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Hafjell World Cup Preview

23:14 10th September 2013 by Dave Jaquin
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The South African dust has settled and the Santa Cruz Syndicate’s hangover’s have too, so it’s on to Norway for the penultimate race of the 2013 season. Where did the year go by the way!?

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This is where the World Cup train rolls into for the weekend.

Hafjell is going to be an interesting one, Steve Smith is on superb form of late and with his fastest ‘qualifying’ time in PMB was looking good to take the stripes. Denied after a mistake in the first corner Minnaar eventually took the win after leaving Mick Hannah warming the hot seat most of the afternoon.

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Last year’s Men’s podium, Smith, Brannigan, Minnaar, Atherton and Beer.

Smith took his first win here last year and the podium was defined by Devinci making it not just memorable for each rider but especially for team manager Gabe Fox. First World Cup win for Steve Smith, first ever podium for team mate George Brannigan (now of Trek World Racing) who took 2nd spot only 0.400s behind Smith. The Devinci crew put a solid few seconds into Minnaar and Atherton who filled the podium 2.134s and 2.289s back whilst the final Devinci rider Nick Beer took 5th spot.

Relive the last race of the 2012.

Looking back at the quali times the top five didn’t change much when it came to the podium, dropping Ratboy Bryce and Robin Wallner from the qualifying results.

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Top 5 Women, Atherton, Ragot, Charre, Brown, Harmony

In the women’s Rachel Atherton was dominant in qualifying, putting almost 7 seconds into Manon Carpenter who will be hungry for some more champagne after losing out at Worlds. We can’t discount Pugin too who was flying last year until a hand injury finished her weekend, could the GSTAAD Scott rider take to the podium again? The top 5 gap last year stretched to 21.811s in the women’s race so can we expect anything but another Atherton title or will Manon put the run down she needs and take a big result? We’re also hoping Dirt Norco and master of the whip Casey Brown can pin another solid result.

If you want to properly geek out the check out last years race stats!

Dan ‘the man’ Stanbridge from the Dirt Norco Team is here with a helmet talkie cam from last year, what rhymes with Falafel again?

Remember that massive gap? Chris Ball (MTB Technical Delegate at the time) said he didn’t even think that it was a gap and that riders would roll down it!

Heath_Gap2Looking at the course map we reckon she’s still in there:

Hafjell_2013_Map_01The track drops 480m over it’s 2.2km length.

Here’s the schedule for the weekend, plenty of practice going down and the Men’s Elite Finals rounding the weekend off.

Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 21.24.12Here are the top Men.

Atherton – 847
Smith – 727
Minnaar – 538
Hill – 509
Thirion – 430
Gwin – 417
Bruni – 408
Hart – 408

Atherton – 835
Ragot – 775
Carpenter – 695
Pugin – 580
Nicole – 513
Charre – 511
Siegenthaler – 382
Seagrave – 246

Rachel Atherton is looking solid in the women’s field having a 60 point lead over her nearest rival Emmeline Ragot who leads our other Brit Manon Carpenter by 80 points. Floraine Pugin is 115 points adrift of Carpenter but a healthy 67 points ahead of 5th place Miriam Nicole.

So then, who do you lot think will take it? This is pretty much how it’s going at the Dirt office now but surely you have your money laid somewhere? Make sure you check your Fantasy League team too!

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  1. scriz

    I think Gwin is out injured for this one… hopefully he’ll be back for Leogang.

  2. Sam

    The points in the article are for overall UCI points in all events.

    For mens World cup:

    Atherton – 847
    Smith – 727
    Minnar – 538
    Hill – 509
    Thirion – 430
    Gwin – 417
    Bruni – 408
    Hart – 408

    Women

    Atherton – 835
    Ragot – 775
    Carpenter – 695
    Pugin – 580
    Nicole – 513
    Charre – 511
    Siegenthaler – 382
    Seagrave – 246

    It seems a bit ridiculous how hard it is to find those standings (I got it from a screenshot of the live stream). Maybe you guys could create a section on here to keep us to date on the WC standings

    1. David Jaquin

      Ah cheers for that Sam! Pretty hard to find them but an update page is a good idea!

  3. Hancock

    Stevie and Gee first and second, but which way round is anyone’s guess.
    Rachel to smash the other girls. Then Manon, Pugin, PomPom.
    .
    Hill or Hart to have a massive, barrel rolling crash…

  4. flickwg

    more accurate points from the UCI website

    http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/5567/b8q1.png

  5. Oz

    heading up there on Friday. I can’t wait to see those guys doing that gap/huck. I looked at it this summer and it looks impossible – like a 40ft bunny hop from a downward sloping takeoff with no lip. It’s not like the run in is straight or fast either. Impressive.

  6. Oz

    Oh yeah, and just to add, the forecast is looking bad for Sunday. Lots of rain and high winds. Not good.

    1. WAKi

      It is unbelievable how smooth, not steep and slow this track looks on this helmet cam… unbelievable because it’s quite far from that. The shute in taxi woods looks like a 20deg slab.

    2. WAKi

      I am observing the forecast since few days as I am considering going there, and it changes all the time. So we’ll see. Hafjell tends to have weather better than the forecasts say.

  7. ronin

    smith, hill, atherton and no stacks for anyone.

  8. Paul

    Was trackside last year, and spent time at the gap jump. It was soooo wide, and those that went for it still only just cleared it. Watched both Stevie and Sam boost it – totally amazing! Ahhh, half Norwegian and half Canadian wife, and she loves to visit the races. Good days!

  9. Eirik Folkedal

    The Gap is still there. They have made a lip on it (last year there was no lip), so now it’s difficult not to try to gap it. I recon 80% of the riders will do it now. The berm after the gap is also built a bit higher, so one can hit it with a lot more speed. I paced it up to around 12m lip to lip and approx 5m from landing lip to berm. That doesn’t give you much time from landing to berm.

    If you’re going, this would be the place to be, as there will be a huge screen sending the live broadcast and a place to buy food and drinks.

    Steve Smith gapping during qualies last year:
    http://www.pinkbike.com/video/277500/

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