Photo Epic: Comebacks & Upsets - Lenzerheide World Cup XC 2019

Aug 12, 2019
by Andy Vathis  


Photo Epic presented by Topeak



Just when we thought that XC racing couldn't get any more exciting, today happened. It's one of those days that will be remembered for a long time. It was a day of epic comebacks and incredible upsets. When Jenny Rissveds returned to World Cup racing after a two-year absence, it was anyone's guess what kind of form she would be in. After missing Albstadt due to illness, Jenny made her way from the back of the field to the front, in what has been an astonishing comeback. Each step closer, Jenny seemed shocked by the result. After a podium in Andorra, and again in Val di Sole, it all came together today here in Switzerland. Jenny Rissveds, U23 World Champion and Olympic Champion, rode her way back to the top step of the podium in dramatic fashion, as only a champion does. Anne Terpstra took second, and Pauline Ferrand Prevot took third in the Elite Women.

While Nino Schurter has had a bit of a roller coaster of a season, frequently foiled by the Dutch Destroyer, Mathieu van der Poel, it was widely thought he could take the win here. Nino should have had the advantage at altitude on home soil but in the end, MVDP would once again walk away with a win. This time in Nino's house. Mathias Flueckiger would take third in what has been an incredible season for the young Swiss. So now we roll on to World Championships, and the question has to be asked, with Mathieu van der Poel absent, will the rainbow stripes be a bit of a hollow victory for Nino? Time will only tell.

Ronja Eibl firing up the engines.
Ronja Eibl firing up the engines.

Haley Batten ready to race.
Haley Batten ready to race.

Riders ready.
Riders ready.

U23 women off to a roaring start.
U23 women off to a roaring start.

Haley Batten came out swinging. She lead the race for two laps and would take third.
Haley Batten came out swinging. She lead the race for two laps and would take third.

Martina Berta stepped on the gas and rode away.
Martina Berta stepped on the gas and rode away.

Ronja Eibl has been dominant this season but today wasn t her day. She finished second.
Ronja Eibl has been dominant this season, but today wasn't her day. She finished second.

Martina Berta takes the win in the U23 Women s race.
Martina Berta takes the win in the U23 Women's race.

Haley Batten put in a hell of an effort today.
Haley Batten put in a hell of an effort today.

A hard day at the office for Evie Richards.
A hard day at the office for Evie Richards.

Martina Berta s winning Torpado.
Martina Berta's winning Torpado.

Martina Berta Ronja Eibl and Haley Batten. Women U23 Winners.
Martina Berta, Ronja Eibl, and Haley Batten. Women's U23 Winners.

Jolanda Neff was the home favorite but today it wasn t meant to be.
Jolanda Neff was the home favorite, but today it wasn't meant to be.

Pauline had the confidence of the last win in VDS and Fridays short track behind her.
Pauline had the confidence of the last win in VDS and Friday's short track behind her.

Jenny Rissveds warming up before heading into battle.
Jenny Rissveds warming up before heading into battle.

Rissveds leads the women off the line.
Rissveds leads the women off the line.

Jolanda Neff had a bit of bad luck with a rear flat and would finish eighth.
Jolanda Neff had a bit of bad luck with a rear flat and would finish eighth.

Anne Terpstra made a run for the win and was in touch at several points. She settled for second after being over taken by Rissveds with 1.5 laps to go.
Anne Terpstra made a run for the win and was in touch at several points. She settled for second after being overtaken by Rissveds with 1.5 laps to go.

Catherine Pendrel had a come back of her own today taking fifth place.
Catherine Pendrel had a come back of her own today taking fifth place.

Jenny Rissveds got out in front when the others were starting to crack and never looked back.
Jenny Rissveds got out in front when the others were starting to crack and never looked back.

Pauline was out in front but the brutal course took its tool lap after lap. She would finish third in the end.
Pauline was out in front, but the brutal course took its toll lap after lap. She would finish third in the end.

Sina Frei on her way to fourth place. The first year elite has been on a tear.
Sina Frei on her way to fourth place. The first-year elite has been on a tear.

An elated Rissveds crosses the line.
An elated Rissveds crosses the line.

Jenny left nothing out on the track.
Jenny left nothing out on the track.

