Video: Danny Hart Hits Warp Speed Down Champéry's World Champs Track

Jun 29, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  

bigquotesAfter not riding Champery since the 2011 World Championships, I decided to go back, and it did not disappoint, yes, it is a little tamer, but still so much fun!Danny Hart

Video credit: Danny Hart.

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128 Comments

  • + 92
 That was crazy! His race run in 2011 is still probably my favourite race video ever. It is so epic. The whip at the end blows my mind every time...Nigel page going "geeeeeeeeaaaarrrrgggggghhbbbhb"
  • + 43
 I watch it at least once a month
  • + 19
 "Look at that whiiiiiip! What the helll?!?!?!"
  • + 7
 "...and he does another tear off.. it doesn't matter how wet it is, he never seems to go down Nige.. "
  • + 21
 "How does Danny Hart sit down with balls that big!?"
  • + 2
 One of our favourite runs of all time!
  • + 6
 when taking the tear offs out from the goggles becomes a form of art!!!
  • + 7
 Stay on ya bike Daaannnnnyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 reckon he sat down for the whole run
  • + 35
 His normal riding looks like mine, split seconds before I crash out or hit a tree.
  • + 6
 seriously. there were like 20 times where i was like "oh damn hes going down". he just rides out of it, no problem.
  • + 30
 Unreal. Nice to see a video that hasnt has a gimble piston making the run look smooth!!
  • + 1
 But some parts of track become blurred
  • + 33
 agreed. shows the true violence more truthfully...
  • + 4
 Yeah the gimbal can make seem like it's a ghost is riding down a few inches above the trail not being affected by it at all.
  • + 4
 I was thinking it would be nice if he had two cameras on. One gimbled one straight up. and run the footage side by side so I can see the craziness and actually see whats happening.
  • + 3
 To each their own. I didn't finish it cus I couldn't tell what was happening. Not a fan of chesty footy.
  • + 2
 @HARv379: Yeah i'm the same, I really don't see the appeal in chest footage at all. I'm yet to see any chesty footage i've enjoyed. Stick with the head cams they show the track in the best form in my opinion.
  • + 23
 #bringbackcchampery
  • + 6
 Yea whats with the bottom half of the track being left to overgrow??
  • + 3
 @Treehouse15:

Probably worried about erosion. If they bring it back cutting back some plants isn’t too difficult
  • + 1
 @Treehouse15: With jumps that big we don't think it would have been safe to have open to the public!
  • + 1
 Champery and Morgans were both closed last year due to lack of funding so I guess maybe that’s why @Treehouse15:
  • + 1
 @Treehouse15 Hopefully @buckow will answer this question
  • + 6
 @winko: The land owner at the bottom of the track doesn't want bikes mixed in with his sheep and we only had temporary access to that part of the track for the races. It's open for a day a year during the Rally du Chablais but it's real gnarly and most people walk a big portion of it. It's still really fun without the bottom section and like this it's all downhill to the lift whereas if you ride to the bottom it's a pedal back to the lift.
  • + 2
 @dododom: Champery was open. Only Morgins was closed last year.
  • + 2
 @buckow: I rode the track last week and walked/hiked the last part. No sheep there. Bit I saw the jump where Danny whipped .. legend
  • + 1
 @buckow: what version of this track was more difficult, the 2007 or the 2011 one? I heard it was the former.
  • + 1
 @Bike078: 2007 for sure, that track was bonkers
  • + 1
 @Bike078: 2007 was much harder.
  • + 14
 DANNY STAY ON YOUR BIKE!!!!!!!!!
  • + 13
 It has to comeback to the WC, or worlds!!
  • + 11
 check this out and thank me later hahaha:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy3Bmh-7EOc
  • + 1
 Cant even describe what I've just seen Big Grin
  • + 7
 I enjoyed hearing him hooting and hollering. Sounded like he was really enjoying him self.
@WAKIdesigns: Right! Must be so relaxed down that to not need a break before dropping into the WC track and to speak at the bottom like he’d just been strolling down the road. These top guys and gals have so much skill!
  • + 11
 That is absolutely Mental. I’m am without speech....................!
  • + 6
 I still remember Claudio saying he didn’t think that mountain face was safe enough to build a race track in 2007. I wish I could find his old recon videos of the place. It really demonstrates just how crazy you need to be to actually ride a bike down it especially the first cut of this track.
  • + 5
 This is what you're after www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVnifbLUagU&eurl Smile No doubt the first version of that track is still the hardest thing i've ever turned up to.
  • + 6
 The 2007 track was a totally different beast to the 2011 worlds or the current track, 2011 and current were/are tracks rideable for most advanced or competent riders despite being extremely hard, the '07 version was ridiculous. Sam's run in '07 in the wet for 3rd is, for my money at least, in a completely different league to Danny's run in '11 when it was wet for everyone.
  • + 2
 not wrong, i ended up on the bit @2mins, and walked a lot of it !
  • + 3
 @russthedog: The next fastest rider after Sam who rode in the wet (Mickael Pascal from memory, could be wrong) was 27 seconds behind him.
  • + 2
 @GrandMasterOrge: I remember That, pretty impressive!
  • + 3
 @russthedog: It's so unfortunate that it was the year before Freecaster so there's very little footage from the event, he won qualifying by 14 seconds over Pascal when everyone rode in the dry.

