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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER & STEVIE SMITH JERSEY - Vital OTB, Mont Sainte Anne World Cup 8/6/2016 9:02 AM
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Aaron Gwin 3:58.927
Rachel Atherton 4:38.333

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Added a comment about feature First Look: Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol 7/19/2016 2:11 PM
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I guess I'd go to that site if I wanted a re-"hash" of comments made there.

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Added a comment about feature Red Bull Announces Several Changes to Rampage for 2016 6/23/2016 2:30 PM
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Yup, missed it. there be words hiding under them pretty pictures!

Personally I'd rather see a bigger spread than the first place winner taking half the purse but maybe this is normal? Good on them for bumping it up though!

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Added a comment about feature Red Bull Announces Several Changes to Rampage for 2016 6/23/2016 1:28 PM
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Good news. I think each of these changes is a step forward. The occasional wood feature didn't bug me too much but it's good to see them find a fresh zone and not have wood features this time.

The one thing not addressed here but I'll be curious to see is if they do anything to better compensate the riders and their crews this year.

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Added a comment about news blog Aaron Gwin Signs with YT | News & Exclusive Interview 2/9/2016 1:38 PM
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It's a good question. I would venture to guess that 1) he enjoys being a part of the process and 2) he's in a position to call the shots down to the specifics of his set-up. Not too many other wc riders have that interest or leverage.

A tangent note: It's a bit of a head scratcher at first to have him go with TRP brakes, for example. But these companies are the ones who can gain the most from a high profile athlete repping their stuff. What is Sram going to gain to have him on their stuff? Their gear is proven.

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Added a comment about video Revel in the Chaos | Utah Night Segment 10/21/2015 8:27 PM
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I hadn't noticed the slap to the face until you mentioned it. And that folks is why we wear full face helmets

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Added a comment about video Revel in the Chaos | Utah Night Segment 10/21/2015 8:24 PM
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http://www.pinkbike.com/news/must-watch-brandon-semenuk-utah-overshoot-2015.html

if he comes up a foot short it's not a pretty ending

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Added a comment about video 2016 SR Suntour Durolux Air Volume Adjustment 10/21/2015 8:15 PM
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Looking forward to the review on this bad boy!

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Added a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/18/2015 10:38 PM
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Well said. I wasn't sure why this rampage left me with a sour taste in my mouth but this helps explain it. Judges may have mis-scored some riders but I think that didn't bug me too much because you could tell most of the riders were stoked to ride their lines on their own terms regardless of what someone else thought of it. Sure it means that they don't get the biggest cardboard check but when the event fails to protect the riders' lives or even their time investment to show up then it's obvious something is messed up at the core.

Random thoughts:
-all riders and their dig crew should have expenses paid. food, hotel, plane tix, etc. If you invite them, then you get them there
-make the payout respectable. probably double or more what they are paying now
-don't piss off the fan base. Not supporting riders and bringing in commentators without a clue is an insult (it was better this year thanks to Cam)
- make it mandatory that riders to wear protective gear that can save their life. Spine and chest protectors can be worn under jerseys to protect their cool image and may save them a trip to the ICU
- I agree riders should be covered over the event with health insurance
-if a rider crashes, it's game over for him that run. As much as Nicolai is a bad ass for completing his run, if after he crashed he'd have blacked out halfway up the ramp over the canyon gap, well, I don't want to think of that...

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Added a comment about video Rampage Riders Battle Over Limited Land for Lines 10/11/2015 8:47 PM
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Last year's contestants already have a huge advantage on the newbies. They don't have to get oriented to the new site and the lines they built suit their own style, plus they've ridden it a bunch already.

Rules should be something like anyone can ride an existing line (no altering it) or they can go create their own to suit their preference. Most of the big features are shared by all anyway.

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Added a comment about photo The Intense Uzzi Has Been Reissued 9/16/2015 9:34 PM
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Sweet!

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Added a comment about video Red Bull Hardline POV with Gee Atherton - So GNARLY 9/10/2015 8:05 PM
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So if we can just get Claudio commentary on this...

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER WORLD CUP - Vital OTB, World Champs 9/5/2015 9:19 PM
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Gwin 4:33.927
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Added a comment about feature WINNER TAKES ALL - Vital OTB Val di Sole, Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain 8/21/2015 12:31 PM
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Gwin 3:30.333
Atherton 4:10.117

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Added a comment about video Red Bull Highlights - Windham 8/13/2015 8:38 AM
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Tire buzzing the seat?

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER WORLD CUP - Vital OTB, Windham 8/7/2015 9:51 PM
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Added a comment about feature WINNER TAKES ALL - Vital OTB Mont Sainte Anne, Win SRAM X0 DH Hubs 7/31/2015 10:20 PM
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A. Gwin 4:18.424
R. Atherton 4:46.868

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Added a comment about feature First Look: 2016 Shimano AM/Enduro/DH Shoes 7/14/2015 2:33 PM
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Shoes are cool but I'm waiting for the new shimano dh pedal that's in the works.

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Added a comment about feature WINNER TAKES ALL - Vital OTB Lenzerheide, Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain 7/3/2015 9:29 PM
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GwIn 3:03.303
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Added a comment about slideshow LEOGANG RACE ACTION SLIDESHOW 6/14/2015 9:30 PM
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Great stuff as always from these slideshows

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