The Perfect Storm: Lenzerheide DH World Cup 2017 - Race Day Photo Epic

Jul 8, 2017 at 15:16
by Dave Trumpore  



It wouldn't be a World Cup without a cube ball or two thrown in, and in proper fashion, Lenzerheide did just that on the eve of the race. After days of blistering heat and a track that was literally crumbling to pieces under the riders, the rains came. Thunderstorms, on and off through the night, made sure to throw a spanner in the works of the riders and mechanics who had worked so hard to setup bike and suspension for grip in the loose stuff. Slimy in the morning dry in the middle of the day and back to loose and drifty by the afternoon. A day of constant change in what riders faced for the finals and those who could adapt quickly were the ones who triumphed.

First to tackle the challenge would be the junior men, where once again Finn Iles would show the field why he wears the rainbow stripes of a World Champion. With Matt Walker out due to a crash and concussion, a win would mean Finn could wrap up the overall title with two rounds to go. And today that's exactly what he did. Up at every split and well clear of the field, Finn is definitely in a league of his own.

The Women would take to the track in absolutely perfect conditions, and after the close times in qualifying a day earlier it was clear the final was going to come right down to the wire. Tahnée Seagrave looked on pace to be the first threat for the win, but a washed front wheel right at the bottom lost her valuable seconds and a few steps on the podium by the time she crossed the line. Then it was Emilie Siegenthaler racing in front of her home crowd who would raise the bar with the strongest run we've seen this year from the Swiss rider. Tracey Hannah came close but it wasn't until Myriam Nicole crossed the line that Emile was knocked from the hot seat with one rider to go. Rachel Atherton was up at the first few splits but slowed towards the bottom, and as a result handed Myriam Nicole her second win in a row by just half a second. In addition to winning the race, Myriam now leads to World Cup overall with just two rounds remaining.

Last up it would be the Elite Men. As the temperatures soared, the massive crowds descended along the course and dust once again began to fill the air. As the cheering got louder and louder, the riders got faster and faster, and the times began to fall. The first competitive time would come from Laurie Greenland and rider after rider tried but failed to topple it. After some crashes from riders like Loris Vergier and Mick Hannah, it wasn't until Danny Hart came down that things really began to get wild at the sharp end of the race. First Loïc fumbled and then it was Minnaar's turn. A winner here in 2015 in similar conditions every rider knew Greg would be dangerous in the finals, and once again he proved them all right. Up split after split, Minnaar sailed into the hot seat with what looked to be an unbeatable run. Unbeatable that is until Aaron Gwin hit the course. Aaron was visibly riding sections faster than anyone and by the bottom third of the track was well clear of the competition and looking like he could cruise home for the victory. Then disaster struck. As the track had dried, many of the rocks were starting to come loose once again, and one would seal Gwin's fate in an instant. A puncture with the finish line in sight was heartbreaking and cruel, and it's safe to say just about everyone in attendance felt a bit deflated after such a tight race.

Greg Minnaar now has a more comfortable lead in the overall ahead of Troy Brosnan, but with a second place today, Troy definitely limited his losses. With two rounds to go, it's going be a close one all the way to the end.

In stark contrast to last evening the skies were clear when the sun burst over the Rothorn.
In stark contrast to last evening. the skies were clear when the sun burst over the Rothorn.

The lift station becomes a hive of activity on race day with not only racers but mechanics trainers and fans out to search for the best vantage points.
The lift station becomes a hive of activity on race day with not only racers, but mechanics, trainers, and fans out to search for the best vantage points.

Whilst some riders just absorb into their own expressionless worlds others get hands on and go through the hopeful motions of their upcoming run.
Whilst some riders just absorb into their own expressionless worlds, others get hands on and go through the hopeful motions of their upcoming run.

One last moment to collect your thoughts before blasting down the mountain in Lenzerheide.
One last moment to collect your thoughts before blasting down the mountain.

Kaos Seagrave s day didn t get off to the best of starts with a big crash in the top rock garden which resulted in a broken brake lever and a trundle down the fire road.
Kaos Seagrave's day didn't get off to the best of starts with a big crash in the top rock garden which resulted in a broken brake lever and a trundle down the fire road.

Moritz Ribarich of the Swiss DH Syndicate sending it to 4th place in the juniors.
Moritz Ribarich of the Swiss DH Syndicate, sending it to fourth place in the Juniors.

Joe Breeden has been creeping up in the results all year and finally nailed a podium in Juniors today.
Joe Breeden has been creeping up in the results all year and finally nailed a podium in Juniors.

