Practice Photo Epic - La Bresse DH World Cup 2018

Aug 23, 2018
by Dave Trumpore  



While the track in La Bresse may be short, it certainly gets straight to the point right out of the gate. Fast off-cambers, slippery berms and big jumps greet riders as soon as they head into the woods, and with conditions being bone dry it seems new roots, rocks, and ruts appear on each run. With the general consensus amongst riders being that the track is fun to ride, harder than it looks, and challenging, it certainly should put to bed any doubts that may have been lingering after watching any random helmet cam footage prior to the event.

With times under two and a half minutes this track will reward those who can run it on the ragged edge without making any mistakes. Should you check up or ride any section tentatively you will most certainly slide back more than a few places come race day.

Even though many of the titles are locked up already, the remaining podium spots in the overall are all up for grabs, and come race day on Saturday, the little track in La Bresse should put on one heck of a show.

The racing surface is super loose and super dry right now and with each passing run more and more roots and stumps are beginning to come through.
The racing surface is super loose and super dry right now, and with each passing run more and more roots and stumps are beginning to come through.

Fresh rubber getting mounted up before a day of punishment in the French forest.
Fresh rubber getting mounted up before a day of punishment in the French forest.

Practice train buddies for life Bernard and Connor.
Practice train buddies for life, Bernard Kerr and Connor Fearon.

Loris Vergier is sitting 2nd in points after an amazing season that also saw him claim his first world cup win.
Loris Vergier is sitting 2nd in points after an amazing season that also saw him claim his first World Cup win.

Rachel Atherton seemed happy and relaxed as she starts the final weekend in the quest for the 2018 World Cup overall.
Rachel Atherton seemed happy and relaxed as she starts the final weekend in the quest for the 2018 World Cup overall.

Troy Brosnan checks in at the pits this morning before getting his teeth sunk into a day of practice on a fresh course.
Troy Brosnan checks in at the pits this morning before getting his teeth sunk into a day of practice on a fresh course.

Tracey Hannah s mechanic keeps a black book of secret settings. Updated after each run and every race
Tracey Hannah's mechanic keeps a black book of secret settings that's updated after each run and every race

Sik Mik and Dakotah Norton catching up at the Polygon pit before gearing up.
Sik Mik and Dakotah Norton catching up at the Polygon pit before gearing up.

Tracey Hannah had a big crash early in the morning as the track began to break apart. With many stumps and rocks hidden under the soft dirt it was like navigating a mine field for the first few runs.
Tracey Hannah had a big crash early in the morning as the track began to break apart. With many stumps and rocks hidden under the soft dirt it was like navigating a mine field for the first few runs.

Gaetan Ruffin showing his Commencal Vallnord team mates Amaury Pierron and Remi Thirion some line choice before group B practice kicked off.
Gaetan Ruffin showing his Commencal Vallnord teammates Amaury Pierron and Remi Thirion some line choice before group B practice kicked off.

If you missed the fact that Gee Atherton is back after his MSA result today s TT was another reminder.
If you missed the fact that Gee Atherton is back after his MSA result, today's TT was another reminder.

Remi Thirion tows in team mate Amaury Pierron for their first run of the day.
Remi Thirion tows in teammate Amaury Pierron for their first run of the day.

Miranda Miller has had a tough injury-plagued year but looks confident on track for the final round.
Miranda Miller has had a tough, injury-plagued year, but looks confident on track for the final round.

Better believe Marine Cabirou came here to get a spot on the podium and sneak into the top5 overall.
Better believe Marine Cabirou came here to get a spot on the podium and sneak into the top five overall.

Brook Macdonald is on podium pace again here and was lighting up the track.
Brook Macdonald is on podium pace again here and was lighting up the track.

Alex Marin tries to find grip in the loose dirt and off camber roots at the top of the track.
Alex Marin tries to find grip in the loose dirt and off camber roots at the top of the track.

Henry Kerr was looking in especially fine form out on track today.
Henry Kerr was looking in especially fine form out on track today.

Ed Masters back on the big bike and ready to do damage to the top ranks.
Ed Masters back on the big bike and ready to do damage to the top ranks.

The fact that Thibaut Daprela has already wrapped up the overall didn t seem to be slowing him down much today.
The fact that Thibaut Daprela has already wrapped up the overall didn't seem to be slowing him down much today.

Canadain National Champ Magnus Manson pre-jumps into the steep woods mid track.
Canadian National Champ, Magnus Manson, pre-jumps into the steep woods mid-track.

The ever-stoked IFR team on the short ride to the top.
The ever-stoked IFR team on the short ride to the top.

Neko Mullaly pushing to finish the season with a top 20 plate.
Neko Mulally pushing to finish the season with a top 20 plate.

Tracey Hannah negotiates the final technical section on the course before riders blast towards the finish line through the open ski piste.
Tracey Hannah negotiates the final technical section on the course before riders blast towards the finish line through the open ski piste.

Rachel Atherton pushing on through the final fast grass corners during her timed training run which would place her fastest.
Rachel Atherton pushing on through the final fast grass corners during her timed training run which would place her fastest.

