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Race Analysis from the Mont-Sainte-Anne DH World Cup 2023

Oct 7, 2023 at 18:02
by Ed Spratt  
Jackson Goldstone squeezes past looking to claw back time wherever he can.

What a race! Mont-Sainte-Anne delivered an incredible final race of the season with some huge runs from both elite race winners. As riders kick off their off-season we have collected the stats and dived deep into the numbers from the 2023 World Cup finale at Mont-Sainte-Anne.



Race Results


Nina Hoffmann chasing down the competition.


Elite Women


1st. Vali Höll: 4:40.133
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: 4:53.199
3rd. Veronika Widmann: 4:54.301
4th. Monika Hrastnik: 4:57.106
5th. Hattie Harnden: 5:00.164

Elite Men


1st. Jackson Goldstone: 3:57.836
2nd. Ethan Craik: 4:02.164
3rd. Loic Bruni: 4:04.594
4th. Bernard Kerr: 4:04.700
5th. Gaëtan Vige: 4:05.137



Full results, here.



Sector by Sector Results


Loic Bruni s title hopes took a little dent last week but he s still in control of the overall.

Overall Split Positions

Elite Women
Sector 1
1st. Marine Cabirou: 59.777
2nd. Tahnee Seagrave: 1:00.215
3rd. Vali Höll: 1:00.460
4th. Veronika Widmann: 1:00.769
5th. Phoebe Gale: 1:01.175

Sector 2
1st. Vali Höll: 2:47.058
2nd. Marine Cabirou: 2:48.328
3rd. Nina Hoffmann: 2:48.679
4th. Tahnee Seagrave: 2:49.391
5th. Phoebe Gale: 2:54.746

Sector 3
1st. Vali Höll: 3:32.471
2nd. Marine Cabirou: 3:32.931
3rd. Nina Hoffmann: 3:33.764
4th. Tahnee Seagrave: 3:35.565
5th. Phoebe Gale: 3:41.045

Sector 4
1st. Vali Höll: 4:12.586
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: 4:22.930
3rd. Veronika Widmann: 4:26.181
4th. Monika Hrastnik: 4:28.571
5th. Hattie Harnden: 4:31.176

Finish
1st. Vali Höll: 4:40.133
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: 4:53.199
3rd. Veronika Widmann: 4:54.301
4th. Monika Hrastnik: 4:57.106
5th. Hattie Harnden: 5:00.164


Elite Men
Sector 1
1st. Finn Iles: 52.277
2nd. Ronan Dunne: 52.531
3rd. Loic Bruni: 52.550
4th. Dakotah Norton: 52.843
5th. Andreas Kolb: 53.426

Sector 2
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 2:22.656
2nd. Finn Iles: 2:23.070
3rd. Loic Bruni: 2:24.601
4th. Ethan Craik: 2:24.914
5th. Bernard Kerr: 2:24.938

Sector 3
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 3:00.908
2nd. Finn Iles: 3:02.787
3rd. Ethan Craik: 3:04.475
4th. Loic Bruni: 3:04.787
5th. Bernard Kerr: 3:05.085

Sector 4
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 3:33.235
2nd. Ethan Craik: 3:37.130
3rd. Gaëtan Vige: 3:39.450
4th. Loic Bruni: 3:39.555
5th. Bernard Kerr: 3:39.630

Finish
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 3:57.836
2nd. Ethan Craik: 4:02.164
3rd. Loic Bruni: 4:04.594
4th. Bernard Kerr: 4:04.700
5th. Gaëtan Vige: 4:05.137


Split Rankings


Elite Women

Sector 1
1st. Marine Cabirou: 59.777
2nd. Tahnee Seagrave: 1:00.215
3rd. Vali Höll: 1:00.460
4th. Veronika Widmann: 1:00.769
5th. Phoebe Gale: 1:01.175

Sector 2
1st. Vali Höll: 1:46.598
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: 1:47.391
3rd. Marine Cabirou: 1:48.551
4th. Tahnee Seagrave: 1:49.176
5th. Phoebe Gale: 1:53.571

Sector 3
1st. Marine Cabirou: 44.603
2nd. Nina Hoffmann: 45.085
3rd. Vali Höll: 45.413
4th. Monika Hrastnik: 46.021
5th. Tahnee Seagrave: 46.174

