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    2014 World Cup Thread

    Cuz' someone had to do it.

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    UCI Mountain Bike Calendar 2014 Season - World Cup and Champs

    April 10-13 2014.........UCI World Cup XCO / XCE / DHI 1 Pietermaritzburg
    April 24-27, 2014........UCI World Cup XCO / XCE / DHI 2 Cairns
    May 23-25, 2014........UCI World Cup XCO / XCE 3 Nove Mesto na Morave
    May 30-June 1, 2014...UCI World Cup XCO / XCE 4 Albstadt
    June 6-8, 2014...........UCI World Cup DHI 3 Fort William
    June 14-15, 2014........UCI World Cup DHI 4 Leogang
    July 31-Aug 3, 2014.....UCI World Cup XCO / XCE / DHI 5 Mont-Sainte-Anne
    Aug 7-10, 2014...........UCI World Cup XCO / XCE / DHI 6 Windham
    Aug 21-24, 2014.........UCI World Cup XCO / XCE / DHI 7 Méribel
    Sept 3-7, 2014...........UCI XCO/XCE/XCR/DHI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Hafjell
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    I miss the XCO at Ft. Bill.

    Also, no World Cup after the WC is too bad. I like seeing the new rainbow kit at one big race before the end of the season.

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    Yeah...someone was bound to do it I guess. I am sad that the USA got shut out this year. I am excited to see a dry Albstadt, even though last years mud-fest was arguably the best race of the whole season!
    Here's hoping all of the "Big Three" are healthy

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    Quote Originally Posted by criscobike View Post
    Yeah...someone was bound to do it I guess. I am sad that the USA got shut out this year. I am excited to see a dry Albstadt, even though last years mud-fest was arguably the best race of the whole season!
    Here's hoping all of the "Big Three" are healthy
    I see Windham on the schedule, is that not right?
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    Yep, Windham right after MSA this year.

    https://www.redbull.com/us/en/bike/e...world-cup-2014

    A lot of travel south of the equator this year. That flight between South Africa and Australia is at least 14 hours long. And South Africa is something like 30-35 hours from North America.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SandSpur View Post
    I see Windham on the schedule, is that not right?
    Whoops! Yup my mistake. I got caught between thoughts as I typed about 2013 and 2014. Either way, I'm still a moron.
    The travel issue brought up is interesting. I know the racers are not fond of being in airplanes as they try to avoid catching colds. I wonder if we will see lots of guys skip races this next year.

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    Skipping early races screws up their starting position quite a bit, unless that have been doing lots of UCI points races pre-World Cup season. It's too bad that they changed the start order ranking from World Cup points to all UCI points, that works against riders running just the World Cup series, their start order ranking just gets worse and worse unless they are in the top 10 all the time at the finish.
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    They have changed it again.

    This year the first world cup will be by UCI points, after that the rest will be by world cup ranking.

    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    Skipping early races screws up their starting position quite a bit, unless that have been doing lots of UCI points races pre-World Cup season. It's too bad that they changed the start order ranking from World Cup points to all UCI points, that works against riders running just the World Cup series, their start order ranking just gets worse and worse unless they are in the top 10 all the time at the finish.
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    Good thing too, that was a wacky idea and really hurt the non-Euro racers who have limited access to UCI points races outside of Europe.

    Quote Originally Posted by LMN View Post
    They have changed it again.

    This year the first world cup will be by UCI points, after that the rest will be by world cup ranking.
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    Yea, I know it was crappy for Lea Davidson last season. She was consistently in the top 10, had a few podiums, etc. But, she was always like number 15-16... barely on the second row.

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    I don't want to miss out on this thread like I did last year, so subscribed.

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    I am curious, has anyone here every actually been to a WC event? If so describe what it was like...

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    Quote Originally Posted by criscobike View Post
    I am curious, has anyone here every actually been to a WC event? If so describe what it was like...
    Might have been to a few WCs, not to mention a world championships and an Olympics or two.

    What do you want to know? Course, atmosphere, ect...
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    I've spectated at 4 World Cups and a World Champs at Mont Sainte Anne, and the World Cup at St Felicien in Quebec. They put on a great events in Quebec. Typically had 20,000 spectators at MSA when MHP was racing, a bit less without. And they put on a big party on the last night after the DH races.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN View Post
    Might have been to a few WCs, not to mention a world championships and an Olympics or two.

    What do you want to know? Course, atmosphere, ect...
    It's on my bucket list. Seems like having a WC event won't be coming back to the western US for a long time (if ever again). So I will have to convince the wife to let me go. Just wondering what could I expect if I did go? Do you feel like you can follow what's going on at all? Is it a fun time? Worth my time/money?

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    WC are a lot of fun. My experience at them it a bit different then most, with my wife racing they are far from relaxing weekends, but still a lot of fun. I usually get a ton of riding in during week and spend the week watching some racing.

