Welcome, Pilgrims: Lourdes World Cup Trackwalk

Apr 10, 2015
by Dave Trumpore  


The Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to Marie-Bernadette Soubirous on a total of eighteen occasions at Lourdes, a small town at the foot of the Pyrenees that became a major place of Roman Catholic pilgrimage and of supposed miraculous healings. In more modern times Lourdes has a population of around 15,000, but it is able to take in some 5,000,000 pilgrims and tourists every season, and this week it plays host to something totally different. The opening round of the 2015 UCI Downhill World Cup, and on a track that may very well become as legendary as the town itself.


Lourdes is bustling with Catholics from around the globe and the services last well into the night.
  Lourdes is bustling with Catholics from around the globe, and the services last well into the night.

Candles for offerings are for sale all over the town but the ones at the church vary in size from a foot to the size a man.
  Candles for offerings are for sale all over the town, but the ones at the church vary in size from a foot to the size of a man.

 This flame continues my prayer. Candles lit for the needy and the ill burn in many metal offering bins filling the air with a smokey haze.
  This flame continues my prayer. Candles lit for the needy and the ill burn in many metal offering bins filling the air with a smokey haze.

Holy Water receptacles come in all shapes and sizes here. From small fancy glass flasks to gallons and Virgin Mary bottles. The healing waters of Lourdes has become big business.
  Holy water receptacles come in all shapes and sizes here. From small fancy glass flasks to gallons, to Virgin Mary bottles. The healing waters of Lourdes have become big business.

Often you ll find the streets of Lourdes packed full of very religious people. Other times there s nun.
  Often you'll find the city's streets packed full of very religious people. Other times, there's nun.

The Ch teau Fort Museum of the Pyrenees rises up on the rock in the middle of the city.
  The Chateau Fort Museum of the Pyrenees stacked up on top of the rocks in the middle of the city.

The mosaic work is truly staggering. Some of the pieces are a full story tall.
  The mosaic work is truly staggering. Some of the pieces are a full story tall.

The devout gather in the cave on the side of the church for mass and a chance to be healed in the waters that run from the cave walls.
  The devout gather in the cave on the side of the church for mass and a chance to be healed in the waters that run from the cave walls.

Burned down candles are removed from the enclosure and the wax is scrapped in preparation for the next group of followers.
  Burned down candles are removed from the enclosure, and the wax is scraped in preparation for the next group of followers.

Pick up your plastic Jesus today Only 29.99 and vac-packed to ensure ultimate freshness. Welcome to the mighty slightly bizarre Lourdes.
  Plastic Jesus, size large, yours today for under 30 euros... vac-packed to ensure ultimate freshness. Welcome to the mighty, slightly bizarre, Lourdes.

Not the typical uplify here in Lourdes. one stuffed cable car at a time up the centuries old fenicular.
  Not the typical uplift systems here in Lourdes. One stuffed cable car at a time, up the centuries old funicular.

The town of Lourdes as seen from the start gate.
  The town of Lourdes as seen from the start gate.

TWR crew MacDonald and Leov ride up to 1000m to find out exactly what the weekend has in store.
  TWR crew, MacDonald and Leov, ride up towards 1000m to find out exactly what the weekend has in store.

Once atop the old and slow funicular riders are faced with what may be one of the most full-on and technically challenging tracks seen in years. Where Meribel closed out the World Cup in 2014 with a fresh and widely praised track, Lourdes has stepped it up a notch with steeps and rocks mixed together with mastery to create a monster of an opening round. Out of the gate riders enjoy a brief view of the snow-topped mountain peaks in the distance before taking the plunge quite literally straight down the face of the mountain. Lines are taped wide in some spots to encourage some big and risky moves, and then tightened back up in others to force riders into tricky off cambers and steep chutes. For now the surface is dry and covered in dust and loam but come tomorrow we will definitely see numerous roots become exposed as rider upon rider rips into the ripe dirt. If we get rain (and we probably will at some point) things could really get wild...

At least you cant go too far on the start ramp. And after that Nothing s looking too easy...
  At least you can't go too far wrong on the start ramp. And after that? Nothing's looking too easy...

