Qualifying Results: Vallnord World Cup 2013

Jul 25, 2013 at 5:23
by Karl Burkat  

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  • + 220
 Shit yeah Sam!
  • + 43
 I'd love to see Sam get a win here! Gwin looks to be having a hard time on Sam's old Demo Late.
  • + 48
 FINALLY, THE COMEBACK OF SAM HILL! Cannot wait for race runs!
  • + 21
 where is macdonald?!
  • + 16
 Good to see Sam on top see if he can keep it up for finals. What happened to Stevie Smith?
  • + 2
 Brook MacDonald DNF.
  • + 8
 Looking at the pictures of the track I was thinking that if there was any track where Sam could comeback and win, it would be this one. Now looking at qualifying results i'm like WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ALL HAIL THE KING OFF THE HILL!!!
  • - 6
flag Marx21 (Jul 26, 2013 at 9:29) (Below Threshold)
 No pun intended...












Or was it?
  • - 8
flag VPPFREEDOM (Jul 26, 2013 at 10:24) (Below Threshold)
 GWIN just lighting the world on fire! maybe he should fake his age next year cuz he might stand a better chance racing the juniors next year...
  • - 3
 ^^yeah almost. 53rd?? wtf Gwin? he must have bailed. anybody know where the video is? maybe vital? (please say he bailed, i just dont wanna believe he's that slow)
  • - 1
 It's only qualifying.. most riders aren't gonna go flat out and risk missing actual race day just to qualify well.
  • + 6
 Gwin had a mechanical
  • + 2
 @kind0fimportant: thanks for the info, that makes me breath a little easier, because it seems as though he's been racing this season as if he were gelded.
and @AdamChed: i disagree. qualification position is valuable points that most riders want/need, not to mention the advantage of knowing what time you have to beat.
  • + 3
 Gwin took a spill, per his twitter. Gooooo HILL!!
  • + 1
 Alright somebody better tell us what happened to Stevie and Bulldog.
  • - 3
 Gwin should have made his bike 40mm shorter not longer
  • + 5
 I wish Gwin the best of luck but now that he's not dominating any more it sure makes every race anybody's race! Go Fairclough!!
  • + 1
 Does anyone know if Atkinson is racing this round?
  • + 1
 Yup! He's back on the horse. Qualified 106th I think?
  • + 7
 Brendog, 9th with a flat.... pinned.
  • + 4
 Thats what Im sayin, Go Brendog. Hope to see him on the podium.
  • + 1
 PINKBIKE Where are all the photos ? you guys are usually so good at putting up
  • + 1
 My mate tomato with the top comment, glad you ripened well!
  • + 64
 Sam Hill is back!
  • + 2
 As excited as I was to see him on the top of this list it wasn't much of a surprise.
^ Hope it's true. This track suits him, he's put in the work time to cash in!
  • + 11
 Sam Hill once called me a homo
  • + 5
 Gwin, is that you? Probably well deserved. Though he should of chosed other word when expressing his feelings about you.
  • + 2
 @kleinblake and @MendelMu thanks for the laugh while I'm eating breakfast Smile Stoked to see Hill fastest in qualifying.
  • + 56
 Really hope that Manon can win this time round. Especially after Rachel's tweet a couple of races ago along the lines of "there's no competition anymore"
  • + 13
 Link to tweet please
  • + 13
 Then Rachel should race Enduro or join the Men's division as a guy. Wink
  • + 14
 link to tweet ? or else it didn't happen...
  • + 9
 There was a 2nd part that she deleted shortly after it was posted -- I think she was just high on her win and wrote whatever came to mind, I don't think she meant to be a poor sportswoman. I don't know how to directly link a tweet but you can scroll down on her account to June 10 (or copy/paste the link to the screen cap below). As much as I love to hate Rachel -- she's dominating and totally untouchable right now. On that note -- GO MANON & RAGOT!
i2.photobucket.com/albums/y41/bechu18/rachtweet_zps779bb86a.jpg
  • + 0
 @Matt76...maybe you miss read it cause Rachel's twitter is super positive and pro-chicks racing (she even tweeted on Jul 1st how awesome Manon was riding and pushing her to stay on top!). The only tweet I can think that you may be referring too is this one instagram.com/p/cGfULugvaB and I don't think she was putting down female riders, just super stoked to be competitive with the mens times. Go Rach! Go Manon! Heal up quick Tracey!
  • + 3
 @rbka - thanks for the link and the info. She better not get too complacent...Manon's obviously liking this track, and will b interesting to see what Holly Feniak can bring when she's recovered and back on the circuit!
  • + 1
 Yup, from the edits I've seen of Feniak and Casey Brown there's a new school of female riders coming up with incredible style on the bike. Would love to have seen what they can do on a track like this.
  • + 2
 No mate it wasn't that one its the one someone else has just put a link to above but some of it was deleted.
  • + 44
 Go Sam Nuke em
  • + 40
 Sam is obviously getting along well with Team CRC. A happy racer is a fast racer.
  • + 7
 Yes, he looks like he's having fun in their latest video www.pinkbike.com/news/Chain-Reaction-Cycles-Nukeproof-OnTheHunt-2013-Episode-2.html and he could probably have been on the podium without the bad luck in the two first rounds...
  • + 3
 He has also had some continuity in his riding for 2 years without injury. He was getting close last year and seems to be getting closer this year again.
  • + 37
 So the guy who was fastest in the word on a Session is winning nothing on a Demo?

