I’ve had a minute to ruminate on this video and also recover from the stroke I had from the apoplectic frustration spiral that it sent me down. At first I thought certainly my friend had sent me a link to a disgusting video of his colonoscopy. That’s how shitty this track preview is. No, wait. That’s not fair. The track preview is just a bunch of dudes in appalled by the malarky on which they are about to compete. The shitty part is the track itself.
Allow me to be so bold as to say: Fuck this shit.
This makes mountain biking look bad.
This makes downhill racing look horrible.
This is bullshit.
It’s 2014 (despite some bike companies already releasing “2015” models of stuff even though Sea Otter this year hasn’t happened yet, but that’s another topic). There is no excuse for this kind of paved sidewalk being sold as a downhill race track. This track is groomed more finely than a a Westminster Kennel Club podium.. I would eat my shoe faster than Werner Herzog if it turned out the riders were actually previewing the wheelchair/elderly accessible trackside spectator path. But no. This is the race track.
Now I’m all for lazy ass track building if it means throwing up some tape on a steep hillside, weed whacking the middle, and and letting the carnage ensue. That kind of quick and dirty track building can give us track segments like Snowmass and Vermont which still look hairier than Nico Vouilluz’s eyebrows a decade later. This is worse not only because the results look worse than an IMBA endorsed trail called “The Lazy River” but also because they actually had to have put in a lot of time with a machine to move or at the very least scrape a lot of dirt to make this happen.
Bureaucratic red tape happens. Delays and budget constraints happen. Weather happens. Terrorism happens. There are a lot of reasons that shitty tracks happen, but I’d like to know what kind of colossal excuse the event has for this steaming pile of feces.