Downhill Finals: Windham Pro GRT, Round Five - Video

Aug 15, 2016 at 8:23
by MTB Mania  
Views: 4,087    Faves: 9    Comments: 1

Finals were rowdy! Shane Leslie wins Pro, Lauren Daney wins Pro Women and Sean Bell takes the Junior Expert Category! A little bit of rain saw top pro qualifier, Charlie Harrison slide out in the wide open. Junior Expert top qualifier, Quintin Kurtz snapped his bars coming into the road gap then grabbed the handlebar near the stem and flew off the next two giant jumps. He took it easy after that one.

Windham NY Pro GRT Round 5 Practice - Video
Your champion, Shane Leslie!

Qualifying Windham Pro GRT 5 - Video
Sean Bell, two GRT wins this year to go with his National Champ title!


MENTIONS: @mtbmaniatv




64 Comments

  • + 24
 Some of those crashes were brutal, I hope everyone is ok. Nice coverage MTBMania.
  • + 20
 Whoever has that siren should be slapped with a wet noodle. Seriously, is anyone stoked on it besides the clown using it constantly?
  • + 2
 Yeah that's extremely irritating/distracting
  • + 9
 To be fair it was actually kind've sick having it blaring when you went flying past...
  • + 5
 @TBLeldarado: I guess that's one person in the stoked column then, haha.

What bothered me the most is that they kept it going through some brutal crashes. Its one thing to heckle someone going fast, its completely another to heckle a downed rider.
  • + 2
 @CaptainBLT: never really thought of it that way, I understand keeping it going if the person gets up right away as its sort've like when people cheer at you and yell to get back on the bike, but when they kept it going when the guys obviously weren't getting back up, I would agree that's excessive.
  • + 3
 Have you ever watched a World Cup?!?! There are people witch CHAINSAWS, cowbells, air horns and bike frames making a lot more overall noise than this guy... it's called a good rowdy athmosphere
  • + 5
 I do better when heckled. especially in the gnar
  • + 1
 @Ride12: Of course, and there are plenty of amusing photos of me joining in that have graced this website's home page. There is a line between good-natured fun that pushes riders to perform and just being obnoxious, and I think this individual crosses it occasionally.

Its comes down to having respect for your fellow riders and competitors.
  • + 21
 That neck tattoo. Jeez.
  • + 19
 kinda looks like a beard to me.
  • + 9
 @conv3rt: Kinda sad because she's a looker otherwise...
...and fast.
  • + 3
 maybe it looks different from the front? Different strokes and all that. No question she is quick.
  • + 7
 she does burnouts and wheelies on her Harley... Shes more badass than most any dude
  • - 7
flag i530rider (Aug 15, 2016 at 11:10) (Below Threshold)
 @boulderbasher69:
Maybe she is a dude...
  • + 5
 @aoneal: I can't say I'm a fan of the neck tattoo but she's still a looker with or without it.
  • - 1
 @sino428: at least its not a gay ass coy fish, tribal design, bible verse or any other cliche tattoo that everyone and their mother has these days LOL! nothings original nowadays, she definitely did something different!
  • + 2
 Harsh... w/e, if it works for her, cool.
  • + 10
 @aoneal: She was 16 in that interview. I'm calling Chris Hansen.
  • + 5
 And faster than you.
  • - 9
flag jlev (Aug 15, 2016 at 19:48) (Below Threshold)
 Just hiding neck marks from hanging
  • - 5
flag bizutch (Aug 16, 2016 at 12:27) (Below Threshold)
 @CaliCol: @CaliCol: Terrible argument. 90% of the world is all tatted up. If anything, being painted out like the corner of my 8th grade notebook is just following the sheep now. If everyone has markings, paintings, etches, scrolls, you're just as common folk as the rest. Tattoos are the most common I've ever seen in society. Only now, the fresh ones are usually on Crossfit/Spartan/American Ninja Warrior types in high socks standing like batman in the checkout line.


^2 things about Daneys: 1. Her dad seems to be a pretty good guy (who fully supported her racing) passing the casual conversation test and I would love it if my daughters picked up riding at some point, but they're not having it. 2. Have never spoken a word to @daneylauren , so I know nothing about her as a person. Glad she races DH.
  • - 2
 @scatology: dark humor. But funny. Too bad you got neg repped.
  • + 2
 Getting a tattoo is like buying a house, it's all about location, location, location.
  • - 1
 Here is a transcript of the conversation between Lauren and her tattoo artist:

Lauren: "I'd like it under my neck from ear-to-ear"
Artist: "Uh... Are you sure about that?"
Lauren: "Yeah, from here to here" [points to neck]
Artist: "Hmm... You know... Well, are you absolutely sure about that?"
Lauren: "I know what I want" [points again]
Artist: "Well... OK... But..."
  • + 1
 None of you would be talking about her tattoos if she was a man.
  • + 2
 @bizutch: I said her tattoo was different, not unique. I'm not sure what argument it is you think I'm making cuz i merely commented on the cheezie-ness of tattoos these days. But, based on your subsequent sentences I'd say, if anything, you are agreeing with me. Dork. I am 37 and have had tattoos since I was 14, and I have seen them go from being taboo to being the latest trend. My most recent tattoo is in fact a coy fish...........with a spear going through it and the handle of the spear stating "cliche killer." Haha.
  • + 3
 @xprswy: If a guy had a flower tattoo from ear to ear on his neck? Are you new here, or something? Hell YES we'd be talking about it!
  • + 2
 @xprswy: Her tattoo is being talked about because of its location. I beg to differ; if it was a dude there would be a thread, also.
  • - 1
 @CaliCol @kabanosiyvo you can't and you won't show me examples of PB users talking about a mans looks or tattoos. Careful, your latent sexism is showing...
  • + 0
 @xprswy: your blatant feminism is showing.
  • + 2
 @CaliCol: you're goddamn right it is.
  • + 2
 @xprswy: so worked up. Ever heard of Duncan Riffle? Plenty of articles where his tattoos were discussed. Man, you sure are getting your panties in a wad and I'm still trying to figure out how I was sexist and how my latent sexism manifested itself.
  • + 0
 @xprswy: My comment was in reference to the juvenile level of humor and commentary often found here.

