[Updated with Overall] Final Results from the Vallnord DH World Cup 2022

Jul 16, 2022 at 1:21
by Ed Spratt  
Good morning Jackson Goldstone.


The fifth round of the 2022 downhill World Cup provided incredible racing on the absolutely flat out course. In the Junior Racing, Phoebe Gale had a rapid run to take the win by almost six seconds. Phoebe's race run was also good enough for sixth in the Elites. Gracey Hemstreet crossed the line in second with Jenna Hastings wrapping up the top three. Kicking off the day for Pinkbike Racing Aimi Kenyon ends the day with ninth place. For the Junior Men, it was Jackson Goldstone who came out on top again and went just over one and a half seconds faster than Jordan Williams. Jackson managed to find over three seconds on Loris Vergier's fastest qualifier. Canada definitely came out on top today with four racers in the top five Junior Men.

Vali Höll finally got a clean run and with a ride that looked aggressive, she took the win by a huge three and a half second margin. Nina Hoffmann crossed the line in second place and third went to Camille Balanche who looked off her usual form today. Pinkbike Racing's Léona Pierrini finished the day in 13th place. The Elite Men's race had a thrilling conclusion as we saw the times tumble with crazy runs from Finn Iles and Loic Bruni but in the end, Loris Vergier surfed the dust fastest and went into the lead by 1.4 seconds. The fastest time of the week does still go to Junior racer Jackson Goldstone who went almost a second faster than Loris. Pinkbike Racing ended the day with Thibault Laly in 46th position.


Check out the results below.




Results:


Elite Women


1st. Vali Höll: 3:09.803
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: 3:13.341
3rd. Camille Balanche: 3:13.487
4th. Jess Blewitt: 3:15.002
5th. Mille Johnset: 3:15.922

Elite Men


1st. Loris Vergier: 2:44.500
2nd. Loic Bruni: 2:45.918
3rd. Finn Iles: 2:46.197
4th. Aaron Gwin: 2:46.913
5th. Andreas Kolb: 2:47.519


Junior Women


1st. Phoebe Gale: 3:16.852
2nd. Gracey Hemstreet: 3:22.845
3rd. Jenna Hastings: 3:24.301
4th. Lisa Bouladou: 3:25.234
5th. Izabela Yankova: 3:25.239

Junior Men


1st. Jackson Goldstone: 2:43.420
2nd. Jordan Williams: 2:45.106
3rd. Tegan Cruz: 2:48.190
4th. Bodhi Kuhn: 2:48.843
5th. Tristan Lemire: 2:49.487



Full Results:

Elite Women


Elite Men


Junior Women


Junior Men




Overall Standings:


Elite Women






Elite Men






Junior Women






Junior Men






Team Standings:





Live Race Updates:


Stay tuned for live updates and results from the Vallnord DH World Cup

The Elite Women's racing kicks off at: PDT 03:25 / EDT 6:25 / BST 11:25 / CEST 12:25

The Elite Men will start at: PDT 6:45 / EDT 7:45 / BST 12:45 / CEST 13:45



Elite Women

First up in the Elite racing is the Women and we could be in for some wild racing with the Junior Women already pushing into the top five from yesterday. Camille Balanche is the clear favorite going off her incredible results this season but with tight racing expected on this flat out track anything could happen.



Vali Höll's Qualifying POV:




Top Five from Qualifying:

1st. Camille Balanche: 3:13.633
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: 3:15.255
3rd. Myriam Nicole: 3:15.534
4th. Vali Höll: 3:17.054
5th. Eleonora Farina: 3:18.150



Who do you think will win?:

Who Will Win the Elite Women's Race?

This poll is closed



Who do you think will win today's racing? Will we see someone new take the top step of the podium?



Race Updates:

3:33 am PDT Pinkbike Racing's Léona Pierrini is up first and sets a time of 3:28.771.

3:35 am PDT Siel Van Der Velden sets a new fastest time going over four seconds into the lead.

After the first five riders the top five are:

1st. Siel Van Der Velden: 3:24.342
2nd. Stacey Fisher: 3:25.673
3rd. Louise Ferguson: 3:25.976
4th. Léona Pierrini: 3:28.771
5th. Ellie Smith: 3:31.494

3:44 am PDT A massive crash for Veronika Widmann as she comes up short on a jump. Veronika is on the bike again and heading down the track.

3:47 am PDT Anna Newkirk has a rapid run to go into the lead by 4.3 seconds.

3:49 am PDT There must have been a crash for Monika Hrastnik as she loses 10 seconds in the 2nd split. Monika crosses the line just under seven seconds behind Anna Newkirk.

3:52 am PDT Mille Joihnset puts down a solid run to go fastest so far by four seconds. The times are starting to get close to yesterday's fastest qualifier with six riders left.

3:55 am PDT After injuries at the start of the season Jess Blewitt is back at full speed and takes the lead by just under a second. Only Camille Balanche's qualifying run remains unbeaten now.

