overall. Never one to 'not go all-out', Danny Hart produced the goods as expected and, with the weather gods more siding with him, he was able to put down a run not far off the maximum he was capable of... Victory number three, the hat-trick was his, just moments before things out on track became totally unmanageable.

Meanwhile in the Juniors, Gaetan Vige bested Finn Iles by over three seconds in a brilliant display of bike control on the steeps and Rachel Atherton chalked up the perfect season, despite keen advances on the podium by Myriam Nicole and Tracey Hannah. Seven wins from seven and a total of 13 consecutive triumphs, it seems there is no end to her drive to destroy the field, time and time again.

That's it, that's all for another year. The 2016 World Cup season is all played out...we hope you enjoyed the show once again. Until next time.



Mountains stacked on mountains here in Andorra.
Mountains stacked on mountains. Thanks Vallnord, it's been one hell of a summer send-off.

Early morning fine tuning in the Mondraker pits.
Early morning fine tuning before what would prove to be an all-time kind of day for team MS Mondraker.
Specialized mechanic Kevin Joly is psyched that the bikes are prepped and ready to race.
Specialized Gravity Republic mechanic, Kevin Joly, is psyched that the bikes are prepped and ready to race for the final stop of the calendar.

Charlie Hatton sunriser
Another textbook Andorran sunrise promised an extension of the incredible dry conditions, but in fact things were to go quickly south later in the day.

Gwin goggs
Who knew the day would end this way? Still despite everything, the overall result remained the same; Gwin was king.




:: JUNIOR'S FINAL ::


Manson fish
Magnus Manson may have had his fair share of troubles over the season, but two 4th place finishes comes as an amazing conclusion for the Canadian.

Elliot Heap finished off this season with another third place and third in the over all.
Elliot Heap has proven he has what it takes to tackle life in the big leagues for 2017.
Eliot Heap had a massive crash in his race run but was able to keep pushing to end the day in 3rd.
Heap had a massive crash in his race run, but was still able to keep pushing to end the day, and the season in 3rd.

Gaetan Vige Made it two wins in a row and carries a lot of confidence in to next weekend s World Champs.
Commencal Riding Addiction's Gaetan Vige made it two wins in a row and carries a lot of confidence in to next weekend's World Champs.

Vige chute front
Vige back

Gaetan Vige has turned it up a notch at the end of the season as we are going to have a battle on our hands next week in Val di Sole between he and Finn Iles.
Vige has turned it up a notch at the end of the season and we are going to have a battle on our hands next week in Val di Sole between he and Finn Iles.



bigquotesI rode this track before at the Cup Catalan in March and I know it pretty well, but it's so good to win here because all the people from Commencal and Vallnord are here so I'm really happy. I was in the gate and thought "let's do this!" and let off the brakes pretty good. I was so close to Finn for the overall, like 50 points, but I'm happy anyway and congrats to Finn because he's a f*ing nice guy and he's very fast haha! - Gaetan Vige - Commencal Riding Addiction




Finn Iles admits to a few race run mistakes but was fast enough to take second and the overall.
Iles looked exceptional on course all week, but didn't manage to hold it quite so wide open as his French rival.

Finn Iles 20 meters away from becoming the Junior World Cup Champion. It s hard to believe he still has another year to go before jumping to elites.
Finn Iles, 20 meters away from becoming the Junior World Cup Champion. It's hard to believe he still has another year to go before jumping to Elites.
Finn was stressing hard today knowing that the title was essentially his to lose. Not his best run but good enough for second on the day and the overall title.
Finn was stressing hard today knowing that the season was essentially his to lose. With Vige's win a result worse than 5th for him would have seen his title slip.

The top three juniors in Andorra.
The top three Juniors here in Andorra and your top three men of the future.

What a season for 17 year old Finn Iles.
What a debut season for 17 year old Canadian Finn Iles. The Elites have one more year of luxury without him robbing a spot on their podium.




