The GMBN Podcast Ep. 7 | Leogang World Cup Downhill With Steve Jones

The GMBN Podcast Ep. 7 | Leogang World Cup Downhill With Steve Jones


(logo whooshing) – So, it’s time for number seven, already from Leogang, we’re talking about. And we’ve got our expert in
house E-Bike, wine expert, and downhill expert Steve
Jones talk about the happenings in Austria the weekend. – Where did the wine come into that? (both laughing) – Are you more of an
expert in wine or downhill? – Do we actually have to start with this? Are we actually rolling with this? – We’re rolling. Let’s talk about it here, Leogang. There’s always talk that
it’s easy, bike parky. But it’s always good racing. I think you could hold the
World Cup in any track, it’s always going to be good racing. – Yeah, I think Leogang,
it’s not the riders favorite but definitely visually
on TV I think it looks, I think those guys have got
it down with the footage, camera angles, it’s really engaging, and a track that’s not maybe
technically too challenging does provide for good footage, right? – Although yeah, they
freshened it up at the start. I saw on CathroVisions practice video, people were struggling straight away. From the B practice as well, though. Come straight out of the
gate into brand new stuff that has no ruts in it, it’s off camber. We used to see a lot of that. It reminded me a lot of
the old Alpine World Cups where it would look like a meadow, but actually it would be pretty technical because there’d be all sorts
going on and it’d be fresh. – Yeah, and it so proved in the finals. I mean the final the first
few corners in the final were actually some of
the most exciting parts of the whole race right? – Right. – You know Pierron almost
going over the bars. I mean loads of people
having trouble there. A few getting their feet
kicked off the pedals and stuff like that. – Tracey Hannah sort of clipped
a pole in that one section that was a bit low down in those stunts. – Isn’t it funny though
the whole race came down to loads of people analyzing
a couple of corners on the whole hill. I mean, wondering what the exit speed of one particular corner before going into the jump section. A lot of people saying
that that was critical. I mean if you think of some tracks where every single exit corner is important. But on Leogang’s maybe only one which is a bit bananas right? – Yeah, you carry speed for a long time and it does remind me, it looks a little bit like
downhill skiing to me. When you get on that motorway super fast. It’s funny coming into
it you say Tracey Hannah. She had to pull really
hard to clear a double. And actually in the men’s race they’re all like pedaling through it. So like a BMX style, manual with a pedals through the middle, super fast. – I tell you what was
impressive is the way Gwin scrubbed through some of
those sections in the final. – [Don] Yep. – Coming back to the
highlights I think Don. The highlights of the whole
race for the whole weekend. I think the closeness of the race then, is always great at Leogang. The fact of Minnaar came back you know, he’s 37 and he– – He’s 38 now actually. – 38, the same age as you Don? – I’m 37. – Okay, you’ll be becoming
a wine expert next. (laughs) Vergier coming off in the final. Rich Lasson coming off in the final. And of course Fin Isles
coming off in the finals. So, I think, would you say
those are the main stories? – Yeah, it was an awful lot going on. And we’ll start talking
about consistency ’cause we’re now on to round three. It will become more important. We’ll talk about points a
bit later on in the podcast. – I think like Wine, Don,
like we talked earlier, I think age, let’s talk age here. Age as a racer. I mean Greg Minnaar 38 right. – Yeah, but he’s the oldest by a bit. – Right and he actually
won the World Cup Series as a teenager in 2001. And we raced against him. – [Don] I was there then. – Yeah, we also raced against
him in his first UK National, I think he was in North
Wales in 1998 or 99′. – Pateley Bridge won it on that one. – Well, no that was 2000. – Okay Steve. – That was when Peaty came off right. – Yeah, he saw when. – The total was Pateley
Bridge, Pateley Bridge, and before Pateley Bridge
is actually in Leysin. That was his first I guess. – Is that right? – Yeah, you came to half and I came 13. – Is that right. (laughs) – I don’t remember. – That’s 98 right you
see him today 37, 38. People talk about is he, that’s ridiculously old. But then you look at the
likes of Roger Federer, 37. Serena Williams 37. I think Kelly Slater is
like 46 and still competing. – He is yeah. True. – So it’s you know. The world has changed right? – Well do you think we’ll
