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Mega Randoms Round 3 - Bielsko-Biała DH World Cup 2024

May 18, 2024
by Dario DiGiulio  


Practice day was pretty quiet in the Szczyrk pits, with careful preparation being taken to make sure everything went as well as possible for the weekend's racing. That was helped by the mega rain storm that rolled through in the afternoon, which took the track from dusty to mudded out in only a couple hours.
Things were decidedly more high-key on Quali day, with huge crowds packing the course and finish corral to keep the energy high. Weather cooperated, the track proved challenging, and we're due for some exciting Finals tomorrow.
The Enduro race wrapped up in the afternoon, with huge crowds all over the course to cheer racers on through the shifting weather. There was fanfare in the pits, and even some concerts for the spectators who stuck around post-podium.





On my way to Wis a Opening Day.
On my way to Wisła Opening Day.

Great day on the hill for this team. Slawomir in 2nd and Richie in 3rd following up the man of the day Charlie Murray.
Strong day for this team. Slawomir in 2nd and Richie in 3rd behind the man of the day: Charlie Murray.

There are still some privateers making things happen in the world enduro scene.
There are still some privateers making things happen in the world enduro scene.

Whip.
Whip.

Some serious roots were emerging even before the rain started falling.
Some serious roots were emerging on the DH course, even before the rain started falling.

Wild finish on this cross bike.
Wild finish on this cross bike.

It s carbon but you wouldn t know that from a distance.
It's carbon, but you wouldn't know that from a distance.
The chrome-to-rust fade is realistic.
The chrome-to-rust fade is impressively realistic.

Dinner.
My dinner plate.
Also dinner.
And my side salad.

Big speed after this step down.
Big speed after this step down.

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Watching folks hook through this inside line was a treat. Matt Walker making it look good.

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Lots of trains on course during practice day.

Things got pretty sloppy out there.
Things got pretty sloppy out there.

Giving the fork seals a workout.
Giving the fork seals a workout.

Gross.
Gross.



Qualis / Semis

The Polish crowd certainly knows how to keep the energy up. Seems lots of people own chainsaws here.
The Polish crowd certainly knows how to keep the energy up. Seems lots of people own chainsaws here.

Mobile bike shop.
Mobile bike shop.

I liked the look of this Deviate in the Fox tent - it even has the correct saddle position.
I liked the look of this Deviate in the Fox tent - it even has the correct saddle position.

Absolute unit of a truck for Specialized Gravity.
Absolute unit of a truck for Specialized Gravity.

Anna Newkirk cleaning her Contra before tomorrow s potential mudder.
Anna Newkirk cleaning her Contra before tomorrow's potential mudder.

Lots of nooks and crannies there.
Lots of nooks and crannies there.
All working to actuate the Suntour shock.
All working to actuate the Suntour shock.

An attempt to paint the scale of the final step-down. Not too tall but boy is it a ways out until you catch a nice backside.
An attempt to paint the scale of the final step-down. Not too tall, but boy is it a ways out until you catch a nice transition.

Rakes were present on course to keep things in good shape.
Rakes were present on course to keep things in good shape.

In an attempt to build a world class downhill course the crew here accidentally created architecture.
In an attempt to build a world class downhill course, the crew here may have accidentally created a perfect sundeck.

Code brakes on the Canyon proto is a little surprising considering how many of the other teams have jumped to Mavens.
Code brakes on the Canyon proto is a surprising detail, considering how many of the other teams have jumped to Mavens.

Blackbox Flight Attendant shock on the high pivot Canyon.
Blackbox Flight Attendant shock on the high pivot Canyon.

Another sighting of the mystery Maxxis tire.
Another sighting of the mystery Maxxis tire.
Front and rear on this build.
Front and rear on this build.

Skeleton V10 goes hard.
Skeleton V10 goes hard.

White graphic Schwalbes pair nicely with the all-white Commencal bikes.
White graphic Schwalbes pair nicely with the all-white Commencal bikes.

Some Braking Incas 2.0 in the Commencal privateer pits.
Some Braking Incas 2.0 in the Commencal privateer pits.
These are still a fairly uncommon sight though the company has more cache in the moto world.
These are still a fairly uncommon sight, though the company has more cachet in the moto world.

Their DH-focused model features a single piston caliper which can produce a more binary feel.
Their DH-focused model features a single piston caliper, which can produce a more binary feel.
They re also all about the thick rotors with some as beefy as 3mm thick.
They're also all about the thick rotors, with some as beefy as 3mm thick.

Bruni s Black Box. I have no idea what s going on but there you have it.
Bruni's Black Box. I have no idea what's going on, but there you have it.

Hi Boris.
Hi Boris.

An Assegai that you can t have.
An Assegai that you can't have.
And a DHRII that you can t have.
And a DHRII that you can't have.

Two gold forks eyeing each other in the YT pit.
Two gold forks eyeing each other in the YT pit.

Classy black and yellow King hub in the Syndicate pit.
Classy black and yellow King hub in the Syndicate pit.

Subtle trainer bike for the Trek team.
Subtle trainer bike for the Trek team.

