Video: Course Preview with Tahnee Seagrave & Vali Holl - European DH Cup Round 1 Maribor

Apr 20, 2019
by Ed Spratt  

Tahnee Seagrave and Vali Holl take you down the track in Maribor, Slovenia. This will be the host for next weekend's World Cup round.


67 Comments

  • + 133
 The track looks sick, and I hope that we get more track previews from Tahnée, great work!
  • + 74
 She still doesn't scream like a girl as much as Claudio much more composed. Great preview.
  • + 1
 @oldtech: She is a pro thats why
  • + 7
 @drjonnywonderboy:
It's probably just because she rides with her brother a lot
  • + 2
 Track looks dope!
  • + 13
 @drjonnywonderboy: as opposed to Claudio who won his national champs 7 times! #eyeroll
  • + 78
 Great job on the commentary Tahnee! Maribor looks like a proper track!
  • + 32
 What a gracious person Ms. Seagrave sounds like. Lots of complimentary things said.
  • + 17
 @endlessblockades: hopefully she keeps doing the previews the whole season!!
  • + 6
 My ears really appreciate the way she is doing the preview but it was way more entertaining to see a former wc rider and fast guy struggling to stay on the bike and yelling like me when I followed him (Claudio) once on my Hometrail...
I wish they keep up with the racer follows racer format. And Tahnee should be awarded for the nicest commentary in dh racing.
  • + 1
 Yes, but Claudio also sings songs when riding these tracks. Not sure whether he really needed to, but I can imagine it could throw you off the rhythm. He was definitely making it harder for himself.
  • + 34
 That track will be lethal if it gets wet. I really enjoyed Tahnee's commentary, unbelievable to be casually talking as she drops a course 99% of mountain bikers couldn't even ride. I think she's working on adding a team mate. I like the way she interviews for the position!
  • + 5
 I've been there. Except for the jumps it's not that hard to ride in the dry. It's hard to ride fast though. That rock garden is quite wild also.
  • + 1
 Rode it 2 weeks ago , last one on the lift , raining hard , chickened out on the rock garden, but was the best fun on a bike in years.
  • + 22
 That was a joy to watch
  • + 19
 This is how course previews should be, with the commentator able to keep up with who they are following. Tahnee was great.
  • + 24
 And Valli Hall too. Such a relaxed style as well with killer line choices !
  • + 1
 @vggg: rides like Minaar with lines like Hill......omfg she's gonna slay, I mean she already is!
  • + 14
 Sick! It’s weird the camera makes the riding look so... casual? But when they hit a jump you see how much distance they clear then it’s like damn, they’re going fast.
  • + 4
 In-camera image stabilization is making everything look smooth these days
  • + 4
 i wish the event coverage could somehow show more riding from a follow cam or drone or something......that was incredible, as are all the previews!
  • + 11
 The level that all women's sports are at nowadays is under real!! Now that women have better financial and team backing in most sports...It should have happened a long time ago...But I'm glad that it is happening now .. Professional women's Surfing made the decision to pay women equal prize money as men this year. I hope other sports follow suit as the commitment and risk are the same....
  • + 2
 woah really!?! that's awesome to hear! Definitely want to see more of that in other sports
  • + 14
 Better financial backing? If you’re talking women’s elite downhill, you are very incorrect, in the 90s peak of MTB DH, nearly every team had a woman or 2-3 on the program, the autograph lines for the female team riders were as long or longer than the men, and of the top 10 world ranked women, 5 of them were making over a quarter million a year and even a top 15 female was making a decent salary. The highest paid female today doesn’t make nearly what the highest paid female in the 90s made.....what is my source? I managed teams and athletes back in that era then, and now.

And the ‘level’ you speak of, go ride some of those bikes the chicks rode in the 90s on some of the tracks they raced on (Nevegal, cap dail, etc) and I think you’d be blown away how fast they went back then.