see Minnaar at 46 racing downhill in World Cup? – I don’t know. I have no idea. – Riding bikes probably. – Anyway back to (laughs). He sneaks ’em in doesn’t he? He sneaks ’em in. – Well, let’s get back to Leogang, so I mean, it’s always tight. And we saw it in qualifying, there was only 10 seconds
between the first man and sixtieth place or
less than 10 seconds so. 10 seconds slower than
the fastest qualifier who was Greg Minnaar and
you’re not qualified. So there aren’t many people, well sixty in the world that
can be as close as that. It’s super super tight. – Yeah, I mean the win, should we come to the winning times later. I mean the pro gym this year was separated by two point four seconds. It’s not actually the
closest podium of all time. The closest podium is
2014 when Josh Bryceland beat Greg Minnaar and that
between first and fifth was one point eight seconds. – [Don] That was Leogang as well? – This is Leogang, yeah. This is the Leogang top fives. Obviously, there was a race. The most famous race
of all time when Gwin– – Won downhill at One World Champs. – No we’re talking Leogang, Don. (laughs) Focus. I mean the most famous
Leogang race of all time. Has got to be Aaron Gwin
going chain less down there. – Yep. And that’s when he beat Connor
Fearon by point zero four. Four hundreds of a second. – [Don] Got to be gutted for that Fearon. – I know and then the
podium was separated by one point nine seconds. When people talk about Leogang being always being a close race, that’s not actually the case. When Gwin beat Gee Atherton in 2011. Nine seconds separating the podium. When Leogang was first raced 2010, six seconds between when Greg
Minnaar beat Gee Atherton. And of course Aaron Gwin
beating Loris Vergier in 2016 the podium separated
by seven seconds then. So it’s not always a close race. – Yeah true, well we say Bruni come down. He put three point two
into whatever it was. – I mean that was it. It was game over right? – You’re always saying
that when there’s that big a margin you think ah, won it, won it but. – I mean you could see he
was visibly crooked right. You could see those, like
we talked about in Slovenia. You can just see those
tires pushing the edges just a little bit more
than the other riders. But there is Bruni’s done it. He’s now won four World Cup Races. He’s now the third most successful
French racer of all time. Behind Vouilloz and Fabien Barel and he’s alongside Amaury
Pierron in the standings. Obviously, they’ve won four a piece now. Still a big step up between you know the likes of Hill and
Peaty and stuff like that. – True it feels like they are
both early in their career. Pierron feels specially
’cause he’s only just got used to winning last year so. I think there’s plenty
more to come from him. – Yeah but you say earlier in the career. – I know their not that young. – [Crew Member] They’re both 25. – Oh here you go, Jack’s
in on the conversation. Bruni’s 25. Pierron’s what 24, 25? – Pierron is same age, yep. – Yeah. – But still the early days. You said Minnaar didn’t start winning, racking up his wins until later on. – He didn’t start racking up. I think he’d only won four
by the time he was 26. Which is quite interesting. – [Jack] And you said
about Vouilloz winning. – Vouilloz is retired at 26. You know what’s interesting
Warner said on the commentary that you know, Minnaar’s
an old man in a sport that’s getting younger. I’m not sure it is getting
younger to be honest. Depends, you’ve got to be very careful with the statistics and
how you manipulate them. – [Jack] I think he means
the riders that are coming through now are getting
a bit younger than him. – How can the riders
come, I mean, the riders that are right his age
are juniors (laughs). – [Jack] They’re always
going to be younger yeah. – There was never a Junior
World Cup back in the day so that separates them up a little bit. – You’d a raced a Junior
World Cup Don wouldn’t ya? – I did not have a win. – You would’ve done though wouldn’t ya. – I would’ve. But it wasn’t there when I was a youth. – No, now he’s a fine vintage isn’t Jack? Well is he fine? – [Jack] He’s just a vintage. (laughs) – Anyway. – Thinks he’s an old dinosaur eh, Jack? That’s another story (laughs). – There was still some, We’re only a week after
Fort William and there are some sore people definitely. So Gwin had a whopper of a crash. He didn’t seem to bad apparently. I think it’s just the
original ankle injury was still hurting him more than anything. But got lucky at Fort William really. Anyway, I’ve got scars from Fort William. There’s very few places
you get away with crash. – You get scares from