How's the guy who used to ride a Demo getting along?
  • + 6
 seems to be doing ok doesn't he ;-)

Sam FTW
  • + 6
 It could be the team not the bike?
  • + 8
 both are bad for publicity still
  • + 8
 so i love gwinning and all and he is american so i guess i have to cheer for him. but after he said he was the best and the turn out he was the best choke artist this season, im finding it hard to cheer for him
  • + 6
 I agree, but everyone is blaming the bike. I can't see an top athlete like Gwin going from unstoppable to non existent soley because of the fame. The top 20 riders didn't all simultaneously up their game from last season. The team and how focused you are have as much to play in the results you get as the bike.
  • + 2
 i dunno i feel like gee did. and gwinn may have lost a ton of spaced but really averages only a few seconds of the pace. so it really could be the bike. if you arent comfortable with the bike you sure as hell wont go wc fast
  • - 15
flag lalodh (Jul 26, 2013 at 8:20) (Below Threshold)
 Ha ha, where is MERICA now?
  • + 2
 21 seconds?
  • + 13
 We're on a break right now. Still trying to sort out our rear end! We'll get back to you on Sunday.
  • + 6
 It's not all about the bike - but after four races, Gwin's on his third bike (medium, large, back to medium with long stays). I think it's fair to say he's not quite comfortable on it yet.

That said, he's just been on Twitter to say he had a crash - if he's only twenty seconds off the pace having had a crash, then he could be right up there.for the race.
  • + 2
 must have been a big crash to lose that much time........
  • + 12
 Can't wait Troy to ride an other bike...
  • + 0
 Maybe it is the bike? Look at Gee all last year on the old Fury. He had a couple chance to make the top spot, but it wasn't enough to top Gwin on his Session. Flip it a year, Gwin is on a new bike and so is Gee. Guess who went one step forward and who went thee steps back? I feel for Gwin, but until he makes a top 3....He isn't going to prove his critics otherwise.
  • + 2
 LOL... Gwin had a crash. He had some mistakes in his race run at VDS, but his qualie time was right up there. Should we blame Trek, Giant, and NukeProof because their riders all crashed then? Gee is clearly on the gas and getting some well deserved wins again, but c'mon people... it takes huge risks to win these days.
  • + 4
 Looking for Neko to step it up. Really like to see him finish top 5 in a race this year.
  • + 8
 I love the idea that Gwin did well at vds apart from..... and today apart from....

