[UPDATED] Junior Results & Overall Standings from the Leogang DH World Cup 2023

Jun 16, 2023 at 3:42
by Ed Spratt  
The second Junior DH World Cup of the year is now underway in Leogang.

First up was the Junior Women's race where we saw some rapid runs with French racer Lisa Bouladou taking her first World Cup win after an impressive run. The young French racer Lisa Bouladou laid down a storming run and was the only rider today to beat yesterday's fastest qualifier as she bested the field by over five seconds. Pinkbike Racing's Aimi Kenyon also had a great run to secure 2nd place. Riley Miller wrapped up the top three as she piloted her bike to a top position. Top qualifier Erice Van Leuven would sadly crash out at the top of the course.

After the race race winner Lisa Bouladou said: "I'm very happy to take the win today, I felt very good on the bike all week. The guys from Commencal have helped me a lot on the bike, on the tracks. I had fun all the week and I am very very happy."

The Junior Men's racing saw Léo Abella take the win as he managed to get down in the wet before high winds picked up and caused a weather delay on the course. While the live broadcast ended early the racing definitely didn't as Henri Kiefer and Bodhi Kuhn smashed out some wild runs despite worse conditions compared to the top times. Bodhi Kuhn's run could have been a classic (if we had seen it), as he managed to cross the line in 2nd and only 2.447 off the pace. Daniel Castellanos Liberal ended the day in third, 2.899 off the pace. Henri Kiefer was another wet weather master managing to get fourth place and even joined Bodhi Kuhn in going green at split two. A real shame we were not able to see the dramatic conclusion to the racing in Leogang.

Check out the results below.


Junior Women

1st. Lisa Bouladou: 3:41.640
2nd. Aimi Kenyon: 3:46.724
3rd. Riley Miller: 3:49.225
4th. Valentina Roa Sanchez: 3:50.530
5th. Vanesa Petrovská: 3:51.468

Junior Men

1st. Léo Abella: 3:11.177
2nd. Bodhi Kuhn: 3:13.624
3rd. Daniel Castellanos Liberal: 3:14.076
4th. Henri Kiefer: 3:14.803
5th. Rafaël Pelletier: 3:15.575

The Junior Women's Race as it Happened

3:45 am PDT: The Junior Women's Race is Now Underway
The Junior finals are kicking off in Leogang with Transition Factory Racing's Taylor Ostgaard starting proceedings.

3:50 am PDT: Taylor Ostgaard Sets the First Time
Taylor Ostgaard was on a great run before a crash right at the bottom of the course. Taylor's time is only two seconds off the top five from qualifying so we expect some rapid runs as we make our way through today's racers.

3:51 am PDT: Amelia Dudek Goes Fastest
Amelia Dudek takes the leading position as she goes 1.258 seconds up.

3:54 am PDT: Emma Iten Takes the Top Spot So Far
Emma Iten puts together a smooth run to move into the top spot by just over a second.

3:56 am PDT: Vanesa Petrovská Goes 3 Seconds Up to Hold the Lead
Vanesa Petrovská is another rider reducing the fastest time as she finds 3.3 seconds to go fastest. We still have five riders left and around eight seconds to reach yesterday's fastest qualifying time.

3:57 am PDT: Another New Leader as Riley Miller Takes the Lead
A strong run from Riley Miller places her in front and closes in slightly on the top qualifying run.

3:59 am PDT: Aimi Kenyon Flies into the Top Spot
Aimi Kenyon puts down a great ride to take the fastest time so far by two and a half seconds. We are still around three seconds back from Erice Van Leuven's fastest qualifier.

4:01 am PDT: Lisa Bouladou Sets the Fastest Junior Women's Time of the Week
Five seconds into the lead sees Lisa Bouladou go nearly two seconds faster than the top qualifying run. We still have two riders left but this was a huge run from the French rider.

4:03 am PDT: Valentina Roa Sanchez Goes 8 Seconds Back
Valentina Roa Sanchez looks to had some issues losing over five seconds in the first split. Valentina goes across the line in fourth.

4:04 am PDT: Erice Van Leuven Crashes
Erice Van Leuven has a big crash in the off-camber section at the top of the course. Erice does not finish her run but she is up and walking around. We hope she is not seriously injured.