:: WOMEN'S FINAL ::

It was a tough one today for Rachel Atherton.
Back problems, mysterious viruses or injured shoulders...there's simply nothing that is able to keep this lady from the top step. Rachel - 13, World - 0.



bigquotesI can't even remember what happened, I'm too excited from the men's race! The back was alright actually; way better today...I just had mad pain killers and my little brace thing on. It was mainly my arm pump, but I think everyone was in the same boat there. I was pretty sure that I wouldn't win and was like 'oh, f-k it, I don't care' and then after qualifying was so close, I knew that if I tried a bit harder. It was a good run, I think I learned a lot about my bike handling skills just because it's so steep. Normally I'm just bouncing off stuff and you can't really ride like that here. You have to really stick to the floor, so I tried to push. It's funny - all weekend I've been making changes to my suspension, then after qualifying I was like 'f-k, it's not working' and went the complete opposite way and did it all differently. Glad about that! - Rachel Atherton - Trek Factory Racing




From the Ashes Finals - Vallnord DH World Cup 2016
Rachel Atherton's schedule for a long and nervous afternoon ahead.
Tracey Hannah chilled out and happy during her pre-race warmup.
Tracey Hannah chilled out and happy during her pre-race warm-up.

Atherton warmed up in the heat of the day.
Atherton spinning out before go time, looking to turn things up significantly after her worst qualifier of the season - 3rd.

Miranda Miller raises one of the big berms up top during a very early morning practice session.
Miranda Miller blazes one of the big berms up top during a very early morning practice session. 8th in finals would secure her 10th in the overall despite only making it to three of the seven rounds, such is the Squamish sender's talent.

Junior womens winner
Face of the future: Junior Women's overall winner, Australian, Sian A'Hern.

After a huge crash in qualifying Tahnee Seagrave was back at it today trying to protect her place in the overall standings.
After a huge crash in qualifying, Tahnee Seagrave was back at it today trying to protect her place in the overall standings.
Seagrave step-down
Despite feeling very tender the young Brit wasn't afraid to get wildly loose during her run and settled for 5th on the day.

Myriam Nicole
Andorra's favorite, Myriam Nicole rode her number 16 plate to an amazing 3rd place after a nightmare season.
Top qualifier Myriam Nicole happy to be healthy once again and racing at the top level. 3rd today for PomPon.
The top qualifier was super happy to be healthy and racing at the top level once again. Onward to Italy!

Tracey Hannah catches some of the first light of the day in training.
With an important afternoon in the points battle ahead, Tracey Hannah catches some of the first light of the day in the morning training.

Tracey Hannah finished this season off with a bang. Second place today and second in the over all was oh so sweet.
Tracey Hannah had another awesome run to finish second on the day.

Tracey so badly wanted 2nd in the overall but would come up just 10 points shy to finish the year in 3rd.
Tracey Hannah so badly wanted 2nd in the overall, but would come up just 10 points shy to finish the year in 3rd. Still plenty to smile about, however.
Winner of the day the overall and best flag.
A perfect season and an absolutely staggering total of 13 uninterrupted wins for a certain north Wales resident.

Pure domination once again from Rachel Atherton.
Pure domination in the dust from Rachel Atherton, over 6.5 seconds up on the day.

Rachel Atherton proved once again that she is just leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.
Atherton proved once again that she is just leaps and bounds ahead of the competition, to the value of 560 points.

Rachel chucks it in to the finish for her final win of the World Cup season.
Rachel chucks it in to the finish for her final win of the World Cup season to strike that perfect sweep.
Despite having a bad back this weekend Rachel Atherton pulled out the horse power when it counted neatly wrapping up a prefect season.
Despite struggling with a bad back this weekend, Atherton pulled out the horsepower when it counted most.

Once again the best way to wash off the dust is with a little champagne.
Once again the best way to wash off the dust is with a little champagne.

