Qualifying Results from the Fort William DH World Cup 2022

May 21, 2022 at 4:28
by Ed Spratt  
Junior rider Jordan Williams riding to a top 5 TT lap for elite men this afternoon.


After a flat out practice and Timed Training session on the rough and rowdy Fort William course riders were back between the tape to fight for the top qualifying spots ahead of tomorrow's racing.

World Cup overall leader Camille Balanche took the top qualifying spot after a flying lap down the hill to beat Vali Höll by over one and a half seconds. Myriam Nicole wrapped up the top three but was over six seconds off the pace, it will be interesting to see if anyone can answer the speed of Camille tomorrow.

For the Elite Men Laurie Greenland backed up his Timed Training win to go fastest in qualifying by over two seconds. Charlie Hatton also followed up a great training result to second place today. Greg Minnaar is back at the top of things again with a third-place finish and just 2.490 seconds off teammate Laurie.

In the Juniors it was Phoebe Gale and Jackson Goldstone who went fastest and will be last down the hill tomorrow. It was a British top two for the Women as Pinkbike Racing's Aimi Kenyon secured 2nd place in qualifying.

Check out the full results below.



Results:


Elite Women


1st. Camille Balanche: 5:20.684
2nd. Vali Höll: +1.794
3rd. Myriam Nicole: +6.128
4th. Marine Cabirou: +7.027
5th. Eleonora Farina: +8.997


Elite Men


1st. Laurie Greenland: 4:37.960
2nd. Charlie Hatton: +2.294
3rd. Greg Minnaar: +2.490
4th. Amaury Pierron: +2.856
5th. Bernard Kerr: +3.411


Junior Women


1st. Phoebe Gale: 5:33.107
2nd. Aimi Kenyon: +13.501
3rd. Gracey Hemstreet: +15.538
4th. Delia Da Mocogno: +25.469
5th. Jenna Hastings: +25.561


Junior Men


1st. Jackson Goldstone: 4:40.704
2nd. Jordan Williams: +0.659
3rd. Remy Meier-Smith: +5.481
4th. Kenneth Pinkerton: +10.599
5th. William Brodie: +14.395




Full Results:

Elite Women


Elite Men


Junior Women


Junior Men






222 Comments

  • 90 1
 Yeah Ben Cathro!
  • 13 1
 Yeah Charlie Hatton!!
  • 57 0
 Junior men's battle is heating up! Weirdly similar to the Finn Iles V Matt Walker a few years back. Canadian superstar kid that's been in the spotlight for years already vs the speedy dark horse brit on the Saracen team! Gonna be a good one!
  • 10 0
 Looks to be set for a great battle. Nice to see these big teams bringing on these younger riders.
  • 32 0
 Jackson was faster than Amaury today. That is incredible
  • 7 0
 @bashhard: Jackson and Jordan Adams 3rd and 5th.
  • 4 1
 @bashhard: conditions..
  • 2 0
 @PhilGyr: "Williams", but yeah!
  • 62 2
 Greg in 3rd. The man is like the energizer bunny!
  • 36 0
 It's actually incredible. He is actually getting faster with age. I'm sure 30 year old Greg couldn't keep up with 41 year old Greg.
  • 33 0
 Goats gotta goat.
  • 10 10
 @humoroususername: To be fair, when he was 30 bikes weren't nearly as fast as they are today, I don't think 41 year old Greg could beat 30 year old greg on a stubby little 26 inch V10, 31 year old Greg probably would have been much faster than 40 year old greg on these new bikes, the tracks and bikes are more and more suited to him as they evolve.
  • 3 0
 @inside-plus: when does the documentary come out?
  • 7 7
 @jwdenver: His movie will be epic when it does. Idk why im getting downvotes, pretty logical on my part. Bikes are way easier to ride for older folks these days, smoother and more comfortable geos and the bikes is much logner for Greg which he has actually said in interveiws when they started to come out.

