Video: 2012 UCI Downhill World Cup preview

Our tips and predictions for the new season

The wait is almost over for the season opener of the UCI Downhill World Cup, with Pietermaritzburg, South Africa once again on hosting duties for the opening round this weekend.

Competition for the overall title will be fiercer than ever, with the established names getting stronger and a new generation pushing them all the way. Who will be contesting the podiums? What will the top three look like come September? Who will have the edge in Leogang at the World Championships?

The two videos below, featuring Rob Weaver and Ric McLaughlin from our mountain biking titles, offer our view of how we see the 2012 season shaking down.

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2012 season preview

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2012 men's downhill predictions

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