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Cooper nails Boulderdash, 2015 New Zealand XCO Champs, Rotorua. Photo: Mead Norton. www.meadnorton.com
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Mar 29, 2015
- Aside from the great lighting and composition - how many of you reckon you could clear this line on an XC hardtail with a highpost? (The truthful answer should be "not many".)
Feb 13, 2015 at 22:56
Feb 13, 2015
Rotorua, New Zealand
Cooper and Fluker take New Zealand XCO titles in Rotorua
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(Mar 29, 2015 at 0:55)
29r, flat bars, lefty. F*#k yeah. I don't want any of those, but I know plenty of "rad" Mtn.Bikers that think they're killing it with their new Nomad on way smaller shit than that! Props to this guy, and Mead for capturing a sick photo.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 0:04)
i'd either go OTB or have that seat jammed super far up my ass... idk how XC people do it.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 0:11)
(Mar 29, 2015 at 0:30)
Momentum? He's rolling off something the average downhiller would gap without any second thought.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 1:43)
@PLCO7 lots of DHers would huck that, eddie masters done it on a fat bike with no suspention.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 1:46)
You obviously don't know the trail, mate...
(Mar 29, 2015 at 4:01)
Get your ass behind the saddle, so you won't go OTB and get the seat jammed in your belly instead.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 4:44)
Yes thin, in great shape and flexible. I bet he's sweating as much as we might think. Me on the other hand would be sweating a lot.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 8:19)
major props to those XC guys, hitting that with a seatpost jammed up their ass
(Mar 29, 2015 at 10:06)
I have definitely seen a video of Eddie Masters hucking that on a rigid fat bike.
I really, really wish we had XCO style races in the US. I'm totally burned out on XC not because I don't like going uphill, but because in the US the courses are mostly beginner rubbish. "Endurance Races" have also pretty much taken over, so our races are turning into 4 hour slogfests at moderate paces instead of being FAST, which is the whole point of racing IMO.
Please, bring back 1:30 races that are short enough to hammer the whole time and put some legit technical elements on the descents! XC should be all about the best all around mountain bike rider (speed, endurance, tech), but I guess promoters just can't make enough money without being able to attract legions of beginners. I would be perfectly happy with ride-around B lines too, as long as they are significantly slower than the A lines so the better tech rider has an advantage.
People wonder why the US sucks at the WC XC, it's because we don't have anything similar in the states for juniors to train on, they're all busy racing courses with beginner level tech and marathon distances like Leadville 100.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 13:50)
Anton did this lap after lap. Why he is NZ champ. This was a really fast XCO race in hot dry and windy conditions and there were a lot other tech elements apart from Boulderdash.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 19:21)
@dthomp idk where you're located but the XC races around me are on some pretty fun courses. Plenty of techy stuff, and people ride it hard for like 40-90 min depending what category you're in. I do agree that the xc endurance category is getting weirdly popular though. Really lame riding. Anything that advertises >3 hours of racing is a definite warning sign.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 19:29)
Oh snap, looks like you're from my home town! I can see why the races would be lame there though. Tons of amateur endurance athletes, and I remember there being not that many interesting trails (where bikes are allowed at least). And most of those were super crowded and not that conducive to racing.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 20:22)
@RotoruaBikeFest "You obviously don't know the trail, mate..."
Actually, come to think of it, I rode that section 2 years ago. The layout is weird and it is definitely not beginnner stuff but it's nothing crazy either. It probably changed since then but I think I remember the run in being a little sketchy.
Still, props for routing an XC race through that track. Probably one of the toughest sections of what I've seen during my short stay at rotorua.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 21:34)
Its either you get the seat up your ass and your face in the dirt, or you get a nice gooch rub by the tire and get the seat in your higher stomach. Gotta pick the lesser of two evils. This line is so awesome looking haha,
(Mar 29, 2015 at 4:04)
Guys, you've missed the point. It's simply photo of the day.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 0:33)
Isn't that the same drop Eddie Masters hucked on a fat bike?
(Mar 29, 2015 at 1:18)
(Mar 29, 2015 at 0:03)
Huck that s***!
(Mar 29, 2015 at 14:45)
people often tell me when they learn what I do on my bike that im mad and or must have a death wish, but that would only be remotely accurate if I was doing it on an XC bike....because fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck that
(Mar 29, 2015 at 13:51)
Check out more of Mead's work at www.meadnorton.com. He's worked on all three Bike Festival's for SFA - good dude.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 8:12)
He's rolling and thinking, "Oh, s***... If only that guy with the camera wasn't there....!!"
(Mar 29, 2015 at 9:08)
This is an awesome POD. I like to see a rider nailing a challenging obstacle.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 10:46)
If he jump that drop, he will enjoy hospital.
(Apr 3, 2015 at 17:44)
This is exactly what xc racing needs.
(Apr 4, 2015 at 18:42)
fuck yeah!!! this is hardcore!!!
(Mar 29, 2015 at 19:16)
Fat bikes rock.
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(Mar 29, 2015 at 10:55)
All about the angles. Its probably the size of a curb. But the photo angle makes it way gnar
(Mar 29, 2015 at 13:47)
Nah, it's as steep and high as it looks...to a flat landing. Find to huck on a 6" travel trail bike but on a XCO bike? Not so much...
(Mar 29, 2015 at 4:45)
That Lefty looks like it might snap.
(Apr 2, 2015 at 18:04)
its doing what its supposed to do. its actually a lot stiffer than basically any single crown fork on the market. guaranteed. 36mm stanchion tube, 46mm "lower"/upper tube.
(Mar 29, 2015 at 0:40)
lol 0 favs
(Mar 29, 2015 at 2:28)
Lol 0 PODs
(Mar 29, 2015 at 7:31)
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