Jolanda Neff Criticizes Pauline Ferrand Prevot for 'Stupid Move' at Tokyo Olympics

Jul 27, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  
We reported yesterday on Mathieu van der Poel's Olympic crash after the 'training ramp' was removed from the Sakura rock drop on the Olympic mountain bike course in Japan and the same feature has made the headlines again today but for completely opposite reasons.

An overnight storm left the track slippery so the ramp was put back into the course today, allowing riders to roll the drop again. Longtime rivals Jolanda Neff and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot led the race in the first lap and the pair approached the ramp at high speed, Neff following closely behind Ferrand-Prevot. Just as both were committed to the ramp, Ferrand-Prevot braked before rolling it, while Neff was forced to drop off the side at low speed.


Jolanda was unhappy with the maneuver and criticized Ferrand Prevot in her post-race press conference:

bigquotesShe was in front of me and we were going at a good decent speed and then she pulled her brakes super hard and I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t brake and I ended up jumping with no speed at all. I was super lucky that I didn’t crash. It was such a stupid move of hers because it’s really dangerous for the people behind.

I don’t know if she knew I was right there behind, but after that, I just thought, ‘I have to get away from her.’ It’s scary because you never know what she’s going to do.

It’s not the first time she does something like that, I’m just glad I wasn’t near her anymore, I was glad I was riding on my own and safe.
Jolanda Neff

Ferrand Prevot then had her own scare 20 seconds later when Neff passed her to the left on the uphill rock garden. She ended up tumbling into the race tape and lost about 30 seconds trying to get her bike back, and while she battled back up to third at one point, she eventually finished 10th.

Screenshot from CBC.

bigquotesJolanda Neff went left, I went right. We were going at the same speed and we arrived at the same time, I said to myself, ‘If she doesn't brake or if I don't brake, we'll hit each other,’ so I braked. There were rocks, it was slippery, and I slid off. The title was decided there. Afterwards, I don't know if I would have beaten her, but in any case, the medal was decided there.Pauline Ferrand-Prevot

After Ferrand-Prevot's crash, Neff was left on her own to pedal to victory, eventually taking Switzerland's first women's Olympic gold by more than a minute and leading the first-ever sweep of the Olympic XC podium by a single country alongside fellow Swiss riders Sina Frei and Linda Indergand.

For Jolanda Neff, the race is the culmination of a long recovery from a crash in 2019 in which she ruptured her spleen and collapsed a lung. And just six weeks ago, she broke her hand at the World Cup in Leogang. Still, like Tom Pidcock in the men's Olympic field, she was able to overcome the setback to claim the title.


351 Comments

  • 839 4
 My take home is that PFP brake checks like a roadie, and Neff has been spending winters hucking big bikes and motos around in the mountains of NC with Luca Shaw.
  • 377 3
 not sure the brake check before the drop was intentional...Pauline clearly wanted to roll it (so slowed down) while Neff was going to send it like a boss. Also, no harm/foul with the climb pass, I thought it was a great move by Neff...Pauline's tires looked like they slid-out when she took that inside line without enough momentum and she's trying to blame Neff for her bad line choice (also...rubbings racing)

...conclusion, I don't think either rider was intentionally forcing the other into a crash (drop or climb) though Neff was definitely the more technically skilled of the two riders for the riding considerations
  • 42 0
 I agree, that is the sum of the things! Neff has been beyond impressive this whole year coming off that accident, and culminating it by showing the extent of technical ability and race attitude on her way to a gold medal -- so rad to see.
  • 200 5
 PFP's comment sure reads like sour grapes to me. Neff carried way more speed on the outside berm, and just flew up the rocks with like 1 pedal stroke. PFP went inside, had less speed, and then slipped with her pedaling - not fair to blame Neff, who took a totally different line up a wide obstacle.
  • 22 0
 They certainly have a bit of history with "aggressive" racing going back years - in both CX and XC. Check the 2018 Hoogerheide CX race...
  • 103 1
 @SATN-XC: Totally agree. Video shows loads of room for PFP on her side in the rock garden. Braking in that situation nearly guarantees the result that happened. The better rider won.
  • 15 4
 @Lokirides: you got your lanes mixed up. Neff took the inside berm.
  • 70 0
 @Lokirides: Honestly looked to me like PFP was just startled, grabbed a handful of brakes and lost traction. Seemed like the diff between a rider totally comfortable with the terrain and one feeling skittish and pushed to her limit by it. LOVE that the best technical rider won! What a boss.
  • 11 0
 @Lokirides: I agree. PFP made a mistake and tried to cover not having the guts to just send it in both cases.
  • 12 31
flag blowmyfuse (Jul 27, 2021 at 11:16) (Below Threshold)
 Prevost didn't touch her brake until she had launched off track.

But in fairness to her, even Neff's recount doesn't match on the boards. Looks like she planned to pump the tranny too, even if brake checked, but misjudged the edge of the boards and went too wide on it.

But who cares about either reality because in both cases she boss moved the HECK out of the drop & the boost up the bank.
  • 28 291
flag scott-townes (Jul 27, 2021 at 11:17) (Below Threshold)
 They're both whiney XC riders looking for anything to complain about. Nothing to see here, move along.
  • 153 2
 @scott-townes: boy, Neff podiumed her last WC race with a broken hand. "whiney XC riders" gtf outta here with your trolling.
  • 3 61
flag lognar (Jul 27, 2021 at 11:20) (Below Threshold)
 Weak move but thats racing and she still won so whatever
  • 40 0
 @Lokirides: Also, there was absolutely enough room for both riders at the top of the rocks so I'm not sure why she's saying she had to brake
  • 10 8
 @SATN-XC: rubbing's racing? you been talking to Lewis Hamilton or something? lol
  • 5 0
 @Lokirides: in fact Neff was on the inside Smile PFP used her elbow against Lecomte in one of the first climbs too but that is racing...I think they are still good friends with Jolanda
  • 11 1
 @juicebanger: PFP should have held her line on the rock incline - Neff would have still reached the top first and we would have had a race on our hands....for a bit longer.

