Rob talks us through his highlights from 2013.
In no real particular order, here are Rob Warner's top five moments of the 2013 DH racing season. Oh, and there's a little bonus one in there for you too...
1. Stevie Smith’s race-winning run in Mont Sainte-Anne
“One hundred percent one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen! When he came down, after all the shit weather, to take the win in MSA it was the turning point for the whole World Cup season. I think he was down at the first two splits too? I remember going mad - it was incredible. There was Hill’s run at Champery ’07 and Danny Hart’s run at the Worlds there in 2011 and that run from Smith? F--k me, dude! It was dry, it didn’t even rain! And it set him up for the rest of the year too. ”
2. Greg Minnaar’s winning the World Champs in Pietermaritzburg
“Minnaar’s run to win the World Championships on home soil - as far as I’m concerned, he might as well retire, he’s never going to top that. That was amazing. I don’t think he will retire, I wouldn’t if I was staring at his contract! To deliver on that day like that? That’s got to be one of the all-time great race runs.”
3. Rach and Gee winning the first two World Cup rounds back-to-back
It looked very much like Gee was going to win the overall World Cup title comfortably but he joined Green Peace in Norway and went tree hugging! It was downhill from there.
4. Thirion’s win in Andorra
“That was completely unbelievable, especially the bottom half. That was mind-blowing.”
5. Stevie Smith winning the overall World Cup title
To come back from where he was in the standings to win it is incredible. Winning three races on the spin to take the overall title - that’s just mental.
BONUS - Zink’s backflip off the Oakley Icon Sender at Red Bull Rampage
“Backflipping off that drop?! Dude, that was just about the stupidest thing I’ve seen anyone do on a push bike! It was probably 80ft, was it?! It was ridiculous! If he’d got that wrong, he’d have died. He would have died, that’s the thing with that.”