Mont Sainte Dan: Finals - Mont-Sainte-Anne DH World Cup 2016

Aug 7, 2016
by Nathan Hughes  


So many years a classic, so many years a jewel in the DH crown... 2016 spurred on the upward curve of MSA expectation still further as we watched Danny Hart roar to victory for the second consecutive round of the summer. The gratuitously rugged hillside, so richly steeped in MTB history, was running drier than we've known it in many years, and although grip levels appeared soothed by overnight rain, the moisture could do little to iron out the ruts crafted by over two decades of racing, and the infamous track upheld its formidable reputation another year.

In the junior category, young Frenchman Gaetan Vige, finally found unstoppable form and ran away with his inaugural win, snatched from the eager jaws of series leader, Finn Iles. In the women's, Rachel Atherton took her unbeaten stretch up to 12 out of 12, winning by over 11 seconds and dashing Tracey Hannah's hopes of her first victory since 2012 against the MSA bedrock. If pictures speak a thousand words, 80 pictures makes for quite some eyeballing, so without further ado, from Mont-Sainte-Dan in the Hart of Quebec, we now present to you our race Summumary. No apologies given.


It rained in the night. It rained hard.
It rained in the night with high winds wreaking some havoc on the pits, but despite everything the track was running firm and dry in time for racing.

All the lads all the stories.
All the lads, all the stories.
Elliot Heap covering up blisters the size of dinner plates.
Elliot Heap covering up blisters the size of dinner plates.

Just what is the world coming to when it s not safe to leave your white board unattended at the pits overnight
Just what is the world coming to when it's not safe to leave your whiteboard unattended at the pits overnight? Sik Mik presents the substandard substitute.



/// JUNIOR FINALS

heavy fog greeted the first riders of the day after heavy rains through the night hd every one guessing what they would find during morning training.
Heavy fog greeted the first riders of the day after heavy rains through the night had everyone guessing what they would find during morning training.

Fifth in the series Nikolas Nestoroff steps up to the gate.
Fifth in the series, Intense's Nikolas Nestoroff, steps up to the gate.

While many struggled with the final sections of rock Magnus Manson just sailed over it and landed smooth as butter. Manson took fourth place.
While many struggled with the final sections of rock, Magnus Manson just sailed over it and landed smooth as butter to claim fourth place on home ground.

Iles spins the cranks backwards to keep the legs going in the last seconds before go time.
Finn Iles spins the cranks backwards to keep the legs going in the last seconds before go time.
Finn Iles waits in the dark ready to do Canada proud.
The wait in the dark ready to do Canada proud.

Finn Iles navigates the moody and foggy woods first thing in the morning. After thunderstorms soaked the track overnight the juniors had a bit of a greasy one to start the day.
Iles navigates the moody and foggy woods first thing in the morning. After thunderstorms soaked the track overnight, the juniors had a bit of a greasy start to the day.

Elliot Heap blasting his way through the beam.
Elliot Heap blasting his way through the beam.
Eliot Heap hits warp speed out of the near vertical start gate in Mont Saint Anne.
Heap hits warp speed out of the famous Mont-Sainte-Anne double-kink.

Gaetan Vige poised and ready to stomp his first win of the 2016 season.
Commencal's Gaetan Vige poised and ready to stomp his first win of the 2016 season.

Gatean Vige had the legs today taking a win in junior men on the rough MSA track.
Vige had the legs today on one of the longest and arguably, roughest WC stops.

Congrats Gaeton Finn and Eliot.
Congrats to Gaetan, Finn and Elliot, your junior victors out here in Quebec.



/// WOMEN'S FINALS


Quebecois views for days.
Quebecois views for days.

Rachel Keeps cool while warming up. Temps were a touch better than they were yesterday but the day started of humid.
Rachel Atherton keeps cool while warming up. Temps were a touch better than they were yesterday, but a humid start kept the sweat levels high.

Ex-Canadian national champ Vaea Verbeeck storms across the last of the exposed rock for a top ten.
Ex-Canadian national champ, Vaea Verbeeck, storms across the last of the exposed rock for a top ten.
Emilie Siegenthaler had to sette for the loneliest position of them all. 6th place and just one position off the podium.
Emilie Siegenthaler had to settle for the loneliest position of them all. 6th place and just one position off the podium.

Miranda Miller is back and on the podium Miller took fifth place today. Hopefully we see more of her at the World Cups.
Taking inspiration for her racing from Stevie, Miranda Miller is back and on the podium taking fifth place today. Hopefully we see a good deal more of her at the World Cups in 2017.

