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    Wink Such Roadies

    People seem to think WC racers are just skinny road racers that can't ride a bike. How about a thread to reverse this thinking.

    Let's start with this:

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    Great shots!



    I don't have that opinion. Having started racing a mtb and then moving to road I get people thinking I'm a "roadie" all the time.

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    Certainly the best are very good technical riders. Geoff Kabush was quite critical about "the German" who couldn't ride the technical DH sections in a couple of the World Cup races this year. And the 2008 World Women's Champ Marga Fullana did very badly at MSA and Bromont because of the technical riding conditions in 2009.

    And Premont was one of the few gals that cleaned that nasty rocky descent at Mont Sainte Anne in the pouring rain...
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    Wow @ that last one... makes me feel like a fat roadie.
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    I remember a NZ pro rider doing damn well in a NZ DH race once... on his xc hardtail.

    Man that upset a few DHers at the time.

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    Geez, if I didn't know any better I'd swear you have to have a "Maple Leaf" on your jersey to ride a DH? Come on show some stars and stripes will yah?

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    Quote Originally Posted by n8rhino
    Geez, if I didn't know any better I'd swear you have to have a "Maple Leaf" on your jersey to ride a DH?
    You are correct. Don't worry, Americans are top notch DH bike-walkers, top notch.

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    I watched the UCI worlds in Australia (on freecaster) and I was very impressed with the technical level of the course. I was a trail rider for many years before racing and my technical ability is an advantage.
    Oh sh!+ just force upgraded to cat1. Now what?
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    Worlds was an awesome course, not just because of the challenging sections but because of the variety, like that one section with the swoopy bermed turns.

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    Photo # 3. I betcha anything he didn't make it and taco'd the wheel.
    Nice photos by the way.

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    I like this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll
    Photo # 3. I betcha anything he didn't make it and taco'd the wheel.
    Nice photos by the way.
    Yeah, I am having a hard time believing he rolled that one out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjenkins@
    Yeah, I am having a hard time believing he rolled that one out.
    I believe it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    I believe it.
    Me too. IIRC that's how most riders did that section. Also, you have to figure that if he did biff it, there'd be photos of the aftermath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flargle
    Me too. IIRC that's how most riders did that section. Also, you have to figure that if he did biff it, there'd be photos of the aftermath.
    I didn't say "impossible" ... It just seems like the weight distribution and angles are all wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjenkins@
    I didn't say "impossible" ... It just seems like the weight distribution and angles are all wrong.
    I'd estimate the rider's centre of mass to be somewhere behind the axle of the front wheel. That's a good sign.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll
    Photo # 3. I betcha anything he didn't make it and taco'd the wheel.
    Nice photos by the way.
    The junior girls were riding that line at worlds.

    It is easier than it looks.

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    At the MSA World Cup, some of the top downhillers were spectating from that rock section (photo 1 of the original post) and had a lot of respect for (most) XC racers. I don't remember who but a big name DH guy even said something like not being sure he could go as fast with a XC bike.

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    I don't know if this counts or not, but here is someone for whom things didn't go so well on the hammerhead - note mangled deraileur to accompany mangled knees.

    At least he didn't take the B line


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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    Certainly the best are very good technical riders. Geoff Kabush was quite critical about "the German" who couldn't ride the technical DH sections in a couple of the World Cup races this year. And the 2008 World Women's Champ Marga Fullana did very badly at MSA and Bromont because of the technical riding conditions in 2009.

    And Premont was one of the few gals that cleaned that nasty rocky descent at Mont Sainte Anne in the pouring rain...
    The two gals have more muscular physiques than the dude. (that's a knock on the dude, gals are hot)

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    It's the same gal, she just lost her Canandian Champion title between both photos (to LMN's wife no less, see the pictures in his post, who's a lot skinnier but still among the best technical riders among World Cup racers).

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    Um, those photos of Absalon are meant to look technically challenging?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flargle
    Um, those photos of Absalon are meant to look technically challenging?
    I was thinking the same thing. They are nice photos, but don't seem to be in keeping with the theme of the thread.
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