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9/23/2021 11:02 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/23/2021 11:09 AM

Ooji wrote:

Judging by Jrp's form on other rumours in the past, I'd treat his claims with a high degree of credibility.
Maes to Orbea ...more

Edthorne wrote:

This is why I'd like to know if they're dropping their EWS team as well. I already know that Kona has discontinued the ...more

Jrp wrote:

My understanding is Kona went for equal pay for male and female athletes, rather than lifting Miranda’s they dropped connors ...more

That's wild, thanks for the explanation!

So maybe Miller to Pivot, and Fearon to Giant? What other teams have openings?

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9/23/2021 11:42 AM

The big chain could be losing a link.

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9/23/2021 11:46 AM

Heap?

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9/23/2021 12:25 PM

sharpy212 wrote:

The big chain could be losing a link.

The gold link?

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9/23/2021 5:50 PM

Scrub wrote:

On the UCI WC Snowshoe #1 broadcast it was brought up that Jacob Dickson from the Giant Factory team will be looking for a new ...more

jonkranked wrote:

is Giant going to continue their DH program? the glory isn't sold in the US (hasn't been for a few years), and i seem to ...more

metadave wrote:

If they signed Remi last year they must have some sort of program or plan lined up. Maybe they had intended to launch a glory ...more

It’s mentioned in this this article from Bike Rumor that prototype Giant DH rigs were spotted at the recent Snowshoe World Cup races.

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9/23/2021 7:19 PM

SnusDog wrote:

Im with Mike Scubadog on this - Tuhoto to Syndicate.

Lots of support from the team these last races, at team dinners with ...more

Yep. "we're looking to develop a rider" was what he said.
Tuhoto seems like a likely candidate and he's already got the name recognition among racing fans. Killed it in juniors and now needs help growing in the bigtime, . Finn had this as he's worked with Specialized and Loic and now, a few years out, got the number 1 quali. Matt Walker got Danny Hart and Will Longden. Syndicate seems to like being a international team so I think an up and coming American is unlikely. Kathy said in an Inside Line that they'd pick up a woman if the fit was right. Who knows who that might be.

I think the interesting thing on development is that it's not a scientific process as much as a holistic jive of energy. Gwin and Martin Whitely picked Angel Suarez for YT as a rider to develop, and there were injuries along the way, but it wasn't until after that team that Angel really started picking up steam. Likewise, when Intense Factory was Moir, Harrison, and Leopard Print they were on a tear and it took time to find steam after that group broke up. I think all of us can relate. You have riding buddies who make you better and when you're with them sometimes things just click.

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9/23/2021 7:50 PM

sharpy212 wrote:

The big chain could be losing a link.

Ahab wrote:

The gold link?

Hill is signed till 2023... but i suppose contracts can be broken

https://nukeproof.com/blogs/news/sam-hill-re-signs-with-nukeproof

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9/23/2021 8:58 PM

sharpy212 wrote:

The big chain could be losing a link.

Ahab wrote:

The gold link?

Jakers wrote:

Hill is signed till 2023... but i suppose contracts can be broken

...more

To start this thought, I have absolutely zero doubt after watching him do it many times that Sam Hill can walk into any gravity race and win if he wants to. And I have no idea any of any contracts, situations or his personal thoughts, however,

I'm wondering if the covid year off with his growing family affected his racing this year and his heart isn't in it any more. Kind of like downhill when he lost his interest in it. If he doesn't want to be away from his family who could blame him and is totally get if he wanted to walk away from racing for that. The way he's dropped in the ranks this year makes me think of his last year in downhill where he went from being a top threat to mid pack. The guys fit as hell and everything was working for him before that.

It could also just be an off year for him but just a though. I would equally expect him to come out of the gates hard enough next year to fold both Richie and Jack's jerseys while they're still in them.

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9/24/2021 12:53 AM

sharpy212 wrote:

The big chain could be losing a link.

Ahab wrote:

The gold link?

