Maribor provided some classic racing as the top four men were separated by less than a second. It would be current World Champion Loic Bruni who would take the win on board his new mixed wheel Specialized Demo. 0.404 seconds back would be Danny Hart who was also sporting two wheel sizes and managed to hang onto the hot seat for what felt like most of the race. Troy Brosnan has looked quick on track since the iXS round last weekend and he put together a great run that would place him third. On his first race for Trek Factory Racing, Charlie Harrison would prove he is one to watch this year as he stays within a second of Bruni's time. Hart's teammate Matt Walker couldn't quite repeat his performance from last weekend but a fifth place for the young ready is still very impressive.
In the Elite Women's race, it was an all-out battle between the two British riders Rachel Atherton and Tahnee Seagrave. In the end, Tahnee would best Rachel by 0.855 seconds but the close split times show that this season is going to be pretty exciting between the two racers. tracey Hannah couldn't quite match her top qualifying position from yesterday but her third-place finish shows she is still a strong contender for this season. Scott Factory rider Marine Cabirou showed she is also one to watch this year as she held onto the hot seat for most of the race. Monika Hrastnik would complete the podium 4.325 seconds back in a very competitive women's field.
Thibaut Daprela and Vali Holl continue where they left off in 2018 with big wins in Maribor. Thibaut took the Junior Men win with a margin of over three seconds on Ethan Shandro. Kye A'Hern would fall just over four seconds back from first with Lucas Cruz and Goncalo Bandeira completing the top five. In the Junior Women's race, Vali Holl would dominate the field with an almost 10 second lead over Anna Newkirk. Atherton Bikes team rider Mille Johnset would pilot the prototype bike into third just a few hundredths of a second back from 2nd place. Lauryne Chappaz and Ottilia Johansson Jones would come across the line in fourth and fifth.
1st. Loic Bruni: 2:58.839
2nd. Danny Hart: +0.404
3rd. Troy Brosnan: +0.764
4th. Charlie Harrison: +0.928
5th. Matt Walker: +1.610
1st. Tahnee Seagrave: 3:25.888
2nd. Rachel Atherton: +0.855
3rd. Tracey Hannah: +2.638
4th. Marine Cabirou: +3.542
5th. Monika Hrastnik: +4.325
1st. Thibaut Daprela: 3:05.557
2nd. Ethan Shandro: +3.041
3rd. Kye A'Hern: +4.266
4th. Lucas Cruz: +6.254
5th. Goncalo Bandeira: +8.289
1st. Vali Holl: 3:35.775
2nd. Anna Newkirk: +9.943
3rd. Mille Johnset: +10.110
4th. Lauryne Chappaz: +34.350
5th. Ottilia Johansson Jones: +39.631
Full Results:Elite Men
Live Race Updates:
3:30am PDT: The Elite Women are now on course.
3:33am PDT: Janine Hubscher sets the first time of 3:40.493
3:35am PDT: Camille Balanche goes faster by over two seconds.
3:36am PDT: Veronika Widmann is faster at every split and sits in the top spot with 2.042 back to second position.
3:37am PDT: Sandra Rubesam moves into second.
3:38am PDT: Eleonora Farina must have done something special between split 4 and the finish line as she was down at all four splits but still crosses the line one second up on Widmann.
3:41am PDT: Marine Cabirou is up by 1.4 seconds at split one. She has been looking fast all weekend, can she take the win today?
3:43am PDT: Almost four seconds up at split three.
3:44am PDT: Marine is now five seconds up.
3:45am PDT: Marine Cabirou takes the lead with a time of 3:29.430. She looked to be flying on the live feed.
3:46am PDT: Katy Curd seems to be off the pace, over six seconds back.
3:47am PDT: Katy finishes 13 seconds back, she seems to have lost a lot of time from split two onwards.
3:48am PDT: Emilie Siegenthaler is almost ten seconds back at split four.