With five riders left the fastest riders are:

1st. Jess Blewitt: 3:15.002
2nd. Mille Johnset: 3:15.922
3rd. Anna Newkirk: 3:19.954
4th. Siel Van Der Velden: 3:24.342
5th. Stacey Fisher: 3:25.673

3:59 am PDT Eleonora Farina can't match the speed of the top two riders and goes into third, 2.6 off the pace.

4:00 am PDT Vali Höll is a huge 3.9 seconds up at split two, can she stay on her bike to the line?

4:03 am PDT The top times are destroyed as Vali Höll goes fastest by over five seconds! Vali finally gets a clean run and shows she has some incredible speed when it all comes together. Vali's run is almost four seconds up on yesterday's fastest qualifier, will it be enough?

4:05 am PDT Vali Höll looked incredibly fast but Myriam Nicole finds almost a second by split two.

4:06 am PDT Myriam Nicole crashes in the steep key section. Myriam was still leading when she went down.

4:10 am PDT Nina Hoffmann has a safe and clean run to cross the line in second place, 3.5 back.

4:14 am PDT A lot of mistakes for Camille Balanche pushes her back to third meaning Vali Höll takes the win.



Elite Men

Closing out the racing is the Men and we are in for a massive fight as yesterday's qualifying. The course is looking very dusty and could take out some of the top riders with very little grip in places. Vali Höll's aggressive ride looked to tame the tough course so riders will want to try and fully attack the course today, although this could be costly if things go wrong.



Inside the Tape:


Before we get to the last riders check the lines Ben Cathro has found out on the course.



Top Five from Qualifying:

1st. Loris Vergier: 2:46.926
2nd. Amaury Pierron: 2:47.265
3rd. Loic Bruni: 2:47.858
4th. Finn Iles: 2:48.318
5th. Aaron Gwin: 2:48.648



Who do you think will win?:

Who Will Win the Elite Men's Race?

This poll is closed



Who do you think will win today's racing? Will we see Amaury take a back-to-back win? Could we even see a shock performance from someone outside of the top 30 starting riders?



Race Updates:

With 30 riders left the top five are:

1st. Oliver Zwar: 2:48.344
2nd. Max Hartenstern: 2:49.019
3rd. Thomas Estaque: 2:49.039
4th. George Brannigan: 2:50.362
5th. Dean Lucas: 2:50.962

5:22 am PDT A wild one for Ed Masters as he almost loses control on the big gap riders have been sending on course.

5:28 am PDT The top times are looking strong at the moment as we see Thibaut Daprela only manage fourth place so far.

5:33 am PDT Angel Suarez flies into the lead with a 0.3-second advantage on Oliver Zwar. Angel lost a lot of time in the last turns after sitting almost two seconds up after the big gap in the key section.

5:39 am PDT Luke Meier-Smith was red all the way down but somehow makes up around two seconds in the last split.

5:44 am PDT A horrible crash for Matt Walker, he completely washes out in one of the high-speed turns at the top of the course. We are so glad to see him back on the bike.

With 15 riders left the top five are:

1st. Luke Meier-Smith: 2:47.823
2nd. Angel Suarez: 2:47.982
3rd. Oliver Zwar: 2:48.344
4th. Max Hartenstern: 2:49.019
5th. Thomas Estaque: 2:49.039

5:52 am PDT Riders seem to be really struggling to beat the top times today. It is going to take a really committed run to win today.

5:57 am PDT Greg Minnaar has a great run but can't equal the top times and goes into fourth.

6:06 am PDT Andreas Kolb takes the lead by 0.3 seconds!

6:13 am PDT After going green all the way down Laurie Greenland loses a ton of time at the bottom and goes into sixth.

With five riders left the top five are:

1st. Andreas Kolb: 2:47.519
2nd. Luke Meier-Smith: 2:47.823
3rd. Angel Suarez: 2:47.982
4th. Oliver Zwar: 2:48.344
5th. Greg Minnaar: 2:48.408

6:21 am PDT Andreas Kolb still leads as we go into the top five riders. It's looking like a great run even though it is still behind the fastest qualifier from yesterday. If no one beats Andreas then Jackson Goldstone will have set the fastest time of the day.

6:23 am PDT Aaron Gwin is back! Aaron takes the lead by 0.6 seconds and passes yesterday's top qualifying time.

6:26 am PDT Finn Iles is wild! Finn has a huge mistake but somehow manages to hold on and take the lead by a massive 0.7 seconds.

6:27 am PDT No matter what we see now it will be hard to beat the craziness of Finn's run.

6:30 am PDT Loic Bruni lays down a clean run and betters Finn by 0.279 seconds! What an end to a race and we still have two more riders.

6:33 am PDT Coming off a big crash this morning Amaury Pierron manages to complete his finals run and crosses the line in 12th.

6:37 am PDT What a run from Loris Vergier! Loris takes the win by over 1.4 seconds!






