Final Results: European DH Cup - Round 1 Maribor

Apr 21, 2019
by Ed Spratt  
Tracey Hannah was just 0.6 off the winning pace and had to settle for second behind Myriam Nicole

The first downhill race of the year is over and with the World Cup racing on at the same venue next week this weekends racing was a great opportunity for some of the biggest names to get between the tape. In the elite men's race, Matt Walker would best his teammate Danny hart by 0.0.86 to take the win and Americans Charlie Harrison and Dakotah Norton would sit in third and fourth. Rounding out the top five would be another British rider, Phil Atwill.

For the elite women, Tracey Hannah would dominate the women's field with a nearly four-second gap to Nina Hoffmann. Monika Hrastnik, Eleonora Farina and Veronika Widmann would complete the podium. Despite practicing here in Maribor Tahnee Seagrave did not complete qualifying or race in the final. She said on Instagram earlier today; "I'm just using the practice to get my bike set up and have some bike time - I didn't want to put more pressure on myself when dialing in my set up to be able to push hard for next week is more important."

In the Junior Men's race, Thibaut Daprela would lay down an impressive run that would have placed him inside the top nine elite men. Ethan Shandro and Kye A'Hern would sit second and third both just over four seconds back. Vali Holl continues her domination of the Junior Women's field with a gap of over 11 seconds to Anna Newkirk. Her time of 3:43.176 would have given her second place behind Tracey Hannah in the elite women's category.

Elite Men

1st. Matt Walker: 3:10.017
2nd. Danny Hart: +0.086
3rd. Charlie Harrison: +1.000
4th. Dakotah Norton: +2.136
5th. Phil Atwill: +3.085

Elite Women

1st. Tracey Hannah: 3:41.094
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: +3.996
3rd. Monika Hrastnik: +5.058
4th. Eleonora Farina: +7.401
5th. Veronika Widmann: +8.256

Junior Men

1st. Thibaut Daprela: 3:14.500
2nd. Ethan Shandro: +4.147
3rd. Kye A'Hern: +4.386
4th. Emile Rilat: +8.175
5th. Simon Chapelet: +8.382

Junior Women

1st. Vali Holl: 3:43.176
2nd. Anna Newkirk: +11.603
3rd. Mille Johnset: +18.269
4th. Ottilia Johansson Jones: 1:02.620

Full Results

Live Updates:

7:27am PDT Elite Men's Podium: 1st. Matt Walker 2nd. Danny Hart 3rd. Charlie Harrison 4th. Dakotah Norton 5th. Phil Atwill

7:27am PDT Matt Walker takes the win.

7:26am PDT Troy goes into seventh, 3.284 back.

7:25am PDT Troy Brosnan is over two seconds back at split one. Can he make this up at the bottom and take the win?

7:25am PDT Matt Walker is looking strong coming into the World Cup season as he beats Danny by 0.086.

7:22am PDT Dakotah Norton crosses the line in third, two seconds of Hart's pace.

7:21am PDT Danny Hart moves into first place, taking almost a second off Charlie's time.

7:20am PDT Phil Atwill sits in second, only 2.085 back

7:19am PDT Danny Hart sets the fastest split one so far. 1.750 up on Charlie Harrison.

7:17am PDT Charlie Harrison goes fastest, with an incredible 4.377 second gap ahead of Mark Wallace.

7:16am PDT Charlie Harrison is over two seconds up at split one.

7:14am PDT Wyn Masters comes across the line in fifth, only 1.479 back.

7:12am PDT Hatton is slower in the bottom section and sits third, 0.581 off the pace.

7:12am PDT Charlie Hatton looks to be up by over a second on Mark Wallace at split one.

7:10am PDT Mark Wallace just beats Neko's time by 0.233

7:08am PDT Neko Mulally goes into first by 1.422 seconds.

7:07am PDT Reece Wilson goes into second. 0.668 off Gee.

7:07am PDT Gee Atherton sets a time of 3:17.049

7:04am PDT The top 31 Elite Men are now on track. Gee Atherton is first to tackle the course.

7:03am PDT Junior Men's Podium: 1st. Thibaut Daprela 2nd. Ethan Shandro 3rd. Kye A'Hern 4th. Emile Rilat 5th. Simon Chapelet

7:03am PDT Thibaut Daprela takes the win by over four seconds.

7:03am PDT Something went wrong for Ross Blake in the lower part of the course. He was up at split one but drops to 11 when he crosses the line.

7:01am PDT Thibaut Daprela is on an amazing run. He is up by 2.470 on Ethan Shandro's time.

7:01am PDT Ethan Shandro goes into first.

7:00am PDT Ethan Shandro goes faster again. This time beating the fastest split one by over two seconds.

6:59am PDT Kye A'Hern goes fastest at split one. 1.684 up.

6:58am PDT Klaus Janosch goes into second. Just under two seconds from the fastest time of the day so far.

6:57am PDT Kye A'Hern is on track, can he take the top spot today?

6:56am PDT Third place changes hands again with Tarmo Ryynanen coming in just 4.409 off Luke's time.

6:54am PDT Benjamin Beck comes across the line 3rd, 7.5 seconds off the top spot.

6:50am PDT Marko Niemiz goes into second place. Only 3.863 back.

6:43am PDT Robert Johanson slots into third, 14.385 seconds off first.

6:36am PDT Williamson's time seems to be holding well so far. Francesco Savadori was the closest to beating his time and now sits in 2nd 9.551 back.

6:27am PDT Luke Williamson currently sits in first with a time of 3:22.883.

6:25am PDT Junior men are now on track.

6:23am PDT Elite Women's Podium: 1st. Tracey Hannah 2nd. Nina Hoffmann 3rd. Monika Hrastnik 4th. Eleonora Farina 5th. Veronika Widmann

6:22am PDT Tracey Hannah wins in Maribor with a time of 3:41.094.

