Inside The Tape: The Most Important Turn at the Leogang 2019 World Cup DH

Jun 8, 2019 at 17:17
by Pinkbike Originals  




This Inside The Tape is presented by Five Ten
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Ben Cathro discovers a course marker issue and tries to find the fastest line at the crucial corner on the Leogang 2019 World Cup DH.


MENTIONS: @pinkbikeoriginals @FiveTen @redbullbike




69 Comments

  • + 95
 Great work Cathro - another quality vid... Loving you and Pinkbike working together.
  • + 15
 Cathro crushed another one
  • + 64
 The dude on the trail bike was smooth as hell.
  • + 12
 Yeh saw him in another video and thought the same thing, killing it on what looks like a Giant Reign I think
  • + 8
 @ctd07: based on his number plate, it's Pierre Lunel can't find much about him online.
  • + 40
 @proxient: theres a wiki page on him. fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Lunel . A 72 year old french legal historian that shreds on a trail bike. Fair play grandad.
  • + 7
 @bthomson84: ah obviously the ability to make sections that even top pros are struggling to get through look like a cruise down a flow trail comes with age and experience
  • + 15
 @bthomson84: ah so that's how he learned about avoiding hard cases
  • + 2
 Dude Unreal! He made that line where everyone was crashing or OTBing look sooo smooth! Wow on a "Pre Trunnion mount rear shock" Giant Reign!! haha
  • - 1
 @bthomson84: Are you sure that's the guy? There's another Pierre Lunel who is 22 years old:
www.les-sports.info/pierre-lunel-vtt-spf401126.html
I think it says he got 104th in qualifiers.
  • + 23
 That pedal strike to face plant at the beginning though. Ouch.

Watching at .5X speed half the stump bails are from their 29" wheels hitting their asses with two results: they get bucked forward from the tire bounce, and their ass acts like a brake dropping the front too soon. That bucking bronco ending to Amaur's winning run at Fort William was tire strike to backside as well. No wonder teams are testing mullet bikes in EWS.
  • + 7
 There isn't an issue if you're taller like Greg Minaar. But if you're a shorter man the wheel is gonna eat your shorts up.
  • + 1
 Through that whole section the 29s look awkward and bucky. They may have all that rolling Clarence but the also have a high axle to get over the awkward stumps.
  • + 25
 @TobiasHandcock: Rolling Clarence - one the forgotten great bluesmen.
  • + 17
 Couple of awkward tech sections there. Those poles are annoying. I’d like to see them installed well away from obstacles so they don’t get involved with the riders. Moving it to uncover a new faster line over the stump but not far enough so it’s clear of them seems cruel. Probably easier said... It’s not clear how much the pole was responsible for sending riders OTB, or if it’s just a tough stump to hop. Yes, Kaos concussed. Been there... Ben Cathro too.
  • + 15
 Agreed, when you have poles that are getting hit all the time and have to be reset by officials, it's a mistake in the track design. This isn't slalom skiing.
  • + 13
 @Flowcheckers: no one is forcing the riders to take that line so close to the pole, they are taking it because it's the fastest. Having tape I guess would mean people could squeeze past maybe? Surely the pole should be taken as another feature to be aware of in the same way a rock or drop is?
  • + 9
 Just don't ride into the pole
  • + 8
 I assume they taped it to force the riders over the stump, but the pole is in such a terrible spot for that. Should agave put one a few feet before and after the stump and used tape as the boundary at the stump itself. Really dumb spot for a pole with a chunk of rebar is it.
  • + 6
 The second pole thing was plain stupid. Many riders catch it with the pedal.
Leogang was seriously improving its track desing. Now a step backwards again. Why?
  • + 4
 I mean, it's good thing to add creativity or difficulty. But a different story if you add awkward kind of traps.
  • + 1
 @Flowcheckers: that's the answer, slalom poles that have a spring in the bottom would be perfect. And attatch the tape at the bottom.
  • - 1
 @TobiasHandcock: all these poles are flexible ski poles.
  • + 2
 @ORTOGONAL555: You can see that they don't have the flexible joint at the base of the pole that is used in slalom. These are just regular ski field fencing/netting poles, which are perfectly practical for the rest of the track where riders aren't hitting them and still have a decent amount of flex if someone does, so it makes sense that they would use them. Plus in this case like Kaos said, they have just stuck the pole into the stump or on a steel peg to make it even worse.

