THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 112 - LOURDES WORLD CUP POST-RACE WRAP-UP PODCAST
March 28th, 2022
Henry, Ben, and James talk about the first World Cup race of 2022, including long lift lines, fast juniors, and a resurgent Amaury Pierron.
Join us on another episode of the Pinkbike Racing Podcast. This week the team completed their first World Cup of the season in France and we talk about the race, endless lift queues, and why racing downhill in the French springtime wasn't all that bad.
The track was fast and the racing was close, so here to bring you all the latest from the event itself I'm joined by Ben Cathro and James Smurthwaite. Ben sadly had to miss out on this round due to a shoulder issue but has plenty of insight into the race and the track. James, who's our resident racing stats enthusiast, also has many interesting insights into a weekend that offered so many great parts of downhill, as well as some of the negative ones.
We also have clips from Max Commencal as he discusses what it's like to be at the helm of a company that can seemingly do no wrong on the World Cup circuit, as well as the etiquette for concussed riders.
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I understand there are a lot of reasons not to do this, but it would be really cool to see a breakdown of the costs of running/sponsoring a WC race team. It would be an interesting continuation of the State of the Sport survey, and give us outsiders a better perspective of what it takes to make these events happen. Same for equipment, how many brake pads/tires/grips/whatever does the team and its sponsors need to make a weekend of racing at the highest level happen?
Any other nationality and he'd be mentioned constantly as a podium threat.
Too many fast frenchies
@henryquinney if one were to happen by the Pinkbike Racing pit at Fort William when it's not manic would the team be accepting [small] brown envelopes, or road snacks, even? Sorry, no edibles. But no awkward attempts at social interactions, a dead drop would be ideal.
Hey @henryquinney - if the funicular only carries 35 riders and bikes per trip and takes ~ 27 min to load, transit and unload a trip - with 279 total rides it would take ~3.5 hours to get them all up the hill. That's if they all showed up at the same time. Throughput of the funicular is basically fixed at "f*cked" - you don't even have to dip into queueing theory to figure out that it could never have reasonable service times for a world cup. As a comparison an old-fashioned double chair ski lift if ~1200 people/hr.
I have the same issue with Mountain Bike Radio, where everything is in one feed but I only listen to a couple pods. Though most of those have not been updated in forever, with no (easily discoverable) updates regarding those hiatuses, so might be time to take it off my list completely...