Over the Rainbow: Val Di Sole DH World Champs FINALS 2016

Sep 12, 2016
by Nathan Hughes  


Checkers or wreckers; it’s the essence of World Champs in a nutshell. Always has been, always will. The one-hit-wonder format to finish the season is the jewel in the crown every time, but what a ferocious battle this was. For some it was more of a massacre, an orgy of red flags and explosive crashes, on a parched and blown-out course that already had a history of violence. Many of the riders were in agreement; it was the toughest of all time. And, with the likes of Greg Minnaar almost completely gassed and literally red-eyed and white-knuckled just to hang on through the final turns, it was now time to go big or go home.

Rachel Atherton stole the show, just one more time in the women's to put the cherry on an immaculate 2016, taking her fourth gold medal back to the Welsh mountains she calls home. Canadian junior prodigy, Finn Iles, stepped up after his brutal crash just two days prior to take the stripes by almost four seconds alongside Italy’s own great female hope of the future, Alessia Missiaggia.

Then, after five long years, Danny Hart reclaimed the coveted jersey and swapped out the furry dice for another gold medal to hang from the rear-view mirror in his motorhome. If Hart’s rainbow run had failed then fellow GB team-mate Laurie Greenland would have been right there with his wild ride to do the unthinkable and claim gold in junior and elite on consecutive years… Instead, 19 year-old Greenland took silver, just ahead of veteran racer, Florent Payet, and the three Mondraker bike riders celebrated their new hardware together as Aaron Gwin’s assault on the top step, in the only race he’s never won, went up in flames. What an absolute barn-burner... 2016 World Champs; out.



Sometimes it hurts.

Sometimes it hurts
Sometimes it hurts...
Sometimes it hurts.
Swiss junior, Eva Battolla, bites the dust, but somehow rides away unscathed.

Another day of sun and dust in Val di Sole.
Another day of sun, dust and a good deal of destruction here in Val di Sole.




:: JUNIORS' FINALS ::



Alessia Missiaggia brought home the win for Italy in the Junior women.
Number 6 FTW... Young Italian, Alessia Missiaggia, raced to victory in the junior women this afternoon.

Sometimes it hurts
Melanie Chappaz of France was over 2 seconds up and set for gold until disaster struck in the final chute...
Sometimes it hurts
Sometimes it hurts more when you come to cross the line.

1999 born Flora Lesoin on her bronze medal run for team France.
1999 born, Flora Lesoin, on her bronze medal run for team France.
Junior Samantha Kingshill raced her first international amp world class event this weekend and heads back to the USA with a silver medal.
Junior Samantha Kingshill raced her first international and world-class event this weekend and heads back to the USA with a silver medal.

The future stars of women s racing
The future stars of women's racing; Missiaggia, Kingshill and Lesoin.

4th for Nikolas Nestoroff today who finishes his first year as a junior with much to look forward to in 2017.
4th for American, Nikolas Nestoroff today who finishes his first year as a junior with much to look forward to in 2017.

Gaetan Vige had a rough go of it in practice and never did find his groove in finals. He ends his junior career with a silver medal and we look forward to what he can do in 2017 when he joins the elite ranks.
Gaetan Vige had a rough go of it in practice and never did find his true groove in finals.
Gaetan Vige in the blown out gnar of the lower track.
He ends his junior career with a bronze medal and we look forward to what he can do in 2017 when he joins the elite ranks.

Magnus Manson looked pinned all week with a freakish ability to maintain textbook shape through all the savage sections where most were getting bucked. Still no one would have guessed he was on for such a massive result this afternoon... A silver medal performance for Manson to make a Canadian one-two.
Magnus Manson looked pinned all week, with a freakish ability to maintain textbook shape through all the savage sections where most were getting bucked. Still no one would have guessed he was on for such a massive result this afternoon... A silver medal performance for Manson to make a Canadian one-two.

Finn Iles may have been roughed up by that crash on the first day of practice but he sure as hell didn t show it on his race run.
Finn Iles may have been roughed up by that crash on the first day of practice, but he sure as hell didn't show it on his race run.

The moment the clock ticked past Finn s time and he became the Junior Word Champion.
The moment the clock ticked past Finn's time and he became the Junior Word Champion.
Two Canadians and a Frenchman. Iles Manson and Vige post race.
Two Canadians and a Frenchman. Iles, Manson, and Vige post race.

