Pinkbike Primer: Will The Woods Section Be Bedded In? - Leogang DH World Cup 2022

Jun 8, 2022
by Ed Spratt  

After two rounds of amazing racing at Lourdes and Fort William we are back at Leogang for some flat out action. There has been a shorter break between rounds two and three so it will be interesting to see how riders are feeling after a brutal week in Scotland. Find out everything you need to know for round three below.

The Track

2021 saw a new twist on the classic Leogang course with the tricky World Champs woods still providing a tough challenge for riders. It will be very interesting to see what they do with the course this year and see if the wood section has bedded in a bit more.

Previous Winners

Elite Men

2021: Troy Brosnan
2020//Worlds: Reece Wilson
2019: Loic Bruni
2018: Amaury Pierron
2017: Aaron Gwin
2016: Aaron Gwin
2015: Aaron Gwin
2014: Josh Bryceland
2013: Steve Smith
2012//Worlds: Greg Minnaar
2011: Aaron Gwin
2010: Greg Minnaar

Elite Women

2021: Camille Balanche
2020//Worlds: Camille Balanche
2019: Tracey Hannah
2018: Rachel Atherton
2017: Tahnée Seagrave
2016: Rachel Atherton
2015: Rachel Atherton
2014: Manon Carpenter
2013: Emmeline Ragot
2012//Worlds: Morgane Charre
2011: Floriane Pugin
2010: Sabrina Jonnier

What Happened in 2021?

2021 saw some incredible racing with big wins in every race. The opening round of the last season really kicked things off for what would be one of the best years of racing we have had in quite a while.

Elite Women

1st. Camille Balanche: 4:07.850
2nd. Vali Höll: 4:09.262
3rd. Monika Hrastnik: 4:09.321
4th. Marine Cabirou: 4:13.728
5th. Tahnee Seagrave: 4:16.530

Elite Men

1st: Troy Brosnan: 3:26.019
2nd: Thibaut Daprela: 3:27.254
3rd: Amaury Pierron: 3:27.497
4th: Reece Wilson: 3:27.917
5th: Benoit Coulanges: 3:28.253

Junior Women

1st. Sophie Gutohrle: 4:44.565
2nd. Leona Pierrini: 4:55.120
3rd. Izabela Yankova: 4:59.436
4th. Ella Erickson: 5:15.685
5th. Anastasia Thiele: 5:20.790

Junior Men

1st. Pau Menoyo Busquets: 3:44.655
2nd. Jackson Goldstone: 3:45.200
3rd. Dennis Luffman: 3:46.328
4th. Jordan Williams: 3:48.172
5th. Lachlan Stevens-McNab: 3:48.431

What Happened at the Last Round?

The second round of the 2022 downhill World Cup provided incredible racing at Fort William. In the Junior Women's racing, Gracey Hemstreet backed up her Lourdes win with another sizeable victory at Fort William. A slow third split caused Phoebe Gale to lose her grasp on the lead and despite pulling back around three seconds on the last parts of the course she would have to settle for 2nd. Pinkbike Racing's Aimi Kenyon had an incredible run to cross the line only six seconds back and took third place. In an amazingly close race for such a long track Jordan Williams just pulled ahead of Jackson Goldstone by only 0.038 seconds. It looks like Jackson lost most of his time in the final split but both riders had runs that would have seen them in the top three in yesterday's qualifying. Remy Meier-Smith completed the top three and was the only rider to come within 12 seconds of the top two.

Nina Hoffmann takes her first Fort William win and the first victory here for Germany as she crosses the line over three and a half seconds up. Camille Balanche couldn't match the speed of Nina today but managed to have a clean run down the hill to second place and continues to hold the overall title lead. Myriam Nicole is still recovering from the effect of her concussion but secured third place. Amaury Pierron put down a huge run in the Elite Men's race to take his third back to back Fort William win and makes it two for two in 2022. Teammate Thibaut Daprela takes second place and Laurie Greenland comes within one second of the top time.

