Video: Myriam Nicole's Winning POV from the Maribor Downhill World Cup

Aug 16, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

Check out PomPon's flying run to take gold in Slovenia.


39 Comments

  • 27 1
 Her breathing shows just how much effort is involved and the pov how close to the edge she had to be to win. Well done Pompon that was some run!
  • 4 0
 Her breathing in the start hut shows how calm she is right before the start. It only ramps up just before she hits the gas. Allmost equally as impressive! I did not know moving along with a corny 90s song (Haddaway/What is Love) could be good race prep.
  • 4 0
 @jeroenk: I thought she was doing the fast breathing deliberately from the very beginning of the run… maybe some technique which maximises oxygen intake and Myriam has trained to do it instead of starting calm and getting more ragged?! Surely someone with some sport/training qualification could enlighten us…
  • 2 0
 @jtn1989: Yawning may help too. First I was a bit ashamed to be yawning before a race, as if I were bored or not sharp. But someone later told me this is normal preparation for the body if it knows it is going to be challenged. That said, fast breathing may be more effective as it gets the heart rate up immediately instead of only 20 seconds into her run. It is probably conscious as I feel I (and most other people I see) almost tend to hold my breath before a sprint-start. Which, thinking of it, is pretty useless.
  • 22 0
 What a fantastic run. No wonder she won !!
  • 9 0
 POMPON!!!
  • 14 0
 GoPro effect makes that rock garden look much tamer than it actually is...
  • 6 0
 DANNNNG she was on fire!!!! definitely one of my favourite riders, she made that look like a walk in the park.
  • 5 0
 From what I recall, she's always exceeded Rachel and Tahnee at the gnarliest, ugliest tech. It's traditionally been her jumping that's kept Miriam from completely dominating.
  • 3 0
 Its interesting to me how fast they can regain speed after slowing down in a corner. Its like they have a NOS button or something.
  • 9 0
 It’s alot steeper than the GoPro makes it look i guess
  • 2 0
 GoPro effect, but to add to that the high level racers are pumping very hard pretty much every spot they can, and often a rough trail has lots of spots to pump/regain speed
  • 3 0
 Makes you realize how punishing this race was. Once they get past the top open section there is barely a second to rest for the remainder of the run.
  • 2 0
 Very physical. This gets talked about a lot in the RedBull commentary with Rob. PomPon also called it out in a post race interview.
  • 1 0
 Top section case, and a couple of other bits where she seemed to do what Cathro indicated was slower... But watching the live feed you can see what an absolute beast she is pumping and carrying speed through all the rough sections, and she did the bottom ski piste to tarmac finish absolutely perfectly - which obviously more than made up for it.
  • 2 0
 Her noise on double #2 makes me think she almost cased it! And then went on to win! Tracey would say "She's a strong rider". I bet she's "Stoked"
  • 1 0
 Even knowing I was watching the winning run, I could feel that "oh shit" moment like I was on the bike.
  • 4 0
 That was awesome!
  • 2 0
 curious about vitals. wonder what her heart rate is. watched it last night on tv, this is great.
  • 1 0
 I would guess 188 BPM
  • 3 0
 @suspended-flesh: I would say 189 personally.
  • 4 0
 @Jaib06: Well, I suppose we'll have to agree to disagree, but I respect your opinion, Doctor.







P.S. I'll have you know I received my degree in cardio-pulminolgy from the Pinkbike College of Medicine.
  • 3 0
 nice try fellas but all the signs clearly put it at 191 bpm, you'd be stupid to think otherwise. FFS!!!
  • 3 0
 I screaming 187 on a mfing cop
  • 2 0
 Awesome,! But It seems she get short in the second double at the start, isnt she? Amazing run!
  • 2 0
 That second double. Yikes. Maybe we'll get another view of that on Sunday?
  • 3 0
 JEEEZUS that course looks absolutely thrashed.
  • 1 0
 Wow! The main question is: what level of the camera stabilization did she setup? 8-o
  • 1 0
 holy cow...she was flying. had me on the edge of my seat for sure. mad skills !!
  • 2 0
 Video not playing?
  • 2 0
 Works now :-)
  • 1 0
 sooo good tough track!!! Congrats!
  • 1 0
 So badass, PomPom is killing it this year !!!!
  • 1 0
 Shows you the level of pressure... and why riders deserve what they earn!
  • 1 0
 Great run from her but I swear she cased at the start.
  • 1 0
 sram x0 shifter??
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