Morrocco Media travelled to Leogang in Austria for the UCI DH MTB WC 2013 Finals to provide sports video analysis support for the Dirt Norco Race Team throughout the course of the weekend. This edit shows some of the sections looked at on course and the results from the analysis.
Words from Stefan Morrocco:
Arriving on the Friday morning we had a quick chat with the Dirt Norco Team and then headed up the gondola to get started. We spent Friday working our way down the course filming different sections and identifying which parts of the course would glean the most from being analysed. The Leogang course offers few line choices for the riders, so the gains are predominantly due to technique differences between the riders, especially in the top third of the course where it is about cornering technique and speed. The middle part of the course is about carrying and maintaining speed from the upper third along the flatter section and over the jumps, so hitting the jump transition smoothly and accelerating off the back end of the jumps is crucial here. The lower third of the course offered most from analysis with several parts having key differences in line choice
Friday night was spent analysing the footage to identify fast lines, any rider techniques that were helping them get through sections faster and comparing the Dirt Norco riders against the faster riders to help them improve. On the Saturday we targeted three key areas; the rock garden, the steep rooty section and the low-gradient jumps section. The analysis was crucial as it confirmed that the outside line through the rocks was quicker, including entry and exit speeds. The top line on the steep rooty section was fastest as it rounded off the lower tight left-hand turn and gave faster exit speed which outweighed the slower entry speed compared to the middle line. On the flat jumps it was clear that hugging the right-hand side of the track was faster and getting pedal strokes in where possible really counted. Again, all this was analysed and shown to the team to help Ben and George with their race runs. Sunday morning was spent checking that the lines identified on the Saturday were still fastest and confirming with the team that they were still on the fastest lines.
The advantages of the sports video analysis service are:
- That it is entirely objective, there is no subjectivity involved;
- It quantifies improvements
- It visually represents where improvements could be made or which lines are faster and why, which is a great tool for riders as they can actually see the differences.
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