Mach Speed: Danny Hart's Canadian Open Run

Aug 18, 2014
by Karl Burkat  

48 Comments

  • 54 2
 "Stay on your bike, Danny!" Haha. He'll be forever heckled with the comments of Lord Warner.
  • 54 1
 That comment was from Nigel Page
  • 17 0
 You're right. My mistake.
  • 6 1
 I came for this comment!
  • 6 0
 phrasing
  • 18 1
 Someone forgot to paints all the roots and rocks orange and pad out all the trees with mattresses - apart from that amazing looking track.
  • 34 0
 yep the uci was too busy taking all the rocks out of the track in hafjell for the worlds and laying gravel down wherever they could to make sure it wasent proper dh Wink
  • 21 0
 Then they realised that they were late for their afternoon coffee spin and might miss their full body waxing appointment.
  • 13 1
 So, buying expensive brakes seems to be a total waste of money. Danny doesn't seem to use them much?
  • 2 0
 haha
  • 11 0
 Great run by Danny and Marcelo. The Giant Team was on fire at Crankworx!
  • 7 0
 How does one go instant "mach" speed right out of the gate? Insane.
  • 1 0
 Danny's starts are always freaking amazing!!
  • 2 0
 Tbh it's pretty easy on a dh course. The bikes move so fast on a mountain. Just hammer down right out of the gate, no holding back
  • 5 0
 Newb question: Do they leave the gate with 5 seconds to go, or before 0? It sounds like they leave when the beeping starts, but that's not 0?

Just curious.
  • 2 0
 With some races (seems like this one) at a certain point it's "go whenever you feel like it" and the time starts when you cross the starting laser or whatever that thing is.
  • 13 0
 Most DH timing clocks give you a ready beep with 10s to go, and one beep for each second from 5 to 0. You can leave anytime between 5 or 0, with the timing chip zip tied to your fork picking up the actual time you started.
  • 4 0
 Either I am looking at wrong spots, or my eyes don't work that fast. Even if my technique, skill and fitness allowed me to go this speed, I would still like to see what I am riding on.
  • 3 0
 Why? The feelings and sounds are the best parts anyway
  • 2 0
 I wear glasses, probably because my mother wears such too. It is not a great defect, so I ride bike with naked eyes. I ride downhill for about 5 years now. Earlier it was xc for 15 years. I learned to bike watching all surfaces to be ridden. I remember one particular descent, together with few friends. We were to move somewhere fast. It was going to get dark soon. A completely new, steep and full of rocks and roots path just after a heavy rain. I remember I felt like slowing down just to be able to see everything that could cause a crash. I just wanted to see what my tires are facing and react. When we reached destination, I talked about it for a while. My frieds shared the opinion that it is the full suspension, long travel and wide tires to deal with all that we can't see. I concluded that it is difficult to group obstacles into the ones that should be considered and the ones that can be neglected. Watching this video, I am sure the bike handles superb. I believe in skill and fitness of the athlete, by I just wanted to share my point that it is mostly challenging his eyes and mind, to be able to face this sort of speed. It is probably done by heart. If you compare any moving vehicle in the world that is steered with a human body, the more speed you are aiming at, the smoother the track usually is. Human eye has to see things moving so fast for no more than 200years now. Earlier it was only running and horse riding. A horse has its own eyes. Running is a ralatively slow motion, so our sight abilities are compromised.
  • 1 0
 Yaya I agree. That's why they do practice runs before race runs, the terrain that you can't just leave to the suspension stays in your memory and they know exactly what to look for because they are so experienced
  • 2 0
 They know the track by heart. The only task of the professionals is to train and become faster. World cup trails are all closely the same each year. They know it by heart and repeat the sequence in mind, just before race again and again.
  • 1 0
 Yup. Plus it's easier to see in real life when you are watching with human eyes instead of go pro footage LOL. They also have an intimate understanding of the bike's capabilities, what you can and can't do. It would be so sick to be at that level. They are done learning pretty much. As you said, they just train to get faster and fitter
  • 2 0
 I think it's about 50 up to 60 km/h.
  • 3 0
 Just watched Remy Metaillers race run and that was pretty damn fast! Watched this directly after and almost couldn't believe my eyes! He's like FLYING over everything! So amazed right know!
  • 1 0
 where did you find the video of remy?
  • 1 0
 Seriously when I watched the Remy one I was like "this is sped up wtf. It's so obvious that they sped the video up." But I don't know what to believe anymore
  • 5 1
 If Danny was going Mach speed, what speed was the guy going that actually got first place? Mach throttle wide open?!
  • 4 0
 Pretty sure Danny was quicker down the track until he hit the corner before the table leading into the whoops. In the live video he roosted a ton of dirt then had to pedal over the next table where if you made that corner clean you jumped it and carried speed. Saw a couple guys roost that corner similar and same thing, all had to pedal over the next jump. Lost by .7 I think? There's that one mistake.
  • 4 0
 Haulin balls, he had some breathing techniqes goin........lots of big breaths, haha awesome
  • 4 0
 All that gnar, heckler's rock, high speed and the live feed was just park jumps and pedaling...
  • 5 1
 Can Claudio Calouri please give a how-do-i-mount-a-gopro-lesson to all pro riders?
  • 3 0
 Meanwhile the live broadcast was just the road gaps and the last mega gap... Wtf...? Looks like such a good track from the POV cam.
  • 4 0
 Two of my fillings rattled loose just from watching that.
  • 3 0
 Damn... I had an adrenaline rush just by watching the video
  • 2 0
 who the hell pressed on the Fast-Forward button on the playback?! that's amazing!
  • 2 0
 I love the noise off the rock growing as he approaches.
  • 3 0
 DANNY STAY ON YOUR BIKE
  • 1 0
 Anybody else notice that there was way less cheering on the helmet cam than on the replay?
  • 1 0
 This course looks so awsome to ride !
  • 2 0
 Pssh not even fast.
  • 1 0
 that was second place speed??!! how friggin' fast was first place?
  • 1 0
 i recon if he had aerodynamic fins on his gopro he would have got first
  • 1 0
 - that's sped up ! - Nope ! - ... - ... - Aww !
  • 1 0
 My mind is blown... That was something special!!!
  • 1 0
 Wow! So insane.
  • 1 0
 how did he not die?
  • 1 0
 dem lines

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