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Liked a comment about feature Eddie Masters Predicts Lousa World Cup Downhill Results 10/29/2020 10:35 AM
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Let’s be honest, Sam Hill has already won that track in all our minds even if he’s not on the start line

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Well said Ed - gone are the days of prviateer racers driving out to europe for a month to race world cups out the back of a shitty old transit van.

226 racers entered the Val di sole world cup in 2012 compared with 139 in 2019.

And all those privateers who saved all their money to fly out to the North America world cups. 34 British riders raced the Windham WC in 2012, only 19 raced the US WC last year.

Basically, if you're from a country with a stacked rider lineup in 2020, your only hope of getting to race a world cup is by paying the event organiser to become a course sweeper.

The UCI really fucked up with the 60 rider qualifying and UCI point rule. I cannot see any reason why that change would have been positive other than catering to Red Bull's feed schedule.

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Liked a comment about feature Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 11:42 AM
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This argument has been alive since NORBA Nationals went the way of the dodo bird. Eddie is right, and hopefully someone with a voice as big as his can change things. I'm not holding my breath however. As nice as it is to see the UCI involved from an accolade standpoint, it'd sure be great of a non-Olympic sport just went their own direction. It'd take Red Bull and/or a pile of cash for riders to pull this off, but it'd sure be a good thing for the sport.

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Liked a comment about feature Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 11:42 AM
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Brines and Eddie are right- this ain't a new problem at all. I speak from personal experience in the late 90's when I ate an extremely hard to get $600 on a plane ticket I couldn't use to travel to Italy, Slovenia, and France for 3 WC DH races. Why couldn't I go? Because my UCI points had expired a few days before the races. I wasn't gonna rack up my credit card for the trip if I couldn't race. I called Martin Whiteley, who was the UCI guy who handled such things at the time, and asked him if he would let me race as my points has literally expired days before I was to leave. No was his answer. UCI points were really hard to get back then. Is that still the case today in the US? Sounds like it's a problem world wide now.

The plight of the privateer/local team racer on a low budget is a tough road. It is certainly a labor of love for personal glory. You ain't gonna make a living. You gotta want to race very very much and be hungry enough to suffer to get there. You gotta be obsessed with and addicted to the drug that is racing. You wrench on your own stuff. You scrounge for parts. Fresh tires are like gold and back then, moped tubes were like platinum!

The UCI is a tough nut to crack. I have mixed feelings about the EWS' partnership with them. I think their perspective is molded by things like the TDF, Giro, Vuelta, and Paris-Roubaix. MTB plays second fiddle and DH MTB is far down the line somewhere.

Should the UCI lower the bar for points and allow more to qualify for WC DH? I think so.

What's the solution? I'm not sure...

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Liked a comment about feature Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 11:42 AM
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For USA riders last year, there were only 5 chances to earn UCI points domestically, the four Pro GRT rounds and National Champs. Of those 5, only Windrock and Nationals had enough points on offer to get a racer to the minimum needed to race a World Cup (Mountain Creek only awarded 10 points to the winner with Rd. 2 and 4 earning 30). The top-6 at Nationals earned 40 or more points and at Windrock a racer would have needed to place in the top-2. Assuming the normal attendance of WC level riders at these races and the top places being taken by those guys, an aspiring domestic DH pro would still be short one point if they did a very impressive 8-6-4-3 racing the Pro GRT and placed 11th at Nationals.

If the racer lived in Denver, they would have spent a minimum of $850 in flights and driven over 1700 miles for these races, a huge time and money investment for your normal early 20's guy. All to still be 1 point short of getting the option to register for a world cup where their travel expenses would be more than doubled (barring a domestic WC) and they will probably not make the top-60 because they have little to no experience riding WC style tracks, especially in the wet.

I believe what the UCI has tried to do is make the WC more "Elite" by raising the bar for entry into finals and just assume the national federations will set up the proper races/series to funnel racers to the top end of the sport. The problem for US racers is that USAC and event organizers have not done this. If USAC had more 3 or 4 more Class 1 (or 2) events like Windrock, our racers would have access to 100+ more points with less saturation of already qualified WC riders. I would love for someone to start a series or single race in the mountain states that offers UCI points, but unfortunately Enduro seems to have taken a lot of peoples' attention, making necessary attendance improbable. I just want to be able to justify my DH bike purchase!!

UCI Points structure found on Page 85: https://www.uci.org/docs/default-source/rules-and-regulations/4mtb-e-1.01.2019---final---ok-publication.pdf?sfvrsn=9954e8cc_16

2019 Pro GRT Schedule: https://usacycling.org/national-calendars/ndhs/2019-pro-grt

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Great article, Eddie. Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't this all been done on purpose with the express intent of killing privateer racing? For their broadcast Red Bull wants recognizable names (top athletes only), lots of jumps and high speed for video (machine-built trails as opposed to technical, roots, etc), and close race times (smooth and fast instead of slow and tech). A few years ago, a top WC athlete and RB rider told me that RB was considering going to top-40 only with no qualifier so that the WC circuit was like a closed-off reality TV show for only the top-40 riders. Everyone else be damned.

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Liked a comment about product review Italian Suspension for Your Enduro Bike: EXT Storia Lok v3 Reviewed 10/24/2020 2:48 AM
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The EXT storia V3 has easily made the most notable positive improvement to the bike I currently ride, and I would go as far to say of any upgrade I can remember making. The bike (Rallon R5) has it issues with rear suspension/blowing through its travel. The storia manages to be both plusher than the DHX2 it replaced whilst also giving much more mid and end stroke support. The control it has over varying terrain is brilliant. Its lighter too, if thats your thing. Admittedly it may not make such an obvious improvement on other bikes, and I can't comment on how it would compare to a custom tuned DHX2, but I would be loathed to go back now. In the UK at least, they are distributed via Chris at MOJO. I was sent a V2 to trial some different tunes and spring rates before the V3 was ordered. Probably the closest to feeling like pro-level treatment that I'll ever get laughing

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Liked a comment about feature Single Crown vs Dual Crown Fork: Which One is the Best for Enduro? 9/29/2020 2:23 PM
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Dave seems to really dig the Mezzer. Anyone else care to comment on that?

Dave. thanks for taking the time to make this vid and keep it honest and insightful. It was a blast to watch and truly had me laughing out loud, especially the Giro coach consultation. As an aging masters racer am I gonna go out and get myself a custom dual crown? Not likely. I'll run what I brung and hope a few extra intervals will make up the difference, because it sounds like it's pretty close at this point! Cheers!

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Liked a comment about feature Single Crown vs Dual Crown Fork: Which One is the Best for Enduro? 9/29/2020 2:22 PM
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If the industry had stayed with 26" wheels, there would be no need for dual crown "enduro" forks, 223mm brake rotors, 4-piston brakes on light-duty trail bikes, etc, but with 29" wheels there's so much more leverage and inertia. A 29" 170mm fork is over an inch taller than a 26" 170 fork, typically with less bushing overlap. They twist, they bend, they flex, and they creak. Most of all, they feel sketchy in really rough/steep/fast terrain. Haven't ridden the new crop of 38mm single crown forks, but at 190 pounds and 6'3" I can substantially support the argument that 35-36mm stanchion long travel single crowns are not cutting it.

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Liked a comment about news blog RESULTS: Sam Blenkinsop and Jill Kintner Win Crankworx AirDH Rotorua 3/4/2020 8:21 AM
sspomer

why? there's no live coverage of this race. what is it spoiling for you in this case? we don't put names in world cup DH results.

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