Behind the Scenes with Gstaad-Scott Racing

Jul 3, 2015 at 12:35
by Lee Trumpore  
It's not as easy as just grabbing your bike and heading up the hill at a World Cup. Brendan Fairclough and Neko Mullaly have a huge team behind them that makes their daily routine all the more easy and it's this structure that makes it so valuable being on a factory team. How does that day look though? Below we have a small insight in to that process.

Good morning Lenzerheide
  Good morning Lenzerheide.

Breakfast and lunch are a team affair with everyone taking a break to eat together family style.
  Breakfast and lunch are a team affair, with everyone taking a break to eat together family style.

30 minutes before practice Neko warms up and stretches. Even though he only plans to take two 3-minute runs his preparation takes nearly an hour.
  30 minutes before practice Neko warms up and stretches. Even though he only plans to take two 3-minute runs, his preparation takes nearly an hour.

Blue Steel
  Blue Steel.

Brendan has taken a bit of a beating this weekend having a masseuse on hand makes all the difference.
  Brendan has taken a bit of a beating this weekend; having a masseuse on hand makes all the difference.

A first run crash has left Brendan with left thumb to match the right one he broke a few years ago.
  A first run crash has left Brendan with left thumb to match the right one he broke a few years ago.

Plenty of staff are available to tend to all the riders needs but some things they still prefer to do themselves.
  Plenty of staff are available to tend to all the riders' needs, but some things they still prefer to do themselves.

Stars bars and Oskar Blues Beer
  Stars, bars, and Oskar Blues Beer.

At this level no detail is left unaccounted for.
  At this level no detail is left unaccounted for.

The wrenching never stops
  The wrenching never stops.

Brand new super sticky tires after one 3-minute run down the Lenzerheide track.
  Brand new, super sticky tires, after one 3-minute run down the Lenzerheide track.

With all the hustle and bustle of a World Cup it s a treat to just sit in the pits and watch the fans walk buy.
  With all the hustle and bustle of a World Cup it's a treat to just sit in the pits and watch the fans walk by.

2 runs in morning practice a light massage and Neko is ready to attack qualifying.
  Two runs in morning practice, a light massage, and Neko is ready to attack qualifying.

With so much attention paid to the bikes it s easy to forget how much of a beating the riders bodies take.
  With so much attention paid to the bikes, it's easy to forget how much punishment the riders' bodies take.

Checking and double checking pressures and just to be safe Neko s start time written on his mechanic s hand.
  Checking and double checking pressures, and just to be safe Neko's start time is written on his mechanic's hand.

A rider s relationship with their mechanic is
  A rider's relationship with their mechanic crucial at the top end of the sport.

It s the little things that add up to making a factory bike truly individual.
  It's the little things that add up to making a factory bike truly individual.

Logan Mulally tends to last minute details while Neko grabs a pre-quail nap.
  Logan Mulally tends to last minute details while Neko grabs a pre-quali nap.

Logan kindly washed off a dusty camera and Neko s bike at the same time.
  Logan also kindly washed off a dusty camera and Neko's bike at the same time.

Pensive about today s events Brendan and Neko take a moment to themselves.
  Pensive about today's events, Brendan and Neko take a moment to themselves.

Brotherly love
  Brotherly love.

Scott Gstaad
  Time to head up to for qualifying and a rapid gondola ride to the startgate.

Track analysis never stops
  Track analysis never stops.

The farther riders get from the pits the more it becomes an individual task at hand. Having a teammate helps.
  The farther riders get from the pits, the more it becomes an individual task at hand. Having a teammate helps.

The company you keep and the sharp end of World Cup racing talent.
  The company you keep and the sharp end of World Cup racing talent.

With an entire team behind them once the clock starts it s down to a singular battle between the rider and the race track.
  With an entire team behind them, once the clock starts it's down to a singular battle between the rider and the race track. Neko drops in to his qualifying run.

Brendog s qualifying run started of with blistering speed through the upper corners. Things got a bit pear shaped further down as he run his bell in the rock garden.
  Brendog's qualifying run started of with blistering speed through the upper corners. Things got a bit pear shaped further down as he rang his bell in the rock garden.

