Finals Results - Lourdes DH World Cup 2016

Apr 8, 2016 at 15:33
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437 Comments

  • + 460
 SO ridiculously bummed for bruni
  • + 7
 I know how you feel
  • + 115
 Even Gwin was bummed! Bruni was so much faster, so gutted that he binned it. And then he made up time!
  • + 154
 Bummed for now - stoked for later. Makes for a great story STEEEEVIIIEEE!
  • + 398
 So very gutted for Bruni but It's amazing to see Gwin show so much respect for Bruni's riding. Gwin blows down American stereotypes with his gracious winning. He really is your best ambassador to the sport.
  • + 91
 Loic is one of my favorite riders, but watching him and Gwin is a lot like watching supercross when Ricky Carmichael and James Stuart raced against each other. They are both about just as fast but one of them looks like they are riding 80% while the other is on the edge at 97%
  • + 66
 @n-lagasse: Two canucks in the top 10...
  • + 22
 I feel like I want to cry for Bruni. Lot of respect for that guy, real humble and modest, pushed real hard! Congrats to Gwin though!
  • + 24
 It was like Sam Hill's crash on last turn in MSA back in the days.... So sorry for Bruni - kid home soil kicked his butt
  • + 31
 @triptex: haha are Americans that egotistical?! Shit ????. But I agree, Gwin carries himself like a true professional!
  • + 29
 #cryforbruni
  • - 107
flag likeittacky (Apr 10, 2016 at 7:56) (Below Threshold)
 Idiot Fat Boy, First congratulate the best Rider who happens to be an American; then respectively feel bummed !
  • + 29
 @Andyboom: They really are not, but what we see on internationnal t.v. is mostly Trump and rednecks...kinds of ruins it for you! Gwin is as good as it gets!
  • + 26
 you have to make up for Palmer too
  • + 46
 Back in the days Warner would've dropped an all time one liner after Brunis crash.
  • + 20
 I thought for sure Bruni had it. But in the end, it almost seemed like Gwin played it a bit safe on his run (due to the sloppy conditions) and it paid off. Be patient Bruni, there are many more chances ahead...
  • + 38
 Gutted for Bruni, man had Gwin nearly everywhere! But still mad stoked for the return of Stevie Smith!!!!
  • + 11
 I like loic and many other riders, but super stoked for GGGGGGWWWWWIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!
  • + 19
 It was amazing to see him push so hard, but I wasn't surprised to see that aggression catch up to him
  • + 28
 That's any kind of racing. You can pin it, but there is a risk. You can play it safe at times, but that's a risk that you won't be as fast as well. It's as much mental as physical. Sucks bruni went down, but that's racing. If he slowed and played it safe, he may not have been fast enough. Excellent racing all around.
  • + 5
 At least Bruni walks away with the confidence in knowing that he would have won if he hadn't crashed.
  • + 9
 @Ddowmtb: nailed it in one.

Bruni is fastest right now, but is riding out over the hairy edge. It sure makes for exciting riding and it is really hard not to route for him. I do think he should have a chat with Chainsaw and Ratboy though...You can smash a season by riding like that but I wonder if they both still think it is worth it?
  • + 25
 I suggest we make a straight trade with the U.S.... Bieber for GWIN! The guy is all class
  • + 60
 @theedon: we respectfully decline, hehe.
  • + 9
 Not the first time he's crashed at the pointy end, and probably won't be the last. Kid's a huge talent though, when he stays upright everyone's in trouble.
  • + 38
 pretty cool how the first thing gwin said to bruni after his run was "you shoulda won"
  • + 28
 @triptex: Amen to that. No matter what people can say, Gwin is a true Gentleman
  • - 16
flag jonnycanfield (Apr 10, 2016 at 10:36) (Below Threshold)
 Aaron Gwin is the Tobey Maguire of downhill
  • + 14
 What a race. Was jumping up and down during Stevies run. Excellent coverage, nice camera work. Cant wait for the next.
  • + 15
 Stoked for GWin- raced smart - hey anyone can let go of their brakes and go fast - good luck actually making it down the coarse though
  • + 15
 yup, doesn't matter if you're the fastest rider if you can't hold it together the full run.
  • + 7
 @theedon: Justin beiber is a disgrace to the human race. He's Canadian but chooses to live in america and be a total Douchebag
  • - 6
flag weebleswobbles (Apr 10, 2016 at 11:00) (Below Threshold)
 @theedon: we will just give you Douchebag trump and Douchebag beiber back as well
  • + 1
 @badpotato: That thought came to my mind as well, I think it had something to do with Loic`s race kit today...
  • + 15
 i feel the worst for gee. new team, all that new money and sponsors, new bike............but.......... same old, same old thing...................SOMEBODY get gee a bike that is big enough for him! its like watching a bear ride a tricycle in the circus. so much horsepower under the hood, and no way to get it to the ground.
  • - 104
flag Rex-Smith-69 (Apr 10, 2016 at 12:07) (Below Threshold)
 @GabrielDugas: A good majority of people want Trump because he actually has the balls to get rid of all the shit people that are in America, countries is becoming a butt-hurt welfare ran shit-stain, all these illegal low lives need to get out and be sent back to where ever they came from.
  • - 64
flag TerryJAdams-Monster (Apr 10, 2016 at 12:09) (Below Threshold)
 @Rex-Smith-69: Preach!
  • + 60
 @Rex-Smith-69: America is a country founded on immigration, don't forget that.
  • + 15
 @esstinkay: Good point. True racing wisdom here. Shoulda, woulda, coulda... But at the end of the day, it's whoever had the fastest time. Clocks don't lie. I really love and respect Loic and dang he's fast. Such a humble and smart kid. There's something to be said though about racing at "Gwin" speeds and staying on your bike and within you're limits. If you're only able to do so while being on the edge, you're not as great of a rider, imo. Not saying this typifies Loic, but I think it does at times. Over the long run, the riders who are super fast, while staying within their limits, come out on top.
  • + 5
 @lundma: thank you. Very true.
  • + 20
 PEATY #2 at Speed Trap. Get Some!!!!
  • - 9
flag SlodownU (Apr 10, 2016 at 14:58) (Below Threshold)
 @weebleswobbles: you can take bigger douches Hillary and Bernie with you. I'm voting Chuck Norris.
  • - 2
 @SlodownU:Washington in general is a scam.. I don't call it POLITRICKS for nothing..lots of lies and empty promises..we all know that the lobbyists with the most dollars are driving policy change.. We need a complete system dump and redesign. Also accountability for actions.. Doesn't matter who is in the white house its a f*cking joke
  • + 4
 @Ddowmtb: could compare to the current Dungey vs. Roczen battles too.
  • + 9
 @likeittacky:
I have to mildly agree with you.
Not opposed to feeling bad for Bruni, but this is a race to the bottom, not to the middle.
Like all races you have to pace yourself.
Maybe Bruni's pace was too much to handle for the full race.
And I'm not taking anything away from his effort.
He was killing it, and I was excited to see him dominate.
But no matter what, he wasn't the fastest to the bottom.
Congratulations to Gwin
  • + 7
 I bet Hart in 3rd messed up a lot of people's predictions for that fantasy contest
  • - 13
flag jonnycanfield (Apr 10, 2016 at 18:10) (Below Threshold)
 America finally gets a fast world cup downhill racer to bad he has the demeanor of Ben Carson.
  • + 1
 @stacykohut: SantaCruze V10 XXL I'm 6'4" and so stoked on that bike! Finally one that fits!
  • + 2
 Gutted for Bruni! Was jumping up and down watching that run, nooooooo.
  • + 1
 its almost 1 day ... but still gutted for Bruni,, not a happy run by Ratty!! and Good to see Gwin is still carrying the bulls eye.. happy for Hart & Chainsaw .. and #5 up and coming frenchie! what a run!
  • + 1
 @AgrAde:
gwin ride the only time where you can stay in sadle! otherwise bruni win.....
  • + 2
 @maynardle3: Can someone remind me what happened with these two in the World Champs last year?
  • + 1
 So sick.
  • + 2
 What a badass downhill track...Damn.
  • + 2
 @theedon: Gwin's not up for trade...he just joined a new team. Although for Trump...it's sad to say, but we'll take Beiber.
  • + 1
 @freerabbit: 4 Brits, Love Stevie though
  • + 0
 Do any teams have folks on the sidelines that can let a rider know he's up 2 seconds? I am surprised there isn't a way to let a racer know.
  • - 2
 I'm American; why am i rooting against Gwin who left a major team for a small-ish company??? I should be all about Gwin but I spent Bruni's run screaming at the TV wishing for him to crush my brethren
  • + 3
 @robito: its called a 'pitboard'................

