Photo Epic: The First Half - Maribor DH World Cup Round 1

Oct 17, 2020
by Nathan Hughes  




Photo Epic presented by Five Ten


Today started much the same as yesterday finished, with more cold and wet weather gripping the already battered hillside of Pohorje. Even before the racing got underway, there was drama with yesterday's top qualifier, Reece Wilson, having a huge crash which would see him sidelined for the race. Gutting news. The rain eased up as as the stopwatches came out and conditions looked like a fairly level playing field with it staying slick yet sticky for most of the field. The junior races kicked off the action with Leona Pierrini and Oisin O'Callaghan taking the spoils, followed by Pierrini were Siel Van Der Velden and Anastasia Thiele whilst Dan Slack and Nuno Reis ran O'Callaghan closest.

Yesterday, both Reece Wilson and Tracey Hannah took commanding wins in qualifying, but today played out very differently for both of them. Wilson was out before he even had a chance to show his hand and Hannah was frustrated with her run, knowing she'd maybe played it too conservatively and left time on the table. It was Marine Cabirou who laid down a statement of intent which ultimately proved insurmountable as she held on to win by over 6 seconds with Nicole in tow, ahead of Hannah, Farina and Hrastnik. Farina gets our vote for ride of the day after taking a HUGE crash on her final practice run.

The men's race was wide open, with no clear favourite. Old time force, Greg Minnaar, had a lengthy stay in the hot seat before being deposed by a young Brit, Matt Walker. They'd end up 4th and 5th respectively, but it was the French who turned it on once again. First Remi Thirion laid down some more magic to smash well into the green, but it didn't last long with eventual winner, Loris Vergier, sneaking ahead of him by 2.5 seconds. That left de facto last man down the hill, Thibaut Daprela, with all eyes on him as he came home to take his first elite podium finish.

We won't have long to wait for the next helping of action in Maribor; tomorrow brings a slighty tweaked track and the second qualifying session of the week with plenty of riders hungry to right their wrongs.


Hopefully Sunday s race won t be quite this messy
Hopefully Sunday's race won't be quite this messy!

The day started the same as yesterday dark and damp.
Dark and damp... what is this Autumn or something?

Jure Zabjek looking to shave some valuable seconds off his race run time for round two in a couple days. He matched his qualie position today coming in a 15.
Jure Zabjek looking to shave some valuable seconds off his race run time for round two in a couple days. The Slovenian matched his qualie position today, coming in P15.

Myriam Nicole goes 88mph in the morning fog.
Myriam Nicole going 88mph in the morning fog.

The YT sponsorship dream continues. Oisin O Callaghan is clearly a force to be reckoned with in the junior category. 1st place for the new World Champ.
The YT sponsorship dream continues. Oisin O'Callaghan is clearly a force to be reckoned with in the junior category. 1st place for the new World Champ.

Regrettably the rain forecast to adjurn at 8am did no such thing and riders once again took to the course under dripping skies.
Regrettably the rain forecast to adjurn at 8am did no such thing and riders once again took to the course under dripping skies.

Leona Pierrini traded split times with Siel Van Der Velden but ultimately came out on top by over 3 seconds.
Leona Pierrini traded split times with Siel Van Der Velden but ultimately came out on top by over 3 seconds.

Nuno Reis hanging it out on his way to third place in junior men.
Nuno Reis hanging it out on his way to third place in junior men.

No Worlds medal for Siel Van Der Velden last week but a second place today in junior women.
No Worlds medal for Siel Van Der Velden last week, but a second place today in junior women.

Skipping over the roots and into second place for the Junior Men is Dan Slack.
Skipping over the roots and into second place for the Junior Men is Dan Slack.

Third for Anastasia Thiele while the rain still fell this morning.
Third for Anastasia Thiele while the rain still fell this morning.