Miranda Miller was onto a stormer and a possible second place performance before she slipped a pedal and couldn t fix it through the main rock slab section. Fifth would have to do.
Miller was onto a stormer and a possible 2nd place performance before she slipped a pedal and couldn't fix it through the main rock slab section.

Mont-Sainte-Anne DH World Cup 2016
Despite her visit to the hospital after the crash yesterday, Tahnee Seagrave toughed it out to finish third today.
After yesterday s crash Tahnee Seagrave was happy to make it to race today.
After yesterday's crash, Tahnee Seagrave was happy to make it to the race track.

Manon would come 4th but is still struggling a bit to find that extra speed that had here regularly battling with Rachel for the top spot just a season ago.
Manon would come 4th, but is still struggling a bit to find that extra speed that she had her regularly battling with Rachel for the top spot just a season ago.

It just didn t go Manon Carpenter s way today. She couldn t put down the run she had in qualies. Carpenter took fourth.
It just didn't go Manon Carpenter's way today. She couldn't put down the run she had in qualies.
Siegenthaler and Carpenter at the end of a long day at the office.
Siegenthaler and Carpenter at the end of a long day at the office.

Whistler local Georgia Astle had a great weekend on the East coast riding to 7th.
Whistler local, Georgia Astle, had a great weekend on the East coast, riding to 7th place.

Tracey Hannah got a move on today to take second place.
Tracey Hannah got a move on today to take second place.

Black eye and all Tracey Hannah dug deep after taking some pretty had hits this weekend. Finish second to Rachel Atherton and inching closer to second in the overall as well.
Black eye and all, Tracey Hannah dug deep after taking some pretty hard hits this weekend. She would finish second this afternoon, but inching closer to second in the overall as well.

Pom Pon hobbled around on crutches today and chatted with Tahnee after the race. Pom Pon thinks she will be all set for Andorra.
Pompon hobbled around on crutches today, and is hoping to be all set for the final round in the familiar territory of Andorra.

Another World Cup and another dominant performance from Rachel Atherton.
Another World Cup and another dominant performance from Rachel Atherton... 11 seconds up and change.

Nina skills for Rachel Atherton en route to her 12th consecutive World Cup win.
Ninja skills for Rachel Atherton en route to her 12th consecutive World Cup win.

The fastest women in the world celebrate in Mont Saint Anne.
The fastest women in the world celebrate in Mont-Sainte-Anne.



\\\ MEN'S FINALS


Mike Jones has been MIA all weekend and this morning we finally found out why. He said it s not that serious but his shoulder will definitely need a few weeks off.
Mike Jones has been MIA all weekend and this morning we finally found out why. Although apparently not that serious, his shoulder will definitely need a few weeks off.

Ben Arnott on the morning wheel build for Angel Suarez Alonzo.
Ben Arnott on the morning wheel build for Angel Suarez Alonzo at the YT Mob pit.

AG crashed hard at the start of his final practice run.
AG crashed hard at the start of his final practice run.
If that didn t hurt his pre-race prep routine it certainly didn t help.
If that didn't hurt his pre-race prep routine it certainly didn't help.

Brendan had a rough day crashing an injuring his knee in the process. He was super bummed after the race as his season looks a bit in jeopardy as well as his trip to Whistler for Crankworx.
Brendan had a rough day, crashing and injuring his knee in the process. He was super bummed after the race, as his season looks a bit in jeopardy, as well as his trip to Whistler for Crankworx.

Gee hearts Pinkbike...
Gee hearts Pinkbike...

Gee Atherton re entering orbit.
Gee Atherton re-entering orbit from the huge grassy sender before the line.

Brannigan dropping into the finish on a burner of a run.
George Brannigan dropping into the finish on a burner of a run, ignoring a flat tire he sustained on the last rock garden.
George Brannigan has been making steady gains all season. The Kiwi smashed out a seventh place run today. Now he s looking to Andorra and another move up in the rankings.
After making steady gains all season, the Kiwi smashed out a 7th place run today. Now he's looking to Andorra for another move up in the rankings.

Sporting the National Champ s arm band for the first time Greg Williamson buzzes through the crowd in the finish arena.
Sporting the GB National Champ's armband for the first time, Cube's Greg Williamson buzzes through the crowd in the finish arena.

Minnaar on the chill before the storm up the hill.
Greg Minnaar on the chill before the storm up the hill.
So close but still so far for Greg Minnaar who finished just off the podium.
So close, but still so far for Minnaar who finished just off the podium after fumbling the lower rock gardens.

Blenki has had a solid weekend here in MSA. After a season plagued with bad luck he took ninth place today.
Blenki has had a solid weekend here in MSA and after a season plagued with bad luck, he finally made his return to the top 10.

