[UPDATED] Elite Finals Results & Overall Standings from the Val Di Sole DH World Cup 2023

Jul 1, 2023 at 4:00
by Ed Spratt  
The results are in from finals at Val Di Sole after a wild semi-finals earlier in the day.

In the elite women's racing, we saw a repeat of the top two from Leogang as Vali Höll takes back-to-back World Cup wins ahead of 2022 World Cup overall winner Camille Balanche.

Vali Höll looked unmatched on the black snake as she took control of the wild course conditions to power her way to another victory in 2023. Camille Balanche has had to settle for her third 2nd place this season as she couldn't find an answer to the hard-charging Austrian. Jess Blewitt had a great performance in Val Di Sole as she managed to take third place and even managed to pull back some time against Vali's winning run in the final sector to the finish line.

Speaking about the tough challenge of Val Di Sole track, Vali Höll said in her post-race interview: "It's just so hard to keep the momentum and keep the strength up on this track. It's so physical and it's so rough, it's just hard to hold on."

Some last-minute rain caused an upset for the start of the elite men's race as the first riders had slightly better conditions than the mid-pack riders. By the time the race headed towards its conclusion the sun came out and baked the track allowing Jackson Goldstone to blow the race apart on his way to a first elite World Cup win.

Jackson Goldstone may have made a few mistakes at the top of the course but he quickly got back on pace to master the changing conditions and cross the line in the green. Finn Iles tried to best his fellow Canadian but he couldn't quite match the leading pace and would cross the line 2.224 seconds back. Thibaut Daprela had one of the wildest runs of the day but a big mistake in the lower woods lost him 1.8 seconds and the lead, the French racer ends his weekend in third.

After taking his first elite World Cup win Jackson Goldstone said: "I don't have many words to say I'm just so excited. The run was just on the edge the whole time right out the first corner I was already pushing really hard and yeah I just escaped with all those mistakes I made and somehow kept the flow going."

Check out the results below.


Elite Women

1st. Vali Höll: 4:07.440
2nd. Camille Balanche: 4:10.353
3rd. Jess Blewitt: 4:12.210
4th. Marine Cabirou: 4:12.445
5th. Nina Hoffmann: 4:12.689

Elite Men

1st. Jackson Goldstone: 3:34.926
2nd. Finn Iles: 3:37.150
3rd. Thibaut Daprela: 3:37.366
4th. Troy Brosnan: 3:38.797
5th. Loris Vergier: 3:39.121

The Elite Women's Race as it Happened

4:00 am PDT: The Elite Women's Race is Now Underway
After this morning's semi-finals it's Veronika Widmann who kicks off finals.

4:05 am PDT: Veronika Widmann Sets the First Finals Time of 4:24.109
As the first rider down Veronika Widmann takes the hot seat with a run sitting around 10 seconds back from Vali Höll's semi-final winning ride.

4:08 am PDT: Sian A'Hern Goes 3 Seconds Back
Sian A'Hern improves her semi-finals time by around four seconds but so far she sits in 2nd.

4:10 am PDT: A Huge Crash for Tahnee Seagrave
Tahnee Seagrave gets thrown off the bike as she goes over the rock drop into the woods. Tahnee is up and slowly making her way down the rest of the course.

4:16 am PDT: A Big Run for Lisa Baumann as She Goes Fastest
Lisa Baumann leads through every split on her way to take the hot seat by 2.644 seconds.

4:21 am PDT: Monika Hrastnik Flies into the Lead by Over 7 Seconds
Monika Hrastnik sets the fastest time so far and beats Vali Höll's winning time from the semi-finals. We could be in for some flat-out runs if we see the remaining six riders improve upon this run.

4:25 am PDT: Marine Cabirou Takes the Lead
Despite a mistake in one of the final corners Marine Cabirou goes into the hot seat by one and a half seconds.

4:26 am PDT: With 5 Riders Remaining the Top 5 are:
1st. Marine Cabirou: 4:12.445
2nd. Monika Hrastnik: 4:14.002
3rd. Lisa Baumann: 4:21.465
4th. Veronika Widmann: 4:21.465
5th. Sian A'Hern: 4:27.745

4:28 am PDT: Nina Hoffmann Crosses the Line 2nd
Nina Hoffmann started off strong but she couldn't keep up the high pace to the line as she ends her run 0.244 seconds back.

4:33 am PDT: Jess Blewitt Sets the New Fastest Time
Jess Blewitt crosses the line fastest as she makes the most of Marine Cabirou's mistake at the bottom to pull ahead by 0.235 seconds.

4:36 am PDT: Gracey Hemstreet Loses the Front End
Gracey Hemstreet was on a great run but gets caught out in the loose dust as she ends her run in 5th

4:40 am PDT: Camille Balanche Leads with One Rider Remaining
Camille Balanche has gone fastest by just under two seconds after losing nearly a second to Jess Blewitt in the final sector. Will the Swiss rider finally take a win in 2023?

4:44 am PDT: Vali Höll Gets Loose on her Way to her 2nd Win in 2023
Vali Höll looked unstoppable as she leads through every split to cross the line 2.9 seconds up.

The Elite Men's Race as it Happened

5:00 am PDT: The Elite Men's are on Course
Greg Williamson is first out of the start hut for what could be a wild finals as rain falls in Val Di Sole.

5:04 am PDT: Greg Williamson Crosses the Line with a 3:49.504 After a Crash
The first run of the day sits around 14 seconds back from the fastest semi-finals time although it will be interesting to see if the wet weather will affect the times in finals.

5:08 am PDT: Antoine Pierron Now Leads by 5.8 Seconds
Antoine Pierron quickly sets the new fastest time as he finds almost six seconds as the early riders make their way down the course.

5:10 am PDT: Bernard Kerr Takes the Hot Seat
Bernard Kerr is one of the first riders down in finals and sets a rapid time to become the new leader by 2.752 seconds.

5:15 am PDT: A Wild Wheel Explosion for Dante Silva
Dante Silva manages to come out relatively unscathed as he pops his tire and wheel through the rocks near the top of the course.

5:20 am PDT: Heavy Rain in Val Di Sole
The rain is really starting to come down now and will make an already tricky course even harder for the riders today.

5:36 am PDT: After 10 Riders the Top 5 are:
1st. Bernard Kerr: 3:40.945
2nd. Remy Meier-Smith: 3:42.984
3rd. Antoine Pierron: 3:43.697
4th. Rémi Thirion: 3:45.152
5th. Matteo Iniguez: 3:47.079

5:50 am PDT: The Weather is Improving for the Last 16 Riders
While the track is still looking slick the rain has stopped and the sun is out in Val Di Sole.

5:52 am PDT: Thomas Estaque Makes it into the Top Five
Thomas Estaque proves the race may not be over as he goes 4.791 seconds back and into fifth. Thomas is the first rider to get into the top five since Remy Meier-Smith's run.

