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DH Fantasy League: LAST CHANCE to Pick Riders for Round 5 - Vallnord World Cup DH 2022

Jul 14, 2022 at 9:37
by Pinkbike Staff  

We're heading into the fifth round of the Fantasy DH Presented by Specialized. So far over 21,000 Pinkbike readers have picked their dream World Cup DH team to be in the running to walk home with a Specialized Demo Race in the size of your choice!

Read on to see the prizes up for grabs, learn more about how the league works, and increase your chances of taking home a prize.

There are prizes for each round, so it's not too late to get a team on the line!

Grand Prize
Season Overall

At the end of the season the overall Fantasy Downhill Champion will get a Specialized Demo Race worth $7,000 USD in any size of your choosing.

All-out speed has always been the Demo’s target, and with the Demo Race it’s no different. Introducing a new flexible wheel-size frame design that allows riders to take advantage of a 29-inch front wheel and a 27.5-inch rear wheel, it’s a special blend that’s long been tested by World Champ Loic Bruni looking for the perfect balance of traction and maneuverability, but only just green-lighted by the UCI this past year. Not that it stopped the Demo Race from racking up both the Downhill World Championship and overall World Cup titles in its very first season... Learn more about the Specialized Demo Race here.


Round 5 Prize
Vallnord, Andorra

This week, win a fresh set of tires from Specialized!

The Butcher GRID GRAVITY 2Bliss Ready T9 is the perfect choice for trail and gravity riders. Ramped and siped center tread blocks provide strong traction and accurate steering, while the shoulder knobs offer a continuous biting edge for railing through fast corners. The GRID GRAVITY casing compliments gravity riding with an all-new 2-ply construction for cornering stability and flat protection. Building on this solid base, the high-dampening T9 GRIPTON® compound rebounds slowly to grip and stick to the ground for total traction and control.

The Butcher will be paired with a Specialized Eliminator GRID Gravity T7 for the back, a $150 retail value for the pair. Learn more about the Eliminator here and the Butcher here.

3-Day Blackout Period

In order to avoid players copying each other's teams, all rider selections will be hidden for 72 hours before each race. Start playing mind games with your friends that you know are shoulder-hopping your choices.

Unlimited Trades

You're allowed unlimited trades after each round. You can stick with what's working, or change your whole team out after every race.

Office Leagues

Employees at Pivot, Muc-Off and more are battling it out behind closed doors in their Office Leagues.

Offices can set up private leagues in addition to playing the main public league. Let the trash talk begin!

2022 Race Schedule:

March 26-27: Lourdes, France
May 21-22: Fort William, UK
June 10-12: Leogang, Austria
July 8-10: Lenzerheide
July 15-17: Vallnord, Andorra
July 29-31: Snowshoe, USA
August 5-7: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
August 24–28: UCI Mountain Bike World Championships – Les Gets, France
September 2-4: Val di Sole, Italy

Good luck!

Pinkbike Fantasy Downhill League in Association with Specialized


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  • 14 1
 Man. 2 tires. Specialized really came through for the winner this week.
  • 7 0
 This prize will be perfect for my 2 unicycles!
  • 3 0
 So true!!! Major corp like Specialized gives away two tyres - a bit of a joke really. When do you just say that’s enough? But better than Yt who used to say you could win a bike but only if you got all top 3 men and women correct. Guess how many bikes they gave away - 0
  • 6 2
 @grugged: It's not just two tires... They give away a different prize for each of the 9 rounds, plus a grand prize $7000 bike in any size at the end of the season.
  • 5 0
 $150 worth of tires is a decent prize for one round of guessing... ride 'em and be happy Big Grin
  • 2 0
 *looks at bike

Damn. Two wheels.
  • 1 0
 Less is more in 2022
  • 4 0
 God people love to bitch about free stuff. We don't even have XC fantasy this year and a lot of you are still complaining about prizes. What did we do before 2019 when there wasn't PB fantasy?
  • 3 1
 Gracia, Rockwell and Peat, 3rd, 2nd and 1st. Done. What do I win?
  • 9 0
 A free one way trip in a time machine.
  • 2 0
 @nateb: *Hide the Pain Harold face
  • 2 0
 Angel and Vali - you heard it here first.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know why Mathilde DNS
  • 1 0
 crashed, hurting and out for this week... it is mentioned in one of the Cathro videos.
  • 1 0
 Look, it has the same STA as that new Niner RKT!

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