Try to process this information guys.
  • 6 0
 @inside-plus: how dare you come up with a theory that makes sense.
  • 3 0
 @inside-plus: this makes no sense. Loic Bruni is still ridiculously fast and also on an "easy" to ride bike yet Greg is still just as close to him in terms of speed as he was to Sam Hill back in 2009. Riders are definitely better now than they were back then as the sport is much more professional and riders start younger now...yet he is still able to beat them.
  • 36 0
 direct link to timing site (otherwise wrapped on a uci site): prod.chronorace.be/angular/results.html#/uci/mtb?ll=165312994922 #servicePost
  • 3 0
 Brilliant stuff, thanks
  • 3 0
 Thanks for the link
  • 36 0
 Great quali for Bernard as well
  • 9 0
 5 Brits in the top 10 currently, not too many to come down who are likely to upset that. Let's hope they can replicate it tomorrow!
  • 8 1
 Hyped for BK!
  • 48 15
 Gwin going for 6, failing to qualify
  • 26 34
flag somebody-else (May 21, 2022 at 7:06) (Below Threshold)
 Nice to see that Neko smoked him!
  • 19 5
 @somebody-else: Neko has the better bike...
  • 3 0
 @somebody-else I think it had some mechanical problem.
  • 62 11
 @somebody-else: why is it ‘nice to see’?
Did Gwin hurt your feelings in a dream?
  • 15 52
flag SterlingArcher (May 21, 2022 at 8:23) (Below Threshold)
 @justanotherusername: why can’t he be a fan of a rider other than AG? It’s obvious your feelings were hurt LOL. You people make no sense.
  • 33 4
 @SterlingArcher: ah yes being a fan of another rider definitely justifies putting down other riders. You make so much sense, person.
  • 16 5
 @SterlingArcher: I do not know if it is just me, but his comment comes across as if he was taking the piss out of Gwin, which is not something you would do as a fan of the sport.
  • 16 5
 @SterlingArcher: As Tanner said - of course you can be a fan of who you like, this isn’t some kind of tribal sport though, you don’t have to hate the other competitors without any justification.

You people make no sense. It’s obvious your feelings are hurt. LOL
  • 2 0
 How can that vee?
  • 10 8
 Show me on the doll where the Gwin hurt you @somebody-else:
  • 2 3
 @kazwei: seeing how Joe Breeden (2Cool and Dakota Nortan (23) your argument is void.

Also quite sure it’s top 100 qualify for finals. 101 is not in there. So as far as Neko is concerned, he’s in the same spot on AG
  • 1 1
 @kroozctrl: you're right. My comment was not the most serious i ever wrote on PB, though
  • 31 1
 Jackson would’ve had 5th in elite…with Jordan Williams right behind. That’s some impressive stuff
  • 12 0
 4th I think, but an insane result either way. Let’s see how it goes tomorrow.
  • 4 1
 @shredddr: looks like you’re right. Even crazier. Especially considering some of the elites who didn’t even qualify
  • 5 0
 Don't jinx it, that's what they said about Finn
  • 11 13
 @femto505: Jackson is a lot humbler than Finn. Maybe a better mindset...
  • 4 1
 @chmurka3rg: Is it though?
  • 6 14
flag Ba1rog (May 21, 2022 at 10:45) (Below Threshold)
 @chmurka3rg: I saw them many times in Whistler and North Van, Finn used to be nice and humble when he was a kid. The French riders are way nicer and chill than the Canadians tbh. In the Syndicate just Greg is nice and humble, from what I heard.
  • 2 1
 4th for JG if elite
  • 25 0
 Who’s that « Ben Cathro », two spots behind Reece Wilson? Looks like a promising new rider!
  • 22 0
 Jess Blewitt with a DNF and a group of ladies behind her having to rerun. Hope Jess is alright.
  • 8 0
 Any word on Jess?
  • 16 0
 @Hogfly: we saw her have a OTB on the top part of the course, seemed winded and initially stationary on the track (hence the reruns for those behind) but get to her feet off the track. We left her with the medics. Fingers crossed she’s ok.
  • 3 0
 @a11y: Well done for looking after her. I hope she recovers quickly.
  • 1 0
 @Hogfly: This morning on GT Factory racing's Instagram they posted that she cracker her collarbone but it sounds like she is pretty okay otherwise.
  • 21 1
 CATHRO 4:52!!!
  • 14 0
 For the love of god, Aaron, just run Maxxis. FFS.
  • 5 0
 He’s not an ass guy. GM is the gate keeper for that.
  • 2 0
 @kroozctrl: did you just call GM an ass gate keeper
  • 13 0
 Geeze. Gwin, Neko and Grice all way off the pace.
  • 12 1
 Bummed for Neko
  • 7 1
 @Gilbo64:

