The Essential Guide to the 2018 DH World Championships

Sep 3, 2018 at 10:40
by Farah Ahmed  



“A soldier will fight long and hard for a piece of coloured ribbon."
- Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769-1821





The culmination of an athlete’s dream for their international downhill UCI-endorsed season is finally here, and for this year’s World Championships we head to the pretty town of Lenzerheide in Switzerland. All our usual clutch of riders should have now completed their time of restoration and recuperation since the last round of the World Cup, and for some, it included a little dabble of racing at Crankworx Whistler.

With a nation’s pride on the line, the World Champs adds more flavour than the usual weekend of racing and each rider will be donning their national team’s jersey, and if they’re lucky enough their bikes and helmets will also be specially kitted out to reflect the nation they’re representing, as well as a few personal touches and talismans.

Last year’s World Champs were held in a sweltering hot Cairns, Australia. Back then in the Elite Men’s race, we saw Sam Hill bring his enduro ride to the downhill course, where he proved that even though he’d been out of racing on the UCI circuit for a few years he could still put down a competitive time. Hill would be in the hot seat until his fellow Australian Mick Hannah knocked him off with a superb run. It was then Loic Bruni’s turn and it was a close-run thing. Bruni crossed the line 0.33 seconds up on Hannah’s time, putting the Frenchman into the hot seat. With five riders left to go, Bruni had to sweat it out for a bit longer to see if he could yet again get his hands on the Rainbow Jersey.

Australian Jack Moir wasn’t able to beat Bruni’s time, Minnaar was close but a flat tyre in the last section would end his chances, Gwin was yet again unsuccessful at getting the much elusive gold medal, and then Hart and Brosnan were left. Neither men could best Bruni’s time, making it the Frenchman’s second Elite-level World Championship title.

For the Elite Women’s race, things were slightly less straightforward or predictable. Rachel Atherton was left to sit out the race our after having broken her collarbone in practice earlier in the week. With Canadian rider Miranda Miller sitting in the hot seat, it was left to Atherton’s fellow Briton to try to go for gold; Tahnée Seagrave would lay down a great run, giving her a five-second lead midway but she would crash and bow out of the race.

Hometown hero Tracey Hannah would be up next and she was looking great on track. Unfortunately she also crashed, but still made it down the track putting a time in for the hell of it. The last rider down was Myriam Nicole but despite looking fast, the timing system went to pot and no one quite knew whether she had secured a good enough time to beat the Canadian. With a frantic scramble to get to the bottom of it, the UCI awarded Nicole silver, leaving Miller to take the gold.

Who knows what will be in store for this year, but before Sunday comes along here’s all you need to know about the 2018 World Champs in Lenzerheide.

Bruni’s winning run. Credit: UCI
Miller’s winning run. Credit: UCI

For the second time in three years Super Bruni is the World Champion.





The Track


Arosa Lenzerheide

The World Champs will use the usual World Cup track known as ‘Straightline’. Straightline is a 2.2km (that’s 1.3 miles to you Imperial folks) featuring woods, rock gardens, a big step up, sweeping corners, drop-offs and lots of gaps. This year there’s a new addition thanks to the course builders modifying the track by adding a new section in the woods after the Merc Road Gap.





The Nations

There are a total of 38 nations represented at this year’s World Champs, with 35 nations in Elite Men, 14 for Elite Women, 29 for Junior Men, and nine for Junior Women. In terms of nations per category, here’s the rundown:

RSA // South Africa // Elite Men = 3 // Junior Men = 2
ARG // Argentina // Elite Men = 2
BRA // Brazil // Elite Men = 2 // Junior Men = 1
CAN // Canada // Elite Men = 6 // Elite Women = 2 // Junior Men = 7
CHI // Chile // Elite Women = 1
COL // Colombia // Elite Men = 5 // Junior Men = 1
ESA // El Salvador // Elite Women = 1
USA // United States of America // Elite Men = 7 // Junior Men = 4 // Junior Women =3
JPN // Japan // Elite Men = 2 // Junior Men = 1
KAZ // Kazakhstan // Elite Men = 1
KOR // Korea // Elite Women = 1
THA // Thailand // Elite Men = 1 // Elite Women = 2 // Junior Men = 1
ALB // Albania // Elite Men = 1
AND // Andorra // Junior Men = 1
AUT // Austria // Elite Men = 2 // Junior Men = 3 // Junior Women = 1
BEL // Belgium // Elite Men = 2
BUL // Bulgaria // Junior Men = 1 // Junior Women = 2
CZE // Czech Republic // Elite Men = 4 // Elite Women = 1 // Junior Men = 1
ESP // Spain // Elite Men = 4 // Junior Men = 2
EST // Estonia // Elite Men = 1
FIN // Finland // Elite Men = 1
FRA // France // Elite Men = 8 // Elite Women = 5 // Junior Men = 4 // Junior Women = 2
GBR // Great Britain // Elite Men = 7 // Elite Women = 3 // Junior Men = 7 // Junior Women = 2
GER // Germany // Elite Men = 6 // Elite Women = 4 // Junior Men = 3
HUN // Hungary // Elite Men = 2 // Junior Men = 2
ITA // Italy // Elite Men = 3 // Elite Women = 2 // Junior Men = 3
LAT // Latvia // Junior Women = 1
NED // Netherlands // Junior Men = 1
NOR // Norway // Elite Men = 2 // Junior Men = 1
POL // Poland // Elite Men = 3 // Junior Men = 1
ROU // Romania // Elite Men = 2 // Junior Men = 1
SLO // Slovenia // Elite Men = 3 // Elite Women = 1 // Junior Men = 1
SUI // Switzerland // Elite Men = 7 // Elite Women = 6 // Junior Men = 4
SVK // Slovakia // Elite Men = 3
SWE // Sweden // Elte Men = 1 // Junior Men = 1 // Junior Women = 1
UKR // Ukraine // Elite Men = 1
AUS // Australia // Elite Men = 7 // Elite Women = 3 // Junior Men = 7 // Junior Women = 2
NZL // New Zealand // Elite Men = 7 // Elite Women = 2 // Junior Men = 7
POR // Portugal // Elite Men = 3 // Junior Men = 2
IRL // Ireland // Elite Men = 3 // Junior Men = 1





The Riders

ELITE MEN

Lenzerheide World Champs 2018 Start List


Lenzerheide World Champs 2018 Start List



ELITE WOMEN

Lenzerheide World Champs 2018 Start List



JUNIOR MEN

Lenzerheide World Champs 2018 Start List


Lenzerheide World Champs 2018 Start List



JUNIOR WOMEN

Lenzerheide World Champs 2018 Start List





What Happened Here Last Year

Last year in Lenzerheide, we saw the weather kick up extreme conditions. Heavy thunderstorms the night before meant the track conditions on race day went from one extreme to another as the washed out mountainside soaked up the blistering Alpine sun.

For the Elite Women, it was mixed fortunes for those making the most of Rachel Atherton’s road-to-recovery after her shoulder injury at Fort William. In contention were the usual suspects, but after Tahnée Seagrave washed out her front wheel lower down the track, it was Swiss rider Emilie Siegenthaler who put down an impressive time to set the bar high for the remaining field.

Australian Tracey Hannah couldn’t improve on Siegenthaler’s run, but Myriam Nicole could and she went into the hot seat. Atherton was the last one down the track. It’s a position we’ve seen her in countless times, but could she make the most of the fresh, short track and keep the injury at bay? It seemed it was going to be that way, but nearing the bottom, Atherton seemed to slow against Nicole’s time and crossed the line 0.5 seconds back. Close, but not close enough. Nicole would take the win and judging by Atherton’s subsequent Instagram post, the Brit was content with the ‘baby-steps’ progress that sees her progressively returning to form at every round.

Credit: Red Bull

Myriam Nicole has the momentum in the bid for the overall she ll relish the two classic tracks coming up next. Mont Sainte Anne and Val di Sole.
As soon as Pom Pon crossed the line she knew she had nailed a near perfect run.

The Elite Men’s race would be equally dramatic. Laurie Greenland had set the pace and it seemed no one could improve on it - both "Sik Mik" Hannah and Loris Vergier came undone on the now incredibly dusty and fast track - until fellow countryman and teammate Danny Hart crossed the finish line. With a few riders to go, the atmosphere around the track was dialled to 11.

After Hart, it was Bruni’s turn, but his usual comfortable and calculated composure seemed ruffled which told its own story when he crossed the line with a time he’d probably rather forget. Greg Minnaar was next up, and it was like we’ve seen before, a lesson in sublime precision, grace, and speed. Minnaar rocketed straight to the hot seat with two riders to go. Second in qualifying the day before was Australian Troy Brosnan. Still on the charge after his first World Cup that season, Brosnan wasn’t that far off the pace of Minnaar; +0.162 seconds in fact, and slotted in between Minnaar and Hart with one rider to go.

So here we were again. Gwin on track, looking like he’s got a pocket time machine lighting up the sectors in green, but suddenly… What? Not another mechanical! Gwin punctured on one of the freshly exposed rocks and crossed the line in a lowly 51st place. Minnaar would take the win and yet again show his domination on this short Swiss track.

Credit: Red Bull

The GOAT making quick work of the rock garden up top. With his second win of the season and 22nd win of all time Greg Minnaar continues to add to his legacy week after week.
Number one in the series and stretching his lead to 172 points is Greg Minnaar.





