Practice Photo Epic: Swiss Air - Lenzerheide World Cup DH 2021

Sep 2, 2021
by Nathan Hughes  




The focus has quickly shifted after last week's World Champs heroics, with Lenzerheide the next stop in a frantic conclusion to the 2021 race season. It's been a couple of years since our last trip to the Swiss resort thanks to the pandemic, and whilst the riders might have mixed feelings about the over-familiar track, we are always treated to some spectacular racing here.

The track remains largely unchanged from our last visit aside from different taping and some re-profiled jumps which had some stupidly good shapes thrown over them today. The season is coming to a head, with only the double header event in Snowshoe remaining after this weekend and Commencal teammates Myriam Nicole and Thibaut Dapréla in charge of the overalls.

Can anyone get in the mix or will their momentum carry them over the line? Dapréla has a healthy lead over the likes of Brosnan, Minnaar, and Vergier whilst Nicole is tied at the top with Balanche; although Höll, Seagrave, Hrastnik, and Farina are all within reaching distance... The close to this 2021 season is going to be a good one, you don't want to miss it.

Riders were busy getting up to speed on the Lenzerheide course this afternoon as qualifying and crucial overall points loom large tomorrow.


Myriam Nicole heads back into the pits after her first few practice runs early this morning.
Myriam Nicole heads back into the pits after her first few practice runs early this morning.

It was a clear and cold start to things today in Lenzerheide.
It was a clear and cold start to things today in Lenzerheide.

Yuki Kushima gives Thibault Laly a conditions debrief after first laps.
Yuki Kushima gives Thibault Laly a conditions debrief after first laps.

A fair bit cooler this morning before the sun warmed the Swiss hillside right up.
On the chill autumnal side this morning before the sun and the action warmed the Swiss hillside right up.

Reece Wilson was all business today getting ready for the big show.
Reece Wilson was all business today getting ready for the big show.

Amaury Pierron showing signs he hasn t lost too much speed after his injury. Second behind Vergier in timed training.
The newly built features were a hit, in practice at least.

Nina Hoffmann laments an annoying crash on her second run of the day.
Nina Hoffmann laments an annoying crash on her second run of the day.

You can always rely on Brendan to turn the style up on a notch.
You can always rely on Brendan to turn the style up on a notch.

Bernard Kerr with some Hardline amplitude.
Bernard Kerr with some Hardline amplitude.

Remi Thirion pushing hard in the flat out turn.
Remi Thirion pushing hard in the flat out turn.

Marine Cabirou won last time out here in 2019 and will be one to watch after her silver in VDS.
Marine Cabirou won last time out here in 2019 and will be one to watch after her silver in Val di Sole.

It may seem a little simpler here than Val Di Sole but no less hostile out on track.
It may seem a little simpler here than Val di Sole, but it's no less hostile out on track.

Tuhoto-Ariki Pene blasting through the steepest part of the track.
Tuhoto-Ariki Pene blasting through the steepest part of the track.

Siel Van der Velden dropping in on the morning training session under perfect skies.
Siel Van der Velden dropping in on the morning training session under perfect skies.

Alex Marin with the Spanish steeze.
Alex Marin with the Spanish steeze.

Amaury Pierron will be out for revenge after his mechanical in VDS.
Second in timed training, Amaury Pierron will be out for revenge after his mechanical in Val di Sole.

Loic Bruni is still nursing a swollen and bruised thigh but is likely to come to out swinging anyway for qualies.
Loic Bruni is still nursing a swollen and bruised thigh, but is likely to come to out swinging anyway for qualies.

Oisin O Callaghan was quick to find the fast lines on this already high speed track.
Oisin O'Callaghan was quick to find the fast lines on this already high speed track.

King of style goes to Dak Norton. No jump bump or hip was safe.
A tough call, but king of style maybe goes to Dak Norton this time. No jump, bump, or hip was safe.

Coming off a well earned top 10 finish at Worlds Finn Iles is ready for more speed.
Coming off a well earned top 10 finish at Worlds, Finn Iles is ready for more speed.

A glitch in the Matrix or twinning with Luca and Brendog.
A glitch in the Matrix or twinning with Luca and Brendog?

Mathilde Bernard making light work of the off camber chicane which replaced the infamous and chaotic rock garden from years previous.
Mathilde Bernard making light work of the off camber chicane which replaced the infamous and chaotic rock garden from years previous.

The G.O.A.T. through the wickets looking smooth as ever.
The G.O.A.T. through the wickets looking smooth as ever.

Fun fact Phil Atwill cannot pencil even if he tries.
Fun fact: Phil Atwill cannot pencil even if he tries.

Neko Mullaly looking to drop anchor.
Neko Mullaly looking to drop anchor.

Danny Hart crushes the mid-track bridge jump and takes 5th in TT.
Danny Hart crushes the mid-track bridge jump and takes 5th in TT.

Danny Hart is always there or thereabouts. 5th in timed training 2.5 seconds back from Vergier.
Hart is always there or thereabouts, 2.5 seconds back from Vergier today.

No hands and pink socks for Kade Edwards.
No hands and pink socks for Kade Edwards.

Joe Breeden is on the move with the 4th fastest TT today.
Joe Breeden is on the move with the 4th fastest TT today.

Jackson Goldstone straight onto an appropriate paintjob after winning Worlds just a few days ago.
Jackson Goldstone straight onto an appropriate paint job after winning Worlds just a few days ago.

Adam Brayton had the move of the day with a terrifying huck into the steepest section of track.
Adam Brayton had the move of the day with a terrifying huck into the steepest section of track.

