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DH1 Likely Cancelled, Redbull Media House Tackles World Cups

Dec 16, 2011 at 13:32
by Fraser Britton  
AIGLE, Switzerland (transcendmagazine) -- Rumours are lighting up email boxes everywhere this morning that the alternative DH1 race circuit proposed by Freecaster owner Raymond Dulieu is likely cancelled. This coincides with word coming out of our european sources that Redbull Media House will be taking over direction and live broadcasts of all MTB world cup events. Smaragd will reportedly still be doing the actual production work as in years past.
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Dulieu recently gave an interview to french magazine Velovert, and stated that if Redbull were to take over the broadcasts, he would not want, or have the ability, to compete.

As of this time we haven't been able to get in touch with representatives of any of the parties involved. DH1 has been pushing for venues and sponsors to jump on board up until just a few days ago via social media, so the moves does come as a surprise if it is the case.

Just in case you hit your head and forget where you are the kind Swiss folks have put in some rather permanent reminders. Photo by Fraser britton



UPDATE: Raymond Dulieu of Freecaster has had this to say:
bigquotesIf it is confirmed that red bull will now finance and produce a full HD coverage of the UCI world cup I'll have to consider wether we haven't then ultimately achieved our goal of secure excellent coverage for DH MTB and DH1 might then have served its purpose. In any case for red bull to consider MTB is greatly do to Freecaster fantastic work to put it back in the public eye.




Pinkbike's Take: When Redbull do something, they do it right. We're willing to bet that we'll see free online coverage next year, keeping smiles on the faces of many diehard race fans who stay up late into the night to see all of the action. Expect quite a few HD cameras, as well as a good chance of Rob Warner to staying put with a mic in hand, given his ties to Redbull. While the DH1 series sounded promising in many ways, and we're sad to see it not come to fruition, many teams will exhale a sigh of relief at the thought of not having to attend a competing race series.


140 Comments

  • 143 0
 I want ROB WARNER in commentary box !!
  • 58 0
 Don't forget rob warner onboard track talk
  • 28 0
 Ah this sucks... but aslong as Rob Warner will still be screaming down my ears with full coverage of the world cup then atleast thats a positive
  • 15 0
 They just need more rounds, that was the bonus of DH1 . . . MORE racing!
  • 1 0
 rob warner already has ties with red bull through x-fighters so there is a very big chance he will be in the commentary box
  • 9 2
 Makes me wanna drink more REDBULL, they do soooooo much for our sport !!! Think Jager Bomb !!!!
  • 2 0
 Fuck. Had a feeling that two DH world cups was too good to be true.
  • 1 0
 Red bull will give dh wings. Hard to grow without growing up. Warner can do dh and x-fighters duties.
  • 96 4
 Still hating the UCI
  • 19 10
 Everyone likes a scapegoat. In many DHers' minds it's the UCI. Yes their event management can suck at times, frontloading the cost onto the resort. Yes they cancelled 4X - a decision that it must be said, from a pragmatic point of view, made sense - not much of a burgeoning grassroots scene, not enough top athletes in both genders and didn't merit the spend and exposure to have a world series, but it still pissed off plenty of fans. But, as the collapse of DH1 shows, and, despite DH fans denying it and pretending it's not the case, downhill mountain biking needs the UCI. We're a tiny niche, even in the MTB market, never mind cycling at large, and the financial bulk that the UCI gives DH is absolutely vital. Without them I doubt any brand or sponsor would see a financial incentive in shelling out for a world series, there's no way DH could sustain such a big and popular World Cup circuit without the UCI.
  • 22 18
 Downhill does NOT need the UCI or any other lycra clad road dominated cycling body to govern it. Your argument is invalid.
  • 21 4
 Please suggest alternatives then. We're waiting with bated breath.
  • 8 4
 In the bike industry, as in most, money talks. And DH is financially irrelevant in the grand scheme of cycling. You guys can rage against the UCI like a moody teenager in a huff with his parents all you like, it ain't going to change reality. UCI has the dolla. DH doesn't. I don't like it any more than you, but the sooner everyone realises this the better.
  • 5 2
 harriieee is right. Despite all the hate and emotion associated with this situation, we need to look at it objectively from a wider standpoint
  • 6 2
 I'm with that. This time the UCI has taken a huge step in the right direction. Anyone who really disagrees please feel free to offer an answer to the following:

"The UCI bringing in Red Bull to provide coverage shows that the UCI is working on increasing their support of the gravity events" Discuss.
  • 6 1
 How does this show the UCI has taken any steps to anything? Redbull decided to stump up the money freecaster couldn't. If they pull out or don't want to renew next year DH will be back where it was 2 months ago.
  • 4 1
 Matt
With respect Matt, just think about what you have written for a minute.
"How does this show the UCI has taken any steps...?"....... possibly by renegotiating the deal for TV rights for the UCI world cup. They have secured a larger organisation than freecaster that is highly likely, given their track record, to bring the sport of DH racing to more people than freecaster have done over the past three seasons perhaps.
"Redbull decided to stump up the money freecaster couldn't"...... Red Bull do not "stump up money" for no reason. They take business decisions, and given their track record, damned good ones. Another way of looking at it is the UCI differentiated the market by upping the price and in doing so gave the industry the message that the DH series now has added value and thus is more attractive. It seems to have worked has it not?
"If they pull out or ..... 2 months ago" ..... so how is this different to if freecaster had bid for the rights? Anyone could pull out you know; there are no guarantees in this world.
I seriously fail to see how anyone can think getting Red Bull on board is a step backwards.....
  • 7 1
 People seem to have forgotten the ban on sponsors on WC jerseys, the skinsuits, the rocky roads saga, the world cup drama. There were threats to burn down their offices a few months ago there was so much hate and now everyone is happy with the UCI just because Redbull saved the day?

Gutted DH1 didn't take off like the FMB world tour, dependance on the predominantly road orientated UCI is a bad for us.
  • 4 0
 but we like redbull
  • 3 0
 Matt.... you really don't have a massively valid point, the reason the us is "predominantly road orientated" is because that is the largest market, DH as pointed out is a niche market (speaking from experience) as i'm studying business management and finance in uni, Large companies or organisations tend to not focus all of their spending power on the niche market as it is less likely to make as much money for them to re invest, compared to the tour de france which brings in so much money from sponsors, tv rights, entry fees etc. it makes 100% total sense for the UCI to focus on the "lycra clad road dominated cycling"

personally, Red Bull could do wonders if they do this right, and looking at the past they generally tend to do them right, look at all of their sports men and women/teams.... 2 formula one teams, red bull x fighters, WRC sponsorship.... do i really need to point out any more ?

the perfect equation is: Rob Warner + Amazing racing like last year + Red Bull = DH becoming a big success!
  • 1 0
 arent they only filming it?
or am i missing somthing lol
  • 2 0
 they should have a helicopter
  • 7 1
 Helicopters, loose girls and explosions!
  • 1 0
 and turtles
  • 1 0
 I was beg propped by someone, take it he's gay.. No loose girls for him!
  • 1 0
 or turtles ;D
  • 1 0
 Well now that you are all so happy you have the UCI back, you can enjoy your retarded saddle regulation next season.

www.bikebiz.com//news/read/uci-to-enforce-saddle-tilt-rule-in-2012
  • 1 0
 We shall! Good day and fair well!
  • 2 0
 "he UCI will be enforcing saddle inclination from 1st March 2012. Checks on the horizontality of saddles will be conducted at WorldTour events, World Cup events and World Championships for road, track and cyclocross events. A measuring device will be issued to UCI commissaires. " and I still don't get your case against UCI DH.... doesn't mention it here :S
  • 1 0
 Going by most of the comments on this page no one really cares about the DH, they just want hear Warner! Haa
  • 1 0
 to that silly uci rule
what if your fat though or have a large penis?
and if you have a crash and your seat breaks and falls off will you get disqualified?
why is it a rule? its gay just a reason for some fags to get close to athletes arses (although would be okay for the ladiies Wink ill volounteer)
  • 21 0
 rob warner better still be commentator!!!! Smile
  • 17 0
 This is sad news that freecaster arent going along with it.

