Final Results: European DH Championships 2019

May 5, 2019 at 12:23
by Ed Spratt  

After the excitement of last weekends first round of the 2019 World Cup, some of Europe's top downhillers headed straight to Pampilhosa da Serra, Portugal for the European Championships. The winner gets to walk away with the coveted European Champions jersey to wear for the next 12 months. In the Elite Men's race, it would be Baptiste Pierron who would take the win by 0.812. Just behind Benoit Coulanges in second place is David Trummer who was 0.013 behind Coulanges. Adam Rojcek would fall a further second behind and then Dylan Levesque would complete the podium in fifth.

The Elite Women would have another weekend of close racing as the top four riders were separated by 0.604. It would be Camille Balanche that would just beat Monika Hrastnik to the top spot by 0.063. Veronika Widmann would be just under two-hundredths of a second back and then Alia Marcellini would cross the line in fourth. Fifth place rider Viktoria Gimenez would fall further behind being over five seconds off the pace.


Elite Men:

1st. Baptiste Pierron: 3:13.501
2nd. Benoit Coulanges: +0.812
3rd. David Trummer: +0.825
4th. Adam Rojcek: +1.804
5th. Dylan Levesque: +3.209

Elite Women:

1st. Camille Balanche: 3:41.609
2nd. Monika Hrastnik: +0.063
3rd. Veronika Widmann: +0.189
4th. Alia Marcellini: +0.604
5th. Viktoria Gimenez: +5.274

Full results here.


  • 25 0
 why are so many big names not interested in becoming European DH Champion? Why is this race quite unknown and underrated?
  • 32 6
 Blame it on BREXIT. Everyone else does.
  • 8 1
 @bakewell: hear hear! (rather, not here)
  • 5 0
 Was IXS the same weekend?
  • 18 0
 Call it idealistic thinking but perhaps to give lesser names the opportunity to win coveted UCI points and take a crack at advancing to world cups
  • 3 2
 @bakewell: Brexit is the new al-Quaeda: it gets the blame for everything!*

*Usually with information from an anonymous source
  • 2 3
 I read that one guy's last name as cunnilingis.
  • 3 0
 They’re more interested in becoming World Cup Champion
  • 1 0
 Risk vs reward perhaps? More races = more injury risk. If your really focused on WC races, that could factor into it. At least that’s the reason I come with for Gwin not running more American DH races.
  • 2 0
 @krisrayner: It's interesting because back in the early 90s, the European DH championships was contested by all the top dogs and it was a coveted title. All it takes is for a few to show up and legitimise it...
  • 4 1
 @jaame: I thought UCI was the new AlQaeda, but then they lost to Red Bull...
  • 1 0
 @mrmizzle5: Would Kaos Seagrave have gathered enough UCI points now? Not saying he's one of the lesser names but he didn't have enough points to compete in Maribor. That said, I wonder what happened in his run because I would have expected him to have finished higher here as well.
  • 2 1
 @bakewell: Brexit didn't start the fire, but it has tried to put it out with an extinguisher full of petrol.

The answer is sponsorship and broadcasting cost vs. potential revenue. No market basically.
  • 5 0
 i mean, everyone is hyped af about gettin national champion in their country, Bruni etc. Why is no one hyped about gettin european champ?

It's bigger than nationals and not as big as worlds.. but somehow no one cares.
  • 3 2
 @lumpfboldbiker121: Maybe the sleeve? Imagine having the national champ flag on one arm, and the EU flag on the other arm. It would look ridiculous.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: European champ probably doesn't get you a EU flag. There is a lot of Europe outside the EU Wink . That said, I think the "bigger" titles override the smaller ones, doesn't it? So if you're national and world champ, you're not getting a flag sleeve on your rainbow jersey. So I suppose the euro jersey (if there is one, I don't know actually) overrides the national jersey too. I think the leader jersey (in UCI World Cup) overrides the rainbow jersey too. So if you're constantly leading the competition, you rarely get to show off your rainbow jersey.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: AH yes, like king>queen>prince
  • 17 0
 European DH Cup and European DH Championships on the same weekend, in different places ? Who scheduled that ?
  • 8 1
 Strong contender for the Pink Bike Fail of the Year award.
  • 15 0
 That's close racing in the women's field
  • 1 1
  • 7 0
 Holy date clash everyone was at Peatys race day haha
  • 1 0
 Well the season is only four months long, it's not many weekends for a lot of races!
  • 1 0
 I think it’s because all us old boys also race I think if they split it like in world champs and masters world champs there would be more interest
  • 3 0
  • 1 0
 Yess and awesome coverage!...
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Damn - I missed it could completely - is there a good link to the stream !?

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