Qualifying Results from the Vallnord DH World Cup 2022

Jul 15, 2022 at 4:58
by Ed Spratt  
Sam Blenkinsop ready for the tweakend.


After a loose and dusty practice and Timed Training session on the new Vallnord course riders are back between the tape to fight for the top qualifying spots ahead of tomorrow's racing. Nina Hoffmann and Loris Vergier went fastest in timed training, but qualifying is where we will really see how fast riders can hit the course. Will we get some fresh faces at the top of the timings today?

Stay tuned as the Elite Men's results come in from qualifying at the fifth round of the 2022 World Cup series.




Live Timing can be found here.



Results:


Elite Women


1st. Camille Balanche: 3:13.633
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: 3:15.255
3rd. Myriam Nicole: 3:15.534
4th. Vali Höll: 3:17.054
5th. Eleonora Farina: 3:18.150


Elite Men


1st. Loris Vergier: 2:46.926
2nd. Amaury Pierron: 2:47.265
3rd. Loic Bruni: 2:47.858
4th. Finn Iles: 2:48.318
5th. Aaron Gwin: 2:48.648


Junior Women


1st. Phoebe Gale: 3:26.602
2nd. Jenna Hastings: 3:32.022
3rd. Gracey Hemstreet: 3:35.183
4th. Izabela Yankova: 3:38.924
5th. Valentina Roa Sanchez: 3:39.220


Junior Men


1st. Jackson Goldstone: 2:52.881
2nd. Tegan Cruz: 2:55.509
3rd. Nathan Pontvianne: 2:55.795
4th. Ryan Pinkerton: 2:55.846
5th. Bodhi Kuhn: 2:55.995




Full Results:

Elite Men


Elite Women


Junior Women


Junior Men






259 Comments

  • 535 10
 Stoked for Aaron Gwin.
  • 252 9
 Likewise, he gets so much hate on here for reasons I don't understand. Guy is a legend of the sport, great to see him in the mix again.
  • 66 7
 @Davec85: Hate? I'd say pinkbike commenters are the largest portion of his fanbase... There are usually more comments on him than anyone elses.
Anyway, looks like the intense bike is finally up to speed.
  • 45 1
 it could be great to see him back on the box this season
  • 51 75
flag Zach1977 (Jul 15, 2022 at 6:06) (Below Threshold)
 @Davec85: having seen him in the flesh at Ft William - he gives off an aura of being bigger than that sport, wouldn't let any spectators ride with him in the chairlift. Most other riders let spectators in with them if there's room.
We shared with Troy Brosnan & Mark Wallace.
  • 33 1
 It suits him. MTBMX top section and full blown steep speed and holes into the super dry...
  • 57 1
 @Davec85: I think it is people weird psychology, we all love the underdog and love to hate the powerhouse. When he was at his prime he dominated so much that it made racing almost boring because predictable. Now that he had to eat a massive slice of humble pie he is the old defeated champ that we would all love to see shine one last time. Kinda the same happened for Gee at some point. The frenchies seem to not be victim of that, probably because they are not as consistent and at least not on several seasons, they dominate as a nation with several good riders being at the top but not as one rider dominating for many seasons in a raw.
  • 22 1
 @Zach1977: Years ago Gee and Dan Atherton stopped some kids getting on the lift with them at the Fort William world cup.
  • 101 7
 @Zach1977: So what, he's got his method of prepping for the race and thats part of it.
  • 155 11
 @Zach1977: if I were a pro athlete and my paycheck relied on the health and fitness of my body. Considering the current state of world health: I wouldn’t risk sitting snuggled up next to some random folks for 5-10 mins on a chairlift. Just sayin, you can’t fault the guy for that.
  • 36 129
flag Mattysville (Jul 15, 2022 at 6:28) (Below Threshold)
 Seems like they have the bike a lot closer to being figured out with Dak last weekend and Gwin creeping steadily back up the rankings. Intense and Gwin the great American comeback. Maybe just as the Brits are starting to weaken the French defenses the god ol ‘Merica can swoop in at the last minute and win the war like we always do in Europe.
  • 40 0
 @Mattysville: Aren't we usually on the same team with France tho?
  • 36 0
 @Mattysville: Quite the analogy there…
  • 20 53
flag snomaster (Jul 15, 2022 at 6:32) (Below Threshold)
 There are so many other fun athletes to watch. I just think it’s comical to see how many people still worship Gwin.
And btw, nationality means nothing to me.
  • 6 43
flag oevets4130 (Jul 15, 2022 at 6:32) (Below Threshold)
 He’s the Floyd Mayweather of cycling.
  • 33 0
 @oevets4130: Gwin doesn't self proclaim he's the GOAT unlike Floyd...
  • 25 1
 @knottylaner: and Gwin’s thing is going ridiculously fast on a bike, exciting. When Mayweather did his thing it was extremely boring.