Kate Courtney hugs Lea Davison after a hard race.
Kate Courtney hugs Lea Davison after a hard race.

The Winning steed of Jenny Rissveds.
The winning steed of Jenny Rissveds.

In her short time back on the WC cup circuit Jenny Rissveds has staged the comeback of the decade.
In her short time back on the World Cup circuit, Jenny Rissveds has staged the comeback of the decade.

Jenny Rissveds Anne Terpstra Pauline Ferrand Prevot Sina Frei and Catherine Pendrel. Women elite winners.
Jenny Rissveds, Anne Terpstra, Pauline Ferrand Prevot, Sina Frei, and Catharine Pendrel. Your elite women's podium.

U23 Men s start.
U23 Men's start.

Christopher Blevins had a good start with the lead group until being dropped before the final lap.
Christopher Blevins had a good start with the lead group until being dropped before the final lap.

Filippo Colombo all charged up.
Filippo Colombo all charged up.

Series leader Vlad Dascalu knows today will be anything but easy.
Series leader, Vlad Dascalu, knows today will be anything but easy.

Max Brandl dialing in. He just couldn t find the pace today.
Max Brandl dialing in. He just couldn't find the pace today.

Jofre Cullell Estape eying up the start line. He ll have his work cut out for him today.
Jofre Cullell Estape eying up the start line. He'll have his work cut out for him today.

Dascalu ahead immediately while the pace set in. He d eventually go back and forth with Colombo only to lose on a sprint finish.
Dascalu ahead immediately while the pace set in. He'd eventually go back and forth with Colombo only to lose on a sprint finish.

Simon Andreassen is almost back to form and he showed us today before a mechanical held him back
Simon Andreassen is almost back to form and he showed us today before a mechanical held him back

Filippo Colombo had a great ride and battle with Dascalu. He d keep his composure and win after a big race on the finish straight.
Filippo Colombo had a great ride and battle with Dascalu. He'd keep his composure and win after a big race on the finish straight.

Lots of stones and roots hidden in the grass that love feeding on wheels.
Lots of stones and roots hidden in the grass that love feeding on wheels.

At first glance it did not seem that Jofre Cullell Estape would pull a podium performance until he d claw back lap after lap and into third.
At first glance, it did not seem that Jofre Cullell Estape would pull a podium performance until he'd claw back lap after lap and into third.

Colombo victorious after a big sprint with Dascalu.
Colombo victorious after a big sprint with Dascalu.

Hard work payed off well for Colombo.
Hard work payed off well for Colombo.

Dascalu absolutely drained out.
Dascalu absolutely drained out.

No easy task as bodies lay everywhere trying to recover.
No easy task as bodies lay everywhere trying to recover.

Colombo s weapon.
Colombo's weapon.

Filippo Colombo Vlad Dascalu and Jofre Cullell Estape for U23 Men.
Filippo Colombo, Vlad Dascalu, and Jofre Cullell Estape for U23 Men.

Van der Poel ready to get it all started.
Van der Poel ready to get it all started.

Victor Koretzky all called up and ready.
Victor Koretzky all called up and ready.

Men s Elte start.
Men's Elite start.

Mathieu van der Poel added to his already amazing season today. He was battling right at the front from the very beginning of the race with Nino Schurter and did not let up even after a new attempted attacks.
Mathieu van der Poel added to his already amazing season today. He was battling right at the front from the very beginning of the race with Nino Schurter and did not let up, even after a few attempted attacks.

Nino Schurter had to play both defense and offense today. He may have pulled ahead shortly but never convincingly. Second on the day for him.
Nino Schurter had to play both defense and offense today. He may have pulled ahead shortly but never convincingly. Second on the day for him.

Gerhard Kerschbaumer rolling off the drop above the dual slalom section for the final spot on the podium.
Gerhard Kerschbaumer rolling off the drop above the dual slalom section for the final spot on the podium.

Koretzky griding out the grassy climb around back. He fought hard for that fourth place finish.
Koretzky grinding out the grassy climb around back. He fought hard for that fourth place finish.

Mathias Flueckiger stayed with it and earned third. He managed to fend off a few opponents during.
Mathias Flueckiger stayed with it and earned third. He managed to fend off a few opponents during.

