Team Videos: Lenzerheide DH World Cup 2017

Jul 9, 2017 at 3:53
Jul 9, 2017
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NS Bikes Factory Racing

It was a busy week at the World Cup in Lenzerheide! But what a week it was, actually the most successful one in the history of the team so far. It all started with making the trip back from Andorra to Switzerland. Long hours on the road and finally setting up the pits on Tuesday. But since Switzerland is familiar territory for the team this was pretty easy going. Sunday was here and everyone was in good spirits, but nobody knew what was going to happen! What followed was one of the best days ever. Slawek had a massive run into 16th spot (Career best). Noel proved once again that his consistency is getting better and better with his 25th place (Career best). Moritz matched his best result with a 4th place and Carina had a solid run into 11th spot.

MS Mondraker

The MS Mondraker Team did a double podium with Danny Hart and Laurie Greenland with 3rd and 4th place in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. This is the first Elite podium for youngster Laurie Greenland and the second podium in 2017 for double world champion Danny Hart.

Propain Dirt Zelvy

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As one of the most gifted bike handlers on the circuit, it was only a matter of time before Atwill started hauling in the results and this season has been so good for him so far. Ninth in Vallnord proved his potential and now to podium on a track he doesn’t even like shows just how fast he is this year.

YT Mob

Last year in Lenzerheide Aaron Gwin came within 96/100ths of a second of winning his first World Cup on Swiss soil and was highly motivated to take the victory this weekend at Round 5 of the World Cup series. A last minute crash on Thursday saw Aaron in the doctor’s surgery requiring four stitches to his right knee yet despite this injury, he went on to win the qualifying race and set the tone for the weekend. Gwin meant business. On finals day, as the last man down, Aaron turned the interval clocks green from the outset, up at sector 1 and 2, and then impressively up by 1.5secs at sector four before a puncture brought his run to an end.

Polygon UR Team

A tough week of racing for the team but still Tracey on the podium and always a positive spirit.

Canyon Factory Racing

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Fifth World Cup for the Canyon Factory Team, in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Troy Brosnan had an amazing run and finished 2nd. Mark Wallace takes 17th place. Next stop for the team is Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada. Video: Lucas Stanus Videos.

Norco Factory Racing

From day one of practice, it was all about getting a handle on the limits of the track. To be fair, this track seems to catch a few riders off-guard. More specifically, sometimes it hard to know whether one is going quick or not on this track. Maybe this is what makes this track so difficult mentally. It’s just hard to know whether you’ve got a hold of the beast or not.

For Saturday’s finals, there’s not much to say. All guys had good practice, and with it being just being past the halfway mark in the World Cup season, strong finishes and points are on the line. With Henry up first, it was great to see him racing in the finals. Unfortunately, the top rock garden (maybe the toughest of the year) decided to pull him off his bike. Getting back up, he finished his run with a decent time considering a big fall. Hank finished up 75th on the day. Next was Sam, simply put, this track has not been tough over the years (never finishing inside the top 20). As some of you can appreciate, sometimes you just can’t get a handle of certain tracks or trails. With a steady run, Sam came down an impressive 6 seconds quicker than qualifying, finishing 33rd on the day. Last was Joe, steady and slightly conservative (his words) might summarize his run best. So this made his season best 19th place finish even more impressive. A good day.

The team is now off for a few weeks, besides Henry racing Canadian National Championships in 2 weeks, the remainder of the team gets a bit of a chance to rest and recover after a 6-week straight race tour. Next big events, Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup, and Crankworx Whistler, including EWS Whistler.

Dorval AM Nicolai

Mélanie Chappaz our female junior is heading the overall junior ranking with a second place during finals this week. Mariana Salazar from El Salvador had many crashes during training and hurt her left elbow, she finished 13th during finals with a crash on the top of the track. Our boys Benoit Coulanges and Maxime Ciriego finished 52th and 69th in the qualification and they both had a flat tire in the middle of the track during finals. The team is now resting, in 2 weeks there will be the French championship and quickly followed by the world cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne.