5:56 am PDT: Laurie Greenland Breaks the Timing Feed
Laurie Greenland has broken the timing feed as currently he has completed a run in just 11 seconds.

5:59 am PDT: Loic Bruni is Up at Split 1
Loic Bruni is on a wild one as he is over a second up on Bernard Kerr at the first split. The splits on the live broadcast are wrong as currently, the timing system is comparing to Bernard Kerr's runs.

6:01 am PDT: Loic Bruni Goes 4th
Despite the broadcast saying Bruni was over three seconds up the World Champion was only in the green at split one before losing time at every other split. Loic ends his run in 4th. Lauria Greenland's time is also in with a run giving him 10th so far.

6:04 am PDT: Luca Shaw Crosses the Line 2.8 Seconds Back
Luca Shaw has a great run and manages to make it into fourth place with only 11 riders left at the top.

6:07 am PDT: Ronan Dunne Charges into 3rd
Ronan Dunne lays down a loose run to take 3rd place, 2.738 seconds back.

6:08 am PDT: With 10 Riders Remaining the Top 5 are:
1st. Bernard Kerr: 3:40.945
2nd. Remy Meier-Smith: 3:42.984
3rd. Ronan Dunne: 3:43.683
4th. Antoine Pierron: 3:43.697
5th. Luca Shaw: 3:43.809

6:17 am PDT: Benoit Coulanges is Only 1.3 Back at the Finish
Benoit Coulanges comes the closest to Bernard Kerr so far as he crosses the line only 1.392 seconds back. The race is definitely not over yet.

6:20 am PDT: Danny Hart Takes 3rd
Danny Hart was in the green for the first two splits but he can't keep it together in the lower steeps as he moves into 3rd.

6:23 am PDT: Troy Brosnan Goes Fastest!
Troy Brosnan has done what seemed impossible as he manages to beat the time of Bernard Kerr as he masters the tricky conditions to lead by over two seconds.

6:26 am PDT: A Huge Run from Thibaut Daprela
Thibaut Daprela has blown the race apart and goes fastest despite a big mistake in the lower woods.

6:28 am PDT: With 5 Riders Remaining the Top 5 are:
1st. Thibaut Daprela: 3:37.366
2nd. Troy Brosnan: 3:38.797
3rd. Bernard Kerr: 3:40.945
4th. Benoit Coulanges: 3:42.337
5th. Danny Hart: 3:42.685

6:31 am PDT: Andreas Kolb Slots into 3rd
Leogang winner Andreas Kolb is sitting in third place as we wait for the final four riders to take on their runs.

6:32 am PDT: Jackson Goldstone Pulls Back a Second at Split 2
Jackson Goldstone is on a great run as he has ridden back into the lead after a big mistake at the top of the course.

6:34 am PDT: Jackson Goldstone Is Fastest!
Jackson Goldstone smashes into the lead by 2.44 seconds as he might just be on his way to his first elite World Cup win.

6:37 am PDT: Finn Iles Gets Loose on his Way to 2nd
Finn Iles can't quite match the pace of Jackson Goldstone as he ends his run 2.224 seconds back.

6:41 am PDT: A Massive Crash for Jordan Williams
Jordan Williams has come off the track at the edge of the woods. It looks like Jordan is back up but this was a big one.

6:44 am PDT: Loris Vergier Goes 5th, Jackson Goldstone Wins in Val Di Sole
Loris Vergier makes some mistakes in his run and ends the day in 5th. With no riders left at the top, it is Jackson Goldstone who comes away with his first Elite World Cup win.

Full Results:

Elite Women


Elite Men


Overall Standings:

Elite Women


Elite Men


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  • 249 0
 HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!! 1 and 2, couldn't have happened on a better day for Goldstone!
  • 75 0
 1st Win Elite on July 1st! Stunning 1-2 by Goldstone & Iles.
  • 79 0
 We’ve been fans since his bike to kindergarten edit went viral. It’s so rad to see the whole progression!
Finn and Jackson did chainsaw proud today!
We’re in for a hell of a season now that it’s finally going! … which ends in Mount Saint Anne!!

And Get well Jordan. You were the best all week. 2nd with a flat in qualis???
  • 21 0
 That's definitely a first for pro men! Go Canada!!
  • 29 0
 The Eh team going 1, 2! Awesome to see!
  • 28 2
 jackson is a dh wayne gretzky.. from toddler to champ, with all motivation and desire coming from within... not parental. the kid is amazing.
  • 48 0
 Add in Bohdi Kuhn's win in Junior Men's and that's one hell of a race weekend for Team Canuck.
  • 32 0
 Results wise the greatest single day in Canadian racing history. I think i woke up the neighbourhood.
  • 6 0
 OH ya Eh!
  • 9 0
 @snomaster: we’ve all been fans of Jackson since his first video of riding to preschool, it’s just amazing that he’s come so far, no joke, he’s the real deal!
  • 20 0
 @stacykohut: His dad is a champ, would always see him shuttling a young jackson up to 19th hole. It's probably why I havn't won a WC.

I am sure he will come back with those cigarettes one day...
  • 3 0
 @skiandmtbdirtbag: ha. Those that leave are the ones left out!
  • 4 0
 @snomaster: Did Williams get hurt during that crash?
  • 50 0
 Too bad the non-MTB public in Canada can't also celebrate this win. Where's the news coverage of this on the CBC? I get they can't cover every sport on the planet, but they'll cover a Canadian road cyclist that makes 2nd place on a few stages of a European road race. Would it hurt to widen their sport world enough to give some coverage to these Canadian men making inroads on the World Cup DH circuit, on Canada Day of all days? Same thing with Finn Iles's win last year at MSA - not a word of coverage. At least we have PinkBike.
  • 12 0
 @Fill-Freakin: Yep, it's pretty terrible.

I just sent an email to cbc sports to remind them that mountain biking exists. Feel free to do the same:

  • 1 1
 You didn’t hear this from me but *looks around*……you know those bikes hiding secret bits on the frame…..

  • 6 2
 ...yeah, Squamish/Whistler 1+2 eh plus Body Kuhn, wherever Rossland is in BC, eh! Go Bike Country.
  • 3 0
 @Fill-Freakin: same thing happens here in Australia and I'd imagine in most countries, it sucks.
  • 3 0
 @Fill-Freakin: the media coverage is barely better here. I've stopped caring about this...
  • 5 0
 We should have Canada Day more often !
  • 2 0
 @stacykohut: i thinks we might have a future GOAT. proud of this kiddo and his parents
  • 2 0
 Canadians can RIDE like hell! Congrats
  • 2 0
 @jayacheess: as. I. Was at the bar last night with a hotdog eating contest on. How can anyone not get a thrill watching this!
  • 4 0
 @SHREDWORX: come here and ride - you won't forget where it is.
  • 2 0
 @Fill-Freakin: yep. The fact that he won against this competition, as a rookie, by more than 2 seconds is ridiculous, but they're too busy covering men's volleyball
  • 1 0
 @Fill-Freakin: Cycling Canada is barely covering it
  • 3 0
 @SHREDWORX: and Carter Woods today
  • 1 0
 @Bibico: yeah that’s a Canadian media site but I’m talking about our national governing body.

