A Test of Metal: Timed Session and Seeding - Val di Sole DH World Champs 2016

Sep 11, 2016
by Dave Trumpore  




World Champs is a bit of a unique one in comparison to the usual World Cup stops when it comes to scheduling and pre-race training. Today we had our third day of training which is not only taking a toll on the track but on bodies and bikes as well. It makes for a long week and it's a balance to take enough runs each day in the ever changing track but not so many that you become too fatigued before Sunday.

Another quirk unique to Worlds is that there's no timed training during the usual practice session on day one, and riders really never know where they stand in comparison to others. The whole thing seems a bit anticlimactic at the end of each day as no one really knows for sure who's going fast. Today however we finally got our first glimpse.

The Juniors got a proper seeding run that was dominated by a mix of the usual suspects as well as a dark horse from the Italian squad who came out on top in the Men's. For Elites there's no seeding at World Champs as riders will run in a reverse of their UCI ranking on race day, but they did get one full timed run today to mimic the usual qualifier we see at World Cups.

In the end, most of the predictions of who had been looking quick in practice were confirmed and one thing's for sure; we're going to have one epic World Championship finals tomorrow in Val di Sole.

Another beautiful day in the valley of Sun.
Another beautiful day in the Valley of Sun.

Up with the lark at the top of the hill for first practice this morning.
Up with the lark at the top of the hill for first practice this morning.

Emilie Seigenthaler is 12 day out of ACL surgery but still made the trip to cheer on her teammates and rivals.
Emilie Siegenthaler is 12 days out of ACL surgery but still made the trip to cheer on her teammates and rivals.

Time to clean out the dust and get ready for another wheel beating tomorrow.
Time to clean out the dust and get ready for another wheel beating.

Joe and Pete look to shave some weight on Rachel s bike.
Joe and Pete look to shave some weight on Rachel's bike.

Rachel trying to stay on top of stretching and recovery after another brutal day on track.
Rachel trying to stay on top of stretching and recovery after another brutal day out on track.

Looking own from above shows how rough this track really is.
Looking down from above shows how rough this track really is.

Expect a strong showing from the Italian girls tomorrow... Alia Marcellini is one of the crew set for a top 10 as a minimum on home soil.
Expect a strong showing from the Italian women tomorrow. Ali Marcellini is one of the crew set for a top 10 as a minimum on home soil.

Less than a second from gold... Tracy Hannah was right up on Rachel Atherton in second place today. Maybe Atherton has more to give we hear you say.... well maybe Hannah does too.
Less than a second from gold. Tracy Hannah was right up on Rachel Atherton as second fastest today. Maybe Atherton has more to give. And maybe Hannah does too.

Lord knows she has the speed but Tahnee Seagrave is also turning up the style.
Lord knows she has the speed, but Tahnee Seagrave is also turning up the style.

Italian junior womens rider Beatrice Migliorini sent it into the silver medal positon this afternoon.
Italian Junior Women's rider, Beatrice Migliorini sent it into the silver medal position this afternoon.

6th for Marine Cabirou in her timed run as she continues to inch closer and closer to the top women.
6th for Marine Cabirou in her timed run as she continues to inch closer and closer to the top women.

Manon Carpenter was about 10 seconds off the pace of Tracey and Rachel and she will have her work cut out on Sunday if she wants to pressure either of those two for the win.
Manon Carpenter was about 10 seconds off the pace of Hannah and Atherton and she'll have her work cut out tomorrow if she wants to pressure either of those two for the win.

Rachel Atherton got loose this morning in practice but she still took the fastest time on the day.
Rachel Atherton got loose this morning in practice, but she still took the fastest time on the day.

Myriam Nicole was nine seconds back but don t let that fool you. Her low UCI ranking due to injury had her starting way back and she was forced to pass the rider in front. Let s hope the bigger gaps in the final runs keep it from happening again on Sunday.
Myriam Nicole was nine seconds back but don't let that fool you. Her low UCI ranking due to injury had her starting way back and she was forced to pass the rider in front. Let's hope the bigger gaps in the final runs keep it from happening again on Sunday.

