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    What's the point of a DH race?

    No, seriously, racing down a hill for a couple of minutes? Everyone knows that races are won on the climbs and flats, not the descents. What gives?
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    I can't stop laughing long enough to come up with a useful comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    No, seriously, racing down a hill for a couple of minutes? Everyone knows that races are won on the climbs and flats, not the descents. What gives?
    You should ask that here: Downhill - Freeride - Mtbr Forums
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    I would think that in Downhilling, like motocross, it is about being smooth, selective in line choice, and who can beat the clock. Oh! Having enough Balls to hit the features on the run might help! I am by no means an authority, but can relate.

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    I think you are confusing XC racing with other forms of mountain bike racing....noobie mistake.

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    same reason the Olympic uphill slalom is not quite as popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osmarandsara View Post
    I think you are confusing XC racing with other forms of mountain bike racing....noobie mistake.
    I think you are confusing downhill-riding with actual racing.

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    same reason the Olympic uphill slalom is not quite as popular.
    That's an interesting concept. See who can sprint the hardest and the fastest up a course, rather than seeing who's best attracted to gravity, as is currently the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    I think you are confusing downhill-riding with actual racing.



    That's an interesting concept. See who can sprint the hardest and the fastest up a course, rather than seeing who's best attracted to gravity, as is currently the case.
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    Maybe I'm missing something, but isn't the point to try to be the first one to the bottom, or am I over simplifying things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    I think you are confusing downhill-riding with actual racing.
    I think you are confusing riding down the hill with racing downhill.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    No, seriously, racing down a hill for a couple of minutes? Everyone knows that races are won on the climbs and flats, not the descents. What gives?
    I hate to point out the obvious but if it is a downhill race then there are no flats or climbing, so your question is well,

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    What's the point of a DH race?


    Uhmm, to win?

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    Just because you don't like something doesn't mean there's no point to it.

    I don't DH, but I can certainly appreciate the skills, athleticism, and balls to do what they do. And don't make the mistake of assuming DH guys can't climb too... seen a looot of fast DHers make it to the top of a mountain first, more than once.

    Bottom line though, you are just trolling.

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    It takes big balls to fly down a hill as fast as you can, i respect the DH guns a lot, its a real skill and an art..
    Erik you must be takin the piss here, is this a real question?
    If it is i dare you to post exactly the same question in the DH section of this forum, lol, it would be an entertaining read Erik lol.......
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    Yeah, post it the DH forum, their patient and quite understanding in there and would probably welcome the opportunity to explain things to you. What say the Mods?

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    IMO downhill looks like a blast and have only attempted my version of it in the early 90's on a hard tail on trails in WV and it was a blast but after the 5 th time over the handle bars bent rims and handle bar I gave up.

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    I always thought the point was to make the highlight reel, as these colorful fellows demonstrate.

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    What's the point of skydiving? You could have just stayed on the ground in the first place.
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    What's the point of this thread, but to troll and annoy people who love watching and racing DH?

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    why have you tried down hill? It's a different skill set.

    Oh and the point of a DH race is to win duh

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    I think this is shapin up to be a hum dinger of a thread lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    What's the point of a DH race?

    No, seriously, racing down a hill for a couple of minutes? Everyone knows that races are won on the climbs and flats, not the descents. What gives?



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    DANNY - STAY ON YOUR BIKE!!! hahahahahahaha!!!

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    For those that haven't checked out the above video of Danny Hart, may I suggest you do. The dude has mad skills especially when he opens it up at the end. I don't DH but coming from a motocross background and having done some crazy DH on a normal 5" bike I can certainly appreciate the skill involved. I have watched the pro's in action and it is impressive. And for the question "what's the point" ummm to get to the bottom the fastest without dieing.
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    This thread is full of fail even for MTBR standards, which are pretty low to begin with.

    There are 2 types of people that hate on DH. The first type has never even thrown a leg over a proper DH bike, but will spew their ignorance about it everywhere. The second type has tried riding DH and it scares the crap out of them. Instead of coming to terms with the fact that they just don't have the confidence to ride this stuff, they hate on it.

    Which one are you OP?

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    How about DH skiing? Racing DH fast is hard wired in the human genome, as is racing in general. But the balls and the skill to do DH well are relatively rare. Anyone who has to ask the question likely lacks the balls and the talent.


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    Mountain biking has many disciples, you got downhill, cross country, free ride and probably more that I don't know about. They all have different skill sets that make it hard to pit one against the other. I personally never tried downhill (kinda scared to) but like to watch it for the speed and skill.

    It is also much like skiing, you don't just have one kind of race that would be boring.

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    I sense someone's envious of Az's post count responses to the Lance confession thread and came up with this to kick over a crusty pile of poo just to see how many flies would be buzzing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malibu412 View Post
    I sense someone's envious of Az's post count responses to the Lance confession thread and came up with this to kick over a crusty pile of poo just to see how many flies would be buzzing.
    Huh! What did he say?
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    Try riding a heavy, squishy DH bike UPhill and you'll see why they race them DOWNhill!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    You should ask that here: Downhill - Freeride - Mtbr Forums
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    Amazing video, I don't think many folks could beat that dudes time in dry conditions.

    Serious skills, balls of steel.

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    OP is so dum.

