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Top five mountain bike downhillers – video

With the start of the 2014 UCI Downhill World Cup less than a month away, the hype around this year’s series is starting to build.

There are a lot of big questions this year: will manufacturers commit to 650b? How about an enduro bike taking a rider to another podium finish? Will Aaron Gwin be back on form? In less than four weeks, we’ll find out.

One thing that’s always up for discussion in the BikeRadar office, is the best downhillers of all time. We’ve counted the top riders’ total World Cup and World Champs wins, crunched some numbers, argued about it, and then made a list of the all-time top five downhill mountain bikers, which you can see here:

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Video: Top five mountain bike downhillers

Downhillers to watch in 2014

Stevie Smith: having won the World Cup overall last year, the Canadian will be firing on all cylinders going into the 2014 season.

Lo?c Bruni: at only 19, the French rider is unlikely to take the big wins, but don’t be surprised if he starts rattling the cages of the top 10.

Aaron Gwin: will this be the year America’s finest returns to form? Has he got the bike working the way he wants it? You’d still be foolish to bet against him.

Gee Atherton: Gee just missed out on a spot in out top five. He’s been training in Fuerteventura and Malaga over the winter – no doubt looking for those extra seconds.

UCI Downhill World Cup schedule

Round 1 – 10-13 April – Pietermaritzburg (RSA)

Round 2 – 26-27 April – Cairns (AUS)

Round 3 – 7-8 June – Fort William (GBR)

Round 4 – 14-15 June – Leogang (AUT)

Round 5 – 2-3 August – Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)

Round 6 – 9-10 Aug – Windham (USA)

Round 7 – 23-24 August – M?ribel (FRA)

World Champs – September 4-7 – Hafjell (NOR)


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ODI, Trek sponsor US gravity development team

This week Trek Bicycle announced their sponsorship of a US based gravity development program called ODI-Trek Satellite Racing. The goal: use Aaron Gwin’s talent and accomplishments to inspire and develop the next great American DH racer.

The newly formed ODI-Trek Satellite Racing team plan to use the coaching and mentoring of Trek World Racing’s World Cup champion, Gwin to develop a group of five junior riders. Former racer and athlete representative, Rich Houseman, will manage the team.

US 16-and-under national champion Logan Mulally, younger brother of Trek World Racing’s Neko Mulally, will lead a team that includes Jason Schroeder, Charlie Harrison, Matt Branney, and John Buckell.

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Jason Schroeder at the 2nd round of Fontana, CA’s winter series

With Gwin’s help, Houseman aims to ensure America’s current World Cup success is converted into continued dominance. “Teaming up with ODI, Trek, and all of our sponsors, has allowed us to create a solid development program for these young shredders,” said Houseman. “Our coach and mentor Aaron Gwin has come up with a blueprint for dominating at the professional level, and we’re looking forward to giving all the necessary tools to our young riders. Our goal is to produce, and develop the next great American champion.”

“As a US-based company it’s important for us to continue to grow US presence at the World Cup level,” said Colby Young, ODI’s brand manager. “We are excited that Trek has decided to partner with us to continue to develop these young riders into the next American World Cup champions. We are looking forward to a great season.”

The team will be equipped with the World-Cup proven Trek Session 88 as they tackle the domestic DH circuit, including Super-D events. Bontrager will provide wheels and their new line of off-road tires, including the new G4 and G-Mud models. “Trek has realized a new level of success in the DH world through the new Session and working with Aaron this past year,” said Travis Ott, Trek mountain bike brand manager.  â€œWe’re excited to work with him and Rich Houseman to keep the US at the top of gravity racing. My hope is that this is nothing short of a development factory for the next batch of World Cup champs.”



ODI, Trek sponsor US gravity development team

This week Trek Bicycle announced their sponsorship of a US based gravity development program called ODI-Trek Satellite Racing. The goal: use Aaron Gwin’s talent and accomplishments to inspire and develop the next great American DH racer.

The newly formed ODI-Trek Satellite Racing team plan to use the coaching and mentoring of Trek World Racing’s World Cup champion, Gwin to develop a group of five junior riders. Former racer and athlete representative, Rich Houseman, will manage the team.

US 16-and-under national champion Logan Mulally, younger brother of Trek World Racing’s Neko Mulally, will lead a team that includes Jason Schroeder, Charlie Harrison, Matt Branney, and John Buckell.

Jason schroeder: jason schroeder

Jason Schroeder at the 2nd round of Fontana, CA’s winter series

With Gwin’s help, Houseman aims to ensure America’s current World Cup success is converted into continued dominance. “Teaming up with ODI, Trek, and all of our sponsors, has allowed us to create a solid development program for these young shredders,” said Houseman. “Our coach and mentor Aaron Gwin has come up with a blueprint for dominating at the professional level, and we’re looking forward to giving all the necessary tools to our young riders. Our goal is to produce, and develop the next great American champion.”

“As a US-based company it’s important for us to continue to grow US presence at the World Cup level,” said Colby Young, ODI’s brand manager. “We are excited that Trek has decided to partner with us to continue to develop these young riders into the next American World Cup champions. We are looking forward to a great season.”

The team will be equipped with the World-Cup proven Trek Session 88 as they tackle the domestic DH circuit, including Super-D events. Bontrager will provide wheels and their new line of off-road tires, including the new G4 and G-Mud models. “Trek has realized a new level of success in the DH world through the new Session and working with Aaron this past year,” said Travis Ott, Trek mountain bike brand manager.  â€œWe’re excited to work with him and Rich Houseman to keep the US at the top of gravity racing. My hope is that this is nothing short of a development factory for the next batch of World Cup champs.”



Wednesday video round-up: ‘3 Minute Gaps’ trailer

Every Wednesday we’ll be posting a round-up of videos that have caught our eye over the previous seven days. Kicking off this week’s collection is the latest trailer for Clay Porter’s 3 Minute Gaps.

Now available from iTunes, the film follows the world’s best mountain bike racers across the globe as they trained, travelled, raced and celebrated during the 2009 and 2010 World Cup seasons. All the riders you’d expect – Gee Atherton, Greg Minnaar, Aaron Gwin – make appearances in the movie, which chronicles the changing face of modern downhill racing.

Next up is a video featuring freeride stars Cam Zink and Kyle Strait, which starts out as an advert for a solar powered compass but winds up with Zink pulling off a stunning backflip on a drop in deepest Utah.

Last but not least comes a video from the rather dubious sounding Ass Savers. Stick with us on this one; their SmartAss is a folding mudguard designed in Gothenburg, Sweden that attaches to your saddle and, well, saves your ass from the rain. When it’s not raining, you can fold it away and store it under your saddle. Visit the company’s website to find out more.



Video: GT’s Marc Beaumont prepares for downhill season finale

The 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup wound up in Val di Sole, Italy yesterday, with America’s Aaron Gwin taking yet another win in his record-breaking season.

Rewind a year and it was GT’s Marc Beaumont on top of the podium after arguably the best performance of his career. Check out the video below to find out how he was feeling in the lead-up to this year’s race and how he fared in practice and qualifying.