World Cup DH: Team Videos from Lenzerheide 2017

Team: Santa Cruz Syndicate

Riders: Greg Minnaar, Luca Shaw, Loris Vergier

Lenzerheide Track Preview with Greg Minnaar


Team: Canyon Factory Racing

Riders: Troy Brosnan (AUS), Mark Wallace

Fifth World Cup for the Canyon Factory Team, in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Troy Brosnan did an amazing run and finish 2nd. Mark Wallace takes the 17th place. Next stop for the team, Mt St Anne – CANADA


Team: The YT Mob

Riders: Aaron Gwin, Neko Mulally

Last year in Lenzerheide Aaron Gwin came within 96/100ths of a second of winning his first World Cup on Swiss soil, and was highly motivated to take the victory this weekend at Round 5 of the World Cup series. A last minute crash on Thursday saw Aaron in the doctor’s surgery requiring 4 stitches to his right knee yet despite this injury, he went on to win the qualifying race and set the tone for the weekend. Mr Gwin meant business. On finals day, as the last man down, Aaron turned the interval clocks green from the outset, up at sector 1 and 2, and then impressively up by 1.5secs at sector four before a puncture brought his run to an end

Oh man, well, we battled through a tough weekend and got into the finals with a solid shot at the win. Unfortunately I cut a hole in the sidewall of my tire about ¾ of the way down the track. The tire was going flat quick but I pushed it as long as I could. I broke the rim soon after and then everything came apart a few turns later. That’s racin’, sometimes things don’t turn out as you’d hoped, but at the end of the day if you’re content with the effort that you put in, it’s still a positive. The crowds today were massive and it was so cool meeting so many people who appreciate what we do. Good times were had, and I wish we didn’t have to wait nearly a month until the next World Cup, can’t wait!! – Aaron Gwin – The YT Mob


Team: Norco Factory Racing

Riders: Sam Blenkinsop, Joe Smith, Henry Fitzgerald

As most World Cup riders would agree, it would not be fair to label Lenzerheide’s purpose built World Cup track as very ‘bike park’. It may have multiple berms and man-made features, but it’s a very technical and demanding track as well. Due to the high speeds, loose terrain, and top rock garden alone, it test both rider and bike at peak levels. You do not hear many comments about the track being simple or easy. The word wild and sketchy are more often shared amongst the top downhiller’s on the planet.

From day 1 of practice, it was all about getting a handle on the limits of the track. To be fair, this track seems to catch a few riders off-guard. More specifically, sometimes it hard to know whether one is going quick or not on this track. Maybe this is what makes this track so difficult mentally. It’s just hard to know whether you’ve got a hold of the beast or not.

Enter Friday’s qualifying, and all 3 riders were looking ready to rumble. Starting with Sam, just being outside of top 20 protection, there’s a pressure to have a run that satisfies both speed and preservation (of both rider and equipment). Despite a small leak in the rear tire, Sam was able to qualify 39th, he was moving on to the finals. Next up was Joe. With a steady charge, and run he considered less than ideal, he surprised himself with a season best 12th place qualifier. Very impressive, especially with a partial injury. Last up was Henry. Confident in his plan, using ‘modern technology’ (his LITPro GPS timing system) to improve continually improve his performances, the momentum was there. As we agree, numbers don’t lie. For Henry, we believe it’s been a key tool. With a time in mind, Henry came down with a solid run, and qualified for his first World Men’s Elite final. Well done.

For Saturday’s finals, there’s not much to say. All guys had a good practice, and with it being just being past the ½ mark in the World Cup season, strong finishes and points are on the line. With Henry up first, it was great to see him racing in the finals. Unfortunately, the top rock garden (maybe the toughest of the year) decided to pull him off his bike. Getting back up, he finished his run with a decent time considering a big fall. Hank finished up 75th on the day. Next was Sam, simply put, this track’s been tough over the years (never finishing inside the top 20). As some of you can appreciate, sometimes you just can’t get a handle of certain tracks or trails. With a steady run, Sam came down an impressive 6 seconds quicker than qualifying, finishing 33rd on the day. Last was Joe, steady and slightly conservative (his words) might summarise his run best. So this made his season best 19th place finish even more impressive. A good day.

The team is now off for a few weeks, besides Henry racing Canadian National Championships in 2 weeks, the remainder of the team gets a bit of a chance to rest and recover after a 6 week straight race tour. Next big events, Mont Sainte Anne World Cup, and Crankworx Whistler, including EWS Whistler.


Team: Team Dorval AM Nicolai

Riders: Mélanie Chappaz, Mariana Salazar, Benoit Coulanges, Maxime Ciriego

(Translated from French)
A rather mixed race; the day of qualifications went very well, all the pilots were motivated to do better Saturday at the final.
Unfortunately, the team had some bad luck on Saturday; Mariana Salazar fell on top and lost a lot of time to get his bike and go back. It ends in 13th grade.
Boys Benoit Coulanges & Maxime Ciriego know every 2 a puncture on the middle of the track and end up their run.
Despite everything, the good point of the week: Mélanie Chappaz finishes at a beautiful 2nd place very close to the first and she accentuates her advance on her opponents to the overall of the World Cup.
Now a bit of rest for the pilots before going to the French Championships at Carroz in a few weeks!


Aaron Gwin’s hopes of a win were slashed. Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull

Greg Minnaar – Putting It Together

In this mini documentary we follow Greg Minnaar, South African downhill legend, in his quest for his fourth rainbow jersey. He knows how to win it, he knows how to put it all together in the final run. It’s his specialty.

