Holy Water: Lourdes DH World Cup 2017 – Finals Photo Epic

Apr 30, 2017 at 19:59
by Nathan Hughes  



After a phenomenal couple of days blitzing the driest and dustiest Lourdes course we've ever known, the rug was pulled out in the most unfair fashion possible. Lourdes 2017 will be remembered as the race that was indubitably destroyed by horrific weather conditions arriving half-way through the elite men's race. Once inside the top 20, the heavens opened up in biblical fashion, not to mention the hurricane force wind that accompanied the deluge. The moisture wreaked havoc on the extremely rocky, hard-pack course, with many racers unable to keep sight of the track in front of them or indeed keep from sliding outside the tape even on the most basic sections… Suffice to say the last handful of riders hardly knew whether to complete their runs or begin gathering the animals, two by two. What's more, a collection of those unfortunate riders were on bikes set to blow a hole in the roof of the MTB industry, but now we'll simply never know. Until June.

Finn Iles and Rachel Atherton continued their winning streaks, while Danny Hart was denied and sent packing to 74th for his troubles. The silver lining for him was surely that all his main rivals for the overall title were also on the same sunken ship—with very few getting out alive… Connor Fearon and his podium finish being the possible exception. The weather gods did, however, have one man at the top of their priorities list; Alex Fayolle. People will say he only won because of the apparent divine intervention, but truth be told, his was an exceptional run; visibly furious and on the same second as Loris Vergier's top qualifying run the day prior. Whatever the case, while others sank or swam, Fayolle was somehow walking on water.



The morning skyline looked ominous but quickly cleared Temporarily.
The morning skyline looked ominous but quickly cleared... Temporarily.

In a few hours time these mountains would be engulfed in a biblical rainstorm.
In just a few hours time these mountains would be engulfed in a swirling cloud of sodden disaster.

Kade Ewards getting a bit buck wild on his way to 5th.
The juniors race didn't disappoint... Kade Ewards getting a bit buck wild on his way to 5th.

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Silvain Cougoureux with the moto style for third. One of many next-gen Frenchmen to keep a good eye on this season.

Kaos Seagrave backed up his 2nd place qualifier with repeat performance in the finals.
Kaos Seagrave backed up his 2nd place qualifier with a repeat performance in the finals.

Finn Iles was on the march today. Even so it would have been interesting to see where Matt Walker would have ended up without the flat.
Finn Iles was on the march today. Even so, it would have been interesting to see where Matt Walker would have ended up without a flat.

The top three juniors to kick off the 2017 season.
The top three juniors to kick off the 2017 season; Iles, Seagrave, and Cougoureux.

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Top qualifier, Tahnee Seagrave, out looking to cut back on the milliseconds in the morning light.

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Morgane Charre lighting up the trail on her final practice run... Certainly no sign of the sheer carnage to come.

Tracey Hannah stepped it up today moving up from fourth in qualifying. Its great to see such tight racing atop the women s field.
Tracey Hannah stepped it up today moving up from fourth in qualifying. It's great to see such tight racing atop the women's field.

Tracey was on a mission today and was riding at a pace we have not seen from here in a few seasons.
Tracey was on a mission today and was riding at a pace we have not seen from her in a few seasons.

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Miranda Miller didn't seem to gel too well with the Lourdes track in her early sessions but managed to turn it around for the finals, riding to 6th place for her first race with her new team.

Myriam Nicole getting aggressive in the morning s final training session.
Myriam Nicole getting aggressive in the morning's final training session.

Myriam Nicole drops into the fish area of a run that would land her in 3rd spot.
Nicole drops into the fish area of a run that would land her in 3rd spot.

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This was a big race for Manon Carpenter, the first since signing with German bike giants, Radon. She stepped up to give the brand it's first ever podium, but with her calibre, she will hope to go much further by the time the season is done.

