Time for a little nationalistic chest thumping (and maybe some transatlantic MBPost rivalry?). The first stop on the UCI circuit and Gwin seems to be picking up where he left off. 2nd is very respectable for the first race of the year. Not to mention, he's coming off one of the most dominant seasons ever for a DH rider. After 2010 it seemed like we were in for a few years of Atherton dominance, but that was not to be. I'm just glad that there's an American we can proud of in international competition, in a sport we invented! Sam Hill is still lurking about and quite a few excellent riders are nipping at the heels. I hope for a great season.
If anyone needs to see it, I think the video is still up and available HERE.
The XC race is also available and also exciting.