Pinkbike Primer - Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the 2022 DH World Champs

Aug 22, 2022 at 6:31
by Ed Spratt  


The biggest race of the year is already upon us with the 2022 World Championships kicking off in Les Gets. This year's racing has been flat out and wild and we can guarantee that it will be no different this weekend. The course in Les Gets has proven itself to produce incredible racing from the dusty turns of 2019 to the slippery and loose 2021 race.

Riders have had a few weeks since the last World Cup round at Mont-Sainte-Anne and there are now only a few days before we will see the newly crowned champions for 2022. Check out all you need to know before racing kicks off below.



The Track


FullAttack has taken a walk and ride down the updated DH course in Les Gets. It looks like riders will same some fresh sections alongside some updated parts of the previous course.



Previous World Champions

Greg Minnaar and the Santa Cruz V10 rack up yet another World Championship victory.

ELITE MEN
2021 // Val di Sole, Italy // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2020 // Leogang, Austria // Reece WILSON // GBR
2019 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Loic BRUNI // FRA
2018 // Lenzerheide, Switzerland // Loic BRUNI // FRA
2017 // Cairns, Australia // Loic BRUNI // FRA
2016 // Val di Sole, Italy // Danny HART // GBR
2015 // Vallnord, Andorra // Loic BRUNI // FRA
2014 // Hafjell, Norway // Gee ATHERTON // GBR
2013 // Pietermaritzburg, South Africa // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2012 // Leogang, Austria // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2011 // Champery, Switzerland // Danny HART // GBR
2010 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Sam HILL // AUS
2009 // Canberra, Australia // Steve PEAT // GBR
2008 // Val di Sole, Italy // Gee ATHERTON // GBR
2007 // Fort William, United Kingdom // Sam HILL // AUS
2006 // Rotorua, New Zealand // Sam HILL // AUS
2005 // Livigno, Italy // Fabien BAREL // FRA
2004 // Les Gets, France // Fabien BAREL // FRA
2003 // Lugano, Switzerland // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2002 // Kaprun, Austria // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
2001 // Vail, USA // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
2000 /// Sierra Nevada, Spain // Myles ROCKWELL // USA
1999 // Are, Sweden // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1998 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1997 // Chateau-d’OEx, Switzerland // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1996 // Cairns, Australia // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1995 // Kirchzarten, Germany // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1994 // Vail, USA // Francois GACHET // FRA
1993 // Metabief, France // Mike KING // USA
1992 // Bromont, Canada // Dave CULLINAN // USA
1991 // Ciocco, Italy // Albert ITEN // SUI
1990 // Durango, USA // Greg HERBOLD // USA

Nicole offered her first drink after crossing the line faster than her winning margin.

ELITE WOMEN
2021 // Val di Sole, Italy // Myriam NICOLE // FRA
2020 // Leogang, Austria // Camille BALANCHE // SUI
2019 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Myriam NICOLE // FRA
2018 // Lenzerheide, Switzerland // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2017 // Cairns, Australia // Miranda MILLER // CAN
2016 // Val di Sole, Italy // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2015 // Vallnord, Andorra // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2014 // Hafjell, Norway // Manon CARPENTER // GBR
2013 // Pietermaritzburg, South Africa // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2012 // Leogang, Austria // Morgane CHARRE // FRA
2011 // Champery, Switzerland // Emmeline RAGOT // FRA
2010 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Tracy MOSELEY // GBR
2009 // Canberra, Australia // Emmeline RAGOT // FRA
2008 // Val di Sole, Italy // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2007 // Fort William, United Kingdom // Sabrina JONNIER // FRA
2006 // Rotorua, New Zealand // Sabrina JONNIER // FRA
2005 // Livigno, Italy // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
2004 // Les Gets, France // Vanessa QUIN // NZL
2003 // Lugano, Switzerland // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
2002 // Kaprun, Austria // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
2001 // Vail, USA // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
2000 /// Sierra Nevada, Spain // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1999 // Are, Sweden // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1998 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1997 // Chateau-d’OEx, Switzerland // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1996 // Cairns, Australia // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1995 // Kirchzarten, Germany // Leigh DONOVAN // USA
1994 // Vail, USA // Missy GIOVE // USA
1993 // Metabief, France // Giovanna BONAZZI // ITA
1992 // Bromont, Canada // Juli FURTADO // USA
1991 // Ciocco, Italy // Giovanna BONAZZI // ITA
1990 // Durango, USA // Cindy DEVINE // CAN




What Happened in 2021?