Finn Iles drops into the finish arena with the fastest time of the day in juniors.
Finn Iles drops into the finish arena with the fastest time of the day in Juniors.

Top quaifier Sylvain Cougoureux fought a good fight like always but had to settle for third on the day.
Top qualifier, Sylvain Cougoureux, fought a good fight like always but had to settle for third.

2nd today for Sylvain Cougoureux. But what could have been if he hadn t come off on the top of the track.
Second today for Sylvain Cougoureux. But what could have been if he hadn't come off on the top of the track?

Today s win secured Finn Iles his second Junior World Cup title. No one can catch him the last two rounds and now he can focus on defending those rainbow stripes in Cairns.
Today's win secured Finn Iles his second Junior World Cup Title. No one can catch him in the last two rounds. Now he can focus on defending those rainbow stripes in Cairns.

The fastest Junior Men in Lenzerheide.
The fastest Junior Men in Lenzerheide.

Paula Zibasa didn t think her run was up to much in her interview with the Lenzerheide commentator... she was wrong.
After crossing the line, Paula Zibasa didn't think her run was up to much in her interview with the Lenzerheide commentator... she ended up being quite wrong.

Paula Zibasa tops the podium once again for the Junior Women.
Paula Zibasa tops the podium once again for the Junior Women.

Love you Tahnee.
Love you Tahnee.

Vaea Verbeeck scroed her best ever WC result hucking into 7th.
Vaea Verbeeck scored her best ever World Cup result, hucking into seventh.

Tahnee Seagrave never seemed to find her grove this weekend and a big mistake near the bottom of the track pushed her back to 5th.
Tahnee Seagrave never seemed to find her groove this weekend, and a big mistake near the bottom of the track pushed her back to fifth.

What could have been Seagrave would have been higher up the podium but how high is the question...
What could have been? Seagrave would have been higher up the podium, but how high is the question...

Emilie Siegenthaler was on home turf this weekend and racing in front of friends and family. All those extra cheers from the Swiss fans pushed her all the way down to take her best result of the season in 3rd.
Emilie Siegenthaler was on home turf this weekend, and racing in front of friends and family. All those extra cheers from the Swiss fans pushed her to take her best result of the season in third.

An ecstatic Emile Siebenthaler in the finish after crossing the line with the fastest time. She would end the day in 3rd her best result of the season.
An ecstatic Emile Siebenthaler in the finish after crossing the line with the fastest time. She would end the day in third, her best result of the season.

Tracey Hannah pushed hard today but could go not better than 4th and now sits 2nd in th overall.
Tracey Hannah pushed hard today, but could go not better than fourth. She now sits second in the overall.

Tracey Hannah struggled here in Switzerland and it cost her the leaders jersey. Lucky this is a fight that s not over yet.
Tracey Hannah struggled here in Switzerland and it cost her the leaders jersey. Lucky this is a fight that's not over yet.

A disappointed Tracy Hannah could do not better than 4th today.
A disappointed Tracy Hannah.

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.
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.
As soon as Pom Pon crossed the line, she knew she had nailed a near perfect run.

It looks like Rachel Atherton is getting back up to pace but her shoulder is still struggling towards the end of tracks today s splits would pay testament to that too.
It looks like Rachel Atherton is getting back up to pace, but she is still struggling with her shoulder towards the end of track - today's splits would pay testament to that.

Rachel Atherton has made a remarkable return from injury to take 2nd on the day and only half a second back from the win.
Rachel Atherton has made a remarkable return from injury to take second on the day. Only half a second back.

Atherton feeling beat at the end of her working day.
Atherton feeling beat at the end of her working day.

After waiting so long for her second WC win the third followed in quick succession.
After waiting so long for her second World Cup win, the third followed in quick succession.


bigquotesI wasn’t expecting this at all! We’ll take it and carry on racing for fun like I do, the bike is working amazing so bring on the last two races! The goal for me is to finish the season as it's been three seasons I haven't finished because of injury, so if I could just finish this one that would already be something good. My run in qualifying wasn’t that good, I thought the track was a little sketchy and it was hard to ride but the rain last night was good for the track. With Rach winning yesterday I was a bit surprised but it's good to have her back in the game and it's going to be a nice battle now.Myriam Nicole


The ladies cool down the crowd with a shower of their week earned champagne.
The ladies cool down the crowd with a shower of their hard earned champagne.