Previous Winners at Lenzerheide

ELITE MEN
2017 // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2016 // Danny HART // GBR
2015 // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
ELITE WOMEN
2017 // Myriam NICOLE // FRA
2016 // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2015 // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR





The Weather Forecast

Lenzerheide DH World Cup - Practice Photo Epic
Friday 07 September - Practice
Cloudy and a few showers // 17°C // 60% precipitation // wind 7km/h // 11m/h gusts

Saturday 08 September - Qualifying
Some clouds and sunshine, a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon // 17°C // 40% precipitation // wind 7km/h // 11km/h gusts

Sunday 09 September - Finals
Mostly cloudy // 16°C // 25% precipitation // wind 7km/h // 13km/h gusts

Weather forecast as of Monday 03 September. Live updates from Accuweather.





Watching It In Person

To the roar of the massive crowd Greg Minnar crosses the line with the fastest time of the day.

Watching the World Champs will cost you a few pennies apart from the qualifications on Friday - those are free to watch. Otherwise, it’s 25CHF (adult) or 15CHF (kids) to watch the finals on Sunday. Week and weekend passes are available if you want to combine watching the Downhill with the XC finals. Your ticket will also give you one cable car ride up Rothorn 1 to the Scharmoin middle station (per day we presume). If you arrive by public transport you’ll get a 40% discount when purchasing your spectator ticket. They’re only available at the main ticket office ‘Canois’ and you’ll need to bring your transport ticket with you as proof.

Sadly, almost all the VIP tickets are sold out, with only the 1,000CHF Hospitality Week Pass still available. The Hospitality Week Pass will give you a whole week’s access to the event site, access to the Graubünden Hospitality Lounge, catering with coffee and croissants on tap each morning, with a buffet meal for lunchtime. The ticket will also give you access to a VIP roof terrace, giving you a great spot for watching the final gauntlet towards the finish line. You’ll also get a Merc shuttle to and from the event, and free use of the Rothorn 1 cable car.





Must Know, Must See, Must Do

The town of Lenzerheide is located 1500 metres above sea level in the municipality of Vaz/Obervaz, in the eastern canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. The town's most notable neighbours include the world-famous luxury resorts of St. Moritz, Klosters and Davos - the latter being a leisurely two-day hike to get to - as well as the ancient town of Chur, which happens to be one of the oldest settlements in Switzerland, dating back to 3900-3500 BC. Lenzerheide has a population of just over 3,000, so things are going to get a little busier than usual when the World Champs comes to town.

The area of Vaz/Obervaz began to enter records going back as far as 750, although Roman-era artefacts have been excavated in various locations. During the mid-Middle Ages, the area belonged to one of the most powerful dynastic families in the Alps known as the Free Lords of Vaz. Naturally, the area is dotted with ancient castles to reflect the wealth of the family, although the dynasty came to an end when the last Free Lord - Donat of Vaz - died, leaving his legacy split between two families that his daughters were married into. In 1456 Vaz/Obervaz became an independent region overseen by the bishops of Chur, Schams, and Obervaz. The bishops started to unravel the feudal system and it soon embraced the ethos of democracy. The area’s freedom was shortly interrupted during the Thirty Years War in the 17th Century when Habsburg’s Imperial Army swept through bringing with them the plague. The Thirty Years War was one of the most devastating medical catastrophes in modern European history, and almost wiped out the population of Vax/Obervaz.

A few hundred years later, the first commercial ski slope in Lenzerheide was built in 1902, and ever since then, the town has been a popular destination for holidaymakers. Nowadays, alongside Valbella (the neighbouring town), skiers can access over fifty ski slopes via forty different lifts in the wintertime. With its success as a winter resort, it was only logical for the town to invest money into its summer season and become a venue for mountain biking.


It s not everyday you see windsurfing at the bottom of a World Cup DH track.

Lenzerheide offers over 300km of marked trails for biking - including those in the bike park - and 170km of marked hiking trails. If the altitude wasn’t all you wanted to be in, there’s tennis, golf, and plenty of spas to de-stress you at the lower altitudes of the resort. The Heidsee lake is also a great place to relax by or in, during the summer its temperature can go up to a warm 22C, making it perfect for a post-ride swim. There are plenty of watersports to keep you entertained out on the lake too, from stand-up paddle boarding to windsurfing to sailing.

