Results: Lenzerheide DH World Championships 2018

Sep 9, 2018 at 3:50
by Pinkbike Staff  
Myriam Nicole was disqualified during her run for going through the tape but since she is a protected rider she will start the final.


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Live Timing

Final Results:

Elite Men

1. BRUNI Loic 2:55.114
2. MAES Martin +0.213
3. HART Danny +0.305
4. VERGIER Loris +0.749
5. GWIN Aaron +1.341


Elite Women

1. ATHERTON Rachel 3:15.738
2. SEAGRAVE Tahnee +9.983
3. NICOLE Myriam +10.676
4. CABIROU Marine +15.963
5. HANNAH Tracey +15.966


Junior Men

1. EDWARDS Kade 3:03.225
2. A'HERN Kye +4.410
3. JAMIESON Elliot +5.438
4. DAPRELA Thibaut +5.811
5. KERR Henry +5.815

Junior Women

1. HOLL Valentina 3:39.726
2. NEWKIRK Anna +10.881
3. JOHNSET Mille +16.694
4. GIMENEZ Nastasia +17.291
5. ZIBASA Paula +21.262







Live Updates:

7:44am PST - Amaury Pierron crashes out! Loic Bruni takes his third World Championship win!

7:41am PST - Amaury Pierron is the last man down the hill... The only one left to challenge Loic Bruni for the Championship. Either way, the French take home the rainbow-striped jersey.

7:37am PST - 0.3 back, Danny Hart takes 3rd, guaranteeing himself a top 5 finish.

7:33am PST - Loris Vergier giving Loic a run for his money, stalling in the trees towards the ends and losing just enough time to put him in 3rd place.

7:30am PST - Loic Bruni unseats Maes by 0.213 seconds!

7:18am PST - The Bulldog bites the dust (literally), crashing on what's become a wicked dry and slippery track.

7:18am PST - USA jerseys taking over the podium with Luca Shaw knocking Minnaar off the box and Luca taking 3rd behind Gwinn.

7:13am PST - Top 10 men left, Aaron Gwinn coming right out the gate with 2nd in the first two splits but loses time over the course and finishes 2nd behind Martin Maes.

7:02am PST - A long day in the hot seat for Martin Maes and Greg Minnaar who still sit in 1st and 2nd respectively. Matt Walker files in behind in 3rd.

6:52am PST - A great run for Dean Lucas who bumps Ed Masters out of the top 3.

6:44am PST - Fin Iles can't crack the top three but comes in to take a solid 4th.

6:35am PST - A pile up for Adam Brayton and Jerome Caroli on course, both taking DNF's.

6:35am PST - Eddie Masters takes the 3rd place spot, with Reece Wilson filing in behind in 4th, making up some solid time in the last split.

6:30am PST - Martin Maes fresh off his win in La Bresse takes the hot seat, 2.4 seconds over Minnaar's time.

5:57am PST - The men's field is underway with veteran, Greg Minnaar, sitting comfortably in the hot seat.

5:00am PST - Another World Championship win for Rachel! Winning by 9.983 seconds, absolutely obliterating the women's field. Her 5th elite gold at World Champs.

4:57am PST - Rachel Atherton the last woman on course, and is 1st by massive times through the first three splits.

4:57am PST - Tahnee Seagrave takes the hot seat by less than a second over Myriam Nicole.

4:53am PST - 3rd for Tracey Hannah, 5 seconds back from Myriam. Tahnee and Rachel left at the top.

4:46am PST - Marine Cabirou slides into the top spot but is unseated in the next run by fellow French woman Myriam Nicole who went green through all the splits.

4:33am PST - Emilie Siegenthaler goes fastest by three seconds, the first time today faster than Rachel Atherton's qualifying time.

4:31am PST - Miranda Miller can't crack the podium and Morgane Charre holds on to the hot seat.

4:25am PST - Reigning World Champ Miranda Miller on course as the top ten women are ready to race for the rainbow stripes.

4:23am PST - A flat for Cecile Ravanel takes her out of medal contention.

4:15am PST - Three Swiss women hold the top spots as the women's field is halfway through the finish.



416 Comments

  • + 501
 Nothing but class from Bruni, pointing first to the Jared sticker on his bike not himself and waiting until Amaury was back on the bike and down before celebrating. Serious class!
  • + 7
 Such a gentleman and merit to the sport, was gonna call my kid Loic... until I found out she was going to be a girl lol
  • + 2
 @ctd07: Loica then?
  • + 8
 @ctd07: So she's a Rachel then?
  • + 2
 My thoughts exactly, Bruni had put me off in the past with some of his antics, but today he made me a true fan. Go Super Bruni!
  • + 1
 What happened to the replay, anyone knows where to find it ?? Frown
  • + 137
 The story isn’t Bruni, it’s Maes just 0.2 behind!
  • + 62
 And 650b are 1st and 2nd ...
  • + 221
 Actually I think the story is bruni sorry. Oh and Rachel.
  • + 25
 @Trailstunter: And 3rd. Not to mention that Kade was on 27.5 as well.
  • + 12
 Bruni sure knows how to win at.the world championships.

Seems like more of a one (big) race specialist vs a world cup specialist. But.he is still young and will continue to develop for sure.
  • + 21
 @Trailstunter: pick a wheel size and...
  • + 35
 Maes is still a beast. I could see so much frustration on the sidelines as top riders came down in 9th-21st place, because of the Enduro elite rider.
  • + 25
 Maes was in the hospital early in the day too, with flu-like symptoms. No excuses from him, though, and he did go full gas.
  • + 33
 Of course Maes did a top run. Maes is a DH racer that have focused on enduro. big Kudos to him and all podium racer. Can we say that the enduro track and involvement is now far more complicated than DH ????
If the UCI change a bit more the track ( no bikepark, open field) it will change the done for sure.
  • + 5
 @leviatanouroboro: true, they all try to find excuses for him beating the big league guys, like wheather, or Claudio today with it seems more slippery ...