Florent Payet s brilliant season continues today rounding out the top 10.
Florent Payet's brilliant season continues today, rounding out the top ten.

Big brother looks on.
Big brother looks on.
Quintessential Canadian headware.
Quintessential Canadian headwear.

After what has been a tough start to the season the Bulldog has hit his stride. 8th place for the man that makes rocks tremble.
After what has been a tough start to the season, the Bulldog has hit his stride. Eighth place for the man that makes rocks tremble.

Brook Mac keeping it rowdy all the way to the line.
Brook Mac keeping it rowdy all the way to the line.

Luca has been close to the podium a few times and today he finally made it happen. Can anyone name the last time two American men stood on a World Cup podium together.
Luca has been close to the podium a few times, and today he finally made it happen. Can anyone name the last time two American men stood on a World Cup podium together?
The first American of the day to cross the line at podium speed.
The first American of the day to cross the line at podium speed; Luca Shaw.

committed and off the brakes through the fastest part of the track for Troy Brosnan.
Committed and off the brakes through the fastest part of the track: Troy Brosnan.
Troy Brosnan makes himself an S as he navigates the big rock garden.
Troy Brosnan makes himself into a big 'S' as he navigates the big rock garden.

Troy Brosnan well ahead of Whistler speed and style.
Brosnan, making all the right shapes, well ahead of any Whistler speed and style on the way to 4th.

Loic said he was t feeling super confident and that he had lost a bit if his touch for the bike after not riding for may weeks. We would hate to see his style when he gets that touch back.
Loic said he wasn't feeling super confident and that he had lost a bit of his touch for the bike after not riding for many weeks. We would hate to see his style when he gets that touch back.

Scrubbing off one box to get to the top of another.
Once the blood was tasted, one world cup victory was not going to be enough for Mondraker's Danny Hart.

Danny Hart just over a second up as he crossed the line
Hart with the perfect run once again, just over a second up as he crossed the line

After a practice run crash Aaron Gwin found Danny Hart s time just out of reach once again.
Aaron Gwin laying it all on the line in pursuit of his third win of the season.

A nervous wait on the hotseat for the Redcar Rocket but those splits just kept on turning red.
A nervous wait on the hot seat for the Redcar Rocket, but those splits just kept on turning red.

Gwin thundering down to the line and coming up short by less than a second once again - this time 0.67.
Gwin thundering down to the line and coming up short by less than a second - this time 0.67 seconds behind.

Aaron and Dan shake on one hell of a match.
Gwin disappoint.

Two in a row for Danny Hart.
Two in a row for massively stoked Hart, both snatched right out of Gwin's talons by a whisker.



bigquotesI hit everything perfectly on my run and got it all spot on without a doubt in my mind... It's unreal to think all the work that me and everyone else on the team have been putting in, is finally paying off after so long trying... I really didn't have to lift a finger all week, just ride swing my leg over my bike and do what I do best! I can't thank my girlfriend Sophia, team manager Lupo and Christian my mechanic enough... - Danny Hart - MS Mondraker




It s always a big question mark in a rider s head when coming back to race for the first time after an injury. Today however Loic put to bed any doubts and second guessing he may have been having by storming down the MSA track to tack 3rd.
It's always a big question mark in a rider's head when coming back to race for the first time after an injury. Today, however, Loic put to bed any doubts and second guessing he may have been having by storming down the MSA track to take 3rd.
Super Bruni super fans.
Super Bruni super fans.



bigquotesWhen you have time this injured, two months to yourself, you imagine all kinds of scenarios for coming back... good, bad... you know everything and the one thing you hope for is being able to come back to where you belong. I feel like I belong in the top five or top three, so I am super stoked to do it - Loic Bruni - Specialized Gravity Republic




Mont-Sainte-Anne DH World Cup 2016
Headed into Andorra, Gwin still has the choke hold on the series and, although a lot of pride may be at stake, it would require a disastrous race from the YT mob for Danny to take the overall.

Luca was in a bit of a state of shock when he had made it to the podium.
Luca Shaw was in a state of shock over his best ever result.
With his Father and Brother in the audience Luca Shaw made his first ever WC podium appearance today in Mont Saint Anne.
With his father and brother in the audience, Shaw made his first ever WC podium appearance today.

Squads goals MSA.
Squads goals MSA.

Just a touch of stars and stripes were seen about in MSA.
Just a touch of stars and stripes were seen north of the border.

And so concludes just one more Mont Sainte Anne world cup. That s a wrap.
And so concludes one more Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup... Time to get those high-performance machines packed up. That's a wrap.

Stevie Smith you are missed.
Gone, but not forgotten. RIP Stevie Smith.


