Pinkbike Primer - Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the Les Gets World Cup DH

Jul 9, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

Round Four, Chery Picked
Back to a classic in the French Alps.

We're on to our second returning classic of the year and after Maribor's explosive start to the season, it's Les Gets' time to reclaim its place on the World Cup circuit. We'll be coming back here for at least another two years with a second World Cup scheduled next year and a World Champs in 2022.

French crowds have been large and loud at both Lourdes and La Bresse in recent years. Les Gets' race will be run on the weekend of Bastille Day, the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille, a turning point of the French Revolution, it's a big day in the French calendar so expect a sizable, partisan, patriotic crowd lining the race to make for one hell of an atmosphere.

Ninth place for Luca Shaw here in Les Gets.

The Track

We've been warming up for these World Cup races with three visits here on the Crankworx World Tour. The track follows the same contours as the classic from the turn of the millennium and even includes Peaty's infamous corner. It's made up of a minute's worth of flat, grassy turns in the open that drop into steeper, more technical woods sections then a flat out sprint to the line.

The first time we returned here in 2016 it was a total wash out and didn't tell us much of anything but the past two years have revealed one of the fastest tracks on the international circuit that allows riders to grip it and rip it from top to bottom. It may not be much of a puzzler but the riders seem to love the high-speed, loose nature.

Mick Hannah

Previous Winners

2018 // Troy BROSNAN // AUS
2017 // Troy BROSNAN // AUS
2016 // Remi THIRION // FRA

2004 // Fabien BAREL // FRA*
2002 // Steve PEAT // GBR
2000 // David VASQUEZ LOPEZ // ESP
1999 // Steve PEAT // GBR
1998 // Christian TAILLEFER // FRA

2018 // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2017 // Myriam NICOLE // FRA
2016 // Morgane CHARRE // FRA

2004 // Vanessa QUIN // NZL*

Note, Italics denotes a Crankwrox race, * denotes a World Championship.

What Happened in 2018

A lot of the top riders turned up for the 2018 Crankworx race making it feel like a mini-World Cup. Troy Brosnan took his second successive win on the track and marked himself out as a potential favorite for the World Cup here. He led out Pierron, Vergier and Estaque on their home soil and make no mistake, the French will be fired up to charge again on their home track this weekend.

In the women's race, Rachel Atherton made a rare Crankworx visit to take the win with Myriam Nicole and Tracey Hannah hot on her heels.

Elite Men

1st. BROSNAN Troy 2:59.15
2nd. PIERRON Amaury 3:00.12 +0.97
3rd. VERGIER Loris 3:01.19 +2.04
4th. ESTAQUE Thomas 3:02.41 +3.26
5th. BLENKINSOP Sam 3:03.02 +3.87

Elite Women

1st. ATHERTON Rachel 3:22.96
2nd. NICOLE Myriam 3:26.21 +3.25
3rd. HANNAH Tracey 3:26.48 +3.52
4th. SIEGENTHALER Emilie 3:32.85 +9.89
5th. BROWN Casey 3:32.93 +9.97

What Happened at the Last Round?

A baking weekend in Vallnord saw deep, dusty conditions that caught out unwary riders. Both Rachel Atherton and Loic Bruni pulled most of their time on the top section and then kept in touch through the woods to secure the victories. Bruni's third win of the year takes him to the top of the overall standings while Rachel lies just 60 points behind Tracey Hannah,

Elite Men

1st BRUNI Loic 4:11.055
2nd VERGIER Loris +0.423
3rd BROSNAN Troy +1.202
4th PIERRON Amaury +2.948
5th HART Danny +5.595

Elite Women

1st ATHERTON Rachel 5:00.622
2nd CABIROU Marine +2.497
3rd HANNAH Tracey +7.131
4th SIEGENTHALER Emilie +12.859
5th FARINA Eleonora +15.098

The only precipitation this weekend was the champagne.
Your elite womens podium in Andorra 1st Rachel Atherton 2nd Marine Cabirou 3rd Tracey Hannah 4th Emilie Siegenthaler 5th Eleonora Farina

The Standings

1st // Loic BRUNI // FRA // 765
2nd // Troy BROSNAN // AUS // 700
3rd // Amaury PIERRON // FRA // 605
4th // Danny HART // GBR // 565
5th // Loris VERGIER // FRA // 482
6th // Greg MINNAAR // RSA // 396
7th // Brook MACDONALD // NZL // 343
8th // Mark WALLACE // CAN // 322
9th // Matt WALKER // GBR // 279
10th // Aaron GWIN // USA // 273

1st // Tracey HANNAH // AUS // 790
2nd // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR // 730
3rd // Marine CABIROU // FRA // 640
4th // Nina HOFFMANN // GER // 585
5th // Veronika WIDMANN // ITA // 407
6th // Kate WEATHERLY // NZL // 378
7th // Mariana SALAZAR // ESA // 278
8th // Emilie SIEGENTHALER // SUI // 276
9th // Carina CAPPELLARI // SUI // 251
10th // Tahnee SEAGRAVE // GBR // 230

Weather Forecast

There's a mixed forecast for Les Gets this weekend with warm, sunny days and rainy nights.

