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Added reply in a thread I don't like the direction of modern trail building 11/16/2020 11:22 AM

Land managers are very, very scared of letting experienced trail builders do their own thing versus following the ol IMBA model. This isn't going away, and its good everyone is bringing this up. Negativity isn't always great, but managers and builders ... more »

Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 2:50 PM

Unfortunately this is dead on

Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 2:43 PM

While I agree with your sentiments on UCI giving close to zero f*cks about DH, it can be argued that without Redbull, UCI could very well reduce DH even further or remove it from overall broadcasts. With all it's faults, Redbull has done a lot for our sport many other potential...more

Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 2:42 PM

It's crazy out here. Keith Darner said "I'll never host another DH race again" because costs are so high to run a race and racer turnout is so low. Driving across the country multiple times one year to earn the right to enter a WC race the next year is stupid.

Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 2:42 PM

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...more

Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 2:41 PM

Ha - Eddie said he was available to write articles while in self-isolation - He wasn't joking!

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I don't know how things work with sanctioning bodies, but my guess is the only reason UCI doesn't do this is they want money. Which makes sense in the short term. But we don't want this to be a short term thing. We want to foster elite racers who pursue dh, not switch to another sport or leave with a bad taste in their mouth.

I've never had a real shot at world cups, but I remember as a junior who was babysitting, mowing lawns, and packing boxes under the table to get even a few hours from home for a race, it was tough meeting the kids who's parents went all in. I remember asking one dad when I was 16 how his son did school while still racing nationally in the mid 2000's. "We don't do school". WTF? I thought he was kidding. His dad literally started a world cup team just so his kid, who was super talented and deserved to go, could get in (back during the team loophole thingy team america exploited). Most people don't get that opportunity, and waiting around for a unicorn who shreds, has money, and has the time means the UCI talent pool size is sorta shit.

DH is, and always should be, a grassroots thing. It's the vibe that we all love. That being said, there needs to be significant top down support. The UCI relying on rich kids is a garbage way of getting their top athletes. It makes our sport less diverse, interesting, and competitive.

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Liked a comment on the item Eddie Masters Thinks the UCI Is Suffocating Downhill Racing 10/26/2020 2:29 PM

long gone are the days of riders finding random loophole races in georgia to get world cup points (i think alex morgan (BCD) figured this out in 1998 or 1999, so he and some others like hart, chase, ebbett and/or porter could snag WC points at a random race). wonder what it takes...more

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Can't speak for other countries, but if you're a US rider you pretty much need to be rich to get into World Cups. DH isn't a cheap sport, but traveling the country for 5 races that get you UCI points (and not even that many) is crazy. Expecting people to max out credit cards and make objectively horrible financial decisions just to have a shot at participating is sad, and fundamentally bad for our sport. The UCI needs to start giving points for respected regional races like NW cups. They need to just accept these races will be run different and expect riders to adapt as they do normally when a national makes a stop. Until that happens, rich parents are a better indicator of international success than skill. Not saying people can't make it happen, but seeing the insane skill level at many NW cups it's a bummer they don't have at least a chance at the big leagues.
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Liked a comment on the item MASSIVE DRIFTS AND CARNAGE - E-MTB WORLD CHAMPS 10/7/2020 1:24 PM

Thank you, Ed. That was probably the best MTB video and editing I’ve seen in years. It felt like I was there.

Liked a comment on the item Single Crown vs Dual Crown Fork: Which One is the Best for Enduro? 9/29/2020 1:29 PM

That was definitely my point.

Liked a comment on the item Let the Dust Fly! Caleb Cooper Shows What Mt Shasta Bike Park Has on Tap 8/14/2020 3:03 PM

More options! EVERY ski mountain should be a bike park.

Liked a comment on the item Let the Dust Fly! Caleb Cooper Shows What Mt Shasta Bike Park Has on Tap 8/14/2020 3:03 PM

That looked so good and like stupid fun to ride. Let off the brakes and rip some turns. Went to a race at Shasta in 2008 I think and I remember immediately switching to flats. Pumped to see the mountain is funding this bike park and expanding trails.

Liked a comment on the item Yamaha's New, Interesting, e-MTB is Here 7/29/2020 10:02 AM

Gotta love the plastic pedals and reflectors on that sled

Liked a comment on the item CushCore Prototypes & Development History 7/23/2020 12:26 PM

If you’re chasing down air leaks at the spokes, it’s because you did a crap job on the tape or the valve. Tubeless isn’t brainless yet, so if you haven’t been through the wringer yet learning the hard way about tape and valves, it would be easier to learn tubeless without the added...more

Added a comment about video NW CUP #2 Pro DH Course Preview with Ella Erickson 7/15/2020 10:23 AM

Raced it last year, unless you had like a 170mm or so travel enduro I'd still say dh. The course has a couple slow spots but it's all super chunky, and the high speed bits are pretty gnarly. Lots of loose rock as well.

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Liked a comment on the item Direct-to-Consumer Tires: Versus Mountain Bike Tires Long-Term Tested 4/15/2020 12:22 PM

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Liked a comment on the item Direct-to-Consumer Tires: Versus Mountain Bike Tires Long-Term Tested 4/15/2020 12:22 PM

With practice and the correct tools (large round trash barrel and good tire lever(s)) mounting up a CushCore is actually not bad at all.

Liked a comment on the item Kirt Voreis Owns Whistler Mountain Bike Park 8/12/2019 12:35 PM

Thanks for posting!!! Love ya Vital!