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11/1/2020 11:51 PM

What if it isn't Loris leaving the Syndicate for Trek but Luca who I feel would make more sense from a marketing perspective for Trek as Luca and Jolanda would be the TFR power couple and along with Charlie Harrison and potentially Dak Norton it would be an American team on American bikes full of American riders which likely would help to sell bikes as I'm pretty sure USA is Trek's biggest market

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11/2/2020 6:50 AM

Maybe Unior is pulling out because it doesn’t make sense that Devinci would develop a new high pivot bike and not continue to race world cups. Perhaps Dak is waiting to hear if Devinci has a new co sponsor for 2021?

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11/2/2020 7:45 AM

On the subject of the "French rider moving to Trek", have you considered it could be Amaury Pierron?

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11/2/2020 7:54 AM

Agreed ... plus IF Loris or Luca move on, does Santa Cruz fill that vacant spot and with whom?

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11/2/2020 8:39 AM

Bebop.Skibble wrote:

Agreed ... plus IF Loris or Luca move on, does Santa Cruz fill that vacant spot and with whom?

someone earlier already speculated laurie greenland would be joining SC.

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11/2/2020 8:58 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/2/2020 9:02 AM

I wonder if Nina stays with her own team or if she gets an offer from a bigger team. Regarding team points she would be quite an asset for teams. But I do not know how important team rankings are to the teams.

Also there are more and more girls on the bikes and we men also like that. I also like to watch them race - because let's be honest - the top girls are faster than most of us.

So from a marketing perspective I think women racers become more and more interesting for companies. And I think people like Nina. She may not yet be on par with Myriam, Marine or Tahnée (when she's 100% fit again). But she got a win and also the run to second place yesterday was really good.

I also wonder if she could progress faster with teammates - or if the difference to the male riders is just too big.

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11/2/2020 9:02 AM

Wasn't there something about Teams not able to win something or other if there isn't a woman on the team?

So Nina to the Syndicate might work if doing her own thing was just to make the year work.

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11/2/2020 9:08 AM

It has seemed like that if a spot opens on the Syndicate, Nina is a top candidate... If two spots potentially open, I would be really surprised if she doesn't get one.. I figured it would be Greg retiring and Nina moving in, but things can change..

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11/2/2020 10:11 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/2/2020 12:26 PM

Brian_Peterson wrote:

It has seemed like that if a spot opens on the Syndicate, Nina is a top candidate... If two spots potentially open, I would be really surprised if she doesn't get one.. I figured it would be Greg retiring and Nina moving in, but things can change..

I bet there's a fire in Minnar that just started burning hard again, I bet he's got two more years left at least now if he was even considering it. See if he can keep pace next year with the kids and then if not, do the peaty style retirement tour the next year for fun.

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11/2/2020 11:08 AM

metadave wrote:

I bet there's a fire in Minnar that just started burning hard again, I bet he's got two more years left at least now if he was even considering it. See if he can keep pace next year with the kids and then if not, do the peaty style retirement tour the next year for fun.

Yes! I can't remember it exactly but at least in one interview he gave the last days it sounded nothing like retiring.

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11/2/2020 11:10 AM

Reg54 wrote:

On the subject of the "French rider moving to Trek", have you considered it could be Amaury Pierron?

He was spending a bit of time with GM this summer....

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11/2/2020 11:13 AM

Brian_Peterson wrote:

It has seemed like that if a spot opens on the Syndicate, Nina is a top candidate... If two spots potentially open, I would be really surprised if she doesn't get one.. I figured it would be Greg retiring and Nina moving in, but things can change..

metadave wrote:

I bet there's a fire in Minnar that just started burning hard again, I bet he's got two more years left at least now if he was even considering it. See if he can keep pace next year with the kids and then if not, do the peaty style retirement tour the next year for fun.

With Minnar's former long time mech wrenching on Commencal's over at 100% and the fact that the 100% bikes roll on Fox suspension it seemed logical to me he'd be headed there at the end of the year while Jason was learning the intricacies of the Supreme,

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11/2/2020 12:57 PM

noox wrote:

I wonder if Nina stays with her own team or if she gets an offer from a bigger team. Regarding team points she would be quite an asset for teams. But I do not know how important team rankings are to the teams.

Also there are more and more girls on the bikes and we men also like that. I also like to watch them race - because let's be honest - the top girls are faster than most of us.

So from a marketing perspective I think women racers become more and more interesting for companies. And I think people like Nina. She may not yet be on par with Myriam, Marine or Tahnée (when she's 100% fit again). But she got a win and also the run to second place yesterday was really good.

I also wonder if she could progress faster with teammates - or if the difference to the male riders is just too big.

The one that get's me is how long some of the females have been riding. I think it's Nina.... she's been riding 3 years or something absolutely shockingly low.

I've been riding 20+ and still suck lol

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11/2/2020 1:12 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/2/2020 1:13 PM

brash wrote:

The one that get's me is how long some of the females have been riding. I think it's Nina.... she's been riding 3 years or something absolutely shockingly low.

I've been riding 20+ and still suck lol

Yes. But Nina and also Camille Balanche have been athletes for a long time. Long before they started downhill biking.

Haha ... I also sucked for almost 20 years. The good thing about starting low is that you can still get better at 45 yo wink I mean when an almost 39 yo can win World Cups ...

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11/2/2020 1:46 PM

Reg54 wrote:

On the subject of the "French rider moving to Trek", have you considered it could be Amaury Pierron?

MPH24 wrote:

He was spending a bit of time with GM this summer....