Massive win for Van der Poel.
Massive win for Van der Poel.

Anton Cooper feeling his efforts.
Anton Cooper feeling his efforts.

Trying to regain normal breathing.
Trying to regain normal breathing.

Mathieu van der Poel Nino Schurter Mathias FLueckiger Victor Koretzky and Gerhard Kerschbaumer close out Men s Elite podium.
Mathieu van der Poel, Nino Schurter, Mathias FLueckiger, Victor Koretzky, and Gerhard Kerschbaumer close out the Men's Elite podium.

A well earned shower.
A well earned shower.

Mathieu van der Poal s race machine.
Mathieu van der Poel's race machine.



99 Comments

  • + 27
 What an epic day for XC. Jenny Rissveds, what an absolute legend to comeback from where she was, an emotional result for sure. In the mens, the two biggest hitters of the moment going head to head and pushing each other. Crazy speed and skills to match from VDP. Who knows what the future holds for him. If only we could add a 30yr old Julien Absalon into the mix.
  • + 9
 VDP will likely get signed to a full World Tour road squad and it will be the end of getting to see him in XC. He is destined to one of the top World Tour riders.
  • + 5
 @shirk-007: he’d earn more in road even if he’d be distributing water bottles, so I’d take a shot if I were him Smile
  • + 9
 @WAKIdesigns: yep. Anyone reading this that didn't watch the Amstel Gold this year needs to go check out the highlights and have their mind blown on the power VDP can put down.
  • + 4
 @shirk-007: VDP's (uncle?) has said to local press back in the spring that Mathieu already turned down WorldTour offers, from some massive names, including DQS. And that was before VDP signed an extension to ride on Canyon until 2022. With Katusha going away next year/SunWeb merger, VDP's WT options are looking quite limited...but I doubt he will look at anything serious contract wise until 2021, after Tokyo.
  • + 3
 @Jamminator: As Bart said in RedbullTV,he is focus on Tokyo games in MTB. The guy is so young,If you could win CX and XC,the road can wait a few years...Valverde is still there at 40. This year Tour winner is very young too (Egan Bernal) but he was very lucky IMO. One thing is winning a classic race but the big thing in road is the Tour,Giro or Vuelta. Has VDP take part in a road race with tons of mountains?It is a good climber or only good in "classic" races like?
  • + 1
 @Jamminator: You're right, I cant see him leaving his current team. I personally think Canyon have an absolute bargain deal with him. I can't see Canyon allowing anyone to buy his contract off early either, even if its a mere EUR1M a year, to canyon the marketing potential he poses across multiple disciplines is exponentially higher.
Someone would need extremely deep pockets to get him away from Canyon. Then again, if someone puts a buy out deal of EUR30M+ in front of Canyon, on top of EUR5M+ salary P/A for MvdP , they might be tempted to walk away with a huge payday, takes a lot of bikes to earn that kind of money.
  • + 3
 @xrob:
I hope he doesn't leave his current team. They allow him to do what he likes; mixing disciplines throughout the year - and managing his rest. Going to a World Tour team would end that; and that would be a waste. I think Corendon may go World Tour in the next year or 2.
He says he enjoys riding off road, and that he finds road often boring, so I wonder if he'll cut back on CX and possibly do half the races he currently does - and mix MTB & Road during the spring/ summer.
  • + 4
 @Starch-Anton:
I would be nice though if he does a complete season of XC in the future. Right now Nino is set to win the overall and probably the Word Championship, but you get the feeling it's only because MvdP skipped a bunch of races. I think it's not really good for the sport that he comes in and out when it suits his schedule (I'm Dutch, not Swiss, so I do support him).
  • + 4
 @cvoc: I agree it would be nice for him to complete a season, however I don't agree its bad for the sport, if anything its great for it, hes bringing a lot of attention to the sport. I ride and watch MTB, CX and Road, If I was him, I'd want to have a crack at winning some TdF stages in the future too.
  • + 3
 @cvoc: one has to wonder if he is winning races in part because he is skipping some of them... managing training and recovery around fewer events has to be more efficient than pushing through an entire season of races without letup ....
  • + 1
 @Starch-Anton: He is not leaving his current team. There are rumours that his current team may pick up canyon as a sponsor next year though and apply for WT license. But if thats the case, we will still see him doing CX and XC. Its what makes him great and in his own words "road is boring" He gets even more press because of his exploits in multiple disciplines. I agree that if he were to sing with another WT team, they would try and restrict his riding mtb. All that being said, hes not hurting for money. I read an article last CX season that he makes near a million from appearance fees alone during the CX season. Plus salary, plus winnings and personal sponsors. He's top dog at his current team, hell its practically his team. going nowhere
  • + 3
 @xrob: "I personally think Canyon have an absolute bargain deal with him."