Edit I stand corrected, they just did an ig post the next day
  • 1 0
 @PocoBoho: Thanks for posting. So fast! And you get much more a sense of the crowd than the broadcast.
  • 1 0
 @stacykohut: I see the talent too. I once called him the conor bedard of mtb.
  • 112 1
 The problem with the commentary is not so much the repeated phrases, it is a long day in the booth after all.
But when they both cannot comprehend how, when the rider with the current fastest time clearly lost 2 seconds due to a mistake at the bottom, everyone else is gaining two seconds in the same sector on that time, then how can I take any of their 'professional' opinions seriously?
  • 24 0
 This, absolutely this. They completely missed that the following riders were going to gain around 2 seconds on Daprela in that section the result is that it fails to tell the story of the race.
  • 21 13
 I don’t know about the rest of you but I watch a lot of other sports and I really could care less about commentary. We all know who the racers are, the context of their run, where they lose or gain time and whether they are up or down at splits. I’d actually like to see an entire track filmed top to bottom long before talking heads
  • 14 1
 @lastminutetech: With sports commentary, less is usually more - unless you have a poet-commentator like the late lamented John Arlott.
Personally I'm averse to hysteria as the default mode. I believe good commentary can enhance the spectacle - but bad commentary can ruin events unless one uses the mute button, as I was obliged to do whenever Murray Walker was commentating on motorcycle races. (I could care less about F1)
The negative comments have made me hesitate about signing up for GCN. I doubt I'll do it now
  • 16 5
 @lastminutetech: we all know who the racers are because Rob Warner taught us all over the previous years.
  • 12 13
 So many people like joining in on the circle jerk about Rob not commentating anymore, might be time to eat the biscuit and make peace with Rob not being there. I watch racing to see talented riders throwing it down, commentary is a bonus!
  • 8 2
 Rob used to make the same mistake and have me shouting at the TV, either way yes they are both brain dead, probably doesn’t help that they have tiny little screens and loads of random people talking in their headsets, still no excuse because they just called the mistake 5 mins earlier
  • 1 0
 @jimmythehat: this be facts
  • 1 0
 Within CGN you can also select "ambient sound" as "commentary language" and don't have to bother with anyone commenting.
  • 90 0
 That Daprela run was INSANE!!!
  • 19 1
 Somebody hand Daprela a piece of rope because that guy is LOOSE!!!
  • 14 1
 "Eeee can ride with half a tongue"
  • 10 1
 @suspended-flesh: Poss the only pertinent point CG has ever made ...
  • 3 0
 Absolutely wild! One of the most exciting runs I've watched in a while.
  • 7 0
 That was crazy wild. He took both hands of the Handelbar never seen before. Absolut Mad man
  • 8 2
 Bonkers run.

But why oh why was Cedric losing his mind when Daprela rested his hands while on a smooth wooden traverse? Yes Cedric, he took his hands off the bars. It was straight. It was smooth. It was not “insane”.
  • 2 0
 Do you know any replay where I could see that?
  • 2 0
 @Arev: Merci mec! Cool Smile
  • 2 0
 It was soo good!
  • 84 2
 I don’t care about the commentary. How can you not be entertained! That was the best final this year. Congrats Jackson what a F’n win!
  • 32 38
flag on-the-move (Jul 1, 2023 at 6:50) (Below Threshold)
 There's no excitement though, Rob would have lost his shit.
  • 49 10
 @bikes-arent-real: no offence but if you don’t find that level of riding exciting and need a commentator to make it exciting for you then that’s a bit sad.
  • 27 6
 @JNZ: I agree, if you cant appreciate the racing for what it is then I'm not sure what to say, maybe don't watch then cause the bitching was old on the first race. I'm as big of a Rob and Elliot fan as anyone but they are not on the broadcast anymore so people need to move on or not watch anymore, its pretty simple really.
  • 12 3
 @JNZ: so you watch all sports with the sound off and find it just as entertaining?
  • 11 10
 @JNZ: Exactly this!! Why is everyone getting so upset about the commentary! We are able to watch so much more racing and it's been bloody excellent so far! Today's race was insane! Keep it coming! Can't wait for the rest of the season!
  • 2 0
 Your are right that Shit is insane
  • 8 1
 I just place it mute and my wife just does her British accent and commentates the race.
  • 38 8
 Cedric is downright bad. Ric is OK, but not wonderful. I can live with him, but please change Cedric.

The video, however, is better than ever, so give credit where due. We get more track coverage, and even at low res, the follow drone is sick, and awesome to do that on a live feed! It’s only gonna get better as the tech improves.

Make the finish line time differential highlighted in green or red and make it bigger. Smallest font, buried below, and not highlighted makes it hard to find.
  • 3 5
 @VPS13: nail totally on the head.
  • 5 1
 @bikes-arent-real: Lame that people with poor reading comprehension are downvoting you.

Y’all: dude is clearly saying there’s no excitement in the commentary. He’s saying that the racing is so good that we can all imagine the way Rob would be yelling and hyping us up and absolutely losing his mind.
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flag jimmythehat (Jul 2, 2023 at 0:00) (Below Threshold)
 @VPS13: thank god there’s no Elliot he was awful
  • 3 0
 @JNZ: No doubt I find the racing great, I'm actually watching it this year instead of sleeping on it so it's objectively better in that sense. But afterwards, as soon as the race was over there was something missing. Robs commentary afterwards is just better. And I just learned from Wyn Tv that it was Minnar's 150th finish, a huge milestone. Rob would have been all over that.

Just because I think something is missing in the commentary doesn't mean I don't enjoy it. It's not black and white mate.
  • 1 1
 @VPS13: Yeah nah. I've been watching it for 15 years I'm not going to stop. I think the footage is better than Red Bulls, they never had that many cameras. I'm enjoying the racing this year big time.
  • 4 0
 @BrambleLee: Exactly man. This has been the most exciting year of racing in a long time, probably since Amaury got his first win. Jacksons run was 2.5 seconds up, that's a monster margin, he was freaking wild and deserved a Commentary fit for one of the great runs, so did Jordans win and so was Finns win. Go back to last year and watch Finns win at MSA, all 3 wins this year were as monumental if not more monumental than Finns run, yet this one was just way more hyped up. www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDVy_VwuvHk
  • 2 0
 @nsteele: Hearing Cedric get like 10x more excited about the French riders is kind of annoying too. Like after Loris's run/Jackson's win Cedric just didn't say anything lol
  • 53 1
 Related to all the commentary about the commentary Smile :
Despite all the criticism he received, one thing Claudio did really well was analyzing the timing on splits compared to the top rider’s section speed and mistakes. This has completely disappeared, and the timing analysis is reduced to binary and useless green/red comments.
  • 31 0
 Not only that, but racers will be 3-5 seconds back on the last split and they'll be like "I wonder how he's going to make up this time in the final two turns!"

