Post by austinomeng on Oct 25, 2007 13:43:20 GMT 8
bros found this pic on jill kintner's site and here's what she said... "Steepest DH course of all time. Goes from steep to steeper with about 100,000 tight switchbacks, no rest, on the brakes the whole time, nowhere to pull over, some roots, some sticky mud, some fast dry dirt chutes, one line, hmm. So glad I don't have to race this course, scared me a lot. Just walking down took so much focus not to slip down the cliff. Turn skills and commitment will be vital. Not the safest set up, but will get better once ruts form in, I think. Few other things to look out for too"
His "historic" wet final run on a destroyed track, "almost" beaten matti's and peaty's time a "DRY" final run.
He rode it as if it was dry! his run with a crash.
everyone acknowledges he is the big winner of that day.
read with many of the world?s best qualifying strategically near the bottom of the list, trying to beat out the regular 4 pm thundershowers. Steve Peat (GBR) went off 20th and recorded a 4:11.81, good enough for a long stay in the hot seat and an eventual second place finish. Taking his place 20 riders later was Matti Lehikoinen (FIN) with a 4:10.21, good enough for the win. About 10 riders later the skies decided it was time to make good on their threats, and the heavens opened up. The course quickly turned into a gigantic, kilometer long, slip n? slide with riders crashing 3 and 4 times on course.
Rider after rider left the start gate, none able to crack the top 10; not even the legendary Nicolas Vouilloz. Hill would leave the gate last, and just over 4 minutes later, would leave the crowd amazed. Not playing the strategy card, and instead chasing series championship points had put Hill last out of the gate.
Leaving the start house in torrential rains and riding like a man possessed, Hill put down a run that will go down in mountain biking history. Hill flew through the mud and railed the berms as if they were dry. He shoved his mud covered bike across the line with a time of 4:11.84. The crowd roared its approval following a stunned silence. Hill had not only managed to claw his way onto the podium and into third place in the worst possible conditions, but he put down a time only .03 seconds short of second place, and 1.6 seconds short of the win.
"About 40 minutes before my run it really started coming down. It was a real mess when I was doing the race. I felt pretty good until I crashed.? Hill explained. ?I still knew I was on a good run; maybe a win." By the time the Aussie rolled out of the gate, 100+ riders and an hour of heavy rains had obliterated the course. "It was a lot more slippery than anytime it had been during the week", said Hill. "I felt like I was on a really good run until I crashed. Without a crash I might have won.? Ever gracious with the win, Lehikoinen commented on Hill's run "The ride of the day; he was amazing. I'm happy to get the win, but that was such an impressive ride."