No kidding. How much more money/effort would it cost Canyon to have top tier road, CX, and mtb riders on the roster separately?? Not to mention the added buzz / star power he generates from being a generalist and keeping everyone questioning when he'll join the world tour. And VDP gets to do exactly what he wants.... seems like a huge win-win.
  • + 2
 In interviews, he's said he finds road racing boring (fair enough) and would rather keep racing on bikes he enjoys than earn more money and fame in other scenes.
  • + 1
 Above all else He’ll be a Classics specialist in the future.

The problem for him will be if Evenepoel decides to do the same. That kid will rewrite the rule book on what a single rider is capable of.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Actually he is already doing rather well. Before the start of the season he was in the 1 to 2 million a year range (salary + price money + start money). I can only imagine after the season he has had those numbers are going to go up significantly.

The guy breaks the mold is so many ways, including the idea that you have to race exclusively on the road to make big money.
  • + 0
 @WhatAboutBob: I don’t know how much he earns but an average roadie from pro team makes more than a doctor in Sweden. That’s like 200-300 blokes. You’d be hard pressed to find such salaries outside of top 10 of not top 5 in MTB. So Imagine what road top 30 makes
  • + 1
 @shirk-007: Corendon and Sunweb merged, so in all likelihood, he will ride for Sunweb in the next year or so. Will be interesting to see if they make him focus solely on the road. He has stated he plans to do cross, MTB and road until contract expires in something like 2023.
  • + 4
 @Supermoo: The teams didnt merge though. Those companies are only sponsors, not owners of the teams. They will likely end sponsorship of one of those teams but they the two teams wont be merge. I read earlier this week that what is now called Corendon Circus will be called something else next year. Mostlikely Apecin-Canyon as both of those brands are not going to be sponsoring katusha next year. His team name will change, but it will be the same team as he is on now.
  • + 10
 I honestly don’t even look at or care about the men’s XC races lately. I just look at the women’s results and move on. Some of the best racing going on in women’s elite and u23.
  • + 0
 It’s never good for any sport to have a dominating force for more than a year. It is nothing against the athletes as they are all doing their best and none of the will back down for better viewership. It just is this way like Earth spins around the sun. But yeah womens XC racing is as exciting as mens DH because you never know who will win and racing is very close. Mens XC has been boring enough with Nino. Same with womens DH. People are losing their sht over Kate Weatherly while nobody has damaged that sport in years more than Rachel Atherton. Yeah amazing racers, but well... who wants to watch that unfold and root for second or third places. Senna and Schumacher are all cool to look back at, but it wasn’t cool to watch the races.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: fecking hell.... first time I agree with ya.......
  • - 1
 @Luis-Sc: on the upside, Womens XC racing seems also so awesome, because mens is boring as fuk. Yeah I know, "maybe for you Waki, you ignorant" but I am trying to see it through the eyes of people who aren't nerds. I remember watching a football game ending at 1:0 and telling my buddy it was a dead boring. He looked at me and said with condescending voice: that is because you don't know anything about the strategy and tactics... yeah like fricking 99.9999% of the people who watched it.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: not pulling the piss; I genuinely agree with ya this time around - complete dominance makes the sport boring;

maybe because I alway root for the underdogs, I do find exciting to see other riders showing up as great contenders;

nothing wrong with the pretty guys and gals front lining, someone gotta show perfect teeth to make them billboards work - but I'm glad it takes more than that ( backed up with unconditional brand support ) to make things happen;

unfortunate to have such great riders out due to injury, but not riding the absolute limits and taking the safe line has to pay off in some way.....

