Photo Epic: DH Finals - Lenzerheide World Champs 2018

Sep 9, 2018
by Dave Trumpore  



After a week that saw rain, fog, freezing temperatures, and ever-changing track conditions, it was nothing but blazing sun for the final race of the 2018 downhill season. After slipping and sliding down the track in qualifying on Friday and a relative rest day on Saturday, racers arrived for Sunday's final well rested and motivated to throw down in the Lenzerheide dust. The lack of moisture on the racing surface would also take a toll on the track with bigger holes appearing all over the place, ruts and berms getting blown out, and the once embedded rocks now scattered about in the racing line just in time for the biggest show of the year. Riders who could both handle the pressure of a one day race for all the glory, and adapt to changing conditions on the fly would be the ones to shine on another epic day of World Championship racing.

First up to the task would be the junior women and men, with the future stars of the sport looking to take home the rainbow stripes and bragging rights to close out the season. For the women, it was almost a foregone conclusion that Vali Holl would dominate and that she did by 10 seconds over Anna Newkirk and third place finisher Mille Johnset. The big question now will be whether or not Vali continues on in juniors next season or steps up to go toe to toe with the elites. For the men, it would be a return to form for Kade Edwards who took down Kye A'Hearn and Elliot Jamieson, with the favorite and World Cup champ Thibaut Daprella finishing off the podium. Kade makes the jump to the elite ranks next season and this win will surely give him an extra boost of confidence through the offseason.

The Elite Women's final would be all about Rachel Atherton, who by nearly 10 seconds, showed why she is the true queen of DH. With rumors swirling that she will retire or semi-retire next year means she might just be going out with quite a bang. The heir-apparent to Atherton's crown, Tahnee Seagrave, would take the silver ahead of Myriam Nicole who would take bronze. This has been one of the most exciting years racing in the elite women's field with multiple winners and battles in each and every round, and with talented young guns coming through the sport looks to be in a good place heading into 2019.

In the elite men's race, it would be Martin Maes who would set the fastest early time. One that eventually landed him a silver medal and hopefully silenced some of the haters that have been saying he only won in La Bresse because of weather or pedaling strength. Lots of riders gave Maes a scare, but it wasn't until Loic Bruni came across the line just 0.21 up that his hopes for history were defeated. Times remained super tight and all riders on the hot seat began to squirm as Loris Vergier came close and Danny Hart even closer on his bronze medal run. With only World Cup champ, Amaury Pierron left on track all eyes were glued to the big screen TV in the finish arena watching the Frenchman attack the track. Amaury was close at the first split, but down by almost 2 seconds by the final split before crashing into the barriers. In an anticlimactic cloud of dust Amaury's World Championship dream was over, and Loic Bruni's was realized for the third time and for the second year in a row.

The downhill crowd now takes a few months off to rest, recover, and train for a 2019 season that will be here before you know it.

It was a cold morning before the sun slowly worked its way into the valley.
It was a cold morning before the sun slowly worked its way into the valley.

Plain sailing for finals with some A1 summer heat. Cheers Switzerland.
Plain sailing for finals with some A1 summer heat. Cheers Switzerland.

Time to start the party.
Time to start this party.

The golden light for the golden boy Kade Edwards.
The golden light for the golden boy Kade Edwards.

All the style and today all the speed to take gold in juniors for Kade Edwards.
All the style and today all the speed to take gold in juniors for Kade Edwards.

It wasn t to be for Thibaut Daprela. The near dominant junior just couldn t put it together today.
It wasn't to be for Thibaut Daprela. The near dominant junior just couldn't put it together today.

Millie Johnset sending it into the medals despite a brush with the ground.
Millie Johnset sending it into the medals despite a brush with the ground.

Pure focus from Vali Holl who took a clean sweep this season winning every World Cup and wrapping it up with the gold at World Champs.
Pure focus from Vali Holl who took a clean sweep this season winning every World Cup and wrapping it up with the gold at World Champs.

The beauty of World Champs is riders laying everything on the line with the results always throwing up a surprise or too. Elliot Jamieson was ranked 38th but ended up smashing it into 3rd.
The beauty of World Champs is riders laying everything on the line with the results always throwing up a surprise or two. Elliot Jamieson was ranked 38th but ended up smashing it into 3rd.

