So whose gonna win the Olympic MTB XC on Sat & Sun?

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  • So whose gonna win the Olympic MTB XC on Sat & Sun?
  • qwerty
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    I’m going with a rather safe bet with Jolanda & Nino.

    Be interesting to see what damage Sagan can inflict.

    Place your bets…

    MSP
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    Nino in the men’s, just can not see him getting beat.

    The women’s is wide open IMO, Jolanda’s period of domination has faded and she is a bit more affected by the heat than the others. I am going to go for a relative outsider Lea Davidson.

    Premier Icon senor j
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    Absolon.
    I am planning on cheering Grant Ferguson. Maybe he can shock everyone.

    Nino is going to do everything right but go out with a mechanical leaving Absolon to pick up Gold and retire.

    Dahle in the womens.

    Premier Icon mintimperial
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    Schurter, Absalon, Kulhavy. Sagan 17th, but wheelieing the whole way round, so fair play.

    Ferguson top 10 if he doesn’t have a mechanical or crash.

    No idea with the women, it’s wide open I reckon.

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    I reckon Nino for the men’s and it be good to see Emily Batty get a medal.

    It’s pretty hard to see past Nino for the men and I’ll go Jenny Rissveds for Women.

    fifeandy
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    Nino in the mens.

    Womens should be a great race, so many potential winners.
    Rissveds is the favourite for me.

    It’s between Jamba and ninfan.

    MSP
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    xc course looks a lot better now than the first helmet cam shots.

    FunkyDunc
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    When is it on ?

    Premier Icon sirromj
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    how to watch?

    qwerty
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    HTF do I watch it?????

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    gwaelod
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    its on one of red button channels on Freeview – channel 607 or something

    noncycler
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    xc course looks

    like a Blue/green graded trail centre loop (with one or two simple Red graded TTFs).
    Let’s hope Segan brought his roadbike.

    PJ266
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    I reckon that course gets significantly trickier when you’ve been racing for an hour or two.

    Its certainly no CX course.

    qwerty
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    Bollocks – I’m at the mother in laws in rural Devon, no WiFi and an ancient tv, poo. I thought it was on a main channel.

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    Excitable , enjoyed that.

    What was the result? Stuck at work.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    great race, really enjoyed that! Good course

    gerti
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    robowns
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    That was quite lame, course was a bit too boring.

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    Why weren’t they riding gravel bikes? Probably better suited to the cycle paths they were riding on

    fifeandy
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    Would love to watch the people slagging the course try to ride it.

    m0rk
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    What is that? Like three spectators for the medals?

    Hard racing though

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    Sverige! Was it a 27.5? Just caught the ceremony

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    fifeandy – Member
    Would love to watch the people slagging the course try to ride it.

    Couldn’t agree more. It’s not a downhill course – but it’s not supposed to be!

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    would love to watch the people slagging the course try to ride it

    I could easily, I’d not win because I’m not fit enough, but that’s the issue, it’s all about fitness not technical ablility on a bike & fitness which mtbing should be

    PJ266
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    I could easily, I’d not win because I’m not fit enough

    But would you be faster than the professional racers down the descents? I guess we will never know.

    Some of the ups looked a bit tricky too to be fair.

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    I’m with rocketdog, watching replay and it does look a little tame

    dragon
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    Looked fine to me, plenty hard enough when you are riding flat out. Course designer did a good job some interesting sections both on the ups and downs, plus good for covering on TV.

    whatnobeer
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    Looked ok for an entirely man made course on the side of a hill. I guess the measure of how hard it is would be to see how many of the competitors took the B or C lines vs the A lines.

    Premier Icon justinbieber
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    I managed to miss this when it was on TV earlier – does anyone know where I can watch a replay online?

    Most long term mtb weekend warriors could ride the course at a pottle pace …. but simply not at that pace for that length of time under racing pressure without making mistakes. It is a simple fact…. Otherwise you would not be posting on here you would have just finished racing or preparing for tomorrow depending what sex you are

    Premier Icon nickc
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    I think most of us could ride the course, but that’s not the point is it? Most of us couldn’t ride it at threshold for 6 laps in a hour and a half.

    telly flattens out the course anyway, that hill looked plenty steep

    Trimix
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    Its like the Olympic course we had in the UK. Looked easy on the TV. I rode it and it was hard. Almost as if it was designed to have no flow and obstacles just to hinder you and make it harder at a race pace. I really enjoyed riding round it and it was nothing like the TV pictures. The Rio one is quite likely the same.

    There was some good footage of a practice race on YouTube from the riders perspective. It looked bloody hard at a fast pace. Easy if you ride it like a trail center, but not if your flat out.

    Anyone who has messed about with a GoPro will know filming trails so they look like they do in real life is pretty impossible.

    I enjoyed the race and was surprise by the result. Rissveds was in a category all on her own. WTF happend to Neff ?

    Oh, and Nino will be throwing whips off every obstacle on his way to winning 🙂

    Sagan will go back to road riding once he realises mtb’ing is harder.

    MSP
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    I think most of us couldn’t ride up the hills fast enough to get over some of the obstacles on the steep technical climbs.

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