The five fastest ladies of the 2016 UCI World Cup.
The five fastest ladies of the 2016 UCI World Cup, plus Emilie Siegenthaler, unfortunately not present today.
Fighting some back pain all week Rachel dug deep and got her perfect season. 7 wins out of 7 races.
Undefeated. Rachel dug deep and got her perfect season. Seven wins out of seven races.




:: MEN'S FINAL ::


It s party time in Andorra
Party time, track-side in Andorra and go time for the elite men.

Gwin in a spin.
Aaron Gwin's head must have been spinning this morning to think all he had to do was beat three riders down the hill and arrive within the top 80.

Aaron Gwin laying down the smoke screen on his final practice run of the 2016 World Cup season.
Gwin laying down the smokescreen on his final practice run of the 2016 World Cup season.

Charlie Harrison berm fisheye
One of the emerging talents of the weekend was undoubtedly Trek rider, Charlie Harrison.
Charlie Harrison backed up his quali run with an impressive fourteenth place finish today.
Backing up his quali run with an impressive 14th place finish today, he shows more than a little promise.

It was a tough choice for Gee to decide if he should race today and risk further injury to his shoulder. In the end he clenched his teeth and gave it his best.
It was a tough choice for Gee to decide if he should race today and risk further injury to his shoulder. In the end he clenched his teeth and gave it his best.

What a beautiful day in Andorra. Well at least for the morning it was beautiful... That would all change in the late afternoon.
What a beautiful day in Andorra. Well, at least for the morning it was beautiful. That would all change in the late afternoon.

E-jack roost
The early practice session was all about golden light and huge pockets of moon dust in the turns, as 15th place Elliot Jackson demonstrates.

You can see the rain starting to fall in the background as Brendan Fairclough plows down the dusty final chute.
Sadly it couldn't last and rain starting to fall as the top 20 men hit the track. Brendan beats the storm down for 12th.

Ratboy style
Ratboy don't go.

Another top 10 for first year elite Laurie Greenland.
Another top 10 for first year Elite, Laurie Greenland and helping the MS Mondraker team claim victory for the round and the season.

Pekoll berm
Markus Pekoll secured his equal best ever WC race result - matching Meribel 2014 with an 8th place.

Brayton
Yet another brilliant showing from Adam Brayton - 7th and on to Worlds to gas to flat for team GB.

Moir huck
Jack Moir was red flagged and stopped to help fallen Sam Blenkinsop after his savage crash in the open section. On his re-run and as the rain began to come down hard, he managed a top drawer, top 10.

5th on the day and 5th in the overall for Connor Fearon.
Fifth on the day and fifth in the overall for the Kona consistency king, Connor Fearon.
Marcelo Gutierrez powers through the dust for 6th. Just a half second from off the podium.
Marcelo Gutierrez powers through the dust for 6th. Just a half second from the podium.

Can you tell that 4th place finisher Alex Fayolle comes from a moto background
Can you tell that 4th place finisher Alex Fayolle of Polygon UR comes from a moto background?

Crowds and umbrellas
Mid afternoon and the weather began to take a turn for the worse. The extreme worse.
Babes in the woods
For some it came as worse news than others, i.e. those still up on the hill.

A week of baking sun and thick dust all came too an abrupt end just as the top 10 were about to take to the track for their final runs.
A week of baking sun and thick dust all came too an abrupt end just as the top 10 were about to take to the track for their final runs.

Ferran Jorba Prats
Both Ferran Jorba Prats and Amaury Pierron sadly came a cropper in the sudden storm conditions.
Amaury Pierron pan
When epic qualifiers bite back. "That's racing" as people always say. Still Pierron salvaged a commendable 13th.

The weather played right into Hart s hands today. Give the Rocket a bit o rain and he will shine.
The weather played right into Hart's hands today. Give the Redcar Rocket a bit o' rain and he will always shine.

Danny had no choice but to win today if he wanted a chance at the overall and even then it would have taken a miracle.
Danny had no choice but to win today if he wanted a chance at the overall, and even then it would have taken a miracle.

Loic Bruni headed for a tree in practice. Bruni tidied things up for his race run and took third.
Bruni had seconds to find after qualies and managed it in his race run riding to 3rd.

