The Edge of 17 - Your DH World Cup 2017 Preview

Apr 23, 2017 at 9:28
by Fraktiv  




Only seven rounds?
That's one more round than the XCO riders get this year.

Only two continents?
Sadly for this year, Mont-Sainte-Anne is the only round outside Europe.

All tracks will be familiar to fans, with Lenzerheide and Lourdes being the newest of the tracks on the World Cup circuit, and Mont-Sainte-Anne and Fort William the oldest.





Round 1: Lourdes, France: Sunday 30 April, live from 13:00 CEST // 12:00 BST // 04:00 PDT // 07:00 EDT
Round 2: Fort William, UK: Sunday 4 June, live from 14:00 CEST // 13:00 BST // 05:00 PDT // 08:00 EDT
Round 3: Leogang, Austria: Sunday 11 June, live from 13:00 CEST // 12:00 BST // 04:00 PDT // 07:00 EDT
Round 4: Vallnord, Andorra: Saturday 1 July, live from 13:00 CEST // 12:00 BST // 04:00 PDT // 07:00 EDT
Round 5: Lenzerheide, Switzerland: Saturday 8 July, live from 13:00 CEST // 12:00 BST // 04:00 PDT // 07:00 EDT
Round 6: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada: Saturday 5 August, live from 19:00 CEST // 18:00 BST // 10:00 PDT // 13:00 EDT
Round 7: Val di Sole, Italy: Saturday 26 August, live from 13:00 CEST // 12:00 BST // 04:00 PDT // 07:00 EDT

Note: All times are subject to change so always double check.





Mont-Sainte-Anne gives no quarters, being the longest race track for 2017 (3,045m), with Lenzerheide being the shortest (1,531m). Andorra and Lenzerheide start at bang on the same elevation (1,879m), which is also the highest of all the rounds.

Fort William's start is closest to sea level (653m) but what it doesn't offer in height it offers in length, being the second longest track of the year (2,831m).

Putting all the numbers together this year, the riders will be racing…
• a total distance of 16,259 metres
• climbing 191 metres
• descending a total of 3,814 metres.






The 2017 season has brought a lot of shuffling to the World Cup team deck. Troy Brosnan, Mark Wallace, and Ruaridh Cunningham have formed the biggest-named new Elite-level team; Canyon Factory Downhill. Can one of these riders follow in the steps of Aaron Gwin and The YT Mob last year and take the overall series win?





To name but a few changes…
 • Alex Marin Trillo from Giant Factory Offroad ⇨ Madison Saracen
 • Eliot Jackson from Pivot Factory Racing ⇨ Giant Factory Off-road
 • David Trummer from RRP ⇨ Dirt Zelvy
 • Gaëtan Vige from Commencal Vallnord ⇨ Scott Velosolutions
 • Loris Vergier from Specialized Gravity ⇨ Santa Cruz Syndicate
 • Luca Shaw from SRAM TLD ⇨ Santa Cruz Syndicate
 • Manon Carpenter from Madison Saracen ⇨ Radon Factory Downhill
 • Neko Mulally from Gstaad Scott ⇨ The YT Mob
 • Reece Wilson from Unior Tools ⇨ Bergamont Factory
 • Rupert Chapman from Bergamont Factory ⇨ Pivot Factory Racing
 • Taylor Vernon from Trek Factory Racing ⇨ Unior Tools




Seeing wagon wheels at World Cup DH races isn't anything new.

Who remembers Mitch Ropelato at Pietermaritzburg in 2013 (although the first corner had some strong views)? And going further back to 2010, Trek and Intense were also trying out big wheels. Technology has moved on—especially with the likes of Fox sneak-peeking their DH-ready 29er fork earlier this month—and we're likely going to see a lot more teams signing up to the 29er club, particularly those with tall riders. We won't know if this will be a game-changing moment for our sport until the rigs are up against the clock.





The UCI, the sport's governing body have introduced some changes this year:

 • You need at least 40 UCI points (previously 30) to compete
 • Elite Men now have a training session on the morning of race day
 • The numbers of Elite Women and Junior Men have been reduced for race day
 • Junior Women now compete in a separate event.





