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In 2004, Les Gets held one of the most exciting world championships in the history of modern DH, won in front of the home crowd by Fabien Barel after Steve Peat who gave him the rainbow jersey fell while he was clearly ahead. After 15 years the spotlight of the global DH scene returned to the renowned resort in the French province of Haute-Savoie, at Portes du Soleil, rekindling things with a gripping fifth round of the 2019 season of UCI DH World Cup. It was a very fast track drawn down open spaces, among pastures made dusty by the continuous battering from bikes, broken up by a middle section of woods, which was technical and rather steep. Under the eyes of a literally delirious crowd, Amaury Pierron attacked the track from beginning to end giving them a show with his unique and dynamic style that led him to win with the honor of the French public. Second place for Loic Bruni who, despite having to give up the top step of a home race podium to his friend Pierron, remains the athlete to have dealt with the forest section – the entire technical section in the woods, in the shortest time. Laurie Greenland closed out in third place with an amazing run carried out with an aggressive and precise style, the first to really raise the pace compared to the athletes who finished before him. Fourth position for Troy Brosnan, impeccable but unfortunately not fast enough, on his birthday however, at least he celebrated deservedly with a podium. The third of the French “three musketeers”, Loris Vergier, closed out the podium with a fifth place that he can’t complain about considering he had just recovered from a bad crash during practice this morning. Hats off to Brendog for a 6th place finish! His best result in quite some time – just 1/10th of a second off of the podium, and great timing with the launch of the new Gambler. The female category without Rachel Atherton, seriously injured here at Les Gets during practice, and without Tahnée Seagrave and Miriam Nicole still in the recovery phase, is lacking key female athletes, however the show was not lacking a hard fought race and a level of competition that was rather high for the athletes on the podium. Tracey Hannah got another win after Vallnord’s first place, besting Marine Cabirou’s time by less than 7 tenths of a second. Third position for the aggressive Italian Mariana Salazar upon her return to the races. Eleonora Farina ended up in fourth place in qualifying and closed out finals in the same spot with a beautiful run. Fifth place for Nina Hoffman while Veronika Widmann finished in sixth place missing the podium by less than 5 hundredths of a second. The domination by Thibaut Daprela and Valentina Höll in their respective Junior categories is now so well established that it almost ceases to be news, except for the fact that the young Austrian athlete just marked a time of almost 1.5 seconds faster than that with the which Tracey Hannah won in the Elite category. Complete results Les Gets Finals – Elite Men Complete results Les Gets Finals – Elite Women Complete results Les Gets Finals – Junior Men Complete results Les Gets Finals – Junior Women World Cup Overall – Elite Men World Cup Overall – Elite Women World Cup Overall – Junior Men World Cup Overall – Junior Women The UCI DH World Cup will be back on track in Val di Sole on 2 and 3 August.
Les Gets, the famous French resort in the Portes du Soleil district, returns to host a UCI DH World Cup competition after a 15 years hiatus since its last spectacular World Cup event in 2004. For the occasion, an almost entirely new track was created – it is mostly fast, on open spaces and littered with jumps, and a couple of sections in the forest, one of which is particularly technical and demanding. On this track there is very much an old school vibe and in full alpine style it was the six athletes leading the circuit to take the first six positions in the qualifying heat. Amaury Pierron set the benchmark time for tomorrow’s final, followed by Loic Bruni and Troy Brosnan. Training buddies Bernard Kerr and Connor Fearon had good results in 7th and 8th accordingly. Luca Shaw and Dak Norton held it down for Team USA in 12 and 13th. The female category has fallen victim to numerous important absences including Rachel Atherton injured yesterday and both Tahnée Seagrave and Miriam Nicole still in recovery phase from prior injuries. Therefore, Tracey Hannah did not have too many obstacles in getting the best time in qualifying. Marine Cabirou and Mariana Salazar follow her in second place on her return. Thibaut Daprela continues his series of first places among the Junior category. Valentina Höll, continues to dominate chased by Anne Newkirk who is increasingly reducing the gap. Complete results Qualifications Les Gets – Elite Men Complete results Les Gets Qualifications – Elite Women Complete results Les Gets Qualifications – Junior Men Complete results Les Gets Qualifications – Junior Women Tomorrow the final round will be played with on live stream via Red Bull TV.
