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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 […]

Mont Saint Anne Qualifying

Mont Saint Anne Qualifying

Gwin dominiates, with Hart being the closest challenger. Check out Gwins 75.5km/h speed trap! Adam Brayton takes another top 10 quail, what a season he is having. Stay tuned for the full report from the days racing ! Rachel Atherton continues her domination of the women’s category with a huge 12 second win . In the Junior men, Loic Bruni’s teammate Finn Iles taking first place with Brit Elliott Heap in a close 2nd, just 1.7 seconds back ..

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 […]

Mid Season World Cup DH: Stride Found

Mid Season World Cup DH: Stride Found

Patience is a virtue – someone close to you, likely family, has whipped out that gem of wisdom at some point in time, whether you’re reading this as a 15 year old or 50 year old, the calmness and forced contentment of the virtue that is patience is something few of us truly feel in any walk of life! It was the word of the week in Lenzerheide, even if some riders didn’t know it! But funnily enough it’s only […]

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 […]

Lenzerheide World Cup Day 1:  Return of the World Cups

Lenzerheide World Cup Day 1: Return of the World Cups

Mic check, 1-2, 1-2…just checking this is still on, we’ve been away for so long! Welcome back to our regularly schedule World Cup coverage, we are coming to you live from Round 5 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. This piste is still in its infancy regarding time on the circuit, but in its first year in 2015, it delivered in a serious way. On this wild and dusty track, last year we saw Greg Minnaar win his 18th Elite Men’s World Cup, […]

Leogang Day 4:  Finals

Leogang Day 4: Finals

The predictions for Sunday were wet and gloomy, but the sun came out, the track dried, and we all were a little more red by day’s end. With the constantly changing track conditions, and some contentious track tape alterations coming into play, the mood at the race was one of subdued concern and excitement. In the Junior field, a new winner emerged in the form of Gaetan Vige; It’s going to be a good battle between him, Finn Iles, and […]

Leogang Day 3:  Qualifying report

Leogang Day 3: Qualifying report

Steve Peat is a seasoned veteran of adverse weather World Cup conditions, and made it look easy during practice. Waking up to drizzle and grey skies was expected here in Leogang, but never the less we still held on to the hope it wouldn’t arrive – yet it was here, and set in hard. he warm temps kept spirits on the up-and-up at least, while the slick track and massive ruts did their best to test the patience of all […]

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