Archive for June, 2008

Issue 5 coming soon

June 28, 2008


CRC/Intense news from Pagey

June 26, 2008

Well this past weekend was the World Championships in Val di Sole Italy. It was Earlier in the year than normal as the Olympic games are later on in the year and some of the disciplines are in the Olympics.
The track was super hard and technical all the way down and very hard on the bikes and the riders.Chris Kovarik and Julien Camellini both competed for their respective countries and they both placed pretty well 12th for Chris and 8th for Julien.

Chris struggled a bit on his race run not able to get into a good flow and said he was on his brakes too much. He was still suffering a bit from his big crash the week before in Willingen but never moans too much and just gets on with what he has to do. Julien had a pretty solid run and gave it everything and had a good first split time but made a mistake further down but still 8th in the World for the day is pretty good on a track that didn’t suit the pair of them as much as some others. All the bikes were getting a huge beating every run but the Intense M6s held up great with a lot of work from Dave Garland our top mechanic and even Cord came to help out on his week end off.

Big congratulations to Gee Atherton who rode so fast all week to take Great Britains first ever DH senior Gold medal and hard luck to the amazing Steve Peat who took the silver again at 34 years old. Steve is an amazing athlete to still be at the top of the sport after so many years. So close to winning the Gold at last but the worlds just don’t seem to be kind to him. I think everyone there was so pleased for Gee but gutted that Steve didn’t get that elusive gold medal he should of won on many occasions throughout his career. Rachael Atherton also won the womans race by a massive margin to 2 World Championship gold medals in one family. Pretty amazing.

Also it was so good to see Josh Bryceland take gold in the Junior mens race with a big margin also. He rode so smooth and fast on the very hard track. He made it look easy on the big screen hitting all his lines perfectly and making no mistakes. Josh’s time would have put him 10th in the senior mens race!

Then there was Sam Hill. As we watched him on the big screen he was going so fast on that track it didn’t seem real! He was hitting sections so fast and riding on the limit it was amazing to see how fast it is possible to ride. It looked like he was going to have a huge crash at any point on the track as he seemed to be just riding too fast but he held it all together until the high speed section at the end and just lost the front wheel on the inside line he took and had a big crash but got up had to start on the flat section with no speed and still managed to finish in the Bronze position. It was great to see what is possible on such a difficult course and gives everyone some motivation for the upcoming World Cups.

This week we are back at the chalet in St. Jean D’aulps doing some riding and filming on some of the great tracks in the woods next to the Pleney. Look out for some footage on our site

Check out a few pics from the last couple of weeks and you can have a look on our website for more pic. Nigel Page, Team Manager.

Sunn Worlds News

June 25, 2008
Anaïs PAJOT Junior DH World Champion !

This is great news for the SUNN Riders Society, Anaïs PAJOT is your new Junior Women DH World Champion 2008 !!

Not so long ago doubters were saying “Pajot, last year everyone was talking about her but this year she’s out of the game”. This was an underestimation of her talent, her motivation and her performance during the last test event in Val Di Sole 2 months ago. Anaïs has been consistent all week with a first place during qualification with a 25 second lead and a final run giving her the World Champion title, 6 seconds ahead of Myriam NICOLE also in good shape. Her scratch time will have placed her 7th in the Elite category which is quite impressive when you know that it is only her first year in the junior category ! SUNN is adding another World Champion title to an already long list. Some will remember our previous title was with Nicolas VOUILLOZ in 1998… 10 years later SUNN is back at the forefront of DH competition.

In the Junior Men’s category, the talk of the day was Rémi “Mitch” THIRION riding. Qualifying first on the Thursday the SUNN rider was starting in last position for the final run. On the top section Mitch was fast, really fast. Flying from rock to rock, always on the edge, but keeping control of his machine. In the arrival field you could feel the tension within the crowd. Suddenly, while taking a completely new trajectory (later on used by Sam HILL), Mitch hit a photographer and crashed hard. Why this photographer was on the track, we will probably never know. A quick recovery and he was back on his bike. In the last steap section he was really fast and managed to take 3rd position !! Taking first place, Josh BRYCELAND knows Remi will continue to be a strong contender for the end of the season .

Later on that day, Romain got ready to start the 4X competition : The first races went well, the SUNN rider was fast, had really good gates and special moves in his pocket just in case… In the Semi Final everything seemed OK, he lay in second behind Alvarez, but on the lower section of the track Alvarez was slower and Romain could feel Deldycke coming back from behind. Romain decided to attempt passing Alvarez in the last turn to avoid the return of DELDYCKE. Unfortunatly the SUNN rider’s front wheel slipped, he unclipped and couldn’t avoid the return of DELDYCKE. Romain missed out on the final race and was really disapointed.

Our team manager Stephane GIRARD : “Our 3 riders have done a good job during this race. Anaïs has been fantastic, she’s has managed the pressure and has done a great race. Mitch, despite his crash which cost him many seconds was one of the sensations of the race. He has never given up and fought to reach the podium. Romain was in a tricky situation, staying behind ALVAREZ and hoping that DELDYCKE would not pass him or attempt to pass ALVAREZ and stay safe. I think he made the right choice but has not been lucky”.


Rémi “Mitch” THIRION

Anaïs and Mitch with Greg Herbold and all the Sram crew. Thanks guys !


Commencal Worlds Recap

June 24, 2008

Valle di Sol, Italy – Today, Downhill mountain bikers Gee and Rachel Atherton, each took victory at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Trentino, Italy – the first sibling double-win ever!

As the baking sun ensured the track was hot and dry, all eyes were on the Athertons, particularly after an incredible display at the recent Mountain Bike World Cup in Andorra (May), when brother Dan also took the win, making it a triple-victory for the history-making family.