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    Gosh its a bummer to see this. Obviously the OP is quite narrow minded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeerhillJ View Post


    That was just awsome! What can you say? I'm not a DH guy because I'm 41 and have a family to feed aaaaaaannnnd my balls are not that big. The point to this is, there is a point to DH. BE FIRST TO THE BOTTOM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    No, seriously, racing down a hill for a couple of minutes? Everyone knows that races are won on the climbs and flats, not the descents. What gives?
    Skinny leg contest for the win.

    Ever wonder why the “extreme” DH little boys seem homophobic? They are insecure of their skinny legs so they only wear baggies—I initially thought it was due to their small genitalia, but I stand corrected—it’s just a leg thing.

    I’ve tried baggies on rides before and found difficulties maneuvering on my bike when they’d get caught up on the front of the seat as well as on the shifters/handlebars… so it’s why I use “faggy versus baggy” spandex/lycra. Added bonus is the fat penis show for the ladies—I think they like it. My wife is A-OK with the fat penis show I am able to present to her after my rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malibu412 View Post
    I sense someone's envious of Az's post count responses to the Lance confession thread and came up with this to kick over a crusty pile of poo just to see how many flies would be buzzing.


    The MTBR flies seem to be better than usual at picking out good piles of poo. There was certainly a lot less buzzing than I was hoping for.

    FWIW, I have nothing against DH racing. I race DH in the sense that there are generally four races per race weekend, with two gravity events and two endurance events. The field for my category is usually small enough that I get points simply by finishing, and my team pays for all races I enter, so it's pretty much a no-brainer that I'll race both gravity and endurance events, even though I'm one of those roadie-type XC geeks.

    At my first DH race of the season, I managed to crash, and I almost kicked one of the course marshals in the face while I was tumbling down the trail. It hurt a lot, and I know that I must have hit my head pretty hard, because I got up and I completely forgot that I was supposed to be racing.

    So I hung out with the course marshals for a while, and then I remembered that I had a number plate on me, so I finished my run. Ended up with an 11-minute run on a 3-minute course, but I still got some points.

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    Skinny leg contest for the win.
    Is it okay that I race DH in my spandex team kit, on my XC race bike?
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    Nope. Never. No way. Not ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post


    The MTBR flies seem to be better than usual at picking out good piles of poo. There was certainly a lot less buzzing than I was hoping for.

    FWIW, I have nothing against DH racing. I race DH in the sense that there are generally four races per race weekend, with two gravity events and two endurance events. The field for my category is usually small enough that I get points simply by finishing, and my team pays for all races I enter, so it's pretty much a no-brainer that I'll race both gravity and endurance events, even though I'm one of those roadie-type XC geeks.

    At my first DH race of the season, I managed to crash, and I almost kicked one of the course marshals in the face while I was tumbling down the trail. It hurt a lot, and I know that I must have hit my head pretty hard, because I got up and I completely forgot that I was supposed to be racing.

    So I hung out with the course marshals for a while, and then I remembered that I had a number plate on me, so I finished my run. Ended up with an 11-minute run on a 3-minute course, but I still got some points.



    Is it okay that I race DH in my spandex team kit, on my XC race bike?
    So your arrogance is due to the fact that you suck at DH, now it all makes sense.
    No, you will be a hazard for the other riders...and marshalls....and spectators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SV11 View Post
    So your arrogance is due to the fact that you suck at DH, now it all makes sense.
    No, you will be a hazard for the other riders...and marshalls....and spectators.
    So would you like an apology for the fact that you fell for a trolling post?
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    Quote Originally Posted by erik1245 View Post
    Is it okay that I race DH in my spandex team kit, on my XC race bike?
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    ... and if we just ... I love this video

    This is what downhill is all about

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    Trollin' trollin' trollin'......get those wheel a rollin'.....trollin' trollin' trollin'.....rawhide! oh wait....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck Pitueee View Post
    I can't stop laughing long enough to come up with a useful comment.

    Im with you. Horses for courses, it takes all sorts. Down hill racing is without a doubt the best for of biking to watch iin my opinion. Nothing else is quite as full on to watch, Im thinking Danny hart super run!


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    some people got trolled hard. even after the op was called out. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osmarandsara View Post
    I think you are confusing XC racing with other forms of mountain bike racing....noobie mistake.
    But wait, how can he be a noob? He has 2500 posts and look at all those green rep points! He must be very knowledgeable and a great contributor to this website!

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    36 years ago today I went to the top of a steep hill we called "Repack" with five friends and we timed our runs.

    Mountain biking started on that day. Downhill is the first fat-tire off-road discipline.

    What we found out is that you won't win without scaring the cr@p out of yourself. It became addictive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    36 years ago today I went to the top of a steep hill we called "Repack" with five friends and we timed our runs.

    Mountain biking started on that day.
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    Cool to watch and definitely requires mad skills but it seems that the risk of serious injury is faily high. Unless you are independently wealthy or live in your parents basement how can you make ends meet if you are out of work for weeks or months. My wife thinks I'm nuts for racing XC and doing road rides. Watch some of the down hill crash videos on youtube, body armor or not some broken bones and head injuries are happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobretti View Post
    I always thought the point was to make the highlight reel, as these colorful fellows demonstrate.

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