An iconic looking start to a potentially legendary race track...
  An iconic looking start to a potentially legendary race track...

Sam Dale looking mean in front of the old school lift system. We re all hoping it has some powerful emergency brakes...
  Sam Dale looking mean in front of the old school set-up. We're all hoping the tram has some powerful emergency brakes...

Snow still clings to the higher peaks in the Pyrenees. Luckily Pic du Jur is free of the white stuff for this first race of the season.
  Snow still clings to the higher peaks in the Pyrenees. Luckily, Pic du Jur is free of the white stuff for this first race of the season.

Bits of green are starting to show through as winter releases its icy grip from the Pyrenees.
  Bits of green are starting to show through as winter releases its icy grip from the Pyrenees.

Spring has certainly sprung.
  At least spring has certainly sprung.

The amount of jagged rock exposed on the Lourdes track is something seldom seen in the World Cup these days and crashing here will have serious consequences.
  The amount of jagged rock exposed on the Lourdes track is something seldom seen in the World Cup these days and crashing here will have serious consequences.

Day one and the vultures are already circling overhead.
  Day one and the vultures are already circling overhead.

The moss-covered rocks up top are grippy... for now. Everyone s got their eye on the weather reports.
  The moss-covered rocks up top are grippy... for now. Everyone's got their eye on the weather reports.

Thibaut Ruffin take a look at the first rocks at the top after the funicular bridge alongside Thirion and Pierre-Edouard Ferry of Rampage fame here ahead of the new big bike launch.
  Thibaut Ruffin takes a look at the first rocks at the top after the funicular bridge alongside the Commencal crew, Thirion and Pierre-Edouard Ferry, of Rampage fame, here ahead of the new big bike launch.

Lourdes Track walk image

Pom Pon was one of the many riders wearing smiles today as they walked down the track.
  Pom Pon was one of the many riders wearing smiles today as they walked down the track.

Eddie Masters isn t racing this weekend but is sporting some new harware in his collarbone to help expidite his healing process.
  Eddie Masters isn't racing this weekend but is sporting some new hardware in his collarbone to help expedite his healing process.

These sharp and ragged rocks exposed in the racing line are bound to be the nemisis of many many riders this weekend.
  These sharp and ragged rocks exposed in the racing line are bound to be the nemesis of many many riders this weekend.

Everyone warned us would be cold raining and possibly snowing in Lourdes in April. Seems everyone was wrong and it is bone dry here.... For now
  Everyone warned us it would be cold, raining and possibly snowing in Lourdes in April. Seems everyone was wrong and it is bone dry here.... For now

Pilgrim staffs abound for walking the Lourdes steeps. Jasper Jauch models the 160cm mahogany round head.
  Pilgrim staffs abound for walking the Lourdes steeps. Jasper Jauch models the 160cm mahogany round head.

A happy Brendan Fairclough is a fast Brendan Fairclough and we can t wait to see him get loose and wild in practice tomorrow.
  A happy Brendan Fairclough is a fast Brendan Fairclough and we can't wait to see him get loose and wild in practice tomorrow.

Rocks more rocks high speeds and multiole lines make up the final gully that leady to the finish arena
  Rocks, more rocks, high speeds and multiple lines make up the final gully that lead to the finish arena

Remi Thirion with his holiest Michelangelo impression... Expect him to do great damage here in Lourdes.
  Remi Thirion with his holiest Michelangelo impression... Expect him to do great damage here in Lourdes.

Just about every rider on track today had a long, long look at each section as the line choice is far from simple, and as the track changes there will be even more options to choose from. Add to that the fact that sharp sniper rocks are hidden in the grass and on the worn in and previously used racing line and the confusion becomes even more complex. The only times riders even get the slightest chance to rest are on two smooth sections, but even these are riddled with jumps. Some big, some small, and a few quite huge.

The upper section is going to be steep and loose... if it stays dry. If it rains it will be slick as snot on a door knob.
  The upper section is going to be steep and loose if it stays dry. If it rains, it will be slick as snot on a door knob.

