Qualifying - Windham DH World Cup 6

Aug 9, 2014
by Nathan Hughes  


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All the fuss about the smoothness of the track: Unnecessary. The wheels of these riders have barely touched the ground since they powered up the timing. It's more a case of buckling up, spinning out the gate and bouncing down 50% airborne... albeit with an extremely high degree of precision, aggression and in some cases, style. Without a real-life front row seat, the speeds through, over and into the rocks are genuinely unimaginable, especially to those less familiar with the sport. The crashes and the bicycle brutalization have been leaving what few spectators that have so far arrived and most marshals, stunned. And how about those times!?

11 riders completed the course in 2 minutes 33 seconds. 14 riders on a 2:36. So many great racers didn't make the cut, we're on the brink of setting up a charity to express our sympathy on a race gone mad. Cough up your pennies. At Mont St Anne the last man down without an obvious crash was 48.4 seconds off the pace.... Here the last place qualifier was allowed just 13.1 seconds before getting the boot. Yes MSA is longer, but certainly not 4 times as long. Alright, this isn't quite up to par with geek stats, but that guy doesn't shoot and write as well. And thank God for that. Most interesting though, is the biggest gaps in time were at the very top... Bryceland, Gwin +0.73, Mulally +1.69, Brosnan +2.41 and Bruni +3.25. There are plenty of others lurking in the shadows with secret lines or seeding run mistakes who could turn things on their head and there's no way a track this tight could reproduce the same ranks in the race. When the East Coast sun rises in the morning just about everything could change.




Sam Hill just ended his dry spell in MSA and stated he was just getting started soon after. Hill qualified in eleventh but was he holding his cards close today
  Sam Hill just ended his dry spell in MSA, and stated he was "just getting started" soon after on the interweb. Hill qualified in eleventh, but in the depths of the forest, lines that have reportedly been practiced were not ridden in seeding. Crazy ones at that.

Aaron Gwin rides up with filmer John Lawlor and mechanic John Hall ready to set the American soil alight for the second fastest time of the day just 0.7 off the back.
  Aaron Gwin rides up with filmer, John Lawlor and mechanic, John Hall, ready to set the American soil alight for the second fastest time of the day, just 0.7 off the back.

Gwin smoothing out the rock garden to a second place finish in qualies today.
  Gwin smoothing out the rock garden quite possibly with more to give. In 2011 he found 2.34 seconds on the competition and 0.9 in 2012.

Aaron Gwin has a knowing smile. Second in qualifying today and he could come out on top tomorrow.
  Perhaps a knowing smile. You would be madder than a box of LSD dosed test-lab frogs to rule him out tomorrow.

Brosnan qualified fourth today. Will he be able to outrun Gwin tomorrow or will Aaron be too hard to beat
  Brosnan qualified fourth today 2.4 seconds back and still 1.5 behind his team mate. Will he be able to outrun Gwin tomorrow, or will a sea of stars and stripes be carrying him out infront?

Gwin s Mechanic
  With Troy taking the number 1 plate from Aaron everyone wondered whether something would come between them. Well it did... the Rat at number 2.

Neko Mulally is finding that stride again. He qualified third. I had a good run today I just tried to get loose and hang of the back a bit.
  Neko Mulally is finding that stride again, the likes of which we last saw in Cairns... and this time on home turf. He qualified third on a self-proclaimed good run in which he tried to get loose and hang off the back. Mission accomplished.

Neko Mulally was all smiles after today s qualifying run and is looking forward to the big day tomorrow.
  Neko was all smiles after today's qualifying run, and is looking forward to a mighty big day tomorrow.

Aussie ripper Gapper Dave McMillan getting her done today and living up to his name hitting some very tasteful gaps in the woods on the way.
  Aussie ripper, 'Gapper Dave' McMillan was stoked to get her done today and living up to his name hitting some very tasteful gaps in the woods on the way.

Loic and Blenki are an absolute force together out here in the woods. Expect any kind of top result from the Lapierre double act tomorrow.
  Loic and Blenki are an absolute force together out here in the woods. Expect any kind of top result from the Lapierre double act tomorrow.

Sam Dale had a huge crash in practice this morning. So big that he bent his fork. Dale was unhurt he just took a moment to himself and carried on. Dale qualified 40th. No doubt he will going hard tomorrow.
  Sam Dale had a huge crash in practice this morning. So big, that he bent his fork. Dale was unhurt; he just took a moment to himself and carried on. Qualifying 40th he will be punishing bike and body harder than ever tomorrow.

Greg Minnaar on his way to tenth in qualies. This track is running so fast that it s best to hold back a bit to save it all for race day.
  Greg Minnaar on his way to tenth in qualies. This track is running so fast, that it's best to hold back a bit to save it all for race day.

Canada s Remi Gauvin didn t have too much luck up in Mont St Anne but here s hoping this 50 of the Perform X team can go the distance tomorrow 7 seconds back in 31st.
  Canada's Remi Gauvin didn't have too much luck up in Mont St Anne, but here's hoping this 50% of the Perform X team can go the distance tomorrow, 7 seconds back in 31st.

