2012 UCI World Cup, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa - Day 1

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The fastest downhill mountain bike racers in the world gather in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa for the first round of the 2012 UCI World Cup. Positioned above Greg Minnaar's home town, the downhill track, known for being a pedaling challenge, has been refined with new features, adding to its technical difficulty. All eyes are on Aaron Gwin for a repeat victory, but the excitement of unknown, off-season training by the rest of the field has everyone guessing about who will take home the victory.
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  • David_Chemtob

    3/15/2012 6:21 AM


  • Lucas_Alcalde

    3/15/2012 6:07 AM


  • iceman2058

    3/15/2012 12:34 AM

    Can't believe we're watching the first Vital WC slide show already! Killing it guys!

  • the Wave

    3/14/2012 11:53 PM

    Been waiting for this slideshow! Thanks for the coverage guys.

  • Uncle Cliffy

    3/14/2012 10:48 PM

    Sven and Gary do it again. Nothing like a Vital World Cup slideshow...

  • Mike_Doucette

    3/14/2012 8:13 PM

    and were back. awesome!

  • scriz

    3/14/2012 7:57 PM

    I guess Scott needed some parts from Brendog's old knee brace for that new linkage.... what a pile of fugly.

  • William42

    3/14/2012 7:04 PM

    slideshow was awesome as usual. liked the old music a lot more. this didn't do it for me

  • Evan

    3/14/2012 7:02 PM

    Vital wins. good work Sven

  • Maverickdh005

    3/14/2012 6:44 PM

    Graves trained by doing some of the NZed national series, pity he didn't make the Rotovegas Nats or Napier rounds or the Oceania's back in RotoVegas, he would have been rocking for SA then, heaps of time he could have done it. be interesting to see how he goes though and on the new carbon 303!

  • justinh

    3/14/2012 6:09 PM

    It'd be cool to get a personal interview with Graves to see what training he's done over winter because he looks like a absolute beast

  • Hittheshowers13

    3/14/2012 4:38 PM

    Yeah, new music threw me off for a second. Track looks good. Bikes are looking trim, that Scott linkage looks...

  • Acadian

    3/14/2012 4:24 PM

    yay...New season and new "atmospheric" melody!

  • dphilpott

    3/14/2012 4:22 PM

    Let the world cup fever officially begin! (undecided on new background music)

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