Now the marketing departments are at code red about 29'ers too ????????????
  • + 3
 @farmergilles: maes is a downhill racer? Wtf! BMX and 4cross you mean ...
  • + 6
 Et un, et deux, et trois zéro… !
  • + 2
 @Trailstunter: maybe in the dh realm they are.... Not in the enduro bro realm that's for sure!
  • + 5
 @farmergilles: an is boring that always 70% of the broadcast is in no so much atractive highways... circuits should be way more technichal and raw on the final part cause the technichal bits always use to be on the first half of circuit and we usually miss it cause the broadcast design...
  • + 61
 @leviatanouroboro: You mean a guy who won 2 jr UCI World Cup Downhills and was 2nd at Jr World Champs DH. Good lord, it's as if people think this guy just bought a DH bike yesterday.
  • + 10
 @leviatanouroboro: thank goodness for Bruni; it would have been a bit awkward for the future of DH if a part timer from another discipline would have won the World Champ crown.. yikes
  • + 25
 I don’t understand the surprise, or hostility or why this supposed to be a big deal. There are plenty enduro sections are like DH tracks and Maes is a great rider that runs DH races occasionally. It’s not like nino decided to race.
  • + 5
 @onemind123: give the guy a break, he started out the season with a dislocated elbow...
  • + 19
 @Trailstunter: the switchbacks section after the road gap meant doom for the wagon wheelers. Every single rider on a 29er lost at least a second there.
  • + 2
 @southoftheborder: Maybe but did they gain in other sections?
  • + 7
 @jeremiahwas: Obviously not enough.
  • + 2
 @rippersub: Apparently. Still like my 29er! Of course I was content with 26 so...
  • + 10
 @Samokeefe: Acutally it would have been really fun. Maes kicking the ass of all those DH guys calling Enduro not a real sport
  • + 6
 The story for me is the possible return of SAM HILL! You f*cking Legend!
  • + 22
 Maes just proved all the haters wrong who said his DH win was only because of the weather and rain for the favorites. Bruni deserved the win. Hell of a run.
  • + 4
 @Christopop: kade was on 29
  • + 11
 @whambat: this time it was apparently too dry and slippery, poor Maes can't get any credit it seems.
  • + 8
 Bruni apparently doesn’t think Bruni is the story either since he pointed to his Jared Graves sticker.
  • + 2
 @thisspock: yeah but he doesnt/hasnt been training for dh races all year like literally everyone else in the start hut
  • + 3
 maes is a beast. Id like to see him do a full season next year.
  • + 1
 @southoftheborder: So 29-ers are not so good and allround after all Wink
All the hype of easy turning, new geometry, poppy...
Now we get to the point of having 650b and 29-er tracks? Whaha...
No... 29 is just not as good as they all say they are... in DH and Enduro, they don't outrun and even lose a lot of times against 650b's...
  • + 4
 Let's not forget the comment from two days ago where the guy said that since Maes starts so early we're going to be watching red split times all day long when he's sitting on the podium the whole time.
  • + 5
 @SeanC1: In EWS they get that start hut pressure of a real race about 50 times a year vs seven times for DH. They are also so getting fitter than dh racers, and better at riding in changeable conditions. Basically Sam Hill has pushed everyone to raise their game... to a level above world cup dh. Maes will be in dh next year. All about the Benjamins.
  • - 1
 Dooood. Neko talking smack about his win last race made me sick. Martin killing it for realzzz!
  • + 2
 @nordicMT: was this on downtime? What did he say?
  • + 1
 @russthedog: yeah on Downtime. I forget his words exactly, but totally downplayed his win, stating track conditions or something. Then back pedaled slightly and said he is a really good rider.
  • + 0
 @Trailstunter: it could surely do for a more diverse bike roster if some tracks would favor smaller wheels -tight turns, heavy stopping followed by explosive sprints to recover speed- while others would suit bigger wheels better -a la motorway some tracks already have.

Although the latter ones would certainly be boring to watch, and I guess stamina and leg power would define who would take the top spot.
  • + 2
 @leviatanouroboro: Yeah he's a beast but the conditions changed dramatically, they all way's do in every race. You could see the riders between Maes and the top 20 getting better times than the top 20 guys and then the top ten guys should have smashed those times, the top 10 guys normal take 2-3 seconds off the top 20 guys times. Maes would have still been on the podium though because he is adaptable and could rise to the occasion.
  • + 0
 @southoftheborder: the whole thing of biking is that you don't build tracks for certain wheelsize for example... And if I may believe the hype... 29 is good anywhere... so ...
Now you tell me that 29 is only good at a motorway? Whahaha... tell that to the marketing crew here on PB!
  • - 1
 @southoftheborder: So a 29 is a disaster in switchbacks? Whahaha... OMG OMG... the big wheelers and the marketing hype are going dowwwnnnnn
  • - 2
 I have been saying multiple time on pinkbike that I learn a costly mistake going to a 29er bike. I race them, jump them and climb them and it's not a good wheel size for fun or racing. Only thing it's good for is going straight on a fire road. I will never go back. I even had a hard tail 29er and that also was a mistake. 29ers need to die. "29ers are dead" sorry Gwin too late and it's not some secret, cause there is no secret. I am surprised the people who review these 29er bikes dont understand this?!?! Please dont buy a 29er you will regret it. 27.5 is the way to go. *over 20 years of riding, race pro against Troy Bronson, 6'2 215 lbs.
  • - 1
 @Trailstunter: you didnt look at the run of Loris did you?
  • + 0
 @TobiasHandcock: Nope, I explained this in the comments when he won La Bresse. The top qualifiers all finished strongly in La Bresse. Many of the usual top riders were off the pace both in qualifying and in the race. Many of the riders who started in the last 10 in La Bresse qualified well outside the Top 10 like Brosnan, Vergier, Iles, Greenland, etc.

The new UCI start orders made it seem like the last 10 riders had a deteriorating track but they didnt as proven by the riders who actually qualified well like Pierron, Bruni, MacDonald.
  • - 4
flag pargolf8 (Sep 10, 2018 at 8:11) (Below Threshold)
 @Rider656: douche
  • + 3
 @pargolf8: sorry pargolf if you dont agree with my opinion. I wish you would debate with rather than call me names :/
  • + 1
 @Samokeefe: not really. They're basically the exact same thing on the down slope, difference being 20 or so mm of travel and a slightly longer wheelbase.
  • + 123
 #SUPERFREAKINBRUNI STRIPES AGAIN hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!! Good job mon Lolo Smile
  • + 114
 That’s the reasons Rachel is a 5 time World Champion! Congratulations Rachel!
  • + 15
 Pretty incredible really! Must be depressing for the rest of the field. Congrats!
  • + 5
 how does she sit down with balls that big!! Wink
  • - 54
flag bashhard (Sep 9, 2018 at 5:37) (Below Threshold)
 Don't you know that the real reason is that she rides with her brothersWink
  • + 7
 Rach seems to be back!
  • + 6
 Wow, by nearly 10 seconds. Go Rach
  • - 38
flag bashhard (Sep 9, 2018 at 5:43) (Below Threshold)
 Come on guys, don't down vote me to hell, it was a joke!
  • + 24
 @bashhard: From a few years ago and it wasn't that funny back then.
  • - 2
 @fatduke: Exactly.
  • + 4
 @bashhard: in fairness Tracey does ride with her brother too and she is far from that
  • + 43
 BRUNI! 27.5 WHEELS AND 2.3 TIRES!
  • + 29
 @endurocat: And aluminum rims!