Jakers wrote:

Hill is signed till 2023... but i suppose contracts can be broken

...more

it's not like Aussies have any respect for contracts anyway so yeah nothing of the sort is impossible really ...

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9/24/2021 3:38 AM

Erwan_Ghesquiere wrote:

it's not like Aussies have any respect for contracts anyway so yeah nothing of the sort is impossible really ...

I hear ya mate, our PM is a cunt.

Sam on the other hand, seems like a bloody good guy.

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Just Ride.

9/24/2021 3:46 AM

Verbl Kint wrote:

I really don't see Maes leaving GT and I don't see why he would pick Orbea.

If Maes is moving, and that's a big if, it's ...more

Jrp wrote:

The deal is signed so yeah…

Ooji wrote:

Judging by Jrp's form on other rumours in the past, I'd treat his claims with a high degree of credibility.
Maes to Orbea ...more

Jrp's comments on past year's rumors are all oddly specific and oddly true, I'd say the Maes --> Orbea & Kona team done rumors hold some water!

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shuttles and cuddles

9/24/2021 4:38 AM

Ahab wrote:

The gold link?

Jakers wrote:

Hill is signed till 2023... but i suppose contracts can be broken

...more

Erwan_Ghesquiere wrote:

it's not like Aussies have any respect for contracts anyway so yeah nothing of the sort is impossible really ...

Don't group the rest of us together with that chunt that is "leading" our country. He needs to go take a long walk off a pier.

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9/24/2021 5:11 AM

Jakers wrote:

Hill is signed till 2023... but i suppose contracts can be broken

...more

Erwan_Ghesquiere wrote:

it's not like Aussies have any respect for contracts anyway so yeah nothing of the sort is impossible really ...

mike_dee wrote:

I hear ya mate, our PM is a cunt.

Sam on the other hand, seems like a bloody good guy.

The appropriate word would be "Touché"...

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9/24/2021 6:06 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/24/2021 6:16 AM

metadave wrote:

To start this thought, I have absolutely zero doubt after watching him do it many times that Sam Hill can walk into any ...more

as much as i like Sam, I don't think he could just show up and win a WC race out of nowhere these days. be competitive? absolutely. its been 4 years since he raced a WC DH event, and the level of competition has increased quite a bit during that time. his last UCI race was worlds in 2017, which also happened to be his only top 10 finish at a UCI race since 2014 (and only 3 top 20 finishes over the same time interval). to be fair that timespan is probably when his head just wasn't fully in racing DH (especially after racing at the elite level since 2001) hence the switch to enduro.


i'm sure the family aspect plays a part, especially given how far he has to travel to the majority of races.

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9/24/2021 3:24 PM

Is Sam the only person riding for chain reaction?

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9/24/2021 6:55 PM

Stewyeww wrote:

Is Sam the only person riding for chain reaction?

Elliot heap and Kelan Grant

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9/24/2021 7:06 PM

Stewyeww wrote:

Is Sam the only person riding for chain reaction?

mfoga wrote:

Elliot heap and Kelan Grant

Either one of their contracts up?

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9/27/2021 7:09 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/27/2021 7:10 AM

for the 5 of us that follow XC, koretzky announced that he will be riding for KTM / B&B hotel next year, including some road racing. KMC/Orbea put out a press release last week following the announcement that koretzky is still under contract until dec 31 2022.

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9/27/2021 7:46 AM

Whats the story with the YT Mob. If every rider stays with them, that would mean they would be fielding a four man elite team, Guy, Oisin, Dak, and David. If they can't support such a big elite men's field, it's hard to imagine who would leave. Dak has only been with them a year, and would have been top 10 three times if not for his flat at Snowshoe 2. Oisin is clearly the real deal, winning a bunch of WCs in 2020 as well as World Champs, and while Guy hasn't had the best results, Martin Whitely has had a strong track record of developing riders in top talent (i.e Angel Suarez). I also can't imagine that after the Mob World Tour, they would up and drop someone after a few years. That leaves David Trummer, a solid top 20 talent, who came up through the non factory, YT team, and then got the bump a few years back. All of this is purely speculation, and is assuming that they aren't keeping everyone. Rant over smile

