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The rains cleared and the sun was shining, but that didn't make the World Champs track in Andorra any flatter. Check out this week's episode to see how it all came together for Minnaar and Ratty in the Pyrenees.

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Sep 11, 2015

We haven't heard much from Kenny Smith this summer.  But that doesn't mean that he hasn't been up to his usual nutbar riding.  Devinci released a new video of Mr. Smith railing hard, again.  

Watch as Brook MacDonald, after dislocating his right knee in practice on Friday, puts together the run of the season for a return to the podium. Laurie Greenland heads to the podium yet again, making it 9 times in a row, and this time officially picks up his crystal trophy for winning the overall Junior Downhill series.

The final World Cup weekend of the year delivered some of the most exciting racing on one of the toughest tracks. The last race of the season is always a big one, but with a chance to take the overall, Greg Minnaar was pushing it to the limit —and maybe just a touch over—with a crash that took him out of contention for the day, but he still managed fourth in the series. Josh, meanwhile, put down a solid run on the brutal track, and pulled off a fifth place on the day, and in the series. Watch...

The Val di Sole track in Italy is a brutally technical maiden. Packed with slippery roots and plenty of rocks, it drops steeply through the forest into the valley floor. The 2,200m long course has had a facelift for 2015, with more line choices and northshore added to the classic track. Regarded as one of the most technical downhill runs in the world, the Italian course is going to be an incredible showdown for the season-ender. With the overall downhill title still to be clinched, it's set...

Today sees the release of the fourth episode for 2015 of Trek World Racing's Stories. Episode 2.4 covers the just completed North American leg of the UCI World Cup which saw some pretty amazing racing on the Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) and Windham (USA) courses.

A healthy Rat is a fast Rat! After getting up close and personal with a tree in Ft. William, and dislocating his finger in Lenzerheide, Josh was on the hunt for his first World Cup win since WIndham, last year. Despite dry weather earlier in the week, the rain got turned on just before qualifiers, and hung around for race time, making the rough and rocky track all the more challenging.

The Crankworx Rotorua race was uncharted territory for Curtis Keene and the Specialized team. Curtis' experience on this trip leaves him with physical and mental challenges to overcome if he is going to stay in the hunt for the Enduro World Series championship. Will this set the tone for the year, or can he use it as fuel to push himself harder?

Going back to the roots (literally) of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, technical riding is what started it all but some could say has been overshadowed recently by the significant development of freeride/flow trails found not only at the Whistler Bike Park but around the world. It seems trails like Crank It Up, A-Line, and Dirt Merchant have been getting all the attention lately, and for good reason, but it's not all about high speed and big air.

We bring you the second of four teasers from the COMMENCAL / VALLNORD Downhill Racing Team. Catching up on all the action from Fort William (Scotland), Leogang (Austria) and the most recent UCI World Cup downhill event in Lenzerheide (Switzerland). It's been a tough season for the team so far, but we can't say it hasn't been entertaining!

The World Cup’s first trip to Lenzerheide, Switzerland was a smashing success. Making it look easy on the Steve Peat-designed track, Greg Minnaar stepped to the top of the box once again, taking his record-setting 18th World Cup win! Greg’s won two of the four World Cups so far this season, and sits in third overall, just 12 points behind Loic Bruni.

For the very first time the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup pays a visit to Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Boasting a newly built track, that's been specifically designed with racing in mind, and surrounded by snow-capped mountains and an emerald lake, it's the picture-perfect setting for a new round.  

Back-to-back World Cup wekends are always exciting, and this week was no different! Seven days after Greg stood atop the podium in Ft. William, and Josh ran full-speed into a tree during practice, the crew geared up for high speeds and tight splits at Leogang. Check out this week's episode of THE SYNDICATE to see how the week unfolded!  

The Out of Bounds Festival in Leogang was a blast. Banger tricks filled Leogang’s evening air on Saturday at the tenth edition of 26TRIX. Riders showed combos, which are hard to describe, close to impossible to ride but simply amazing to watch. To celebrate this special occasion, burgers, bikes and beers were waiting for all the qualifiers together with the ten best pictures of the past years.

The rain is lingering, the midges are rife and Claudio Caluori has just christened the Fort William 2015 World Cup downhill course. Join him as he chases World Champion Manon Carpenter down the tough Scottish track – Claudio does have a slight advantage of knowing about the new sections though, unlike Manon...