Danny Hart amp Markus Pekoll take notes before the bottom drops clean out of the track for the steepest chute on the hill.
  Danny Hart and Markus Pekoll take notes before the bottom drops clean out of the track for the steepest chute on the hill.

Before the end of the chute is a distinctly flat shelf ready to claim anyone bold enough to attempt anything too close to a death grip.
  Before the end of the chute is a distinctly flat shelf ready to claim anyone bold enough to attempt anything too close to a death grip.

Though few and far between there are a few stright forward and simple bits on the track... This is not one of them
  Though few and far between, there are a few straightforward and simple bits on the track... This is not one of them

This track is steep. So steep it s better to ride it than walk it. Ben Arnott Greg Williamson and Laurie Greenland having some troubles on track walk.
  This track is so steep, it's better to ride it than walk it. Ben Arnott, Greg Williamson and Laurie Greenland having some troubles on track walk.

Winner of the 2013 French national Myriam Nicole ponders the steepest shoot of the course alongside Trek Gravity Girl Steffi Marth.
  Winner of the 2013 French national, Myriam Nicole ponders the friendly death-chute alongside Trek GG's Steffi Marth.

Hipped road gap with kick. The air time is gonna be big...
  Hipped road gap, with kick. The air time is gonna be big...

Remy Morton on the takeoff spots the landing just past Brendan Fairclough.
  Remy Morton on the takeoff spots the landing just past Brendan Fairclough.

Glow in the dark Virgin Mary taking in the landing of road gap one.
  Glow in the dark Virgin Mary taking in the landing of road gap one.

Leov and MacDonald taking stock of the track here in Lourdes. There is no doubt that this track is will be remembered as one of the greats. It is going to devour wheels and push bikes and riders to their limits. We can t wait for practice to get under way.
  Leov and MacDonald taking stock of the track here in Lourdes. There is no doubt that this track will be remembered as a great. It is going to devour wheels, and push bikes and riders to their limits. We can't wait for practice to get under way.

Brook MacDonald contemplating the sheer speeds he will need as he enters the gully.
  Brook Macdonald contemplating the sheer speeds he will be at as he enters the gully.

Rachel Atherton commits rocks to memory... there s tons of line choice and the track certainly has teeth.
  Rachel Atherton commits rocks to memory... there's tons of line choice and the track certainly has teeth.

Out of the dark loamy woods and into the light of Lourdes.
  Out of the dark loamy woods and into the light of Lourdes.

The lower section of the track is one massive high-speed rock studded gully. This track has everything in spades.
  The lower section of the track is one massive high speed rock studded gully. This track has everything in spades.

Across a blown out sun-spot between the trees and back into the dark over some giant boulders in the lower third. Gee and Rach assess.
  Across a blown out sun-spot between the trees and back into the dark over some giant boulders in the lower third. Gee and Rach assess.

Rough rocky rowdy and rooty. This is the way a downhill track should be. A life-affirming experience.
  Rough, rocky rowdy, and rooty. This is the way a downhill track should be. A life affirming experience.

The middle line of this section is a flat drop that doesn t set you up well for the right-hander that follows... so you can choose the lip in-front of Tracey and hip toward the man in blue right of center. If you like...
  The middle line of this section is a flat drop that doesn't set you up well for the right-hander that follows... so you can choose the lip in front of Tracey and hip toward the man in blue, right of center. If you like...

New team mates Needles and Hannah discuss their route and whether the left-hand hipped huck is on.
  New team mates, Needles and Hannah, discuss their route and whether the left-hand, hipped, huck is on.

The tracks end looks smooth and super high speed before coming into an almighty bridge drop to the finish.
  The tracks end looks smooth and super high speed, before coming into an almighty bridge drop to the finish.

It s going to be steep and fast all the way to the finish line if you ve not managed to slow down you can just boost the fencing on the catch berm.
  It's going to be steep and fast all the way to the finish line, and if you've not managed to slow down, you can just boost the fencing on the catch berm.

Crews are still working on the finish line run-out today to meet UCI regulations. That included digging out under the arch to provide enough clearance for riders going Mach Chicken across the line.
  Crews are still working on the finish line today to make the finish line run out to UCI regulations. That included digging out under the arch to provide enough clearance for riders going Mach chicken across the line.