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9/27/2021 11:18 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/27/2021 11:19 AM

Sam Hill's wife confirmed yesterday on her Insta story that Sam has no plans to retire

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9/28/2021 12:26 PM

Ben Vergnaud, Brook Macdonalds' mechanic and partner in crime, is headed off for new adventures. Not clear at this point if it's to continue manning the spanners at another team, but we'd say that's not the case - if Ben wanted to keep doing this job, it's unlikely he'd split from Brook.

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9/28/2021 12:48 PM

iceman2058 wrote:

Ben Vergnaud, Brook Macdonalds' mechanic and partner in crime, is headed off for new adventures. Not clear at this point if ...more

Wild. I'll throw myself as Brooks new mechanic into the mix then.

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9/28/2021 1:39 PM

iceman2058 wrote:

Ben Vergnaud, Brook Macdonalds' mechanic and partner in crime, is headed off for new adventures. Not clear at this point if ...more

I recall seeing something from Snowshoe (or maybe Val Di Sole) where he mentioned how easy/good Brook is to work with, so it would seem odd if he suddenly jumped ship and went to work with another rider.

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9/28/2021 4:39 PM

Edthorne wrote:

I recall seeing something from Snowshoe (or maybe Val Di Sole) where he mentioned how easy/good Brook is to work with, so it ...more

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9/28/2021 6:11 PM

trpfanboy wrote:

Whats the story with the YT Mob. If every rider stays with them, that would mean they would be fielding a four man elite team, ...more

Dak had a good year but Trummer has had 2 even better ones with the team. He finished 13th overall this year and has been in the top 5 in a few races. I don't think they'll be looking to cut him loose!

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9/29/2021 6:35 AM

trpfanboy wrote:

Whats the story with the YT Mob. If every rider stays with them, that would mean they would be fielding a four man elite team, ...more

JamesR_2026 wrote:

Dak had a good year but Trummer has had 2 even better ones with the team. He finished 13th overall this year and has been in ...more

If the past has shown anything its that YT isn't afraid to cut anybody loose whenever they feel like it lol.

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9/29/2021 8:08 AM

Shouldn't it be time for Red Bull UK to sign Reece Wilson?

They've had tremendous success with Tom Pidcock and Evie Richards on the XC side this year and they should also have a consistent podium threat on the elite men side of DH. With Gee out and Kade being more of a freerider these days, it seems only Laurie Greenland has so far been Red Bull UK's only bet lately.

It would also help if they had another Scotsman on the mtb roster outside of Danny MacAskill (and the occasional Kriss Kyle appearance on dirt). Reece proved this year that his win at Worlds wasn't a one-off. He has proven to be a good ambassador for the sport as well when he wore the rainbow stripes.

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9/29/2021 8:28 AM

Verbl Kint wrote:

Shouldn't it be time for Red Bull UK to sign Reece Wilson?

They've had tremendous success with Tom Pidcock and Evie Richards ...more

Aren't the rules that two people from one country can have a Redbull helmet in a single discipline. That gets muddled with whether Redbull just puts the entire UK together or goes with individual countries. Someone with better knowledge could clear that up. Technically you have Gee, Laurie, and Kade in men's DH, which does/doesn't violate the rule of 2.

Thinking like a gossipy high schooler, Pauline Ferrand Prevot should be on the move no? She went to BMC/Absolute Absalon, but now isn't dating Mr. Absalon so...

Loana Lecomte could be on the move with her dominant season. Who's got deep pockets with a spot open?

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9/29/2021 1:30 PM

I think the one rule is no more.

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9/29/2021 4:01 PM

Lacanuck24 wrote:

Aren't the rules that two people from one country can have a Redbull helmet in a single discipline. That gets muddled with ...more

FWIW she posted this a while back

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