Greg Minnaar is a man on a mission here. 40 years old and just 1.5 seconds back in 4th

Izabela Yankova kicked off racing in Val di Sole with a huge win in the Junior Women's race as she bested second-placed Kine Haugom by nearly 11 seconds. Jackson Goldstone took home the rainbow jersey from his first Junior World Championships after a great performance. There was a close fight with Jordan Williams, but Jackson found 1.812 seconds on the British rider.

Myriam Nicole had a perfect run in the Elite Women's race to fly into first place by nearly five seconds. Marine Cabirou laid down one of the most impressive performances as she fought through her injury from Les Gets to cross the line in second place. 2020 World Champion, Camille Balanche, didn't match her winning run from the previous year, but she still walked away from Val di Sole with the bronze medal after a great run on the tricky course.

The Elite Men's racing provided plenty of drama as Greg Minnaar secured his fourth World Championships title. Benoit Coulanges came close to taking the top spot, but he settled for the silver medal as he crossed the line 0.227 seconds behind Greg. Troy Brosnan rounded out the top three riders and was the only other person to come within a second of Greg Minnaar's winning time.


Elite Women


1st. Myriam Nicole: 4:06.243
2nd. Marine Cabirou: +4.827
3rd. Camille Balanche: +6.099
4th. Monika Hrastnik: +9.085
5th. Tahnee Seagrave: +9.781

Elite Men


1st. Greg Minnaar: 3:28.963
2nd. Benoit Coulanges: +0.227
3rd. Troy Brosnan: +0.441
4th. Loris Vergier: +1.166
5th. Danny Hart: +1.850



Junior Women


1st. Izabela Yankova: 4:30.865
2nd. Kine Haugom: +10.844
3rd. Gracey Hemstreet: +13.245
4th. Simonka Kuchynkova: +15.153
5th. Delia De Mocogno: +15.512

Junior Men


1st. Jackson Goldstone: 3:37.097
2nd. Jordan Williams: +1.812
3rd. Lachlan Stevens-McNab: +3.560
4th. Ethan Craik: +4.848
5th. Oisin O Callaghan: +6.218



What Happened at the Last World Cup Round?



Elite Women


1st. Vali Höll: 4:56.012
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: 4:59.159
3rd. Eleonora Farina: 5:00.522
4th. Jess Blewitt: 5:11.908
5th. Monika Hrastnik: 5:12.210

Elite Men


1st. Finn Iles: 4:11.717
2nd. Laurie Greenland: 4:11.955
3rd. Troy Brosnan: 4:15.221
4th. Aaron Gwin: 4:17.531
5th. Bernard Kerr: 4:18.100


Junior Women


1st. Phoebe Gale: 5:09.223
2nd. Izabela Yankova: 5:16.084
3rd. Gracey Hemstreet: 5:16.805
4th. Valentina Roa Sanchez: 5:27.466
5th. Aimi Kenyon: 5:28.439

Junior Men


1st. Jackson Goldstone: 4:13.766
2nd. Jordan Williams: 4:17.566
3rd. Bodhi Kuhn: 4:20.302
4th. Lachlan Stevens-McNab: 4:26.463
5th. Ryan Pinkerton: 4:26.966



Entry List

DH - Junior Women




DH- Junior Men




DH- Elite Women




DH - Elite Men





Weather Forecast


The weather is mostly looking good for the week of racing in Les Gets. The only worrying part of the current forecast comes from the chance of rain showers and thunderstorms for finals. Let's hope this ends up missing the area and we get the same conditions for every rider.