life in general don’t you. – I have yeah. (laughs) There aren’t many places
on the track where you can have a crash like that and
not seriously hurt yourself. And he managed it some way. – Yeah, I think Gwin angle on Leogang is quite interesting isn’t it? – Where did he get his puncture? That wasn’t Leogang. You know the one where he also did, he didn’t win it but he did very well. – He did go down it. – It’s not Leogang. – But I think for Gwin, Gwin’s been in heavy seas the last month. He’s been struggling with
lot’s of different stuff and I’m really happy to see him come back and get a podium and be
within a couple of seconds. – Yep. – You know he’s reset now. And I’m sure he’ll go away
from Leogang and think you know what I’ve got the
stormy waters behind me. – [Don] It does fill out doesn’t it. – It think so and maybe
the same with Loic Bruni as well you know. He’s gone down a couple of times. Pierron’s gone down. – So Bruni would’ve been feeling
it from last week as well. That massive crash on that barb. See Reece Wilson, obviously
had that sort of shoulder barge at Fort William as well. So he was struggling. He’s had a good year so far. – Yeah, it’s been a rough year
for a lot of people right. – Talking about people further
down in the food chain. The Privateers. Did you see the Win
Masters Privateer fund? Basically giving out to
the fastest Privateer at every round of the World Cup Downhill, but also selected Enduro World Series. And he was up to 11,290
Euros donated on that from individuals and
industry game partners. So great call. – You know you talk about Privateers, it’s quite interesting
that the women’s half the top ten women’s were Privateer racers. – I noticed that going through
results a lot of people with like names, teams
next to their names. – It’s really nice to see a German. Talking about the
Hoffmann, came second Nina came in second in the women’s. And you know, if you
look at the entry list there’s definitely, there’s
not too many Germans riding in World Cup downhill still. I think in the whole entry,
I think 160 riders started, I think there was like eight German riders in the whole start list. – You’re right. Even back in my day there
was Marcus Klaussman who raced for a long long time. – Yeah. – Who else was doing wise. I don’t remember. – Well Juergen Bonaque is
probably the most famous German rider. – 41st Max Hartenstern rider for Cube. That’s a good run. It is surprising when the
industry is massive in Germany. And the mountain bike scene
is massive in Germany. – It is, I mean I was in
Freiberg last week right. The amount of bikes there is insane. It’s crazy. – Did you see, there’s
lots of social stuff coming out the Winterberg
festival as well. It’s huge. – It is yeah. – We’ve got people like Fabio Widmer, obviously massive German stars
buy not massive in downhill. – It’s like but racing is a
big part of the German culture maybe not quite World Cup. Go back to other countries Don. There’s been lots of talk about the French dominance recently. – Yeah. You like disproving facts don’t ya? – (laughs) Well that has been
the talk about the French and definitely the French
have been the force over the last few years. But let’s put something
in perspective (laughs). – They’ve run every World Cup
this year, men’s downhill. – They have and they’ve actually won eight of the last ten World Cup races. Which is phenomenal. – Not in women’s. – Not in women’s. Yeah we’re talking men,
we talk women as well. If you look at the last decade
of World Cup downhill racing, the last decade of World
Cup in the men’s class. America has 20 World Cup wins, Great Britain is 15, South Africa is 13 and France is 12. – Now you’ve got Aaron
Gwin, Great Britain, and Greg Minnaar. – So basically, yeah you’ve
got Aaron Gwin has won, in the last decade Gwin has won 20 races. Great Britain has won 15,
but five riders make up that number. So Africa thirty, obviously, Greg Minnaar, and France six riders
have won 12 World Cups in the last ten years. So that goes… – [Jack] How many in the last
five years for France though? – How many in the last year? – I was just going to say,
I did say that so basically, eight of the last 10
races, male races have been won by French people. So France are definitely on
the move but in the bigger picture in the last decade
they haven’t really been there. So it’s good to see them back. It’s becoming a French American thing. Which we talked about
from Meribell didn’t we. – We did didn’t we. We were talking about the
previous French generation that was, well Grossier,
Pasqual, always bit for the back. – So now you got the
likes of Charlie Harrison, Dakota Norton. – Charlie Harrison’s doing
