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Liked a comment on the item EUROBIKE 2019 - The Crazy & Cool Bike Tech - Day 2 9/8/2019 8:09 AM

Tatze pedal crank combo is a total copy of Dean Williamsons Flypaper setup from like 2007.
Hope he gets a check or an attorney....

Liked a comment on the item JD Swanguen - The Inside Line Podcast 9/4/2019 11:03 AM

JD and his lil Bro were iconic local kids and there were a lot of them, that many of us tried to nurture and give wings in this savage sport...but this industry can be brutal, miss a beat/result and often you're done. It's a shame we let go of talent before it's prime. Looking forward to this one, a...more

Added a comment about news blog FINAL RESULTS: 🏁 ️‍2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill, Mont-Sainte-Anne ️‍🌈 9/2/2019 1:49 PM
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Exactly, if Loic was as aero as Troy he would have one by even more time! Just kidding, believe me, aerodynamics are super important! But as Lee said below I would think height and width of rider and their tuck makes a much bigger impact on wind resistance.

.5 of a second is a ridiculously small amount of time, you definitely can't say Loic has more skill than Troy. The difference could be a host of things, Loic's bigger front tire, Loic got slightly better backside on one or two doubles, Troy hit one rock a little harder than Loic, Loic snuck in an extra pedal stroke or two, line choice in one or two key sections, Tire pressure, tire type, rim width, etc.

The thing is Loic seems to be the best at finding that extra 3-9 tenths of a second in a 240 second race. Which to me means he can push it the little bit extra to get the win.

I so wanted Troy to win and he obviously has an amazing mental game, a great bike and great support. He keeps just missing though, he beats Amuary, Danny and Greg but Loic nips him, he beats Loic, Greg and Danny but Amaury just nips him. If it happened once or twice I would just say it's bad luck but it's been happening for years.

Think about it, if Troy just pushed a little harder on any corner or in the rocks he would have won (he also could have crashed, something he almost never does). Loic seems to be the one who can consistently rise to the occasion (4 world Championships in 5 years, 3 WC victories this year vs. zero for Troy.

Their equipment is so different too, it could be that Troy out rides everyone every race but his bike is just slower (suspension design, tires, tire pressure, wheel size, suspension performance).

There are so many variables and if you broke the track up into 100 sections I bet Troy won almost half of them.

Anyway, I'm a huge fan of Troy and would love to see him win a few World Cups and World Championships! A more aerodynamic visor will certainly help!

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Liked a comment on the item FINAL RESULTS: 🏁 ️‍2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill, Mont-Sainte-Anne ️‍🌈 9/1/2019 1:35 PM

Geez....he is a freaking Niko clone. Check the DNA profile. U think French scientists have created a monster

Liked a comment on the item FINAL RESULTS: 🏁 ️‍2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill, Mont-Sainte-Anne ️‍🌈 9/1/2019 1:32 PM

Two thoughts...

Bruni is the most composed bike rider of all time. So precise. So perfect.
Troy is the best sportsman of all time. After so many second places, he still finds a way to congratulate the winner in a way that makes you go "woh, what a good...more

Added reply in a thread 2019 World Champs from Mont-Sainte-Anne 8/31/2019 7:23 PM

That is the rudest comment I have ever seen here. You might want to think about about how tough this has be even for warrior like Brook.

Added a comment about video Mont Sainte Anne Course Preview with Finn Iles | UCI DH World Championships 2019 8/31/2019 2:51 PM

That was a great preview! A little more color than previous ones. "I nearly died", one f-bomb and lots of yews! Really showed how the top guys might be serious about racing but they are having fun too!

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS - 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Qualifying 8/31/2019 2:48 PM
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@Stickandstones, no worries, I wasn't trying to argue, I was just confused as f--k and trying to figure out what the hell was going on!

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Liked a comment on the item RESULTS - 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Qualifying 8/30/2019 2:28 PM

Thanks Sven, that is about as f-ck tarded as ever....can't believe riders/federations didnt protest this change.
O well. Sorry betterride, I was wrong.

Added a comment about news blog RESULTS - 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Qualifying 8/30/2019 1:57 PM
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According to the rules that Kusa posted it is a qualifier and not a seeding run. According to Sven, Laurie and Greg or in and according to the rules they will start based on UCI ranking so the start order will be the same as today's qualifying.

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS - 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Qualifying 8/30/2019 1:48 PM
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Thanks! So it is a qualifier if the field is bigger than the final field limit. It is not seeding in any sense (seeding based on UCI points). Does it mention protected riders (as in how they qualify for protection (as this isn't a world cup))? It turns out this was just timed practice (as there were less than 80 finishers. a few protected riders dnf'ed and Minnaar dsq'ed) all a rider had to do was finish so all in but Nick.

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Liked a comment on the item RESULTS - 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Qualifying 8/30/2019 1:32 PM

by UCI rules book:

For all DHI events (Men Elite, Women Elite, Men Juniors and Women Juniors), riders are required to ride in the qualifying round. The number of riders qualifying for the final are as follows:
- Men Elite: top 80 riders in the qualifying round
- Women Elite: top 40...more

Liked a comment on the item RESULTS - 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Qualifying 8/30/2019 1:32 PM

I guess opposite to Masters Champs, they simply have to put some cap on the number of elite riders, otherwise there could be potentially too many riders? So that's why they run qualification, so even if there is less then 80 riders total, you have to qualify.

Added a comment about news blog RESULTS - 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Qualifying 8/30/2019 12:39 PM
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I'm so confused. Until this year there hasn't been qualifying or seeding runs at the World's, just timed practice. This year it seems to be called qualifying yet at the World Masters (also run by the UCI) they have a seeding run and it is labeled seeding, not qualifying. Also until this year the start order for finals was based on UCI points (not to be confused with World Cup points) which is why Laurie Greenland started last. Anyone's head spinning yet? So Danny Hart will be the last man down in the final? Not Greenland?

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS - 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Qualifying 8/30/2019 12:06 PM
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Really? That sucks. Must be a new rule this year as in the past there hasn't been "qualifying" at worlds. Also this was two days before the race liked timed practice at a WC, not the day before before when they usually have qualifying. Strange things are afoot! Oh, and I think only 81 started today.

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Added a comment about news blog RESULTS - 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill Qualifying 8/30/2019 11:40 AM
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Guys, it just timed practice. Everyone is in and there is another day of practice tomorrow. That being said Danny Hart sure made a statement!

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Liked a comment on the item FINAL RESULTS: Rude and Courdurier Win in Northstar, Men's Overall Title Fight Will Go Down to the Wire 8/27/2019 1:03 PM

Bummed he's not in for MSA Worlds.