Your top 3 junior women 1st Leona Pierrini 2nd Siel Van Der Velden 3rd Anastasia Thiele
Your top 3 junior women: 1st Leona Pierrini 2nd Siel Van Der Velden 3rd Anastasia Thiele

Your top 3 junior men 1st Oisin O Callaghan 2nd Dan Slack 3rd Nuno Reis
Your top 3 junior men: 1st Oisin O'Callaghan 2nd Dan Slack 3rd Nuno Reis

A track full of hazards.
A track chock-full of hazards.

Nina Hoffmann will be gutted to miss out on the podium by just a couple of tenths luckily for her she gets to do it all again on Sunday.
Nina Hoffmann will be gutted to miss out on the podium by just a couple of tenths. Luckily for her, she gets to do it all again on Sunday.

Monika Hrastnik off the finish step down and into the last spot on the podium.
Monika Hrastnik off the finish step down and into the last spot on the podium.

Eleonora took an absolutely massive slam on her final training lap after casing the big mid-track double... and we mean massive. She survived and went for it in finals riding to an incredible 4th place..
Eleonora took an absolutely massive slam on her final training lap after casing the big, mid-track double... and we mean massive. She survived and went for it in finals, riding to an incredible 4th place..

Mille Johnset had some issues staying up right in finals and collected part of the course tape somewhere along the way.
Mille Johnset had some issues staying up right in finals and her roll-ups didn’t appreciate it, trailing after her after her crash through the rocks.

Tahnee Seagrave s speed is there but it s just not quite coming together for her so far this season. She ll look to turn it around for the second race this week.
Tahnee Seagrave's speed is there but it's just not quite coming together for her so far this season. She'll look to turn it around for the second race this week.

It wasn t to be for Tracey Hannah today after qualifying fastest. Her brother Mick said she was frustrated with herself for not pushing on like she knows she could have.
It wasn't to be for Tracey Hannah today after qualifying fastest. Her brother Mick said she was frustrated with herself for not pushing on like she knows she could have.

Visibly gutted Tracey Hannah would like that one back. Good thing the second chance is just around the corner.
Visibly gutted, Tracey Hannah would like that one back. Good thing the second chance is just around the corner.

Myriam Nicole was so keen for the win after losing the stripes last weekend but second would have to do.
Myriam Nicole was so keen for the win after losing the stripes last weekend, but second would have to do.

Marine Cabirou almost blew the field apart last season here in Maribor but crashed in her race run.
Marine Cabirou almost blew the field apart last season here in Maribor, but crashed in her race run.

This year Marine was back for revenge and boosted her way to a huge winning margin of over 6 seconds.
This year Marine was back for revenge and boosted her way to a huge winning margin of over 6 seconds.

Doesn t get much better than that. A 6-second margin to her hearest competitor seen MArine Cabirou take a comfortable victory.
Doesn't get much better than that. A 6-second margin to her nearest competitor seen Marine Cabirou take a comfortable victory.

Yout top 5 elite women 1st Marine Cabirou 2nd Myriam Nicole 3rd Tracey Hannah 4th Eleonora Farina 5th Monika Hrastnik
Your top 5 elite women: 1st Marine Cabirou 2nd Myriam Nicole 3rd Tracey Hannah 4th Eleonora Farina 5th Monika Hrastnik

Man are we media somewhat tired of slipping around at the side of the track. The riders who can t stay between the tape are too.
Man, are we medias somewhat tired of slipping around at the side of the track. The riders who can't stay between the tape are too.

Welshman Mike Jones put a decent top 20 score on the board.
Welshman, Mike Jones, put a decent top 20 score on the board.

Kade Edwards finds some time to have some fun after laying it down in the dirt in his race run.
Kade Edwards finds some time to have some fun after laying it down in the dirt in his race run.

5-time German champ Max Hartenstern laid down a solid performace in the slop with a 17th.
5-time German champ, Max Hartenstern, laid down a solid performance in the slop with a 17th.