That being said, as a MTB historian, Vali is the most talented DH racer I’ve seen since ACC, phenomenal talent and a pleasure to work with.
  • + 5
 @stikmanglaspell: Vali's ability to slingshot herself out of dips, ruts, etc is unreal. So good to watch.
  • + 3
 she will be dominating in a year or two.... top 3 will good to watch. Hopefully Rachel sticks around by then.
  • - 1
 @jaydawg69: I hope YT steps up and gives her a full Elite team ride (if that's what she wants - she can write her own ticket), not enough teams are supporting women at the highest level.
  • + 2
 @endlessblockades: Hopefully we can keep her on SRAM TLD RACING! Wink
  • + 1
 @sharpGT: Crankworks has been giving equal price money for some years now, and yes it is great to see. As far as the World Surf League goes, the reason they had to do it is because they got sued by a bunch of pro surfer women, that the WSL is based in California and that the California law requires company to be equal payers. Surfing remains an extremely macho sport as a whole, unfortunately... There are still many pro-women that struggle to get sponsorship contracts because they don't do enough bikini photoshoots or are not deemed good-looking enough for the brand. But hopefully, the equal prize money will help narrow that gap.
  • + 1
 @stikmanglaspell: For sure but with a bunch of free TUES for her!
  • + 11
 Vali is so fast.... did she know it wasn't a final run?
  • + 29
 Stylish on the bike too, Tahnee must be thinking "Shit I'll be racing against her too next year'.
  • + 4
 @DirtyDee: it is impressive how she stays on her line on those flat steep corners in the wood section. She will be on fire in pro women category.
  • + 10
 Great course preview! More from Tahnee and Vali please!!
  • + 4
 The future is right there. Can’t wait to see Vali battling in women’s elite. How many more years of junior?
  • + 2
 next year in elite
  • + 1
 It is hard to tell how fast she is from a video but she definitely has handling skills!
  • + 5
 Amazing looking track. Will be fun to watch people going 100% on race day.
  • + 2
 Back than: "I stop racing if a girl rides faster than I do!" now: "I'll become pro if I can ride as fast as the junior girls." time has changed the perspective... And they even did gave it 100%
  • + 6
 @x-rider Another one not understanding how fast the women 'have' been, not sure what the latest best womans time if placed in the mens, but when Leigh Donovan won Mont St Anne in 1996, her time would have been 24th in the Mens Elite. Seems people don't know much about MTB history.
  • + 1
 @stikmanglaspel: You and your wife sir were part of that history. There’s no question about the level of talent that brought this sport into the limelight. Talent is not limited to gender. My question is what’s happened since the glory days of Giove, Donovan, and ACC that’s caused the women’s field to shrink and sponsors to treat them differently. Your thoughts and perspective from both you and Leigh would be interesting.
  • + 1
 @stikmanglaspell: Think it's just a modern misconception in general that women somehow weren't doing well/supressed etc and it's only now changing... But really women can and have always done great things and performed well... You'd think no one reading this had seen the "Missile" or ACC....
  • + 1
 @supermike306: you're right, they have! Only the perspective is changing, which I think is long overdue and it's thanks to the rad women who have always been crushing it.
  • + 1
 Great course preview!! Tahnee is really good at commentary, their riding skill are insane. Can t wait to see Vali battling with the big Girls. The track is awesome, proper dh gnarliness.
  • + 4
 oh my god this course is FKIN SIIIIICKK!!!
  • + 3
 That was fantastic track review
  • + 2
 Definitely looks to be a proper downhill course...great preview! I’m stoked for round one it’s been a long winter
  • + 2
 Is there live coverage of these events anywhere?
  • + 2
 redbull.tv
  • + 1
 Red Bull TV if you have the app on something
  • + 1
 @ptrcarson: The website is good too, just sling or HDMI it from your laptop to the big screen if your broadband provider doesn't have RedbullTV native (mine does).
  • + 2
 This is ixs cup so no coverage - the uni dh World Cup next weekend at the same track will be covered by red bull tv.
  • + 3
 Great track!
  • + 2
 Well done Tahnee! Best of luck this season.
  • + 1
 Lots of sketchy gnarly compressions and some other stuff. Can't wait for the races to begin.
  • + 2
 Dang Vali's whips are on point!
  • + 1
 Probably the best course preview I've seen!
  • + 1
 Holy shit, Vali got some serious talent!!!
  • + 1
 Un-real not under real..ha!
  • + 1
 I wouldn’t be anywhere close to keeping up with her! Good job Tahnee
  • + 1
 Damn can Vali ride!
  • + 1
 great track
  • + 1
 Great Job!
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