Want to ruffle some World Cup feathers? Riding a hardtail in first practice is a pretty good way to do it.

Here's what we said at the time:

Watch Phil Atwill walking the walk as he pins down the Leogang track on his hardtail. Best of all, he doesn't even seem to struggle that much! Sure, it's not as fast as a downhill bike but that's not the point - should you really be able to ride down a World Cup track on a hardtail this comfortably?