A new team didn't diminish Aaron Gwin's ability to win last year. After two wins and three second-place finishes, he won the overall.

Aaron Gwin is top dog going into the new season.





It wasn't enough for Rachel Atherton to smash the competition last year. She also smashed the records.

Who's going to rise to the challenge and be faster?





"The first round is always going to be a banger. We all know what our Insta-favourites have been up to in the off-season but until they take to the track on qualifying day we don't have any clue who's grabbing this season by the horns.

Everything's up in the air for the Elite Men. The mighty Gwin is impossible to bet against, having taken the previous three opening rounds. Hart is quite surely about to unleash the beast once again, and there's a bunch of ex-Champs and overall winners as well as the new blood, creating a stack of talent too wide and deep to mention by name.

In the Elite Women's, failing an unexpected solar eclipse, you might fancy Atherton to set quite a fast time to start the season off.

Whatever happens, the Pinkbike team—myself, Dave Trumpore and Ross Bell—can't wait to regurgitate the gold our cameras swallow after a long day in the mountains." – Nathan Hughes


MENTIONS: @fraktiv / @natedh9 / @davetrumpore / @rossbellphoto



154 Comments

  • + 219
 Can it real be called the World Cup if it only makes it out of Europe once?
  • + 126
 why not? the NFL proclaims the superbowl winners world champions as does the baseball crowd withe the "world series",
  • + 287
 Are we still counting UK as part of Europe?
  • + 8
 Well, you know, there's also a World Series of baseball...
  • + 86
 @Zaff: The EU and Europe are not the same thing Wink
  • + 51
 @Zaff: Europe is a continent. The UK hasn't physically moved. It's still a part of the continent of Europe, whilst not being a part of the European Union. Europe ≠ European Union. Nothing to do with politics and everything to do with geography.
  • + 27
 @b45her: Yes but they also elected Donald Trump, so, y'know.......
  • + 45
 It's the series of races where only the World's best are able to compete, in order to prove they are the best in the World. So, yeah.
  • + 13
 @codfather1234: That's the joke.
  • + 34
 Spare a thought for the Privateers. Financially and logistically a Eurocentric WC calender makes sense.
  • + 10
 @Zaff:
I would say more than before.
Europe is way more than this thing called EU
  • + 35
 The location is entirely irrelevant. At the last football/soccer world cup all the games were in one country. It's a world cup based on the nationality of the contestants.
  • + 15
 Europe probably has the highest number of WC-worthy tracks for its size too.
  • + 7
 @lexylea: The baseball world series is named after the New York World newspaper but yes in general I agree the way american sports call things world this and world that is very stupid.
  • + 4
 @lexylea: Was named after a newspaper.
  • - 17
flag lee-vps-savage (Apr 26, 2017 at 3:34) (Below Threshold)
 @Zaff: Dumb ass!
  • + 3
 @MrJimLahey: excellent point. I have never considered that before but you are spot on correct.
  • + 10
 @Odinson: what about privateers in places other than Europe and Canada?
  • - 6
flag oatkinso (Apr 26, 2017 at 4:10) (Below Threshold)
 @MrJimLahey: thats a really daft comparison, shall we just do 7 races on the same track and be done with it? oh and should the mtb world cup only happen every four years too? what about the 'world' rally championships, F1, EWS, UCI World Tour, World Triathlon Series...........I could go on. A world series should aim to take in as many continents, cultures and riding terrains as financially possible. Chris Ball has got it bang on, no wonder all the money is pouring into Enduro.
  • - 5
flag Jackson900 (Apr 26, 2017 at 4:57) (Below Threshold)
 @b45her: That's because for the most part the rest(not all) of the world are trash at these sports especially football assuming you are talking about what we call soccer.
  • + 5
 @b45her: all our provincial American sports do that. We have our heads in the sand.
  • + 9
 @oatkinso: I agree that events should be spatially distributed, it would be nice to see and good for the sport. But that is not what we are all talking about. The original question related to the appropriateness of the term "World Cup". Its a world cup because they want to find out who is the best in the world. The location of where this is determined is (as I said previously) completely irrelevant.
  • - 15
flag BDKR (Apr 26, 2017 at 5:50) (Below Threshold)
 @codfather1234: GEOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING, HOW IS AN ISLAND PART OF A CONTINENT?!?!

