Pietermaritzburg World Cup 2012 - Day 4

Mar 17, 2012 at 9:48
by Ian Hylands  

There was a good training session today but it started to rain shortly after the end of the Men's XC event. That could change things a lot for tomorrows final if it sticks around. Take a look at the qualifying results and think about who'll be better in the rain, especially on a course with a lot of pedaling in the middle.

And just a reminder that the DH finals, or at least most of them, will be broadcast live by Red Bull TV tomorrow, and you'll be able to watch it here on Pinkbike:

DHI Women and Men Elite: March 18th at 12:15 - 14:20 GMT

SRAM s World Bicycle Relief donates hundreds of bikes to African villages where they truly make a difference to people s lives. The bridge into the venue here is lined with these bikes make an effort. give back. Powered by WBR.

SRAM's World Bicycle Relief donates hundreds of bikes to African villages where they truly make a difference to people's lives. The bridge into the venue here is lined with these bikes, make an effort. give back. Powered by WBR.


Monster Energy Specialized s guard dog for the week. He s stoked.

Monster Energy Specialized's guard dog for the week. He's stoked.


Cedric Gracia has fun on his bike at the UCI World Cup in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Cedric Gracia cracked out another fast qualifying run this weekend and still managed to have fun and be Cedric. Here he says "how do you do" to everyone on Pinkbike.


Brendan seems to be feeling pretty comfortable on his new Scott Gambler at the UCI World Cup in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Brendan seems to be feeling pretty comfortable on his new Scott Gambler.


Jill Kintner with her new Norco at the UCI World Cup in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

If you want to win, you have to be willing to put your back into it. Here, Jill Kintner pushed back up the lower section of the track to take another run at the hip on her new Norco.


Mitch Delfs at the UCI World Cup in Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Mitch Delfs. What can you say? His idea of training is a 5 hour surf and a sprint over the water park fence, but when he's on it, he's on it.


Do you miss the rain down in Africa It started to come in hard about 30 seconds after the finish of the men s XC. Time to start cutting down some spikes for the pedal. The dirt here turns into ice when it gets wet so if the sun doesn t poke out soon it could be a wild one in the morning.

Do you miss the rain down in Africa? It started to come in hard about 30 seconds after the finish of the men's XC. Time to start cutting down some spikes for the pedal. The dirt here turns into ice when it gets wet, so if the sun doesn't poke out soon it could be a wild one in the morning.


Troy Brosnan tries to relax and forget that he qualified 5th in his first official race as an Elite rider.

Troy Brosnan tries to relax and forget that he qualified 5th in his first "official" race as an Elite rider.


Some images just don t need a caption. An image is worth a thousand words or volts in this case.

Some images just don't need a caption. An image is worth a thousand words; or volts in this case.


The rains have stopped and the city lights of Maritzburg are starting to poke through the clouds and fog. Fingers crossed

As we rolled in from dinner, the rain has stopped and the city lights of 'Maritzburg are starting to poke through the clouds and fog. Fingers crossed for tomorrow and World Cup #1!


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58 Comments

  • 64 1
 That dog looks like it needs a hug
  • 2 0
 Barney honestly lmao
  • 6 0
 That shot of CG is sick, I hope he pulls out some no handers on some of the jumps tomorrow. Cant wait to hear Warner go crazy too.
  • 2 4
 kinda looks like he's had a stroke :/
  • 1 0
 no more brendawg on the team, now its just dog
  • 22 1
 that Carbon demo reeks of dankness!
  • 10 0
 they pulled that photo from the post. does specialized think that it's a secret? haha
  • 2 0
 yeah I was gonna say...what carbon demo!
  • 2 1
 I think the new Scott is my new favorite bike!
  • 18 0
 Cedric just loves to pull these moves ,should have his sponsors logo on the soles of his shoes, Nice One CG
  • 2 0
 Great marketing !!
  • 11 1
 Carbon demo.... tasty.
  • 9 0
 Steve Smith all the way !
  • 1 0
 One of the top four seem destined to win, and its been awhile for Canada. He seems destined to win one this year. But I'm predicting the Hannah family will rule both mens and women categories, the first World Cup win for both of them.
  • 3 0
 XC coverage/picture quality was ace!
Just wonder why they can livestream hours of cross country but NO women's final and only the men's top 30........
For my part, I really enjoyed watching the slower riders, too. So one could see the difference in speed/line choices.

Hope redbull reconsiders that for the other races..
  • 1 0
 Why do you think the women's final won't be broadcast?
  • 1 0
 As far as I know, theres only a non-live summary of the women's final put before the men's final.
Am I wrong?
  • 1 0
 Who rides well in the rain and can pedal a lot? Graves is super fit right now and qualified well. Hart is obviously good in wet weather. Hill has a good history in the rain. Gwin and Minaar are killin it right now. should be interesting.
  • 4 0
 That is awesome of SRAM! very impressed.
  • 5 1
 atta boy Troy!
  • 2 0
 YES. cannot wait til tomorrow!! Hope the rain they had earlier at the end of the XC today holds off
  • 3 0
 Hope that dog dont start chewin on them expensive carbon tubes
  • 1 0
 Where on earth is Matt Scoles?? Surely the Oceania champ should be there? Especially after his fantastic WC Season last year...
  • 2 0
 Photo number 9. How to set your house on fire.
  • 2 0
 all those power adapters is classic!
  • 2 0
 where is tracy mosely this round?
  • 3 0
 As far as I know she retired from Elite DH racing, and will only be racing few select events.
  • 1 0
 oh thats sad she was such a great racer
  • 1 0
 saap yaal. need ur advice please. will a coil spring from cane creek 500x3.0 fit flush w my fox dhx 5.0 2009(350x3.25)?
  • 8 6
 Common Aaron Gwin!!
  • 1 0
 hows the durban treating you guys out there?
  • 1 0
 damn carbon demo when this happend ?
  • 1 0
 They rode them last year at worlds, we can't get one till at least next season.
  • 1 0
 thank Smile
  • 2 1
 those new Specialized demo's look lush
  • 2 0
 CG soo much style!
  • 1 0
 where is the carbon demo someone please give me the link!!!
  • 1 0
 It's around the 23rd photo on this link:
www.pinkbike.com/news/Pietermaritzburg-World-Cup-2012-Day-3-in-Photos.html

Sam Hill is getting some nice air on it. I'm surprised that Hill is not wearing SPD's, that pedaling section is going to be brutal for him.
  • 2 1
 danny hart in the wet, controversial..............
  • 1 0
 Nice times guys! Can't wait to watch it all liveBig Grin
  • 2 1
 Gee Atherton for the win tomoz.
  • 1 0
 It looks like brendawg is running clips this weekend.
  • 1 0
 anyone who isn't would be mad (IMO). with all the pedalling involved you'd want to be clipped in for the gains you get.
  • 1 0
 Outstanding work from CG....Give it some
  • 1 0
 those are some SHADY looking wheels on Jill Kintner's Norco
  • 1 1
 LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!!
  • 2 1
 cg on fire?
  • 2 2
 i pissed that faiclough is not pullin it out of the bag
  • 2 2
 What about Rachel? Why she will not run?
  • 2 0
 She's still recovering from her shoulder surgery which she had a while back, she will be back for the next venue though Smile
  • 1 0
 Oh ok, I see.
Thanks Smile
  • 1 0
 TOTO - Africa
  • 1 0
 -deleted double-post-
  • 1 0
 My money's on CG
  • 4 6
 Id manage a quick run on those yellow cruisers
  • 4 0
 Yes you would mate , To the shops and back
  • 1 0
 hahahaha, classy!

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