VAL DI SOLE IS BACK! World Cup Track Walk Slideshow

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The 2015 UCI World Cup Mountain Bike Downhill season wraps up on the epicly steep and technical course of Val di Sole, Italy. There have been track changes since the last World Cup here in 2013 and weather seems like it may be an issue this weekend. Sven and Duncan take us down the sketchy, slippery track as riders prepare for battle.

Needles in 2013 at Val di Sole (yikes)


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  • bturman

    8/19/2015 10:08 PM

    Na Na Na Na

    Phil Atwill of Orange Dirt World Team with a gangster #wheeliewednesday from Val di Sole. So much steeze in this vid.

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  • JCL

    8/19/2015 9:32 PM

    Love the shot of baby birdies feeding.

  • Nozes

    8/19/2015 4:47 PM

    Again the cardboard fake protections?
    It's time to UCI enforce the rules and stop this crap.
    This is the top level of a 40 year old sport,with professional athletes.
    I don't want to see this stupidity in the sport I love.

  • Pininator

    8/19/2015 9:32 PM

    It doesn't reflect well on companies that produce armor/pads and sponsor some riders/teams, IMHO.

  • general lee

    8/19/2015 10:57 PM

    It's not the UCI's fault that national federations or local laws dictate the use 'back protection,' without the existence of a universal standard that can be applied, making these sort of rules entirely unenforceable. Without the latter riders are free to interpret the requirement however they like and it becomes more of a hollow rule and a nuisance rather than a legitimate safety requirement. People love to give the UCI shit for having too many technical regulations but this is precisely the sort of situation all those rules/regs are designed to avoid.

  • pancakeflatted

    8/20/2015 5:44 AM

    Guess I don't quite understand the hesitancy to use back and chest protection on a track like this. Is it for comfort? Is it because of machismo? Both? Does a back protector make them slower? Seems like a piece of cardboard would be uncomfortable too...

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