Myriam Nicole was greeted with a hero s welcome as she returned to the Commencal pits as the leader of the Women s World Cup.
Myriam Nicole was greeted with a hero's welcome as she returned to the Commencal pits as the leader of the Women's World Cup.

The number one plate on the front of Greg Minnaar s bike ready for battle.
The number one plate on the front of Greg Minnaar's bike, ready for battle.

Blenki deep in the pre-race warm up.
Blenki deep in the pre-race warm up.

Hoping for a napalm-free end to this battle in the woods...
Hoping for a napalm-free end to this battle in the woods...

The top gondola station offered a cool retreat from the afternoon sun as Saracen s Alex Marin found out.
The top gondola station offered a cool retreat from the afternoon sun, as Saracen's Alex Marin found out. He also found out how brutal it can be to get off-line, crashing in the upper rock garden during his final run. Initial reports are that he suffered a dislocated elbow. Heal up soon Alex.

Mick Hannah was celebrating his son s 7th birthday today but unfortunately wasn t able to celebrate his result s well. A big crash in the upper rocks garden ended his run before it really even began.
Mick Hannah was celebrating his son's seventh birthday today, but unfortunately wasn't able to celebrate his result as well. A big crash in the upper rocks ended his run before it even began.

Neko Mullaly had a bad day turned away from the start hut because of an indequate back protector. Dropping from 15 to 24 in the series standings that has got to hurt.
Neko Mullaly had a bad day, turned away from the start hut because of trying to race with an inadequate (cardboard) back protector, after practicing all week in a proper plastic one. Dropping from 15 to 24 in the series standings, that has got to hurt.

Adam Brayton eyes up the start ramp en-route to a season s best 13th.
Adam Brayton eyes up the start ramp en-route to a season's best - thirteenth.

Adam Brayton scrubs the tabletop above the woods en route to a 13th place.
Adam Brayton scrubs the tabletop above the woods.

Jure Zabjek and team mate Rudy Cabirou of Unior Tools both had an awesome day on the hill riding to top ten results.
Jure Zabjek and team mate Rudy Cabirou of Unior Tools both had an awesome day, riding to top ten results.

Straight back from injury and straight back into the top ten for Flo Payet.
Straight back from injury and straight back into the top ten for Flo Payet.

Charlie Harrison had his best result of the season with a 14th.
Charlie Harrison had his best result of the season with a fourteenth.

A big slide out in this high speed corner before the step-up would scrub all of Loic Bruni s speed and with it his hopes of a top result.
A big slide out in this high-speed corner before the step-up would scrub all of Loic Bruni's speed and with it, his hopes of a top result.

Mark Wallace ducked out of the top ten for only the second time this season. Still 12th is never a bad score.
Mark Wallace ducked out of the top ten for only the second time this season. Still, twelfth is not a bad score.

After crashing out in turn one Loris Vergier held on to some valuable points coming home in 27th.
After crashing out in turn one, Loris Vergier held on to some valuable points, coming home in 27th.

Jack Moir stops for a breather with team mate Dean Lucas on their last run before things get real.
Jack Moir stops for a breather with team mate Dean Lucas on their last run before things got real.

Jack Moir drops into the finish to the delight of the biggest crowd we have seen all year.
Jack Moir drops into the finish to the delight of the biggest crowd we have seen all year.

The Bulldog muscled his way into 15th this afternoon.
The Bulldog muscled his way into fifteenth this afternoon.

Doing this his own way and with his own style Phil Atwill has been killing it the past two rounds. Today he may have gotten a little luck from Aaron Gwin but that does t make his 5th place any less well deserved.
Doing things his own way and with his own style, Phil Atwill has been killing it the past two rounds. Today he may have received a little luck from Aaron Gwin, but that doesn't make his fifth place any less deserved.

Phil Atwill has been quietly plugging away climbing up the rankings a 9th last time out in Andorra was blew out the water with a 5th and maiden podium.
Phil Atwill has been quietly plugging away climbing up the rankings, a ninth last time out in Andorra, and was blown out of the water with a fifth (and maiden) podium.

Laurie Greenland really deserves more credit than he gets. The young Brit took a popular podium which drops his number board into single digits.
Laurie Greenland really deserves more credit than he gets. The young Brit took a popular podium, which drops his number board into single digits.

Laurie Greenland has been flying under the radar a bit behind teammate Danny Hart but this weekend there was no mistaking his speed on track. He held it together to lay down a scorcher of a final run to take 4th.
Laurie Greenland has been flying under the radar a bit behind team mate Danny Hart, but this weekend there was no mistaking his speed on the track. He held it together to lay down a scorcher of a final run to take fourth.