This comes from a washed up old geezer who moved to gravity racing after nearly dying just barely finishing the only XC race attempted..
  • 7 0
 @krka73: Rewatched that bit, you're right - I was working from memory. When I watched the first time, I just remembered thinking, DANG Yolanda carried amazing speed in that corner! Inside or outside line, she railed that berm and flew right up those rocks.
  • 4 0
 @katko: If you look at it again it almost looks like PFP is trying to push Lecomte into Neff. (5min into the race)
  • 7 0
 @scott-townes: Is this you complaining about XC riders? No less, XC riders who have what it takes to be in the Olympics? Sure seems that way
  • 40 6
 I got downvoted to oblivion 6 months ago for saying PFP sucks at technical riding. My opinion has not changed, has yours?
  • 20 1
 @katko: PFP throws more elbows than any other XC rider, men or women.
  • 29 3
 @mtallman2: I wouldn't say she sucks. She's just not nearly as good as Neff.
  • 41 0
 @RogerMexico: broadly, I agree, she’s mid pack in technical skill (at the very best), but there was a whole lot of suck on display in this race.

Felt like years of karma from her racing like an entitled douche all came back in this one event, and I couldn’t have enjoyed that any more. A rider like Neff winning makes it that much better.
  • 11 1
 JN for the win. Bummed Courtney wasn’t on the top step, but JN deserves the win after taking the big drop like a BOSS!
  • 1 0
 The WC course Japan put together washed the bad taste out of my mouth (almost) from the usa womens track bs disqual.
  • 6 0
 @Lokirides: Right? That @scott-townes guy is a kook.
  • 8 1
 @mtallman2: Can't argue with any of your points. I have a more favorable opinion of PFP, but I won't dispute that she's certainly earned her reputation over the years. It was sad watching her today. She was unnerved and her body language took a terrible turn once she fell behind Frei and Indergand.

I too am happy that Neff won. She deserved it more than anyone out there.
  • 6 0
 @RogerMexico: Yup. Not even close to Neff's level. You can see this all year. You can't be the best MTB in world if you can't jump or descend aggressively.
  • 3 0
 Drew-O You are spot on. To bad for PFP, sucks getting old
  • 11 0
 On the rock climb PFPs rear wheel washes in on a groove between two rocks and that threw her off balance. I dont think it had anything to do with Neff. Neff pretty much just out rode everyone, so impressive!
  • 8 2
 Pfp took the french line badly don't blame Neff if your skills are not enough for that line
  • 4 2
 @mtallman2: my Memories from PFP at WC are her pushing the bike most of tech and stop/blocking when things get steep.
  • 6 1
 @mtallman2: She's the Gordie Howe of XC.
  • 6 0
 @SATN-XC: clearly Neff is more skilled than her. Enough of her excuses. Props to Neff for getting the gold, she clearly deserved it.
  • 16 1
 Neff should print and frame this Drew-O comment. Currently +504 -1.

"...Neff has been spending winters hucking big bikes and motos around in the mountains of NC with Luca Shaw."

Spleen sacrificed in noble pursuit of schralping corners; grit and skills derived bring Olympic gold.

Karma.
  • 3 30
flag scott-townes (Jul 27, 2021 at 18:45) (Below Threshold)
 @ol-sidewinder: LOL old people getting upset at the internet. Must be a roadie
  • 1 0
 @SketchyD: could you share the link?
  • 5 0
 Yep take home is neff rode 100% on the gas like a boss while PFP rode tentatively and therefore lost. Simple really.
  • 10 0
 @SketchyD:
m.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg8VSZT4VJQ
Crash
Neff ( fractured elband and collar bone)
comforts PFP
PFP taken off on stretcher to hospital
PFP no serious injuries
  • 9 0
 @Lokirides: I remember PFP making a drama with Evie Richards at the finish. It's who dares wins.....there's no friends in racing.
  • 1 0
 @donpinpon29: what french line??
  • 13 0
 @klerric: And Evie didn't do anything to deserve that! It was Pauline who picked the line she had, Evie held her line for the entire sprint. That was really ugly, the reaction that Pauline displayed there... It will always stay with me and along with a few other things, affect now how I see PFP, despite her accomplishments.
  • 2 0
 @SATN-XC: rubb'n is rac'n.
  • 1 0
 I thought they removed the ramp for the races?
  • 8 0
 @projectnortheast: To make it more interesting they flip a coin 5 minutes before each race to decide if the ramp stays put or goes away. Riders not present at the coin flip have no one but them self to blame.
  • 1 1
 @magnusc: my comment had just as much sarcasm behind it but it will fly over heads much like Neff did the ramp...
  • 5 0
 @gcrider: Is that really the injuries that both riders came out with?

It was quite the 'hit' for both, but a hell of a lot more for Neff, but, bloody hell, PFPs crying and lying there, if she wasn't really hurt, was worthy of the crap we see from Soccer players.

As to the Olympics, it looked like a brake check, or a demonstration of a rider with skill limits, but Neffs save was just phenomenal - so close to just spearing headfirst into the ground, with a near vertical impact. The young lady has skills and Strength.