mad crush on Tracey, really hope she takes the overal, but glad Marine is not making it any easier for her......love without a fight it's like beer without alcohol.... Right !?
  • + 0
 @Luis-Sc: yeah. Rooting for underdog is an interesting one. Like it happened with Gwin. I love how it turned 180degrees within less than a year. From OMG, “an unknown American taking sport by the storm!” Through “yeah Muricah!” to “aaah screw him and his Man in the Sky”. He became the least liked WC winner in the history, challenged only by Gee Atherton I think.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: agreed. I watch the mens to see how some of the riders I root for fair, but when I sit down to watch the WC races I start with the women. Way more entertaining. DH, when I do watch it, is the complete opposite.

On MvdP topics, he'll jump to road once he's more satisfied off-road and honestly I think the itch for the royalty that comes with winning some classics or grand tours will eventually get to him. The classics make sense with cross and MTB success, for others with his power demonstration at Amstel I could see a team grabbing him for a points effort before testing him for a GC effort at a major tour.
  • + 8
 The way Van Der Poel dominated Nino at home in altitude, it almost certainly looks and feels like VDP is leaving the rainbow jersey on the table by choosing not to participate in Mont Sainte Anne. That has to be a heavy burden on his mind, but shows the unreal level of discipline he has.
  • + 1
 He probably chose the Road World Championships because the course there suits him this year, He'll probably have a decent chance on any course for the XC WC but the courses for the Road WC are a lot more varied and you need to take your chance if a course suits you since it might take years 'til you get another similar course.
  • + 7
 Does anyone know what exactly happened between Kate and Jolanda on the final lap? When Kate caught Jolanda at the tech zone, I thought for sure Jolanda would hold the position over Kate since Jolanda got a little rest in the tech zone and was already riding much stronger than Kate, but Kate ended up passing somewhere off camera. Did Jolanda have any other tech issues, or was it just hard racing and Kate came out ontop?
  • + 0
 I think she was just spent. She was already racing backwards from some time before her flat tire.
  • + 3
 @opignonlibre: possibly, but Jolanda dropped KC pretty quickly as they were leaving the tech zone. Possible mechanical or small crash?
  • + 3
 @Giddyhitch: Just think she just had the opportunity for her heartrate to go down while waiting for the wheel change and was desparate to get up to speed and avoid being passed before the hop while Kate had been climbing steadily but that doesn't mean anything.
  • + 1
 @opignonlibre: That's true. Jolanda just have been pretty gased at the end if there was no mechanical/crash.
  • + 7
 What’s up with the red zip tie on all the winners bikes? Is that a UCI thing to make sure they race the same bike for both days?
  • + 4
 I believe it's a UCI inspection tag, for dumb stuff like electric motor checks, bike weight, etc.
  • + 8
 These humans are complete animals. Holy s$^t!!!!
Giving it all.
Respect.

I would die.
  • + 5
 Wow, Rissveds really put the screws to the rest of the field on the last lap. It's amazing how much she has in reserve! Her climbing technique is just about perfect: no wasted motion whatsoever.
  • + 2
 She has one of the best trails in the world to train and practice climbing technique, short but very steep stuff, littered with rocks, boulders, roots, mud, everything. Lots of riding forcing you to be in upper pulse zones and you want to keep rolling because each obstacle knocks you off speed. Then she is exceptionally skilled, strong and has her racing mental game sorted. Throw any racer struggling with technique like Langvad into Jennys terrain and they will improve fast. They have to. You either ride well or don't ride at all. Jenny rides exceptionally well, she came into local Enduro comp for a goof and demolished the womens field by 1.5minute or something, coming in like top 30 men.
  • + 5
 @WAKIdesigns: I don’t agree that she has her mental game completely sorted, which makes today’s result all the more impressive. She even mentioned during her interview that lining up on the front row made her nervous and likely led to her crash on the first lap.
  • + 0
 @Giddyhitch: racing mental game, not overall mental game. It is perfectly possible for someone to put together a great DH run and then go home and cry to the phone telling your ex how lonely and broken you are for 3 hours.
  • + 1
 She looks like she has very long legs in proportion to her height so, she has a lot of leverage in her legs and can generate a lot of power. But that is only part of the picture. Hardcore training and fitness.
  • + 3
 One of the least discussed aspects of Jenny's phenomenal comeback is that she has full control of her team. Team 31. She doesn't have to have anyone else speaking for her or working with her that she does not personally approve of. A brilliant move which has yielded extraordinary results significantly sooner than I expected anyway.
  • + 2
 Such a promising start for Kate this season (the female Kate). With the return of 3x multi discipline champ Prevot and Olympic champ Rissveds, Courtney falls back to a steady top 10 rider contending for podiums rather than wins.
  • + 0
 Thinly veiled bit of transphobia there? nice.
  • + 7
 @hungrymonkey: Nobody has a phobia against people who decide to self identify as something other than their genetic reality. That’s just the media and idiotic clown world culture inventing dumb words to control independent thought.
  • + 3
 Think she peaked for the start of the season and hopefully she peaks again for Wolds and Snowshoe..
  • - 4
flag clink83 (Aug 12, 2019 at 15:35) (Below Threshold)
 @jclnv: there is no "genetic reality" that you speak of according to science.
  • + 5
 @clink83: Okay, grow a child in your womb.

