Pinkbike Primer: Thundering Into Snowshoe for Round 6 of the 2022 DH World Cup

Jul 25, 2022 at 7:50
by Ed Spratt  

We are in the back half of the 2022 World Cup season. Round six sees the traveling circus return to Snowshoe, West Virginia, for what's sure to be an exciting race. Check out all the information you need to know before racing kicks off later this week.

The Track

Each track this year has received at least a small update, so while we haven't heard of any changes yet from the 2021 course seen above we wouldn't be surprised if the organisers throw some changes at riders this week.

Previous Winners

Elite Men

2021: Loic Bruni
2021: Reece Wilson
2019: Danny Hart

Elite Women

2021: Vali Höll
2021: Vali Höll
2019: Marine Cabirou

What Happened in 2021?

Race 1

Elite Women

1st. Vali Holl: 3:40.233
2nd. Camille Balanche: 3:44.850
3rd. Marine Cabirou: 3:45.928
4th. Myriam Nicole: 3:50.128
5th. Tahnee Seagrave: 3:50.647

Elite Men

1. Reece Wilson - 3:10.066
2. Loic Bruni +0.032
3. Loris Vergier +0.580
4. Finn Iles +1.289
5. Mark Wallace +1.332

Junior Women

1st. Izabella Yankova: 4:00.555
2nd. Phoebe Gale: 4:05.768
3rd. Siel van der Velden: 4:11.943
4th. Ella Erickson: 4:24.159
5th. Emma Artz: 4:36.667

Junior Men

1st. Jordan Williams: 3:16.597
2nd. Jackson Goldstone: 3:20.141
3rd. Tristan Lemire: 3:22.191
4th. Oliver Davis: 3:23.068
5th. Remy Meier Smith: 3:23.524

Race 2

Elite Women

1st. Vali Höll: 3:39.679
2nd. Marine Cabirou: 3:39.935
3rd. Camille Balanche: 3:45.100
4th. Tahnee Seagrave: 3:46.236
5th. Nina Hoffmann: 3:46.948

Elite Men

1st. Loic Bruni: 3:13.379
2nd. Troy Brosnan: 3:13.800
3rd. Angel Suarez: 3:14.010
4th. Amaury Pierron: 3:14.154
5th. Luca Shaw: 3:14.707

Junior Women

1st. Izabela Yankova: 4:10.233
2nd. Siel Van Der Velden: 4:14.654
3rd. Ella Erickson: 4:33.782
4th. Caitlyn Farmer: 4:48.425
5th. Emma Artz: 5:36.595

Junior Men

1st. Jordan Williams: 3:20.430
2nd. Jackson Goldstone: 3:20.556
3rd. Oisin O Callaghan: 3:23.300
4th. Tristan Lemire: 3:24.478
5th. Preston Williams: 3:24.505

What Happened at the Last Round?

The fifth round of the 2022 downhill World Cup provided incredible racing on the absolutely flat-out course. For the junior women, 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.

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

Overall Standings After Round 5

Elite Women


Elite Men


Junior Women


Junior Men


Weather Forecast

The weather is not looking great for racing this week with a few thunderstorms predicted and run during training and qualifying. Luckily it looks like things do brighten up slightly for finals, although there is still a risk of rain and a thunderstorm. Let's hope this doesn't mess up those final on Saturday.

Thursday, July 28 - Training
A couple of showers and a thunderstorm; a thick cloud cover in the morning, then periods of clouds and sun in the afternoon // 23° // 88% Chance of Precipitation // 17 km/h Wind

Friday, July 29 - Qualifying
A thunderstorm; considerable morning cloudiness, then periods of clouds and sun in the afternoon // 21° // 80% Chance of Precipitation // 11 km/h Wind

Saturday, July 30 - Finals
Some sun, then turning cloudy with a thunderstorm in parts of the area // 20° // 40% Chance of Precipitation // 4 km/h Wind

Weather forecast as of Monday, July 25 from Accuweather.

The Schedule

No peeking for Mille Johnset on her way to sixth just off the podium.