Manon Carpenter congratulates Miranda Miller after bumping her one spot off the podium.
Miller congratulates Carpenter after bumping her one spot off the podium.

Not even someone stealing Rachel s shoes last night could stop her from taking yet another win
Not even someone stealing Rachel's shoes from the pits last night could stop her from taking yet another win.

The other women lit a bit of a fire under Rachel Atherton after qualifying and she was once again the fastest when it mattered most.
The other women lit a bit of a fire under Rachel Atherton after qualifying, and she was once again the fastest when it mattered most.

Feeling the pressure more than usual Rachel was quick to check the clock as soon as she crossed the line. Much to her relief what she saw was the fastest time.
Feeling the pressure more than usual, Rachel was quick to check the clock as soon as she crossed the line. Much to her relief what she saw was the fastest time.

Tahnee will be disappointed to lose out in finals but the pace in there. The women s field is closing right up.
Seagrave will be disappointed to lose out in finals but the pace is there. The women's field is closing right up.

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The last woman down the hill for the third time in her career, Seagrave would settle back into third, 2.7 seconds short of the big prize.

Not the day Tahnee was hoping for but a good sport non the less in front of all the fans.
Not the day Tahnee was hoping for, but a good sport none-the-less in front of all the fans.

Another World Cup and another win for Rachel Atherton. But this one was not easy and the other women are hot on her heals right now.
Another World Cup and another win for Rachel Atherton. But this one was not easy, and the other women are hot on her heels right now.

The fastest three ladies in Lourdes.
The fastest three ladies in Lourdes.

It s going to be one heck of battle all season between these five.
It's going to be one heck of a battle all season between these five as the times get tighter than ever before.

The only rain the women saw today was that of Rachel Atherton s champagne.
The only rain the women saw today was that of Rachel Atherton's champagne.


bigquotes“I definitely didn't expect to win at all after qualifying. I was second and it was just a hard weekend, I felt so much pressure, like way more than I ever felt it last year; everyone wondering if I’d win again. I really enjoyed the track, I loved it, but just struggled to shut everyone out and this morning we came to the pits and someone had nicked my riding shoes! Stolen my f***** shoes! Brownie found me some others, but they were too small so we had to stretch them out. A bit of a dramatic day, but I thought, I ride at home and I can ride without falling into pieces, so I can do it here. Tahnee and the other girls, I know they are fast and you have to be perfect now, everything's got to be dialled, your bike, your line choice. It's good, it should be like that. Another win for me but I don’t think it will be long coming for someone else!”Rachel Atherton

The chateau dominates the Lourdes skyline.
The chateau dominates the Lourdes skyline.

Riders warming up inside and out.
Riders warming up inside and out.

Jackson Frew spinning the legs before dropping into his first elite world cup.
Jackson Frew spinning the legs before dropping into Round 1.

The riders could do nothing as they waited for their start time with the clouds bubbling up over the mountains.
The riders could do nothing as they waited for their start time with the clouds bubbling up over the mountains.

Eliot focuses on the task at hand before dropping in.
Eliot focuses on the task at hand before dropping in.

After a break though season last year Greg set sail in 2017 with a solid 13th.
After a break through season last year, Greg set sail in 2017 with a solid 13th.

Little did he know... Alex had high hopes for this weekend but perhaps not quite that high.
Little did he know... Alex had high hopes for this weekend, but perhaps not quite that high.

We re not sure if Mark was praying for the rain to hold or just getting in the zone.
We're not sure if Mark Wallace was praying for the rain to hold or just getting in the zone.

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Wallace started out 12th in the splits, but climbed the ranks all the way to 2nd place, 3.3 seconds back on Fayolle.

Put on your party hats and get fired up. Things are about to get sideways.
Put on your party hats and get fired up. Things are about to get sideways.

Florent Payet is always so close to the leaders and today found himself a few steps higher and on the podium.
Florent Payet is always so close to the leaders and today found himself a few steps higher and on the podium.