3:49am PDT: She goes 12 seconds back and now sits in seventh place.
3:50am PDT: Mariana Salazar crosses the line 11 back on Cabirou. Carina Cappellari is just over six seconds back at split three.
3:52am PDT: Carina Cappellari drops further back at split four, now seven seconds off first.
3:53am PDT: Monika Hrastnik is now on track, what can she do this weekend?
3:53am PDT: Hrastnik is up at split two! Almost a second ahead.
3:54am PDT: Down by 1.3 at split three, it looks like she lost a bit of time in the rock garden.
3:55am PDT: Monika Hrastnik finishes 0.783 seconds back and moves in 2nd place.
3:57am PDT: Nina Hoffmann only back by on 0.248 at split one. Could she take the top spot?
3:57am PDT: Up by almost a second at split two.
3:58am PDT: She looks very quick through the rock garden and but still falls behind by 0.849 at split three.
3:59am PDT: Lost a ton of time, now back by over two seconds.
3:59am PDT: With three women left can anyone topple Marine Cabirou's time?
4:00am PDT: Nina Hoffmann comes in 2.306 back, and sits in third position.
4:01am PDT: Tahnee up by four seconds at split two!
4:01am PDT: She loses a bit of time but still three seconds ahead.
4:02am PDT: Tahnee finishes 3.542 up, will this time hold with Rachel and Tracey still to come?
4:03am PDT: Rachel on track. Time to see how quick the new bike is.
4:04am PDT: Just ahead at split one.
4:05am PDT: Rachel back by 0.5 at split two.
4:05am PDT: So close at split three, 0.087 up on Tahnee.
4:06am PDT: Split four sees her drop back again.
4:07am PDT: Rachel fails to beat Tahnee's time, she is back by 0.855 as she crosses the line.
4:08am PDT: One woman left. What can Tracey Hannah do today?
4:09am PDT: Tracey is 1.395 back at split one.
4:09am PDT: Split two sees her fall further back again. Now 2.548 off the pace.
4:10am PDT: Tracey pulls back some time but still over two seconds back from Tahnee.
4:10am PDT: The final split has Tracey still in the red.
4:11am PDT: Tahnee Seagrave takes the win in Maribor!
4:13am PDT: Elite Women's Podium: // 1st. Tahnee Seagrave - 3:25.888 // 2nd. Rachel Atherton - 3:26.743 // 3rd. Tracey Hannah - 3:28.526 // 4th. Marine Cabirou - 3:29.430 // 5th. Monika Hrastnik - 3:30.213 //
4:30am PDT: Elite Men are starting now.
4:33am PDT: Alex Fayolle sets the first time of the day. 3:04.581.
4:34am PDT: Ed Masters goes quickest, over a second up on Fayolle.
4:36am PDT: Bernard Kerr is only 0.177 off Masters' time at split two.
4:37am PDT: Bernard falls just behind at the finish and now sits in second position.
4:39am PDT: Matt Simmonds on the new Cannondale DH bike can't quite find the pace and is 3.322 back at split four.
4:42am PDT: No one on track seems to be able to match Masters time, how long can he stay on the hot seat?
4:47am PDT: Brendan Fairclough Got within a second of Masters but has now fallen back by 2.453 at split four.
4:48am PDT: David Trummer has been looking very fast all week and he is within 0.2 of Masters.
4:49am PDT: Trummer is 0.051 down at split four, can he find any extra time?
4:49am PDT: David Trummer crosses the finish line only 0.168 behind Ed Masters' time.
4:50am PDT: Hugo Frixtalon looked to be on pace at split one but as sine dropped back after crossing split two.
4:51am PDT: Michael Jones looks to be on a good run, only 0.774 back at split two.
4:52am PDT: Dakotah Norton back by 0.419 at split two.
4:52am PDT: Michael Jones drops to a second back at split four.
4:53am PDT: Norton is up at split three!
4:53am PDT: Norton gains more time in split four.
