Video: Downhill Young Guns Tackle on the Legendary Psychosis Course

Aug 6, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

bigquotes4000 vertical feet of racing. 7.3 k.m. of rough and rocky singletrack. One infamous entrance. Here's a taste of today's Mt7 Psychosis race from Golden, B.C. Full highlights (and results!) to come.Crankworx


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83 Comments

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 4000ft (imperial) and 7.3km (metric).... I guess Canada is in the transitional period.

That's 13 football fields high and 1,377 F150 pick up trucks long for you Americans...
  • 32 1
 Honestly, the F150 reference helps me the most.
  • 14 0
 What bed length are we talking here & is it single cab, extended, quad cab???
  • 9 0
 We never really went full metric. Still building houses with 2x4s
  • 6 0
 @sdaly: yeah, and those 2x4 are 1.75x3.75 un reality.
  • 11 0
 @lRaphl: And this is absolutely the worst thing regarding measurements i ever stumbled across on. Why the hell would you name a 1.75x3.75 a 2x4? In Germany you don´t call 0,5 meter of a bratwurst a dreiviertelmeterwurst.

Crazy times...
  • 13 0
 @buzzdeee: hold on, are you insinuating that a 0,5m bratwurst is a frequently available option where you are? if so, I visited the wrong parts of Germany.
  • 6 0
 christmas@isaacschmidt: you can get those 0.5m bratwurst mostly at the x-mas markets. Perfect combination with a hot glühwein (mulled wine)
  • 1 1
 @isaacschmidt: you can get those 0.5m bratwurst mostly at the x-mas markets. Perfect combination with a hot glühwein (mulled wine)
  • 8 0
 @lRaphl: @buzzdeee 2x4 was from the old days when lumber was sold rough milled, now it is planed down for a more finished look and is therefore smaller, but the name stuck. Who would threaten to knock you out with a 1.75 X 3.75, I mean it just doesn't sound threatening, you know?
  • 5 0
 @isaacschmidt: seriously I used to drive a cab in Banff, one of the most popular questions was " How much does that mountain weigh?"' If you said about 10,000 aircraft carriers you would get happy clients, anything remotely logical like " with or with out the trees sir? That would just get you a shitty tip!
  • 1 0
 @Bomadics: haha, I work in the environmental analysis industry and we use 4oz jars for some of our soil analysis - we are often asked how much soil should be put in the jar...

also @sren I should have stayed longer then, I was mostly around Augsburg and Leipzig at the canoe slalom courses.
  • 2 0
 Which football???
  • 1 0
 @Bomadics: I know it's from when it was sold rough. But they could also cut them rough at 2.25x4.25 and plan them to 2x4 but it's always about making more out of it.
  • 9 2
 @lRaphl: 1.5 by 3.5 actually
  • 2 0
 @sren: I like Brat's, however, aren't they made from the scraps that fall onto the Meat Processing Plants Floor ?
  • 1 0
 @blanshard16: and according to architects, engineers, etc., they are 38mm x 89mm...just for fun...
  • 1 0
 @megaold: architects and engineers have absolutely zero say in the matter; they are not even part of the group chat. The mill does what the mill does. You deal with it!
  • 1 0
 @cycling-jokester: Aussie Rules, obvs
  • 1 0
 Even though I am american I refuse to measure in the imperial system
  • 1 0
 I appreciate the F150 reference, but it's probably like 1,528 Tacomas.
  • 2 0
 Americans only use the metric system to measure the size of ammo.
  • 2 0
 @Bomadics: I also worked & lived in Banff.
One of my favourites: "What time do y'all let the elk out at in the morning?"
  • 1 0
 If you choose the smaller unit whenever possible it makes it sound better.
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 @lRaphl: uhm. they're actual 1.5 x 3.5 you loose a 1/4 on each side @ the planner.
  • 1 0
 @buzzdeee: hold over from olden times! a 2x4 was indeed 2" by 4" before they started planing them down for smoothness. and they arent 1.75X3.75....it's more like 1.625X3.625 then they kiln them(or they naturally dry) and they shrink to 1.5X3.5.

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  • 2 0
 @srh2: I know right, I have lists of these. I also got "what do you do with the elk in the winter?" or "how do you get the elk to stay in town?"
  • 3 0
 @lRaphl: if yours measure 1.75x3.75 i would buy a new tape measure. 1.5 x 3.5 for the last 30 years
  • 1 0
 @isaacschmidt: that's a good one, what was the answer btw? Wink
  • 2 0
 @conoat: lumber is planed after kiln drying for a more consistent dimension.
  • 1 0
 @jaydawg69: technically, most dimensional lumber is not kiln dried at all. it is air dried, if at all. Kiln drying is usually only used on finer lumber.
  • 2 0
 @conoat: The big players and most of the small guys in BC kiln dry their lumber as you would need lots of storage and time to bring lumber down to under 19% MC. In winter/rain season, it's not going to dry very fast. Lumber is planed after drying.
  • 1 0
 @jaydawg69: because the only place lumber is made is soggy, BC? lol
  • 1 0
 @conoat: Local small guy just up the road from here, runs a cedar saw mill operation, family owned, all kiln dried lumber.

I got my fireplace mantle there, they provided it raw cut & kiln dried, then I finished it myself. At 4" thick by 7 feet wide, if that was not kiln dried it would have split long ago.

