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But it doesn’t mean heavy riders always win: there are so many other factors to take into account such as corners, braking distance, technical sections, jumps, etc. Velo News put together this extensive article explaining the science.
Troy Brosnan, Kye A'Hern and Anna Newkirk were super-consistent and helped Canyon take 17 podium spots. Second was Commencal with 16 podiums and a gazillion riders. Joint third were Santa Cruz and YT with 12 podiums each.
Greenland went fastest in sector 4 at Les Gets and sectors 2,3,4 & 5 at Val di Sole. Hart had four fastest sectors during the season and Minnaar had three. Pierron went fastest in an amazing 12 sectors through the season. Check out the results sections in Hurly Burly 4.
Watch his smooth style, count 'em and weep knowing you'll never be that good.
The World Stage book has stats for every round. Les Orres had 4,017m of descending. Whistler had 3,771m. Zermatt 2,874m. Val di Fassa 2,677m.
Laurie was second at the 2018 World Cup, second at the 2016 World Champs and he won as a junior in 2015, but the question was for elite podium.
Cos science is real. The other three are rubbish.
Tasmania is an Australian island 435km off the coast on Melbourne. You have to take a ferry, and they are sloooooowww. Well worth it though, check out Troy Brosnan on the trails.
Five stickers are applied to each racer’s bike before competition starts: fork crown, swingarm/rear triangle, front triangle and both wheel rims. Replacing one of these items may result in a three-minute penalty or even disqualification.
Some stats from Claudio: Total Riding time: 11h 23min / 12 downhill runs on the Never End Trail (Laax, Switzerland) / 12 climbs of ca. 8km and 1,125 vertical metres / 3h of pure downhill in one day / 7h of pure climbing in one day / 13,500 vertical metres of climbing and descending / Downhill runs were between 14 and 15 minutes each / Climbing time was between 33 to 38 minutes per run / Climb number 12 was the fastest! / An average of ca. 8 minutes per pit stop: battery swap, bike check, food and drinks.
There are points for winning the Queen Stage at each race, but otherwise it’s all about overall time. Sam Hill won the 2019 EWS Overall, but he didn’t win any races and he only won seven out of 48 stages during the season.
Isabeau Courdurier was the only rider to win an EWS race on a 650b bike. Everyone else was on a 29er or 650/29 Mullet. Although she did also win on a 29, proving it's more than just wheel size.
Jean-Pierre Bruni has won the Master’s DH World Championships an unbelievable nine times! Loic only has four elite and one junior World Champs titles — he’s got some catching up to do. Check out Papa Bruni's race history here.
The gravitational pull of the moon is about 1/6th as strong as earth, so objects appear to be lighter and fall more slowly with less speed to be gained from gravity. There would also be much less grip, making for lots of wheel spin in the dry moon-dust, and then there would be no grip to slow down for corners! You would also have to lean over much more in the corners, if you did manage to slow down at all. But there is no atmosphere on the moon, so at least a heavy rider would not freewheel any faster than a light rider (see question 1). On the other hand, riders would be able to jump really high, so it might be good for slopestyle. Basically, lots of bouncing, whooping, crashing and overshooting turns. Sounds great. It would also be impossible steer a bike, learn more about space bike handling here.
Yep they sometimes run a simulation of a continuous 72 hours at race pace on the Maribor DH racecourse. At a race time of around 3 minutes, that is 1,440 race runs. Heck of a weekend’s riding, that. More about their testing process in this video.
Small and medium sizes come with 27.5"/29" wheels. Large and X-Large are 29"/29". More info on the Canyon Sender CFR here.
Giant says, 'A flip chip on the Advanced Forged Composite rocker arm of the Maestro suspension system lets you choose a steeper or slacker head and seattube angle depending on your riding style and terrain.' More info on the Trance-X here.
Available in 160, 170, 180 and 190 mm for both 27.5" and 29" wheel sizes. More info here.
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