Loris Vergier Course Preview - Cairns DH World Champs 2017

Sep 7, 2017 at 12:01
by Pinkbike Staff  


France's Loris Vergier takes you for a lap on the DHI World Championships course in Cairns, Australia at the 2017 UCI Mountain bike World Championships.


172 Comments

  • + 253
 Holy shit is that brutal to watch. We need Claudio. Claudio has the camera angle figured out.
  • + 417
 I don't think that's fair. Do you have any idea how much skill it takes to ride that course at that speed while holding your iphone in one hand?
  • + 33
 @phile99: Jokes aside, I'm pretty sure that would've been better than what we got.
  • + 20
 The only thing better than a handlebar mount is a rearward facing seat mount.
  • + 33
 Super brutal! Gotta be what Bill and Ted experienced every time they entered the time machine on their excellent adventure.
  • + 46
 Go pro should stop making the bar mounts
  • + 9
 @SCCC120: *Super Bogus Smile
  • + 17
 @phile99: it looks like my very first vid.
  • + 19
 When are drone follow cams due out? Need that Playstation angle.
  • + 1
 @BenPea: They make drones that can follow now, they just don't have object avoidance so they can't be used when riding through woods.
  • + 2
 @SCCC120: hahahahahahahahahaha fuk me man that made me laugh OUT LOUD!
  • + 2
 @sino428: how far behind do they fly?
  • + 6
 10 seconds was too much
  • + 5
 Your comment wins the internet today. @phile99:
  • + 1
 @BenPea: I'm not that familiar with the specifics of how each drone's features work but I think its a little further out, not something that will fly like a few feet behind the rider. i don't think the reaction time of the drone and the signal is precise enough for that. It would be more like 20 feet up and 40 feet behind, stuff like that. Which is why it cant be used going through woods.
  • + 2
 @SCCC120: this made my day. hahaha...
  • + 3
 what a shitty one!!!! Claudio please help them!
  • + 8
 First time I got seasick watching a bike video...
  • + 9
 This is not something you see often. VHS camera with handlebar mount.
  • + 3
 The challenge is to try and watch the first 30 seconds without throwing up haha. Mum, I don't feel so good!!!
  • + 1
 @BenPea: Airdogs for every rider.
  • + 3
 @sino428: just increase the altitude higher than the tree line, zoom in and use a thermal camera at night or in a cold climate. They shot Predator vision in the jungle but had to fix it in post so you could see.
  • + 1
 @choppertank3e:

Yey airdogs!

What's an airdog? Doesn't matter. Make it happen.
  • + 2
 Claudio posted this on his Instagram earlier - www.instagram.com/p/BYyIRMPBCoE
  • + 3
 Loris is awesome. This is not.
  • + 1
 @choppertank3e: Meh... Maybe we need Claudio cammed up with no brakes following each guy down, screaming like a 4 year-old girl.
  • + 1
 @pizzle1983: Failed.
  • + 133
 UCI, you are truly pathetic. You demand all the money and perks to hold a race, yet cannot get a simple preview correct? Loris should have been outfitted with appropriate gimble for his GoPro/camera. Redbull, with all it's faults, makes you guys look amateur at best.
  • + 24
 i agree this preview sucks, and UCI sucks in general - but it's pretty hard to ride at a certain level with a chesty gimbal setup (probably why Claudio's previews don't use them either - also is why nate hills is a legend)
  • + 64
 The UCI takes money, they don't give back ... It's a bit of a one way street unfortunately
  • + 13
 @weirc: Well a chest cam at least. UCI are a bunch of crusty crooks and give zero sh*ts about anything but roadies and draining $$ from any other two-wheeled sport (MTB, BMX, etc.)
  • + 28
 Looks like we're watching the world uphill champs.
  • + 5
 UCI is run by a bunch of out-of-touch weekend warriors (and that's being kind). They f*cking suck. I would like to hear one redeeming quality of this organization made up of greedy, self-serving a*sholes.
  • + 2
 Sam hill did an official go pro run before the start of first practice, dont know where that is/ if it has been posted yet
  • - 47
flag mollow (Sep 7, 2017 at 17:26) (Below Threshold)
 @davetrumpore: and without them you wouldnt have a job show some respect typo king
  • + 9
 @mollow: LOL All praise our dear leaders the UCI!! Without them there wouldn't be a MTB industry or top-level DH racing! Everyone including photographers wouldn't make any money without the UCI! God bless the UCI!!


