2011 UCI World Champs Downhill Training

Downhill riders get on course for their first day of training in the 2011 UCI World Championships of Mountain Biking in Champery, Switzerland.
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17 comments
  • t.odd

    8/31/2011 3:48 PM

    more shadows and roost and abstract shots! -semi-hack photographer

  • veach

    8/31/2011 10:48 AM

    Roost + talcum powder at Champery!? I do enjoy this news. Its going to turn greasy by the sound of it. Maybe it's because I really love building trails, but those insights from the trail crew add alot to the race. Come race day, I'm definitely going to be watching people's line selection.
    Great work guys!!

  • BeigeWolf

    8/31/2011 10:40 AM

    GARY AND SVEN- YAWN. I WANT MORE RUN OF THE MILL, BORING ASS, PREDICTABLE, FORMULAIC COVERAGE LIKE PINKBIKE HAS. THIS SITE NEEDS MORE SHOTS THAT ARE COMPLETELY INTERCHANGEABLE WITH SHOTS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS AND BIGGER WATERMARKS INSTEAD OF ALL THIS ARTSY FARTSY GARBAGE.

  • OCsponger587

    8/31/2011 5:42 AM

    the dirt and DH course the most important news worthy story of any race

  • rayhaan

    8/31/2011 2:28 AM

    this is so awesome!

  • lev

    8/30/2011 11:27 PM

    These photo montages tell such a great story. Thanks

  • Pininator

    8/30/2011 10:35 PM

    I want a bike that can lose 4/100 of a pound in less than a minute. I want one very much!!

    @VitalRider - it's only Tuesday. They've only just begun to scratch the surface!

    @Skidz - That helmet is mega-awesome-radaliciousness at its finest!

  • Mr. P

    8/30/2011 9:55 PM

    @VitalRider
    Thanks for your clarification, and I appreciate where you are coming from. But all other media are going to pick up the same story. What makes these photo/clips/whatever so great is that they get into the lifestyle, the feel, the essence of being in the circuit for half a year, on the side of mountain for 10 hours at time, the close friendships that form in that environment, be it wrench, rider, photog or fan. It's the not obvious story, and IMHO, its the real gem, it captures me every time. I dig the duct tape 'staches & the pillows of dust in the light, as I can relate to them as a rider - it's what makes me love riding - it's so much more than just the trail/course.
    - Former pro photog :-)

  • VitalRider

    8/30/2011 9:28 PM

    I'm not suggesting all creative/obscure shots be cut. That's what makes Vital rad. Keep them, but add in some more 'content filled' images. Creating art with photos is great, but this is a 'news' site and should also have as much info as possible in the photos. If you look at PinkBike's day2 update, it's got great images that tell more story. You can have both. I want to see Vital keep pushing the limits with photo quality and info. In saying all this, I do agree that Sven and Gary do a fantastic job and are excellent photogs. -Former photo editor

  • Mr. P

    8/30/2011 9:18 PM

    Sven, keep the "obscure" shots coming. The more abstract the better. All other media will cut them with impunity - their mistake in mediocrity - embrace what you have here. Bring it!

    With arms wide open
    Under the sunlight
    Welcome to this place
    I'll show you everything
    With arms wide open
    With arms wide open
    @91001 lol
    Could be worse, could be Winger.

  • Skidz

    8/30/2011 8:38 PM

    Gwin's helmet is the single greatest thing I've ever seen.

  • sspomer

    8/30/2011 8:28 PM

    @hayden, the first 4X practice is on weds.

  • Hayden_Wright

    8/30/2011 7:53 PM

    More 4X!

  • mattyj

    8/30/2011 7:43 PM

    Looks like Fairclough is on an S WORKS demo!

  • OCsponger587

    8/30/2011 6:57 PM

    if you've read one typical boring ass mountain biker comment you read them all. i want moar roozt

  • VitalRider

    8/30/2011 6:40 PM

    Your photos are top notch for sure. But please... no more roost shots. Show us the course from a wider angle, the scene, the oddities, the dynamic nature of the event and venue. We've seen 37 dirt roost/close up dirt/tread shots this season. You've seen one, you've seen them all.

  • 91001

    8/30/2011 5:45 PM

    Apparently, the Swiss still listen to Creed. On behalf of all Americans, I'd like to apologize for letting them beyond our borders...