That’s what you get when you start your run with a freeride flick. That’s the best I’ve got for you this afternoon.
As far as the Gwin run yesterday, what do you want me to say that hasn’t already been said a thousand times on Pinkbike and Vital and Facebook and every other site you check while trying to avoid work?
“One of the greatest runs of all time.”
“Way, way, way faster than TEAM ROBOT.”
All of these comments have been said a million times already in the great echo chamber that is the internet, and I have no value to add to this conversation.
That said, commenting on the echo chamber itself is where ROBOTS tend to excel, and I’ve really enjoyed all the fat, slow, lazy, and(or) bad riders who are so excited to suggest every downhill race be chainless from here on out. Even more than that, I enjoy the armchair engineers who think after Neko’s and now Gwin’s run that chainless is somehow faster.
No, the only moral of the story is what you already knew and didn’t want to admit: Gwin is a complete savage, and will probably go down as the most dominant racer of all time. It’s looking like another year of total Gwin domination. 1st, 2nd, and now 1st in Leopedalgang without a chain? Except for Lenzerheide, Gwin has won on all of the remaining tracks this year, some of them multiple times. If you’re a fan of nail-biting race action, you might want to sit the rest of the season out, because this is looking a lot like 2011 and 2012 all over again.
Okay, if pressed to comment on the Gwin thing, I’d bring your attention to this now hilarious photo of Gwin’s mechanic John chilling with a beer clearly not working on Gwin’s bike or chain after quali’s on Saturday:
I’m sure Nathan Hughes had no idea how funny this photo would be after Sunday’s final. But it’s, like, really funny now.