Imposibro
  • - 1
 I thought the reason was she grew up riding with gee? Weird, as I always saw her chasing him down the tracks all the times.
  • + 3
 @bashhard: Dude! Up votes and down votes are all illusions.. Why do u care? It's kids stuff really.
  • + 1
 @endurocat: Butcher uncut!
  • + 1
 @MrDiamondDave: harharharhar
  • + 3
 @m1dg3t: and he is missing part of the frame...
  • + 2
 @winko: That will be available as a DLC through your local Specialized dealer.
  • + 68
 Please UCI, stop with these weird starting lists. It is unfair, particulary for Maes who will suffer from questions about the deteriorating track. 1rst qualifier last to go and thats all.
  • - 8
flag TobiasHandcock (Sep 9, 2018 at 8:46) (Below Threshold)
 He definitely had a faster track this week and last. But he also has world class Enduro skills to adapt to the changing track extremely well. So we miss out on seeing his full potential in the same conditions as others of his class, we miss out on seeing him maybe push even harder because he would know the times to beat.
  • + 4
 @TobiasHandcock: I hope they drop it next year - he should be racing on the same track as guys going a similar speed
  • + 4
 The world champs has always been based on ranking yet never an issue.
  • + 14
 World Champs has always been on WORLD ranking, not World Cup ranking,or World Champs "qualifying". World ranking includes all races around the world, not just World Cups, hence Blenki starting after Brook even though Brook beat him in the World Cup overall.

It's been this way since forever. (Well, since John Tomac sat on the side of the track during qualifying to get a better start time due to weather)
  • + 3
 World champs has never been fastest qualifier to go last, it's always been on world ranking points accrued through the year.
  • + 2
 @TobiasHandcock: quit it with the deteriorating track nonsense. Maes is a beast.
  • + 1
 @TobiasHandcock: Wyn just weighed in on the deteriating track bs. Scroll down bro.
So forget it. Send respect to Maes and watch him go beast mode next year. Loving this underdog stuff!
  • + 55
 I was really hopeing to see someone other than Atherton win the women’s just to see someone different win, but that run was something else. Totally well deserved. Pretty much had the throttle screwed to the stop the whole way. Well done.
  • + 11
 I remember being in this boat before Rachel got injured in previous years. But as she's worked her way back up and I got the chance to meet her, and seeing her lose with grace and still be so happy for other competitors... I can't say I want anyone else to be top dog. She's pure class, a lovely soul and an icon for women's athletics and extreme sports. I'm all aboard the Rachel train. She puts in the work, has fun on her bike, and does so much to reach out and bring more women into this sport.
  • + 2
 Give it time. Holl was 3:39. She would be in the top 10 in the pro category.
  • + 47
 Tahnee is looking so gutted, feeling so bad for her. Fair play to rachel though, what a bloody run!
  • - 24
flag jeffakalucas (Sep 9, 2018 at 5:25) (Below Threshold)
 It's kinda strange to watch how Rachel and Tahnee handle loosing. When Rachel gets second shes pumped to have done so and congratulates the winner on a job well done. Tahnee looks like a poor loser. She'll probably talk siht on Rachel on instagram. I mean.. loosing by .061 is one thing, loosing by almost 10 seconds, you have to throw your hands up and say WTF!!!! However, maybe that comes with having won so many World Cup overalls and World Championships vs. fighting for your first one.
  • + 41
 @jeffakalucas: I think Tahnee's reaction is understandable. She was so close to Rachel in the last race and in the qualies despite a crash, probably thinking she could win this race. And then Rachel comes down the mountain and totally smashes the time and Tahnee's hopes by 10 seconds, that's not too easy to handle
  • + 21
 @bashhard: I agree. I don't think Thanee's reaction is unreasonable. Her and Rachel clearly handle it much differently though.

I feel like Rachel sandbagged her qualifying run, played the long game, gave Thanee a bit of hope!
  • + 71
 @jeffakalucas: That's a major attack on Tahnee's character based on her hating to lose. Completely unfair. You can hate to lose without it having anything personal to do with the person who wins.
  • + 14
 @jeffakalucas: you have to remember Rachel has been around for far longer than Tahnee as well, and has won anything and everything. Tahnee is still learning, not just about the riding but everything that goes with being a pro at the top end. I would look that mad if I had laid everything down but got thrashed by 10 seconds.
  • - 6
flag jeffakalucas (Sep 9, 2018 at 8:03) (Below Threshold)
 @WolfRidge08: I said the same thing in my last sentence. Season veteran vs. up and comer.
  • + 7
 @WolfRidge08: based on her post race interview, I think she's pissed at herself for not taking risks. Sounds like she went conservative and is mad that she left time on the table. Next year, Tahnee!
  • - 21
flag RedRedRe (Sep 9, 2018 at 9:09) (Below Threshold)
 She is just pissed because her bother name is kaos and not gee.
  • + 0
 @jeffakalucas:
Are you kidding me?! I think you have the two mixed up. Maybe follow them on Instagram, you'll soon realise what you've said is complete trash
  • + 9
 @jeffakalucas: "Tahnee looks like a poor loser. She'll probably talk siht on Rachel on instagram"

Yeah, you have no clue what you're talking about. Not everyone is an immature 15-year-old....
  • + 3
 Rachel contributes a lot to up and coming UK female DH racers. Doesn't she even sponsor that part of the UK series? So of course she is happy to win. But she's rooting for other female UK racers too. So if they do well, she loves that as well.

Now of course we've come used to having camera's stuck up everyones nose. But that doesn't mean we need to judge what we get to see that way. If there were one thing unprofessional or even unreasonable, it would be to judge when you really don't need to.
  • + 17
 @jeffakalucas: you need to Google Serena Williams to see what a sore loser looks like. Tahnee didn't do anything other than show disappointment from what I saw.
  • - 1
 @humoroususername: I don't disagree Serena Williams' outburst is about the definition of sore loser.

My point about how they handle (read: show) it remains. It's very much different.
People tore me apart about the sore loser comment and if you compare Tahnee to a Serena Williams, I would agree. However, my comments were more about how they show/hid their excitement and/or disappointment.

I did ready a post from Tahnee after a loss a few weeks ago that was a shot at Rachael on Instagram. It was in the comments section so I'm not completely off my rocker.

Additionally, the props count on my upper post has fluctuated pretty good today (while still in the negative) means means I'm not completely alone in my thoughts!

I live or die by my internet points!