As if the term "British Isle's" never existed?

Never mind that "Old" Albion has always seen itself as an island. That fact is made evident by two things...

1) It's (correct) belief that as an island developing Naval technology would be the best thing it could do.

2) There numerous reference to those not on islands as "Continentals". Example: The Continental Army of the American Revolutionary War.

This idea that the U.K. is part of Europe is a relatively new one (historically speaking) and pushed along initially by those that support the idea and continuance of a European Union.

However, and CULTURALLY speaking, nobody will say that the UK is not European.
  • + 5
 @squarewheel: Well said!!

Europe has been around far, FAR longer than this RECENT concept of a EU.

Here's a hint to everyone. You don't need a financially driven concept of a union, or even a governing body over all, to be unified!
  • + 3
 @Odinson: Oh that's right.... We're not talking about pirates. LOL

Yeah, it does work for them. Cheaper for Vanzacs!
  • + 2
 @lee-vps-savage: Spot the frothing brexiteer!
  • + 14
 @BDKR: to answer your first question.; a continent is a single piece of the earth's crust, moving constantly due to the convection currents in the molten rock under the crust.

Some parts of continents occasionally rise or sink, or get flooded with water, giving the impression they are "separate" when they are in fact not.

Cases such as Papua New Guinea actually being part of the same "lump of rock" as Australia, means they are both part of the Oceania / Australasia Land Mass, even though thousands of kms of sea separate the bits visible above the oceans, they are connected under the sea.

And the U.K. is part of the same lump of rock as mainland Europe. It is part of the European continent.

Here's a handy map: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continent#/media/File:Continental_models-Australia.gif
  • - 2
 @orientdave: I've actually known that for some time. But to extend that reasoning, should we start saying that the western half of California should be in an economic or cultural union with some Pacific states and parts of far eastern Asia?

Yet nobody here is going to consider that when asked the question "Is San Francisco part of North America"?

The point or question of all this? What are we using to determine that someplace is an island or not? Or someplace belongs to a particular continent or not?

UK is part of the same continent, but that DOES NOT take away the fact that it's an island as "island" is defined.
  • + 6
 @BDKR: That's a good question, and an interesting one especially for people like me who have been moving around the planet for a few decades, however, maybe I'll leave that for the debating society at the local University.

Enjoy the upcoming WC season everyone; I'm off to plan a weekend trail ride in the fresh green hills round here!
  • + 2
 @b45her: and that is soooo wrong. just more American egos fluffing themselves.
  • + 1
 @MrJimLahey: I think what the original poster was referring to was that in order for the term 'world' to be used then the races within the series should be more geographically distributed. If they were only bothered about a broad spectrum of nationalities being represented then they would just have one race, the World Champs
  • + 1
 @codfather1234: Enjoying work there I see Wink
  • + 5
 There are competitors from all around the world, so... it looks like a trek ses... I mean, it looks like a WC to me!
  • + 2
 @orientdave: I will. Always do!

And thanks for acknowledging the question and logic as opposed to the club footed that just down voted because they couldn't grok the nuance.
  • + 1
 @rwb97: What is work? I handed my notice in a few hours ago, so I'm doing even less than usual for the next four weeks.
  • + 0
 @fernrob: As an American, i completely agree. I am also looking forward to when we move to real people SI units.
  • + 1
 World champs is in Aus. So pretty well 3 continents.
  • + 1
 @b45her: I'm sure any country would be welcome to put teams together to contest the existing teams if they so desired.
  • - 2
 @oatkinso: there's kids here, quite down the leftist alarmISMS.
  • + 1
 @codfather1234: This is a bit interesting, even though England is part of the British Isles and actually not connected to mainland Europe, it is still considered part of the "Continent" of Europe and it was connected 6500 years ago.
  • + 3
 @Zaff: Maybe you meant: Are we still counting UK as part of the "European Union" instead of "Europe". The UK is in Europe and will stay. The EU is a political construct who treat most of the peaceful european people as animals for slaughter. But Europe means a big great region for all kind of bikers and thankfully it is not important if your travel target is in the EU or not. You can visit each of the europeaon countrys and always meet nice people who are loving to ride bikes :-)

