RISE TO THE TOP: Leogang World Cup Downhill Finals

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A clean, fair race in Leogang wraps up the 2013 UCI World Cup downhill season with Steve Smith taking the race win and claiming the World Cup overall title. We'll let the pictures do the talking...

Sven, Duncan, Joe and Boris, Vital and all the fans out there can not thank you enough for your work in the trenches of our incredible sport. You have captured the spirit of racing mountain bikes like no others can. We salute you on such an incredible season. We are honored to have your work shown on Vital! -gordo
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26 comments
  • JohnnyK

    9/24/2013 10:27 AM

    thanks to all the guys who made the slideshow possible. really appreciate your work. this has been an awesome season.

  • Uncle Cliffy

    9/23/2013 8:33 PM

    Sad to see another season end, but what an ending! Thanks again team Vital!

  • Northwest

    9/23/2013 5:21 PM

    So what's the deal with Minnaar's "super fan" Ivan? How does someone afford to be at every world cup? Also, the guy seems a little fruity. There MUST be a back story to this.

  • Northwest

    9/23/2013 5:03 PM

    I inject these slideshows directly into my veins. Thanks sspomer!

  • judgerider68

    9/23/2013 4:38 PM

    thank you ALLLLLLLL at vital for bringing all us DH fanatics the ABSOLUTE BEST coverage and slideshows...BAR NONE.and that last shot is GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT. what a way to end a phenominal season !!!!!!!!!!! CHEERS !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shrockie

    9/23/2013 3:39 PM

    Sven, et all, Thanks for the great coverage. those shots are amazing!

  • Mr. P

    9/23/2013 9:29 AM

    Another great season captured!

    I always have to squirrel away a block of time to watch them in their entirety at full screen.

    Thanks Sven, Duncan, Joe,Boris & Vital. You elevate the sport!

  • shutter2ride

    9/23/2013 8:32 AM

    great coverage as always. Awesome.

  • tomgrundy

    9/23/2013 4:55 AM

    Thanks for the great coverage throughout the season guys!

  • Acadian

    9/23/2013 4:39 AM

    Thank you Vital for another great WC season.

  • sysdev1

    9/23/2013 3:07 AM

    thanks for the coverage vitalmtb!

  • onenerdykid*

    9/23/2013 2:51 AM

    props to Vital for putting together the best coverage BY FAR on the interwebs. The slideshows, the Raw vids, and the write-ups were flipping awesome. Top notch!

  • tabletop84

    9/23/2013 3:07 AM

    Not digging the desperate marketing-fueled 650b-caps "hurr durr there was a 650b-bike in the top10 must be fasta durr" I know you guys must hype the products of your industry-peeps but at least try to be a bit more subtle.

  • sspomer

    9/23/2013 7:55 AM

    there is no wheel size conspiracy going on here. no person or company is pressuring or paying vital or its contributors to say anything good or bad about wheel size. if there are captions about wheel size, it is because the information is relevant or noteworthy.

  • tabletop84

    9/23/2013 9:11 AM

    lol as if noone is aware how mtb-media-coverage works and how "reporters" are linked to the industry. I'm not saying they pay you money but I saw that sweet enve-bronson sc gave to sven. I also would write great things about 650b if I got on for free...

  • sspomer

    9/23/2013 9:27 AM

    and which comments about medium wheels in the slideshow had to do with a santa cruz or enve? SC didn't even run medium wheels in any DH race this year. loic running 650b wheels to 2nd place is worth noting considering there were hundreds of DH starters on 26-inch wheels. if someone did well on a gearbox bike or uranium frame, we'd mention that too. sven editing captions at 3am is not thinking about how he can hype up a wheel size.

  • mbl77

    9/23/2013 2:15 AM

    So when does 2014 season start? And what are we going to do with ourselves until then?!

  • SaddleRags

    9/23/2013 8:08 AM

    Rampage! Though I agree; it kinda feels like the day after Christmas as a kid.

  • sam.rodda.

    9/23/2013 1:57 AM

    Long live the Vital WC Slideshow!

  • fatfingur

    9/23/2013 12:25 AM

    This slideshow said it all. It is amazing. Not to nitpick but there's a typo on the 21st slide? I think it should be ".. would soon be their's" instead of "..would soon be there's"

  • canadmos

    9/23/2013 12:16 AM

    Great....So now what do I do all Winter?

    Awesome job. Hell yeah for Stevie.

  • Sum_1

    9/22/2013 11:31 PM

    So it was the pet rat spraying Stevie with beer while he was being interviewed on the broadcast. I thought he was gonna lose his cool there for a second.

  • flipper

    9/22/2013 9:48 PM

    great work all!

  • Pininator

    9/22/2013 9:43 PM

    An epic season - and finale - that we would have seen and known a lot less about without that crew. Thank you!!

  • sideshow

    9/22/2013 9:27 PM

    Thank you, to everyone involved. The coverage, riding, and story telling has reached new levels in 2013. Sad to see the season come to a close, but what a memorable year!