Sam would have won fort bill if his gears did not fail
Sam would have won vds if he did not crash going so much faster than everyone else through a section.
So Gee got away with it
Did Steve not crash when well up at champs last weekend?
So Gee got away with it

Wait.... is the race not from the start to the finish rather than just part of the track?
  • + 2
 shhh, people forget it's a point to point event
  • + 3
 and IF my aunt had a package she's be my uncle
  • + 2
 Just to be fair, I don't see any Sessions killing Gwin in qualifying...not to mention he had a mechanical. Whoever judged a riders time when he had a flat/mechanical? You guys need to calm down. Is his season going poorly and under expectations, sure.
  • + 2
 ..... Brook is injured!
  • + 4
 I am amazed at all this bike comparrison rubbish. I mean, I understand people love to debate it on the internet, blah blah. My take is that Gwin's results are as a result of his change of program/team, not the bike. He is using the bike as an excuse rather than accepting that the blame should be on himself. He became complacent and now that he isn't getting the results, he is desperate and making rash descisions and racing tight. A wise mate of mine had this to say "from what he (Gwin) said after his first round capitulation, he didn't wan't to be too far from home during the off season, so he didn't travel to Europe for testing, or barely out of SoCal for that matter. He said it was hard to gauge how the bike and setup would feel at Fort William as he'd only tested it on his local trails... So I think the changes he wanted in his program were to do less training and have it all revolving around his external interests more, something Trek probably understood the ramifications of better than Spesh"...
  • + 3
 a valid argument ^
  • + 3
 if ithat is true and in fact he had only ridden in so-cal then he is a freakin egotistical moron plain n simple sorry to say. How could a team allow that sort of behaviour with their number 1 investment, i bet Troy was pissing himself laughing.

Exactly what sort of conditions and terrain is the wc on? rough, gnarly, steep, loose, holey, rooty, rocky, -muddy and generally unforgiving terrain - - so cal is one pretty mean and cool place but host to a wc it is not......i remember when he did that vid, fastest man on the planet rara rarar, yes mate across trail centre bmx turf - oops major clusterf*ck or what?

this may be a blip and we all expect him to get hold of it (including myself to a degree) but if the blip goes on to the end of the season someone is going to be asking questions.

fail to prepare - prepare to fail.
  • + 2
 You do not go from being fast to where he is now overnight.
Something major changed.... mmmmm let me think.
When he was at his best he was on:
Funn bars, maxxis tyres, trek session, air 40 ahead of everyone else.
He has changed bars, tyres and frame in the last couple of years.
The bars and tyres brought the rest closer, closer than the ownership that was the previous season.
Then others changed frames, were not injured, did not crash, changed to tyres that did no puncture all the time, changed fork etc.
And the gap was closed, then Gwin changed a fundamental without enough testing, for the money, for making tld make oversized clothing for him, for the worse it would appear.
Gwin had a winning formula, why change, just because Sam went to CRC and Spec panicked p, opened the cheque book and signed what they thought was the man..... but the man was a recipe, not 1 ingredient.

We have seen the same thing in golf this year, world no.1 with ease to not making the cut by just changing clubs.

Sport is about fine lines and balance, move to far in 1 direction and you might fall.
  • + 5
 Imagine that golfer not only changed his clubs, but practiced for the majors at the local pitch and put....
  • + 39
 Peaty 14th ! Nice!
  • + 9
 Really pulling for Peaty on to put together a clean run Sunday.
  • + 34
 I know its only qualies but really surprised at carpenter being up by almost four secs.
  • + 2
 Yeah I think part of it is that Manon was already familiar with the track from the Catalan cup... Athertons just arrived and had like one day to practice a rather high-precision track. I've got Manon on my fantasy team though, so hopefully she can stay on top!
  • + 29
 For the love of God - Sam - Please don't crash out on the main, because Minnaar and Gee are right on your unclipped heels!
  • + 24
 Would be stoked for Sam to take the win here on Sunday!
  • + 25
 Let's goooo sammmmmmm!!!
  • + 22
 and Portugal for the first time on top 15th \m/ im so proud Smile
  • + 6
 Yeahh Pardal
  • + 4
 Carrega !!!!!
  • + 2
 Brutal tup
  • + 1
 Lindooooo!...so faltou o Pombo!
  • + 1
 YEAHHHHHH PARDAL ON TOP 15!!!
  • + 22
 Sam Fuckin Hill on Flat Fuckin Pedals!!!!
  • + 21
 nah guys Sam Hills days are over remember...

