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Liked a comment about video Gwin's Race Run at Leogang 6/18/2014 11:12 AM

People are stoked on it because Gwin didn't give up once he flatted. He continued to push as if he were still racing for something knowing that his chances of getting any points were very low. If he had throttled back and cruised like most racers would/do, no one would care. His determination and the fact he held it together are why people are impressed.

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Liked a comment about video The Adventure of a Lifetime: Tackling Peru's Huayhuash Range 4/29/2014 10:27 AM

Nice one! I love watching the World Cup coverage but its refreshing to see a feature on an adventure, away from the competitive side of the "sport."

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Liked a comment about video Loic Bruni Crash 4/10/2014 3:46 PM

That's what you get for riding with wagon wheels

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Liked a comment about slideshow Vital Capture - Dave Trumpore's Off-Season Adventures 3/19/2014 10:48 AM

That is a great set of shots and descriptions. A personal story, tales of adventures, and typical Dave Trumpore photo eye candy. This is the good stuff and unique to Vital. I'm all for seeing pictures and videos of races, fast riders, steezy style, and big lines, but the bike life is seldom covered, especially as eloquently as this. More of this, please. I love it.

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Liked a comment about feature What Was on Cam Zink's TLD Helmet at Rampage? It Could Have Saved His Life 10/16/2013 11:44 AM

I haven't seen this helmet up close but biggest concern with putting foam of any other soft material on the outside of the helmet is the increased risk of neck injury. This has been talked about in football helmet development. While the extra layer of material on the outside will without a doubt help absorb direct impacts, it can also get caught on things and increase rotational forces on the head. Think about going over the bar and sliding down the hill. Often your head just glides right along on the hard shell of your helmet. Add in a softer outside layer and all of a sudden your head may be getting caught on the rough ground as you slide, possibly leading to neck.spine injuries. Same as football. Part of how the helmet works is that the none direct blows glance off each other.

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Liked a comment about video Hot Wheels Slopestyle Trail at Trestle Bike Park 8/22/2013 9:44 PM

To the people who will actually ride this trail sorry for the delay, but they will understand once they ride it. For us to open our first "Pro Line" labeled trail and it not to be completely dialed is a great way of ensuring us of never getting the chance to build another. Patience. Hater's keep hatin' true rider's keep havin fun riding their bikes and when you're riding at Trestle Bike Park you better go fast cause someone's always watching!

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Liked a comment about video Hot Wheels Slopestyle Trail at Trestle Bike Park 8/22/2013 3:46 PM

I'm not disputing with you, but I think I understand their justification for building it: it diversifies the park, attracts a new segment of riders, and gives the park some flagship features to showcase in promotional material. Sure very few riders will hit Hot Wheels -- your estimation of 30% is very generous, IMO -- but how many people hit the big lines in the Bone Yard, yet everyone has heard of it, even if they have never been to Whistler? The hugeness draws people in, even if they will never hit any of the features in their lifetime. So while its construction was resource consuming, I suspect they will see a return on their investment, even if the only return is increased credibility as having big features.

With that said, I somewhat agree with you. I would like to see the rumor of Boardwalk being rebuilt come to fruition and the jumps on Upper Rainmaker be fixed so they are more consistent in length and feel, and for those lips to be knocked down so they are senders like the rest of Rainmaker. But hey, that's just my opinion. I have a pass, typically don't stay the night, and don't spend a lot of money in the Village. In other words, my opinion isn't worth much on their bottom line. Not complaining about that, just recognizing the reality of it.

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