Thursday, July 28
• 08:45-11:15 // Official Downhill Training - Group B
• 11:15-12:30 // Official Downhill Training - Group A and B (mixed training)
• 12:45-15:15 // Official Downhill Training - Group A
• 15:30-17:00 // Downhill Timed Training Session
• 17:00-17:45 // On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders and Teams

Friday, July 29
• 08:45-10:15 // Official Downhill Training - Group B
• 10:15-11:45 // Official Downhill Training - Group A
• 12:15 // Seeding Run - Junior Women
• 12:30 // Qualifying Round - Junior Men
• 13:30 // Qualifying Round - Elite Women
• 14:00 // Qualifying Round - Elite Men
• Followed by // 30 minutes On Foot Downhill Course Inspection - Riders and Teams

Saturday, July 30
• 08:15-09:15 // Official Downhill Training - Junior Women, Junior Men, Elite Women
• 09:45 // Final - Junior Men
• 10:30 // Final - Junior Women
• 10:50-11:05 // Official Downhill Training - Women Elite qualified for the final
• 11:05-12:05 // Official Downhill Training - Men Elite qualified for the final
• 12:30 // Final - Elite Women
• 13:30 // Final - Elite Men
• Awards to follow

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

How to Watch

There aren t many riders more exciting to watch than Reece Wilson right now. 7th with no chain for the final split.

Pinkbike will be providing you with the best daily coverage from Snowshoe 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.

You can also watch the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on The live DH broadcast starts on Saturday, July 16 at 12:25pm EDT.

Schedule: Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Leogang LIVE on Red Bull TV:

Snowshoe DHI Women: July 30 Live on Red Bull TV 12:25 EDT
Snowshoe DHI Men: July 30 Live on Red Bull TV 13:45 EDT

(All times EDT, replay available immediately following the races. Times subject to change at organizers' and Red Bull's discretion.)


2022 Fantasy League

Don't forget to complete your DH Fantasy team for the sixth round this weekend, because the fantasy league is a whole lot more fun if you participate in each race.

The Fantasy Downhill League is Presented by Specialized

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 Ben Cathro in 69th, what a legend.
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 Cat hero meoww
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 All part of the plan
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 Best number in the world...
  • 75 20
 When the race is in the USA please post the weather forecast in Freedom units
  • 24 12
 That's cute.
  • 44 31
 It's been down the shitter for awhile but that last supreme court decision really made us plunge.
  • 28 1
 @WildboiBen: shh not in front of the foreigners
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 Freedom, we still have that?
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 Or just google it yourself, NOAA or brobius.
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 Or just multiply it by 9/5 and add 32?
  • 23 0
 @L0rdTom: Our education did not prepare us for such advanced mathematics
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 @ryanandrewrogers: i would say converting imperial units to other imperial units involves more advanced mathematics then converting metric units…
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 Big Grin
It can be worse, you may be forced to understand something like this Smile
METAR KEKN 262051Z AUTO 20003KT 10SM BKN025 OVC033 22/18 A3007 RMK AO2 SLP174 60010 T02170183 58013
this is today's METAR for Snowshoe heliport Smile
  • 45 2
 OK, Finn with 666 points is just rad (yeah, I have the sensibility of a 12-yo, it's fine).
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 It's because he's a Beast!
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 I would probably just quit for the season
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 I usually just look at the overall rankings rather than how many points each rider has, but this time it turns out the devil really is in the detail.
  • 1 0
 lucky number, I bet he wins
  • 32 1
 Cannot wait for Timed Training
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 They need to have timed training fantasy league only.
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 Weather is a complete guess in those mountains this time of year. But it does seem like there will some slick rocks regardless of if it rains or not on race day. Those deep dank woods do not dry out easily with the heavy canopy covering them. Should be interesting.
  • 2 1
 Came here to say the same thing. It’s like a mini Pisgah
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 There’s a nice weather app on android and iOS called MyRadar if you want to get a sense of what’s going on.
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 @somebody-else: that’s probably my number one app that I use during the summer. Trails two miles apart can have completely different weather. Inches of rain at one and dry at the other down here in Pisgah.
  • 4 1
 MyRadar is good if you want the 'big picture' radar (it's great if you're a pilot), but for accuracy, you want RadarScope. My ex was a meteorologist (not the fake kind on TV, the real kind that works at NWS), and it's a go-to mobile app for many professionals that need something on their phone.
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 @Jamminator: love me some radar scope, been a pro user from the get go
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 Secretly hoping it rains a lot at least once so all these folks can experience how gnarly it is in the wet. For those that have raced the wet national rounds, you know what I'm talking about
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 If you know and ride Snowshoe, you know that the weather forecast doesn’t mean a thing. I personally wouldn’t mind seeing a bit of rain before the finals. Welcome to the real Snowshoe!
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 @idecic: Wellington?
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 New sections of the track should be pretty sick. Fresh loam that should cut in well, with plenty of tricky rocks in there. Should be a bit faster overall, too.
Per PisgahGnar up there, this past weekend was supposed to be 0 chance or rain. But got a quick cell that dropped probably 2 inches in an hour or so. It may have been a bad choice to ride out to Drop Out and then up Easy Street during the downpour (including some hail for good measure).
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 Got wet AF Saturday afternoon. Heard a thunder rumble coming up the basin lift, decided to roll the dice on another lap...proceeded to sit by the lake for an hour or so lol.
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 @Dispepsi: We checked the radar and it looked so small and localized we thought it'd pass by the time we got to Bail Out. Wife stayed up top and said that even Snowshoe drive was totally flooded in front of the big top.
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 Where did they add the new sections? I usually have been up there a time or two before the world cup and see the new stuff but havent been able to make a trip yet this year.
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 @Aem221: Top section is pretty much the same (cuppcake drop, 10 gallon, a little rhythm section, bern to the the between the tree gap (f*ck that is bigger in person standing on it). First new section is after rock drop on Upper hareball, as it cuts in before the rock to rock transfer. It is a bit steeper than the awkward flat turns and berms after rock to rock. Links back up with Upper for a bit, before another new section that cuts in toward upper Quick draw. Similar, straight bits with some gap options.
Most of the rest is the same (wild zone drop under lift, and all the rocks of lower. Last new bit is when they enter the open section where they usually open up a sprint. They have a berm there to help now, but then it cuts down toward the woods a bit sooner with small gaps, but sends them into the triple jump and such in a more direct route. They also added some new ending, which is great, because the last section we did at DHSE was rough and not that fun. But some nice little hips to end it for them. Missy Giove had a hand getting this designed and into it walking with Neko and others to get it in.
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 @lwkwafi: Awesome man, thanks for the rundown, seems like they got rid of the few awkward sections and should help carry some speed into the flatter sections which was the only real complaints I heard along with the couple flat sketchy turns especially that last right hander before the finish.