276 Comments

  • 253 3
 Jackson with the fastest time of the day holyshit!!
  • 16 2
 True, wow. Is that a record? Maybe Sam Hill did that years ago?
  • 94 12
 Yeah definitely impressive. But, they also ride first thing in the morning with more moisture in the dirt. It was a harder track to get grip on this afternoon for the elites.
  • 13 1
 Williams in 3rd too.
  • 31 3
 @pisgahgnar: Yeah, but that happens in lots of races and you never see a Junior do it if its not raining. So its still pretty special, even though this tracks particularly dusty.
  • 48 8
 Don’t slight this achievement. And he’s got tricks. Future GOAT makes early moves. Count it!!
  • 5 2
 When Hill was junior they started at the same time as elite. Same for Bruni or Buchanan who did some top 10 or even top 5. Here it’s too bad for Goldstone He could have won the race and be on the scratch podium
  • 54 2
 @pisgahgnar: Grip levels be damned, over a second ahead of the winning elite time on a track of this length is bananas.
  • 14 39
flag adamszymkowicz (Jul 16, 2022 at 9:39) (Below Threshold)
 Totally nuts, but also riding an entirely different track with the conditions. You put Loris on track with the same conditions and he wins by 4 sec easy.
  • 32 3
 Used to happen in the 90s with the likes of Anne-Caro, Nico and some others. Stop making us old people repeat this fact. Now get off my lawn.
  • 18 0
 In his course preview he jumped and cleared the entire steep bridge before the finish drop, the kid's crazy!
  • 23 0
 Canadians taking 4 out of the top 5 slots. Daammnnn
  • 2 1
 Yes, although track conditions turned super dry n dusty once the moisture evaporated from the soil as the day wore on; for the Elite Men's race.
  • 3 2
 @snomaster: It's not a slight, just a factor.
  • 1 0
 @pasteque51: They started earlier than the women and there was more qualifiers?
  • 2 1
 @aaronjb: The like of Nico and Anne-Caro the greatet racers of all time, Minnar probably did it too. Hell yeah kid
  • 4 0
 I only see 420
  • 5 1
 Look at the first sector times of the top qualifiers... generally slower than earlier riders. The top section of track really lost a lot of grip as the day went on.
  • 16 16
 @adamszymkowicz:
By that logic, shouldn’t the female juniors also have been faster than the elite women? Or maybe we can just give credit where credit is due…Jackson was the fastest racer on the mountain. Great racing
  • 6 5
 @chriswells: You should work for NASA with that outstanding IQ
  • 1 0
 @inside-plus: just depending on qualifying result, 80 riders in finals, from the number 80 to the first for final including juniors. All of them after women
  • 8 1
 @wilsonians: It's Steve Smith's legacy This is the generation of young Canadian DHer that grew up watching Steve Smith's success.
  • 4 0
 @chriswells: both things can be true, right? It can be an amazing accomplishment and it can also be true that conditions helped a little bit.
  • 1 0
 @mtbken: never thought of that. Actually makes sense. An American has a difficult time envisioning what Chainsaw and Mama Chainsaw are to Canadian Groms.
  • 2 0
 @inside-plus: Nicolas Vouilloz did that as a junior few times, especially in 94 World Champs in Vail when he asked to be overall champ and not only Junior.
  • 1 0
 @chriswells: I’m not saying goldstone can’t hang with the elites, he obviously can. I’m just saying that track conditions deteriorated significantly from the time he raced to the time of the elite finals. Huge holes, no grip, mountains of powdered soil. I think goldstone would have had a respectable finish in those conditions, I just don’t think he’d be on the podium. As for the junior womens comment…goldstone is a legit prodigy, and honestly his closest comparison is either Thibault Daprela when he was racing juniors, or Vali Hoell.
  • 5 0
 @chriswells: Cathro pointed out that 4 junior men had times faster than 10th place Laurie Greenland. Not something that happens without conditions changing.
  • 146 1
 Cool race, but I hope the DH union can ban these stupid bridges in the next races
  • 24 1
 Some one will die when they hit one. Those pads wont stop your aorta exploding if you hit it at those crazy race speeds. Gives the VIPs a good place to watch the finish line though.
  • 2 10
flag hayden19 (Jul 16, 2022 at 7:25) (Below Threshold)
 @gcrider: the pads caused the crashes. Of they had lined the walls with ply wood it would have worked better.
  • 13 1
 @hayden19:
I have only watched the mens. I was meaning at the entrance to the overpass bridge. If you otb from the jump before it. It would be very nasty. This is way scarier to watch than moto gp and moto2. They have airbags in their suits and have massive sand traps and teckno barriers infront of hard stuff.
  • 36 1
 never been so scared for the riders, in a bad way. That last chute to narrow bridge was too dangerous
  • 4 7
 I would say the alternative is roadgap the road like watson in tour de france... Not sure what the ladies union and other would say...
  • 4 1
 @gcrider: Yeah that one coming off the bridge drop, landing in huge ruts, compresseion that pushed riders into a line that went straight at the side of the entrance to the bridge, I couldn't watch that, it'd kill someone if they went otb over that compression.
  • 4 0
 @hayden19: Yeah easy as a 45 degree ply flashing on the side of the landing where Remy stacked and Finn nearly stacked, everyone nearly stacaked tbh, only has to be a single sheet wide strip and some framing it'd take a carpenter a few hours to knock that up. Some loose units will even land on it and that'l make for good viewing.

