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World Cup Finals - Schladming, Austria!

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  1. Transcend

    Transcend My Nuts Are Flat

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    So this is it. The overall comes down to one last race. Greg is up by 116 points over Sam. Gee is 67 back. Guido and Rafa duking it out for 4x.

    I think Rachel already has it sealed up, as does Anneke.

    Coverage starts tomorrow from Redbull's Hangar 7 (home of the Flying Bulls air team), as long as flights all go as planned.

    Oh also, look for some exclusive, official, ridemonkey content!
     
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    *rubs hands in anticipation, dopy grin on face*

    The boys left today, gutted I can't be there.
     
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    should be good, wondering what this exclusive ish will be.

    but yea should be good, sam has a good track record the last 3 times with a 1st, but gregs been top 5 each time as well.

    itll be a close one
     
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    Fraser, will Freecaster be there live this time?
     
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    Isn't greg up by 116 points on sam? Not gee? As i recall greg is on 1224 and sam 1108 and gee is 1078 or somewhere around there.. As it stands, greg has to get a top 5 to win overall even if sam wins(which he probably will judging on his past performances), gee also has an outside chance provided greg and sam crash out and place out of the points... Its going to be a very interesting finale for one of the closest world cup seasons in years... If you take it terms of total time spent on track in qualifying and finals, greg leads sam by only 9 seconds and gee is only 8seconds off sam, over a whole season. Can you say tight? GO GREG!!
     
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  6. Transcend

    Transcend My Nuts Are Flat

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    We are indeed there live, and will be, exclusively, for the next 3 years. :biggrin:
     
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    bizutch Delicate CUSTOM flower

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    Rachel is far from a lockup, she only has 113pts on Sabo, and Rachel is 3 for 3 with crashing at Schladming. In saying that, she just has to finish top 3 in semi and final and she will be good, which should be an attainable goal.

    And ya, Anneke has like 500 pts on 2nd place in 4x, done deal.

    Considering Sam went into finals last year with about a 400 pt lead I think, this is a pretty off the charts final....throw in the fact that it is the FINAL race of the season (no worlds, no nats, no nothing) there will be some people laying it all on the line for a good final race result..."Your only as good as your last race".
     
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  9. Transcend

    Transcend My Nuts Are Flat

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    Yup, super stoked. This will be a good one. for some reason i thought Rache was was out in front. I forgot that Tracey spoiled her plans a few times, and Sabrina has been pretty consistent.

    Way to already be putting that spreadsheet to good use. Dork. ;)
     
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    Go Greg!

    I am so excited about this final. Greg as been a great assistant coach at my camps and something happened at my camp with Greg this spring that might of given him a little extra motivation.

    As you may or may not know Greg is a genuine, down to earth guy but obviously very competitive on the track. Well one of our students looked Greg in the eye and said something like, "So Sam (Hill) is pretty much untouchable now, huh". The look on Greg's face was priceless as he tried to stay calm and not over react. Although he turned red he managed to calmly say something to the effect of, "Sam is quite fast but I feel I have a good shot of competing with him this year".

    This ought to be the most exciting final in years. Looking forward to your coverage Fraser
     
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    is this even really that close?? i know first gets 200, but what about 2nd, 3rd.. etc. seems to me like a big gap for sam to make up in one race.
     
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    I think someone already explained that all Minnaar has to do is finish in the top 5.
    that being said, a few years ago the UCI changed up the point structure to put i bigger premium on winning.

    1st place semi = 50pts, 1st place final = 200. going 1/1 gives you 250

    2nd place semi = 40pts, 2nd place final = 160. going 2/2 gives you 200

    Going 5/5 gives you 132

    it is a very real scenario that Greg's lead could disappear if Same doubles up and Greg makes any mistakes in semis or finals. Sam goes 1/1 and Greg 5/5, Sam wins by 2 pts. If Greg finishes in the top 3 in the finals it won't matter where he qualified, he still wins, but 4th or worse and he'll need his semi points. So yeah, it's still close.

