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Pinkbike Primer: 73.7 Kilometers, 6 Stages & 2,470 Meters of Descending - Leogang EDR World Cup 2024

Jun 3, 2024 at 14:43
by Sarah Moore  

We're back with another double header this weekend, with both downhill racers and enduro racers heading to Leogang, Austria. This will be the third round of the Enduro World Cup after the first two rounds in Finale Ligure, Italy and Bielsko-Biala, Poland. Here is everything you need to know before the first round of racing kicks off this weekend.

Race Briefing

At the last round in Poland, it was Charlie Murray that took his first EDR win by just 0.095 ahead of local boy Slawomir Lukasik, while Isabeau Courdurier pipped Harriet Harnden by 0.236 for the win. Richie Rude settled for third while Chloe Taylor took her first EDR podium with a bronze medal. Simona Kuchynkova and Bailey Christie won the U21 categories.

The overall standings are ridiculously tight after two rounds, with Isabeau Courdurier leading Harriet Harnden by just 2 points, and Charles Murray leading three-time winner Richie Rude by 12 points. France's Lily Planquart and Australia's Bailey Christie lead the overall standings in the U21 category.

This is the second year in a row that the Enduro World Cup will be heading to Leogang, Austria, with Rhys Verner and Isabeau Courdurier taking top honours in the first year. Gloria Scarsi and Morgane Charre rounded out the podium on the women's side, while Richie Rude and Alex Rudeau finished second and third for the men. In U21 racing, Lisandru Bertini and Emmy Lan went fastest on the day.

This weekend, racers will cover 73.7 kilometres in Leogang over the course of 6 stages, the longest being the second stage, X Line, at 3.6 km with 802m of descending. In total, they will descent 2,470m.

We hope that helps get you prepped for this weekend's racing and keep scrolling to gather more details to get you ready for the second round of Enduro racing in Leogang.

What Happened at the Last Round?

Following the drama-filed first round of racing in Finale Ligure riders didn't have much rest before heading to Poland where they got between the tape for the second time this year. The new course saw riders face heavy rain part way through the day with Bailey Christie, Simona Kuchynkova, Isabeau Courdurier and Charlie Murray stepping onto the top of the podium.

Who's Leading the Overall?

2nd for Isabeau Courdurier

In 2023, it was Isabeau Courdurier and Richie Rude who were crowned as the EDR series champions, both taking the overall enduro crowns for the third time in their careers. With the scores wiped for 2024, Richie Rude is sitting in second place just 12 points behind Charles Murray, while Harriet Harnden is sitting in second just two points behind Isabeau Courdurier after two of six rounds.

Elite Women:

1st. Isabeau Courdurier: 893
2nd. Hattie Harnden: 891
3rd. Ella Conolly: 681
4th. Morgane Charre: 612
5th. Chloe Taylor: 553

Elite Men:

1st. Charlie Murray: 871
2nd. Richie Rude: 859
3rd. Slawomir Lukasik: 728
4th. Jesse Melamed: 571
5th. Mirco Vendemmia: 526

U21 Men:

1st. Bailey Christie: 476
2nd. Jt Fisher: 362
3rd. William Brodie: 344
4th. Wei Tien Ho: 332
5th. Sascha Kim: 304
U21 Women:

1st. Lily Planquart: 426
2nd. Simona Kuchynkova: 374
3rd. Elly Hoskin: 315
4th. Emmy Lan: 113
5th. Emily Carrick-Anderson: 95

What are the Stages?


Austria’s largest bike region, Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is situated in the heart of SalzburgerLand. Athletes will have a massive day on the bike, with 6 stages, 73.6km and 2,470m of descending over 11.8km.

Stage 1: Bergstadl Trail // 2.4 km // -535m
Stage 2: X Line // 3.6 km // -802m
Stage 3: Matzalm Trail // 1.6 km // -326m
Stage 4: Hangman 1 // 2.0 km // -375m
Stage 5: Schwarzleo Trail // 1.1 km // -210m
Stage 6: Bongo Bongo // 1.1 km // -222m

Quick Stats:

Total Distance (Including Liasons): 73.6km
Total Stage Distance: 11.8km
Total Descending: 2,470m

Saalbach Hinterglemm mountain biking trails

When and What Racing is Happening this Weekend?

Here is a look at what you can expect to find happening this weekend.