Vicorieux
Tuesday, August 23 - Track Walk
Sunshine and patchy clouds // 22°C // 1% precipitation // wind 9km/h

Wednesday, August 24 - Training
Mostly sunny and warm // 24°C // 1% precipitation // wind 7km/h

Thursday, August 25 - Qualifying
Partly sunny and warm; a thunderstorm in spots in the afternoon // 25°C // 40% precipitation // wind 7km/h

Friday, August 26 - Training
Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a thunderstorm in the area in the afternoon // 23°C // 55% precipitation // wind 7km/h

Saturday, August 27 - Finals
Mainly cloudy and warm with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm // 23°C // 60% precipitation // wind 9km/h

Weather forecast as of Monday, August 22 from Accuweather.



The Schedule


Tuesday, August 23
• 13:00-16:00 // On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders and Teams

Wednesday, August 24
• 09:30-13:30 // Official Downhill Training - Juniors and Elite Women
• 13:45-17:45 // Official Downhill Training - Elite Men

Thursday, August 25
• 08:00-09:00 // Official Downhill Training - Juniors and Elite Women
• 09:00-10:00 // Official Downhill Training - Elite Men
• 10:30-11:30 // Qualifying - Juniors
• 11:45-13:30 // Qualifying - Elites

Friday, August 26
• 09:00-12:00 // Official Downhill Training - Juniors and Elite Women
• 13:00-16:00 // Official Downhill Training - Elite Men

Saturday, August 27
• 08:00-09:00 // Official Downhill Training - Juniors and Elite Women
• 09:30 // Final - Junior Women
• After // Final - Junior Men
• Followed by Awards Ceremony for Junior categories
• 11:15-11:30 // Official Downhill Training - Women Elite qualified for the final
• 11:30-12:30 // Official Downhill Training - Men Elite qualified for the final
• 13:15 // Final - Elite Women
• 14:35 // Final - Elite Men

Note: All times are local and subject to change by the event organizer.



How to Watch


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Pinkbike will be providing you with the best daily coverage from Les Gets this week. Tune in to Pinkbike to catch photo epics, videos, and results from Timed Training, Practice, Qualifying, and Finals, as well as tech bits and news.

And if you live in one of the lucky countries listed at this link, you can also watch World Champs live on redbull.tv.

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120 Comments

  • 81 0
 Let's go
  • 61 7
 Hoping you get those stripes back this year!
  • 2 0
 How can one be so fast and so psychotic in the air
  • 9 30
flag chmurka3rg (Aug 23, 2022 at 2:59) (Below Threshold)
 @tbmaddux: Geez, people, learn the riders' names already, it's disrespectful to keep mistaking them.

