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Hafjell World Cup – More exciting than Pietermaritzburg World Champs?

| Blog, Mountain Biking Uk | 16/09/2013 17:27pm

Could it be said that there was a lack lustre build up to this years world championships in Pietermaritzburg? While nobody wants to take anything away from the riders who put it all on the line and took home the rainbows, it did seem to be more of a blip on the race calendar as opposed to the gigantic splash that it has been in recent years. Where am I going with this? Well, yesterdays world cup from Hafjell, Norway was simply awesome!

The build up had been gathering pace across the net for a week or so and riders from all walks were discussing who was going to do what and how things would pan out if he or she was to take the race. The race itself, thanks to RedBull, was nothing shy or fantastic for the viewer glued to their screens and if this kind of coverage doesn’t get new riders into mountain biking, than I don’t know what will!?

Pietermaritzburg offered up little for the sports more dynamic racers to get wild and with most of the contenders openly not approving of the course or the extra hours needed on the road bike to prepare their physical state for the punishing South African race track. But all said and done, it was still downhill racing of the highest calibre and Greg’s win on home soil, not to mention a back to back title win, was nothing shy of awe inspiring and then there was Jared Graves with a bronze medal on his enduro bike… Okay, it was a rad event with more highlights than enduro bikes and big wheels; the UK did pretty well, taking a quarter of all the medals, but Hafjell just seemed that bit more exciting and that bit more ‘downhill’…

Between Danny Hart and Andrew Neethling getting the podium monkey off their backs, to Gee crashing out and with every point counting leading into the finals next week end in Leogang…  And then there was sister Rachel, who continued her decimation of the women’s field to Mik Hannah flying off course and then young Mike Jones, stamping his mark on the international scene. Oh, and that likeable Canadian scored another victory with ever increasing poise and judgement that is quickly making him one of the worlds fastest mountain bikers. It was wild and so was the weather, which only boosted the appeal and yeah, what a race and for all those who said it was a ‘bike park’ track, think again. It might have lacked the gnar of Champery, but then every venue can’t be like that. What every venue needs to be for the fans and the sport, is downhill; nothing more, nothing less.

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