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Liked a comment about video Leogang World Cup Track on a Hardtail | Phil Atwill 6/10/2017 7:21 PM
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Phil Atwill better win this thing by like an hour since it's so easy.

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Liked a comment about video Leogang World Cup Track on a Hardtail | Phil Atwill 6/10/2017 7:21 PM
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Who is Phill Atwill? Can't say I've ever heard of him. Is he consistently a top 10 guy?

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Liked a comment about video Vital RAW - LOOSE IN LEOGANG! 6/10/2017 5:48 PM
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Gwin's speed over the last jump was insane!

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Liked a comment about feature WINNING BIKE: Alexandre Fayolle's Polygon DH9 4/30/2017 3:57 PM
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they should pics of it in the dry sunny mountain side. Cuz thats why he won

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Liked a comment about feature WINNING BIKE: Alexandre Fayolle's Polygon DH9 4/30/2017 3:57 PM
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to be fair fair, the last 10-15 riders would have crushed that had they had the same conditions

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Liked a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: 2017 Lourdes World Cup Downhill 4/30/2017 3:55 PM
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it sucks when weather decides the race. i find it hard to believe given the huge cost to the teams and sponsors of putting on this event it's better to run the main or allow it to finish in insane weather. run it earlier if weather is looking crazy or push it back a few hours. it's not like the stream is live anyway. with seven races there aren't any to waste.

i love watching dh. i think racing is rad. i even own a carbon dh bike. i seriously hate this outcome and how everyone is like 'well it's racing'. it's the world cup!! there need to be contingencies for weather interfering in the race. everybody races dry or everyone races wet, it can't be split. it invalidates the result and weakens the sport

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Liked a comment about news blog RESULTS: Qualifying, 2017 Lourdes World Cup DH 4/29/2017 11:56 AM
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Top qualifying result for rookie and privateer Keegan Wright 31st inside some big names, good hunting boi for the finals!

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Liked a comment about feature Loic Bruni's Specialized Demo 4/28/2017 6:58 AM
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Don't misunderstand why Loic doesn't like the 29'er. Yes faster is faster, but he is coming from the standpoint of "why go faster"? If it is an advantage now, but then everyone adopts the wheel size, it just means that everyone would then just be going even faster - which is hard to fathom. To see the speed in person, and see the unfortunate moments when things go wrong at that speed...Loic's view point is reasonable. And he's not the only one. The hype of the big wheel is hype, and there will be some more to come other than SC, but we're not going to see a whole-sale overhaul of things just yet. It is important to hear passionate riders discuss topics like this openly, and I think it's commendable that he put himself out there on the subject. Only the time will tell on Sunday!

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Liked a comment about video 17 Questions - Rob Warner 4/16/2017 10:14 PM
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My apologies, I must reply to misinformation when it is put out there. Myself and everyone in my world --self employed contractors, plumbers, electricians, used car dealership owners, farm equipment repair business owners, bike shop employees, physical therapists, nearly all self-employed, all have better, more affordable healthcare coverage than my wife who works at a Magnate hospital. She would get better coverage for less if she could opt out of her employer's healthcare. Before Obamacare her policies were getting increasingly worse year after year. I had zero coverage because I am self employed and it was way too much to add me to her policy. Her policy options through work haven't gotten any worse since Obamacare yet everyone with Obamacare plans that we know have saved immense amounts of money for better coverage. This ranges from healthy twenty-somethings to self employed retirement age therapists with pre-existing conditions. It's not perfect, but it it better than the past trajectory.

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Liked a comment about press release Pivot Cycles Introduces the Phoenix Component System 2/8/2017 5:15 PM
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@Oz_Taylor not true! The Padloc can go on any bar. The part from Park Tools is only $15 and my shop bought it and had it in shop 2 days after I requested it. It slides right into the existing Park Tool bar cutting jig. Takes 5 minutes to cut the bar down max. Even the first time you do it, no prior experience.
There's a video on the WTB site that shows how. I just reviewed the Padloc yesterday and got the email from Pivot announcing their version of the grip as I was writing it. http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Grips,41/WTB/Commander-PadLoc,18146#product-reviews/2622

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Liked a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: Richie Rude and Cecile Ravanel Win La Thuile EWS 7/17/2016 6:30 PM
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Sam Hill and his flat pedals rules!!!

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Liked a comment about photo WINNING BIKE: Aaron Gwin's YT TUES CF Pro at Lourdes 4/11/2016 4:25 PM
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The pattern is available, but the GRP40 rubber isn't out yet. Your only choice at the moment is 65/55 in 27.5, which is a bit hard even for a mud tire on the WC.

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Liked a comment about video Behind the Scenes of a Champion - Aaron Gwin 3/30/2016 9:44 PM
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I'm so excited to see what Aron does on the Tues with it's higher suspension progressivity as opposed to the Spec. Total domination may be boring to some people. But not me.

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Liked a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/20/2015 12:00 AM
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I think you are spot on about the misplaced anger. I keep seeing people say that riders are risking their lives for Redbull, but that's ridiculous that anyone would do that or ride for the benefit of a sponsor that isn't paying them. I agree that riders should be fairly compensated and provided adequate insurance but it's the riders individual sponsors that they are riding for and representing out there and who gains the most from what they do. Some of the top competitors like Zink, Aggy, and Sorge are out there wearing the logos of Redbull's main competition. If there is any corporate sponsor pressure on these guys it's going to come from thier own individual sponsors not Redbull. It's these companies that people should be looking to direct thier anger at.