Edit: oh sorry, saw that a nearly similar post was already done
  • + 1
 @b45her: The World series was named after the New York World newspaper originally, just sayin
  • + 2
 @Odinson: what about U.S. privateers, no world cups for us...
  • + 3
 @b45her: Give American Football or Baseball a reason to play outside the states and we will. Never having a proper DH course in California where MTB was invented and most of the industry works out of is garbage.
  • + 0
 @norcal77: I think you may have missed the point about naming. Maybe someone needs to make the point a little clearer.

The Rugby World Cup is a contest between different rugby playing countries.

The FIFA World Cup is a contest between different soccer / football playing national federations.

The Japan Series is a contest between baseball playing teams in Japan.

The World Series is a contest between baseball playing teams from the MLB in North America.

Which one seems to have a name that doesn't accurately represent the participants' locations?

There is the World Baseball Classic of course, which is a competition between teams made up of their countries' nationals, of which the champions of the competitions so far have been....?
  • + 3
 @norcal77: The WC DH course at Squaw Valley, CA was definitely steep and technical even though that was eons ago - I'd love to see that venue return for WC racing.
  • + 1
 @codfather1234: isn't the UK an Island off the continent of Europe? So it is not actually part of the continent..
  • + 4
 @codfather1234: There's that small detail about Europe and Asia somehow being separate continents...just sayin'
  • + 1
 Europe is the center of the world. Look at the map
  • + 0
 @RichardCunningham: You've lost me.... I didn't mention Asia at all. You may have to elaborate.
  • + 3
 @Potok: I believe London is the centre of the world, because we invented time (and the dinosaurs).
  • + 2
 @orientdave: given your logic, is the NHL final played by Stanleys?
  • + 1
 @skiwenric: No, you numpty! Given that logic the FA Cup would be played by FAs and the Ryder Cup by riders!!

You know exactly what I mean.

If you don't know the word numpty: Someone who (sometimes unwittingly) by speech or action demonstrates a lack of knowledge or misconception of a particular subject or situation to the amusement of others.
  • + 1
 can we all just agree that we would like to see more world cup races that also visit more varied locations?!
  • + 1
 @KingTJ: The definitions of a Continent are a bit confusing and different around the world, but for the most part islands that are on the Continental Shelf are considered part of the Continent, I think the British Isles fall under that definition.
  • + 1
 @Odinson: Unless you don't live in Europe.
  • + 2
 @orientdave: So Stanley Cup after Lord Stanley, Ryder Cup after Samual Ryder but the World Series of baseball after the New York World newspaper is wrong?

Numpty, what a great word! did you come up with that all by yourself? you must be proud!!
  • + 2
 @skiwenric: How about we avoid all this "world" cup confusion going forward by renaming it the Smith Cup
  • + 2
 @xTwoSnakesx: Awesome, maybe Chainsaw Challenge or something like that just so there is no "confusion" with glasses helmets etc, the BC Cup may have a Steve Smith memorial race too...
  • + 2
 @dirtyrig: To my understanding, every piece of land is included in a continent, and there are only seven continents. For example, all the islands in the south Pacific are part of the continent of Oceania.
  • + 1
 @jaame: Yea that's geologically correct, but there is the "legal" definition and a "geological" definition and each are different. Geologists define continents basically by plate tectonics and therefore islands that are on the continental shelf(the part of the continental crust that is in the ocean) are part of that continent, that's why the British Isles are part of continental Europe. There are also microcontinents, Hawaii islands are one example. However, the legal definitions vary by which country you are getting the definition from, that's where the it gets very confusing!
  • + 1
 I get the WC boycotting us Americans, but not going to Canada / Whistler?
  • + 1
 @sevensixtwo: why the boycott?
  • + 0
 It's been a faux bar WC since the early 2000s not going to all continents is not a true World Cup it's a name only! Look at the Road biking, F1 any legitimate World Championship goes to 5 or 6 continents atleast, DH is the poor cousin in the UCI always has been always will while these Nazis are in charge! It needs to follow EWS if it's going to ever get out of the shadow of the Road Cycling brigade and the Hitler organisation of the UCI....
  • + 2
 @sevensixtwo: Mont Ste Anne is in Canada.
  • + 1
 @Maverickdh00: or, you can argue that bc the competition is the worlds best...
  • + 1
 @fernrob: I never knew. Cheers for enlightening me.
  • + 55
 wouldn't it be more like... Racing = descent / time ?!
Otherwise would be slower -> more time -> more racing. doesn't make any sense at all...
  • + 25
 I also hate it when people don't take physics seriously.
  • + 3
 Agreed. Time = Descent/Racing. The higher the Racing Level, the lower the Time. The lower the time, you are the winner!
  • + 3
 @MrJimLahey: thanks. shit just makes my german heart sad Frown
  • + 28
 DH mtb vs MotoGP. OK Probably a bad comparison but these are my two fav sports to watch. I know MTB doesnt have the money to put teams on the road all year but.... mtb 7 races in 2 continents vs motoGP 18 races, 1 every other weekend.