(sarcasm)
  • + 12
 SAM FOREVER !
  • + 19
 Brendog in 9th place! and want him on the podium this weekend!
  • + 0
 We all know he probably won't brake in to the top ten. He's a awesome rider and all, just not that fast.
  • + 4
 i dont know if the top 10'ers touch their brakes mate...
  • + 6
 how can you say a proffesional world cup dh racer is not that fast you confused human being
  • + 2
 Breaking the top 10, he is super fast but there are so Many other good guys gunning for that spot.
  • + 2
 he also managed 9th with a flat, id expect him to improve on his time
  • + 1
 would be stoked to see brendog on the podium, idk if I'd call him a racer, he's more just an awesome guy and a good rider like ian morrison and cedric gracia
  • + 1
 The riders you compared brendawg to are really spot on man!
  • + 2
 if that's sarcasm then I guess you do have a point, Brendawg has a chance of winning a world cup, the others don't whatsoever...
  • - 1
 I think My comment set of a small shit storm. Brendog been struggling there last few seasons and a Of is don't think of him as racers racer, while that might be wrong, people been upping Their game in these last couple of seasons too. It doesnt take anything a way from Brendog, if he is doing Good it just makes him even more rad. Enjoyeble rider to watch for sure and he makes the wc a bit more fun to watch.
  • + 12
 Gonna be patriotic and state that theres 11 Brits in the top 30 Smile Hope Hill takes the win tomorrow though, he looks way better on the Nukeproof than he was on the Spesh
  • - 1
 what does that advert say for the phones? the future is bright, the future is Orange...

no my mate you got it wrong, the future is British get used to it lol
  • - 3
 I don't think that's quite fair. The Spesh looks better than the Nuke, it just goes slower. Much slower. heh. Smile
  • + 2
 Im gonna be even more patriotic and say i hope Gee takes the win. Big Sam fan though Smile
  • + 13
 brendog ninth!!! hope he gets up the places come race day!!
  • + 12
 Aaron Gwin???? Got a longer chain stay and totally disappeared?
  • + 116
 I think they're still waiting for his longer chainstay to cross the finish line.
  • + 1
 Then it appears he that he needs a shorter chain stay. Smile
  • + 4
 everyone's a critic
  • + 27
 Specialized is where DH racers go to die.
  • + 13
 So Aaron, what happened? -" Yeah, so i was cruising along, just having fun, thinking about Cali summer, wondering how cool my new bike looks with that new Chainstays on, you know... "
  • + 9
 @thepwnstar - gold mate, pure gold hahahaaa
  • + 1
 This is a disaster Gwin. Step it the f up.
  • + 0
 He just wants to make sure that on Sunday, he's sitting in the hot seat as long as possible, watching every other rider cross the line in the red with a big smile on his face.
  • + 18
 until the top ten come along and smoke him...
  • + 3
 @thepwnstar39 LMAO. and i'm a spesh fan Big Grin
  • + 6
 The Reply of the Year is awarded to ------(drum roll)---- @thepwnstar39 !!!
  • + 2
 @donch15 - you might just have a point there.
  • - 4
flag Chaindriven (Jul 26, 2013 at 8:10) (Below Threshold)
 Never buying a demo. EVER
  • + 6
 2 days to find out donch15.....