its one of those last things that are holding riders back from easier wins and results in this sport.

imagine if their was a 'pit board' section, and a member of the team would be located just before, or just after the last split letting his or her rider 'where they are at'..............time wise.....

3+ means your 3 seconds up, chill out a bit, no need to take yourself out
3- means your 3 seconds down,either stay this pace and settle , or turn up the wick an gamble a bit.



too easy......no need for any wack-o electronic ear pieces and two way radios, keep it simple , like in it mx.
  • + 0
 @GeorgeHardesty: J'suis Bruni
  • + 2
 @triptex: You are so right about Gwin, didn´t realize that until now. Gwin`s a gentleman.
  • + 2
 @freerabbit: And a winner in juniors!
  • + 1
 @jonnycanfield: not sure what this comment even means..
  • + 0
 @theedon: bieber can't even ride a tricycle..no deal
  • + 1
 @stacykohut: They have that already? Or are you saying they should?
  • + 1
 @GabrielDugas: trust me I know, I live here. If Trump wins I'm leaving this country
  • + 1
 @Andyboom: I doubt you would
  • - 2
 @Andyboom: if trump is elected we will all line up to assassinate that bigoted scumbag
  • + 2
 @jonnycanfield: haha my family is from Argentina, my fiancé is Argentine. I lived in France for 3 years, it would be an easy move bud.
  • + 1
 @robito: i think it should be something the teams should look into.........

especially the top 10 dudes...........they got the resources and it would make sense..

