Friday, September 20, 2013, 12:20pm PST

We were expecting a Timed Training results list today from Leogang, but officials did not hold the timed session. Here is a report from the ground in Leogang. We will keep you updated as we have more news and stay tuned for the action-packed slideshow this evening!

Despite knowing the number of entries over a week in advance, the UCI did not realize that they would not have enough scheduled practice time to hold an official timed training session with all the riders, using 15-second gaps. The UCI changed policies and ideas throughout the year and this is not their first mistake. If they stuck to timed training for Top 80 men and Top 20 women, as normal, there would be no problem. With the tightest race of the year upon us, riders have no idea how they stack up before all-important qualifying.

This is not official, but it also looks like Sam Hill and Greg Minnaar may have season-ending knee injuries. If the news is true, it is possible we could see Danny Hart jump from 5th overall to 3rd and Blenki to 4th or 5th depending on their finishes on Sunday.

Track notes: Riders have enjoyed practice, despite the obvious bike park complaints. Conditions have made the riding fun, but tricky, which competitors seem to love.

Course maintenance crews were out with chainsaws DURING practice, cutting tree limbs for broadcast angles. Some chainsaws were seen within a foot of the active course. George Brannigan almost lost a limb. We were pretty freaked out and also confused as practice was concluding in a matter of minutes. We don't know why they could not wait. - Sven Martin

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  • canadmos

    9/20/2013 7:10 PM

    DAMNIT. Without timed training how am I supposed to make an educated guess for the Vital OTB contest? Damn you UCI, DAMN YOUUUUUU.

  • chrscshly

    9/20/2013 6:37 PM

    We need actual retired racers to run the UCI or a different sanctioning Authority to stop this confusion. By the riders for the riders. And what is up with all the Bike Park courses, everything is starting to look like a BMX Track and boring. If you gotta build a ramp over a gully then OK. Track workers are cutting roots out but then you build a cement rock garden. I don't get it. A waste of materials, time and man-power. The error of difficulty needs to remain. The bikes will follow the easier path.

  • Maverickdh005

    9/20/2013 4:03 PM

    Time to give the UCI the bullet for once and for all, they have held MTB back deliberately for many years, EWS is a prime example, look at how good that is, sure they have some growing and new ground pains, but that will be sorted, the coruses the support from all inside and out of the industry is huge and potentailly incredible, kick these dicks to the curb and lets get DH up theyre with SX and MX next year, the riders, the factories, the sponsors and spectators us all deserve way better than this garbage weve been forced fed for so long, that said it shows how amazing those teams and riders are to keep such levels of excitment and drama going! But its a bad joke being dragged out way too long!

  • rocnriderider

    9/20/2013 3:24 PM

    ''Track notes: Riders have enjoyed practice, despite the obvious bike park complaints...''

    Well stop complaining and ride your bike. You are paid to do that and I personally would kill for doing this for living! If not happy change job!

  • Pininator

    9/20/2013 1:38 PM

    Despite all of that, it should be a good race...I hope.

  • PointOne

    9/20/2013 1:29 PM

    Is this text messages between bros and pros getting posted as news or is it supposed to be news? Sources? Credit? Complain about poor the sport no justice with poor journalism?

    Timed practice has been an inconsistent joke all year, allowing Nat.Feds to dictate their own rule son personal equipment on a per race basis is a joke, standardisation of course safety is a joke, notable in Andorra!

    Chainsaws "story" is another example of local organisers thinking that his shit show push bike race is amateur hour as they receive no direction, guidance or concrete ruling by on-site UCI officials.

    Riders need to speak to there Rep (Minnaar) and get a unified voice for change as do team managers, Whinging tweets and bro journo action on Vital is worthless. Maybe a new UCI Pres will help implement changes?

  • pink wolf

    9/20/2013 4:41 PM

    there is plenty of proper journalism on vital. But what i also like about it is their connection with the riders and media and industry and the quick from the horses mouth info as it comes. There is plenty of time and place for a proper indepth expose... but this is just info in from the other side of the world. If you dont like it dont read it. Wait for Bike or Dirt to come out in 2 months time.

  • PointOne

    9/20/2013 11:19 PM

    This isn't info from the other-side of the world for many on here and no matter how "grateful" you think anyone should be for be for 5 paragraphs in Italics, the fact remains that Vital should credit a source for this no matter what on of their men on the ground it came from. Basic journalistic skills still apply even for "breaking news" or quick tid-bits. The very reason WC racing has such shoddy, un-uniform organisation is that everyone is happy to be a sheep and be grateful for the slice of pie they have got, just like yourself here in this case. Demand better, get better. No on is demanding only mumbling!

  • bturman

    9/21/2013 5:17 AM

    This message translated from Svenfricanese. Can you sleep at night now? Obviously it was one of our small crew of guys busting their butts to bring you closer to the action, regardless of whether you're 5 miles away or 5,000. This isn't the New York Times or Fox News, nor do we want it to be. Pink Wolf is on point.

    Also, it's their, not there, and riders certainly aren't "whinging" about things, bro.

    Credit: A guy who stayed up til 5AM working on a slideshow and Interbike coverage

  • TRex

    9/21/2013 5:46 AM

    Vital guys, you do a pretty good job, good mix of fast news and in depth slideshows. I think PointOne might be upset because there have been some advertisements for HT pedals on the site recently. Jealousy is a bitch.

  • PointOne

    9/21/2013 5:57 AM

    Opps, obviously having an opinion is frowned upon! Don't worry my "inter-netting" doesn't bother my sleep quality. Sorry also about my spelling error. My whinging comment was not about Leogang specifically, more so about the normal and usual warranted anti-UCI tone from riders and media alike, but sadly no one can seem to push together for big changes, it won't stay like that though from what I understand. Not sure why you called me obviously don't like my comments to much! :-)

  • chrscshly

    9/20/2013 6:41 PM

    Agreed with your comment. No track worker should be next to the track working ( especially with chainsaws) leave the track as is.

  • zach.ritenour

    9/20/2013 1:27 PM

    F**k the UCI!

  • neimbc

    9/20/2013 1:20 PM

    Damn I was hoping for a win out of Minnaar on this track . Hope him and Hill heel up well. I can't remember Greg ever missing a race!

  • haddad

    9/20/2013 12:54 PM

    hmmm, seems like lots of complaints coming from leogang, this can only mean one thing.....,22922/joebo,1905

  • irie

    9/20/2013 12:53 PM

    bit**ezzz.. from uci

  • woodybepierced

    9/20/2013 12:32 PM

    The UCI need to stop acting like they are the only organization out there and that they are doing the racers a favor by putting on a race.

  • Nozes

    9/21/2013 4:00 AM

    The UCI sucks,fxxx the UCI...ok,for years we've been hearing that.
    Let's hear about the alternatives,then. Who can put up a better world downhill series? That one guy from freecaster? The IXS series organization? Someone new?
    And where's the money coming from? Would we pay to watch it? Would the teams have money for the season with 10+ races in 5 continents that we all desire?
    I for one can't see that happening.

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