Pinkbike spelling enthusiasts... unite Colombia - Columbia classic error. Marcello is hosting a spelling-bee. Meet in the road gap tomorrow at noon. Tall people especially welcome.
  Pinkbike spelling enthusiasts... unite! Colombia - Columbia, classic error.

Brazil took a few hits in the soccer world cup football to the non-native ... Lucky they ve got Bernado to put them back in the map hitting the right speeds in the right places today with signature bad-ass Cruz style.
  Elsewhere in South America, Brazil took a few hits in the 'soccer' world cup (football to the non-native)... Lucky they've got Bernado to put them back on the map; hitting the right speeds in the right places today with signature bad-ass Cruz style.

Someone or something is going to get hurt when Brook the Bulldog comes through tomorrow... 6th today will only have made him madder. Crazy because he seems like such a peaceful person in conversation but sadly there is something drastically with him. Totally sick in the head.
  Someone or something is going to get hurt when Brook the Bulldog comes through tomorrow... 6th today will only have made him madder. Crazy because he seems like such a peaceful person in conversation, but sadly there is something drastically wrong with him. Totally sick in the head.

Happy murican birthday to Swede shredder Alex Kangas 24 years young. Making the cut with some big mistakes the only present he is after for finals is the gift of time a great big lack of it.
  Happy 'murican' birthday to Swede shredder Alex Kangas, 24 years young. Making the cut with some big mistakes, the only present he is after for finals is the gift of time; a great big lack of it.

Rachel Atherton taking a morning inspection of the top section during a course hold.
  Rachel Atherton takes a morning inspection of the top section during a course hold.

Rachel Atherton took the top spot in qualies today besting Ragot by 1 476 seconds. Rachel is looking back up to speed and could be poised for a win here in Windham.
  Rachel took the top spot in qualies today, besting Ragot by 1:476 seconds. Rachel is right back up to speed on this snappy track and could well be poised for a much needed win here in Windham.

Tracey Hannah qualified third today. Did the dry and dusty conditions play into the Aussie s favor
  Tracey Hannah qualifying third today on this beastly track, it's more than likely the dry and dusty conditions played into the Aussie's favor.

The current World number 1 has 4 seconds to dig out for tomorrow certainly not unachievable but no mean feat... 2 50 is no cruise down this hill male or female.
  The current World number 1 has 4 seconds to dig out for tomorrow, certainly not unachievable, but no mean feat... 2:50 is no cruise down this hill, male or female.

Emmeline Ragot qualified second today will she have the speed and accuracy to put down a winning run tomorrow
  Emmeline Ragot qualified second today, 1.48 seconds off, will she have the speed and accuracy to put down a winning run tomorrow?

Emmeline Ragot getting warmed up before practice this morning. Ragot looked to be taking it easy on the track in practice today perhaps waiting to lay everything down tomorrow.
  Cool as a frosty cucumber at the back of the Lapierre cool box. Emmeline looked to be taking it easy on the track in practice today, perhaps waiting to lay everything down tomorrow.

An American junior on American soil. Luca Shaw took qualifying today.
  An American junior on American soil. Luca Shaw took qualifying today.

Lac Blanc Scott s junior Thomas Estaque owning the Windham terrain bagging silver bragging-rights in today s qualifier.
  Lac Blanc/Scott's junior Thomas Estaque owning the Windham terrain, bagging silver bragging-rights in today's qualifier, quickly followed by Spain's Feran Jorba Prats.

Taylor Vernon didn t have the qualifying run he was looking for today but his form and speed are there. If he has a tidy run tomorrow he will be on the podium.
  Taylor Vernon didn't have the qualifying run he was looking for today, but his form and speed are there. If he has a tidy run tomorrow, he will be on the podium.

Vergier found himself 1 second back this afternoon only good enough for fourth. Tomorrow we ll see just how much he wants his plate back.
  Vergier found himself 1 second back this afternoon, only good enough for fourth. Tomorrow we'll see just how much he wants his plate back.

Wynn Masters lost his microphone while filming Wynn TV so he improvised with his water bottle.
  Sssh bro. We're on the air. Wyn TV in #onthehunt for facts.

Steve Peat Role Model.
  Steve Peat, role model, headed for evening trackwalk.

Ben tip
  Gstaad Scott mechanic, Ben, sets to work on his top tip for big successes tomorrow. Just casually chain lubing the hell out of Noel, Patrick and Brendog's rotors.

The game faces of Needles and Hart.
  The game faces of Needles and Hart.

Media Squids have never eaten so well at a World Cup. Thanks to Chris King for the incredible dinner.
  Media Squids have never eaten so well at a World Cup. Thanks to Chris King for the incredible dinner.

