Junior Qualifying Results from the Les Gets DH World Cup 2023

Sep 7, 2023 at 7:02
by Ed Spratt  
The 2023 Downhill World Cup racing continues as we have the Junior qualifying session ahead of tomorrow's finals live broadcast. Check out the results below.




Results:



Junior Women


1st. Lais Bonnaure: 4:11.639
2nd. Lisa Bouladou: 4:12.940
3rd. Sacha Earnest: 4:13.675
4th. Sacha Mills: 4:14.968
5th. Valentina Roa Sanchez: 4:17.538


Junior Men


1st. Ryan Pinkerton: 3:27.100
2nd. Evan Medcalf: 3:30.081
3rd. Roee Ostfeld: 3:34.401
4th. Mike Leon Huter: 3:35.608
5th. Mylann Falquet: 3:35.608



Full Results:



Junior Women


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Junior Men


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50 Comments
  • 14 1
 I think Pinky has taken offense to all the Asa hype. Dude's been reminding us that there's another great American on the rise. USA downhill has a bright future, excited to see all of them grow in the coming years.
  • 2 0
 The USA juniors are so strong. There are more in addition to Pinkerton, Medcalf, and Asa we will see in the coming years.
  • 2 0
 I think you are spot on. The junior guys grinding on the WC have been at it a while and are making huge strides. It will be interesting once Asa joins them! It has been awesome over the years getting to see all 3 ride/race at Angel Fire. Very different styles across the board.
  • 14 1
 not a word about the fact that a kid from a county with not even one bikepark\offical DH track got 3rd place?
  • 2 0
 Good for you noticing, that is actually true - no official bike parks or DH tracks. But still - this kid rips and is going places!
  • 1 0
 @yonyon1231: What is the riding like out there man?
  • 2 0
 @on-the-move: Well it's quite nice - we have good areas with natural and built trailes and also some moto paths that are good for shreding. follow that guy on instagram there's a lot of clips
  • 11 0
 Erice had a nasty crash in practice, hope she is ok-ish.. airlifted..
  • 4 0
 Oh no! Thanks for the update
  • 1 0
 @Bibico That looks really awful.
  • 2 0
 I'm sorry, I thought her wreck was in qualifying but it was actually during training. . Apologies for the error.
  • 3 0
 ooof, thats 3 of the 4 WCs out at the moment. best wishes to them all.
  • 2 4
 seems like when you crash on a Commencal...you fuckin CRASH!
  • 4 0
 @dwhere: Here's a weird thing: 3 of the 4 Second Place finishers at World Champs are also out of this week's race. (Poppy Lane, Cami Balanche, Bodhi Kuhn.)
  • 2 0
 Looks like her helmet caught that wooden retainer just as she was going over, dam that could be serious. Knows how to have a good OTB that one, her Leogang crash was huge too.
  • 6 0
 No harm done apparently based on Commencal Les Ores Insta. Must be sick having 16 year old bones still.
  • 3 0
 Pinky and Evan currently 1/2 in Junior Men's Qualifying. Evan's time might not stand, but that's pretty sick.
  • 4 1
 It did! USA USA USA RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH
  • 4 1
 Pinky over a second faster than Brosnans time training? Dude rips
  • 14 16
 Canadian racers travel itinerary: Travel by Ferry to Vancouver, 9 hour flight to Paris, (9 hour time change) caravan to Alps, hope everything works out.

French racers travel itinerary: Walk downstairs.

It isn't a coincidence the Frenchies dominate while North Americans continue to struggle in the World (French) Cup. Possibly if all but two races weren't in the same time zone it may level the field a bit.

I'm not suggesting Loic isn't the fastest on the planet and the French are the best DH nation, but is't a lot like Canada bragging about winning the World Junior Hockey tournament.
  • 9 0
 Don't they also do really well overseas?
  • 6 1
 This is true for privateer-ish riders. A lot of North American riders stay in Europe for the season. Its not like being home, but the time change conundrum you explained does not apply after a few days. I have spent lots of time all over the world, time change only matters for a few days.
  • 9 7
 This is so simplist and false. Nothing to add. Help yourself.
  • 4 0
 The Canadian junior hockey team would have a serious probability of winning it all if the tournament was in Les Gets too. Your logic has faults.
  • 2 1
 @j1sisslow: They all go home for the long breaks. Jackson had surgery, the rest came home for Crankworx.
Time change aside, training at home offers coaches, training facilities, test tracks...