But the ultimate question is, Will they have Rob warner for commentator.?
  • 4 0
 Pinkbike's Take: "...as well as a good chance of Rob Warner to staying put with a mic in hand, given his ties to Redbull."
  • 1 0
 Oh I didnt see that I read the update and must have skipped it.Now I am happy Smile
  • 1 0
 However that is Pinkbike's take. I really hope they are right though!!! Smile
  • 13 1
 are Red bull media going to be charging us to watch the World cup races? lets hope not.
  • 4 0
 na its free
  • 4 0
 are you sure? didn`t the UCI want something like £150,000 for the screening rights to the World cup races. Thats why Freecaster couldn`t do it anymore.
  • 1 1
 Red bull has a fair bit of money it costs less to produce red bull than coke but yet people still buy lots of em
  • 5 0
 Red Bull has enough money to invest into the UCI for free broadcasts. They're smart enough to know that if the UCI does better through their highly improved live casts, then they do better as well. Imagine if it got picked up by television programs? It's the reason why Red Bull invests in other sports with events such as the Rampage. Also if they're hosting the videos, they're the ones who profit from tons of views. Personally I can't wait!
  • 3 0
 That wouldn't be a lot of money for this company: redbull total revenue in 2010 was a little over 5 billion (usd). They sell a drink, so I wouldn't worry about having to pay for their advertisements. They already offer a crazy amount of free online content, and I think I'd buy a redbull or two in appreciation if this happens.
  • 3 0
 This sucks for freecaster, but I have no doubt red bull will do an amazing job.
  • 5 0
 Everyone better start buying more red bulls!
  • 2 0
 Geodood- that is why they do this. they sponsor sports and events. You then see them everywhere cause they pretty much end up owning the big league and thats the most advertising they can get pretty much with sports. Then you buy there drink. Cost money to make money and Redbull knows that better then anyone.
  • 3 0
 I don't think redbull makes money with pretty much any of the dh/dj/fr events, just like most other sport events they host. It's all about the visibility.
  • 2 0
 Visibility = Sales.
  • 1 0
 Yup, I meant that they don't make money with the events directly, they're basically big ad campaigns. They do the events to get visibility in hopes of gaining more market shares / sales as a result.
  • 9 0
 So in certain ways we can say that although DH1 never actually made it to become a real event, it still did more in the mountain biking world for bringing it to a more main stream level compared to what UCI did in all its years having world cups? Pretty funny how they UCI can make this happen when another race series was about to take them out yet they didn't do it all these years beforehand...
  • 3 0
 There is very little actual evidence to support that idea in my opinion.

Neither is there any evidence to suggest the opposite view that the UCI kicked out freecaster because the UCI knew that in order to bring this blue-ribbon gravity event to the masses via mainstream broadcasting, freecaster was not the answer; they needed a larger organisation to help fulfill their role as promoter of the sport. They decided to up the ante, took a risk by not playing safe with freecaster again on another contract and it has paid off. Big time. Red Bull! Well done the UCI.

At this stage, that could though be argued to be equally plausible. We don't know, however, if that were to be the case then well done the UCI. It would only be dogma that may stop some of us from this time holding up our hands and saying "You know what, this time the UCI has done something truly worthwhile".