4:05 am PDT: Lisa Bouladou Wins in Leogang
After Erice Van Leuven's crash it means Lisa Bouladou takes the win today by over five seconds. Pinkbike Racing's Aimi Kenyon takes 2nd with Riley Miller in 3rd.

The Junior Men's Race as it Happened

4:14 am PDT: Heavy Rain in Leogang
Rain is now falling in Leogang which could make things a little wilder as the Junior Men prepare to take on their final run of the week.

4:20 am PDT: Rafaël Pelletier Sets the First Time
The rain seems to be letting up and isn't affecting the times so far as the first run of the day would have placed just outside the top ten in qualifying.

4:22 am PDT: Daniel Castellanos Liberal Goes into the Lead
Daniel Castellanos Liberal is the new race leader as he finds 1.499 seconds to move into the hot seat.

4:27 am PDT: Léo Abella Goes Green at Every Split
French Champ Léo Abella lays down a great run to take the fastest time so far. It's raining hard and because of high winds at the top, there is a course hold. Léo Abella's time would have taken 2nd in qualifying yesterday.

4:34 am PDT: Conditions are Massively Changing
As the heavy rain continues to fall the rest of the Junior Men are expected to restart in around five minutes. Track conditions could be pretty sketchy with the rain and high winds.

4:41 am PDT: High Winds Delay Race Restart by Another 10 Minutes
Winds are still very high at the top of the course. The decision has been made to further delay the race restart to ensure the safety of the riders.

5:02 am PDT: Despite No Live Coverage the Junior Men are Back on Course
Rider are back on course in Leogang but it doesn't look like anyone will be able to compete with the current leader following the heavy rain.

5:04 am PDT: Riders are Around 22 Seconds off the Lead
With the now wet conditions the fastest rider down so far after the restart is 22.366 off the pace.

5:09 am PDT: A Wild Run from Mike Leon Huter
It would have been great to watch Mike Leon Huter's run as it looks like the wet weather hasn't affected him too much coming across the line only 8.9 seconds back.

5:16 am PDT: Henri Kiefer is Green at Split 2
If only there was a Junior live Broadcast as Henri Kiefer is on a great run.

5:18 am PDT: Henri Kiefer Takes 3rd Despite the Wet Weather
Henri Kiefer has laid down a very special run managing to get himself onto the podium against riders who raced in the dry. Would have been a good one to watch live...

5:20 am PDT: Hugo Marini Goes 12th
Hugo Marini was looking fast at the top but he loses over 11 seconds in split four and goes across the line in 12th. Only Christian Hauser and Bodhi Kuhn are left.

5:22 am PDT: Christian Hauser Ends his Run in 12th
Christian Hauser has a steady run in the wet to go 15.813 seconds back in 12th place.

5:24 am PDT: Bodhi Kuhn Takes 2nd!
What an incredible performance from Bodhi Kuhn as he manages to battle the conditions and still cross the line only 2.447 seconds back in 2nd against riders who raced in the dry. We have said it a few times already but what a missed opportunity for some wild runs and talented riders to be featured on the live broadcast that appears to have ended before we saw all the riders.

Full Results:

Junior Women



Junior Men



Overall Standings:

Junior Women


Junior Men


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  • 56 0
 You cant just 'end' a programme like that! What are they doing?!
  • 4 0
 Was a bit abrupt hey
  • 2 0
 Took 30 languages before it got to mine too
  • 4 0
 It's on a loop now, I've watched a rider doing zig zags on the street at the bottom 4 times now.
  • 2 0
 I guess the camera crew had to go do xc short track maybe? Not particularly impressed by the abrupt end anyway…
  • 5 0
 I've just watched the replay. Sat through it thinking something would happen or be announced. Rubbish.
  • 30 1
 Glad I’m not paying for this streaming. I was considering springing for the season pass but this has me reconsidering (yes, I am aware the juniors broadcast is free, but this is not a good sampling of the product).