PFP whining about here prang on the rocks - Neff was well away from her, had Nothing to do with her crashing, it was just another example of being a lesser skilled rider.
  • 2 1
 @Bearorso: Read PFP statement one more time. She didn't blame anyone but herself for sliding out on the rocks. She just told us her experienced of the situation. No wonder she got scared when Yolanda came flying up those rocks at that crazy speed :-)
  • 1 0
 @Lokirides: That's her MO. She seems Like a bad sport to me. Neff was definately carrying more speed and left room if PFP did not brake. (although, it looks like she just slid out...not braked)
  • 2 0
 @juicebanger: Look at PFP's rear wheel. It never locked up, she didn't brake...just slid out
  • 2 0
 @FightingIris: PFPs quote would suggest otherwise. It looks like she braked just before the rock garden which would make sense since it doesn't look like she had the speed to get to the top. Also...modulation. Don't need to lock the wheel.
  • 2 0
 @Lokirides: Agreed. FPF only fell behind 30 seconds from that rock wall ... yet lost by 4.5 minutes. Neff is an absolute beast technically sound and clearly strong AF physically and mentally!
  • 1 0
 @DJ-24: How dare you soil Gordie's memory
  • 324 4
 Yolanda needs to coach Mathieu Van Der Poel on how to monster truck like a boss.
  • 87 1
 dude, he is NEVER going to live that down now.
  • 5 1
 Exactly!
  • 14 3
 Eh, a yellow jersey makes a lot of bad memories go away.
  • 48 2
 @sevensixtwo: tell that to Lance
  • 1 0
 @ol-sidewinder: he suddenly lost his mojo.
  • 2 1
 Having a dropper saved her
  • 220 32
 I, really, really dislike the tone of this article. I feel it is written in a manner to inspire debate and to guide readers to choose a rider to side with....that one is right, and one is wrong. This situation doesn't have an evil doer. They were both just racing to the best of their ability and neither had bad intentions.
  • 37 1
 Agreed. Dealing with other riders is part of racing XC
  • 14 1
 It is worth noting what they saw, said, and experienced regarding the situations.
  • 5 15
flag Narro2 (Jul 27, 2021 at 12:22) (Below Threshold)
 I dont know if I agree, i do belive there were bad intentions, these type of moves like "brake check" might not be common in MTB but they do happen in other sports like F1 or Karting. With more attention from big corporate sponsorships coming into the sport it is going to happen more and more.
  • 54 6
 PFP has a history of being a shady racer. Personally I’m just stoked that another racer is willing to come out and call her on her bad attitude and the way she acts in the pack. But then again she’s married to Absalon so what can we really expect….
  • 66 1
 The *tone* of the article is literally just quotes from the two riders.
  • 16 3
 Yes. The click-baity headline is a lot of the problem.
  • 11 1
 @hendeezy: + everyone's imagination lol.
  • 21 5
 Such fragility. It’s literally just quotes from the riders. You would melt down if you followed motorcycle racing and their quotes, as even small precise movements like this have dire consequences.
  • 15 19
flag freestyIAM (Jul 27, 2021 at 16:33) (Below Threshold)
 @UtahBrent
Its sad to see PB drumming up this pointless drama. This kind of article belongs in a tabloid rag, not PB.
  • 2 0
 @tmtb999: Did absalon have bad reputation as well?
  • 17 1
 After watching PFP over the last several seasons I can tell you she will happily run someone off course to stay ahead and cry and complain if someone takes her line. To me she seems like a poor sport. If one gives one must take. I think the article seems to be reporting pretty much what happened. Could you pinpoint what makes you think there is a tone?
  • 1 4
 @vaqui: compared to other top XC riders, not really.
But he is Canadian, so hating on the French is a national sport for him and those south of the border.
  • 5 5
 @jeremeybyrne: It just doesn't seem newsworthy and it also seems inconsistent with Pinkbike reporting in the past. But I guess if it gets the clicks. If it was just quotes, then why didn't they quote the entire press conference? I recognize this level of media amplified drama is par for the course in F1 & Moto GP, and more fans probably zero in on the drama than the actual racing. But it's always been stupid to me and, over time, has turned me off to both.

I can see both views on this, but I have my preference and can try to filter it out in the future. Maybe a "racing drama" tag on these articles?
  • 11 0
 As someone who follows XC super closely—this was a big deal. Not just that it happened, but that Jolanda called it out. I've been following Jolanda since her breakout in 2015. She never talks shit publicly about other riders. Always super positive and diplomatic. For her to come out and say this after she won gold anyway means that she was very upset about it and thought it couldn't be ignored.

Lots of sports media try to gin up controversy. This was a real one, and one of the main stories of the race. It was the conflict that almost ended Jolanda's race, and led to the move that brought her gold.
  • 2 0
 @vaqui: Not really. He was a pure power guy. Not known to be crazy technical, but solid, and a stone-cold killer who ripped the legs off of his rivals. I don't remember him racing dirty.
  • 1 14
flag zede (Jul 28, 2021 at 22:04) (Below Threshold)
 @nattyd: lol. A big story because "a rider less good in technical stuff braked more than me before a technical section and I couldn't anticipate it, so after I won the race I talked shit about my competitor that didn't win"

Being a sore loser is one very common thing and rather understable, being a sore winner is pathetic
  • 5 0
 @zede: Jolanda is an Olympic gold medalist and can do whatever she wants, internet nobody.
  • 163 3
 Pauline's comment is ridiculous. There were two lines built into the track at that spot. Jolanda took the faster inside line and flew up the rocks. There was so much space, no crash was possible. PFP is just mad she got beat.
  • 84 5
 Agreed, but I would add that Yolanda’s complaining is ridiculous as well. If you want to trail someone this close, then you have to deal with the risks that come with it. That’s racing, PFP has the right to ride the track her way, in that case, slowing down to roll the drop.

I can certainly understand them getting emotional in their comments though, I’m sure both of them will have more mature thoughts about all this when dust has settled.
  • 3 0
 @t1000: Irony to all this is, in the NBC feed I watched, the commentators were AT THAT MOMENT talking about the rivalry between the two of them. So for the next 30 seconds of racing to have blown up into this "controversy" is pretty funny.
  • 20 0
 Neff just charged like a boss. Complete clean riding by Neff and no fouls.
  • 26 2
 @t1000: Looking at PFP race Jolanda's not wrong though. She pulls weird moves like that all the time. Huge engine but a sketchy rider to follow on any kind of tech.
  • 11 3
 @sspiff: All in the game, yo. Also, them hating each other and the drama is good for the sport, in my opinion. Love the rivalries - fun to watch and argue about online.
  • 8 1
 @t1000: You are absolutely correct. It's not as if she stopped dead in the track, she slowed to ride the feature how she wanted and that is completely her right. I would also say the same thing if Jolanda cruised up the rocks from the inside to the outside and cut off PFP. Her right to do so.
  • 7 0
 @t1000: I would not call it ridiculous, it's just her point of view - and she was not that close before the drop, they came together cause PFP braked hard. Of course PFP had the right to ride it as she wanted, but Jolandas comment that she wanted to distance herself from her is also valid. They did have very different styles that don't mix well in tight spots.
  • 3 1
 I think you mean "Jolanda took the line faster".
  • 5 16
flag zede (Jul 28, 2021 at 0:54) (Below Threshold)
 Neff complains about a made up dirty move : pb commenters "she is right"