Why are gapers so good at being clowns?
  • + 30
 @mollow: awww you're cute... Uci constitutes 7-8 weekends a year. Crankworx, FMB, Enduro World Series, etc etc have zero UCI affiliation. The sport would be as good or better without then... And since you sound so concerned, I'd still have no trouble paying the mortgage ;-)
  • + 8
 @scott-townes: he'd be a good fit for the UCI from the sounds of it.
  • + 4
 @davetrumpore: I'm curious why the WC DH people hadn't gone fully independent of the UCI, EWS did it, and they were pretty successful so far, dh had been in mtb longer yet cant seem to pull it together without the uci,
  • - 9
flag makripper (Sep 7, 2017 at 19:28) (Below Threshold)
 @davetrumpore: yeah who likes watching people race dh live. UCI and Redbull should give it up.
  • + 14
 @makripper: don't confuse the UCI with Red Bull and their investment into the live broacasts fom the World Cup. The two are not interchangeable..
  • - 10
flag makripper (Sep 7, 2017 at 20:18) (Below Threshold)
 @davetrumpore: I'm not. I'm guessing you don't remember the days without uci DH?
  • + 20
 @makripper: I'm not sure I follow? uci DH had been around since the early 1990's. As for coverage before RB we had freecaster, and prior to that some pretty terrible coverage via OLN in the states, or if you were lucky you could find coverage on Eurosport (most of which are now on YouTube and quite eye opening as to the roots if the sport). The biggest part the UCI has played over the years is with sponsorship. The WC has not had a title sponsor in 10 years since Nisan left (if you don't count them getting scammed by Rocky Roads). Anyone who has spent years around there races can plainly see the lack of effort they now put in, and if it were not for Red Bulls investment I'm not sure the UCI would be able or willing to promote the sport and bring it to a large audience. Until the UCI matches the passion and commitment of others doing the work to grow the sport, then it will remain at a standstill with the same old venues and tracks, limited to no outside sponsor interest, etc.
  • + 3
 UCI should watch the EWS course previews.
  • + 3
 @davetrumpore: for an example see the UCI coverage of the 4X World Championships. Utterly f*cking diabolical. Wouldn't trust them to find their arse with both hands.
  • + 1
 @bman33: show me high speed dh track chest cam footage that isn't shot with a gimbal that's actually watchable - haven't seen anything yet
  • + 1
 @weirc: I am unsure of your point, because it's the same as mine...get a better camera/gimble at least.
  • + 66
 I apologize in advance if I hurt anyone's feelings, but I find this track least exciting in 2017 DH calendar...
  • + 8
 Yeah ik tf, where are the rocks??? Except that one section of course.
  • + 16
 Vital raw makes it look quite exciting.
  • + 4
 Yeah, I was thinking it looked fun to ride while most world cup DH tracks look terrifying to me. I doubt the pros are happy with this course.
  • + 10
 The UCI can make Hurricane Irma look boring. Don't let this sad excuse of a course preview fool you.
  • + 4
 After Val di Sole this looks like a walk in the park. Then again, most tracks look like a walk in the park compared to Val di Sole
  • + 3
 You mean in the HISTORY of DH right ?
  • + 3
 @BenPea is right. Go watch the Vital Raw footage. It's got some gnar gnar.
  • + 3
 @WaterBear: the track gets a bad wrap because of the bottom and the finish. The fist half really is quite good, but once riders get to the whoops at the mod point the track pretty much turns into a basic flat trail ride.
  • + 1
 Found it pretty unimpressive too. Maybe Claudio spoiled us too much?
  • + 2
 This looks and sounds like an old wooden rollercoaster.
  • + 3
 @davetrumpore: Based on the Vital footage it's got some steep sections at the top that lend to some huge looking drops / gap jumps. The rock garden has always looked nasty to me as well.
  • - 3
 Glad I wasn't the first to say how gay this track looks.
  • + 5
 @CaliCol: f*ck off with your homophobic shit, you gaper.
  • + 1
 @WaterBear: yup that's all in the first 2 mins of track or so... Then remaining minute is the one that's a bit mediocre.
  • + 38
 Yeah, glad it wasn't just me. That was the most rough/worst course preview vid ever.
Please no more handlebar mount previews.
  • + 3
 let`s make preview great again...Claudioooooooo
  • + 32
 Was that a handlebar mount? Couldn't even get through the first minute.
  • + 22
 You got to the first minute? I stopped 14 seconds into it.