Make no doubt about it Alex Fayolle was pinned all weekend and had a blinder of a run especially in that middle section.
No two ways about it, Alex Fayolle was pinned all weekend and had an absolute blinder of a run, especially in that middle section.

Amaury Pierron is another young rider with bags of talent he couldn t quite match his podium from last year but 8th will set him up nicely for the season.
Amaury Pierron is another young rider with bags of talent, he couldn't quite match his podium from last year but 8th will set him up nicely for the season.

Some spectators just couldn t understand what all the noise and fuss was about.
Some spectators just couldn't understand what all the noise and fuss was about.

The storm clouds built all around before unleashing hell on the track.
The storm clouds built all around before unleashing a particularly damp form of hell on the track.

3rd place for Marcello after a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck here in Lourdes.
3rd place for Marcello after a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck here in Lourdes.

No rain delay on the World Cup circuit.
No rain delay on the World Cup circuit.

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The media crew hanging tough in the pelting rain, knowing drama was sure to be on the way.

14th on the day for Jack Moir.
14th on the day for Jack Moir.

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Moir falls victim to a finish coral suddenly built 500m too short.

Bernard Kerr survives through some treacherous conditions.
Bernard Kerr survives through some treacherous conditions.

Just as the Men s race was about to begin there was a tell tail sign of things to come on the horizon.
Lourdes have mercy...

Conor Fearon had a rough one in qualifying but with some help from mother nature her turned that around t grab the final spot on the podium.
Conor Fearon had a rough one in qualifying, but with some help from mother nature, he turned that around to grab the final spot on the podium.

By the time Greg Minnaar came down it was all about survival.
By the time Greg Minnaar came down it was all about survival.

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If Danny can't stay on his bike in the wet then it simply can't be done.

You know how challenging the conditions are when a rider with Danny s caliber is helpless to stop his bike from sliding out from beneath him.
You know how challenging the conditions are when a rider with Danny's caliber is helpless to stop his bike from sliding out from beneath him.

Danny Hart always a good sport even when things go sideways.
Danny Hart always a good sport, even when things go sideways.

Vision was a problem for everyone today.
Vision was a problem for everyone today.

The nervous three riders on the very wet hot seat. Once the rain came down and the wind picked up their fates were sealed.
The nervous three riders on the very wet hot seat. Once the rain came down and the wind picked up their fates were sealed.

Alex watched rider after rider come down eventually clinching the top spot by over three seconds.
Alex watched rider after rider come down, but there was simply no budging him.

Luca will take comfort from his third place seeding. Plenty more to come this season from the talented American youngster.
Luca Shaw will take comfort from his third-place seeding. There's certainly plenty more to come this season from the talented American youngster.

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Shaw's dream of a 2nd WC podium denied.

Holy Water - Finals Photo Epic - Lourdes DH World Cup 2017
The high hopes of a Syndicate shut-down suddenly crushed. Or should that be just 'postponed'...

Two years on the trot misfortune has kept Loic off the podium in Lourdes.
Two years, on the trot, misfortune has kept Loic off the podium in Lourdes.

Loic having a little fun and drifting it into the finish coral.
Loic having a little fun and drifting it into the finish coral.

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Disbelief.

Loic gets the loudest cheers of any rider when racing in France and even though the race was a disaster for him he still made sure to put on a show for the fans.
Loic gets the loudest cheers of any rider when racing in France, and even though the race was a disaster for him he still made sure to put on a show for the fans.

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The Pope paying homage to the king of the hill.

Loic takes the time to congratulate Alex on his run.
Loic takes the time to congratulate Alex on his run.

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Aaron Gwin hasn't lost an opening round since 2013, but today there was simply no chance whatsoever of defending it.

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A very long, drawn-out crash at the lower off-camber section was the headline act of Gwin's run in the torrential rain.

