Liked a comment on the item Countdown to Losinj World Cup: Building the Track 3/5/2018 5:05 PM

My first thought was, "Those dudes are so stoked!". Cool to see such an invested group of individuals basically building the equivalent of a castle for a WC track.

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Liked a comment on the item Countdown to Losinj World Cup: Building the Track 3/5/2018 5:04 PM

HECK YES!!! awesome rock moving and back breaking by the trail crew! stoked to see this one go down, it's going to be brutal.

Liked a comment on the item Countdown to Losinj World Cup: Building the Track 3/5/2018 5:04 PM

This track is going to be awesome. It is different than the others, and that's a great thing. Faster, faster, faster has been a theme of late, and this is looking like a cool departure. Most tracks are so flat out fast (Ft Bill, modern St. Anne, Leogang, Lenzerheide) it...more

Added reply in a thread 2017 World Championship Teams 8/14/2017 10:06 PM

Good! Fair! Logic! He seems to be in shape for a track like this more then ever.

Added reply in a thread Forum Hot Seat - Todd Seplavy, Director of Product at GT Bicycles 12/13/2015 9:25 AM

Congrats for your PR but much more for this honest post! The whole thread is a pleasure.

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Added a comment about video Shaun Palmer "The Miserable Champion" Full Mountain Bike Segment 2/24/2013 11:07 PM

Never, never ever before had someone showed up and raced in MX wear? Palmer started it? Can't hear it anymore.
One small example out of many.
1994 the french brand Oxbow supported not only MX GP riders like Vimond, Demaria, JM Bayle, they also sponsored Downhill Racers with kits. Fully aware of this growing market. Teams like the swiss Pirate Bike Designs (riderowned by Florian Wiesmann, first inventor of the V-Brake and with team member Sari Jörgensen). Wiesmann was before 2nd in the Swiss Cup overall and raced the Worlds in Vail 1994 on Wiesmann bikes and forks 120mm front and 150mm rear travel, pretty innovative for the year of RockShox Judy DH 80mm.

http://www.wiesmann-bikes.de/images/racefloridhk.jpg
http://www.wiesmann-bikes.de/images/racefloridhv.jpg
http://p.vitalmx.com/photos/forums/2012/09/03/DEMARIA_VIMOND_OXBOW_552750.JPG

Its true, Palmer was the role model. He was superstar and had fans like a rockstar. But being the first is something different. And to me he destroyed his style wearing Lycra in his later years too. This can be seen in the movie pretty well. Kaprun, when he lost a crankarm after the jump that cracks the BB spindle.
Dont know what influence he had, but punk or this kind of style had an end, it was all about the win. He jumped on ergometers, worked for training with the teams fitness coach/manager Gerd Jan Theunissen (known as a doper since1988) and could not step up to kick Vouilloz at the Worlds. He was close to a medal 1999 in Are, but smashed it in the last berm. We will never know what time was possible. And its not important, because the crash was a mistake of the rider. That counts.

Palmer is legend. But some younger kids have not been there and should know the facts too. I am still fan of Palmers riding, but the hype about his influence is a bit to much PR controled. Thats just my opinion after racing at world cups in 1993-1995 and being at world cups later as a journalist.

Again, Palmer is a legend.

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Added a comment about photo Tahnee Seagrave 6/1/2012 12:21 AM

GOOD LUCK.

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Added a comment about photo Jill Kintner's Val di Sole Downhill Course Map 6/1/2012 12:18 AM

I would like to take a closer look.

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Added a comment about photo Greg Minnaar at Leogang 6/1/2012 12:13 AM

Wow. Call last weekends IXS Euro Cup a regional Leogang race is funny.

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