Video Vault: 2001 UCI World Championships, Vail, Colorado 22

Just a few days after the 9/11 tragedy, the 2001 UCI World Championships pressed on in Vail, Colorado. With mixed emotion, riders pushed their limits on one of the most exciting World Championship tracks of its day. In the end, Nicolas Vouilloz took first place, followed by Steve Peat and a young Greg Minnaar, who crashed at the finish line. Enjoy the action from the movie Alpha Project.

Credit: gordo
  • Hittheshowers13

    9/8/2016 8:09 PM

    No matter how many times I see that Minnaar gap it never gets old. No wonder the guy still wins, he belongs on a downhill bike.

  • mrmizzle5

    9/8/2016 3:23 PM

    It would make me a happy boy if the Vail Whistler aqusition leads to a world cup in Colorado down the line

  • jeff.brines

    9/8/2016 9:10 AM

    oh, and Minnaar at 33 seconds....

  • jeff.brines

    9/8/2016 9:00 AM

    Please release full Alpha Project!

  • bizutch

    8/26/2012 8:40 PM

    I've got a couple Worlds recorded on VHS and lots of NORBA's and World Cups from that era. Best moment was Rockwell at Mt. Snow beating Peaty. I was there. But to watch it on TV afterwards was just as incredible.

  • chajcu

    8/23/2012 4:02 PM

    this track was mental! no wonder why those big guns like minnar or peaty are still on the top if they were able to hit this things on such bikes at such speeds back then!! wonder how many of todays young boys would be able to do that...

  • JennaVain

    3/6/2012 12:33 PM

    What's the music?

  • Morpheous

    1/30/2012 9:19 PM

    I still have the official embroidered event ball cap for this race! Love these oldies.

  • moreda_5

    1/30/2012 12:24 PM

    the head nod that Greg does is pretty cheeky

  • BeigeWolf

    1/29/2012 1:22 PM


  • thebyker

    1/28/2012 11:13 PM

    cool! this is back before the internet I still have a lot of the old magazines from 2001.

  • t.odd

    1/27/2012 10:06 PM

    minnaar and gracia with some rowdy double-ups! that was sick, loving these flashbacks!

  • 91001

    1/27/2012 3:20 PM

    Does any footage of the gnarly rock garden from the NORBA NCS's at Seven Springs exist? (1998 and 1999) I seem to recall ESPN being there.

    I'd love to see that again. My little 18 year old brain was completely detonated by watching that in person.

  • bturman

    1/27/2012 11:19 AM

    This was the first mtb event I attended. Got me hooked.

  • easyrider

    1/27/2012 9:39 AM

    Although its not on any maps ....believe it or not a few big sections of that course are still riding .

  • AllRide

    1/27/2012 8:48 AM

    Ah yah, I made it in the video at 1:13. Rad course, too bad I tomahawked in my run.

  • Yuroshek

    9/9/2016 8:01 AM

    I had a feeling that was you. Iconic style.

  • sspomer

    1/27/2012 7:48 AM

    that's awesome! i didn't think i'd ever know who that was. look at ACC going into that corner...HECTIC, but you're gettin' all hans rey on it like it's no big deal.

  • jawlor

    1/27/2012 7:43 AM

    @sspomer, Yeah, that was me in my race run as far as I can remember. And yes, it was steep as f--k! I was on a steel Raleigh DHO.. Sick you captured it on video!

  • sspomer

    1/27/2012 7:38 AM

    @jawlor, are you serious?! i remember thinking that was the sickest thing ever! no joke there with that steep, off-camber! what bike were you on?

  • jawlor

    1/27/2012 7:29 AM

    Ha, no way, it's me at 3.20 doing a rolling stoppy turn thingy into the last steep section before the finish straight!

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