Italian Alissia Missiaggia is looking to grab a medal on home soil in the junior women s race.
Italian Alissia Missiaggia is looking to grab a medal on home soil in the Junior Women's race.

Ice bath time in the Trek pits.
Ice bath time in the Trek pits.

Cool calm and collected Tracey Hannah knows she is on pace to challenge Rachel for al the gold tomorrow.
Cool calm and collected, Tracey Hannah knows she's on pace to challenge Rachel for the gold tomorrow.

Matt Walker will come down 5th from the end tomorrow in the junior race.
Matt Walker will come down 5th from the end tomorrow in the Junior Men's race.

Eliot looked like one of the fastest juniors in practice but could only manage 8th in his seeding run.
Eliot Heap looked like one of the fastest Juniors in practice but could only manage 8th in his seeding run.

Contrary to popular belief Finn Iles did not suffer a head injury during his massive faceplate the other day. His neck is a bit sore from some whiplash and his ribs that took the brunt of the impact are making it difficult to breath but other than than he is all good. He would go fastest at the top two slits before making some big mistakes lower down in seeding on what would only be his 5th run down the track.
Contrary to popular belief, Finn Iles didn't suffer a head injury during his massive crash the other day. His neck is a bit sore from some whiplash and his ribs that took the brunt of the impact are making it difficult to breath, but other than than he's all good. He would go fastest at the top two splits before making some big mistakes lower down in seeding, on what would only be his 5th run down the track.

Finn Iles was third fastest despite having only had four total practice runs and some pretty hefty aches and pains.
Finn Iles was third fastest despite having only had four total practice runs and carrying some pretty hefty aches and pains.

Italian speedster Andrea Bianciotto was on fire today in the juniors race taking the top spot.
Italian speedster Andrea Bianciotto was on fire today in the Junior Men's race, taking the top spot.

Magnus Manson is in the hunt for a medal and his best ever finish amongst the juniors.
Magnus Manson is in the hunt for a medal and his best ever finish amongst the Juniors.

Gaetan Vige kicks off the action with some quality early morning airtime.
Gaetan Vige kicks off the action with some quality early morning airtime.

Nikolas Nestoroff had one wild ride this afternoon... Pole position no less for the young American.
Nikolas Nestoroff had one wild ride this afternoon. Pole position, no less, for the young American.

Riding well throughout practice Jack Moir put a more than solid score down this afternoon... 11th for the Aussie.
Riding well throughout practice, Jack Moir put a more than solid score down this afternoon. 11th for the Aussie.

Florent Payet is on it in a big way. A massive 3rd place for seeding he is set for a bronze tomorrow...
Florent Payet is on it in a big way. A massive 3rd place for seeding, he's set for a bronze tomorrow.

George Brannigan laid down a top 20 in seeding but has a good 12 seconds to find for tomorrow if he wants to find a silver medal to match his bike.
George Brannigan laid down a top 20 in seeding, but has a good 12 seconds to find for tomorrow if he wants to find a silver medal to match his bike.

Changing of the guard... Sage advice from one World Champ to another.
Changing of the guard. Sage advice from one World Champ to another.

The defending World Champ isn t going to go down without a fight here in Italy.
The defending World Champ isn't going to go down without a fight here in Italy.

Remi Thirion was 6th in timed training and with a slow first split we know he had more to give on Sunday.
Remi Thirion was 6th in timed training and with a slow first split we know he has more to give on Sunday.

Connor was another rider who just took a bit of a chiller to come down in 17th.
Connor was another rider who just took a bit of a chiller to come down in 17th.

Troy wasn t too far off the pace of Danny Hart but by his estimate he left a lot out on track. He has some changes planned for his setup as well that should help pull a few seconds back tomorrow.
Troy wasn't too far off the pace of Danny Hart but by his estimate he left a lot out on track. He has some changes planned for his setup as well that should help pull a few seconds back tomorrow.

Cutting for speed.
Cutting for speed.

Troy has been running cit down mud spikes all week but after timed runs decided to switch to wider dry tires. Notice the cuts being made to the ramped leading edge to give them a similar profile to spike though.
Troy has been running cut down mud spikes all week but after timed runs decided to switch to wider dry tires. Notice the cuts being made to the ramped-leading edge to give them a similar profile to spike though.