Kye A Hern was digging for gold and ended up striking in silver in juniors.
Kye A'Hern was digging for gold and ended up striking in silver in juniors.

Anna Newkirk brining home silver in junior women.
Anna Newkirk bringing home silver in junior women.

Valle Holl Anna Newkirk and Mille Johnset celebrate gold silver and bronze in Junior women.
Vali Holl, Anna Newkirk, and Mille Johnset celebrate gold, silver, and bronze in Junior women.

The fastest junior men in Lenzerheide.
The fastest junior men in Lenzerheide.

Kade Edwards tasting gold for the first time but hopefully not the last.
Kade Edwards tasting gold for the first time, but hopefully not the last.

Kade sends it into the freezing cold lake to close out an incredible 2018 season.
Newly crowned Junior World Champ Kade sends it into the freezing cold lake to close out an incredible 2018 season.

It s easy to forget those outside of the medal positions. 4th is a great result for Marine Cabirou.
It's easy to forget those outside of the medal positions. 4th is a great result for Marine Cabirou.

This is how Cecile Ravanel s day ended up.
This is how Cecile Ravanel's day ended up.

Emilie Siegenthaler was the highest placed Swiss rider in 6th a great result with it being her first race back from injury.
Emilie Siegenthaler was the highest placed Swiss rider in 6th, a great result with it being her first race back from injury.

Swiss local hero Carina Cappelari disappointed in the finish area with her 12th place finish.
Swiss local hero Carina Cappelari disappointed in the finish area with her 12th place finish.

Myriam Nicole had a disrupted season after her Val di Sole crash. She ended up in 3rd albeit less than a second from 2nd placed Tahnee Seagrave.
Myriam Nicole had a disrupted season after her Val di Sole crash. She ended up in 3rd albeit less than a second from 2nd placed Tahnee Seagrave.

A painful day for Tahnee Seagrave with a near 10 second deficit to the gold medal.
A painful day for Tahnee Seagrave with a near 10-second deficit to the gold medal.

Happy with second for Tahnee Seagrave but knowing she may have left a bit more speed on the track.
Happy with second for Tahnee Seagrave but knowing she may have left a bit more speed on the track.

Not the day Tracey Hannah was hoping for.
Not the day Tracey Hannah was hoping for.

Atherton tackling the biggest heachache for most riders this week Today she rode all guns blazing today and the clock showed it.
Atherton tackling the section again proving the biggest headache for most riders this week.

Atherton with just the one bridge left to go.
Today Atherton rode all guns blazing in what was doubtless one of her greatest ever performances and the clock showed it.

Five times a charm for Atherton.
Five times a charm for Atherton and another gold medal 10 years on from her first.

Victory is sweet but also overwhelming for Atherton who collapsed after arriving in the finish area.
Victory is sweet but also overwhelming for Atherton who collapsed after arriving in the finish area.

Your top 3 elite women from left to right. Tahnee Seagrave Rachel Atherton and Myriam Nicole.
Your top 3 elite women from left to right. Tahnee Seagrave, Rachel Atherton and Myriam Nicole.

Dakotah Norton closing himself off from the outside world as he prepares to drop into the final few minutes of racing for the season.
Dakotah Norton closing himself off from the outside world as he prepares to drop into the final few minutes of racing for the season.

First year elite Matt Walker get limbered up for his 10th placed run.
First-year elite Matt Walker get limbered up for his 10th placed run.

Greg Minnaar had a strong race today to finish just over 2 seconds out of the medals.
Greg Minnaar had a strong race today to finish just over 2 seconds out of the medals.

Alex Marin might just have taken the unofficial scrub-off World Champs this year...
Alex Marin might just have taken the unofficial scrub-off World Champs this year...

Remi Thirion hits the gas on his final practice run of the year.
Remi Thirion hits the gas on his final practice run of the year.

Keegan Wright swooping in through the Swiss crowds.
Keegan Wright swooping in through the Swiss crowds.

Laurie Greenland climbed his way back up the splits after mistakes up top to claw his way into 7th place.
Laurie Greenland climbed his way back up the splits after mistakes up top, to claw his way into 7th place.