Elite Women

1st. Nina Hoffmann: 5:14.170
2nd. Camille Balanche: +3.615
3rd. Myriam Nicole: +7.172
4th. Eleonora Farina: +9.621
5th. Vali Höll: +11.478

Elite Men

1st. Amaury Pierron: 4:37.115
2nd. Thibaut Daprela: +0.469
3rd. Laurie Greenland: +0.916
4th. Benoit Coulanges: +0.936
5th. Matt Walker: +1.927

Junior Women

1st. Gracey Hemstreet: 5:37.496
2nd. Phoebe Gale: +2.947
3rd. Aimi Kenyon: +6.067
4th. Jenna Hastings: +14.527
5th. Lisa Bouladou: +25.953

Junior Men

1st. Jordan Williams: 4:38.485
2nd. Jackson Goldstone: +0.038
3rd. Remy Meier-Smith: +4.476
4th. Henri Kiefer: +12.461
5th. Bodhi Kuhn: +13.927

Overall Standings After Round 2

Elite Women


Elite Men


Junior Women


Junior Men


Weather Forecast

With a wetter start to the week, it looks like by the time we hit finals on Saturday racers will be treated to very warm weather that should ensure the same dry conditions for all riders.

Nina Hoffman will be looking to shut down the female oppostion and upgrade the 3 plate come Saturday.
Thursday, June 9 - Training
Periods of clouds and sun with a couple of showers // 14° // 91% Chance of Precipitation // 9 km/h Wind

Friday, June 10 - Qualifying
Partly sunny // 16° // 25% Chance of Precipitation // 7 km/h Wind

Saturday, June 11 - Finals
Mostly sunny, pleasant and warmer // 24° // 3% Chance of Precipitation // 9 km/h Wind

Weather forecast as of Monday, June 6 from Accuweather.

The Schedule

The man that ruled these woods last year. Reece Wilson will fancy his chances once again this weekend.

Thursday, June 9
• 08:45-11:15 // Official Downhill Training - Group B
• 11:15-12:30 // Official Downhill Training - Group A and B (mixed training)
• 12:45-15:15 // 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, June 10
• 08:45-10:15 // 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, June 11
• 08:15-09:15 // Official Downhill Training - Junior Women, Junior Men, Elite Women
• 09:45 // Final - Junior Men
• 10:30 // Final - Junior Women
• 10:50-11:05 // Official Downhill Training - Women Elite qualified for the final
• 11:05-12:05 // Official Downhill Training - Men Elite qualified for the final
• 12:30 // Final - Elite Women
• 13:30 // Final - Elite Men
• Awards to follow

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

How to Watch

And then it was sunny again

Pinkbike will be providing you with the best daily coverage from Leogang 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 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on The live DH broadcast starts on Saturday, June 11 at 12:25pm CEST.

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

Leogang DHI Women: June 11 Live on Red Bull TV 12:25 CEST
Leogang DHI Men: June 11 Live on Red Bull TV 13:45 CEST

(All times CEST, replay available immediately following the races. Times subject to change at organizers' and Red Bull's discretion.)


2022 Fantasy League

Don't forget to complete your DH Fantasy team for the first round this weekend, because the fantasy league is a whole lot more fun if you participate in each race.

The Fantasy Downhill League is Presented by Specialized

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2009 - Sam Hill / Tracy Mosely
2008 - Sam Blenkinsop / Rachel Atherton
2007 - Sam Hill / Tracy Hannah
2006 - Sam Hill / Sabrina Jonnier
2005 - Sam Hill / Anne-Caroline Chausson
2004 - Gee Atherton / Marielle Saner