The Bulldog wasn t hanging about today. he was twelfth fasted on the timed run.
The Bulldog wasn't hanging about today. He was 12th fastest on the timed run.

Charlie Harrison was 19th fastest despite a bad crash yesterday and a hurt shoulder.
Charlie Harrison was 19th fastest despite a bad crash yesterday and a hurt shoulder.

Loris Vergier was 13th fastest on the timed run but he has what it takes to podium tomorrow.
Loris Vergier was 13th fastest on the timed run, but he has what it takes to podium tomorrow.

Aaron Gwin was 6th fastest on the timed run but Gwin always hides his cards well.
Aaron Gwin was 6th fastest on his timed run, but Gwin always hides his cards well.

Laurie Greenland put in yet another top-drawer result today smoking dozens of old-timers into 8th place.
Laurie Greenland put in yet another top-drawer result today, smoking dozens of old-timers into 8th place.

Look at the time... Greenland is surely a huge star of the future and you don t need a flux capacitor to call it.
Look at the time! Greenland is surely a huge star of the future and you don't need a flux capacitor to call it.

The sub Bernard Kerr stepped up and knocked it out of the park today riding to 4th place.
The 'Team GB sub' Bernard Kerr stepped up and knocked it out of the park today, riding to 4th place.

What a day for Bernard Kerr despite originally being overlooked for the national team.
What a day for Bernard Kerr despite originally being overlooked for the national team.

Danny has been winning practice and he certainly won the fastest timed run today.
Danny has been winning practice and he certainly won the fastest timed run today.

Loic is tapped together and nursing quite a few injuries right now but that s not enough to hold him back at World Champs.
Loic is taped together and nursing quite a few injuries right now but that's not enough to hold him back at World Champs.

The devil is in the details... Minnaar does hard time in the pits after seeding with his mechanic to get things perfect... More perfect.
The devil is in the details. Minnaar does hard time in the pits after seeding with his mechanic to get things perfect. More perfect.

It seems Hart has taken quite a grip on the latter half of this season... After five years will we see him back in a rainbow jersey
Hart has taken quite a grip on the latter half of this season. After five years, will we see him back in the Rainbow Jersey?

Hopefully the rain holds off or we could see a repeat of last week.
Hopefully the rain holds off or we could see a repeat of last week.


MENTIONS: @davetrump / @natedh9 / @mdelorme




82 Comments

  • + 95
 The bit about Finn seems kind of par for the course for how concussions have been (not) dealt with in the past. I'm not a doctor, and I haven't seen him or the crash, but to say "there was absolutely no head injury" when he hit the ground hard enough to destroy his helmet, and get a serious case of whiplash is a little bold. I got a concussion in a hockey game from whiplash alone with no direct impact to my head. I got cross-checked in the back of the neck, and the motion of my head snapping back was enough to rattle my brain pretty good, and leave me feeling wobbly for a couple weeks, even with no direct impact to my head/helmet.

It's kind of sad that right in the midst of the discussions about the long term effects of undetected or ignored concussions, we have a perfect example when a young star athlete has a collision that has all sorts of evidence pointing to a potential concussion (broken helmet/ whiplash), but because he's not showing any clear symptoms, he's being given the decision to compete. It's like everyone is saying "we are going to start taking concussions very seriously, and put measures in place to protect our athletes... but not this weekend... because it's world champs and he's got a really good shot to win... but in the future definitely!"

As I said, I'm not there, or a doctor, and am not pointing blame at any teams or individuals. I just think it's an important thing to think about in the midst of seeing a handful of our old heroes suffering and/or choosing to end their own lives.
  • - 34
flag bishopsmike (Sep 10, 2016 at 16:39) (Below Threshold)
 "I am not a doctor, and I didn't see the crash or anything at all... but he's totally making the wrong decision and he's a terrible role model because of my diagnosis from 6000km away."
  • + 11
 @bishopsmike: dude, stop.

He makes a good point. You dont just smash a full face helmet like that and leave the same. Sure, its smashed because it absorbed the impact a great deal but it's not safe to say he suffered no concussion at all. I'm very grateful that hes able to race, yet ride, right after a crash like that but we are in a time where we're learning more and more about head injuries.
  • + 8
 @bishopsmike: I don't at all think that. The very last person on the list of people I'd "blame" would be the potential concussion victim himself. As I said, I have no idea if he has a concussion, and I'm sure his team cares greatly about him and has done everything in their power to try and make sure he's safe to ride. I was bringing it up to encourage discussion. As has been stated in previous articles, there is no concrete medical way to determine if someone has been concussed, especially if the athlete is motivated to compete and likely to play down any symptoms they're experiencing.

This is a textbook case where mandatory rest periods after head impacts/whiplash incidents would be the only way to properly protect the rider. At the moment there are no overt symptoms,so there is really no way anyone can say for certain that he has or hasn't received a concussion, so the athlete will continue to compete, just like any of us would if we had a shot at the rainbow stripes, and didn't think anything was wrong with us. We don't know if he's at elevated risk to do further damage, and the scary thing is, we may not find out for another 20 to 30 years.
  • + 7
 Nothing better then starting a comment with "I'm not a Dr but...." Good thing he didn't spend a day in the hospital with actual Dr's who DO know what there doing. Oh wait he did. I would assume they monitored him for a concussion and all was good. Also it's absolutely possible to take a hit like that and not have a concussion.
  • + 5
 @bderricks: I know concussions are serious business, and let's be real, it's a stupid bicycle race, but I'm just saying that someone (or multiple someones) much better positioned to give him advice have obviously done that, so I'm putting my trust in their OK rather than "something happened to me in hockey once" suggestions.

Point taken though, I know you're trying to get the subject talked about and that's good.
  • + 11
 @MikeGruhler: If you've read some of the recent articles about concussions (the one that Cam Zink weighed in on was a great read), you'd know that it's very difficult, nigh impossible, for a doctor, especially with no baseline data on the athlete to determine for absolute certain that an athlete has NOT sustained a minor concussion. I know that he spent a day in the hospital, and I know that it's possible to take a big crash like that and not get concussed.

Once again, the discussion isn't specific to this one instance with Finn, and my point wasn't to speculate on whether he does or doesn't have a concussion, as that's completely futile and silly. I just saw this as an interesting time to reignite the discussion about potential future mandatory post-concussion protocols, as this would be the exact situation where we'd see them come up.

Do you think it would be fair if there was a rule that stated that he wasn't allowed to compete this weekend due to the fact that he had a crash that compromised a helmet, even though he's been cleared by doctors? It's the type of thing that has to be discussed in order for actual rules to ever become more than just a 'good idea for the future'.

and @bishopsmike The hockey bit was just a personal experience that seemed relevant to include as an example of a concussion resulting from absolutely no head impact. I didn't mean it as "this happened to me and since all humans are clones of one another then it happened to Finn too," haha.
  • + 6
 Yeah that article by Danielle Baker really opened my eyes. I've had my fair share of concussions and never knew what it meant really. Doctors just sent me off with "have someone wake you every two hours for the first night and take it easy the first couple of days". What does "take it easy" really mean. Can I face bright daylight, listen death metal, go for a run? All relaxing low risk stuff to me but apparently not so good for someone with a concussion. As Danielle pointed out, the patient can't assess his/her own condition. It would be good if there were some official in the position to say "sorry, you're in too bad of a shape to compete".
  • + 3
 Sam thought here, helmet destroyed but no head injury... How?
  • - 8
flag NorthcountyAM (Sep 10, 2016 at 19:27) (Below Threshold)
 Fact: you break your helmet on impact, your brain is f*cked up.
  • + 5
 @MikeGruhler: The fact that he was analyzed by medical professionals doesn't mean he doesn't have a concussion. They may not be able to make a conclusive diagnostic immediately. Sometimes concussion symptoms take multiple days to appear, so even though it may seem like he's fine, he might have one. At that point, having another impact to the head could be much more serious.
  • + 6
 There is no way that either his sponsors, team or UCI should let him race. Even if it wasn't a concussion (BTW there is no way he did not get concussed with the damage to his helmet) he was in a neck brace for a reason. With him that beat up there is no way he has as much control of his bike which he needs even more right now.

Plenty of blame to go around here whether it is Specialized, RedBull, his team, UCI or his parents. He has already proven himself as a star so there is no upside to letting him race, but plenty of downside. Someone has to step in and be the adult.
  • + 16
 I'm a coach in another sport, and we test athletes twice annually during fitness training to establish baseline data. Each coach carries that data with them during training and competition. We have the same testing equipment in the field so we can test on the spot if a head injury is suspected, well before they see a doctor to compare data.. In speaking with medical staff about this type of baseline testing and our protocols they often have no idea what we are talking about and we, as coaches, are becoming more informed than medical staff. There are simple protocols to follow and there is no way they were followed here. It's as simple as that.

I suffered a concussion this summer, as a result of a crash, and spent two days in the "dark room". This means no reading, no tv, no computers, no exercise, no bright light. After that it was slow progression back to activity and there had to be 24hours with no symptoms before I could progress on to the next step in the protocol. It was 2 weeks before I could ride my bike on a sidewalk. It would be ridiculous to think Finn or I are anything alike but my helmet sustained a fraction of the damage that his did, and it's the same brand and model.

I will never call myself an expert in this field but all I can say is "shame on Specialized, Red Bull, UCI, and his parents". He's not even a legal adult, and is in no position to self assess a brain injury using the injured brain....

I have a new found disrespect for the event organizers. Grow some balls people, and put the athlete first, not your precious marketing opportunity. Shame on you....
  • + 1
 @FTOD: Where can I find those protocols? Might be handy to know what to do after a bad crash
  • + 4
 Tears in my eyes, literally. Back when reading Danielle's article and now when reading this. Apparently there are protocols but they're simply not being followed, leaving it up to the patient to asses his/her own condition. Which inherently isn't possible in this case. Back when I was 9 years old I was hit by a car and spent a week in the hospital. I recall it was all pretty white and bright over there. This accident apparently changed me a lot and has likely caused the ADHD-like symptoms which in turn wasted so much of my time trying to keep up at school and study. Exactly fifteen years later (March 7) I had a mountainbike crash and got picked up by an ambulance again. I've had many more crashes (and concussions probably) but these were the two where I got knocked out long enough to be picked up by an ambulance. After a few checks I was dismissed as mentioned above.

"Where's my bike?"
"There's no bike here. You were brought in by ambulance."
Indeed one of my riding buddies was bringing my bike home. I didn't have a cellphone at the time. So I walked out of the hospital. Then I saw my other riding buddy who'd raced his bike back home to fetch his car to pick me up from the hospital.
"Where are you going?"
"Oh, home."
"You're in a different town. You're walking home?"
"Well, there surely must be a bus stop near so I thought I'd just walk around the hospital."
"You've got money for the bus?"
"No, I don't."

Really, basic functions might work but the whole advanced judgement side of the brain is pretty much dysfunct. I used to look back on it thinking it was pretty funny. But after reading that article I realized it really is stupid and sad.
  • + 9
 Lots of experts here who aren't experts. I witnessed his crash first hand and was the first person to attend to him before medics arrived.

Finn did a massive face plant. His chest and Ribs took the full impact and the side of his face (as in jaw not head) hit a rock, essentially trying to pry the lower face protector off. Incidentally it's that has piece that broke. As Finn did a summersault his neck got a but tweaked from the weight of his body.

He was evaluated by doctors, his team, his own feeling (god forbid that's allowed). His parents are here as well and were very cautious about the whole process and in the end it was agreed that he was indeed fine.

As someone stated before you can crack the jaw piece of a helmet and get whiplash without hitting your head or getting a conclusion.

Let's give the kid and the professionals around him that they are smart and more qualified than anyone commenting here.

GO FINN !!!!
  • + 3
 @davetrump: Thanks a lot for chiming in and clearing that up. I think it isn't necessarily a "we know better than the experts on the spot" but more a general distrust rooted in prior experience. Including the patient feeling in the decision making is great and respectful. Leaving it to the patient however (as I mentioned), not so much. I trust you agree. So yeah, I think the way my case was handled is very different from Finn's and as such I probably pulled it out of context. Sorry for that.

