A Sneak Peek of the 2070 Masters World Champs

Jul 20, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
There's no World Cup race this weekend, so we decided to fire up the FaceApp filter app and find out what the top DH racers would look like in 50 years time. Think of it as a sneak peek of the 2070 Masters World Champs:

Gee Atherton

Original photo: Nathan Hughes

Brook Macdonald

Original photo: Nathan Hughes

Thanee Seagrave

Original photo: Nathan Hughes

Aaron Gwin

Original photo: Nathan Hughes

Jack Moir

Original photo: Nathan Hughes

Greg Minnaar

Original photo: Ross Bell

Loic Bruni

Original photo: Ross Bell

Tracey Hannah

Original photo: Dave Trumpore

Brendan Fairclough

Original photo: Nathan Hughes

Rachel Atherton

Original photo: Nathan Hughes

Angel Suarez

Original photo: Nathan Hughes

Steve Peat

Original photo: Nathan Hughes

Mike Jones

Original photo: Nathan Hughes

Remi Thirion

Original photo: Ross Bell

Tracey Moseley

Original photo: Ross Bell

Danny Hart

Original photo: Ross Bell

Laurie Greenland

Original photo: Nathan Hughes

Sam Blenkinsop

Original photo: Andy Vathis

Thibaut Daprela

Original photo: Ross Bell

Marine Cabirou

Original photo: Ross Bell

Luca Shaw

Original photo: Ross Bell

Vali Hoell

Original photo: Nathan Hughes

Dakotah Norton

Original photo: Dave Trumpore

Ok, it wouldn't be fair if we didn't get involved too. Here's a look at some of the Pinkbike staff too:

Mike Levy
Original photo: Trevor Lyden
Mike Kazimer
Original photo: Trevor Lyden

James Smurthwaite
RC

Brian Park
Sarah Moore

Daniel Sapp
Adam Price (The Privateer)



240 Comments

  • + 151
 When you grant this app permission to your storage so it can access your photos for editing, it also upload your images/files somewhere to Russia. And I'm not talking only about images the app processing. Funny that nobody cares Smile
  • + 36
 ...it's because people are the most daft species on this planet.
  • + 15
 @Pedro404: I've set up myself phone with app, connected to fortigate router where I can track traffic and I can see there is more traffic going on than just size of the photos being transferred. I can't tell what it is, but there's suspicious behaviour..
  • - 18
flag makdthed (Jul 20, 2019 at 2:52) (Below Threshold)
 i love when you can tell someones intelligence by this shit they post - do some research dude, oh, and stay off the web also .. you know .. Russia and all that
  • + 33
 I mean its not like America is hoarding about 10x more of your personal data already. I'd actually prefer mother Russia to have my data than old USA. :/
  • + 57
 Your concern is valid, but Russia? Think again, the state of California has a bigger economy, they don’t cause concern to anyone with a brain, despite media hysteria. You should be worried about Google. They have EVERYTHING, and control media/information/internet as we know it today.
  • + 19
 @Intoxication : dude, really? do you surf in the web? browser adons? do you have a smartphone? fingerprint/face unlock? do you use socialmedia? creditcards? loyalty cards? please don't be naive..... or is it more about "bad russia/good nsa"?

btw: i read the newest analysis by specialists this morning, without knowing about the hype. the app only upload the fotos you want to edit and they were stored to servers based in the states.....
  • - 6
flag Intoxication (Jul 20, 2019 at 4:11) (Below Threshold)
 @trailblazr: I'm well aware of how stuff works. I've only shared my concerns about this very app based on my own observation. Could've expect where the discussion gonna go
  • + 29
 Installed now on any new Huawei phone Wink
  • + 1
 Absolutely! But it is not official that the data flows to russia - techcrunch.com/2019/07/17/faceapp-responds-to-privacy-concerns
The company seems to use AWS and GCP (Amazon and Google Cloud) - but in fact the data privacy issue is huge. But it is interesting how a hype went through all scenes.... Wink
  • + 4
 Your post is so hype as app itself. Make a research and find out that most of apps using camera, need internet connection or requires phone book access does same thing... Relax they already got you anyway Smile
  • + 14
 @Pedro404: Dude did you unironically link a buzzfeed article?
  • + 12
 @Intoxication: sorry but i really don't understand what your concerns are, particularly when you're aware of "how stuff works". When we agree that our data are lost anyway, there is only the "anti russia bias" left in your first comment. and even that i find somewhat naive, regardless what your political believes are.