Lenzerheide also boasts the longest toboggan runs in Switzerland. At 3,100 metres, the public can rock up and try the long slide for themselves. Alternatively, there’s a rope park where you can fling yourself 150 metres in the air on a zip line while admiring the alpine landscape below you.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Lenzerheide during the World Champs, don’t forget the various satellite events on offer. On Thursday evening there’s a social ride where you can ride with the pros. Entry fee is 10CHF. After the social ride you can catch two film screenings; Free Ride Iran and North of Nightfall. On Friday evening there’s the #FullGasMTB Whip Off competition, and on Sunday morning you can watch the Flyer Uproc Dual Slalom. For more information and to register, head over to the official website. https://lenzerheide2018.ch/en/side-events





Aston’s Predictions

With the World Cup series done and dusted there will be no holding back in Lenzerheide, riders will put everything on the line at the one-hit-wonder World Championships. In the women's category, Rachel Atherton has been off the boil and in pain for most of the year, but showed she was back on form at Mont-Sainte-Anne with a more than convincing win. Tahnée Seagrave was hot on her heels in La Bresse, but I think she'll be playing second fiddle again to the series winner. That bronze medal is still to play for and it's anybody's game from Hannah to Nicole, and to the outliers of Hrastnik, Charre, Curd, Hoffman, Cabirou or Miller.

In the Elite Men's field, there are a whole host of racers who could bring it home on the day, especially when crashes, mechanicals and weather changes are often part of the equation. Pierron,

Paul Aston
Pinkbike's World Cup Predictionator
Hart, Gwin, Macdonald, Minnaar, Greenland, Bruni, Kerr, Shaw, Thirion, Fearon, and Vergier are just part of the group of rainbow candidates, and there is one Belgian that I would love to see up there. If I could choose a group of 10 to win I would be in a casino right now, but that's not how gambling works, so my money is on Hart. The Brit has two of these under his belt and has fared well in Switzerland in the past. I'm still not sure if Gwin has luck on his side for this event but might get his best precious metal medal yet, and Pierron will take the third and final step.

ELITE MEN
1 // Danny HART // GBR
2 // Aaron GWIN // USA
3 // Amaury PIERRON // FRA
ELITE WOMEN
1 // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2 // Tahnée SEAGRAVE // GBR
3 // Morgane CHARRE // FRA







Previous Champions


ELITE MEN
2017 // Cairns, Australia // Loic BRUNI // FRA
2016 // Val di Sole, Italy // Danny HART // GBR
2015 // Vallnord, Andorra // Loic BRUNI // FRA
2014 // Hafjell, Norway // Gee ATHERTON // GBR
2013 // Pietermaritzburg, South Africa // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2012 // Leogang, Austria // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2011 // Champery, Switzerland // Danny HART // GBR
2010 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Sam HILL // AUS
2009 // Canberra, Australia // Steve PEAT // GBR
2008 // Val di Sole, Italy // Gee ATHERTON // GBR
2007 // Fort William, United Kingdom // Sam HILL // AUS
2006 // Rotorua, New Zealand // Sam HILL // AUS
2005 // Livigno, Italy // Fabien BAREL // FRA
2004 // Les Gets, France // Fabien BAREL // FRA
2003 // Lugano, Switzerland // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2002 // Kaprun, Austria // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
2001 // Vail, USA // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
2000 /// Sierra Nevada, Spain // Myles ROCKWELL // USA
1999 // Are, Sweden // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1998 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1997 // Chateau-d’OEx, Switzerland // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1996 // Cairns, Australia // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1995 // Kirchzarten, Germany // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1994 // Vail, USA // Francois GACHET // FRA
1993 // Metabief, France // Mike KING // USA
1992 // Bromont, Canada // Dave CULLINAN // USA
1991 // Ciocco, Italy // Albert ITEN // SUI
1990 // Durango, USA // Greg HERBOLD // USA


ELITE WOMEN
2017 // Cairns, Australia // Miranda MILLER // CAN
2016 // Val di Sole, Italy // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2015 // Vallnord, Andorra // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2014 // Hafjell, Norway // Manon CARPENTER // GBR
2013 // Pietermaritzburg, South Africa // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2012 // Leogang, Austria // Morgane CHARRE // FRA
2011 // Champery, Switzerland // Emmeline RAGOT // FRA
2010 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Tracy MOSELEY // GBR
2009 // Canberra, Australia // Emmeline RAGOT // FRA
2008 // Val di Sole, Italy // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2007 // Fort William, United Kingdom // Sabrina JONNIER // FRA
2006 // Rotorua, New Zealand // Sabrina JONNIER // FRA
2005 // Livigno, Italy // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
2004 // Les Gets, France // Vanessa QUIN // NZL
2003 // Lugano, Switzerland // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
2002 // Kaprun, Austria // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
2001 // Vail, USA // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
2000 /// Sierra Nevada, Spain // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1999 // Are, Sweden // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1998 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1997 // Chateau-d’OEx, Switzerland // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1996 // Cairns, Australia // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1995 // Kirchzarten, Germany // Leigh DONOVAN // USA
1994 // Vail, USA // Missy GIOVE // USA
1993 // Metabief, France // Giovanna BONAZZI // ITA
1992 // Bromont, Canada // Juli FURTADO // USA
1991 // Ciocco, Italy // Giovanna BONAZZI // ITA
1990 // Durango, USA // Cindy DEVINE // CAN