Martin Maes is back swinging off a downhill bike again and mixing it with the big dogs as you d expect. 9th place on the day.
Martin Maes is back swinging off a downhill bike again and mixing it with the big dogs as you'd expect. 9th place on the day.

Baptiste Pierron taking the final spot in the top 10.
Baptiste Pierron taking the final spot in the top 10.

Dakotah Norton putting down watts as he races to the finish. Twelfth with more left in the tank for Sunday.
Dakotah Norton putting down watts as he races to the finish. Twelfth with more left in the tank for Sunday.

The 2020 season hanging on by a thread visualized thanks to the UCI timing team.
The 2020 season hanging on by a thread visualized thanks to the UCI timing team.

Matt Walker with a strong ride into 4th place he looked comfortable on the track wet or dry.
Matt Walker with a strong ride into 4th place, he looked comfortable on the track wet or dry.

Matt Walker seems right back on track with his second ever podium - this time one spot better than Maribor 2019.
Walker seems right back on track with his second ever podium - this time one spot better than Maribor 2019.

Out of touch today for Loic. He met his demise on the very slippery first grass corner before trying to salvage his run.
Out of touch today for Loic. He met his demise on the very slippery first grass corner before trying to salvage his run.

Jack Moir continues to perform pretty flawlessly in the anti-Australian conditions 7th after a 6th place qualie.
Jack Moir, continues to perform pretty flawlessly in the anti-Australian conditions; 7th after a 6th place qualie.

Troy Brosnan simply cannot perform badly at a World Cup. 8th is about as lousy as it ever gets even in conditions like these.
Troy Brosnan simply cannot perform badly at a World Cup. 8th is about as lousy as it ever gets, even in conditions like these.

Luca Shaw just half a second back from the podium in 6th that ll give him the confidence to push on on Sunday and get back on the box.
Luca Shaw just half a second back from the podium in 6th. That'll give him the confidence to push on on Sunday and get back on the box.

Greg Minnaar boosting the final jump. He s sat in the hot seat for quite some time before being dethroned by Thirion.
Greg Minnaar boosting the final jump. He's sat in the hot seat for quite some time before being dethroned by Thirion.

Angel Suarez back at the sharp end of proceedings once again good to see him being rewarded for his efforts after some big injuries over the last few seasons.
Angel Suarez back at the sharp end of proceedings once again, good to see him being rewarded for his efforts after some big injuries over the last few seasons.

Remi Thirion showing his World Championship success was no flash in the pan going one better into second.
Remi Thirion showing his World Championship success was no flash in the pan going one better into second.

High on his Worlds bronze mud and steep boss Remi Thirion hit 2nd place this afternoon.
How awesome to see the deep mud and steeps boss back on the top steps.

The finish area was basically a pudding cup after the rain lifted in the afternoon.
The finish area was basically a pudding cup after the rain lifted in the afternoon.

Loris Vergier has been on a tear in the races we ve had in this topsy turvy season . He put it together when it mattered and goes away with his second World Cup win.
Loris Vergier has been on a tear in the races we've had in this topsy turvy "season". He put it together when it mattered and goes away with his second World Cup win.

Loris Vergier full gas to the finish. A six second gap on the rest of the field is no easy feat. Can he pull it off again Sunday
Vergier full gas to the finish. A six second gap on the rest of the field is no easy feat. Can he pull it off again Sunday?

2.6 seconds ahead of the game. What a performance.
2.6 seconds ahead of the game. What a performance.

Nervous moments for Loris Vergier in the hot seat whilst the final few riders came down.
Nervous moments for Loris Vergier in the hot seat whilst the final few riders came down.

Thibaut Daprela with the finish line in sight and on the way to his maiden podium in the elite class.
Thibaut Daprela with the finish line in sight and on the way to his maiden podium in the elite class.

Thibaut Daprela looked positively fierce in his final traning run of the morning and then stormed onto his first elite podium.
Daprela looked positively fierce in his final training run of the morning and then stormed onto his first elite podium.

