It is finally here, the 2012 UCI World Cup in Pietermaritzburg. Photo by Gary Perkin
This sums up what the World Cup downhill field have been doing the last few months as they prep for this early, lung-busting race. Gee Atherton, California early March.
A month or so earlier, Syndicate was testing their new bikes with Shimano and Fox parts in San Romolo. Bryceland giving advice to the veterans. Will they be ready to attack for the podium?
The much talked about new Scott Bike everyone is waiting to see tomorrow. -Sven Martin
I went to Scott11 for dinner and excused myself from the table, faking an upset stomach. I managed to quickly sneak in this shot while no one was looking. Internet arm chair engineers are going to go wild. -Some guy
Here's how I tried to spend some of the South Africa summer - teaching my daughter Molly how to ride single track. I needn't have bothered, she took to it with ease. Photo by Gary Perkin
Sibling rivalry has been put aside this season, to help make the Morewood United Ride team as successful as they possibly can in front of the partisan local crowds. Mick and Tracey Hannah will lead a track that will have many similarities to home tracks in Oz. Photo by Gary Perkin
Some special touches to Andrew's new bike. It's all in the finer details. Giant and SRAM Black Box are on top of things. (is that the new SRAM Clutch Type 2 rear derailleur?). -Sven Martin
Jared Graves has a new DH carbon Yeti 303 waiting for action. Note the cut-down rear tire for minimum rolling resistance.
Damian Breach gave Sven and myself a challenge simply titled: Feet. In this image we see multiple units of measurements being strided out - metric Euro, imperial Brit and whatever a South African, formerly of USA now in Enzed would measure in. Photo by Gary Perkin
GT mech, Mr. Maurissen talks about trucks and this machined down (to 30.0) Fox Dropper post on Marc Beaumont's bike. -Sven Martin
Less than 3 weeks ago, Al Bond broke his collarbone at Pine Valley, California. Now he's in PMB with plans to race. He figures he doesn't want to waste all that hard training. Worst case scenario? His collarbone snaps again and he has 2.5 months to recover. -Sven Martin
This is the most riders you will ever see on the track here in PMB. Long shuttles and a long track mean slow rider turn-around. Top tree section. -Sven Martin
Graves back on the DH and taking charge. -Sven Martin
Fresh fast rolling surface surface. Nigel Hicks, course designer breaks down some track changes. -Sven Martin
After spending the last few months surveying the high-rises of the Costa del Sol from afar, super snapper Victor Lucas is more than able to judge how high the new drop is in Cloud 9. Photo by Gary Perkin
Team Giant before the three long tables. you can see fresh dirt where they have been lengthened. -Sven Martin
Socal and Utah in the house. Team KHS with Logan Binggeli and Kevin Aiello. Welcome to the jungle. -Sven Martin
The longest table top measures about.......this long (25M). Gee stretching it. -Sven Martin
Always ahead of the trends, Nigel Page, wanted a much more natural feel to his pits this week. He said he wants at least one mountain in PMB. -Sven Martin
People have come from near and far for the opening round of the UCI World Cup. Some flew, some drove, I took the FunBus option. [Sleep tight Gary : ]