After winning here twice before a DQ is not what Aaron Gwin was after here in Lourdes.
After winning here twice before, a DQ is a little ways out from what Gwin was after here in Lourdes.

A painful day for Aaron with a DSQ the final nail in the coffin.
The only conciliation for Gwin was that, of course, his main rivals suffered exactly the same fate.

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A race truly in ruin.

Holy Water - Finals Photo Epic - Lourdes DH World Cup 2017
Loris Vergier still made a solid effort to attack the upper slopes, but 'utterly futile' was about the only way to assess it.

Loris Vergier last man down the hill and through the worst of it.
Vergier, last man down the hill and through the rotten worst of it.

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The 29 revolution will go on ice one more month...

Holy Water - Finals Photo Epic - Lourdes DH World Cup 2017
The win is coming for this man.

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It was amazing how such a bad day on the hill only brought out the best in the riders. There was hardly a miserable face to be seen despite it all.

A very happy Alex Fayolle gets a victory hug from his girlfriend at the finish line.
A very happy Alex Fayolle gets a victory hug from his girlfriend at the finish line.

A mob of fuzzy animals snatched Alex Fayolle off the hostseat as soon as Vergier crossed the line.
A mob of fuzzy animals snatched Alex Fayolle off the hot seat as soon as Vergier crossed the line.

The bike and goggles of Troy Brosnan tell the story well.
Troy's bike and goggles tell the tale.

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Hart's unbeaten streak brought to the ground here in the Pyrenees.

After dodging a bullet with the weather these were the fastest men in Lourdes.
Some of the fastest, if not luckiest, men in Lourdes; Fayolle, Wallace, Gutierrez, Payet and Fearon.

Mick Hannah shared a nice sentiment after the podium Apparently Alex is the first Frenchman to win on home soil in 19 years.
Mick Hannah shared a nice sentiment after the podium: Fayolle is the first Frenchman to win on home soil in 19 years.

bigquotesIt's just amazing for me and for the team. We worked hard all winter with my mechanic for that and yeah, I was hopeful for a podium here because it's my favorite track... The win is just amazing. A little luck with the weather and a good run, but I’m happy because I did a really good run for me. Just stoked. It's amazing!Alex Fayolle - Polygon UR

The winning bike of Alex Fayolle The Polygon Collosus.
Today's fastest; the winning bike; The Polygon Collosus.

With Tracey Hannah s 2nd and Fayolle s win the Polygon UR team leaves Lourdes with the number one plate of the top ranked team.
With Tracey Hannah's 2nd place and Fayolle's win, the Polygon UR team leaves Lourdes with the number one plate of the top ranked team. Blessed.



168 Comments

  • + 211
 #everyonewasrobbed
  • + 27
 Bruni just dropped a bomb on instagram
  • + 10
 Although the elite men's race was a bust. The women's race was exciting to watch!
  • - 2
 @zede: Oh yeah, let me summarize it for people who haven't seen it. "Rain make me sad, UCI should have predicted weather and changed entire schedule so I could have drier run!"