don't get me wrong, i wish nothing more than real awareness of whats going on with our data. but when i see people with their smartphones, smarthomes, social media and google, i dont's see what new problem the faceapp should generate?
are you aware that social media and search engine providers can generate more accurate psychograms than human psychologists/psychiatrists ever could? they can even predict your future actions to a certain degree, no fake newsSmile
i think when you don't want to live as a hermit, you can only controll your credit card statement and be careful not to be susceptible to blackmail (offline data backup, covering webcam when not in use, no face to genital fotos and videos Wink )

Sorry for the rant (nothing personal) and my english. Im only a depressed doomer sitting at home during the best weather with a broken clavicle. Have a good ride.... Smile
  • + 24
 When you realise that people can steal your sensitive data through FaceApp but then you realise that your data is as worthless as your whole life.
  • + 3
 @Protato: Yeah, the KGB has a history of early morning starts......your worries should be with Big Tech and Big Pharma

I wonder what the world would look like if the USA was never born?
  • + 4
 @trailblazr: hopefully for the last time. I was not getting into social media/Google/China collecting data. I'm only commenting on this app, I've basic research myself with my own equipment and I can say that there is something going on. Nobody have to believe me , I don't care. And now version that everybody can hopefully understand: there's a lot of people who have pictures of their credit card, pin, passwords and all kinds of data in their phone and while Google/Facebook have them already , they're not gonna user your cc for scams, people behind this app easily might or they will sell them to whoever. Hopefully it is clear enough.
  • + 1
 @janoo: and you show me, that you are definitely not have an Idea what i meant. The problem is not the data which is used, it is - but you will know it genius - a problem about the GDPR issues. And this is always in all online media the topic! You have really no idea about this topic.
  • + 5
 Sense of humor anybody? Please? ...