Apparently he had an over the bars in the race run too but with the lack of footage who knows!
  • + 2
 @GrandMasterOrge: when he came through the finish he had definitely crashed, his leg was muddy as
  • + 1
 @russthedog: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAg0PHGHOJk

I think it might be what's shown on the laptop in the first shot in this?
  • - 5
flag drjonnywonderboy (Jun 30, 2018 at 2:36) (Below Threshold)
 Champery isn't that hard. Some of the secret tracks in morzine/less gets are harder
  • + 1
 It was on between the tape wasn't it?
  • + 2
 @drjonnywonderboy: I'd agree with this at the moment, did you ride it in 2007 though? For reference I've spent a lot of time riding tracks in and around the PdS so am well familiar with a lot of the sneaky tracks.
  • + 2
 @hexhamstu: Yeah this is about as good as exists I think, no proper race run footage, having said that they're displaying it on the screens in that section so it must be on a disk somewhere.
  • + 2
 @GrandMasterOrge: greatest DH race run of all time IMO.
  • + 7
 *AND still manages to chat calmly afterwards!!

I’ve had been either out of my mind ecstatic at making it down that bastard or smashed to pieces !

Nuts ????
  • + 2
 I'd be a puking, dribbling and panting like a dog mess whilst getting full body cramps.
  • + 1
 @bigburd: like Brendog after Lourdes the first time, when he literally fell off after he crossed the line because he was fooked!
  • + 1
 You would be totally worn. The track is sooo steep. Much steeper than the video shows
  • + 7
 My brain simply cannot process that much visual. Nuts. Like, ma-hooo-sive nuts.
  • + 5
 Same, I always think about how massive a crash I would have if I was Quantum leaped into a WC riders body, with my skill set while they are mid run, would look like I rode over a land mine.
  • + 3
 I've ridden Champery a couple of trips. First time down was wet and took us about 10 mins, with a bit of crying, stopping and crashing. It's absolutely brutal. We've ridden lots of steep places, but it's just something else. It really gives you perspective on how talented the pros are. Great fun though! Yeah Danny!
  • + 4
 Man every time i read Champery name i go to watch back F1rst movie section not only for the mindblowing ride of Sam Hill but mostly for the riders interview about the track and count how many times they say steep.... lol
  • + 2
 Red car rocket indeed! Honestly don’t know how he got down that. So many times it looked like he would crash but he doesn’t. The steepness is obvious even on the GoPro. Holy crap can’t imagine doing that covered in mud!
  • + 2
 danny's runs are pretty sick but still dont compare to sam hills run 14 seconds infront during qualifying in the dry and ends up 1.5 back in the rain with a crash and the track was harder back when sam ran it compared to dannys worlds run in 2011
  • + 3
 Can anyone tell me how the bejesus does he go round loose steep corners that fast!? Every single time I think 'he's not making that one' and he just pings round it.I guess that's why he's a world champ and I'm not Smile
  • + 5
 wow! would love to see a stabilised version but wow the speed / roughness / steepness is insane
  • + 6
 Still the best run in DH history
  • + 2
 Where were all the humans? It was amazing he was all alone. If I could play cello, I’d not need to listen to Yo Yo Ma as much. If I could ride like that I’d ride like that all day and wouldn’t need video as much.
I have no clue what it’s like to be skilled like that. Physically or musically. Seems related to me. Both gifts.
I wish we had tracks like that to even walk. Big Bear Monday won’t even come close. Mammoth either.
Dannys like a maestro of speed.
Hope that makes sense.
  • + 3
 Need more tracks like this back in the World Cup, I stopped watching the streams because its the same shitty tracks, and they're just getting boring, straighter and simpler. This bad boy's wild as
  • + 4
 He rode for a bit and dropped in directly. Undead Grip strength. Holy sht...
  • + 1