Seriously, don’t embarrass yourself with that argument.
  • - 3
 @jclnv: I was a research biologist with a heavy background in genetics and now am 2 semesters away from a bachelor's in nursing. Whatever bigoted ideas you have against people who are trans, the medical and scientific community doesn't agree with you.
  • - 1
 @jclnv: www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07238-8
The most prestigious scientific journals in the also think you're wrong.
  • + 2
 @hungrymonkey: They were talking about "Kate" Courtney the XC racer not Kate Weatherly the DH racer, pay attention. Typical of the internet these days, people trolling trying to find something to be offended by.
  • + 0
 @clink83: I promise you it does. However, what you’re citing as evidence for the position is sad state of science that has been hopelessly corrupted by political motives. Academia is awash with research funds for “trans” promotion. As with climate change, have you read any counter evidence in the last decade? If you question the group think, you’ll be black listed from funding and never work again.

As I said, the reality is very different from the politically correct (read politically driven by governments) clown world ideology as is clear from the link you posted and is summarized below.

“Some evidence suggests that transgender identity has genetic or hormonal roots, but its exact biological correlates are unclear.”

Well isn’t that a surprise? Just maybe it’s environmental and developmental as was understood decades ago before the academic rot set in. Do we really have to get a 12 year old child in to do the math to explain how improbable a 1/100 genetic anomaly, that is critical to procreation, still persists in a 200,000 year old species...?
  • - 2
 @jclnv: rightttt.
  • + 1
 @clink83: As I thought.
  • + 0
 @jclnv: It takes a special kind of stupid to believe that the global scientific community somehow doesn't know what they are talking about regard climate change. If you can't understand a simple concept like that, I'm not going to waste my breath talking about population genetics.
  • + 0
 @clink83: Ah I see you’ve swallowed the propaganda hook line and sinker. The IPCC is not the “global scientific community”. You really think computer models based on 0.04% atmospheric gas (essential to all life on Earth) that entirely ignores solar radiation and electromagnetism will produce accurate predictions? It’s a total joke.

Here’s a quote from a great man that you should take on board.

“If you thought that science was certain – well, that is just an error on your part.”

― Richard Feynman
  • + 1
 @jclnv: “computer models based on 0.04% atmospheric gas (essential to all life on Earth) that entirely ignores solar radiation and electromagnetism”

Link please
  • + 0
 @mi-bike: you won't get any real answer to that. I worked for the US govt, we were already mapping out the changes in plant communities due to climate change and researching genetic markers in forbs and grasses to determine cultivars that are able to be planted in the appropriate seed zones.
  • + 0
 @clink83: i know. @jcnlv’s 0.04% comment is in regards to fact that’s the ~percentage of CO2 gas in Earth’s atmosphere. CO2 is the gas that absorbs infrared radiation (emitted by Earth) and causes the greenhouse effect. Water vapour (0-4%) can also absorb the radiation but is much less efficient at transferring it to heat and thus less important in the grand scheme of things and in models. Anyway, if you don’t trust the models then there’s always the observations ;-)

Still genuinely interested in the electromagnetism connection. Not hopeful it’s no hoax but also ever heard about that one.
  • + 0
 www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/domestic/16562-finnish-scientists-effect-of-human-activity-on-climate-change-insignificant.html

Clink, Of course the climate in changing. Funny enough we’re in an interglacial period right now. How do you suggest we came out of the last glacial period or recovered from the 1200ppm periods of the past (by the way the Earth was absolutely exploding with life in the latter).