Hammer time... Polish Pete treating Gee s whip nice and gentle.
  Hammer time... Polish Pete treating Gee's whip nice and gentle.

Emmeline Ragot the angry crocodile ready to devour the competition with her carbon Summum and well-matched carbon Full-9.
  Emmeline, the angry crocodile, ready to devour the competition with her carbon Summum and well-matched carbon Full-9.

The Polygon pits awash with new colors...
  The Polygon pits awash with new colors...

Unlike last year s opening round in South Africa there isn t a semi slick in site here in France.
  Unlike last year's opening round in South Africa, there isn't a semi slick in site here in France.

the remains of cut spikes could be seen on the floor of just about every pit this afternoon.
  The remains of cut spikes could be seen on the floor of just about every pit this afternoon.

Camp Mondraker clean and pro for the bike builds.
  Camp Mondraker, clean and pro for the bike builds.

TV Taylor bulking up ready to roll fully elite for the first time in the morning...
  TV Taylor bulking up ready to roll fully elite for the first time in the morning...

Brendan s mechanic Ben sourced this beautiful 10 to 7 speed cassette converter from a fabricator over the winter.
  Brendan's mechanic, Ben, sourced this beautiful 10 to 7 speed cassette converter from a fabricator over the winter.

Fairlcough s medal winning Vaults.
  Fairlcough's 'medal winning' Vaults.

Holy Water of all sorts are on hand to get you through the weekend. Mechanics will need a strong drink at the end of the day after all of the wheels they will be building.
  Holy water of all sorts are on hand to get through this weekend. Mechanics will need a strong drink at the end of the day after all of the wheels they'll be building.

Dave drinks deeply from the healing holy waters of Lourdes.
  PB's Dave Trumpore sips deep on the healing holy waters of Lourdes. Results and any side effects announced tomorrow...



153 Comments

  • + 139
 This is possibly the best World Cup round yet !!!! VERY EXCITE !! Not going to be able to sleep all weekend !!!! New Track Syndrome Yeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeee!!
  • + 22
 Say your hail Mary's
  • + 3
 Same here going to get the Beers ready to drink early morning here in L.A. 530am take a 3hr nap if possible and pop open the BREW
  • + 43
 Based on all the relevant pictures, Gwin is taking this.
  • + 7
 My balls grow big with anticipation.
  • + 13
 I agree on that this is the town for Gwin to take the top podium.
  • + 4
 Much excite. Big happy.
  • + 9
 Gwin must have had a word with Virgin M-dawg.
  • + 1
 I'm so full of anticipation my genitals have sucked up into my body cavity
  • - 3
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/12102794
Who is the women with blond hairs at the top?i habe Never Seen here before,or am i just going wrong
  • + 8
 Looks like Tracey Hannah^^
  • + 0
 Thought about it,are the guys next to her the ones from polygon?
  • + 1
 why did i scroll down to read GWIN related comments! Big Grin Big Grin
  • + 1