    How good of viewing experience it is depends entirely on the course. Mt. Saint Anne for example is superb to watch, with a bit of running you can catch the riders multiple time per laps. Other courses, like Windham for example, aren't as good. ( The course layout makes it really hard to follow the race. ) Fortunately the UCI brings in a big screen TV and you can watch the live feed while you are there spectating.

    I don't know of a WC event in western US, but from what I have been hearing there is a good chance for a Whistler WC in the near future.


    Quote Originally Posted by criscobike View Post
    It's on my bucket list. Seems like having a WC event won't be coming back to the western US for a long time (if ever again). So I will have to convince the wife to let me go. Just wondering what could I expect if I did go? Do you feel like you can follow what's going on at all? Is it a fun time? Worth my time/money?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN View Post
    I don't know of a WC event in western US, but from what I have been hearing there is a good chance for a Whistler WC in the near future.
    Been a long time since the World Cups on Grouse Mountain. Whistler would be good, it would be nice to drive to a WC race instead of fly.

    If you were going to make a vacation trip out of it, Mont Sainte Anne is a great destination. Still lots of open XC and lift assist trails to ride during the week while the race is organized and taped, and it's only 35 minutes from old Quebec City which is a worthy tourist destination on its own for the SO that maybe isn't as gung ho about watching MTB racing.
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    Very tempting to make the trek up the coast the Cairns this year... Some awesome riding in North Queensland and I have no doubt the WC weekend will go off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN View Post
    WC are a lot of fun. My experience at them it a bit different then most, with my wife racing they are far from relaxing weekends, but still a lot of fun. I usually get a ton of riding in during week and spend the week watching some racing.
    Dude! That's sweet that your wife is racing at that level! Bravo. Are you comfortable revealing who she is so we can root for her? Do you have a blog or anything?

    That MSA course looks super sweet! If I ever make the trip there I will have to try out the course after the race (if people can get on it). It often seems that TV/video just doesn't do justice to how crazy the features are sometimes. I'd like to get a feel for how hard it really is. For example, that famous rock drop/left turn feature. It was taken out this last year. But I want to clean that sucker!
    My wife's family is in Michigan so maybe I can talk her into letting me drive over there for a weekend during a family visit.

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    Ah... I just checked when you joined the forum, most posters know her. The tiny girl in the Luna outfit on 2nd step of the podium in one of pictures above is my wife. That picture was after a good day for her, her first top three at a world cup. The next weekend was better.

    MSA is worth the trip. The course is generally closed during the week but, and you didn't hear this from me, you can often sneak on during the evenings. And your right TV doesn't do justice on how challenging the course is.


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    Dude! That's sweet that your wife is racing at that level! Bravo. Are you comfortable revealing who she is so we can root for her? Do you have a blog or anything?

    That MSA course looks super sweet! If I ever make the trip there I will have to try out the course after the race (if people can get on it). It often seems that TV/video just doesn't do justice to how crazy the features are sometimes. I'd like to get a feel for how hard it really is. For example, that famous rock drop/left turn feature. It was taken out this last year. But I want to clean that sucker!
    My wife's family is in Michigan so maybe I can talk her into letting me drive over there for a weekend during a family visit.
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    I thought I likely had a photo of Mrs.LMN at MSA, better known as Catharine Pendrel.

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    Along with some shots of the very well attended pit area and La Beatrice. It's supposed to be back in the game in 2014, the trails above it were eroded like mad in the spring. In the dry it isn't so scary unless the stones have got a nice coating of dust, in the wet it can be greasy enough that walking is more dangerous than riding.

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    I see Topeak-Ergon has dumped their XCO team.
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    Irina deserves better! They all do, but this chick has too awesome of a resume to get this treatment!

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    Ah! Mr. Pendrel it is a pleasure to meet you. Yes, I am a bit late to the party but I did discover the XC passion 4 years ago and have been totally hooked ever since. Besides, bike racing is far better for a family man tha hardcore rock climbing.
    What's also cool is that we are big Luna fans in this house. I was so psyched to see Nash get her first win (been close so many times)! Watch Georgia almost get it last year. You could see the emotion from your wife when she reached her just before the line! That had to be tough passing your teammate like that.
    After last year's disappointing year, I hope she comes back stronger than ever!
    Back on the original topic: the course at MSA is so classic, we are trying to convince our local ski resorts to cut XCO style courses modeled after it. We are slowly turning the gears if change out here in Utah.
    Despite my newness, I am pleased to meet you all and look forward to chatting up how awesome this next season will be. Hoorah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewarnerusa View Post
    I see Topeak-Ergon has dumped their XCO team.
    Topeak-Ergon Drops Cross Country To Focus On Marathon Racing | Cyclingnews.com
    Irina deserves better!!
    That IS bad news! Any word on where she will sign?

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    Irina has done quite well at MSA over the years, she's quite good at the technical trail surfaces. She's very tiny (5'-1") in person. Being small and light sure helps with her climbing speed.

    Any bike company or race team looking at having a proven contender could do worse, but I bet she'll be an expensive hire with her resume.

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