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Liked a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 11:59 PM
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Great writing and well put opinions here.
But I'm somewhat shocked nobody here raised the body armour question.
Wouldn't a simple back protector had prevented this life-changing injury?
Back in the day Bender was doing those crazy jumps nobody else dare to try and crashed an awful lot. He wore 2 motocross chest and back protectors,one over the other.
I'm prety sure that's what kept him alive.

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Liked a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 11:58 PM
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One part I don't get here is so this guy spends all year riding and training for events like this with no insurance? Do other events provide insurance?

The but that Sal said is someone taken out of context. Sal knows that at Jaws you have a vest on that you inflate on wipeout. There is a ski with a rescue board to grab ASAP. The skiing even Sal admits is with the skiing he would have an airbag to keep you on top of the Avalanche. So the only difference is the level of self preservation of the surfers and skiers. They make airbags for motorcycles why can't something like that adapted? My opinion is it would look bad, can't look cool in shorts jersey helmet and knee pads if you have to wear a suit that holds an airbag.

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Liked a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 11:56 PM
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I hope you all read this because it's something of a "fact". I write insurance, some pretty crazy policies too sometimes, and one thing to understand is that THERE IS NO INSURANCE POLICY FOR THIS TYPE OF EVENT!!! Sure, you race a USAC bike race, you get secondary coverage that will pay 70/30 after you use all of your existing policy and that's just a bike race, not an "event" (IF YOUR INSURER DEEMS RAMPAGE IS COVERED). But that coverage is easy, simple and a large pool of risk (100's of thousands of riders). Pretty generic "racing" risk.

But even if the event promoter or RedBull wanted to insure the riders, not even Lloyds (I've written a simple and yet wacky policy by them) will write it. See Turman's odds listed above. 1 in 5 riders would file a claim.

So let's move past what seems like a simple solution of having the event or promoter cover them (unless you're talking about RedBull self insuring the event for $2 Million plus...that's cash in an account that's guaranteed to pay out to riders if injured, which ain't happening).

Look past insurance. The solution will not come in the form of insurance money to piece together a shattered body. The only protections we can put in place are the better judgement of the riders who must weigh the risk of the moment with the potential for future income they might gain versus their own body, health, income and possibly their life.

The true solution for the riders is to request the financial report from RedBull to determine what RedBull actually makes on the event so they know how much of that profit they should be entitled to. Don't ride until the riders vote that the prize money is enough.

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Liked a comment about feature Opinion: When Does Risk Outweigh the Reward? How Red Bull Rampage Changed Our Perspective 10/19/2015 12:48 AM
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First I hope all the injured riders are okay, particularly Paul with regard to his very serious back injury. With regards to your piece Brandon; you have clearly written it in a state of heightened emotion and though understandable your views are biased. All around the world there is imbalance, primarily between the corporations and media, and us mere mortals. People risk their lives every day seeking the ultimate thrill of feeling alive. Some are paid. A lot. Some are not. Some are supported, others go off away from cameras and spectators and do their own thing. I cite a couple of examples. Guy Martin is a well know motorcycle racer. One of the very best. And he works with his Dad mending hgv's. He has survived massive accidents. And he continues. He often says when he doesn't feel that thrill of being on the edge of life he will give up. He mostly races in the road series, and the infamous Isle of Man TT. Poorly rewarded financially, something pushes him on. Only he knows what this is.
Base jumpers risk their lives every time they jump. They cannot make a mistake. If they do they die. And they continue.
Big mountain skiers make money. Maybe 10 or 20% do. The rest, no cameras, no commentators, no spectators, just them, their friends, and the mountains.
And there are many more examples. And we could rage against the machine. Or we can rationalise why these people do these things. Take away Red Bull and their infrastructure, their cameras and live feeds. What are you left with. A sports community free to ride where, when and what they want. Sounds fantastic.
As a spectator, should I stop watching these guys that I admire so much. I can only imagine, dream what it must feel like to be so at one with your kit, whether bike, ski's, wingsuit or rope and harness that you feel anything is possible. And you do not, cannot allow yourself to consider the what if's. This is what sets them apart.
Yes there is clearly a massive disparity between the risks and the monetary reward in many events such as these. And the giant corporations will continue to make extraordinary profits. I am told "that's life".
People will continue to push the boundaries and limits of what is possible in all sports. Whether they are paid for it or not. Whether the cameras are rolling or not. This is their life and they tread a path us mere mortals cannot comprehend. And that is their reward.

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Liked a comment about news blog The 5 Top Scoring Runs From Rampage 2015 10/18/2015 11:49 PM
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It just goes to show that the one thing that nobody can debate is that Remy Metailler put down the faster time.

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Liked a comment about slideshow RAMPAGE QUESTION OF THE DAY - Do you agree with the results? 10/17/2015 6:12 PM
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Josh Bender is not a suitable judge. The fact that someone thought(thinks) he's a suitable judge is simply hilarious.

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