Sometimes winning doesn't mean finishing first, especially if you're using the wrong tool for the job. Giant's Yoann Barelli knows that racing Crankworx's Fox Air DH race in a skin suit, or birthday suit, is about as original as me telling you that a test bike climbs like a scalded cat, so instead he pulled out his TCX cyclocross bike, a rig made for hour-long races in grass fields or to cruise along chill gravel paths.
These pint-sized Rocket Ron tires never knew what was coming. A-Line doesn't require a ton of stopping power, so the cable-operated Avid brakes and small rotors are sufficient.
A-line is neither of those things. Plus, now he has an actual reason to wear a sausage suit.
While you or I probably wouldn't ride a cyclocross bike down A-Line for money if we had to clear all the jumps, this isn't the first time Yoann has used nearly the worst tool for the job - Dirt Merchant and A-line saw some skinny tire action last year
. And yes, he's clearing all the jumps, and probably going quicker than a lot of us.
How'd he do on the TCX? Officially, he received a DNS (Did Not Start) on the results sheet due to going around the wooden drop at the top of the track as it surely would have caused a flat or two, but he won the day in a lot of people's minds.