Snow Bike World Champs - Info, Results, Discussion

EhDub
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2/8/2024 7:35am

Every time this novelty raises it's head I'm reminded of that Shaun Palmer interview where he talks about the '99 Winter-X "I have a medal in that too, but I just kinda hide that one"... also the follow up to "What were they thinking?..." - "ratings, they're looking for all kinds of stuff".

@ 8:55 in this clip...

 

 

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Stewyeww
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2/8/2024 8:09am
TEAMROBOT wrote:
I feel the same way about snow biking as I do about videos of people skiing on grass

I feel the same way about snow biking as I do about videos of people skiing on grass

sspomer wrote:
 

 

Underrated video right here. When are the world champs of urban summer skiing? 

Underrated video right here. When are the world champs of urban summer skiing? 

After the winter Canada some of the US has been having, expect to see some entries in the newest XGames events this year, Real Snow(less) skiing and snowboarding!

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2/8/2024 11:05am
 

Danny Harts course preview.

Done on a snowboard- pretty much sums up what we can expect 

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owl-x
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2/8/2024 12:12pm

needs more spice. 

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2/8/2024 2:40pm
TEAMROBOT wrote:
I feel the same way about snow biking as I do about videos of people skiing on grass

I feel the same way about snow biking as I do about videos of people skiing on grass

sspomer wrote:
 

 

God damnit I was gonna link this as well.  Nicely done. 

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Big Age
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2/9/2024 4:53am

Rear tyre clearance springs to mind with those spikes. How many spare rear triangles will be needed when they start buzz sawing through them? 
I feel scared for Danny Hart’s humongous balls too! Ha ha 

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rusty
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2/9/2024 1:24pm

I think it's a bit of a ridiculous idea but I'd watch it because it's bikes ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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2/9/2024 1:34pm

for sure. I'll watch a lot when it's the best in the world. High stakes poker and darts make the cut, of course racing DH bikes down ski runs does...we're even going to watch the Superbowl this weekend!  ...got a Swiftie in the house but still

 

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2/10/2024 5:10am

Results are in from the Super G finals, rainbow jerseys have been handed out...:

Elite Men

sbem

Elite Women

sbew

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bstens
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2/10/2024 8:50am

Cool to see Sabrina's racing

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2/10/2024 9:46am

I'm most impressed with the guys ranked #30 and 42nd.   Born in the 50' and 60's!  

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TEAMROBOT
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2/10/2024 9:31pm

Does anyone have a link to video for this yet? Even an Instagram Reel would be better than nothing. Super curious what this race looked like.

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dtroyan123
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2/10/2024 9:48pm
TEAMROBOT wrote:
Does anyone have a link to video for this yet? Even an Instagram Reel would be better than nothing. Super curious what this race looked like.

Does anyone have a link to video for this yet? Even an Instagram Reel would be better than nothing. Super curious what this race looked like.

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2/11/2024 6:13am

Not much footage to be found anywhere.. Dry

 

 

2/11/2024 6:22am

Here are the results from the dual slalom. Is it May yet? Smile

Elite Men:

dual results

Elite Women:

dual women

2/11/2024 6:53am

Here's some more actual footage of the action:

 

 

2/11/2024 6:56am

Outspoken as always, Loic Bruni has made his position clear on how he thinks this new discipline compares to good old biking on dirt:

loic.jpg?VersionId=KTR8jd1

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2/11/2024 7:23am

I’m surprised that’s his take given that this event is much more likely to get in the Olympics than traditional DH as all the infrastructure is already in place for the much larger ski events. But hey only “grow the sport” if it benefits him directly. 

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I’m surprised that’s his take given that this event is much more likely to get in the Olympics than traditional DH as all the infrastructure is...

I’m surprised that’s his take given that this event is much more likely to get in the Olympics than traditional DH as all the infrastructure is already in place for the much larger ski events. But hey only “grow the sport” if it benefits him directly. 

He is saying it’s not the sport of mountain biking, so “grow the sport” doesn’t apply in his eyes. I agree, it is not really mountain biking even though they are riding mountain bikes. Having this in the Olympics is not going to help downhill mountain biking beyond crossover racers’ name recognition with the layman. 

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2/11/2024 12:57pm

the comments in that insta video..... UCI just getting roasted lol

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2/11/2024 2:59pm

I'm just glad to see so many entrants from all over the world.  Or at least the world according to the UCI 

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Mr.Nally
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2/12/2024 1:18am
I’m surprised that’s his take given that this event is much more likely to get in the Olympics than traditional DH as all the infrastructure is...

I’m surprised that’s his take given that this event is much more likely to get in the Olympics than traditional DH as all the infrastructure is already in place for the much larger ski events. But hey only “grow the sport” if it benefits him directly. 

adamdigby wrote:
He is saying it’s not the sport of mountain biking, so “grow the sport” doesn’t apply in his eyes. I agree, it is not really mountain...

He is saying it’s not the sport of mountain biking, so “grow the sport” doesn’t apply in his eyes. I agree, it is not really mountain biking even though they are riding mountain bikes. Having this in the Olympics is not going to help downhill mountain biking beyond crossover racers’ name recognition with the layman. 

the reality nowadays is that being in the olympics as a "new" sport, a non legacy sport only causes pain and issues in those sports. Many of the legacy sports need the Olympics to justify existence as world level sport. But the Olympics needs these new and 'cool' sports to stay relevant.

See ski-cross, BMX supercross, BMX freestyle, flag football, surfing etc...

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2/12/2024 2:58am
iceman2058 wrote:
Vinny T for the win, calling it.     

Vinny T for the win, calling it. 

 

 

Good call Smile

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2/12/2024 3:06am
iceman2058 wrote:
Vinny T for the win, calling it.     

Vinny T for the win, calling it. 

 

 

Karabuka wrote:

Good call Smile

well he got pretty close Smile

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Fred_Pop
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2/12/2024 4:23am

The concept is basic super g/slalom skiing with bikes instead. The live commentary made the current World Cup DH commentary sound riveting...

Scrolled down the comments on the Instagram page and couldn't find a single positive comment...

The main problem with this type of racing is that you have to be sponsored by a ski resort in order to train for it (Chatel doesn't even allow bike access to the south facing slopes which currently have no snow). Vinny T and Pierre T both had access to the slope to train on for weeks prior to this race. Henry Kerr is the real champ considering he has no real practice!

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2/12/2024 7:15am

Definitely did not have nearly enough spice. Marlon Blando. Flat out foot out speed in slow motion, fine, but really they could’ve done so much more…washboard whoops, a couple drops, 30 foot tall berms (even with the background looking very green and brown)…classic UCI—maybe this was their way of saying, “see?—we can’t produce an event, that’s why we need Warner Bros!” Suck on purpose to prove it needs help, a real life bike Producers…At any rate: Blando Calrissian. A sickening lack of spice. You can do so much with snow compared to dirt…this thing could’ve been a Dr Seuss level course, instead it was red spray paint and blue spray paint? Bran flakes. 

I want to hear more about the spikes, too. 
 

Im confident I could’ve put on a better snow DH race. And I’ve never organized a ride with more than four people. 
 

Embarrassing for the UCI (if that’s possible anymore). Embarrassing for anyone with a rainbow striped jersey. It diminishes Bruni’s, I can see why he’s unhappy. 
 

And the dual slalom made regular dual slalom look like…dual slalom. Oof. 
 

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t.odd
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2/12/2024 7:45am

where'd this come from anyway? it's not like there was some grassroots explosion of snowbiking, or even, any, anywhere, at all, let alone competitive for a world champs.

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