Douggie Fresh doesn t like to wash the bikes at dry and dusty races and instead he uses a feather duster. Keeps the grease in all the places it s supposed to be.
  Douggie Fresh doesn't like to wash the bikes at dry and dusty races, and instead he uses a feather duster. Keeps the grease in all the places it's supposed to be.

The brain bucket of the Rat. Will Bryceland be victorious again tomorrow
  The brain bucket of the Rat. Will Bryceland be victorious again tomorrow?

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bigquotesTomorrow's a big day, I heard a rumor that we did pretty good on the track this afternoon... Yeah Josh got first qualifier so I am really stoked for him. Now I'm going through all the preparation applying tubular tire glue to his training rims, making sure the spare tires are good and making sure his race wheels are fast for tomorrow. There's been very little carnage on this track, I better knock on wood for that. I've been looking around the pits and the mechanics haven't got quite as much work as in Mt.St.Anne luckily, so this track is a whole lot better for us - Doug Hatfield - Santa Cruz Syndicate Mechanic

doug portrait
  Josh began the season as a serious contender, but still something of an underdog. Now he's staring the winning of the overall right between the eyes. We asked Doug if that's changed things for him too...

bigquotesAs a mechanic in this situation now I try to go with the flow. It has been amazing for Josh to ride to the second spot now and a lot of people think that he could do it for the overall this season. He has to prove himself and he is doing it... It is an amazing story. For me it's business like usual, but there is always a little bit of pressure. The art is maybe to make sure that the riders don't feel any themselves and I just need to be relaxed, that's the whole thing. Tomorrow should be good and I'm looking forward to it - Doug Hatfield - Santa Cruz Syndicate Mechanic

First place wins and everybody else loses. It s black and white to Josh Bryceland. First place qualifier Take 2.
  First place wins and everybody else loses. It's all black and white to Josh Bryceland. First place qualifier, Take 2.




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39 Comments

  • 26 3
 Neko looks so stoned haha
"wow, that tree is fast bruh"
  • 19 0
 WD40 only for rotors. Quiets em right down!
  • 14 1
 FFS, THIS IS PREMIUM CONTENT FOR FREE. Thanks pinkbike... and sorry for the caps.
  • 11 0
 Peaty made the statement as usual Smile
  • 3 0
 Ok you got me. What's up with the tubular glue? They were experimenting with tubulars in the past but I haven't seen or heard about it in a while.
  • 1 0
 I'd guess it's a way of keeping the tire on the rim in the event of a flat. If they are running tubeless it probably decreases the likelihood of burping a tire. Basically a belt and suspenders kind of thing.
  • 5 4
 "All the fuss about the smoothness of the track: Unnecessary." - Nathan Hughes - Journalist

"There's been very little carnage on this track, I better knock on wood for that. I've been looking around the pits and the mechanics haven't got quite as much work as in Mt.St.Anne luckily, so this track is a whole lot better for us - Doug Hatfield - Santa Cruz Syndicate Mechanic"


Hmmmmmmmmm, who to believe eh? Who to believe.....
  • 3 0
 So - no one else noticed that they said Abraham Lincoln said 'that', when it was really JFK?
  • 2 1
 It was a joke, dude.
  • 2 0
 the author is from the UK.. cut him some slack, he's trying.
  • 1 1
 Hehe I don't think either of them ever made a reference to qualifying, but I am disappointed that the first very cheap looking quotation site I found said it was Abe if it was actually JFK...
  • 4 1
 Peaty in top 5 I'm sure!!!
  • 3 1
 I am proud to see Bernardo fighting for a spot keep going man eventually you will get there!
  • 2 0
 Sam, Neko, Brook that's just what I see. Or I just want to see it. Hell of a race today
  • 1 0
 Gwin then RatBoy. I'd like to see those points stay close to keep pushing the riding up a notch each time. Its an exciting season so far.
  • 4 2
 I thought it was bad to put lube onto rotors?
  • 10 1
 pros have been lubing rotors ever since hydro brakes came out
  • 2 5
 I think it's going on the rivets between rotor and carrier. They shift around as they get hot/cool off.
  • 26 1
 it's a joke guys- mechanics don't want their racers losing any time on the short track, so it's balls to the wall even if they grab the brakes
  • 1 2
 Definitely a joke. The rotors will just squeal like mad.
  • 8 2
 Ya guys, he is lubing the rotors. (Let natural selection take them out guys, come on play along!)
  • 5 0
 yeah man thats a little know mechanics secret you've let out of the bag there. i also like to depressurise my shock reservoir and pump my tires up to 45psi before race runs for that little improvment in trolling resistance. it can make all the difference between winning and losing.
  • 2 0
 I'm going out on a limb but I reckon Peaty in the top 8!!
  • 2 0
 Where is Monkey the Mechanic?
  • 1 0
 Somebody who can tell me whether the timetable on the uci is the local time of the venue or something else?
  • 4 2
 Go remi !!!!#AWESOME
  • 2 0
 peaty for a top 10
  • 2 0
 Vai BERNARDOOOOOO!
  • 1 0
 Any photos of Sam's bent fork?
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