All times CEST

Thursday, June 6
• 09:00 - 17:00 // Practice

Friday, June 7
• 8:30 // EDR Race Start
• 17:30 // EDR Race Finish

Saturday, June 8
• 08:30 // E-EDR Race Start
• 17:30 // E-EDR Race Finish
• Offical WBD race coverage is expected to release in the evening on June 9

Note: All times are local and subject to change by the UCI/event organizer.

What's the Weather Expected to be?

The End

The weather can change quickly in the mountains and we could see thunderstorms this week in Leogang. We'll cross our fingers that conditions remain the same for all riders.

Thursday, June 6 (Practice)

Times of clouds and sun; a morning shower in spots followed by a thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon // 22°C // 40% probability of precipitation // wind 7km/h

Friday, June 7 (EDR Race)

Cloudy with a thunderstorm in parts of the area in the afternoon // 23°C // 42% probability of precipitation // wind 6km/h

Saturday, June 8 (E-EDR Race)

Mostly cloudy with a thunderstorm in parts of the area in the afternoon // 24°C // 44% probability of precipitation // wind 7km/h

Weather forecast as of Monday, June 3 from Accuweather.

Rhys Verner out front and in command with one stage to go

How to Follow the Racing?

To follow the racing live there will be live timing on the UCI MTB World Series site and Pinkbike will be posting results shortly after the racing.

We expect racing to kick off at 8:30 local time on Friday, June 7 (7:30 BST // 23:30 PDT). Race coverage from the WHOOP UCI Mountain Bike World Series will be available the following evening after the E-EDR on Sunday, June 9.

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  • 96 1
 "Weekday racing shows the commitment that Warner Brothers Discovery and the UCI have to exploring and developing paradigm-shifting new experiences that allow riders and sponsors alike to achieve their long term goals of participating in a series no one could watch even if they wanted to." - Chris Ball, probably.
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 Its so the film crew can film the
E-EDR on Saturday (using their phones )
  • 9 0
 End of 2023 disco usd$48 billion in debt ,4billion cash on hand . Disco are Trying to save $5billion through cuts. Have fired 350 staff in NZ this year. There will be no improvements to mtb disco coverage until they pay down debt or end the contract. 2031 Frown
  • 59 0
 Enduro on Friday and a goofy ebike race Saturday!? Honestly mind blowing how they are killing this discipline
  • 9 0
 @bbachmei: It proves the weaselly motherf*ckers just don't care.
  • 16 4
 @bbachmei: Thats because on Saturday everyone is watching the dh so no one cares that the motor bikes are racing
  • 47 0
 @chrismac70: Correct, this way we get our own race day without any conflicts. In Poland we still had an insane amount of fans come out for racing on Friday. It was sweet!
  • 5 7
 @bbachmei: The proliferation of motor bikes into bike sports is a sign of the times of weakness in so many ways.
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 @jhtopilko: ok tough guy
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 @chrismac70: Downhill is on Sunday this year, no XCO.
  • 7 0
 @JesseMelamed: I can't disagree with avoiding conflict with DH events, which is why I think they should be going back to attempting to schedule Enduro events on entirely different weekends, like they tried to do back in the EWS days.
  • 1 1
 another round of complaining but obviously never admitting/highlighting the things that got better or are good.
  • 63 0
 Can we get some stats on total ascend they have to pedal as well. Always curious how much climbing these riders have to do in these races as well
  • 54 0
 I was trying to find that info but couldn't. It looks like some of the stages are lift access, but the liaisons look long! I'll add the info in if I come across it.
  • 7 0
 @sarahmoore: Legend. Thanks!
  • 8 0
 61k of liasons which I assume includes the chairlifts shown on the map. But there must be a fair bit of up as well. Seems like an odd choice of trails. I reckon Trailforks might be able to show the total gain - you just have to work out the the EDR map is the other way up to the Trailforks map for some reason - the UCI/WB apparently believe that maps should be oriented with South at the top.....
  • 5 1
 @boozed: Meh, S is for Sun. I am voting for East and West poles.