Never forget we hear teams/managers/riders repeatedly saying the UCI WC is the most important event and that it comes first. Maybe, just maybe the DH1 series pushed the UCI into action, but it appears to me that they took the first step themselves by deciding to try and shake things up themselves.
  • 3 0
 Your last point about the DH1 pushing UCI into action is what I am trying to get across to.. We can't say what really happened behind the scenes but its apparent that when DH1 brought competition to UCI it made sure that UCI got its shit together, can't deny that. Thankfully they did more then just get their shit together!
  • 7 0
 lets hope redbull do not kill off all the young up and coming film makers by not letting the film..
  • 4 0
 Huge news, sorry to hear that for Freecaster, but will only benefit downhill on the whole in so many ways! Thanks freecaster, redbull, and everyone else in this awesome community!
  • 5 0
 This is cool but it sucks that Freecaster are left out after all the hard/good work they put in...
  • 4 10
flag scott-townes (Dec 16, 2011 at 14:29) (Below Threshold)
 Except that they still kinda blew...
  • 1 0
 No they didn't! I meant to give Townes the neg but slipped.
  • 2 0
 Dam it was looking fwd to the Freecaster series, I just hope this is not a way of stuffing up a rival series that potentially could take DH where it should be World Class. So I hope Red Bull helps grow the sport and increase the number of rounds,the sports needs to go to the next step, not being held back by a lack of visionaries with lycra panties. I don't mind paying for it if we get that. I do feel for Freecaster they helped bring DH back through the exposure and proved if you build they will come.. I hope they still go ahead I think they would be successful as long as they are innovative and bring real tracks and better locations than the UCI currently do and also in the window the UCI so badly neglects. Just do it Raymond Dulieu, don't back down now!!
  • 3 0
 I don't understand why Raymond is giving up so easily, he must not have secured any big sponsors yet. He says he can't compete with Red Bull, but I don't think he has to. The races are on different weekends so there is no direct competition, I think almost as many fans would still watch the DH1 races. DH racing is blowing up, there should be more high-level races for both the racers and fans. Don't give up Raymond, you can still make this work! We want more racing, 8 races a year is not enough.
  • 2 0
 I guess we'll find out over the next few days if all this is as reported, but for now I'll say thanks to Freecaster for their fantastic coverage of out sport and to Raymond Dulieu for taking the initiative to ensure that downhill was still covered in 2012. With all the announcements at the end of the season he decided to do something about it and bring us DH1. This may not happen now, but as he said himself it might just have been what was necessary to bring someone like Red Bull into the sport as a larger sponsor to cover the events and keep it free for the fans. Thank you for your dedication Freecaster. All the best.
  • 2 0
 one more thing red bull events are always massive,well planned media machines that draw huge crowds and coverage im sure venues around the world will be chompln at the bit to get a race in there town, to boost the local economy
  • 1 0
 Seconded, thirded and even fourthed
  • 2 0
 i love the mountain biking fan base around here. we get a new broadcaster for the events and the first thing people are concerned with is if rob warner will still be commentating. Not if its going to be free or not ....personally warner FTW!
  • 3 0
 Rob Warner on the commentary! If enough of us shout this, surely they will take notice! After all, isn't that how Red Bull ended up with this in the first place?
  • 8 0
 red bull would be fools not to take him on board for commentary!
  • 5 0
 Rob Warner gives you wings!
  • 3 0
 to cancel dh1 , that means less races . would still be sick to have 2 series with the all the top riders .Like Gwin could be DH1 and UCI World cup Champion.
  • 14 2
 Wouldn't happen. None of the top teams would commit. They would likely have done one or two races each that fit into their travel schedules. Too many races burn out athletes and stretch budgets too thinly.
  • 3 0
 That post is a load of bull crap how did it get any props? First of all, two major teams had committed to the entire series, and other teams indicated they would attend some of the races. Any pros that lived near the race venues also would have gone to the DH1 races. So there would have been a decent turnout at the races, especially since the purses would be bigger than World Cup races.

More races might stretch budgets, but it also gives the sport and the sponsors more publicity, which is the whole point of them going to races. You have to spend money to make money.

Your last point about racers getting burned out is absolutely ridiculous. There are only 8 big races a year most pro racers compete at in DH. Most of the year they aren't even racing. Compare that to the much more physically grueling sport of motocross, where the racers race practically year-round, racing up to 40-50 races a year, doing practice, qualifying, and at the outdoor races racing in two mains in one day, hour long each, sometimes in 100 degree weather in full moto gear. They don't get burned out, they get faster and they love what they do. DH racers can handle at least another 8 races a year, and their skills and the sport of mountain biking would both benefit.
  • 1 0
 Pro DH racers have so much time off that most of them will ride their moto during off season....I don't think that adding a few races to the world cup calendar would burn out those athletes....
  • 1 0
 I have actually meet and had a long conversation with the head media production guy of Redbull Xfighters and I don't know if he will do the other events but I know what's in their thinking. Firstly they always produce first rate tv, which is great, but the downside is they generally restrict/control the amount of other media access. In a stadium this is easy but on a hill side harder, so that aspect of it probably wont change much. ( I have been as media to X-fighters many times). the branding though will be controlled heavily and there will be a reason every logo is in the place it's in. However MTB can rest assured that the main aim will be to make sure people know about these events. Redbull love it when main stream media pick up the stories. So they produce media in a way that is consumable for all, 1) the fan 2) the normal people of the world who don't know about it. So they will have traditional feeds plus for sure videos produced afterwards that cater to the "extreme" elements of it. Although people worry, if Redbull do their work as well as they do at X-fighters the viewers will benefit for sure.

Plus they need a story or Drama in it so they will for sure be good back stage stuff as well. In all Redbull will produce a good show, but the way it is on the ground may change a bit, as they exert their view on the organisation. In the long run though more people will like MTB.
  • 2 0
 ''In the long run though more people will like MTB.'' That the bottom line right there, Period.
  • 1 0
 I had a feeling the DH1 series wouldn't work out. I was surprised when they released their event calendar and most of the dates were just dates with no solid venues. The lack of new info about the series in the last couple of months wasn't very promising either. I agree with Pinkbike's take, its too bad that it didn't work out but it should make things easier for teams already committed to the UCI series.
  • 3 0
 Two words: Rob Warner.

