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Val di Sole 2012 - Official Thread?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by slyfink, May 28, 2012.

  1. slyfink

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    So I guess I'll kick it off since it's coming up this weekend...

    start off with this news: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/brosnan-sidelined-by-injury sucks for T-Roy.

    Will Hill's head be into the racing, or will his thoughts be with Junior at home? (wasn't his partner due in the weeks before Val di Sole?)

    Minnaar beat Smith, Gee, MacDonald, and Hannah in Leogang this weekend... that's got to be good for his confidence? Though I must admit I was surprised Gee was racing at all... that fracture can't be healed 100% yet can it?

    Gwin raced at Mountain Creek a couple of weeks ago, but was it rocky and rough enough to be considered good training for Val di Sole?

    Is Blenki out again with injury? I can't remember...

    Anyways, here's my top 5 men:
    Minnaar
    Gwin
    S Smith
    Hill
    Hannah

    Top-5 ladies:
    Hannah
    Atherton
    Flying banana
    Ragot
    Pom pom

    I think Jonnier is an unknown commodity right now due to injury...
     

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    I'm calling for a youth podium.

    Brendog
    Bryceland
    Hart
    Cole
    Gwin
     
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    1) Gwin
    1) Minnaar

    3) Hart
    4) Smith
    5) Leov
     
  5. Mo(n)arch

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    Minnaar is strong this year I think. Hart will definitely be dangerous on this track. It looks to be raining this week, so we'll see an exciting race!
     
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    I can't believe no one has put Brosnan on the podium, i'll be surprised if he doesn't make the top 5, i don't think he needs to bulk up much more going by his pedal power at South Africa..
     
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    Probably not at all. That VDS course is about 100x steeper, rougher, and more technical.
     
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    Troy will not race the coming WC, injured himself last weekend......
     
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    oh really? Dang, missed that bit of news... I was looking forward to Hill v Brosnan on a real track. At least Hill won't be beaten by his team mate again!
     
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    How my fan boiness would like the results to turn out...
    1.) Sam Hill
    2.) Brendog
    3.) Stevie Smith
    4.) Minnaar
    5.) Needles
     
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    That would be one hell of a podium. Change Minnaar and Needles for Hart an Bulldog to complete the awesomeness!
     
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    Needs CG sneak into third with something big over the last jump.
     
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    Watched the replay of the last 2 years this morning that I have DVR'ed.(?)
    Gwin would have won '10 if he hadn't crashed. And he crushed it there last year.
    Smith is super fast there as is Hart. Minaar, not as much. I would put Gee in there but he's not 100%.

    1. Gwin
    2. Smith
    3. Hart
    4. Hill
    5. MacDonald
     
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    Unfortunately there is only the small one left before the finish line. But yeah, that would be cool.
    Also Brendog NacNacing it...:rolleyes:

    I wonder what Hart will do in the last corner this year...
     
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    1) Tomac
    2) Nico
    3) Palmer
     
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    5) Deldycke (because its going to be muddy...and he will crash 4 times and still get 5th)
     
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    I am thinking it will be Hills revenge this time.

    Track seems as rough as ever, going to be a nice race i think.
     
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    judging by the chest cam on tri ride, have they slightly skipped out some of that wild shoot in the woods that spits you out into the finish area? doesnt seem to look as rough as last year around that bit! looks sick all in all mind. i really hope hill pulls off something unbelievable, would be awesome to see!
     
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    Rude Jr. in 13th.
     
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    Gerwin Peters in 3rd.
     
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    Watched that Graham Agassiz New Zealand adventure vid that featured Sam Blinki and Nico. Looks like Blinki cut his hand pretty good filming for it. Wonder if gloves are in his future after it heals and somebody was mentioning him maybe being injured for this race. Related?
     
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    Definitely not. He was riding in Leogang last weekend.
     
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    That is good news, like to watch him ride and a contender here.
     
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    1. Gwin
    2. Hart
    3. Smith
    4. Cole
    5. MacDonald

    I really would like to see Hill return to dominating form, and this is the track for it. But it seems like his head is not in it, and that everyone else has stepped up their game.

    None of the usual top 3 guys, Gee, Greg, Sam in the top 5. Gee would be top 5 if not hurt. It is a shame that Brosnan is hurt.
     
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    And why exactly is Sam's head 'not in it' according to you? He is actually training this year, he is nearly fully recovered from injury, he is happy as hell with his new family, stoked on riding bikes, digging his sponsors, did better at the aussie series than he ever has, was closer time wise to the winner at SA world cup than in past years...do tell.
     
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    i'm excited to see how he's gonna do on this course.
     
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    so he is a poppa now... I remember when my little guy was born, nothing else mattered (still feel like that, actually!). I'm curious how that affects his racing. It'll either give him wings or distract him totally. I hope it's the former. Either way, congrats to him and his missus, couldn't be happier for them. (and I don't even know them!)
     
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    Get some tees printed...
     
  35. General Lee

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    Because the same people write and repeat what they want to believe w/out so much as an second thought to anything factual. But why would they, the only thing they know is what they made up in the first place.

    It's not like Sam himself has come out and addressed the topic himself:


    You just can't fix stupid, Stik, but I certainly appreciate your efforts
     
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    Hardly comical. I'd be the first douche to discredit a rider if I saw something worthy, but I have seen many a 'heads not in it' athlete, this is not one.
    Thanks for playing though.
     
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    hey now that's my MO


    :D
     
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    Ummm, have you been paying attention to racing the last few years? There was a period where Sam was THE fastest rider on the planet, hands down, smoking everyone by 7-10secs. His World Champs run at Val Di Sol, and his Champery run in the rain were flat out amazing.
    Then Gee and Greg figured out how to go Sam speed. Then Sam got injured. Then Gwinny came on the scene, and it was like a new "Sam Hill", where everyone is scrambling to figure out how to go that fast. Then the new crop of riders comes up, with Hart, Brosnan, Cole, Brooke becoming top contenders, and looking faster every year.

    Watching Sam's interview footage, it is clear he is disappointed and confused about his results "I need to figure out how to go faster", a far cry from "I don't want to just win, I want to win by 10 seconds".

    Sam is my favorite rider to watch, and I am rooting for him to win on all the gnar tracks. I was thinking last year, the World Champs at Champery would be his venue for a dominating return to form. 7th, well 8th if you include Brosnan's junior time.

    I honestly hope he blows everyone's doors off this weekend. I would not put money on it, though....
     
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    Yes, Bam Hill, 2 weeks old.
    I have spoken to some proud papas before, myself included, but he is winning this one. I agree, having a child will have an effect, but I can tell you his head is certainly in it, he knows he is riding for a family now.
     
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    7th, well 8th, with 4 days of riding under his belt, recovering from shoulder injury.