FinnIles wraps up his first year as an elite with some strong results and will have lots of motivation to this off season to build on what he s accomplished.
Finn Iles wraps up his first year as an elite with some strong results and will have lots of motivation to this offseason to build on what he's accomplished.

With a run to silence the haters Martin Maes would come second just 0.21 seconds away from the the rainbow jersey.
With a run to silence the haters, Martin Maes would come second just 0.21 seconds away from the rainbow jersey.

If Maes had been just a few planks of wood ahead of where he s shown in this photo he would have taken gold.
If Maes had been just a few planks of wood ahead of where he's shown in this photo he would have taken gold.

Just how Charlie Harrison defying a bit of physics on a straight line to the Redbull drop.
Just how? Charlie Harrison defying a bit of physics on a straight line to the Redbull drop.

Connor Fearon was strong in qualifying but struggled to find the same pace in the finals.
Connor Fearon was strong in qualifying but struggled to find the same pace in the finals.

Gutierrez finds his way to the finish line.
Gutierrez finds his way to the finish line.

Unlucky 13th for Jack Moir today but still hanging with the big dogs after a tough season thwarted by injury.
Unlucky 13th for Jack Moir today, but still hanging with the big dogs after a tough season thwarted by injury.

Dean Lucas launches into the crowd lining the bottom of the track.
Dean Lucas launches into the crowd lining the bottom of the track.

Peace out race fans.
Peace out race fans.

Aaron Gwin rails the final turn with the finish line drop in his sights. Gwin s search for World Championship gold goes on.
Aaron Gwin rails the final turn with the finish line drop in his sights. Gwin's search for World Championship gold goes on.

Number 1 for another year Super Bruni.
Number 1 for another year; Super Bruni.

Ahead at the splits and pinned into the finish Loic Bruni would go fastest to take his third World Championship.
Ahead at the splits and pinned into the finish, Loic Bruni would go fastest to take his third World Championship.

Loic knew he was on a good one the moment he crossed the line.
Loic knew he was on a good one the moment he crossed the line.

Loris Vergier throwing it sideways during practice this morning.
Loris Vergier throwing it sideways during practice this morning.

Shaw completes a great season with a more than solid 6th place finish at Worlds just behind fellow countryman Aaron Gwin.
Shaw completes a great season with a more than solid 6th place finish at Worlds, just behind fellow countryman, Aaron Gwin.

Vergier hits eject early on the finish drop.
After two first place splits, Vergier hits eject early on the finish drop, but he would end the day just outside the medals.

Brook was going for rainbow stripes today but unfortunately pushed a bit to hard and a crash would end his hopes half way down the track.
Brook was going for rainbow stripes today but unfortunately pushed a bit too hard, and a crash would end his hopes halfway down the track.

A muddied MacDonald scrubs the drop down to the finish arch.
A muddied MacDonald scrubs the drop down to the finish arch.

Brook Macdonald hits his bars in frustration. Tasting the dirt after qualifying fastest was not how the Bulldog wanted to end his season. Still it s been a great year for Brook.
Macdonald hits his bars in frustration. Tasting the dirt after qualifying fastest was not how the Bulldog wanted to end his season. Still, it's been a great year for Brook.

Hart sending the huge gap in the new loam section that few others could find the speed for.
Danny Hart sending the huge gap in the new loam section that few others could find the speed for.

Eye of the tiger for Danny Hart who took their today at wold champs.
Eye of the tiger for Hart but it wasn't to be his World Champs hat trick this time.

Difficult viewing when there s medals on the line.
Difficult viewing when there are medals on the line.

Typically all up in the medals it was 'no cigar' for Brosnan this afternoon.

One too many crashes over the weekend spoiled Pierron s hope for gold and he finsihed his run with front flat.
One too many crashes over the weekend spoiled Pierron's hopes for gold and he finished his run with a front flat.

Vergier and Bruni hug this one out.
Vergier and Bruni hug it out as gold hits home.

That s gotta hurt.
That's gotta hurt.

Worlds Mont Sainte Anne 2019 feels a long way off for Pierron.
Worlds Mont Sainte Anne 2019 feels a long way off for Pierron.

