Holy Smokes - Lourdes DH Qualifying

Apr 12, 2015
by Nathan Hughes  

Take me to church... that was one almighty day in the woods. There was no drama... just all-out war. For want of a more eloquent expression, the Lourdes downhill is absolutely balls-out and if there's one race you cannot miss tuning into this year, it would surely be this. The mad course brought out a French crowd unrivaled by most finals days and a seriously topsy-turvy top 20.

Loic Bruni stamped his seal of French authority on the hill but was hounded to within 1.8 seconds by Remi 'master of savage tracks' Thirion, in his biggest outing on the bike since Andorra 2013. Unbelievably Josh Bryceland smoked his way to within 1/10th of second behind for third, without seeming to break a sweat after his rehab, then came Neko Mulally before an astonishing effort from Dean Lucas for fifth. Fearon, Jones and Fairclough will be in the final 10 to make their final runs and a huge honorable mention goes out to French youngster, Rudy Cabirou for hitting 13th with plate 127! Let's not forget to spell out our credit to 1997 born Laurie Greenland, who would have just missed the elite podium, 4 seconds behind Bruni and ahead of the likes of Troy Brosnan and a mound of established pro bike legends. To top the day off we had Tracey Hannah burn the women's field by over 5 seconds and a collection monster spills, including significant dirt-naps for both elite world champions. Healing vibes go out to all those affected by the violence. Take a look at the madness below and see you for twice as much tomorrow...



Atherton team manager Dan Brown fancying a bit of a go at this hillside at 7 48 this morning. Rather him than us...
  Atherton team manager, Dan Brown, looking like he might fancy a lap at 7:48 this morning. Rather him than us...

Dave Garland on a wheel building mission at the Giant pit. Guillaume Cauvin is on impressive form riding for his new team in French terrain.
  Dave Garland on a wheel building mission at the Giant pit. Guillaume Cauvin is on impressive form riding for his new team in French terrain.

Brook MacDonald s speed machine awaiting it s master to go and blow up a mountainside.
  Brook Macdonald's speed machine, awaiting its master to go and blow up a mountainside.

Long early morning cues to get on the funicular. Carpenter focuses on the job ahead.
  Long, early morning queues to get on the funicular. Carpenter focuses on the job ahead.

The Alpin Glow of the Pyrenees greets you as you step off the uplift at the top of the track during the early morning hour of the first practice session.
  The alpenglow of the Pyrenees greets you as you step off the uplift at the top of the track during the early morning hour of the first practice session.

As the Funicular descends to pick up the next group of riders Manon Carpenter gets practice started at a brisk and dark 8am as only the days first rays of light begin to shine of the village of Lourdes below.
  As the Funicular descends to pick up the next group of riders, Manon Carpenter gets practice started at a brisk and dark 8am as only the days first rays of light begin to shine of the village of Lourdes below.

First runs into the crisp mountain air before the clouds rolled in. Luckily it never rained today.
  First runs into the crisp mountain air before the clouds rolled in. Luckily, it never rained today.

Pom Pon picked up the pace in practice today and finished a very competitive 3rd in qualifiers. Very much in reach of the win could we see a Comencal sweep on the men s and women s titles tomorrow
  Pom Pon picked up the pace in practice today and finished a very competitive 3rd in qualifiers - very much in reach of the win. Could we see a Commencal sweep on the men's and women's titles tomorrow?

Manon Carpenter took a spill on her first run and sat track side for a few to shake it off.
  Manon Carpenter took a spill on her first run, and sat trackside for a few to shake it off.

Casey Brown went down hard in her run and finished the day in the hospital. We did see her back at the pits in the evening with a clean bill of health but as an unprotected rider she will not be on the start list tomorrow.
  Casey Brown went down hard in her run and finished the day in the hospital. We did see her back at the pits in the evening with a clean bill of health, but as an unprotected rider, she will not be on the start list tomorrow.

The new Shimano SPD shoe modeled from afar by Rachel Atherton.
  The new Shimano SPD shoe, modeled from afar by Rachel Atherton.