Yup, this analogy sucks!
  • 9 16
flag Costigan76 (Jul 15, 2022 at 6:50) (Below Threshold)
 @snomaster: me neither. How does that Wilde quote go... patriotism is a virtue of the wicked?
  • 35 1
 @Zach1977: weird I rode with him and Angel on the lift in Lenzerheide when they were still on YT and all the hype. No arrogance was felt felt at all
  • 4 1
 @Mattysville: ummm, what?
  • 26 18
 @Davec85: I don't see much hate ragarding gwin anymore. But his political views and sharing conspiracies didn't go down well with some
  • 13 1
 @Davec85: and he seems like a nice guy. Good to see him back up to speed.
  • 4 2
 Absolutely !! I know I will see him win a race again
  • 19 3
 @Zach1977: If you mean on the Gondola at Fort Bill, I'd give him a pass due to Covid.
  • 14 0
 @Balgaroth: AC Chausson and N Vouilloz would like a word with you...
  • 1 31
flag slayersxc17 (Jul 15, 2022 at 7:14) (Below Threshold)
 @pisgahgnar: we were all axis powers until Germany invaded France and they surrendered. I believe that is when US and Britain were technically fighting France.
Been 20 years since world history, someone people enlighten me if I’m incorrect.

@Mattysville come on
  • 2 1
 got my powers backwards, see 20 years
  • 2 0
 Looks like the bike is getting faster, good for him!
  • 6 1
 @slayersxc17: How in the world do you get this backwards!? Good ol 'Murican education system.
  • 8 0
 The new Intense seems to be working really well for the both of them
  • 4 6
 @chakaping: this was before Covid was a thing - 2018/9 ish
  • 7 0
 @Mattysville: pretty sure the last time Britain and America were on the same side in a war against France was the Seven Years War in the 1750s... when the US wasn't even a country yet
  • 3 5
 @ElDebarge: this was well before then - totally get it if it was today
  • 14 0
 @Zach1977 Look for a better excuse, the guy is nice, but he is also closed, especially with people who do not belong to his environment, this was once explained by Angel Suarez. Actually Aaron is a humble guy, the hatred here towards him is only because he has been the only Rider to win 5 WC in a single season and 5 overall equaling the French ... and of course for being the million dollar man ;-)
  • 6 18
flag IsaacWislon82 (Jul 15, 2022 at 7:50) (Below Threshold)
 @Davec85: I wouldn't call it hate per se, more annoyance at the Gwin fans the last couple of years leaving comments like "Gwin qualified 48th! He's back! Watch out Bruni/Pierron, that overall is Gwin's!" and then him consistently underperforming again.

Pretty big difference to the Minnaar fanbase saying stuff like "Holy crap a podium finish at age 40! Never Count out Minnaar!"

Personally I'd be stoked to see Gwin back as a consistent top 5 or 10 rider, but he is not there yet. This year is a great start though.
  • 1 0
 @pisgahgnar: haha, I think I should of just let it go. Not a well liked history lesson apparently. Honesty, I’m probably totally wrong.
  • 1 0
 got to agree
  • 82 90
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Jul 15, 2022 at 8:04) (Below Threshold)
 @Davec85: Let me help you understand:

1. Most vocally pro-religious professional cyclists ever, early in his career. Seemed to think winning World cup races would empower to convert non-believing mountain bikers(exuse me while I vomit).
2. Constant and consistent controversies about team contracts and other drama.
3. Promoted the debunked Ivermectin drug during the pandemic. Only idiots did that, sorry.
4. Obvious Trumper.
5. Bragged about being a millionaire while pretending to be that humble Christian.

I respect him because he's fast, but if you take away all those World Cup wins, he's just a Trumper that says 'dude' alot.
  • 24 8
 @DoubleCrownAddict: SoCal gonna SoCal
  • 15 0
 @Zach1977: Previously met him on two separate years at Fort William and he was fantastic. I didn't see many riders (and none of the top ones) riding with spectators on the gondola this year.
  • 73 29
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I love how voting for trump is now seen as a crime lol. All politicians are scumbags, as if voting for Hillary over trump gives someone higher moral ground. And yea, I know, I’m going to get killed for this.
  • 18 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: just admit it's because you're upset he rode for YT
  • 5 0
 Seriously, was looking at results like of course it's the same French guys, Fin... and GWINN!!!
  • 15 1
 @Zach1977: I am diametrically opposed to his religious and political views , but I have found him to be super chill and friendly in person. Not a Big-Timer at all. He was MC'ing a kid's race at Mammoth ProGRT race a couple years before Covid and was at the top of his UCI DH game.
  • 3 0
 @streetfighter848: don't worry I grew up with posters of them all over my bedroom. But that was 2 decades ago, no really relevant with current DH racing. But I can imagine that the rest of the world wasn't the biggest fans.
  • 11 0
 Yes, love seeing Gwinner up there, absolute legend and all round swell guy.
  • 9 8
 @Balgaroth: French riders just don't seem to fall victim to the 'celebrity' that comes with winning. They just have a good time on and off the bike, don't team-hop all that often, and stay humble. To counter your point about consistency, Loic and Amaury have been right at the top for a while now... But I'd agree with you about pretty much every other French rider. One more thing Minaar winning > Gwin winning.
  • 1 1
 Not bad…good size
  • 22 31
flag SterlingArcher (Jul 15, 2022 at 9:19) (Below Threshold)
 @Rich-Izinia: it’s not a crime, but it proves how dumb you are lol
  • 4 0
 @nzandyb: Most of the French riders are super chill and humble, I rode with tons of them in the alps. Better vibes in Les Portes du Soleil than Whistler IMHO. Also it is a tight community too, when i go to Whistler i always randomly see ppl i know from Europe on the bikepark.
  • 3 0
 @Zach1977: Maybe it's just an America(n) thing because nobody got to ride with athletes at snowshoe.
  • 12 0
 @Zach1977: maybe he just need the space to get into the race mindset.