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The Schedule

Tuesday 04 September
• 13:00-15:00 // Downhill Course Inspection by UCI

Wednesday 05 September
• 12:00-15:00 // On Foot Downhill Course Inspection by Riders/Teams
• 16:15-17:15 // Opening Ceremony

Thursday 06 September
• 09:00-10:00 // Riders Confirmation
• 08:30-12:30 // Official Downhill Training - Junior Women, Junior Men, Elite Women
• 12:45-16:45 // Official Downhill Training - Elite Men
• 16:45-17:15 // On Foot Downhill Course Inspection by Riders/Teams

Friday 07 September
• 07:30-08:30 // Official Downhill Training - Junior Women, Junior Men, Elite Women
• 08:45-09:45 // Official Downhill Training - Elite Men
• 10:15-11:15 // Qualifications - Juniors
• 11:30-12:45 // Qualifications - Elites
• Followed by On Foot Downhill Course Inspection by Riders/Teams

Saturday 08 September
• 07:45-09:45 // Official Downhill Training - Junior Women, Junior Men, Elite Women
• 10:00-12:00 // Official Downhill Training - Elite Men
• Followed by On Foot Downhill Course Inspection by Riders/Teams

Sunday 09 September
• 07:45-08:45 // Official Downhill Training - Junior Women, Junior Men, Elite Women
• 09:30-10:00 // Final - Junior Women
• 10:15-11:15 // Final - Junior Men
• 11:15 // Awards Ceremony for Junior Women and Men
• 11:30-12:30 // Official Downhill Training - Elite Men
• 13:00-14:00 // Final - Elite Women
• 14:30-16:45 // Final - Elite Men
• 16:45 // Awards Ceremony for Elite Women and Men

Note: All times are local and subject to change by the UCI/event organiser.





The Coverage

Gee Atherton incredibly already back in the ring after suffering a broken hip back in May at the Fort William BDS.
Gee being interviewed last year. Despite not being picked for a guaranteed spot in the World Champs, Atherton is down as being a substitute.

With a bit of rest earned after a frantic end to the World Cup season, our media crew will be up and at ‘em in Switzerland this week. They’ll be providing you with all the bikes and kit in all their nationality-orientated liveries. Stay tuned for all the photos epics and results as they come in.

For the Elite Women and Elite Men finals, you can watch the action on Red Bull TV on Sunday 09 September from 12:45 CEST. Otherwise, you can watch it live on the UCI YouTube channel, or on TV/satellite channels as described in the PDF below.

Here’s a breakdown of what these times mean in these main locations for the Red Bull TV broadcast:

• 03:45 // Sunday // Vancouver, Canada (PDT)
• 06:45 // Sunday // Washington DC, USA (EDT)
• 11:45 // Sunday // London, UK (BST)
• 20:45 // Sunday // Sydney, Australia (AEST)
• 22:45 // Sunday // Auckland, New Zealand (NZST)


Note: These times are subject to change. Please check with your local provider.

In case you were wondering what it will take to win here It s printed right on the deck f the big stepup.



MENTIONS: @Fahhhmed / @paulaston / @davetrumpore / @natedh9 / @rossbellphoto / @tahneeseagrave / @AaronGwin1



113 Comments

  • 72 1
 Redbull please stream the top 35 riders this time so we can have commentary on any unbelievable runs as per the last round of the WC. Many thanks, Everyone
  • 19 3
 Hey Red Bull, how about making the coverage available in Canada!
  • 5 65
flag ShempHoward (Sep 5, 2018 at 5:13) (Below Threshold)
 26" for the win ,,, wait I mean 27.5,,or 29. Either way the fastest will win and Canada will complain- national past time winer's yeaaaaaaaaaa ehhh
  • 7 1
 Remember to load a VPN so you can watch if your country doesn't get it, I use Hoxx. Its crap but free and works for this.
  • 20 1
 @cky78: Redbull is blocked from showing Worlds in Canada because one of the Canadian sports networks owns the rights. I’m surprised that Pinkbike didn’t point that out, along with which network it is so we call all boycott them unless they show the live stream!
  • 1 0
 @BCDragon: Which network?
  • 17 0
 With all his bad luck in the the world cups this year, I hope Gwin channels all the good karma he still has for the World Champs and finally have his Steve Peat moment.
  • 1 0
 I agree with you about him having his Steve peat moment... but would prefer him to wait until 2024
  • 8 0
 '...Australian Troy Brosnan. Still on the charge after his first World Cup win...'