But today, the pressure continued to mount for the siblings after both qualified first in Thursday’s seeding session. Despite the family’s fortunes taking a turn for the worse, when eldest brother Dan sustained a broken collarbone in his 4cross qualifying. Nevertheless today was make or break time for Rachel and Gee Atherton.

 Rachel was first at the start gate for the Women’s Downhill Final, and as the time ticked down to her race run, it was clear that France’s Sabrina Jonnier was out to prove a point; in fact the reigning World Champ was sitting pretty in the hot seat as Rachel flew out of the start hut for the final run down for the women.

Riding well all week on this super technical track, Rachel was the clear favourite, and when she hit the split time a staggering nine seconds up on Sabrina, she left no doubt she was on the gas and gunning for victory.

Crossing the line an astonishing 11.99 seconds ahead of her closest rival, Rachel Atherton followed up her 2006 Junior World Championship in style with one of the biggest ever winning margins in World Championships history.

Next, pressure shifted directly to brother Gee, who now had to live up to the family name and pull off the double-win, against the super strong World Class field.

Last down the hill Gee had fellow Brit Steve Peat to beat, who in his illustrious career has never won the coveted rainbow jersey. Through the split and Gee was 2 seconds clear, a margin he managed to hold as he shot across the finish line and into the elated Atherton huddle – ensuring the family again made history and became the first to win two Mountain Bike World titles in the same year.

On the podium, both Athertons were proudly dressed in the white and rainbow-striped winner’s jersey, and the pair saluted the Italian crowd and the world. Take note, the Atherton era is upon us and looks set to change the face of downhill mountain biking….


Gravity DH Stem

June 24, 2008

The good people at Gravity kindly sent us this sweet little item. Weighing in at 306 grams and in Gravity’s trademark stealth black, it’s one of the nicest stems we’ve seen in a while. Two opposed pinch bolts keep things tight at the steerer and the face plate is a four-bolt affair. Glossy, light and looks strong as hell.

23 Degrees Worlds Recap

June 22, 2008

The split times said it all on his way down the mountain here in Italy; Sam Hill was back to his winning ways and was on course to take his 5th World Championship by at least 5 seconds, but then in a surreal burst of dust, Sam lay on the track just 300 meters from the finishing line, scrambling for his bike.

The World Championships are widely considered the cruelest and toughest of all downhill races to win. So much work goes into them by all top riders, and so much can go wrong, it’s like controlling chaos. Team Monster Energy’s Sam Hill was well in control all week and happy with his riding and race lines, and was without doubt the man with the pace in the final, but out of nowhere, the front end of the bike just slid out.

Sam Hill: “I hit the top section really good and so when I got to the bridge in the middle of the track I was like, ‘cool I’m here already’ and everything was going good. I knew I didn’t have to take any huge risks in the second half of the track. When I got to the bottom of the ski jump I took the left hander like I had been all week. I was letting it drift through there always and I just went to put my foot back on the pedal to start pedaling out of the corner and onto the 2nd last straight when the front wheel just went. I was on the ground and the first thing that went through my mind was ‘I can’t believe that just happened’.”

Remarkably even with the crash, Sam crossed the line only half a second behind the current leader at the time, Steve Peat (GBR). Fastest qualifier Gee Atherton was the last rider down and bumped them both back one spot, taking the World Title, as his sister Rachel had done 2 hours early. Despite the crash, Sam received the bronze medal and has therefore maintained his perfect record of World Championship podiums…..8 out of 8.

Team Manager Sean Heimdal: “It’s crazy, I was all set to take care of him at the finish so I turned away from the giant screen for just a second to get his water, and then I heard the crowd. You know, he’s been running that line all week and he was looking so comfortable. Obviously we’re all really disappointed for him. I was really proud of Brendan as he took a beating on this course with arm pump and some other crashes, so a top 15 for him is on target for us”.

Brendan Fairclough: “I just rode too slowly. After getting 8th in the qualifier with a crash I was really looking for a top 5 here in the final. But I just took it a bit too conservatively. Maybe my crash in training this morning (leg had to be taped for the final) had a bit to do with it, but I wasn’t having any moments, you know, like it was all too safe. I just stiffened up and didn’t ride like I know I can.”

Final Results:

1. Gee Atherton (GBR) – 3mins 12.12secs
2. Steve Peat (GBR) – 3mins 14.74secs
3. Sam Hill (AUS) – 3mins 15.27secs
4. Greg Minnaar (RSA) – 3mins 17.34secs
5. Fabien Barel (FRA) – 3mins 17.92secs
14. Brendan Fairclough (GBR) – 3mins 29.06secs

The team takes a small break now from international racing before re-grouping for the 4th round of the Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, next month.

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Worlds DH Results

June 21, 2008

Gee Atherton took the Elite Men’s win ahead of a storming Steve Peat in second and Greg Minnaar in third. Sam Hill crashed his brains out on one of the final, loose turns where his front wheel washed out, but looked seconds faster than everyone else on the rest of the course. Rachel Atherton took Elite Women’s and Syndicate rider Josh Bryceland took Junior Men’s. Team Great Britain took it all home today.

Freecaster Live Webcast

June 18, 2008

Saturday at 6:30 am Eastern Time sees the live US broadcast of the World Championships on Freecaster. If you can drag yourself out of bed in time it will be totally worth it. British viewers can also get a different perspective on the awesome, which also has some great clips recapping each day on the run up to the main event.


Single Issues

June 12, 2008

Issue 5 will be available for order as a single issue, for a limited time. Prices are $6 via Paypal. Paypal address is


Media overload

June 10, 2008

In addition to the awesome race footage provided by MTBCut and Freecaster, the Yeti website also features some great clips. Check out the Yeti Video Vault: