Dannyh, I totally agree with your comments re Ratboys run down the hill. He looked slower than any of the others so much so I was gritting my teeth at the 2nd split,
Peaty is Old School, there's no mistaking that, beer Pizzas and No training, he and the likes of Warner were not what you might call pro racers, but then the DH scene in the early 90's was in its infancy so we knew no difference and they were pushing the sport and bike technology on in leaps and bounds
Fast forward ten years or so and the Athertons were marketed as the new wave in British MTBing, clean well spoken and toned, there's no doubting that all 3 could and still can ride a bike but this was a bit of a wake up call because some riders started working out and fitness levels were soon as important as skill and if you had the two then all you had to do was remain upright on the bike and the combination of the two split the field.
RATBOY!!!! Sorry I nicked that from elsewhere,
The next generation, these guys and gals have lived through the Evolving DH scene and cut their teeth on the basics which were serious DH runs 20 years ago. I think the way RATBOY rides a bike is effortless, it's almost like he's not trying, he's a massive game changer and the next wave in Cycling DH. He has realised that he's got more than enough to compete and win and you can see he has changed from last season to this and as he matures he will probably learn the words to the National Anthem, stop showing his arse everywhere altho Peaty still does it at 40 ? So maybe not,
Minaar will prob go ride ENDURO but I reckon Peaty Will end up in British Cycling some where, or managing the Syndicate team first ?
Either way the next few years are going to be interesting, if only to see look on Gee Athertons face