He's not, that's how.
  • 3 0
 @Ryan2949: Now hold on... A rider could evolve like the wind and sprout a rocket out of their ass.
  • 69 16
 After Crankworks the commentary seems even worse. This boring Crankworks track without any of the top riders was more fun to listen to than this.
  • 34 6
 Love how they are rambling on about 29ers and explaining it to the paying mountainbiker audience like they are 3 year olds
  • 15 4
 @waldo-jpg: It's because it's also on Eurosport and that's why whey won the bid. Taking it to a general audience.
  • 5 7
 @waldo-jpg: Could understand if it was on the main feed for Eurosport but on these platforms you have genuine fans. Yeah, we know what a mullet is!
  • 15 1
 The ambient sound feature may actually be the best option
  • 51 51
 I don't understand the vitriol. I think the commentary is fine and not worse than Rob and Claudio.
  • 23 9
 @silvanoe I wish discovery had a metric for how many of us are watching on mute. Worst broadcast team in sports.
  • 3 0
 @yakimonti: would love to see that Smile
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 @Ronkol: Cool post CG
  • 8 0
 Thats probably a first!! Canadian pro men 1 amd 2!!!
  • 7 4
 @yakimonti: Clearly not as cool as howling with the mob Wink
  • 11 0
 @thingswelike: I absolutely understand the need to make the commentary "easier" to accommodate the new MTB viewers Discovery/ Eurosport wants to reel in with this. But that doesn't mean they should completely skip also making it more interesting for the ones having watched this for years already, offering some more insight. Better balance on this is definitely needed. Though I'm not sure even the newcomers need the commentary to tell them how "he's on the big left-hander now, and now he's turning right" while this is indeed shown in the feed.
  • 27 3
 @Ronkol: I enjoyed Rob and Claudio more, but it's not that terrible. People have rose colored glasses for the past and hypercritical of the new guys..
(Although I understand the critics of the commentary much more than those about the "lack" of track coverage, because that objectively has improved, yet somehow people complain..)
  • 15 10
 @Ronkol: Are you hearing impaired by chance?
  • 5 3
 It’s too bad really. The video production is really a step up in my opinion. If only they still had Rob and Claudio on it
  • 24 23
 @stefkrger: I feel I need to say this after every race to balance out the CG hate, but Claudio was just terrible. The tone of his voice, his grammar, his timing, and almost everything he ever said will all remain unsurpassed in their awfulness until the end of DH racing on this earth.

And that's from someone who is losing the ability to give this new broadcasting team the benefit of the doubt. It currently looks like a bit of a cowboy operation.

But Claudio can f*ck off into space.
  • 3 0
 "Despite the broadcast saying Bruni was over three seconds up the World Champion was only in the green at split one before losing time at every other split. Loic ends his run in 4th."
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 @yakimonti: probably less than 1%. It's bringing in a new audience and like it or not, people on here like you and me are the minority.
  • 1 0
 How many times did y’all count the word “slippery?”
  • 11 6
 @BenPea: agreed…Claudio was terrible and hard to listen to…thought he would have been better considering his course previews were always entertaining, but as a broadcaster it is hard to imagine anyone worse….still love the guy tho!
  • 14 4
 Imagine Claudio combined with Cedric. It would be so awful it might actually be sarcastically entertaining at times. Cedric's broken and sloppy English is simply unprofessional. The announcers really make or break the broadcast, and nobody can replace Warner.
  • 6 1
 @BenPea: He was shite.
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 @BenPea: Funny we have the same feelings about you.
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 @BenPea: Claudio is more than a commentator to me and I'd miss him if he'd f*ck off into space. He started the Velosolutions thing and built some amazing tracks around the world and created the first actual world cup (with actual venues around the world). He also built the Champery track which was bound to deliver a few legendary races. Danny won and Sam "lost", but I've got the feeling even people who weren't even born back then still remember those runs.

As for the commentating, sorry but I couldn't hear him anyway over the sound of my keyboard smashing. See, I'm old. I still hammer my keyboard as if it were a mechanical keyboard (though I've learned to stop smashing the left side of my screen to start a new line).
  • 4 0
 @vinay: In anything other than broadcasting, I'm sure he's a wonderful person. I know he's achieved much more than I ever will and probably deserves great admiration for many reasons. I just never want to hear him commentate again.
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 @vinay: Ben Walker made the Champery track.
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 @finnspin: I'd say it's disputable if the track coverage is better.
While they obviously have many cameras, on large part of the track, they choose not to use them for most of the racing.
In junior finals and semi finals for most of the riders they only showed the first part of the track after the start hut, and the final part since the last turn before the big drop after the woods. Which were the most boring and unimportant parts of the track. It was really annoying, not to be able to see the important stuff that happened (even on replay, even though thay had cameras in the important and deciding sections).
It got us to the point of wondering if we're going to watch Jr finals and semi finals again. It was hard to engage really, it was more like live timing with slideshow pictures of the same over and over again.
Finals were a little better, but still the same for most of the women (they only showed some parts of the woods, and only for some of the women, which, considering there were only 15 women in finals, is embarrassing.
During the elite men's finals yesterday, starting with Bruni's run, GCN decided to change the quality to worst possible, it was 144p, war of ants type quality. It wasn't our connection - at the same 4K vids worked on YT, also we did restart everything, and the quality remained poor.
Mind you, GCN player does not allow you to choose quality of the picture, so there's nothing you can do. We decided to quit watching and tried again today - and it worked fine, but that's not what we expect from a paid service!
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 @stflood: 100%.
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 @RHSGuy: Thanks, I suppose I'll have to watch that Earthed video again. I thought it was Claudio but it's been a long while since I've watched it so I'm probably mistaken.
  • 1 0
 @RHSGuy: Ok, I didn't rewatch the Earthed video that quickly but I did find this interview (www.pinkbike.com/news/interview-claudio-caluori-on-concussions-closing-his-race-team-and-the-josh-bryceland-controversy.html) where Claudio (below the second picture) says what I recall him saying in the Earthed video. So that was for the 2007 track Sam placed third on. I know Ben Winder was working on the track back in 2010 so obviously that was the one Danny Hart won on. I don't know how different the two are, other than that Ben took more machines up the hill to build better platforms for the audience and cameras and he also made a track that holds up better in the wet. But I don't know how different it is from the one Claudio started. Could very well be a lot, indeed.
  • 2 1
 @finnspin: It's not improved, we're getting almost exactly the same amount of rider on track as before. So, now it's more expensive and has worse production. Who's winning here?
  • 58 7
 Semi Finals really takes away from the excitement of Finals. I can’t think of many sports where the athletes have to push it to the limit twice in the same day.