Ele Farina unfortunately can barely walk after her crash in her last training run in VDS. At least she did manage to get one run in today.
Ele Farina unfortunately can barely walk after her crash in her last training run in Val di Sole. At least she did manage to get one run in today with hope of being able to race.

The youngest ever Crankworx Whistler whip-off winner with a little reminder.
The youngest ever Crankworx Whistler whip-off winner with a little reminder.

George Brannigan mucks in on the shark fin.
George Brannigan mucks in on the shark fin.

Troy Brosnan pushing the absolute limit in the corners today.
Troy Brosnan pushing the absolute limit in the corners today.

Tahnee Seagrave waits for her mechanic Jake to make a few adjustments to her bike before heading back up on track.
Tahnee Seagrave waits for her mechanic Jake to make a few adjustments to her bike before heading back up on track.

Jackson Goldstone sporting a new gold Trek Session after his World Champs success last week.
Jackson Goldstone sporting a new gold Trek Session after his World Champs success last week.

Lachlan Stevens-McNab sailing off the step down.
Lachlan Stevens-McNab sailing off the step down.

Kerr with another monster whip.
Kerr with another monster whip.

Benoit Coulanges is well within striking distance for his first win. He s on everyone s radar as the season begins to close.
Benoit Coulanges is well within striking distance for his first win. He's on everyone's radar as the season begins to close.

Tahnee Seagrave didn t lay down a TT run but you can bet she s on it here in Switzerland.
Tahnee Seagrave didn't lay down a TT run but you can bet she's on it here in Switzerland.

Dakotah Norton taking some Brandon Semenuk inspiration.
Dakotah Norton taking some Brandon Semenuk inspiration.

Troy Brosnan threads through the trees after the steep chute.
Troy Brosnan threads through the trees after the steep chute.

Kaos Seagrave doing what he does best. He was one of the few riders hitting the bigger and steeper lip option on the reprofiled jump although I d imagine he ll switch to the other one for qualifying tomorrow.
Kaos Seagrave doing what he does best. He was one of the few riders hitting the bigger and steeper lip option on the reprofiled jump although I'd imagine he'll switch to the other one for qualifying tomorrow.

Panning for Goldstone.
Panning for Goldstone.

Myriam Nicole will don her fresh stripes tomorrow and go in for the kill for qualies.
Myriam Nicole will don her fresh stripes tomorrow and go in for the kill for qualies.

Myriam Nicole has the bit between her teeth at the moment leading the World Cup overall and taking the World Champs stripes last week.
She has the bit between her teeth at the moment, leading the World Cup overall and taking the World Champs stripes last week.

No surprise that Vali Holl went fastest in timed. She s is hungrier than ever.
No surprise that Vali Holl went fastest in timed. She's hungrier than ever.

Loris Vergier is on it at the moment. He s arguably been the fastest rider this season without that flat in Leogang and the rain in Les Gets he might well have been leading the overall.
Loris Vergier is on it at the moment. He's arguably been the fastest rider this season, without that flat in Leogang and the rain in Les Gets he might well have been leading the overall.

Loris Vergier has never had a better result than 4th here. Fastest in TT today suggests things could be about to change.
Unbelievably, Loris Vergier has never had a better result than 4th here in Lenzerheide. Fastest in TT today suggests things could be about to change.

The man everyone is chasing at the moment. Thibaut Daprela has a fairly strong grip on the number 1 spot at the moment but one slip up and that could be it gone.
The man everyone is chasing at the moment. Thibaut Daprela has a fairly strong grip on the number 1 spot at the moment but one slip up and that could be it gone.

Time to hit the showers and freshen up for qualifying.
Time to hit the showers and freshen up for qualifying.



27 Comments

  • 50 1
 'Panning for Goldstone' is a simply magnificent caption.
  • 1 0
 Agreed. “Comment gold” the first thing that popped into my mind!
  • 20 1
 "we don't like this track"

...then looks like they're having the best time ever
  • 8 0
 If good jumps made for a good race track they'd be racing on slopestyle courses
  • 9 0
 So many great snaps and pans. The profile BW shot of Tahnee is exceptional.
  • 3 0
 Agreed and an applause to the unnamed helmet designer and whoever painted it as well
  • 7 0
 Best photo epic in a long time. Good job!
Is this Lenserheide wip off? Bernards whips are nuts.
Can't wait to watch the race.
  • 8 0
 Allez Momo!
  • 5 0
 Come on Loris!
  • 3 0
 Bernard's the man ! The first one must be the one he walked back up for. Great shot.
  • 1 0
 so when these guys with clips do the nacs and dog pissers, do they unclip before taking off or unclip in the air? coming unclipped when im in the air is probably one of the most gut wrenching feels for me.
  • 3 0
 Dude the panning shots are on another level. So so hard to get!
  • 3 0
 Troy has bigger a bigger fork. Boxxer going to 38?
  • 4 0
 37.99
  • 1 0
 @zyoungson: whatever zeb is hah
  • 3 0
 That shot of Bernard Kerr WOW
  • 2 0
 Dakotah Norton is in a good mood. Styling and at pace.
  • 2 0
 Commencal still rocking mucoff logo's?
  • 1 0
 Yeah girls and boys show us those no handers, flips and whips!
\,,/
  • 1 0
 Is that a new Specialized front tyre tread on Brunis demo ?!!
  • 2 0
 Looks like a dhr2 to me but who knows
  • 1 0
 Nope, its a DHR2.
  • 1 0
 Huh, never noticed that Loris runs his brakes UK style? Wonder why.
  • 1 0
 He may be a motorcyclist ?
  • 1 0
 Dak Attack! The Mob suits him well.
  • 1 0
 Any word on those tyres Tahnee's running?

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