i expect he will be up there somewhere - if he isn't will you get off his male area?
  • + 7
 Don't judge to quick....Gwinner had a crash. lol
  • + 4
 Because his bike feels like a darn Rodeo bull
  • + 1
 Gwinner had a crash....did his bike cross the line before him?
  • + 11
 Way to go Manon, puttng 3.6 seconds into Rach. Keep it up for the top step
  • + 10
 well but the big notice is the back of Sam Hill, im so happy see this guy back to the top Smile
  • + 11
 God damn, it's good to see Hill's name on top again!
  • + 11
 Well done Manon Carpenter top by 4 seconds on such a gnar track!
  • + 10
 sam hill is about to make the welders in the nuke proof factory some over time
  • + 10
 Where's Stevie?
  • + 2
 yea where is stevie
  • + 2
 steve smith 21st
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 Crash or mechanical?
  • + 5
 He's 21st
  • + 3
 dunno why i'm getting negative props, just want to know what happened with the rider I root for
  • + 4
 @piks , cuz there are some weirdo's out there man, dont sweat it....
  • + 1
 Piks, it could be neither, maybe other people were just faster than him
  • + 1
 you still think so? he's consistently been on the podium since his win last year
  • + 5
 Hate hearing about gwin the dude isn't cuttin it he said I'm the fastest man in the world. Pssssss only people with huge egos claim that shit Specialized put way to much money into loosing. Glad I got rid of my demos !!!! On to exciting stuff go Sam your the man legend. Hope u take this win and shut up all the haters !!! Goo hill !!!
  • + 7
 And what Gwin said on Twitter - Well qualy run started out awesome and ended not so awesome. Dumb little crash and some problems but stoked for Sunday, gonna be a good one!
  • + 5
 He can totally take the win, he is a hell of a rider and had a lot of time to work with his new bike. A lot of people is acting like he is dead, but he is definitely not.
  • + 1
 Nah man, he's not winning anything, forget that.
  • + 7
 What happen to the Gwinner???
  • + 5
 He and his bike didn't go so well? yet again.
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 Aaron Gwin: 53rd. 4:41.579
  • + 2
 A crash perhaps?
  • + 4
 Naaah , he s just running a SiGNATURE frame now !
  • + 9
 Aaron just tell specialized to buy you a damn sessh back !
  • + 42
 Gwin had a mechanical, specifically he had a FSR.
  • + 12
 @barbarosza i can totally picture gwinn rolling out on session with ducktape over the logos and specialized sharpied on
  • + 6
 oh man that FSR comment just had me in stitches. gold. c'mon sam!!!!!
  • + 1
 On twitter he said he crashed.
  • + 2
 @Wilkey - true - like the companies did with Intense back in the day.
  • + 0
 excuses, excuses everywhere.. stop calling him a gwinner ffs.
  • + 1
 @wilkey , yes man thats what I said too !
  • + 1
 sroemmich (4 hours ago) - "On twitter he said he crashed." Jay-Z - "We don't believe you, you need more people"
  • + 1
 Gwinn is still listening to WU-Tang..."cash moves everything around me, get the money, dolla dolla bill yo!!!"
  • + 1
 hahahhahahahhahahahahah Smile )))))) Honestly Id be happy for him to get a podium as well ! No matter how much I only love Hill
  • + 2
 This will be the best race, I have no douibts - and surprises will abound! Minnaar and Gee are always even money, but it just takes one little mistake... and this may well be a course loaded for little mistakes under the gun.
  • + 2
 Gwin needs to get back on Treks doping program. Maybe the length of his chainstays are proportional to how far off the pace he is. Brilliant to see Sam take the win in qualis. should be a cracker race and I am sure Gwin will be up there come race day though does seem like the pressure is getting to him.
  • + 6
 GO ON HARRY HEATH !!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Hope he does alright got him on my fantasy team.
  • + 1
 nice. was racing with him this weekend in uk champs - kid is so damn quick.
  • + 6
 Weekends full of wc dh and F1! Thank you
  • + 7
 Atta boy Sangers!
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 fairclough is doing good
  • + 1
 Is that good? Looser mentality.
  • + 4
 fairclough is looser than most of us and yes will have a looser mentality to go with it.......
  • + 1
 Ok it's super Good, But at this point I was hoping he would be à sure top 10, if not top 5.
  • + 2
 He's def. Not à looser. Rad style of riding, super fast and all.
  • + 1
 if you actually think about, it brendan is really fast! He got 9th in pro qualifying
  • + 1
 9th... with a flat. That's pinned.
  • + 1
 he had a flat!?!
  • + 1
 Oh damn. He got it late or did he do the last jumpy With à flat? Wtf. I hope i get proven wrong about My earlar statments even though it's not his efforts on the wc that makes me à fan of him.
  • + 1
 Watch the video, he hucks the last stepdown with a flat and what looks like hardly any speed. He's a champ.
  • + 5
 Calm down guys, bruni take 4 with a crash.
  • + 1
 he s franch man ! Sam COULD DO it !
  • + 2
 Yeah Loic! ..he's on my fantasy team .. get a podium young Nico!
  • + 5
 finally!! Sam and Manon!!
  • + 2
 Awesome quali today for 21st!! Naaaaat haha made a couple mistakes that led to frustration granny speed. Stoked to crack it on Sunday! This is what Steve Smith said on Twitter...
  • + 2
 Love seeing Loic Bruni up there in the top 5. Three spots usually are clinched by Gee, Greg, and Steve Smith, leaving only a couple spots for others. Wait, Steve qualified 21st?
  • + 1
 That is one sick kid!
  • + 5
 Hell yeah Neko! Best quali result so far if I'm not mistaken?
  • + 6
 Go Pardal!!!
  • + 4
 Sam is back and its a truth !
  • + 2
 Skimmed through the comments on Vital and some dude suggested Gwin switch to the Status! I laughed for five minuets straight.
  • + 3
 its just qualifying people.. "practice, we are talking about practice?" Allen Iverson
  • + 3
 Yesss Sam!! I hope he will do it in the finals again! Minnaar is a beast too.
  • + 2
 Brendog is back! 9th is a good time for quali.
Bryceland is up there too. 8th and beating his veteran team mate.
Love it! Can't wait for race day Big Grin
  • + 2
 Brendog qualified 9th with a rear flat !!!! pinned.
  • + 3
 Rach saving herself for the main event, it's not good to show them your true colours (colors).
  • + 1
 yeah you better spell it american
  • + 5
 So you know what I mean?