Sometimes fans ge to into famous peoples personal space.

Must be hard to deal with when you are focused on results.
  • 2 0
 @Balgaroth: Huh? Not really relevant? NC is still tearing it up in Enduro races. And your point was consistency, which both of them had in spades. The truth is there are so many great riders nowadays, and races separated by tenths of a second. So winning consistently comes down to some luck, as the roughness of tracks can waylay the top riders at any moment.
  • 17 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Politics aside, Gwin was/is one of the biggest ambassadors for the sport. I wonder how many people were introduced to dh because of his wins like Leogang in 2015.

He went from being almost unbeatable to struggling badly. Big crashes, injuries or just poor results. I'm sure it played massively on his mind and I was upset to see such a formidable racer just fading away. Therefore I'm delighted to see him back at the sharp end of things.
  • 8 0
 Same. Glad to see him puttin in work and doing a great job.
  • 22 0
 @Zach1977: I had the opposite experience with him. Met him in Mont Saint Anne and he couldn't have been more gracious. Dude gave my friend's son a pair of his googles, autographed them, hooked us up with free Intense swag, and sat and talked with us for 15 minutes in the pits. Absolute class act.
  • 16 2
 Time for Aaron and Dak to squeeze into some xtra small jerseys and pants & trim their visors down to Nicolas Vouilloz length. Beer

Also, US riders stacking up the finale in that SoCal dirt. Dooley in 19th, Grice jumps from 61st & first man out, to 57th last week and leaps to 27th this week. Wrist finally getting healthy for Grice Krispy. Then Silva 42nd, Neko slotting in again at 51 with a hand that's getting better too.

Man...if only Luca hadn't popped a bone, we'd probably be looking at 3 US riders in the top 10. Go #merica Beer
  • 2 1
 @Zach1977: maybe he's just trying to dodge a positive Covid test.
  • 6 0
 @blowmyfuse: man Dooley has been climbing up every race. Maybe he’ll pull a real heater this weekend. Filling in for Shaw
  • 5 0
 @nzandyb: Amaury is finally back on form, Loic has been injured, been 2nd place forever with Gwin winning, etc etc. Even if they are always up there when they are healthy they also often have off moment. But I agree with you, no team hoping definitely says something, about the riders and about the teams too. And even if they all are in different teams because you can only have one top dog per team they hang out regardless like a group a friends which is cool and gives a great image to our sport.
  • 12 2
 @SterlingArcher: your obsession with anything gwin and always commenting overly negative stuff based off his views is kinda just weird at this point. Like literally every single article mentioning him. Very obsessive. And you seem to call anyone not in your views a trumper which is also just odd… you got some stuff you need to figure out
  • 4 21
flag SterlingArcher (Jul 15, 2022 at 10:42) (Below Threshold)
 @stormracing: LOL i wasnt even the one who brought up trump. you idiots did. nice job trying to censor me - arent you social justice warriors always complaining about freedom of speech? why would you deny me of that if you want that for yourself? seems stupid.

And i love Aaron Gwinn! its the south that sucks LOLOL
  • 2 1
 @slayersxc17: Two things in World Cup are very hard to come by to climb the ranks. Health and consistency.
Once riders can hit "Protected" status, it opens up a lot of opportunity. Dooley and Silva are chipping away and I wish both luck.

It's no coincidence that Gwin just easing back in to the point that others fell off while he stayed consistent and healthy this year resulted in protected status 2 weeks in a row and exponential improvement.

