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That is some ****ing a quality right there. Nicely done!

video after 5:00 I could do without, but you guys are partying so I can enjoy that!
 

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I was there too. outstandingly awesome. Gee was amazing but the day goes to Brendan, never seen anyone look so pleased with himself and deservedly so.
Nice the way Gee and Greg turned their champagne shower on him, their own congratualtions.

Pity about the awful weather on the Friday, wonder what would have happened if it had stayed dry?
 

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You know how in your own photos you usually say something like "Oh, these photos don't show how steep this really is?" Well, that stuff looks steep in your photos, so I can only imagine how crazy that course was. Nice pixs!!

Oh, and nice version of Highway to Hell too!!
 

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Wow, great stuff. I watched the track walk video and thought it was some gnarly terrain, can't imagine how much sketchier it was with the mud.

BTW, what is the music? Did the tune...
 

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Just curious. Why is DH events so Euro centric? And many of the top riders are non-American? MTB started in the US back in the 70s right? US has a lot of good MTB manufacturers. And the US has a healthy pool of motocross talent to draw from. Plenty of nasty terrain in the US to make really nasty DH courses. So all the ingredients are there to produce top level American riders. But why are we not seeing Americans at the top more? It's always someone from UK, Australia, Europe!
 

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chauzie said:
Just curious. Why is DH events so Euro centric? And many of the top riders are non-American? MTB started in the US back in the 70s right? US has a lot of good MTB manufacturers. And the US has a healthy pool of motocross talent to draw from. Plenty of nasty terrain in the US to make really nasty DH courses. So all the ingredients are there to produce top level American riders. But why are we not seeing Americans at the top more? It's always someone from UK, Australia, Europe!
Maybe cause there is no loot in it? Seems a popular excuse for other non-football, baseball, basketball success.
 

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chauzie said:
Just curious. Why is DH events so Euro centric? And many of the top riders are non-American? MTB started in the US back in the 70s right? US has a lot of good MTB manufacturers. And the US has a healthy pool of motocross talent to draw from. Plenty of nasty terrain in the US to make really nasty DH courses. So all the ingredients are there to produce top level American riders. But why are we not seeing Americans at the top more? It's always someone from UK, Australia, Europe!
My guess: the pro riders that make good money are a very small handfull of the top guys. Youre more likley to make money in America playing Football / Basketball / ....etc. The rides from the MX talent pool, mostly stay in the MX talent pool and dont come over to MTB. Also, even if you are a talented rider, most of the time it takes a while to get picked up by a sponsor. You would be extremely lucky to have a sponsor pay your race / travel fees and GIVE you bikes. So, you need to be able to support yourself for a while. Could you pay to travel all over Europe, have money for the bikes and parts that break. Plus, you need to train really hard in the off season, cant work a 9-5 and adequately train to win.
 

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I guess DH is like soccer in the USA. It's a sport that kids love to play in. People love to watch for 5 minutes, or just the highlight. Popular with the kids. But the popularity just doesn't last through to adulthood (due to a variety of factors).

BTW, it cringes me to think that some of these young guys who don't have medical coverage are doing some of these stuff. I guess that's why youth has no fear.
 

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chauzie said:
Just curious. Why is DH events so Euro centric? And many of the top riders are non-American? MTB started in the US back in the 70s right? US has a lot of good MTB manufacturers. And the US has a healthy pool of motocross talent to draw from. Plenty of nasty terrain in the US to make really nasty DH courses. So all the ingredients are there to produce top level American riders. But why are we not seeing Americans at the top more? It's always someone from UK, Australia, Europe!
i'm wondering if it's partially due to to litigation laws in the US. how many ski resorts do you have that do not allow DH mountain biking? i'm betting a lot. any and every major ski resort in the alps allows it and most have started to focus on it as much as skiing in the winter.
 
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