She's British, they are her colours to fly. Doubt she'll forget the u, I just put the translation in to help Wink
  • - 1
 ah no worries! i lived in aus for a while i learned your crazy over use of the letter u. or maybe that was just them that use it in every other word?
  • + 2
 You never know, Manon and Morgan have been getting stronger and stronger. Even if it's not this weekend sooner or later one of them is going to get a World Cup, then it's on. As a side note I hope Madison are paying Manon properly, there must be some mighty big names waiting in the wings if they're not.
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flag wilkey (Jul 26, 2013 at 8:37) (Below Threshold)
 i dont think so. they lack the penis that racheal has
  • + 4
 nah, we love it too! We have laboured long to honour the flavour and colour of the neighbour's rumour, but don't forget the centre is a metre from the theatre and we don't realise that z is awesome. Rachel's biggest danger is herself at the moment. She's learning to hold back a bit at least. It would be good if she had some proper competition from Manon to keep things interesting and push her further.
  • + 1
 Would love to see Manon win it, but I think she had a bit of an advantage in qualies having already raced this track. We'll see come Sunday!
  • + 2
 Ratchets winning streak is over.
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 Rachels*
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 Touché, lol Smile
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 List your ideal top 3 Mine would be 1. Sam 2. Gee 3. Josh B Sam just because, gee to keep the WC on track and josh because I would love to here him speaking about getting a podium!!
  • + 2
 That's funny. Mine would be 1. Gee 2. Sam 3. Josh B. I would like to see ratboy take it to the next level.
  • + 1
 sam gee steve ! never happening like but that would be cool
  • + 4
 Yeah Neko! Great qualifying run. Keep it up buddy!
  • + 2
 Mike jones in the juniors is the one to watch... Future British star in the making, better than Vernon in my opinion. Come on mike lad!
  • + 3
 Josh in 7th - not too shabby. The Syndicate can surely roll.
  • + 2
 Minnar-2nd
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 .04 seconds back is hardly second too. The Man is so damn fast and consistent.
  • + 2
 .04 is half a pedal stroke for Greg. Sunday is gonna be crazy!
  • + 2
 GO SAM!! the word for Sunday... "Sam Hill nuke the hill!!!!" or "Sam Hill nuke em all"
  • + 2
 Halfway through the season and the top US rider is 18th (Gwin). Stoked to see Sam Hill crushing it.
  • + 3
 kmon manon you can do it.
  • + 4
 SAM FOREVER !
  • + 4
 let's Go SAM!!!
  • + 3
 Where are the Canadian girls?
  • + 51
 Canada?
  • + 2
 At the my beach thongs out
  • + 1
 hahaaaaa. good 1...prepare to duck
  • + 1
 Casey Brown is injured – broke her collar bone at the Canadian Nationals a few weeks ago.
  • + 1
 that girl is sick with syle...
  • + 2
 My first thoughts when Manon and Sam take top place in qualifiers: Huh, I guess Gee and Rachael aren't racing today...
  • + 1
 hehehe , you might as well be just right ! But STiLL , HiLL was CROWNED by PalmeR !
  • + 1
 Great foe Sam!! but suding has had a stormer to 6th as well great job by him. Mans track this by the sounds of a lot of the comments as well!
  • + 3
 Brook DNF? Is he protected?
  • + 3
 Don't know - yes he's well protected. And where is Stevie Smith????? Hart?
  • + 1
 I believe he has a shoulder injury.
  • + 2
 Yep he's protected. He just rolled out from start so he could run on Sunday.
  • + 1
 Cool, hope the shoulder's strong for Sunday. He is a wildman!
  • + 1
 Brook is an animal. Hope he's not held back on Sunday.
  • + 3
 good result for brayton after missing the first two rounds, top 30
  • + 3
 Wow! Mannon smashed 'em!
  • + 1
 Neko Mullaly Top 10 qualifier! Awesome kid, represent NoVA, the Shed, and PA!
  • + 1
 Bruni!!! And to think that he's only 19 and up there with all the stars.

