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Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB 2014 Fort William World Cup 6/6/2014 6:14 AM
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Aaron Gwin 4:40.12
Rachel Atherton 5:13.10

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Added reply in a thread Who would win? Sam Hill vs Nico Vouilloz in their prime 5/23/2014 12:56 AM

As a fun comparison - Nico raced for Lapierre at Champery in 2007 I remember seeing his interview on one of Clay Porters movies? Anyway that would be an interesting stat if someone could find it - its not on the swiss timing page in qualis though - One ... more »

Added reply in a thread Who would win? Sam Hill vs Nico Vouilloz in their prime 5/22/2014 11:48 PM

Very tough to answer as the sport has progressed between Nico's heyday and Sams Heyday ... HOWEVER - Sam won the Junior Worlds in 2002 on that same track thats in the video - Nico won the men with Minnaar 2nd. SSpomer - see if you can dig up the results ... more »

Added reply in a thread Let's see your old mountain bikes 5/20/2014 11:15 PM

@sspomer - nope not Hi5's ... RST's amazing 461DH ... that would have the brake arch snap with just a twist of the bars. hahahaha 5 inches of elastomer goodness. hahahaha The orange Wheeler frames cracked for nothing as well ... so I was upgraded to

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Added reply in a thread Let's see your old mountain bikes 5/19/2014 11:20 PM

First MTB - Giant Yukon with 0.5 inches of elastomer travel and plastic cantilever brakes Being raced at our National Downhill event in Paarl near Cape Town in 1994.

This was upgraded to a Diamondback Axis TT And then to my first ... more »

Added a comment about feature Win a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain - Vital OTB 2014 Pietermaritzburg World Cup 4/9/2014 11:48 AM
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Mick Hannah: 4:05.55
Tracey Hannah: 4:38:08

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Added a comment about video DH World Cup Course Preview 2014 4/8/2014 10:44 AM
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Hey All - just a note from the builder - I asked the Red Bull guys to hold out till i had taped the track but they didnt - so ... they got the lower section of the track wrong!! they used the old line I had for Worlds last year. So from 3:40 he goes totally wrong until about 4:12 when he goes through the last rocks. ... I told them to wait ... but NO ... so oh well ...

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Added a comment about video Greg Minnaar Runs Nats Track 3/27/2014 10:48 PM
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hahaha yeah Scott good idea - I put in a proposal for a travelator conveyor belt like the airports use for the pedal ... but the bosses said it would cost too much! hahaha

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Added a comment about video Greg Minnaar Runs Nats Track 3/26/2014 2:59 AM
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hahahaha yeah - anyway - it is what it is i suppose - I have had to weather a storm of keyboard abuse for 3 years already so one more wont matter. hahaha

I think besides that blasted pedal section (which i cant do anything about and it really irritates me) the track has a number of new changes top to bottom which the riders should enjoy. So I'm keen to see what their views are for this year.

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Added a comment about video Greg Minnaar Runs Nats Track 3/26/2014 2:42 AM
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Hey all as the PMB Track builder - I want to clear up some issues behind the statements made that this is (60%) of the world cup track - what you see here is NOT a world cup track - there are a TON of deviations off the track that will be utilized for the World Cup - this was a national event that went around all the new sections that are being built for the World Cup - so before all of you have hissy fits - wait until the event ... and then you are most welcome to complain as eveyone who doesnt ride the track always does.

The actual track has a ton of new sections - with the only thing that is the same in this video being the pedal from the tabletops and a bit of the bottom section ...

Just letting everyone know before they all have a meltdown in front of their PC's like has happened on Dirt's facebook page already.

Cheers
Nige - the PMB Track builder and Manager

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Added a comment about news blog Schedule Changes and News for 2014 UCI World Cup 1/24/2014 12:00 AM
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From what i understand talking to the boss man who is in touch with the UCI here in SA, is that the Teams and UCI are in a quandary. The riders and spectators want more rounds, which is all good and well, but the teams cant afford the travel. Already with 2 events in the southern hemisphere this year its putting a big strain on the teams ... some of whom seem to want it based more in Europe again, but then how can you call it a "World Cup" .. .it may as well be like the IXS.