...please?
  • + 2
 @mihauek: thank you, you get it...
  • + 3
 It's a distraction, like everything in the mainstream news. They have all of your data already, they get it from your phones. Organized crime meetings take place in buildings with no phones allowed as AI listens to everything, even if your phone is off, and Quantam computers use the data to make predictions, which some countries like the UK are already using to predict crimes. A group of scientists recently eavesdropped on a room, making useable recordings through a hacked hard drive from a computer in the room. They utilized the ultra sensitive laser that reads the hard drive to monitor the vibrations in the room, and get scratchy but intelligible voices out of it. Your data is not yours, and is now the most valuable commodity in the world.
  • + 3
 @Pedro404: My instinct is to trust the guy's brash opinion with no claim of evidence over a buzzfeed article.
  • + 1
 Or just don't grant the app permission to access your photos and use the in-app camera to take a shot. Rolleyes
  • + 1
 @rivercitycycles: One without terrorism, probably a bit greener, cooler and less noisy ????
  • + 3
 I know right. All my secrets about the porn I watch and all the crap I don't need that I buy on Amazon. Those ruskies are going to use it against me one day!
  • + 3
 @FindDigRideRepeat: I googled it. Turns out they are clean.
  • + 2
 Ahhh Snapchat has been doing this for years...
  • + 0
 @Intoxication: they take the photos from the social media account you grant access to, not from your actual data storage. The data flows from the social media company's servers, not your own.
  • + 1
 Gwin is all set to take over as George Hamilton.
  • + 2
 That is incorrect. Only processed images are uploaded - to US cloud providers. Which are no safer than the Russians.
  • + 6
 I cannot wait to see what KGB amd CIA can do with pictures and personal information of top downhillers. I think they should do a competition in who can do more harm to them without them noticing. Like send Pierrons nudes to Myriam Nicole, or install nanobots up their arse to multiply the smell of their farts and make them fart in gondola with other people in it. The Russian dirty bomb, yes.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I had a sense of humor until I realized the Russians were listening in and stealing my jokes. Now I don’t at anything...
  • + 3
 @PtDiddy: I would just love the very same article with snapchat smoothening filter...
  • + 2
 @Pedro404: Yeah because Buzzfeed is known as a completely reliable legitimate news source Facepalm
  • + 0
 @FindDigRideRepeat: I think the Province of Ontario (Canada) might have a bigger economy than Mother Russia. Again, as you said, doesn’t cause concern for anyone with a brain. But Mother Russia still hasn’t figured this whole world thing out yet, and being a good neighbour.
  • + 4
 @bholton: Um, Russia has 10 times the population of Ontario, and Russia has decent sized gold reserves at almost 2200 tonnes, Canada has a big fat Zero in gold reserves. Not only would Russia kick Ontario's ass in an economic contest, the are almost on par with Canada if you compare GDP. Are you sure you have this whole world thing figured out yourself?
  • + 3
 Where is exactly the difference between giving data to facebook or google? Actually the USA is doing the biggest data storage and spying in digital data...
  • + 5
 Putin is gonna jerking off on your photos
  • + 2
 @Pedro404: Lol get outta here with that buzzfeed shit. No one reads that garbage.
  • + 1
 @Intoxication: the toc's grant access to you browser history.
  • + 1
 Wound them up and let'em go... top trolling @Intoxication ^_^
  • + 70
 I’d reckon Minnaar could still win a race at that age
  • + 4
 I'd put money on Greg and T-MO
  • + 11
 Minnaar is like Tom Cruise in Top Gun 2
  • + 6
 Minaar looks like Indiana Jones
  • + 5
 shoulda left him the same lol
  • + 67
 Fake news. Minnaar never gets old.
  • - 7
flag MatthewCarpenter (Jul 20, 2019 at 12:27) (Below Threshold)
 Haha! Also, I can accept that French riders get a bit less coverage on pinkbike in general (also because French fans prefere French websites). BUT obviously this otherwise great article lacks pictures of LORIS VERGIER and AMAURY PIERRON, without a doubt two of the top 5 racers of this year and last year!
  • + 6
 @MatthewCarpenter: french riders get absolutely no lack of coverage
  • + 59
 Peaty looks younger
  • + 7
 and bikes still look like sessions!!
  • + 4
 Peaty transformed into Dougie Fresh Big Grin
  • + 1
 Hopefully none of the subjects are burdened by even a shred of vanity. I would be bummed out by some of the photos tbh.
  • + 1
 Indeed, 96 years young to be precise Wink
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: if you are bummed out by looking old when you are, well, old then that's more than just a shred of vanity mate

Or maybe I just say that because I look pretty good in mine ????
  • + 1
 @rudymedea: HAHA i haven't used the app and I'm actually old now. I think the app makes them look a lot worse than they actually will
  • + 24
 Who will be looking after Rachel Atherton's 15 cats while she's competing ?
  • + 24
 Old peaty=Marshy now
  • + 20
 RC ages in reverse! And that new TLD helmet looks really safe.
  • + 4
 Ben button that guy
  • + 1
 reincarnated.
  • + 20
 Did the filter not work on Levy?
  • + 16
 I don't age Wink
  • + 8
 @mikelevy: I think it's funny that it made you look fatter.
  • + 11
 @ssteve: It didn't Wink
  • + 1
 @mikelevy: I kinda knew...you know what they say, the camera adds 10 pounds.
  • + 17
 Gotta make the obligatory "slow news day", but you acknowledged that and beat us to it, and I got a kick out of it. Well done. Weird and random, but funny and well-done.
  • + 10
 Since when Brendog got a tatoo on his neck Razz hahaaaa