Oscar Harnstrom... Huckstrom as he s now known makes a bottom-out test off the boulder drop. 10th at the first split he upped it to an incredible 6th before a massive eject in the gully section lower down saw him break his arm. Out of surgery he is being looked after well by HS Racing team mate and night-nurse Lorenzo Suding.
  Oscar Harnstrom... 'Huckstrom' as he's now known, makes a bottom-out test off the boulder drop. 10th at the first split he upped it to an incredible 6th, before a massive eject in the gully section lower down saw him break his arm. Out of surgery, he is now being looked after well by HS Racing teammate and night nurse, Lorenzo Suding.

Alex Marin Trillo was in some fine form for the qualies flying into 3rd place in the juniors.
  Alex Marin Trillo was in some fine form for the qualies flying into 3rd place in the juniors.

Andrew Crimmins sporting the number 1 plate for the juniors would finish he day in 2nd spot just a few seconds back.
  Andrew Crimmins sporting the number 1 plate for the juniors would finish the day in 2nd spot, just a few seconds back.

We said it yesterday and we re happy to repeat - this is Brendan with all the usual fun and games plus new-found speed. Ninth in the quali suspension testing with Neko in the off-season may have played it s role...
  We said it yesterday and we're happy to repeat - this is Brendan with all the usual fun and games, plus new-found speed. Ninth in the quali; suspension testing with Neko in the off-season may have played its role...

Lutz Weber riding a touch of motocross after the death-chute section. nathhughesphoto
  Lutz Weber riding a touch of motocross after the death chute section.

Mike Jones seems to have been taking inspiration from a certain someone absent from the race proceedings today.... 8th and only 4.9 back.
  Mike Jones seems to have been taking inspiration from a certain someone, absent from the race proceedings today.... 8th and only 4.9 back.

Aaron Gwin has put meticulous effort into unlocking the secrets of this track from the start and is pulling original lines out of the bag at every turn. Today he was disqualified tomorrow he might just win the thing.
  Aaron Gwin has put meticulous effort into unlocking the secrets of this track from the start and is pulling original lines out of the bag at every turn. Today he was disqualified, tomorrow he might just win the thing.

Portes du Soleil local Tahnee Seagrave loves the big stuff making Lourdes her kind of place... coming in 6th it s looking like she may have to scrap for the podium.
  Portes du Soleil local, Tahnee Seagrave, loves the big stuff, making Lourdes her kind of place... coming in 6th, it's looking like she may have to scrap for the podium.

Emmeline Ragot finding the smooth path through the upper rock gardens later claiming 4th spot.
  Emmeline Ragot finding the smooth path through the upper rock gardens, later claiming 4th spot.

The were more than a few lost chains on the hill today. That was the least of anyone s worries with the amount of carnage we saw on this ungodly hillside this afternoon.
  The were more than a few lost chains on the floor today. That was the least of anyone's worries with the amount of carnage we saw on this ungodly hillside all afternoon.

Getting worked is a pretty well-practiced pose on this unfriendly mountain.
   No riders were seriously harmed in the making of this photo... Getting worked is a pretty well-practiced pose on this unfriendly course.

There are all kinds of animals in these woods.
  There are all kinds of animals in these woods.

A stunning performance today for Devinci Global Racing s Dean Lucas ramping his way to a jaw-dropping fifth place qualifier. On a track this burly there is absolutely no faking that kind of result... Let s hope he can do it all again tomorrow.
  A stunning performance today for Devinci Global Racing's Dean Lucas, ramping his way to a jaw-dropping fifth place qualifier. Talk about a solid way to hold the fort in Stevie Smith's absence. Let's just hope the lack of mustache doesn't stop him doing it all again tomorrow...

Lourdes 2015

More than decent crowds for qualies. Race day attendance should be off the hook.
  More than decent crowds for qualies. Race day attendance should be off the hook.

