Results: Myriam Nicole & Amaury Pierron Win Round 1 of the Portugal Cup DH

Mar 6, 2022
by Ed Spratt  
While we still have a few weeks until the World Cup kicks off in Lourdes the opening round of the Portugal Cup DH series saw a massively stacked list of riders making a weekend of racing that was a World Cup in all but name. In the Elite Women's race Myriam Nicole took an early-season win as she went around two seconds faster than Vali Höll. The Elite Men's race saw another big win as Amaury Pierron found just under two seconds on Goncalo Bandeira.

Check out the full results below.

Currently these results are provisional as the live timing is still showing some riders without race times. We will update the article once we have the full final results.


Elite Men:

1st. Amaury Pierron: 2:39.750
2nd. Goncalo Bandeira: 2:41.557
3rd. Benoit Coulanges: 2:42.054
4th. Loris Vergier: 2:42.247
5th. Charlie Harrison: 2:42.688

Elite Women:

1st. Myriam Nicole: 2:58.34
2nd. Vali Höll: 3:00.826
3rd. Tahnee Seagrave: 3:01.740
4th. Camille Balanche: 3:05.632
5th. Marine Cabirou: 3:07.406

Full Results:

Top 30 Elite Men

Elite Women

More results can be found here.


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 Jean Gerard for the win!
  • 23 0
 Shake and bake
  • 8 64
flag aaronjb (Mar 6, 2022 at 15:27) (Below Threshold)
 "But black people use that word in rap songs!"
  • 1 0
 Allan Delon
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  • 49 0
 Gonçalo Bandeira must've thought he was at the wrong race
  • 16 0
 In a field of sponsored riders, he really held his own! Always a good way to get noticed by potential sponsors!
  • 5 1
 Good for him. looks like he got a 2nd in juniors and a couple top 40s in his first year in elite. I would scoop him up if I were a brand
  • 1 0
 our flagman...
  • 3 0
 @Ryan2949: In a field of top world cup riders, dude needs a sponsor ASAP Smile
  • 33 0
 Alright Kade Edwards!
  • 2 1
 VFG! On the same second as 3rd place
  • 18 3
 Hyped for the Hõll/Nicole battle this season. given Hõll won last year because Nicole crashed, I think it will be pretty aggressive. Hõll's probably a little scared of her and Nicole's probably mega angry ahahah
  • 14 11
 If you talk about the very last race: Nicole was in the red when she crashed.
If you talk about the overall: how many crashes did Vali have?
I guess we can call it a spectacular battle but should not blame the crashes.
  • 3 1
 @bikefan88: No idea why you got downvoted, you are right, vali crashed more early season, myriam choked at the end with more experience, like, 12 yrs more experience.
  • 4 0
 @yakimonti: I don‘t know either… an overall is about all the races and not just the last one and if you ask me…
  • 15 1
 Commencal domination! Super interested to see Vali and Myriam go at it this season. Hopefully Commencal doesn't have anymore enve wheel issues
  • 10 0
 It looks like they went for other brand. No more carbon wheels after last season.
  • 4 0
 @vbsorin: Yeah it seems like it. What a relief!
  • 3 0
 @vbsorin: makes perfect sense
  • 12 3
 It seems like it's only youtubers are running carbon wheels nowadays.
  • 4 1
 Gonna be great to watch all the women this year. Lots of fast women with close times. I’m pulling for Tahnee.
  • 2 0
 Is nobody going to talk About their new bike, looks pretty sick
  • 4 1
 @Telebikes: I bet you are
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 @murfio: Hey now! Keep it out the gutter.
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 @Telebikes: I love her, but Myriam just might be my fav! She's an amazing rider!
  • 15 0
 Stacked field for the ladies.
  • 7 0
 For real that read off like any standard world cup podium last season. Also cool to see Myriam bounce back with some dominance after last season. Snowshoe is a literal magnet for downhill drama. I couldn't believe how 2021 shaked out after what happened in 2019.
  • 19 0
 Isabeau Courdurier in there! Great to see.
  • 5 0
 Will we see Rachel this season?
  • 1 0
 @nozes: her and Daily both raced the big bikes
  • 2 0
 @stinkball: Tarouca isn't a track for enduro bikes, it's the real deal.
  • 9 0
 Another solid result for young Dan slack
  • 9 1
 Ronan Dunne straight into fantasy team
  • 4 0
 He was one of the fastest and wildest riders in every World Cup race compilation last year. You'll do well with him on your roster if his "checkers or wreckers" style begins to incorporate more of the former and less of the latter.
  • 7 0
 Damn! So excited for a new world cup season when I see these names on a result sheet. Downhill racing is rad!
  • 8 1
 new Supreme seems to work well
  • 6 4
 Something something, idlers bikes are shit and unnecessary, something something, ouin ouin.
  • 5 0
 @Balgaroth: easy to say idler bikes work when most of the line up is running high pivots and idlers.
By the way, Gonçalo Bandeira got 2nd on a Gambler
  • 12 1
 @Balgaroth: more like frenchies are fast and get sponsored predominantly by commencal. These riders are fast on any bike.
  • 3 0
 @Arierep: Easy do disregard the fact that previously all those riders were on "regular" bikes and then decided to ride high pivot bikes with idlers.
  • 8 6
 @Arierep: sure, Trek, Commencal, Norco and many more are willing to put their riders on bikes that are less good than "conventional" bikes just so they can sell bikes with added complexity at the same price than any other bike. Or they probably didn't spend any time testing the concept and just gave the bikes to the riders "good luck to ya" and see what happens. I love to see people blatantly disregarding the hours of testing, prototyping and the hundred thousands of dollars spent doing so just because it doesn't fit their opinions, pretty fascinating.
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 @KalkhoffKiller: Indeed, saw a video of Pierron’s run, just incredible to see how agressive he is on a bike. For the other riders they follow Lapierre on recruiting fastest guys from US Cagnes: after Bruni Vergier and Dailly they got Daprela and Marini who won in juniors today
  • 3 0
 @Balgaroth: well, then you have Loic, Greg,Danny, Troy, Matt (and even Reece won WC) on low pivot bikes. So I think it´s fair to say there isn´t one suspension design that is better than all the rest.
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 @KalkhoffKiller: you're right, it's absolutely genetic
  • 2 0
 @Balgaroth: Do you really think every single concept decision on a bike is lead careful R&D?
Are you convinced that all the brands you see conduct a deep research independently and in parallel, somehow reaching by convergent evolution mostly the same geometry and suspension concepts year after year?