Vancouver Island is a rain forest after all so it's a pretty wet environment to test out this kind of thing, you guys are a wee bit dry for our taste down in Cali.
  • 1 0
 @Bomadics: so exactly what I said early. specialty lumber, is kiln dried. dimensional 2x for framing(like 2x4s and 2x6s) are not
  • 1 0
 @conoat: good old USA and Europe kiln dry their dimensional lumber as well. If they want a grade stamp, it has to be dried below 19% MC otherwise it will shrink. Lots of dry places in BC as well, in fact most of bc is a dry belt but your ignorance is astonishing.
  • 2 0
 @conoat: go ride your bike.
  • 1 0
 @Bomadics: in fairness to conoat I used to sell a lot of wet, green fir to good ol' yankees on the east coast. It would be black and moldy by the time it got to them, but that's what their daddy's daddy used, so it was good enough for them...
  • 1 0
 @plyawn what you do with your old bike chamois is really none of my business.
  • 15 0
 Now imagine doing it on a 2007 cove shocker with 26” wheels and 15 lbs more bike weight.
  • 1 0
 Got you beat. 2005 Norco Team DH (the one with the super steep HA). But yeah, so much more grip with 29er wheel and today's super wide tires. Better geo and bikes that fit...
  • 2 0
 I ride the bottom half on an 01 Rocky Mountain Pipeline with a Manitou Sherman and mullet wheels... 24” out back and 26” up front.
  • 2 1
 2004 Brodie Diablo! (OG 26er 24” mullet) Dead dog, has to be the steepest trail I’ve “ridden”
  • 2 0
 1997ish Kona chute (the very first year they were made) with a Marzocchi Jr. T and purple hayes brakes, 1 year and a Kona Stab Deluxe another. Only raced it once but it was always fun.
  • 2 0
 @dh-bomber or a 2004 Brodie evolution hardtail with a 24 inch back wheel. And race it. Good times
  • 1 0
 @damo: 1998. I loved that bike. Still a beauty
  • 3 0
 I've done it on a 1998 rocky thunderbolt hardtail with 2" marzocch bombers from back in the day.. can you say tighten your sphincter
  • 1 0
 @bbell01: yikes! Dead dog would be scary af! Probably before the ruts and catches which would be much much worse
  • 1 0
 @letsgoridebikes18: We’re you the guy who broke his ankle a few weeks ago?
  • 1 0
 @BrianColes: I sprained it pretty bad.
  • 8 0
 That little sneaky from the side shot of the track gradient at 1:03
Can I request more of those please in peoples videos really shows how things get flattened out on camera.

Otherwise people like me who watch too many shredits end up kidding ourselves we can actually ride like these guys in the videos, Ah, you know I'll squeeze the brakes a little less, I'll put in a couple pedals more and I can almost be as fast as all these guys, yeaaaah NOPE!
  • 1 0
 Yeah, that shot really puts it in perspective. Even if you fully appreciate the power of the go-pro effect, it's nice to see exactly what they're dealing with.
  • 2 0
 When I rode dead dog, there were several times I had both front and rear wheel locked up foot out picking up speed in the loose shale, it was fairly freshly raked in prep for one of the last Psychosis, so the trail was loose and surfy up top.
  • 8 0
 So awesome that this course is getting raced again! Can't wait for the highlights.
  • 2 0
 Haha, I'm laughing at these guys in the beginning with fully locked brakes not understanding why AND THEN they show the side perspective!! Holy crap that's steep!! I don't know if I could have my dropper low enough to deal with that steepness! Respect
  • 5 1
 Sam and Stevie are at the bottom loading their bikes up.
  • 2 0
 Hahaha!! Yes sir! Nate Hills rode this one last year and I think I remember him talk about Sam Hill having the record there..
  • 3 0
 Does my computer have smell-o-vision now because I can smell burning brake pads?
  • 4 2
 I smell poo
  • 2 0
 When I was on top of Mount 7, I was walking with my hardtail towards black dog. As soon as I caught a glimpse of the run in I pictured broken fingers and teeth.
  • 1 0
 This is the race I have wanted to see for so long, with a top WC racer racing, the course record better get smashed by over a minute. If not... what have we all spent our hard earned on all this time!
  • 1 0
 I can proud myself of doing the lower part of the trail starting from twhere it meets the access road. Great fun from what I remember. Hope to get to try the top one day even if I walk down most of it.
  • 2 0
 I rode this two years ago and it was the steepest thing I've ever seen. Now any time someone tells me about a steep trail I ask, "Is it Dead Dog steep?"
  • 3 0
 Nothing is Dead Dog Steep Smile
  • 2 0
 Hell yea!!! True DH coarse, mt 7 is the best freeride spot in Canada ????????. Love this is getting raced again!
  • 3 0
 #nomoreimperialsystem #makemetricgreatagain
  • 1 0
 Great to see the psychosis course top to bottom. Great work from our local Golden peeps to get it ready!! psyched for Friday.
  • 5 2
 looks like an EWS stage!
  • 1 0
 That'd be the Hang Glider launch... PG launch is to the side... Ramp is for us plumbers...
  • 1 0
 great to see the course top to bottom. Great work from our local folk to get it ready. Psyched for friday...
  • 2 0
 There are no fast locals in Golden. Fact.
  • 1 0
 So good that this is being races. Should be the 2020 WC champs track. Wink
  • 1 0
 I’m so glad it’s at Mt 7 and not in the bike park.
  • 2 0
 Who won
  • 1 0
 Greasy!
  • 1 0
 That's proper psycho!
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