 finally an actually gnarly track. looks like some of the chunder we have around here in Socal. lots of exposed rock. all they need is sandy blown out turns and shit dirt. i predict a gWIN here because Gwin is at home on this kind of gnar and shit
  • + 3
 Sam and Danny's faces are going to look with a big smile!!!
  • + 1
 As of now, Sam is not sure he's going to race - he apparently suffered a shoulder injury!!!!! F@#$%K Noooooooooooooo!
dirtmountainbike.com/news/lourdes-world-cup-2015-breaking-news-sam-hill.html#jPzTixz02ZgKm5Kg.97
  • + 1
 theese pictures tho...
  • + 4
 Ratboys helmet cam from practice youtu.be/JPM0wvzehSs . Was crapping myself just watching it.
  • + 2
 He was ON a RiPPERrrr now imagine how much pain that foot is gettin if its still not 100% that Track is NASTY and i wish we had a POV of GEE and AG now those runs would be intersting to see
  • + 60
 Nice coverage PB. This track looks so good!!! I want to ride it (very slowly). Photography is excellent BTW.
  • + 20
 I'd die if i rode this track.
  • + 17
 I'd fall off the starting ramp
  • + 5
 hello Steffi
  • + 10
 Stay on your bike not Danny!
  • - 6
flag rickaybobbay (Apr 10, 2015 at 8:10) (Below Threshold)
 you guys would be suprised, rock gardens like this you just need to pick a line and stick with it.
  • + 5
 Um. I think you might be the one that would be surprised TFreeman. I rate myself as at least a reasonable rider. I have ridden some pretty steep and gnarly tracks. Champery for example is fairly tame compared to some. This track however, even the photos scare me. Im sure its twice as scary when you are actually there...
  • + 3
 @TFreeman. Watching Claudio's run earlier shows just how steep and gnarly some of the sections of this track are. It's proper high speed too. I'm not sure picking a line and holding on would work too well here.
  • + 33
 Good Lourde! That was good for me.
  • + 28
 Is Brook macdonald wearing the new five ten sleuth's in these photos?
Why do they cut the spikes off the tyres?
Why didn't they just make the UCI Finish Line banner taller?
  • + 7
 Brook is contemplating how to go down without breaking a bike ... it's the bike he's worry much
  • + 6
 They don't cut all the spikes off the tyres, just certain ones. For example they may cut down the centre knobs for lower rolling resistance, but leave the outer knobs tall for cornering. They may also alter the shape of some knobs like the transition knobs.
  • + 2
 That's not always true, with dry to intermediate tires like magic Mary's or shortys you may only cut certain blocks, with full 'spike' tires you would normally cut 2-3mm off the top of everyblock. This is to stop the blocks rolling over when the mud isn't too deep so they can grip better on roots and rocks, it also helps with rolling speed. Smile
  • + 20
 So then, when was the last time we went into a season with so many potential winners? Gee, Ratboy, Gwin and Hill you'd be stupid to bet against. But then there's Sam Dale, Brosnan, MacDonald, Bruni, Remi Mick Hannah, Stevie Smith (once he's back), Neko Mullaly - all podium worthy riders when they're on it. What will Needles throw out there? How will Danny Hart get on with his new bike?