Classic Brendan style. Heels down leaned to the max eyes looking through the exit.
  Classic Brendan style. Heels down, leaned to the max, eyes looking through the exit.

Neko greased this corner without incident in practice but hit the deck hard here in his qualifier.
  Neko greased this corner without incident in practice, but hit the deck hard here in his qualifier. Completely shredding a knee pad and with dust all over his bike, it's amazing he was only 10 seconds back from Loic's time.

All the best preparation can only account for so many variables. A crash in qualifying knocked Neko back to 58th 10.48 seconds back.
  All the best preparation can only account for so many variables. A crash in qualifying knocked Neko back to 58th, 10.48 seconds back.

Best of luck to Brendan and Neko tomorrow - stay tuned to Pinkbike's Instagram for their individual updates.
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30 Comments

  • + 61
 Awesome article! Really like the insight. One more reason I'm slow, no team backing me, especially no masseuse Smile
  • + 68
 Doesn't really help, my other half is a qualified masseuse. Stops the back hurting, but then my head hurts from all the complaining she does about having to do it.
  • + 10
 Hahaha that seriously made me laugh out loud thinking of how my girlfriend gets when I hurt my self
  • + 2
 Don't hurt yourself... It's notnworth it...
  • + 6
 Haha my girl is a massage therapist/kinesiology major but I pretty much have to beg to get a massage. hahaha
  • + 2
 Wicked read, I could feel the nerves of racing while reading that!
  • + 23
 "At this level no detail is left unaccounted for"

Do your helmet up Brendan!
  • + 17
 Blue Steel is not performed to the left.
  • + 13
 "I'm not an ambi-turner!"
  • + 5
 Just RELAX
  • + 13
 brendog is going to win!!
  • + 1
 It doesn't matter if he wins or loses, because I'll still watch him shred. Today I had a choice between buying a Specialized Hotrock or a Scott Voltage Jr, and I bought the Scott for my niece. Nothing against Specialized, I own two right now, but that Voltage Jr looked badass and my niece loves it.
  • + 11
 That new carbon rear end on the Gambler is radtastic.
  • + 1
 Looks even crazier with the Float; I'm so used to seeing Gamblers with coil shocks.
  • + 5
 Weird how different the 2 racers jerseys are; isn't that pretty much the reason for Santa Cruz Syndicate losing trade team status?

Hope Brendan recovers well enough to race - probably my favourite rider to watch!
  • + 7
 Great coverage
  • + 2
 IS HE RACING OR NOT SCOTT?????????????????????? everywhere says no but then they say it was just his helmet was unstrapped
  • + 2
 I'm not 100% sure but think he will be racing as he is a protected rider.
  • + 3
 That Dales Pale Ale Helmet is so awesome!!!
  • + 3
 Scott gamblers linkage system looks so messy.
  • + 2
 yet no more complicated than any other 4-bar linkage out there
  • + 1
 Less complicated since it's effectively a single pivot. But I think @gogrande was probably referring to that ugly looking linkage they use to modify the leverage rate.
  • + 2
 really enjoyed this article.....
  • - 1
 Dont know if this bike is bad pr if the riders are drinking to much beer but I am really disapointed with this Scott team. No good results at all!!! Thats a shame cause I like Brendon and Neko riding style
  • + 2
 The glamourous life of a downhiller!
  • + 2
 5 stars on the Gstaad Scott tent .. while some on a camping van .. life !
  • + 0
 The caption could read "Super sticky Schwalbe Magic Mary after one test ride in a parking lot" and the tires would look like that.
  • + 3
 I guess you didn't fill in this poll, as I am sure you should be using Trailstar & not Vertstar compound then?

What tire compound do you run?

223
Hard rubber for me, I want my tires to last

272
I choose different tread hardnesses for different conditions.

461
I prefer a medium durometer tread

355
I prefer softer durometer tread

78
No

347
Not sure
  • + 1
 BRENDAN YOU ARE MY FAVOURITE THERE I SAID IT.
  • + 1
 NEKO!

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