Just ballin with Laurie Greenland.
Just ballin' with Laurie Greenland.

Full gas and onto the podium with three other Brit s for Danny Hart.
Full gas and onto the podium for Danny Hart, with three other Brit's .

Danny Hart launching of the freeride sender infront of the roaring crowds.
Danny Hart, launching off the freeride sender in front of the roaring crowds.

Danny Hart takes his second consecutive third place to get a shady season right back on track.
Danny Hart takes his second consecutive third to get a shady season back on track.

Last weeks winner Troy Brosnan was on a charge this week in Lenzerheide and with his 2nd place finish he now sit s 2nd in the overall behind Greg Minnaar.
Last week's winner Troy Brosnan was on a charge in Lenzerheide and with his second place finish, he now sit's second in the overall behind Greg Minnaar.

When 0.1 is the only difference between taking the win and being first loser.
When 0.1 second is the difference between taking the win and being the first loser.

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.
The G.O.A.T. making quick work of the rock garden up top. With his second win of the season and 22nd win of all time, Greg Minnaar adds to his legacy week after week.

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

Aaron Gwin looked to be on an untouchable run before disaster struck within sight of the finish line.
Aaron Gwin looked to be on an untouchable run before disaster struck within sight of the finish line.

No words for Aaron Gwin.
No words for Aaron Gwin.

Lucs Shaw and the rest of the Syndicate crew were the first to congratulate Minnaar on the hottseat.
Luca Shaw and the rest of the Syndicate crew were the first to congratulate Minnaar on the hot seat.


bigquotesI think 2001 was my most intense battle, I think it was with Vouilloz. If things could end the same way as that I’d be stoked but I’m just taking it one race at a time. This was a tough one, I battled to master it and even in the final, I don’t think I quite mastered it. I lost some time up top unnecessarily and then it felt like I pulled back some time in the middle, and then the bottom I rode really solid and it felt like I was riding well.Greg Minnaar


we ve said it before and we will say it again. Never never never count Greg Minnaar out. The greatest downhill of a generation took home his 22nd World Cup win today.
We've said it before and we will say it again. Never, never, never count Greg Minnaar out. The greatest downhiller of a generation took home World Cup number 22 today.

Aaron knows how disastrous today was for his overall chances.
Aaron knows how disastrous today was for his overall chances.

aaron Gwin left all his frustration on the race track and was all smiles back in the pits moments later signing autographs and posing for selfies with fans.
Aaron Gwin left all of his frustration on the race track. He was all smiles back in the pits moments later, signing autographs and posing for selfies with fans.

No caption required on this one...
As has become tradition, first-time podium finisher Phil Atwill gets the obligatory full spray down from his fellow competitors.

The hunter and the hunted. 160 points separates the two.
The hunter and the hunted. 160 points separate the two.

Number one in the series and stretching his lead to 172 points is Greg Minnaar.
Number One in the series and stretching his lead to 172 points is Greg Minnaar.

Like it or not you had better get used to these big wheels on top of the podium.
Like it or not, you had better get used to these big wheels on top of the podium.

102 Comments

  • + 123
 I watched the replay of the race and watched Greg Minaar's post race interview and man....he's as good a person as they come. Flat out. Very very humble dude and puts all the credit on other racers and other people, even after he just won. What an incredibly solid guy.
  • + 22
 He was a gentleman... Good he acknowledged it was a shit way to win.
  • - 31
flag Worm-Burner (Jul 8, 2017 at 18:08) (Below Threshold)
 ... but the result had me singing


Twenty Nine, f*ck Yeah!
Comin' again to win the motherf*ckin' day, Yeah

Twenty Nine, f*ck Yeah!
Twenty nine inch is the only way, Yeah

Tiny wheels , your game is through
'cause now you have ta answer to

Twenty Nine, f*ck yeah!
So lick my butt and suck on my balls

Twenty Nine, f*ck Yeah!
Whatcha' gonna do when we roll past you now

It's the dream that we all share
It's the hope for tomorrow
(f*ck Yeah!)