Woah I'm excited!
  • + 22
 This track has Sam Hill written all over it!
  • - 6
flag Cyclenation (Apr 10, 2015 at 3:41) (Below Threshold)
 Shame he's been getting smashed by Troy and Connor all summer! My money is those two as quickest Aussies!
  • + 7
 He hasn't raced any of the national rounds so don't know where you got that from. Brosnan beat him at the Enduro Challenge but thats not applicable here.
  • + 3
 i predict Sam Hill or Gwin. they both are at home in rocky roudy rides.
  • + 3
 Thirion could pull one here. Also Brannigan is looking strong
  • + 20
 I hereby predict a win for a flat pedal rider. Amen.
  • + 8
 You'd think it's flat pedal heaven wouldn't you, but the annoying thing is that as much as we want Hill or Brendog to nail, Gee Atherton hits the gnarly steep stuff in clips better than anybody has any right to!
  • + 4
 Ha yeah while I wrote that I was had Gee in the back of my mind. It should be good still.
  • + 12
 Don't forget it's a french track: Bruni and Thirion have a bit of home advantage, and seeing how they perform on steep tracks, flat pedals might not be enough !
  • + 3
 that new commencal is going to suit thirion's riding style and this track
  • + 0
 Unless the is rain, it is definitely perrect track for clipped in riders
  • + 6
 Would flats be an advantage here? Sure you can dab easier, but your feet could get blown off with all these insane sections.
  • + 5
 Thirion won round 3 in Andorra in 2013, and 6th at world champs last year. He is definitely in with a fighting chance!
  • + 4
 I've been switching between flats and clips for a few seasons, and as much as I want to believe that flat pedal guys are loose dogs who shred steep stuff I'm the same speed in tech with or without. It's the rider, not the little bit of metal holding them (or not holding them) to the bike.
  • + 20
 Looks like the perfect WC track to me.
  • + 19
 they hit it right on the nuts for the first round
  • + 6
 lets all just be happy it isn't Pedalmaritzburg
  • + 15
 Good lord that looks hairy. I hope Red Bull picks some decent spots for their cameras.
  • + 4
 Definitely no shortage of sections to cover. Too many for ANY production crew. It's a good dilemma, I suppose.
  • + 10
 Don't ya mean good lourde ?
  • + 7
 Ohh my Lourdes this track is goanna cause some clip-pins to fallow deer nose down the track wishing the HILL they were on flat land again.... Aussie Aussie Aussie Hill Hill Hill !!!!
  • + 3
 Gee once won on a flat somewhere in Oz .. but yes, can't wait for HILL the King to take the crown here!
  • + 10
 World Cup Season!!!!!
  • + 4
 brap.
  • + 10
 Love a good nun pun.
  • + 5
 +1 The nun gag deserves a round of applause!
  • - 5
flag WAKIdesigns (Apr 10, 2015 at 4:02) (Below Threshold)
 The rumour has it that in all this variety of shapes and sizes, nuns can also buy vibrating candles, called Lucifer's Staff
  • + 5
 not funny
  • + 9
 high quality bike porn.
  • + 3
 +1
  • + 7
 Not a single pic of the rat to be seen, where's he at?
  • + 2
 He's right there.Has been posting pictures as well, so no worries Smile
  • + 1
 His helmet cam from practice youtu.be/JPM0wvzehSs three minutes and forty two seconds of WTF!
  • + 3
 I have been there in june/august 2013 during Garonne floodings after de-iceing and a complete week of rains. I spent time with firefighters and lots of people cleaning the streets and getting the mud out from their houses/garages, also shared lunchs and meals. Great to see this after all of that.
  • + 7
 I'm in looove with Myriam Nicole, that is all
  • + 2
 Stoked for the first round! "and on a track that may very well become as legendary as the town itself" may be a bit of an exaggeration, though, considering the number of mountain bikers compared to the number of Catholics....
  • + 4
 I think they meant relatively
  • + 3
 What a track. And beautiful images PB, thank you! Also mighty stoked to see some Germans representing. Will be intereting to see how they measure up for sure! Jasper for the win!
  • + 3
 Good work on the photo's, it makes me want to watch no matter what time the race starts.
Am I missing something where's Josh Bryceland?
  • + 1
 The tires should be hitting the dirt any moment now. SO pumped the '15 season is ON!!!!!