The last time Loic raced here he went home with those rainbow stripes. He was happy to walk away with a third today and has his sights firmly set on defending his world title next weekend in Italy.
The last time Loic raced here he went home with those rainbow stripes. Sights are now firmly set on defending the world title next weekend in Italy.

Loic swish face
Nothing but smiles from France's finest.

Gerg Minnaar
The man, the myth, the GOAT. Greg Minnaar needs no introduction.

We said it yesterday. Never count Greg Minnaar out on race day no matter how poorly he does in training or qualifying. No racer has the ability to dig deep and lift his game when it matters most and today he did just that to take 2nd place.
No racer has the ability to dig deep and lift his game when it matters most, and today he did just that to take 2nd place.
Greg Minnaar. Never ever count the smooth operator out. Still up for a podium run. Any day any conditions.
The smooth operator will be ready for that podium run, any day, any conditions.

Had the rain held off just twenty minutes we may have seen a dramatically different result for Troy Brosnan.
Had the rain held off just twenty minutes, we may have seen a dramatically different result for Troy Brosnan, but we'll never know.

Danny Hart looks on and begins to celebrate as Troy heads to the finish line.
Danny Hart looks on and begins to celebrate as a mud-caked Brosnan heads to the finish line.

Thirion berm manual
Remi Thirion looked phenomenal on track all weekend once again here in Andorra.
Remi Thirion wasn t able to keep it together in the rapidly changing conditions. He looked phenomenal in practice.
Unfortunately he fell victim to his qualifying success and was caught in the torrential rain.

All these people wanted nothing more than to see Remi Thirion win today. Even when well down at the splits on a wet track they were cheering louder for him than anyone else.
All these people wanted nothing more than to see Thirion win today. Even when well down at the splits on a wet track they were cheering louder for him than anyone else.

Gwinner
'Finish in the top 80' might have sounded like a minor hurdle to secure the championship at the beginning of the day, but around this point Gwin was doing all he could just to stay between the tape as the greasy conditions took hold.

Gwin just needed to finish to take the overall and in conditions like today s it was best to play it safe. Fifty-fifth was just fine today. Now all he has to do is focus on worlds.
55th was just fine for once. Now all the Gwizard has to do is focus on those elusive rainbow stripes.
The dust became cement. The ride became wild. All Arron Gwin had to do is get down.
The dust became cement. The ride became wild, but Aaron Gwin made it down.

Troy Brosnan had trouble from the start as the rains unleashed on the top of the track.
Troy Brosnan had trouble from right from the slippery start gate as the rains unleashed on the top of the track.

Covered in mud and after a nightmare of a run Troy was still stoked as ever to celebrate with the fans in the finish arena.
Covered in mud and after a nightmare of a run, Troy was still stoked as ever to celebrate with the fans in the finish arena.
Troy gave it his all but sometimes the cards you re dealt just don t stack in your favor.
Troy gave it his all, but sometimes the cards you're dealt just don't stack in your favor.

The amount of damp dust clinging to Troys bike probably weighed three pounds.
The amount of damp dust clinging to Troys bike probably weighed three pounds.

 LongLiveChainsaw
#LongLiveChainsaw salute for the crowds.

Danny portrait
Chalking up number three, Hart's hat-trick is done.


bigquotesI was warming up underneath the easy-up and I had my music in, so I couldn't hear the rain. But I took my headphones off and I was like 'Oh yeah, it's coming down...' but then, I've been in that position before. I wasn't too sure what to do with myself after my rubbish qualifying time, but I changed some lines like I do every weekend. Obviously I didn't have it as bad as the last guys, but it was wet... I put roll-offs on, but didn't use them in the end. Straight out of the start into the first jump, my wheels were all over and the bridges were lethal. I was just crawling over the bridges and was just like 'this is how it is'. I've done three and now we're going to Val di Sole next weekend. I know I've got speed down there and the season's not over yet. One more race - Danny Hart - MS Mondraker




MS Mondraker team shot
13 years after launching his DH race team, Markus Stoeckl's crew have landed the WC team overall victory; at last the fastest squad on the planet.

