Great event and Winter Park was awesome. Courses were overall very good with a lot of people saying it was the most physical race of the year so far. Euro's were not happy since most of them got schooled in the more bike park oriented format. Did not see a ton of M6's there, maybe 10 total.
Overall after the experience I would say if there is anything you think the bike can't do short of a WC DH course it is the rider and not the bike holding you back. It was absolutely rock solid all weekend with my only mechanical being a broken spoke in practice. Big shout out to the quality of the Derby wheels as well since it was still dead true and I continued to ride it for the rest of practice without incident. Courses ranged from Trestle DH and fresh cut backcountry singletrack to an 11 minute XC pedalfest.
One other point, I got to check out the M4c in the Shimano booth. Very nice looking bike and Di2 as much as people will want to ***** about it, is killer. For people running FD's it eliminates the need for a left shifter and the built in battery compartment is killer. Not a ton of action pics, but here are a few for your viewing enjoyment.
Have to take at least one selfie on the lift
If people ever ask why run a 160 fork/bike
Yep, every single run
My teammate out of the gate on Stage 1
Joe Lawill legend and Shimano marketing guy on his M6 launching out of Stage 1
Finished up for the weekend
16 hour drive home completed
Overall I had a blast and learned where my weakness is on a larger format race (fitness!).
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