PFP explains how she lost it : pb commenters "Whiny French no tech skills cheater absalon wife"
  • 127 0
 Love seeing the victory go to the best technical rider. Jolanda has been seriously focusing on that aspect of her riding, and it's kind of seemed to not have paid off until now. I'm not sure how many other athletes in that field could have pulled off that drop without wrecking. Super sketchy and an amazing save. Congrats Jolanda!
  • 33 0
 totally agree, this is the type of track they should have at World cup events, it will level the field tbh.
  • 32 0
 pushing the riders to the limits is what made this course SOOO fun....endurance + skill. Thinking road racing needs to push the envelope a little more with this idea. Throw in a bridge gap or herd of sheep in-the-road every once and a while to keep everyone on their toes, lol
  • 54 3
 @SATN-XC: they put an idiot with a sign in the TDF and everyone got mad about it though. Personally i thought it was a good tech feature
  • 5 1
 @SATN-XC: They prefer their obstacles to be tourists with big cardboard signs...
  • 12 0
 PFP will cringe at her commentary after she sees the footage.
  • 9 1
 @SATN-XC: Back when I was young they would throw some shipyard workers on strike into the middle of the road for the riders to crash into and get into fisticuffs with.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqMqCc1Qy7E&ab_channel=oinkydave
  • 4 0
 @sevensixtwo: for realz. there's no way to watch that footage and go 'girl, you had it like aces but Neff really messed you up'. completely different levels.
  • 3 1
 @hatton: fisticuffs, that's a word I like. Let's throw hands!
  • 5 1
 @hatton: haha, this. If I knew at some point during a 110 mile stage a bunch of angry shipyard workers would jump into the road and start fighting the riders, I would be GLUED to every second of the 5 hour race coverage
  • 6 0
 @Narro2: have you watched races at Mont Ste Anne? This course was techy, to be sure, but there are WC courses that are just as tough. MSA might be tougher—the climbing there is worse and the downhills just as technical
  • 1 0
 @id-w: yeah, those 2 tracks are awesome too.
  • 1 0
 @Narro2: Stellenbosch was a sweet circuit. Too bad they haven't gone back there since 2018.
  • 1 0
 @sevensixtwo: that would require a level of awareness and self-reflection she’s repeatedly demonstrated throughout her career she does not possess.
  • 107 1
 I wonder if Jolanda muttered 'braaap' as she railed the inside of that turn.... I would've.
  • 4 0
 I like your style
  • 83 0
 90% or riders would have ate #^&÷ doing that on their 170mm enduro bikes
  • 36 2
 Facts. Then they would be the first talking down about xc racing on the internet.
  • 25 0
 @mrkumro: "My fork's compression rate is shit!"
  • 29 1
 "I needed to add a token"
  • 3 94
flag jambarbeast (Jul 27, 2021 at 13:58) (Below Threshold)
 Lmao no shot. I live in Kansas and that would be one of the smallest drops on our trails. This whole track is a disgrace to the words “mountain” biking
  • 25 0
 @jambarbeast: I guess we found one, lol!
  • 10 0
 @jambarbeast: You’re outta your mind.
  • 6 0
 My rebound was too fast, bro.
  • 18 1
 @jambarbeast: I heard from this dude that he once caught a fish that was like, hella big.
  • 3 0
 I am no native EN speaker, but I was always taught that one can either say "would eat" or "would have eaten".
  • 2 0
 For sure! Waaaay impressive she rode out that nose heavy landing.
  • 3 0
 I would have ate shit on my supreme doing that lol
  • 60 1
 That‘s not true, PFP. Jolanda was going double your speed on that uphill section and left more than enough space for you. You simply panicked. And imho the speed/momentum was not right. Poor reaction. Sometimes it is just better to congratulate a deserved olympic Champion.
  • 4 0
 @alexander80 she panicked. Half the technical/aggressive rider of Neff.
  • 2 0
 @dr-airtime: less than half.
  • 2 0
 @zstover: Jolanda is the only female rider I've specifically seen drop their heels consistently. When descending. I'm shocked so many top racers haven't figured this out. Lowers centre of gravity a foot. There is a Cross race from a few years ago when she was doing this too.....
  • 2 2
 @dr-airtime: clearly a lot of these riders have no idea how riding tech works. You should figure out how the course rides and adjust your set up.

Huge grueling climbs all day, and barely any descending? By all means, slam the stem and get all that weight over the front axle.

Average climbs and 1.5m drops? Maybe let's balance it out a bit.