No wonder ratboy quit, tons of effort/training off the bike to be competitive with Gwin and Danny yet 1 mechanical or injury and your chances at the overall are done and your season is ruined. Not worth it when you can ride for fun everyday instead and make money from youtoob videos.

On that note bring on the racing!! Still love this shit!
  • + 9
 Dude I couldn't agree with you more. AND I WANT TO AGREE WITH YOU MORE!!!!

More races would benefit EVERYONE!

Phuck all those 'tards (you know who you are) that act as if we're just complaining for wanting more!
  • + 5
 There are 4 crankworx, series of city downhill and few ixs cups on very interesting tracks, plus every rider wanna attend nationals at their country. Your schedule as a pro racer could be very hectic if you want to. Not talking about BDS series and so on ..
  • + 3
 @Intoxication: Last I check, Valentino Rossi doesn't also do any considerable amount of racing outside of MotoGP. I'm pretty sure Louis Hamilton isn't also racing LMP, DTM, or BTCC.

Riders in UCI DH can race lots of other things because THERE ARE ONLY 7 RACES!!!! They have plenty of time. If I wasn't in with a chance of winning a championship, I'd do lot's of races too. Better than being bored!
  • + 1
 @Intoxication: yeh there are plenty of options out there. Keegan Wright plans on riding full DH WC, EWS and all crankworx minus one or two clashes...
  • + 1
 The fact these riders want to be out racing at every opportunity shows they can handle a big schedule. Why not 1 big, more-legitimate, WC? ixs, BDS, ect will get a strong showing of riders if the top pros race or not and Crankworx lol, watching Brad J announce as they come down and stop mid run to chug a beer, although entertaining in its own way, is far from comparable to a WC.
  • + 21
 Gotta say, Mr Jackson on his new Glory is looking pinned, and has put hella work in over the off season, hoping to see a ton of top 20's from him
  • + 14
 With 29r dh bikes gaining traction it probably wont take long for racers to want more stopping power for those wagon wheels. I predict the new Boost Post Mount standard and Plus rotors in the near future....because "New Standards" are the new standard.
  • + 13
 I'd love to hear people's thoughts on reducing the number of women in the field. I know we are in this constant flux of not enough women racing... but if junior women are pushed out of the event entirely and pro women are now reduced in numbers, how is that encouraging other young ladies to even try? I'm not a racer, so I have not stake in this whatsoever. But as a female with a (questionable) career in this obviously male-heavy industry, it is kind of a blow to read about this. Thoughts or insight?
  • + 4
 Definitely a shame. Part of what makes anyone faster is being around faster riders and not being near elite level competition isn't a good thing for future development. I understand streamlining the events from a financial standpoint, but at what cost?