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134 Comments

  • 165 13
 Why oh why is Downhill not in the Olympics...? Seriously.... something has to change here!!!
Well done to everyone!!
  • 120 3
 Because it is the bad boy of cycling and people in suits don't like it.
  • 14 2
 I agree, however it is very difficult to put a new sport into the Olympics because you have to remove one at the same time as the number of sports is capped at 28.
  • 49 4
 Olympic committee would struggle to make a high standard track as we often see in wc circuit .. especially when flat land country host the Olympic ,, imo
  • 29 0
 @Grutten: Oh I know as a squash player as well as a mountain biker I have watched Squash struggle to become an olympic sport for years
On a personal note I would say that the Olympics should be the pinnicle of that sport and should be the highest honnor a person would strieve for, so why would/should we include sports like football + rugby which are team sports that have world cups which have a higher value to them than a gold medal....?
  • 2 9
flag BartDM (Aug 7, 2016 at 5:38) (Below Threshold)
 because DH is free from cheering.
  • 45 5
 Thank god it is not!
  • 46 3
 They could of had a massive urban DH race in the favelas of Rio... Would've been so sick!
  • 16 9
 @Grutten: how's about we get rid of curling
  • 2 0
 @will-dalley: Agreed that would be awesome
  • 10 0
 @weebleswobbles: well that would only effect the winter Olympics ;-P
  • 31 1
 That will ruin our beloved sport. Just leave Olympics to them. Smile
  • 3 0
 because not every city/potential olympic town, has a good hill for a DH course
  • 44 0
 Understand where you're coming from, but really, it's downhill - who cares about Olympics and politics, lets just keep it fun
  • 10 0
 @Grutten: they have ribbon dancing as an Olympic "sport" for f*cks sake! Bring on DH! Would be the most exciting event to watch by far! (though admittedly I may be slightly biased)
  • 1 1
 Totally agree. One of the most spectacular sport to see,very mature in it's TV contents.
  • 11 0
 @vesscsm: To be fair the London Olympic course for the XC racing was no where near London and the sailing did that happen on the river Thames, No it took place over 100 miles away in Weymouth. So why the same couldn't be done for DH? They could have used Fort Bill no issues as they had some of the early rounds of the Olympic football in Glasgow. As for fun, making it an Olympic sport would not stop it from being fun it would have the same fun level as an major DH race as well as the same pressures.
  • 4 1
 @cikudh: Take all the guys who work in UCI now and it may be not so difficult. DH track it's easy to build and maintain than many of the other buildings you need to do that 28 sports. You can make a few races before the Olympics to test the track...
  • 6 0
 @homerjm: It would be a damm site cheaper to build a DH track than some of the other venues as well, huge benefit to some of the not so well off countries that host the games
  • 5 5
 @Grutten: I watched an activity with paddles that has no business being called a sport. Boom, there we go. Add DH, pull ping pong! Yes I am aware there are cultures where every garage has ping pong, but we all have owned yo-yo's and board games. I dont see why fraternity games are included when real sports showcasing the human athletic abilities are not!
  • 33 0
 the olympics are not something to strive for. keep it underground
  • 5 2
 @WayneParsons: I would hardly call DH underground look at the size of the crowds!!!
I think there was something like 20'000 - 25'000 on the mountain.
Take a look at the size of the crowd for the womens Rugby yesterday. maybe 1000 people tops
  • 8 2
 outside of mountain biking, who cares about it? Nobody. Your average pro bowling tour might be more popular
  • 5 3
 @WayneParsons: Get it to the Olympics and more people might start getting involved, more tracks, more competition, more young people get involved!! Hows that a bad thing
  • 3 2
 @WayneParsons: I see Olympic sport being more about showcasing the human athletic abilities, not how many people participate. We all take a shit, let's make speed shitting the new sport! F that logic. Its not about money!
  • 2 2
 @ugez: you are correct sir.
  • 22 1
 you think that the u.c.i is bad....................... even worse is the i.o.c.
  • 27 2
 The Olympics would ruin it! Over governed,over regulated. Downhill and MX are some of the last true badass sports out there. I say keep it out of the mainstream as much as possible. It's only for a select few who truly get it!
  • 19 0
 Keep DH out of the Olympics. They went and painted the BMX track to look like a god damn Mario kart course.
  • 46 6
 Reasons DH should be kept away from the Olympics:
1. The IOC are even bigger bellends than the UCI (systemic doping in Russia? Aye come on and compete)
2. They would build "spectator friendly" courses, aka bikepark tracks with big jumps so people who don't appreciate gnarly rock gardens would say "wow!" this would then effect the tracks at wc level and equal more leogang, less MSA.
3. Why do we need it? Do we want our sport to turn into a corporate machine where people like Josh Bryceland end up giving interviews that sound like those of Supercross riders? "my maxxis tyres were hooking up real good and the new 450 yamaha is amazing blah blah blah". Downhill needs better online streaming and then I'd be fairly happy with it how it is now. Be nice for the riders to be paid more though.
  • 13 1
 Whatever, you shouldn't even be watching the Olympics. Makes you complicit in their corruption. No viewers, no ad revenue, no money to grease the hands of corrupt public officials l looking to syphon of funds from massive wasteful public works projects while ignoring the real infrastructure needs of their country.
  • 2 0
 @vesscsm: yup, and for venues that don't have a good hill, you won't want to watch it because it won't be proper DH racing.
  • 9 0
 @freestyIAM: Wells aid. I'm sure the IMF and Wold Bank love making loans to these poor countries to build massive stadiums and then tax the people to pay for them for the next 30 years or force the country to do favors for whatever multinational corporation has influence with the IMF/World Bank. I also wish people didn't think we need a new stadium for each olympics, just like the stupid football teams in the US demanding new stadiums paid for by the taxpayer. BS. Anyways, keep DH out of the Olympics.
  • 1 1
 @Grutten:

Actually moving forward that is not true anymore. Cities will be able to add events for their olympics that are not necessarily going to be in the future games. There's still the core events but now they have more freedom.
  • 3 4
 Has being in the olympics helped XC racing? I would argue no, as XC is kinda lost its luster over the years. While it can help with funding for certain localized events, how many riders are out racing XC?
  • 3 0
 It's not even in the x-games for reasons others have stated... practicality and limited number of venues
  • 1 0
 @freestyIAM: To be fair it's on the BBC in the UK so no advertising revenue as no advertising on BBC
  • 2 0
 @djm35: Ok there may not be a venue in or in the local area of the host city all the time but 9 times out of 10 there would be a decent mountain that could be sculpted in the country somewhere if it doesn't have a recognised DH track already. Then after there's a new track for more people to get into the sport = win!! As previously stated when London hosted the games did all the events happen within the M25.....NOPE so why would the track have to be on the host cities door step?
Are you trying to tell me there is no decent size mountain that could be sculpted in Brazil?
  • 7 2
 The IOC is too busy looking at adding Pole Dancing, wushu, bowling and wakeboarding. Seriously.
  • 2 0
 @SteveDekker: Don't forget Darts! LOL
  • 3 1
 Downhill, one of the only sports free from the scrutiny of cheating. They can't have that, now; could they ?
  • 1 1
 @Grutten: it's mtbing the same as xc. You get lots of running events, same with swimming. At the end of the day, it's just another cycling event. But to be fair, trying to get a track could be a major problem.
  • 2 0
 @westeast: me beeing a Greek Im so sad you are soooo true......
I'll just go and ride my bike cause l dont wont to think about it....
  • 4 1
 an urban race with WC racers in Rio's favellas !!!!!!! i say yes !!!
  • 1 0
 Because olympic athletes cant get irie.
  • 1 0
 @Grutten: I'd be ok with removing racewalking.
  • 2 0
 @nimmo: theres an idea!!! mario kart for the olymics!!!!
  • 12 2
 please, don't put it in the olympics.
  • 1 0
 @troyleedesigns: Yep, that's no good idea. Do you imagine Dale and Ratboy trying to keep it serious ???

But how about pole dancing ? That would fit very well with the "olympic" spirit. And sorry to look like a nerd, but the athenian games had poetry in it. So how about to bring that in ? Pole dancing, poetry and whatever comes with !! Hell yes !

P.S : How about a pole dancing DH competition (pole dancing with the DH blokes), that would be hilarious ! XD
  • 1 0
 IF it was in the Olympics, it should be in the Winter Olympics, guaranteed to have a big ass hill!!
  • 3 1
 @weebleswobbles: Stop bashing on curling, at least it's done by humans. STOP THE f*ckING HORSEBACK RIDING
  • 1 0
 Because we have the "Olympics " every time tis dh riders get out and race. ....so we win all the time Razz
  • 7 2
 Biggups Luks Shaw!!! Now we in an official points battle. If anyone can defeat Gwin, ,,,,Hart is the peoples cahmp!
  • 4 3
 I'd be interested to see what the Russians would do to get a medal in downhill.
  • 1 8
flag likeittacky (Aug 7, 2016 at 17:09) (Below Threshold)
 @fecalmaster: Your comment is full of Fecal-matter!

