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Fort Williams 2018: The Lizard Rockgardening.

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by chris_f, May 5, 2018.

  1. William42

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    Taking a quick look at previous Fort William world cup race winners.

    2017: Greg Minnaar
    2016: Greg Minnaar
    2015: Greg Minnaar
    2014: Troy Brosnan
    2013: Gee Atherton
    2012: Aaron Gwin
    2011: Greg Minnaar
    2010: Gee Atherton
    2009: Greg Minnaar
    2008: Greg Minnaar
    2007 World Champs: Sam Hill
    2006: Sam Hill
    2005: Steve Peat
    2004: Greg Minnaar.

    Pretty hard to justify a bet on anybody besides Minnaar.

    Given how many people have put up seemingly incredible times only to have their hopes of a win be dashed by Minnaar, I think a more interesting question than "who will win" is "who will have their hopes and dreams crushed this year by Minnaar."
     

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    Except this year, Gwin will come down last with Minnaar in the hot seat. He will give it everything to win. So, he crosses the line way too fast to pip the win but he can not stop. He flies over the barriers and lands face first into the chest of a podium girl. After a quick motorboat, he helps her up, turns to Minnaar, grins and says, "Too bad you are an ass guy!"
     
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    Those Assegai tyres tho.
     
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    something something wheel size and tire
     
  6. captainspauldin

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    That's what Danny Hart does every year... Trains a ton at Ft. William, wins the local race there, and then ultimately blows up at the World Cup.
     
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    He crashed last year in the OMG111!! wet woods!. Ironically he had been "training" there a lot in the week running up to the WC race and probably knew last years track better than anyone.
    The previous year he also won the BDS but I don't think put in nearly as much pre-race practice in the run up to the WC and finished a pretty solid 3rd .
    The year before that he didn't even race the BDS and finished 8th at the WC.
    He's quite a quick guy. I wouldn't expect that to change too much whether he heads up to the Fort in the next week for some practice or not.

    FWIW Danny doesn't really live anywhere near Ft William and has quite a few National/Regional DH tracks much closer to home to ride/train on.
     
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    Jack "yeah" Moir is out for the coming round because of a broken collarbone...
     
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    Do you have tea and kippers with Danny?
     
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    Backwards stem would look sick alongside the Evil Bikes BackwardsPost™️
     
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    I predict even more fitted "Moto" gear. Does the UCI police the apparel at all?
     
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    Only if it's a skinsuit.
     
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    yeah, but it's getting pretty close with the current outfits.
     
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    What uniform would the UCI fashion police wear?
     
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    You mean "kits"?

    :D
     
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    Kits with colorways, that's right.

    I was going through photos of races from the 90s and I'm not sure we're in a much better place with clothing. When it was straight-up moto gear in the late 90s I think we were all better off.
     
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    Looks reasonable compared to some of the clown outfits on TLD's site.
     
  25. slimshady

    slimshady ¡Mira, una ardilla!

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    also, the real question is, can Minaar not have a tire malfunction at fort bill?
     
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    Is this race ever going to fucking happen? Why is there a month break?
     
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    its billiam this weekend, then leogang next weekend
     
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    Gotta spread em out when there's only 6 races a season.
     
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    Except there's 7 races + World Champs.
     
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    my point still stands.
     
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    nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
     
  36. William42

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    Which greg? source?
     
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    The Lizards are at work
     
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  40. William42

    William42 fork ways

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    Well, fuck.

    Plus side, that should make this race more exciting, somebody else will probably win.

    Downside, seriously, shit.