    Full point spread is on p.59
    http://uci.ch/Modules/BUILTIN/getObject.asp?MenuId=MTkzNg&ObjTypeCode=FILE&type=FILE&id=34424&

    Rumor has it rumor has it Man Caroline Chausson is doing 4x. the rest of the girls are done for, and the DH chicks should be happy she's not entering that event too. They might all get embarrassed, along with a number of the men.
     
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    Transcend My Nuts Are Flat

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    Sitting in the airport lounge bored off my ass. At least there is free booze and free tubes.
     
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    Anne Caro is not racing, she sent a note to my wife yesterday, sounded like she was out.
    She is done racing, for good.
     
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    damn, i was hoping to see some domination; and her qualifying time compared to the men.
     
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    stiksandstones Turbo Monkey

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    Ya, I am uber excited to be going to Austria, to be working with freecaster, but was beyond stoked to watch ACC on a mtb again. Oh well, all we are left with is memories hahaha.
     
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    My brother left on Saturday to make a mini vacation out of it. I wish I could go, but the school district doesn't really like it when their teachers take time off when school's actually in session. :(

    too bad, looks like it will be a good one. I'll be glued to freecaster for sure.

    Stik, don't tell me you and Warner are teaming up? that'll be the saltiest commentary ever (and by that i mean it'll be brilliant).
     
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    stiksandstones Turbo Monkey

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    Your brother is a lucky man, I am sure his stories will be good though. It really is an exciting time and this event will be outstanding, points battles, riders up for new contracts, great venue, all the stars are aligned for a killer event.
    Ya, I will be cohosting with Rob, I meet him tomm. in munich for the beginning of our excellent adventure ;)
     
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    I can't wait for this one!
     
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    Super pumped!
     
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    Just remember Stik (although I'm sure you wouldn't forget)...Warner is from the UK. For every 4 beers he drinks...you take ONE sip, not 1 Beer. You want to remember the moments...:D
     
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    If Anne Caroline did decide to race again do you think she could be competitive with Rachel ? I've heard a number of 'insiders' say she probably wouldn't beat Rachel on the technical steeper races. I'm not so sure considering how outstanding Anne Caroline is/was. I'd still love to seem them race against each other.
     
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    i think Rachel has still a lot of catching up to do to Caroline, to prove hereself in comparisson.
    She isnt exactly absolutely dominating the womens field atm.
     
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    True but she does occasionally win by 5+ seconds.
     
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    Any word on Nevin?
     
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    Well, are we comparing rachel to the acc of today, or the acc of 10 years ago? Because I'm sure ACC has her by a mile in her prime, both are great riders though.
     
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    There will never be any girl as perfect on a DH mtb than ACC....others then and now might have their 'moments', but she had what people call their 'run of their life' every single weekend.
     
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    the same could be said for Nico V when he was in his prime...10 world championships...thats bananas
     
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    I'm not sure if it's possible, but I think this race is going to be even more intense than Worlds. Sooooooooo stoked!!!
     
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    Hill owns that course, others may pray for him to fall
     
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    You'd be pretty silly to bet against Hill winning there, but also the likelihood of Minnaar finishing off the podium is pretty slim - he's been on every other one this year, no reason this should be any different.

    My tips - Hill to win the race, Minnaar to take the overall.
     
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    minnaar's going to kill it followed by peaty then rennie, sam is going to fall and go home crying
     
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    That's great!

    You mentioned that "In addition, his major sponsor situations for 2009 are wrapped up..." so please share you insight info with the fanboys.....:biggrin:
     
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    Very nice Littermag.

    What this in littermag on Hill?
    "... In addition, his major sponsor situations for 2009 are wrapped up..."
     
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    Just got a call from one of the lads in Schladming. They had just done a run and all was good.

    I should be there.

    Grrrr....
     
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    so what does this mean:
    In addition, his major sponsor situations for 2009 are wrapped up, so there is very little distraction for the guy with bushy eyebrows from Western Australia.
    More info on that, please!

    in addition i found a semantical mistake:
    instead of plural:
    ...the guy with bushy eyebrows from Western Australia.

    it should be singular:

    ...the guy with the bushy eyebrow from Western Australia. :biggrin:
     
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    The deal with Specialized is approwed and signed by Hill then I guess. Good for him :)

    This is going to be a fun race to watch!!!! Looking forward to it.