Great racing from everyone today! Makes me sad the season is over and I am actually happy to see new faces in the mix and changing things up!
  • + 3
 @jeffakalucas: You pay attention to props? Jesus christ that's almost as pathetic as assuming Tahnee is going to make an instagram rant about Rachel winning.
  • + 0
 @scott-townes: nah tany is a sore loser and isn't good in front of the camera. She can't help but be self centered and blame everyone else and everything else if she doesn't win. Rachel tries hard and puts everything into it but is a more graceful loser and always positive. Part of the reason you never see Rachel bent over her car for Instagram likes hahhaa
  • - 1
 @makripper: careful, any negative opinion on Tahnee is going to get you downvoted!
  • - 3
 @scott-townes: I know, very pathetic. My life is a bore.
  • + 1
 @makripper: no disrespect to Rachel because she's incredible but sorry i disagree. I was at fort bill this year right at the front with full view of where her team were stood when she lost. She kicked the railings, had an arguement with the team manager and was in a filthy mood. Don't get me wrong i don't blame her. I know what it's like to lose something you want so bad but it isn't right to talk about tahnee like she's a sore loser when they all have emotions and reactions
  • + 4
 @trailmaid: every time I've seen tahnee no win she's sour about it. I throw up in my mouth every time she interviews because she's super arrogant. I've never seen that side of Rachel before haha that's crazy!
  • + 1
 @makripper: yea she does very well to hide it! I've also seen some stuff from rachel that i didn't like at hardline but that's another story for another day i guess Smile
  • + 1
 @trailmaid: yeah fair enough haha maybe record it next time Wink
  • + 0
 @makripper: lol good shout!
  • + 1
 I think Tahnee was really disappointed immediately after the race and during the flower ceremony, but at the end of the race when the medal ceremony came around she seemed legitimately stoked.
  • + 42
 Man, I know ‘what ifs’ are essentially pointless, but I was seriously impressed by Angel Suarez... he was running on the same second as Maes & co at the last split before his wash out. His pace looked right up there for contending the top guys, go Angel!
  • + 1
 exactly man, I was thinking the same! apparently he's learnt a lot from all that crashes and injuries, what a progression in just one season! and next year will be better, go Angel!
  • + 35
 Not a big fan of the over head camera view. Like how you can see that complete section just wish the top rocks and some more technical spots shown.
  • + 5
 Hate this over use of the overhead camera. Makes you realize how good most of the other coverage has been.
  • + 2
 Aerial view sucks. This is world champs last race of the year you guys would have done better coverage than this.
  • + 2
 First looser is the team that decided that Cable cams were a “good thing” fkn shite! They’re picking everyone up at different times down the cable, so it’s super hard to compare lines and such, also they too far away from the action. Shite!
  • + 26
 They sell 5 billion cans of sugar per year and they can't afford to put a camera on every section, Freecaster were able to get more angles over 10 years ago as a company worth less than redbul hq's toilets.
  • + 4
 I heard Rob say during the broadcast that the coverage was handled by a “Swiss team”, and they commented on the coverage a couple of times. I remember last year too, that the World Champs has different coverage than Red Bull’s normal coverage. Is there some type of difference between Cup races and Champs for UCI and Red Bull?
  • + 3
 Warner said that Swiss TV were handling the image side of things
  • + 36
 They should give Rachel gold, silver and bronze. Damn girl
  • + 32
 Heartbreak for Loris Frown ((
  • + 3
 He was on a good one before the big mistake where he stalled for a moment.. his time will come!
  • + 1
 @Ride12: He's the guy who's going to dominate.
  • + 25
 Maes is on. Bring on 2019, Hill and Maes to challenge the French whilst Gwin recovers.
  • + 25
 Rob talking about potgieters love of Nickelback was hilarious.
  • + 3
 I thought that was pretty funny.
  • + 3
 I really hope he was trolling him. I mean, Nikelback, seriously? Canada still needs to apologise for that. And Alanis Morrisette. And Celine Dion. And Avril Lavigne. And Sum41. Great country, great people, so much bad music*.

*yes, I know there are good bands to, Death From Above 1979 etc etc.
  • + 0
 @egb81: how about Brian Adams?

Just trolling you, you sir won the comments section today!
  • + 3
 @egb81: drake and bieber
  • - 1
 @me2menow:

but Canada did give us PNW riding heaven...

Beer
  • + 2
 @egb81: snfu, swollen members, dj a-trak
  • + 20
 The demise of 650b has been greatly exaggerated.
  • + 6
 26 too, but that was a decission already taken
  • + 2
 Haha! Throwback to 2017 as teams race to develop 29 bikes so they can keep up with the 650B’s in 2018.
  • + 20
 Top 3 on 27.5 wheels...just sayin'.
  • + 4
 And Kade won junior on 27.5 as well...
  • + 3
 650B aint dead
  • + 3
 @cmkneeland: How do you think that Stefane Christ guy over @ BMC feels today after seeing the results? LoL

He did a PB interview a short while back where he basically said 27.5 is useless garbage.
  • + 1
 Also, return of the Horst: Demo and Fury are both horst suspension with 27.5 wheels. Could be that active suspension during braking was important here, which would characterize the session too.
  • + 1
 @rad8: Return? I don't recall it going away. Just that Specialized 'bought' the rights to it and either sued every bike company trying to use it or charged a hefty fee for it.
  • + 15
 Damn, really wanted Gwin to bring home a World Championship. Seems odd he'd change bikes late in the season and then during every interview state how they haven't had time to test and set it up correctly. Looks like Maes has a real chance if Gwin and Shaw can't reel him in.
  • + 0
 29 is not his thing it seems, 650b wins 1 and 2
  • + 11
 Excuses. Gwin just isn't quick enough.
  • + 10
 @Trailstunter: is someone paying you to only make wheel size comments? Hahaha we get it
  • + 1
 The track suited small wheels better. If you watch the replay, the section right after the road gap slowed the 29ers down by almost a second, every single time.
  • + 1
 @jclnv: well, he doesn't normally make many mistakes and he has been making a few since he got this bike. So maybe he should have stuck with the old one.
  • + 2
 @jclnv: Gwin isn't quick enough? The last 5 years beg to differ. Next year he'll come back strong once fully recovered.
  • + 3
 @humoroususername: Didn't he injure is thumb on the 650b?

I think the level has increased. The frenchies are almost unstoppable. My tip is wait till Vergier gets a bit of self belief. The kid is mega.
  • + 3
 @jclnv: I think that Yt still has some work to do on the 29er version. It seams like they might need to shorten the back end. It looks like Gwin can't keep enough weight on the back wheel and it keeps washing out on him. I really think they should have waited until next season to race on the new bike.
  • + 1
 @BeerGuzlinFool: How long is the rear centre on it?

He lost his front wheel at La Bresse. Think he did the same here too?
  • + 0
 @jclnv: Well it is clear that Gwin is not in sync with his bike... 29 is not the wonder medicine... 650b fits him better...
  • + 2
 @Trailstunter: He does seem to look awkward on it, first in La Bresse, but maybe more so yesterday....the rear wheel to butt clearance looks a problem for gwin...he looks like he will get bucked in practice or racing a few times, maybe he already has. We all know he loves throwing a 29 trail bike around but 140 - 170 travel on a Jeffsy/Capra is different to maybe 190-200 on a 29 Tues.
  • + 3
 @Trailstunter: Yeah he needs more time on the bike but I think the bigger issue is a bunch of Frenchies are quicker than he is now.
  • + 0
 @jclnv: why do you need more time on a bike if the 29-ers are the fastest and easiest to ride compared to 650b?

