1st. Jolanda Neff 2nd. Sina Frei 3rd. Anne Terpstra
The womens race was basically Jolanda Neff dominating a roster decimated by injuries. Many of the top riders fell during practice and the race itself. And these weren't light crashing or tires losing grip either, you have riders breaking noses, getting black eyes, needing stitches; ouchie ouchie stuff.
Yup, it's a gnarly track, with the 2 rock gardens comparable to some of the World Cup DH courses. Cannondale DH rider Kenta Gallagher said so himself - he was part of the British delegation helping the riders out by scoping lines and giving advice on how to tackle the technical DH areas. You heard it right, Great Britain brought a DH World Cup rider to get lines and approaches dialed. The track is that hard. It also helps that Kenta is half-Japanese and can speak Nihongo.
Ariana was unlucky in that her rear derailleur got snagged as she was hit by Japan's Urara at the opening lap. She crashed once but that was due to another rider. Ariana cleared all the technical features.
1st. Nino Schurter 2nd. Victor Koretzky
3rd. Luca Braidot
The mens race was a more tense affair.
A lead pack of some of the world's best pulled away, with the actual lead changing hands on the first 4 laps between Avancini, Schurter, Braidot, and Koretzky. Nino started to attack in the last 2 laps but the other riders probably expected it. Nino-san (what the Japanese fans are calling him) led by a few bike lengths while sprinting to the finish.
I think it's a direct response to Peter Sagan qualifying for mtb at the Rio Olympics. They made sure the track was really technical to prevent roadies from trying out XC as a sidegig during the Olympics.
Even the B lines were crazy in Izu, probably the reason why there were so many crashes, even from the top riders.
That's what i don't get, if the athlete is talented enough, then why not? It's their pro career on the line anyway if they get injured. Besides, qualifying would still take a lot of skills and not just a one off lucky ride.
anthrax76: sa ngayon, mag jacket lang ako kapag umuulan at mahangin. kasi masakit sa balat ang matulin na ulan tsaka malakas makababa ng core temperature ang wind chill.
Aug 10, 2019 22:17:32 GMT 8
anthrax76: pero kung normal na ulan, 'di naman mahangin, hanggang mabasa na lang ako ng ulan okey lang. although i minimize kung gano katagal ako exposed. anything more than an hour, medyo delikado.
Aug 10, 2019 22:21:04 GMT 8
konablack: gamit ko two-piece raincoat, dehins lang sya ideal kung may backpack ka
Aug 13, 2019 7:39:14 GMT 8
oniechan: altered poncho..dahil ng backpack..bawas ng haba sa likod at sa side..mas malamig compared sa 2-pc na raincoat....
Aug 13, 2019 11:27:45 GMT 8
anthrax76: yung poncho, ginagamit ko lang sa climb or kapag naglalakad. feeling ko saranggola ako kapag naka bike eh, ha ha.
Aug 15, 2019 23:44:25 GMT 8
anthrax76: ang weird kagabi, padyak ako pero kahit may headwind at crosswind, swabe lang. parang tailwind yung pakiramdam.
Aug 24, 2019 4:32:23 GMT 8
lefty: Na experience nyo na sir yung pagbaba mo ng mabilis sa tulay biglang may malakas na crosswind tapos umangat yung front wheel? Nangyari na sa kin once pagbaba ko ng Southpeak. Mga March yun last year, mahangin talaga around that time last year.
Aug 24, 2019 8:50:45 GMT 8
lefty: Umangat ng konti na parang tinulak ng konti pa-side. Buti na control ko at di ako sumemplang. Nangyayari ba talaga ito normally? First time ko naka-experience nun.
Aug 24, 2019 8:56:30 GMT 8
anthrax76: hmm...never pa naman umangat yung harap na gulong ko. i get pushed downwind pero never pa umangat.
Aug 24, 2019 21:10:36 GMT 8
corollafreak: wassup!!! long time no hear dito =D
Aug 27, 2019 15:06:23 GMT 8
stealthwanderer: Hello! Meron bang pumapasok around Greenhills? If so, saan kayo nagpapark ng bike?
Aug 27, 2019 17:54:27 GMT 8
anthrax76: @cf!!! uy kumusta na?
Aug 28, 2019 0:01:25 GMT 8
anthrax76: stealthwanderer, dati may parking ang bikes dun from firefly brigade, sa parking sa harap. pero ginawa na yata yun so dehins ko alam kung saan nalipat. try ko magtanong minsan kapag napasyal ako.
Aug 28, 2019 0:02:48 GMT 8
konablack: wala na yung parking spot ng firefly brigade doon
Sept 4, 2019 9:26:36 GMT 8