Front the results you can even argue that the suspension design is not making much of a difference, at best.

And, by the way, do you even know what is my opinion on the suspension topic? Or did your magic ball tell you that?
  • 4 0
 @Arierep: it seems that my initial post was misinterpreted then. I am not saying that high pivot is the end all be all, actually I had a Suprem v4 which was terrible because high pivot and super short reach is terribly dangerous. My initial post was more to laugh at the crowd that automatically come to comment negatively about idlers. My current enduro is low pivot, after the V4 I had a Fury i-drive which was great, current Fury which as great too but more of a mid pivot (probably why it was great), and I have fond memories of my Sunday and Ion mk1. Tho with 26in wheels and respectively higher BB to axle, any suspension would be somewhat like a mid pivot with idler from 2022. Could explain things.
And put any of those big dogs on any bikes and they can win, which is why the idler policy or fan boy crowd is fun to mock as using race results to confirm this sort of stuff is pretty irrelevant.
Now I doubt that brands releasing High or Mid pivots don't do at least some A-B testing with their riders to ensure the bikes are faster and depending on riding style one or the other might be better bit when you invest millions in a race team you would be crazy to not test and time those things, which they no doubt do.
  • 2 0
 The season has fully kicked off already. Brioude cup is this weekend, the start list is totally nuts for a regional DH and it's in the Pierrot's home town! There should be plenty of coverage for it cos both Cathro and Wyn are racing.
  • 4 0
 Spell checker let me down, but all's good. I'm sure that in a parallel universe Pierrot is at the sharp end riding against Brownie and Mooner, probably.
  • 2 0
 Decent vid here if anyone's interested: Amazing result for Gonçalo in such a stacked field... (Reece Wilson 14th, Loic Bruni 16th and the list goes on!)
  • 4 0
 All three Trek dudes on the same second?!
  • 17 0
 3 of 4 Trek dudes. Reece has been flying too many planes and was 2 seconds off.
  • 13 0
 @BMXJJ327: not bad considering how old that Glory platform is
  • 3 0
 Mel Chappaz with the strong ride, nice.
  • 4 0
 Hup Ronan Dunne
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 Uhhuhhuhuu, French domination continues.
Seems like Myriam and Amaury have some unfinished business left for this year.
I´m so lucking forward to Lourdes!
  • 2 0
 is there somewhere to see races like this?
  • 1 0
 We have some bits of the live we did on instagram, including the full Qualy run on the technical section. Check @officialcodebike.
  • 3 0
 Slack Dan = epic name
  • 18 0
 Next season, he's going to have updated geometry and be Slacker Dan
  • 2 0
 What about T. Daprela ? Can't see him in the results.
  • 1 0
 He qualified in 15th, but the results show him as "on track", not really clear what that means. You know it's time to look at your site layout when scribd looks good in comparison.
  • 1 0
 @commental: Daprela is now showing last in elite on the Timingpro site, so must have got down and got a time. Probably a mechanical. There aren't any DNFs or DNSs on the sheets however so Tuhoto-Ariki, who seems, per Instagram, to have crashed in qualifying isn't on the sheets at all. I'm mildly curious about some other people I thought were there but not in the results, like Lucas Cruz and Mille Johnset. Anyway, it's always good to have timing data to look at. I have spent considerable time finding out what happened at, say, the 2021 Canadian National Downhill Championships, since without a timing company website, you have to wait until someone gets around to uploading it.
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 @The-Foiling-Optimist: Looking at the video, he was there to get the "best team" medal. Seems to be ok. Strange.
  • 1 0
 Impressed by how little time there is between the number one spots in the men and woman’s category. Ladies are flying!
  • 1 0
 wow, the portuguese guy must be over the moon
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 Can I pick my dream team from this?
  • 1 0
 just gonna watch & learn
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 Brook in 109th? Tuhoto DNS?
  • 2 0
 The bro's didnt have a great day out it seems
  • 2 0
 Tuhoto's insta story shows he's in hospital today, I hope he's ok
  • 1 0
 @aer0: oh shit...!? man that sucks...
  • 2 0
 Bandeira !
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 Deleted - answered my own question by reading through the results.
  • 1 0
 Full Run on world CUP rider
  • 1 0
 PomPon with the win!
  • 1 0
 Pierron grande
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