Its racing, shit happens.
  • + 12
 @scott-townes: mmh it's more like: the storm was expected at 4 since Saturday, but the organization decided to let the weather mess up the race. Rescheduling one hour earlier was not a big deal and would have been safer. But I guess you're a douche and if a tree had fallen on a racer or spectator, you would also say "it's racing", right?
  • + 6
 @scott-townes: What if this happens in every race this year? The best riders won't have a chance of winning the series. That's not racing, it's shit.
  • - 9
flag KingTJ (May 1, 2017 at 23:43) (Below Threshold)
 @zede: why would a tree fall on a spectator because it is raining? Wind maybe....
  • + 15
 Rachel was legit robbed... crazy that someone stole her shoes and even crazier that they don't travel with a spare set that's ready to roll. You'd think that racers at her level of support would have duplicates of basically everything. This is even weirder to me given that Gee needed flat shoes at Cairns, didn't have a pair in the van, and needed to borrow a pair from a fan. You'd think they'd learn they lesson at this point haha..
  • + 2
 @KingTJ: you don't know what you're talking about, right? It was windy as f*ck, wind above 100km/h sometimes
  • + 4
 @zede Yup, you've got it. and to bobby, you understand this is extremely rare to happen, right? If this happened at every race this year, I'll personally fly to your house to massage your balls with my tongue.
  • + 1
 @zede: as I recall, the exact opposite happened last season at one of the stops when it was raining in the morning, stopped and then dried up for the top riders. its mountain weather and doesn't favor beginning nor end of the field.
  • + 1
 @Rubberelli: a track gets wet in 5 minutes while it takes hours/days to dry. And then in that case the track progressively improved whereas there it became suddenly unrideable. But yeah anyways, shit happens, you can't decide the forecast but you can adapt the race schedule accordingly (see rampage, crankworks, ...)
  • + 2
 If the teams knew the weather was due in why was there no tactical qualifying? Usually in these kind of sports riders would deliberately qualify badly to ensure a dry run
  • + 0
 @Farry: there are points given for qualifying so it would be stupid to waste them.
  • + 1
 @zede: yeah but those points are worth a lot less than a podium on race day instead of 70th place. If even one of those top guys had qualified badly they would be in a good position for overall. Though the winning run was a great run!
  • + 125
 Great write and pics! Gutted for Gwin and the usual top 5-10 guys but it's awesome to see the look of joy on Fayolle,s face. What a banger run! Hopefully he can keep mixing it up with the big dogs this season!
  • + 1
 No pinkbike/redbull replay?
  • + 14
 Love that shot of Payet jumping down to the finish line - puts in to perspective the size of the gap.
  • + 1
 @bobochobo: thanks man
  • + 17
 It's going to make the rest of the season interesting, the wc basically starts at fort bill but with a few riders having a points advantage and everyone knowing the syndicate secret.
  • + 7
 Yep, not the race we were expecting or maybe even hoping for but that is awesome for Fayolle! And a win is a win, racing has so many variables and the weather is just as much one as a flat or a crash so I hope he celebrates this win just as great as any other way he could have gotten it!
  • + 34
 I would be gutted for the top guys if Fayolle had a crapy run. But man he was pinned! He smoked a lot of other top guys before the weather came in and even on the practice and other videos, I've never seen someone hiting the S turns before the last bridge drop that quick, even jumping between turns. He would have made a podium for sure if the weather would not have sucked. Big congratulations to him!
  • + 4
 @GabrielDugas: totally agree, the middle section he only put the bike down to turn it too, he was absolutely lit the whole way down. They'd have been hard pushed to cut many seconds into him that's for sure. Well deserved I feel.
  • + 1
 @bobochobo: I tried watching it last night, they cut it off after the women's runs. No men's footage whatsoever.