This is a Slalom gate pole, which im sure wont be hard to find in Leogang. youtu.be/09GRD0YRnYk
  • + 3
 @kiksy: the stump is the feature mate. the solid metal pole base at pedal heoght is plain dangerous and could have ended some seasons here. It should have been set half a foot away from the stump.
  • + 2
 @rookie100: but then would people not just try and squeeze past the stump and the post, making the situation identical?
  • + 5
 “If you no longer go for a gap which exists you are no longer a racing driver”
  • + 5
 Many of the races I have been to have had tape along the ground, held in place by stones or tree stumps. As long as riders don't ride or hop over the tape (not allowed), it works fine, especially in places where you can't put a pole. Putting bits of rebar in the ground by the track is dangerous and shows the ignorance of the organisers.
  • + 1
 @TobiasHandcock: you're right, Ithought they were the flexible ones
  • + 1
 @maxyedor: Yeah, there is no reason to put poles in stumps, I like your idea much better than forcing the riders to hit the pole in a pinch spot. Looks like Minnar hit it the hardest.

These moving poles create the possibility that the track could be easier or harder for the next rider after somebody hits it and moves it out of place, and that's not fair racing.
  • + 1
 They could even have put in those poles that can bend, instead of putting a friggin steel rod in them haha!
  • + 10
 Gwin and Minaar. How great is it to be watching this sport at a time where the two greatest riders of all time are going at it for most wins ever... plus all the young contenders!! It's awesome!
  • + 10
 Also the poling on that track is brutal, I know they want to tape it tight but riders are genuinely having massive crashes as a result of pole interference.
  • + 2
 Big crashes... in downhill.... say it aint so....
  • + 1
 They need to slow down if they can’t hang minaar made I through just fine
  • + 6
 Funny how everyone complains about Leogang being to easy. Never saw such critical parts of track in videos from the other races? And of course they could move the pole to make it easier for everybody. But thats the point: only the best will be able to ride this section fast. Other should get around it when not able to ride it out. They wont win though.
  • + 1
 Yeah the changes this year to the track have led to a couple of really interesting sections.
  • + 8
 @2:01 Watch the enduro skills and the water bottle Wink
  • + 3
 So smooth as well!
  • + 6
 Cathro for course preview!
  • + 3
 Best Inside-the-tape yet: Rapid fire editing chops overlaid with such a calm narration. Superb!
  • + 2
 Would be so cool to have Cathro as an announcer during the live feed
  • + 1
 Oofaaa! Mega stacks on that stump turn. The riders prejumping looked to carry more momentum out, we shall see.
  • + 1
 Watching this pre-race analysis is going to make the live race even more enjoyable. Keep up the great work, Ben
  • + 2
 Nice work man! You break these down excellent.
  • + 2
 Guy at 1:24 almost impaled by that thing, ffs
  • + 1
 Looks like Dr. Evil of UCI set this track up. Not really safe.
  • + 1
 Hilarious AND informative, what more could you ask for?
  • + 2
 Finally a new hat !!!
  • + 1
 This coverage is just brilliantly absorbing, great job Ben
  • + 1
 "AHHHG!" - Loris Vergier, 2019.
  • + 1
 Quality vid! Minaar's acceleration is unbelievable!
  • + 2
 Trail bike FTW
  • + 1
 Would be amazing to see that guy on the live race feed!!
  • + 1
 Kade's whip at 8:00... soooo sick
  • + 1
 Could watch your videos for every section on the track... Thanks Ben!
  • + 1
 So happy to not see that ridiculous hat you normally wear,bravo!
  • - 1
 How do these poles compare to say the gates in a ski race? Skiers seem to hit those without much problem.
  • + 5
 Skiers dont have brake levers to smack on the poles
  • + 9
 Like Kaos says, there are metal rods inside what otherwise looks like FIS slalom poles. You can see a rod at 3:15.
  • + 1
 Skiers have body armour to block poles in SL..but they hurt.
  • + 1
 Slalom poles have a break away spring or rubber at the bottom, so they flex out of the way easily and have a big screw on the bottom. The poles they are using are just conduit with a metal bar in the bottom...a Slalom pole would be great, as long as it isn't taped at the top it would just get out of the way.
  • + 1
 Cathro!!!
  • + 1
 Man, that was great!
  • + 1
 More
  • + 1
 Fantastic!
  • + 1
 WWSSD?

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