His name is Luca not Luks.
Have an not In an.
Champ not Cahmp.
  • 5 1
 it has nothing to do with tracks, spectators etc. The reason it is not in the olympics and wont ever be is because it is deemed to mechanically based. XC and BMX, riders race each other at same time, on very similar bikes. Downhill bikes are way too varied with different suspension designs, parts, with factory backed riders having a big advantage over privateers due to the equipment they have access to. The same reason motor sports arent in the olympics.
  • 1 0
 @Grutten: Is that right though? Since the IOC just added 5 sports for Tokyo 2020 including Surfing, Skateboarding, baseball and a couple others but I don't think they got rid of anything....
  • 2 0
 @weebleswobbles: curling is in the winter Olympics bud
  • 4 1
 All this Olympic talk makes me want to quit dh and pursue a real sport... Speed walking
  • 1 0
 @GTruckus83: More drug cheats.
  • 4 0
 I'm split on the matter. Completely agree the IOC are a bunch of bellends - Russia should have been booted to f*ck.

What I like about the Olympics however is that I always end up watching sports I would have never otherwise watched. For example last night I sat screaming at the TV whilst watching fencing...

It's a great platform for raising awareness of different sports which would only be a good thing for downhill.
  • 1 0
 @JoeRSB: That's a fair point :-)
  • 5 0
 @hayden19: what about bobsleds, rifles, horses (at least from the $$ backing perspective), etc? And skiers race one at a time on super expensive setups and are all factory sponsored
  • 2 0
 @regdunlop38: Also have a look at the track bikes for the larger teams like GB and AUS vs the smaller countries and try telling me there isn't some major difference in the equipment being used. As for XC bike they can be as different as any other form of bike
  • 2 0
 @GTruckus83: Agreed, the equipment argument is invalid because there is already a lot of bike racing in the olympics including XC which uses even more expensive and exclusive bikes than downhill
  • 2 2
 You guys definitely don't know what you're saying. It's not as easy as you think.

"Olympic sport being more about showcasing the human athletic abilities..." blah blah blah
Just imagine people who don't even ride getting their hands on rules and regulations on how the the competition should run. And that's just for a start.
  • 2 0
 and hey, if it was in the olypics, we wouldn't have to deal with red bull media player
  • 1 10
flag likeittacky (Aug 8, 2016 at 9:50) (Below Threshold)
 Did any of You BONEHEADS read @fecalmaster's post, before giving my comment on his misspelling thumbs down???? Is this what we have come too regarding the spelling of words and grammar??????
  • 5 0
 I'd rather have more worldcup races than see DH in the olympics. How about 12 rounds per year rather than 6! Back in the 90s (the good old days) there were 8 rounds...
  • 4 0
 @likeittacky: You misspelled 'to.' Bonehead.
  • 2 6
flag likeittacky (Aug 8, 2016 at 17:59) (Below Threshold)
 @LuvAZ: Using too, instead of to, was meant in the ways of excess. So, no misspelling of the word's here; BOZO!!!
  • 1 1
 @Grutten: To watch World Cup DH or World Cup Curling... hmmmm... ;-)
  • 1 1
 because it doesn´t sell out that dope stuff...
  • 2 0
 @Grutten: I'd be willing to sacrifice Table Tennis.
  • 2 0
 How about synchronized diving? Does anyone want to see two spedo clad divers doing anything? Maybe 40-50mph UCI established dh racing that resembles dh ski racing, one of the biggest draws in winter olympics, could get them some ratings. Hmmmm this is the same commitee that ended wrestling (the first olympic event ) only to bring it back so expect the worst.
  • 35 2
 Loved the #longlivechainsaw goggles from Hart! Respect!!
  • 20 2
 Brook McDonald had it on his goggles too.
  • 6 0
 @mentalhead: I think alot of people had that patch bro. Brook, Danny, and Steve all were sponsored by Oakley, so I think that Oakley had that patch made for all their top tier riders. If so, props to you guys Oakley, classy touch.
  • 24 2
 Just watched Rach run - a comment from Claudio and Warner makes me laugh and roll my eyes, warner asks " what makes her so good, is it one thing" - of course its not her talent, her physical shape, her ability, her skill in assessing line choice, judging tracks or the hours of training, no, its because she rides with her brother!!! .. that's all they come up with, every time - just so bloody insulting really, and, TBH I think Gee could take some tips from her right now - lol
  • 11 1
 ... lol - just looked at a post from Rach and she also mentioned this very thing, pure coincidence but it show how insulting the comment was - so yes, sort it out "boys"
  • 7 1
 Totally made me cringe as well. Are they implying the other girls don't train? Even less with BOYS?
  • 2 1
 Amen to this! I'd add that, she must have strong mental game/strength that sets her apart and her winning streak will only make stronger.
  • 3 0
 To play devils advocate too though, surely growing up with, being surrounded by, and looking up to world champions for mentors/brothers didn't do her any harm, and surely hanging out with Gee non-stop, and being on the same team as him has got to make a difference, shit, if i hung out with fast racers 24/7 that i respected enough to take feedback/advice from I'd get faster too!
  • 10 1
 in her own words...........