First? I am pretty sure Fort Bill a few years earlier was his first World Cup win in the Men. @paulaston
  • 3 2
 I meant he was still on a charge after his first World Cup win that season. He did win Fort Bill in 2014, but I was trying to emphasise that he had just won at Andorra before coming into Lenzerheide last year.
  • 6 0
 @Fahhhmed: Just remove the word first and we are good Wink
  • 6 0
 @kusanagi72: yes sir ;-)
  • 11 0
 Go the Bulldog!
  • 7 0
 Really hope this is Gwin's year! I hate the thought of having to see that aweful looking jersey on him next year but after the disappointing WC season for him, I want him to get this!
  • 3 0
 Got a sneaky feeling that despite Gwin's World Cup season being something of a disappointment taking into account the injury he had, this year could be his. He's gonna want to put the demons to bed once and for all and I think this is the year.
  • 9 1
 Are we allowed to be disappointed by Miranda Miller's performance this year so far?
  • 5 2
 No. You will get banned.

Source: happened to me
  • 12 4
 I should also add that Dave Trumpore will harass, intimidate and threaten you but this will be considered appropriate behaviour. Cheers
  • 1 0
 @mollow: Ok, thanks.
  • 1 0
 Rainbow Jersey curse
  • 3 0
 @mollow: lol whats his scrawny ass gonna do. Don't hurt me Dave!
  • 1 1
 @atrokz: you're over compensating again aren't you.
  • 2 2
 @mollow: might have had something to do with your delivery. Maybe the swearing, insults to other members here and homophobic sluts whenever anyone does not agree with you... Which if you hadn't noticed is just about everyone anytime your periods of being banned have expired.
  • 1 4
 @davetrumpore: please don't hurt me mr tough guy. I heard you're a 150lb ninja!
  • 1 1
 @davetrumpore: also your ability to take a joke has always been pathetic. Calm down.
  • 2 2
 @atrokz: who cares? Never met you, spoken to you, threatened you, yet you seem to be making sure we all know how tough you are? Seems like you are the big talk little something else kind of guy, eh? Love the pic of you flexing on your profile... Intimidating ;-)
  • 1 2
 @davetrumpore: what the heck are you talking about. I believe we have met, we used to chirp eachother on RM all the time. You're being a goofball. I was joking around. Also you're clearly projecting your small penis issues which we all know about. And what flexing? You never were that bright.
  • 1 1
 @atrokz: m.pinkbike.com/photo/12608659

I don't know anyone names atrokz, sorry bye.
  • 1 2
 @davetrumpore: oh wow what a showoff I was during a track walk 9 years ago. So lets get this straight. I chirp you like we did on RM for years back in the 2000s. You being the weirdo you are goes and creeps and finds a old pic of me joking around w Dean and uses it as some sort of evidence that Im a meat head. Haha. Ok. Like I said, your ability to take a joke has always been pathetic. Sorry you can't recall or think I was being serious. I knew someone with your massive ego (and tiny balls) would have to respond to his comment so I chirped you thinking "old times". I forgot you're a super important photo dude now and know too many famous people to care about us RM folk. My mistake mr tough guy.
  • 3 1
 @atrokz: pretty normal when someone acts like they know you to have a look at their pics to see who the heck they are... What's creepy is you pretending you know all about me, yet we've never met. I know you have a big man crush going but let's call this a break up... Xoxo
  • 1 1
 @davetrumpore: lol. We met briefly at Bromont back in the 2000s iirc. We also posted a lot on rm around that time. Im not a super famous photog so I dont expect you to remember. I have a solid memory and was just joking around. No need to be a douche even if it comes naturally. Its unbecoming of such a famous person like yourself. And sorry but you've just never been my type. Too much baggage. ????
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: also you should be directing your anger at the kid you had a problem with. Not the guy clearly chirping you as a joke. I guess too many concussions got the best of you.
  • 2 1
 Well... That escalated quickly! Thanks for the demo Dave
  • 2 1
 @mollow: likewise... It always amazes me that you talk all kinds of shit here, and when you bring someone's name into a thread unsolicited they call you out on it. Really is shocking isn't it?
  • 2 1
 @atrokz @davetrumpore @mollow: speaking as a person who just read through the 3 of you arguing like high schoolers, that was weak sauce. No insults being hurled at DT were very good, or very funny, and frankly it is kinda goofy for DT to go after these guys for what is clearly adolescent name calling by either children, or grown ass men who should stop acting like children.
  • 2 1
 @VwHarman: I actually didn't participate but sure, thanks for your help mature man.
  • 5 0
 I see Gee Atherton's name on the start list but looks like theres and "S" next to it? As in he's a sub?
  • 1 0
 Yeah he was also showing up in the fantasy league... Jury's out.
  • 16 1
 #gee4worlds
  • 10 3
 @samfr1000: He'll be there practicing - wouldn't it be funny if he won the qualifier, but wasn't in the final?
  • 4 1
 @neimbc: the whole thing is just interesting. He clearly still has the pace but has just struggled the last few seasons with injury. So I can see the logic in the decision not to select him but it's totally contradictory to his results this season.
Let's hope he gets to participate in timed practice - do you get to do qualifying if you're a reserve? I'm not sure how it works.
  • 6 4
 Hope the Asian teams make a good account of themselves, even if several of the top riders couldn't make the trip. Japan and Thailand are well represented (which probably means their respective national federations have the budget to send whole teams to Europe) and have done well in recent tournaments.