Here’s another small thing to consider. Why, if humans are the cause for the warming, are we not limiting the population as the Chinese did for decades? Hint, there's no money involved in reduction.
  • - 1
 @jclnv: "The paper has been criticised for not being peer reviewed and other climate scientists have refuted the conclusions reached by Kauppinen and Malmi. Critics have said that in addition to not being peer reviewed, Malmi and Kauppinen fail to provide correct physical explanation, have not linked to- or sited to enough sources to support their claims and although they denounce climate models, they use one themselves to prove their own points."

Lulz at the junk science.
  • + 1
 @clink83: You mean it wasn’t reviewed (condemned) by someone on the group think gravy train? What would that be worth? That’s as pointless as publishing research saying that there’s a difference between the sexes. What insanity that is! The corrupt Liberal academia would rip such illogical nonsense to shreds.

Enjoy these.

hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2010/06/ipcc-consensus-on-solar-influence-was.html

m.youtube.com/watch?v=2lNnggKFYu0

m.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg3MqdBX0_k
  • + 0
 @jclnv: Thats the difference between science and agenda-driven propaganda, science has to be data-driven, peer reviewed, and backed up by other research. You can keep your right wing propaganda, I'll stick to peer reviewed science when making judgments about science. I know it's a crazy thought.
  • + 2
 @clink83: Even though the peer reviewers are politically corrupt and will only receive government funding if they promote the agenda.

Not to mention the historical data is a joke. NOAA manipulates historical temperature data and is systematically moving every rural sensor to urban heat sinks.

Don’t let that affect your consensus trance though.
  • + 0
 Its a conspiracy!!!! lulz the PHD scientists who make 60k a year salary are in a global program to destroy the earth by promoting clean energy! And they are getting rich off of it, even though they don't actually make any money off publishing papers! Be afraid!
  • + 2
 @clink83: “Data compiled by Joanne Nova at the Science and Policy Institute indicates that the U.S. Government spent more than $32.5 billion on climate studies between 1989 and 2009.”

Adjusted for inflation, current Total US government spending on climate change is over $10 billion per annum. That’s more than the Apollo space program.

There is no such thing as “clean energy”. Have you seen a lithium mine? What about an African child labour cobalt mine? Have you looked into how few solar panels will recycled in the coming decades? Millions will be dumped in landfills. What about the effect of wind farms on bird populations and their unreliability etc, etc. Now compare those effects to a naturally occurring trace gas that zero historical or observed correlation with atmospheric warming.

Ummm...
  • + 2
 Was working all day Sunday ( all the OT I can has... gotta make it to Whistler again next year ) - grab some pizza and a couple cuba-libre bottles on my way home - been avoiding spoilers all day - rbtv has the results hidden away - fire up the app - chillax and watch some racing - and what a racing it was - this is out version of Sunday-match - gotta find me a job in the industry - absolutely love it !
  • + 5
 both Nino and VDP throwing mad tricks in their runs. That in the midst of god level output, it's pretty amazing to witness.
  • - 7
flag mtbgeartech (Aug 13, 2019 at 8:43) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah, not really mad level. They look like twitching dorks throwing their little "whips" with their seats six miles up their rectum. Sorry, I have no love for these doped up geeks. I do respect their hard work and dedication, no one can deny them that.
  • + 1
 A tough day for Jolanda. She is normally level headed, optimistic and enthusiastic. This weekend, she was distraught after a 2nd place photo finish on short track; normally an impressive and promising showing, but it clearly broke her heart not to take the win.

In the interview prior to xc, she was out of breath: nervous and anxious. Then, a mechanical, moving her down the list just like so many other riders.

