17
Sep
2021

Mercedez-Benz UCI Downhill World Cup #6 Snowshoe – Practice Day

9/17/2021 : sicklines

The doubleheader at Snowshoe is underway and Thursday practice has wrapped up. For this second race at Snowshoe, they’ve used some major parts from the previous course but there are a few new sections.

The new section goes over the road gap to begin and then dips out into the field over a set of 4 small jumps and then over a road gap.

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Over the road gap
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Some small rhythm jumps out of the woods
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Headed down the hill over the road gap
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The fans will love watching this road gap

Bernard Kerr’s video walks through the changes nicely.

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Loic Bruni and a tree battered Loris Vergier debate lines heading into the new section into the new rockgarden. Loris had a great run at Snowshoe #5 and ended up taking 3rd which puts him within striking distance to win the 2021 overall title.

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Finn Iles took fourth at WC#5 and he’s taking the course on with confidence.

Luca explores the two-line options in the rock garden. This line is safer than going over the sharp rocks but might be slower or faster depending on the rider.

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Loris takes the more risky line

This section isn’t long but it will end a few racers’ runs early as there are consequences if you hit a rock wrong here. Lots of flats today. Red Bull has a camera in this new section so be on the lookout.

The Trek team time riders in this section to help decide which line is the fastest in this section. Andrew Shandro knows his way around a bike and is looking to give his team an edge up wherever he can.

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Andrew Shandro helps out the Trek team determine which lines are the fastest
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Danny hart goes through the rocks

After this rock garden, there’s a sequence of two turns that lead into another section riders were busy trying to dissect.

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Mick navigates the first turn out of the rock garden
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Sam hits the next corner that leads into the final rocky straight section
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Benoit Coulanges explores the line
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Team work makes the dream work

Greg Minnaar, the 2021 World Champion, signs a jersey for fan on course. His week is done after he hit a tree in the last race. He tried to suit up for this one but said it didn’t feel good enough yet to do a proper run.

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The World Cup brings riders from all over the world to race these amazing courses.

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Rafael Ferreira is representing Brazil on course
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Garrett Macintosh and Gabriel Neron practice the lower section of the course hoping to make it into qualifying for the race
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Charlie Harrison (USA) took 10th in WC #5 here and he navigates a rocky section with ease

Qualifying takes place Friday and the race will then be set for Saturday. Tune in to watch the race live https://www.redbull.com/us-en/events/uci-mountain-bike-world-cup-usa

Check out some of the Snowshoe pit bits if you missed them.

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