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Race Analysis from the Les Gets DH World Cup 2024

Jul 6, 2024 at 23:57
by Ed Spratt  
Ronan Dunne drifting it into the final corner in the pouring rain

Les Gets continues to be one of the greatest downhill venues in recent years as it produces some of the most jaw-dropping racing, no matter the conditions. After a truly wild weekend of racing in France, we have collected the stats and dived deep into the numbers from the fifth stop of the 2024 DH World Cup season.



Juniors

Asa Vermette unknowingly securing the win a day early with junior qualifying results standing due to the weather warning.

With finals cancelled for the Junior racers, final results were taken from the qualifying session.

Sector Rankings

Sector 1
1st. Ella Svegby: 38.778
2nd. Matilda Melton: 39.451
3rd. Erice Van Leuven: 39.694
1st. Oscar Griffiths: 34.088
2nd. Max Alran: 34.491
3rd. Vincent Jouvenal: 34.556

Sector 2
1st. Eliana Hulsebosch: 1:09.630
2nd. Ella Svegby: 1:09.919
3rd. Sacha Earnest: 1:10.682
1st. Asa Vermette: 54.452
2nd. Dane Jewett: 55.361
3rd. Jon Mozell: 55.638

Sector 3
1st. Heather Wilson: 1:07.863
2nd. Erice Van Leuven: 1:08.759
3rd. Sacha Earnest: 1:08.822
1st. Max Alran: 55.299
2nd. Asa Vermette: 55.607
3rd. Dane Jewett: 56.819

Sector 4
1st. Heather Wilson: 43.324
2nd. Eliana Hulsebosch: 44.683
3rd. Ella Svegby: 45.223
1st. Asa Vermette: 34.284
2nd. Max Alran: 34.700
3rd. Dane Jewett: 35.449

Sector 5
1st. Erice Van Leuven: 34.201
2nd. Matilda Melton: 34.325
3rd. Ella Svegby: 34.911
1st. Max Alran: 30.708
2nd. Ryder Lawrence: 31.465
3rd. Oscar Griffiths: 31.497



Story of the Race


The junior women's qualifying session produced some tight racing as Heather Wilson was only just able to take the round five win against Ella Svegby by 0.531 seconds. Svegby led the race until a rapid fourth sector from Wilson found her gaining just under two seconds on the second-placed rider. Eliana Hulsebosch ended the weekend in third place with a consistent run and the fastest time through the second sector.


Asa Vermette's win was an even closer fight than we saw in the women's racing. Max Alran found over a second against Vermette in the final split to end his run only 0.075 seconds off the winning pace. It would have been an incredible battle between these two if the weather had allowed finals to happen.



Overall Standings





Elite Women

Ele Farina letting the turf fly on her way through the final turn with zero crashes to her name.

Sector Rankings


As the first to tackle the worsening track at race pace for finals, the elite women had the tough job of testing what was still possible on the course after many practice laps in mostly dry conditions. The standout performer was Tahnee Seagrave, who made gains on the other racers through the first three splits, building a lead of over five seconds into the infamous fourth split. A tumble in the steep turns saw her fall back to third place as the Italian racer, Eleonora Farina, went fastest through here by over three and a half seconds. Another fastest time in the final sector saw Farina go 0.3 seconds ahead of second-placed Mille Johnset in this split.

The percentage time spread across the elite women through each split shows how tough the fourth sector was as the top four racers were separated by 14.64%, a total reached by ninth place in sector five and around 11th position in the other three sectors. The achievement of Eleonora Farina finding a 7.7% margin on the second fastest time in sector four shows her dominance in the conditions and makes her well deserving of a first World Cup win. Myriam Nicole missed a top-three finish as the time she lost at the start of the course couldn't push her past Seagrave despite a faster time through the fourth sector.

