Pietermaritzburg World Cup - Friday DH Qualifying

Apr 22, 2011 at 11:48
by Fraser Britton  
Riders have an easy day tomorrow with a 9:30-12:30 practice session, and then the afternoon off unless they want to wander over and watch the women's XC.

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63 Comments

  • 39 0
 Cedric gettin after it this year!!!! (On the hunt as Sam Hill would say)
  • 14 0
 Does anyone know how bad Fairclough is hurt? Can he still ride?
  • 22 0
 Yep, CG kills it all day long (and of course all night long with the ladies).
  • 3 0
 @szlav. dont think they are releasing anything at the moment but he's done his knee which is what we do know!
  • 4 0
 What happened to Danny Hart's bike too? He had a mechanical failure.
  • 2 0
 i was wondering how long it would be before sam or bren blew their pedals... the new models look shit to me.
  • 5 0
 the thing is their still running the old models for this race haha
  • 1 0
 looks like the new one to me but then again I am going blind...
  • 2 0
 no black stancions on the boxxers this year?
  • 1 0
 hi what does it mean when you "blow your pedals"
  • 2 0
 Slip off both pedals on a big impact and land on your nuts... I assume.
  • 26 1
 Hand tattoo on Hill? That's interesting, dudes going to look like a Mexican Gangster if he keeps this up.
  • 7 0
 I think he has a complete sleeve already... guess he wants to be the badass of DH riding Big Grin go get some Sam!
  • 5 0
 yeh he has a full sleeve
  • 3 0
 he'l be getting on with Riffle soon then
  • 11 30
flag KURTSUCKS (Apr 22, 2011 at 14:44) (Below Threshold)
 Sam hill is fat now!hahahah
  • 12 0
 shit. meant to neg prop this Kurt asshole. Till you can ride a bike like him, I dont think you should be talking, bud.
  • 3 0
 @Kurt

If he was fat then its only because he's trying to carry a bit more momentum down the track Wink Not that he'd need it to beat you anyways...
  • 4 1
 @Bmxerch -Chill out!!!
  • 4 0
 he will look like Andreu soon! haha
  • 4 1
 I'm not mad ? Just pointing out that he's a dick, dude.
  • 3 0
 hey hey there a lot of fuckin around here!hahah chill you fanboys hahah..just joking on that one! im actually a sam hill fan as well so...
  • 2 0
 @speedy-rider, yeah man i think thats the strategy going on with him.

he`s like twenty four 0r 5 now so he`s probably moving from a young gun who`s known for speed/ techy and style to big gun category like peaty, minaar, gracia, barel and others who excel in pedaling.
if he does achieve that then wow he`s gonna be techy with power with him. that would mean he`s gonna dominate the circuit hell yeah!
  • 4 1
 Mexican gangster???? we dont have as many tattoos as you canadian pot heads do.

Go Greg!!!!!
  • 20 4
 Gotta get down on Friday.
  • 6 0
 I lol'd so hard
  • 2 0
 hahahaha legend!
  • 13 0
 Fairclough is the man!
  • 3 0
 brendons killin it! so is CG!!
  • 13 0
 cg up in top 10! how it should be!
  • 3 1
 why would Brendan be going so big and taking chances in a qualifing or practice?...he's a great rider and cool guy all around..it'll be a shame if that crash costed him the season..especially at this flat ass XC course.
  • 2 0
 I think the best answer is that he is still a kid.. And he hasnt developed a "race head" yet.. Once he grows up a little more he wont have the desires to send stupid shit that us kids do.. Razz (I am just as guilty as anyone else) and I am sure that once he matures a little bit he will be a huge force on the WC circuit.. Bummer to hear him going down.. hope he heals up quick..
  • 2 0
 how can anyone that rides a bike for thrills not take a liking to fairclough...i don't care if he hasn't got a 'race head', he'd be the first rider i buy a beer and ask for an autograph and the last rider i'll forget with time
  • 2 0
 I love Brendan, I am just answering boulder174 as to why he would send a monster hit in practice like he did.. I saw a video of him sending a S-works Enduro over like a 50 foot gap and I was sold on the kid.. he kills, I would love to meet him some day.. I am just saying that he will be a huge force on the WC circut once he matures as a racer a bit..

Edit.. Cross reference why I love Brendan

Brendan sending a 50 footer on a Carbon Enduro
  • 1 0
 he was just testing his line at race pace in qualifying.. your not gona go in blind on your race run, this is what a race head should be, go flat out as fast as you can taking what you thinks the fastest line, not taking a slower line cos the fast ones too hard this is the world cup boss
  • 4 0
 where's the Sik Mik pictures?
  • 1 0
 Awesome for Mick qualifying first! Shows he's been training hard in the off-season especially with how much pedaling is involved with this course.
  • 1 0
 Looks awesome, stoked the season is kicking off! Looking forward to seeing the results. My bet is on Minaar to be a factor in the final round.
  • 3 0
 Come on peaty win another worlds for your fellow yorkshire fans Smile
  • 2 0
 yeah go big or go home!! but that sucks Fairclough
  • 2 0
 Will fairclough be racing After his fall?
  • 2 2
 he didn't quilify, so no.
  • 1 0
 He still could, the top 20 are protected.
  • 1 0
 Actually he did. He has protected rider status. Top 20 get through regardless of their results in the quali round. Now is he hurt and will he race... We'll have to wait until Sunday to find out.
  • 1 1
 so brendog hucked this? www.pinkbike.com/photo/6478558 rock on top right?
or the massive rock roll off thing? www.pinkbike.com/photo/6478555 ?
  • 1 0
 I'm guessing the second picture the roll off. As it does look sort of huckable, and if as it says in the article he blew off and rag dolled the rock garden, it makes sense. Absolute beast if he did do it! Another man on the hunt! Hope he's not to badly damaged, but if his knee is done in that's his season over in the first qualifier.
  • 1 0
 That looks beast, I bet he was after some sneaky time to make up for the pedal section. go big or go home !
  • 1 0
 It was the big rock in the background of the second pic. The one with the wooden ramp down it. It was qualifying so there were points to be won, maybe that's why he was pushing it. His leg was splinted on site, and he was evacked in an ambulance, sitting in the front seat. Maybe they were just being causious, but it looked like he would not be getting back on a bike this weekend.
  • 2 0
 Does anyone know where the full qualifying results are???
  • 2 0
 front page of Vital MTB
  • 2 0
 Yeahhh nice to see CG back on top again........such a legend!!!!
  • 2 1
 Gracia's wearing "O" branded knee pads - are they Oakley?
  • 3 0
 O'Neil mx brand.
  • 2 1
 Correcting the-dan-jones
It's not exactly O'Neill as this would be the surf brand. The kneepads are O'Neal (MX /Mtb)!
  • 1 0
 wild guess, but they're probably his signature o'neal pads...
  • 1 0
 Can't wait to watch the action!
  • 1 1
 Its hardly worth going big if you end up not being able to race when it counts.
  • 2 0
 well thats just a gamble that you have to take with DH racing. if it paid off he could have shaved 1 or 2 seconds off.
  • 2 0
 fuck yea sickmick
  • 1 0
 Awesome Smile
  • 1 0
 stoked for cg!
  • 1 0
 brendog's going big Smile





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