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4/15/2019 9:52 AM

From the pits to the track, if you're a racing fan you love nothing more than following your favorite riders as they battle each other during an exciting season of racing - and this is the perfect place to keep up to date with it all! Pre-season training videos, team presentations, gossip and results, we'll keep it all right here in one big party thread. Check back in often to make sure you're not missing out, and of course, don't hesitate to post up the goods if you've got 'em. Yay racing!

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4/15/2019 10:05 AM

Born last year, the COMMENCAL 100% Team returns in 2019 with new and improved ambitions!
The bit of a bold gamble was taken in 2018 with this new team structure but the efforts of staff and riders over the past year have been fruitful.

Between them, the COMMENCAL 100% Team was able to achieve 3 Elite World Cup podiums and going forward, these excellent performances on national and international circuits mean we have high hopes for positive results in 2019.

There’s already a healthy foundation to the team with Thomas Estaque and Bruce Klein, who will welcome two new promising riders on-board.
First up is Hugo Frixtalon, aka FRIX-FRIX, who you may have already seen riding a COMMENCAL as a WC privateer in 2018.
His style and potential quickly grabbed the attention of the team who didn’t hesitate to snap him up.

Antoine Rogge is the other rookie who will ride in the Junior category.
Surrounded by his new teammates, we believe he has all the necessary help and support to progress and a have a productive season.

For 2019, this is a really young team with an average age of 19! All 4 members will race the COMMENCAL SUPREME DH 29.
After a full winter of training the guys gathered in Lousã, Portugal, to take part in their first testing sessions, get their settings dialled and reveal their new colours to the fans!

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4/16/2019 3:55 PM

So in 2009 at the Maribor World Cup the racing was really close. Interesting to see who was racing then compared to now. Here are those results and some pics from a decade ago. It should be noted, in 2010, they raced in Maribor (new/different track IIRC) and Gwin got 7th.

2009 Maribor World Cup DH Top 10 Men's results
1. Fabien Barel, 3:03.33
2. Sam Hill, 3:04.04 +.71
3. Greg Minnaar, 3:05.36 +2.03
4. Justin Leov, 3:07.65 +4.32
5. Brendan Fairclough, 3:08.50 +5.17
6. Fabien Pedemanaud, 3:08.61 +5.28
7. Stevie Smith, 3:08.74 +5.41 RIP
8. Matti Lehikoinen, 3:08.81 +5.48
9. Mitch Delfs, 3:09.46 +6.13
10. Andrew Neethling, 3:09.68 +6.35

2009 Maribor World Cup DH Top 5 Women's results
1. Sabrina Jonnier, 3:39.59
2. Emmeline Ragot, 3:39.90 +.31
3. Floriane Pugin, 3:43.33 +3.74
4. Celine Gros, 3:48.08 +8.49
5. Mio Suemasa, 3:50.66 +11.07

Here are some pics from Sven and Gary from the littermag coverage. 10 years ago. sheesh
Fabien winning

Kovarik doing what he does best.

Peaty on the world's smallest bike with a flat tire

Jared Rando back when these things called flashes were used

Duncan Riffle!

Fabien Pedamanaud...DOPE!

Sam Hill in the infamous rock section. Do they still use this?

What the rocks will probably look like - Jorge Augin Castro

Sven and Gary! Oh the youthfulness haha

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4/16/2019 6:45 PM
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4/16/2019 7:20 PM

So sick. And Juzzo on the podium! I also remember Fabien was fresh off of injury recovery(as usual) and would have been happy with a top 20 or something...lol

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4/16/2019 7:53 PM

Was the first World Cup I saw live (Freecaster?) and was blown away by the footage from the bottom of the rock garden. Been hooked since!

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4/16/2019 8:00 PM

I've always been a fan of Mio Suemasa. Usually the smallest woman and longest traveled. It's cool to see she got 5th there.

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4/16/2019 9:37 PM

Minnaar lining up and a podium contender ten years on...

I don't always work, but when i do, its at Santa Cruz Bicycles

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4/16/2019 10:16 PM

The field is so competitive now. Rarely see time gaps like that in the men's now. Thatd be like the top 30 . Still 10 names and all great riders

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4/17/2019 1:02 AM

I still have some shots on Vital from Maribor 2008 WC

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4/17/2019 3:10 AM

Good ol' days!

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4/17/2019 7:10 AM

@kusa, those are rad!!!

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4/17/2019 7:28 AM
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4/17/2019 9:49 AM

God saves the french rat.

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4/17/2019 9:58 AM

@sspomer Rock garden is still part of the track. Anyway there will be plenty of footage from track in the following days as IXS euro cup race is being held this weekend and the competition is stacked because pretty much all major teams will be there.

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4/17/2019 10:24 AM

French dude uses Rocky theme song in his training video on a dirt bike? Gwin needs to respond.

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4/17/2019 12:39 PM

Fastest man on Earth right there and he's feeling loose. Watch out!

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4/17/2019 12:58 PM

Freeracer Brendan Fairclough gives some great pre-season insights in this video from the guys at Wideopen:

Like bikes? Hit Vital up on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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4/17/2019 1:34 PM
bturman wrote:

Freeracer Brendan ...more

Duuude... Madeira IS Portugal..

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Big Bird
4/17/2019 2:40 PM
Hyperpower! wrote:

Duuude... Madeira IS ...more

Give him a chance. He's a Brit, and they voted Brexit. Perhaps he flew in to the mainland and took a boat to the island?

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4/18/2019 2:16 AM
bturman wrote:

Freeracer Brendan ...more

Hyperpower! wrote:

Duuude... Madeira IS ...more

Big Bird wrote:

Give him a chance. He's a ...more

Only 1/4 of us voted brexshit. The rest of us are stuck in a sh*t situation

Callous Hands an Bloody Shins since 1979

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4/18/2019 6:20 AM
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4/18/2019 10:05 AM

maribor 2001 results courtesy of mick hannah's story. he said it was his first world cup

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4/18/2019 1:30 PM

Hold the phone, Sik Mik got 6th at his first ever WC?!?!

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4/19/2019 7:32 AM

social stuff from the iXS cup is finally landing. it's basically the first world cup (but that's an entirely different subject about sucking the life out of the actual first world cup by having an identical race the weekend before).

@madisonsaracen bikes

trek pits via @reecowilson

@aarongwin1's story

@intensefactoryracing's story

@wynmasters LOL as usual

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4/19/2019 9:08 AM

gotta say i like brayton's better (grey)

fork sniffers in vali's pits

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4/19/2019 10:57 AM

This is crazy, I was thinking this morning that the 1st world cup really snuck up on me! I was about to set my DH fantasy team and then came here and realized it was an IXS race

They should tape sections completely different so all of the lines that burn in for this race aren't the real lines come world cup time

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4/19/2019 3:00 PM

maribor POV with tahnee and vali. how fun does the course look? tahnee crushed the commentary and they both slayed the track!


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