But noooooooo, they still wanna kiss the front tire and save weight with the rigid seatpost.
  • 52 0
 dam handled it better than MVdP
  • 30 0
 Moral of the story... don't alter the course? And definitely don't alter the course again? This inconsistency with the ramp is almost comical at this point.
  • 6 1
 it's enough to make me an XC fan!
  • 2 1
 Agreed agreed
  • 1 0
 I'm getting F1 levels of course limit flash backs....
  • 20 0
 To add an element of surprise, they could have removed it and put it back at random intervals throughout each race.
  • 3 0
 The ramp was put back in because of the weather, a few of the a lines in the rock gardens were floser aswell, all the teams were made aware of the changes. The same with it's removal before the men's finals
  • 28 0
 That uphill rock garden is wider than the state of Texas. And Jolanda was nowhere near PFP when Jolanda passed her at Olympic Gold Medal earning speeds. Their lines weren't even going to intersect even if PFP didn't get scared and grabbed the brakes.
  • 27 1
 On the rocky uphill where PFP washed out, it looks like there is room for two riders on Neff's right. PFP looks to have gone nervous stiff, leaned with the bike in the turn instead leaning the bike and keeping body weight over the tire patch. Having her cg inside of the tire patch worked ok on the stickier dirt turn but once on the slippery rocks it was a classic washout
  • 32 0
 that climb might as well have been ice....momentum was the only thing getting either of those riders up. Pauline crashed b/c she came in too slow, not because Neff cut her off.
  • 20 0
 PFP had plenty of space, she biffed it for whatever reason.
  • 12 0
 All the social distancing has skewed our perception of personal space.
  • 28 0
 Ferrand-Prevot is a phenomenal rider but she rode the whole course like she was in over her head while Neff was absolutely crushing it and charging through every section.
  • 13 1
 @badbadleroybrown yup. It's like Jolanda trained for this course by Mountain Biking and PFP trained for fitness. Former paid off for this course. Neff literally dialed every line like she was executing a Downhill run each lap going around. Should make mountain biking more exciting going forward. Lecomte will need to step up aggression. She is pretty "cruisy".
  • 3 4
 Exactly, PFP wasn't comfortable riding this track, it was obvious for everyone, but somehow Neff still thought "hey let's follow her 2cm behind in a tech section while I know she sucks at tech sections" SMH
  • 4 0
 @zede: Neff was following the back to back world champion for the last two seasons in the first lap... well before anyone, likely even Ferrand-Prevot herself, realized just how out of sorts she was on this particular day. Try watching an XCO race sometime, they spend the entire day racing like that without this sort of incident, every race day.
  • 28 1
 Neff could have gotten seriously injured when she slammed the brakes on, her frustration w PFP is appropriate and has nothing to do with shade.
  • 27 0
 sunday saves. well held.
  • 24 1
 I wonder how Jolanda would do on the EWS. I think she could be a top 5, maybe top 3 contender. Seems to have the most DH skills of the women XC field. I recall she did well at some DH races at Windrock a while back.
  • 7 0
 I would love to see this. She's certainly got the fitness and tons of bike handling skill.
  • 8 24
flag suspended-flesh (Jul 27, 2021 at 13:24) (Below Threshold)
 No way at first. The EWS women are next level. Jolanda is a great XC racer with super skills but I don't think she could hang doing 3-5 long nearly-blind DH races a day. She is pretty spindly too - not sure her body could take the abuse. Not saying she couldn't build up to it but give the EWS women some credit. JMO
  • 12 1
 @suspended-flesh: not sure her body could take the abuse? Dude, give Jolanda Neff some credit. The EWS women are badass, and it's not like Isabeau Courduier is built like a brick house, yet she dominates. Also, just look at Hattie Harden, pretty instant success in EWS coming from XC.
  • 5 2
 Jolanda would crush. She consistently trains on enduro+ level courses and of course rides with DH riders.
  • 5 5
 @chacou: It's like, just my opinion, dude......
  • 4 1
 @suspended-flesh: the joys of the world wide web, we can all argue over our shitty opinions Wink Beer
  • 1 8
flag zede (Jul 28, 2021 at 22:18) (Below Threshold)
 If neff was racing EWS she would complain that a rider in front of her moved a rock when they fell on it and would call them out for intentionally altering the racecourse
  • 28 6
 Tension in a race like this is high and Neff was obviously frustrated. Close calls happen. Mistakes happen. Why spin it into some soap opera?
  • 10 3
 Journalists love to provoke controversy even when there's little reason - it's in their DNA. And sometimes athletes like to snipe at their rivals. All this is just the way of the world.
  • 5 0
 @tigerfish50: Gotta be first even if it's wrong. Looks like they edited it at least.
  • 8 1
 ...both riders are quoted specifically blaming the other for the incidents (Neff said Pauline brake checked her on the drop and it was "unsafe" to be around Paulineand Pauline said Neff cut her off on the climb and it "decided the race"), not sure there is any spin going on.
  • 5 3
 @SATN-XC: They edited the original to be more accurate.
  • 2 0
 @noapathy: gotcha, didn't see the original
  • 6 0
 Jolanda and PFP do have a historical rivalry and not one that is just manufactured by the media. They don't like each other. I forget where but recently read a quote from PFP basically stating she got along with Kate Courtney but not Jolanda. So many elbows thrown by PFP at her over the years. Also plenty of Jolanda attempting super risky passes. Check out some of the replays on redbull from 2018 and 2019.
  • 3 0
 It is good to get their take on those situations because those were the key moments that decided the winner and second place. That is what they said.
  • 2 1
 @noapathy: What did it say before being edited?
  • 23 0
 Come on Pauline there's a room for a car between Yolanda and you! Don't do this to your country!
  • 14 1
 Maybe a LeCar, those things were tiny.
  • 1 1
 @AndrewFleming: this is funny. I lol’d !
  • 20 0
 next Olympics needs a real challenge and motivator: first 5 riders get the ramp, next group gets no ramp, last 5 riders gets the piranha pool.
  • 14 0
 OR sharks with "fricken lazers" on their heads!
  • 21 0
 Yeeeeea sent it !! Freeride
  • 18 1
 Is PFP trying to claim that she crashed on that climb because she was braking? It looks like she is pedalling, got bounced around on the rocks and lost traction. She could claim that getting passed by Jolanda distracted her and without that distraction she would have chosen a different line, but to try and claim that she slid due to braking is a very strange statement.
  • 6 0
 Her rear tire look like it slipped and it turned her into the bank. Rear washout.
  • 24 5
 One of them is a proper rider, one of them is just a very fit person on a bike. Good to see a track built to favour riders not roadies.
  • 17 2
 Can we just appreciate that a drop onto the front like that would have snapped the head tube off a DH bike 15 years ago... now both the XC riders and bikes are taking that kind of abuse in stride. Great to see the sport progressing like this.
  • 15 0
 Just to clarify what Jolanda really said in that interview in her native language about PFP braking hard on top of the ladder:

„It was a dangerous move from PFP - not sure why she did that“.

She did not call PFP or the braking stupid or blamed her to have done it on purpose.
  • 17 0
 The training ramp will be auctioned off on Ebay. Starting bid will be 1 slightly used XC fork.
  • 17 1
 MVDP rolls a drop and yardsales.....YN hucks a roll and sticks it.....+1 for the girls -1 for the boys.
  • 3 0
 100% props to the badass that Yolanda is and super happy she won gold ahead of PFP. That said, every other guy around MVP sent it and was just fine.
  • 3 0
 *Jolanda
  • 2 0
 @Saether: oops, damn autocorrect. Jolanda for sure. She deserves super props
  • 1 0
 @bman33: You sure you didn't have a case of Johann Barelli Syndrome?
  • 13 0
 Neff knew their was no ramp and was prepared for the drop, MVDP was expecting a ramp and was not prepared, very different situations
  • 11 0
 PFP is an amazing cyclist but her attitude toward winning makes me and others I know not support her. She is often the one cutting people off and throwing elbows but then she complains about this kinda stuff or Evie moving across on her in a sprint... bad sportsmanship IMO. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
  • 15 4
 If Pauline was in front, and they were going the same speed. How could they possibly crash? Neff's story makes more sense.
  • 5 0
 Two different features; the rock drop and the climb
  • 11 1
 PFP's excuse was downright pathetic however and the video proves that. She got scared, and grabbed brakes on an uphill. Don't blame others for that.
  • 6 4
 For sure. But there's an element of ridiculousness to JoJo's remarks as well. I don't believe PFP was intentionally trying to force a crash on Neff by brake checking before the planks.
  • 15 0
 @RogerMexico: She didn't claim it to be intentional, she just said that it was stupid to grab a ton of brake at the last second on the take off of a jump with people behind you. I don't think PFP did anything intentionally, but it was not a smart move at all and has the potential to cause a crash. She just doesn't seem as technically proficient and gets unnerved sometimes.
  • 2 2
 @insertfunusername: She definitely looked unnerved a lot today... especially once she got passed by Frei and Indergand. It's a bummer she went down when and where she did. I think we were looking at a proper race had that not happened.
  • 7 0
 Stocked for Neff but please no drama. It sounds often XC racers think technical = neutral zone and think other riders should care for your safety. Racers should always be in control of their bike. If there is no control, everything is fair. Really cool that for once xc is not a pedal fest but skills contribute to the results.
BTW, look at Neff arms position, elbows up. She absorbs hit like a boss. PFP has chicken wings and no weight on the front wheel that's why she lose her line on this climb..
I hope XC is going to continue to evolve into more technical riding..
People not interested in skills can still ride gravel!!
  • 5 3
 Not to go off on a tangent, but "gravel" riding is a whole spectrum from nice smooth hardpack to loose scree with mud, roots, and boulders mixed in. Definitely some skill required for certain gravel routes.
  • 17 9
 Only part about XC I don’t like, some are actual MTBers while others are glorified roadies like PFP. I’m with JoJo on this one.
  • 3 2
 100%
  • 8 8
 I agree with the first part of your statement, but not the second. PFP is a badass. JoJo is just more of a badass. The glorified roadies were further back in the field (ahem, sparkle).
  • 2 0
 @RogerMexico: absolutely haha
  • 6 0
 I am a Neff fan, she goes out 100% and leaves nothing for one more lap. PFP is a great racer and is good for the sport, but sometimes lets her emotions get in the way. Watch the interview with Rob Warner a few years back, she recounts a race when she was a child. The story outlined that sportsmanship can be a challenge. Fast forward to last year Evie Richards out sprints her to win a short track race. PFP was clearly yelling at Evie about some complaint after she was passed. In the end Neff was not going to be stopped. Congratulations to her.
  • 7 1
 Just seen a video of this on Reece Wilson’s insta and you can see PFP grab her brakes hard at the top of the ramp - she knew exactly what she was doing. The fact Neff saved it is a testament to her skill on a bike.