Two of these guys will make the jump to elites next year while the guy in the middle still has one more to go. who will be the next to challange Finn in 2017.
Two of these guys will make the jump to elites next year while the guy in the middle still has one more to go. Who will be the next to challenge Finn in 2017?





:: WOMEN'S FINAL ::



Marine Cabirou rails out of the first turn in the early morning light. She would go on to take 4th in the women s race to cap off a solid first season in elites.
Marine Cabirou rails out of the first turn in the early morning light. She would go on to take 4th in the women's race to cap off a solid first season in elites.

Tahnee Seagrave has had a rough second half of the season today she took fifth place. Time to rest up and regroup for next season.
Tahnee Seagrave has had a rough second half of the season, today she took fifth place. Time to rest up and regroup for next season.

Tracey Hannah would take broke today but was disappointed to go almost 9 seconds slower than she did in yesterdays timed runs. A time that would have put her toe to toe with Rachel for the title.
Tracey Hannah would take bronze today, but was disappointed to go almost 9 seconds slower than she did in yesterday's timed runs. A time that would have put her toe to toe with Rachel for the title.

Tracey Hannah looked like she had all the makings for a winning World Champs run this week unfortunately a couple mistakes put her into third.
Hannah looked like she had all the makings for a winning World Champs run this week, unfortunately a couple of mistakes would cost her.

Veronika Widmann on a tear for team Italy... She and Alia Marcellini would finish just a second apart in 6th and 7th.
Veronika Widmann on a tear for team Italy. She and Alia Marcellini would finish strong together, just a second apart in 6th and 7th.

Healing vibes for Manon Carpenter as well as a plethora of other riders who went down hard today.
Healing vibes for Manon Carpenter as well as a plethora of other riders who went down hard today.

Myriam Nicole has won here before and would come oh so close to ending Rachel s winning streak today.
Myriam Nicole has won here before and would come oh-so-close to ending Rachel's winning streak today.
After missing the beginning of the season with a broken collarbone and missing the latter half with more injuries it was fantastic to end things with a silver medal for PomPon.
After missing the beginning of the season with a broken collarbone and missing the latter half with more injuries, it was fantastic for Pompon to end things with a silver medal.

Rachel Atherton had her eyes on the prize today and brings home home her 15th consecutive win.
Rachel Atherton had her eyes on the prize today and brings home home her 15th consecutive win.

Rachel Atherton wraps up a prefect season with a perfect World Champs run.
Atherton wraps up a perfect season with a perfect World Champs run.

Rachel drops into the finish arena up at the splits and just meters from another world title.
Rachel drops into the finish arena, up at the splits and just meters from another world title.

World Cup Champion World Champion and now she can also add a perfect season to her long list of accomplishments.
Winning doesn't get any less fun and Atherton's long list of accomplishments grows by one more.

Rachel was exhausted at the finish and said this was one of the hardest runs she has ever done. It almost came undone on more than a few occasions today.
Rachel was exhausted at the finish and said this was one of the hardest runs she has ever done. It almost came undone on more than a few occasions today.

fierce competitors on track but always friends.
Fierce competitors on track, but always friends after the finish arch.

Champagne for the champs. What a way to wrap up an exciting season.
Champagne for the champs. What a way to wrap up an exciting season.
PomPon Rachel and Tracey show off their hardware.
Pompon, Rachel, and Tracey show off their hardware.








:: MEN'S FINAL ::



A race like no other - World Champs.
A race like no other - World Champs.

A flat for Loic put him out of the running but we can t wait to see him back to his winning ways next season.
A flat for the Loic Bruni put him out of the running, but we can't wait to see him back to his winning ways next season.

Not the way the defending World Champ was looking to end his season.
Not at all the way the defending World Champ was looking to end his season. He'll be back.

Clouds would build all day but luckily no rain would dampen the vibe in Val di Sole.
Clouds would build all day but luckily no rain would dampen the vibe in Val di Sole.

The World Champs curse continues to haunt Aaron Gwin and he ends another year as World Cup Champion but with no medal from World Champs.
The World Champs curse continues to haunt Aaron Gwin, and he ends another year as World Cup Champion, but with no medal from World Champs once again.

Loris showed flashes of brilliance this season but his hopes to end 2016 with a World Championship medal when down in a blaze of glory today.
Loris showed flashes of brilliance this season, but his hopes to end 2016 with a World Championship medal went down in a blaze of glory today.

We will be finding dirt in our gear for weeks.
We will be finding dirt in our gear, underwear and lungs for weeks.