  • + 2
 @lobohusky: had same issue on Apple TV, try the Red Bull tv app
  • + 2
 @lobohusky: There was an hour or more gap between mens and women's racing so maybe it is two separate broadcasts?
  • + 1
 @bekahn @solidautomech Thanks! They had a separate video on Redbullusa.com that didn't show up on Apple TV. Cheers.
  • + 80
 So I'm guess no one won the fantasy pool??
  • + 17
 Haha I wonder if anyone even got one spot correctly??
  • + 26
 @meathooker: sure, women's picks!
  • + 8
 There were only like 3 people with one spot of the men's podium right.
  • + 70
 Congrats to Alexandre Fayolle with a final race time of 2:52.758. The first place qualifying time came in at 2:52.684 with
Loris Vergier
  • + 8
 A very respectable time indeed.
  • + 21
 Congrats to his mechanic, for building a rear shock for a WC-winning bike!
  • + 1
 @MTBrent: what brand is that shock, what is the cable/actuator attached to (handlebar remote?) and what does it do?
  • + 1
 @solidautomech: I don't know about the brand, but in the interview Alex said it's function is to lock the shock
  • + 1
 @A813H: thanks! Strange to see a remote lock out in DH. As strange as seeing the dropper posts in SA.
  • + 52
 Miracles do happen at Lourdes, matey won a World Cup with SR Suntour forks!!!
  • + 18
 And Kenda tyres!!!!
  • + 4
 With custom rear shock
  • + 13
 Redbull Rampage 2015 was also won on Suntour forks @sammorris Smile
  • + 8
 @natedh9: and kenda tires....
  • + 38
 Loris has the sickest kit on the world cup for the year. So understated and clean, but distinctive at the same time
  • + 3
 And Shaw and FMD.
  • + 6
 I kinda like the seagraves outfit (fox transition team?) and the canyon one
  • + 32
 It was painfull to watch on Redbull, but nice Pics Pinkbike! Aluminum for the win!!!
  • + 1
 Good to hear you could watch, without a smart phone or recent computer it was impossible to watch for me. Pinkbike video the action and post the race the next day! Fuck ReDbUllocks and the useless live stream and the nonexistent support for Linux and other OS. They can't even make the drink they are famous for taste nice, probably a good sign something as advanced as live broadcast tec will be utter shite too.
  • + 23
 Stevie cut open the sky so Mark could keep that podium seat warm. Awesome.
  • + 4
 It almost looks like he photo bombed the team photo as well
  • + 1
 @rrsport: yeah.. the guy who pours beer on fayolle's head
  • + 22
 Being honest I was hoping the British guys would of placed better, the track was running like a typical UK track in July lol
  • + 3
 Totally! Gutted for Heart
  • + 2
 Maybe everyone just stuck to their practiced dry lines rather than risking an ad libbed race run?
  • + 4
 If the water had soaked in more and made actual mud that may have been the case, but it was so dry the rain would have just made a skatey layer on top of the hard pack. Like snowboarding on an icy af piste just after a light dusting of snow
  • + 4
 @twelvemonths: like a wet day at Aston Smile
  • + 3
 @nojzilla: yeah a wet day at Aston is like not having brakes!! :-) it looked that way where Hart went down, slick as a slugs arsehole...
  • + 17
 The race may have not delievered, but the World Cup PB photo epics always do.
  • + 14
 God doesn't let people ride 29er at lourdes
  • + 5
 "Hey God, they are running unholy 29 inch wheels at the Lourdes, shall we smite them with a deluge of rain?"
"And sacrifice my only begotten Gwinner? I think not my child"
"What about JC? Didn't he die for others mistakes?"
"7 F#$%^ races...7... it's a no... PS your mothers pissed so it may rain anyways...that's life"
  • + 9
 Superb pictures. Just gutted for Gwin being disqualified even if his run was destroyed by the rain, I was just next to him when he crashed, and re-entering the course where he left would have been a real climb, even more with the rain... He didn't take any advantages from re-entering a little lower, just didn't have much choice. The rule didn't make sense in this case!
  • + 30
 Before, the UCI used to let the martials at the event decided if a DQ was needed based on the situation.