Oh and also Nigel Page if at all possible, the were a perfect duo for Danny harts run at worlds so to have them commentating would be deadly!
  • 2 0
 I like... just hope red bull can deliver at least the same freecaster offered. Anything extra is a gift. Im thinking Redbull has the potential to make it more commercial so it becomes more popular.
  • 1 0
 i dont see how red bull would charge to watch it as they dont charge for red bull air race do they and thats a fairly expensive outlay but then look at tit this way red bull would see this a product placement i think the most expensive thing the run is the formul;a one tem and they still make profit even with f1

think of it like this red bull makes more money in a day than it woyuld probalbly cost to fill an entire dh series

for a quote red bull annual turnover was 4.28 billion dollars in 2008
  • 1 0
 just makes you wonder, just how much redbull do people drink?!
  • 1 0
 This is great for dh racing finally some real money being put into our sport.and red bull aint affraid to spend cash you know what a f1 team cost to run or to put on a red bull air race series. the uci has always been a pain in the ass cause all they care about is the nice clean image of road racing.Freecaster my hat is off to you thanks for years of awsome races. IF it all goes well i could see red bull just doin its own events and saying so long to the uci. Look at ama supercross for example its not a world championship but it has the top athletes in the world competing,why cause thats where the big money is. Racers will leave the uci to race a independent series if the cash reward is higher and there sponsors will be happier cause red bull is a house hold name and the general public is attracted to the events so the possiblity of a larger global audience is there making it more appealing to all parties.Red bull is also awsome at giving people what the want so im sure the races will be free to all and rob will be back screaming.
  • 1 0
 To be honest i think this is great, because as said in the article, "when Red Bull do something they do it right", however it would be nice to see more than just the world cups, like the DH1, and it would be nice to see DH1 and the UCI world cup coincide instead of competing. Cant thank Red Bull enough for the amount they put into sport, not just cycling but all sports, they have hugely unique events that bring in alot of revenue for the sport and bring it to the public's eye, think Red Bull Gold Mine, Rampage ect ect. It Will be sad if freecaster dont show anything, but i doubt they will disapear all together, i expect there to still be some footage on their site, especially now they've joined the Extreme brand. These are very interesting times, but either way next year will be a smasher!
  • 1 0
 I wish they "do" their flash video player right first.
  • 1 0
 Red bull could buy the uci a few times over if they wanted to. The uci is a bunch of stuck up euros who wanna control all cycling This could just be a feeler for red bull to see how the industry will react it might bit of a gong show season but if red bull decides it wants dh it will get the series the teams and the riders and the uci will be Powerless to do so. You have to remember racers don't get big money for winning races iys all about the endorsements from sponsors also alotta racer don't really get paid alot. They get free bikes and travel expenses and maybe a bit of pocket money.unless you are a proven commodity you don't make the big cash
  • 1 0
 If rob warner isn't commentating hen i don't expect a lot of people will be watching it is so boring having some other people doing it la bresse was saved by the trek boss coming in because Nigel paige didn't do anything but promote his team!
  • 1 0
 Dude UCI means Union Cycliste International. And thats not canadian french, it's french french. In the long run they are as suitable for gravity sports as FIS is for snowboarding. Surely a different solution will take some time and work to develop but until then I reserve my right to tell these lycra clad asshats to fuck off....
  • 2 0
 Actually, it's Swiss french.
  • 1 0
 UCI=Union Cycliste International=Lycra clad leg shavers=as suitable for gravity disciplines as FIS is for snowboarding. I hope this comment doesn't offend anyone enough to delete it again. My god you folks are sensitive....

The solution lies in an independent organization with the financial and media power of a company like Red Bull and Rob Warner as the marketing spearhead. Surely this process will take some time and effort, but I'm quite sure it's bound to happen in the long run....