Scaffold has to have kick edges here, so you don't drop shit off it onto someone or step off it and drop yaself. Every feature not intended to be riden off the side of should have an effective kick edge that can catch you if you ride or slip off it.
  • 2 9
flag scott-townes (Jul 16, 2022 at 19:04) (Below Threshold)
 @rad8: Yeah man, like as we all know all of the DH courses are like super safe.......


Am I going crazy here or have people not been paying attention to how WC DH racing inherently is regardless of the track?
  • 5 0
 I'd like to see a rider safety council like they have in F1. That was a dangerous course for sure on the last section.
  • 2 0
 @inside-plus: this guy gets it
  • 4 0
 Totally agree. That bridge was the scariest thing i've seen in a long while. The bridge was probably unavoidable due to road logistics etc but the speed on to it wasn't. They could have easily added a chicane to slow riders down. Glad we didn't see someone die
  • 139 17
 Man, Gwin at 4th with 2 big mistakes. Awesome result still. Would love to see him tie Minaar for wins. Might be possible.
  • 34 1
 Seems like the new bike is spot on.. Gaining speed and confidence last couple weeks.. seems possible..
  • 9 2
 Should be protected now too right?
  • 3 0
 @Mannra: for sure
  • 20 75
flag adamszymkowicz (Jul 16, 2022 at 9:41) (Below Threshold)
 Nah, I'm good with the GOAT going down as the best. Gwin has too much obnoxious "ministry of success" bullshit to him.
  • 37 1
 Was cheering his old ass on (I am older)...his big 'F*CK' when Finn unseated him though, hahah, ah well.
  • 15 26
flag Jollytime1208 (Jul 16, 2022 at 10:12) (Below Threshold)
 Not much of a chance for the tie as this course is the only one that resembles SoCal. He will probably be top 15 pretty regularly but he needs a certain track to even hit top 5 with all of the talent out there now. That has always been his nemesis…not enough training in Europe on the steep rocks and roots, especially following his big injuries. Good to see him competitive though!
  • 9 0
 @Jollytime1208: might not get there but he raced the same track as everyone else and has won in the mud before.
  • 35 5
 @Jollytime1208: such absolute nonsense. He's been gaining speed all year and is clearly on the up. Gwin has the ability to win on any track in any conditions. This will only give him more confidence. He was 11th in the last two races without a confidence building result in years. I expect him to challenge for the win at champs and the next World Cup.
  • 38 2
 @Jollytime1208: you are on glue man.. I watched him win at mont saint anne in the pouring rain.. he was the absolute best racer on the planet for about 6-7 years running.
  • 4 18
flag PauRexs (Jul 16, 2022 at 11:28) (Below Threshold)
 @Jollytime1208: If I would have been him would bought a house in Les Gets... But he is too American seems...
  • 18 2
 @Mannra:

Ya dude has totally struggled in Europe has he ever even won a race there before? Lol
  • 5 0
 @Jollytime1208:

Ya dude has totally struggled in Europe. has he ever even won a race there before? Lol
  • 21 0
 Gwin and Finn for Sunday Saves!!
  • 4 0
 I am Gwinn fan and the last 2 tracks have suited him well and he’s done good .
But the French just seem to be able to just raise the bar when it counts . I see world domination from any of the 5 current riders for the next 3/4 years
  • 5 7
 @humoroususername: haha! Cause we all know how great he performs at Worlds! No disrespect to him, but his last win was before 29” or mullet and some up and comers have had 4 years to get up to speed. As I said, he will be top 15, but I don’t see him landing on the top step. But hey, Gwin is the #2 male racer of all time, ya never know. Sure is fun to speculate!
  • 6 19
flag SterlingArcher (Jul 16, 2022 at 13:22) (Below Threshold)
 @Jollytime1208: lol at all the ‘mericuh snowflakes who downvote any ounce of relevant or accurate commentary lololol. #triggered lol
  • 8 0
 @natedawgco: And Eddie Masters.
  • 2 1
 The question is who should be Goat. Option 1- tied for Most Overall Championships ever and 2nd all time in wins or Option 2-Most Wins Overall. I think the answer is simple who is Goat. @Jollytime1208:
  • 6 0
 @diabsoule: He looked upset at first as if he had mentality from back when he dominated, then by the time Loris came down he looked absolutely stoked with his result. He's 5 years older than Sam Hill was in 13/2014 when he came back to win a few world world cups, thats hella impressive what he's just done. Hats off to the man.
  • 3 2
 @Jollytime1208: this is truth, not sure why you're getting down voted
  • 13 1
 Stoked out of my American brain to see Gwin back up there. Time to celebrate with fully automatic cheeseburgers topped with fireworks!
  • 10 1
 Gwin was actually showing emotion and a desire to win. Haven't seen that in a while. I'd be worried if I was French! Gwin might have the fire back.
  • 7 4
 @andrew8404: Ah...your calculus is flawed as you forget to include the all important World Championships! In order to be considered as the GOAT you MUST have succeeded in three categories: World Cup wins, Overalls and World Champ wins. The one you conveniently ignored is winning the Rainbow Jersey at least once, or maybe four times. How could a downhiller be the GOAT without ever being World Champion? In any sport you can't be a Triple Crown winner if you only win two of the three events. Gwin has been absolutely dominant in WC races the past, but let's talk about the GOAT when he has won World Champs a few times.