Here's hoping all the US riders keep all their wrists and ribs in one piece this week.
  • 7 3
 @ElDebarge: surely God will protect him..
  • 3 1
 Also, if we all need a villian in DH, I have a nomination based on multiple sources from the Snowshoe World Cup and a certain rider and his camp's behavior toward the staff on mountain.
  • 4 0
 @blowmyfuse: I'm not one for gossip but I'll make an exception! Whodat?
  • 4 0
 @Zach1977: I have raced with him at several American events, I am an amateur he was always willing to chat and was super cool to everyone around him
  • 6 4
 @SterlingArcher: no one’s is trying this censor you. As always, your behavior is indicative of being a poor loser with a low tier education
  • 1 8
flag SterlingArcher (Jul 15, 2022 at 11:20) (Below Threshold)
 @Mntneer: at least I went to college
  • 4 6
 @SterlingArcher: thanks for acknowledging what I suspected. SUNY New Paltz? I went to one of the top 3 most competitive undergrad programs in New York State, so I’m very familiar with the mediocrity that people like you exude
  • 4 5
 @Mntneer: Ivy League here - I’m better than you LOL
  • 4 2
 @Balgaroth: feels like you're cherry picking examples. I don't think people hated Rachael Atherton when she refused to lose, Jackson Goldstone at the start of his junior career or Emil over in slopstyle right now. Gwin gives off a vibe that it easier to, if not actively dislike, not really cheer for him.
  • 11 0
 @SterlingArcher: noting says high quality than telling someone on the internet "I'm better than you LOL" What a loser
  • 4 0
 would love to see him come in first again.
  • 4 0
 @oevets4130: lol wut? Gwin is pretty cool In most of the interviews I’ve seen. Woman beater mayweather?
Not so much.
Mint comparison.
  • 1 1
 It's not that I don't want Gwin to be up there, he's a rad dude and the more the merrier competing for wins. But, I think Greg deserves the most wins, he's done it over so many generations and has beaten ALL the greats at some point or another. Pretty incredible. So though I'd be stoked to see Gwin on top again, good for him and mad respect, part of me would be rooting for him to be second.
  • 1 1
 @SterlingArcher: Agreed. Same for the people who voted for the old stiff as well.
  • 2 0
 All the Gwin hate is sad. The man just posted a reel with Pneuma as the background music and told us to go watch the Danny Carey drum POV of the song on YouTube. How can you dislike someone who loves the greatest drummer of all time?
  • 1 4
 @pisgahgnar: That drumming is pretty weak, IMO. Electronic BS intro sounds like a xylophone. The GOAT? Not by a long shot! #hottake
  • 3 1
 @plyawn: going for Rach is a bit off topic as this a women racing and I think that guy feeling as involved in the women racing as they are for men racing is very very rare. And women don't have the same mentality than guys when it is about competitive stuff so they probably don't have our hero va underdog weird thing (for lack of better term sorry). Same for juniors I think slightly off topic and most guys don't care as much so whoever wins kinda goes with "goes for them" as people are no involved. Now I agree with you Gwin, like Gee have that vibe that doesn't make them the people's champion and favour the underdog cheering. I predict the same will happen if we see a Holl or Daprela era.
  • 7 0
 Aaron turned a lightning gondola hold into a great time in Winter Park, hanging out and talking bikes with the Groms, couldn’t be a better ambassador! And thanks to Neko and Dakotah too!
  • 2 0
 I was going to wait before checking the quali results, but I thought, “I wonder if Gwin put something together. Hmmm…. Screw it, let’s have a look.” And he did. Very stoked on that!
  • 4 0
 @Balgaroth: umm, you clearly have not watched much female competitive sports or know many female athletes. The female athletes and business women I know are type competitive people who hate to lose at ANYTHING to ANYONE. Just look at your own national female football team. You are seriously saying they are not as competitive as the male national team? I’ve watched both play, if anything, your female team is Has a MORE competitive mentality. Saying women don’t have the same mentality as men re competitiveness is just plain ignorant and sexist.
  • 5 0
 @boardinbob: @Zach1977 - I coached the Australian DH National Team for few years. I never liked to travel with spectators on the gondola or lift. Most of them get very excited because they see your national outfit and ask loads of questions when you just want to focus on your task. The gondola is actually a moment of serenity during a noisy and super stressful race weekend surrounded by thousands of people. Spectators behavior even worst with racers. Racers needs their head space and not some excited kids squeezing them with questions and take photos of them. There is a time and place for that at the end of the day, just hang around and be patient.
  • 2 0
 @Mattysville: yeah, American money... And Russian blood. The armed might of the Wehrmacht was broken on the Eastern Front. Just sayin'...
  • 1 0
 @bashhard: what conspiracies?
  • 1 0
 Hopefully the old Gwin it! To win it! Is back.
  • 3 0
 @Bliss503: the only sport I kinda watch is DH racing and mostly only males as they are the fastest which makes it more inspiring. I am more of the doing type than watching type.
As for women I didn't say that women competitors are not competitive, far from that. But women as a bunch tend to be less competitive with each other and more supportive with each other than men tend to be. My partner is doing a lot of sport, bike included which allowed me to discover how female tend to do things and they tend to have a different approach than us, at least in climbing and biking between low to confirmed levels. Competitors are competitors which is a different breed than most of us and it seems that the gap is smaller between guys and race guys, as we tend to all be a bit competitive while it is less true for women. Not taking in consideration that women are not just dudes with boobs might be sexist but mostly retarded. A whole field of sport science is being developped just because up until recently scientist just considered women like men and the lack of transferability is pretty bad since our hormones are stables, women's hormones cycle for instance, so does mood, anxiety, and so on. But sure we are the same.
  • 1 0
 @inside-plus: definitely- think it actually says more about how cool Wallace a d Brosnan are than any criticism that could be aimed at Gwin.
  • 1 0
 @Mattysville: its when the "god ol" isnt actually a typo
  • 2 0
 @oevets4130: Gwin can read. And he's not a piece of human garbage.
  • 1 0
 @SterlingArcher: you’re definitely not. I’ll take a West Point graduate over anyone in the Ivy League any day. And let’s be real, you are a SUNY grad at best
  • 1 0
 @Mntneer: the fact that you believe everything you read on the internet tells everyone everything we need to know, moron lololol
  • 1 1
 @SterlingArcher: I literally don’t believe that you went to an Ivy League school. You are an actual idiot with the logical skills of a rock
  • 1 1
 @SterlingArcher: I’m actually certain that you don’t even live in the city. I’m getting very strong Hudson valley trash vibes from you
  • 1 0
 @Mntneer: haha you’re obsessed with me - living in your head rent free! Lots of empty space for activities Smile
  • 1 1
 @SterlingArcher: the only place that you live rent free is in your moms basement. Like everyone else, she also doesn’t love you and knows that you’re a poser and about 75% smooth brained.
  • 1 0
 @Zach1977: Zack i used to race in Fontana with Gwinn during his winning period. He was always nice to me, gave me tips and even took a pick with him (in my photos here in PB) so for me he was always cool.
  • 1 1
 @Mntneer: you reptard snowflakes are so easily triggered you can’t even tell I’m just using your playbook lolololol
  • 1 1
 @Spencermon: oh relax I’m f*cking around. U guys take this internet thing way too seriously lol
  • 1 1
 @SterlingArcher: maaaaybe you take this a little too seriously, seeing as how you've got like 17 comments in this one thread.
You and @Mntneer: need to get a room.
  • 1 1
 @TopperharleyPT1: What you say about Minnar is what made me dig up their career arcs and post their World Cup resumes side by side.