The boys
The Mondraker Summum

MS Mondraker showers
The color might be blue, but Hart, Greenland and Pekoll take the yellow plates home to finish the 2016 season.

It s a bit strange knowing this is one of the last racing photos I will ever take of the legendary Steve Peat.
It's a bit strange knowing this is likely to be one of the last WC racing photos we will ever post of the legendary Steve Peat.

What a career and what a legend. The sport owes this man so much and there won t be another like him. Today Steve Peat raced his final World Cup... What a ride it s been.
What a career and what a legend. The sport owes this man so much and there won't be another like him.
Thanks Peaty. You ve been an absolute hero to all of us.
Today Steve Peat raced his final World Cup. What a ride it's been. Thanks Peaty. You've been an absolute hero to us all.

Danny hart makes it three wins in a row. Can he make it four next week at World Champs in Val di Sole
Three wins in a row. Can he make it four next week and take the rainbows again five years later at World Champs in Val di Sole?

Cheers Alex Fayolle for your first ride onto the World Cup podium.
Cheers Alex Fayolle for your first ride onto the World Cup podium.

After a long battle spread across a few continents these five men came out on top.
After a long battle spread across a few continents, these five men came out on top. Gwin, Hart, Brosnan, Minnaar and Fearon; your 2016 victors.

Aaron Gwin s fourth fist place trophy in six years... Good times indeed.
2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016. That makes Aaron Gwin's fourth 1st place trophy in six years. F-ing good times indeed! Congratulation AG! Over and out.


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104 Comments

  • 183 0
 Awesome coverage all season. Thanks, Pinkbike. To me, DH racing is the most exciting thing in mountain biking right now. We need way more of this and way less soul-sucking focus on products. Dear UCI: the short season is a travesty. More races. Or better yet, lets abandon the UCI and start a DH World Series.
  • 7 26
flag pablopicasso1 (Sep 4, 2016 at 12:19) (Below Threshold)
 I heard Ratboy could be moving to Devinci next year
  • 7 2
 @plplplplplplplplplplplp: no, thats Loris
  • 100 1
 Might just be me but I thought it was a bit of a shame Red Bull TV didn't show Peaty's run.
  • 5 3
 Red Bull TV don't care about downhill, just the 'figures'.
  • 2 0
 Definitely a missed opportunity! I would have given his run a standing ovation
  • 65 3
 Ratboy better stay...
  • 6 0
 So is he leaving racing?
  • 2 1
 some hints for the changes in the Syndicate in 2017?
  • 82 2
 ratty always wanted to be a shrimp boat captain. he's been hinting at the change during interviews by saying "matie" instead of "mate".
  • 16 0
 Is there any reason to actually think he might be quitting or is it all just random speculation? Warner was talking about peaty retiring being an influencing factor but I sort of feel like peaty wouldn't actually let ratboy quit even if he tried.
  • 5 3
 Not sure how he feels with Luca Shaw joining the squad.
  • 3 0
 @el-nombre: Some changes are coming. On Vital there was a comment alongside the new bike of Steve Peat that there will be some big news for the Syndicate regarding the new season. Luca probably is onboard, but whether someone is leaving... :/ Also, Troy does not have a team for 2017.
  • 5 0
 @krazieghost: he is going to be called the rat king should he become a shrimp boat capt.
  • 3 1
 Some talks for him at Devinci
  • 6 6
 RATBOY is more a freerider than a racer !! look at him !! as long as he's doing what he loves you just have to let him live his life
  • 13 0
 If he did leave, and I hope he doesn't, Brayton on the Syndicate would be pretty damn sweet. Just sayin'.
  • 6 1
 I think Ratboy took this season to celebrate with Peaty. He'll be back on it next year as his focus will no longer be on the retirement of his best mate, and back on racing.
  • 12 14
 @freerideglory: Ratty has been saying in many interview on many occasions he had been offered more money by other teams but he wanted to stay and keep the Syndicate team the same. I highly doubt he'll stay in Syndicate now. Plus, let's be honest, his results have sucked. Roskopp won't be happy. I doubt he has a seat anyway...

