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Downhill Lessons.

Val Di Sole, round two of the 2012 UCI DH World Cup, just came and went. Our Irish spy, John Lawlor, was there to document the highs and the lows:

It was a bittersweet weekend for the Syndicate and our people. Stoked to see Minnaar maintaining his unflappable consistency, but stunned to see Aaron Gwin put such a beating on everyone. That was a lesson. Also really tough to see Cedric get as badly hurt as he did, and still not sure of how that is all going to pan out. In the video above, you’ll also see Josh Bryceland take a pretty ugly soil sample during his race run, even though he somehow managed to recover from that bell-ringer enough to still finish 37th. All in all, this served to make us all realize what a punisher Val Di Sole is. For reference on the nature of punishment at Val Di Sole, please see 2011:

Or 2010:

That place is a beast. Just ask Sam Hill:

Or Steve Peat that same year, for that matter. Bring on Fort Bill, where we all get to speculate where the Gwin unit gets his powers from. We think it has something to do with the Ginger Magic:

Now before the carrot-tops and semi-albinos of the world get bent out of shape, bear in mind that we present the above video with the highest respect. Our head engineer is a ginger, and the guy who writes this is a closet ginger who can’t step outside without a good coat of spf80. And we dig the hell out of some Die Antwoord. So it wins in both directions. Sort of. Get your money bets rolling. Fort William is going to be a barn burner this year!