how many wins have been lost to 'over riding' the last couple sections of a dh track.........
  • + 1
 @stacykohut: Yeah but at the same time I think it would take away a lot of the risk involved which makes racing so exciting. Forces the riders to gamble and balance on the edge between keeping rubber side down and going like absolute nutter. Bruni gambled and went for it but it ended in Gwin's favor.
  • + 189
 YEAH FIN!! That's actually mental winning his first ever WC!
  • + 27
 and that is after sitting down after his injury too Big Grin That team is scary with talent right now.
  • + 42
 Fin smashed it. But So did Matt Walker in second. Also his fist WC!
  • + 9
 @lukachadwick: Ye true! Matt was too fast for the light gates to record his speed
  • + 25
 Don't forget nik nestoroff in 3rd! His first wife too
  • + 5
 Said it before, I will say it again: If Finn will be one of the greatest WC racers in history.
  • + 10
 @lukachadwick: and Nik with third! I believe that was his first WC
  • - 7
flag fecalmaster (Apr 10, 2016 at 7:34) (Below Threshold)
 GWINNIN GWINNIN GWINNIN
  • + 0
 bruni, your destiny is fcking messing with you ! kick him out the ropes!! great race!
  • + 8
 Great job Finn ! And Stevie ! Awesome results !!
  • + 4
 just realised those kids are born in 1999.
  • + 12
 I would be very happy if redbull would show at least the top 10 Juniors. They are the future of the sport and it would also help them get more exposure for sponsors what translates to more support...
  • + 3
 The take away I have after this race is first congrats Gwin,,, and second how diverse the field is this season. I mean if you miss one turn its all over. The compition is at epic levels and we can enjoy a rollercoaster season.
  • + 1
 Anyone know what happened to that Kevin Marry as he was up at each split until the last one and DNF'd.
  • + 151
 Aaron Gwin... Pure class with that post race interview. Incredible racer, incredible personality.
  • + 19
 I have to agree with that. Even though it comes out as bland and boring some times you can't argue with the riding this guy can acheive. And you're right he's always a good sport not letting all the success getting to his head. And anyway, he was dominating so much that it must be incredibly motivating for him seeing he's gonna have to race for real this time.
  • + 33
 I was just as impressed with Loic's interview. No way would I be that cool in the same situation.
  • + 16
 I am not a Gwin fan, never real 'got' him and his personality - but I thought he came across really well in the post race interview today, especially his comments on Loic's run. Really classy, he has gone up in my book.
  • + 10
 And Steve Peat 2nd… fastest!
  • - 18
flag Sontator (Apr 10, 2016 at 11:06) (Below Threshold)
 To me he seems to good to be true so I get suspicious and wonder where the hook is. You know, how cardinals are supposed to have the cross tattooed under their feet so they can step on jesus at every step. So what is Gwin's dirty secret? Did he make a pact with the devil? What kind of energy drives a mortal to perfection?
  • + 3
 agreed. hes kinda like the ryan dungey of DH. REALLY fast, really clean rider, somewhat boring, but you cant not like the guy for being a class act.
  • + 107
 YT...First time out...First place...Congratulation! Wow!
  • + 8
 It s more the man than the bike ... Even if I AGREE YT can really enjoy this moment !!
  • + 24
 @RedBurn: lol if Bruni didn't crash everybody would be like "well Gwin should have stayed on the demo"
  • + 1
 dial tone...buy yt, buy buy
  • + 1
 @RedBurn: really, why did not gwin not get good results straight after he joined spezialised? they had to change the bike for hes riding style...
  • + 3
 bike plays a role for sure... I didn t say in my comment it was 100% about the rider ... Smile
  • + 2
 If there's anything we can take from this, it's that the demo is a fantastic bike. Finn wins his first world cup on it, and Loic would have also won the WC today by 2 SECONDS, when last year he was always behind Gwin, who at the time was on the demo.
  • + 1
 @Jack-McLovin: makes sense just take the difference of the bikes track records and you got a ranking! Big Grin
  • + 3
 @Snowdog85: Gwin was the man to take down and he probably just signed the juiciest DH rider deal ever with spesh. Pressure can affect performance in a lot of ways.
  • + 3
 Any of those riders will do just as well no matter what bike they're on. But I know that after switching to a 2016 demo, my riding speed has very noticeably picked up and I'm absolutely loving it. I'm sure I'd love a YT also, but Specialized just know what they're doing, no matter what your opinion of them is, they produce sick bikes.
  • + 2
 The vast majority of PBers were all aboard the spesh hype train until Sam Hill stopped winning and then Gwin took the torch on the Session. Then everybody was drinking the session coolaid and were aboard the spesh hate train (dem short chainstays) until gwin started winning on the new demo.
  • + 71
 I don't understand all the "Bruni won" or "Gwin was handed the win" comments. Every rider that didn't crash could have pushed harder, but with that comes an increasing risk of crashing. Bruni hung it out there and it looked like it was going to pay off, until it didn't. If he keeps riding like that he'll probably pick up a win or two this year and a few more crashes. It won't lead to an overall title though. Perhaps that's the hardest part for those guys: riding at that edge of control and speed.
  • + 13
 I get your point. I also get how other people think it was Bruni's race... he was faster than Gwin until he crashed. Same thing at the Worlds last year when Gwin was faster but crashed. I bet Gwin would trade this win for that one. =)
  • + 0
 double post
  • + 8
 Yeah, I never really get those comments. Yes he was was faster then Gwin up to that point, but he was over 100%, and he crashed. So its irrelevant. Bruni has to turn down the boost just a tad, to have a better chance at being a consistant threat.
  • + 4
 This is the beauty of this sport though isn't it, Gwin rides at insane speeds (and somehow looks comfortable doing it!), so the next generation come along trying to go even faster! As you suggest, can they eliminate the mistakes to take the top stop regularly to turn their pace into wins? It'll be good watching to find out!
  • + 3
 He almost lost it earlier in the run too. He was pushing super hard.
  • + 4
 Bruni is consistent, qualified first, again, was ahead and crashed. Gwin is a phenomenal rider, and Bruni is the only guy who even looks close to beating him. I think these two will battle it out all year
  • + 5
 part of riding is staying off the ground. let us not forget.
  • + 5
 @micko1000: Definitely. I'm not trying to take anything away from Bruni. He's fast and it's looking like we are in for an awesome WC season of racing with a handful of guys capable of taking the win any given race. Just saying Gwin got the win today. It wasn't handed to him; he earned it.
  • - 1
 @westeast: true, not crashing is part of the race, but even Aaron himself said that Bruni deserved the win, that's why he wasn't so stoked on getting the first sopt, he knew that Loic was the fastest man that day. It will be interesting to see how this play out in the future, Bruni growing up and getting stronger mentally and Gwin making changes on his bike.
  • + 70
 what a race! my god that was unreal, i am shaking! Bryceland chute craziness Hart nearly goes out the front door 100 times! Gwin is just an animal Bruni light speed before crash! Smith and Hart back at the pointy end Pierron wtf what a result! ah i am so happy wc dh is back!
  • + 4
 And all the great riders that were off pace...what happened with Hill and Minnar, etc. ?
  • + 70
 Chainsawwwwwwwwwwww !!! big Stevies back baby !
  • + 12
 Came here to say this! Right on Steve!!
  • + 1
 I had a weird feeling he was going to win this one but its awesome to see him back in form.
  • + 44
 Oh bruni. So close man. Excellent coverage and excellent racing today!
  • + 42
 ugh that was so wild. STEVIE SMITH THOUGH!!!!!!!!
  • + 40
 I don't always wake up early on weekends just to watch the World Cup downhill, but when I do, RedBull TV stops working and I should have slept in.
  • + 6
 Ok to be fair it's working for the last 10 riders but there's a weird spoiler gap depending on how you're trying to watch it.
  • - 4
flag map-guy (Apr 10, 2016 at 7:39) (Below Threshold)
 Ok last gripe, coverage ends on the replay of the last rider down the mountain, no interviews, podium etc. Brutal coverage and could be so good, just never is.
  • + 14
 @map-guy: to me it worked perfectly to the very very ending credits so, must be you.
  • + 5
 Red Bull's tv app is very sensitive to your internet connection. Today I got a few blips where I lost image quality and had a few stutters but was able to watch through the podium and interviews. Other times though it's completely dropped me.
  • + 5
 Redbull TV on my phone kept crashing but from my Apple TV channel it was perfect.
  • + 3
 @TPLRacing: ya I figured that out after my f$&king tv red bull app kept saying "Live" with a static pic ???? At least they have rewind function ???? Stoked for Gwin and Smith ????????????????
  • + 2
 Redbull tv on my Xbox worked for the first time!! So happy, thank you Redbull TV!!!
  • + 2
 the redbull streaming via appletv glitched and froze a dozen times throughtout the morning. It's very hard to be in the moment and enjoy the race with that happening constantly.
  • + 37
 I notice a lot of people making a lot of the same remarks. Gwin finally has my respect and loic is faster. First when has gwin ever not been a gentleman? Now he is already winning on another bike some of you are realizing you can't ignore him anymore. Can't beat em join em? The other thing I notice is the repetitive storyline of Loic being faster. He sure was fast, but he rides out of control, the same way ratoboy rode all season the year he won. Is that faster or just balls on the chopping block crazy and hope you make it. I love Loic, he is the sickest DH rider to watch right now as far as pure guts, style and speed. That being said i dont think he is faster. I think he is willing to commit to 100% of his skill level on every turn. We saw gwin race balls out last year in New York and it was stupid fast. That's the only time I've ever seen him look out of control like Loic. They can all do it still ratboy, minaar, stevie...but they have all been hurt and are prolly happy with top ten finishes racing at 95% and not crashing. I just don't think the narrative of Loic being faster than gwin but he wrecked is fair. Faster or fearless? Still my favorite rider to watch currently other than gwin.
  • + 9
 Truer words have never been spoken
  • + 3
 VERY WELL SAID !!!!!!!!!!
  • + 30
 Gutted for the French junior Kevin Marry who was going to smoke them and DNF'ed.
  • + 5
 same up so much!! then crash i guess
  • + 19
 Bummer for sure (especially since he's a privateer!), but that's racing.
  • + 30
 The chainsaw has returned boys and girls
  • + 10
 Good to see Hart back up there too, the field this year is going to be intense!
  • + 23
 Wow, Finn is just ridiculously talented on a bike. Not sure what happened to Kevin Marry but sucks to see he didn't finish, awesome split times.
  • + 2
 His split times are ridiculous. It'd be good to see his run. It looks like it would be like Sam Hill at Val di Sole world champs
  • + 22
 Kevin Merry was about to smoke everybody, tough luck it`s racing. Congrats to everyone on the podium, auspicious start for spesh... Palmer delivers.
  • + 23
 I guess I should grab another beer.
  • + 4
 Touche
  • + 4
 @Earthmotherfu: how's the future?
  • + 12
 @olsen-chuck: you get smashed on the beer and miss everything..
  • + 17
 @olsen-chuck: Rob Warner won
  • + 23
 The chainsaw is back on his his game!!!!
  • + 20
 so pissed for loic he was going SO0OOOOOOO FAST !!!!! ???? Gwin WON that s cool !!
  • + 33
 I guess sales of SC bikes ion CC frames with ENVE builds are going to go down this year... A demi-God wins a World Cup on a Half-priced bike on Tektro brakes. Give that man the alu frame Suntour drivetrain and suspension.
  • + 15
 Get a job wako
  • + 14
 @WAKIdesigns:

Here in Canada the full out yt is the same price as the s works and the v10 with out carbon wheels , you guys in Europe have it lucky with those bikes . But no real value difference over here , the importers have jacked up the prices.

I don't think brakes matter to much to gwin, the onza tires is what I'm most suspect about
  • + 11
 @mxmtb: we look at North American bikes and think the same...
  • + 4
 @mxmtb: The s-works is still over $1000 more than the Tues and the V10 is 11000 with enve wheels.
  • + 6
 @mberrevoets:

Ya if you go buy internet pricing . Go into a bike shop and haggle a bit and you can get a good deal on a s works or v10 . I looked into a tues , and cause of there direct sales and the Canadian distribution you can't get a deal on a tues ( also the hottest bike on the planet now so there gonna sell no matter the price ) .

I just don't think the value everyone keeps going on about is there . There good bikes I'm a fan , but I got my demo locally at Dunbar cycles in Vancouver and I got very well taken care of ,both in service and pricing .

This is why I will always use a local bike shop , I know in some parts of the world shops are hard to come by and internet retail is much easier and have great deals . Here in Canada we are a Mecca for riding and can support many local shops , some euro retailers need to see the market for having stocking dealers with there bikes on the floor for the public to see . Like every other brand does. This however may affect the pricing , but like I said earlier the Canadian distribution for YT has already middle maned the prices ,which has pushed the pricing up the level of other premium DH bikes . I know the distributor for Canada ,they have had many brands pulled from them for price jacking and poor customer service ,