definitely a bar mount.
  • + 14
 3 turns and I tapped out
  • + 64
 I deleted my pinkbike account because it was bar mounted
  • + 4
 31 seconds! Beat that! (without vomitting all over my laptop)
  • + 3
 I couldn't get passed the first 3 turns...
  • + 2
 Yep looked like handlebar mount to me. I've mounted a camera to my headtube before but it wasn't this bad. I got about 2 mins in till my gut cried for mercy.
  • + 6
 @ibishreddin: I've never had a pink bike account because I saw this
  • + 27
 Worst. Footage. Ever.
  • + 7
 by far.
  • + 1
 yep, shite
  • + 16
 Get that man a gimbal. That was nauseating.
  • + 10
 I nearly threw up and fell off my chair. Holy crap. Motion sickness never existed until now. Chest mount or helmet mount please.....
  • + 12
 Only world dh cup track with uphill finish.
  • + 8
 Yeah,a real downhilltrack is one where you can win without a chain.
  • + 6
 What a wild finish!! You could just hear him laying the power down on those cranks!! Couldn't think of a better way to finish the season off than a downhill world champs where you have to pedal to make it across the finish line. Lame
  • + 6
 So we go from last year, the best course preview I've ever seen, with Claudio, Peaty and Warner riding Val Di Sole to this. UCI you should be ashamed of yourselves, as I'm sure you would be if you actually gave a flying fuck about our sport.
  • + 9
 Maybe next time they can try a "crank-mount"...
  • + 7
 Mounted to the hub pointing out towards the rim would be pretty neat and totally watchable.
  • + 9
 STOP with the handle bar mounts!!!
  • + 7
 Hill will be perfectly fine on the enduro...
  • + 7
 Had to pause it to throw up.
  • + 6
 The only word I heard come out of his mouth during this preview is "f*ck!" Lol
  • + 3
 UCI approved lol
  • + 7
 After Claudio course previews all year, this is terrible.
  • + 7
 Turned it off after 14 seconds - where's Claudio!?
  • + 2
 ...and what, a dzn identical switchbacks. Boring
  • + 4
 What in wild world of sports was that?

Ssrsy, if you can only flip on a single Go-pro at a time at least stick it to his head.

They also forgot the Slow-mo, The Super-Slo-mo and the Live Instagram feed.
  • + 3
 ...that was like watching a Bourne Supremacy fight sequence from inside a washing machine. I'm not sure who won, but for some reason the woman sitting across from me on this train is covered in puke.
  • + 7
 Filmed with a potato
  • + 6
 i feel like that was closer to an enduro track
  • + 2
 The camera angle doesn't help much but it certainly looks like EWS material
  • + 2
 That's what I was thinking! Maybe Sam Hill has it right...gonna be on his enduro bike with all those pedal sections
  • + 4
 Needs to come with a ''warning, will cause motion sickness'' label. Not sure how or why this is on the main page. Try again please.
  • + 4
 feck my videos are even better on my old contour... and that track sucks, theres better enduro stages out there..
  • + 1
 Other than one Little Rock section this course looks like it could be doenon a 5-6" travel bike. Get a light bike out there and with all the pedaling they have to do it should help with the quick accelerations out of some of those tight turns.
Also that has to be one of the weakest and un-suspenseful finishes in DH!
  • + 1
 In my opinion, a WC DH course should be at least gnarlier than the average rider would be comfortable on. I'm well below average, and the Cairns course looks like fun to me. Oh well, it's still racing, and we should appreciate all the hard work & extreme risk that each racer had to endure throughout the season to be there for our entertainment.
Go Danny! Go Greg! Go Tracy!
  • + 4
 I've seen rougher bobsled courses. Hopefully it rains and makes it interesting to watch .
  • + 1
 The course doesn't look too difficult. There was one rock garden and mostly flat out speed jumps. Other than the blown out dry dusty conditions it's a pretty tame course. I'm hoping that this is the year Aaron gets his stripes.
  • + 1
 I'm hoping the camera lied, but that looked like one dull DH track, might have to miss getting up 10 minutes after getting in from my night out ? Oh well, not long till my next fix . . . . . . Bring on Rampage.
  • + 1
 That track looks amazing. Probably the most progressive and challenging dh track out there. Wow. Blown away..... At least Gwin is used to the dust. Looks like some easy Californian trails.
  • + 5
 What the hell
  • + 5
 Well I just threw up
  • + 1
 Not sure how realistic that video makes it, but it looks like the course could be done on a cruiser. Where are the roots. rocks, and technical sections? Looked like a bobsled course that was fully polished.
  • + 3
 Video footage does this track no justice, i was there today, its pretty gnarly
  • + 2
 there should be a motion sickness warning in title of this post. that was just terrible to watch.
  • + 2
 Nokia taped to handlebar with ducktape? Uci doing this stuff zero budget? This is shit.
  • + 2
 I can confirm from the audio, Loris is indeed running 8000psi front and rear
  • + 2
 I turned it off after a few corners. Please don't ever set up a camera like that again. It's just un-watchable.
  • + 3
 LAME ...F.U UCI for such a lame track
  • + 3
 Cairns preview, Betamax, 1991.
  • + 2
 Thanks UCI for ruinning my ''Course preview'' NEVER EVER USE A HANDLEBAR MOUNT. NEVER!
  • + 3
 UCI. Utilizing Complete Incompetence
  • + 3
 Don't waste your bandwidth.
  • + 3
 Is the top section an old Australian bobsled track?
  • + 2
 I figure I will just watch all the GoPro runs as I won't be able to watch the real thing....
  • + 3
 Motion sickness...vomiting so hard! Had to finish though!
  • + 3
 So it's a straight fight between Sam and Phil for the title then!
  • + 2
 Hold up... Just found out there's no Phil... So Sam it is!
  • + 0
 Are all PB articles comments section going to taken up by continuous whinging?
"whinge whinge Fing whinge"