Reece WILSON, GB, World Champ from Leogang 2020, racing DH for Trek
Reece WALLACE, CAN, freerider, riding for Giant
Mark WALLACE, CAN, racing DH for Canyon
  • 1 0
 Good Luck!
  • 4 0
 @chmurka3rg: WALLACE. LIKES A BIT OF CHEESE.
  • 1 0
 @reecewallace Let's Get's going!
  • 56 17
 I know he's a bit polarizing but damn I feel that Gwin deserves a champs win.
  • 13 7
 Why is he polarizing, I must have missed it
  • 12 13
 Gwin isn’t polarizing lmao
  • 6 6
 Man that would be such a good race. Fingers crossed for Gwin.
  • 13 4
 Always wondered what the "deserves to win" even means?
  • 20 2
 @stiksandstones: "That’s racing, success is never owed." - Aaron Gwin
  • 12 4
 @Madfella: I'm neither for, nor against, Gwin, but he has elicited pretty strong reactions among WC fans, not least for his laser-focus throughout his career not just on race results but on leveraging his market value at every opportunity. His tendency to jump from well-run teams, even after a successful season, for pretty much any other program, however unproven, that will offer more money, is seen by some as a mercenary impulse that demonstrates he values cash over racing performance. Others contend it is unhealthy for the sport that sponsors write Gwin (and a very small handful of other top contenders) six to seven figure salary checks when the vast majority of the WC field barely earns five figures. Lastly, if you look up self-confident in the dictionary, there is a picture of Gwin. He launched a video series "Going for Six" this year that announced he was gunning to win the World Cup overall in 2022, when he hasn't been anywhere near an overall WC title since 2017. Perhaps this PR move gave him the motivational push he needed in the last several races to post top-10 results in WC races for the first time in almost half a decade. I'm enjoying the spectacle from the sidelines, but can understand if AG isn't at the top of everyone's list of riders they'd like to have a beer with.
  • 3 1
 @powturn: the Syndicate for sure… tons of fun to have a beer with, but afraid I would not survive the hangover the next two months
  • 3 1
 GWIN for the WIN!
  • 36 0
 Troy Bronze-nan for 3rd but I'm hoping for 1st
  • 8 3
 Deserves it more than most.
  • 1 0
 Troy Bronson
  • 19 0
 Are we all sure that Minnaar won his first WC in 2003? Just think about it. That is a reeeally long time ago. Some people in the comments probably weren't even alive then. And the guy is the current WC. Can't be right!
  • 6 0
 It’s ridiculous the span of his career. Sam Hill is in there too and he’s still going albeit in enduro - which is amazing when you think about it
  • 3 0
 I was at Fort Bill in 2004 when he won on the Honda. Seems like a long time ago. Also, if you are in the UK the race is on BBC Red Button apparently just in case anyone is unaware. Sorry if this has been said already.
  • 2 0
 How do we even know this is the same Greg Minnaar? Think about it...
  • 2 0
 Before all the juniors were even born. Pretty wild when you think about it.
  • 1 0
 Age is just a number.
  • 17 0
 Which are the "lucky countries" this year for watching on Redbull?

ETA: Never mind, I see them listed on Redbull's page now. Could not find that listing anywhere last week for some reason!
  • 17 1
 Time for the free VPN trial.
  • 13 0
 Afghanistan Algeria Angola Bahrein Bangladesh Belize Benin Bhutan Botswana Brazil Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cape Verde Central African Rep. Chad China Comoros Congo Costa Rica Cote d'Ivoire Dem. Rep. Of Congo Djibouti Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Gaza Strip Germany Ghana Guatemala Guinea Guinea Bissau Honduras Hong Kong India Indonesia Iran Iraq Kenya Korea Kuwait Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Madagascar Mail Malawi Mauretania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Peru Philippines Qatar Reunion Rwanda Sao Tome Saudi Arabia Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Socotra Somalia South Sudan Sri Lanka St. Helena Sudan Swaziland Syria Taiwan Tanzania Thailand Togo Tunesia UAE Uganda Vietnam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Korea might be the best to connect to as they're known for their internet speeds. Mexico might not be a bad choice if you live in North America.
  • 12 0
 You can watch it here is my home country of Equatorial Guinea! Nevermind the flag on the left...
  • 3 0
 Sh*t, first time I will have to use VPN from Poland ...
  • 12 2
 @BCpov: LOL. Everywhere that doesn't give a shit about downhill.
  • 8 0
 I'll be there live!
  • 2 0
 Even though Germany is listed, not seeing the event on Red Bull - Anyone else?
  • 4 0
 @Dustfarter: Germany, Norway, Brazil, Costa Rica are the only ones that care a bit from that list. And Reunion, the home of Flo Payet.
  • 3 0
 @whiteboarder: I couldn't find it for a while, but eventually it came up when I searched for "Les Gets." It did not come up at all under the 2022 listings or under the event series. Then there was a second option, presumably the one listed above for Slovakia, Sweden, the UK, and Albania, and I'm still unclear which of those will definitely have English commentary.
  • 3 0
 @whiteboarder: Try doing a web search for it. I found I wasn't able to find it directly on the RB site as well, but a web search turned up the link for me. That's when I found out Australia won't be taking the RB feed again. Good thing I already have a VPN, the old whack-a-mole in effect.
  • 2 0
 @Goose76 and @eckljkr