Jack Moir scored his equal best World Champs performance for team Aus - 10th just like Hafjell 2014. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then with Jack struggling with severe pretty sever injuries. Great to see the Aussie lad back on the up.
Jack Moir scored his equal best World Champs performance for team Aus - 10th just like Hafjell 2014. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then with Jack struggling with complications to a collarbone break so it is great to see the Aussie lad back on the up.

8th place for Greg Williamson after having the season of his life.
8th place for flying Scotsman, Greg Williamson, after having the season of his life.

Who else but Sik Mik We count 3 suicide no-handers on finals runs this season.
Who else but Sik Mik? We count three suicide no-handers on finals runs this season.

Greg Minnaar is a World Champs specialist but would finish 7th and off the podium today.
Greg Minnaar is a World Champs specialist, but has never taken a VDS win, finishing 7th and off the podium today.

Remi Thirion sending into the finish arena on his way to sixth place.
Disappointment for Remi Thirion sending it into the finish arena on his way to sixth place after a mechanical may have affected his time.

Bernard Kerr may have shown up late to the party but he he brought the goods come race time. Kerr finished fifth.
Bernard Kerr may have shown up late to the party, but he brought the goods big time come race day finishing number 3 Brit in fifth place.

Troy was riding so aggressively in training and you could tell he wanted this one really really badly. In the end he would come 4th just 0.80 out of the medals.
Troy was riding so aggressively in training and you could tell he wanted this one really, really badly. In the end he would come 4th just 0.80 out of the medals.

Always close to the top times but never on the podium Florent Payet finally delivered when it counted to leave Val di Sole with a bronze medal.
Always close to the top times, but never on the podium, Florent Payet finally delivered when it counted.
The tall Frenchman throws a little style coming into the finish arena. Flo took third today.
The tall Frenchman throws a little style coming into the finish arena and leaves Val di Sole with a bronze medal.

Flo Payet kisses his wife and child after the finish of an amazing day.
Payet kisses his wife and child after the finish of an amazing day.

Laurie Greenland gets in the zone before go time at the MS pit. We re keen to know what kind of sounds might inspired him to silver...
Laurie Greenland gets in the zone before go time at the MS pit. We're keen to know what kind of sounds might inspired him to that run and the silver medal...

This was the moment that Laurie Greenland nearly threw it all away. How he held this one up on the steepest section of track is incredible.
This was the moment that Laurie Greenland nearly threw it all away... How he held this one up on the steepest section of track is incredible.

Laurie Greenland came down like the blazes and put 7.5 seconds into the field. Greenland took second place in his first season as an elite.
Greenland came down like the blazes and put 8.5 seconds into the field.

Laurie Greenland can be proud of the day he just had.
Laurie Greenland can be proud of the day he just had; second place in his first season as an elite.

Danny took a spill in practice this morning but he was once again on rails for his race run.
Danny Hart ending the final training session down in the dirt, but having no such issues later on...

Winning huck.
Hart was pushing hard even by his own standards, but still managed to race like he was on rails once again.

What else is there to say about Danny Hart right now He is truly in a league of his own at the moment.
What else is there to say about Danny Hart right now? He is truly in a league of his own at the moment.

Danny Hart. Foot out flat out and puts 2.5 seconds into teammate Greenland. What a season he has had.
Danny Hart. Foot out, flat out and puts 2.5 seconds into new-gen teammate Greenland.

Danny Hart foot out flat out and already looking at the finish line was down the track.
What a finale to an insane season, eventually managing to double Gwin's victory count for 2016.

The fastest men in Val di Sole.
The fastest men in Val di Sole; Hart, Greenland and Payet.
Dan portrait
Cometh the hour...

Dan portrait
It begins to set in for Danny - World Champion once again.

Florent Payet and Laurie Greenland celebrate after an incredible day of racing at World Champs.
Florent Payet and Laurie Greenland celebrate after an incredible day of racing in the dust.

Security did such a good job keeping the masses out of the finish area they even kept the press out.
Security did such a good job keeping the masses out of the finish area they even kept the press out.

Time to crown the kings and queens of MTB for 2016.
Time to crown the kings of MTB for 2016...

Mondraker sweeps the podium.
3 Brits, an Aussie and Frenchman made up the top 5.
The lads enjoy the bubbly.
The lads enjoy the bubbly.

Over the Rainbow.
Your 2016 hardware recipients.