Although GM got his start in World Cup earlier, both have eerily similar win totals, win patterns and streaks at similar ages during their careers. Not perfect mirror images, but identical enough that it wasn't hard to see when I posted. Maybe I can find it again.

Since we don't have Downhill News Media who do really good research or any data historians to speak of.
  • 60 3
 Gwin in the top 5!!
  • 4 1
 The King of 27.5 is Back!!
  • 2 5
 @oscartheballer: he's no longer on 27.5. you need 29 in order to win a mtb races today
  • 6 2
 @oscartheballer @Edendino: It's a mullet so you're both wrong lol Gwin was undoubtedly the king of the 27.5 era though. And you definitely don't need a 29er to win a DH race.
  • 2 2
 @ryanandrewrogers: apparently no one in the top 10 rides with a front 27.5 wheel. the reason is, 29er is faster, gives better traction, better capability and handling over rock gardens and bumps and better control on the front end of the bike. If I was wrong we would have seen riders switch back to a front 27.5 wheel.
  • 2 0
 @Edendino: Yeah but you're not a world cup racer, I'm not a world cup racer. We have no hopes of being WC top ten so you're better off riding what you like. The fastest bike to ride is the one you're the most comfortable on
  • 41 3
 Good to see Gwin in the top 5. Shame Rachel Atherton isn't racing unless I missed her name.
  • 6 0
 No, Rachel is back at home
  • 12 0
 I assume she's found out where she stacks up at the mo and what work she needs to do. Really hope she's decided to have a go at it.
  • 14 0
 @chakaping: Sounded like the fire was lit from her last interviews...
Fingers crossed she's starting prep for the comeback process.
  • 3 0
 She’s currently at home doing press-ups @chakaping:
  • 1 0
 @flyingfox49: knocking out pressups with the baby on her back. LL Cool J playing "don't call it a come back, I've been here for years".
  • 34 1
 Hey NEKO! He did it this time! If 45 right now is good enough to stay in the show...
  • 3 1
 Confused didn't Neko make Leogang by a good margin? I thought I saw him slot into the top half of finals
  • 8 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: He did yes, but not the other races. I'm just excited for him making it through qualies that is all
  • 2 1
 @ryanandrewrogers: Neko finished 87th in qualifying last week, so he didn't make the finals.
  • 4 0
 @RCederholm: He made Leogang and actually finshed 32nd in finals. You are thinking of Lenzerheide
  • 10 1
 YEAHHHHHH!!!!!!! FINALS BABY!!!!! LETS GO FRAMEWORKS
  • 4 1
 Was gonna say (glad you did first) YA NEKO!!!
  • 1 1
 In the show: do you mean qulalified for finals or broadcast on redbull tv ? He will race and du ring his run you will see reports about Bruni Greenland or Gwin
  • 4 0
 @pisgahgnar: Yeah, the finger injury for Neko and hand injury for Grice lingered through Ft. Bill according to what they've said to other locals.

