And So It Begins - 2014 UCI World Cup Downhill Slideshow from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Are you as excited as we are to be dropping in on another World Cup downhill season?! The riders, teams and media have descended upon Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, to crack open the highest level of downhill mountain bike competition in 2014. The track has been made rougher, wheel size is still a hot topic and new bikes are showing up around every corner. Let's kick off another great season with the first slideshow from Sven Martin and Duncan Philpott! YEW!

Don't miss any of the Pro bikes, gear and team news in our World Cup forum thread

Win a SRAM X01 DH drivetrain with Vital OTB, Pietermaritzburg

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  • Hyperpower!

    4/10/2014 8:21 AM

    Brendogs fork?!
    Cant wait for saturday!!

  • Scrub

    4/10/2014 7:40 AM

    I know it's a prototype, but it's about time that Giant relocated the cable guides on the Glory.

  • Ryan_Burney

    4/10/2014 6:25 AM


  • DSP

    4/10/2014 5:37 AM

    Peaty's fork that is...#allthelads

  • Tomasz

    4/10/2014 12:40 AM

    rom popopopomm pommm pommm, missed that tune
    Miami Bryce fork!

  • natedog

    4/9/2014 11:30 PM

    Peaty's fork

  • lev

    4/9/2014 11:27 PM

    Are you running a mini league Vital?

  • GotShovel

    4/9/2014 10:05 PM

    More pics of the Russian XC team?

  • onenerdykid*

    4/10/2014 10:48 AM

    ahem... Junior Russian XC team

  • judgerider68

    4/9/2014 8:51 PM

    predictions on top three anyone ???? (male OR female)

  • judgerider68

    4/9/2014 8:47 PM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S FINALLY HERE..... : D !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( seems like an eternity....)

  • kidwoo

    4/9/2014 7:44 PM

    Are cute bunnies in the racers' signup bags? Probably to feed to the lions right?

  • sspomer

    4/9/2014 8:02 PM

    ermagerd. cant reard carption. gee's protein supply, son!

  • kidwoo

    4/9/2014 8:08 PM

    Oh come on, I know better than to believe what I read on vital. Gee eats homeless children, not bunnies. Everyone knows that.

  • Pininator

    4/9/2014 9:41 PM

    Falcon-training, no??

  • Uncle Cliffy

    4/9/2014 7:15 PM

    A new season, a new slideshow. Love these!

  • Dogboy

    4/9/2014 6:54 PM

    Taylor Vernon's or Laurie Greenland's fork?

  • Joel_Walker

    4/9/2014 5:36 PM

    Matt Simmonds

  • Vasco Vasconcelos

    4/9/2014 5:03 PM

    Sam dale's fork?

  • Sven Martin

    4/10/2014 10:06 AM


  • neimbc

    4/9/2014 5:02 PM

    Yes! bring it on! Can't wait!