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Added a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Loic Bruni's Lapierre DH for World Champs 9/10/2015 8:49 PM
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The most intense and emotional race I have ever been to. Maybe I was just more invested but whatever it was as soon as Greg Minnaar came over the line with his blazing time I began to ball up, and when he jumped in the crowd in celebration of destroying the clock I couldn't hold back any longer and teared up. Then when Josh Bryceland smashed it down the hill I couldn't have been more proud to see my boy Ratty on the podium next to Greg.

Then Loic Bruni, probably one of the funnest guys on the circuit and what seems like 'always a bridesmaid, never a bride' came down the hill with an absolutely flawless run and a time that was so quick I could swear the trees were catching fire as he went past them. As Loic crossed the line and the crowd exploded like an atom bomb and it was totally deafening.

As Troy came down and everyone was glued to the monitors and watched him go down the crowd erupted again and I witnessed Loic himself begin to tear up. Everyone already knew Loic would take the rainbows at this point but it all came down to one last racer, Gwin. Granted Gwin has not had the best track record for Worlds but he has been completely unstoppable on the World Cup circuit so today could have been his day.

The crowd was still crying and yelling for Loic and chanting "Minnaar - One-Life!" "Rat-Boy! Rat-Boy!" as well as "Yo-LOLO!" when there was a quietus rush over the crowd as they all watched Gwin go down, the moment was like watching a title wave come over you; inevitability, elation and that feeling in your bones something outside of this world was moving you.

All at the same time as the silence hit, a wave of noise filled the stadium that I know could be heard all the way to the top of the 6500-foot peak of the resort. I know this because later I was told as much. People in the next town over heard the explosion of excitement and celebration as Loic was crowned king. The season was hard fought and Loic, a more than deserving French Dragoon, was the victor. Never more only the bridesmaid, but (for the next year at least), the king.

I tear up in joy on my keyboard even as I write this.

Veni, vidi, vixi victoire my friend.

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Added a comment about video Top 10 Mountain Bike Riders Of All Time – Who Is The Greatest Mountain Biker Ever? 6/23/2015 1:16 PM
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Tomac!

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Added a comment about photo Custom Steve McQueen Gulf Racing Santa Cruz Nomad 6/23/2015 10:01 AM
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what's up Sandy? no CB pedals? I'm heartbroken.

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Added a comment about photo Does it Come in Rootbeer? New DVO Fork Colors 11/12/2013 5:51 PM
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I like that color!

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Added a comment about news blog 2014 UCI World Cup Downhill Schedule Announced 6/21/2013 10:36 AM
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BOOOO! (not to you Mickey)

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Added a comment about news blog 2014 UCI World Cup Downhill Schedule Announced 6/21/2013 9:56 AM
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why can't there be a west coast or rocky mtn region? why always Windam?

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Added a comment about photo 2014 Fox 40 Float RC2 on Brook MacDonald's TWR Race Bike 6/4/2013 5:11 PM
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650 compatible set up

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Added a comment about feature 15 Lessons We've Learned from Steve Peat 1/14/2013 5:43 PM
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I am a life-long fan of Peat. us old dogs of the sport keep it real!

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Added a comment about news blog 2013 UCI World Cup Downhill Schedule 1/14/2013 4:18 PM
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they do it on purpose buddy

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Added a comment about news blog 2013 UCI World Cup Downhill Schedule 1/14/2013 4:17 PM
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It just occurred to me the last race in Leogang will be during Interbike. yeah lame!

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Added a comment about news blog Sam Hill Moves to Team CRC in 2013 - Interview with Team Manager Nigel Page 12/31/2012 7:32 PM
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I'm pretty excited about this. I am a huge Sam Hill fan and I think he will do very well!

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Added a comment about feature 13 Bikes You Should See Before the End of the World 12/20/2012 5:28 PM
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that monster truck is cool as hell!

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Added a comment about news blog CALIFORNIA ENDURO SERIES ANNOUNCED FOR 2013 12/12/2012 6:41 PM
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stoked! but sad as it seems enduro is going to kill downhill

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Added a comment about slideshow In-Depth: The Full Carbon 2013 Santa Cruz V10c - 'World's Lightest and Strongest Downhill Frame' 11/24/2012 5:36 PM
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LOL!

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Added a comment about photo Suntour Fork 11/14/2012 7:22 PM
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Horst link/AMP fork much?

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Added a comment about photo 650b Wheels To Take Over in 2014? 11/14/2012 7:21 PM
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totally NOT STOKED with 650. when the world shifts to it, I will either be the only bike company still making 26" bikes or I'll just give it up and go make moonshine in the woods. 650B is not a wheel size, it is a math problem

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Added a comment about slideshow Pearl Izumi's X Project MTB Shoes 11/6/2012 4:37 PM
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hopefully they come in a size 50!

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Added a comment about press release PR: KHS To Run cSixx Chainguides For 2012 1/28/2012 2:07 PM
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One Ghost Industries is the Official USA Distributor for Csixx products so now anyone can ride like a Pro!!!

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Added a comment about news blog Duncan Riffle, Giant Factory Off-Road Part Ways 1/20/2012 12:34 PM
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DUNK! let's talk! I'd love to have yo and Luke Strobel rocking for One Ghost Industries this year!

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Added a comment about video Léa Weill - A Girl Who Shreds 1/5/2012 9:25 PM
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Lea..if you see this post, hit me up..racing@oneghost.com!

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