In truth, however, I want Belgium to win In Men Elite and Slovenia to win in Women Elite. ;-)
  • 9 3
 Lol Paul Aston making his biased predictions again.
  • 5 0
 Portugal is missing on the Nations list. 2 Elite men, 1 Junior man.
  • 2 0
 3 elite men...1 junior
  • 7 0
 Sorry @nozes. My bad. I thought I would be helpful by not embedding a Scribd PDF in the article as I know they don't always go down well with PBers. Instead I transcribed it and with that human error crept in. No offence was intended and the list should now been corrected.
  • 6 0
 @Fahhhmed: It's all good, man. Thanks for your work.
  • 3 0
 Will the redbull broadcast for the world champs be available in Canada this year, or will it be the same BS as previous years?
  • 1 0
 Apparently not and its not on any Canadian sports feed so get those VPN's warmed up and get on Red Bull from "another country" I guess. What a crock.
  • 1 0
 Any solutions besides VPN for watching in Canada ?....I saw flo tv advertising that they will cover it, but can’t tell if it’s their own little thing or if they bought are the ones that bought the rights to the red bull coverage ....does anybody know...

I also just watched the XC team relay live on the uci Facebook feed , it was basically the red bull feed with no commercials....will they stream it for the main XC and dh events too ?

www.flobikes.com/events/6180340-2018-uci-mtb-world-championship-can-only
  • 1 0
 It seems to say that they will be streaming it. $30 is steep for one event. I wonder if that's in CAD or freedom dollars..
  • 1 0
 @axelerate: I know, I am considering hosting a world champs brunch and maybe have some friends over to make it worth the price ...but at the same time, I guess I could just get one of them VPN thingies and just watch on red bull...never used a VPN
  • 8 7
 @FarahAhmed: crashing out = having a race-ending crash. "Crashing out & bowing out" is doubly redundant. Tracy Hannah "crashing out" and still finishing is impossible: the two are mutually exclusive.
  • 13 7
 Veloscente, you sound like a fun guy to be around. Thanks for taking time out from your busy and important life to point that out. Well done.
  • 13 1
 Using the phrase "doubly redundant" is redundant, you could just say tautology.
  • 4 2
 @kit-nz: they are not synonyms. tautology is any form of A = A. doubly redundant means there are two layers of redundancy, like a climber tying a backup knot in the rope and also doubling back his or her harness.
  • 2 0
 How is that different than just redundant? @dallenchaney:
  • 2 0
 @dallenchaney: Twicely Redundant
  • 3 1
 @lev3000: Love how the PB comments-Gestapo is always on point w/ shouting down comments that aren't exactly what they would have written.
The writer is clearly not versed enough in English to use "crash out" properly. If he/she wishes to continue writing for an English language site, my post was written to help them learn basic mtb idiom.
If you'd prefer empty broh-brah backslaps that lead to more poorly-written copy, knock yourself out & post those too.
  • 3 0
 @kit-nz, @dallenchaney: I considered putting scare quotes around "doubly redundant" as it was tongue in cheek. To be clear, the author doubled down, but not on redundancy: we are talking about single redundancy on first misuse of "crash out" and a paradox for the second. As for tautology/redundancy, the former is a subset of the later: a tautology is more constrained, as it must repeat itself exactly as in the divine tautology "I am who I am."
So if @FarahAhmed is reading this thread, welcome to PinkBike, where no good deed goes unpunished in the comments. Thanks for the WC primer. Peace.
  • 5 0
 I made a mistake. It happens. The mistake has since been corrected. For the record, I'm fluent in English and I've been a writing for Pinkbike longer than you've been a member, but thanks for advice, I'll bear it in mind should I continue to write for this website. These articles are a beast to write and sometimes human error sneaks in, but I guess it's sometimes easier for some people to post call outs like yours claim 'I got there first, wooo look at me' and then continue to rub salt in the wound despite the error being corrected ages ago. Anyway, as you say... Peace.
  • 3 0
 Leigh Donovan, the last American womens world champ? come on USAC, help retake the crown!
  • 1 0
 Leigh Donovan was bad axe. Unfortunately, there are no women vying for the Elite Women's crown.
  • 1 0
 @chezotron: ahh, hindsight.
  • 3 3
 That schedule is silly. The ladies practice in the early morning on a probably still pretty wet track. Then juniors race, the men practice and only then race on a dried track that is in a completely different condition. Sure, the track evolves throughout the day, that's a given. But their timing is much more unfortunate than that for the juniors and elite men. Let them practice along with the men, all good.
  • 1 0
 Who do we need to threaten or sue for the Geo Block to get lifted from Canada. Tired of this shit !! f*ck, now I have to set up a stupid VPN bs... Can you get them for Xbox One ? I usually stream the races from there ?
  • 4 2
 I’ll mark this date on my calendar so I can watch the broadcast next year
  • 5 1
 Viewers! Start your buffers!
  • 2 1
 Read all the way down to find the list of countries getting shafted out of coverage this year but nothing. Hopefully we get to watch it in NZ (and Canada) this year!
  • 2 1
 Just went on Redbulltv app and next mtb event listed is Hardline. Looks like NZ is screwed out of coverage again! :/
  • 2 1
 @Skootur: seems like skytv bought the broadcast rights to a otherwise free event! F them. I just used a VPN service set my location to the uk and now the event is showing up on the redbull app.
  • 1 0
 @SEIGHTCH: Yeah, but I like to use the Redbull.tv app on my PS4 so that I can watch on a big screen. Can I still reset my location (albeit temporarily) to use my PS4 or iPad?
  • 2 0
 Impress by all Frenchies who win the rainbow jersey!! 14 in women and 12 in men on last 17 championships..
  • 5 2
 7 out of those 12 are by one guy.
  • 2 0
 @P3N54: Yes the Legend Nicolas VOuilloz ! And many also were won by only one woman in the name of Anne-Carolie Chausson, absolute legende herself too.
  • 4 2
 Here Pinkbike, who does Jacob Dickson Race for?