really well this year. – Yeah, definitely. – He finished seventh. Yeah great ride from him. Rides for Trek Factory racing. – What about the kids Don? What about the youngsters coming though? We’re talking Finn Iles and your man. You’re a big Matt Walker
fan I know from Shopshire. – Yeah, he finished 13th
battling Finn Iles once again. – Yeah Finn Iles went down pretty hard. Didn’t he really. – He did. – Do you think those guys
really need to get … They’ve both got podiums
at World Cup senior level. Do you think they need to,
they seem to be a little bit inconsistent with
their runs at the minute but that’s what happens when you go from Junior to Elite right. – Well, yes but I was going
to talk about Loris Vergier. ‘Cause also slightly inconsistent. Super fast, maybe a step up, we’ll so far a step up on those guys. Not holding it together when it counts. – That was maybe a little bit of bad luck in that corner there. I mean loose gravel. – You make you’re own luck Steve. (laughs) – [Jack] Ouch, that hurt me. – It’s definitely a tough track and it did look super loose. In fact, after qualifying, so you know, Reckman Larkin does that
qualifying thing now and lots of the riders– – Big wreck. – Yeah big wreck. A lot of the riders were
saying how loose it was and how much it changed since practice. Which you don’t really, I
wouldn’t have though that about Leogang, you’re
saying no it’s the track, it’s the track and once
it ridden after that first day of practice nothing has changed. But actually they’re all saying
it did change quite a lot. Pierron had a big crash in I think it was the morning of race and hurt his knee. So he wasn’t riding that great. – I think that’s also
the change in conditions as well isn’t it. If you look, you can
see visibly on the TV, riding in bright conditions
where you get a lot of reflection off the track. And you’ve gone from
bright light to dark woods. That must’ve been quite
difficult to deal with. And then you saw some of
the later riders went down obviously, when the sun
was behind the clouds. It must have been. – It can be really difficult yeah. Especially you get a lot of
photographers in the trees. And you get flashes occasionally and that really doesn’t help. – Yeah– – I remember back– – Basically voice experience coming out. – Voice experience. – The vintage, the vintage is coming out. – In 2000 I raced in Japan,
at the Arrow Mountain. And it was really fast. – And you got flashed (laughs). – Yeah, I got flashed. No it was a really fast
bit coming into a ski pace that honestly as fast as
you’ve ever been on downhill bike and you turned in
and there’s a photographer leaning over the tapes. And I almost hit his camera
and I almost had like the fastest crash I’ve ever had. And I drifted by. – And you’ve had some
fast crashes man Don. – I have had some very fast ones. And it ruined my race run. And in fact it didn’t ruin my race runs. – Did you ruin your day Don? – Snapping my gear cable at
the start ruined my race run. It almost ruined my year. My elbows at least. – Wow, were you surprised at
Rachel, going over the bars? She didn’t often make mistakes. – Well– – Don. – She qualified second
which I thought was a bit of a surprise. – I thought it was a surprise yeah. – Tracey Hannah’s said
she had to change a lot from timed training. The end did surprise
me that she crashed but like you said, she must’ve been pushing and that’s the way it goes sometimes. We don’t often see her crashing like that. – But you know Tracey has
pulled out quite a gap now in the series standings. – But it’s also the first race she’s won where Rachel has been in the start gate. It’s quite surprising. So that’s her fourth World Cup win but first one where Rach
has been there racing and not injured or whatever. – Oh interesting. – In men’s, going back to qualifying, Bruni qualified 11th so
disappointing result for him there. – Which he lost some points
in that didn’t he really? – Well, we’ll get into
points later ’cause actually there’s a tie at the top. There’s a couple of
qualifying results that have cost Bruni a bit so far this year. We haven’t talked about
Juniors at all this year. But Vali Holl won the race by 18 seconds. Super impressive. – [Steve] That’s massive isn’t it. – The first one we’ve
from him her year really. And that would put her third in Elite. Women’s Elite was a little bit sort of, a little bit messed up this
week with Rachel crashing and obviously Tahnee still out and for the foreseeable future
’cause she’s had surgery now on that separated shoulder. So we don’t know really when