Downhill Photo Epic - Crankworx Les Gets 2017

Thursday, July 11 - Timed Training
Partly sunny // 20°C // 1% precipitation, 20mm // wind 9km/h

Friday, July 12 - Qualifying
A shower and t-storm around // 20°C // 61% precipitation, 6mm // wind 9km/h

Saturday, July 13 - Finals
A shower and t-storm around // 17°C // 40% precipitation // wind 11km/h

Weather forecast from the Accuweather as of Tuesday, July 9.

The Schedule

Tracey Hannah has had a tough start to the season but at just 3.9 seconds from victory she clearly has the minerals for more in the coming rounds.

Thursday, July 11
• 08:30-11:45 // Official Downhill Training - Group B
• 12:00-15:15 // Official Downhill Training - Group A
• 15:30-17:00 // Downhill Timed Training Session
• 17:00-17:45 // On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders and Teams

Friday, July 12
• 08:30-10:00 // Official Downhill Training - Group B
• 10:15-11:45 // Official Downhill Training - Group A
• 12:15 // Seeding Run - Junior Women
• 12:30 // Qualifying Round - Junior Men
• 13:30 // Qualifying Round - Elite Women
• 14:00 // Qualifying Round - Elite Men
• Followed by // 30 minutes On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders and Teams

Saturday, July 13
• 08:15-09:15 // Official Downhill Training - Junior Women, Junior Men, Elite Women
• 09:45 // Final - Junior Women
• 10:15 // Final - Junior Men
• 11:00-12:00 // Official Downhill Training - Top 5 Women Elite from the latest World Cup standing and Men Elite qualified for the final
• 12:30 // Final - Elite Women
• 13:30 // Final - Elite Men followed by Awards ceremony

Note: All times are local and subject to change by the event organizer.

Follow Along

World Cup overall leader Tracey Hannah was disappointed with her in and would have to settle for 2nd today.

Pinkbike will be providing you with the best daily coverage from our team in Les Gets this week. Tune in to Pinkbike to catch photo epics, videos and results from Timed Training, Practice, Qualifying and Finals, as well as tech bits and news.

You can also watch the third round of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup free of charge, live or on demand, on The live broadcast starts on Saturday, July 13 at 12:30pm CEST.

Schedule: Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Les Gets LIVE on Red Bull TV:

Les Gets DHI Women: July 13 Live on Red Bull TV 12:30pm CEST
Les Gets DHI Men: July 13 Live on Red Bull TV 1:45pm CEST

(all times CEST, replay available immediately following the races)

Fantasy League

Don't forget to complete your DH Fantasy team before the Elite Women's qualifying starts on Saturday. Check out the winning team from Fort William here.

The Fantasy Downhill League is Presented by Trek and SRAM.

MENTIONS: @trek / @SramMedia

Regions in Article
Les Gets Bike Park


  • 71 1
 Come on Brosnan! Take it on French soil Wink
  • 5 1
 get that 3peat!!
  • 8 9
 It's nice to dream...BRUNI, VERGIER or PIERRON FOR THE WIN !!!! Smile
  • 40 2
 I am calling it the race will be won or lost on a section with no cameras Frown
  • 17 0
 and Claudio will let you know that..
  • 24 0
 4 ft of climbing. Going to favor Bruni's big legs.
  • 20 0
 Is the kicker for a jump considered a climb?
  • 9 0
 I'm waiting for Claudio's commentary: "This track should really favor Marcelo Gutierrez's fitness."
  • 17 0
 I feels like this is something the UCI are doing well with the DH recently. We got another race a year recently and the track variation is massive, none of the races this year you can say have been similar. Personally its what I want to see from the tracks, who can be fastest over a whole season on different tracks in different conditions and they're changing a couple of venues a year which is class.
  • 4 0
 Agreed. This season has been off it's chops so far!
  • 6 0
 @Pinkbike Christian Taillefer, winner of 1998 is of French nationality. And he also is a legend and a pioneer of the French downhill. The first out of many fast frenchies.
  • 3 0
 One of the first, don't forget François Gachet !
  • 3 0
 @Balgaroth: Interesting point for the bike history nerds amongst us. Christian Taillefer won the European championships in 1991 and a bronze medal at Worlds in 1992. While Gachet is Taillefer’s senior by five years, technically Taillefer was indeed the first of many fast French downhillers at least in comparison to Gachet. Was there a French downhiller who was successful at an international level before Taillefer? This is a real question.
  • 4 0
 Since when Christian Taillefer is from USA ???? come one guys ! The french legend who won Cap d'Ail on a rigid frame !!!!