But can he do it again in Vallnord, Andorra, during the 2015 World Championships?

Special thanks and credits to Greg Minnaar, the Santa Cruz – Syndicate team, Red Bull Media House and UCI for the access and cooperation during the World Championships 2015 in Vallnord.

 

Video: Highlights From a Wild Lenzerheide World Cup Downhill

All action race highlights from a sun-scorched Lenzerheide World Cup

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You’ve seen the results

You’ve seen the full replay

And now you want an eyeful of the best bits.

Intrepid filmmakers (and by “intrepid” we mean lightly toasted in the scorching Swiss sun) the Parkin Bros were track side to capture the action at an arid Lenzerheide World Cup final.

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See All The Race Action From Fort William Finals

The battle of Fort William is over, the race has been won. This is what happened.

High winds and driving rain provided the backdrop for one of the biggest World Cups on the race calendar. With riders struggling to hold their lines due to the strong wind at the top of the track, and muddy bogs towards the bottom, there was always going to be a little bit of carnage come race day.

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And by “a little bit” we mean quite a lot. The Parkin brothers, all three of them, were on the mountain to capture the action so, sit back, put your feet up and watch the world’s best battle the elements so that you don’t have to.

See the full race report and results here.

Missed the live stream? Watch a full replay here.

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And, if that’s not enough, we’ll be doing it all over again this coming weekend at the Leogang World Cup in Austria.

Santa Cruz Syndicate Reveal New 650B V10

Now the Rat’s really out of the bag!

The Santa Cruz Syndicate are constantly testing new products as they maraude around the globe on their UCI World Cup campaign.  Sometimes these products have subtle adapations that demand a trained eye to pick up on.  Other times it’s a little more obvious.

The rat was out of the bag when Josh Bryceland won the UK National Championships on an unmarked vehicle in Innerleithen on July 20th.

So, while we’re unable to confirm ANY details about the bikes the guys are racing on in Mont Sainte Anne, we’re not going to deny that what you see here isn’t happening…

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Fresh Product: Five Ten Impact Vxi Clipless Shoes

Five Ten, known for their gooey, gluey, tacky and sticky soled shoes for flat pedal thundering also do clip less shoes, and good ones too. Their latest shoes have been spotted on the feet of Greg Minnaar, Bryn Atkinson, and our new buddy, Nico Vouilloz. Light enough for trail riding, and offering great foot protection when downhilling, these shoes look the goods.

Available also in a flat pedal, non-clipless sole, the Impact Vxi aims to drop weight out of their popular range. The Hellcat was Five Ten’s latest clip less shoe, but was criticised for its weight, so they’ve used lighter materials and less of it to produce these new shoes. These fast foot Ferrari’s are only 431 grams in size 42. 

The shoes fit, so we’ll be stomping around the trails on these fresh kicks from now on. Stay tuned for more.

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Cairns 2014: Tropic Thunder

“It’s just a passing tropical shower.” Yep, right. Mother Nature reared her ugly Queenslander mug today and gave Smithfield a true soaking, right on cue for the start of group A downhill practice.

The results were in equal parts horrendous, exciting, frustrating and awesome. With any line choices from yesterday’s track walk going right out the window, riders were faced with a track that changed from run to run. Vision was next to nil by the time riders reached the lower portions of the track, while the off-camber red clay of the Alien Tree was causing havoc up top.

At the end of the day, timed practice showed that Gee Atherton had made it down the hill fastest, with Ragot on top in the women’s. But when the course is more a matter of survival than skill, timed practice results mean nothing at all. Bring on qualifying tomorrow!

Yep it was wet, there's no hiding it. It was brutal for everyone on the mountain, riders, spectators, and media and as we type this caption it's still raining. Lets pray for a dry race as it's undoubtedly better for the riders, spectators and the media.
Yep it was wet, there’s no hiding it. It was brutal for everyone on the mountain – riders, spectators, and media – and as we type this caption it’s still raining. Let’s pray for a dry race as it’s undoubtedly better for the riders, spectators and the media.
Marc Beaumont clears one of the big triples on his second attempt. "You've just got to pull up". Right.
Marc Beaumont clears one of the big triples on his second attempt. “You’ve just got to pull up”. Right.
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Visibility, traction, and a clean line could all go out the window in a flash.
This guy, Mick Hannah looks so insanely fast. Carrying incredible pace into the whoops like they were nothing at all. No wonder why he's a serious contender for the win.
This guy. Mick Hannah looks so insanely fast, carrying incredible pace into the whoops like they were nothing at all.
Sick Mick Hannah has the weight of Australia on his shoulders this weekend. Everyone wants him to win but we're sure he wants to win even more.
Sick Mick Hannah has the weight of Australia on his shoulders this weekend. Everyone wants him to win but we’re sure he wants to win even more.

 

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Video: OneLife – Greg Minnaar

Who is Greg Minnaar? What are his roots? Why is Pietermaritzburg so pivotal in his success? And what is OneLife? We’ll attempt to answer these and other questions about the two-time Downhill World Champion and three-time World Cup Champion with this OneLife short.

Filmed over the course of 10 months when travel & plans permitted, from when Greg won the 2012 Downhill World Championships in Leogang, Austria, ’till the eve of the 2013 World Championships in his hometown of Pietermaritzburg.

Greg Minnaar OneLife from Greg Minnaar on Vimeo.