Wagonwheels (f*ck Yeah!)
Roll over (f*ck Yeah!)
Traction (f*ck Yeah!)
Raw speed (f*ck Yeah!)
Jack Moir (f*ck Yeah!)
Rock N' Roll (f*ck Yeah!)
Contact patch(f*ck Yeah!)
Greg Minnar (f*ck Yeah!)

f*ck Yeah!
  • - 19
flag fussylou (Jul 8, 2017 at 18:24) (Below Threshold)
 @Worm-Burner:
Genius.
  • - 14
flag Ryanrobinson1984 (Jul 8, 2017 at 19:20) (Below Threshold)
 @Worm-Burner: hahaha!! Such an awesome song!! Are you going to copy right your "ballad of f*ck Yeah"??
  • - 25
flag Theeeeo (Jul 8, 2017 at 19:32) (Below Threshold)
 @Worm-Burner: white people tho
  • + 7
 @Worm-Burner: next hit song from Worm-Burner: Freeride Costs a Buck-0-Five! F*ck Yeah.
  • + 2
 I like and respect Minnaar, and he is the goat. But, it had me laughing when he said he had a really hard battle with Nico in 2001, conveniently forgetting the really tough battle he had with Her in 2009 or 2010. I can only guess he beat Nico to the overall in 2001!
  • + 15
 Gee, not Her!
  • + 20
 @Worm-Burner: Did you miss the part where Gwin was 1.5 seconds up on his 'little wheels'? Twenty Nine got lucky today (full credit to Minnaar though, he rode like a champ).

Mid size wheels (f*ck Yeah!)
Acceleration (f*ck Yeah!)
Maneuverability (f*ck Yeah!)
Jack Moir (off the pace!)
Troy Brosnan (won last weeks race!)
Twenty Seven point Five (f*ck Yeah!)
  • + 2
 @NickB01: haha that's the spirit!

Twenty nine (f*ck Yeah)
You'll never get this song outta your head now!

Twenty nine (f*ck Yeah)
You better join in 'cos all the other wheels are dead yeah

Twenty nine (f*ck Yeah)
Momentum (f*ck Yeah)
Ridin' up (f*ck Yeah)
Getting head (f*ck Yeah)
Gary Fisher (f*ck Yeah)
Old men (f*ck Yeah)
Weird beards (f*ck Yeah)
Mad kids (f*ck Yeah)
  • - 4
flag jimmythehat (Jul 9, 2017 at 13:36) (Below Threshold)
 @jaame: Disrespectful to call him the goat over Nico, is Atherton the goat or ACC? What is the criteria?
  • + 16
 @jimmythehat:

Nico got on the podium 41 times to Minnars 75
Nico won 16 World Cups to Minnars 21

Nico won the overall series twice? to Minnars three.

Nico is a 10 time World gold medalist while Minnar has 3 golds. Minnar also has 4 silvers and 3 bronze.

Nico raced from 1992 - 2002 a span of 10 years
Minnar from 1999 - current a span of 18 and counting.

Nico's nickname is the Alien

Interesting article by DIRT about just how hard it is to win a World Cup these days dirtmountainbike.com/longform/is-it-harder-to-win-a-world-cup-downhill-than-ever-before

I find Greg's story to be fascinating because bikes have changed so much and his competition has come and gone, but he's always on the podium or right there. To be competitive over 20 years at the pointy end of the field is simply amazing.
  • + 2
 @WolfStoneD: He has 5 WC overalls, not too bad, if you talking longevity then he was still beating the youngsters in EWS in his forties against no less a rider than Sam Hill and Rude
  • + 1
 @WolfStoneD: Direct from Wikipedia?
  • + 103
 Seriously, Mulally went from plastic back protection all week, including qualies, to cardboard on race day? If that's the case I have no sympathy for him.
  • + 30
 @powderturns - Appears to be self-destructive arrogance. I am guessing that won't happen again.
  • + 32
 @herzalot: totally. I get that there's some stupidity and a lack of consistency with the UCI, but man, be pro.
  • + 7
 @powderturns: It's certainly a very silly way to get a DSQ. I wonder how many other riders got away with it though, this isn't the first World Cup that's seen riders getting on the lift with cardboard elbow and spine 'guards'.
  • + 16
 I thought he said in an interview that he used the same back protector for qualifying as he wanted to use for the race. But the uci realised it after the qualifying. Still why can't he just swap to another back protector before the race ? Why wasn't that possible
  • - 13
flag adienduro (Jul 8, 2017 at 17:07) (Below Threshold)
 For being so concerned with rider safety with these back protectors that ladder drop at the end is pretty illogical.
  • + 16
 @emptybox: Trying to deceive the Commissaires is a disqualification, regardless of the original infringement if you get caught you're out, using non-approved protective gear probably counts as that. Also, by the time he went and got a proper one he would have missed his start slot.
  • + 12
 everyone else is (or should be) wearing a plastic back protector. Why can't mulally accept this and compete at the same level as his opponents? Does he truly not think he is capable of winning without cheating? I love Neko but I can't be a supporter of simply bad sportsmanship. Imagine this - if he hadn't been caught and had done well would his result ever have been legitimate. To make a conscious descion to jeopardize a potentially good run and dissapoint both his team and his fans takes seriously bad desicion making skills. Please don't do it again.
Sincerely, a fan
  • + 6
 I think it's pretty unlucky to be honest. He said himself he has been using the same one all week... but on the other hand rules are rules. I don't really get it about the cardboard, myself. Looking at those rocks, I would definitely be doing that full MX suit over the jersey, Bryceland style.
  • + 17
 @powderturns cardboard back protector?? What, did he use some Dales half rack boxes and duct tape?
  • + 12
 In the Interview - Neko said he wore the same protector that he'd worn in practice and was turned away. Also said that there is no rule by UCI about back protectors and that no other venues required it and that there is no description of what qualifies the protector. Neko is not a wise ass and I wouldn't think he would pull that to prove a point when he is ranked 15th overall in the World Cup Series. Wow
  • + 14
 The drop that they put a net and padding under?