Me too. He’s such a great representative of the sport regardless, but I know he still wants results.
  • 12 58
flag SterlingArcher (May 21, 2022 at 7:50) (Below Threshold)
 Good job AG! He’s killin it this year!!!!
  • 17 2
 @justanotherusername: dudes been on a rant towards AG ever since he announced he’s moving. Dude made it super political and everything and just started name calling and getting pretty harsh with it. If you go look at that post, it’s just him going off. Something about AG is bothering him.
What doublecrownaddict is to YT Bikes, Sterlingarcher is to Aaron Gwin
  • 9 2
 @stormracing: I suppose it’s the same with any sportsman or celebrity, we get a snapshot of their lives and personalities and form a view of them from a few pictures and 5 minute videos.

Some people are a*sholes, AG doesn’t seem to be one, of course you are free to dislike him for any reason though, even if it’s likely down to jealousy or as you say something political.
  • 10 1
 @justanotherusername: AG seems like a class act humble guy to me! I find no reason to dig deeper and draw conclusions from nothing on the guy. I got nothing but respect for him. Hope he has a successful season. There will always be those people that root against. I guess so be it.
  • 7 0
 Gwin flatted apparently
  • 5 2
 @LipBomb: Vee tyres + Fort William = Problems

(Assuming they aren't using sharpied up Maxxis of course)
  • 7 2
 @SterlingArcher: I am sure on Gwins worst day he would ride circles around you. Real easy to be a hater.
  • 3 0
 @LipBomb: Lots of people are waiting with hope that AGwinn regain the throne you once had.me included because he seems a nice guy and he is a fighter.In the good thays even without a chain he wins, now he is near from the top but if he dont get that bike down really fast with him on the handlebars he will let pass the chance.
  • 12 0
 @lowejw: Gwin could smoke any joker posting on this page with his dick hanging out.
Not everyone's cup of tea, but certainly doesn't seem to be a bad bloke.
  • 2 0
 @justanotherusername: personally I think he should go back to Onza. He got a good chunk of his wins with those tires.
  • 7 0
 @kroozctrl: which were just sharpied Maxxis Minions.
  • 2 3
 @stormracing: I wasn’t making fun of a AG. I was making fun of the South. Get it right.
  • 2 3
 @lowejw: ainters gonna aint
  • 1 3
 @lowejw: I never claimed to be a WC racer. I’m a huge AG fan. Allez allez!!
  • 1 0
 @GTscoob: I think he should go back to those sharpied Maxxis Minions at races. He is really going in the wrong direction. His tires choices are crazy. Kenda sucks. Vee probably isn't much better.
  • 10 0
 Greg is an inspiration. The "old timer" placing top 10 consistently is just awe inspiring. He's never flamboyant, out of control, just up there. Unbelievable.
  • 2 0
 10 to 20 years older than everyone else who qualified top 15. it's awesome
  • 8 0
 I wonder what's happened to Phil Atwill this year? This is his second DNQ in a row and he wasn't very close. Last year he was pretty solid and if anything, it would seem like he'd have more backing this year.
  • 4 3
 Vittoria tires happened?
  • 4 0
 @kornbrot: vee tires. Not vittoria.
  • 2 3
 @Trudeez: ah. thanks. same same but different i guess.
  • 6 7
 @kornbrot: not even close. Do some research. Vittoria beats the hell out of Cheng shin aka maxxis
  • 1 3
 @Frank191: I ride/have ridden both brands on gravel and pedally MTBs. Wouldn't want either on a gravity focused bike though.
  • 1 2
 @Frank191: but I see Vittoria has some heavier casings in their line up now. Maybe time to re-visit. Liked the compound.
  • 1 0
 He just posted on Instagram that he had both a flat and a crash. Hopefully he can get things together for the rest of the year.
  • 1 0
 @Frank191: You can't possibly be into DH and not rate Maxxis tyres. That would just be silly.
  • 1 0
 @kornbrot: absolutely not
  • 11 2
 Why cant AG run proven tires like the rest? Onza, Kenda, Now VEE? I dont get it.
  • 23 0
 Trying to make money at the cost of his career
  • 10 1
 @Pmrmusic26: I'm a fan of Gwin but it seems like the slow fade away is real. I don't blame him, it's just that his tactical approach to racing a track is now apparently being channeled into a tactical approach to a comfortable retirement. It's a weird feeling watching it and understanding it, but wishing it was different.
  • 1 0
 @LiveFreeorDie: yeah, happened to Valentino Rossi as well. Looks like they love racing or the atmosphere too much.
  • 6 0
 Its an odd move being the best of the best and then deciding to run obscure brand brakes and tyres and switch frames often... everything that would go against a steady and succesful career.
  • 5 0
 @ctd07: Aren’t they running TRP brakes? Not really obscure, commencal mucoff is running them as well
  • 2 0
 @sudochuckwalla: they were brand new at the time with a prototype product for Gwin, even a recent interview with the commencal team said they took a while and some modifications to get them working how they wanted, and thats with the newest gen evo-dhrx4000turbosupermax gold versions
  • 4 0
 @ctd07: he’s run TRP since YT Industries. And that’s where he got most of his wins outside of Trek.

