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There's a Brand New World Cup Track in Vallnord!

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6/19/2022 6:15 AM

The World Cup is heading back to the classic venue of Andorra in the middle of July, but riders will be taking on a whole new track this year that actually finishes on the other side of the mountain. Commencal just posted up a few clips from a Copa Catalana race taking place on the new track this weekend, and from what we can see here, it definitely looks like a good challenge - loose, fast, and rocky, just like the old track. We don't know at this point if it provides the same level of steepness as the old track was known for - time will tell as we learn more!

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6/19/2022 6:24 AM

Here's a course map, which doesn't tell us a whole lot other than that the new track starts at the top of the Pic del Cubil, the highest point in the main bike park zone ("Pal"). As far as we can tell, that also means a whole new area will be used for the pits.

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Full map of the bike park:

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6/19/2022 6:27 AM

Bike park map with the new track area highlighted:

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6/19/2022 8:13 AM

Hopefully they’ve done some more improvements to the new track compared to the original helmet cam video released a couple months(iirc) ago. Didn’t look World Cup worthy then, starting to look more promising now.
The lower steeps of Andorra are what made it iconic and in my opinion one of the best wc tracks of all time.

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6/19/2022 11:05 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/19/2022 11:09 AM

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6/19/2022 1:54 PM

Full race run from Alex Marin

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6/19/2022 3:19 PM

Pretty straight overall. Definitely a different race.

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6/20/2022 2:13 AM

Change is good but that's not going to be an improvement for us as spectators or the riders who were able to handle the steepness of the old track. A very different race.

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6/20/2022 2:25 AM

Onboard with Neko as well:

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6/20/2022 6:46 AM

Overall I think the new track looks great! It will be a bummer not having the insanely steep lower half, but losing the long flat section at the top of the old track is a solid improvement. Going to be very interesting how rough the track will become during the World Cup and how those dusty off cambers will evolve with some rain.

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@shredder_schroeder

6/20/2022 11:41 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/21/2022 10:58 AM

Looks so sick. The blown up rocky/sandy/loose turns and high speed holes remind me of an old school NORBA National, minus the huge doubles and all the up-and-over bridges. It's different than the old track, very different, but that's not a bad thing. I've seen a lot of lame race tracks and this isn't one of them. Vital RAW from this track will be amazing.

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6/20/2022 12:39 PM

TEAMROBOT wrote:

Looks so sick. The blown up rocky/sandy/loose turns and high speed holes remind me of an old school NORBA National, minus the ...more

Just to add to what Robot said, I’ve ridden Vallnord multiple times and that top section of the mountain is no joke. There’s plenty of speed and the ground is very loose and fast. It’s often windy up there too which adds to the challenge of the jumps. It’s not as steep as the old track but I’d be very surprised if this didn’t turn out to be an awesome race anyway.

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6/20/2022 12:44 PM

The track does actually look like a good track! The Andorrans know how to make one I guess.

I'm curious if there will be all that much line choice happening on track though... In Neko's video is does seem like there's only 2 or 3 places where there can be multiple lines. Otherwise, it feels like mainlining.

Excited to be proven wrong though

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6/20/2022 2:58 PM

Looks like a braking bump hellhole if you ask me.
We already had Lenzerheide for a full speed-one line for all bikepark track.
The people (and the racers!) want natural,tech courses.

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26 years in the woods

6/20/2022 3:20 PM

how was that not natural? aside from some jumps and bridges, it looked very natural for that mountain (aka rough, bomb-holed and unpredictable)

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6/20/2022 6:43 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/20/2022 6:44 PM

I like seeing properly dry and loose rocky trails like the NORBA days, reminds me of Mammoth.
I hope they tape the woods off wider and put poles every now and then in the lines that Neko rode; seemed incredibly one lined with lots of pointing and shooting. I'd assume the finish bridge will be different when the world cup happens. If they tend to those two things I think the track will be absolutely awesome and separate riders a lot more than this race did.
The Spanish 19 year old must have been very happy with his result putting the hurt down on lots of seriously fast dudes.

I found results here: https://mtbdata.com/comp/copa-catalana-internacional-vallnord-xco-dhi-17-jun-19-jun-2022-vallnord/men-elite-downhill

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6/20/2022 7:40 PM

Kudos to the promoters on the new build. A double header weekend on 100% different tracks or perhaps having two different weekends spread thru the race season calendar.

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6/21/2022 3:59 AM

Similar style to the top of Les Gets. I wonder how that type of soil handles rain? Should be a good race. I'd be surprised if they didn't tape it wider in some areas for the wc.

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6/21/2022 4:06 AM

Does anyone know what happened to the old track? it's closed?

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#goADHV

6/21/2022 11:48 AM

vinicius gabrielli wrote:

Does anyone know what happened to the old track? it's closed?

I heard some of land the old track ran through has been sold for development. Just hearsay though.

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6/21/2022 1:27 PM

vinicius gabrielli wrote:

Does anyone know what happened to the old track? it's closed?

veefour wrote:

I heard some of land the old track ran through has been sold for development. Just hearsay though.

Yeah i think there will be an hotel complex where the old track ended. I guess the upper part of the track will remain (as the bottom was already rerouted elsewhere).
Last year the construction had already started when I went there.

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