Inaugural Pinnacle Bike Championship – First Teams and Athletes

Aug 6, 2014
by Pinkbike Staff  
The first teams and athletes for the inaugural event of the Pinnacle Bike Championship have been released with some exciting and maybe even surprising elements coming into play. Right out of the gate there are recent DH world championship medalists coming back from injury and world cup winners, but not whom you would expect.

Hutchinson UR – Mick Hannah, Fabien Cousinie and Guillaume Cauvin

Madison Saracen – Matt Simmonds, Sam Dale and Manon Carpenter

Hear what the riders and team managers had to say:

Expect Mick to be back in time for World Champs in Norway.

Mick Hannah – Hutchinson UR – Australia “'I’m really excited to see my sport growing. Downhill racing in the US has been very strong in the past and it's great to see an event like this happening over here!

Pinnacle DH Race PR images

Fabien Cousinie – Hutchinson UR – France – Rider / Team Owner "I like to try and race everything on my mountain bike and this is definitively something I was waiting for."

Pinnacle DH Race PR images

Sam Dale – Madison Saracen – Great Britain “really excited about riding the gnarly Pinnacle track with big jumps and other riders all around me. I've also heard great things about the Boston area, so looking forward to a great party afterwards!

Pinnacle DH Race PR images

Matt Simmons – Madison Saracen – Great Britain “looking forward to this new Pinnacle event and format for racing. Thinking about the track and line choices and having to contend with other riders in your face is bound to make things interesting for sure. Heard great things about the track so just getting out there and having fun on it will be awesome.

Pinnacle DH Race PR images

Manon Carpenter – Madison Saracen – Great Britain “think I might be getting thrown in at the deep end here but hey, I love a challenge! Sixty of the World's fastest guys to try and beat and a full on track is my kind of fun. Guess I'll have to give it a go and see how I get on. I hear the Waterville Valley Resort is a fantastic place, so looking forward to our end of season trip to New Hampshire.

Will Longden – Madison Saracen Team Manager “the team are really looking forward to checking out this new format of racing. Pinnacle is sure to be a fun event and a fantastic showcase for the spectators and fans. Head-to-head racing is always exciting and seeing the World's fastest DH racers bar to bar, MX style, is going to be an eye opener to say the least. It's always great when a new venue invests in bringing mountain biking to the area, so I'm really pleased the team has been invited and we can support Waterville Valley Resort in this new venture and share it with the rest of the world.

Stay tuned as more athletes and teams are announced.

Tickets for the Pinnacle Bike Championship are on sale and can be purchased in advance at


  • 25 3
 Manon is dreamy.
  • 5 19
flag tundy123 (Aug 7, 2014 at 2:29) (Below Threshold)
 Shame Sam Dale doesn't obtain the same hygiene standards as the rest of his team........Have a shave and get a hair cut that hobo look ain't doing you no favors.
  • 6 2
 @tundy : just shut up
  • 6 1
 Indeed, the guys is awesome, you're not, end of story.
  • 6 1
 Wow I'm quite surprised that big teams like that are putting the rider in that event , don't get me wrong I would love to see all the worlds best in the event but I thought they would be worried about the injury risk going through the roof. Super excited about this !
  • 7 0
 The race is after the WC season is over. More time to heal up lol!
  • 2 0
 agreed, bigburd. it's not like mx where inertia can help you a little in traffic while bumpin off faces and in the air. still wanna see the edits from the organizers with atleast 5up launching and landing!
  • 4 0
 Gated racing is f-in' rad!

But this competition won't 'grow the sport' any more than dual speed and style grows the sport, or Nitro Circus grows motocross (though it has contributed to the sport of wheelchair backflipping, I guess).

If amateurs can't ride or race it, if there is no infrastructure, no facilities, then it's a side show. It's cool that teams get more exposure and sponsors kick in more money to downhill mountain biking, but just think: if this were the future of DH, then how many places in the world could you ride 'future' DH? How many race venues? Resorts complain about the high cost of building and maintaining 4X tracks as the principal reason for 4X's slow growth. Guess how much a Pinnacle or Redbull Wide Open costs.

I'll watch it if they stream it, cheer for my favorites, sip an energy drink (or water out of an energy drink can, like a pro), but let's not allow trying to keep a positive attitude about cycling's future make us throw out common sense.

P.S. Pinnacle: don't cheap out on the gate, or you will be compared to XCEliminator to your everlasting shame.
  • 1 0
 Wonder how much teams are being paid to show up and if we will see any other big teams commiting. This is close to me so I will be heading up to check it out. Have to admit that I'm surprised it's actually happening and not just a flash in the pan. Psyched though!
  • 4 0
 this seems really fricken dangerous to me.
  • 3 0
 Sounds like it will be great, I can't see it being the future of downhill racing
  • 2 0
 Just curious what happens if a rider cases or wipes out on one of these 70ft jumps or 40ft drops they are boasting in front of another rider.? I dont get it
  • 3 1
 You'd hope the world's best riders can handle that... and I guarantee you the drop will not be a true 40ft. drop, not even close. The 70ft. jump is not much bigger than some of the jumps on the WC circuit either and without pop, and speed, it should be easily manageable. I think MTBers really don't get how good these guys are and how non-sketch this will be. They won't be 10 a breast the whole way down.
  • 2 0
 Not to mention there have been plenty of sketchier mass start DH races before and they work out just fine.
  • 4 0
 Admit it... cover photo lured you in...
  • 3 0
 This is a great sponsorship opportunity for all of the armor manufacturers!
  • 3 0
  • 1 2
 I have no interest in watching racing but I'll try to catch this and see if this is the kind of event that could change my mind. Maybe it'll work, maybe it wont, but good work on coming up with a new concept
  • 2 0
 Never knew Fred West was into downhill. Learn something new every day
  • 1 1
 Ok, now I'm definitely going.

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