Sector 1

1st. Tahnee Seagrave: 37.055
2nd. Phoebe Gale: 38.174
3rd. Eleonora Farina: 38.585
Sector 2

1st. Tahnee Seagrave: 1:06.308
2nd. Eleonora Farina: 1:08.652
3rd. Phoebe Gale: 1:08.951

Sector 3

1st. Tahnee Seagrave: 1:06.989
2nd. Eleonora Farina: 1:08.647
3rd. Monika Hrastnik: 1:09.999
Sector 4

1st. Eleonora Farina: 47.531
2nd. Mille Johnset: 51.191
3rd. Myriam Nicole: 53.858

Sector 5

1st. Eleonora Farina: 35.753
2nd. Mille Johnset: 36.028
3rd. Louise Ferguson: 37.636



Story of the Race


As we saw in the split, Tahnee Seagrave was unstoppable through the upper half of the course as she led into the fourth split by 5.532 seconds. It was here, as with many riders, where everything would fall apart. The tricky steep turns gave the lead to Eleonora Farina and the second-place position to Mille Johnset as the pair speeded towards the line. The gap at the end of the race was 86.768 between first and second before a big margin of 20.665 to Seagrave, who still managed to salvage her run and take third place.



The Perfect Race


In our Perfect Race tracking, where we add up every fastest split time to produce the hypothetical best run, Eleonora Farina finished 5.5 seconds back from the best ride in the wet. Mille Johnset fell back from her six-second deficit in the actual race to 12.3 behind the perfect race. Tahnee Seagrave, who contributed the most to the hypothetical race time, finished 26.197 back.



Combined Season Time


We have been tracking the total race time across the elite races this year and after five rounds of qualifying, semi-finals and finals, Vali Höll leads the series by over 50 seconds. After holding the lead through round two and some of three in Leogang, Tahnee Seagrave has moved into second place as Marine Cabirou fell back by 96.84 seconds following a tough final run in Les Gets.



Overall Standings




Elite Men

Pierron over 5 seconds up and still on the gas.

Sector Rankings


After winning every finals split in Val di Sole, Amaury Pierron didn't quite manage the same feat in Les Gets, but with three fastest times and no time worse than fourth, he was pretty close to achieving this again. The only other riders who appeared more than once inside the top three across the five sectors were Dakotah Norton and Andreas Kolb, as the wet weather racing provided a real shake-up to the standings. The biggest gain across any sector was in Amaury Pierron's fourth split, where he rode the tricky steep turns, which caught out so many, with his feet fully up and almost made it look easy.

The fourth split, just as in the women's racing, was decisive in the racing as our percentage time comparisons across splits show just how much time could be gained or lost through here. Separating the top three times through this sector was a 5.39% margin, the same gap to 24th on sector one or at least eighth across the other three splits.

Sector 1

1st. Thomas Estaque: 34.927
2nd. Amaury Pierron: 35.299
3rd. Dakotah Norton: 35.411
Sector 2

1st. Amaury Pierron: 56.518
2nd. Finn Iles: 57.271
3rd. Andreas Kolb: 58.313

Sector 3

1st. Amaury Pierron: 57.195
2nd. Andreas Kolb: 57.652
3rd. Ronan Dunne: 58.224
Sector 4

1st. Amaury Pierron: 41.311
2nd. Greg Minnaar: 42.651
3rd. Rémi Thirion: 43.537

Sector 5

1st. Loic Bruni: 33.310
2nd. Loris Vergier: 33.544
3rd. Dakotah Norton: 33.636

Timing data for split three is not available for ten riders so the data for sectors three and four is not complete.



Story of the Race

Timing data for split three is not available for ten riders so the data for sectors three and four is not complete.


The story of the racing in Les Gets shows the dominance of Amaury Pierron as he built his lead throughout the race with none of the top five able to gain any time back from Pierron outside of Thomas Estaque going 0.4 seconds fastest through sector one. In the battle for second, it would end up being very close between Andreas Koln and Greg Minnaar as after losing a lot of time through split four Kolb ended his run around 0.2 seconds ahead.



The Perfect Race

Timing data for split three is not available for ten riders so the data for sectors three and four is not complete.


Amaury Pierron came the closest to a perfect race this weekend as he only gave up 0.715 seconds to other riders throughout the five track sectors. It may not have been the perfection he achieved in Val di Sole, but given the conditions and the riders struggling around him, it is still an incredible achievement.



Combined Season Time


After his incredible Les Gets win, Amaury Pierron leads the combined season time standings. Pierron pulled past series points leader Loic Bruni to create a lead of 8.27 seconds into the next round. Troy Brosnan remains very close in time to Bruni as he is now ranked third and is 9.44 seconds off the fastest season time.



Overall Standings





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28 Comments
  • 62 0
 No matter which way you split the times, that was sheer dominance from AP.

It was one thing watching the coverage, from which (apart from people sliding out everywhere), you never really get a proper appreciation of just how steep, technical or how truly wet the track is.

Then you watch his POV.

He was riding a mud soaked creek/gully from top to bottom and never once lost his footing, hitting every rut to power out and missing every sketchy root the whole down.

Mind blowing balance, skill and commitment. Let alone having the brain power to process the drastically altered conditions compared to practice and qualifying and then make all those line adjustments on the fly.

Incredible.
  • 1 2
 People did say that once the ground becomes completely saturated it might actually be less slippery. Still some a mind blowing display of skills though. His handling of those two steep slippery corners where almost everyone fell was full pretty intense.
  • 1 0
 @Fill-Freakin: That might be true but there were still a ton of wet roots and still greasy patches. I agree another run for the ages by AP!
  • 2 0
 @Fill-Freakin: If this was the case, wouldn't we have seen much closer times from the last 10 or so riders down the hill?
  • 19 0
 You need more mud on those charts.
  • 10 2
 Here is my analysis … Ric constantly shouting over the top of Gwin. I’m surprised a champ like Gwin is humble enough to take it as it was winding me up.
  • 8 0
 Josh Carlson and Gwin is the better combo.
  • 4 0
 Gwin is an incredibly mellow dude. First couple times I met him I thought the dude was stoned. But he's insanely smart, has a great memory, knows the history, etc. He's actually been better than I thought he would be. About the only thing I like from this new coverage is Gwin.
  • 2 0
 The "perfect race" graphs are a pretty interesting analysis. In such a crazy race like this weekend's you'd kind of expect it to show that different people nailed different sections and made mistakes at different places, but how close AP was to that perfect combo of all the sectors show just how brilliant his run was.
  • 1 0
 Yeah I always like seeing that insight.
  • 5 0
 So stoked for Mille Johnset Smile
  • 1 0
 @edspratt Love the comparison which shows how hard the sectors are. Would love to see this at the end of the year but for each race rather than each sector. Then you could produce a ranking of hardest tracks.

On the subject of rankings, I don't know if you have the data or whether it would cause a major political incident but it would be good to do analysis on the most winningest tyres. Not taking anything from AP, but his choice of Dirty Dan's was clearly a good one.
  • 1 0
 All I know is that they really need to add like 2-3 more races to the season. 2 month breaks are insane. Guess on the good side is we'll probably get Goldstone back by the next race and a couple of the other banged up riders.
  • 2 0
 Can someone tell me how the points for qualis, semis and finals are currently assigned? Or give an up to date link? I can’t find anything that’s not outdated
  • 8 0
 You can find the point breakdown in the UCI mountain bike rulebook here.
  • 1 2
 @edspratt: it’s not very clear, does a 1st place in qualifying get 50 points and then a 1st place in Semis also get 50 points?
  • 8 0
 @DH1977: A first place gets 50 points in qualifying, 100 points in semi-finals and 250 points in finals.
  • 1 0
 @edspratt: thanks ed!
  • 3 0
 Bruni is the emperor then.
  • 1 0
 Why is Estaque thomas and Dooley Austin's line's dashed half way though then back to normal?
  • 1 0
 There was an issue with the timing yesterday which meant the overall times at split three have not been published.
  • 2 0
 Pierron is king.
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