I guess they're taking a minor leagues / major leagues position like other professional sports, but to only do it to the women is wrong.
  • + 1
 Pretty ignorant if you ask me, it certainly will not lend itself to growing the sport for women but I guess UCI isn't interested in doing that for whatever reason
  • + 3
 Can't believe I read down to here to see a comment on it. It's clearly a sh!t decision. Can't see what benefit that is to growing the sport at all. It's also clearly discriminatory. Seems like Pinkbike should poll this and miss the one about shimano vs sram brakes or whatever.
  • + 2
 I think the use of the word "event" makes it sound like the junior women compete at a different venue and time. However the published schedule for Lourdes as well as the other world cup events list the junior women on the schedule and are treated similar to junior men (except they do not have a qualifier, only seeding). Previously Junior Women and Elite Women were combined in one event. The UCI rulebook highlights that they have eliminated the combined "Women" event and replaced it with "Elite Women" and "Junior Women" just like the Elite Men and Junior Men. In January Pinkbike published an article interviewing industry people and athletes on the UCI rule changes - it's worth checking out.

UCI Rulebook: www.uci.ch/mm/Document/News/Rulesandregulation/17/29/73/4MTB-E-1.01.2017_English.pdf
Lourdes Schedule: www.lourdesvtt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-Program-DHI-Lourdes-17.01.2017.pdf
  • + 12
 It's rough reducing the number of women on the hill and also making the juniors compete in a separate event, they are meant to be encouraging people into the sport and this won't help
  • + 12
 seems a bit unfair that the junior women don't get a chance at racing the same venue.
  • + 4
 Pretty sure its the same venue, just they have a separate category now from the elite women? Similar to the elite men/junior men breakdown. Could be wrong.
  • - 2
 @komodo1: It's a totally different weekend. Seems like a bad way to get Junior women up to snuff to race in the Elite class cup when they don't get the valuable experience of seasoned Elite women helping them with track walks, bike setup, etc.
  • + 4
 @komodo1: You are correct. If you look at the UCI rulebook ( www.uci.ch/mm/Document/News/Rulesandregulation/17/29/73/4MTB-E-1.01.2017_English.pdf ) you can see they have eliminated the "Women" category and now have "Elite Women" and "Junior Women" (modifications to rules are in red). In addition, if you look at the schedules published for Lourdes as well as the other world cup events ( www.lourdesvtt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-UCI-MTB-World-Cup-Program-DHI-Lourdes-17.01.2017.pdf ), junior women are treated like junior men, except they do not have a qualifier, only seeding.
  • + 0
 Who cares? There are like, 150 female mountain bikers in the world. Women account for 3-4% of global mid to high end bike sales annually. Woman account for 1% of Pinkbike accounts. Honestly, why are we even having this discussion?

If girls were interested in mountain biking, there would be the numbers, there would be a higher level of competition, they would deserve a better spot at world cups. As it is, it's not wor
  • + 0
 th the time, investment and exposure.

I wonder if you log on to Pinknails.com, or Pinkbras.com, will there be a load of comments about getting more men into nail design or bra wearing? I doubt it!

If mtb was appealing to girls, they would already be in it!

They are never going to be in it much more than they are now.

Get over it!
  • + 10
 Today, the sun has come out despite the fact its raining. No more Trump, no more BS. WCDH IS BACK! Claudio in 3,2,1...aaaand ACTION!
  • + 1
 no shit right!!!!
  • + 10
 think 29er might work well at Fort-Will
  • + 6
 It's crazy the amount of resources, training, and effort that goes into less than 10 miles of racing for the season. Shoot, I went for a 12 mile ride just yesterday... You'd think they could find a way to fit a few more races in to make a proper series out of it. Crankworx isn't too far off from having more stops than the World Cup.
  • + 9
 Don't forget that Danny hart will have the rainbow jersey curse on his shoulders
  • + 4
 Yea, but curses don't exist, and Mr Hart will probably prove it. I think he's poised for a bangin' season.
  • + 6
 thanks PB for showing the details of which races are Saturday and which ones Sunday
  • + 3
 No UCI DH courses on the west coast....ever??? MTB was invented here, most of the industry is here. WTF Specialized, Santa Cruz, Trek and Intense? Make it happen, we dont want to hear excuses, pony up! UCI.....kiss my ass. #MakeCaliDhAgain
  • + 7
 Can't wait to see the races and some 29ers.
  • + 8
 GWIN.
  • + 1
 @lee-vps-savage: HART indeed....
  • + 1
 @racealot: PEATY!... Ah shit. Gonna miss seeing the big man on the hill though.
  • + 2
 Wonder why whistler doesn't want a World Cup? Sure, it might lose lift ticket sales for a few days, but the money that circus would bring to town...wah.