Just to race without that pin in his hand, he had to have a SECOND surgery to remove the pin from the same doctor who inserted it without it having an exposed extraction. So he broke it. Screwed it. Healed. Unscrewed it. And was racing while it was healing from the 2nd surgery. Pretty gnarly from what his friends described.

And people forget he's not in a factory tent this year.

Trumpore....does he even have 2 pits like the other teams for this event or is he having to run back and forth like John Hall was saying would be a pain?
  • 4 0
 @blowmyfuse: It would be nice if the venue recognized the logistics fiasco and offered neutral pits to those who needed it. Just a few easy ups where dads could set up.
  • 25 3
 Great to see Aaron Gwin in 5th
  • 21 0
 Sheeeit. Coulanges DNF. I hope he is ok :-(
  • 2 0
 Yeah - hopefully he's ok and just didn't bother struggling to the finish as he's protected. Troy also had a shocker, but is also protected
  • 1 1
 @thingswelike: Troy ain’t protected tho
  • 8 0
 @jackheat: Troy is protected, it's here in the start list: www.pinkbike.com/photo/22962251
  • 6 0
 He is in the hospital getting stitches but not too serious it seems. From his insta
  • 3 0
 @bashhard: That crash was rough, face first onto a rock! Hopefully no concussion symptoms.
  • 2 0
 @bashhard: He later said on IG that he won't be racing tomorrow due to a big hit on his leg. Bummer, hope is nothing too serious.
  • 3 0
 @Herrdok: Damn - thanks for letting us know. Heal fast Benoit!
  • 13 0
 Love to see Gwin/Norton doing well,hope both of them have a good run and at least a podium finish.
Bernard Kerr is doing well too,his videos are really good.
Finn is looking good to me,really fast really consistent.
Ton of Spanish riders in Andorra,good to see Pau close to the top again!
  • 2 5
 Kerr DNF though! What a shame, he's up to speed these days! Did he crash, is he okay?
  • 10 0
 @kerberos: Bernard Kerr qualified 9th.

It would be henry kerr that DNF.
  • 1 0
 @kerberos: He had a big crash in training run,his rear wheel cracked and disintegrated at the stump jump section.
But the quali run was good,I saw his video a few minutes ago.
  • 3 0
 In all my excitement I didn't look close enough indeed. All the best for Henry. And Bernard, go get your podium spot!
  • 2 0
 @kerberos: i would love to see Bernard on the podium !
  • 12 1
 Cami is becoming dominant, but I think Nina could have it this weekend. The only reason I wouldn't put my money on Myriam is because of her illness earlier in the week. I hope for her sake that all her energy is back, and if it is then this is her race.
  • 8 1
 Remember that Cami can ride well in anti-grip conditions and as I understand it's the case here.
  • 11 0
 @pisgahgnar @lkubica: Don't count Pompom out yet, Cami is really good in the loose but as we saw last week Myriam is a champion in loose conditions. If she wakes up tomorrow feeling 2% better than today she has a very reasonable chance of taking this.
  • 15 1
 @ryanandrewrogers: and never count Vali out too. If she stays on the bike, she a serious contender.
  • 2 3
 @lkubica: Maybe taller rider have an advantage in slippery and steep conditions. They have more leverage to cope with situations where they are slightly out of control. E.g. compared to Vali in Leogang.
  • 8 0
 @lkubica: with near 40ºC across the entire peninsula any trail is a pile of dust right now hehehe.
No bike till dark cos it is a suicide mission in Madrid.
In Andorra you would need sunscreen in 1 liter format if you do not wanna be a crab color like person. You would get toast in no time. Heat it is an issue cos riders and trails suffer a lot.
  • 7 0
 Same thoughts exactly. As clearly shown last race, Pompon is an absolute weapon when she's on one, but being sick throws in a lot of uncertainty. Nina can have quite the pace, too, looks like being on the syndicate has been great for her. I think Camille is maybe just a hair off the fastest pace sometimes but more than makes up for it with consistent performances, which shines especially on tracks where nobody can stay on the bike. Not sure it's Vali's season this year but she is never to be counted out for a podium or a win regardless. Additionally, I think Farina and Hrastnik have really stepped it up this year as well and have become really consistent podium threats. In other words, it's looking to be a very exciting race!
  • 2 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: my money is on CamBal because she's taller and the effects of this weekend are cumulative. She's got a lot more travel in those arms and legs.