I thought Warner Brothers/Discovery was experienced in broadcasting? Guess this doesn’t meet their standards of being a shitty “reality” show so why bother making it work?
  • 2 0
 Juniors are free on YouTube and probably have a different set of standards unfortunately. But none the less it was definitely not handled well. A simple good buy and see you later would have sufficed.
  • 24 2
 Is it just me or is the co commentator, Cedric very aggravating?
  • 12 3
 Not just you. I think he's the type that appeals to some, really annoys others, depending on personal preference. Some probably like the hyper excited enthusiasm, to my non-enthusiastic Finnish ear it just sounds really wrong Big Grin Many have already compared Cedric to Rob with their "role" in commentating and I'm sure Rob was equally annoying to some, but his style of being enthusiastic personally appealed to me more.
  • 8 1
 @donimo: Yes, Cedric needs to calm down a bit.
  • 20 1
 @donimo: woah woah woah no one finds Rob annoying. Lack of Rob, now that’s annoying!
  • 15 13
 French people speaking English are the worst to listen to if American English is your first language, but I find all the announcers annoying this year. All the changes are awful this year and it feels more like a Crankworx broadcast than World Cup. Chris Ball should be fired if he still is making any money from this.
  • 6 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: What do you find hard about French people speaking English?
  • 36 5
 @carlitouk: They're better at it than American people speaking English.
  • 11 19
flag waxed (Jun 16, 2023 at 5:25) (Below Threshold)
 @JamesKROZ: Americans are technically better at speaking English than the English
  • 14 1
 @JamesKROZ: ah come on... british sense of humor I guess...
Concerning C. Gracia, personnally I can't stand him, and it's even worse in french. He's not a bad dude, but he hasn't grown up, he's an "adultchild", and he's really heavy. He had the reputation to be the clown of the pit, often drunk, always in the excess. Embarrassing...
  • 5 0
 @JamesKROZ: That, good Sir, is comment gold!
  • 4 1
 @waxed: y'all ain't right
  • 2 1
 @Super7: yer right buh wah ya sayin init
  • 2 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: and Crankworks feels like a World Cup now lol
  • 9 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: you should hear Americans speaking French...
  • 1 1
 @danstonQ: cut him some slack I'm fairly sure he has autism
  • 4 1
 @neimbc: Makes me laugh a little, Cedric is all ready turned down quite a bit actually. He's normally an 11 and equally as goofy. He's at about 6 right now.Broken english with french accent is about one of the worst, fortunately I used to watch his YouTube channel for years and have been watching him race and ride for close to 25yrs so I'm used to him. One of the best all around bike riders of all time, definitely top 20 if not top 10.
  • 4 0
 @MikeGruhler: He's great on a bike - not on a mic
  • 3 0
 @neimbc: Can't argue with that, hopefully he finds his stride. Fingers crossed.
  • 2 1
 @carlitouk: I don't find it hard, the French just comes across as over-dramatic and annoying. Cedric's English is extremely annoying.
  • 3 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Les opinions c'est comme les trous du cul, tout le monde en a.
  • 23 0
 Ami with the podium tho
  • 21 0
 Well the live feed has become a complete farce
  • 13 0
 They are doing a terrible job trying to entice us to be paying customers for the main event.
  • 15 0
 So looks like all the live feeds on UCI, GMBN, and GCN+ all like timed out? Did they never take into account there could be a delay in a race? Is any feed actually live at this point?
  • 17 0
 And now the stream has ended lmao
  • 14 0
 Get fucked ESO and discovery!
  • 12 0
 I hope Erice is ok, that was a nasty crash.
  • 10 0
 Ill be pissed if someone puts down a crazy winning run in the wet and we miss it.
  • 29 0
 Bodhi Kuhn just went second fastest so i think its safe to say we missed a banger!
  • 5 0
 @extremedhracer: Yeah a few of them were fast as in those wet woods, would have been wild.
  • 7 0
 Seriously during the junior women the shot with the drone super high were useless. Just to see the rider as a few pixel are not what we want to see because we cant see anything from this distance.
  • 8 0
 Is anyone getting any audio from the live feed? Works everywhere else but on the live feed.
  • 8 0
 It appeared finally, but indeed no audio for the first 20 minutes. I wonder how long these "birthing pains" are going to continue, with currently new issues popping up as we go. (Like the UCI MTB website having issues with traffic yesterday and today.)
  • 2 0
 Worked fine for me
  • 3 0
 @CrookedCrank: Looking at other comments maybe there was a difference depending on where you were watching? Someone commented that on GCN+ the audio was fine. I was watching on YouTube (it's so far seemed more reliable and straight forward technically, so preferred when possible) and the real time chat was flooded with "no audio" comments.
  • 1 0
 @donimo: good shout. I was Disco+ which is I think the same feed as GCN+.
  • 6 0
 Can't even get the live timing to work.