I would never spend 8-10k on a bike without seeing it in person and trying it out for sizing .
  • + 2
 @mxmtb: Fair enough!
  • + 2
 @mxmtb: who is their Canadian distributor?
  • + 1
 @SeaJay: on the edge
  • + 2
 @mxmtb: arent those blacked out maxxis ????
  • + 1
 @metalmike68: no idea , onza is his sponsor
Pics of them in pit bits as onza
  • + 21
 Jeez! Top 17 kids are all faster than Rachel!
  • + 20
 GWIN JUST GWON .... again
  • + 26
 agwin
  • + 10
 @jaycubzz: I agwee
  • + 18
 Rachel seemed super stoked about 1st place dropping the f-bomb on Redbull TV, haha, also being a good sport by giving Seagrave props for the quali run.
  • + 8
 She cusses on live TV pretty regularly. Cracks me up every time.
  • + 2
 @AgrAde: She was hauling eh, such a good racer. Seagrave was damn impressive too.
  • + 14
 Live feed from @redbullbike will be here, live from 1:30pm UK time.
  • + 3
 Do you know what time the coverage for the men starts?
  • + 7
 @walterwhyte: It's live on redbull tv at 2.30 Paris time
  • + 5
 @walterwhyte: 1.30 uk time
  • + 2
 Just 1hour left till carnage, getting so excited!!
  • + 17
 STAY ON YOUR BIKE LOIC
  • + 4
 Cursed him!
  • + 13
 I mean thats why gwin is the best he never takes such a risks he is the most calculated rider ever! But i live this year already its gonna be like james hunt vs niki lauda, oc course lauda being gwin!!
  • + 0
 More like Senna v Prost
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: Prost was a total kumquat though...
  • + 1
 @steelpolish: OK my dawg Mansell then
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: OK my friend, touche and again... touche.
  • + 15
 Gwin knows loic beat him and he's keeping it real. Hats off to gwin. Steve smith and loic
  • + 15
 Awesome word from Gwin post race!
  • + 16
 I MISS RAGOT!
  • + 1
 Yeah I thought she will be racing this season... Is she injured again or something?
  • + 3
 @AdamOdh: She's retired :-(
  • + 1
 Yeah retired...which really sucks because she's a hell of a rider and really added something special to the women's roster. She was always one of the ones to look forward to. She had a wild style and was always on the edge. The women's field will always be a bit empty with her absence.
  • + 1
 Emmeline is and always will be my platonic love, she is registered on the Mondraker team, so she might race a few WC this year.
  • + 14
 All the money YT spent to get $Gwin$ were all worth......
  • + 1
 they just need to sell around 50 bikes to pay for Gwin, I can bet they already get what they invest back and then some.
  • + 3
 and it will be even better as the years go by and Gwin starts making tweaks on the bike.
  • + 2
 @arturogp: 50? Probably more like 750, yearly.
  • + 1
 @blast-off: how much Gwins deal went for, like 5 hundred the season? how much is the top of the line YT, 10Gs? they had sold out their bikes and there is a waiting list, I mean they are on the way of recovering every single penny of their investment by now.
  • + 1
 @arturogp: but what are you thinking the margin is on a bike like that? Its not much.
  • + 1
 the rumor is that Gwin asked for 1 million usd, I don't know if that is between all his sponsors or just YT
  • + 8
 Wow what a finish ... have a feeling that 2016 is going to be an epic battle every week between Gwin and Bruni with season going down to the wire. Two classy and talented riders who look to be in top form. However concerned about the lack of depth on the women's side. Rachel Atherton simply amazing as always, but gap from 1st to 10th place more than 1 full minute cannot be good for the future of women's DH and growing the sport.
  • + 2
 Betcha as the sport grows, that gap between Rachel and the rest of the field will fill in. It doesn't make for very interesting racing right now, but I'm not existentially concerned about it--I think the extent and level of female participation in DH has more to do with the willingness of parents to put their daughters on mountain bikes than with what's on redbull.tv right now.
  • + 11
 unlucky for kevin marry looks like he was on a winning run :O
  • + 7
 I disagree with Gwins statement that Bruni had him beat. A big part of racing is mental and being smart about it. Gwin knew where to hold back and where to pin it. If only Bruni held back just a little bit, THEN he would beaten Gwin. A lot of racers could have beaten Gwin on the first few time splits like Bruni if they weren't concerned about crashing and going balls out. But you have to stay on your bike to win.
  • + 2
 I agree completely.
  • + 1
 @Bowen1911: me too- winning means finishing first, not having a hot split and overcooking a corner.
  • + 11
 It's World Cup season, the amount of pink bikers "gutted" just quadrupled
  • + 6
 Still remember seeing Finn after a high school xc race about 3-4 years ago. He won his race (of course) and then was putting on a clinic on the dirt jumps. I was marshalling the race and had a good view of him launching the jumps on his xc bike. I couldn't believe the work ethic, even back then. I guess we won't be seeing Finn at next week's race.....
  • + 9
 It's nice that Gwin admitted that Loic is the winner today! Loic is just ...damn..
  • + 10
 Stevie's back Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
  • + 9
 STEVIE!!!!!!! FUCK YES!!!!
  • + 8
 Bruni was so close what a run!! Gonna be a battle this season! Wait to go STEVIE!!!!!
  • + 6
 still cant believe the womens race is still being relegated to a "catch up" and not on the live stream - I am sure there is some logical reason so please, let us know because from my POV its just not cricket
  • + 5
 I think their view is that it's not as exciting as th men's so won't get as many views. I completely DISAGREE with that and would love to see it all, including th juniors and women's, but I guess it costs them money to live stream so they want to make sure they get good views?
  • + 3
 The men's stream isn't live either
  • + 22
 They race hours before the men, it simply wouldn't work as one live stream.
  • - 1
 @Joebohobo: I guess the conditions were much worse for the ladies today which meant the "gap" appeared bigger than it actually is.
  • + 1
 @src248: not hours at all - about 1 or similar maybe at most, plus there is nothing to say they cant do a 2 parter, show the women's, take a break then do the mens top 20
  • + 6
 Fair play to gwin but Loic was insane!!!! never put such a large knot in my hair watching anything and he held that first mistake geez this year is going to ben TENSE!!!
  • + 8
 I'm just waiting for Protour to comment about the Demo
  • + 4
 Hopefullly we get to see Bruni and Gwin push the limits this season! Great to see Smith, Hart, Atherton and Fairclough healthy and hopefully mixing it up this year. One more podium from Peaty would be amazing! I'm curious as to whether Loic is riding a factory Demo or is it something similar to what they changed for Gwin. Both seem very comfortable on their new bikes. Feels good to have a humble competitor representing the US right now, yes there are more of us like him!
  • + 1
 I'm afraid seeing Peaty on the podium won't happen:/ Wanna see Rat on the podium more
  • + 1