thanks guys!
  • 2 0
 @BCpov: Based on tour de france and other roadie coverage that is currently owned by Discovery, I am betting this is the same list of countries that won't have access to Discovery's World Cup broadcasts. Canadians might expect to get access through Flo Cycling (yuck).
  • 1 0
 @xTwoSnakesx: Do you get Turner Sports in Canada? I've read that's who US viewers will access through.
  • 1 0
 @commental: Not that im aware of, but that's interesting, as the Tour de France for example is broadcast via NBC stateside I think.
  • 1 0
 @commental: Just googled, and Turner/Discovery are both owned by Warner, so maybe that does make sense?
  • 2 0
 @xTwoSnakesx: Ya, Flo Cycling's MTB coverage is terrible! Like, unwatchable...
  • 3 0
 This is so f&cked up. I mean, how many DH fans can be in Yemen, or Djibuti...
Who decides on the geo-restrictions? I get that Poland isn't the biggest country (although there's many DH fans here) , but how can countries like USA, GB, France not be included?
  • 3 1
 @chmurka3rg: they are not included because the rights were sold to someone else. World Cup rights are one package. World Champs are another package and networks buy them for all the other cycling events, not DH.
  • 2 0
 You wouldn't buy a digital car on the metaverse, why would you buy a geo restricted digital broadcast from UCI cronies?
VPN is a basic human right.
  • 1 0
 @BCpov: You also can watch from Redbull TV with another link from France, UK, Albania, Slovakia and Sweden
  • 5 0
 @chmurka3rg: UK and France are included (just another link at the bottom of the page). www.redbull.com/int-en/events/uci-mountain-bike-world-championships-les-gets-fr-en
  • 1 0
 @BCpov: this is an absolute joke. How and where tf do we watchtjis race????
  • 3 0
 @lastminutetech: The real joke is that in some countries, like in Poland, they DO NOT transmit DH in TV (even if you have all the channels). They buy rights for World Champs and transmit XC only. Now, this shows clearly that UCI does not care about biking, they care only about money. They could easily sell separate rights for DH or enforce transmission (they are cycling organisation, so maybe they should care if cycling enthusiasts can actually watch worlds). But no, they just get money and give a sh*t. If Elon Musk hated cycling, bought rigts in all countries just not to show it, they would be 100% ok with this. This is absolutely insane.
  • 2 0
 @pisgahgnar: Norway doesn't care for sh*t. The Norwegian Cycling Federation doesn't send any riders to the World Champs. All Norwegian participants has to pay and arrange everything out of their own pocket (or the team's pocket if they are on a team). This is why you don't see the female Norwegian champ on the start list. The Swedes however, send a whole platoon and pay for everything.
  • 14 2
 I'm sure Bangladesh, Mayotte, and Yemen are gonna go APESHIT over this year's world champs.

Rider in the US, Canada, England / Most of Europe, NZ & Aus are too busy to watch this week but pleaaaaaaase do keep the gaming & rap battles up & running all weekend Redbull.

I know there's more to it than this but can someone remind me again why every major country that likes & watches DH is off the list and mostly countries that don't even have riders in the game are on it???
  • 18 2
 Because those countries have television networks that bought the rights to broadcast the world champs, as they are sold separately from the World Cup, and they know they’ll have an audience.

People would prefer to watch all of their Mtb on Red Bull, but it is irrelevant to the UCI, because capitalism.
  • 5 1
 @Greghoin: That's right...I remember now (but will ask the same question again next year only maybe not since Discovery is taking over). There's always a logical reason behind all this stuff but its way easier to bitch about it and act all exasperated and in a spoiled fit, like I always do. I'll just do up the VPN.
  • 10 0
 @Greghoin: just a little taste of what life going forward will be like not having mtb races available on redbull. Redbull wasn't perfect but man I'm sure going to miss it. I'm savoring every race this year before we descend into darkness..
  • 7 0
 @DylanH93: That's the worst part of it to me, I'll probably be able to watch it for free on the BBC, but the commentary's awful. I'm more dismayed at the possibly of being denied the penultimate chance to savour Rob's commentary.
  • 6 0
 @commental: I'm hoping Rob does his own commentary on his youtube channel. Have the race going on mute and Rob in the background yelling and doing his killer one liners lol.
  • 5 0
 @DylanH93: I've seen others tout this idea around the World Cup races next year. I hope he's reading the comments. Time to get some beers in Rob.
  • 5 0
 This thread makes me think that, despite cost and other issues around localization, we could all be very happy with Discovery if they provide consistent coverage and commentary, and even more so if they improve enduro coverage.

