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Race Talk: Pietermaritzburg World Cup

3/14/2012 9:03 AM

Let's get some banter going!

Chance of rain Saturday and Sunday.

Season preview: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/2012-UCI-World-Cup-Pre-Season-Examination,3288/Slideshow,0/sspomer,2 ;

Rachel is out "rehabing her shoulder." Here's more: http://dirt.mpora.com/news/rachel-atherton-world-cup-1-pietermaritzburg.html ;

Schedule:


Results from last weekend's pre-race on the same course:


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3/14/2012 9:08 AM

Fairclough's new Scott prototype:


Stevie Smith's bike:


Another new prototype:


Rockshox bits (notice anything different?)


Sven warming up:

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3/14/2012 11:21 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/14/2012 11:26 AM

LOL @ sven. the wood proto should do well in the PMB climate too. heard it was made for this one media guy.

3/14/2012 11:27 AM

can't forget grubby's fresh new whip. i hope he stomps it out there! reynolds is filming a 17 questions with him, too, so that'll be fun.

3/14/2012 11:29 AM

OOO. I would be stoked to see a World Cup bag check with Sven. Always curious to see the gear him and Colin pack.

3/14/2012 11:34 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/14/2012 11:36 AM

here's sven's bag from the 2010 world cup season, i'm sure it's changed since then

http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/Sven-Martins-World-Cup-Photography-Gear,1043/Slideshow,3905/sspomer,2

3/14/2012 11:40 AM

vivid air in white...

3/14/2012 11:55 AM

Does anyone know if T-Mo is racing DH???

3/14/2012 12:23 PM

Jared's Yeti looks incredible.

Is that the best we can do for a pic of Brendan's proto??? (well, I guess by the time it hits the slopes, that's that...not that far away now....but, curious to see what they have come up with now. Some kind of weird linkage...).

Sven - what a hoarder! :-)

3/14/2012 12:29 PM

I am just too excited to even make a comment.........

3/14/2012 12:30 PM

3/14/2012 12:32 PM

Was just at the UCI website and saw the USA National Champ is Neko Mullaly? Did they award him the title after all and take it from Logan?

3/14/2012 12:37 PM

Beezkneez wrote: Does anyone know if T-Mo is racing DH???

She's only racing 2 rounds, Fort William and Val di sole (not sure on val di sole). She isn't racing PMB though thats for sure.

3/14/2012 12:53 PM

Beezkneez wrote: Was just at the UCI website and saw the USA National Champ is Neko Mullaly? Did they award him the title after all and take it from Logan?

coating on the vivids look different to me anyway. also whats up with this^^^^^^^^ i know nothing about it.

3/14/2012 1:04 PM

Beezkneez wrote: Was just at the UCI website and saw the USA National Champ is Neko Mullaly? Did they award him the title after all and take it from Logan?

Neko is the Junior National Champ.

3/14/2012 1:16 PM

didnt even think of that.

3/14/2012 1:31 PM

Beezkneez wrote: Was just at the UCI website and saw the USA National Champ is Neko Mullaly? Did they award him the title after all and take it from Logan?

vinny4130 wrote: coating on the vivids look different to me anyway. also whats up with this^^^^^^^^ i know nothing about it.

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/RockShox-Vivid-Air-and-Coil-Prototypes-Pietermaritzburg-World-Cu.html

3/14/2012 1:36 PM

Must be some UCI I.T. errors then. Check it here.

3/14/2012 1:50 PM

Rachel Atherton isn't even going to race there in SA....Haha VitalMTB OTB players that picked her.
http://dirt.mpora.com/news/rachel-atherton-world-cup-1-pietermaritzburg.html

3/14/2012 2:00 PM

@sspomer, thanks for posting the bag check, I was trying to find that a couple of weeks ago. Also, this opening round is going to be something special, more than in years past I think due to the shake-up last year.

3/14/2012 2:32 PM

Woooo! So Stoked!

New Hutchinson UnitedRide Kits and builds HERE.

Lance

3/14/2012 2:54 PM

Just wondering what we have to look forward to in the way of Flipper/Sven coverage over the course of the event? Any track walk stuff from today?

3/14/2012 2:58 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/14/2012 3:05 PM

RockShox prototypes we snapped pics of 3 weeks ago at Bootleg. We had them up for a few minutes but had to take them down. Looking good!



3/14/2012 3:14 PM

Scrub wrote: Rachel Atherton isn't even going to race there in SA....Haha VitalMTB OTB players that picked her.
http://dirt.mpora.com/news/rachel-atherton-world-cup-1-pietermaritzburg.html

I thought it was common knowledge she wasn't racing RSA?

3/14/2012 3:22 PM

Twitter is full of cool new stuff! Carbon Demo:



3/14/2012 4:29 PM

Is that a brain sticker on that boxxer lower? Hmmmmmmmm?

Who wants to make robot costumes?

3/14/2012 5:13 PM

Scrub wrote: Rachel Atherton isn't even going to race there in SA....Haha VitalMTB OTB players that picked her.
http://dirt.mpora.com/news/rachel-atherton-world-cup-1-pietermaritzburg.html

Stiksandstones wrote: I thought it was common knowledge she wasn't racing RSA?

Yeah I knew it but apparently some people didn't get the memo so that's why I posted the link. Still funny that people are still picking her to win SA. lol

3/15/2012 1:46 AM

Why is Palmer in South Africa for practice? A big surprise, or just spectating...?

http://twitter.com/#!/Palmer555

3/15/2012 7:23 AM

iceman2058 wrote: Why is Palmer in South Africa for practice? A big surprise, or just spectating...?

http://twitter.com/#!/Palmer555

probably hanging out. i wouldn't think he has UCI points to race. rad to see, though!

3/15/2012 8:45 AM

He is not in africa.
You are reading too much into the tweets.
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