The commentary really doesn't make sense to me either at times.
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flag Mosko (Jul 1, 2023 at 5:51) (Below Threshold)
 yeah, motocross for example, they push it only one time a day. But i get your point. They could rather do two finals for full points.
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flag yakimonti (Jul 1, 2023 at 6:37) (Below Threshold)
 @Mosko: was exhausting hearing Dakota with all the moto references on one of the videos, maybe WynTV, dude you race MTB's not moto. Go race moto.
  • 7 2
 It's just stupid and there are so many ways how they could get more broadcast time and fewer racers in the finals without taking away excitement from the finals...
  • 15 2
 @Mosko: American motocross (outdoors) races 2 motos with the winner being decided by the combined results of both motos. Supercross (stadiums) has heat races that trim the field and determine gate choose in the final.
  • 9 5
 I think the format is dumb and just watch finals
  • 9 3
 They should do multiple qualifiers instead of the semi-finals. Have 2 qualifying rounds where the top 15 from each go to finals, and riders who qualify in the first round don't need to ride the second round. That preserves the importance of finals and gives more exposure and coverage to the mid-pack riders who will be competing for top 15 in the second round.
  • 3 1
 @yakimonti: exhausting?
  • 3 0
 I happen be in Europe so I was able to watch semis. Seeing the whole day play out it was just really dumb. Sometime suggested qualies the day before, LCQ in the morning, then a 60 rider field for finals.
  • 8 8
 Enduro boys do it several times in a day, I'm sure the DH boys can handle 2 runs in a day lol
  • 9 6
 @rad-but-also-sad: apples to oranges...
  • 2 2
 @pisgahgnar: Yeah that would be actually nice. No complicated protection rules, just two qualifiers.
  • 4 2
 French DH cup: Seeding round then final round on the same day. Equal points structure for both runs and nobody complains.
BMX racing is a knockout format and nobody complains, the same goes for 4X.
That's only some examples of bike racing and there you have several disciplines where you race twice or more on the same day
  • 8 2
 @Maxcommencemal: for motocross it's two 35+min motos a day plus a qualy race the day before. I am actually a bit surprised lots of people complain about two 3-4min runs.
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  • 4 0
 In person, it’s a wonderful format. Short gap semis and a midfield pushing hard is super fun to watch trackside. Then finals are just insane from the last 15 onwards, but the long gaps mean it’s less fun to be trackside and better to be around the finish. A plus firsthand experience today. The announcers are also way better.
  • 3 0
 @NickMT: announcers trackside you mean?
  • 4 2
 @Mosko: haha you’re right. I completely forgot about motocross. I see what you’re saying. I don’t know what it is about this season of DH but it’s hard to watch, I used to love waking up early and watching finals and now it seems like it’s all dumbed down. Years ago I remember watching motocross and the multiple heats was still exciting. With DH though I don’t get that excitement. This new format combined with the commentary is such a turn off. I enjoy watching the individual runs, Dialed and various riders videos on YouTube instead. They provide much better onsite and story on the races.
  • 1 0
 Supercross perhaps?
  • 4 0
 I also have kinda no idea where anyone else fell except the winner of the final because of the semis. They just feel anticlimactic and a bit of a chore to watch.
  • 2 2
 Would like to hear what the riders have to say but it isn't uncommon in sports to push it several times a day. In mountainbiking, 4X racing comes to mind. I'm no top level racer traveling the world but I can imagine if you go through all the hassle that comes with racing, I can imagine some would be happy to at least get more racing in. For the audience, it could be seen as a way to cater to the demands of having more racing without stressing the teams too much. You basically get more racing and more points up for grabs without requiring the teams to travel more with all the extra work that comes with it.
  • 28 0
 Jess backing up her podium semis finish with a hell of a run, nice!
  • 13 0
 She loves the steep gnarly tracks. Did NZ proud
  • 23 0
 They are amazed at 5 seconds ahead for Pierron when Williamson crashed right in front of them? I take back anything I said about decent commentary during the semis.
  • 22 0
 Could be wrong but it looks like Gracey had the fastest time from split 3 on? Will be interesting to see her continue to come to form and put together full runs this season
  • 6 0
 Yeah that speed she had after he crash was dam quick!
  • 24 0
 Thibaut Dapréla run was mental
  • 28 5
 95% Ric making some sense, 5% Cedric screaming splits and pointless things.

I’m done.
  • 27 3
 Fuck The UCI
  • 20 0
 I Love this Shit.
Rob was best but man i Love watching the races.
Top 10 Riders Always make it so freaking fun to
WE had only 3 races this year and damn all three we're so f*cking sick.
Best Sport ever? Think so
  • 24 6
 Like the last race, a few improvements….. but

Like most people say Cedric isn’t.

Exactly the same sayings, quotes like before, Ric is the main commentator and is getting into his stride and could easily do the whole show on his own.

Things like:

Is carrying speed
Let the breaks go
On the edge
Taking a chance
So tight
He went out
He’s a green

Isn’t really adding any value :-(
  • 19 1
 He know what to do
He says to the bike, let’s go
The bike takes some beats

A few more classics
  • 8 2
 @Banktramp: Bring the bike back to the speed

On the move!
  • 9 2
 Does my bloody head in,ruins it for me.
  • 5 0
 To the good!
  • 17 0
 7.3 up on split 3..... um no Cedric it’s in red and that means it’s 7.3 down on split 3... it’s your 3rd race mate.
  • 5 0
 @bikes-arent-real: “he’s 7.3 up, no he’s 7.3 down WTAF
  • 21 3
 Cedric is so biased for the French riders it’s unreal.
  • 22 6
 Honestly, I think Ric is getting better and he's starting to settle into it. Sure, it's no Rob Warner, but he's definitely not the worst.

