Professional downhillers are not like you and me. Not in any way. It may please you to think they are, just a bit faster perhaps, but you’re kidding yourself. One second you’re at the back. Next second – gone! Out of sight.
And it’s not just the skill, the speed and the reactions, although those are awesome enough, it’s a total contempt for the consequences of their actions that typifies riders at this level. Not lack of fear – there’s some of that bubbling under, believe me – it’s the certainty that you can cope with anything that’s thrown at you. Probably. Added to that you have controlled egomania – all the riders out there on the world circuit know deep down they can win, and it’s going to hurt so very bad if they don’t.
To read more, get hold of this month’s issue of the mag . It’s out now!
Where you can see the team racing this year…
Date Venue Event
April 28-29 – Innerleithen – Scotland – British National Point Series DH Rd1
May 12-13 – Vigo Spain – UCI World Cup – DH/4X Rd1
May 18-19 – Lisbon, Portugal – Lisbon – Downtown
May 26-27 – Ae Forest, Scotland – British NPS DH Rd 2
June 9-10 – Champery, Switzerland – UCI World Cup DH/4X Rd2, XC Rd3
June 23-24 – Mon-Sainte-Anne, Canada – UCI World Cup DH/4X Rd3, XC Rd4
June 30-1 – Angel Fire, USA – UCI World Cup DH/4X Rd4, XC Rd5
July 7-8 – Schladming, Austria – UCI World Cup DH/4X Rd5
July 21-22 – Rheola, Wales – National Championships XC/DH/4X
July 28-29 – Wales (TBC) – British National Point Series DH Rd3
August 11-12 – Rosstrever, Ireland – British National Point Series DH Rd4
Sept 1-2 – Caersws, Wales – British National Point Series DH Rd5
Sept 3-9 – Fort William, Scotland – World Championships
Sept 15-16 – Maribor (SLO) – UCI World Cup DH/4X/XC Rd6