COUNTDOWN TO DESTRUCTION: Eve of the Andorra World Cup Downhill 3

<b>Andorra World Cup destruction begins in 3...2...1. A ferocious lightning storm lit up the sky tonight giving us a preview of what's to come on race day...#yesitisreal</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>If anyone will cause the mountain to explode on race day, it's Sam Hill. His race run will be his 2nd top-to-bottom run of the entire weekend. Get 'em Sam!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Greg Minnaar hauling ass, Josh Bryceland exposing ass. The sky is on fire, the riders are on the brink of insanity...must be race day tomorrow.</b> -@maddogboris

<b>Hey Greg, focus on the trail, not Bowman's lens!</b> -Joe Bowman

<b>Don't be surprised to see Bruni uncork a flyer on race day. He's terrifyingly fast in places while looking completely in control.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Aaron Gwin had not one, but TWO crashes in qualifying. Those seconds add up. He will ride down considerably earlier than normal tomorrow and if all goes as planned, he'll hold the hot seat until the end.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>You can always count on Remi Thirion to bring the pain and stoke back to life. One of the Vital team's favorite riders of 2013. Every time we see him, you can just imagine him humming Slayer inside his helmet...</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>We interrupt your regularly schedule DH broadcast. It's not the size of the lens butt how you use it.</b> -@maddogboris

<b>Lorenzo Suding, the other stoke and pain machine! He gets 3 photos in a row because his riding says so.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Glowing dust trail of destruction in Lorenzo's wake...</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Lorenzo upside down is faster than 80% of the field right-side up. #loosecannon</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Gee gets through here faster in slowmo than any of us mortals would in real-time.</b> -Joe Bowman

<b>The finshed bullet time rig in the Hutchinson UR pits - 30 Sony headcams to be put to use at a less tree-riddled track!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Rachel Atherton firmed up her suspension a lot today. Going to a firmer spring, she said her bike simply bounced and skipped over the holes now. She has been looking for precious seconds and this is a start.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Mick Hannah has been literally smashing out runs. One of the few riders who seems to be able to go all-out 100% on every run, on every part of the track. Let's hope he has saved enough for race day.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Brendan kept the air in his tires today while making his own dust storm all the way down the track.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Neko Mulally stable amidst the chaos and ready for a break-through race run.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Andrew Neethling has been on the golf course today. Keeping those arms and shoulders warmed up and ready the punishment the track will deal out on race day</b> -Sven Martin

<b>She's always focused and always stylish. This course suits her flat pedal style. Myriam Nicole leaning into the top of the course.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Changing track conditions mean changing setups. Mathieu Dupelle giving Connor Fearon's rear shock a stiffer compression tune to handle the emerging holes and bumps.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Make no mistake, these rainbow stripes were well-earned and deserved. Morganne Charre is another flat pedal lady who thrives on this kind of track.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Brook MacDonald was riding today, getting to learn the track. It wasn't easy for him with his shoulder, but he did not hold back. All points are good points at the end of the season.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>No pressure on Marcelo tomorrow...get it?</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Last thing GT's Mark Maurissen did today (before his sunset trail ride) is his special wheel/tube/tubeless treatment for Marc Beaumont. 100% success with this method thus far. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Taylor Vernon is certainly missed. Many people popped in today to sign part of a huge card for the kid. We all wish him a full recovery!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Today was a big XC day. Scott Swiss Power took the win. Here Florian Vogel flies under the lift tower I scaled up.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>After things were "too tight" in qualifying, Danny said he needs to work on loosening it up for his race run and riding closer to how he rides in practice.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Matt Simmonds seems to have slipped under the radar a bit these past few days. His smooth and controlled style might not be stirring the media's attention, however he is still holding his own as the track deteriorates.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Team Devinci straight onto the track after practice finished. Stevie Smith is uncharacteristicly off the pace, is seeking valuable seconds. #dontsleeponsmith</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>After eating sh*t in qualifying, Sam Dale is hungry for strong a World Cup result here in Andorra. Can we say sh*t on Vital?</b> -Lee Trumpore (no Lee, we can't say shit on Vital, sorry. -gordo)

<b>Both bike and man are worked on at the Syndicate pits after swift practice session.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Ivan, the Number 1 Fan on the circuit, gives Greg a pair of trademark, red short shorts. Maybe he'll put up a show for Ivan and wear these at PMB where he'll be in full support.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>George Brannigan doing his best gas-to-flat off the bridge.</b> -Lee Trumpore

<b>Nothing out of the ordinary here. More assery with Bryceland during a signing session. Fox Racing may need to put some strategic tattoos on Ratty so they get their money's worth.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Cedric might have been missing in training today however his speed tucks were getting plenty of practice! Stay tuned for the rollercoaster ride that is the Andorra World Cup Downhill race!</b> -Duncan Philpott

The World Cup downhillers had one brief practice session on the eve of race day in Andorra. In a matter of hours, the start gate will beep, the clock will run and we will see who is the fastest rider on the most aggressive downhill course of the 2013 World Cup season. BRING. IT. ON! Sven, Duncan, Joe and Lee make us feel like we're there, in the line of roosting fire with another incredible slideshow! Thanks so much guys!
Create New Tag
  • Acadian

    7/28/2013 2:42 AM

    is Myriam back on flats? thought she was riding clips this weekend and also looks (from the pic) that she's riding clips.
    Can't wait for final action...thanks for the great slideshows guys!

  • Capricorn

    7/28/2013 2:30 AM

    Vital: ask Danny why he dumped his neck brace.

  • MattPatt

    7/27/2013 11:21 PM

    Love the work Sven, Duncan and Lee are doing at Andorra. Stoke engine is firing on all 4s

Hello Vital MTB Visitor,

We’re conducting a survey and would appreciate your input. Your answers will help Vital and the MTB industry better understand what riders like you want. Survey results will be used to recognize top brands. Make your voice heard!

Five lucky people will be selected at random to win a Vital MTB t-shirt.

Thanks in advance,

The Vital MTB Crew

Take Survey