Protection requirements are set by the venue, some require gloves, this one required back protection. The requirements say it has to be commercialized, as in a product you can buy that's described as a back protector. Not a hard rule to follow
  • - 13
flag jaame (Jul 8, 2017 at 20:53) (Below Threshold)
 @src248: I should have guessed. The bike industry and uci in cahoots to sell more units of back protectors.
  • + 0
 Immature and unprofessional.
  • + 8
 In the interview he suggested the issue was that it was taped to the inside of the jersey even though he'd ridden with the same one all weekend. A bit of conflicting information going on here...
  • + 45
 As much as this is Nico's fault, Martin Whiteley and the rest of the YT team should never have let Nico attempt that. This is exactly why a team manager exists and one of the things he's supposed to be on top of.
  • + 1
 He could simply have worn one of these. Not much protection there, but fully qualifies...
goo.gl/images/qVXhDH
  • + 13
 @MrEtnie: or he could of just worn a back protector from his sponsor 7iDP
  • + 2
 @savmeister: True. They also have a flimsy looking jersey like protection thingy I wouldn't want to wear on a DH WC course...
7protection.com/row/product/flex-suit
  • + 1
 @MrEtnie: i doubt the protection/comfort is much worse than cardboard (or nothing at all), but maybe someone can do a back protector shootout and get back to us.
  • + 1
 @MrEtnie: Bliss Protection makes awesome stuff and that is without a doubt the nicest back protector I have ever owned. Super minimal, breathable, certified (take that for whatever it's worth), and they are a sponsor the Dirt/Propain/Zelvy World Cup team.
  • + 3
 @ka-brap: Nailed it. This kind of thing should never happen. Team manager should have all the information on requirements and make sure their riders are following them accordingly. To finish first, first you have to finish.
  • + 2
 What do they mean cardboard. Like literally just taped a piece of cardboard inside his jersey to make it look like he was wear spine protection?
  • + 3
 @hgrenade: You got it. If you check out the YT video from the weekend you see a shot of Nico holding his jersey with the square of cardboard inside it. It's an old trick that racers have been doing for years to try and get around the rule, but it seems UCI is starting to enforce the details of the rule, which state it must be a production product that is available for purchase.
  • + 1
 @ryanandrewrogers: Cheating? Wrong term mang! Skirting the rules for comfort is what he was doing. Cheating makes it sound like he had an electric motor and could regulate tire pressure up and down on parts of the course.
  • + 54
 Makes me sad seeing everyone looking at their phones and filming the live footage. It only happens live once, yet you are filming which you could easily find online later... Same with concerts
  • + 5
 Unfortunately it's the generation we're now in. Happens everywhere
  • + 3
 So true - in fact, psychologist say your experience is akin to watching it on tv (phone) and not feeling it unfold live in the moment yourself - you don't experience the joy and jubilation, because you are filming it. Do they think they have footage no one else has?
  • + 46
 How is Greg Minnaar's hair always perfect?
  • + 32
 Proper Preperation Prevents Piss Poor Pompadours.
  • + 40
 @dargside - Seriously, he should have a hair care product sponsorship - "They call me, the "Greatest Of All Time", but it's my hair that's the Greatest of all time - on and off the bike." He takes off his muddy helmet, combs his fingers through his hair and someone throws him a up a bottle of GOAT Shampoo.
  • + 40
 I heard it was Peaty's Tubeless Sealant. Only $9.99 a bottle!
  • + 3
 @neimbc: I'll buy two dozen of those! Thanks.
  • + 6
 This. The man is always just 100% dialed. Definitely seems like a great mentor for upcoming talent, too.
  • + 37
 Filthy Phil!!!! So sick! Well deserved.
  • + 8
 Top 10 in Andorra Top 5 in Lenzerheide I'm liking this a lot what a rad guy
  • + 10
 That podium pic is mint, really really stoked for the dude. His run was sick, in control but on the edge as only the top guys do.
  • + 2
 @ryanandrewrogers: top 1 in MSA ??
  • + 6
 Never doubted he'd be on the podium at some point. Such a talented rider, and very fun to watch. IMO, almost a decent substitute for Ratboy Smile
  • + 4
 All that practicing on a hardtail is finally paying dividends!
  • + 0
 @foxinsocks: I agree on the rat boy replacement. It's funny he's in a lot of the rats videos. I personally like Phil's style better. He has an attacking head down style almost similar to a young sick Mick. I like how Phil looks like he's charging. Rat's style is cool, but too lazy for WC racing. Imagine how well he could have done if he'd use a little more energy pedaling, and crouched into an aero position occasionally.
  • + 4
 @takeiteasyridehard: I know what you mean, though i wouldn't call ratboy's style "lazy" seeing he's more active than most riders combined, just usually not with speed in mind Smile
(lazy riders dont huck a bridge to flat to break their ankle, lol)
But yeah, sort of a young sick mick huckster with a Fairclough flair and a ratboy'ish accent.
  • + 16
 What the hell was Mulaly thinking. A cardboard back protector. Some riders feel like they let their team down when they push too hard and crash. And then Mulaly fools the whole lot and doesn't even get to ride. Ehrm, sorry team...