Me and the wife are headed up Thursday night cant wait!
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 @lwkwafi: It’s a great course to ride but Snowshoe shuts down a lot of those features to the public during the season. Rock transfer = closed. Wild zone drops = closed. Thread the needle gap jump between the trees = closed. Final jump at the finish line = removed.

It’s been like that for years! I absolutely love to ride Snowshoe but why do they build features then close them all year?

Ya ya, injuries, bad look for the park or whatever the reason to close them. We all signed waivers. PreRide - ReRide - Free Ride! Let each rider make their own decisions.
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 Bruni should ride that rusty paint frame again I want to look at it
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 Super super glad there are no more double finals stops this year. That schedule is brutal on riders and offers no chance of recovery for smaller injuries that could take a few days or couple weeks to recover, as opposed to trying to ride on like a sprained finger at a track like Snowshoe and potentially having an even WORSE crash because of it.

That said... Jesus, when does Amaury clinch this year? Dude is scary good.
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 I rode at Snowshoe last weekend and they have added a few things: A series of tiny rollers that they'll gap into a berm before the gatepost gap on the ski slope. Added rollers on the bottom section, there's no giant wooden gap built as of last weekend. The Cupp Cake road gap might be included this year, you can see Cathro go around it in the first 30 seconds or so. All in all, it's a sick track.
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 They added a bit more than that, too. I detailed some of it above after walking the track. Should be a bit faster than previous years. And actually wet, which makes lower hareball all that much more gnarly.
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 "run during training and qualifying". Gonna be interesting.
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 I’m pretty sure America will be Gwinning this weekend!!
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 Sportin Norton just wiped the Gwin off his face at the Nationals though, should make for a good race!
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 @Bomadics: Them hard facts!!
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 @Bomadics: They looked pretty happy standing next to each other.
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 Just got to Nashville for a few days then straight to the Shoe. Let’s gooooo!!!!
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 Anna Newkirk: p17 to p12 to p10 to p8. Hot streak.
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 Can’t wait for the weekend! Lower hareball in the wet is gonna be awesome. Snowshoe in July, it will be wet.
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 On these primer series would be nice to incluye the entry list per race, I see more interesting than what happended on the previous year
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 Yeah an accurate rider list is pretty helpful. But even those aren't accurate. LOL.
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 Stoked for this race.
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 Hope there's no ridiculous whale tail/freestyle feature like they tried last year.
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 Nah they kept the jump that they built instead.
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 Offended that the weather forecast is not in freedom units.
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 So you don't want them to be free to use the metric system?
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 Gwin can do it, get up there! Would be sweet to see another double header race tbh.
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