2019, the French men year : the return of Momo Pierron !!!!
  • 7 0
 Les Gets, the home of UK downhilling.
  • 1 0
 Morzine is an UK town like Whistler with Australia. I remember some drunk brits were stealing all the French flags in town for fun. We didn't react because they didn't touch the Savoy flag hahaha.
  • 1 0
 @teamdoa The home of UK downhillbillies Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Guys, the link to "Peaty's infamous corner" has gone off the course, go back and fix it!
  • 1 0
 You can change the URL from https// to https:// in order to fix it
  • 2 0
 Your tip will help someone who doesn't know how to fix the link themselves. Would be great though to have working links in the first place Smile
  • 1 0
 Yeah you're right Quin one 'n'.

I don't get @vinay if you're going to bother typing to correct someone at least get it right yourself! It's literally a 5 second Google check to make sure.
  • 1 0
 I hope this brings new secret trails like tennis courts or other on the morzine-les-gets liaison, and in the general area. the crankworks track will definitely be destroyed after the worldcup so...
  • 4 1
 Anyone know id ed masters is starting? Or has he gone full enduro ????
  • 2 1
 Just missed that one race.
  • 2 0
 He' ll be there
  • 2 0
 @CantClimb: Lenzerheide and Whistler EWS also coincide.
  • 2 0
 @tomlynchwatson: He's going full enduro sitting 2nd in the overall!
  • 2 0
 Never go full enduro!
  • 1 0
 In the latest Wyn TV he said he’ll be in Les Gets, but will miss Lenzerheide to go to Whistler.
  • 2 0
 I always thought Christian Taillefer was French. You learn something new every day.
  • 2 0
 the weather forecast looks like it could make a mess of rankings if it really sh1t3s it down mid way through the runnings.
  • 2 0
 Anne Caroline Chausson! Massive crash and still wins by 17 seconds!
  • 1 0
 i hope it rains, track looks pretty straight forward its gonna be a driftfest in the wet though
  • 1 0
 Hope they do some changes to the open sections, everything else aside - looks pretty boring to watch...
  • 2 1
 Well it looks like a Crankworx dh track but guys will put on a show nevertheless, can't wait.
  • 3 1
 No matter who wins it'll be a great race but come on Troy.
  • 1 0
 Looking forward to this old school track. I wonder, what changes will they prepare.
  • 1 0
 The legend has it Fabian qualified deliberately slow, tricking in race Peaty into mounting a more slick tyre...
  • 1 0
 Perhaps the most boring track this year? Grass roads glore. No wonder DH folks are going to enduro.
  • 1 0
 No training scheduled for elite men on finals day?!
Is that correct?
  • 1 0
 They train between the junior men's race and the elite women's.
  • 1 0
 Qualies gonna be slippery
  • 1 0
 The dates are wrong at the end of the follow along section (June 9).
  • 1 1
 when was the last time a french rider won a WC in France ? my money is on Troy.
  • 2 0
 Fayolle won in the wind at Lourdes two years ago and as it's the big national holiday, they'll be trying to better last weekend's podium.
  • 1 0
 Ben has a new-ish hat!! Much better
  • 2 0
 Unfortunately he still wears Old Favourite for CATHROVISION. He wears Pinkbike hat for PinkBike content. I am willing to pay $5 via GoFundMe to never see it again. Maybe he needs another sponsor ,hint hint 100Percent ,MonsRoyal or Peaty’s non seal sealants
  • 3 4
 Imma gonna say It ... fell asleep watching Luca’s run.
I’m sure it’s fun to race and fast af ... but boring as all hell to watch.
  • 2 0
 Ya I'm sure its fun, but talk about a lame course. Nothing exciting in that preview. Half of it is grass straights...
  • 1 2
 Looks a little like dirt merch. w/ a touch of Schleyer for a race course. Test of the fast!
  • 2 1
 Obviously you have never ridden either of those tracks
  • 2 0
 Are you on drugs bro, more looks like Blue velvet with a touch of Una moss. There’s no jumps and no rock from what I’m seeing.

Looks like a legit blue bike park track.
  • 1 0
 @fphayton: Spent 7 years in whistler my friend....... Try again.
  • 1 0
 @deco1: roger copy.
  • 4 5
 It is Vanessa Quinn (with double n).
  • 3 0
 No worries mate, Tahnee and Carina are now Swiss according to the overall points standings, so it's all bueno.
  • 3 0
 Also, it isn’t. It only has one ‘n’.
  • 1 0
 @Linkpin: Yeah sorry, you must be correct. Some sources write it with double n (, but indeed Dirt (her sponsor when she won the Worlds) and wikipedia (where a wrongly spelled name would probably be corrected at some point) write it with a single n. Silly though to find it written both ways from pretty relevant sources. Intense was her frame sponsor when she got the title, after all.

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