Gwin is like a 5'-10" pile of muscle. You can see his strength when he rides in how little the bike moves for the speed he holds.
And yes, if you were to see that shit up close that they bounce through at 30 mph, you'd definitely have a lot of respect. Most riders, and even good one, would walk down sections of the WC course.
They used to have a WC DH at Windham Part of me wishes Whiteface would get their shit together and build a WC course. Would love to see one there. I honestly think they used to use Windham because of proximity to NYC though. Not sure WF would fly.
I went to watch one of the DH's that was held at Windham. They gap jumped a connector ski trail that went under a chairlift, landing in a narrow gap in the woods between 2 trees right before a gnarly section of trail with boulders and rock gardens. They were and are so much fun to watch. IMHO, it is the mental commitment to the trail/obstacle/race on top of fitness and skills that makes DH'ing so impressive and fun to watch and sets those riders apart.
When you crash are you DQ'd or do you just lose the time?
It seems like they don't get back on.
They have to get back on the course exactly where they went off if they go over the tape, which sometimes means hiking back up.
Usually after a crash you've pretty much lost it at that point, but most of the top riders get back on and rip it. Usually the only thing that stops the big boys and girls is flats or broken bikes.
Thanks for fixing the vid. This forum mystifies me. I've never even heard of Nabble before I came here. What did you do? I'm using a Chromebook, so I see everything just fine posting using the embed tags.