New year new team new goals. Fourth in qualies for Neko Mulally. I have more for race day. I wasn t pushing too hard today. I just wanted to feel it out.
  New year, new team, new goals. Fourth in qualies for Neko Mulally.

bigquotesI have more for race day. I wasn't pushing too hard today. I just wanted to feel it out. - Neko Mullaly.

Despite how he left off last season Josh Bryceland has healed up and clearly has no fear. I was going quick up top and got a little wobbly and slowed it down a bit towards the end. Josh finished third today.
  Despite how he left off last season, Josh Bryceland has healed up and clearly has no fear. Josh finished third today.

bigquotesI was going quick up top and got a little wobbly, and slowed it down a bit towards the end - Josh Bryceland.

Father of the Rat Ratty s dad is here in Lourdes to support Josh. He had this to say Josh s just real glad to be on his bike right now. He thought he may have had to sit out this first round but he is getting back into it just fine. Taking it a little slow at first getting a feel for it.
  Father of the Rat! Ratty's dad is here in Lourdes to support Josh. He had this to say, "Josh's just real glad to be on his bike right now. He thought he may have had to sit out this first round, but he is getting back into it just fine. Taking it a little slow at first, getting a feel for it."

Lourdes 2015

George Brannigan 10 berm 0. George was twelfth in qualies today. He was held up by Nick Beer who flatted.
  George Brannigan 10, berm 0. George was twelfth in qualies today. He was held up by Nick Beer, who flatted.

Bernard Kerr ripping though the loam in the dark forest.
  Bernard Kerr ripping though the loam in the dark forest.

The new Nukeproof sniped from a far-off grassy knoll.
  The new Nukeproof, sniped from a far-off, grassy knoll.

Remi Thirion took qualified second. We are guessing he could have what it takes to make a repeat of Andorra and take a win here in Lourdes.
  Remi Thirion took second spot today. We are guessing he could have what it takes to make a repeat of Andorra and take a win here in Lourdes.

French fans are well fanatical. The crowds during practice were insane let alone during qualies. What tomorrow brings might be frightening.
  French fans are, well, fanatical. The crowds during practice were insane, let alone during qualies. What tomorrow brings might be frightening.

Laurie Greenland took qualies easily today. He has gas in the tank to spare too. In pro men he would have finished in twelfth. Clearly Laurie is one to watch.
  Laurie Greenland took qualies easily today. He has gas in the tank to spare, too. In pro men, he would have finished in twelfth. Clearly, Laurie is one to watch.

George turned up the wick today he may have shot through a berm and his bike just may have collided with this young lady s face. She suffered a broken nose but came by the pits to let George know she is ok and all is forgiven.
  George turned up the wick today; he may have shot through a berm, and his bike just may have collided with this young lady's face. She suffered a broken nose, but came by the pits to let George know she is ok and all is forgiven.

Laurie Greeland on his way to a first place qualifier. Trek World Racing s young gun has come out swinging this year.
  Laurie Greeland, on his way to a first place qualifier. Trek World Racing's young gun has come out swinging this year.

Brendan Fairclough qualified ninth. The free racer is clearly liking this track.
  Brendan Fairclough qualified ninth. The "free racer" is clearly liking this track.

Andrew Neethling is breathing down the necks of all the youngsters sitting in 10th just a few seconds off the podium.
  Andrew Neethling is breathing down the necks of all the youngsters sitting in 10th, just a few seconds off the podium.

Still only 22 years of age Troy Brosnan is older than all but one of the six riders seeded ahead of his in Qualifying. Could this be the year that all the young guns show the veterans who s boss.
  Still only 22 years of age Troy Brosnan is older than all but one of the six riders seeded ahead of his in qualifying. Could this be the year that all the young guns show the veterans who's boss?

At almost 8 seconds back from his former teammate and a 23rd in qualifying Sam Blenkinsop has his work cut out if he wants to get on the podium tomorrow.
  At almost 8 seconds back from his former teammate and a 23rd in qualifying, Sam Blenkinsop has his work cut out if he wants to get on the podium tomorrow.