Bruni consoles his great long-time friend Pierron.
Bruni consoles his great, long-time friend, Pierron, after a season of the highs and lows of battle on track.

The people s champ Loic Bruni makes it two World Champ wins in a row.
The people's champ Loic Bruni makes it two World Champ wins in a row.

The last podium shower of 2018.
The last podium shower of 2018.

Loic Bruni Martin Maes and Danny Hart take all the medals in Lenzerheide.
Loic Bruni, Martin Maes, and Danny Hart take all the medals in Lenzerheide.

The third time being World Champ tastes as good as the first.
The third time being World Champ tastes as good as the first.

Game over.
Game over from Lenzerheide and riders will have to wait another year to dig for more gold out in Quebec.

Rolling into the off season. Let the team rumours begin.
Rolling into the offseason. Let the team rumors begin.

The 2018 race season is officially over and summer s gone. Sorry about that...
The 2018 race season is officially over and summer's gone. Sorry about that. Until next year...



119 Comments

  • + 78
 Great. Now what am I supposed to do for the next eight months?
  • + 130
 Ride your bike.
  • + 17
 enduro?
  • + 4
 @DarrenV: or cyclocross. But they ain't human!
  • + 26
 Read comments
  • + 2
 Apologies for double-post... dumb glitch lol.
  • + 17
 read multi-tool reviews...
  • + 11
 @Verbl-Kint: *** BUILD TRAILS
  • - 2
 @RedBurn: #drinkwater
  • + 4
 Wait for Sam Hill to make his return to DH..........f*ck this is taking too long.......are we there yet???......fuk it, going for a bike ride before I have to switch over to a snowboard.
  • + 4
 Need Team Rumours to start for 2019
  • - 3
 Gwin to Giant???
  • - 2
 @Boardlife69: gwin resigned YT
  • + 6
 Redbull Hardline next weekend...
  • + 1
 Breath
  • + 5
 Gwin to Mongoose
  • + 1
 Gwin to Ellsworth ?
  • + 2
 Wank
  • + 1
 @j-davin: Gwin is rumored to be going to Huffy!
  • + 1
 Gwin is going to ride a toothpick with two 1/4" bearings sellotaped to it. #chainless
  • + 30
 really would of liked to see angel suarez not crash... he was way up on maes at every split and still was within 10 seconds with a slow to recover crash he definitely had the pace even more then gwin
  • + 22
 No he was up on Minnaar. Maes didn't go until later.
  • - 5
flag jaame (Sep 10, 2018 at 1:07) (Below Threshold)
 @fpmd: Gwin may never win another race. Suarez has the legs on him according to an anonymous source who cannot be named
  • + 5
 he was 2.99 to the good on Minaar at the 3rd time check if i am not wrong, and Loic was 2.62 at the end, so well, it would've been close.
  • + 1
 @neoides: Minnaar's upper part wasn't that good and this is where Suarez get that 2.99, but he was 1.5 at the 4th split and probably would be losing more time to the finish as Minnaar's bottom part of the track was much better. Not to say he wasn't on a great run, but let's be realistic.
  • + 22
 Maes’ season ain’t over.

I wonder if any of the downhillers are considering extending theirs with some enduro racing, for training purposes?
  • + 8
 Eddie will be in Spain and Italy too.
  • + 2
 @Speeder01:

Since when, he has said over and over he is done for the season.
  • + 9
 @Speeder01: Eddie has had ACL surgery scheduled since the spring and will miss the last two ews rounds. However the extra time will help him be ready in time for the first two of 2019.
  • + 3
 @Speeder01:

Eddie has been riding with a blown ACL for most of the season and is getting surgery instead of the final 2 EWS rounds.
  • + 1
 Seeing now qualities for both disciplines are so similar and EWS exposure is so great too it surprises me brands don´t kick out their downhillers to at least participate into the last 2 rounds of EWS if their short season is finished allready..,.
  • + 5
 @casey79: Riding with a blown ACL and still dominating the last few races? Dang!
  • + 1
 Taking care of that ACL with some sweet donuts on the scooter in the pits. I love Eddie Masters.
  • + 21
 Man, that season went by so fast. I still have Croatia fresh in my mind FFS.
  • + 9
 If anyone else was wondering why Connor lost so much time at the last couple splits (he was running close to Maes at the splits before that), he said on his IG that he got a flat back tyre. I did think it looked like he dropped a lot of pace, just didn’t get a good look at his wheels on the live feed.
  • + 2
 He was on a terror !!! Spewing for him
  • + 3
 Yeah that's what i though i saw, sad for him because he was in Bruni's pace
  • + 0
 He must had had some insert allowed him to keep pushing
  • + 2
 I saw his rear wallow right after a hard chicane. I want to say right after the photo step up
  • + 11
 Great photos as per! Pretty gutted there's no shot of bruni pointing to his #strengthforjared sticker as soon as he finished. What a gent!!
  • + 35
 That would be because photographers can't exactly wander into the finish arena in the middle of a live broadcast and race. We miss some moments but capture others that you'd never see on TV. Glad the Livestream caught it though as it was a class move by Bruni.
  • + 1
 @davetrumpore: aaaaamazing photos again!!! please make a film on photographing mtb!!
  • + 4
 @davetrumpore: I understand that. Hard to be everywhere at once!lol! Bruni certainly is pure class! As are your photos sir!
  • + 10
 SOOOOOOOO sick Elliot Jamieson!!!!
  • + 7
 Vergier Pulled back a TON of time after his big stall in the woods!
  • + 6
 4 rainbow jerseys won on those Demos now.
  • + 16
 Poor Protour...
  • + 3
 Anyone else look at Loic's number board and wonder if the two holes were the 0.213 advantage? Why was no one else running this mod?.
  • + 4
 We need a photo of Theo's sui off the finish line drop
  • + 1
 Something about real racing photos that get me going. No mistaking the focus in the eyes and the split second action that only real competition can generate. Thanks for the bike porn boys.
  • + 1
 @natedh9 and @davetrumpore such an honor to have shot next to you both on more than one occasion. Sick work once again. Now I just get to enjoy it all from the sidelines #iamblessed
  • + 4
 I hear Gwin is leaving YT.
  • + 3
 Gosip season has officially begun!!!
  • + 1
 To Trek, mic drop. Maybe LOL.
  • + 1
 @DIStroyinmasses: Their big thing at the worlds was a fade in the center/BB area of the bike, and SS bolts on the drive side TT/DT.

Pretty sure YT is a German MFG, but we can all do without the references to Nazi iconography. Fuk Hitler. Fuk him right in the face.
  • + 2
 Can you explain me why Danny Hart was wearing a Leatt neck protection when sitting on the podium while he didn`t have it during his run?
  • + 4
 I guess he was obligated by the sponsor contract to show WD-40 logo. Usually he would have it on his jersey but he had to wear UK national team one for the World Champs.
  • - 1
 @szec: Whaa, well seen dude.... and that ``reason why``makes it even more pathetic: Danny Hart with his oyster carism and his WD40 logos... Nothing against him but that guy just looks like....... an oyster with a WD40 necklace.
  • + 0
 Bring Sam Hill back for next years World Champs but this time let him ride a hardtail and place in the top 10 to show us how ridiculous he is.