Then the biggest issue is the fact that the venues themselves cannot afford to host the events so no venues bid when the bidding process begins ... so places like Champery and Schladming dont feature as they dont even bid for the event. Its not that the UCI excludes them .. its that if they dont bid, they cant get an event. As far as i know Andorra have taken a year off as they are preparing for worlds in 2015 ... which is a fair call ...
So as much as we want more events, if the cash is not there from the venues .. we are snookered ...

Not sure why the UCI changed the dates though .. thats beyond me ...
But the DH Finals on the Saturday means we can have the "Afterparty Saturday night ... and have Sunday to recover from our hangovers while watching the XC which is cool

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Added a comment about feature Win a RockShox Vivid Rear Shock - Vital OTB Andorra 7/26/2013 6:13 AM
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Sam Hill 4:17.27
Rachel Atherton 5:02.46

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Added a comment about slideshow PREPARING FOR BATTLE: Andorra World Cup 7/25/2013 1:00 AM
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that looks incredible ... trust CG to bring a ripper of a track to the table - pity its not on the cards for next years WC

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Added a comment about video Video: Masters World Champs Downhill Track Helmet Cam Run 7/23/2013 2:03 AM
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@fastnate ... thanks - i have a 2011 GT Fury Carbon, Boxxer World Cups, SRAM x0, Colour-coded funn parts, with red hope hubs and white and red dt swiss EX 1750 rims

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Added a comment about video Video: Masters World Champs Downhill Track Helmet Cam Run 7/22/2013 12:47 PM
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to all you Masters DH guys and girls out there - Entries for the Masters Worlds are still live on http://mtbworldchamps.co.za/masters/index.html - Come and race the Masters the week before and then stay on for the Elite worlds the next weekend .... its gonna be mad ... and with the current exchange rate of R10 to $1 all you US guys can get a cheap holiday! .... Hope to see you in PMB .... Cheers Nige (the course designer and slow downhiller)

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Added a comment about feature Win a RockShox Vivid Rear Shock - Vital OTB Val di Sole 6/14/2013 6:19 AM
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Aaron Gwin 3:12.38
Rachel Atherton 3:48.12

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Added a comment about feature Win a RockShox BoXXer World Cup and Vivid Rear Shock - Vital OTB Fort William 6/5/2013 11:33 PM
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Aaron Gwin 4:47.93
Rachel Atherton 5:27.26

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Added a comment about feature Win a RockShox BoXXer - Vital OTB, 2012 Val di Sole, Italy World Cup 5/31/2012 2:55 AM
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Greg Minnaar 3:12.34
Rachel Atherton 3:53.54

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Added a comment about video 2012 Pietermaritzburg UCI World Cup Downhill Course Preview 2/24/2012 1:01 AM
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Hey Guys and Girls

Right let me talk you through the changes .... The video was done the other day and unfortunately the base material had JUST been laid so i didnt want kelvin to ride on it and rut it before its had time to set. So please bear with the slow bumpy dawdle through the pedal.

The top section of the track will be the same as last year ... very fast and flowing. The new portion of the track starts at cloud 9 where the old track used to go left down to the rock that Brendog crashed on last year. The new portion of Cloud 9 is steeper and rockier with a 6m rock roll off at the exit - then that new rock garden ... the top guys will probably be able to jump it - but you land into an offcamber with some tricky hidden roots and cut stumps. The new section in the trees holds better gradient than the old track cutting out a 120m flat singletrack section from last year. The gap at Haibo is really really fast and i hope the guys will enjoy that. The tabletops have been shifted further down the pedal section by 20m to eliminate some of the pedal and then the rest of the pedal section is based with granite to make it roll faster and get the riders through it quicker (theres nothing else I could do .. its just the lie of the land unfortunately) ... So it will still be a big power riders track! ... and then the Moneymaker at the finish is being altered now to be more jumpable and rider friendly.

As soon as Im finished I'll get Kelvin to do a full flat out run down and send it over so you can see the finished track.
Cheers
Nige .... (the track builder)

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