Crashing is the new Yoga here in Lourdes.
  Crashing is the new yoga here in Lourdes.

Rachel Atherton was second today down six seconds on Hannah. Rest assured second won t be good enough for her tomorrow.
  Rachel Atherton was second today, down almost six seconds on Hannah. Rest assured, second won't be good enough for her tomorrow.

Tracey Hannah threw down the gauntlet today. First in qualies for the women.
  Tracey Hannah threw down the gauntlet today. First in qualies for the women.

Aaron Gwinn has been pushing limits all weekend here with blazing speeds and creative lines and to say he doesn t badly want the win is an understatement. After blowing out a few corners while carrying too much pace in practice in the morning he took a tumble down the gnarliest section of track in his quali run as well. If he can control the speed he has on track we fully expect to see him at or near the top step on race day.
  Aaron Gwin has been pushing limits all weekend here with blazing speeds and creative lines, and to say he doesn't badly want the win is an understatement. After blowing out a few corners while carrying too much pace in practice in the morning, he took a tumble down the gnarliest section of track in his quali run as well. If he can control the speed he has on track we fully expect to see him at or near the top step on race day.

This is not how Gee Atherton wanted to start his 2015 World Cup campaign. The dirt on the rainbow jersey tells the tale of Gee s day.
  This is not how Gee Atherton wanted to start his 2015 World Cup campaign. The dirt on the rainbow jersey tells the tale of Gee's day.

After a top 10 in the timed training yesterday everyone expected Loris Vergier to put down a solid result in qualifying but a crash and mechanical left him unable to finish his run.
  After a top 10 in the timed training yesterday, everyone expected Loris Vergier to put down a solid result in qualifying, but a crash and mechanical left him unable to finish his run.

We can only assume Danny Hart had some kind of troubles during his run with a split no higher than 13th and a final time way back in 43rd
  Danny Hart flatted mid-track and ended up 43rd, but remains a big threat for tomorrow.

Connor Fearon and his 650b Kona Operator were fully committed today. Just 3 seconds off the top spot in qualifying could tomorrow be the first World Cup podium appearance for the young Australian
  Connor Fearon and his 650b Kona Operator were fully committed today, just 3 seconds off the top spot in qualifying. Could tomorrow be the first World Cup podium appearance for the young Australian?

Loic Bruni proves he is the one to beat in the early season following up his recent Crankworx win with a first place Qualifier here in Lourdes.
  Loic Bruni proves he is the one to beat in the early season following up his recent Crankworx win with a first place qualifier here in Lourdes.

Tracey Hannah has good reason to smile. She knows what she is capable of and has the confidence to back it up.
  Tracey Hannah has good reason to smile. She knows what she is capable of and has the confidence to back it up.

Loic Bruni And his team manager calm an collected back at the Lapierre pits
  Loic Bruni and his team manager, calm and collected back at the Lapierre pits.

Gee s crash was quite a punisher but figured he be back on it tomorrow. His top split was the fastest of the day...
  Gee's top split ended up fastest of the day. His crash near the bottom was quite a punisher, but he figured he'd be back on it fine tomorrow.

Loic making lots of well-earned new friends at the Lapierre pits at the close of play.
  Loic making lots of well-earned new friends at the Lapierre pits at the close of play.

We know what the french fans came here to see and after qualifying today they might just get their wish.
  We know what the French fans came here to see, and after qualifying today they might just get their wish.

So far things look pretty shaken up. There are a bunch of up and comers hungry for that top step. If this is any indication of how the season is going to go fasten your goddamned seat belt.
  So far, things look pretty shaken up. There are a bunch of up and comers hungry for that top step. If this is any indication of how the season is going to go, fasten your goddamned seat belt.