Amaury s still running his slender steel stays which makes more sense here now that the cambered sections are getting looser.
Amaury's still running his slender steel stays, which makes more sense here now that the cambered sections are getting looser.

I like the look the bike stands out from the otherwise ubiquitous Supreme silhouette.
I like the look, the bike stands out from the otherwise ubiquitous Supreme silhouette.

Dak s setup counselor on his way home from a very successful Semi-final round. Norton placed first.
Dak's setup counselor on his way home from a very successful Semi-final round. (Norton placed first.)

I heard this year s Beerduro course is all time.
I heard this year's Beerduro course is all time.

These fine specimens might just be the trackside fans of the day.
These fine specimens might just be the trackside fans of the day.
They continued to heckle the stream of cars as spectators drove home.
They continued to heckle the stream of cars as spectators drove home.

Not pictured here is the pile of motorized lawn equipment they brought with.
Not pictured here is the pile of motorized lawn equipment they brought with.

Exodus of the spectators.
Exodus of the spectators.

Rig of the Day.
Rig of the Day.

Plenty of debris carrying onto the final launch ramp at the bottom of the course.
Plenty of debris carrying onto the final launch ramp at the bottom of the course.

Stoked for tomorrow! Stay tuned for all the race coverage we can bring you.

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46 Comments
  • 74 0
 We’re all griping about the race coverage, but let’s give credit to PB for sending Dario all the way to Poland to cover a race.
  • 3 3
 where's today's coverage Dario?
  • 42 1
 Distinct lack of SRAM advertising on course, I wonder why (if curious look up the polish translation)
  • 21 0
 Would, but I really don’t give a sram.
  • 17 0
 SRAM CEO: Maybe give this one a miss guys.
  • 26 0
 @beingsisyphus: it's a 1st person verb as in "(I am) shitting"
  • 14 0
 @KondziuNS: Sram right now lol
  • 1 0
 Pre-ride sramming right now!
  • 27 1
 These lads with chainsaws should be banned! It was fun for 5 minutes and it was just painfull!!!
  • 11 1
 Yeah man, that would drive me crazy if I was trying to sit out there spectating for hours on end. If they want to try to suit everyone, they could also have a particular section of the course where the noisy people can go and have fun deafening each other, while all the reasonable people watch the race with normal levels of enthusiastic sounds on the rest of the course.
  • 16 0
 Jagr = legend
  • 3 0
 Came here for this!
  • 9 0
 I thought that was Rob’s “blo air” mountain bike.
Obscure reference…
  • 7 0
 Mystery Maxxis looking like a Magic Mary.
  • 7 0
 … Continental Argotal too
  • 2 1
 No.
  • 2 0
 DHF2?
  • 3 0
 Looks like a Verdict
  • 3 0
 Those braking brakes are the worst I’ve ever used. Most of the grub screws just fall out and the lever flops around and I split a calliper in half at a weak point. Never again.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for info, but as they say "great looks don't guarantee anything".
  • 6 0
 My steel frame also comes with rust effect.
  • 3 0
 Wonder if anyone sleeps in that Specialzed rig overnight. Bound to be shit in there for bike thieves..
  • 2 0
 *Sets reminder to check homies buy/sell page Monday morning Wink
  • 5 0
 Boris! Such a good Dude.
  • 4 0
 @dariodigiulio minor typo if you care, I think "cache" should be "cachet".
  • 4 0
 Do not underestimate that rig of the day.
  • 3 0
 Need ^ ^ v v > > B A B A cleaner to get that Contra spotless.
  • 1 0
 I swear I know that code, it kept changing itself!
  • 1 0
 I thought it was ^ ^ v v > > B A B A Select Start? Or was there a different code that did something else?
  • 3 0
 That food looked amazing!
  • 2 0
 High rise handlebars and a stack of spacers ontop of the slammed stem is just genious!
  • 2 0
 First Canyon to have split pivot?
  • 2 0
 I look at that ramp, and I think Parabolica...Alonso...no fear...
  • 1 0
 Shades on Mr. 68 with the watering can look like a pirate eye patch on his friend.
  • 2 0
 Can we get a bike check on the Super V?
  • 2 1
 Dario--cross bikes don't have top tube mounts, never have, and never will, that's a gravel bike.
  • 2 0
 That skeleton paint job is awesome!
  • 3 2
 What's up with Wisła Opening?
  • 13 0
 Yesterday was Whistler Opening Day, in my mind Wisła and Whistler sound alike.
  • 15 0
 @dariodigiulio: ah, the famous polish Wisłer
  • 1 0
 @dariodigiulio: not just on your mind it seemed pretty obvious
  • 6 0
 @dkendy1: not for a Pole, the pronunciation is different so that connection doesn’t come to mind immediately
  • 2 0
 @nhp890: isn't it more like wishwa?
  • 6 0
 @Muckal: Viswa would be the closest approximation. Click the speaker button on google translate to hear

translate.google.com/?sl=en&tl=pl&text=wis%C5%82a%250A&op=translate
  • 1 0
 Lets getter dooooone!!!







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