Tahnee’s going to be back. – It’s a great shame isn’t it. – Yeah. Junior men. – Junior men. Thibaut Daprela. – Riding the Commencal. Another win. – Another win. You get the Brit Jamie
Edmondson came fourth there. – Yeah, good result. – But yeah again, another
French rider coming through. Commencal doing well. You know things moved to Vallnord. – Yeah, next round. – Next round in two weeks time. Again that’s going to probably
be down to the likes of Bruni, Brosnan, Vergier,
and Pierron right? And Danny Hart. – Danny Hart has been
consistent this year. So in the women’s race, Kate Weatherly was a couple
of best ever results here. And Nina Hoffmann in second
place, a German rider. Kate Weatherly, the Kiwi
rider in third place. Marine Cabirou did have a bit of a crash. And obviously Rachel had that
big crash and finished last. So points aren’t looking that great. – [Jack] Marine Cabirou
crashed and still came fifth. – Cabirou year, crashed still came fifth. No fourth in fact. – Yeah, usually nine seconds. She could’ve been on for the win right? – I always think a normal
crash will cost you about 10 seconds. It obviously depends how
fast you’re going and where it is but yeah, I think anything that close is going to be very close to winning it. Rach Atherton hands over
the number one plate to Tracey Hannah and the Polygon Ur team. – And how are we looking on the men’s Don? – What for the overall. We’re getting into the
actual results today. Did you see Sean McCarroll
is in the results sheet. (laughs) Sean McCarroll predates me
in the world of downhill. – A wanted man. – Yeah (laughs). – [Jack] Did he qualify? – He did. – No he didn’t qualify, he didn’t qualify, he didn’t qualify. – [Jack] Who does he ride for? – I guess he rides for
himself I would think. – Good point, let’s just see. – He used to be a giant
rider back in the day. He was a wild man on a bike. Super tall. I remember him throwing
that ATX one around. Was it ATX One the one that Warner rode? – Yeah. I have a picture
of a lot of them in that caravan, remember with joint Avett. – Vaguely. In the Men’s Jure Zabjek
who was injured last year is now going super well this year. So the Slovenian rider
finished 10th place. That’s a serious result
and three and a half seconds away from the win. Charlie Harrison like
we said seventh place. Bernard Kerr put in a good run. – [Steve] We’ll he was
fastest on looser sections. – Yeah in the woods, faster in the woods. Laurie Greenland, two crashes. Not a brilliant year. – [Jack] A brilliant crash at the top. – Yeah, Laurie not having
such a good is he really? – We’ll he’s in 15th so it’s pretty good but it’s not as good
as we’d expect really. He’s had an eighth, a
17th, and now a 48th. Bit of a shame. – What happened to Adam
Brayton and Kaos Seagrave Jack do you know? – Kaos Seagrave had sort of a big crash. – Yeah, yeah, yeah on that
corner which was analyzed. – Yeah. – I think Feters and
Ben Cathro on Pink Bike did a really good analysis of the corner. – And did you see what Bruni
needed to find a lot of time. And he said he watched
Cathro’s video from practice. – Really? – And he found a lot of time. – (laughs) Wow, ’cause
like it comes back to what we talked about earlier, the exit of the root section. And it still blows my mind
that it all comes down to. From what we understand
comes down to one corner. I’m still trying to look for
Sean McCarroll’s result now that you’ve thrown that curve ball at me. – Whilst you’re doing that, Amaury Pierron finishing sixth. So it’s still good points for him. Yeah, he’d want for more
but I think his knee was pretty hurt so not great. Loris Vergier was looking
really good for a podium and crashed right at the end. Sean McCarroll came 129th sorry. – 129th that’s a really nice bit shy. – Couldn’t of been bothered by that. – So Vergier again, his
consistency not so good. Crashed right at the end. Finished only six seconds
down so you wonder what could have been for Loris. How’s he looking in the overalls so far? He is sixth place. He’s had a 41st, a third and an 11th. Pretty crazy he can still be in sixth. – Hold on, hold on a
minute, say that again? – He is in sixth place
with a 41st, a third, and an 11th. – And he’s in sixth place? – 297 points. – I’m looking at the standings here. – [Jack] He’s also qualified first twice. – Qualified first at Fort William. He got 50 points. And qualified second this weekend. Let’s talk about it. Loic Bruni won the race
and he’s in second place. Only five points behind Troy Brosnan. – So Bruni in a first, attempting a first. That’s actually blowing
