Pinkbike Poll: Who Will Win the Val di Sole World Champs?

Aug 27, 2021
by Sarah Moore  
Everyone is chasing rainbows this weekend


Everyone is chasing the rainbow stripes this weekend, but only one rider in each category will get the honour to wear them for the next twelve months. Predicting the winners for World Championships always seems more difficult than made predictions for a regular World Cup. On the one hand, we've seen riders like Kate Courtney, Danny Hart, and Camille Balanche come out on top and take the rainbow jersey for their country before ever having won a World Cup, while on the other hand, there are riders like Loic Bruni, Pauline Ferrand Prevot, and Nino Schurter that always seem to find an extra gear in the race for the rainbow jersey. It's one day and you have to be willing to put it all on the line.

You can get an idea of who is going fast from Qualifying results and from the Short Track / XCC results. Christopher Blevins and Sina Frei took the first-ever rainbow jerseys awarded in Short Track, without ever having won the discipline at a World Cup. This year's top qualifiers on the Black Snake, Vali Höll and Loris Vergier, were the top qualifiers in last year's World Championships race as well, and while both have won the prestigious race in the Junior category, neither have won the rainbow jersey in the elite category.

With a World Championships win, there's a chance to turn a disappointing season around. You can see our predictions for the downhill race here, but we've been wrong before. Who do you think will make it into the history books in Val di Sole?





2021 UCI Downhill World Championships

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Who will win the elite women's 2021 DH World Championships?








2021 UCI XC World Championships

Who will win the elite women's 2021 XC World Championships?



Who will win the elite men's 2021 XC World Championships?




Would you rather win the World Cup Overall or World Championships?




Bonus World Champs reading:
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63 Comments

  • 47 0
 C'mon Ed Masters! I voted for ya mate!!!
  • 78 1
 Be sure to throw one at Rachel Atherton too. She's carrying an infant in a Camelbak but she's on pace.
  • 5 1
 Lets go Ed!
  • 5 2
 I voted Rachel
  • 1 0
 Alex Marin and Thomas Estaque need some votes
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: oh shit I never thought of doing that, it’s easier on my legs than riding back uphills!
  • 22 0
 My heart says Höll finally gets one in the bag, but my head says Nicole is looking pinned and will take it again.
  • 19 1
 aaron gwin would be the win of the century since he‘s not even racing Big Grin
  • 15 0
 He may very well win the thing without even racing. Never say it can't be done. Has won without a chain, did well with a flat rear tire... he may very well pull another first.
  • 2 0
 @vinay: Give him a wheelchair or one of those little scooters people with a broken leg use and he'll pin it!
  • 17 1
 No juniors?
Would love to see some more coverage!!
  • 4 0
 I agree!!
  • 12 1
 How does Rachel have so many votes?
  • 9 3
 I voted for her…
  • 13 1
 @transitter: did you also vote for Gwin? I mean neither are racing, but who knows what could happen....
  • 5 1
 @JoeHelvoigt: what?!? She’s not racing?
  • 7 2
 @transitter: she may have a very small human to look after. Just a little bit important
  • 5 0
 @Tambo: I know, happy for her! Racing for diapers now
  • 1 0
 She so awesome she’ll win without being there.
  • 9 0
 Men’s DH worlds: A Frenchman
  • 3 0
 I went Coulanges because, if you are the French champ, you are basically the world champ.
  • 2 0
 very stoked I was wrong, Soooo good to see Minnar win!
  • 13 8
 Why would so many people rather win the World Cup overall?!
You don’t even have to win a race to do that although it might help if you did
  • 11 3
 I voted for World Champ. WC overall would be cool and all but it’s all about the striped jersey!! You get to wear a special shirt. How cool is that?!
  • 20 1
 Because it's a better representation of your overall skill and consistency. The rainbow stripes jersey is pretty sweet though...
  • 20 0
 Because it's based on more than 1 race run on 1 day. As a racer, I place the overall series above champs if I am fit and racing for the win. Champs could just be on a track the suits you best, overall is more rounded.
  • 6 0
 @leon-forfar: Agreed!!! But those rainbow stripes are badass!! "World Champ" sounds better than "Overall world cup winner".
  • 1 1
 Because if you've won world cup overall, chances are you've been on the podium multiple times throughout the season. I'm sure some people would rather prove they can be a dominant force over a season than have one good day.
  • 2 0
 Lots of people have won World champs almost as a one off lucky race. World Cup overall shows you're an all round consistent fast racer and truly one of the best of the best. If it rains halfway through the runs at world champs, or like a couple of times the person who's been smashing everyone else's times all weeks has a silly crash in their final run and it's anyone's. It's like Rob Warners one world Cup win, he was never one of the best (could have been but never really tried) yet he could win one race through luck.
  • 6 0
 @Pinkbike. You should make the adds on the front page even BIGGER !
  • 7 0
 Where is pidcock?
  • 43 0
 At Audi Nines, practicing for Rampage.
  • 3 1
 Spain
  • 2 1
 This minor road event. You may have heard of it.
  • 4 0
 Laurie Greenland, he dominated this track in 2019 and came in 2nd in 2018 behind only Amaury Pierron during his insane winning streak (and even then just barely)
  • 1 0
 Putting one in for Tahnee even though she's basically injured and it's not her type of track really. Would love to see the protected no qualis move pay off for her. Smart competitor. For mens i was a basic bobby and went Loris. Everyone else is sending it and making mistakes. Loris might be the most on point rider top to bottom, and could be so for years to come
  • 5 1
 I love the fact a lot of folk just voted for their favourite rider.
C’mon Danny.
  • 4 0
 the rainbow jersey is the biggest flex
  • 4 0
 JEAN GIRARD and his cornrows
  • 4 0
 The GOAT has this in the bag
  • 1 0
 Yea, still GOATing
  • 3 0
 I just pick Nino sine he is the only XC rider I know and that is just because he is mentioned often on the podcast.
  • 2 0
 Same, could care less for xc, just randomly picked someone.
  • 1 0
 And I got it right!!
  • 3 1
 Voted Rachel Atherton just for lols... Nice to see a few others have a similar sense of humour!
  • 7 9
 So, firstly, I don’t know most if those names, secondly, I think my mom should win cuz she works hard and she had to put up with me growing up, thirdly, ever since outside bought Pinkbike the polls have been super lame.

So outside people, listen up, mountain bikers don’t get SL that serious about shite like done other sports fans (football, basketball, baseball, etc..) because we actually participate in the sport, so if ya wanna kept he regulars interested, maybe spice things up a little, be silly, be crude, take chances.

Pinkbike readers are not the same folks who watch the Masters.
  • 2 0
 There's nowhere for me to vote for Sam Hill???
  • 2 0
 Does anyone know how to watch the race in Canada? It’s geo locked, VPN?
  • 3 0
 You definitely gotta spend more time reading Pinkbike, bro!
  • 1 0
 If you type 'Google' into Google, it opens up a special section of the internet where it won't be locked.
  • 1 0
 Whoever voted for Gwin won't be winning anything anytime soon... :0
  • 2 0
 Kerr
  • 1 0
 Vergier is my top guess but Daprella for the wild card
  • 1 0
 There's a Cross Country World Championship?
  • 1 0
 They forgot ACC, Peaty, Sam Hill and Gary Fisher.
  • 1 0
 I will.
  • 1 0
 MVP not participating?
  • 1 0
 Think he’s still hurting from crash
  • 1 0
 C'mon Bernie, 25 votes!
  • 1 2
 Rachel has won the hearts and minds!
  • 1 2
 #anyoneotherthanBruni

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