 it's just too bad for the other big guns like minnaar, marcelo, blenki, and brook. it also shows the depth of talent in modern day WC DH.
  • + 6
 Feel like a kid going to sleep on Christmas Eve. Going to wake up to all sorts of rad racing results. Pinkbike is like a muddy, adrenaline addled Santa Clause.
  • + 8
 Please Please keep PomPom as narrator
  • + 10
 Pom Pon
  • + 7
 Specialized is a powerhouse currently. Go FINN!
  • + 8
 Fuckin hell bruni
  • + 6
 Loic's double double before the wall was completely nuts! If he can keep it on two wheels he's gonna be hard to stop..
  • + 3
 There was a lot of pride on the line in that race. Gwin wanting to prove that he made the right move and that Specialized had made a mistake by not paying him what he wanted. Bruni going to battle on Gwins old ride, the weight of Specialized's pride on his back. It was epic! Judging by his comments after the race I am pretty sure Gwin gave it all he had and was honestly impressed by Bruni's speed. Glad to see Chainsaw confident and fast, he will get faster as the results start adding up!
  • + 7
 Damn Bruni that was close. Better loic next time...
  • + 4
 I'm sure the good results will pope up on the next few races
  • + 8
 Rad run Nik
  • + 2
 Nik on the podium...hell yeah
  • + 5
 Didn't see this coming...well except that top spot. 1. YT 2. Divinci 3. Mondraker
  • + 6
 Everyone go buy your yt tues!
  • + 5
 Looks like the YT is a serious capable machine. Gwin should only get more comfortable on it as the season progresses which will make for a fun season to watch with how fast Bruni was today.
  • + 6
 Well done Matt Walker on 2nd place. First year junior great result mate
  • + 6
 NOOOOOOOOO Loic, Whyyy ? :'(
  • + 7
 He literally just had too much speed going in, he's too fast for his own good!
  • + 2
 I was really willing to see Loic at the top here in france. He has the wits to catch up to Gwin, but that's what it takes if you wanna beat him... Loic`s a winner and he knows well that he'll only beat aaron pushing it hard. Hopefuly he will stay on his bike next worldcups!! And great to see stevie, josh and danny back on the top!
  • + 6
 Anyone see that full moon on Mark Wallace s run?
  • + 4
 Yes, RAT boy and Barraclough as well.
  • + 6
 Guess who's back, back again Stevie's back tell a friend.
  • + 7
 100k bonus for Gwin.
  • + 1
 100K bonus for winning & 250K for post race interview!!! My dude is First Class all the way!!! The Gwinning way!
  • + 4
 Steve Smith.....awesome!! Mark Wallace.....awesome !! Vanc. Isl. boys......Proud!!
  • + 5
 LOIIIIIIIIIIIIIC!!!!! Why oh why!!!! so sad right now
  • + 6
 Gwinning
  • + 3
 Rat boys always fun to watch, Stoked for Gwin but was actually pulling for Loic just because he was pushing hard!! Excited to see these two battle it out all season!
  • + 2
 Just a reminder, we will be posting the women's results here and you will see the top women on the Red Bull feed so if you don't want to know the results please check back later!
  • + 2
 I'm the only one that thinks that Brendon can be in a better place if he wants? It seems like he don't give his best, seems like he is in a bike park at sunday with friends... even that he got 10! Poor Bruni! Nice Gwin!
  • + 0
 Claudio is a colorful character, but his riders suffer under his management. Brendan, Neko, siegenthaler. Maybe just coincidence...
  • + 4
 oh bruni what have you done?!?! unlucky man good luck for the next race and grats to gwin - but smith well done mate!
  • + 0
 cheers
  • + 5
 Kevin Marry! hope he's okay
  • + 1
 Kevin merry was flying. Was there at the race but he pulled up on the track and couldn't continue. Looked like he had broken/dislocated his arm or shoulder. I didn't see him fall so can only guess something happened to him further up the track. Support from the fans for all the riders especially the French ones was incredible great atmosphere.
  • + 1
 Awesome race as expected!! Great to see Gwin showing class on and off the bike, Stevie's comeback is REAL, Brosnan lines... And Loic's warp speed will leave Gwin thinking. THANK YOU REDBULL for continuing to improve the coverage every race. Really great work
  • + 3
 The woman's race is almost over and the coverage doesn't start for another hour Frown
  • + 1
 Yeah...wtf. They should be live
  • + 4
 Brits 1,2 and 3 in the women's!!!!
  • + 4
 Yeah little Nik! From Fontucky to the WC n France! Way to go bud!
  • + 4
 GWINNING! Laying down some pace!
  • + 3
 wanna see the people that they were saying that YT has shitty bikes for racing… haha Gwinn is badass !!!
  • + 4
 Stokedddd for Tahnee on Transition!!!
  • + 3
 He came off his bike whilst on a winning-maybe-pace. Redbull TV was flawless for me
  • + 4
 To finish First, first you gotta finish. Congrats Gwin!
  • + 1
 Holy crap what a crazy first race! So gutted for Loic. Gwin was on it and held it together well! And ummmmmm Charlie Hatton in juniors speed trap ........ 65.5 WTF!! Faster than Gee through it!
  • + 3
 Loic reminded me of brosnan last year. Super pinned fast but cant keep it on 2 wheels. Bummer.
  • + 5
 yeaaaah finn!
  • + 2
 super stoked on gwin. but danny got third. wheres the props? unexpected out of all racers and no one is mentioning it. good for him. way to ride man!
  • + 1
 Yeah baby YEAH!
2.5sec over 2nd place, and he just got the bike a little while ago.
His old team has been using telemetry in preseason testing, and in practice, and he beat 'em on a stock(ish) bike.
Double-A is the GOAT
  • + 1
 So awesome for the World Cup to be back on. It's looking like a good year with a whole bunch of blokes pushing this year. Bring on the next round in AUSTRALIA! I'm making the 2,000km road trip to be track side!
  • + 1
 Props to gwin for his awesome performance, last season had he not crashed in the world finals he would have beat bruni and he would be world champion. Karma is real bruni crashed and gwin won. I'm stoked for this new season
  • + 0
 Respect for Gwin, his talent, his humility, his respect towards Bruni and sport in general, and a gentle advise for Our national "risks taker" Loïc: wear some Onza tires next time for your fatal corners!!!!!! Joke apart, I'm glad that Gwin won on Onza tires today, considering that OK it doesn't make it all, but I love these tires so much as I use them for quite a long time now and good tires are a detail that counts, agree it :-)
  • + 1
 He was actually racing with another brand's tire with blacked out logos
  • + 1
 @kev1n: Source please?
  • + 4
 Steve Peat showing them how its done through the speed trap
  • + 3
 Very happy for YTi.
Gwin, i don't who is before he rides for YTi: i'm a freerider !
  • + 2
 Every single YT rider has already taken to Instagram to tell everyone how the YT is 'the fastest bike in the world'. *yawn*
  • + 1
 No I didn't - don't hate
  • + 2
 it feels like very old time ago listening radio for a football match..guessing whats going on in the field.
  • + 1
 Charlie Hatton clocked going faster than any of the elites haha. Fast kid. Unless "speed" means something else on the sheet. Correct me if I'm wrong.
  • + 3
 I enjoy seeing Steve Peats name on the board. Wish i could watch his run.
  • + 2
 On redbull tv they have a cool tool to watch each riders individual race:

www.redbull.tv/videos/event-stream-636/downhill-finals

click 'Overall' and you'll be able to select what portions you want to jump to. Although I don't see Peats run listed...
  • + 3
 Go Loic!! Pope of downhill
  • + 1
 So sad for Bruni. He had it in the bag Frown Also hope that crash didn't scratch his world champ paint job. That bike is a work of art and belongs in a museum.
  • - 1
 People tend to forget that racing and winning World Cup is based on an accumulation of points; and not just about the win. Hence, full out annihilation mode is not the way to gamble.

Congratulations to to two Warriors of Faith over the weekend Aaron Gwin and Manny Pacquiao !!
  • + 3
 Damn Rachel is a monster this year again xD
  • + 1
 My boy Stevie! Back on top showing that he can compete with the top again. When he gets rolling and more confident it will get dangerous for every other rider!
  • + 3
 How many total wins does Gwin have now? 15?
  • + 3
 Loving seeing Danny Hart back up at the sharp end.
  • + 3
 Siiiick!!!! Bruni es the new Sam Hill: all or nothing.
  • + 2
 Downhill of Ratboy has also been crazy
  • + 3
 Where do I buy Onza tires? HA!
  • + 2
 Not certain but apparently he wasn't riding onza tires!?!
  • + 3
 Tracey hannah almost 30 sec leading, i hope it's enough for her!
  • + 5
 30 sec wasn't enough...
  • + 3
 Great job Danny Hart!!! Bringing back the good stuff...
  • + 3
 Stoked for Danny and Steve, Gwin is Gwin
  • + 1
 .....and the Gwinning continues! Great to see him on top but I wish my fellow Canadian could have been there instead!!! This year of racing will be intense Big Grin
  • + 2
 Two North Americans on the podium and three in the top ten, we're coming back.
  • + 3
 So Specialized... Regreted already?
  • + 2
 "GWINNING"
-Charlie Sheen
  • + 1
 like a cheshire cat
  • + 2
 Look who has second best max speed!
  • + 2
 Wow what a ride by Pierron!
  • + 2
 No one riding a Orange ?.
  • - 1
 Think Loic went into that turn faster than anyone had all weekend hence the crash, a bit like the Rat over jumping the finish line bridge at the WCs. Next time Loic please! props to Gwin's grace in being handed victory
  • + 2
 that huck to offcamber off the rock from Smith is hero!
  • + 2
 (AG+YT=WC) EZ Math!!! Gwinnny out for Blood!!!
  • + 1
 I REALLY, REALLY ,REALLY want the OLD "lord" warner back !!!!!!!!!! hes f*cking LAME now....
  • + 2
 STEVIE SMITH! YEEEEWWW!!!! Fackin' give'r!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Sucks they dropped to the top 20 live from 30 and only three for the podium.
  • + 2
 Good for Smith, and holy cow - Loic was hammering down that course...
  • + 2
 Guess Gee's track walk wasn't so useful after all....
  • + 2
 If this is going to be the race season - wow!
  • + 1
 dang bruni soo much gas on that corner and yeah good to see steve and danny on the podium
  • + 3
 Merica, fuck yeah!!!
  • + 2
 Meh-rica
  • + 9
 The A ain't silent -Kyle Strait
  • + 1
 more like......... the republic of california FUCK YEAH!
  • + 2
 Loic was crushing it! Sucks he crashed.
  • + 3
 Gwinneth to winneth!
  • + 1
 not quite sure wheather i have just watched last years replay or this years WC. Still happy for YT
  • + 0
 Warner you are a sell out. Apologies for a full moon. Twice. Sorry dude we still love you but bring back the old days with the classic one liners.
  • + 0
 Go back and watch freecaster old telecasts...
  • + 3
 Red bull tv not working
  • + 1
 Same as mate
  • + 0
 Ive stayed up all night, it's now 5:40 AM and I'm a little upset. If it doesn't come on in the next 20 minutes, I will boycott red bull
  • + 1
 take it easy, it seems like there's not gona be any live coverage on RedbullTV. I'm watching it right now, and there are only interviews, track preview, etc. Live timing is much more exciting for now...
  • - 1
 @somismtb: that's infuriating. It always does this ????
  • + 0
 @Bersekr: Its a shame that it looks like its 2 hours late...
  • + 1
 @B06tripple8: probably they'll jump into live coverage soon...
  • + 1
 @Bersekr: Yeah they showed the top 5 women or something for filler for the top 20 men.
  • + 4
 @B06tripple8: Im not sure that the top 5 women are "filler".
  • + 1
 @ReverseKanga: Didn't mean it like that. They just showed the last bit of the woman's race while the men were competing live. a disapointment not able to see most of both.
  • + 1
 @somismtb: started right on time for me....I'm on West Coast
  • + 1
 Gwin 3 seconds up on Hart and it looks like 5 of the remaining 9 riders can chase his time.
  • + 1
 FINN WINS !!! I knew that kid had a bright future since that whipoff contest 2 years ago , sick !!!!!
  • + 2
 Yeah Stevie!! Back on the podium where you belong!
  • + 2
 Why are the women not getting live streamed??
  • + 1
 because they start a couple hours before the top 20 men
  • + 3
 Steve Peat in top 50!
  • + 1
 No more worries about points! He can wear his own jersey now!
  • + 3
 One pope and thats gwin
  • + 1
 We joke about having half the talent of bruni Gwin etc but hell half the talent of fin most of us be happy
  • + 2
 Why does red bull tv never work
  • + 2
 No Thirion ?
  • + 3
 wiped out and injured wrist
  • + 1
 Warner said he won't start earlier but just saw he finished 44th 3:25.9
  • + 1
 Pope does not crash he makes miracles
  • + 2
 Gwinvinsable!
  • + 2
 Gwin or sunday, sell a bunch of tuesdays on monday.

so many of mommy's and daddy's credit cards are gettin' ready to get racked up with yt goodness!!!!!!