But Pratt man. A legend that hung around too long and faded away out. So sad. I don't get it. Why on his last season didn't he race all the rounds? He's just dissapeared without trace. No coverage even by Red bull of his run or anything at the finish area is a real shame. Watched him since he was riding the rigid Kona, loved when he was racing or GT and the Iconic Lobo. But I think he should of bowed out sooner. I dunno, I get it, you do something so long it's all you know and to don't want it too end. Just think it's sad that such a legend disappeared so quietly.
  • 3 4
 *Peaty. Stupid spell check
  • 2 0
 @clarky78: youtu.be/AucEaMzyLWA
Big changes are coming "the family is growing"
  • 1 1
 @sicmoto: syndicate rides with chris king hubs ... while Brayton ... more like the HOPE guy Big Grin just kidding
  • 48 4
 Bravo Rachel, tu es maintenant immortelle.
Bravo Aaron, tu es le plus rapide!
Bravo Danny, tu nous fait frissoner!
Greg, tu nous inspires tous!
Loic, bravo pour ta guérison rapide.
Gee, tu es un guerrier
Ratboy, tu reviendras.
Peat, je te lève mon casque.
Manon, ta grâce roule avec toi.
Steve Smith, tu nous manques.
Sam Hill aussi.
Merci Claudio.
Une course palpitante.
F
  • 2 1
 Qui aurait pu dire mieux .. !
  • 3 0
 Thanee est une guerrière
Emi reviens vite!
Loris gaaaaaaz !
  • 13 2
 Baguettes?
  • 36 10
 I'd love to see Rachel Atherton take a year off or more after world champs and see her compete is something like the EWS. Shes has won every title, beat every record and seems to be just on another level compared to the other female racers in DH so why not take that and go try and steal some wins at the EWS. Personally I'd love being the king of the hill by a huge margin for an entire season but I'd rather the competition be tight and force me to really put it on the line every once in a while, its why racing is so fun! Just imagine an EWS season with Rachel added to the mix, would be fun!
  • 47 2
 Love to see her try for the double...EWS and DH in a single season...she is that good.
  • 15 1
 It would just make things worse, she'll lose no handling skills and just come back even fitter!!
  • 4 7
 Ya props to her,without Jill racing she doesn't seem to have serious competition
  • 6 0
 she cant stop until she loses a race, 13 wins and counting! Who knows, could make it 20
  • 17 0
 @mtbakerpow: Jill hasn't ever got within 5-6 seconds of Rachel at WC level. No disrespect to Jill but Rachel is on another level. www.rootsandrain.com/compare.html?i=747x6133
  • 15 0
 @mtbakerpow: Ragot was able to match her, but she's retired from WC racing now
  • 5 2
 She would just go and destroy the enduro competition even harder than she does with those girls on the WC circuit.
Some of the girls on the EWS are rather fit, i give you that, but there is literally no competition to even be worth naming in one sentence with Rachel on the EWS in regards to riding skill and speed.
Rachel is seriously fit, tough and has great bike handling skills.
There is no woman on the enduro scene to match her. It´d be outright domination and even more boring.
It would probably be euqally laughable as me trying to race against the likes of Hill, Gwin or Minnaar.