A number of years back (I think 5 now) there was an event involving Rachel Atherton in Windham, NY. She went over the tape on her run, entered in a different place, and probably lost 2 to 3 seconds, but she was so far ahead she still won. The problem is that some others made a huge fuss over it so the next year the UCI took discretion off he table and a rider now "must" enter where they went out.

Minaar got caught out by this in that monsoon Cairns race a couple of years ago. It would've been impossible for him to re-enter where he did due to conditions, but he was DQ'd anyway.

Oh well...
  • + 4
 Lame how someone neg propped me for that comment. But hey, it's PB. Those who know what I mean know.
  • + 3
 @BDKR: I found it quite informative. Thanks for sharing.
  • + 3
 @BDKR: That's tough luck. Reminds me when Lance Armstrong came off the course in the Tour de France but avoided a penalty despite breaking Article 18 of the Tour's rules which forbids taking shortcuts from the prescribed course. The Spanish rider Beloki crashed in front of him (broke his femur) and Armstrong cut through a field to avoid him. It would not have made sense to penalize him. Too bad they can't make a different judgment than a DQ for this situation on the DH course. If you need a rope and shoes with spikes to climb back up to where you came off the course.....
  • + 1
 @BDKR: Very informative post, thanks for that.

Maybe they could instate a rule that says you must re-enter within X feet of where you came out if you crashed? It takes more time to walk your bike back in than it would to stay on the course, surely.
  • + 3
 Discretion really is the key here. Without it, the rules at times are unfair.

Another perfect example was Leogang 2014. Bernard Kerr got DQ'd going over the Hollywood Drop, but where/how they placed the tape made it more narrow than the year previous!

Secondly, inspite of his dq, THEY WIDENED THAT SECTION BY MOVING THE TAPE BACK!

Never mind it's a huge drop and that was clearly a place where going back to "where you left the course" is just insane!

www.wideopenmountainbike.com/2014/06/we-talked-to-bernard-kerr-about-his-world-cup-disqualification
  • + 2
 @BDKR: Can you not also get DQ'd for these volunteer course marshals or the fans when they pick up your bike or help you get back riding even if you re-enter the tape where you went out?
  • + 1
 @sexley: That's my understanding. All the races I've done (I've sucked! LOL) that was the understanding.

Not specifically knowing the rules on that right now I can't say with certainty.