#thekidsarealright
  • + 1
 I just cried once again but pretty happy for stevie and aaron !
  • + 2
 What happened?!?!??
  • + 4
 Bruni was pushing it and crashed
  • + 1
 @Docster: I see now..
  • + 4
 Climate Change is killing our planet....
  • + 1
 What happened to Loic Bruni !!!??? At split 4 was first!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Once again, a crash ruins my contest picks D: Poor Loic, he had it!
  • + 1
 WHY LOIC WHY?! Still points for maximum effort.
  • + 2
 What happened to loic?
  • + 12
 He was pushing way to hard on that course. The man has the speed to beat anyone, all he needs is a little refinement in his riding and he will be unstoppable!
  • + 3
 @monstertiki: well said!
  • + 2
 @monstertiki: He just had to hit the brakes! Too much speed, bike was off the ground entering the corner. There's no way to save that
  • + 1
 Go watch his final run, he was absolutely PINNED, unbelievable racing. Came close to crashing twice yet managed to stay on the bike while riding beyond the limit until he washed out on what is basically the last "hard" section/corner.
  • + 1
 Well done Gwin on YT bike for all!not like demo 8000k
  • + 1
 Damn had loic for the win.
  • + 1
 #thechainsawmassacre is BACK! way to go Steviee... (Y)
  • + 2
 THIS IS WORLD CUUUUP
  • + 1
 Such an exciting season opener!!!!!
  • + 1
 lol, Full Moons coming out on Brendog's run
  • + 1
 British woman 1, 2 and 3!!!!! I am dreaming!
  • + 1
 its doesn't matter how you start, it matters how you finish !
  • + 2
 Way to go Stevie!!
  • + 1
 Gwin VS Bruni from here on out.
  • + 0
 Gwin may have won, but I think we know who the fastest rider is at this point even.
  • + 1
 Loic is a winner, breathtaking run for sure! Gwin, well done!
  • + 2
 feed is killing me
  • + 1
 MISS HIM WHEN HE WAS ON FREECASTER !!!!!!
  • + 1
 Gwin is Gwinning and there are no American ladies even entered! Really?!
  • + 1
 Fair play to Gwin, gutted for Bruni. Both are rapid beyond belief
  • + 1
 why did not marc beaumont race? did not see his name on the list ??
  • + 2
 didn't qualify in top 80
  • + 1
 look at the speed that Tracey made..awesome
  • + 1
 Lourdes I was so wrong, what a race.
  • + 1
 Any Lin to a video recording of the race?
  • + 1
 dumb question but speed is in kmh or mph ?
  • + 0
 Lets hear it for America, check the time check the time! Gwin with the win!! life good!
  • + 2
 Finn for the win!
  • + 1
 Close... But no donut....
  • + 1
 Nik Nestoroff Killin' the game!!!! Proud of that dude.
  • + 1
 Desperately wanting to see Loic on the top step so bad...
  • + 1
 GOD!!!! LET BRUNI WIN FFS!!!!
  • + 1
 April Mop
  • + 1
 Specialized is bummed
  • + 1
 YES FINN, SO STOKED
  • + 1
 Gwinner
  • + 1
 He crashed :-/
  • + 1
 Where did Peaty end up?
  • - 3
 AT Santacruz Syndicate....
  • + 2
 42nd for Peaty
  • - 1
 @KeyboardDHiller: Useless reply.
  • + 1
 @kwapik: Thanks I see it now. but for a while it was on the stupid Tissot live timing screen. thanks.
  • + 1
 @EnduroBro: I really was hoping Peaty would do better, but not seeing his run - who knows what happened.
  • + 2
 @kwapik: Agreed. I want to see the old dog up front for his final season. Maybe my all time fav rider.
  • + 1
 @EnduroBro: yeah, me too
  • + 3
 Peaty 1st in the speed trap and a consistent run for 42nd. Not bad for his first race back. Hopefully he can get it back into he top 10 or 20 as the season progresses. I'd like to see him grab a podium (a win?) in his final season.
  • + 2
 @westeast: Who are we kidding? Peaty isn't going to get a first place finish/ He'd be lucky to come top 25 I reckon. The duded too old now...
  • + 1
 @Jack-McLovin: He may not get a podium but you cant deny he has been part of the success of modern DH racing. he is a legend, I hope he does win. I would love to see Gwin,Loci and all the rest if peaty put down a burner at Sainte-Anne or Ft Bill. But yeah sadly he has come off the pace in the last 5 years. still showing the young guns he can charge.
  • + 1
 @EnduroBro:
Of course he's a legend haha. And it's incredible that at 40 years old he's still in the top 42 best riders in the world.
  • + 0
 LOIC! Wreck or not he was smashing on Gwin. Super stoked for this season.
  • - 2
 WHY IS RED BULL NOT WORKING ! I know the results for the womens I dont need to watch it again !
  • - 1
 Red Bull not showing the womens live?
  • + 0
 Well that was exiting.
  • + 0
 C'mon been dog! ,
  • - 1
 Red Bull TV cut out at the beginning of Bruni's run... WTF?
  • - 3
 Had to come here because red bullshit tv isn't working as usual...
  • - 2
 Bruni had it! But it just goes to show that he's the fastest man to beat.
  • - 2
 I swear Red Bull's coverage is going downhill!....
  • + 4
 Then start your own media company, buy the rights from UCI and do whatever you please for the coverage.. It will make you happy for sure Smile
  • + 3
 It worked perfectly for me, full coverage, seeing it from the charts then crossover to the live feed on redbull, I was comparing qualis>live feed charts>redbull live feed. when the french guy got like 3:13:00 in the semi wet track tought WOW. rest of the field did a semi dry-dry track. so to me the french got the best results.
  • + 2
 I see what you did there
  • + 1
 @brusmaster: to be fair he did 3:13, 2 seconds faster than Bruni qualis time. that got him in 4th place. just beat by 3 faster (really fast) riders. to be fair he won in life.
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