Peaty looks actually younger there, may have stop the beer... ahahhaa
  • + 1
 @jefftrancex1xtr: 2025 it will be.
  • + 13
 Bet Minnaar would still be racing Elite.
  • + 8
 Now, I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but if you download an app whose terms of use grant the developer "“perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable, sub-licensable” access to your photos, you're a grade-A dumbass.
  • + 5
 That the app developer is Russian is just the chocolate jimmies on top.
  • + 2
 @Phillyenduro: but a cool IG photo is way more important.....people are idiots
  • + 1
 Google and Facebook know WAY more about you than the app. Ever bothered to read the ToS of literally ANY social media app you use?
  • + 4
 @Pavel-Repak: Is that an argument for downloading this app?
  • - 6
flag ADGproductions (Jul 20, 2019 at 16:00) (Below Threshold)
 @Phillyenduro you sound fun at parties...not. Get over it. Hope you don't use a smartphone or any social media because you're in the same boat then buddy.
  • + 3
 @ADGproductions: Oh man that’s the meanest thing anyone’s said to me since junior high.
  • + 1
 We are the product. Right this second. On PB and everywhere. Nothing new. You knew about the game before you hopped on the thing.
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: Cool story bro. But granting perpetual, irrevocable, and transferable access to your photos doesn't strike me as quite as much of a yawn as you say it is.
  • + 1
 @Phillyenduro: SOP - Welcome to dystopia. You have no control.
  • + 2
 "Facebook has already stolen my privacy and I keep using it. Why would I care if other people steal my privacy too" - idiot logic at its finest
  • + 11
 Cheers PB that cheered me up today! Great having some random shit occasionally Smile
  • + 11
 Vali:

[sees reflection]: "Lookin' good!"
  • + 9
 Tracey Hannah is a hot nanna that I would take on a pension day date.
  • + 2
 She looks like Caty Sessler from the Syndicate
  • + 2
 There are certain parts of Queensland populated by "old Tracey Hannah"!
  • + 1
 @boozed: Queensland is my favorite accent!
  • + 4
 For Tahnee and Rachel, you just need to replace with pics of their Mums. Similarly with Gee - he is turning into his old man - getting closer every year.

But how has Greg turned into Doug Hatfield? Some questions must be asked!
  • + 8
 Stay on your Rascal Danny
  • + 5
 Tracey H aged well and Rachel turned out to be Dr Jillian Mckeith, who knew ????‍♂️
  • + 5
 Some aged really well, lot of sports, hu?
  • + 1
 @themountain age is a beautiful thing. I dont get how we can think an old car or boat or any physical object as classic and beautiful. When we think the opposite about ourselves we will all age weather you embrace it or not is up to you.
  • + 5
 Danny Hart, best one! Rachel Ath the scariest!!
  • + 11
 Danny Hart, the last Chuckle Brother.
  • + 2
 Brendan's neck takes the win here. Thing has a life of its own.
  • + 5
 Gee did not age well
  • + 2
 @cuban-b: Gee looks like a man who spends all his days drinking and smoking in a pub.
  • + 5
 love that RC got younger!
  • + 5
 Jack Moir looks like John Cleese.
  • + 5
 or Kurt Vonnegut
  • + 13
 He looks like some shit went down and you wouldn't understand cos you weren't there man, you weren't there.
  • + 4
 Never too old to have fun and send it - Polygon UR 10th Year Anniversary Launch www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-WeuF_4L_c
  • + 1
 that software is absolutely mindblowing. I can't believe it can handle high res textures like that. I figured cell phone images, but not photos from a pro DSLR. Absolutely hilarious Big Grin
  • + 2
 no matter what you think of the app: I wish that we/thay all become as old as the app shows us/them and that we/they all stay healthy.
  • + 1
 I kinda thought about what this app would make me look like, and I guarantee that I will either look way, way worse or be dead.
  • + 4
 I think they forgot to run the app on the Steve Peat picture
  • + 0
 Not sure how the app works, but they bombed the fuck out of Rachel, then left Vali and Tahnee virtually untouched. Im calling complete bullshit on this. Laurie looks cool, and so does Aaron Gwinn. Just really disagree with how the womens pics turned out... I think the author was fucking with the age slider on his favorite downhillers. Not cool.
  • + 1
 Gee Atherton looks like Keith Richards, for the win.
  • + 2
 Other than grey in the 'stache, Hart looks the same. But he is an old-looking young guy to begin with. Old Gwin looks like he could still f' you up.
  • + 3
 I mean, is the human species gonna be around in 2070, let alone the world cup?
  • + 7
 humans no, wc yes
  • + 1
 My main takeaway from this and all the comments is that there is too much emphasis on society on what people look like and we should instead focus more on people's positive contributions to society.
  • - 1
 The pic of Levy is awesome!