New fave Big Grin
  • + 3
 Where the hell is Aaron
  • + 3
 +20.919
  • + 12
 He stopped to switch frames
  • + 3
 Gwin's 53rd
  • + 17
 We can read.
  • + 1
 Shaping up to be a great race. Pretty tight at the top considering its such a long track.
  • + 2
 The force is strong with u sam
  • + 0
 Gwin what a shame...... Get beaten by 2 ex Specialized guy.......big up to Sam and Brendog and can kona get a rider that do some results? (no disrespect to Connor)
  • + 1
 @daddybear.....shame on you coz u dont know the facts. shut up!!!
  • + 1
 You do know it's only quali's right?
  • - 1
 Facts:
Gwin got beat by Sam and Fairclough (and a bunch of other people including lots of privateers)
Connor is 63rd
and @ jokjok12 don't take it personaly if the first american is 10 (and it s not captain merica)
It's only quali's but comin from 53rd it's gonna be tough...
  • + 5
 You do know that Gwinn crashed right? The track will be in better condition for the earlier riders. Good to see Brendawg and SH up there but as usual, the PB idiots love to hate. Sunday will tell the whole story.
  • - 2
 I don't know about you guys but if Gwin gets on board that carbon Kona, I think magical things are gonna happen...but nevertheless he will get nuked in this world cup round!!
  • + 1
 Gwin on a kona next year...jk. But seriously, fearon was looking fast early, what's up lately, did that face injury psych him out
  • + 0
 Connor was looking way better before the wc season at all the Ausi/Kiwi Champ....Hope the best for him but i just don't understand why Kona don't invest some money on a top10 or 20 rider?...They win some races back in the days
@gaydawg69 see you on sunday
  • + 1
 Imagine the whinging Gwin would do if he was on Kona. They have shorter chainstays than the Demo. Protour would never shutup about it either. As for Connor, I think he said something about an arm injury on his Facebook.
  • + 0
 @Daddybear. Still u keep on commenting u don't know what happened? Do u expect him to be on top if he had a crashed? So shame on u!!! Maybe u can do it bro.....even You had a crashed still u can beat Sam Hill?
  • + 0
 @jokjok12 shhut the f**k up with you're crash !!! Loic bruni got a crash and he is 4 th....!!!!!!!! so shut up and go back to your room for licking your Gwin poster and pray for a win.....
Get used to it : in 2013 Gwin can get beat by privateers
  • + 1
 Now I know why some parents eat their young. Daddybear is an idiot.
  • + 1
 @gaydawg69 you be riding plastik pedals and you talk ishes?!....
  • + 2
 gwinn has lost to privateers this year daddybear is right ! in race and quali trim
  • + 1
 @jmbrit cheers! and some argue that he got a crash but lots of pilotes got crash and they don't finish at this place....(bruni in 4th place) Gwinn time seems to be over... everyone got a chance even privateers..... much more fun
  • + 1
 @daddybear...I'm no fan of gwin...m just telling don't talk like u can beat him. Shame on u if u can't even win a race. So shut the f..k ur mouth.
  • + 1
 @okjok12 it s all right little boy Gwinny is gonna somethin again, don't cry.You can go back to the sandbox play with your gwinner
  • + 2
 "what in the Sam Hill was going on up there" Smile
  • + 2
 Greg M FTW - what a rider..
  • + 2
 Ok Sam Hill is back to kick some @ss___0^0____
  • + 2
 Didn't realise how quick the juniors are!
  • + 5
 watch nationals and regionals - juniors are always v.close to seniors/elite/whatever

