Video Round Up: Big Crashes & Flat Out Racing at the Lenzerheide World Cup DH 2021

Sep 9, 2021
by Ed Spratt  


Brendan Fairclough


bigquotesAs you can imagine this is our final video from the UCI World Cup in Lenzerheide for obvious reasons you will see in the video. But before everything kicked off we decided to make a video on what a mechanic actually does at a World Cup, I personally think they just hit a few things, take bits off and put new bits back on. Oh and drink beers. In this video you will be following around my most trusted mechanic Mike who is an absolute wizard when it comes to bikes and owns the sickest bike shop in the UK, MB Cyclery.

Was feeling super good on the morning in practice and the downhill bike was feeling prime. That all suddenly changed when I slipped and hit the only rock in that entire section on the track. Once again more bad luck here, but I'm all good, the doctors patched me up super good and on the road to recovery for Red Bull Rampage.
Brendan Fairclough



Bernard Kerr / Pivot Factory Racing


bigquotesLenzerheide went off...the paces was ridiculous, the course was sketchy and the fans were awesome...honestly so so good to have a noisy crowd back at the races!

It rained a little as you'll see on my run and I blew my chances of a solid result with 2 mistakes and crazy tight times!

Frenchies killed it so fair play...see you all in the USA!
Bernard Kerr



Propain Factory Racing



Bit mix feelings after Lenzerheide World Cup.
Luke Meier-Smith is still recovering from the shoulder injury, Remy Meier-Smith had to pull out from the race as he injured his shoulder earlier at Val Di Sole and George Brannigan didn't make a cut for finals this time.

All eyes were on Henry Kerr as he was the only one to compete in finals at Lenzerheide. Finishing strong. 24th position in tough conditions.


Onto Snowshoe!

Video by gzela.eu
Photos by Nathan Huges

Supported by
Propain Bikes
Sixpack Racing
RS Farbroller
Schwalbe Tires
Newman Components
RockShox/SRAM
Leatt
MOTOREX
Crosscamp



Gamux Factory Racing


bigquotesWeekend recap - we have been testing our newest iteration of DH-CNC bikes. Sit back and enjoy while pascal is taking you with him through the weekend. Gamux Factory Racing



Adam Brayton




Jack Reading


bigquotesHave a look at our week at the Lenzerheide World Cup. Snowshoe up next for the final 2 Rds Jack Reading



Johannes Fischbach




FOX - Dialed


bigquotesIt's race day in Lenzerheide, and Myriam Nicole is looking strong after a week of prototype testing. FOX





21 Comments

  • 11 0
 Great racing and I'm gutted for Brendog. At least it wasn't a broken femur as originally thought, I wish him a speedy recovery and Kudos to Bernard Kerr for sticking with him.
  • 5 0
 That there is known as Surreydarity.
  • 1 0
 And for CousCous right there, literally being a pillow. I love this sport because of how awesome it is to push the limits on two wheels. But I'm proud to be a part of this sport because the community is second to none.
  • 12 0
 Looks like the marshals & medical staff done a bang on job with Bren(snoop)dog , good work peoples .
  • 7 0
 The track might not be a rider favourite, but it definitely makes for exciting racing.
  • 5 7
 It was plenty exciting but if the last corner before the finish-drop can throw you back like 5 places, thats just... Not cool.
  • 7 2
 @DTSRacing: Courses should just be straight lines with no obstacles/features. Right? Right. LoL
  • 5 0
 @DTSRacing: I didn't like the chicane, but the only one I can remember who got caught out was Finn, who dropped probably 2 spots and wasn't near the podium anyway. Anyone else?
  • 2 0
 @BenPea: I believe Amaury got caught out by that tape placement and turn as well. And considering he ended up 3rd in a race where the top 4 or 5 were within a second... It was definitely a weird feature. Does it show the riders' skill? Was it built well? Was it just a gatekeeping tactic to stop the fastest riders over shooting the last drop all the way to flat?

I think there are a lot of perspectives on the last flat corner tape job, but I don't think 'good course design' would be one of them. Which is a shame because as a former BMXer I love this course. I love seeing a good ol scrub whip in a race run and then straight into a tree slalom steep section. But that last corner didn't flow in any way. I think it was a safety measure to prevent huck to flats. Not elegant, but effective imo
  • 3 0
 @lepigpen: you might be right about AP, but then looking back at the footage he unclips on the bridge jump just seconds before and poops his aero pants, which would explain the chicane scare. There's so many on a track parameters, what's another one gonna do... at this level they can ride around a pole. No worse than the section that went through Fairclough's leg.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: I love the track. Also the fact that it was after Val Di Sole my brain was like... Yeah, one week after val di sole world champs? That's fair. Like someone said below this season kinda turning into an injury-festival. I think the lads and lasses deserve a shorter bike park race before they go to god damn Snowshoe lol. That place is bad with rocks the way val di sole is bad with roots.

Also I'm really bummed Kaos didn't qualify and flip the booter. Fingers crossed he qualifies in Snowshoe... A man can dream!!
  • 2 0
 @lepigpen: intense week for sure...
  • 2 0
 @DTSRacing: It was the same for everyone though. Maybe it was looser than it had been in previous runs. Factor that in with the riders coming in at race speed and fatigued.
  • 2 0
 @DTSRacing: the course was the same for all, and was changed with rider blessing for safety as the final jump was too sketchy at full speed Eg. They were landing too far down
  • 2 0
 @lepigpen: Yes - you are right Tahnee Seagrave posted about this on Insta after the race. The chicane was added as a safety feature following feedback from the riders that too many were landing flat after the last jump.

As you say, not elegant, but all they could do given the time before the race.
  • 3 0
 Is Bernard Kerr related to Christian Horner or are they just the same person?
  • 2 2
 The 2021 injury festival is a non sense. Races can be fun to watch and safe to ride.
  • 1 0
 9:18 for Brendogs crash. I can't work out what he did?
  • 2 0
 He said he hit a rock - must have glanced off it and washed out the front end.
  • 1 0
 Get well soon Bren, thanks for the drugged up comedy relief!

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2021. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.009676
Mobile Version of Website