123 Comments

  • + 130
 Don't post too many crashes, you never know what the UCI will ban. This track is incredible I can't wait to watch it tomorrow morning!
  • + 92
 UCI bans bikes. too dangerous to the riders well being
  • + 64
 uci bans long hair. might get caught up in the spokes
  • + 31
 hang on this track is not road bike worthy, UCI ban list next season, looks sic as
  • + 46
 Next up, UCI bans riders on account of their chance of getting injured.
  • + 37
 Rocks, roots, road gaps, speed. All perfectly fine. But Cameras on heads, now there's a threat to rider safety!
  • + 14
 Rocks, roots, road gaps and speed are essential elements of the sport. Head cams are a nice addition. If this UCI edict means that headcam placement is taken into account during the helmet design process it might be a good thing for rider health. Although the likelihood is low, I wouldn't fancy crashing at mach chicken only to have my helmet penetrated by a side-mounted action cam.
  • - 3
 Crashing with helmet cams can actually be a hazard. Hard to understand at some
Level by ask F1 legend Michael Schumaker. That poor legend is now a vegetable from a crash where his hero and helmet and tree impacted. Cameras can certainly increase brain injuries severely!! Chest mounted however I can't see much elevated danger?
  • + 5
 I would think a chest mounted camera could have a chance of breaking ribs, puncturing lungs or breaking sternum's; all potentially life threatening things. The sony cams tucked under the helmet visor seem like a good compromise.
  • + 9
 That list over there is a list of the riders who are baned due to having bigger balls than a road biker
  • + 3
 @HutchJR poor wyn Masters and remy Morton haha
  • + 4
 haha i was thinking more about mr bryceland
  • + 2
 True that
  • + 6
 i think nivea for men should get ratboy in their commercials for hair lotion
  • + 4
 But what are the girls going to do then? cut their hair or stop racing? grow a mustache?
  • + 2
 mustache
  • + 11
 Uci will ban uci for uci's own good.
  • + 1
 @Amgoran. They could all get massive merkins!! (look it up if you don't know what it is Wink )
  • + 2
 @krissboo do i want to know? lol
  • + 1
 why isnt the time list posted anywhere?
  • + 1
 @AMGoran depends on your humour level. Personally I'd say yeah. lol
  • + 1
 @krissboo well yeah its supid funny in a way hahah but they ride with pants so...
  • + 0
 If UCI says the cameras attached to riders can be harmeful, could the riders attach the cameras on their bikes?
It's not the same point of view, but better than nothing. (sorry, I didn't read the UCI's statment about the camera, so I don't know what are the rules exactly.)
  • + 2
 they can, but that makes a shit video
  • + 1
 Yes, I know. But as I said, better than nothing. I rather to see a shit video of Gwin's full run than keep imagining what he did between split 1 and 2.
  • + 58
 Are you not entertained?!
  • + 27
 I poop best on race day \m/
  • + 8
 this video is sick - Gee hucks bigger than anyone at the end! vimeo.com/124655474
  • + 4
 @russthedog thanks for the link, good video!
  • + 26
 Mother @#&^%!* Racin, this is going to be insane tomorrow, Calling George Brannigan top 3 tomorrow. Damn wish Sam would pull some Rocky Balboa shit.
  • + 7
 Gwin, Gee, Bruni, Branni and The Fairest Claw will probably all be in top 10
  • + 5
 I'm callin loic, neko, and George! Top three rough and rowdy!
  • - 1
 I see Brook and Brannigan, cant count out Neko, Gee, Hart, Bryceland and of course Gwin and Fairclough
  • + 10
 JUST TOO MANY MAN!!!
  • + 1
 I know, this is going to be epic
  • + 13
 Your all forgetting Remi!
  • + 2
 I hate to say it, it's going to be hard to stop Gwin turning it into a 2012 style yawn fest!
  • + 1
 why do you say that?
  • + 2
 "wish Sam would pull some Rocky Balboa shit" Yeah, that Nukeproof in the tent looks pretty lonely. Guessing it is his -- waiting for the master.
  • + 3
 I think Gwin will probably win this round, setting him on a roll for the other balls out tracks such as MSA, Val di Sole and Vallnord. He's not on my list of people I want to win but I think he's so good that he'll be unstoppable this year. Remeber how boring it was those two years when he cleaned up at almost every race?
  • + 0
 On closer inspection, that is not Sam's bike. No way. What looked to be flats are Mallet DH.
  • + 20
 I seriously cannot believe Ratboy crushed tiny bones in his foot, had multiple surgeries, gave rehab his whole heart and is qualifying so high. I did NOT expect to see him back on the saddle so soon, esp. considering everything ive read on his injury not being fully healed. Can't wait to see what a full 100 bryceland will look like, I've followed his recovery and it was just months ago he posted a pic of him struggling to walk and going through unbearable pain. So proud! And he's having so much fun I can only imagine more time on the saddle will make him more confident. But is he done riding for monster?