But I genuinely can't fathom why they have Cedric doing it with him! If it's the "ex-rider knowledge" they were going for, think of how many other candidates there are who have English as their first language. Andrew Neethling would have been perfect for it!
  • 3 0
 @ardee: Nicolas Vouilloz
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  • 11 5
 @ardee: yes Ric...all day...shut up Cedric.
  • 19 4
 I'm clearly in the minority by being not bothered by the commentary at all.
  • 8 3
 He definitively shouldn't call if people went off track or not based on a split second view from a weird camera angle! Meier-Smith lost the line and ride a rock face close to the edge of the track but he didn't went off a pole and he kept repeating he went off. That's decision is above his pay grade so shut up and don't comment on that. Also is he thinks somebody has a flat and then they don't have a flat he will go on and on not believing how he could not be right
  • 3 0
 @TommyNunchuck: that grinds me so bad i mean is that even english
  • 12 3
 Don't forget how many times he had to mention how the riders handled "the black snake" during the women's race. We get the double entendre. It's not that funny. That kind of commentary is more high school level than elite racing level. Women's pro racing deserves better.
  • 10 3
 @Fill-Freakin: Also Cedric commenting Siel van der Velden being a "really tall girl, lean" in the semis was a bit awkward. I mean yeah Ric constantly calls (male) riders compact or big guys, but this didn't really have the same kind of ring to it. I watched the bit again (right after her start) to try and hear if it was at least something else instead of lean, but no luck. I'm still hoping it was indeed something else and it was just the accent that threw me off.
  • 3 0
 @urkel: although Vouilloz’s knowledge would be immense, his English isn’t great either. I’d wager most native/bilingual English folks wouldn’t like it.
  • 4 0
 He’s doing the moving.
  • 4 0
  • 2 0
 Release the brakes
  • 3 0
 @ardee: Josh Carlson!
  • 5 0
 @chmurka3rg: Listen to the sound of the tire!!
  • 22 0
 Well, happy Canada Day. How fitting to get these two on the podium.
  • 6 0
 And Bodhi getting his first top of the podium finish the day before!
  • 21 2
 I'm more than happy to pay for coverage but no times for Greenland and completely wrong splits for Bruni is pretty bloody bad
  • 2 0
 Has there been any update on Laurie's time? He looked like he had a decent run. But apparently not in the top 10 ‍♂️
  • 1 0
 @Raisadaruppe: it’s in the live timing. 3:49, 14th right now
  • 15 9
 YeAH ReD BuLl NeVeR HaD AnyThIng LiKe ThIs. Give them a break guys - it's broadcasting in the mountains...stuff occasionally goes wrong and there were so many examples of timing dropping out on the broadcast long before ESO took over.
  • 6 0
 @bowsaaarrr: it pretty much happened every weekend with red bull. Some people have short memories
  • 1 1
 It was the 3rd time they've lost Greenland!! They lost him in the finals in Leogang or Lenzerheide, then again in VDS semis, and again in the finals. What gives??
  • 3 2
 @JNZ: Of course it did. But Disco were pretty cocky about how things are going to be SO much better. AND you didn't pay money for RB, did you?
It was the 3rd race of the season, and still so many flaws.
  • 1 2
 @JNZ: Yep was way worse
  • 14 0
 “He’s lost 2 seconds but is still in the so those 2 seconds don’t matter, being in the green is all that matters!” How dumb are these commentators? That’s only true if you the last f*cking rider!
  • 2 0
 Thanks mate!!
  • 2 0
 They copyrighted it during Vergier's Run!!! Devastated to miss the moment
  • 1 0
 @aaron5578: who blew it up???
This was good for a couple races!
  • 1 0
 @snomaster: I wouldn't worry boss, the stream is usually back when you refresh the page
  • 1 0
 @aaron5578: Yeah. But the 480p backup stream was still working.
  • 15 1
 Well done Vali. Worth noting the top 6 in the finals all had times faster than Vali’s winning time in the semi final. Absolutely brilliant run to take it out.
  • 19 4
 Cedric’s commentary is insufferable.

- “he know what to do!”
- “he says to the bike, let’s go!”
  • 12 2
 Lmao i love these though, at least something to laugh about between all of the insufferable normie talk
  • 3 1
 It sounds like he's reading a bedtime story book to a toddler, lmao!
  • 1 0
 Pumping and jumping and pumping and jumping
  • 1 0
 @Maxwood38: Ala Permping and Jermping - Bart
  • 2 0
 @likeittacky: that makes sense as i fell asleep during semis and again during finals!
  • 17 5
 I'm really enjoying seeing the first 3 turns then next shot anywhere at 1:30 to 2 minutes later. And these close up shots where we see no track and half the bike needs to stop. I don't not want to watch, but this season is so painful
  • 8 0
 Yeah what gives, extremely frustrating to not get to watch the full run. They filming the top section as seen with a handful of runs. There isn’t any excuse to not show full runs for anyone in the finals.

Also please stop the mid-race interviews
  • 7 3
 @evanlitt: What? They are showing more of the runs than RB ever did. Last riders have been full run from top to bottom, no?
  • 7 0
 @Nuss-95: nah last 10 they still skipped 50 seconds
  • 3 3
 @Nuss-95: They showed a full top to bottom for Greg Williamson to start the mens off - mot real reason to just space the riders out a bit more. They’re deciding to skip coverage of the entire first split for most of the field.
  • 14 2
 I’m praying that for world champs….the commentary box has a special guest. If not, rob if you’re seeing this please stand outside the cometary box with a megaphone for world champs. Il be there in person to buy you a few beers and could set up a ‘go fund me’ to pay for your beers/food etc. I’m sure the majority would pay £1 p/p towards it.

The entire mtb community
  • 1 1
  • 15 0
 Too bad for Tanhée. I hope she's completely OK.
  • 15 5
 Well, I tried. But eventually I just had to turn the commentary off. I don't mind Cedric, he can talk nonsense, but at least he's sincere and enthusiastic. But the verbal diarrhea from Ric is just too much. I'm not expecting Rob Warner, but I do expect someone that brings knowledge and passion, and Ric does not have it for live commentary.
  • 4 2
 CedRic, the irony both them in one name... a match made in hell !
  • 4 2
 And the whole “I would never ride this thing” unconfident card Ric plays doesn’t help either. How tf could he think that’s good commentary?! Ric way worse than Cedric IMO.
  • 11 0
 New game: drink every time the words “Val do sole trentino” are said, you will be on the floor after brosnans run.
  • 7 0
 What about "black snake"?
  • 7 0
 @breno4551: Some buddies started drinking every time someone said it at the start of the semis. Unfortunately they missed the men's final as they were in hospital with alcohol poisoning.
  • 4 0
 I think at one point, we even got the full Val Di Sole Trentino Black Snake. Fk me, we know.. and even if we didn't, it doesn't matter.
  • 13 2
 More like Vali Di Höll-e
  • 9 0
 Canadians take 2 firsts and a second in Men's racing this weekend. Congratulations!
  • 6 0
 For anyone who might be interested, here are the prize money amounts for Elite and Juniors. Women's and Men's prizes are equal in each division.
There is apparently no prize money for any finish lower than 10th.
Amounts shown are in Euros.

1 - 3750
2 - 2100
3 - 1250
4 - 800
5 - 600
6 - 500
7 - 350
8 - 300
9 - 250
10 - 200

1 - 200
2 - 130
3 - 100
4 - 80
5 - 65
6 - 50
7 - 45
8 - 30
9 - 25
10 - 20

* Source: 2023 UCI MTB Financial Obligations publication effective 1/26/23. Not sure if there's been any update since then that might have different amounts.
  • 1 0
 Current exchange rate is approximately $1.10 USD to €1. So, 1st place Elite prize money is a little less than $4,100 USD.
  • 4 1
 200 EUR for 1st and 20 EUR for 10th place in juniors. Are we sure that's not a joke? Do they pay it in lolipops?
  • 2 0
 Just adding a couple of other pieces of information:

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: There is only prize money for the top 3 finishers in each division.
- Elite Men/Women get 5,000 / 2,500 / 1,250 for 1st through 3rd.
- Juniors get 1,250 / 675 / 340.

