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mattwragg alexcgevans's article
Oct 14, 2018 at 13:08
Oct 14, 2018
British Mountain Biker Shot Dead Near Morzine by Hunter
@rivercitycycles: For this kind of hunting they use a team of dogs to work across a mountainside and drive the quarry towards the guns at the end. So the hunters would be waiting for something to come moving fast towards them.
mattwragg alexcgevans's article
Oct 14, 2018 at 13:04
Oct 14, 2018
British Mountain Biker Shot Dead Near Morzine by Hunter
@FlavienB: Actually, I agree. The battues are a shitshow and everybody knows it. I personally would never take part in one as I think it is too dangerous. But... it's stupidity amongst consenting adults and if they want to go into the woods with guns and booze, I'm a big believer in natural selection. That's why the signage is so important - and it's one thing I have never seen them lax with, I have never found myself unexpectedly amidst a battue.
mattwragg alexcgevans's article
Oct 14, 2018 at 8:48
Oct 14, 2018
British Mountain Biker Shot Dead Near Morzine by Hunter
This particular type of hunt happens around us - they are required to clearly mark where and when they are hunting, they hang signs on the trails and you can see their cars parked with flags as you reach the trails, so you know exactly which trails they are on. Their dates and locations are also published on the local commune website. If you spend time in the mountains, it is no secret that people die in hunting accidents (I believe it's around 45 people a year in Italy), so you avoid the hunting areas. They are only allowed to hunt three days a week for a few months each year, and they have the same rights we do to be up in the mountains, so we respect that (they also got rid of the boars that were destroying our garden for us, and those boars turned out to be very tasty too). I don't know what happened here, but one man is dead and another man is in the hospital in distress. It's a tragedy. This should be a moment for sombre reflection, not to take to the nearest keyboard and blame the hunters without understanding what happened (and there isn't enough information available to understand what happened). @gcrider: That's a good link, thanks. The case they mention sounds a lot like the accident that killed NZ trail builder, Dodzy...
mattwragg pinkbikeoriginals's article
Oct 14, 2018 at 0:03
Oct 14, 2018
Video: Sam Hill vs. Remi Gauvin - Pinkbike Hot Laps
@PHeller: Having ridden some of Nino's trails around Massa Marittima and compared times, I can guarantee he would smoke 99% of PB users on enduro-style trails - what people don't realise is how big some of the XC guys in person (sure some of the road racers lack muscle, but not for modern XCO). Whereas I would be less sure about someone liek Van der Peol, he's more in the road-racer mould.
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Oct 8, 2018 at 4:13
Oct 8, 2018
mattwragg Fahhhmed's article
Sep 26, 2018 at 6:48
Sep 26, 2018
Your Essential Guide to EWS Finale Ligure 2018
Flo was my bet for third last time out. Dmitri has had an amazing season, but I don’t see him podiuming this year, hopefully next year with his rate of progress.
mattwragg Fahhhmed's article
Sep 26, 2018 at 2:23
Sep 26, 2018
Your Essential Guide to EWS Finale Ligure 2018
I would imagine it's an athlete-led decision. I know the last time they did Ainsa to Finale it was a brutal week without enough time to really recover between races when you start practice on Thursday, so clearly the consensus is that it was a bit too much last time. You have to appreciate that it's an 8-9 hour drive between the two and travel days don't really count as rest days.
mattwragg pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 22, 2018 at 0:26
Sep 22, 2018
Concussion Takes Marco Osborne out of the Last Two EWS Rounds
@slyfink: https://www.helmet.beam.vt.edu/bicycle-helmet-ratings.html
mattwragg pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 21, 2018 at 9:26
Sep 21, 2018
Concussion Takes Marco Osborne out of the Last Two EWS Rounds
@daugherd: Good on you - however, I would offer a word of caution on putting so much faith in the 6D helmets. I have seen no independent research to prove they are any better than anything else out there - the only independent research I saw was by Virginia Tech and a Bontrager lid won in their rankings (6D weren't tested there). That research does state that a MIPS liner or similar is definitely worth investing in. That's not to say the 6Ds aren't decent helmets, I've never used one, so can't say, but they are not proven to be objectively better, to the best of my knowledge.
mattwragg pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 21, 2018 at 9:21
Sep 21, 2018
Concussion Takes Marco Osborne out of the Last Two EWS Rounds
It's never easy for any athlete not to compete, chances are that if you can walk away easily, then you're probably not that good (I'm great at walking away). I know for a fact that Marco has raced through some gnarly shit in the past, so it is good he's not doing that here.
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