This one hurt... After last year s Worlds disaster Gwin was pretty upbeat and seemed to shake it off easily. This time it stung a fair bit more going home empty handed without even making it across the line on a the track he roared to victory on last season.
This one hurt... After last year's Worlds disaster, Aaron Gwin was pretty upbeat and seemed to shake it off easily, this time, it stung a fair bit more. On the track he roared to victory on last season, Gwin goes home empty handed without even making it across the line.

Nothing a high-quality Italian mozzarella pizza can t fix... Aaron talks about his day of bad luck on the hill with Rob Parkin for Red Bull TV.
Nothing a high-quality, Italian, mozzarella pizza can't fix of course. Aaron talks about his day of bad luck on the hill with Rob Parkin for Red Bull TV.

Five years later Danny Hart reclaims the stripes and claims gold here in the Italian dust.
Five years later, Danny 'the Redcar Rocket' Hart reclaims the stripes and claims gold here in the Italian dust. The second time is even sweeter, he assures us. Congrats Mr Hart!

Winner winner.... Danny Hart s Mondraker Summum Carbon Pro.
Winner, winner... Danny Hart's Mondraker Summum Carbon Pro and the first bike to ever sweep gold, silver and bronze medals at World Champs in downhill MTB History. Any bike manufacturer's dream come true, and then some.

Tip of the hat to 4 gold medals and the perfect season. Congratulations to the unstoppable Rachel Atherton from all Pinkbike
Tip of the hat to 4 gold medals and the perfect season. Congratulations to the absolutely unsurpassable Rachel Atherton from all at Pinkbike!

Your 2016 men s and women s elite Word Champions. Rachel Atherton and Danny Hart.
Yep, that's downhill racing on the world stage wrapped for another year. Needless to say, it's been emotional. Until next time.


MENTIONS: @davetrump / @natedh9 / @mdelorme




194 Comments

  • + 361
 Well, your country decided to leave the EU, you eat things like jellied eels and mushy peas, and you have more confusing accents than the rest of the planet put together - but you mad Brits can sure ride the f*#k out of a downhill mountain bike!
  • + 80
 Don't forget our warm beer, that's the real advantage we have!
  • + 22
 @Allergysix: Newcastle Brown Ale FTW!
  • + 114
 and most importantly, we don't really have any mountains ;-)
  • + 61
 @stevebg: and in the summer the rain gets warmer
  • + 45
 @stevebg: Not forgetting the average 280 days rainfall here combined with 12 annual hours of sun..
  • + 46
 In other words.. its so shit here we need riding to survive, thats why it becomes our obsession.
  • + 14
 Mountain biking and warm beer (ale) were literally my cure for depression growing up in England, that and Yorkshire Tea, don't forget the Tea. When it rains 85% of the year and your local rock type is chalk, which basically turns to teflon with water on it, you get good at riding out of control!
  • + 2
 @stevebg:Its impressive what you guys do. Keep it up!
  • + 1
 @stevebg: hey we do have scotland for that.... Wink
  • + 5
 Man, I'd love to know what makes us* so good..

- You have to really love riding as we have no hills
- It's ALWAYS raining, so we ride on super wet terrain
- Jump trails don't exist as much, s'all about tech
- We don't get snow on the hills we do have, so can ride easily all year round

Any other suggestions?!


* This is one of the few times I'm actually stoked to be British, as a Brit living in Whis for the summer - I just claimed to be from New Zealand during the Brexit vote.
  • + 1
 @jamesdunford: We have some awesome role models in the sport too.
  • + 97
 Great race! Congrats to Danny!! Hoping his momentum carries to next season. I can't believe it's over already. Thanks PB and Redbull for the great coverage! (PS: RedBull please fire the camera guy that that decided it would be a good idea to focus on the back of an SLR rather than Eliot Jackson.)
  • + 6
 How is Jackson doing?
  • + 27
 @rockyflowtbay: he posted on instagram that he was fine.
  • + 17
 He took it on himself to be artistic... They should also fire the guy cutting between shots on the runs, and putting the timing up on the screen.
Yes I know "derr you don't pay for it, derr you provide the coverage then"
  • + 22
 But thanks for the dick shots! Hilarious!
  • + 7
 Haha yea the dick shots and the mooning cracked me up
  • + 14
 Heh. Didn't even mean that pun
  • + 76
 Giant kicking themselves after Danny's incredible season
  • + 76
 #WD40 energy drink!
  • + 69
 Been told his mechanic sprayed a shit load of WD on his brakes before his run.
  • + 62
 Ok, so we all need to buy mondrakers and work on them with our knipex pliers wrenches....and then we will win worlds.....that what pb taught me...
  • + 50
 Can we get another video of Rachel Atherton talking shit while drunk in a carpark please?

