GeneralNewsOtherRacingFasterSkier Reports on the Mountain Biking World Cup

Avatar Nathaniel HerzJuly 31, 2009

Over the next three days, FasterSkier will be bringing you coverage from the mountain biking World Cup in Bromont, Quebec. We hope that our reporting will give a good perspective of another endurance and sprint sport at the elite level.

The World Cup consists of three events: cross-country, which is a typical long-distance race; downhill, in which riders bomb down alpine ski trails; and four-cross, where four racers go head-to-head-to-head-to-head on a short (less than a minute) course.

Downhill qualifying was just completed this afternoon, and was won by Britain’s Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing Team), and Frenchman Fabien Barel (Subaru Mountain Bike Team). Below are some photos of the action, with some commentary and explanations. Videos will be posted at some point in the next few days, when the FasterSkier assistant editor has access to faster internet.

The women warm up for the downhill in a tent at the top of the run
The women warm up for the downhill in a tent at the top of the run
Most of the women warmed up using mechanical trainers, although some of them rode back and forth on a grassy section instead
Most of the women warmed up using mechanical trainers, although some of them rode back and forth on a grassy section instead
Moseley's bicycle (the winner of the women's qualification). There was some serious hardware on display.
Moseley's bicycle (the winner of the women's qualification). There was some serious hardware on display.
A rider getting serious before the start of the men's race
A rider getting serious before the start of the men's race
This drop was about six feet, and it was nearly vertical. Most of the riders plowed straight through it, barely slowing down.
This drop was about six feet, and it was nearly vertical. Most of the riders plowed straight through it, barely slowing down.
Some fans taking it all in.
Some fans taking it all in.
This ramp was steep!
This ramp was steep!
Once you're done, you gotta wash up your bike!
Once you're done, you gotta wash up your bike!

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Nathaniel Herz

Nathaniel Herz is a reporter for FasterSkier, who also covers city government for the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska. You can follow him on twitter @nat_herz.

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