DH World Cup Round 3, Leogang - Replay

Jun 10, 2017 at 3:47
by Florian Gärtner  



MENTIONS: @redbullbike




41 Comments

  • + 11
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkrS7XUN4ng - Horrific crash of Remy ;/
Looks like gnarly/technical tracks are safer than the super fast one. So many riders are out now: Remy Thirion/ Loic Bruni/ Max Morgan/ Lachlan Blair and probably more.
  • + 1
 Bruni too? :/
  • + 1
 what happened to bruni?
  • + 8
 OTB makes me cringe. Lost my best friend in March due to an OTB resulting in him shattering several vertebrae in his neck and back... get well soon Remy, and count your lucky stars!
  • + 2
 @gooutsidetoday: RIP Frown never forget this sport is dangerous.. super fun but super dangerous in case of crash..
  • + 20
 UCI should stop this nonsense. No one benefits from this, neither riders, nor viewers. DH tracks should have slow, steep and technical stuff, instead of 70 km/hr 4x track.
  • + 0
 I'll say it again and get down voted to hell. It's the big wheels playing a part in all this. Not in Loic's case surely. But this track is really fast. 29" wheels are heavier and have more mass concentrated farther away from the hub thus increasing the gyroscopic effect. This is the very first time in DH history that so many top riders have been put on these bikes. No one has ever done the math to see how much extra gyro effect these wheels have spinning in the air at those speeds. This is new stuff. I know MX wheels are heavier but so are the bikes. Here we have a heavier gyroscopic effect coupled with a light carbon frame. Remi's crash was horrid. I hurt just watching it. Yeah he overshot it, but it looked like he just couldn't scrub it. That full speed slo-mo inexorable twist toward the ground of the front end despite his body being low and back. Classic gyro effect. I don't know what he did on the take off to cause it. But he certainly had no ability to correct it once in the air. This is Remi Thirion we're talking about. What's gonna happen to the likes of average weekend warriors like us when we start to loft these big wheels into the air at speeds?? Yes they are faster. Precisely because of the fact that they have greater mass distributed farther out on the circle. If the physics applies to rolling resistance it also applies in the air. Ok here come the down votes.
  • + 6
 Ouch, that is just horrible, a truly terrible crash - I kind of wish I hadn't clicked the link Frown

He's not exactly walked away, but from the news on the Commencal Instagram feed it looks like he should recover 100% - it's a huge relief to hear. Get well soon Mitch! (and buy a lotto ticket while your luck is with you!!!)
  • + 5
 @gooutsidetoday: Truly sorry for your loss.
  • - 6
flag AntiGrav87 (Jun 11, 2017 at 5:44) (Below Threshold)
 @fattyheadshok: Good to see you have more knowledge than the pro's who are riding. What the f*ck are you doing behind a keyboard, go get paid for your awesomeness out on the circuit.

It's like you have never seen someone go Deadman sail a jump on smaller wheels.
  • + 4
 @mecagoenvuestrosmuertos: This is arguable, do you think that Gwin, Minnaar and the like would ride anything slower just for the cash - they are racers at heart who want to win. Would a young guy trying to break it through to a big team ride inferior equipment just to get a marginally higher paycheck? I really don't think so.

29ers are faster in some circumstances and naturally teams will want to exploit this - people have to deal with it and not hate on it just because it differs from their personal preference.

I have ridden a long travel 29er for the last year or so - for mere mortals and weekend hacks, it is a ton of fun in bike parks. Does my 650b DH bike feel quicker? Yes. Does it corner better? Arguably, but objectively just differently.

I have fun on both bikes - I am probably less battered at the end of a park day on the 29er than the 27.5, but have fun on them both...
  • + 0
 I don't disagree. It sounds like you know the science as well or better than anyone. But, at the risk of sounding like an A hole, and that's not my intention, what's your point? Do you think 29" shouldn't be allowed or jumps need to be downsized? Just curious if you have a solution in mind or are merely explaining your theory of why the crashes are happening? @fattyheadshok:
  • + 1
 @fattyheadshok: it's science und you can't say it's wrong. Personally I'm not a fan of 29er downhill bikes. I think when the riders say that tracks aren't rough enough and then jump on a 29er that smoothes out a track isn't really logical. On the other hand if I was a racer I would get the fastest bike too so we'll have to wait for a decision of the UCi!
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 @leelendon: mmmm what happened to bruni
  • + 7
 I'm not a Gwin fan (Vergier and Minnaar for me), but today he looked so genuinely happy and delighted at the end - you could see real joy and emotions, where he is always usually very composed and 'stand offish'. I always think he is trying to portray some kind of 'Steve McQueen' cool or something.

Today made him seem really human and a lot more likable in the interviews, really happy that he got the win and put on a good show!
  • + 8
 he is like that since he left specialized
  • + 3
 Think it's something about the media sticking the mic in your face. Met Aaron at Sea Otter a couple years back and got to chat a little. Pretty down to earth and normal guy with abnormally good skills and a hard work ethic.
  • + 8
 That run by Tahnee was incredibly smooth and aggressive. Well deserved!
  • + 1
 Agreed I'm glad to see her finally take the win.
  • + 5
 27.5 ain't dead!! Well done Gwin
  • + 1
 I'm trying to watch the replay on Redbull TV and its been saying 'Awaiting Replay' for the last 30 mins. Anyone know when it will be ready to watch?
  • + 2
 Yeees! Gwinner you pinner! Damn solid run Smile
  • + 1
 Any idea why this wont play? it just stays black, tryed it in another browser and my flash player is up to date, hmmm
  • + 1
 Gwin is unhumanly fast. To take 1.5 seconds out of Vergiers run is just incredible. And 27.5 haha! Love it.
  • + 1
 Why is the comment in German/Austian? Where is Rob?
  • + 3
 Red Bull has two live channels for this race: one in German and the other as usual in English with Rob and Claudio.
  • + 2
 @mvogt: is it over?
  • + 1
 @x0Lz: The womens race was over by the time you posted. The mens race hasn't started yet (at the time I'm posting this).
  • + 1
 @x0Lz: men's finals start at 3 pm
  • + 1
 @mvogt: men's went to German on my live stream after Rob and Claudio did the course preview.
  • + 0
 Couple times I mistook Minaar for Vergier and visa versa! Similar appearance
  • + 1
 where was Phil's hardtail?
  • + 2
 Did his first practice on it and posted it yesterday;

youtu.be/r6bpmj2uoAU
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 Riplay ????
  • + 1
 gwinner deliver
  • + 1
 GGGWWWWIIIIINNNN!!!!!!
  • + 1
 I love it!
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 WTF?
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 Tahnee great day!!!!
  • - 2
 Sad to say have really lost interest in the WC.. I want to see real downhill and hear Rob ungagged again..
  • + 1
 i haven't lost interest, but Rob was weirdly quiet today. i prefered him at Peatys Worlds run in 09 when he couldn't stop screaming. or Dannys run in '11

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