The brakes aren’t the problem especially because Commencal/muc off also runs them.

He ran with Onza while he was on YT. So he’s proven he can win with those tires. Kenda for him, not so much.

He’s been using E.thirteen for a while.

It’s not the frame as Joe and Dakota have good seating in the finals.

He got a mechanical. It’s plain and simple
  • 2 0
 @kroozctrl: I suggest to learn to read what is written not what you want to see, I simply put that it was an odd move in my first comment, I didnt bag out the brakes as I know they review very well, for the top pro of the time to move to obscure brands was an odd move, simple as that.
  • 9 0
 Jackson would be p4 in expert. That's smoking quick
  • 11 4
 Yeah, literally no big guys left. Just weird names such as Vergier, Wilson, Pierron, Minnaar, Hart, Greenland... never heard of them before.
  • 8 0
 Cool to see Bernard in the mix. Sucks that both Loic and Finn won't be racing.
  • 1 4
 Is loic not protected though
  • 1 3
 @jonnybeher: you need to finish quallies to use the P status, i believe.
  • 49 1
 @mi-bike: you need an intact collar bone too
  • 3 1
 @jonnybeher: Loic broke his collarbone
  • 2 0
 @mi-bike: you don’t need to finish qualies, you only need to start. Not that this applies to Loic unfortunately.
  • 7 0
 Nina was fastest on split 3, wonder what happened after... I took Cam Bal off the fantasy team this week for Nina Wink
  • 10 0
 Flat tire
  • 4 0
 @bgoldstone: Cheers for that!
  • 2 2
 Nina was a good value you could've had both of them and 1 elite man and a bunch of 'darkhorses'. Reece Vali and Nina for example
  • 1 0
 I did it the other way around Big Grin missing the Finn Iles injury will hurt my chances tho
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: Did exactly that...
  • 1 0
 @WoS: Yep - I got 2 DVs for being ME I hope, and not my Fantasy choices LOL.
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: Had to keep Amaury and a brit in the boys side, having Nina actually helped finance that, while betting on the person who one the Nationals couple weeks back. But hey, I suck at fantasy leagues...
  • 9 0
 WYN is in !
  • 2 5
 No he's not unfortunately.
  • 8 1
 I stand corrected. I thought he'd lost his 59th place because of the 3 protected riders who'd finished slower than him. Instead, they're running 60 + 3.
  • 10 2
 Meier-Smith brothers killing it on this track.
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez: hell yes!
  • 6 0
 Greenland puts more time between himself and 2nd, than 2nd and 8th. Big statement from the lad, love to see him get a win here.
  • 7 0
 Solid job from Ben. Good luck tomorrow!
  • 5 0
 Damn some big names not racing tomorrow…just at a glance looks like Atwill, Neko, Gwin, the Bulldog, and Blenki are all out
  • 6 0
 Go Laurie! Great time from Hatton too.
  • 5 1
 Gwin a first split outs him safely in the 26th-30th area, but then troubles in next sector…. Drops him from qualifying. Sucks
  • 3 1