73.6 KM/h ???????????????? THAT is what I'm talking about!! Beating most of the guys thru the speed trap was pretty unreal & made for some interesting talk at last nights party!! Sorry boys - that's just how badass us girls can be ???????????? on a more serious note @claudiocaluori @robwarner970 how about when rob asks "why is Rach so fast" instead of always just saying "cos she rides with her brother" why not say the truth?? Because I work DAMN hard!! I train damn hard with my coach , my mechanics and I work on my bike setup and suspension like there's no tomorrow, I focus on every aspect of racing, I analyse & doubt myself, my experience with injuries has taught me my limits & my abilities, I live for racing, it makes my heart beat!! YES I do ride with my brothers a lot, but I also ride ALOT on my own , and it kind of takes the piss when all you say is "because she rides with her brother" I am, along with all the other women, athletes in our own right, bike riders because WE have the SKILLS, not because we blindly follow the boys with our eyes closed. So Sort it out please boys!!! Otherwise it's good commentary & a great show @redbulltv ????????????
  • 3 1
 @robaussie99:
of course, no one is saying that they are not part of the success, they certainly will be,but why cant Claudio (and he has done this several times now) just say its because she is a hard working professional, why cant he say that? or something similar that gives Rach the credit first and foremost, If you break down how someone is the best then yes, there are many many elements that make up a winner and the brothers will be in there somewhere, but not the primary reason.

In that short section where he was asked a quick question for a quick answer he gave her "brothers" as to why she is so good ... not fair really, is it
  • 8 5
 @makdthed: claudio is a hack.

stumbling over words, asking rob for the english word during an english broadcast, talking smack and or the same old boring lame comment about most riders, i believe i heard him say " whatever" yesterday when he couldn't find the word(s) to finish his thought/sentence, he seems very out of touch with modern downhill techniques and riding styles,taking the easy way out of explaining things, talking about nonsense while a rider is on course rather than actually calling the race and the racerun(you know.. actual sport commentary, rather just stories while people race)................the list goes on and on.

get needles in there for crying out loud.
the sport deserves better than claudio.

even his course previews have run their course and are not informative or funny anymore.
his schtick lasts only so long.
  • 22 1
 that was a good race. And the first time ive seen gwin genuinely disappointed. You could really see it on his face how pissed he was to loose that one. Usually he's pretty upbeat no matter the result (within reason ). But that interview you could really feel the frustration. Danny really kicked ass. Winning two world cup's in a row is an incredible accomplishment. Beating Gwin two races in a row is down right mind Blowing. In fact that might be the first time thats happened in a season where gwin was on full form. ( 2013 excluded ). Danny doing that is hugly significant. Vallnord and Val di sole is going to be nuts. Oh and bruni is a f*cking man beast.
  • 20 0
 OT: R.I.P. Monkey Vasquez
  • 30 0
 Fittingly Monk's last Twitter post was 3 years ago and reads....

"Monk Dawg
Monk Dawg – ‏@MonkDawg1

Sorry twitter, been busy sorting stuff, but Im back for a bit. Thanks MSA organizers for the party.I ain't no legend cause I ain't dead yet!"

RIP Legend.
  • 19 1
 Brook Mac keeping it rowdy all the way to the line. What a picture !
  • 5 0
 I thought his bike was going to explode into a million pieces. Most guys have to scrap wheelsets after a WC race. I feel like bulldog prob has to scrap his frames too
  • 2 0
 !!! wow !!!
  • 13 0
 Luca Shaw!!!!
  • 9 0
 Danny Hart well done, not sure on the bike stacking in the van though, its as bad as mine
  • 3 1
 Also noticing that they needed 15 wheels for 3 bikes this weekend!
  • 2 0
 Not his bike, plate no.44, not that it matters in any sort of way or form
  • 6 0
 I've always been anti inclusion with regards to DH @ the Olympics but recently I've had a change of heart. The main reason is I get the impression that access issues are growing ww.