And let's be honest, the TRUE DH GOAT is Rachel Atherton! None of the boys can touch her achievements
  • 3 12
flag WaterBear (Jul 17, 2022 at 6:26) (Below Threshold)
 @Jollytime1208: That's a questionable argument. Rachel's *achievements* are phenomenal but almost any elite male racer who makes it through qualifying can beat her down the mountain.
  • 3 2
 @WaterBear: Right on, Bro! (facepalm)
  • 8 3
 @WaterBear: he’s saying you’re an idiot
  • 7 3
 @SterlingArcher: I get that both of you 1) don't like what I said, and 2) are dicks. Let me break it down as best I can. Yes, Rachel is without a doubt the GWOAT. It's hard to argue that she is the *GOAT* because that would imply that she's the best human to ever ride. Maybe you think that's true - and that would be reasonable - maybe you don't - which is also reasonable.

Shouting insults...not so reasonable.
  • 10 0
 @Jollytime1208 @WaterBear: I disagree that Rachel is the GWOAT in DH. Whilst Rachel has won the overall one more time, ACC won more individual rounds of the WCDH (44 to 39 I believe), she was world champion 4 more times as a senior (9 to Rachel's 5 plus 3 wins as a junior) and that's without even looking at what she did in EWS (she won 5 rounds in 2013/14), 4X (World Champion x 2 plus WC series winner), Dual Slalom (World Champion x 2 and WC series winner) and BMX (Olympic Champion). She gets my vote for GWOAT over Rachel any day of the week.
  • 2 6
flag alexisfire (Jul 17, 2022 at 10:33) (Below Threshold)
 @Jollytime1208:
No racer would take Minaars career over Gwins. There is no debate by anyone sane.
  • 2 5
 @alexisfire: how unAmerican of you. Aaron Gwin will win every race until the day he retires. Even if we have to cheat, bribe the UCI, I don’t care what it takes, cuz Mericuh always wins! If he isn’t the winner of every single race I’m gonna be super duper upset argh!!!
  • 3 2
 @WaterBear: oh no you called me a dick Frown I’m so sad now
  • 2 0
 @commental: I mean...you make some great points.
  • 3 2
 Gwin can't win a dry and dusty track. There just nothing like that in North Carolina. /s
  • 2 0
 @diabsoule: haha yeah that made me chuckle too
  • 64 5
 Cheer up Aaron you've made us all happy that was awesome!
  • 18 1
 Its rare to see angry gesticulation when someone beats your time in world cup dh. Understandable after a few shit years. He was very sporting a few seconds after. And its great to see him back on the podium. My second favourite rider to watch after Danny Hart when they are in the flow.
  • 61 11
 Jesus heard what he said.
  • 4 17
flag snomaster (Jul 16, 2022 at 8:18) (Below Threshold)
 @gcrider: he already knew that Jackson Goldstone was much faster. Or he should have known.
And the four fastest people in the field were yet to go after he finished…
  • 27 6
 He probably just knew that he likely had the win without those 2 mistakes. That’s gotta be rough after getting so close. Still, he’s back on the pace and can’t wait to see what he can do in Snowshoe
  • 24 2
 It’s a good sign. Means the fire is still burning. Wins are going to be difficult even if Aaron is back up to speed though. So many fast riders right now.
  • 31 2
 I actually did not hear him. I was busy on the phone booking a place in burning hell for the person who allowed that course to be built. @nateb:
  • 8 0
 @gcrider: frustrated with himself. He knew it those mistakes cost him beating Finn’s time (probably loic and maybe beefier too). Seemed he had things in perspective by his post race interview.
  • 6 1
 Super good run from AG. Stoked to see him at the sharp end of the field again, giving the younguns a run for their money. Hopefully he can take one of the North American rounds.
  • 3 1
 @Jesus-C: I bet you race for cross.
  • 6 0
 @bulletbassman: i thought his post race interview was solid. He brought up that he thought loris’ results this year hadn’t represented how fast he’s actually going.
  • 49 0
 VALLIIII!!!
  • 37 0
 That last drop into the finish is going to claim some lives. Riders at speed will land on the edge and it could go badly wrong.
  • 17 0
 Not only the drop, the vertical pole on the start of that bridge will claim someone as well. some very close calls already
  • 17 0
 @mtbcyclist: that’s disgusting. The course tech delegate as done a poor job for rider safety this week
  • 18 0
 Iles was inches from death.
  • 16 2
 They don’t have any power. If they cant veto a track design in its design stage ,and at its test event and pre and during race weekend then they cant do anything.
They delegates have almost no power with the UCI
Someone is going to die
UNIONISE OR DIE
  • 5 0
 @gcrider: there Job as technical track delegate is exactly that as he is appointed by the uci to ensure the course runs safely and within the uci rule book. Commisairs have the final say on if the track can run. “Uci” the big bad brand actually have little to do with each event. have nothing to do with the track tbh! It is all down to the technical delegate who unfortunately has signed a contract with Chris ball to continue doing a poor job
  • 3 0
 Thanks for sharing your knowledge Davi
I was meaning the rider delegates have no power. (Ok they got some roots removed , but those bridges are going to kill someone.