It is just all marketing BS...
  • + 4
 @jclnv: Ah people never learn do they...Riders like Gwin will always find a way to come back and win. Just like Minnaar did. Gwin is a top athlete, up there with the greatest in any sport and to say he has stopped learning while everyone else has moved on is ridiculous. It doesnt make sense on any level.

People said the same thing about Federer in Tennis years ago, Rossi in MotoGP and even Tiger Woods has had an incredible season after a long barren period and they are all way older than Gwin.

Athletes like that, who have the ability to be completely dominant over their opponents, dont just lie down when they are challenged. Gwin will win many more races.
  • - 3
 @humoroususername: He's not dominant. He's never won a World Championship.

@Trailshunter: They're not easier, they're way more stable. It takes time to learn how to corner them.

That said I don't think they're the absolute correct choice for DH racing like they are for trail bikes. If you've got 200mm of really good suspension like Bruni, 650b is fine.
  • + 1
 @jclnv: Overall World Cup Titles >>>>>>>>>>>>> 1 Race
  • + 1
 @jclnv: nonsense, his winning ratio is far above every other rider in the history of the sport. World Championships is just another race.
  • - 1
 @humoroususername: Nonsense. ACC, Voullioz and Rachel Atherton trounce him in stats.
  • + 0
 @jclnv: acc and Rachel are not competing against men. Their stats are completely irrelevant.

Voullioz has won less downhill mountain bike races and less World Cup overall titles than Gwin. So how does he trounce him in stats? Let me guess, bruni also trounces him in stats?
  • + 0
 @humoroususername: Because there were fewer races.

Nico also won 5 World Cup titles and 7 Elite World Championships. He absolutely shits on Gwin and Gwin shits the bed at EVERY World Champs.

Anyway I'd argue that Minnaar is the best. To be at the top for as long as he has on bikes that only started to fit him in the last 3 years makes him hands down the best to me.
  • + 2
 @jclnv: Easy there with those facts bud! Somebody gonna get hurt...

Gwin is a great rider, very consistent throughout the season. He just chokes at worlds for what ever reason?

Agree about Minaar. Top class for 20yrs.
  • + 17
 What the helllll!!! Rachel was faster than Laurie Greenland quali time... Damn
  • + 14
 Maes is simply damn good on a bike, so it shouldn’t be a surprise he does well in multiple disciplines. He has commented on how he rides his DH bike like he does the enduro bike, and you can see it in the way he rides. I think that may be allowing him to find or create speed where other rides aren’t.
  • + 13
 Loic just destroyed that rock garden!! Class act pointing to his Jared sticker first after seeing he was in the green. Props to Maes also, insane show of skills. Props to Rachel too, showing she still is at the top of her game.
  • + 12
 Santa Cruz 3 of the top 7, impressive! Also congrats to Martin for almost taking it, and to Aaron and Greg for turning in great races coming back from injuries and not racing for awhile. In the same vein as MM and Sam racing in dh every now and then, id love to see Richie Rude do a dh event or two, his pedigree and riding style seems to suit dh as much as it does enduro.
  • + 3
 Until Yeti makes a DH bike we won't see him.
  • + 7
 Reminder that Richie was junior downhill world champ before yeti ended their downhill program
  • + 12
 I like to give a big f*ck you shout out to the Canadian cable providers for blocking this from us.

When your done jereking off over hockey maybe realize we don’t wanna watch a half ass editited 15 min version of the race on your shitty network at 3pm on a Monday

Also you can f*ck off for blocking super cross in most of the county to
  • + 2
 @mxmtb: Watched the DH without issues today, but the XC was horrible! Couldn't get more than 20min before the feed went dead and I had to refresh the page and wait for it to load/sync. I got fed up after the 2nd or 3rd refresh and went out for a ride...

I'm in Ontario BTW
  • + 3
 We were able to watch it. Apparently redbull got the rights and aired it. I watched it live.
  • + 1
 @m1dg3t:
Well shit I was asleep and didn’t even bother to look .
  • + 12
 Félicitation Loïc, une vrai machine !

And clearly 29” offers a significant speed avantage over the smaller wheels ...lol can we all agree that’s it’s purely a riders preference thing now ?
  • + 7
 No! I need to tell everyone how 650b is faster and 29ers suck
  • + 11
 Ok Red Bull/UCI, if you’re going to have qualifying, have the riders come down in qualifying order. This season has killed too much drama and suspense by having riders in the wrong spots.
  • - 20
flag TobiasHandcock (Sep 9, 2018 at 8:43) (Below Threshold)
 Not to mention it put Maes in a position to ride the track in better conditions than the other top guys.
  • - 13
flag Sethimus (Sep 9, 2018 at 9:05) (Below Threshold)
 @TobiasHandcock: twice
  • + 21
 @TobiasHandcock: I don’t think that was the case when Martin qualified 4th missing a chain for half of the run. The dude is fast and his results are legit
  • + 3
 Not to mention how terrible Claudio is at commentary.
  • + 15
 @TobiasHandcock: Take you hand off it, mate. Two weeks ago, it's too wet, this week too sunny? Please...DH guys need to get fitter and get off their pretentious asses and stop saying enduro is for people that can't handle DH.
  • - 3
 @handynzl: You take your hand off it, it's got nothing to do with some Enduro vs Dh bullshit. But it's obvious that conditions effect the race and he may or may not have benefited from it, If he did benefit from it then it is unfair on other riders who have a better ranking because they go to every DH race. If he was a full time DH rider he would be in the top 5 no doubt, so he would have had the same conditions and probably a slower time
  • + 1
 @TobiasHandcock: You are actually delusional. Please name the riders in La Bresse that were hampered by the supposedly slowing track? I bet not one of them actually qualified well.
  • + 1
 Also Claudio doesn't help that whenever the splits are a bit off he turns negative and dismisses every rider, leading to a lame broadcast. Got to find a way to be up beat or get the fastest riders last again.
  • + 0
 @kevin267: Claudio is awful. He just comes across as so negative all the time. I don't know why he is still there. Him and Rob don't have any chemistry at all.
  • + 13
 Anyone hear the cans of beer being cracked then warner speaking mid sip constantly? Bahahah heroes
  • + 13
 MAES!
  • + 1
 Cant happen again cannit?
  • + 1
 solid run from Maes once again ! I think he might get a top 5 with that
  • + 12
 loic at the time!
  • + 7
 What the f*ck is wrong with RedbullTV?
Can't access the stream on the PS4, just doesnt show up to watch.
Doesn't even show up in the Live Event Calender, I had to do a google search and follow links from there to find the stream.
  • + 1
 It's meant to be geoblocked because Sky has the rights, but as you've found they haven't done a very good job of that
  • + 5
 Actually never mind. Its geo restricted in NZ because our antiquated subscription broadcaster SKYTV still holds the rights, despite losing millions of dollars and thousands of subscribers every year. I bet UCI make sweet fuck all off NZ TV rights for this stuff, what is the point.
  • - 17
flag RedRedRe (Sep 9, 2018 at 4:49) (Below Threshold)
 @add1cted: go ride your bike drama queen
  • + 14
 I hope your ok after having to do a google search.
  • + 1
 @add1cted: Guess who didn't get the rights to the 2019 RWC.
  • + 1
 I couldn' watch it on my ps4 either, but I could on my PC i don't think it's about geolocation, I think the redbull ps4 app just sucks big time..
  • + 9
 More importantly, how do you balance having a console and a biking??

