I ride and race Dh as well as trail riding, I am not a keyboard warrior and ride master, I am current Scottish vets Dh champion and have done my time to make educated comments based on experience. I train hard for racing.

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betsie dudesofhazzard's article
Oct 18, 2018 at 14:20
Oct 18, 2018
Video: The Dudes of Hazzard Go Highland Rut Slapping
Sweet video. You boys are just lit everywhere.
betsie Point1Athletic's article
Oct 8, 2018 at 14:08
Oct 8, 2018
Coach Chris Kilmurray Weighs In On 2019 UCI MTB Rulebook Changes
@sino428: of course they put the effort in. Regardless they will be the top riders. They do have their own practice and it's later in the day. With the limited practice that there is now, this often means if there is a new section of track that juniors then b practice are cutting the track in as part of their practice. This must make it harder for newer riders to crack the top of the field.
betsie Point1Athletic's article
Oct 4, 2018 at 6:50
Oct 4, 2018
Coach Chris Kilmurray Weighs In On 2019 UCI MTB Rulebook Changes
I a glad that this is s civil conversation. Money does talk, but at what point does the money potentially remove some of the spark from the sport. There is something about knowing that everyone has to qualify, that everyone has the same practice and that everyone is at the same risk, regardless of how consistent they have done in previous races. The format from last year meant that riders of similar ability were training together, does this make for closer racing? Arguably yes, but it also means that its easier for the top riders to see the other top riders lines that they did not see and therefore gain a competitive advantage that they may not have had. If a rider is under pressure, we had this with Gwin, Minnaar in 2017 then they can choose what races to enter knowing that the race run will bring them points. Yes they have the ability to score those points but they also have the brains to be able to practice less, throw seeding and still have the energy for a race run, would they have placed as highly in that race run if they had to put full effort into practice and seeding? Who knows but I would say not. Dh is and always will be a small participation sport, any moneys that come into the sport are great, at the moment the investment from the likes of YT is probably mostly focused on riders wages, those riders, like all athletes will make other money from sponsorship deals. Its not a life long career after all and being higher risk, injury can come. I stand by my slightly rose tinted view that the sport should be as fair and equal as possible. The difference in ability of riders who are qualifying now is small enough, probably due to the professionalism of the riders and the narrowing of the competitive gap due to new technologies that a top rider qualifying lower down the order wont catch another rider in a race run. Wouldn't it be nice if we could keep Dh real and not make it about money and protecting riders.
betsie Point1Athletic's article
Oct 3, 2018 at 5:12
Oct 3, 2018
Coach Chris Kilmurray Weighs In On 2019 UCI MTB Rulebook Changes
@IllestT: I understand why you would say that but... The sport should be about performance and a equal and level playing field, not who can buy it! How does YT make the TV broadcast look any slicker, the broadcast is put on by an independent team, its not like a rider who isn't in the top teams is going to turn up late and make the broadcast look unprofessional, that is disrespectful to the other riders and teams. Having a big bus in the pits makes no difference to me watching the live stream, that bus will still be there for the public visiting the venue (or if Andorra, no it wont as the pits are at the top of the track, so nowhere near the action).
betsie Point1Athletic's article
Oct 3, 2018 at 2:33
Oct 3, 2018
Coach Chris Kilmurray Weighs In On 2019 UCI MTB Rulebook Changes
The rule book... a 5 year old can't make beans on toast, ask them too and they would make a simple task complicated... I don't think that any rider should be protected! Puncture, crash or be injured doesn't give you the right over someone who has earned the spot on the weekend. This rule was brought in to stop people weather watching and gambling on an earlier start time for race runs, all part of the game really and a risk. Practice should be practice, everyone, no matter what their ability should practice together, the current rule gives an unfair advantage to the riders near the cut. Seed the next race off the overall in reverse order or the previous race. Wheel size - Who cares. Out of the tape - Poles become important, how does a tree factor into this? Out of the tape is out of the tape, this should include bending over poles and jumping over the bent pole, stops riders taking liberties on the taped tacks. Bottom of the pole should qualify as the pole, or a special pole for specific stumps etc to make it so they can't be hopped etc.
betsie sarahmoore's article
Sep 27, 2018 at 14:19
Sep 27, 2018
Val di Sole, Les Gets & Andorra Awarded World Championships
What thing did you start.... My dad did it before you invented it. :)
betsie BWinder's article
Sep 18, 2018 at 7:31
Sep 18, 2018
Destination Showcase: Exploring Vallnord Bike Park, Andorra
I rode the park after world masters, it was fun, flowy and fast, the views are incredible. As the Dh track had already been done, the bike park was great for a couple of days, you can do so many runs its insane. 1 week would be good there at a chilled pace, but if you push up to ride, you aint gonna be chilled with such good chairs to the top :)
betsie YTIndustries's article
Sep 12, 2018 at 12:56
Sep 12, 2018
YT Introduces Aluminum Tues DH Bike
Good deal but... Pinkbike. The craziest race of the season is this weekend and nothing on here. If it was Rampage you would be all over it. WHERE IS YOUR COVERAGE OF REDHILL HARDLINE?
betsie paulaston's article
Sep 7, 2018 at 1:41
Sep 7, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: Who's Going to Win World Champs?
Confidence brings good results so its hard to look past Amaury Pierron, Gwin is on the comeback so confidence isnt high and he doesnt have that invincibility about him that he had a few years ago, especially on Trek (yes a good few years ago now). Seems that the Commencal is a very very fast bike.
betsie pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 6, 2018 at 14:45
Sep 6, 2018
Qualifying Start Lists: Lenzerheide DH World Championships 2018
Gee is doing hardline. World champs is the boys qualifier to go race with the men :)
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