  • 3 0
 The chairlift sections should be in a different color...although they aren't hard to spot since they are straight.
  • 5 0
 @Snowytrail: it looks like all stages are lift access for the majority of the uphill.
  • 2 0
 Looks like almost all by lift, some undulating roads but mostly downhill Smile The only hope is the liaison from Saalbach to Leogang, it is marked both as a lift and a fireroad, maybe they are undecided. Gravel roads in the area are savage, some are 20% all the way up ... so maybe they just want to show some mercy Smile
  • 1 1
 @paulskibum: Everyone* knows that when you're talking orientation, East is the only way that makes sense. This is an interesting project proposing "a new world view" : www.quitsato.org/producto/oriens-didactic-material_en/?lang=en
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 @lkubica: Looks to me like they want to make it a full day of "racing" out of something that would be a pretty chill day in the park. That liaison will take them 2 hours if they take the easy route on gravel (not that rooty, techy hiking trail connector that's actually pretty fun),
  • 18 0
 Straight from the UCI MTB World Series email sent to riders - 73.7km total 870m Climbing 5370m descending, 2470m descending on stages.
  • 4 0
 @paulskibum: good that i'm not the only one noticing the down under style map, fckd me up real bad...xd doesn't make much sense to me.
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 @matthewfmtb: so extra 2500 downhill for fun? damn that's a big day
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 @nicoenduro: would not call it fun, from the map these are either dull flowtrails or fireroards so steep that you can burn any brakes you have.
  • 1 1
 @boozed: And then what? Call Greenland Down Under?
  • 3 4
 How much of the uphill is timed though? The current EDR is just multi stage Downhill - not what Enduro is about.
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 @lkubica: you missed the joke of course, it’s just dumb to have so much to go around to get to the stages, he’ll 2.5k elevation is just plain stupid
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 @matthewfmtb: Thank you for this, 870 meters of climbing or 2854 ft. On the lite site for an EDR race but I actually thought it was less. I wonder is timing on the liaisons will be tighter bc of the shorter less climbing ?
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 @Starch-Anton: did you not see how round one had many people struggling to make the time cuts on the transfers?
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 @Starch-Anton: Was the uphill ever timed? Can't tell if this is sarcasm or not
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 Even if some of the uphill is not lift service, its not timed and not a factor in the race. Lets just call Enduro what is now, a downhill race.
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 @tunnel-vision: when was it ever timed? A race with timed up and downhill is still there, it's called XC.
This discussion is about start times at the stages.
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 @Muckal: this discussion is about the amount of pedaling in between stages. I'm saying even if they do have walk/pedal uphill, its meaningless on the outcome. So might as well just call it what it is, a downhill race.
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 @tunnel-vision: It's not meaningless if they physically can't do it. And there may be time limits for transitions although that may be gone.
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 @Snowytrail: Has any recent Enduro racer ever missed a stage cutoff due to physical exhaustion? Time limits are likely gone now too. OG Enduro had some real climbing involved. So if you were unfit it would likely affect your downhill time. But that's not the case in pro Enduro anymore with chairlifts and shuttles. So lets just admit it, Pro enduro these days is a just downhill race now. Its ok. I don't know why many get so triggered over this.
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 @tunnel-vision: There are designated start times for each rider at each stage which if they dont achieve them they get penalties. Happened to quite a few in Finale and quite a few complained of arriving just in time and having to start without a chance to catch their breath.