Greenland under the radar? I think at least after last years worlds, he's pretty much on the radar all the time and both his whips and smiles are well documented.
  • + 3
 Vinay- Exactly about Greenland. He's been in almost every single bit of WC coverage from articles to video interviews/highlights for a while now. I feel he's being more hyped up than 95% of the riders.
  • + 1
 On Neko: As some have said, it's been a practice for some time among many riders. And more often than not, the managers were riders that are aware of it and are OK with it as they want the rider to be comfortable first! This is nothing new and has parallels in other forms of racing and sports. The only difference here is the course officials piped up and said no.
  • + 16
 Greg Minaar is at the age at which most males consider buying a brightly colored convertible sports car and other various bad investment choices-not winning athletic competitions at the highest level.
  • + 6
 Yeah bloody right. Same age as me and let's just say I wish I were soaring to the highs of international competition, rather than what I am actually doing!
  • + 1
 Happy you said "most". Greg has a few to go until the/his so-called "mid-life crisis" (whatever the puck that is) and buys a convertible and starts doing other silly things, but I do not think he will suffer this idiotic western mindset. There are MANY of us "old dudes" who are quite happy in Life and are not pondering any idiocy or silliness. Perhaps its because we have always been happy (not withstanding "hard times") with what we have been dealt or our choices in life. Or maybe never forgetting what it is like being young 'in mind'. Greg said it best "I feel 19"...classic. Or perhaps its never taking Life to seriously (and I don't mean being irresponsible) and PLAYING being the biggest goal in life. Not money, or status but being HAPPY, and I am never more happy than when I am PLAYING. I was told when I hit 30 "life will change"....then nothing, life continued. Then it was 40...again nothing. Then life was really going to change at 50...again NOTHING. Just more playing. You are as young or old as you feel. I know 70 year olds that are big kids and in great shape, and I know 25 years that look like they are on Death's door. Choice is yours....I hope you all choose PLAY.
  • + 1
 @Iceisnice: you can play in a sports car, you know!
  • + 1
 @jaame: Yes, I hear ya, but I think you missed my point...entirely. What happened to 'comprehension'.
  • + 14
 On the subject of Neko's alleged back protector, the UCI really needs to standardise the use of them. It's all well and good 'not liking' them due to a perceived restriction of movement, but Neko (or any other rider) will look real clever if he ends up in a wheelchair because he fell off and landed on a stump. They're standard equipment in all forms of moto racing, skiing, snowboarding etc because they work, yet downhill still has world level athletes turning up to the start line with bits of cardboard shoved up their arse crack. Not cool, I imagine Neko is doing the dished, the cleaning and packing up the gear tonight, coffee will not be provided..
  • + 8
 I believe the national federation all have different sets of rules. In France, for exemple, Elbow and back protectors are mandatory. The UCI should for sure have a standardize set of rules.
  • + 9
 Gwin should use Andre XTR's DIY Procore... + kevlar tape glued to the inside of the tyre.
  • + 5
 Haha would probably have better luck. Poor guy, had it bagged too!
  • + 2
 Or 2 more psi...
  • + 6
 honestly, I mean it almost seems worth it to just fill the whole thing with super glue. we have got to get flats figured out -- I get that "it's racing," but it's the shit part of racing.
  • - 3
 Why the sh*t is he running tubes?
  • + 3
 @GandalfTheGReign:

Not tubes, they're the flat tire defender inserts.

flattiredefender.com
  • + 8
 @jdsusmc: roger that, thanks for the info instead of downvoting me to oblivion lol.
  • + 2
 @GandalfTheGReign:

Sure thing mate. We're all into the same hobby, why shoot each other down right?
Keep pedaling
  • + 1
 From the Flat Tire Defender site, which has a picture of Gwin on the home page:

"Losing your mind is one thing…
Losing a race because of a flat tire NOT ACCEPTABLE!"

ROFL!!!!!
  • + 1
 @jdsusmc: I will also thank you for that bit information. I was thinking the same, but more in disbelief...as in "No way is Gwinn running tubes...WTF is that? As I have yet to see the flattirededender. Thanks for the link as well. Happy Riding
  • + 6
 Gwin had such an awesome run going shame to see losing it the way he did. Forget Stan's tire sealant, I would use gorilla glue on the wheels. The wheel fail costed him the race and the overall! At that level I would do it ever it takes to make sure wheels do not fall apart. Aaron Gwin is too classy to blame a part but it would be interesting to know what actually failed. Flats tires, tires staying on rims, and broken chains are the weak spots on the modern mountain bike.
  • + 2
 Gwin promotes Flat Tire Defender.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXeswL2qRng
  • + 6
 For real, why not use roadie tubular glue between the tire bead and rim before inflating it, to keep it from burbing or blowing off? You wouldn't do it all the time, just on the race day wheelset. That's only eight times a year...seven World Cups + World Champs. Seems like it'd be worth it.
  • + 11
 @likeittacky: Yep, it's going to be hard to sell a foam tube for $121.50 after that performance.
  • + 5
 Didn't he say, he cut his sidewall?
  • + 5
 I get it guys, it sucks. But even Gwin said after the race that he hadn't gotten a flat in like 3 or more months, and that's riding in the most extreme conditions on the UCI DH circuit. There are just some things that you can't avoid or control. Gwin knows that and that's why even though he's disappointed with the timing, he's happy with the run he put down up to that point, because that's all he could control.
  • + 1
 Maybe switch back to those blacked out Maxxis tires he was using instead of those bootleg Onza tires. I understand gotta get paid but cmon.
  • + 6
 My summary - Greg Minaar is plain class Aaron Gwinn is plain unlucky Pompom is plain Hot ! Greenlands bike is a lot better looking than Hart's. Phil Atwill is top banana
  • + 3
 There are a bunch of errors with the reporting on here.
  • + 1
 yeah, seems to be problems with numbers. the gap was .2 (not .1) and the points lead miraculasley changed from one photo to the next. Lucky this is just bike racing :-)
  • + 5
 Still feel so bad for Gwin. He had it won, now his standings in the overall are pretty shot.
  • + 6
 What's a "cube ball"?
  • + 1
 Neko??? Ok maybe the rules are not so clear about this, but on this level, to throw away the chance is bit unprofessional, I am pretty sure there was few of protectors available around
  • + 2
 I didn't give up on gwin winning immediately after I seen his tire blow. Amazing run
  • + 0
 Pretty bummed the race ended the way it did. I had trouble not letting it ruin the rest of my day. By the pics it looks like Gwin handled it better than I did.
  • + 1
 Man, Adam Brayton in that picture is absolutely identical to Ryan Villopoto
  • + 0
 i love the pictures every races but my internet connection is so bad all the pretty pictures are downloading like '90s porn ...
  • - 3
 I would think to go with Maxxis, message to AG...
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