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Andorra World Cup: Finals and Peaty’s Send Off

Andorra World Cup: Finals and Peaty’s Send Off

Sheffield Steel! Andorra marked Steve Peat’s last World Cup race. In true classic Peaty fashion, he crossed the line with arms raised above his head and spent the time after his finish socializing and reminiscing. It was an emotional post-race celebration of his historic and storied career, with a surprise slideshow tribute unveiled on the big screen. While he may be stepping away from racing, his legacy will remain, and he’ll no doubt be up to some fun antics in […]

Andorra World Cup Qualifying Report.

Andorra World Cup Qualifying Report.

The morning greeted us with immaculate skies and a warm breeze. The stillness in the pits, even as practice got underway showed that some of that “cruisey” end of season vibe had been done away with, and it was business as usual; racing is fun and all, but sometimes it is also meant to be a bit stressful. Many riders have a lot to play for, and this behemoth of the Pyrenees is going to hake the up overall for […]

Andorra Day 1: Pit Bits and Chit Chat.

Andorra Day 1: Pit Bits and Chit Chat.

The start of the season in Lourdes, France seems like just yesterday. The 2016 season has flown by, with all sorts of wild action along the way. With the final round of the World Cup here in Andorra officially underway with Track Walk going down today, the vibe around the pits was particularly relaxed and jovial. With most riders’ goals and achievements already getting checked off earlier in the season, most of the top riders are now looking ahead to […]

Frisky Friday Follow Up:  Crankworx Catch Up with Jake Hood.

Frisky Friday Follow Up: Crankworx Catch Up with Jake Hood.

Jake my man! Good to see you! Last time we were hanging out having a chat, we were sat in Atlas in Queenstown, NZ! But now, we are here in Whistler, Canada where it all started for you. Tell us what you were up to these past few months before you came over. Hey up Zach Bro. Been grafting hard in Queenstown over the winter time before flying here for Crankworks. Working at Bikeahoilic part time and Quest snowcenter full […]

MSA Day 4: Finals

MSA Day 4: Finals

The rain fell, the thunder boomed, but the track dried and the doom-sayers were quelled. The ensuing hours of racing produced some intense riding and impressive results. Gaetan Vige made good on his stellar Qualifying splits and pulling out the win in Junior men, just .031 over Finn Iles. Women’s saw a huge winning margin of 11+ seconds by Rachel Atherton, firmly reminding everyone why she’s now won 12 races in a row. In Men, series leader Aaron Gwin did […]

MSA Day 3: Qualifying

MSA Day 3: Qualifying

A light rain in the morning had riders and media alike sending a flurry of texts back and forth, conferring about the day and wondering how it might play out. However, initial suspense about a wet track was immediately alleviated once on the hill, as the dust was out and clogging eyes, noses, and camera gear by 9:30. This meant that speeds were fully-tapped first thing in the morning and riders who were perhaps a little sleepy, were wide awake […]

MSA Day 2: Practice

MSA Day 2: Practice

Mont Sainte Anne is one of the most storied tracks on the World Cup circuit. It has a reputation for producing some of the hardest slams; Gee Atherton ’14, Mitch Delfs ’10; and a few of the most triumphant moments in the sport: Sam Hill and Tracey Moseley winning Gold at the 2010 World Championships, Sam returning from injury, and Tracey winning the rainbow stripes for the first time. The long 4+ minute track is brutal on the body and […]

Lenzerheide World Cup, Day 4:  Finals.

Lenzerheide World Cup, Day 4: Finals.

Red. Red. Red. Red…Green. Chaos. Danny Hart put down a memorable performance to take his first World Cup win. Aaron Gwin’s run looked unbeatable, but a bobble in one of the final corners at the bottom left his time vulnerable to anyone who was within two seconds of him at the last split. Hart was in touch by only .4 seconds, but it there was not much room left on track to find the difference – but he did, a […]

Lenzerheide World Cup, Day 3:  Qualifying

Lenzerheide World Cup, Day 3: Qualifying

As the day got underway, one thing was clear: the track was rough as ever! The upper berms were undercut, so that a ledge of dirt hung over the main rut; the holes looked more like craters, and the loose rocks were quickly becoming projectiles. The morning practice session saw a fair few spills and thrills, in both Group A and B. When the time to make the cut is looming ahead in the distance, exceptional measures are taken to […]

Lenzerheide World Cup, Day 2: Practice and Timed Training

Lenzerheide World Cup, Day 2: Practice and Timed Training

Above: The bridge step-up was the only time Brendan Fairclough was playing around. He’s looking more race-oriented and concentrated than ever. 11th place in TT in a tight field shows his efforts aren’t for naught. Mostly unchanged from last year, the track here in Lenzerheide, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, has given riders the same conditions as the 2015 race: unpredictable, with holes and rocks everywhere. The inside lines that have been taped this year were used to […]

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