Thanks.
  • + 15
 Link please? This sounds interesting and my searches have turned up nothing.
  • + 7
 What's this I hear of?
  • + 1
 Where?
  • + 1
 @kdiff: vital mtb picture slideshow
  • + 17
 I thought that said 'taking a shit'...
  • + 4
 @hoolydooly: Good video but its from years ago.
  • + 1
 Doping must be big in DH
  • + 1
 @TigerNF: Only if Riis, Rasmussan and Hamburger decide to switch from their road retirement
  • + 1
 @hoolydooly: why haven't I seen this before. This is hilarious. Especially if you compare it to the videos from this year
  • + 1
 @sooboyki: Hehe Riis was the best. Doping. Just like Armstrong. I dont want to be judgemental but those "always injured" DHer, they do what it takes.
  • + 38
 Sik Mik throwing a mad no hander! Loved the coverage this year, devastated it's all over.
  • + 13
 Can't believe there is going to be one less round next year too!
  • + 2
 @Grutten: WHAAAAAAT
  • + 37
 Mondraker's company motto:
"We can always do better"

Probably needs changing
  • + 26
 I am most glad for Payet. Bit of a wildcard racer, but proving his worth against an insane field on an insane track. Congratulations! Also, amazing job from all the ladies, exciting racing! Rachel is set to be GOAT, but I am looking forward to Nicole, Seagrave or Hannah winning WC stages next season.
  • + 9
 I'm sure Payet must be over the moon! I always remember him from webcasts because the commentators are talking about how tall he is. He slowly crept up in the rankings this year after being around for a long time - congratulations on the hard work!
  • + 29
 Congratulations to Bernard Kerr for a great result and massive props to Gee for giving up his place on the team.
  • + 1
 Maybe Gee was told/asked to "give up his place" he's not exactly inspiring as a rider atm, and his personality...well....even the commentary team stopped talking positive on the last few rounds when it was his run...
For the best I reckon

Awesome Bernard tho......
  • + 22
 Anyone seen a photo that shows just what happened to Thirion's bike? Commentators said blown shock but it's coil so it wouldn't have stayed collapsed once he got off it. Kinda interested in seeing just what happened to it.
  • + 5
 I'd like to know what happened too, considering he was on a coil shock.
  • + 2
 Broken coil,maybe? Haven't see it happening before,but with the current lightweight steel springs I guess it's a possibility
  • + 4
 Apparently the whole frame was bent(top- and downtube), but I have not seen any pics.
  • + 18
 I have a solution for Ratboy's carbon footprint dilemma, in future just hold every race at Val Di Sole!
  • + 16
 I don't have a carbon footprint, I drive everywhere
  • + 5
 RATBOY NOOOO! A ridiculous reason to stop racing but we are incapable of being mad at you. But there is hope! WE JUST HAVE TO PLANT ENOUGH TREES TO OFFSET HIS CARBON FOOTPRINT! Starting a petition right now.. C'mon we can't let this happen!
  • + 2
 @Lamename:

Part of me thinks he's "taking the piss" with a reason like that.

If anything, it looked like his heart just wasn't in it this past season, and needed an official reason maybe? The melting of polar bear habitats required to get him to each venue had already occurred, which shoulda been even more incentive to drop the hammer down and take home some wins.

But whatever, to each his own I suppose.
  • - 3
 @Lamename: wait,.dont the trees need carbon to make o2? Or we talkn about c.monoxide?
  • + 13
 After watching a few times it looks like Gwinn had a rim get caught up in his rear wheel....like he saw it in the trail which threw him off, and then he slammed it and it took his rear tire right off the rim. Anyone else see that ? Something defintely got caught up in his rear wheel that wasn't part of his bike....
  • + 3
 4:15:00-4:15:03 on the replay...looks strange but could just be his rim strip or a delamination or his tire sidewall...
  • + 2
 I think it was just the tube
  • + 21
 Go onto vitalmtb.com. Watch the finals slide show. Listen to the audio clip of Sven talking to Gwin. Nothing got caught in his bike. He cracked his rim and had low air. Tried to avoid a large loose rock. Finished killing rim with this move. Says it was all his fault for getting loose and off line up top.
  • + 3
 It looks to me like ProCore or something similar not a foreign object. You can see his tire blow on a rock ledge at 4:15:58.
  • + 3
 Super bummed for Gwin, from the reports of practice Sunday morning, he was absolutely flying. He mentioned the large, loose rock in his vital interview. If you watch Bruni's run through the same section, he was the one who kicked the rocks into Gwin's line. But that's racing for you. I have been wondering, if a race marshall notices something like that happens, does he have the ability to go out and remove the rock? I'm guessing not, but just curious.
  • - 8
flag BeardlessMarinRider (Sep 12, 2016 at 1:12) (Below Threshold)
 @mtnbiker1978: Why should a marshall sweep a track?! That is just rediculous
  • + 25
 @mtnbiker1978: yes marshals move any large rocks that roll into the racing line. It is for safety and obviously to keep from creating a disadvatage. It's not altering the course, if anything they keep it from being altered.
  • + 2
 @davetrump: Yeah and its not like they sweep the dust of the trail like they do for 4 cross Wink