Come finals, the track roughness won't be as much for her. Now...if only I stood to make a ton of money off that prediction.
  • 2 0
 @Nuss-95: A little heartbroken for Pompom she was on for a good one. But after seeing Cathro's interview with Vali yesterday I am so stoked to see Holl mark her first elite win! There are so many women's elite who could take the overall this season its awesome.
  • 12 0
 Four junior men on less than half a second... This is an excellent spectacle and better riding!!!
  • 1 0
 i know its just qualies, but looks like tegan pipped his big bro by 4 seconds.
  • 18 6
 Aaron Gwin
  • 9 0
 Can't wait to see Gwen and Dakota smash it at Snowshoe USA! Gonna be wild...
  • 1 0
 So awesome they're on fire before coming to WV. A shame Luca is out!
  • 9 0
 Wow FrixFrix 6th! Commencal boys cannot miss that one
  • 9 1
 Yeah best for Gwin in long ting
  • 6 0
 Times are insanely tight. The damn last bridge is probably going to decide the race.
  • 3 0
 I know, so shitty that that will be a key section....
  • 5 0
 Anyone notice that Fabien Pedemanaud, finished up in 113th in quali, but was 14 SECONDS up on the 2nd split!!! 14!!! How was that even possible.
  • 1 0
 Straight line the mountain
  • 3 0
 They've had timing glitches before. That or he catapulted himself off the mountain. Also - something seems wrong on some of those splits - like they were given on the riders before them rather than overall.
  • 7 0
 Good to see the Gwinn in position to challenge.
  • 6 0
 Loris is coming back to his usual performance
  • 3 1
 Sorry to post what might be a stupid question: Are "privateer" (non-team / non-sponsored) riders required to black out the bike brand names? I saw Wyn Masters interview Antoine Rogge after Lenzerheide and he said something like "I see you have your blacked-out [brand name...sorry, can't recall which].
  • 23 2
 No, dude probably did that to not give out free publicity. He isn’t sponsored by a bike brand so why give them attention on the world stage YK
  • 23 0
 Antoine races for the Lappiere team in the E-EWS but privately funds his own World Cup programme, so presumably can run whatever bike he likes, however probably his sponsors don't want to see him running a competitor's bike at other events so he blacks it out. This is not commonly done as far as I can tell, unless a rider on a pro-team is using a part that is from a competitor to one of their sponsors.
  • 10 0
 Antoine is sponsored by Lapierre for e-bike racing, that’s why he was blacking out his Santa Cruz (i think).
  • 2 1
 That was the riders choice to black out the name. Nobody has to do that.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the replies ^.
  • 2 1
 @jackheat: it’s more advertising you need a job/bike.
  • 2 1
 "Your brand name could be here"
  • 6 2
 Hey can y'all let me edit my roster really quick? I had a busy week at work so I couldn't spend my normal 6 hours per day on Pinkbike :/
  • 8 1
 GWIN for the WIN!
  • 4 0
 Thibault didn't qualify and wasn't protected? Ouch.

Edit: Nevermind, he's protected. It didn't show the protected status on the Vital results sheet.
  • 6 0
 The Gwinner is back !!!!!!!!
  • 6 0
 Great qualifying by Gwin, Norton, Dooley top 20 and Jr DH Pinkerton top 5.
  • 7 1
 French big 3 represent!
  • 5 29
flag stylishskier (Jul 15, 2022 at 6:57) (Below Threshold)
 Gwins in striking distance, can those 3 handle the pressure if they aren't just racing themselves?
  • 20 0
 @stylishskier: I think the answer is…. Yes.
  • 10 0
 @stylishskier: 4X World Champion, multiple World Cup Overall titles and several World Cups over the past few years. I think they do alright with pressure…
  • 7 0
 @stylishskier: Considering the near-constant pressure of Daprela, Hart, Brosnan, Coulanges, Minnaar, Iles, Walker, and Greenland, yes
  • 8 1
 @stylishskier: Lol Loic (and Amaury to an extent) is literally the definition of clutch. If someone needs ot tell you that, then you clearly haven't been paying attention.
  • 7 1
 Cathro didn't qualify Frown
  • 11 0
 The man has three full time jobs! And he is still even faster than me in my dreams
  • 4 0
 But it looks like Pinkbike will have 2 of its riders racing tomorrow: Laly and Kenyon both qualified.
  • 14 0
 @Bibico: I got the impression from the last video that he's prioritizing supporting his riders over his own racing. The Fort Bill result might have been something of an anomaly due to the fact that he's extremely familiar with that track. Not a slam on him or his abilities at all, as he can obviously go fast. I just don't think that his own racing is his priority, and it's pretty difficult to be prepared properly when it's not.
  • 2 1
 @Bibico: kenyon should be sponsored by canyon
  • 5 1
 Is it forbidden to put a Mobile phone just streaming the finish line ? It's 2022...
  • 5 0
 There have been a couple of live qualification sessions on Red Bull over the years. No actual footage but Warner etc sitting discussing the results as they come in. I'd love to see that at every race and there's no reason it can't be done.
  • 2 3
 @boardinbob: yeah I'm sure Rob and the production team have absolutely nothing else going on.
  • 4 0
 Looks like privateers in 21st and 22nd elite men....that is quite the accomplishment
  • 2 0
 Speaking of privateers:
Antoine Rogge qualified 38th but consider: Last week he qualified 34th and posted a 17th place finish. He's only 20 years old. Who knows how well he'd be doing if he had a team behind him.
And: In the juniors, Bodhi Kuhn qualified 5th. He's 7th in points despite only racing 3 times so far this year.
  • 2 0
 @Bibico: That is seriously impressive. I'm sure teams will be keeping an eye on these guys
  • 5 0
 Look out for Gwinny this weekend. Fast and loose…SoCal conditions!
  • 5 0
 Brendog way off the pace. Bummer.
  • 3 0
 At this point I want a big showing from him far more than any other veteran taking to the start gate.
  • 1 0
 Wonder what's been going on this him. I think he did have an injury not too long ago
  • 2 0
 Are the World Championship teams settled yet? Wondering what the US team will look like. If it isn't settled yet, this is a gentle nudge to the Gwin camp to get your application ready and submitted on time this year.
  • 5 0
 GWINN
  • 4 0
 Fuck yeah Eddie!
  • 3 0
 At a boy, AG! You and Dunge on the path...
  • 1 0
 Does anybody know what this @Pxx means in the live timing. In the right column of the rider currently on track.
  • 2 0
 I think they're positions along the track that pick up the chip to show that a rider has passed that point on the track. If you watch the live timing you'll see the P number increase as a rider goes down the hill.
  • 1 0
 @Bibico: Thanks. Seems reasonable.
  • 2 0
 Mad that Jackson would be 14th in elite men!
  • 3 1
 Yes. math works out. maths work out? maths works outs.