Finn, enjoy the stripes Smile !
  • + 0
 @davetrump: Thanks big guy. Just the kinda thing I was talking about. Armchair Dr's. I suffered a massive concussion over 8 years ago that still causes me issues so I fully grasp the dangers of head injuries. And yes there should be a protocol like they use in supercross/motocross to set a baseline but unfortunately we have no say in the matter. Anyone that thinks injured riders being allowed to race has anything to do with marketing or ratings is ridiculous. It's ultimately up to the athletes to ride or not.
  • + 2
 @jmrmuc: have a look at the England Rugby guidance - www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby/players/player-health/concussion-headcase/ #InForTheCount
  • + 1
 @geebeebee: Thanks, seems to be very comprehensive
  • + 2
 @davetrump: While this may be the case, we also know that concussions can happen without showing symptoms. The evidence that points to concussion far out weighs the opinion of anyone to be honest. Incidentally, the jaw is part of the head, and head impact is one mechanism of injury leading to concussion. In fact, head impact is not the only cause of concussion. Your description coupled with the damage to his helmet are like a smoking gun.
  • + 2
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  • + 1
 @bderricks: well, Finn definitely felt a lil' bit wobbly during party after race xD
  • + 2
 @PaFelcio: I would hope so- although I was even more stoked to see Magnus beside him on the podium! Great day for the Canadian juniors, and Mark Wallace in 11th in the seniors was also an exciting return to form.
  • + 50
 What savage of a rider snapped a downtube at the bottom bracket?!
  • + 19
 Indeed. There must be a story there. Hopefully the rider ejected safely...
  • + 16
 Need to find out what bike that is, so I can not buy one.
  • + 1
 @shadow20: the link is unfamiliar to me, but i am certainly interested to know as well
  • + 4
 It's not a V10, that's a aluminium frame and the lower linkage is different..... Any guesses?
  • + 8
 Solid?
  • + 6
 @shadow20: its a solid strike. its an odd place to have an extension welded to the frame.
  • + 3
 @shadow20: apparently it s a solid strike. Must have been a huge impact with a rock !!!
  • + 9
 @shadow20: No kidding, thats a huge "strike" for the Solid brand. I hope they do the right thing like when that Banshee Scythe snapped, Banshee:
-figured out the issue
-admitted to fault
-took a 180 on the design, and fully fixed the issue
-gave the guy a new bike

Anything less and I wouldnt ever consider a solid brand bike
  • - 14
flag Husker2112 (Sep 10, 2016 at 16:21) (Below Threshold)
 @allenrotstein: I think that the commencal guys still have aluminum frames, so maybe a commencal?
  • + 2
 @davetrump Any additional information about the broken frame?
  • - 3
 @meltboro: haha that was definitely awhile ago because banshee definitely doesn't follow that ethic anymore
  • + 3
 Let's hope there wasn't some special paintjob on that frame.

I suppose there are quite a few aluminium frames out there? Solid, Commencal, GT... I can only tell it has Shimano Saint cranks. Obviously I don't know what happened but if it breaks just next to the weld I expect a design and/or production error.
  • + 5
 @vinay: it's definitely a solid strike guys, I used to own one and could tell right away from the linkage, if you have a look at the solid strike frame online , it's the rocker arm in front of the bottom bracket where it has snapped,