That civil enough?
  • 2 0
 I'm drunk, hence I'm gonna shut up now...
  • 1 0
 the only one who took the right step is RB who invested in cheap prey to have a bigger manifestation of their brand. yes, its good for the sport and good for RB. but at the end the UCI should have suffered and fair enough the DH1 was worth to have a real chance. I still believe in the DH1 and a coexistence, even with a big player like RB taking over.. I am curious if they will come back to 4X or its just DH?
  • 1 0
 dh doesnt need uci, it needs red bull. we need money, not management. red bull could probably do all this without uci and do it well. the issue for red bull, is is it worth it. i hope they think it is, buy the uci, shut them down, and set off rad tour de france events with watson gaps all the way up....
  • 2 0
 If Rob Warner isnt commentating were gonna miss out on comments like "how can Danny Hart sit down with balls that big?"
what a legend!
  • 1 0
 or " He went down harder than Amy Winehouse" or " He opened up his a*shole like a Brittish golf bag"... priceless stuff...
  • 1 0
 I think this is great news, having a big sponsor will greatly increase the sports standing, and will make other sponsors sit up and take note potentially investing/sponsoring themselves.
  • 1 0
 Hey, look at the big picture... We all got what we wanted...Race Coverage...and damn good one pretty sure about that... Let's just hope they find a way to get Rob Warner into the equation and it would be awesome...
  • 1 0
 red bull can do a lot for the sport, but i'm still kind of sad as DH1 would bring back Maribor and I was really really looking forward to that. Razz
  • 4 0
 No Warner no party
  • 4 0
 God Bless RedBull!!
  • 1 0
 Rob Warner has ties to Red Bull from XFighters. But just think of the coverege and press publicity that it will bring to our beloved sport!!
  • 3 0
 Publicity's boring, we want Warner banter! Wink
  • 3 0
 energy drink brands slowly taking over the world
  • 3 0
 That typo in the quote is starting to piss me off.
  • 1 0
 Hasn't Rob Warner been commentating on Red Bull X-Fighters for the last four years? He has the contact, they know what they're doing. Don't fear.
  • 1 0
 Holy sh!t ... this is big news! Incredibly exciting and worrying all at the same time.
  • 2 1
 The UCI are massive idiots. I was looking forward to DH1. If Rob Warner isn't commentating, then I'm not watching it.
  • 3 0
 加油!红牛!
  • 2 0
 ^ I think he's happy
  • 2 0
 he's probably droppin f bombs
  • 3 0
 I completely agree! Couldn't have said it better myself.
  • 1 0
 Redbull will be so much better, maybe even promote more race events, perhaps some WC in BC?
  • 1 0
 This is simple red bull get this stuck in your heads!!!No Rob Warner no viewers
  • 1 1
 Love it. Couldn't stand DH1, and if ANYTHING RBMH has done recently is a sign, this will herald a new era in extreme sportscasting.
  • 2 1
 i am jack's complete lack of surprise
  • 1 0
 Wow this is crazy.hope it all works outn
  • 2 0
 Rob Warner is the best!
  • 1 0
 WOW, that's a real good news
  • 1 0
 Will Red Bull brodcast live?
  • 1 0
 OHH he's off !! , he's off like a jewish foreskin!!!
  • 1 0
 evil corporations be pwning all ur arses.
  • 1 0
 Atherton project conflic ....
  • 1 0
 Redbull why go with UCI, I'd rather see you go with DH1 and freecaster!
  • 1 0
 warner warner warner.....is the only way.....
  • 1 0
 So what happened officially to rocky roads?
  • 1 0
 check out redbull TV.com right now... whats being promoted!!!! MTB
  • 1 0
 thanks Redbull for kicking the cat's ass!!!
  • 1 0
 No teams huh? I guess the SPS isn't a real team?
  • 1 0
 Old pric.s from UCI killing downhill for the money
  • 1 0
 FUCK.
  • 1 1
 Finally! A company that will know how to do things right. Go Red Bull!!
  • 1 0
 i love dh racing
  • 1 0
 haters gonna hate . . .
  • 1 2
 suddenly, they charge you to watch it
  • 1 0
 pretty sure it's free....
  • 10 11
 Fuck UCI!. That is all....
  • 15 1
 If you have a better plan, please let us know!
  • 3 8
flag DHmental (Dec 16, 2011 at 14:22) (Below Threshold)
 There was a better plan, it was called DH1...
  • 10 1
 The plan had no sponsors, no venues and no teams committed. Guess it wasn't any better after all, was it?
  • 3 0
 still would be nice to be able to wach top pros racing every other weekends...I'm not sure what to think about all of this...I feel like the UCI just tighten their grip on our sport and just assured their monopoly over tv coverage...
  • 2 1
 i just wish my germans (i am one of them) wouldn't write such a bullcrap and pointless comments. With the countries flag right next to it it always looks good...
  • 1 0
 I guess DH1 was too far ahead of it's time. It will happen eventually.
  • 1 0
 sadly, downhill cycling is a small portion of cycling . . . some bike company don't even bother to produce a DH bike such as Merida, Orbea etc . . . its a bless to what UCI have done for DH & 4X so far . . . and its a 'present' that UCI still continue to sanction in 2012 for DH . . . thanks UCI . . . i'm DH fan, and I do DH

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