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    WC: Champery

    Looks to be a sloppy one!!

    This stuff would be really technical if it were dry. I imagine there will be some serious pileups here.
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    Kabush seems unthwarted
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    Catharine said the course is quite challenging. There is two sections on it that she still hasn't ridden cleanly (crashed pretty hard on one of them in training) and will probably end up running them in race day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN
    Catharine said the course is quite challenging. There is two sections on it that she still hasn't ridden cleanly (crashed pretty hard on one of them in training) and will probably end up running them in race day.
    Did Chris get those special compound Medusas from Gary?
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    The forecast was supposed to be dry and fairly warm Saturday and Sunday in Champery, if that holds true it might dry up enough on Saturday that it isn't a mud bog on Sunday morning. But it's in the mountains where a forecast is more of a guess than anything.

    The 2:15AM PDT start time is going to be a challenge of another sort (for spectating).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bholwell
    Did Chris get those special compound Medusas from Gary?

    I don't know. I will ask Catharine. Looks like they may want them.

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    Good grief... the DH racers are mud bogging, that's insane. Sabrina has some Maxxis tires buried in the mud there somewhere.
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    Weather forecast for the 1040m elevation (bottom of the mountain)
    http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Champery/6day/bot

    Should be sunny and dry today with a light sprinkle Sunday afternoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    Good grief... the DH racers are mud bogging, that's insane. Sabrina has some Maxxis tires buried in the mud there somewhere.
    Good showing by Sabrina. That's not ideal conditions for her.
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    Those aren't ideal conditions for any rational person on a bicycle!
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    Looks like this race will be a good test of how good Shimano's new mud shedding chain is.

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    ...and perhaps what the running fitness of mountain bike racers in ankle deep mud is, while carrying a bike that weighs 45 pounds with the mud stuck to it. That Sam Schulz photo certainly looks like it's part of the XC course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    ...and perhaps what the running fitness of mountain bike racers in ankle deep mud is, while carrying a bike that weighs 45 pounds with the mud stuck to it. That Sam Schulz photo certainly looks like it's part of the XC course.
    The organizers just put down several loads of gravel in the really muddy sections. Most of the course should be ride able.

    Still I am hearing things from the Canadian like "the toughest course I have ever been on". Even riders from BC are finding it above what they usually ride.

    Looks like XC racing is changing.

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    The 2nd half of the season starts in a bit here.


    For the womens race the thing to note is the Chinese are back. It will be interesting to see how quickly they move through the field. Last time Ren started back in the field she won.

    For the mens race I am interested to see if any north americans can break back into that top 10. Kabush looked good at nationals but a world cup is another cup of tea.

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    Where's the live timing and scoring section on Freecaster?
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    I think Catharine is out.

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    scroll down on the live feed page. Sometimes it's slow to update though...

    http://freecaster.tv/live/mtb/101105...xco-4-champery

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN
    I think Catharine is out.
    Still in but some sort of mechanical or perhaps not riding so well.

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    The hwcdn.net server keeps timing out for timing.

    Found it as a separate window here

    http://static.sportresult.com/federa...reecaster.html
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    The Euro riders are on their game at this race. The U23 Euro gals especially. A different group in the top 10
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    Another race with a very different top ten than anyone would have expected. Willow did very well, Premont managed to be the top Canuck and 4th North American. Kalentieva was back behind Premont. Emily Batty takes 3rd in U23.
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    Wow, what a great race for the men! the lead and the gaps keep changing. Anybody in the top 5 or so can win it on the last lap.

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    Watching I must say I am not wild about the course.

    Way too much running on it.

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    The UCI requires the whole course to be ridable but that was a real stretch of the definition in the remains of the wet conditions, it was almost CX like in that respect. The Men's race had a wild card top twenty as well. Todd Wells and Adam Craig did really well, finished higher than Kabush.
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    I thought it was one of the most exciting courses of the year! There were a lot of instances where technical errors caused time gaps.

    Going across that small trench with all the roots, the skilled riders were rolling up the other side, planting their right foot and then just swinging the bike up and over. By the last couple laps they had mastered it and it was quite graceful.

    Some of those super steep climbs and descents were time changers as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob_co2
    I thought it was one of the most exciting courses of the year! There were a lot of instances where technical errors caused time gaps.

    Going across that small trench with all the roots, the skilled riders were rolling up the other side, planting their right foot and then just swinging the bike up and over. By the last couple laps they had mastered it and it was quite graceful.

    Some of those super steep climbs and descents were time changers as well.
    I thought there was some great sections. The tricky corners and drop was a great feature. But there was big sections in woods where even the winners were running large amounts of it. A rider with weak technical skills who chose to run everything was at no disadvantage.

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    Just like the Murray Walker syndrome in the F1 coverage about 10-15 years ago, every time the announcer said someone was riding some section cleanly, the next shot would be of that rider messing up the section that they cleaned every time. There were quite a few rider errors that were minor but they cost a big gap amongst the evenly matched riders.

    It would have been interesting to see how well everyone could have ridden the course if it had been a completely dry race course. Even Dalby Forest had a lot of riders running portions that the course builders thought would just be a challenging ride.

    Course designers almost need to consider a wet and dry line when developing a course layout so they have the option in case the weather is particularly miserable prior or during a race. Then they'd just tape off the appropriate trail section for race day.
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    Really good showing for Americans today. I can't believe how strong Adam Craig came back after his injury, I thought for sure he wouldn't be any good until next season.

    Also surprised to see Wells and JHK finishing so well on 29ers on a course like that.

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