World Championships 2011 - Buhl and Prokop qualify first in 4X

Sep 1, 2011
by Ian Hylands  

Mens Top 4 Qualifiers
1. Michal Prokop
2. Joost Wichman
3. Kamil Tartarkovic
4. Roger Rinderknecht

Womens Top 4 Qualifiers
1. Melissa Buhl
2. Fionn Griffiths
3. Anneke Beerten
4. Celine Gros

complete results and start lists at bottom

Conditions were sketchy enough for 4X qualifying that Joost Wichman was rocking spikes.
  Conditions were sketchy enough for 4X qualifying that Joost Wichman was rocking spikes.

The 4X shuttle rig was definitely not the norm...
  The 4X shuttle rig was definitely not the norm...

There were a LOT of full suspension rigs out there in qualifying this evening.
  There were a LOT of full suspension rigs out there in qualifying this evening.

Fionn Griffiths did her qualifying run on her DH bike. I wanted as straight a line as possible. I certainly won t race this bike tomorrow but for qualies it was what I wanted.
  Fionn Griffiths did her qualifying run on her DH bike. "I wanted as straight a line as possible. I certainly won't race this bike tomorrow, but for qualies it was what I wanted."

Filip Polk is back after that nasty crash in Val di Sole during DH training. And not only racing DH but going for 4X as well.
  Filip Polk is back after that nasty crash in Val di Sole during DH training. And not only racing DH, but going for 4X as well.

Anneke Beerten
  Anneke Beerten took a slower line in qualifying. With three different lines to choose from qualifying results were all about line choice.

Lucia Oetjen opted for the low line during qualies.
  Lucia Oetjen opted for the low line during qualies.

Melissa Buhl took the high line.
  Melissa Buhl took the high line...

And Jana Horakova went right down the middle. She should have taken the high line--Buhl qualified first.
  ...and Jana Horakova went right down the middle. She should have taken the high line - Buhl qualified first. It will be interesting to see what line riders get pushed into in the finals, we know which one they'll want to take.

Thomas Slavik damn near binned it slamming through a gate with one leg off. Slavik had to run back up and go around the gate in order to qualify.
  Thomas Slavik damn near binned it, slamming through a gate with one leg off. Slavik had to run back up and go around the gate in order to qualify.

Jared Graves had an equally crappy qualifying run with a rear flat. Neither he nor Slavik are getting good gates tomorrow.
  Jared Graves had an equally crappy qualifying run with a rear flat. Neither he nor Slavik are getting good gates tomorrow.

Michal Prokop on the other hand had a clean run and qualified first.
  Michal Prokop, on the other hand, had a clean run and qualified first.

Photos by Colin Meagher


4X Men's Qualifying Results4X_Men's Start List4X Women's Qualifying Results4X Women's Start List


28 Comments

  • 8 0
 What about Graves??? he´s not racing????
  • 1 0
 graves last place? flat?
  • 1 0
 he is, look further down. He might not have had to qualify because he won last year? He is startling in the #10 heat.
  • 1 0
 he's in heat 10
  • 2 10
flag toldownhill13 (Sep 1, 2011 at 13:58) (Below Threshold)
 graves didnt win slavik won
  • 5 0
 tard....^
  • 1 2
 Graves got 3rd...............


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  • 1 1
 i know graves got third
  • 4 0
 Ian Hylands and rest of Pinkbike: Can you stop putting the winners in the title of the article? It's a total spoiler for people who will want to watch the replays.
  • 1 1
 Unfortunately no, that's the most important part of the news headline. If you don't want to know who won, don't look at Pinkbike until after you watch the race, that should be easy enough.
  • 2 0
 Wow. What's wrong with a title like "World Championships 2011 - 4X Qualifiers Results"?
  • 5 0
 Way to go Melissa!!!!
  • 1 0
 Graves blew up his tire in the first turn. Really a shame as he was on fire yesterday! My friend (photographer) Christophe Knevels took an epic shot off Graves nailing the corner and the tire going open at the rim!!
  • 1 0
 Can he upload it on pinkbike, please? Big Grin It's a pitty that he spoiled his run, but he's really lucky that there's not much competitors... and he qualificated either way
  • 1 0
 yeah man lets see! Thanks for the info!
  • 4 0
 Nice work Harold!! Kill it!!
  • 1 0
 Well that sucks dick for graves. as he said its a one gate track so its going to be very hard for him to come back and win it
  • 1 0
 I would love to know what happened to Graves.
  • 3 0
 I'm sure we'll know in a bit once Colin gets back from shooting it and uploads his photos and a bit of a report hopefully, at least in the captions...
  • 1 0
 pic #2 should be a POD Razz
  • 1 0
 What's up with the b/w?
  • 3 0
 They hold the event at night and restrict the use of flash by photographers, so B&W is way better for it...
  • 1 0
 Its epic is whats up with it.
  • 1 0
 One or two maybe, but not all the article pictures... nice to see that the final is color!
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