Despite casing a road gap jump, the legendary Missy Giove is back, notching up the 3rd fastest speed trap as the only American female racer in this weekend’s UCI World Cup DH event at Windham, NY.
We caught her bike in the SRAM tech support pits prior to the race for a quick photo run down. Surprisingly (or not, depending on your point of view), she was there with an almost entirely stock YT Industries Tues Comp carbon DH bike. Only a few select parts were swapped out from the German brand’s recently introduced 27.5″ DH bike spec’d build, which happened to be the lowest priced model in their carbon range…
The Tues Comp retails for just €3,499 complete, sans the HT Components flat pedals shown here.
That includes the Rockshox Boxxer and Vivid R2C coil spring shock shown here…
…and the Race Face Atlas stem and riser bar.
The only two parts that didn’t match showroom spec were the X01 DH rear derailleur (upgraded from an X9) and the Maxxis Minion DHX II tires (upgraded from High Roller II).
Giove ended up in 16th place, 45.3 seconds off first after a rough run, but considering her lengthy absence from top level competition (her last pro race was in 2003) and that she told VitalMTB “I am so stoked. For the past decade I have only been able to ride twice a year… on a rental bike no less. But I am so psyched every time I get to ride,” we’d say that’s not too shabby. Welcome back, Missy.