Reason's to quick cycling:
1. Knowing Sam Hill exists.
2. 25% unnecessary tariffs put bikes in line with cost nicer motorcycles and entry level cars.
3. ...
  • + 1
 Starting to get creepy?
  • + 3
 @nug12182: seriously... You'd like to think that we could keep the tabloid news crap from making headlines, and respect riders personal lives
  • + 4
 Hart securing his neck sitting, but no Leatt when riding.
  • + 2
 Hearing in the VitalMTB interview that Rach collapsed at that finish line when everyone was hugging her. Didn't see this in the stream or photos. She good? haha.
  • + 1
 Gee picked her up. It did look like some big guy came up to help and just slapped her on the ass instead, total "good game" style. So that was either my eyes playing tricks on me or just plain ****ing weird.
  • + 4
 27.5” Bikes Dominate!!!!!
  • + 2
 Loïc was freaking fast like every time but wtf Martin, he really should do both Enduro and she lol
  • - 1
 wow...what a season! I didn't expect Bruni to snag another Gold. I think Aaron isn't the rider he once was. He will always be tops but I just think that fire is starting to burn out. I can't wait for next year to see all these young guns duking it out with each other to see who is king.
  • + 2
 No media support (pinkbike,rebull,vitalmtb) could sponsor Ben Cathro 800€ for media fee?? Come on....
  • + 3
 It's more about being allowed by UCI during world championships... Much different rules than WC series hence seeing so little independent video out of world champs.
  • + 3
 By far the worse camera angle/coverage I have watched in my life.
  • + 2
 I wouldnt be that harsh, but it certainly was poor for sure.
  • + 1
 Read keyboard warrior posts about team rumors that are more than likely bullshit.
  • + 11
 Emmeline Ragot signs with Unno/Formula and wins worlds in 2019
Shaun Palmer gets back on the factory intense team
Loris leaves Santa Cruz and starts racing EWS on 26" wheels with Ironhorse
  • + 2
 @Waldon83: Sam Hill also joins Ironhorse which over takes YT as the hot new value brand. Dave Weagle you listening?? Sam and Loris go on to dominate 2019 on 26ers.
  • + 2
 kade chipped his tooth biting that medal it seems.
  • + 1
 Does anyone have a link to the replay ? i cant see it on redbull. #whatashitwebsite
  • + 2
 Great photo sets. Thanks for your hard work boyos!
  • + 0
 Question: Why some national dh teams jerseys has a lot of sponsors printed on it? Not the same on xc riders, or cx, or tennis, or soccer...
  • + 1
 Had Martin won the the race, then the rainbow jersey would have been at the EWS..
  • + 2
 Word is you can only wear the stripes in the discipline you won them in.
  • + 0
 Slow clap for Luca Shaw. Betting he takes the win at Helltrack..

i.pinimg.com/originals/b4/e1/67/b4e167b3072f53846c5cefa6a66f09c7.jpg
  • + 2
 Tahnee lookin teary-eyed... Cry
  • + 1
 Feel for ya... that's rough.
  • + 1
 waiting for 'that' photo that shows her facial expression when Rachel crossed the line...
  • + 5
 @Kapricorn: She was gutted. You could see it. Especially seeing that 9 second margin up there.

She's a beast. If she doesn't win it next year she'll win it the year after that.... then she'll have Holl breathing down her neck and Atherton will retire.
  • + 2
 photos are amazing. great job guys and great race.
  • + 2
 No replay on RedbullTV yet, that sucks. I missed most of it. ????
  • + 2
 It's there. Got to scroll done past all the xc stuff then click down to find it.
  • + 2
 It wasn't in the app yesterday, I went through the website to watch it.
  • + 2
 @kiksy: i watched it on the app about 8 last night. Didn't pop up straight away just loads of xc in different languages. Scrolled to the bottom and clicked the arrow and it was there.
  • + 5
 Redbull media player and their website is horrid.
  • + 1
 Thanks! Will go look again for it
  • + 1
 What happened during Brayton race run ? He was stopped on tack with another rider
  • + 1
 They both had crashes so just waited for other riders to pass
  • + 1
 Alex Marin's scrub shot "Added to favorites"
  • + 1
 It looks like Kade Edwards did a night shoot with a head lamp
  • + 1
 Awesome racing!! Cheers all. Off to ride now.
  • + 1
 Did nobody else see Fearon got a flat?
  • + 1
 Is there a replay anywhere ?
  • + 2
 Żywiec beer Big Grin !!
  • + 1
 Aaron needs to get off those 29s. They aren't working for him.....
  • + 0
 Am a bit confused here- the winner's a "world champ" after each WC race? Doesn't it cumulate into points at the end?
  • + 3
 are you confusing the World Cup series with the World Championship? The former is a series where you get points for in each round and the most points wins. The latter is a one off race and the winner gets the rainbow jersey and the title "UCI world champion"
  • + 3
 which, frankly, is quite stupid imo.
  • + 0
 the teams should be calling me after the season...I shoot it was just a dream..lol
  • + 0
 ok, make with the fantasy league results already. lol
  • + 0
 Line choices + smaller wheels & riders = Winner Winner
  • + 0
 Wheres Theo Erlangsen's SUI No Hander ??????????????
  • + 1
 Ok by by ......
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