The BikeRadar Podcast is back, with Episode 5! This month tech ed Tom is joined by senior writer Jack and tech guru Seb to discuss the finer points of bicycle design, the cross-pollination of technology from mountain bikes to road and the ever-changing world of social media. While we’ll keep listing our new podcasts here, don’t forget to subscribe to them via your favourite podcast service so they get delivered straight to your listening device as soon as they’re published. You can, of course, find our episodes on iTunes and Spotify. BMC’s 2010 TeamMachine is one influential bike! Matt Pacocha As ever, leave us comments, questions and suggestions! We want your feedback Given this is only episode 5, we’re still new to this Podcasting malarky, so, if you have time, we would really appreciate your feedback. We’ve created a very simple, very short, totally anonymous survey, so if you have a spare minute, please let us know your thoughts! Much like the people in this image, we’ll take your feedback on board. All the links you need Lugano Charter – UCI technical regulations – it’s quite the read… We’ve designed the bike of the future! The ultimate guide to rear suspension systems 10 of the best road tyres, lab tested Social media links There are loads of riders to follow on social media, but as mentioned in the podcast, here are some of our favourites. On the road side of things, Taylor Phinney, Marianne Vos, Lachlan Morton, Lizzie Deignan, and Greg van Avermaet are good follows, as are EF Education First and incredible photographers Ashley Gruber and Jered Gruber. We also find Cat3Memes, gravel_tryhard, Feedzone News and Bicycle Pubes worthy of a giggle or two, from time to time. We’re fans of State Bicycle Co’s Riding Fixed, Up Mountains, With Pros YouTube playlist (as well as our very own!) When it comes to the world of dirt, there are dozens worthy of a follow. Pro riders, such as Brendan Fairclough, Olly Wilkins, Cécile Ravanel, Wyn Masters, Kaos Seagrave, Kade Edwards, Rachel Atherton, Loose Dog Lewis, Yoann Barelli and Amaury Pierron are great. We also like Squids on Tour, Mad Dog Boris, Sven Martin, Manon Carpenter and Ben Cathro. Finally, if you really want to follow our stable of accounts, look out for BikeRadar, MBUK Magazine, Cycling Plus, Jack Luke, Seb Stott, Aoife Glass, Joe Norledge, Mildred Locke, Matthew Allen and Tom Marvin. How to listen to the BikeRadar Podcast If you want to download the BikeRadar Podcast to your iPhone, you can find it on iTunes, alternatively, it can be streamed via Spotify and all the other usual podcast services. Previous BikeRadar Podcast episodes Episode 1 – Cycling Plus‘ Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 2 – MBUK‘s Trail Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 3 – The BikeRadar Podcast – How do £10k bikes even exist? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 4 – The BikeRadar Podcast – SRAM versus Shimano, and more! (Spotify/iTunes) Previous BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast episodes BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 1: Fork Offset — all you need to know BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 2: Mountain bike suspension dampers
We’re just a mere week into the Tour de France and there’s already been some bonkers action from Alaphilippe, who at the time of writing was just still holding on to the yellow jersey. With more action to come, it’s still anyone’s guess who’s going to win the whole event or even hold on to the yellow jersey on a day-to-day basis. It’s exciting stuff watching The Tour, so check out our guide so you don’t miss a single second of the action. Specialized’s World Cup-winning Demo 29 finally hits the market How to watch the Tour de France 2019 live on TV Elsewhere in the cycling world, we’re enjoying a World Cup doubleheader of XC, XC short track and downhill that kicked off last weekend in Andorra on the impossibly technical terrain over the mountains just outside of La Massanna. In the XC, we saw Nino Schurter take the win by a mere 2 seconds over Mathias Flueckiger, while Anne Terpstra beat Jolanda Neff by a big 36-second margin. The Short Track champions were Henrique Avancini who pipped Schurter to the post and Alessandra Kelle beat Neff by a tiny margin. And in the insane downhill competition, a determined Loic Bruni and the ever-successful Rachel Atherton won the weekend’s racing in the elite categories. It was quite spectacular. This weekend, then, the World Cup circus returns to Les Gets after a 15-year hiatus. The last time the