Back in the USA! Windham World Cup Track Walk Slideshow 11

<b>Welcome to 7am. It's track walk day in upstate New York.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>But before we get into it, decide which one of these is true. 1) Roskopp was not stoked with Ratboy's 2nd place on the new bike at MSA. 2) Sam Dale moshed Ratboy into the ground at the MSA afterparty. 3) Ratty and the U.S. border patrol did not get along very well.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>#wheeliewednesday</b> -Joe Bowman

<b>Behind the scenes on the latest internet craze of Wheelie Wednesdays.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Sam Hill getting used to the top spot again.</b> @maddogboris

<b>Leaving your gear around the GT pits always results in the mystery random shot surprise when downloading. This was today's.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Melted bike box from driving through a thunderstorm. #privateerslife</b> @maddogboris

<b>You can see the line from last year on the left of frame. Now it is steep, straight and fast. Eric Carter in audio.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Aussie power house Nathan Rennie imparts his wisdom to the Aussie juniors. Listen to the epic, full story below the slideshow. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Super-sized. Joe can handle the full 18-inches.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>MTB has come full circle for Steve Peat.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Christmas dinner with the Syndicate. No joke.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The day after racing, hangovers are drained out next to the waterfalls. Laurie Greenland hucking with safety taking the back seat.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Gee Atherton is still sporting injuries from the last race. Got tape bro?</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>This section has been straightened out further, riders will be coming in with a whole lot of speed. Joe Smith in audio.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Sam Hill took his time today at course walk, ensuring nothing went unnoticed. He's motivated to win and has tasted blood again after 4 long years.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Not that a break is entirely necessary on this length of track, 99% of people sat down on the dry, rubber matting here. Claudio Caluori discusses the jumps.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Gwin and Brosnan getting comfortable with the 45mph speeds they will be coming down Windham WC track this weekend #SOENDURO</b> -Sven Martin

<b>If you're not baller athletes, you drive from MSA to Windham, 3-up and cramped in the back of a minivan getting sticky with Silverback.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Boris still learning the subtleties of WalMart fashion.</b> @maddogboris

<b>Mossy shaley rocks. East Coast with Gee in the audio.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Intense concentration as Greg Minnaar tries to avoid being beaten by Peaty's mechanic, Tom Duncan, once again at FIFA.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Conditions are damp and slippy at the moment.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The East Coast dirt here is awesome. Listen in as the Kiwis discuss their first experience in it up the road at Whiteface.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Mo' money, mo' problems.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The finishing touches are made to the brand new start hut at a new location.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The Aussies do it right. Rennie, Rando, and a whole crop of frothing juniors that they unleash on the world every year for world cup and world champs glory. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Drivethru sunsets.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>#mtbbatman will get all riders who steal pics and upload them without proper captions or credits.</b> @maddogboris

<b>NY represent. Fewer turns up top means an even shorter and faster course this year. #hucktoflat</b> -Sven Martin

<b>This crash pad was here two years ago and it hasn't had an easy life since. Standing on its last legs, it saves riders from a pretty grim fate at the bottom of the steepest section.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>East Coast Hardcores.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Taylor Vernon's first time here wins the track walk race with a fast 28:09.0. That's about the shortest track walk you will see all year.</b> -Sven Martin

-Duncan Philpott

<b>Marc Beaumont succumbs to peer pressure and does the Monster jump. No waivers necessary.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Some prerequisites for racing here in the USA. Stans, data roaming (for me) and Moonshine for the boys.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>@steelcitymedia gets the 15 minute bike build courtesy of the Syndicate crew. #blackonblack </b> -Sven Martin

<b>While MSA went to the greatest lengths possible to drain the track, there are still a few bits of standing water inside the tape here.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Troy Brosnan studying the course like it's the Masters 18th green. FWIW, gordo wore the same blue TLD shirt today, too.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Rene Wildhaber impersonator?</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Trackside fauna or food depending on your persuasion.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>D Pott and his Hipstamatic camera he used for his post today. </b> -Sven Martin

-Duncan Philpott

<b>Things move a little slower in upstate New York.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Calm before the storm. Stay tuned for the action!</b> @maddogboris

The World Cup carnival has migrated to upstate New York for another weekend of war in Windham. Sam Hill comes in from victory, Ratboy has a busted up face, Nathan Rennie is helping the Aussie juniors and Aaron Gwin is on home soil. It should be a race for the ages on the fast and straightened-out downhill course. Experience the World Cup with the best in the mountain bikers on two wheels thanks to Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott, @maddogboris and @steelcitymedia.

Listen to Nathan Rennie's run-in with the law tale from the late 90's.

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  • Hittheshowers13

    8/8/2014 10:38 AM

    What happened to Rat Boy's face for real, Dale fucked him up?

  • sspomer

    8/8/2014 10:49 AM

    we were serious when we said one of the 3 things in the caption is true. your hunch seems to make the most sense, doesn't it? : )

  • Hittheshowers13

    8/8/2014 10:58 AM

    That is friggin' priceless.

  • FatNuts

    8/7/2014 11:22 AM

    The crazy thing is the shiner is very similar to the santa cruz s-man logo

  • FatNuts

    8/7/2014 11:20 AM

    My Guess is negotiations with Specialized didn't go well, so they sent in some mafia dudes to pressure him into the deal. Definite cigar burn on the cheek.

  • trevorpeckham

    8/7/2014 8:02 AM

    Todd with the typical Long Islander answer...

  • ska todd

    8/7/2014 6:06 AM

    "Upstate" starts on the other side of the Bronx line, so yes, the Catskills is upstate...4 hours north of that is "might as well be Canada".

  • sspomer

    8/7/2014 8:02 AM

    so it's like saying Fresno is part of SoCal or something?

  • fabdemaere

    8/7/2014 5:27 AM

    My guess is the Rat got beat up by a mother who forgot to lock up her daughter at the MSA afterparty

  • Primoz

    8/7/2014 3:26 AM

    Oh look, Gwin is on a Pike and on a Monarch Plus! I get the Pike, factory bike and all, but a Monarch Plus?

  • onenerdykid*

    8/7/2014 12:52 AM

    Upstate NY? Psssh, there's still about 4 hours of driving until you hit Upstate

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