Victory number 2 for French fire Vergier.
Victory number 2 for French fire, Vergier.

Yout top 5 elite men 1st Loris Vergier 2nd Remi Thirion 3rd Thibaut Daprela 4th Matt Walker 5th Greg Minnaar
Your top 5 elite men: 1st Loris Vergier 2nd Remi Thirion 3rd Thibaut Daprela 4th Matt Walker 5th Greg Minnaar

Steve Peat on hose-down duty for today s winner.
Steve Peat on hose-down duty for today's winner.

Another World Cup another podium for the all-time great GM.
Onto to the next, which, strangely is on this very same hillside in less than 48 hours. What a time to be alive.



38 Comments

  • 74 0
 Quietly loving watching Moir smoke AG & IFR.

Keep it up son!
  • 11 0
 Its bloody brilliant, innit!
  • 2 0
 This! so much! hahaha!!
  • 44 0
 Shout out to Nathan Hughes, Andy Vathis and Ross Bell to still deliver stunning images in less then idea conditions. R.I.P. their camera gear from the last couple of weeks, though.
  • 12 1
 lol seriously. Can we get a gofundme for their thrashed camera gear?
  • 2 0
 @brandaneisma: aye, ebay
  • 46 0
 You know you’ve arrived when Steve Peat is washing your bike.
  • 4 0
 What I was coming to say! VIP
  • 9 0
 You know, that actually says something really good about Peaty. Multiple time WC overall winner and still humble/generous/team-minded enough to wash junior riders bikes
  • 18 0
 I don’t know about you but I am absolutely gutted they couldn’t use gutted more when speaking about gutted things at the World Cup. Also Marine is a bad ass.
  • 1 0
 Indeed, all of the above!
  • 15 0
 I’m so bummed that Reece crashed
  • 3 0
 Yeah , we need a regular "fight" of the world champ
  • 9 0
 I hope racing the same venue twice is the new normal. Racers will have 2 chances to win, less travel, less pollution. Great pics by the way!
  • 9 0
 Only if they can manage two totally different tracks, don't you think?
  • 1 0
 @fautquecaswing: well, could be totally different, the same, of like this weekend, 2 partially different tracks. I don’t mind, expect every race and result will be different.
  • 8 0
 That radial pan is sick!
  • 3 0
 On that last pic - they are saying "Wow - this trophy looks like something you get for winning the egg and spoon race in primary school"
  • 3 0
 Where did you go to primary school, Monte Carlo?
  • 2 0
 Anyone know why junior women had to wear national jerseys and no-one else did? Just personal choice or is there a fun little uci regulation?
  • 3 0
 If they don’t have enough uci points to race world cups you can gain entry through racing under your national federation.
  • 1 0
 @ryan-82: ahhh that makes sense, thanks man! Knew there was some sort of rule like that, just got confused bcos all 3 fastest had em on haha
  • 4 0
 "Myriam Nicole going 88mph in the morning fog."
GREAT SCOTT!
  • 1 0
 It got me interested, as well. 88kmh would be pretty high speed. 88mph is super-warp speed.
  • 4 0
 88mph is what you need to go back to the future...????
  • 5 0
 @flowisforpussies: "If my calculations are correct... when this baby hits 88 mph... you're gonna see some serious shit." - Dr. Emmett Brown
  • 4 0
 My name is Mud.
  • 4 0
 Primus sux
  • 2 0
 I couldn't even survive the track in those conditions, Props!
  • 2 0
 The french are on fire !!
  • 1 0
 Max Hartenstern with the top 20! Really happy for him ????
  • 2 4
 I couldn't help but laugh at the party streamer trailing behind Millie Jonset! All she needed were a couple of balloons tied on to her bike and a party hat on top of her helmet and the look would have been complete!
  • 1 0
 I'm sure she was laughing out loud after being nearly knocked out...
  • 1 0
 Monkey’s Sauce
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