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  1. Ridemonkey.com

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    After last weekend's showing at World Cup finals, heartbreak for Minaar and elation for Gee, World Champs will be a different ball game. Will the result be the same?
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    MSA is an entirely different beast from Windham; it will be interesting to see how everything unfolds. Great Britain seems to have the most solid crew, but the Kiwis are charging hard, as you can see in . But seriously, Blenkinsop will be challenging for top spot, and Brook MacDonald has had some strong finishes of late.

    Gwin is obviously the most competitive American racer, and Stevie Smith has begun to realize the potential that everyone's seen for the past few seasons.

    Those are just a few contenders for the podium, who are your picks?
     

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    Fabien Barel is on the start list as well, this is going to be sick!

    -KT
     
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    haha gnar
     
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    love it! fairly improbable that he could come back in top form after such an extensive layoff, but if anyone could perform such miracles, it'd be him. hoping he makes it to the start line (on an appropriately whacked out course specific bike of course).


    ^whoa; scrubbing the start ramp! hardcore!
     
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    talk about a major change in the terrain of the course!
     
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    Soooo dry and fast! Course looks awesome. Anybody else notice in the Vital slideshow than the top 10 have to wear helmet cams for the news feed? Does that mean during their race runs as well?
     
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    Holy f*#k$!g s%#t !!!
     
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    i couldnt tell if Vital was being sarcastic about that or not. it's hard to tell sometimes
     
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    That tracks needs sprinklers.
     
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    Hurricane on it way up the coast which I am sure will through some water that way come Friday. Well actually weather forecast says rain already Thursday and the whole weekend.
     
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    haha roll-in start FTMFW!!!!
     
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    That looks like a course where body weight is quite the advantage. Knock it out of gear and gravity take hold. :thumb:

    Oh, and looks like some pedaling. Me like!
     
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    Some of the top riders contracts end at the end of this year....GT, CRC, Trek, Yeti, Santa Cruz (?), Specialized (?), Evil...about time for some to get a result!
     
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    I just watched this and for some reason I was thinking that this was the best practice video I've seen in a while. I think it was because my time wasn't wasted watching a time-lapse of clouds, the same riders saying the same thing (track is good, I feel good, want to win, blah, blah, blah,), no really annoying music - just a bunch of riding. Maybe it's just because I watch these at work and need to get straight to the good stuff.
     
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    Lopes to race pumptrack worlds?

    21lbs

     
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    why does Hill have a #10 plate? he had a #44 plate last week at Windham
     
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    #44 was his ranking in the World Cup series. #10 is his Uci ranking (based on UCI points, not WC points). As far as I know, World Champs has always used UCI rank for the #.

    John P: as of last year there were no qualies, and thus no seeding games to mess up TV coverage or play tactics. Riders come down in reverse UCI ranking order (again, not World Cup ranking). So Hill should mark the start of the top 10 and Gee will be last. [edit] looks like you figured that out while I was typing.

    Pretty sure that makes Gee last man down 3 years in a row.
     
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    Plates at Worlds go off current UCI World Ranking points, with the exception of the current World Champ who always gets number 1.
     
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    anyone else?
     
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    They know you are on the slow side and thinks saying it twice would help :weee:
     
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    I'm so stoked for Worlds this year!

    Who are your picks?

    DH:
    Gee
    Minnaar
    Peaty
    Blenky

    It's tough to pick one!

    4x:
    Graves
    Mitch

    so excited all the way around...:thumb::thumb:
     
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    I think they go off of UCI points. Run in reverse order of UCI standing. I think... :p

    Sounds about right. I'm going to go with those 4 fighting for 1st in DH.
     
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    that doesnt seem correct
     
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    I think they find the guy in rainbows and give him the #1. Everyone else gets assigned a number based on their tattoos. Sam Hill's number just increased because he just got a new tattoo.



    photo from Vitalmtb
     
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    I think Peaty has a good chance if he can continue the form from last week. Minnaar will be hungry for it too. SC must be happy to have two strong contenders there.

    Blenki will do well but I don't see him winning. He may surprise me, but he doesn't seem to have the focus come finals time.

    Gwin may have it in him here.

    Gee, maybe he'll open it up here now the pressure of the World Cup is off of his shoulders.

    This track may well suit Beaumont too. Fast and loose (if it stays like that) is similar to Val Di Sole. He's my wild(ish) card in this.

    Hill... well we'll see how much the shoulder holds him back. I think he was playing it cautious last week to keep people guessing. He's a mysterious chap.

    Bredan, well if he can have a good run and keep it rubber side down he could position well. Again though I don't think he has the ability to pull it out in a final to win.

    This is all couch opinionating and I could well be proved totally wrong. In fact I look forward to being proven wrong. :)
     
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    Sam seems quieter than ever. And his new body mods seem a bit on the angry side. I miss his light hearted quips...

    FYI, he did update his blog with this: "I am still struggling with holding on for a full run, Im sure when the adrenaline kicks in for the race I will be fine though."

    PS - jon-boy, you got all the basis covered there don't you!
     
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    I'd like it to be someone new, but with a long rough track it's hard to bet against a strong veteran. I'd love to say it'll be Danny Hart, but will he be able to hold on for 4 minutes on a track like that? Gwin has had good showings and just keeps getting better but if I had to bet my own money I'd spread it across Gee, Peaty, and Minnaar.
     
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    Big, open, lots of speed and momentum. One and two are the Santa Cruz twin towers. Flip a coin between Minnarr and Peat. Only real differentiation is if one is healthier than the other from last week's crashes.