freakin kids nowadays lol
  • + 2
 CG cutting it close these last couple races just squeking in.
  • + 10
 CG just back from death !!!!! even racing is legendary!
  • + 2
 Yeah Sam!! And Neko top 10, hell yeah!
  • + 2
 I believe Gwin had a problem or a fall for sure, 21 seg? If not...
  • + 4
 Or he will Try a L frame with the new chainstays for extra room
  • + 2
 ptang ina gwin....try to get some!
  • + 1
 Message to Arogwin: The greater the pride, the higher the fall
  • + 0
 Where's Gwin now? One of the classic cases of 'I told you so' LOL! Should have stayed with TWR.
  • + 1
 4:20 is the perfect time for a chronic break
  • + 1
 26rs rulles! This track with a 27.5 must sucks
  • + 2
 YYEEESSSS Sammy boy
  • + 1
 good to see minnaar and sam hill on top...
  • + 2
 :O rach ...
  • + 2
 nuke em'
  • + 1
 lets see what have they done in the past month?
  • + 2
 sam hill!!!!
  • + 2
 CG FTW ! ANDORRAAAA !!!!
  • + 1
 Daniel Algarra, 2nd junior. At least someone from the peninsula there!
  • + 1
 Come on Brendog! Representing the South!
  • + 1
 hope hill or brendog take it, deserve a win
  • + 1
 Go Sammy Go!
  • + 1
 Go Sam kick some a.... S
  • + 1
 YEAH SAM!!
  • + 1
 Hell Yeah Sam!!!
  • + 1
 wonder where is gwiny?
  • + 6
 He's probably crying, wishing he could go back to Trek!
  • + 1
 hahaaaaaa
  • + 4
 @everardo - Not really, his Spec paycheck helps wipe away his tears. Still must be frustrating having all that pressure to keep the gwins going and then coming up short.
  • + 2
 I'm sure he gets a paycheck, but there's no bonuses coming in from sponsors when he's not on podium. I like to see him win one race before the season is over.
  • + 1
 It's qualifications and really mean nothing. It's Sunday that really matters.
  • + 1
 Jaydawg69, that's a joke if you really believe qualifying results mean nothing. We,ll see what happens on Sunday. If he doesn't place in the top ten, I'm guessing there's gonna be a lot of head scratching coming everyone at specialized.
  • + 1
 Ye we all want à competitive world cup, but there is Some other Guys I rather see take à win, steve Smith, bulldog, hart and for sure Sam Hill. Putting all the hate aside, Gwin on the top, just after Sam, for the reminding races would be Nice.
  • - 1
 You also forgot to mention he beat out Arron Gwin. Lol!
  • - 3
 Everyone knows that Gwin never qualifies at the top. It's just how he does things.
  • + 27
 He should stop racing like it's qualifying then Wink
  • + 1
 Tell me moar, geeKayy, Gwin qualifed secong in Val di Sole.
  • + 5
 I wonder what the people at Trek Racing must be thinking of all this drama!
  • + 1
 probably laughing their asses off, and then realizing that if they paid gwin more or gave him what specialized gave him (or whatever happened that they'd have two incredible racers and not just one

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