Video: Practice Highlights with Eliot Jackson - Leogang World Cup DH 2019

Jun 7, 2019
by Ed Spratt  

Eliot Jackson takes you through all the action from practice in Leogang and takes a look inside the pits ahead of the third round of the 2019 DH World Cup.

Video: Red Bull


MENTIONS: @redbullbike



42 Comments

  • + 47
 Eliot should be made to do this every race. Insightful commentary. His ability to convey his observations of the subtleties of course matched with his skill to “get the riders to say what’s going through their minds” was skillful. Also his balance of “knowing what the heck he is talking about” but still projecting the feeling/excitement of an amateur was endearing!!!
  • + 6
 Isn't he being paid by Red Bull to do this every race?
  • + 2
 @Rubberelli: I think he is, although this is a dream job of many pinkbikers. BTW, is Eliot racing besides or just focusing this season on doing the interviews?
  • + 1
 @mihauek: He said in a podcast that he is not racing this season and just focusing on interviews, these videos, and his website of track/results analysis. Although I think he does bring a bike along and gets a couple laps during practice at each stop just for fun.
  • + 2
 @Spencer22: didnt pay much attention to his interviews then, thx.
  • + 26
 Ahhhh! Thank you so much! I think that accurately captures what I'm trying to accomplish haha. I just think there are so many interesting stories and insights that you guys never get to see. The riders and the sport of DH is so so much more than just "not touching the brakes." I wish we could put everything that I talk about in the videos but it would be like 30 minutes long haha.

John Hall, Aarons mechanic, actually had a heat gun when I was talking to him and he explained how he uses it to remove contaminants from the rotors so that they can keep the brake feel and not have to put on new rotors/pads.

Kevin Joly, Finn's mechanic, talked about how he uses those different tunes Finn was talking about to marry the data to what Finn is feeling. Then he can combine bits and peices of both to help Finn find the right setup to use for the week. They have such a good understanding of WHY you use data and what it can and can't solve.

As for me!
In terms of World Cups @Spencer22 had it right. Although, I don't get to ride at the race. In my dreams!

I am not racing the World Cups this year. I am racing Crankworx, though. So if you want to watch me race (for some reason Razz ) I'll be there Smile I am really enjoying doing this and it kind of satisfies my World Cup itch. I'll be doing it every race this year (Except World Champs. Not the same production for that one). I'll also be maintaining worldcup.eliotjackson.com so that the riders have a place to see sectors.

Outside of World Cups, aka the other 80% of my time haha, I am focused on a few other projects that you guys will like but they won't really come to fruition for a little bit.

Lots and lots and lots of really cool things to do in life Smile Exciting times.
  • + 1
 @EliotJackson: dude, i enjoy these edits or whatever you want to call them. top notch insight coupled with personality. keep it up. are you listening redbull?
  • + 1
 Talent
  • + 1
 Thank you! I also loved your post-race coverage from Ft. Bill.
Would you be able to elaborate on the heat gun John uses? I could see how that sanitizes, but how does that keep the feel and/or reduce the need for new pads/rotors? (I'm asking optimistically curious and not sarcastic or doubtful)
  • + 1
 @EliotJackson: thanks for that! Would love to find out what tricks they use in pits, I guess not many of us will use it then, but its clearly shows how much effort you have to put in to go that track as fast as possible. Cheers and good luck!
  • + 2
 @mtbikemccoy: As you use the brakes, residue from the pads, dirt and other stuff build up on the rotors (and pads). When you put new pads/rotors on you have to go through the break-in process all over again and the brakes, inevitably, don't ever break in the same way twice. When you're at a world cup and you only have a few runs, it sucks to have to use one of them to get the brakes bedded in/adjusted to where they should be and no matter how much you ride through the car park with them on, it really takes a couple of turns for them to really feel right. By using the heat gun to get rid of residue (which is why you would usually change pads st a world cup), John is cutting this process out.
  • + 1
 @EliotJackson: Aha! This makes perfect sense. The heat from high speed use of the pads on the rotors is what beds them in. This can be accomplished with a heat gun. I had never thought of this. For some reason, I had always thought the bedding in process was just about leaving residue from the new pads on the rotors.
  • + 18
 Good times for downhill aficionados. So many fantastic contributors. Eliot, you keep doing this!!
  • + 14
 You can't fake that stoke. You're the man, Eliot!
  • + 11
 Damn I can't handle this much quality content in such a short amount of time! Mind blown! Awesome! Keep it up Eliot!
  • + 10
 Red Bull finally got their Highlights video dialed. It took time but it's awesome. Eliot is the guy they needed.
  • + 7
 as much as he makes it so interesting and adds so much extra tech for fans to appreciate, he also makes DH seem way more relatable; he's so chill, it's not all about bravado, the men show how much they have to think, the women get more of a voice, he's a person of colour-- so many extra dimensions! it is SO good for the sport. if mtb was going to have an ambassador, i would nominate Eliot
  • + 1
 Dude, Eliot is extra dimensional? That's so rad, I always wanted to visit the dimension in which I am fast!
  • + 10
 Good work Eliot, keep it coming!
  • + 8
 Well done Eliot, great to watch!
  • + 5
 Super stoked seeing Elliot up there doing. Putting a massive grin on my face! Bring on the race!
  • + 5
 Eliot is a great host, awesome!
  • + 4
 Eliot, i don't know who you are but you're great in this! Please, keep doing this kind of stuff Wink
  • + 5
 Erm, just a former World Cup downhill racer. Top20 from the top of my head.
  • + 1
 Eliot is the man, he’s been around for a bit. Pretty sure he and gwin were on he yeti team for awhile,
Raced for a bit, retired, and came back. I think he’s on Giant now? Someone correct me if I’m wrong. Not really sure if he’s racing or not though
  • + 5
 @Brklss: I'm coming from the crowd in spandex. Don't know anything about dh history. But thanks Wink
  • + 4
 @pakleni: Welcome to the free breather and baggy shorts-world.
  • + 8
 Eliot Jackson? Let me introduce you, my friend: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzPcpEr1y-I
  • + 2
 @Thustlewhumber: That were some sick skills! Woot!!
Flying over that rock was funny, other people tackling it so carefully...
  • + 4
 Awesome Elliot!
  • + 2
 Thanks Eliot for bringing even more sunshine with your smile and your cool reports. Good job! Smile
  • + 4
 Thanks Eliot!
  • + 3
 Great incite and analysis, keep doing what you're doing!!
  • + 1
 Hmm good way to transfer possible organic disease from country to country tearing down dirty bikes in new locations
  • + 1
 I can’t keep up with all this Guys going the same thing. Claudio used to make it easy. Track Video Bammmmmm!
  • + 1
 Can we replace Claudio with Elliot please... claudio sucks at commentating.
  • + 1
 Really enjoyed this video. Eliot's enthusiasm shows thru. I hope there are more features like this to come.
  • + 3
 Why is Eliot not racing?
  • + 0
 Does anybody else feel like they have heard some of the riders and mecahnics say the exact same things in this video as they did in last year's Leogang Video?
  • + 1
 This makes me VERY excited for tomorrow. Well done
  • + 1
 Good! I liked this alot, thumbs up, thanks
  • + 1
 thank you

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