This track looks mental. I really like how they left some sections super-wide, giving riders numerous line choices. No shortage of techy rock sections and wooded sections that will surely be root-riddled by race-day. Oh, and it looks steep as f***!!!

Hoping all the riders make it thru this round ready for the next one!
  • + 4
 Ed's surgeon is a master. Even after 4 years scar on my collarbone looks barely better than Eddie's after 2 weeks.
  • + 16
 "Ed's surgeon is a master" is an anagram of "Ed Masters is a surgeon."
  • + 5
 I don't want to imagine that.
  • + 2
 How badass it would be to attach a metal plate to your own collarbone.
  • + 2
 Im excited for seeding runs. Usually results dont vary much.. Im excited for Hill but there are at least 10 riders who can take it. Loic, Thirion, Neko, Blenki Etc etc.. It would be great if there's going to a new winner.
  • + 5
 I want the Mondraker Pit to be my garage, holy shit!!
  • + 3
 I was thinking that when I saw it. The size of it! And as the caption on it says, it looks so pro. Class set up.
  • + 2
 " The tracks end looks smooth and super high speed, before coming into an almighty bridge drop to the finish."............................. Ratboy take note
  • + 1
 There is an orange pole on the ground in the first corner... Someone could slip on that and maybe loose there balance...Wink What a track! Heading there in a couple of hours to see it live, yyyyeeeehaaaaa!
  • + 4
 Remi looks like Ratboy in that road gap jump pic.... ?
  • + 4
 Anyone else read this and think Sam pilgrim was riding
  • + 3
 Apparently SAM HILL is out
  • + 2
 How are you saying that without reason ??
  • + 3
 A very good source just said on Facebook.. We will soon find out exactly whats happened.
  • + 1
 Wait, WHAAAT???
  • + 8
 What source!!!!? WE NEED A SOURCE!
  • + 2
 troll
  • + 2
 Thanks for making me not look like a troll Wink
  • + 1
 Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
  • + 3
 what a shame, this track has Hill written all over it
  • + 1
 Nice to see this type of trackwalk reviews. Lot of information about the track and about the place. Wonderful pictures, thanks PB.
  • + 1
 I'm pretty sure the 10 to 7 speed converter on Brendan's bike is the 7SS from Da Pilten
dapilten.com/en/bike-parts/22-10-to-7-spacer.html
  • + 2
 Gee, someone is looking fit and lean. Vastus medialis vascularity. He means business.
  • + 1
 I wonder what his max squat is, with hulk legs like that.
  • + 3
 Sam Dale's moustache is looking exquisite!
  • + 3
 This trails looks so gnarly
  • + 3
 Wow, this looks like the perfect track for a fat bike.
  • + 2
 Mondrakers Tent is nearly as impressive as the track!
  • + 2
 Gwin should have a Holy advantage here.
  • + 1
 This could be the greatest race of all time, and if it rains ohhh MY DAZE!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Great photos, great story, and sick looking course. Nice work, PB and UCI.
  • + 4
 And French course-builders.
  • + 1
 After seeing how gnarly the track is, I think more than one rider is going to need a miraculous healing thes weekend...
  • + 1
 I'm sweating like a nun in a whorehouse! Can't wait! I'm sure polish Pete is morphing into the Vulcan !
  • + 1
 Great work as always, Dave! Thanks for sharing! This is going to be a blast !
  • + 1
 Word is that a shoulder injury will keep Sam Hill off this amazing track. Anyone confirm the info?
  • + 1
 I know Justin Leov used to race WC, but is he doing some rounds this year?
  • + 1
 Is sam hill out with a injury
  • + 1
 I want to be a pink bike photographer...
  • + 1
 I wanna see someone ride it on a hardtail
  • + 0
 Virgins, three, rocks, gaps and... virgins !

But where is the beer ? Sad wolrd....
  • + 1
 There are going to be some casualties in round 1. Sam might take this one.
  • + 1
 Big gap jump, will all the girls manage it ?
  • + 2
 Faaaarkkk !
  • + 2
 Loic Bruni for the win!
  • + 1
 The build up is mint.....gonna be a spanking good race!!
  • + 1
 damn,look at those photoshots
  • + 1
 Crank it up $!#% £€$ it's time
  • + 1
 Can't wait to see pictures of that road gap!!!!
  • + 1
 auto-cit. "they're already there!"
  • + 1
 Worship no false idols just the ones we sell
  • + 1
 boy this track's steep and gnarly. me like it
  • + 1
 Rdo booked for Monday. Bring on Sunday night. Come on Aussie come on.
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 Gee, lean and mean. Rat boy. Joint the night before. Takes the win.
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 F*ck me, that looks deadly!!! This or Paris-Roubaix?!?!!?
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 Holy mack can't wait _____0^0_____
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 Beautiful photography!!
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 Danny stay on bike!!!!!!
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 I'm waiting Claudio...
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 Thanks UCI for this amazing track. For the Enduro rideres fuck off this track will bend your Enduro machines... Downhill is more than a live a I will pray for the rain for a big show
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 I have a small but substantial semi erect penis!
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 This track is tits!
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 Why Sunday looks so far?
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 Sam Hill oder Ratboy.
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 Hill for the win!
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 is it just me or is Rachel's arms nearnly as big as Gee's? she's definitely still hot but.
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 How dare that top athletes fitness detract from my creepy viewing pleasure?! Who does she think she is, a (former) world champ or something?!
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 Let's see some damage!!
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 Que pedo....porque juan diego y la virgen de guadalupe? Septima foto.
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 Posiblemente una cantidad enorme de compatriotas que van a visitar el santuario, yo estaba pensando lo mismo con la oración en español pero Juan Diego atras.
Ya sabes....pura mercadotecnia
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 En Lourdes se rinde culto a muchas (si no todas) advocaciones de la Virgen, incluída Guadalupe.
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