Actually...to heck with Whistler. Go raw and have one on Blackcomb.
  • + 2
 7 World Cups? Out of the hundreds if not thousands of lift assisted tracks world-wide that could potentially be used for a WC, they come up with 7.

Absolutely pathetic. Still looking forward to them though.
  • + 3
 Its stupidly hard to organize (and get permission) to run a wc. The general argument is the costs outweigh the benefits to location
  • + 1
 Everyone of the world can attend and can become the champion. Okay most of the races are in Europe okay. If this is a problem go out to all the bike-parks somewhere and simply apply for hosting a world cup race.
  • + 3
 gonna be a lot of early mornings for u.s. west coasters this summer…
  • + 3
 Is there any where in the UK you can place a bet on DH racing?
  • + 3
 You can for champs but not world cups sadly! I asked one of them last year as they said they could tailor a bet if it wasn't available but they said they didn't have enough knowledge to do it......didn't wanna lose all their money on Rach winning again like at champs I reckon....
  • + 2
 Anyone know why the first event is at the end of April and the next isn't until June?
  • + 2
 Wasn't there supposed to be a stop somewhere in Eastern Europe? Czech Republic or something like that?
  • + 6
 That's next year. Lošinj, Croatia.
  • + 3
 @fraktiv: True, but that's not Eastern Europe
  • + 2
 @cravks: I know but leopaul may not know that.
  • + 4
 Sorry to break your boundaries, but Czech Republic is as much Eastern Europe as Austria is.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Europe
  • + 3
 @pulDag: I think it's a cultural perception - lot of Western Europeans would probably call the Czech Republic Eastern European because of its Slavic, rather than Latin, language and perhaps because they feel the culture there has more in common with the history and culture of Eastern Europe.
  • + 1
 @fraktiv: oh right. Thanks mate
  • + 2
 we are so blessed to still have the world cup at mont ste anne the only stop in america
  • + 1
 Different tools for different jobs. Where the times are going to be tight who can blame teams for looking for that 1/2 second advantage.
  • + 2
 191 meters of climbing, wtf? this is supposed to be downhill racing, whats next, 29ers for dh ?? lol...
  • + 3
 They count the ups for the big jumps :-)
  • + 5
 It was a GPS attached to Phil atwills bike. It's only actually 100m when on gwins bike, he scrubs everything
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 Stop calling them wagon wheels. It would have to be a wagon for a f*cking miniature pony to fit 29's. Smile
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 Has anyone found a Fantasy picks site yet, nothing has come up anywhere...
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 I emailed Dirt a few weeks ago ND sadly it didn't sound like they were doing it this year.
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 Indeed they are still on 2016: fantasy.dirtmountainbike.com
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 @Buzzyny: THIS IS BULLSHIT!
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 MinAAAAAr on a 29er. I really hope he takes a win this season.
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 V10 29er on insta
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 Phuck yeah!!!!!!!!
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 Cannot wait to see how the season kicks off !!
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 MTBR just posted up an article indicating The Santa Cruz Syndicate will be running 29er versions of the V10 for Lourdes this weekend.
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 Only two continents? Not much of a 'World' Cup...
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 Yeah but all the teacks are gooduns
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 Ride bikes- not fads
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 Yeah World Cup coverage! More, lots more please!
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 The photo of rachel makes her look like a 70 year old LOL
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 You gotta watch the Bulldog answering 17 questions on Vital.....Classic
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 I'd kill to have them visit the US for a DH World Cup or two.
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 Is Red Bull doing the coverage?
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 The TV coverage yes. Photo Epics, tech reports, results from practice, qualifying and finals all on Pinkbike.
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 Cant wait
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