I have been thinking about the progression of the racing discipline of Super D lately and how much momentum it has right now. Basically in the last few years it has come from just a few events in the Northwest to almost an unlimited amount of races in the NW. The courses are getting faster as the bikes are getting lighter and gaining travel. The course are also getting more technical and rival the tech sections of any downhill course, as I think they should. These races are basically like DH races, but with a little more pedaling thrown in to test fitness. The speeds are sometimes faster than downhill race speeds as the trails are usually a little less technical.
This leads me to the question. What do we want super D to look like in the future? Or think it should look like? Should it be a bunch of guys in skinsuits and aero dynamic helmets with bright colors, basically looking like they came straight from their last road race and just left the kit on? Or should it be a bunch of guys in loose fitting attire, not quite as burly as DH gear, but with enough protection to stay safe? Maybe full face helmets required for some courses? And excluding the safety factor, what style do we want this sport to have?
I think as Super D racers we should care about where this sport is going and the image we create for it. We should also focus on safety first and aero dynamics later. If you were on the outside looking in what would attract you to the sport? They recently banned skinsuits on the world cup downhill circuit, and I feel they should do the same in super d racing. And if they don't we should just not wear them out of pride. Let's stick with baggies!
Now, someone please make some knee pads that you can pedal in and a breathable full face helmet!