another amazing thing I learned from Warner this weekend, haha.
  • + 2
 He was just talking to those course Marshalls about what happened because at the time he wasn't sure. He cracked his rim earlier in the run which was causing the tire to deflate. When you came through that section he burped the tire due to low pressure and that's what caused it to grenade like it did.
  • + 1
 It looked like a road tubular that was inside the tyre for a dual chamber tubeless setup. I run the deaneasy one and it looks very similar.
  • - 4
flag scott-townes (Sep 12, 2016 at 11:20) (Below Threshold)
 @bat-fastard: Yeah its called procore.
  • + 2
 @scott-townes: no his wasn't procore. it was the colour of a threaded tubular not blue. Also procore is a lot bigger.
  • - 9
flag scott-townes (Sep 12, 2016 at 16:39) (Below Threshold)
 @bat-fastard: Yeah well you're wrong. Its the same thing even if the brand may label it something different so they don't get sued by Schwalbe.
  • + 3
 @scott-townes: wrong they own a patent on it. its a road tubular treadless tyre. not a tube and a treadless tyre. Half the weight and runs at twice the pressure at 140psi. And its been faultless with me.
  • + 3
 @russthedog: I think you're right. it does look like the tube. I guess I've been running tubeless for so long that i've forgotten about tubes...lol.
  • + 12
 Payet finished third but he looks like second on the podium lol
  • + 11
 I thought I was having a cardiac arrest watching Danny's run, turns out it was a HART ATTACK!!!
  • - 3
 I thought I was going to miss it when I jumped in my car to get home, luckily my Ferrari turned into a redcarrocket
  • + 11
 Major props to Gee for stepping aside for Kerr. How many people thought that he would place so high?
  • + 8
 Cracking day for the british team! Well deserved win for danny and what a run from Greenland, he must be on top of the world and pissed as hell right now! Rach the unstoppable queen of DH its almost becoming mundane.......but she deserves it.
  • + 9
 We are the Champions my friend. . . We may never win the football world cup again, but who gives a f@ck when we produce downhill riders of this quality.
  • + 6
 Couldn't agree more mate. Rach and Danny have both had amazing seasons but we all know that they will not get any recognition from GB Cycling as they are not roadies. Look at what Peaty has achieved and those who he's inspired to become world champs, never been given the credit he deserves and is only know in MTB circles.
  • + 7
 An unless you're mountain biking obsessed like us lot on here, the fact that yesterday Britain become men's and womens World Champions will go missed by the press and public. If anything I feel some form of disappointment for Danny and Rachael cos they should be getting praise like Cav, Wiggo, etc
  • + 1
 @bazgreen: Until/if it becomes an olympic sport sadly that will be the case. Not that i think DH should be but in the eyes of the world that the pinnacle of sport
  • + 6
 That race was a proper epic. Such carnage and some amazing runs by Miriam Nicole, Kerr, Greenland, Payet and Hart obviously. Kept me guessing right until the end. Now the long wait until next year....makes me think that we need a Southern Hemisphere series to bridge the gap! NZ, Straya, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico...?
  • + 4
 Mexico?
  • + 4
 That third commentator down at the finish area for RedBullTV needs to never be on camera again. While i'm glad Redbull showed all the riders, the weird camera cut-outs, the missing timing, and that damn guy blabbering for no reason down at the finish area really put a sour taste in my mouth. Not to mention they didn't even bother talking to the silver or bronze medal winners.
  • + 2
 Yeah, that damp tool was a real pain in the but. Why the f*ck wasn't Rob or Claudio there to talk to the guys? I personally think Rob and Peaty should be the guys commentating. Claudio just isn't cutting it any longer.
