I thought the course design was great, maybe the man made rock sections were the best (log drops reminded me of poto). What really stood out was the terrain. It remined me of glaciated terrain like Boyne. The rocks appeared to be ground roundish, like glaciers produce, rather than busted shards of rock like you see in true mountain regions. Is there a geologist out here that can elaborate? The rolling terrain was perfect for creating switch backs, separating the true climbers. Nino mentioned that he felt his advantage was in the techy rock downhills. Kinda funny hearing a hardtail guy having an advantage over full sus on those dh rocks. Looked to me, his advantage was his fittness & light bike, for the climbs. Happy to see a hard tail/flat bars w/bar ends making a strong come back.
James Huang posted this today http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/nin ... 50b-wheels
Not sure about the white walls making a come back.