... and I was gonna hold my tongue, but:

Do you poor plebeian biatches really think the KGB, CIA, etc give a shite about us?

I mean sure, we all know the KGB is using our VUSA number to buy luggage in Europe, but damn son, they need to get of the USSR!

Funny pics PB ????
  • + 2
 FSB now.. and of course they do. All my secret amazon purchases that I don't tell my wife about. That shit can bite you in the ass.
  • + 1
 Gee looks like Dan Milner, Danny seems to be sporting a Hitler-esque moustache, Rach looks like a heroin addict and Gwin looks like my ball sack....
  • + 1
 2070, all of us reading this including the riders will be dead. Well maybe not everyone but 90%. It will be a new breed of fast traversing Lenzerheide and Rampage.
  • + 3
 Brook Mac is a crusty ol' fishing boat captain
  • + 1
 Valli seems to have a magic mirror that always shows her how she has looked just before moving up to elite :-) gonna be an exciting new WC Season !
  • + 1
 ha … cool new app.

my son used that same app on his phone using a prom pic he took with his girlfriend ---- He looks like me now (with hair)... she hardly changes a bit.
  • + 2
 Greg looking even more like Harrison Ford.
  • + 2
 Thanee Seagrave is still hot! So we know that now.
  • + 2
 Hahaha what a bunch of old punks
  • + 1
 Maybe with this breach of privacy we'll finally get to learn Danny Hart's tire pressures.
  • + 1
 Greg and Steve look like that already Razz





