The legend that is Missy Giove made her return to the world cup scene at Windham this weekend. She retired from the sport in 2003 and over a decade later she has made her return and showed us she is not past it yet! Missy has only ridden a downhill bike a few times in the last few year. Some might wonder why she’s come back but Missy had a goal and she sure as hell achieved it.
Missy’s wife Kristen has been diagnosed with Cancer and when something like Cancer hits you start to think a lot more about all the things you want to do and see and Kirsten told Missy she wanted to see her race world cups, so here she is racing Windham and pinning it!
Despite crashing in qualifying and then again in finals Missy still made it down the hill in 16th place on race day, she was 3rd fastest in the first split before crashing!! Not bad for someone who’s barley been on a downhill bike in recent years, it’s clear to see Missy has some real raw talent!
So what’s next for Missy?
“I want to build trails, train riders, ride selected World Cups, and maybe help on a team. I want to take some people on some adventure tours. I’d love to do what I love to do. Maybe give some other kids some inspiration.”
We can’t wait to see more of Missy as she makes her return to the downhill scene!
It’s that time of year again when all different countries announce the riders that will be racing in the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships.
This years worlds event is being held in the breathtaking Vallnord, Andorra. World Champs is always one of the more entertaining races of the season!
The British team has just been announced, with the Top 4 UK female riders being selected to represent the UK!
Manon Carpenter (automatic as reigning world champion)
Manon Carpenter is currently the reigning world champion. But with Rachel dominating the whole 2015 season Manon will have one hell of a fight on her hands if she is looking to keep the rainbow stripes.
Things are stating to kick off in Windham for the penultimate round of the 2015 Downhill World Cup season!
The track is looking super fast so is bound to be a down to the wire on race day!
With Ragot out there is one less rider nipping at Athertons heels trying to stop her from doing the inevitable and clinching the 2015 overall win!
Check out the course preview here! Claudio Caluori follows current mens world cup leader Aaron Gwin down the track!
That’s the DH all wrapped in Mount Sainte Anne! Atherton has continued her domination of the world series by taking her 4th this season !
Mount Sainte Anne is not a track for the weak and it definitely separates the weak from the strong! The results weren’t any surprise, Atherton has been looking strong the whole season, since a miserable illness stricken 2014 season she came into 2015 more determined than ever! The step seems to provide some difficulty for many of the girls bar Rachel who cleared it as well as most of the men!
World Champion Manon put together a solid run, she finished just over a 3 seconds behind Rachel! Carpenter seems to be getting her season back on tack after the curse of the rainbow stripes disrupted the beginning of the 2015 season for her.
Myriam Nicole returned to the WC scene today after she broke her collar bone at the beginning of the season. Nicole has come back strong and showed that it was a wise decision to sit out of Lenzerheide and wait until she was back to 100% before returning to racing. She appeared strong and ready to redeem the rest of the season! Nicole finished with and awesome 3rd place!
We don’t have long to wait until round 6 of the season! Next weekend see’s the 6th round of the UCI Downhill World Cup head to Wyndam USA! The other girls are eager to knock Rachel off the top step so it is sure to be and interesting race!
Emmeline Ragot didn’t start the race after a suspected broken elbow and ankle from this mornings practice! Get Well Soon Emmeline!
Atherton has left MSA with one hand on the trophy and its looking like nothing can stop her from taking the title this season… but let’s not speak to soon it is Downhill after all!
Looks like luck was on the girls side in qualifying today in Mount Sainte Anne! The womens qualifying finished just minutes before the heavens opened!
No surprises in qualifying with Atherton qualifying first, Raggot following closely behind her in 2nd and Carpenter in 3rd! Reports from MSA say all three girls were looking fast in practice so tomorrow is bound to be a battle till the end! Tomorrows racing is sure the be a good one!
Make sure and tune into Red Bull TV @ 7:30pm Tomorrow (UK time) for all the MSA action!
Rating – 4/5
Comfort on Decent – 4.5/5
Comfort on Climbs – 4/5
RRP - £74.99
The last few weeks we’ve been testing these Bliss Protection Womens Specific ARG Knee Pads.
To be honest we were pretty skeptical about these before we tried them as we’ve found in the past a lot of womens specific stuff is just the same as the unisex or guys products but just with a girly design. Gladly though we can admit this is not the case with these knee pads.
Retailing at around £75 there not the cheapest knee pads on the market but their comfort and fit makes them worth every penny. The flexible armourgel padding on the knee pads molds quickly and easily to your knees but yet gives great flexibility and movement, the slimmer cut knee pads make the fit a lot more suited to girls and give more reassurance over the protection that you are receiving. The rear of the pad has a whole cut out the back which stops the material of the knee pad gathering up at the back of your leg and causing discomfort.
During descents the pads are basically flawless, they are comfy and flexible and on the climbs they were almost unnoticeable.
We had these pads on for about 2-3 hours at a time, with very little irritation. The elastic straps ensured that the pads stayed firmly in place and didn’t need readjusting at all.
I’ve felt with most of my knee pads in the past that you either got one quality or the other, either they are comfy but provide little protection or big and uncomfortable but provide the required protection for gnarly downhill descents.
The only flaw is the limited sizes they are offered in, the pads only come in a small and medium size. We tested the medium and found it a perfect fit but if my legs were slightly bigger then I would be forced straight back to guys knee pads.
These knee pads offer the protection and comfort we desired and they looked great, we really think Bliss have cracked it here with these women specific knee pads.