world’s best set wheel to dirt during a top-level competition on the famous Mont Chery hillside was at the 2004 World Championships when the winner in the men’s was Fabien Barel — who was awarded the gold medal after Steve Peat crashed out in a cloud of dust on the last turn. This marked the starting point in Peat’s career as he chased the elusive World Champs title. How and when to watch the 2019 UCI MTB World Cup and World Championships So, who’s likely to win this round? War is waging for the overall lead in both the men’s and women’s races and it’s still totally up in the air about who is going to come out on top. Looking at previous form from the Crankworx events at Les Gets you might want to put money on Troy Brosnan and Rachel Atherton for the wins. Unfortunately, Rachel Atherton ruptured her Achilles tendon during Thursday’s training. This blows the women’s race wide open and it could be Marine Cabirou’s time to shine on home soil. Make sure you tune in to Red Bull TV on 12, 13 and 14 of July to watch all of the action from Les Gets — I’m certain it’s going to be an incredible weekend with some of the best racing this season has seen yet. In the tech world loads of new kit has recently been launched including bikes from Juliana and Santa Cruz, RockShox’ Reverb has been updated and BMC has gone to town producing more new bikes than you can shake a stick at, such as the Roadmachine and the XC-tech-inspired, soft tail URS gravel bike. So what delights have we got in this week’s edition of First Look Friday? Keep scrolling to find out! Manitou Mezzer Pro enduro fork The Mezzer is a good looking fork. Alex Evans Staying true to Manitou’s rear-facing arch design, the brand new Mezzer looks like a burly and capable enduro-focussed fork. Weighing 2,067g for the 180mm travel 29-inch wheeled version, it features 37mm stanchions and a Hexlock SL2 15mm axle that, Manitou claims, should help to keep the fork mega stiff. The classic rear-facing arch has been machined out to save weight Alex Evans There’s a fully-adjustable Dorado Air spring that should help you tune the ride feel along with high- and low-speed compression adjustment and low-speed rebound adjustment that are all externally tuned. The air chamber has a system called Infinite Rate Tune that lets you adjust how progressive the fork is, and how much mid-stroke support it has using a third air chamber without sacrificing small bump sensitivity. They feature both high- and low-speed compression adjustment Alex Evans The fork’s available in 27.5- and 29-inch versions and has between 140mm and 180mm of internally-adjustable travel in 10mm increments. There are also four offset options, two for each wheel size: the 650b models come in 37mm or 44mm while the 29er forks are available with 44mm or 51mm offsets. There’s external low-speed rebound adjustment and the fork uses a 15mm axle Alex Evans The fork’s black legs and chrome graphics certainly look striking and I can’t wait to bolt a set to my test bike and give them a thrashing. $999.99 Buy now direct from Manitou Red Bull Spect Fly sunglasses These Spect glasses look like they’ve been inspired by other iconic models Alex Evans Departing from its drink-focused business plan of promising to give you wings — or at least a sugar- or caffeine-fuelled buzz for 20 minutes – Red Bull is now branching out into the hard and soft goods markets. The Spect glasses are a confident attempt to mix both casual and sports-specific glasses into one package. The wire arms help to secure the glasses to your head. Alex Evans Red Bull and Spect formed their partnership back in 2016 and have now developed this range of glasses and goggles together. The Fly sunnies here feature a dual temple system that helps to secure the glasses to your head with two pre-formed wire arms that loop over the back of your ears. The wire arms are retractable into the glasses so if you’re just chilling at the pub you can slide them away — but as soon as you intend on getting rowdy on or off the bike slide them back out. You can extend or retract the wire arms at will Alex Evans The lenses are polarised and have an anti-reflection coating, so you should be able spot the fastest lines out on the bike or the quickest way to the bar. The dual temple system is available in plenty of different styles so if these Oakley Frogskin and Rayban Wayfarer inspired glasses aren’t your thing, fear not. £135 / €150 Buy now direct from Red Bull Hayes Dominion A4 hydraulic disc brakes The Dominion brake levers look smart Alex Evans Although it’s not new