I sold my console for a wheelset ages ago!
  • + 10
 Yes Kade, be great if his girlfriend can wear the rainbow stripes as well, make for interesting pyjamas !
  • + 20
 Rachel was like: Try again next time...
  • + 8
 Ángel Suarez was riding aster than Minaar until his crash next to the finish line. Hope to see him at one point on the podium!
  • + 4
 He was actually only 0.01 seconds behind Bruni at the split before his crash.
  • + 5
 A top 10 for Tristan Botteram in the junior men! After being on the podium in La Bresse and now this result we know there's a future for the Netherlands in Downhill mountainbiking! We have to go back to Bas de Bever in the early days for that kind of talent. Congrats Tristan!
  • + 1
 Absoluut!
  • + 8
 These guys saying the track was in better conditions for the earlier guys are trippin!!
  • + 5
 The mental strength, pace and skill of 2018 Rach is simply in a different league to 2008 Rach. Rachel is now without doubt the fastest female DH biker there has ever been. That run was breathtaking and sets a new standard for womens DH racing for sure. The girl is awesome!!
  • + 6
 Just when you start to think that RA is slowing and this could be the year of Tahnee... Rach goes, "Git dat thought outta here".
  • + 0
 Especially considering some of the rumors of her not going to race next year.
  • + 8
 This was not the real blenkinsop... He rode with gloves
  • + 6
 I remember the video where the Santa Cruz riders said the 29er makes them 2-3 seconds faster. They could have used those seconds on this race.
  • - 2
 Vergier was the fastest today.

Your point?
  • + 3
 @mollow: Didn't see him on the podium.
  • + 5
 @BeerGuzlinFool: He went so fast, he overshot the podium.
  • + 8
 "Another rider from Thailand... Vipavee Deekaballes." - Rob Warner
  • + 7
 That's just been won by a good man, super Bruni, 1st thought for the camera after winning run was #strengthforjared #respect
  • + 8
 Gee Atherton not sporting Trek logo's on his tshirt? #teamrumours Wink
  • + 1
 Please elaborate
  • + 1
 @donpinpon29: i can't but thought it was kinda weird..Don't you think?
  • + 1
 @Freedazed: Marin or KTM
  • + 1
 @Truthteller007: Back to GT? Marin and KTM sounds pretty obvious as funny it might sound.. Will Rachel stay with Trek?
  • + 2
 @Freedazed: they will stay on the same bike. It works because of the family thing but I think one of them will call it a day soon
  • + 1
 @chrismac70: I hope they stay on Trek.. Wink
  • + 1
 @Freedazed: they don’t fit in the trek system, expect a single team to cover DH&enduro running full sram ?
  • + 7
 Wow, i think that was the closest winning margin in this year women jr category!
  • + 4
 What a freakin' amazing World Championships this year, across all age groups and all categories. The racing has been phenomenal and we have seen shocks and spills all weekend long. Chapeau to the thousands of fans lining ever inch of the course during all the races.
Beer
Salute
  • + 8
 I want to be like Martin Maes
  • + 6
 Martin Maes is not the next big thing. He is the big thing! Totally amazing
  • + 7
 So will everyone go out and buy a GT Fury....I think so
  • + 3
 Not enough internet here tonight (as usual) to run the live feed on any platform. So I'll have live vicariously through this live update and the comments section. Then again...I might just go to bed and wait till the highlights are loaded instead. Damn it!!
  • + 2
 Ahh the NBN... it'll be fun they said, it'll be great they said... Used up almost all my mobile data to be able to watch the race
  • + 7
 Look behind Ya MUPPET!!!
  • - 10
flag Sethimus (Sep 9, 2018 at 6:05) (Below Threshold)
 That was Martin Lebl from Czech Republic, feel free to to tell him what you think of his sportmanship today:

www.instagram.com/martinlebl16
  • + 3
 @mtbikeaddict: that guy had a mechanical and was too daft to realize that he was blocking the rider behind him, quite a dick move
  • + 4
 @Sethimus: I dunno, it was daft yeah but a dick move? Nah. He just didn’t realise there was a rider coming up on him.
  • + 3
 @Sethimus: defamation...
  • + 1
 @iqbal-achieve: he's a world cup racer and used to run in the lower class, where they usually start in 1min intervals, if you don't have that on your radar than you have no place in the international racing scene...
  • + 1
 @colincolin: because of him that swiss rider got a second run where he crashed, all because of that guys inability to look behind
  • + 13
 @Sethimus: it was a silly mistake man cool ya jets. There’s no way he did it on purpose with a zillion downhill fans watching so a mistake is all it was. Everyone makes mistakes big and small, he doesn’t need to be read the riot act or get kicked off the race circuit (nor have people inviting insta hate) for one mistake. I’m sure he’s feeling pretty shitty about his day as it is.
  • + 6
 @Sethimus: how about your sportsmanship towards him?
  • + 1
 accidentaly doulble
  • + 5
 Would be nice if could get redbull site to work, mountain biking getting too popular?
  • + 5
 Top racing with a hint of Sam Hill thinking of a return?
  • + 3
 Would be great to see him, Maes and also Ritchie Rude turn up to some DH races next year...
  • + 4
 I am not disappointed, what a sick race. Gwin might've had it, but the curse strikes again!
  • - 1
 I blame that God fella he is so keen on
  • + 4
 I'd put Gwin's result down to the curse of having to sit out half of the season this time.
  • + 3
 Anyone noticed how dirty Rob Warner's hand was? Big Grin Looked like he was fixing his bike chain just before entering the studio.
  • + 2
 I saw that also.
  • + 0
 Would a cig do that?
  • + 1
 @szec: 1 In the hand is worth 2 in the bush! Wink
  • + 0
 Maes put down a heater of a run! That track seemed like such a tough track between being so dry and slick in the woods. Crazy to see so many push and fall short of Maes's and Bruni's time, So stoked for SUPER BRUNI!

Also... can we please get someone else in the booth with warner next year? Warner kills it but claudio just pains me to hear announcing, the two don't seem like they mesh very well, I can think of some other people that would be great in the booth.