UCI rules do seem to have a section regarding what they call "Technical Assistance" but whether or not a fan picking up a bike for you is considered "Technical Assistance" is something I'm unclear on.
  • + 3
 @sexley: it seems to me its UCI's fault for its marshalls lifting the tape, which signals Gwin where to enter the course. After the tumble he took, I'm pretty sure he would not know exactly where he went out of bounds.
  • + 1
 @Rubberelli: Great point!!!!
  • + 6
 Such a shame that the rain had to come half way through the men's race. Why couldn't Mother Nature just hold off for another hour. This race was destined to be fast and fierce with everyone within seconds. I really wanted to see how the wagon wheels would have performed Frown
  • + 4
 I think Gwin could have appealed the DQ if it had been worth it. Hit a tree and spin over the bars at that speed and you might not be absolutely clear where you went off the course. It was the marshalls that lifted the tape and directed him back onto the track in that spot. With the results as they are I completely understand why you would let sleeping dogs lie.
  • + 1
 You are exactly right. I just stated the exact same thing above in this thread and then read this. Its bs.
  • + 6
 Great photo essay! Let us know the camera details.. Crazy day!
  • + 1
 Great to see some _film_ shots in there...
  • + 1
 @betaflash Just click on the photo, the metadata is on the page at the bottom right.
  • + 4
 Click on the photos and it appears in the right margin. Must be desktop view as you won't see on mobile.
  • + 2
 i'm not knocking alex's win, but the men's race was about who could survive, and while interesting to watch the world's fastest riders come in the 60's or 70's, it was a bit sketchy as their entire seasons could have been ruined, and a bit annoyed about gwins disqualification, as there's was like 2ft between where he came off and re entered.
  • + 1
 To be fair it was a bit further than 2 ft but IMO not enough to warrant a DQ. But them's the rules! But yea the elite men's race was garbage. To come in 60 or 70 place you need be racing slower than everyone was in Qualifying. And indeed, we had top racers who were 30 to 60 seconds (or more) off the top time...that just doesn't happen unless the race is gone to shit.
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 All and all not such a bad opener with the rain and everything. I got to watch the women race. It was actually a race this year. Just wondering if Rachel's going to have another perfect season. I'm pulling for Tracy. I definitely wouldn't bet money on her though.
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 An outstanding photo essay, and really top-shelf photography by Dave Trumpore, Nathan Hughes, and Ross Bell. You guys always seem to bring the weekend story together in such an artful way. I'm stoked already for the Ft William pics. Nice work guys, keep them coming.
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 one guys runs a 100 meter race, then the next guy runs it....but not before we pour mud and ice on the track. UCI you have failed us. #MakeDhGreatAgain.....race in California in the spring. Idiots
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 Hey UCI....hold your first WC event in Southern CA every year and you will never have this issue again.
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 Race was frustrating to watch, but elegant write-up by @natedh9 and great photos as usual. Fayolle's run was a thing of beauty. Kudos to the late racers for going after it in such tough conditions.
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 "Nicole drops into the fish area"- where young angler Kaos Seagrave waits patiently on the podium sporting his Bass Pro Shops snapback cap...
  • + 4
 first WC win for a suntour fork????
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 It's a durolux season
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 @makripper: you are correct.. @SRSuntour first men's WC DH win. Women have a few.
  • + 0
 I have never really liked Bruni but he gained a new fan today after his Instagram post. His strong words show he has finally arrived as a serious racer and not just a fast kid.
  • + 1
 Sometimes to be a top qualifier sh*t happens motogp Mav Vinales, Austin
Same there, in Lourdes, such a fast and lucky man for the 5 podiums
  • + 3
 Why did aaron gwin get dq'ed?
  • + 10
 Didn't enter the course where he left when he came off
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 Crashed and left the tape, didn't re-enter the track where he left.
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 bc he went pass the rope when he crashed, and got back in a different point from where he went out.
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 He didn't re-enter the track from where he crashed out.
  • + 43
 Attempted a Dairy Queen stop mid run
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 How many ways can everyone repeat the same comment
  • + 56
 The tape didn't receive Gwin at the same location upon whence he had first traversed it.
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 Discrete and dissimilar locales of departure and re-admittance to the racing piste.
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 Gwin out,Gwin in. Not the same spot. Tape DQ'd
  • + 37
 He put his whole bike in, then he put his whole bike out, then he shook it all about before he put his whole bike in again and you just cant do that.
  • + 2
 Gwin good out, Gwin bad in. Smile
  • + 4
 Left the track because he thought he saw gluten free pizza. Was wrong. Was upset. Angrily entered track at wrong spot. It was regular pizza.
  • + 2
 These photo epics always deliver the goods, but that panshot of Fearon is next level...
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 UCI now allowing helmet cameras? I am shocked.
  • + 1
 The God's weren't ready for a 29er to dominate the podium and opened up the sky. 26 for life....LOL
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 Love it!!!
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 Must have been those Superdry headphones!
  • + 1
 Just hope everyone's okay and we get better weather or at least consistent weather for all at the next race!
  • + 1
 pinkbike : sylvain not silvain Cougoureux on the top pictures
  • + 1
 does the ohlins have 40 or 35mm stanchions
  • + 1
 Strangely no mentioning of Gee's run and no shots of his either...hmmm...
  • + 1
 "Gateau à la broche" ! The best reward you can get after a tough race. Wink
  • + 1
 The women field starts to get pretty boring already.
  • + 0
 FMD and Luca have the nicest kit.
  • + 2
 You don't like the Canyon time trial kit?
  • + 1
 @bizutch: borderline skin suit. They seem to be pushing the boundaries of the UCI skinsuit rules.
  • + 6
 @deanw: if that isn't a skinsuit, I'm not an arsehole.
  • + 1
 @bizutch: Too funny.
  • + 2
 @deanw: So we've met?
  • + 0
 congrats.... bikes from Indonesia on the podium, who'd of thought?
  • + 8
 Maybe in Ft Will it's going to be bikes from Taiwan, who knows?
  • + 5
 @Muckal: or China... who knows
  • + 1
 What if....?????
  • - 2
 New suntour shock?
  • + 13
 homemade shock on the polygon apparently
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