my mind the fact that Vergier is at 41st, 11th and a third and he’s in sixth place. – [Jack] Well look where Minnaar is? – Minnaar’s in fifth place. – Minnaar’s in fifth place yeah. With zero points. – With a 65th, a sixth and a second. – Zero points the first round of course. – Yeah but do you know what I think it’s very very rare that someone
that wins two World Cups does not go on to win the series. – Well at the moment as it stands, had Bruni got, Bruni didn’t
score any points in qualifying at Fort Williams. Had he scored virtually
any he’d be leading. – Yeah, yeah but that it is super tight. Tight Don between Brosnan in first at 420 and Minnaar in fifth on
321, that’s just 200 points. But it’s top four isn’t it. It’s Brosnan, Bruni, Pierron, Hart. That’s going to be the
fight till the finish. – Is this Danny Hart’s
most consistent year? This one that I can think of. He’s had a second, a fifth and a fourth. – I can’t remember what
was he like when he won his three World Cups in 2016. – [Jack] He had a bad start
to the year didn’t he? – Yeah, but Minnaar,
Greg Minnaar big story. The comeback, can we call it comeback. I think the worst time you
can have and not qualify is at the first round of the year. ‘Cause that can really
effect your confidence. But it doesn’t seem to
have done anything to him. – No. It’s just one of the
most amazing results isn’t it? I think absolutely. Can you imagine, you heard
Warner was absolutely, I think Warner was convinced
that Minnaar won that one. – Yep. Not to be but very very close. So in women’s, like I said, Tracey Hannah has got the overall at 50 points over race. That’s a decent margin. There’s only 40 points between
first and second on the race. Also, you’ve got to throw in
the qualifying scores as well to get some points but that’s probably going to go on all year. It will be before those two I’m thinking, even though actually Nina
Hoffmann is only 25 points behind Rach and she has
been consistent so far. You’ve got to think probably
it’s going to be a race between Rach and Tracey. – I think so. I mean Rachel’s going to
have to have what her seventh World Cup Series title. And of course, after the
number of wins Caroline Shosuan was it 44? – Yeah. – Rachel was on 38. – But not a great weekend
for the Atherton team. I was talking about this I think Gee was down in 39th maybe. Yeah, 39th place– – Which is a shock because
he won Fort William, British National. He did win it didn’t he? – He did yeah. We don’t know, there
could’ve been a story there that we didn’t see but I don’t know. – Really, what do you mean? – Well he could’ve had
a crash or something. This round I mean. – Yeah, yeah okay you’re right. – [Jack] Johnny Atwood came
twenty something didn’t he? – Did he so yeah. – Onto Andora. – How long have we got though? We’ve got a few weeks have we. – Yeah, I expect Andorra,
Grinley back on it. But I think Andorra’s
got Brosnan, Vergier, Hart or Bruni’s name on it right? – Well last year, Tahnee
Seagrave won, Rach second, Tracey Hannah third. – [Jack] How did you get
this info so quickly? – I’ve got it written down. And Lois Vergier won,
Pierron was second they front the Commecal team of course so
based in Vallnord or Andorra. – Finishes just outside their cafe. – Brook Macdonald, it’s
good that cafe isn’t it? – Yeah, it’s not bad. Good wine there (laughs). – Brook Donald third place. What’s Brook doing this year? Let me have a look? – Brook was up wasn’t he? Brook was up on the splits
I think at one point in Leogang? – He’s had a 13th, an eighth
and a 14th this year so. The big inconsistent one
their looks like Fin Iles. So he’s had a 25th a fourth and a 29th. But like you say, that might be the youth. That does happen. – And your man, your
man Matt Walker has had, a seventh, a seventh and a 15th, which is actually pretty consistent. – It is, that’s a seventh overall. Yeah there’s big sort of
outliers really Loris Vergier, Minnaar with sort of really
bad scores one round, and then scoring really
well at the others. But we have another five rounds to go. So actually I’d forgotten
there was that many to fair. Vallnord and then you got
Les gets the week after. Talk about old school alpine tracks. – Wow, Les Gets, crikey
you’d done that it was one of your best World Cup results
right weren’t you eighth? Weren’t you then? – I was not. I’ve got a few good Les Gets stories. Some of them include Mason. – Maybe we should have started the podcast with this bit. Here we go. – I tried to qualify for
my first ever World Cup and I snapped my chain out of the gate. – Did you get another one? – I got told off by– – So let’s make a list though Jack so, shifter, chain, camera man flashing’s. Always with something
with Don isn’t there? – Andy Kiffin told me off. – Right. – He was Steve’s mechanic