@davi-roberts:
  • 10 1
 Separately Chris Ball seems to be writing a corporate master class on how not to engage with stakeholders and customers. (eg Survey today) Im all for a bigger better race season. Im even happy to pay a few $ for a better product. But not pay more than I am now for a worse product. Which is $ 0.00
nobody can be an expert at everything He is obviously very smart and organised but his corporate mentality which is essential for this project to work has completely crushed any potential good will going forward. Not only do they need better( or some) PR. It needs a true culture change away from corporate bullshit they are excelling at currently.
Thanks for reading my rant.
@davi-roberts:
  • 3 0
 @pcloadletter: I couldn't ride a skinny as narrow as what Finn landed on and held it.
  • 36 1
 That entrance to the final bridge is ridiculous. Why put such a dangerous feature so close to the finish?
  • 15 0
 I hold my breath every run through that section
  • 9 0
 @EvinReed: Every run It get tenser and tenser towards the bottom and then sigh when they make it across the line, then the tension starts again. Not enjoying watching this at all.
  • 4 1
 So they can sell vip tickets on the finish line. $$$$$$$$$$$!
  • 31 1
 For more racing tonight the 4Xprotour is at the infamous JBC4x track tonight! Racing starts at 18:00 cet is Free watch at youtu.be/uYj3IUdNR-A the rider will be hitting jumps 50 foot long side by side if you like watching downhill this is perfect for you!
  • 7 0
 Edit racing will start at 19:00 CET
  • 19 0
 why don't we get any 4x news on this site ):
  • 9 1
 @ryanandrewrogers: conspiracy obviously
  • 32 1
 Hope Remy Meier-Smith is ok, looks like he was on a scorcher
  • 13 0
 Check propain factory Insta, crashed in the last corner. Apparently is ok
  • 27 0
 @jackheat: that crash right onto the asphalt looked brutal. Glad he somehoe walked away from it. Such an unnecessary risk right there, badly built
  • 18 0
 @snarlymarley: Goddamnit that is horrible. They removed the bus stop, got rid of stumps, but left this bullshit.
  • 7 0
 @bashhard: I was just watching the first of the women and thought "That is a terrible finish in so many ways." I wonder if the people who put their heart into building that track had some strong words with the committee that said "Nah, it's gotta finish like this because of the [insert administrative reasons here]."
  • 9 0
 @iamamodel: Yeah I can not understand why one builds so dangerous finish line jumps. The Junior Henri Kiefer broke his collarbone yesterday the exact same way that Remy crashed today
  • 24 0
 @bashhard: Europe hasn't seen that much scaffolding since they finished work on The Colosseum.
  • 8 0
 @iamamodel: it seems they wanted to keep the road open on one side. Ok. At least build a proper transition for the drop.
  • 6 0
 Man than is brutal. He could see the finish line! Completely contrived finish.
  • 3 0
 That's awful. Geez.
  • 3 0
 @snarlymarley: That is horrible.
  • 4 0
 Is this what Greg was talking about?
  • 2 0
 @jackheat: I don't get it when companies say a rider is ok after clearly getting knocked the f*ck out... I wouldn't call that "ok" at all.
  • 31 1
 Great to see Gwin back in the mix! Back in the day I got bored by him winning, but am now rooting for him.
  • 28 1
 Holy shit that finnish drop from Finn Iles...
  • 37 0
 if you mess up the Finnish drop, you might turn into a Swedish meatball.
  • 6 0
 Awesome to see finn on podiums this year !
  • 2 19
flag likeittacky (Jul 16, 2022 at 15:12) (Below Threshold)
 @Planetx888: French Toast at that track.

Im skeptical on his podium position / time ,considering the massive mistakes and almost eating the dirt. I don't believe the clock on this one.
  • 1 0
 @Planetx888: fortunately, he’s a Finn
  • 24 1
 I was very happy for Valentina. The key is to focus on your true rival, the clock. Bravo Vali!!
:-)
  • 20 0
 Guess what, the final drop that pretty much every rider was saying was sketchy, poorly built and unnecessary caused a huge crash. Remy Meier Smith dropped too far to the riders left and went of the side.
  • 7 0
 Henri Kiefer did the exact same
  • 21 1
 Also, Andreas Kolb is having the season of his life! Great to see.
  • 20 0
 O Canada
  • 3 0
 Before long we'll be seeing that stacked elite podium!
  • 19 1
 Holy hell gwin you are insane i almost had a heart attack
  • 16 1
 What a race!!!I was screaming for Gwin like crazy! Love Finn sooooo loose run almost OTB but sticking it together,spectacular! Loris looked amazing,almost perfect run win with no drama.
  • 12 0
 God damn, what an insane race the top 10 put on. Incredible! But yeah, the last bridge was so dangerous, especially the entrance into it looked so sketchy on some riders. But despite the problems with the timing not being show, shoutout to redbull for the good camera coverage!
  • 12 0
 True, The track became rougher and looser throughout the day but you still can't take from Jackson Goldstone the face that he's still a junior racer and yet, he's got the fastest time on course. This is something that we don't see often. Impressive!
  • 1 0
 The fact*
  • 5 0
 @Edendino: the wind picked up alot for the elite men which made a difference.