That Goldstone is as fast as anyone on the planet--and that's surprising--is the most tepid take in MTB. The guy has been riding bikes down hills since he was a newborn. He's probably got more DH bike time than many elite racers do, in amazing terrain and surrounded by the best riders on the planet. I cannot imagine fast-biker cultivation conditions that are LESS surprising, really.
  • 2 0
 So I guess Gwin really is back.
  • 2 0
 Gwin, Finn, and the Frenchies
  • 2 0
 Wait... I'm confused, wasn't this all decided in timed practice yesterday?
  • 1 0
 Where is the speed trap on the track?
Thought it was average speed, but that does not make sense.
  • 1 0
 Dang this is going to be great racing! Pumped to watch. Curious what we will get to watch of the track
  • 2 0
 So good from Taylor Vernon. Hope he goes well tomorrow
  • 2 0
 Someone should sign Taylor Vernon!!
  • 2 0
 Did Tyler Ervin fill his entry form incorrectly, or is he just a patriot?
  • 2 0
 MY MAN FERRAN JORBA! OFF THE COUCH NO SPONSORS QUALI 21ST! YEEEWW!
  • 1 0
 Is Tahnee still out with injury?
  • 6 1
 yes. Honestly I didn't think Camy was a wide open FAF flying machine, but apparently she is!
  • 1 6
flag Phipu (Jul 15, 2022 at 6:31) (Below Threshold)
 @neimbc: what ever you were trying to say, could you translate it to something people can understand? Thx.
  • 6 0
 @Phipu: wide open fast as f*ck flying machine
  • 2 0
 USA leggo
  • 1 0
 the old alu intense rig is back
  • 4 0
 Dak called it the "lead sled" on the b practice podcast. We're going back to heavy DH bikes
  • 1 0
 Aaron Gwin is coming back lala lala lalaaaaa
  • 1 0
 Did Benoit get seriously injured? He was on a run until the second split.
  • 1 0
 What happened to Coulanges?
  • 1 0
 Big crash check his insta
  • 1 0
 he didn't fit under these steel bars on the last bridge before finish line
  • 1 0
 Why is Chris Grice on Specialized Gravity Team?
  • 1 0
 Is this a trick question?
  • 1 0
 @k2theg: no, I’m generally curious. Doesn’t seem like a great match other than he’s American and marketable
  • 1 0
 @GauteJohansen: He's been on Specialized for the past couple season's as far as I'm aware...it's nothing new.
  • 1 0
 @k2theg: I know, but it seems like he’s not preforming the way a specialized athlete should. Never in the mix
  • 1 0
 1 the good 2 the fast 3 the Gwin
  • 1 0
 loris first in timed training......
  • 2 0
 Yeah Aaron and Dak!!!
  • 1 0
 What happened to Brosnan? Or did I miss him?
  • 1 0
 Good to see Mumford & Sons branch into elite DH racing
  • 1 0
 I think Pompon will win again. And go go go Louise-Anna Ferguson!
  • 1 0
 Is Kade injured?
  • 4 0
 He took a knock to the head in practice at Lenzerheide. He sat the race out there, so I'm guessing he's sitting this one out too.
  • 1 0
 I like burritos
  • 1 0
 C'mon Aaron.
  • 1 0
 Neko 61th, awesome!!!
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