Either way, amazing year of racing, bring on 2019!
  • + 6
 @kevin1: Claudio is recovering from a serious head injury. Maybe you are too?
  • + 0
 @m1dg3t: nahhhh fam, the entire season his commentary has been sub par
  • + 4
 @kev1n: that would make sense as his head injury was at the first race...
  • + 0
 agreed im sick of listening to the dribble that comes out of claudios mouth... he sucks!
  • + 4
 Claudio has given his audiences so much great content in the past. Have some respect and decency.
  • + 2
 @Honduh2000: still doesnt make him a good commentator bud
  • + 2
 I find more annoying that the two have quite a rivalry going on. Warner hints to Claudio in a sometimes even disrespectful way. I dont like that. The good vibe from past times is gone.
  • + 1
 I agree. Claudio is good on his own, but he and warner doesnt add up.
  • + 3
 @AdamOdh: Congrats On The Bike win dude..... #LooksLikeASessionForYou :-))))
  • + 2
 Redbull TV app is working fine however I've tried 2 different web browsers and cant get the feed to work on my laptop.
  • + 3
 Here we go! Congrats to Kade and Val! This is going to be a great race!
  • + 1
 Kade close to the best time in the elite qualie en Vali 1 sec back of Rachel's time in qualifying, not bad at all
  • + 3
 Superbruni !! Champion du monde !
  • + 2
 I have no issues with RedBull TV. I have it live on my app on iPhone, live on app on PS3 and live on web browser.
  • + 3
 Congrats Kade! That dude is bonkers winning by +4 seconds!
  • + 0
 It speaks more to the lack of competition than to his abilities. He wouldnt even come close to the elite men.
  • + 1
 Is the Red Bull TV coverage actually live? Each rider rolls down the start ramp and then the footage cuts to them 2.5 minutes in to their run?!
  • + 1
 It is, but riders start every 1 or 2 minutes.
  • + 4
 @novas752: Guys outside the top 20 start at 30 second intervals. So.. while it's live, you can't possibly watch full top to bottoms as multiple people are on track at once.

So, you watch a recording of them the start hut and catch up to them live for the finish. Otherwise, 80 riders x 3 minutes would be 8 hours long.

Guys inside the top 20 have longer intervals and get a bit more coverage.

The top 3 or 5 get even more.
  • + 1
 @jeffakalucas: Got it. I was worried they'd be doing that all the way through!
  • + 1
 @jeffakalucas: 80 riders X 3 minutes is "only" 4 hours by the way .. But I see your point!
  • + 1
 For the top riders, the start is recorded, rest is live.
  • + 1
 Shouldn't Adam Brayton have gotten another run?
What happens if Loic Bruni comes down and there is a down rider in the track?
  • + 1
 no he suffered a mechanical.
  • + 2
 The guy on the re-run started after Brayton. He must have passed Brayton before he crashed.
  • + 1
 @dingus: Thanks, watched the replay and realized Red Bull did a commercial right before so didn't understand WTF was going on.
  • + 3
 Rachel Atherton: "All that for a drop of blood."
  • + 3
 Rachel Atherton.....................................thats all.
  • + 2
 Martin Maes. Check. Mate. Wink
  • + 3
 superbruni did it again!!! sending healing vibes to jared
  • + 4
 Super Bruni!!!
  • + 3
 that mistake by amaury... hmmmm...
  • + 2
 Dude for real Martin Maes needs to race a hell of a lot more DH next year. I think he would crush it.
  • + 1
 What happened to Brayton? Held up by a crash, did he get rerun? All I see is dnf...
  • + 1
 Held up/stopped by/tangled in a crash, had a mechanical
  • + 1
 The top 40 men were the same time apart as first to second in both Junior and Senior Women, Crazy.
  • + 2
 Holy crap Rachel smashed it
  • + 1
 It seems guys with the big wheels are slowing through the corners compared to the smaller wheels.
  • - 1
 If you noticed, in the past two years, some courses ie fort williams, have been removing the tight turns. 29er are slower on tight turns, i bet gwin time would have been different if he was on the old bike
  • + 1
 @RedRedRe: the sections changed at Fort Bill would have suited 29 better before the change . Which change are you talking about?
  • + 1
 It was that chrome and yellow bike which I voted for that did it!

Anyone know why it was not on Redbull app on my tv?
  • + 1
 It was there. I watched it on the app on my TV.
  • + 1
 @JonnyTheWeasel: Weird, the only thing I could see was Rachel Atherton’s POV course preview, I checked everywhere and couldn’t see it, it said the next live event was Hardline, oh well, maybe watch it next year!
  • + 2
 Super Bruni does it again Big Grin
  • + 1
 Got sound now but no picture, who is ass streaming it on facebook & screwing it up for everyone?
  • + 1
 Tahnee Seagrave was looking good didn’t think Rachel would pull that time out. Thought it might be closer
  • + 2
 Aaron Gwin with all the mistakes he did super great you rock buddy.
  • + 2
 Is it me or did the 29ers look weird and slow on this track?
  • + 2
 BRUNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII !
  • + 1
 Top 3 men all on 27.5 wheels
Boom reality hits the bike industry
29er dh bikes don’t work!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 5
 They do but no always.
  • + 1
 They just need to keep changing the courses and remvong the sections where 29er suck... look at msa, and fw. I guess Lenzerheide did not get the memo. Same thing they have done w xc to move all riders to full sus
  • + 2
 @RedRedRe: 1 and 2 at msa were on 27.5...
  • + 2
 @RedRedRe: They shouldn't get rid of things where 29ers suck. They should change it, but i dont want to see tracks where only 29ers are raced. I like veriaty. Its the perfect opportunity to show that all wheel sizes have their pros and cons.
  • + 1
 @AntonOP: don’t worry, in a couple of years the industry will come up with something else i.e. 29 front 27.5 rear, the idea is not having the fastest bikes, the idea is to sell more bikes-for that little dh sells
  • + 3
 @RedRedRe: That was already done by foes, specialized, and others. It's UCI illegal.
  • + 1
 @spaceofades: did you miss various "industry" people talking about 29/27.5? The UCI nowdays can only do what sponsors command... look at road bike and disk brakes, none of the riders want it and they officially state it - however it is a big chunk of money to make the consumers "upgrade" to disk...
  • + 2
 What append to Cecile Ravanel? 4th at splitt one...!!
  • + 2
 She got a flat. Slowly made it down the track, but nowhere close to race speed... on the brakes the whole way pretty much.
  • - 3
 Hello, the Director of (place any brand) speaking...
Hello mr director, this is the marketing department speaking, we got a mayor issue. World champs has been won by a 650b, and even worse, the 2nd and 3th are those damn 650b's too!...
  • + 1
 *Seagrave took the hot seat from Myriam Nicole, not Tracey Hannah. Smile
  • + 1
 That's 4 Rainbow Jerseys those Demos have won now not bad eh.
  • + 2
 MAEStro
  • + 0
 Rachel is just giving the women racers a false hope...she then just flashes her dominance to them...Godlike!!
  • + 1
 Where’s the video of the downhill races?
  • + 1
 I guess DH can be a part-time gig. Maes is killing it.
  • + 1
 Congratulations Rachel!!!
  • + 2
 OMG what a run!!! 10secs!!!! /faints
  • - 3
 Loic really put down a legendary run, to beat Maes who had better conditions and put down a world champion winning run. Loic is seriously something special. 3 times world champion puts him equal with Greg Minnaar and Sam Hill and he is only 24.
  • + 9
 Whaha... better conditions...don't listen too much to Claudio who tried to give the DH-ers an excuse for being beaten by a wildcard ...
  • + 7
 @Trailstunter: The amount of excuses these guys make blows my mind... Maes is a beast, period.
  • + 8
 "Oh noooo!!! I couldn't possibly ride this...it's too sunny!! It's so unfair!! Boohoohoohoohoohoo"
  • + 1
 @dovahkiin13: Yeah cause full blown pro dh-ers are beaten by a wild card 21 year Maes... And all are like WTF!!!
  • + 4
 @Trailstunter: be interesting to see a screenshot comparison of those switchback corners for maes vs bruni to see the moisture difference in the soil
  • + 4
 So you're saying that both his quali and race runs in La Bresse and Lenzerheide were a fluke because of track conditions? All the while him racing and winning the EWS on another continent 6 days before La Bresse and having no chain for half the quali run in Lenzerheide had no negative effect at all?
  • - 2
 @handynzl: You think the earth is flat? Conditions change.
  • - 2
 @jzPV: Considering he qualified in the top 10 but not first. It's not a fluke, it's just how it plays out because the track changes. His chain came off yeah, but that doesn't really effect your time, it's not a pedal track.
  • - 2
 @russthedog: Rachel on a tacky corner, no comparison yet though. cdn.dirtmountainbike.com/featured_image/5b950d6baf520.jpeg
  • + 1
 @TobiasHandcock: Conditions change every race on every track for every rider. They ride on 'natural' courses. What the hell is your point?
  • - 3
 @m1dg3t: That Maes had a very different track to the other riders of his caliber. Which is an advantage what ever way you look at it.
  • + 3
 @TobiasHandcock: Yeah.. the track changes, within an hours, al is completely changed! Al the rest cannot even make something of a time... yeah... it is not the quality of Martin, it is the wheather, the wheelsize, the... name it, but that is it whahhaa.... man you are a joke...
  • + 2
 @TobiasHandcock: Did you also take in account that Maes was in the hospital cause of a big flue in the morning of race day? Wink
  • + 2
 @Trailstunter: Have you heard the saying about arguing with idiots?