That Frenchie is bad vibes and a consistent sore loser, she had a go at Evie Richards after she beat her in a sprint last year too. Letting down a great cycling nation one salty moment at a time.
  • 2 0
 do you have a link to the Reece video?
  • 17 10
 Do we need this "drama"? Seems like the race wasn't even decided there but it was the biggest 'dramatic' moment during the race.
  • 25 3
 Yes we do.
  • 8 0
 Damn that Supercaliber is strong! Few years back any frame would have folded or snapped under such an frontal impact.
  • 3 0
 Truth
  • 9 0
 On a related note Pauline has said Evie Richards is to blame.
  • 1 0
 Can you elaborate?
  • 8 0
 @clayflint: Pauline complained endlessly about getting cut off at the end of a short track race last year when she herself has cut off riders plenty of times. She's a whiner frankly.
  • 3 0
 @jtorrento: preach.
  • 5 0
 Sorry, but i call total BS on PFP's complaints regarding Jolanda's overtake - they took two totally different berms coming into that climb, separated miles away. That wasn't even close to a block pass by Jolanda. She came into that turn blazing and exited with much more speed, it's super legit!
  • 10 3
 Headline gives away too much still... Human on bicycle upset with fellow human bicyclist due to unnatural movement.
  • 7 0
 Yolanda “Freeride” Neff! Nice recovery, better all around rider and well deserved win.
  • 5 0
 Jolanda’s bossing that ramp. Looks like Pauline looked and got distracted. Jolanda is also going considerably faster than Pauline at that stage. I’m just describing a video now. I’ll go.
  • 4 0
 Do we have any videos that aren't an obnoxious rave party time slow-mo? I would like to see just how much PFP hit the brakes before the bridge.

Neff has to know that you can't take that bridge at middle speed, you either have to slow roll it to keep contact or you send it. When racing, you go hard into features and scub off your speed just before. My question is if she scrubbed off more than was necessary and basically brake checked Neff off the side or she just went hard to the feature and scrubbed her speed. Neff also has to know that that you don't ride 2" off someone's wheel when riding into a tech feature. I give that issue 50/50 on who was at fault.

On the PFP crash.... WTF is she complaining about. Neff had all the speed, took the inside line and sprung out of the corner and held her line while giving PFP PLENTY of room on the right. PFP crashed because she thought that Neff was just going to barrel strait into her for some reason.

PFP saying that the race was basically decided right there... GTFO. She finished like 4 minutes back, had several other slips. Also, maybe don't sit there after the crash and have a pity party... get on your bike and catch up. Odds are you aren't getting too hurt when you crash going up hill.
  • 7 0
 I thought French lines were supposed to be faster.
  • 5 0
 How epic would a mid-air overtake have been if Neff was able to send that drop full speed while PFP rolled it, man I would have loved to see that!
  • 1 0
 Hulk Hogan eat your heart out!
  • 7 0
 never seen karma strike that fast.
  • 3 0
 Sour grapes do make the best whine then don't they? And [arguably] the French make the best. ; D having said that who hasn't been disappointed and expressed it less than gracefully. Amazing race, the best rider on the day won. Chapeau Jolanda.
  • 4 1
 THAAAAAAAAT'S RACING!!