  • - 6
flag matadorCE (Sep 12, 2016 at 9:17) (Below Threshold)
 @Brklss: They need to hire Tippie to talk to the riders down at the finish! I'm ok with Rob and Claudio although they made some dumb comments here and there but they've got good chemistry and balance each other out well.
  • + 7
 @matadorCE: With Tippie I would never want to watch world cups again. Free up some time for more riding I guess...
  • + 0
 @Brklss: I think your commenting just isn't cutting it!
  • + 4
 i heard danny hart say before he won his first race this season that he had been hitting the gym really hard in the three week break and his fitness was peak. it makes you wonder how many years he could of been able to race at this level if he took his fitness as seriously as Gwin does. It makes me think about Ratboy or other talented riders that maybe arent as committed as Gwin. The fastest guy isnt always the most talented guy, its the fittest. Mad respect to Danny!
  • + 8
 Payet prove a special paint not be necessary..
  • + 7
 What happened to Remi Thirion bike?
  • + 2
 I want to know too.
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 I wonder if shock broked or maybe linkage.
  • + 7
 When Arron Gwin wants to party he treats himself to a diet coke.
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 Cool to see all 3 mens medalist really excited to be on the podium.
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 Any race that has you half jumping from the lounge resisting the urge to yell and wake up the neighbours the whole time is a good race
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 Haha I got yelled at by the wife to keep it down as she was trying to sleep. Then I went upstairs to watch the last few races at 1230am and woke her up when Danny did that awesome run! Whoops!
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 I am interested if anyone has noticed that Hart's position on a DH bike more closely resembles a "moto" stance. Meaning more open at the hips and being more over the bars. Not that he doesn't flex at the hips when necessary. As a PT I can't help but observe posture. I can think of many reasons why his position is more advantageous but I won't get into that now. His position also resembles the PSIA free skiing body "structure" of using the skeleton for a more relaxed (energy saving?) support instead of the typical ski racer, flexed at the hips and aerodynamic position.
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 his bike is longer than most of the competitions, so that could explain it.
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 Bruni is hairier than I thought. The woman with the nicest feet is on the far left. And....Oh yeah, great bike race and photos.
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 Being English it's nice to see GB doing so well right now, but in this sport I love so much, I feel closer to other nations whilst embracing their riders and hoping they get to succeed. You don't get that mutual friendship in many sports. Big thanks to Pinkbike and Redbull for doing their small but in helping all us nations stay mates.
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 I would love to know what Gwinn was pointing at after his wheel exploded, "Who put that rock there?".
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 Think he was just pointing out to the marshal what he hit. They were probably saying "What the F@@@" in Italianese.
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 He did look like he was giving the marshalls an earful about something
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 @Garpur44: He should've taken the right line then really shouldn't he. Danny and Laurie's middle section was sick so I reckon even Gwin wouldn't be able to make up 1.6 on Danny from there down.
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 @freerideglory: Tue dat!