Now, if she was to try and aquire both titles at the same time, that´s something i´d like to see!
  • 8 0
 Would love to see how Tracy Moseley would do at a DH WC round nowadays. She can just show up to a random EWS and win every stage.
  • 1 1
 It just putt
  • 7 31
flag cheeverbrent (Sep 4, 2016 at 17:20) (Below Threshold)
 *Or just put her in with the men since she thinks she is better than most of them anyway.
  • 29 1
 @cheeverbrent: never go full retard
  • 28 0
 World Champs are going to be an epic battle this year with ao many legit, healthy contenders.
  • 27 0
 After val di sole next week......life again will be on a stand still.
  • 23 0
 Elliot Jackson,welcome to my screensaver.
  • 24 3
 Ratboy, you aint going NOWHERE. And if so, it's on to a team with Palmer as captain.
  • 12 7
 The Rat on the Intense Factory Racing team, California living and Palmer running the show sounds like an ideal match.
  • 1 0
 I heard this also, He's definitely met with Intense.
  • 2 0
 @bluumax: it would make sense, pretty much the same bike..
  • 1 0
 @five5hot: Palmer is not happy with Intense but he does like him some Rat.
  • 1 0
 @sds81:
Yeah, no Palmer-vids or anything this summer, so please, continue..
  • 15 0
 I say it every time; dammit Greg the GOAT. Also great ride from Jack Moir, Fayolle, gutted for Loris losing out on 5th overall.
  • 14 0
 What's about Loris Vergier ans the comments about is next year team!? Rob Warner said that he will maybe have a new team ... Any infos? Canyon maybe since the sender is out !?
  • 2 0
 I doubt he'd leave Loic and Finn. I'm sure he is contracted with Specialized anyways. Dont think they want to give away a top rider. But thats just my hunch...
  • 2 0
 I've heard devinci is interested in him
  • 15 0
 Stunning pictures. Thank you pinkphotographers for the great season!
  • 13 0
 Great coverage as usual! Though, wouldn't mind some more pictures of Peatys run
  • 13 0
 Meanwhile Steve Jones from Dirt gets bronze in masters World Champs in Val Di Sole!
  • 4 0
 That's amazing, any idea what bike he was on? Jones has always been very opinionated about geometry.
  • 5 0
 @sicmoto: Carbon demo with fox suspension , as he is a spe and fox fanboy (see all the gear "review"/ad from dirt) so that's no surprise.
  • 1 0
 @zede: I thought Dirt Mag had a bit of a beef with Mojo/Fox, My mate was head of Front Suspension (Mojo)before she left and said 'Ever notice how shit Fox come out in Dirt reviews?' And I did notice, but recently, iv noticed it less?. Water under the bridge maybe? or just she got the wrong end of the stick perhaps, hmm
  • 14 0
 Dave Trumpore's shot of Alex Fayolle is unbelievable
  • 13 1
 What has happened to Ratboy this year........??
  • 17 0
 Rumblings that he's just not "feeling it" anymore.
  • 10 0
 And that he might quit with peaty retiring...
  • 12 0
 @jissse: He dropped Monster energy this year.

I think the flame of peaty kept him alight also..