 Nice guy with amazing skills! Danny´s winning run in 2011 was the reason for buying a Giant Glory. I do not say it often, or about every mountainbiker but Danny Hart is one of the rare cases of a example for a real mountainbiker. His style of mountainbiking, this includes also the run from 2011, is timeless...
  • + 2
 Just a superhero all day long. Ripped through the steps going by trees at what look like 40 mph, no discernable braking and throwing in and out of the beamed sections was beyond average skill.....savage!!
  • + 2
 Ultimate Balfa Bros! Super sick the way you turn at full speed! Merci Danny pour ce beau moment! Cheers! Good chance at MSA 2018!
  • + 3
 Yes, Thanks for sharing that Danny! On the brakes the whole way and it still looks so fast!!! Good luck the rest of the season! Hope to see to see you win from here on out.
  • + 5
 Danny went plaid.
  • + 1
 What just happened... I mean seriously... W T F. That is unbelievable. I thought he crashed 8-10 times... nope, just doing it with style. I never want to go that fast. Wow. Impressive.
  • + 3
 Think a little bit of wee just came out... Eff my life Danny, you're a ruddy legend.
  • + 3
 being able to hold a conversation while going that quick, very impressive
  • + 2
 if he wasn't talking through that i would think it was sped up in the video
  • + 3
 LOOK AT THE TIME! Oh, it's lunch time. Result.
  • + 2
 Fast way from A to B is a straight line Wrong Fast way from A to B is Danny Hart lines
  • + 2
 and everybody knows...if it looks so fast in the video...it´s really insane!!! WTF?!?!
  • + 1
 Was going to ride this next week when im there. After watching this I think I may stick to the blues.
  • + 2
 That gave me the diabetes just watching that.
  • + 1
 ...hah, I love it when he says "on the brakes, all the way"... cause thats not what it looks like... pure quality Danny..
  • + 2
 His Balls are bigger than he is. MAN, that was gnar!
  • + 1
 I would have hit every single tree like a pinball machine... Daaaaaaamn Daniel!
  • + 1
 I think the question is...When will we see Champery back on the WC circuit?
  • + 2
 2011 run is a part of the history of mtb
  • + 1
 I wonder what his time riding the WC section in the dry compared to his wining race run in the pissing rain
  • + 1
 Unreal. I really hope it's about speed up the video at some point because this is hilarious
  • + 2
 “How does he sit down with balls that big!?!?” -cit.
  • + 2
 Holy shit Danny! Just full on speed all the way down!
  • + 1
 still thik the vid going nuts on la nuts is absolute warp speed, this is just fast
  • + 1
 I rode this track a few years back and it is scary as f**k in places, the speed he was going was nuts!
  • + 2
 wow, that is so fast I can't even spot his lines on the steep sections
  • + 3
 stay on yer bike danny!!
  • + 2
 I actually feel a bit sick.
  • + 1
 Someone buy this man a gimbal.
  • + 1
 Insanely fast wow that is control at speed!!! Kudos!
  • + 1
 if danny says its steep it must be near vertical to us mere mortals
  • + 1
 Nice to share with us. Looking good ! Wink
  • + 1
 Fasten your seat belt, I got arm pump just watching it!
  • + 1
 "How does Danny Hart sit down with balls that big?"
  • + 2
 a little tamer? oh boy.
  • + 1
 "DANNY, STAY ON YOUR BIKE!!!"
  • + 1
 My god, it always amaze me how fast the pros hit the turns!
  • + 1
 My hands are sweaty and cramped just watching that!
  • + 1
 So impressive how he flows through those corners!
  • + 1
 Sweet mary that track looks nasty! Awsome to behold...thanks Danny!
  • + 0
 Shouldn't image quality be better when shooting at 20 frames per second...?
  • + 1
 No. Resolution and bitrate doesn't change based off of fps of the video.
  • + 1
 Legendary track, ridden by a legendary rider!
  • + 1
 Danny for President of Follow Cam Friday.
  • + 2
 Like!
  • + 1
 respect! yo!
  • + 1
 jeezaz
  • + 1
 Um... what the!
  • + 1
 Animal
  • + 1
 Mental sooooo goodSmile
  • + 1
 Wow.........just wow!
  • + 1
 Thats some proper riding
  • + 1
 BRASS Balls
  • + 1
 so much speed
  • + 1
 Ludicrous speed!
  • + 1
 Pussy
  • - 1
 Gimbal please.
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