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I'm an older guy looking at DH vs Super D. Correct me if I am wrong but the way I understand it is DH is pure DH, ride the lift up, race down. Super D is a cross between DH and XC. No lift to the top, you race an XC type loop, that leads you up and it has enough DH in it they class it Super D instead of XC?

HOW much different would an O CUP DH course be compared to say just riding BM or Horseshoe on a Saturday? Much tougher course?
 

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MTBNiagara said:
I'm an older guy looking at DH vs Super D. Correct me if I am wrong but the way I understand it is DH is pure DH, ride the lift up, race down. Super D is a cross between DH and XC. No lift to the top, you race an XC type loop, that leads you up and it has enough DH in it they class it Super D instead of XC?

HOW much different would an O CUP DH course be compared to say just riding BM or Horseshoe on a Saturday? Much tougher course?
I can only speak to the Super-Ds. You start at the top and finish at the bottom (and can take the lift up if you want). The difference is the route down. It takes 5-7 minutes, has some ups and the downs are less technical than DH (e.g. there are no jumps).

REALLY fun.
 

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That does sound fun, racing or just riding.
It's racing - though you HAVE to do at least one practice run first. Last year, they ran it as a mass Le Mans start (semi-seeded). Mental, but awesome.
 

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There should be five of them this year and it was completely mental (in a good way) last year with the mass start. Peter might have different plans this year... looking forward to finding out! :D
 

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You mean like a time trial start for the different plans, I think mass start might be fun too.
Maybe groups of 4 like ski cross.
This could be a fun sport.
 

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He tried the ITT format two years ago. Maybe more, um, "fair" but certainly not as much fun (or chaos). :thumbsup:
 

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The Super D series kicks off again, this year with 5 big races.

I honestly love this format and almost solely introduced the sport to Ontario so my broken back slackness could race a few times a year.

Its going to continue to be a mass start format, its just so much more fun than ITT, nothing like trying to beat your competitors to the bike (le mans style) and then we usually have a small first climb to sort things out a bit followed by a flatter section to allow people to battle out again, then the gravity comes into play and everything becomes a blur.

Honestly try it, nobody has left a race without a huge smile on their face.
 

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What type of bike works best for Ontario Super-D racing? Could you get away with a xc race hardtail or would I be better of building/buying another bike?
Probably a full-suspension XC bike is best. These races (in my mind) are just for shits'n'giggles. I wouldn't bother buying a whole new bike for it, unless you're looking for the excuse (as Mr. Monster was last year). Lots of people were on hardtails (me included) and it was fine.
 

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HOW much different would an O CUP DH course be compared to say just riding BM or Horseshoe on a Saturday? Much tougher course?
Ride O-Chute @ Blue to get a taste of the DH race course. Usually they are beefed up prior to the race, but the difficulty remains constant. The East Coast Open was on the trail Squeaker with a modified finish - really challenging.

The Heights DH course is gnarly, but only run once a year so there isn't much time to learn/master it...

Look for more fun events happening at the Resort side trails this season also.
 
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