Oh, I forgot how boring most seem to find cross country cycling! Everyone wants to get rad and gnarly to the max.
Because getting gnarly to the max sells bikes, you too can do that 30ft drop to flat with this awesome 16" travel machine and there will be hundreds of pre moistened women waiting by the landing zone just waiting for you to drop in....
As a spectator/televised sport dh or dual slalom has it over xc, short courses lots of action and a chance of carnage. The recent report on PB of the race across the mongolian steppe was a case in point, most of the comments were along the lines of 'god that is soooooo boring. Quite sad really that a great test of endurance and determination is seen a yawn worthy. Whereas the vid of someone hitting the north shore prompted comments of woah, dude and brah and what forks do you need to hit 50ft drops to transition ? and which rear shock will get me the most chicks ?
I must admit too that here it is pretty much all downhill and it's not rare to see people physically unable to ride uphill for more than 50m without vomiting with the effort.
Yeah that video, why bother with suspension at all, it looked like a cycle path, did look quite fun though.