and helped me out at times. I should check my chain, every single link of it at the time. And I thought he was being ridiculous until a few years later. And I thought actually,
he’s probably right. – But didn’t you, I’m sure
you came top ten in Les Gets. – I have done all right. – Or is that the World Championships? – I qualified sixth the
World Champs and then crashed and I was 10 seconds off of Fabian’s winning time. – Was it the color of
paint on your tires then? What was the excuse there? – I don’t know. That one caught me out
of the blue, that crash. – Did you like the skin suit? ‘Cause you were wearing
a skin suit then Don. – I would’ve been yep. – Hey listen, we haven’t
talked skin suits or any tech from this weeks race. – Well, they’re virtually
wearing skin suits anyway aren’t they? – Pretty much yeah. – Well, I think it looks cool. I think downhill looks cool
with the kit they’ve got. – I think the kit does look
pretty good at the moment. – [Jack] What was Vergier’s kit? – I still don’t like Bruni’s kit. I like Vergier’s kit, it’s cool. It’s like the old moto . – What’s Jack’s verdict? I mean Jack is obviously
the fashion man here. Jack what’s your verdict on? – [Jack] No I am not a fashion man. – Would you not be
wearing those zebra pants? I can see you clubbing in those pants. (laughs) – I think the Bruni trousers
are the worst thing. They’re short trouser looking
things, they’re terrible. (laughs) But I mean rainbow stripes
always look prettiest. – Yeah, World Bikes looks
like we’re settled now. Looks like … – Has Bruni done anything with his wheels? Or has he stayed on the small bike? – He’s probably been checking them. – You’d have probably
thought that would be the one maybe for Leogang for big wheels both end if he was going to do it. – So when Vergier won
last year in Andorra, was he on 29? – [Don] Yeah, he would’ve been, yeah. – Was he? – [Don] Must’ve been surely. – And ’cause I think that’s
what the big discussion is, is Andorra because it’s
flat at the top and then it’s super steep. – Well Andorra tough and gnarly. Les Gets pretty good the whole way down. – Les Gets has got to be– – It’s old school, it’s fast, it’s rooty, it’s alpine paced. Val Di Sole is just horrible, steep. I hated riding that place. – It’s not steep though. Val Di Sole is not a steep trap. – [Don] It fucking is. – It’s not, honestly, it’s not steep. I think the lower part of
Andorra is steeper than any of Val Di Sole. – The big thing with Val Di
Sole maybe it wasn’t steep but there weren’t many turns. Your always going down a fall line, there was no rest and
there was horrible rocks, roots that you couldn’t see everywhere. – [Steve] Because of the deep dust. – It always felt like you were
always going to hit something and have a massive crash
because you couldn’t see it. And you were going down
the fall line a lot. – Yeah. – Lenzerheide that’s fairly direct. I kind of like watching it
but it doesn’t look like a good track to ride. – It makes me think that you know, that loose gravel that Minnaar is king on stuff like that isn’t he? He knows exactly how much to push it on a short track as well. – On the last ride in the
USA, it’s been a while. Snowshoe which I know
absolutely nothing about. – Right. – It’s shaping up for a good year. – Well, Don you’re only 37, you can still go an race World Cups. Get yourself over there. – I can’t think of
anything more challenging and less rewarding. – Nicely dodging the words there. – It’s been 10 years since
I’ve raced a World Cup and not one part of me
wants to do it anymore. But I like watching it. I’m a big fan no. – Yeah, me too. And so the show goes on to Andorra. – It does. Something I want to
mention before we finish this weeks podcast, is that we popped up on Apple
iTunes as new and noteworthy. I don’t know if we were
just new and not noteworthy but it seems to work quite well. The numbers are going very nice as well. So thanks for listening. You can find it on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify is our next biggest, and a few other podcast providers and of course YouTube. If you want to watch it there. There’s a link down below on YouTube, over to Win Master’s this Go Fund Me thing for the Privateers. So definitely worth throwing
a bit of cash that way if you can. – Nice. Well, Don it’s been nice chatting. – Yeah. – Yeah, I can’t wait for Andorra. I absolutely cannot wait for it. – It’s not until July, you have to wait. – So exciting. – Three weeks away.
– [Jack] Are we going? – Huh? – [Jack] Are we going? – I don’t know. – I’ll be there. – Are ya? – I got to go next week actually. – Got to put your time
in, see how you fair. (laughs)