OVERALL WORLD CUP: Top 10 Elite riders get money. Juniors get nothing, as far as I can determine.
- Elite ranges from 10,000 for 1st down to 1,000 for 10th.
  • 2 0
 @Bibico: I remember Jenna Hastings saying the prize she won for 3rd in Juniors didn't cover her entry fee.
  • 2 0
 Exploitation at its finest. And now we pay to view. It's not like this sport is a jumping off place to a pro career - this is the Elite level. What BS.
  • 10 2
 Bruni 2 seconds back with 4 turns left “we’ve got plenty of track to make up the time!” Come the f*ck on.
  • 7 0
 5 to go, and NO ONE is beating that Jackson time. He musta found a secret line at bottom
  • 7 0
 May have got something in my eye when Goldstone hugged his Mum and Dad ...well done son
  • 3 1
 Same. Or onions.
  • 7 0
 Maybe Pinkbike could do a poll for English listeners to see what % does and doesn’t listen to commentary
  • 5 0
 What is up with these kids size bottles of Prosecco on the woman's stage. Can't they chug in 5x 5L bottles so we can have some real celebrations on stage? Some sponsor wants to wake up on this?!
  • 8 1
 Hopefully it rains loads and BK can pull a ‘Rob Warner’ out of the bag
  • 1 2
 BK will be odds on from here. Would take something super human to put down a winning time in the wet
  • 1 0
 @JNZ: can't do an MSA Gwin win here..
  • 1 0
 @JNZ: The dust is getting sticky now, slows everyone down a lot.
  • 1 0
 Incredible run Troy
  • 7 1
 My stream has no audio at all. GCN sucks. But from what I hear having no audio is better than listening to Cedric again
  • 5 1
 There's a track audio only setting in GCN. It was set by default on my apple tv app, took me 30mins to figure it out first time.
  • 1 0
 Yeah you have to be on the gcn+ URL for the sound. If it only says gcn then no sound. Happened to me last week.....
  • 1 1
 @Mabman: Wait... is GCN without the + free by any chance?? That would be a win since we really don't enjoy the commentary xD
Well, at least the enghlish, or polish. German commentary was great, again.
  • 7 0
 Vali domination, but still 2nd overall. Weird points system.
  • 3 0
 Camille is just super consistent which is what matters for an overall. But Vali is closing in (obviously, with two consecutive wins) so we'll see where this ends up. I'm even more impressed with Rachel still holding onto third place with only two events out of three.
  • 3 1
 Excellent run by Monika, posting a better time than Vali's 1st place in the Semis.
[Edit: I typed this comment and PB must have updated the live report to say the same thing before I hit the Submit button. Sorry for duplicating their effort!]
  • 5 0
 Coming to you live track side: it’s definitely not raining heavily here. Light drizzle and sun is back out now.
  • 6 2
 It's not all bad!

Ric, talking about Ronan Dunne. "Where does this speed come from?"

Cedric, "don't use the brakes!"