Enduro rules used to state that 10-15% of each stage was permitted to be uphill but the stage was suppose to feel like a downhill stage above all else. I believe that holds true today.
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 @paulskibum: I just downloaded a couple of the UCI Enduro race books. Looks like only 1 stage over the event has to have a liaison that isn't a shuttle or chairlift. So i don't think pedaling uphill has much bearing on the event. If they are a little out of breath on that one stage, whatever, its still like a 90% shutled downhill race,
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 @tunnel-vision: Finale a shuttle to a pedal for stage one and a pedal on all other liasons. There has to be at least one - doesnt mean there arent five that they pedal. It is still a downhill oriented race format - yes because thats what its supposed to be a gravity oriented race with uphills only timed based on the need to get to your start time. It was always billed as a primarily downhill race - you are the one arguing this is all it is now as if something has changed.
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 @paulskibum: Yes its a downhill oriented race. I'm just saying that if there is an uphill component, they have zero effect on the outcome as the the time cuts are only threatened by a mechanical, not by fitness. I'm just responding to the triggered folks who defend Enduro to death insisting the uphill components make Enduro a world apart from downhill. The uphill sections are so meaningless they shouldn't even bother with them.
  • 32 1
 Having ridden these trails, this is so sad for enduro. Some fun ones, yes... But nothing like peak EWS where every round was literally world class riding. Enjoy the gravel berms racers
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 At least part of it is EPIC!
  • 6 2
 Saalbach still has one enduro worthy trail, after all theese years ...Leogang trails look very bikeparky, but with some nice sections, pity that even those enduro ones have lots of machine built berms and Alpine Braking Bumps - Leogang (TM).
The "problem" is that this is an area for German dads with kids, it just have to be boring cause it's what the customers want ...
  • 6 0
 It's not that bad I'd say, none of them are easy when you have to race them. Only the motorway on Hangman 1 is chill.
  • 8 1
 Super lazy again, just bike park trails, no work invested at all.
  • 5 1
 It’s illegal to ride on non sanctioned bike trails or hiking trails in Austria. They have little choice once the event location was chosen
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 @chrismac70: They could easily make some new sanctioned trails, they just do not care. They also get lazy in Poland too, all sanctioned trails in Bielsko were once unsanctioned, but they did not make any trails for years now. Go see enduro races in Chech Republic, they still race fresh loamy tracks through the woods. Probably the last proper Enduro in Europe: www.youtube.com/watch?v=09peGp-khq4
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 @lkubica: if only Austrian law was that simple
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 @chrismac70: It's never that simple. But the local community must be willing to do it in the first place. It is much easier when you have public forest as most in Poland, since government is the only obstacle instead of 100s of grumpy old farmers, but those are easily convinced with money. But still you need someone who will fight for it. do not get Austria in that matter in next 20 years many ski resorts will simply close, you love skiing but hate biking?
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 @chrismac70: sad but true. This sometimes even leads to logging roads being unsanctioned for bikers. Once a 70 year old in a big landrover stopped me and explained the road he is driving on is illegal for us bikers. There have been protest marches in where hundreds of people went on a walk pushing there bikes up and down trails...
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 @lkubica: I've been digging trails in Solden, it's way more complicated in Austria, the trail can run over tens of private areas and the owners mostly only care about cows. On the other hand here in Czech you don't meet cows in forest, they would been stolen. And the trails you talking about often needs only few days with rakes, no huge manicuring.
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 @bok-CZ: But those tracks in Chech are the only thing you really need for enduro. That's my point, you need woods and few days with rakes. You don't need a finely sculptured trail, it does not even need to stay after the event ...
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 @lkubica: yeah, basically this, then tape it and let the riders make it
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 Ah yes Austria, the place where you can't ride outside of park, when the principle of enduro is to ride natural trails
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 that's just the theory
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 @nicoenduro: not the theory, is forbidden BY LAW to ride on forests. OFC there are tons of ilegal trails but you are riding them ilegally and if you are caught, you can get a big fine. I just cameback from 2 weeks there and talked with local trail crews and locals, it is a nightmare.
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 @elyari: not really, in Carinthia for example i rode a handful of times and all the trails on the Faaker See and the close to are not in a bike park and perfectly legal bike trail. mani sign as well, plus they recently woke up and realized that rule was plain dumb
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 @nicoenduro: No, it not "not really". They have a law that prohibits riding on the forests, that's a fact. Then each trail, like the ones you did your riding, are allowed to be ridden because some local crew got all documentation in place to defend their right to ride there. I was in Modling for one week, for the IMBA Europe yearly summit, with conferences from people from all over Europe. Included on that there were locals from Austria presenting their "national strategy for MTB" and is basically fighting to get that law off the books, plus ofc many more interesting initiatives. I was in Wein Trails and Wexl Trails, both are small bikeparks that started as trail centers with authorization to ride on them. And ofc did some riding on the local trails in Modling, that have the same issue, they managed to get authorization so far to ride on 4 trails, but they have other trails that are non legal and are working on get those legal.
  • 19 1
 Do not go to austria. Aweful „enduro“ tracks. On the good trails you are no allowed to ride. Do not leave your money there. Go somewhere else. They hate bikers.
What a shame an EDR race is located there
  • 17 1
 Well, it's going to be the case soon everywhere in Western Europe: France, Italy, spain...Where I live (north of the Alps), towhall and communities hates mountain bikes. This is also largely due to the rise of electric bikes which have killed relationships with hikers and which abound on the trails, where before we only encountered a few mountain bikes.
From year to year, more and more mountain hiking trails are closed to Mtb and we don't have dedicated mountain bike trails....
Rather than financing the creation of (relatively inexpensive) mountain bike trail like in the US or Canada, municipalities prefer to inject tens of millions of euros into ski facilities which are in any case doomed to close within a few years due to global warming.
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 @jurassicrider: that's not true. Italy has thousands of trails where nobody cares if you ride your bike. Same in Switzerland. And you don't even have to build them, they are already there.
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 @cashew: Yes, in Switzerland there's many shared trails and hikers and cyclists get along.
In Italy, the same, but some of the trails are open for cyclists only in the afternoon, reserved for hikers all morning.
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 There are good enduro trails, some of then even official Big Grin It's just that Saalbach mostly has only one. Petzen (and Jamnica) would be much better for EDR.
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 @jurassicrider: not true to for Spain, were I live and ride a lot everywhere. Some few places in Spain have some issues, natural parks and protected areas, but other than that you can ride mostly everywhere. There are lots of new trail crews popping everywhere and new local trail associations are born. MTB is booming in the Pyrenees, ofc it will not be immediately that we can get hundreds of trails built but we can ride the ones already there without issues.