Had to, sorry.
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 can you be kind enough to explain?
  • 15 0
 @maxnomas: bring back Schladming
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 @maxnomas: Classic Austrian world cup track, they swapped it out for Leogang. Whoever made this edit is a legend.
  • 35 3
 Well, Gwin did well here in the past, so hopefully he will find that magic again.
  • 4 1
 Indeed, indeed.
  • 1 0
 I missed what happened with him at Ft. Bill. He didn't qualify, did he get hurt? I was surprised not to see him.
  • 4 0
 @robito: i think he got a flat in the first split
  • 23 0
 if we sabotage his chain, he'll definitely win.
  • 2 1
 Also worth considering how much Leogang has changed as a track, especially from 2020 worlds and on. But ofc he could still have a big mental advantage, winning so much here in the past
  • 14 1
 i think the days of gwin might be over
  • 29 0
 Preview sponsored by Muc-On
  • 12 0
 Can you guys remember the Bulldogs jump onto the wall, that has got to be one of the coolest most insane moves ever in a race run. Hope he pulls that one again. He's back this weekend and if ever a rider deserves a podium it's him, in the wet could be just right for the Bulldog...
  • 1 0
 Yes, that was sweet!
  • 1 0
 Marosi says hold my beer.
  • 10 0
 With that forecast the woods are definitely still going to be a mess. Inch of rain today, tomorrow, a little bit on Friday and it’s just dark in there. Things will be sloppy.
  • 7 6
 Mmmm sloppier than my Moms..... .... Spaghetti.
  • 2 0
 Yes of course, it rained like hell, and this evening again, tomorrow also, the Race will be again decided in the woods, or „Valis Hölle“ its called
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 Conditions in that section won´t get better even with good wetter. It takes forever for it to really dry out.
Respect to all the riders who make it down on two wheels. I´ve been riding downhill for 20 years and have never seen anything like it before. The section name is appropriate.
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Stefan Garlicki with a track run from 4 weeks ago. There is also another video from 12 days ago on his channel.
  • 7 0
 No coverage on the sister site? Has anyone noticed that BETA has stopped posting articles? The last one is from May 20th.
  • 9 0
 Outside shutdown Beta and a bunch of other publications.
  • 6 1
 I'm going to see this, can't wait. Just have to hope my ferry isn't cancelled or delayed and then drive through the night to get there.
  • 4 0
 That was the best 2021 track preview available? Or just the first result?
  • 1 0
 Seriously it's not watchable. But that one you've linked to is from last year.
  • 4 2
 I liked it - it had two stroke motorbike sound effects at the end and all sorts of wildness at the top. Better than another smooth run in perfect conditions... we've seen those all before.
  • 3 0
 @ddmonkey: Nothing to do with the conditions, more to do with mud covering up most of the camera and not being able to see.
  • 4 0
 Oh well, that preview was watchable for 15 seconds.
  • 4 0
 Reece Wilson will miss Leogang. Leogang will miss Reece Wilson.
  • 2 0
 Daprela turned into a formula one car on the last stretch!
I think he´s got this one in the bag.
  • 1 0
 I thought Redbull lost the rights to the coverage this year? Can someone fill me in?
  • 1 0
 Nope, they still got rights for this season. The switch will happen next season.
  • 1 0
 @Loki87: ahhhhhh thx
  • 1 0
 Based on how muddy it looks my money's on Danny Hart
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 Anyone know if Finn Iles is racing?
  • 4 0
 I believe so but according to Reece Wilson on instagram he won’t be racing himself in leogang and possibly the rest of the season
  • 3 0
 He showed up in Bernard Kerr's LSD from Schladming a couple days ago and he was ripping. Looked like he was planning on racing to me.
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 Yes, pit bits on Vital shows them working on his bike.
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 Why make the Juniors get up at the crack of dawn and race so early?
  • 16 0
 Tilly' swimming starts at 1 across town and there needs to be time for a pee pee and a quick packed lunch?
  • 10 0
 Because they won't have a hangover to shake off
  • 4 0
 @TommyNunchuck: Or they will still be partying, so they actually wouldn't need to wake up Wink
  • 6 0
 I guarantee everyone is getting up at the crack of dawn. Racing at 0945 isn't early
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 @ben13bm: Agreed but still early for a practice run
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 LOL. I think they can handle waking up at a time that 99% of the world population also wakes up at.
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My thoughts exactly. It´s not even a 9 to 5.
It´s also later than your average bikepark lift opens and A LOT later than most people get in line on a powder day during winter season.

Also, someone needs to go first.
Who´s supposed to go early instead? Elite Women? That´ll go over swimmingly.
The elite men who are kinda the main event?
Nah, the kids can handle it and for them their livelyhood doesn´t yet depend on it, so let the elite men and women have the prime time spots.

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