"Never argue with an idiot. They'll drag you down to their level, and beat you with experience."
  • + 1
 @m1dg3t: Very true...
  • + 1
 Martin might have to wait a while in that seat...
  • + 2
 Dh season over damn!
  • + 3
 @kawkaw: #NeedMOARRaces
  • + 1
 DAMNNNNN 9 seconds! Rachel is on some other shyt.
  • + 1
 Nice loic bruni at the top epic keep it up guys
  • + 1
 Minnar's going to have quite the wait...
  • + 1
 Is there no red bull tv stream?
  • + 1
 Does anyone know why Monika Hrastnik got DNS?
  • + 3
 I hear she crashed yesterday and broke her pelvis.
  • + 2
 @Bullit-Boy: Not the news I wanted to hear, sadly. Thanks for sharing, though.
  • + 1
 Kade is goddamn machine! So stoked to see this kid progressing so well
  • + 1
 Superfly Loris Vergier on the start, bravo pour le show!
  • + 0
 Guess twin is going to have to learn the hard way: 29 inch wheels are 2 seconds slower than 27.5.
  • + 1
 I meant gwin
  • + 1
 I wonder if Bruni will start next season on a 29er...I think he has raced one at least once at a Crankworx event this year. I remember him being very vocal last year against 29ers, so it’s cool to see him winning again on 27.5
  • + 1
 @Honduh2000: I would be very surprised if that were to happen...

Loic's position has always been (too?) radical against 29ers, including on social networks where he got caught trolling & hating quite a bunch of times.

I don't blame him for that, that was actually fun, but given the fact that specialized has always been pushing the wagon wheels, I imagine that at some point they must have asked him to stop talking publicly about wheel formats Big Grin

Anyway I'm sure he's still 100% into 650b
  • + 1
 Vali Höll going through the speed trap just as fast as Rachel. Class!
  • + 1
 Dear Red Bull, why did you have to f*ck up the video-player, again?
  • + 1
 Ma mang Bruni!
  • + 1
 What a race!
  • - 2
 Rachel at it again!
How can she sit down with balls that big?
Wait, that doesn't fit
Congrats Rachel, absolutely sick riding!
  • + 0
 Would have been great if Gee raced and also won gold.
  • + 0
 is the live a JOKE ???? no rock section filmed ?? roots ??? WTF ???
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 Take it easy... they can’t film the entire track for everyone. Certainly woman outside the top 10 get less tv time. Men outside the top 25ishget less too.

As we get closer to the top riders you’ll see more of their runs and better sections.
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 Fingers crossed we get to see at least some riders on the top rock garden.
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 @mluk2004: Your wish was granted.
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 R.I.P my fantasy team
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 Wow... how long is this Women shakeup going to last? Rider after rider can't even come close to Charre or others at top... even Battolla is in the top 10.
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 No sooner said than E. Siegenthaler unseats Charre by over 3 seconds. Good on ya at your home race!
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 Getting into the last handful of women now... now we're cooking with gas! Glad I woke up when I did. Razz
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 Wooooot Tahnee!
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 Rach lighting the track green... and wins it! Salute
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 Enduro is the future of DH, doing all those stages gets you on point.
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 MARTIN MAES Cool
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 This sport has turned into a joke with UCI and Redbull.
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 @TightAF: Don't forget Mercedes.
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 @m1dg3t: mtb racing used to be very cool in the 90’s - until it got big enough to attract car sponsors.
The sport turned into a joke mainly because of the bike industry greed, they are the ones pressuring uci to change the start order.
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 @RedRedRe: World Champs start order has been this way for years. Get over it.
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 @handynzl: I distinctly recall Steve Peat blagging seeding in 2002 at Kaprun so he could come down early. This went on for a few years actually. It hasn’t always been the way it is now, but I agree that it’s not that big of a deal. Either way, super impressed by Maes. Legitimising the pace of EWS riders to a wider audience.
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 @RedRedRe: I'm very fond of the Grundig/Shimano era
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 @handynzl: I am not talking about the starting order
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 Is gwins bike 29+ compatible?
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 Thank fuck...
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 @shemphoward - how’s the Gwooser this evening? Full EU 1-3 eh!
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 Wow they need a filter for homoerotic stalkers on here. At you stunad
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 And Red Bull at it with the showing like half the race
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