4:54am PDT: Dakotah Norton goes fastest by 1.449 seconds.
4:54am PDT: Matt Walker (GB) is green all the way so far. Almost two seconds up at split three.
4:55am PDT: Walker continues to lead at split four, can he repeat his win from the iXS cup last weekend?
4:56am PDT: By 1.441 seconds Matt Walker goes into the top spot.
5:00am PDT: Current Elite Men Top 3 // 1st. Matt Walker (GB) - 3:00.449 // 2nd. Dakotah Norton - 3:01.890 // 3rd. Ed Masters - 3:03.339 //
5:01am PDT: Neko Mulally goes 1.101 back at split one.
5:03am PDT: Neko is continuing to lose time as he goes down the course.
5:04am PDT: Finishing 5.566 seconds back Neko Mulally goes into 12th.
5:10am PDT: Charlie Hatton only 0.322 back at split one.
5:11am PDT: Hatton drops back from Matt Walker at split three, now 2.841 off the top spot.
5:12am PDT: Charlie Hatton moves into 13th position after losing time all the way down the track.
5:19am PDT: Sam Blenkinsop is next on track, what can he do this weekend?
5:20am PDT: Sam is less than a second back at split one.
5:21am PDT: Drops to over two seconds back at split two.
5:22am PDT: Danny Hart is out the start gate. Can he beat his teammate's time?
5:22am PDT: Hart goes 0.624 up at split one.
5:23am PDT: He loses a bit of time but is still up at the second split.
5:23am PDT: Almost a second up now, it looks like Matt Walker's time is beatable.
5:24am PDT: Danny Hart goes into first with a time of 2:59.243. 1.206 up on Matt Walker.
5:25am PDT: Reece Wilson is nearly two seconds back at the 2nd split.
5:26am PDT: 3.530 back at split three, Wilson looks to be far off the pace of Hart.
5:27am PDT: Will Danny Hart take the win on his mixed wheel sized bike?
5:30am PDT: Brook MacDonald on track.
5:30am PDT: Brook 1.243 behind at the second split.
5:31am PDT: He is losing more time in the bottom half of the track. 2.474 behind Hart.
5:32am PDT: Brook almost loses it but manages to ride it out.
5:33am PDT: Connor Fearon nearly a second in the red at the first split.
5:34am PDT: Over a second behind now.
5:34am PDT: He is flying though the rock garden but still loses almost 2 seconds in that section of track.
5:35am PDT: Fearon goes into tenth.
5:36am PDT: Remi Thirion only 0.398 back at split one.
5:37am PDT: One second back at split two.
5:37am PDT: Loses another second to Hart.
5:38am PDT: Remi come across the line in ninth, 4.441 back.
5:39am PDT: Marcelo Gutierrez is over 2.5 seconds behind after the first two splits.
5:40am PDT: Gee Atherton is up next, can he pilot the prototype bike to victory?
5:41am PDT: Gee is way down at split one. 1.546 off Hart's time.
5:43am PDT: Over three and a half seconds back at the third split.
5:44am PDT: Gee Atherton slots in 15th place.
5:45am PDT: Dean Lucas half a second behind Danny's first split.
5:46am PDT: Lucas loses another half a second at split two.
5:46am PDT: 1.849 back at third split.
5:47am PDT: Dean Lucas goes into fourth after a great run.
5:48am PDT: Amaury Pierron back by 0.410, can he continue his success from last year?
5:49am PDT: Pierron barely loses any time going into split three.
5:50am PDT: Just over a second off the top time now.
5:50am PDT: Amaury Pierron goes into third position, 1.653 behind Hart.
5:51am PDT: Danny Hart and Matt Walker are still holding the two top spots on the hot seat, can anyone beat the Madison Saracen riders?
5:54am PDT: Joe Breeden had a great qualifying run yesterday let's see what he can do today.
5:54am PDT: 2.626 seconds back from Hart at split two.