As for can't and won't, how about these: any number of comments regarding Sam Pilgrim, Ratboy, or Gwin missing teeth, comments about Greg Minnaar's fantastic hair and model-good looks, and as for tats, Sam Hill's inked sleeves have also inspired discussion. Any of those shouldn't be too hard for you to recall. Here's even a link, read the 4th and 5th comments: www.pinkbike.com/news/video-robs-post-qualifying-chit-chat-windham-2014.html .

Get over yourself. Most of us come here as an escape. The last thing we need is to feel guilty about some political agenda.
  • + 2
 @CaliCol: I wish I looked like Duncan.
  • + 1
 @CaliCol: misunderstood. Read your comment as different meaning"unique". My thought was that since everyone had Read now, there is no real uniqueness to any tattoo any more. They are all must doodles on skin. One more paycheck for my best buddy down in Jacksonville. Wink
  • + 2
 @bizutch: I really liked the cross-fit-american-ninja-warrior bit!
  • + 1
 @bizutch: i'm fine with that. Razz
  • + 18
 Crashes were brutal Hitting the road gap with broken bars was awesome Siren guy needs to be kicked in the balls Neck tat on womens winner kind of awesome
  • + 15
 Holy shit that shoulder into a tree at 2:50... broken collar bone would be best case scenario.
  • + 7
 He did not break his collarbone, in fact at the end of the weekend when I said goodbye to him he didn't even appear to be injured.
  • + 3
 Crazy sometimes how people get away with only a few scratches on the most aweful looking crashes... Sometimes not though
  • + 1
 Good to hear! I was worried because it is similar to Tom Wheeler's crash that resulted in a paralized arm.

Documentary here. Warning, the crash footage is unforgettable.
vimeo.com/80837769
  • + 2
 @dfiler: His name is Joshua Rogerso. Made World Junior team. Although screamed Luke a girl, he got back up and only finished 1 spot off podium in 6th. Dudes eating it after the road gap, they looked murdered though
  • + 2
 A lot of the worst crashes I saw were in the berm just following the rocks at the 2:47 mark of the video, my wife bent two pairs of bars crashing there this weekend.

Josh seemed fine after his crash, I bet he's sore today though.
  • + 15
 MTB Mania. love you do this. And love you cover the juniors. Nice work!
  • + 4
 Thank you! Cheers
  • + 6
 @mtbmaniatv: MTB mania nails it. Thanks for supporting the USA down hill scene. . . . . After all it is the pinnacle of speed!

Listening USA cycling?
  • + 2
 @truehipster:Im pretty sure USAC hires MTB mania to cover the Pro GRT. So they heard.
  • + 8
 The guys from MTBmania are sick and genuine, I crashed while they were scouting lines on Saturday and right away they were asking if I was o.k and doing what they could to help (thankfully wasn't hurt so I didn't need much help). As well as who I assume to be the owners (older gentleman and his wife) were awesome too! Had a conversation with them and they were super nice! Definitely made my US racing experience better! To boot they make awesome videos and really capture the vibe of the race through their videos
  • + 6
 Stoked to nab three team podiums on this gnarly track. Congrats to all participants and a special shout to team rider Amy Leishear on 4th place pro ladies!
  • + 2
 Amy killed it this weekend!
  • + 2
 Anyone that is complaining about the dude with the siren is a lamo and should be kicked in the balls. I was right there with him. He's a good buddy of mine. Stop taking it so seriously and have some fun. Crack some beers and go racing!
  • + 1
 I love racing in noisy, rowdy sections. Worst thing you can have is going through a slow tech section and someone whose voice you recognize cheers your name out of the blue, without that noise. Distracting. Hardest race I've ever done was a couple years back, the rock garden crew was pre-planning their cheers. I got the silence treatment. Could hear people actual breathing. Sure, they may think it's funny, but it really screwed with me. I'll take a bullhorn and hecklers all day every day. US Open rock garden with the bass blasting!
  • + 2
 enve guy at 3:00 had a front leak - you can see it spraying right as his segment starts before he stacks it into the rock. nasty place to crash!
  • + 3
 Women podium had perfect steeze with all havn just one arm up, no supermans(womans). Take note
  • + 4
 Wow. That's a good looking interviewer!!! Smile
  • + 4
 Daney!
  • + 2
 congratulations Lauren Daney on a amazing race
  • + 2
 That chick interviewer at the end is so damn hot.
  • + 1
 Disappointed in comments that cyberbully a fellow rider / racer.
  • + 2
 whoa
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