Why does she think there are other riders on course if not to race her? Are they supposed to wait for her to hit each feature and let her go? I mean FFS way to make mtb look weak how is this even "news"
  • 4 0
 Couldn't me more fucking Right.
  • 3 0
 I wonder how those two quotes did sound in person and in context. As they appear in the media now they do nothing good for the sport and the two riders. PFP looks like a bad loser and Jolanda like kicking someone on the ground already. What I remember is PFP going to Jolanda to congratulate her in the finish.
  • 8 4
 Just for clarification, Jolanda is talking about the incident in the video, while PFP is commenting on her slide out after the video, not commenting on the same thing.
  • 3 1
 To me it occurs as if PFP is kind of a bad loser with a slightly twisted reality. She nearly caused Jolanda to crash big time and then claims that Jolanda kind of made her crash on that rock...The latter utter BS since Jolanda was way faster and far away. So PFP really braked on the rocks, that was her fault, as well.
  • 3 1
 Is all the post XC racing whinging for real?
This is mountain biking and not football.
Different riders have different comfort levels on different features, this drop seems to have the men's and women's racers talking.
Maybe riders who can descend better than the out and out climbers shouldnt get hold up the climbers on the climbs by descending so well! Its a mass start race, not a TT, let the skill difference and some tactics be part of the race.
  • 3 0
 Say in your best Pink Panther french accent: "I've had a Neff of this" . then continue with your lives. Anyone not aware of the Pink Panther films should watch them, retro comedy gold.
  • 2 0
 Seems like sour grapes; kind of a piddly, ticky-tack dispute for a competition at this level. Do you expect your competitors to be nice to you? At this level, you can expect the competition to be ruthless and use anything within the rules to gain an advantage.
  • 2 0
 It’s racing ,the first one the person that goes behind has such a momentum that it feels like the person in front just brake too much,but it’s not the case ,the person behind almost get sucked in that situation and blame the person in front for slowing down ,it happens when you are to close ,the second one it’s a case of being afraid that the person that is on your side and is going faster then you ,but you have the inside line ,that the 2 will meet in the same end ,cause you are in the inside line ,shorter distance,even in slower speed ,and then you brake and yes in that rocks it’s game over ,but to blame people for that ,don’t Yolanda,maybe you did that already,and I’m not defending Pauline,cause she’s had some elbows thrown to some riders ,but when you are RACING and with that high heart rate ,you just sometimes turn in to an unpleasant person ,it’s stupid but it’s true ,pressure all the things,but what a save from Yolanda ,what a f*cking rider ,what a save ,for me the best rider ,best wishes to all ,make peace not war ,cause in the end like Pauline tattoo says ,IT’S ALL A JOKE
  • 7 4
 "Pauline sees the event differently and instead describes it as a racing incident" - well it sounds like she's describing the other incident altogether in the rock garden.
  • 9 4
 Jolanda's talking about the ramp, Pauline about the rock garden.
  • 5 0
 SAVE OF THE YEAR!!!!!! WOWWW
  • 4 0
 No Curves. Just right angles. And then ROAST up some rocks as you...au revoir! Jolanda Neff rules forever for this one.
  • 6 1
 Pinkbike staff: "How do we capitalize on some DRAMAAAAAAA for CLICKSSSS?"
  • 2 0
 Is it me or did Matthieu not hit the brakes before trying to roll down?
He had people closely behind him too, and probably came in faster than PFP.
Did she really have to brake there?
  • 1 3
 Mvp is one of the most technically skilled bike riders ever. He is obviously miles better than PFP and can ride any obstacles a lot faster than her. But if you look at the men’s race take notice of how far behind mvp is behind the rider in front of him.
  • 2 0
 After watching, looked like VDP stuffed his front wheel into the rock knuckle on the landing. Neff went to the left of the knuckle because she altered her entrance line. If she's a foot to the right, same outcome as VDP.
  • 2 0
 @rollingdip: Neff jumped. MVDP rolled. Thats why Neff saved it and MVDP went flying OTB.
  • 1 0
 PFP looked like a cat on ice next to Yolanda. I do not think Pauline was really trying to brake check Yolanda at the drop. But not enough room on that short climb? Come on! Fair racing there. Pauline looked to not be riding at her best and Neff had the good sense to attack hard when she crashed due to poor line choice!
  • 1 0
 Ferrand-Prevot's crash was not because she braked she wasn't even going to hit Neff. I think she is just covering because she made a mistake and the back slipped out causing the crash. This is sad to see a bunch of HIGH end athletes having a big sook to people because they didn't do well. This is racing after all things are going to get thrown at you and it is how you deal with it that makes you a good rider.
  • 4 0
 I thought it was a nice save. She looked like she was going OTB for sure. That’s racing! The leader owns the line.
  • 3 0
 Sounds like racing to me. The goal isn’t for everyone to happily cross the line together. If you ain’t first you’re last
  • 4 0
 In the rules of the road, the following person is responsible for maintaining vehicular control.
  • 5 0
 Man that recovery from Neff! Legend!
  • 3 2
 Interesting that the 2 gold medalists had broken bones within 2 months of the games. Are people training too hard, have we found the natural limit of the human body, did the injury's give them recovery time and a competitive advantage? Hmmmm
  • 5 1
 @AC-Fabz - Pidcock's broken bone was after a collision with a car in traffic while riding his road bike. I believe that the particular limits of human bodies in collisions with large metal vehicles have long been established...
  • 3 0
 @g-42: Yeah just stating that the winners had the most time to rest as the injury's kept them off their bikes theoretically more than their rivals. My question is, did that rest help?
  • 3 0
 The best part about that complete boss-pass, is it look like Jojo literally scared her right off her bike. Like in a cartoon.
  • 4 0
 Stop moaning. It's called racing. Nice to see XC racers actually challenged technically rather than just a hill climb event.
  • 2 0
 I feel like only the lesser skiled riders where more prone to point fingers as to who is at foult for their crashes. folks, remember, if you crash, its because of your human error
  • 19 19
 Why is this written like the two riders had a back and forth about the same incident? The quotes above were talking about different moments during the race. Neff was describing the incident on the drop, PFP was explaining her crash on the rock uphill after the split lines.
  • 3 1
 Thanks, I got the wrong end of the stick while editing this. It has been fixed now
  • 4 0
 Olympic PB Huck to Flat? Hmmmm??
  • 5 0
 Sunday Saves.
  • 3 0
 yikes...that's not how your supposed to slow-drop to flat I think. Amazing save there. That could have been ugly
  • 5 1
 Well at least we know Yolanda could kick mvdp ass.
  • 6 1
 Clickbait title
  • 3 0
 I'm impressed with Neff's SID on that accidental drop. That damper handled that like a boss.
  • 2 0
 I thought the same thing. That fork rook it like a champ!
  • 3 0
 well im now deaf after playing that instagram video with music that plays like a siren.. a warning would be nice.
  • 3 1
 In the words of the venerable Harry Hogge: "No, no, he didn't slam you, he didn't bump you, he didn't nudge you... he rubbed you. And rubbing, son, is racing."
  • 5 5
 Neither of their stories sounds fully honest to me. Neff could have kept her cool and braked a little behind Prevot at the top of the drop, and Prevot could could have kept her cool and held her line on the rock roll-up. They both showed lapses in judgment, Prevot getting stung for hers, and Neff luckily escaping a full MVDP. (Her fork and tire bottom out, and then the fork bottoms again after it rebounds.)