5:55am PDT: Breeden comes off but looks to be okay and is back on the bike.
5:56am PDT: 13 seconds back at split four, the crash has clearly cost him a lot of time.
5:57am PDT: Jacob Dickson 1.447 off the leader's pace.
5:58am PDT: 7.908 seconds back Jacob Dickson is in 34th place.
6:00am PDT: Only 10 riders left at the top of the hill, can anyone beat Danny Hart?
6:04am PDT: George Brannigan two seconds behind at the 2nd split.
6:05am PDT: Brannigan goes into 14th.
6:06am PDT: World Champion Loic Bruni is insanely close to Hart. 0.006 back.
6:07am PDT: Bruni is up!
6:08am PDT: He extends his lead at split three, 0.471 up.
6:08am PDT: Almost a second up at split four. The mixed wheel bike seems to be suiting him well.
6:09am PDT: Loic Bruni takes the lead! 0.404 up on Hart.
6:11am PDT: Jure Zabjek is over two seconds back on Bruni at the 2nd split.
6:12am PDT: He loses more time at split four, now 4.603 off the top time.
6:14am PDT: Charlie Harrison within a second of Bruni at split one.
6:14am PDT: He gains time at the 2nd split, only 0.440 in the red.
6:15am PDT: Split three sees him lose over a second, now 1.663 back.
6:15am PDT: Harrison goes into third after crossing the line on a loose run.
6:17am PDT: Troy Brosnan so close at split one! 0.081 off Bruni.
6:18am PDT: Brosnan loses half a second at split two, we know he is quick on this course can he make up the time at the bottom of the track?
6:18am PDT: Lost almost a second at the next split. Bruni's time is looking very quick.
6:19am PDT: Troy Brosnan takes third place, less than a second off Bruni. He gained a lot of time in the last section of track.
6:20am PDT: Only 0.326 behind, can Loris Vergier get a good result for the Syndicate?
6:21am PDT: Lost more time at split two, but still less than a second back.
6:22am PDT: Big crash!
6:22am PDT: Loris is back on the bike and making his way down the course. He has lost his helmet peak in the crash.
6:23am PDT: Crosses the line 13.178 back, he sits in 54th position. It hasn't been a great weekend for the Syndicate.
6:24am PDT: Laurie Greenland nearly a second off the pace at split one.
6:25am PDT: One second back at 2nd split.
6:25am PDT: Lost another second at split three.
6:26am PDT: Laurie Greenland moves into 7th, 2.379 off Loic Bruni.
6:27am PDT: Three riders to go. Finn Iles on track.
6:28am PDT: Finn is just back at split one. Can he beat his teammate Loic's time on the mixed wheel bike?
6:28am PDT: Finn slips out in a corner and loses a ton of time. Seven seconds back at split two.
6:29am PDT: Just Aaron Gwin and Mark Wallace left at the top, can either of them top Loic Bruni?
6:31am PDT: Aaron Gwin in touch at the first split. 0.125 in the red.
6:31am PDT: Gwin loses a bit of time at the second split but he can still catch up.
6:32am PDT: He loses a ton of time at the 3rd split. Nearly two seconds back.
6:33am PDT: Still loses time at split four, it is looking like he won't be in the top three.
6:33am PDT: Aaron Gwin goes into sixth place. Only Mark Wallace can beat Loic Bruni now.
6:34am PDT: Wallace is over a second back at the first split.
6:37am PDT: 2.117 back at split four.
6:37am PDT: Mark Wallace finishes in 8th position.
6:37am PDT: Loic Bruni takes the win!
6:38am PDT: Elite Men's Podium: // 1st. Loic Bruni - 2:58.839 // 2nd. Danny Hart - 2:59.243 // 3rd. Troy Brosnan - 2:59.603 // 4th. Charlie Harrison - 2:59.603 // 5th. Matt Walker - 3:00.449 //