Photo Story: Looking Back at Vali Holl's Perfect Debut Season

Dec 23, 2018
by YT Industries  
Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Words: YT Industries
Photos: Photos: Ale Di Lullo/Isac Paddock

At the age of 17, Vali Holl already has countless victories to her name. It's every racer’s dream to have the perfect season, winning 7 World Cup’s & World Champs was something Vali ticked off in 2018, her first year racing World Cups.

Over the years we’ve watched Vali develop into a great athlete, we are proud to have supported her since her first race in 2013 at the IXS Rookies Cup in Winterberg. Over 38 race wins, and many more to come! Vali currently races on YT Industries frames under the SRAM RockShox Factory Racing program.

bigquotesIt’s a different “factory setup” than most other World Cup teams. I’m the only racer and have my own mechanic, that’s really cool. It’s a small team but a dream team.Vali Holl

World Cup #1, Losinj, Croatia

The first round of the 2018 Downhill World Cup and Vali’s first World Cup.

Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

It quickly became clear she wasn’t a ‘minor threat’, Winning the junior women category with a time of 2:50.09, 12 seconds ahead of second place. You thought that was impressive, right? The run she put down would have landed her 6th place in Elite Women.

Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

bigquotesLosinj was crazy. Because I didn’t even expect to win in my category, but then I did and also did well against the elite. I was really blown away.

Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Fort William & Andorra podiums
Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

From there on in it was normal seeing Vali take the top spot of the podium and continually wear the leader’s jersey.

World Cup #3, Leogang, Austria/Home

Leogang is Vali’s local bike park, the venue frequently comes under criticism for being ‘bike park’ however it clearly has no issues developing the next generation of athlete and provides Vali with a great training ground. Leogang was home to round #3 of the UCI World Cup, It must have been a great feeling to win at your local track with friends and family amongst the crowd of spectators.

Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

The endless determination throughout balancing studies and training has clearly paid off for Vali, this is without factoring in the normal life of a young adult!

bigquotesIt’s hard, especially now, I have one more year and school is getting harder as well as my training program. I‘m getting older, so I like to go to parties and have a normal life too.

World Cup #4, Vallnord, Andorra

Something that has not only caught our eye but the media’s and other riders is Vali’s style, we know she has the speed, but throughout 2018 she’s developed a style that you should be jealous of.

bigquotesMy style was influenced by watching the boys.

Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

World Cup #7, La Bresse, France.

Yet another victory for the young woman. This race saw Vali put a time down that would’ve put her 3rd place in Elite, only 5 seconds off the winning time set by Rachel Atherton.

Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

World Championships, Lenzerheide, Switzerland

World Championships, a stand-alone race, once a year, arguably one of the most important events on the calendar. Riders swap team colors for some patriotic pride, represented by nation- al colours. At this race, there’s no such thing as too much ‘bling’ on the bike. This was Vali’s first World Championship, and thus her first custom TUES. She had a basic idea, with the red and white of the Austrian flag being the theme, but wasn’t aware of any of the details. The Austrian eagle, treeline fringe and the names of those who have helped her through her first season.

Shot by Isac Paddock.

Shot by Isac Paddock.
Vali’s custom TUES realised and painted by 70id.
Shot by Isac Paddock.

Shot by Ale Di Lullo.
Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

Unsurprisingly days later Vali piloted her TUES to 1st place at her first World Champs in Lenzerheide, Switzerland and was subsequently awarded the rainbow jersey, that many dream of!

We asked Vali, what she would change if anything about her 2018 season, she replied:

bigquotesNever change a running system!

bigquotesI haven’t spent a lot of time on the new bike yet, but I have to say that I kinda like it. I won’t mix 27.5/29” because I don’t want to bring so much stuff to the races, haha.

Thanks & Congratulations to Vali for an epic 2018 rookie season! We are stoked to see what you can bring in 2019.

bigquotesMy goals for the future are to keep it like 2018, don’t get injured, do my A-Exams and get my driving license but most importantly to never lose the fun.


  • 33 2
 "My style was influenced by watching the boys" - my style is now influenced by watching the girls!
  • 10 0
 Casey Brown has new whipoff competitor
  • 7 1
 Don’t you get arrested for that?
  • 18 1
 Vali Holl should identify as mail, because all she does is send it!!
  • 5 0
 She has a great story. Ran with the boys in downhill and beat them, visited YT and they (smartly) signed her to a huge deal, came out swinging at Losing, and has quickly gained the respect of everyone on the DH circuit. Great things will come from her in the future.
  • 7 1
 Hölling ass.
  • 4 0
 Amazing..Go get em Vali..
  • 4 0
 Rachel and tahnee beware........
  • 1 1
 I think that Seagrave has a couple of years where she might become world champion after Atherton retires and before Höll dominates...
  • 1 0
 Is Vali to Rachel what Herlings is to Caroli?
  • 6 5
 Go get them senderella!!
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