 Phoebe Gale was the next rider on track after the World Champion, Izabella Jankova in Junior Women and closed the 30 second gap, to pass Jankova on the finish line. I was watching with Phoebe’s folks and it’s fair to say that they were more than a little excited .
Times were close across all four categories, but so good to see Charlie and Laurie bringing the heat.
  • 5 0
 Is Yankova out? Surprised not see her on top or at least in the top 5.
  • 4 0
 She finished 6th
  • 4 0
 She crashed
  • 4 0
 Syndicate rocking this quali, Nina in p1 would be just icing on the cake Smile
  • 3 1
 Was the weather consistent for the elite men today? Just wondering cuz Scotland. I know the wind changes every second but wondering if rain came into play
  • 6 2
 Greg, still the GOAT, damn. Representing us old people!
  • 6 9
 34, old?
  • 5 1
 @likeittacky: umm... He was born in 1981. How did you get to 34? lol
  • 3 5
 @chmurka3rg: @dthomp325 -Profile shows 34yrs old; he knows whom i'm referring to.
  • 1 3
 @jwdenver: what Michael
  • 3 0
 Love it that minnar is still flying. I think he will still be in the top 5 at 50.
  • 4 0
 Taylor Vernon is on it again.....great to see and a Privateer
  • 2 2
 Man gutted for Gwin so unlucky latly he def has the speed of the top guys just cant put a full run together.. still the nicest dude ever even when not pn the top ... he just needs to put one full run together and he will Be back
  • 1 0
 One hopes that next year we get to see qualifying live; it's a massive part of the race weekend, just like F1, it should be live. That is something were Red Bull have failed...one of the few things they haven't got right.
  • 5 2
 Damn Gwinner......not looking good for number 6.
  • 3 0
 Greg "only" 2.5s behind Laurie?
That's a fair margin from 1st to 3rd.
  • 2 1
 Drive for six taken a blow not qualifying for Gwinner. Ouch , obviously had a crash or 2 or major mechanical. Kinda sucks was looking fit/strong.
  • 3 0
 Rear blowout
  • 3 0
 Vee rubber is amazing lol @Adsbad:
  • 4 0
 @Pmrmusic26: I mean Dak finished well. I haven’t seen a company out there that hasn’t had a tire go flat in a WC
  • 4 0
 @BamaBiscuits: mike bears tires didnt have a flat in a wc!!!
  • 3 0
 Stoked for Greenland and Shaw, gutted for Gwin and Neko.
  • 4 0
 Yeh Laurie - Let's go.
  • 1 0
 Wow, Ft Bill is taking its toll! Great to see LG getting along well with his new team. Cmon Reece! Minnar. Freakin inspiring!
  • 2 0
 Isn't Lachlan Blair the guy of the Hazzard crew?
On pace with Ben and Reece!
  • 1 0
 Got my money on Loris … dude made up 41 spots between splits 1 and 2. That kind of speed relative to other WC riders is hard to comprehend
  • 2 2
 Ummm, it shows Rachel Atherton as DNS? Other riders yet to come have start times. Does she not need to do quali or is she out?
  • 8 0
 She only did practice runs
  • 9 0
 She’s not racing. She only rode practice.
  • 3 1
 Ah yeah, just re read that article
  • 2 5
 You try and pop out a baby and go back to racing. I don’t think you can shotgun 6 redbulls and be ready to get rank 1.