6:21am PDT Monika Hrastnik goes into second place.

6:20am PDT Tracey Hannah is up by 2.567 at the first split. Can she repeat her qualifying performance?

6:19am PDT Monika Hrastnik is 2.883 seconds back at the first split.

6:18am PDT Tracey Hannah on course.

6:13am PDT Nina Hoffmann is currently in first with a time of 3:45.089.

6:07am PDT Elite Women on track

6:05am PDT Junior Women's Podium: 1st. Vali Holl 2nd. Anna Newkirk 3rd. Mille Johnset 4th. Ottilia Johansson Jones

6:03am PDT Vali Holl takes the top spot in Maribor, 11.603 seconds ahead of Anna Newkirk.

6:01am PDT Vali Holl goes fastest at split one with a time of 1:40.448.

5:59am PDT The Junior Women are now on course.

Live timing here.


  • + 45
 Now people wondering about Vali’s quali pace can set their minds at rest - a couple of seconds behind an experienced and rapid Elite winner. Pinner.
  • + 38
 Val would have been 2nd in Elite women’s - pretty impressive
  • + 13
 Yeah she’s fantastic. Just watch her goofing off in front of Tahnee during the course preview. Looking forward to her moving up next year so we can actually see her ride at race pace during the World Cup.
  • + 3
 Yep that was me with the initial comment. This is more what I expected to see. Looks like she did take it a bit easy in qualifying after all. Great riding!
  • + 4
 If you´re dominating anyway, why risk injury in qualifying? Makes absolute sense she´s not pushing it to the max.
Now what i really would like to know is whether she was flat out on that final run or if there was some more in the tank...
  • + 1
 @Loki87: No reason at all. That's why I was curious if that's what she was doing in the qualis or if she was a bit off the pace to start the year. That question was answered.

Yours though...that I'm curious about too.
  • + 1
 @MarcusBrody: haha great name.
  • + 1
 @harrybrottman: Sorry, meant to upvote your comment... + 28. Smile
  • + 31
 And now off to make some rash knee jerk reaction changes to my fantasy team...
  • + 1
 I already did that after qualification. David Trummer is still tight behind Brosnan. It is just that Troy Brosnan didn't win Wink .
  • + 21
 Matt Walker crushing it!!
  • + 21
 And Phil Atwill back on the pace!

But go Matt Walker - breakout year? Could be.
  • + 3
 @alexhyland:I'd say last year was already!! Hopefully some podiums this year. Nice kid as well.
  • + 1
 @watchmen: That Saracen 29er is a beast! Is Danny Hart on the 29er now too?
  • + 4
 @jaame: Danny is running mixed wheels this year
  • + 4
 @JasonALap: one black, one white?
  • + 10
 Dakotah coming back strong. Hearing him on The Inside Line podcast definitely made me want to see him do well. Super humble and hard-working guy
  • + 3
 Oh we see more riders from home on the podium this season
  • + 11
 Scrib is the worst
  • + 8
 First Impression I thought it was Matt Walker from Pivot NZL, is going to be funny when they´ll race together...
  • + 6
 This is great - even the junior categories will be exciting to watch this season!
  • + 4
 Wow, Thibaut Daprela looks super fast in Juniors. He'd have been in the top 10 in the Pro Men's Elite with his time. Commencal has themselves quite a team!
  • + 3
 I don't think I'm a fan of the super final based on top 30 qualifiers (men) When there are over 200 elite men racing this seems like such a small percentage. And puts too much emphasis on qualifying run
  • + 2
 Is it gonna be the same course for next week ,and I mean the real same ?cause it’s gonna be interesting to see the qualifying times and then the final results against this weekend.
  • + 1
 From what I've gathered from slovenian media: there are gonna be some changes but large majority will be the same. Its early to know for sure but if the forecast holds its gonna be wet...
  • + 5
 The Brits are back!!!!
  • + 1
 what's the difference between the grand final and the small? some good names and fast times in the small final... they racing the same track? Ropelato would have been about 10th...
  • + 1
 30 fastest qualifiers get into the super final, the remaining riders in the (small) final.
There are some protection rules for the Top 10 etc..
  • + 1
 @likehell: damn.. 30 is tight. the small final winner would have been 10th in the grand final... feels like they should expand that to 50...
  • + 1
 @powderturns: usually the field is not that stacked, so it works out ok most of the time
  • + 2
 Hannah, fabous, hoping for a tussle between her and Seagrave, it's a long season.
  • + 3
 Chuck is the sleeper.
  • + 2
 Good to see Danny is clearly up to speed for the season ahead!
  • + 1
 Must be the Park runs, he's been doing, as Pre season training!
  • + 2
 Chears Phil
  • + 1
 The 'Stache is going to take Trummer places
  • + 2
 Where is Gwin?
  • + 65
 Doing pushups
  • + 1
 He got snowed in?
  • + 21
 hunting easter eggs?
  • + 2
 I think he only rode practice.
  • + 1
 @OGBrowner: how many?
  • + 11
 @nickgarrison: He only rides Park. Will let myself out now.
  • + 4
 @Muckal: all of them
  • + 11
 He’s racing XC this year.
  • + 61
 celebrating the resurrection & ascension to heaven of his lord and saviour
  • + 1
Damn, i was about to say that! Big Grin
  • - 17
flag aljoburr (Apr 21, 2019 at 10:39) (Below Threshold)
 @poah: Do you be leave in Santa Claus as well, Sorry spoiler alert!
  • + 5
 @aljoburr: as well as what?
  • + 1
 Where's Amaury Pierron?
  • + 1
 He’s at Joe’s
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