This year he's had a bit more fun, lets hope he sticks around.
  • 16 0
 @Aled-DHI: Wasn't that because he didn't want to promote something he didn't actually drink? He seems like an intelligent fella despite all the dicking around.
  • 4 0
 @Aled-DHI: i think ratboy is going to surprise everybody in worldchampz!!! Peaty said a few years back about ratty that he better get him (peaty) a world champ title before he retires...
  • 1 0
 I also seriously hope he stays in WC Racing. They can use some characters like him! Big Grin
  • 9 1
 Where are these rumours coming from about ratboy? It's quite obvious he's less committed this year, especially compared to a few years ago when he wanted to be the best. Don't go josh!
  • 1 0
 ^^^ this. Rob and Claudio's comments made me nervous. Now this article pleading Josh not to go. What is going on?
  • 10 0
 I'd like to see Finn land on a devinci one day Longlivechainsaw
  • 6 0
 Damn it Ratboy! I went out and bought a Santa Cruz V10 just so I could learn to speak like you! After lovin' all the awesome Team Syndicate videos and hearing the "I just do what I do" in the intro.... I'm really gonna miss you being on Santa Cruz brah! DON'T LEAVE EM!
  • 8 0
 Great coverage this year PB. Hope Peaty has had a great last WC season.
  • 13 5
 Who else has 4 overall titles?
  • 6 1
 you about to ride that goat again?
  • 11 0
 Nicolas Vouilloz has 5.
  • 12 3
 @Kapricorn: Just curious, I love how 2 people neg prop me for asking a simple question especially because I have only been following the sport for 3 or so years.
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 @brandaneisma: I think people are so used to seeing sarcastic comments and rhetorical questions more than actual questions on this site that they just assume the former. Good question though as I (and likely several others) did not know that.
  • 6 1
 Conditions definitely worsened after Hart's run, but he didn’t have it easy. Laid down an insane run in the wet! Pure talent.
  • 5 4
 He's Danny Hart, King of slaying tracks in shitty conditions, probably would have picked up a few seconds if he raced later. Stoked to see home bringing it as hard as he has been this season, fun rider to watch and yet another podium threat at all times.
  • 25 0
 Yeah the difference in track conditions really didn't set in until the last 4 or 5 guys. With 3 minute gaps between riders a ton can change between just one or two runs. The biggest issue here was once the rain saturated the trees over head the rain began to get into the woods, and with the massive amounts of dust a few inches deep everywhere on track it quickly turned things to paste and slime (think pouring water into a bowl of flour). Definitely not knocking Danny's run but he was for sure the last guy to come down before it turned into a shit show. Especially up top where it all of a sudden it poured rain for the top 4 guys. Even if it wasn't super slippery in just rolled super slow and sucked tons of momentum which you can see form the last few guys top splits where things were not so steep.
  • 7 0
 This was an insane race! Adam Brayton shows awesome style, as always!
  • 6 1
 Good job Elliott J., Luca S. Charlie H. and of course to Gwin!!! Good to see American riders with good results. Give the Brits and Frenchies more competition. Great season!!
  • 8 0
 Steve Peat.
  • 4 0
 that @davetrump photo of Peaty blasting through a dusty berm... perfect.
  • 31 1
 In his last race, Peaty comes in ahead of the following: Bryceland, Sic Mick, The bulldog, Rachel Atherton's Brother, Gutierez, Ed Masters, Needles, and Arron Gwin. Priceless.
  • 12 0
 @unconvinced: Rachel Atherton's brother.. Love it! You win todays internet!
  • 9 0
 @unconvinced: Ha ha.. "Rachel Atherton's brother"... That's priceless Wink
  • 9 0
 @unconvinced: "Rachael Atherton's brother"... Classic.
  • 2 0
 @unconvinced: Just re read this when I needed a pick me up! I just spat my breakfast all over the office desk!
  • 7 0
 Damn Daniel
  • 3 0
 This was the first race that I'd managed to watch all the coverage for - great racing!
Pity there was no coverage of Peaty's final run.

A noobie question though - What's the 'protected' rider status?
  • 3 1
 Protected riders can race finals regardless of qualifying result based on their top 20 WC rank as of race time.
  • 2 0
 @StFred: thanks for the reply.
  • 4 0
 ya, would've been great to see a couple head on shots of Peaty's last run. great coverage PB. DH needs to break from UCI.
  • 5 1
 One more race Daniel... And you're on a good path for the legend status
  • 3 0
 fabulous report, pinkbike, thank you a bunch for these beautiful pictures. Smile
  • 2 0
 Hye pinkbike maybe a bit to late, Alex fayole team not Hutchinson ur, and he doesn't use Hutchinson tires anymore, since his team is polygon URL and Kenda tires
  • 3 0
 It said team Mondraker takes home the yellow plates. What's that for?
  • 6 0
 First place team for the year
  • 1 0
 @AaGro: ah, should have figured. Thanks.
  • 1 1
 where can we see POV from the race runs ?? Will PB post them ?? Danny and Rack both shot their run !!!!
  • 1 0
 that look into danny's fathers eyes
  • 1 0
 Awesome gwin, next weekend for rainbow strip on neck Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Should it even be called the Syndicate if Peaty and Josh leave?

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