Solid just released the Strike evo, the same chassis but in a lighter package frame, I wonder if thats why....
  • + 1
 I could tell by the cut out part of the linkage for the spare hanger Wink
  • + 5
 @meltboro: It's the previous version of the Strike.
Hopefully the new one is more... solid (ba dum tss). Because I just ordered one.
  • - 1
 The inside of the tube looks a bit corroded - maybe the bike was ridden a lot on salty terrain?
  • + 3
 Seems like frame manufacturer couldn't afford to buy the photo back from the photographer. What's the calling price I wonder.
  • + 5
 Shit does break. This is a track that breaks things. We don't know how it happened, the rider could have JRAed along the side of the track or hucked to rock BB case, so it's a bit of a jump to call faulty product.
  • + 4
 I was to the side of the track, just below where his "incident" took place and I would definitely not fault Solid for what happened. The rocks here are huge and everywhere, and the racer basically cased one at full speed. The force that it took to do this would have basically destroyed any frame being raced this weekend. He's excited that he walked away from it and didn't need a medevac.
  • + 33
 Gwin, I hope you finally get a Champs in your bag!!
  • + 5
 Flying a bit under the radar, inasmuch as that's possible for the WC champ. I'm not a huge Gwin fan or anything, but with Hart getting his first World Cup win this season, it would seem a bit poetic for Gwin to finally grab the rainbow stripes.
  • + 22
 That wry smile from Rach says; 'this ice water just got a little bit warmer'!
  • + 17
 I am a doc and have done some game coverage where it is really hard to tell whether there is a "concussion". The truth is that even with baseline testing to measure against as well as advanced imaging we still don't know at what rate multiple sub-concussion events can add up to permanent impairment. The end result when we don't have adequate evidence is each person should think about the consequences and decide for themselves. I have treated lots of people who wouldn't change anything even in the face of serious permanent injury...unfortunately I've met a similar sized group who would give anything to have that decision again.
Live your life fully but decide what level of risk is best before dropping in.
  • + 10
 Promises to be the most exciting race of the season. May the fastest man, woman, and jr win. Cheers
  • + 7
 loic definitely needs more blue tape...
  • + 2
 It sometimes surprises me how many of these athletes have to keep using tape. The Athertons, Loic... If you see them riding you wouldn't expect them to be messed up like that. Fabien Barel must be the epitome of all this.
  • + 1
 Tracey is taped-up pretty well, too. There's a TON of that tape all over the hill at this point of the season.
  • + 1
 @vinay: You may be surprised at how much injury athletes in general tend to carry over the course of a season. DH is not peculiar in this case.

That said, in the case of prior injury (Loics shoulder) it makes absolute sense to have the extra support to be on the safe side.
  • + 5
 Go Tracey!! It's been great to see her riding improving all season! I'm sure she'll stomp it on Sunday!!
  • + 5
 gwin, hart, bruni......and so many other contenders, I can't wait to see it....it's gonna be massive!!!
  • + 6
 Can't wait for 4:30 AM! (that's got to be the first time I've said that)
  • + 6
 This is going to be one hell of a race
  • + 1
 Hey, what's Rachel doing with those lower leg/calf rollers? Does she just lie there, or does she roll back and forth on them for massage/fascial release? ...eh, this is a serious question, I get bad calf cramp and maybe this will help.
  • + 5
 Loics with the Backwards HS1 Rotor?????
  • + 4
 lets get it done tracey !!!
  • + 3
 Tracey's pillow looks comfy... Great photos, unreal track. I hope for great racing and no major injuries. Can't wait!
  • + 1
 Great photos! nice to see some coverage of the junior women finally!
  • + 2
 Kind of a broken record here but.... The photos just keep getting better. Amazing job!
  • + 3
 Danny's lucky beard must be the trick!
  • + 2
 Hope the rain stays away unlike last WC, huge game changer
  • + 5
 Yeah cause world champs is so boring in the rain said no one ever.
  • - 2
 @xTwoSnakesx: rain hands the win to locals, and that would suck
  • + 9
 @Marcusthefarkus: Please tell me, who is the top rated Italian pro who is going to sneak this one away from rainmaster dangerman Danny Hart in the case of a sudden rainstorm?

Rain sucks when it only affects half the field.
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 I am deeply flabbergasted that no pinkbiker has yet elaborated in detail on Rach´s trigger finger placement...
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 So much chemtrailing in those skies
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 Sweet Photos PB Photographers Keep eating that dust, Hope it doesn't rain
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 At least this year they saved the best track till last! It's gonna be a real Dh race unlike some of the previous tracks!
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 Gwin its time to do it!!!!!
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 Any idea what bike that was that snapped?
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 Solid strike Big Grin they're great bikes though
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 Storm trooping Troy lol
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 Bernard, what a run. Justifying his place for sure
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 Rachel's offended that you said she has to stretch and recover since her brother's do that also.
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 Rachel get your finger out of your nose!
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 It's wonderful how still photo's can't capture the moment.

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