Having rode the track over the past month, Its great to see the pros absolutely ripping it.
  • + 4
 When it's that bad, yes.
  • + 4
 Welcome to the internet, I see It's your first time here. People with positive things to say, smile and keep it to themselves. People with negative things to say, say it, over and over again.
  • + 0
 @darkmuncan: lol Touche'
  • + 2
 ouch my eyes Loris! Like staring at the Eclipse!!!
  • + 1
 Looks to me like a single-crown w/a dropper post would work better than a DH bike on that course
  • + 2
 This sounds like rolling fatbike 4.0"+ tires pumped up to 50psi.
  • + 1
 Poor fellow Loris is going to get shot down for the worst track preview, ever!
  • + 3
 Where's Claudio?
  • + 2
 Fucking hell had to stop that it was horrid.
  • + 2
 There won't be any Claudio's preview ?
  • + 2
 I miss the funny screaming and talking from Claudio.
  • + 3
 Sucks!
  • + 2
 Looked and sounded like wooden roller coaster filmed with a flip phone.
  • + 1
 After reading all the comments I expected a lot worse. Wasn't all that bad. Even enjoyed it a bit.
  • + 1
 Strange huh? I actually preferred it. No talking just the sweet sound of tires on dirt.
  • + 1
 @acali: agreed
  • + 2
 That was so rough it made me wanna spew.
  • + 2
 didn't understand a single word.
  • + 1
 TOY coarse, I guess its time for the World Elites to relax on an easy LONG track.
  • + 2
 Turned it off in the first 3 seconds
  • + 3
 240p - we meet again.
  • + 2
 I watched the whole thing. What did I win?
  • + 2
 Okay, please do not mount it on the bars again.
  • + 2
 That looks like one crazy rollercoaster Big Grin
  • + 3
 Filmed with a potatoe?
  • + 2
 Oh sorry..thanks a lot uci..
  • + 2
 this is no DH material.... this is bad for the sport.... Shame on you UCI
  • + 1
 Ummmm, where the heck is Claudio?? That reversed selfie stick angle is too hard to watch.
  • + 2
 Didn't know Cairns had a bobsled track
  • + 2
 Was he filming with an original GoPro?
  • + 2
 Can I see someone else's course preview please?
  • + 1
 gave up after 10s - the camera placement and sound was shite.
  • + 2
 I have headache !!!
  • + 1
 Do the riders enjoy this track? Cause it looks terrible...
  • + 2
 1080 super wide.....
  • + 2
 AWFUL
  • + 2
 Barf!
  • + 2
 WTF was that
  • + 2
 Bring back claudio
  • + 2
 The hell is this?
  • + 1
 Cool Runnings in Cairns!
  • + 1
 quick go to new zealand
  • + 1
 I feel sick
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