It is no coincidence Greg moved to Europe decades ago.
  • 7 0
 Yet the top two junior men today are American, by a good margin. Your theory makes sense...
  • 2 3
 North Americans from south of Canadian border don't agree.
  • 3 0
 @danstonQ: My comment is praising French racing for building a culture of tracks and racers for juniors to aspire to.
Before B.C. invented "Freeriding" we didn't have any cycling heroes to look up to or tracks to train on.
MSA is in Canada but it's a 6 hour flight from all the riders homes.
  • 2 1
 @sunshinetalus: So, like, is Whistler any good for downhill riding? Maybe they could go there.
  • 4 1
 The Euros do have an advantage but that's only part of the story. I hate to burst your speculative bubble but the UK and France have much stronger youth development than USA and CAN. It's changing though... we will see that in the next 2-5 years.
  • 3 0
 @rarerider: Whistler has not been good for DH race training, historically. A lot of North American WC racers do not train in whistler because they say the trails there are "too good."
  • 9 2
 Hello, aye? Little ol' NZ here...We literally have to travel back in time to go to World Cups.

9 hour flight to Paris...lol... Please, girlfriend...
  • 1 0
 @handynzl: Kind of the point I am trying to make. Loads of talented Kiwis over the years but "from memory" only Blenki has 1 World Cup win.
Would they have a better chance on a level playing field?
  • 2 0
 @sunshinetalus: If you're talking Elite Word Cup wins... then add Brook MacDonald to Blenki's win. Junior World Cup winners off the top of my head include Tuhoto, Erice, Sasha. Junior World Champs include Cam Cole, Brook, Scarlett Hagen, Jenna Hastings, and Erice.

To answer your question re: more level playing field. Maybe. Issue for us is that other than Australia, pretty much anywhere involves big travel. Would love some W Cup action down here for sure. But....a cluster of Euro races actually kind of allows a chance to develop a base of sorts for a period of time
  • 2 0
 Canadian racers training itinerary: Be born in BC.
  • 2 0
 @sunshinetalus: Bulldog has won a World Cup too, and Eddie, Wyn and Matt Walker have won an EWS. I reckon we will get a womens WC win soon.

Besides that, the real reason the French are so good isn't only their access to tracks it's their serious attitude towards the sport. At a junior level, if you want to race National events you need to race Cross Country as well, so their Downhill Racers are all ready fit enough to race XC at a national level by the time they are riding DH good enough to race at that level. And their XC racers are the same, they have to race DH just to enter XC at a national level.
  • 4 0
 @on-the-move: @Cabin: Vanessa Quin, 2004 elite women's DH World Champion.
  • 1 0
 @Iamwarthog: yip. 100%. I was just replying to the comment re: World Cup wins. Then added the specific Junior successes at World Level.

Outside those, there's also a bunch of other Elite World Cup podium finishes from both males and female riders from NZ.

What's interesting to me is I think that highlights one distinct "advantage" athletes from NZ (and Aus) have... in that on the whole, they accept its a hard road, that they have to leave the comfort of home, and do it on the cheap. So jumping into the deep end internationally is a relatively normal right of passage. So lot's give it a go, and that's why you see the talent.

In my experience, many North American athletes, in a variety of sports/disciplines, are happy in their home bubble and aren't so willing or as "adventurous". So the odd's of success are less. Note - I'm talking on the whole.... there are certainly individuals that are happy to put it out there.
  • 1 0
 @sunshinetalus: You're more right than people are giving you credit for. Most Europeans lack enough points of reference to understand you.
In the west it's not really until you get as far south west as Calgary that you're close to any relevent elevation. But, there's 6 months of heavy winter, not that many holidays, limited infrastructure, and for the vast majority of people there will be many hours of driving required both ways in the best of conditions.
  • 2 0
 When did Pinkbike Racing get three Jr men's riders?
  • 1 0
 Joshy a bit off pace in the qualis. Hopefully he'll make it to Snowshoe for another go.
  • 2 0
 Let’s go Outlaws! 4 in the finals!
  • 2 0
 why's Bodhi a DNS?
  • 5 0
 He's got a concussion from a wreck at the last race (I think in qualis).
  • 2 0
 @Bibico: well that sucks. Hope he's back racing soon. But it does mean that he wasn't robbed at the last race fiasco as some suggested.
  • 2 0
 @singletrackjamaica: You're right. After last week's cancellation of the Juniors finals I saw the article linked below. It said:
"The decision to cancel racing technically didn’t change Kuhn’s result as the Trek Factory Racing rider had already made the smart call not to start junior finals after a heavy crash in Friday’s qualifying."

cyclingmagazine.ca/mtb/uci-cancels-downhill-world-cup-racing-for-a-second-weekend-in-a-row
  • 1 0
 Anyone know what happened to frotha, seems weird he is back in 57th.
  • 5 0
 Too much food.
  • 1 0
 Not too slight him but that’s kinda of the area he’s been all season. I think 40ish is his best result







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