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Video: Slip & Slide in Les Gets | Story of the Race with Ben Cathro

Jul 8, 2024
by Pinkbike Originals  

Riders had to deal with a drastically changed track for their finals run, creating the most dramatic race we've seen in recent times.

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  • 46 2
 How does Amaruy Pierron sit down with fenders that big?
  • 20 1
 Dak said on WynTV that he used so many tear-offs because he did not tape vents on his helmet, and water was constantly pouring on his goggles from above. So it was not because of the small fender..
  • 3 0
 Sorry for being a pedant, but he was using a roll off system and water got between the film and his goggle lense. It's possible he would've been better off with tear offs.
  • 3 1
 and, the water got inbetween all the layers of tear-offs! talk about a fun-house mirror effect!
  • 4 0
 A sort of "breathing diving mask" would be much better than regular googles in such extreme conditions...
  • 2 0
 @commental: I’m not positive, but I think uci banned tear offs, so riders have to use roll offs (a valid ban to prevent plastic trash and debris in the mtns). Also, I thought most roll offs had a flap that overhangs at the top so this doesn’t happen? Either way, there is definitely some truth to the fender theory as well as not taping helmet vents. It’s all valid.
  • 4 0
 @morse-ah: Tear offs are still allowed, Vali had one flapping around on the side of her helmet during her run.
  • 5 1
 @commental: I really don't get this.
They put in quite an effort to remove single use plastics for the events. Drinks are served in reusable cups all over the venue, the yellow posts have replaced race tape... And yet they still allow tear offs?
  • 3 0
 @Maxcommencemal: I wouldn't advocate for using them outside of top-level racing - but they do have a clear performance advantage which can't be replicated with a paper substitute.
  • 2 0
 It could be because of both. Living in the UK, I have ridden with small and large fenders, and the one that AP was using is significantly better than some of the shorter options.
  • 3 0
 @chakaping: ha! Very good point!
There's got to be a decent punchline to go along with using a waterproof film to protect some opaque paper from getting soaked, but I simply don't see it.

It's crazy still that I get a negative vote for advocating reusables and sustainability in this day and age. That's just plain weird.
  • 20 0
 Amaury Pierron certainly had something on his bike that not a lot of his competitors had... he had one "Amaury Pierron" on his bike, a huge advantage.
  • 3 0
 So true! Watching his race run POV shows just how remarkable his run was, absolute precision and hitting every line perfect. He is back!
  • 23 3
 Gutted for Dakota but gosh it's fun to watch a race in absolute shitshow conditions ever once in a while
  • 12 0
 Tahnees non existent back pocket lol
  • 11 1
 It's hard to believe that some professional DH teams cannot come up with a proper fender, I mean, do they never train in the rain?
  • 1 2
 absolutely... millionaire budgets and not been able to acquire/test a proper piece of plastic... when you know certainly it will be wet some...
Also tears off I still can't believe it why they aren't using remote ones like im MX...
  • 8 0
 Dakota mentioned during Wyn TV interview that he forgot to tape over his helmet vents up top, and the water was pouring in thru those vents, and getting inbetween his tear-offs. Even if he pulled a fresh one, his vision was still messed up. Amaury was also one of the only racers running mud spikes, front and rear - mostly everyone else stuck with intermediates. Throw in the big-ass front fender, and you can see why Amaury had a lot less WTF to deal with on his spectacular run to victory.
  • 5 2
 They weren't running muds? Wtf Is this amateur hour?
  • 10 1
 @on-the-move: No, they cancelled amateur hour for this round.
  • 6 0
 @on-the-move: mud spikes work best in soft mud. the early riders mostly were dealing with a thin layer of mud on top of hard pack, so they would stick with intermediates. At some point the track softened up enough to make mud spikes a reasonable choice, but it's a difficult decision as it's hard to know when that transition happens.
  • 12 0
 Big mud guard guy
  • 26 0
 Amaury definitely has big mud guard energy.
  • 3 9
flag stunnanumma1 FL (Jul 7, 2024 at 18:29) (Below Threshold)
 Mig bud guy guard.
  • 5 0
 Did anyone else notice how Hatton’s head bounced off that pole holding the shimano sign? I hope UCI reviews how those signs are mounted. Would hate to see a racer get injured hitting one of those. Of course, I dont think anyone expected any of the racers to be that far outside the tape.
  • 6 1
 Okay, I must have missed it, but: Are there only 7 WC DH races this year? In 2022 and 2023 there were 8.
If I'm reading UCI's schedule right, this was the last World Cup race until the first week of September.
  • 16 0
 Yep, there are only 7 World Cup DH races this year. World Champs will be in Andorra starting on August 28th, and then just Loudenville and MSA after that. I wish there were more rounds too. Maybe we’ll see some bigger names show up at Crankworx Whistler since there’s such a big break?

The XC racers have a little thing called the Olympics coming up at the end of this month.
  • 7 0
 European champs at DH champery.... 8-11 August
  • 3 0
 @mikekazimer: Are there any news on the schedule for next year yet?
  • 2 0
 @mikekazimer: There are some big names heading to Whistler, although I'd be surprised if Gwin is racing.

It looks like there'll be a few at the Euro Champs too. It'll be interesting to see a rider list when it's released.
  • 8 1
 We need a Pinkbike video of Ben building his shed now. Plus... Who had what tyres on from the race.
  • 12 9
 Climate change is all a big conspiracy run by the Big Mudguard Industrial Complex... Did you not see those clear blue skies, then a couple of contrails, and BOOM! Epic Rain...
  • 2 0
 Really good video @ben-cathro - did you not want to upset Finn again by mentioning his cliff diving during his race run though?
  • 2 2
 I thought podiums had moved to 3 people? Did they revert that, is that planned for next year?

Hunnerds of rain indeed!

Amazing put get that video put together in a matter of hours Ben and team, keep it up!
  • 3 0
 Last year it was only the overall world cup podium and world champs that had a three person podium. Individual races are staying as 5 person podiums from what I've gathered.
  • 1 0
 They are still 4 riders on the podium at the end of the race. Remi Thirion and Thomas Estaque were definitely on the podium this time. Only the hot seats are limited to 3 riders.
  • 2 0
 I think it's safe to say that if it's muddy, Amaury has a good chance of winning.
  • 2 3
 It's hard to believe that some professional DH teams cannot come up with a proper fender, I mean, do they never train in the rain?

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