to Hayes’ brakes lineup, the Dominion A4 boasts a 4-piston caliper, adjustable lever reach and pad contact position and specially-designed disc rotors that claim to help reduce noise and vibrations. The Dominion is an enduro-focused brake that has been designed from the ground up to produce excellent levels of power. Hayes claims it does this by having a structurally rigid design, a Kevlar hose and a dual-port bleed system to help you get the best bleed possible. The brake lever uses cartridge bearings and the lever’s master cylinder has the smallest amount of dead stroke possible before the brake’s pistons actuate. There’s an aluminium piston with a piston glide ring to insure smooth actuation. The caliper is good looking and has some nice features Alex Evans The caliper features a system to help align it correctly with the disc called Crosshair, which uses small grub screws that you can tighten to align the brake and they use DOT 5.1 fluid which is widely available. $229.99 Buy now direct from Hayes Pro Bike Tool Torque Wrench Set There are 12 individual tools in the set and a 100mm extending bar Alex Evans Every budding mechanic aspires to build up and eventually complete their toolset, but this can come at a great monetary cost, especially if you’re wanting to fill your toolbox’s draws with Silca kit. A torque wrench is a great bit of kit to own, too. It’ll help stop you overtightening bolts, rounding heads out or stripping threads. Are cheap and good mutually exclusive? The Pro Bike Tool torque wrench set seems to indicate they aren’t. Alex Evans Enter Pro Bike Tool. Its budget-friendly torque wrench is adjustable between 2Nm and 20Nm, comes with an extension bar and 11 tool bits that include 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5 and 2mm Allen keys and Torx 10, 25 and 30 heads. The wrench uses a 1/4-inch square driver which means it’s compatible with other socket sets. The ratchet is driven using a 72-tooth cog. The torque wrench looks great. Alex Evans The set feels well made and is fairly weighty and robust, but only years of hard use will be able to show any weaknesses. I’m looking forward to spending more time with the wrench in my man cave soon. £57.99 / $59.99 Buy now direct from Pro Bike Tool BiSaddle ShapeShifter EXT Stealth saddle The carbon railed model is pretty pricey! Alex Evans Our behinds are all different shapes and sizes. That’s just a fact of life, right? BiSaddle argues that it’s going to be quite a difficult task to find a seat off the shelf that’s perfectly suited to your derriere and that’s why it’s gone to town by making an entirely adjustable saddle. The width, angle and profile of the seat are all easily altered thanks to the saddle’s split shape design. In addition, each of the saddle’s component parts are replaceable, so if you damage them or they wear out you can buy new ones. So, what’s the benefit? Well, you’ll be able to find a saddle that suits your needs perfectly and one that, if your needs change, the saddle can be adjusted to reflect those new demands. And what’s the ultimate aim? To ride in complete comfort without any numbness or soreness that can be caused by a seat. The wings are as close as they’ll go, making the saddle as narrow as possible Alex Evans The seat with its wings adjusted outwards Alex Evans The saddle might look kinda strange but we’ve been assured it’s comfy! Alex Evans Okay, so it’s a bit pricey but can or should you put a monetary value on your private bits’ happiness? $349 Buy now direct from BiSaddle
Bad news for Rachel Atherton: during practice in Les Gets she landed heavily on the last jump of the track and injured her Achilles tendon. This means that she will be out of the races for quite a while. Tomorrow she will be transferred home to see what to do. An incident that happens at a delicate moment for Atherton, engaged in developing and promoting their new bike brand. Good luck healing quickly Rachel! View this post on Instagram Devastated to say that as I landed super heavy on the last flat jump I had a huge INSANELY PAINFUL ankle & felt so Disgustingly STRANGE!! . Apparently I have ruptured my Achilles’ tendon… . Absolutely Devastated. Not sure what’s going to happen but I’ll be going home tomorrow to get sorted out, just so gutted & upset. Sorry to everyone & thanks to everyone. #womendown #gutted A post shared by Rachel Atherton (@rachybox) on Jul 11, 2019 at 7:42am PDT
A heavy landing on the last, flat jump has put Rachel out of Les Gets.( Comments: 16 )
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