I had to rewatch some of that race and pay attention to that gold helmet. A bit strange to say the least! Not sure what was going there!I tend to agree with the views about Avancini, he puts himself on a pedestal much higher than he should be based on his results.
Showing up this year in Albstadt with a golden helmet as if he was olympic champion or had won something apart from a XCO World Cup made it for me.
Anywho, XCO tomorrow should be a good one. Lots of folks either have had good form or seem to finally be coming back into form.