Olympification would normalise DH. This would almost certainly help with the authorities & various other organisations, if you could pose the argument, 'kids need access to train for the olympics'.
  • 3 1
 There would be better finding for DH from national sports federations, which would mean better tracks, more grassroots support, and eventually, more talented riders at the youth level, particularly for countries without bike parks.
  • 2 1
 There would be better *funding* for DH. Damn autocorrect.
  • 3 0
 Putting DH into the Olympics would require just the removal of one of the Other Cycling events - it's Not a new sport question.

What we are up against is the entrenched views of the traditional cycling 'heads'. These are people that hate even XC, and BMX.

Of course, from an Olympic organizer point of view, the building / siting of a course, would be a considerable expense. There's another thing against DH.

DH being too mechanically oriented? - pull the other one, it's just a bicycle - even the most BS ridden suspension design is nothing much 'mechanical' - and there's No motor.That's what stops Motorsports events being in the Olympics - human power only - well, and Horses (I'm watching the Nags doing their version of XC, right now) Fair enough.

DH came fairly close to being run at the 2000 Olympics - a course was considered for near Wollongong. The TV companies were pushing for it - face it, there's not much that's particularly visually spectacular in the Summer Olympics, when compared to the Gravity fed events that people go ape for with the Winter Olympics. But, the old guard / f***wits in power within Cycling (and, mainly Cycling Australia), did not approve of DH, and they certainly couldn't countenance one of their Track Cycling events to be dropped for DH - XC had already caused them heart attacks. Goodness only knows how they survived BMX being put in - maybe enough of the old twerps had carked it.........
  • 3 0
 I say who gives a shit about the olympics, seriously? Every extreme sport I've done, people were always talking about about getting them to the olympics as if it was the end game and what exactly has it done for those sports who made it? And people are already whining enough about the UCI... Something tells me they won't be much happier with the IOC on top of it.

There's probably many reasons why DH isn't a discipline but it would probably be a good start if the UCI had a proper DH circuit instead of a handful of races too.
  • 8 2
 I need that #longlivechainsaw poster in my life! Where can i get one ?!
  • 6 0
 Best photo recap yet. Well done chaps.
  • 5 0
 Anyone get some video of Gwin's crash in practice? Usually there's a pinkbiker or two on the set...
  • 2 0
 "???????????? ???????????????????????? ???????????????? ???????????? ???????????????? ???????????????? ???????????? ???????????????????????????????? ???????????? ???????????????????? ???????? ???? ???????????????????? ???????????? ???????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????"?
To the best of my recollection it was probably at Mont Sainte Anne in 1993. 1: John Tomac 2: Dave Cullinan 3: "Earthquake" Jake Watson (may he rest in peace).
  • 2 0
 Not sure what the hell happened to cause the question marks....should have been a copy/paste of the "Can anyone name the last time two American men stood on a World Cup podium together?" question. Weird.
  • 2 0
 So PB reports above the Brendan Fairclough injured his knee and is questionable for the rest of the season. Yet he was on the hot seat or the 2nd or 3rd chair for quite a while and finished 12th. Did he race injured?
  • 7 4
 sophie, keep doin whatever you're doin to keep that man . . ehem . . relaxed?
  • 5 8
 no 1st place = no sucky
  • 3 1
 So happy for Loïc, next time he´ll be on the top I hope, but damn danny, dat run, tought it was a moto !! ????✊
  • 2 0
 Little rectification, this isn't the first win of Gaëtan Vigé this season, he won at Leogang too.
  • 3 0
 What has happened to Josh Bryceland?
  • 4 0
 his 'marketable lifestyle' is now starting to actually hold him back from realizing his true potential. he doesn't seem to have his head in it anymore.
  • 3 0
 Umm, 2014 Cains with Mulally 3rd and Gwin 4th?
  • 1 0
 Hope Pinkbike gives a proper kudos to Monk Dawg, The man is just as legendary as the racers he worked with. RIP Monk Dawg! Another sad lost in our sport Frown
  • 2 0
 Huge, huge massive big-time props to Luca Shaw and Hendersonville in the map!
  • 2 0
 Can't say I wasn't rooting for Gwin but Hart's put it to him two races in a row.
  • 2 0
 Danny hart. Ride like a boss
  • 2 0
 Stoked for Danny! Andorra's gonna be awesome
  • 2 1
 The app on my Amazon Fire to is still not work
  • 2 1
 Between my PS4 and my phone it says that the Red Bull TV servers are down. Bummed...
  • 1 1
 @Smokewag0n: had the same problem until i tried apple tv
  • 1 0
 Great pics and interviews ! "Du lourd !"
  • 2 0
 Those Bulldog legs 8-0
  • 1 0
 LOVE that last shot & caption fellers...nicely done
  • 1 0
 Great pica
  • 1 0
 Me to...
  • 2 2
 LOOK AT THE WHIP
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