Also gutted for Steve smith this season, I imagine this much downtime will kill his career :/
  • + 2
 crazy eh? what a boss!
  • + 18
 How on earth did they get that quote from Ratboy and translate it to readable english?
  • + 4
 Oh, the wonders of Google.
  • + 1
 google translate haha
  • + 16
 holy shit, World cup season is back.
  • + 15
 yep, i just saw a penis nose
  • + 9
 Is it just me, or are Rach's new kicks not exactly flattering? If it weren't for the bits of blue, they would look an awful lot like the orthopaedic shoes my dear old doddering grandmother (God rest her soul) had to wear. Complete with velcro tabs for those elders who have difficulty with laces -- the latest in healthcare fashion!
  • + 8
 Ohhh man.... if Bruni wins tomorrow, on home soil, all hell is gonna get loose.... they are gonna take down the house and turn France upside down.... That's gonna be one epic win! Somebody is gonna get hurt maybe even die.... Smile
Wow.... is this the most exciting world cup or what????
  • + 11
 The girl took that broken nose like a champ. Dude should lock that up!
  • + 5
 she got a sweet Trek World Racing hat out of the deal though
  • + 8
 Ever since Brannigan's edit I have been fearful for any track he rides/destroys!!!
  • + 7
 That photo of Brannigan blowing out that berm is fucking dope!
  • + 9
 That lutz weber shot tho...banger!
  • + 1
 Lutz Weber's photo aswell is gnarly!
  • + 6
 Gutted for Casey! Better luck at Ft Bill!! Loic FTW tomorrow!!
  • + 5
 Gutted for Oscar Harnstrom! At least those split times will give him motivation to get back at training once he heals!
  • + 5
 Wonder if George got those digits
  • + 3
 holy sh!t..... this race is going to be so good. the course is insane. THIS is downhill!
  • + 4
 Bruni, Gee, Gwin, Fearon, Brannigan
  • + 2
 Just replace Gee by Thirion and we're ok Smile
  • + 5
 George the ladies man
  • + 3
 "as an unprotected rider she will not be on the start list tomorrow" Can someone explain what this means?
  • + 1
 She DNFed during quali + not a protected rider = No racing Frown .
  • + 1
 What is an unprotected rider?

I can't imagine people race w/o insurance.
  • + 3
 Nothing to do with insurance.

Protected riders are the top 20 riders in points standing (men anyway not sure how far down women's goes) are automatically qualified for the final.