After a career best 9th in MSA last time out Angel Saurez was looking strong on track once again. The Spaniard has a tonne of style especially when his wheels leave the ground
After a career-best 9th in MSA last time out, Angel Saurez was looking strong on track once again. The Spaniard has a tonne of style, especially when his wheels leave the ground!

Frenchman Thomas Estaque rounded out the top 10 in timed training.
Frenchman Thomas Estaque rounded out the top 10 in timed training.

Former EWS World Champ Jerome Clementz was seen on track today as one of the pre-runners.
Former EWS World Champ Jerome Clementz was seen on track today as one of the pre-runners.

Up and over with Mark Wallace.
Up and over with Mark Wallace.

It s the last chance this season for Luca Shaw to take that World Cup win he s been challenging for all year...
It's the last chance this season for Luca Shaw to take that World Cup win he's been challenging for all year...

Wyn Masters flinging that big wheeled GT Fury through the deep loam that lays in wait on most of the track.
Wyn Masters flinging that big wheeled GT Fury through the deep loam that lays in wait on most of the track.

Last rounds winner Loic Bruni would love to do it again in front of the French crowd this weekend.
Last round's winner Loic Bruni would love to do it again in front of the French crowd this weekend.

Newlt crowned British National Champ Matt Walker blast through the rough and rooty lower woods.
Newly crowned British National Champ Matt Walker blast through the rough and rooty lower woods.

The speed is clearly there for Charlie Harrison following his breakthrough result at St Anne... now he s dialling in the style.
The speed is clearly there for Charlie Harrison, following his breakthrough result at Mont-Sainte-Anne... now he's dialing in the style.

As the course continued to dry the loam was absolutely flying by the TT session.
As the course continued to dry, the loam was absolutely flying by the TT session.

Greg Minnaar tries to keep from getting sucked into one of the big ruts that has formed in the middle of the track.
Greg Minnaar tries to keep from getting sucked into one of the big ruts that have formed in the middle of the track.

Dakotah Norton banks it into one of the tight turns in the bottom woods. On a track this short it will be important to nail these corners as stalling out or getting stood up will ruin a race run here.
Dakotah Norton banks it into one of the tight turns in the bottom woods. On a track this short it will be important to nail these corners, as stalling out or getting stood up will ruin a race run here.

Myriam Nicole will have to push extra hard this weekend if she wants to move up from her current 5th place raking.
Myriam Nicole will have to push extra hard this weekend if she wants to move up from her current 5th place raking.

6th in the timed session but you already knew to look out for Loris Vergier on home turf this weekend.
6th in the timed session, but you already knew to look out for Loris Vergier on home turf this weekend.

Noel Niederberger is never not styling.
Noel Niederberger is never not styling.

Sam Blenkinsop cutting through the soft first turns which were looking worse for wear by the end of the day.
Sam Blenkinsop cutting through the soft first turns which were looking worse for wear by the end of the day.

Patrick Butler on course for another great result in the juniors and making all the right shapes along the way.
Patrick Butler on course for another great result in the juniors and making all the right shapes along the way.

Luca Shaw scrubbing the open tables.
Luca Shaw scrubbing the open tables.

Rachel Atherton trying to find the race line at the close of the timed session.
Rachel Atherton trying to find the race line at the close of the timed session.

Danny Hart tucks and elbow and keeps it tight against the tree down into the final rock chute.
Danny Hart tucks an elbow and keeps it tight against the tree down into the final rock chute.

Finn Iles took a big slam and had to take a few minutes to gather his thoughts before pressing on with the rest of practice.
Finn Iles took a big slam and had to take a few minutes to gather his thoughts before pressing on with the rest of practice.

Greg Williamson is a literal dark horse with his stealthy black set-up but could also pull a big result anytime.
Greg Williamson is a literal dark horse with his stealthy black set-up, but could also pull a big result anytime.

What can Joe Smith muster up when the clock starts to count for real He was second fastest in timed training and looked at home in the deep dust and loam it d be great to see him take the big result he s been knocking on the door of.
What can Joe Smith muster up when the clock starts to count for real? He was second fastest in timed training and looked at home in the deep dust and loam, it'd be great to see him take the big result he's been knocking on the door of.

It was as fast and loose as it gets out there today... Cue Blenkinsop getting wild.
It was as fast and loose as it gets out there today... Cue Blenkinsop getting wild.

Thomas Estaque is capable of any result and maybe the home crowd will be enough to spur him onto the podium once again.
Thomas Estaque is capable of any result and maybe the home crowd will be enough to spur him onto the podium once again.

Vali Holl looking to go 6 for 6 and make it a perfect inaugral season of WC racing.
Vali Holl, looking to go 6 for 6 and make it a perfect inaugural season of WC racing.

Aaron Gwin scrubs one jump and his teammate Angel Suarez whips another off in the distance.
Aaron Gwin scrubs one jump and his teammate Angel Suarez whips another off in the distance.

Some typical uncouth trail decorum from the Mob.
Some typical uncouth trail decorum from the Mob.