I would be surprised if Trek picked up Amaury since he's such a wild man (not really their 'brand'). That said, I can't imagine Loris leaving the Syndicate but Trek isn't likely going to sign anyone outside the (about) top 5 overall in the world cup in 2019 so it's probably Amaury or Loris.

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11/2/2020 6:23 PM

Brian_Peterson wrote:

It has seemed like that if a spot opens on the Syndicate, Nina is a top candidate... If two spots potentially open, I would be really surprised if she doesn't get one.. I figured it would be Greg retiring and Nina moving in, but things can change..

I saw an interview with Nina last weekend where she said she is on her own team by choice... I'm not so sure she is a top candidate.

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11/3/2020 12:00 AM

metadave wrote:

I bet there's a fire in Minnar that just started burning hard again, I bet he's got two more years left at least now if he was even considering it. See if he can keep pace next year with the kids and then if not, do the peaty style retirement tour the next year for fun.

I think as long as Greg wants to keep racing, The Syndicate will make him an offer... He's still a threat to win on any given race day..

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11/3/2020 12:03 AM

millsr4 wrote:

I saw an interview with Nina last weekend where she said she is on her own team by choice... I'm not so sure she is a top candidate.

I've seen that before, too... But, Santa Cruz might be giving her enough to keep her going and to keep her from signing with another team...

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11/3/2020 12:17 AM

Brian_Peterson wrote:

It has seemed like that if a spot opens on the Syndicate, Nina is a top candidate... If two spots potentially open, I would be really surprised if she doesn't get one.. I figured it would be Greg retiring and Nina moving in, but things can change..

metadave wrote:

I bet there's a fire in Minnar that just started burning hard again, I bet he's got two more years left at least now if he was even considering it. See if he can keep pace next year with the kids and then if not, do the peaty style retirement tour the next year for fun.

Pedal4life wrote:

With Minnar's former long time mech wrenching on Commencal's over at 100% and the fact that the 100% bikes roll on Fox suspension it seemed logical to me he'd be headed there at the end of the year while Jason was learning the intricacies of the Supreme,

Marshy has been wrenching for pivot too. He could just be a wrench for hire now.

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11/3/2020 1:40 AM

If Dakota Norton leaves Davinci any fancy Mark Wallace to go there in replacement?

Could Atherton racing take another Elite rider, their bikes are going public with the sale of shares. Surly they will want that bike on podiums next year? It would be a though ask to put it all on Rachel’s shoulders given how strong the woman’s field is and that’s she’s coming back to racing?

Also someone has to give Jamie Edmondson a ride for next year after his awesome results.

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11/3/2020 3:24 AM

Brian_Peterson wrote:

I've seen that before, too... But, Santa Cruz might be giving her enough to keep her going and to keep her from signing with another team...

That sounds like quite the speculation...

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11/3/2020 4:43 AM

Coming Bruni's winning Bike ?

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11/3/2020 8:06 AM

Bebop.Skibble wrote:

Agreed ... plus IF Loris or Luca move on, does Santa Cruz fill that vacant spot and with whom?

If Luca stays with the Syndicate I could see Dakota Norton going there because him and Luca are pretty good friends and Dak's results have been very good this year!

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11/3/2020 8:16 AM

Martin_Prophet wrote:

Coming Bruni's winning Bike ?

This is what I'm waiting for. Considering it's tuesday, is it in vain?

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11/3/2020 8:40 AM

stedaly87 wrote:

If Dakota Norton leaves Davinci any fancy Mark Wallace to go there in replacement?

Could Atherton racing take another Elite rider, their bikes are going public with the sale of shares. Surly they will want that bike on podiums next year? It would be a though ask to put it all on Rachel’s shoulders given how strong the woman’s field is and that’s she’s coming back to racing?

Also someone has to give Jamie Edmondson a ride for next year after his awesome results.

Crowd funding is not going public. Seems like they are just trying to get their business infrastructure going

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11/3/2020 8:46 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/3/2020 9:18 AM

stedaly87 wrote:

If Dakota Norton leaves Davinci any fancy Mark Wallace to go there in replacement?

Could Atherton racing take another Elite rider, their bikes are going public with the sale of shares. Surly they will want that bike on podiums next year? It would be a though ask to put it all on Rachel’s shoulders given how strong the woman’s field is and that’s she’s coming back to racing?

Also someone has to give Jamie Edmondson a ride for next year after his awesome results.

TamiJean wrote:

Crowd funding is not going public. Seems like they are just trying to get their business infrastructure going

CrowdCube they have set up is selling shares in the business at £11 a share? Is that not different to crowd funding?? But technicalities aside, my point is a bike getting podiums is going to get more investment than one that’s not, Surly? Would they not want to get someone in who can get them?

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11/3/2020 10:06 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/3/2020 10:06 AM

Bruni mentioned on the Vital post race Podcast that Greg Minaar was moving to Andora for the winter(?) and that they had business together. Interesting, as you'd think the training would be better in South Africa.

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11/3/2020 11:15 AM

Couple of tidbits from the latest Wyn TV; Atwill and Dak both looking for gigs next year.
(Also is it just the camera angle/armor or does Bruni look massive next to Wyn?)

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11/3/2020 11:22 AM

Kerikeri wrote:

Bruni mentioned on the Vital post race Podcast that Greg Minaar was moving to Andora for the winter(?) and that they had business together. Interesting, as you'd think the training would be better in South Africa.

I would assume there is better riding in Andorra than SA tho for the sake of training

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11/3/2020 1:33 PM

Would be cool to see Mikayla Parton find a spot on a Team. Maybe put her on the hope team with Brayton for 2021.


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