How about we just start a petition to get them to hire Rob Warner?
  • 4 1
 @Greghoin: After hearing Martin Whitley's convo w/ Chris Hall on Downtime (pod) I'm convinced UCI DH is going to be fine - but the loss of Warner is going to be tough to go around. I just don't know how ya do it without him.
  • 2 0
 @Greghoin: Warner chose to re-up his contract with Redbull, so pretty certain that means he won't be doing commentary for any of their competitors. @DylanH93 's idea for Rob doing commentary on his own youtube channel would be amazing, but I fear the logistics would never pan out.
  • 2 0
 @Mtn-Goat-13: Thanks for the tip to listen to the podcast. I agree. I also agree with Martin about that Chris Ball Q&A that was on here.
  • 1 0
 @thingswelike: I missed what Martin said about the Q&A - I saw it ball (not C. Hall!) seemed pretty vague about things then - he got ripped pretty hard from what I saw.
  • 2 0
 Flobikes….

“By clicking Start Watching, you will be charged $150.00 today for the first year. Your annual subscription will automatically renew on August 23rd, 2023 and each year thereafter until you cancel. For more details on our payment terms, click here.”

Go F yourselves!!

Total BS. If the UCI had any brains (and know-how) they would offer the streaming via their own platform and sell it direct. Id pay for an annual DH package. But not $150USD to a bunch of clowns at Flo…….who’s in charge here??? This is sooooo bad for the UCI brand…… if they needed any help.

Oh ya….go Finn and Jackson
  • 1 0
 @Mtn-Goat-13: Maybe go back and listen again. Particularly to the bit where he says "They're not going to suddenly have an EWS on the same weekend as downhill"
That comment didn't age very well considering Discovery released the 2023 calendar later on the same day. I was very surprised to hear him say it considering Chris Ball had previously talked about doing exactly that.
He also talks about prize money improving over the years, it's still pitiful. Time will tell if it improves in any significant way, but I'm not holding my breath.
It seems to me he's speculating in much the same way as we are in some respects. We'll see if he's right about it being free to air if you don't mind adverts. Discovery certainly haven't done that with their coverage of the Grand Tours in this country, you get an hour of highlights, which to be honest is about as much of Carlton Kirby's commentary as I can tolerate. If you want to watch live you have to pay. I don't know if other European countries can watch Eurosport for free (as he seemed to imply), but you have to pay for it in the UK.
  • 1 0
 @Mtn-Goat-13: Also, how can he say "I know the ESO guys and I believe they will do the best job possible". I can only assume he doesn't watch their EWS coverage. Just ask anyone who's into climbing what they think of the way Discovery have handled things since they took over.
I agreed with him that it was a mistake for Chris Ball to do the AMA on Pinkbike, but I think it's highly likely that he was keeping a lot of what he knows to himself and the cynic in me thinks he probably did it then, rather than when some things become public knowledge.
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 @commental: You talking about Ball or Martin's Downtime pod? Not disagreeing - just saying that I don't automatically buy that the changeover (in spite of the loss of Warner, which to me is devastating) is gonna be automatic hell. I'm not even referring to EWS which I love and would love to see full coverage of - but Ball did sound pretty sad in the interview, it was hard to watch - and that Discovery 'interview' where he's standing there and another guy is saying "yeah, we didn't even know this was a thing..." (more or less) didn't inspire any confidence. However Martin's comments (on DT podcast) were that there's no way UCI would've handed it off to Disc without a better plan & funding than Redbull was proposing. I'm also not a Redbull devotee blindly and they have f*cked up more than enough (esp not even showing an effing recap of the JR's - again, I'm just talking DH here). I just don't know - and I don't think any of us have enough info to actually know anything yet - we're all just spectulating, meanwhile people like Martin (who I've never heard anyone rip on) has a lot better position to pontificate about it - and he's not worried so that helps me worry less - especially me (and you) and nobody's and he's big guns.
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 @Mtn-Goat-13: I've met Martin and been to his house in Spain, he came across as a very likeable and genuine guy. I'm just a little surprised at a few things he said which I mentioned above. I certainly wasn't intentionally ripping on him, just questioning statements where there's evidence out there that contradicts them.
I hope as much as you do that he's right in a lot of what he said.
I'm afraid I don't share your optimism that the UCI gave Discovery the contract because they have a better plan, more likely it's because they put in a higher bid.
I think the geo restrictions around this weekend back that up. Why give coverage rights to companies like FloSports where people are faced with paying an annual subscription of $150 potentially to watch one race, when instead they could just give RB the rights in the same package as WCDH. Which avenue would be most effective at helping to grow the sport?
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 @commental: Well damn - that's an inside thing to have happen (and I didn't think you were ripping on him at all, just wondering if anyone thinks he's full of it).