Most people would want to test the waters. Can she even finish the track in a timely manner? Pretty sure she got her answer
  • 1 0
 @kroozctrl: wasn’t saying anything against her. Just stating the facts haha
  • 1 1
 Young Scots doing good so far Phoebe's 1st William Brodie 5th Fingers crossed for clean tuns for Reece ,Jamie and Greg and Louise
  • 2 0
 How do they decide the running order?
  • 5 0
 Top 60 reversed. Then all the rest.
  • 2 0
 Goldstone would be 4th in the Elite field!
  • 3 0
 Come on Mikayla!
  • 2 1
 Calum McBain is a young man to watch. Less than one second behind Reece Wilson and Cathro. Kudos @McBainer (on Insta)
  • 1 0
 Some “privateers “doing well ,so it is going to be a tough one for everyone,good luck to all
  • 1 0
 Who is this Christopher Philogene? Flying the SA flag with no major sponsor.
  • 1 0
 One of two brothers that moved to the UK a couple of years ago. Both him and Jono are top class guys and we're involved in Downhill from a really young age. Before they left they lived in the same town as Greg Minnaar.
  • 2 0
 Roger Vieira from Brasil qualified again! Great job!
  • 2 0
 Brother Douglas Vieira qualified too! Congrats!
  • 2 0
 Looks like it might be a good weekend for the Syndicate.
  • 1 0
 Real excited for the new team! The have good chances of winning or at least podiuming three categories. Was sad that the last iteration never really gelled and things got quiet. Got into racing in the mid teens and really enjoyed that syndicate and the videos.
  • 1 0
 Good for Ben. Also, Goldstone looks like he'd be 3rd in elite with that time. Kid's looking good.
  • 1 0
 4:40min riding full speed down a hill...
that should be half an hour track for me...
  • 2 1
 Hasn’t been more crashes than usual?
  • 2 1
 Quite a number of protected riders who did not make it to the Top 60.
  • 2 1
 Yes Aimi! And strong from Cathro and Jackson too! #biased
  • 2 1
 Can I put junior Jackson Goldstone on my fantasy team?
  • 2 1
 Did anyone see the big crash that involved the stretcher?
  • 3 1
 That’s terrible to hear and to happen to anyone but Im really hoping its not Jess Blewitt again..
  • 2 1
 @EvinReed: I was putting my coat on at the stand when it happened and I didn’t see who it was I’m trying to find out who it was cus it was a bad crash
  • 2 1
 Best wishes for a quick recovery to whoever it is - I didn’t want to look too closely. We saw the stretcher coming down the gondola and transferred into the ambulance about 4pm or so. Full spinal board but that can easily just be a precaution. I might be mistaken but I think the rider still had their helmet on too. Not good.
  • 3 1
 Was a junior male I believe, broken pelvis and at least a concussion. Neckboard is standard procedure for us in any suspected spinal so hopefully he isn't too bad
  • 7 1
 @Benus-F: Cameron Clemett as far as I know. I was the marshall just above it.

Absolutely brutal crash, I really hope he's alright.
  • 1 0
 @alythcyclery: I hope the lads alright he’s only young aswell and his first race at fort William much respect to him tho I wouldn’t go race down it in that weather so he has my respect
  • 1 0
 @alythcyclery: oh no, I didn’t want to speculate but I thought it might be. We shared the gondola with him on his way up for that qually run - really, really nice guy. Chatted to us and my kids all the way up. Healing vibes.
  • 2 1
 @Benus-F: indeed. I was part of the Nevis Range medic team for this event for a few years. Brutal stuff.
  • 1 0
 Let's go Jackson! Squamish local
  • 1 0
 Please tell me the little P besides the riders name means protected rider?
  • 7 0
 the little P besides the riders name means protected rider
  • 7 0
 @km79: and dont call me please
  • 2 1
 Yeah Gregorryyyyy
  • 1 0
 Charlie Harrison ?
  • 2 1
 Broken finger in practice
  • 2 1
 @schwaaa31: shucks
  • 2 0
 Dude can’t catch a break.
  • 1 0
 Ben!!!
  • 4 5
 All of the Outside owned publications, Pinkbike included, are moving to subscription only. When will this happen?
  • 2 0
 OUTSIDE laying off 15% of staff. Moving publications to subscription

bikebiz.com/publisher-outside-inc-announces-job-cuts-affecting-cycling-titles
  • 2 1
 what happened to Bruni?
  • 3 1
 The old collarbone did broke
  • 1 3
 If my math serves correctly, Jackson Goldstone was faster than Pierron and Kerr. Wild.
  • 3 4
 How did Danny Hart do?
  • 3 1
 Solid, sitting in P7.
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