I think she'll have a much better showing at worlds and then snowshoe with far fewer media and fan obligations and a lot more time to rest.
  • + 2
 I purely think she and PFP had a two lap long interval session which cost them both the win.
  • + 5
 The circle is complete now Smile
  • + 1
 There is some speculation that Kate is training for a "double peak" early and late in the season. Perhaps this is the case, but is her mental game on point. At the start of short track, she was not even on her rollers, warming up like the other riders. And in her interview, she sounded a little unsure of herself and not as focused as for prior events.

She may be dealing with a bit of burnout after such a long period of better than expected results. Time will tell at the end of the month, but the return of Prevot and Rissveds to form signal a serious roadblock for her as well.
  • + 1
 The prerace interviews are tape delay and not live, so take them with a grain of salt. I have no doubt Kate did a proper warm-up procedure.
  • + 1
 Is anyone traveling to snowshoe for the race? It sounds like a very remote setting, not much to do there in the way of attractions or restaurants.
  • + 2
 That "torpado" is an Edge Python X. www.edge-design.com.tw/MTB.html#prettyPhoto/14
  • + 1
 Yolanda seems to be in a bit of a funk after this weekend (no Instagram postings). I think she put too much pressure on herself to win in her home country.
  • + 3
 XTR 12spd + Fox32 Factory FTW
  • + 2
 All have XTR but Jenny Rissved's bike has a BRAIN / RockShox SID fork.
  • + 1
 Oh yeah! Shimano XTR won 1st place in all the U23/Elite categories. That makes me happy!
  • + 2
 That torpado frame...with that standover looks like it could benefit from a dropper post.
  • + 3
 Jenny's win was even more impressive after that first-lap wipeout
  • + 1
 Indeed. I was freaked out when I saw her come out of the woods like she was diving into 2nd base. Then her bike shows up a second later. (23:16 on the Red Bull replay.). She did very well. Didn't seem to phase her as she jumped up, on and caught the lead group by the top of the next climb.
  • + 1
 sorry for dp (double post)
  • + 2
 Would be nice to get a MVDP (detailed) bike check.
  • + 2
 Pinkbikers head would explode that we won with a bike with a 70 degree hta.
  • + 1
 Be interesting to see how Mvdp lap times compared to Nino at the WChamps last year
  • + 2
 MVDP 2019- 10:42
Nino 2018- 11:15

Kerschbaumer got the fastest lap last year with a 11:03. On average, Nino's lap times last year were equivalent or faster than MVDP this year, except for the lap where MVDP attacked. That lap was the difference.
  • + 1
 Anyone know what's the seat post in Jenny's bike? Been looking for a set back dropper 27.2mm...
  • + 1
 Probably a specialized command dropper.
  • + 1
 Check out the KS Lev Integra in 27.2mm. I've had a 100mm one on my H/T Chisel for about a year now and all is well.
Well worth it IMPO.
  • + 1
 @Augustus-G: the CRC brand X dropper is basically the same and half the price...i like mine.
  • + 1
 @clink83: A decent inexpensive alternative but much heavier and it has no recharging valve.
It's a closed system. You can't adjust the pressure if it starts to move slow or not fully extend.
With the Integra you can fix that with a Shock Pump, with the Brand-X it's time for a new dropper.

Ever have the most unpleasant of experiences with a tool breaking in the middle of a job?
To me a dropper post is a tool. Always get the best tools you can afford even if you have to save up for them.
You'll be disappointed a whole lot less.
  • + 1
 @Augustus-G: it's a dropper that adds 1lb to your bike. If it slows, you clean it and it works again. On an XC bike if you want to spend a ton of money you can go right ahead, but it's not a wise place to spend $$ imo.
  • + 2
 @clink83: Horse Hockey. A KS Lev Intergra 272 can be had for $200 US right now at Universal Cycles, max $250 if you don't browse around. Your Brand-X is $125 for an equivalent spec. post.
If $75 is a "ton of money" you need a better occupation. I piss more away on a cheap night out on the town.

Secondly, the primary failure of cheap droppers is the air system being compromised.
No amount of cleaning or Slick Honey is going to fix that. Period.

Bye!
  • + 1
 God damn, I feel the urge to buy a Downcountry bike ! Smile
  • + 1
 The women podium doesn't look as friendly as the others ones Smile
  • + 3
 Anthem being played?
  • + 2
 MVP: Terminator-400WNP

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