I'd guess that if both riders were honest with themselves, they'd admit that they were locked into conflict even before Neff hail-mary'ed off the drop, and both made stupid decisions because of that.
  • 1 0
 It almost looks like Neff was going to gltry to get past her in the air.. wild!
  • 3 2
 If the A-line is to dangerous to ride due to bad weather conditions, you close the A-line and let all riders ride the B-line. Putting a ramp back and forth is absurdly dangerous and stupid!
  • 2 0
 Race like a pro and build the course for a pro. Complaining about race tactics, rider moves, etc... and having a "safe" feature doesn't seem like Olympic level elite to me...
  • 3 1
 Both where very high in my esteem. They are now very low. Congrats to Sina Frei, Linda and the young gun for Hungary. No baby crying for these riders after the race.
  • 8 5
 Pretty sure the rider in front isn't responsible for riders behind them...
  • 10 1
 Rider who leaves plenty of room while overtaking in a rock garden isn't responsible for the passed rider falling off her bike due to incompetence
  • 3 0
 @tigerfish50: You both are right!
  • 4 0
 @tigerfish50: lol @ calling the current world champ and only women in history to hold the title in XC, road, and CX at the same time incompetent.
  • 6 0
 @Themissinglink83: Last time I looked PFP was a human being, and if human beings are reliable about one thing, it's making mistakes. She made a howler on that rock garden, and it had nothing to do with Jolanda.
  • 4 5
 @tigerfish50: if Yolanda is going to complain about her following PVP too close into a tech feature and then bitch that she brakes it's BS. It's literally in the rules of XC that the it's the trailing rider is responsible for passing safely. She was too close to her, pvp wasn't being irresponsible.
  • 1 0
 @tigerfish50: The two incidents are completely unrelated and not mutually exclusive.
  • 4 0
 Karma's a bitch
  • 3 0
 so, @rockshox really knows how to make MTB forks
  • 3 0
 If the role was reversed at the drop, PFP would be like MVP.
  • 3 0
 Naff railed the turn...Pauline didn't
  • 2 0
 All i see, is someone who can ride, vs someone who can't with the bitter taste of defeat in their mouth..
  • 2 0
 Pauline just panicked on that uphill. No reason whatsoever why she should have crashed.
  • 3 0
 Brakes before a descent, brakes before an ascent. Huh?
  • 1 0
 I wonder if this has anything to do with the Japan Cycling Federation (JCF) who are the most incompetent at running MTB events.
  • 4 5
 PFP was in first at that time and can choose the way she wants to ride. The leader of a race doesn't need to worry about what's going on behind himr. That's the privilege of being in first. Neff shall have kept a distance from her but chose not, putting herself at risk of being vulnerable in case mistakes from PFP. It's a race! At the Olympics! Expect the unexpected! It is not a regular preparation ride. When you choose to follow someone that close, cross your fingers that she doesn't messes anything up, purposely or not, because you'll pay for it too. Unfortunately, she found a way to pass her and ended up winning.
  • 4 0
 Unfortunately? I'd say VERY fortunately. And she didn't have to worry anymore about PFP trying to block passing lane when she messes up, which had happened in the past at quite a few occasions.
  • 3 0
 @arek: Yes, very fortunately, that's what I meant to write! I was just trying to defend a little PFP for the "block" she did previously. Blocks are one of many tactics competitors use in a race. And if you can deal with that, then you shouldn't race. But yes, very fortunately, Jolanda let her skills speak few moments later when she passed her like a boss. That's where the focus should be, and I wish she celebrates her victory instead of criticizing her rivals.
  • 1 0
 Now look at this angle.....
www.youtube.com/watch?v=x71jXaPtJ-o
Start about 2:20 into the video.
PFP had tons of room.
She panicked.
  • 7 5
 Well they're not talking about the same incident, are they?
  • 3 1
 Dang. Almost OTB. That poor XC fork though...
  • 13 0
 seemed to handle it fine..
  • 4 0
 those "poor forks" don't mind. I used to run a SC32 on my hardtail and treated it like a legit trail bike at 200lbs plus gear. If they can take me beating them up, Neff pushing one is nothing. And NO, I am not saying I ride harder than Neff, just that physics implies I was abusing my fork much more than she did in that section...Wink
  • 2 0
 yeah, but she weighs like 20 kgs...
  • 2 0
 @steezysam: That would be a RockShox SID Ultimate SL, and yes they're great forks.
  • 2 0
 Really should have posted this on a Sunday.
  • 4 2
 It's a sport . Be a good sport about it.
  • 9 0
 Pick a sport and be a good sport about it
  • 2 0
 @browner: good guy Greg up in here
  • 2 0
 Quick thinking and skill kept her on the bike.
  • 2 0
 Jolanda's been doing her press-ups, eh?
  • 2 0
 Thankfully no spoilers in the headline, thank you Pinkbike
  • 4 4
 So PFP is a scared roadie and Neff is a badass, got it. Not surprised at all, especially given her time spent with Luca and her interest in moto
  • 2 0
 what's the awful siren for lol
  • 2 0
 The moral of this story — cobbler stick to your last
  • 3 0
 4X Deal with it
  • 1 0
 So the olympics thought it would be a good idea to reinstall the ramp for the women's race?
  • 2 0
 Whoever is in the lead has the right of way. Just ask Jeff Emig.
  • 1 1
 The way I see it, if someone with a gold medal around their neck says it was stupid move, it was a stupid move. Sit down PFP.
  • 1 0
 Just another roadie vs MTB battle. I love the way Neff took charge and stuffed the other rider. Well done. That's racin'.
  • 1 0
 PFP..."If one of us did'nt brake we would have collided..so I braked"...sounds like sour grapes to me..the BEST rider WON!
  • 2 1
 What's that over there?

A Llama?

A great big Llama!?!

A DRAMA LLAMA?!?!
  • 1 0
 To make a Neff =Historic Epic Safe Win
Like in " She ended pulling a Neff out "
  • 1 0
 That music needs to be the soundtrack to next Friday's Fails video.
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  • 1 0
 thats crazy, with the seat up omg
  • 2 1
 Straight to Sunday saves Yolanda!
  • 1 0
 F-yeah Yolanda ᕙ(͡°‿ ͡°)ᕗ
  • 1 0
 This ramp in womens ride was super stupid.
  • 1 1
 What’s going on with the title of the article? Why are we withholding names from article titles now?
  • 2 0
 Karma
  • 1 0
 I agree with most of the posts. Neff Rocks, end of story.
  • 1 0
 Kinda like driving around Asheville, huh, Yolanda!?
  • 1 0
 PFP just isn't good enough, end of.
  • 1 0
 Nowt wrong with that XD
  • 1 0
 Nobody asked you!!
  • 1 0
 She flinched.
  • 3 3
 why are we even talking about this?
  • 31 32
 Pauline's comment is from her crash, not the drop incident
  • 7 1
 Thanks, I got the wrong end of the stick while editing this. It has been fixed now
  • 6 2
 Hum, generates more clicks if there's more drama, even if it's partially manufactured drama. Neff handled that like a champ, impressive save! Throwing shade after winning is... less impressive. Kinda seems out of character for Neff.
  • 6 0
 @kcy4130: We don't know if Jolanda was responding to PFP's description of her own crash, where she appears to partially blame Neff. As anyone can see, Neff left her plenty of room.
  • 1 0
 @tigerfish50: Yeah, seems like it. I wrote that before they edited the article to include the second incident.
  • 1 1
 @kcy4130: Agreed, whatever their history the shade seems cheesy
  • 3 4
 WHy is there a bridge on that drop? Why not just pave the entire track?
  • 1 2
 I’m claiming her as a NC girl!
  • 1 3
 Yolanda just get back to DH and quit wasting your time with these no-talent ass dirt roadies
  • 3 0
 I think she like riding her bike too much to do downhill. Life is too short to be spent in a lift/cable car.
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