I'm actually not optimistic at all - just neutral (and I'm DH focused only b/c EWS gets such bad coverage that I don't expect much there). But I was a doomsayer to begin with and now I'm just ambivalent - we'll see. Ditto on those geo-restrictions (I don't know if that's a redbull thing or what) but the fact that I can't just log onto something / somewhere / whatever and pay to watch this weekends race pisses me off - all the biggest nations with actual huge mtb fans are not on the list.

I have no other real or meaningful input on all this - just wanna be able to watch all the DH and as much EWS as possible (and no offense, I don't give an eff about XC though I'm glad its there & it was prob always the main road into DH and EWS anyway).
  • 1 0
 @Mtn-Goat-13: When I was listening to Martin on the podcast I did chuckle when he mentioned RB taking over from Freecaster. We all thought the world was ending then too. Maybe things will be better than I think, although Rob's shoes will be very hard to fill.
What interests me is that Freecaster went a fair way down the road to setting up DH1 as their contract ended. They had some teams on board (Santa Cruz, Scott and Trek iirc and maybe others), more interestingly the also had UCI sanctioning. They only shelved it when RB said coverage would be free to air.
My biggest (maybe unrealistic) hope is that that RB will sit and wait to see how it goes and step in with a rival series if things don't work out.
  • 16 2
 Its going to be hard to bet against Amaury when Worlds is in Les Gets
  • 4 0
 Hate to say it (nothing against Amaury), but most definitely correct.
  • 19 5
 I fucking hate the UCI.
  • 3 0
 It’s time for the riders to form a union (like all spirts) and take THEIR talent elsewhere.
  • 3 0
 It looks like the UK won't be geo restricted after all. However I stand by my earlier statement.
  • 8 0
 its vpn tutorial time again!
  • 8 0
 Herbold cut the course
  • 1 0
 cantilever brakes, maybe he couldnt stop Wink ... he must love that people are still saying he cut, all these years later..
  • 1 1
 He was/is a second rate rider compared to the guys who came in right after his 'win' like Mikey King, Eric Carter, Tomac, Lopes, Nico, etc. Herbold had the 'personality' if you want to call it that to hit big on the DH/Slalom scene for maybe a year or two before the BMX and similarly talent riders made the cross over and brought the scene to what it is now.
  • 8 4
 Just a bunch a bullshit. I doubt Discovery will do anything different either.
  • 4 0
 Agreed - but dunno that it will be the same w/ Disco. I've been bitching about this too, but was a bit relieved to hear Martin Whiteley's Downtime (podcast) interviews from this past week - his take on the Discovery takeover was niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice to hear.
  • 9 3
 BK next World Champion
  • 7 1
 Would love to see him sporting short sleeve rainbow stripes…
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flag souknaysh (Aug 22, 2022 at 12:19) (Below Threshold)
 @Betacygni: must be awful being butt hurt by a shirt ...
  • 4 0
 He can have the last round, would love to see Minnaar get worlds back to back!
  • 2 0
 @souknaysh: must be awful making unfounded assumptions. I like the shirts the team has been wearing.
  • 4 2
 As much as I would love to see BK with some rainbow stripes, I think this year will be Loic. Amaury can't afford to crash and be injured for the next WC race if he wants the overall.
  • 5 0
 Its WC in his home country... Pierron will risk everything for it!
  • 4 0
 I can't see it anywhere but is the fantasy league on for this round? Need some points to catch up on mates...
  • 2 0
 Yes.
  • 2 0
 Anyone know if being on VPN while logged in to RedBull TV allows you to download the replays? I've got a plane ride this weekend and am on a free VPN so you know I aint paying for the in flight wifi.
  • 1 0
 Help a newb out:

Winning the "World Championship" is different from winning a "World Cup," or the "World Cup Overall," right?

If so...theoretically, a rider could ONLY race the WC, win, and be named "world champion," is that correct?

Does the WC race only count as much as any other World Cup race in terms of points for the World Cup Overall?

Just trying to get a sense of the stakes this weekend.
  • 3 0
 Whoever wins Worlds Championships is the world champ, yes. That World Champs competition does not give any points to the series called World Cups.
  • 1 0
 I'm watching from the side of the hill, taking my lad and his buddy, I'll be the one not in a Pinkbike jersey. Well, unless I can get one by tomorrow! I'll be shouting for Daprela and Finn, despite being from GB, those 2 are just exciting to watch, right on the edge. I'll happily take a win for Greenland too though!
  • 1 0
 Im getting into Morzine at around 12pm Sat, what you think the chances of me getting over to Les Gets in time? Big Grin Im guessing the free shuttle buz may be a bit busy on the way home Smile
  • 5 1
 No Ben Cathro on the start list? Say it ain't so!
  • 3 0
 Its high time a Canuck takes the rainbow jersey and Ill be there (yelling) to watch it happen.
  • 2 0
 Redbull did show the replay for everyone after the race last year, right? Anyone know if they’ll be doing that again?
  • 2 0
 The video was taken before the big rain last week, no dust anymore and perfect grip conditions
  • 4 0
 IT'S BENOIT TIME
  • 2 0
 Some dude from the lucky countries can stream it on Twitter so you can all watch for free
  • 2 0
 What does the (S) mean next to some of the names on the start list?
  • 1 0
 my best guess is standby
  • 5 0
 Substitute maybe? Or sarcasm? (S)
  • 1 0
 Substitute, in case on of the main riders is injured
  • 1 0
 S for Start
  • 1 1
 sucks
  • 2 0
 That VPN stuff didn't work for me last year. What worked best for ya'll?
  • 2 1
 I VPN'd from (???) - got it to work, just get it setup an hour or so ahead of time. Why all the major countries that actually watch WC are excluded, again, I can't recall but if Discovery gets it right next year I'll bow down. Makes sense though right - you can watch kids play videogames & rap-fight on Redbull - but not this weekend's World Champs.
  • 1 0
 Nord VPN - 30 day money back free trial. I use it every time. You pay - Watch the Champs, then cancel a few days later.
  • 2 0
 last year somebody posted a link to a uci.ch livestream that wasn't geo-blocked. I just tried the old link again and it re-routed me to uci.org so maybe that was a one time thing
  • 5 0
 @IsaacWislon82: that was legendary last year. Fingers crossed someone finds one again and posts it on PB
  • 2 0
 Love to see Tahnee on the startlist.
  • 2 0
 said on insta she isnt racing
  • 1 0
 @cwiz720: thanks for the update!
  • 1 0
 DH qualifying as only top 60-80 race the finals? Since when worlds has qualy and not seeding?
  • 1 0
 Does world champs count towards the fantasy league?
  • 1 0
 Swedes: how watch?
  • 3 0
 Check out UCI Mountain Bike World Championships (English commentary) www.redbull.com/int-en/events/uci-mountain-bike-world-championships-en #redbulltv





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