Podcast: Leogang Race Review with Ed Masters & Andrew Neethling

Jun 17, 2021
by Andrew Neethling  
Leogang Mens Podium 2021 Sven Martin Photo
Pic Credit: Sven Martin



2021 World Cup Downhill racing is officially here and Ed Masters is my co host for this episode of Bench Racing. We will cover the season and bring you review episodes of each race throughout the year.  In this episode we break down Leogang, Austria which was the first World Cup DH race of the season.  


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10 Comments

  • 2 0
 that whole clips vs flats debate is pretty interesting. has it ever really been proven that clips are faster? granted on a pedally track sure that makes sense, but for the most part tracks arent that pedally. I dont think its that Sam Hill or Brendan CANT ride flats, its just that they are so against them because they dont suit their riding style. Nigel Page made the point that Sam Blenkinsop hasnt really been up there since he switched to clips, and I think he was insinuating that theres probably a whole heap of WC riders out there that might suit flats over clips. It seems odd in a sport that demands so much skill, touch and feel, and very little pedalling, that riders would choose clips over flats?
  • 2 0
 sam hill or brendan cant ride *CLIPS
  • 2 0
 It’s more about track design. The type of tighter, lower speed and natural track design that benefited flat pedals doesn’t exist as much anymore in WC racing. Clips are better for fast and straight.
  • 1 0
 @Linc: but theyre very rarely actually pedalling? I can probably count on one hand of all the section from all the world cup tracks where theyre really putting in proper pedalling efforts, and in any case flat pedal riders have actually won on those tracks.
  • 4 0
 @oatkinso: I don't think the clips advantage, if there are any, is in the pedalling. It is more in roots and rock garden kind of things where having clips makes you fit more secure and less likely to loose grip to the pedal while a flat pedal will rely on the sole/pins interface that act mostly longitudinally but his of very little help against bumps. Riding flats probably use some of your energy more as well as a wee bit of concentration. I know that when I am riding on flats I tend to be more aware of how my feets are on the pedals. Does it make a difference in lap time ? No idea I only ride on trails and don't do timed runs.
  • 4 0
 @opignonlibre: I don't run clips for an advantage pedalling, I run clips for the peace of mind that I'm never having to readjust my foot on the pedal mid run - no matter how rough the trail is.

My Strava times reflect a large difference in my clipped vs non clip runs on some trails
  • 1 0
 @Larkey1: Totally agree. Riding flats is great for practicing your riding position and skills, but I think racing on clips is going to be faster the vast majority of the time for this reason - it is so hard to do a flat out descent on flats without your feet moving and compromising your position on the bike.
  • 1 0
 @Larkey1: haha its funny, I run flats for exactly the same reason. I find it really interesting; I rode flats for years riding dh then swapped to clips for about 4-5 years when I got my first enduro bike. I was riding like shit and decided to swap back to flats; it was then that I realised how riding clips changed the way I rode, I realised I got pretty addicted to unweighting the rear wheel with clips and it really didnt suit the way I ride. My strava times, and I know they're not the be all and end all, have improved massively since switching back. I also moved to coil around the same time plus a DD rear tyre, that definitely has helped. Its whatever suits the person, but I think Nigel Page was almost touching on the idea that its group think that clips are better/faster.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the podcast, I liked how you talked about so many riders but would have liked to have heard some discussion about Greg's brake mechanical in the woods.
  • 2 0
 Great podcasts

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