And as for the ebike issue, also not true in Spain. We had all the issues we have long before ebikes started to be a known thing. Ebikes are an issue in very crowded areas, near big cities, like near Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia. Not on most of the country.

As for the ski investment, yes, there are couple of regions in Aragon that are trying to do so, but there are others like the good example of Baqueira Beret station (the biggest in Spain) in Val d'Aran that is investing on trails. Things are slowly changing for the good.
  • 1 0
 you're clearly never been to Solden, plenty of trails are pedal only and SICK!
  • 13 0
 I've never understood why they interview rider's seconds after they finish the stage - while they are gasping for air. Is there a reason that I'm missing?
  • 12 0
 They probably think it's exciting, but personally it just feels stupid and slightly intrusive.
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 They interview riders? Is it possible to watch them race?
  • 3 0
 At least allow them to stop breathing through their eyes, before asking questions.
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 really dumb when they probably have plenty of top at the top of most laisons for chit chat
  • 12 1
 these tracks are so embarassing for edr. what a shame
  • 7 0
 There is so much wrong with this, first the coverage and then the race itself, this is the WORLD CUP, they should be racing a lot more, 11.1km across 6 stages?! This can't be taken seriously!
The last stage at the last race of the protuguese had 5.14km, and it was the last one.
  • 7 0
 Only two out of the 6 stages I would consider as an Enduro trails, the rest are bike park tracks. And they can use the lifts to get to every stage… the only time they need to pedal is when they riding back to the lifts.
  • 10 1
 Not a World Series. This is a European series.
  • 13 5
 Complains the guy from the country that gives us the NBA world champions every year. A world championship with only six races per year is a joke anyway.. I understand the moving about is costly, but we should have weekly or at least biweekly racing from March through to October, and maybe race the southern hemisphere the other months.
  • 9 1
 Bikepark-Trails for Enduro Worldcup xD xD xD
  • 8 0
 EDR sucks compared to the proper EWS of the past.
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 Omg, same thing everywhere, if it's no "real enduro" argument, then it is "spirit of gravel", or other guys moaning about XC track going through a pump track or something. Chill guys, enjoy the racing (well, we all know the issue here Razz ). And I've seen a video on YT like a month ago about current state of biking in the forest in Austria and it was said that Austria is actually starting to work on new , more modern, law in this regard. That's a good thing.
And I actually like the trails like this , they have more flow are faster, and more enjoying to watch riders riding them.
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 What is the average amount of climbing for a world enduro event?
  • 9 3
 According to Jesse Melamed's Strava, he did 6k ft in Finale and 5k ft in Poland.
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 @gigamike: wow. Thats 1500 to 1800 world units.
  • 1 1
 This is one thing I have never understood... I understand they time each stage (DH section)... but they have to ride their bikes to the start of every other stage--uphill and downhill?

And is it true that they have a certain time to get to the next stage start?
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 @lonetreecycling: This one thing is what makes it enduro. I believe that this is taken from rally car racing and other forms of stage racing. Originally powering yourself to the top of each descent was mandatory. They are confusing things now with how much lift access there is.
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 @gigamike: how many gigas is that?
  • 4 0
 This could have been great back when EWS was run over two days of racing
  • 4 0
 A day out in the bike park Wow.
  • 2 0
 We saw you have entered a 45 mile race across the alps, so we have built you this featherlite 17kg sled - sponsors probably
  • 1 0
 Friday racing is great for us in the southern hemisphere +12GMT.
We actually get to see some of it. Sunday racing is normally played on Mondays at 3am.
  • 1 0
 That doesn't seem a lot of racing in ratio to actual riding. Presume there's a lot of chairlifts involved.
  • 1 0
 Looks like they'll do 6 pure DH stages! That's a lot of elevation drop in 11.8km!
  • 1 0
 when's the DH race? the weekend after? I hope they're close in time so the major trade teams don't have to move pits....
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 On sunday
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