35 thoughts on “The GMBN Podcast Ep. 7 | Leogang World Cup Downhill With Steve Jones

  1. Do you think putting fox 40s on a Santa Cruz Nomad is worth it instead of buying a more expensive full DH bike? And if I'm going to buy a DH bike is buying the fork and putting it on my Nomad before I get the DH bike worth it!

  2. 0:45 Track updates
    5:20 Gwin's chainless run
    9:15 Heavy seas for Gwin
    14:30 Changing track conditions
    18:20 Results
    23:45 Greg Minnaar
    25:30 Andorra
    27:30 Neil's excuses
    28:15 Downhill fashion

  3. Great content, enjoyable video talking about the current DH standings but not a real comment about it! Come on people, BE REAL! WATCH THE CHANNEL FOR REAL!!!

  4. Great podcast, once again!
    Just a small correction: 11:20 Fabio Wibmer is Austrian and not German. But still he is a huge name in the German speaking mountainbike community (Austria, Germany, Switzerland and parts of Italy etc.)

  5. I think I heard Warner say Loic was using the odd size tires at Leogang. I think he'll be rocking them most of the season

  6. on the next podcast can you explain some of the technicalities of the format of DH for instance – at the start of, you hear beeps counting down, but the rider starts before the beeps have finished? Also – Protected riders, how does that work? Minnaar was protected last year, but not at the start of this year, now he is again. How do you become protected, what do you need to do to stay protected and how can you regain it if you loose it? Any other technical rules like not allowing to change a bike if it breaks? It would be good to have a fresher of rules for newbies

  7. I want a Bike like yours so bad! I cant afford one, so when you guys starting giveaways? 😅😂

  8. I've noticed couple of times already, that Steve is a right arsehole. When he talks, he's "point-acrossing is absolutely his" and most important. When others talk, he just takes a piss and laughs, sometimes as the only person in the shoot, but the problem is, when he goes on a piss taking rampage, that gets tedious/boring. Nothing to say? Let others talk. Pushing humour just doesn't work for me. Escort him to the shed door ;-p

  9. Give Jack a mic and put him on the other side of the cameras! He provided nearly as much valuable content as Steve in this episode! 🤣

  10. Now you can get a proper bike when you are 2 yrs old, so the sport is " getting younger"/ there's definitely few young riders/kids doing quite grown-up stuff already, imo

  11. Yup, MTB is popular here in Germany but we have a massive lack of tracks when compared to, for example, the U.K. there are hardly any decent trail parks outside of the "big" Bike Parks, problems with Forest/Land Owners (you Bikers break everything) Hunters (you Bikers scare the game away) Hikers (you Bikers always ride too fast and scare people) etc. on the plus side: loving the Podcasts, keep 'em comin' and GMBN just seems to be doing the business over & over & over again, look forward to Tuesdays Dirt Shed Show & Mondays Podcast, and the Tech Show, and, and, and 😉

  12. Could we have a section of this podcast where Neil tells us what bike part he broke on this track? Or parts. Certainly sounds as if there are more than enough stories. LOL! Love these podcasts!

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