Would it be too much hassle to add his country to your list?
  • 1 5
flag conorcp (Sep 5, 2018 at 3:13) (Below Threshold)
 Sorry my bad. two Elite Men and two Junior Men I'd hate to make a mistake
  • 1 0
 @conorcp: Looks like they left IRL off the list up top but they are in the official PDF.
  • 1 6
flag conorcp (Sep 5, 2018 at 4:34) (Below Threshold)
 @James-R: Yea, it's just a bit of a f*ck up really, like if i was a junior it would be cool to have your team mentioned on pinkbike if you're representing at worlds
  • 2 0
 Sorry @James-R and @conorcp My bad. I thought I would be helpful by not embedding a Scribd PDF in the article as I know they don't always go down well with PBers. Instead I transcribed it and with that human error crept in. No offence was intended and the list should now been corrected.
  • 1 0
 @Fahhhmed: that's all good dude, cheers for adding them. I can imagine it's hectic enough come world champs.
  • 2 1
 Probably a daft question and I probably missed the answer (sorry)...why do the french get 8 male riders with everyone else bringing 7?
  • 6 0
 Their quota is 7 but they get one extra because of the defending Champ, Loic Bruni is French.
  • 4 1
 That design on Dean Lucas' helmet is rad AF!
  • 2 0
 Podium for Fearon and Brosnan. don't even have Brosnan on the podium?, ha, riders who can pull this off Paul? Bets on Bro.
  • 1 0
 Proud to see Kaitlyn Melvin and Gideon Bender represent the PNW in the Jr's divisions. I've watched these two go from fast to scary fast over the last few years.
  • 3 0
 C'Mon New Zealand
  • 2 1
 Sure hope the coverage is better then last year. I’m actually here for the women’s XCO. ????
  • 2 0
 Ireland dont make the list?
  • 1 0
 Cheers. Next time can we sort the "countries participations, rider count" table alphabetically. it hurt my ocd. cheers
  • 1 0
 Yo Folks, can‘t find the Redbull stream for later, could anyone share please? Cheers
  • 1 0
 Elliot Jamieson has put down a belter of a time in the Juniors, would have just been outside top 10 elite quali
  • 3 2
 So wassup with Gee? Apparently he's not racing... but he's on the list.
  • 3 2
 He wasn't picked by British Cycling to race - he's a substitute in case of injury to one of the other riders
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flag thesharkman (Sep 5, 2018 at 1:14) (Below Threshold)
 With the amount crying hes done they probably added him to just shut him up.
  • 2 1
 I reckon Herbold should race for the all time comeback win. Go Greg!
  • 2 3
 Excited to watch this race, let’s go Gwin and or Bruni! I could watch 8 hours of coverage sooo where is the best place to watch?
  • 1 1
 I get down voted and no answer?
  • 2 2
 Anyone know how to watch in Canada? I can't find which channel has the rights because it won't be on red bull here
  • 3 0
 VPN blocker seems the only option
  • 1 0
 Looks likes it is on Sports Net One in Canada. The is a live unnamed event on both Saturday and Sunday
  • 1 0
 What happened with Greg Herbold in 1990?
  • 1 0
 He won the stripes
  • 3 3
 Maesssss go you Belgium Lion!!
  • 3 4
 Minnaar and Atherton. You heard it here first. Wink
  • 1 0
 I agree, Gee and Gwin will b e right there.
  • 2 2
 where is vaea verbeeck ?
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