Gee crashed and didn't finish his quail run, if he were not a top 20 protected rider he would not be racing tomorrow. Same with Gwin, DQ'd but he's protected rider.
  • + 1
 Top 20 riders get to race regardless of where they qualify or if they DNF in qualies. Hence... protected.
  • + 2
 protected means they finished in top 20 last season, therefore they are already in the finals. Outside of last years top 20 means quallies are everything.
  • + 3
 I believe it's top 10 for the ladies.
  • + 1
 The top ranked riders are "protected". Gee is ranked in the top twenty men so he's protected. Casey Brown is ranked 11 so it must only be the top 5 or 10 women that are protected.
  • + 1
 Thanks or all your replies!
  • + 3
 Nothing on Luca!! Switching to Santa Cruz and racing his first elite race with a great qualifying run.
  • + 3
 hellz yeah, neko and luka reppin' NC.
  • + 3
 The UCI should ban bikes for breaking that lady's nose. It is unsafe when it goes off course. Blasphemy!
  • + 8
 Clearly a full face is needed to just watch this course!
  • + 1
 Imagine taking a chainring to the face...still better off then the poor souls who lost there lives watching on the sidelines of a BITD Trophy Truck race a few years back.
  • + 1
 imagine the carnage if he had a gopro on
  • + 4
 Penocchio is lying, methinks.
  • + 3
 Throwing a bike a woman's face is one hell of a pickup line... Nice one George!
  • + 7
 Do you think she thought " looks like a .. WHACK " when it hit her ?
  • + 1
 "but as an unprotected rider, she will not be on the start list tomorrow"
Unprotected rider ? Could someone tell me what it means ?

Did she ride without the required protections ? insurance issue ?
  • + 2
 See above
  • + 3
 Tracy! Yeah!! Thats a big margin. Great job.
  • + 3
 anyone know what happenned to sam hill?
  • + 2
 injured
  • + 1
 F**k...and stevie smith ???
  • + 1
 Steve smith posted on Instagram that he's out with another injury
  • + 1
 what a bummer Frown
Steve Smith will sit out the first round of the 2015 UCI World Cup. Due to an unrelated injury to his navicular bone in his foot Steve has been sidelined for recent weeks
  • + 2
 On this track I think flat's are going to have as much say in the placings as the riders' skills...
  • + 2
 BRANNIGAN!!- Destroyer of berms!.. And noses by the looks!
  • + 1
 Georgie'll be getting lucky tonight I reckon! He certainly picked a a lovely face to damage...
  • + 1
 wonder if he's got her number :-)
  • + 1
 Anyone know if PinkBike is streaming the race?? And what time it is?
  • + 1
 Juniors will be exciting! Greeland vs Vergier.
  • + 4
 Vergier is in elite
  • + 0
 I don't think that'll make a difference, Laurie will still beat him!
  • + 4
 Well he will this time as vergier didnt qualify Wink
  • + 1
 Ha ha, that'll teach me to read the quality list in full then!
  • + 2
 Sick track!!!
  • + 1
 We are liking Gee Atherton's glove choice...
  • + 1
 We all like gees gloves, TLD is awesome. Wink
  • + 1
 @betsie that trek doesnt look too bad
  • + 1
 Yessssss. Let...it...Begin!
  • + 2
 The Trek looks sexy
  • + 2
 They make some sexy bikes, but that one is centerfold material.
  • + 2
 Looks like a Session.
  • + 1
 with your mom on it. Cherry is what I call her, btw.
  • + 1
 pop corn .. nuts .. and drinks! bring it on!
  • + 1
 Anyone know how gwin got DQ?
  • + 5
 When he crashed him and his bike rolled downhill outside of the tape, and he re-entered further down, which youre apparently not supposed to do
  • + 4
 he OTB'd on a VERY steep rock section, tumbled off track and had to try to run and slow down and get his bike. didn't enter where he left course. he'll be riding in finals tho, he's in the top 20
  • + 6
 Here is some video. instagram.com/p/1WTjG1FSsJ
  • + 3
 Fell off through the tape down a rock garden. Miraculously uninjured so will ride tomorrow!
  • + 1
 Post race for observation: if ur protected rider (top20), why risk injury qualifying?
Just start and stop etc. Fans and uci would be pissed i guess=rule change...but especially if I'm nursn an injury, maybe I'd save it fir race run..
  • + 1
 To bad about Oscar Härnström! Incredible Splits! Get well soon!
  • + 0
 Photos are great but how about some video!
  • + 0
 650b kona operator? is it a new frame or only 650b rims?
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 Neko- George -Aaron 123
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 can't wait for race!!
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 Pumped to be stoked...looks like a fun race to watch on the newly installed 60" smart TV! So long laptop viewing!
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 can I come round I have beer

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