#JustJokes I am a Mr Minnnnn Fan!
  • + 2
 @brianpark could be related to RC...
  • + 1
 They all look great. Jack Moir looks like the ultimate downhill bike setup was revealed to him in a dream last night.
  • + 2
 anyone else notice that tracey hannah looks the same?
  • + 1
 Luca looks like an aged Edward Norton. And Tracey...damn, it must hurt to look that good!
  • + 2
 Oh my god Danny looks exactly like his dad..
  • + 1
 LOL, Angel Suarez ready for an evaluation and/or psychiatric confinement Wink
  • + 1
 Rachel looks like that local crazy person that wanders the streets shouting at trees..
  • + 1
 Rachy showing early signs of dementia Wink
  • + 1
 I actually really liked this article. Pretty fucking funny you twats.
  • + 1
 Blenki looks a little like a mix of christopher lloyd and bill nye:-D
  • + 1
 We can compare this with their old age later, those faces looks legit Smile
  • + 2
 Brendold
  • + 0
 Danny Hart kinda looks like Hitler... just sayin, don’t ban me, I can voice my opinion
  • + 0
 Admirable, but mistaken.
  • + 1
 I don't think Greg M. will look that good at 90. Lol.
  • + 2
 WTF?!
  • + 1
 Someone has too much time on their hands!
  • + 1
 laurie Greenland looks like he should be the manager of the team.
  • + 1
 LOL, the ultimate sugar-daddies and sugars-grannies Wink
  • + 1
 OMG, wicked punk Dakotah Norton: Ride fast, die old Wink
  • + 1
 Blenki and Vali look no different. Is that good or bad for them?
  • + 10
 Blenki looks like the cool uncle that would let u look at his Penthouse stash in the 80’s. And I say this with the highest level of regard.
  • + 1
 Dahahahahah danny hart = best pic ever
  • + 1
 Funny how everyone's arms didn't age at all.
  • + 2
 2070. More like 2040
  • + 1
 Whaaat the... But excellent execution
  • + 0
 These photos are supposed to be people 70-85 years old. Hardly any of them look anywhere near that old.
  • + 1
 This is quite disturbing...
  • + 1
 Hey you guys forgot to do Peaty Razz
  • + 0
 He's there!
  • + 1
 Holy crap! I look just like them!
  • + 1
 It said "TILT" the first time you tried RC, didn't it?
  • + 1
 Gee Atherton replaces Bez in the Happy Mondays lol
  • + 1
 LMAO did they make @richardcunningham younger?
  • + 3
 @jewpowered Nope, If you do the math (and you believe in reincarnation), that's just about what I'd look like in 50 years.
  • + 1
 @kasimer is like wine. Just gets better with age. Hahaha great stuff.
  • + 1
 Funny to look at, but somehow also pretty damn spooky XD
  • + 1
 Next year’s meth dh championships.
  • + 1
 Laurie Greenland has some good vintage
  • + 0
 He reminds me of that guy from West World and the new Top Gun
  • + 0
 Did the camera also bestow that Magnificant paunch on Levy or was there also some Photoshop work here?
  • + 2
 I swear that's stuff in my hoodie pocket...
  • + 1
 Brendan is the best!
Did you forget do edit Steve Peat to look older?
  • + 1
 was Peaty the odd one out? i didnt see any difference there... Wink
  • + 1
 Rachel showing early signs of dementia Wink
Tracey the nicest granny ever Wink
  • + 1
 I love how Minaar is still buff with no wrinkles on his arms lol
  • + 1
 The Danny Hart one killed me.
  • + 1
 Danny hart looks like sly Stallone
  • + 1
 And the Gollum Sméagol award is attributed to .... Razz
  • + 1
 Wont take 50 years for most, but epic post none the less.
  • + 1
 Dak's hair will be that gray in like 5 years
  • + 0
 Gwin still annoyingly handsome.
  • + 1
 G O L D
  • + 1
 Wow Vali
  • + 0
 So vali hoell is still hot. Got it.
  • + 1
 Yung RC
  • + 1
 WKWKWKWKWKW
  • + 1
 what the frick pb
  • + 0
 Laurie Greenland looks like a propper Dad
  • + 0
 This app really scares me!!
  • + 0
 Angel Suarez in the process of dislocating a shoulder
  • + 0
 Dak Norton has a little Jimmy Stewart thing going on.
  • + 0
 Sometimes I trip over things because I Russia....
  • + 1
 Mate peaty would be dead
  • + 0
 New category perhaps?
Junior,elite and senior.
  • - 1
 By the Power of Pumpkin...I will still be riding in 2070. Probably in the Fires of Hell...but the pumpkin will save me.
  • + 0
 Peaty looks like doug hatfield
  • + 0
 Angel Suarez looks like Chris Conroy of Yeti Cycles!
  • + 0
 There’s something beautiful to this.
  • + 0
 Content like this is why I will never leave PB.
  • + 0
 Everybody aged...RC got younger! LOL
  • + 0
 Lmao this is priceless lol
  • + 0
 Less pish more loosefest please!
  • + 0
 Tahnee still looks the goods
  • + 0
 50 years later and Tahnee is just as attractive
  • + 0
 This is hilarious!!!
  • + 0
 Nice "boiler" Levy!):
  • + 0
 lol!!!
  • + 0
 TINFOIL
  • + 0
 WTF
  • + 0
 Grandpa Levy!
  • + 0
 Laughing so hard! LSH
  • - 1
 pinkbike is running out of ideas...
  • - 3
 Is this really worth posting?
  • + 6
 Yeah
  • + 1
 It's a great internal sh1tpost. Horrible scary app though.
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: yeh very worrying
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