Video: William Klock

MENTIONS: @The-YT-Mob / @norcobicycles / @NS-Bikes-Factory-Racing / @Roc-Vtt / @PROPAIN-Bicycles

Must Read This Week


  • + 73
 Bloody hell! Would someone please develop a knee pad that actually stays on your knee when you crash. Sincerely, The whole mountain bike community.
  • + 14
 Buy one with a hardshell and it will. Like the ones from 7th protection.
  • + 8
 I've also learned that the hard shell knee pads are the only ones that stay on your knee during a crash. The IXS Digger pads seem to stay on the knee great!
  • + 5
 IXS Dagger is pretty damn good. Hard to take off, but still really comfortable. I can wear them all day. They have great ventilation too.
  • + 11
 Fox Launch
  • + 5
 @Mettwurst82: Can confirm this to be the case, Ive taken some horrific spills with my 7protection knee pads and Im pleased to report both my knees and pads are in good shape
  • + 4
 For real! I did the same thing as Gwinn about a month and a half ago and I am just now at 100%. I immediately switched to hard shell knee pads (Fox Launch Pro D30) hoping they would help.
  • + 2
 ride race pants and the pad will stay on your knee
  • + 3
 POC them, best pad I've owned
  • + 2
 661 straits, always used them, never had an issue.
  • + 2
 Same thing happened to me that happened to gwin. Pad slid right to my ankle and I look down and my knee was cut open. Those were 661 rage soft shell. Switched to ixs dagger and the are the bees... Knees... Have not slipped down in 3 crashes now which involved knees and are comfortable enough for all day riding. Highly recommend.
  • + 2
 Scott grenade pro 2. even only d3o and no hard shell, superb all around the knee protection and it has stayed in place on my knee for 3 years and many crashes in rocks.
  • + 1
 "Crap! Here comes a rock! Better get out of the way and let the knee take it...." said the knee pad.

No one wants to fall on a rock, not even a knee pad.....
  • + 17
 Blenky has such mad skills, I always feel sorry for him when he doesn't finish in the top ten.
  • + 3
 Would love to get hold of one of his jerseys. Love those!
  • + 1
 Oath, I'm dying to see when those Norco's hit production too. They look rad.
  • + 9
 I'm sure I'm missing out a lot but I only watch (and enjoy) YT team videos. Gwin's a cool cat.. how can you dislike him?
  • + 18
 Gwin has definitely become way more easy going and seems to be enjoying himself more since his move to YT last year. Loving life and having fun!
  • - 1
 I can only laugh at his commentary about the degradation of the trail conditions and there being rocks and sticks or should I say footballs and Christmas trees lying on the trail. I sure hope he was joking around...
  • + 13
 @Drewnose: No he was totally serious and it's a problem with tracks that are mainly man made. There's only one or two lines down the mountain and when the hardpacked surface breaks apart, it becomes an unpredictable shit show. Compare this to the previous week in Andorra where the track would change, become rutted up, become more difficult, but it would still be fully rideable and predictable.

Extremely difficult, extremely techincal, extremely gnarly but rideable and predictable is 100% preferred over a track that is not inherently more difficult or techincal or gnarly but rapidly deteriorates and is very unpredictable.
  • - 3
 @ka-brap: Hahaha, thanks for your explanation. The majority of trails or tracks are man made and maintained. There are sticks and rocks in the mountains and they inevitably end up on the trails and tracks we ride. Maybe someone should invent a broom that mounts on the athletes seat stays and sweeps the track behind them; hell, why not pay some little old ladies to sweep and polish the dirt while your at it.
  • - 13
flag Drewnose (Jul 9, 2017 at 17:41) (Below Threshold)
 This just in, all future UCI DH races to be on paved tracks. Racers are now permanently switching to 29" wheels with racing slicks. Rumor has it, there are a lot Olympian luge racers that want to make the switch to downhill mountain biking because there are better looking woman. There is one obstacle for them to overcome and make the switch... Unfortunately the UCI has banned Lycra racing suits, so their bulges won't show as much.
  • + 12
 @Drewnose: You clearly don't understand the difference between a good track and a bad track. There is a world of difference between tracks like Schladming, Val di Sole, & Andorra (which don't get complaints) and tracks like Leogang & Lenzerheide (which get constant complaints). It's not that racers are complaining about the technicality or difficulty or types of permanent obstacles or even when lines change over the course of the weekend. They are complaining about tracks that aren't normally technical or difficult but are made sketchy as shit because the track falls apart. There is a huge difference between a naturally difficult course that challenges the world's best racers and a shitty course that is simply dangerous to race. No one is asking for paved courses, they are asking for naturally challenging courses.
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flag Drewnose (Jul 10, 2017 at 10:31) (Below Threshold)
 @ka-brap: You're very wrong in making an assumption that I don't know the difference. The fact that they are the top echelon of riders on the best rigs available means everything, if the tracks with a little bit of debris and wear are too dangerous to race then why would a race move forwards after all the practice laps and qualifying runs? Why didn't the racers decline to race? Look at the EWS tracks FFS... With comments like your's and Gwin's, no wonder more and more tracks and trails are buffed out. I was joking around, but hey by all means if it makes you feel better argue your point, Nancy.
  • + 5
 @Drewnose: Ugh, it's like going in circles with you and you miss the point completely. I clearly said they want naturally technical, challenging courses- just like what's on the EWS. No one, not me nor Gwin, is arguing for or encouraging tracks to be smooth & buffed out BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT LEADS TO THE PROBLEM, Nancy. If you and others actually listened to what Gwin was saying and understood the cause of the problem, then we'd have awesome natural trails and less motorway-type bullshit that results in sketchy race tracks.