An end of day line scope for Gee Atherton who was already onto a good thing after his heater of a TT lap.
An end of day line scope for Gee Atherton, who was already onto a good thing after his heater of a TT lap.



49 Comments

  • 45 2
 Would love to see Gee podium.
  • 28 5
 You think Dorel could at least give Jerome the newest version of their dh bike and not the Atherton one.
  • 60 0
 There is 2 new GT for the factory team and plenty of full time WC racers on the same bike as me. I would feel bad if I got one before them especially knowing that I need a DH bike only to train and have fun. I feel already lucky to have a bike and be able to play with!
Jérôme
#defineyourpriority
  • 7 0
 @loizorider: Jérôme, you're such a gentleman.
  • 2 7
flag ShempHoward (Aug 24, 2018 at 3:41) (Below Threshold)
 I guess the enduro guys aren't cool enough to get one of the new GT's yet.
  • 1 1
 Um, literally the previous article shows Martin Maes with a new GT.
  • 1 1
 @shawnca7: Umm was referring to this pic of Jerome, maybe you didn't see it.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/16265719

Indeed saw Martin's new bike as it was post hours before this.
  • 13 0
 Nathan, Dave, & Ross are killing it with the photos recently. I'm as impressed with the photography as I am the riding.
  • 6 0
 Dave's shot of Hart squeezing past the tree is so sick!
  • 11 1
 Super stoked to see how Gwin does. See if the thumb is good to go and if he’s as fast on 29 as 27.5... will be a fun one to watch for sure.
  • 10 2
 Are you sure that's Sam Blenkinsop ? Because I can see gloves...
  • 9 0
 French Cycling Federation says you have to wear gloves and I think back protection as well.
  • 1 0
 @downhere67: French are always on protection including those videos.
  • 10 2
 Gwin on Schwalbes...umm.
  • 3 2
 angel is on the gwinn onzas it looks like...
  • 5 0
 I guess Onza hasn't made a 29 version of the Aquila yet!
  • 7 1
 Who wouldn’t love to put Magic Marys (or Shorties) on and bite them into those loamy corners come on... Connor Fearon must be orgasmic on this thing.
  • 4 0
 Ummm no. He posted pictures on IG of the 29er Onza tires he’s using 2.4.
  • 1 0
 He’s on Onza 29er tires @JamesR2026:
  • 1 0
 @andrew8404: Yup He's on Onza 29. There was a picture of it I think it was in IG
  • 1 0
 must have swiched tires during practice cause he showed some 29er onzas on IG.
  • 2 0
 Tyres on the pic with Gwin are Magic Maries, what he has on instagram is a different story and being professional he is, he would surely not show MMs on his insta.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: he had MM's on in his IG story the other day
  • 3 0
 Hey...
Does anyone know what happened to the new Demo 29er Miranda Miller was on earlier in the year ???
Loic, Finn and Miranda are all back on the current Demo 27.5
Strange of Specialized not to have a 29er steed on the go when all of the top teams, and in a way smaller bike companies, have their riders on proper ready for market / at market 29er dh bikes.
  • 5 0
 I went to the grocery store last night. I saw Dales Pale Ale. I thought of Neko. I bought the Dales.
  • 2 0
 same
  • 5 1
 Last syndicate race for vergier?
  • 3 1
 I don't think so!
  • 1 0
 reunite with loic?
  • 1 0
 Have heard that rumor a month ago but all silent now. Not much silly season talk this year.
  • 1 0
 "it certainly should put to bed any doubts that may have been lingering after watching any random helmet cam footage prior to the event." lmao......great way to put a spin on the shitty Syndicate helmet cam edit......
  • 1 0
 of all the world cup tracks, this looks like the one I'd most wanna ride. jumps, drops, fun-looking but not totally terrifying tech (I'm sure it's much scarier in person) and—most importantly—short!
  • 1 0
 Awesome new track, so keen of who will win it!
Always great RAW shots to found here www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD6Q1dTa21w
  • 2 0
 So many great shots in this!
  • 2 0
 wow great photos for this one
  • 2 0
 @davetrumpore Shouldn’t it be 7/7 for Vali Höll?
  • 2 3
 Wouldn't it be better if every wc race instead of points you would add the times just like at enduro but all year round? Maybe drop one result or time because of flat or mechanical? That would teally be an overall winner
  • 2 0
 what are these fings on blenki's hands ?
  • 1 0
 Hooray for roost!
  • 6 6
 way too short for the worlds top athletes.
  • 19 2
 This is a great track, variety of track lengths, technical features has made for the best world cup season in years.
  • 2 0
 yet they all seem to love it.
  • 2 3
 Clementz doesn’t ride for GT...
  • 15 0
 Cannondale doesnt make a Downhill bike and GT has the same parent company.
  • 9 0
 Dorel, which is a Canadian company. Owns Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi, IronHorse, SUGOI and Fabric. In case you were wondering.
  • 2 0
 I think I would take the new Mongoose DH over the old Fury if that was even an option.
  • 4 0
 If they could get me a Iron Horse Sunday from 07’ with a Boxxer Race, man @ShempHoward:
  • 1 0
 @slayersxc17: Hell ya, I miss Iron Horse.

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