Last weeks coverage was great but UCI/Discovery this isn't good enough for a subscription service, they clearly don't care about mountain biking.
  • 5 0
 Man Juniors are fast these days. Way back when on Freecaster. I remember most of the junior pack struggling to get down and a few fast guys at the end. Now days they're all fast as hell, even the dudes before the rain were great to watch.
  • 7 0
 All things considered, great job by Bodhi Kuhn and Henri Kiefer to get top 5 finishes after the re-start.
  • 5 0
 Coverage was dismal...no sound unless you were on GCN # and then no explanation or coverage of the men's after the rain break.FFS
  • 6 0
 I think this is how it went:

Weather delay.
GCN+ waffling for a bit then show completely ends before racing restarts.
Youtube coverage stays on but keep panning around the pits (pre-recorded I'm guessing).
Racing resumes, only available on live timing.

Hope lessons are learnt from this so it doesn't happen during an elite race.
  • 2 0
 Everyone seems to forget that Warner calmed down a lot during his time commenting on DH, plus his first language is English.

CG has always seemed a bit hyper and whilst he has done commentary previously not much was in english. Im sure he’ll improve

What little camera work I’ve seen seems to have improved since last week although they dont seem to be showing any more of the course than red bull used to,
  • 1 0
 I like the funny things he's got to say, and he's pretty wise. Was a great rider in his day.
  • 7 1
 So we can’t watch the junior men’s? What a joke this coverage is.
  • 2 2
 The broadcast ending is a fail, but Red Bull never broadcasted the juniors. So... don't think we can call this a complete joke. This sloppy coverage is more than than RB ever did.
  • 5 1
 @jscaramella: Sloppy coverage to try and justify us paying for the poorly run/presented main show. Redbull didn't show the juniors, but also didn't make us pay for the finals which so far seem to be of better quality than discovery's attempt, despite charging for it. Hoping this weeks show is better.
  • 3 1
 @Novice-Gapper: Don't disagree w/ you.
Unfortunately, a drop in quality during the first year is always the case when broadcast rights switch - speaking from a US perspective. Seen this with other sports.
Realistically, it will take most of the year to figure this out. Not making excuses for them, but also think the Discovery bashing is getting to be little over the top.
Someone should do their own pirate audio commentary (over discord?) for the races.
  • 16 13
 geez- complainers gonna complain. Just last week we saw coverage for JR DH for the first time. A week later - mofos act like this is first time JR DH coverage has been less than stellar.
  • 18 0
 It's true that folk are looking for reasons to bash discovery, but if your sole purpose is to broadcast a race this level of quality is pretty unacceptable
  • 7 0
 dude how is it possible that they end a livestream without a single word? It's as bad as it can get.
Just as bad as yesterday's live-timing of the ews which went out of service during the last stage
  • 3 5
 @bashhard: an old fella' once told me - at the end of the night an ugly girl is better is better than no girl at all.
  • 11 0
 @j1sisslow: I hope that old fella' wasn't your dad Smile
  • 2 0
 Yeah!!!! Dani Castellanos 3º!!!!Saw the live feed till it crashed like old windows XP hehehe,Dani make a good run just before the sky blew apart.
Hope next race Nacho would be there too!
Both kids are very talented and dedicated,hope the best for them.
  • 3 1
 This production company has been absolutely woeful and pitiful. Yes, I understand that the juniors are being televised and kudos to the broadcaster for doing that but beyond that, just a disgrace.