He was well down at the first split anyway, even if he hadn't had shredded his rim I doubt very much he would have hot near to Danny or Laurie
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 @Garpur44: Payet was also way down and made up two seconds on the last section. This is Aaron Gwin we are talking about, he has found 10 seconds on everyone at VDS before.
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 @Garpur44: I wonder who will emerge victorious. Being neg propped by 'Mericans pissed about Gwin or upvoted by Brits who got pissed because Danny won.
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 @freerideglory: just scraping it at the moment
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 @sicmoto: and this is Danny Hart we're talking about. Need we be reminded of World's 2011? 11.8 up in the same conditions if not worse, than everyone else.
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 @sicmoto: On current form if Danny is up on Gwinn at the first split he ain't pulling it back.

I give you the last 3 rounds of the world cup
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 @Garpur44: Gwin had an issue 30 seconds into the race and his tire started going flat. He was down 1.5 seconds at the first split with a flat tire. Seems like Gwin may have been on track for a winning run if his tire didn't blow. However, this is racing and things like that happen.
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 What do you mean, when you say...season is over? :-O
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 Pinkbike's photographers killed it as always! Makes me feel I was there. cheers
  • + 4
 Damn, Daniel. Now that's what I call DH racing.
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 Well done Danny, for Redcar. Over the moon for ya kid.
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 Local boy done good
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 @steviemarco: so he can win both world cups and champs in the dry after all, maybe now the community will give him a break with the whole "winning in the wet" thing. Super run from him. I was rooting for Bruni, after my fellow countryman DNS, but Hart was my next big favorite
  • + 1
 looking for Dannys replay at YouTube .. but only found the one in 2011... commentators was gold ! ! worth sharing one again i think
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 MONDRAKER is the name
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 Their salesnumbers will summup
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 Ok almost had a Hart attack thanks to pinkbike.com and Redbull for the best mountain bike time ever you guys really rock can't wait for next season _____O^0_____
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 Mondraker going direct sales!
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 thx PB / Nathan / Mat / dave for another (photo) epic season !!!
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 So proud of you Myriam!!! Your my favorite French.
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 Could´nt be more happy podium. Payet bronze feels as gold, as same Laurie silver, and Hart into glory.
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 @sooboyki
I think she'd have more motivation, train and ride harder... IMO, she knows she's got the ladies beat, she tries hard, but I think she could ride faster...
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 Hart was absolutely supersonic, looks unbeatable... Amazing run!!! Congrats Danny and British lad
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 Any word on how Manon is doing? The crash looked painful and she looked to have hurt her shoulder.
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 Collarbone
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 Kicking rocks for Gwinn, but fastest man won the day. Congrats to Danny. Rachel owning it.
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 It looks like he got caught up on the same rock that Brayton did when he crashed.
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 It's about time! Been waiting all day... . . I kid! Great coverage as always...thanks until next season!
  • + 3
 ms mondraker team is on fire
  • + 1
 Watching the British invasion was awesome! I was sad of no mention or pic of Lucas Shaw run..
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 Maxxis shortys ftw, Hill said it years ago, spikes spikes spikes! albeit cut down! If Gwin had shortys who knows! All the winners deserving though! congrats...
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 He did
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 Rachel made history... She can re write would cup racing, by electing to race the guys... IMO, shred be a top 15 or better racer....
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 @scottlink IMO thats an interesting thought given there were 112 faster times at VDS
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 well done to Laurie the lorry for railing it down to a silver medal!
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 Best World Champs since those of 2008.
  • + 1
 why Vige look like James Franco?
  • + 1
 i never knew Danny is as tall as Rachel ?
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 Nice couple actually ????????
  • + 1
 What a great season! Now for long wait till next year.....
  • + 9
 Still have Hardline and Rampage plus EWS
  • + 1
 let the team rumours commence
  • + 1
 coolest discipline in cycling
  • + 1
 Some of those crash pictures were brutal. Ouch.
  • + 1
 curse of world champ...........more brand bike with no gold here Big Grin
  • + 1
 Why is Laurie doing the 'hands up, dont shoot' thang?
  • + 1
 Stevie would have been so stoked for Finn and Danny
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 Now that's what you call a DH track ....awesome
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 I cant find the replay, anyone have a link?
  • + 2
 I learned that you go to rebullTV then Calender then replays.
  • + 1
 Hot damn, Nathan Hughes. Killer pics, so good
  • + 1
 Samantha Kingshill... Straits sister
  • + 1
 Amazing photos as usual. Thanks Pinkbike for the excellent coverage.
  • + 1
 Another great season and one we won't soon forget.
  • + 1
 What about rat boy?
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 packing it in due to apparent concerns about his 'carbon footprint' taking part in an international sport not famed for its green credentials. A noble reason but it will be a shame (for us) to lose such a vibrant character. Its been funny seeing him instagram books by Chomsky and other 'deep' literature over the months and reference other existential sources. As an ex stoner myself i can absolutely see how he's reached that point where priorities change.. Hope he finds what he's looking for in life. He's been a hero to so many!
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 @nickkk: I fail to see how cycling isn't famed for green credentials in his book. Yes, DH is probably the least 'green' of the cycling disciplines. But it isn't a massive team sport with huge stadiums, electric bills, etc. It also isn't auto/moto racing with oil and fuel burned constantly. You can tell his head isn't into it currently either way. As you said, I hope he finds his path ...maybe we will see him come back after a break with a fresh perspective.
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 @bman33: yeah indeed. I'm sure though he's just looking at this through the lens of the DH discipline. Remember though its not just the logistics and travel that have a 'green' impact but ultimately the manufacturing of the equipment etc. If he genuinely steps away from it, then it certainly raises the debate about the ethics of the sport to some extent. I doubt there's a huge appetite for that debate though it must be said!
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 Ratboy T_T
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