That kid hauls though.
  • 14 0
 All Höll broke loose!
  • 13 0
 Short track so the cameras are decent at least.
  • 9 0
 Also much less trees than on other venues...
  • 11 0
 Pompon with the crash, scary with the prev concussions this season in addition to the loss of a heater of a run
  • 12 0
 So glad Walkers foot didn't hit a rock there
  • 8 0
 Yeah happy he got back up so quickly from that one. Feared it would be much worse
  • 5 0
 @fleischist: Thought it was gonna be hanging off
  • 10 0
 Why can’t they be consistent with the post race analysis? They have two zone analysis charts and I have no idea why they choose one over the other each time.
  • 5 0
 Have wondered this as well at Lenzerheide, thought that was SFR fucking up, but apparently it's an issue with RB. Really annoying, because one of those graphics is far superior.
  • 10 0
 Man Minnaar always puts on a clinic, so smooth! Lost just enough time near the end but seemed to hit everything at just the right speed to avoid getting too out of shape
  • 11 2
 F*ck Yea, Gwin! I love watching the Frenchies ride, they are B-A-N-A-N-A-S, but I'd love to see a few Americans on the podium.
  • 10 0
 Top two juniors faster than Loris on Quali? Am I seeing this right?
  • 11 0
 Yes. But that happened last weekend as well
  • 10 1
 Morning dew is probably holding the dirt together
  • 11 0
 Track is always faster in the morning when it’s a little damper and not blown out again.
  • 11 1
 4 of the top 5 junior men are Canadian, and Gracey in women's. Neat.
  • 3 0
 Super impressive. Nice to see Tegan Cruz take a 3rd place (one ahead of privateer Bodhi Kuhn). I'd love to know the story behind why Bodhi hasn't been signed to a team. He's been one of Canada's best young riders for several years now.
  • 9 0
 Too hurt to push last week and Bruni smashes it this week. Holy fucking shit.
  • 6 0
 Finn on pace and knockin on the door! Remember the Vergier quote from the trackwalk video, at the rock gap... "it's easy if your balls are big enough", and then Vergier rode the rest of the course with Minnaar-like professionalism
  • 11 1
 Gwin is back.
  • 6 0
 I wonder if Jackson Goldstone did the huck off the bridge at the end in the race run!!?? I only saw him doing it in his track preview. It was insane and provably faster.
  • 5 0
 I wish they filmed Jrs.
  • 1 0
 Where can I find that?
  • 1 0
 @inside-plus: redbull's YouTube.
  • 7 0
 It will be a shame if Rob Warner isn't on the mic when Goldstone starts racing Elite.
  • 7 0
 That was some of the best race coverage I have seen in a while, thanks RedBull Media! What an entertaining race!
  • 8 0
 Mr Ed's save on that triple was epic. What a race, what a track.
  • 1 0
 @Jollytime1208: "That's some bike handling right there." Rob Warner
  • 3 0
 Top "privateers" in the overall standings for each class*.

Name / position in standings:

Junior Men: Kuhn / 6
Junior Women: Bouladou / 6
Elite Men: Rogge / 33
Elite Women: Ferguson / 12

(* Privateer = No team affiliation listed.)
  • 5 0
 Jackson pulled out 10s from his qualifying time? Gonna be a good race later this afternoon!!!
  • 5 0
 Ouch Veronica Widmann with a massive otb, good to see her get right back up.
  • 11 5
 Jackson Goldstone over a second quicker than Loris, incredible!
  • 2 5
 It's mindblowing
  • 5 0
 What a tight race. That last 3 sectors make a huge difference. So stoked for Gwin 4th place with 2 huge mistakes.
  • 6 0
 Sad for my fantasy team.. stoked for Aaron Gwin!!
  • 3 0
 When I 1st saw the track preview I thought to my self…Aaron gwin should kill it here haha, and it’s good to see vali holl pull one out after her talking about her struggles!!
  • 14 9
 Jackson Goldstone would of won elite men this weekend amazing
  • 1 0
 That's crasy
  • 19 1
 Insane. But keep in mind that the track is damp and much faster in the morning.
  • 10 3
 What does "would of" means?
  • 1 1
 I knew this kid had the touch- I called it early, but didn’t see this coming! Not this season!!
  • 3 0
 Yes if we look at the timings as is, but if he was in elites i doubt he would have. The juniors had a less beat up course than the elites to ride which probably contributed to his fastest time. Not denying that he's super fast though.
  • 1 0
 @wbro74:
That has to be the case. But Gladstone did destroy his own qualifying time, and I think it was fastest time of the weekend.
That being said, Loris kicked some major ass to take the win as the last rider down! That guy better win the overall this year..
  • 5 0
 Vergier loves his new TQ motor
  • 1 0
 Session Exe coming soon.
  • 4 0
 Women top 3 in standings:

Balanche 1085 points
Nicole 905
Holl 811

Men top 3:

Pierron 930 points
Iles 666
Vergier 655
  • 4 0
 You know Finn is a Beast when his number is 666
  • 2 0
 Anybody know if Jackson sent this step down in his race run? I was waiting for someone in Elite to do it, but no one did. Seemed a fair bit faster to me.

youtu.be/UnBllXGgS70?t=178
  • 1 0
 Dude looks like he's skiing powder his so smooth.
  • 4 0
 Congrats to Izabel top racer
  • 3 0
 Nina with a survive and advance run to get the podium after a couple of crashouts in previous weekends
  • 3 1
 Seems to have all the issues in the world. No visuals on the red bull feed and Claudio and Rob don't even have a timing screen showing. Jesus. Good work.
  • 4 0
 What happened to Pierron in practice?
  • 6 0
 Crashed hard, pretty much broke his bike, he's lucky to even be starting this afternoon.
  • 4 1
 Anyone have a video of Pierron's crash from practice they were talking about?
  • 3 0
 @Nuss-95: Damn,that was brutal.
  • 3 0
 @Nuss-95: Wow, that was bad.
Suprised he even raced.
  • 1 0
 @You2: That was him 'rolling it. He wanted some points to keep his lead as wide as he could. Must have hurt like he'll doing that!
  • 5 1
 Stoked to see gwinn at the sharp end of the results again!
  • 3 0
 Great result for Loris, such a smooth run. Maybe the Gomez Adams look is the key. :-)
  • 1 0
 WOW, Juniors put faster times than Elite, haven't seen it in a while. Not denying their skills, yet I'm curious whether either less wiped out track or their smaller body sizes played role!
  • 4 0
 JFC that last drop
  • 3 0
 Crazy race, congrats Loris, well deserved!
  • 8 5
 Did Jackson go faster than the pro men’s? Am I reading that right?
  • 2 5
 Yes sir by a full second
  • 3 0
 That was an INSANE final holy crap
  • 5 2
 Gwin near the top where he’s supposed to be. Good job
  • 3 0
 Looks like a Session......won both elite races
  • 3 0
 Cathro 69th overall, nice
  • 2 0
 Anyone knows why Coulanges didn’t run?
  • 9 0
 Bad crash in practice. In the hospital with stitches but thankfully nothing broken.
  • 3 0
 @pisgahgnar: Oh bummer! Thank you.
  • 2 0
 Did someone just fart on the live feed?
  • 2 0
 I guess we just have to trust them now, no timing
  • 2 0
 Awesome race, Stoked for Finn and Gwin and the Frenchies!
  • 7 5
 Gwinner doesn't seem like his usual gracious self today, hmmm
  • 2 0
 He has always been very serious and critical about his racing.
  • 1 0
 Thought his interview was pretty classy tbf
  • 2 0
 Any clips of Pierron's crash from practice?
  • 2 0
 Minnaar in 9th @40 yrs old! That guys is the GOAT alright.
  • 3 1
 Holy shit!!
Chainsaw’s legacy is alive and thriving.
Long Live Stevie!
  • 1 0
 A swede (at least on paper) in top 10. I don't think that has happened since iPhone was invented.
  • 1 0
 C'mon Gwinn!!! please be smart and safe but man would I and so many love to see you on the podium again with Minnaar!!!!
  • 2 0
 Red bull just died
  • 5 3
 Looks like a session.
  • 2 3
 Gwin at 4th? Whoa... so this high pivot proto suits him that much better than the production vpp bikes? Or did some one spike his cheerios?
  • 2 0
 @Jollytime1208: Both Gwin and Norton have shown improvement as they 'tune' this proto. Some of the best parts in WC racing. Last year and earlier
this one, Commencel had more than one proto on the mountain in the same race..
  • 1 0
 Such a good weekend for American bike brands!
  • 1 0
 almost the same order like in qualifying
  • 2 0
 Yoooo Gwin!!!
  • 1 1
 It would have been a 1-2 Jr win in Elite. The track conditions must have factored in but very impressive regardless!
  • 1 0
 The Union better than the Syndicate Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Neko Mulally the 61th, impressive!!!
  • 3 2
 Good to see Claudio back in the booth.
  • 3 3
 It was a random Scafold feature that Bryceland broke his ankles on.
  • 18 0
 By massively overjumping
  • 3 0
 @Mfro: Still a randon ass feature that you could send way to far for how fast you were going.
  • 2 0
 Was that a no chain run ??@Mfro:
  • 1 0
 No graphic
  • 1 1
 GWIN!!!
  • 4 6
 Jackson is actually faster than Loris ;o
  • 7 4
 on a faster track, yes.
  • 2 5
 Go Jackson!!! Schooling the elite!!! Squampton is proud!!!
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