But, let me break it down for you, just so you can follow along:
Natural, super challenging, steep, technical tracks (which deteriorate in an acceptable way) = what every racer wants
Bike park, motorway tracks that are sketchy AF to race (which deteriorate in a bad way) = what no racer wants

The risks associated for the first option are very different to the risks associated with the second option. If you don't understand the difference between "difficult" and "sketchy" and how the risks for each are different, then you need to ride more.
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 @Drewnose: Gwins comments were about how things would randomly appear on the track not asking for a buffed out track. That's why he ends the conversation saying its not going to be fun going into a track 5 hours later after who knows what had happened. Just watch the race and they even comment about how someone better go move that large bolder that rolled into the racing line of the rock garden. Some of there racers spend days memorizing every little detail of a track to have a plan but when they track is different every run due to items rolling into the track it can be frustrating.
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flag Drewnose (Jul 10, 2017 at 13:21) (Below Threshold)
 @ka-brap: Hahaha! I need to ride more!? Ok you armchair hero. How about you sit here and make sure nobody uses humour or sarcasm on Pinkbike.
  • + 10
 Yt....your edits are like your rider!.....Really fast!
  • + 10
 So bummed for Neko. I really want to see him do well.
  • + 4
 it is his own fault so un-professional
  • + 1
 @vhdh666: didn't he wear a protector, but they didn't accepted it?
  • + 0
 @vhdh666: Nobody was riding the save line through the upper stone fiield because straight is faster. Neko is a nice character and one of the best riders, but i did not want to see him crash on the risky short line. Or down the plunge or in the big high speed corner section. For the average racer it is not only the straight line where back protection makes sense, the whole mountain and all the bikepark trails are very much risk without enough protection. When you take the upper lift to the top of the mountain, you can ride totally rocky trails with very big stones everythere. Gwin mentioned the random rocks on the course, but that is absolute normal here.
  • + 8
 @leopaul: From what i heard he was wearing a proper back protector during practice but decided to change to a peice of cardboard taped to the inside of his jersey.No wonder the comissier DQ'd him.
  • + 6
 @rideonjon: well that's just stupid
  • + 3
 @leopaul: Yes very stupid,i can't imagine what Martin Whiteley thought of it.
  • + 1
 @rideonjon: oh no. Please tell me you're joking!
  • + 2
 @kelpaso: if you watch the YT video for Lenzerheide when Niko is going up for his race run he has his jersey in his hand and you can see a rectangular object inside that appears to be very thin,like cardboard.That's my best CSI on it.Pretty lame if it's true.
  • + 3
 @rideonjon: you are correct. He has since accepted responsibility for the attempted fudge of the rules, but to be entirely fair, shoving cardboard under race clothing is not new in races where rules dictate protection-he just got caught. Its been happening for years.
  • + 5
 Here's the team Dorval AM Nicolai race report in Lenzerheide :
Enjoy it
  • + 2
 Was not aware of said team. Thanks. Keep it pinned.
  • + 2
 Great work on the edit. You've got a good young team going. Hope you smash it in st anne
  • + 7
 As ever YT with the first and best edit
  • + 5
 The best part of Lenzerheide is not the bike park but all the single trails.
  • + 1
 Its really a bummer to not see the santa cruz videos come out shortly after the races. First world problems...... hahaha. Id love to see these come out more promptly. Makes me more stoked on santa cruz rather then always waiting and never seeing the goods.
  • + 2
 When I hear all these riders saying "I was riding sooo good"... I guess nobody knows the difference anymore between good and well.
  • + 4
 Well stoked for Atwill.
  • + 3
 Actually teared up a bit when Phil Atwill found out he made the podium.
  • + 2
 Anyone got the name of the song in the Norco video? Shazam wont do.
  • + 1
  • + 3
 Revolutionary Rhythm - Rock The Beat
  • + 1
 Its good to see fellow riders acknowleding their peers.
  • + 1
 Props to PolygonUR for the love!

  • + 1
 Propain boys are the flippin boys! yaaas keep it up!
  • + 1
 661 pads alll the way

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