After watching the elites last week, I was dumbfounded by how bad it was. It seems like there is zero pre-production going into these events. No prepackaged inserts before the racing, barely any start lists. Most of the riders barely get seen out the gate and then pretty much cut to midway down the track before seeing them get through the first corner.

Redbull had their EVS playbacks at the top of the course down to a fine art in terms of having enough prerecorded live at the top of the track plus a small stat about the rider before dropping in. Then they had a small break before the top 10 with a bit of a recap and then a start list for the last 10.

I'm just completely blown away by the lack of production quality this year and then we're expected to pay for this? C'mon!!!
  • 4 0
 Was really looking forward to watching Leogang in the dry... oh well, another slopfest it is
  • 6 0
 You gotta be kidding me
  • 1 0
 Dani made his run to the hot seat then the rain came...So he was lucky and got perfect timing with the rain and had a good run.
  • 3 0
 @homerjm: yeah I saw that, great for him though I'm sure he would have liked in a different way. But I was just complaining about the lack of broadcasting for the last riders
  • 3 0
 @danielteleman: It must be a crazy experience going to the podium even it is not the perfect way to do it. For the next race I bet he would be closer to the top guys,it is a huge bonus motivation.
Many of the WC riders are not even close to the podium. Nacho and Dani are awesome riders.
  • 1 0
 American here:
1 Is gcn+ available on roku? (doesn't show up when I search)
2. Are the DH finals races available on discovery+ or Max? (USA)

I know this has probably been answered, but if anyone can save me a few hours of searching the comments that would be amazing. I thought the streaming device didn't really matter, gonna be bummed if I made the wrong choice 2 months ago.
  • 3 0
 1. No 2. No
  • 3 0
 Hah. Commentators are struggling to have anything to say during the weather delay.
  • 4 0
 Enjoy the peace
  • 2 0
 Sadly no Rob to disturb the sound of silence
  • 3 0
 So it just ends before it started Programmet En Slut. I think that means …
  • 2 0
 Lol, En Slut, that cracked me up when it came up on screen. Touche’ Warner Brothers, Touche.
  • 4 0
 Love how you get to download a pdf to look at the start list
  • 3 0
 Great to see Germany has a strong contender in the Juniors, I cheered for Henri! And under this conditions he did very well.
  • 1 0
 And I just watch live timing. Facts and webcam ( portal.live-panorama.com/player_clips.php?cam=19&responsive=true&autoplay=true ) and you have a picture without any bad emotions, haha.
  • 1 0
 Good to see the top juniors still putting down good times with the change in conditions. As for the coverage cutout, saylavee. Its free after all and still much better coverage of the juniors than last year.
  • 2 0
 Aimi Kenyon moves from 5th up to 3rd in the season standings. Bouladou and Roa Sanchez are 1st and 2nd.
  • 2 0
 Link to live timing would he appreciated, uci website is cryptic
  • 3 0
 There should be a link to live timing at the top of the article.
  • 2 0
 Incredible results for Dani Castellanos and Nacho Garcia, come on boys!!
  • 2 0
 What happened to Aimi's run coverage
  • 1 0
 Ugh I know, so bummed not to see it live. I checked after and it's available on the GCN+ replay, super strong run!
  • 2 0
 ...so they don't even have footage of it?
  • 1 0
 Wet dust on greasy hard pack mmmmmmm
  • 2 2
 So would they cancel a downhill ski race due to snow? Big Grin
  • 9 0
 I think the real reason was the wind. On top of the mountain was crazy,in the live feed they showed the start gate and it was very bad. Not very safe to ride huge jumps in that conditions.
  • 2 4
 Back in the day they used to ride in the wet as well.
  • 5 0
 It was really windy, they're racing again now.
  • 1 0
 I couldn't recall a race ever being suspended because of weather.
  • 5 0
 @fektor-b: I think Fort William has been held before from wind at the top, no?
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 @fektor-b: thing is, they can't win. Only 2 days ago a rider in the Tour de Suisse tragically died in an accident, so rider safety is probably a very hot topic this week.

Hold for weather to protect rider safety: "why did they stop for wind and rain?"

Don't hold for weather and someone gets hurt "why didn't they stop for wind and rain?"

I'd always rather see a weather hold and safety put first.

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