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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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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.
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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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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if he comes up a foot short it's not a pretty ending
Looking forward to the review on this bad boy!
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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.
-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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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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So if we can just get Claudio commentary on this...
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Tire buzzing the seat?
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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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Great stuff as always from these slideshows
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