I mean, he's not wrong!
  • 22 1
 I didn’t think it could get any worse, but when Ric response was “ thanks Cedric for that in depth analysis” i was dead.
  • 6 0
 @Banktramp: sarcasm, it's a UK thing. Oh...
  • 5 1
 @BenPea: from an Irishman to a Frenchy
  • 4 1
 @Banktramp: Northern Irishman (i.e., UK). But that's not the point.
  • 2 0
 @Banktramp: What I’d like to know is why Ric pronounces the ‘Continental’ in Continental Atherton with a strange French like accent. It’s just odd. Never mind the fact Continental are German.
  • 2 0
 @ascotsmanrides: and Vali HOLE not Holl
  • 1 1
 @ascotsmanrides: And Monika Hraschnik.
Although pretty sure Rob made the same mistake Wink
  • 6 0
 He’s some rider that Goldstone lad;well done lad
  • 5 1
 If Jackson wins: Huge weekend for Canadian men: Kuhn, Iles, and Goldstone.
If Vergier wins: Huge weekend for Trek Factory Racing: Kuhn, Vergier
  • 10 3
 Bring back Redbull TV
  • 5 1
 Yeah, I think I've just accepted the only way I'm watching/caring about WC DH is if its easily findable and watchable, and free. Like it was with Redbull; and it doesn't seem like I'm the only one. This can't be good for DH as a whole.
  • 2 1
 @pbfan08: yeah i think this is the last race im investing time in the buildup and race and will just check the results after from now on sad that my fave sport has become a chore to follow!
  • 6 0
 HAPPY CANADA DAY EVERYONE !!! Fuuuiuuuuuuck yaaaahj!!!
  • 4 0
 5 different bikes on the podium. Great day to be a proud Canadian. I'd like to see Laurie win one now. His riding deserves it
  • 6 0
 the kid can Roll. in the words of da Dude.
  • 5 0
 “Finn flipped a tree”
Cedric: “don’t worry, he’s Canadian!”
Best line of the day
  • 2 0
 Hey Pinkbike, your articles and comments section keeps the World Cup alive for me, and no doubt many others, cheers. One question, could you weave in the world Cup standings to these articles with some context of the race results against the season. I'm sure I could find it on uci site, but would rather spend my time here. Just an idea.. Shred on amigos
  • 2 0
 Certainly different racing. New format makes for certain racers correct mistakes, learn and push. For some reason the young are loving this format, would they be as fast in the old format of racing?
It’s enjoyable I will say but so was the old. Let’s see what happens at the end of a season and compare then, I think Redbull would have had a mad coverage for this format and would be free with Warner
  • 6 1
 Yo Rick where are we racing? Oh thanks for mentioning we're at Val di Sole Trentino like 1000 times....I forgot.
  • 6 1
 “Who has the flute to talk to the black snake” …Cedric come on.
  • 9 0
 The commentators must have agreed in the pre-race meeting to insert 'black snake' into every sentence.
  • 4 0
 That actually ain't half bad got me to lol
  • 5 1
 How often are they planning to tell us about Loic Bruni being good under pressure?
  • 2 0
 Or that he is 'out of sorts this weekend'
  • 4 0
 If Bernard hangs on to win, that will make 3 first-time World Cup (Elite) winners in the first 3 races of the year.
  • 7 0
 Or if Jackson wins, same thing.
  • 2 1
 @Bibico: you're right mate. Jackson won. XD
  • 5 0
 Jackson the only one so far to beat the Semi-Final fastest time.
  • 5 0
 Hype train incoming. On Canada Day none the less. Well done!
  • 4 0
 Jackson Brightfuture Goldstone, what a superb rider we will see for a while in the Dh world cup!!
  • 4 0
 I don't think BK wants a win where weather played such a big role. He's in the mix for sure.
  • 2 0
 Tbh the top 5 riders had a better track than he did
  • 5 0
 So effing good. Congrats to all the Canadian racers
  • 2 0
 Way to "Canada Day" eh!
  • 8 5
 Insane race and everyone won’t shut up about the commentary. It’s not THAT bad. It’s not Rob, it never will be, downhill is still the sickest competition ever.
  • 12 10
 Do you think either of these commentators might mention where Rachel Atherton is? I mean it’s their job and she’s quite well known in the race world?
  • 6 6
 Plug into her Insta. She can't do the training plan to compete. She's a Mum first. Everything else second.
  • 6 14
flag JNZ (Jul 1, 2023 at 4:51) (Below Threshold)
 If you didn’t know pre race your not much of a fan…
  • 10 0
 @JNZ: thanks mate.
  • 5 1
 Tiz running slow for you folks this week?
  • 5 2
 That girl has had to put up with a lot of criticism. She's finally shutting those critics up! Yes girl!
  • 3 4
 Yeah, cause she acted a bit like a spoiled princess, angry she didn't win everything right away. I don't blame her solely, it was the fault of all the hype and pressure put on her, and not enough psychological support. But still, some degree of distaste has stayed.
  • 5 0
 F Yeah Jackson!
  • 5 1
  • 3 0
 Happy Canada Day indeed! Congratulations Jackson and Finn! Of course, Canada!
  • 4 0
 Canada 1st and 2nd on Canada Day, let's go!!!
  • 4 0
 Steve Smith is @#$&ing proud boys
  • 4 0
 9 different brands on the Men's top 10! Awesome to see.
  • 3 2
 Wow what a Race day. Fantastic entertainment. I really can't understand that some folks on here find something to moan about. I feel for sure that some of them would complain at a funeral
  • 1 1
 im complaining about the down hill mountain biking funeral
  • 2 0
 Watching with the ambient sound is really the best option for all those that don’t like the commentary. I can’t stand these two so it’s ambient sound for me.
  • 4 1
 Wow! Welcome to the next gen! Vali!
  • 3 1
 Garcia still saying 1.3 up when it’s actually 1.3 down - someone please tell him!
  • 4 0
 Vali Sole
  • 1 0
 RIP Elite Riders and welcome to Neo Elite riders. Great to be able to watch the battle we can't last year. So sad for Jordan it probably be a 1st and 2nd.
  • 4 5
 Great racing today. Protected riders is a terrible concept. It's racing, you shouldn't be able to coast through a session. The commentary is no worse than Redbull. Rob Warner said something funny maybe twice a race. It's just background noise. Confident Vali will be a force for the season. Can't see anyone catching her if she stays on it. Phil Atwill for a podium before the end of the season.
  • 3 0
 Happy Canada day. Never been so proud since Steve Smith
  • 2 0
 No feking commentary on Eurosport !
  • 2 0
 Watching roof ride + DH live timing Smile
  • 2 0
 Goldstone and Hemstreet 're the next one's...
  • 2 0
 I just turn off the sound and do my own commentary
  • 2 0
 Go Canada! Happy Canada Day!!
  • 1 0
 Racing question here, why is Sian Ahearn not up to speed? She is very fit and skilled.
  • 1 0
 I’d guess just a result of a few years out of the world cups. iirc she stepped away in 2019?
  • 1 0
 It’s not everyday a generational talent gets their first win at the highest level… but it hapoenes today.
  • 2 0
 Nice, Congrats to Jackson !!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Is there any info out on the viewership? I wonder if it’s increased from last year
  • 1 1
 i think it will decline over the next few years Frown
  • 1 0
 Seems like the commentary is behind the video...
  • 2 0
 App isn't very good for casting is it... I had to switch the commentary off and on a few times then it synced up.
  • 1 0
 Today I had no issues with the audio, but in previous races it's been both behind and ahead the video. I watch GCN+ on my laptop Chromecasted to my TV, like Mitch243 said it probably has to do with that. Sometimes recasting or refreshing the website helps, sometimes not, sometimes the audio changes even if I do nothing. (The last race weekend at some point the audio was first several seconds behind, the suddenly switched to several seconds ahead.) It's not just the MTB stuff, I was just watching some TdF stuff (I'm paying for it, why not see what the fuss is about) and during the interviews the audio was way ahead, so yeah it seems to be a platform issue. Maybe the TV apps do a better job, unfortunately I'm stuck with casting the feed to my unsmart TV.
  • 1 0
 Some wet weather turning up just in time for men’s final
  • 2 1
 Who's got a link!? And why ain't someone streaming it on YouTube
  • 1 0
 Oh Tiz - you nearly made it!
  • 1 0
 HA!!! Right. At least we knew who won.
  • 4 7
 probably the last world cup for me! i fell asleep during semis and finals i think it was the tiresome talking that sent me to sleep just shut the f up and talk about the damn race!!!! not sure i can take 6 hours of this every time there is a race so probably just going to checkout the results in the evening once its all over.
  • 3 2
 If you don't have the stamina to or don't wish to watch it all then just watch the final. It's your choice nobody is holding a gun to your head. Hmm are you the same person who complained last year because they didn't televise the qualis?
  • 1 1
 @wblh: no i didn't complain about that and for sure i don't have the stamina to listen to this god awful new format for 6 hours if Rob was commentating then different story i would welcome it and get the popcorn out!
  • 2 0
 Happy Canada Day!! on
  • 1 0
 Where do you watch the finals? YouTube only have a

Semi finals.
  • 1 0
 If it stayed wet Kerr would win this race imo
  • 2 0
 I would love to see Kerr win just once. My favorite rider.
  • 1 0
 Why did remy not get dsq? He clearly rode outside that pole
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 Any link to watch the replay?
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 For me the commentary is not overly important , I know who's who and how racing works , having said that I don't think Cedric and Ric do a bad job but we definitely miss Rob.
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 counted x6 at most maybe in one run....which was 4 minutes....which i find a lot...IDK
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 Looking for sex without commitmentwrite to me ➤ u.to/mWPGHw
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 Looks like BK’s gonna be able to brag about a WC win like Rob Warner soon
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 I think that Bernard Kerr is taking it considering the rain factor ... too good for him, too bad for the suspense.
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 I was wrong Smile
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 Hell yeah Jackson
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 That race coverage was really damn good! Don't think we've ever seen so close to a full run at Val Di Sole! Everyone who's doom and gloom about it is lying to themselves when athletes involved make the racing so good!
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 I haven't been paying attention to WCDH this year. What's going on with Gwin?
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 Broken arm at first round.
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 @handynzl: oh dang! Thanks
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 Yeah Jackson!!!! Boo CG
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 into the dappled light
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 where to see?
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 So BK would win...
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 Can anyone share a link to a free stream of the race
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 Good one, bro!
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