Sector 4
1st. Vali Höll: 40.115
2nd. Monika Hrastnik: 42.28
3rd. Hattie Harnden: 43.006
4th. Veronika Widmann: 43.667
5th. Nina Hoffmann: 49.166

Final Split to Finish
1st. Vali Höll: 27.547
2nd. Veronika Widmann: 28.12
3rd. Monika Hrastnik: 28.535
4th. Jenna Hastings: 28.925
5th. Hattie Harnden: 28.988


Elite Men

Sector 1
1st. Finn Iles: 52.277
2nd. Ronan Dunne: 52.531
3rd. Loic Bruni: 52.550
4th. Dakotah Norton: 52.843
5th. Andreas Kolb: 53.426

Sector 2
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 1:28.996
2nd. Finn Iles: 1:30.793
3rd. Ethan Craik: 1:31.102
4th. Bernard Kerr: 1:31.430
5th. Luca Shaw: 1:31.622

Sector 3
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 38.252
2nd. Ethan Craik: 39.561
3rd. Andreas Kolb: 39.577
4th. Dakotah Norton: 39.623
5th. Finn Iles: 39.717

Sector 4
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 32.327
2nd. Ethan Craik: 32.655
3rd. Dakotah Norton: 33.073
4th. Gaëtan Vige: 33.323
5th. Loris Vergier: 33.373

Final Split to Finish
1st. Loris Vergier: 24.242
2nd. Jackson Goldstone: 24.601
3rd. Luca Shaw: 24.61
4th. Troy Brosnan: 24.773
5th. Dylan Maples: 24.945




Sector Breakdown


Sector 1


The first sector on the MSA course saw Marine Cabirou take the race lead as she sped out of the start hut finding 0.44 seconds against Tahnee Seagrave. Race winner Vali Höll lost 0.68 seconds to the French racer. Nina Hoffmann was one and a half seconds back here as she set the sixth-fastest time.

Finn Iles was the fastest out the gate for the elite men as he led Ronan Dunne by 0.25 seconds. Loic Bruni was the only podium ride to place within the top five here as he lost 0.27 seconds to his Specialized teammate.



Sector 2


The next sector saw the race winners start to build their leads with Vali Höll and Jackson Goldstone going fastest. Vali Höll managed to build a lead of 0.79 seconds to Nina Hoffmann with Marine Cabirou setting the third-fastest time, almost two seconds off the pace.

Jackson Goldstone also built a solid advantage through the second sector finding around 1.79 seconds on Finn Iles. Ethan Craik was really gaining momentum through here on his way to an incredible 2nd-place finish, he broke the timing beam in sector two with the third-best time.



Sector 3


Marine Cabirou was back as the fastest rider through the third split as she was on a great run before her crash. Marine built an advantage of 0.49 seconds on Nina Hoffmann through this sector and pulled back 0.81 seconds from Vali Höll.

Jackson Goldstone continued to extend his lead in the third split as he went 1.31 seconds up on Ethan Craik. Ethan Craik's second-best time in this split placed him 0.02 seconds ahead of Leogang winner Andreas Kolb.



Sector 4


The fourth split saw the race winners back on top as the infamous MSA rocks proved to be a make-or-break moment for many riders in finals. Vali Höll had no issues through this section finding a massive gap of over two seconds on Monika Hrastnik. Vali really built her 13-second lead to Nina Hoffmann here as she went over nine seconds quicker through this split alone.

Jackson Goldstone didn't find quite that much time in the elite men's racing but he was able to gap Ethan Craik by 0.33 seconds. Ethan was the only rider within 0.84 seconds of the race victor as Dakotah Norton secured third place through here.



Sector 5


In the final sprint to the line Vali Höll was again the rider to beat as she went 0.57 seconds up on Veronika Widmann and almost a second quicker than Monika Hrastnik. Nina Hoffmann lost a lot of time to the race winner here as she set the seventh-fastest time and dropped back from Vali by 2.82 seconds.

Loris Vergier was the master of the final sector finding 0.36 seconds on Jackson Goldstone. Luca Shaw put in a great performance here taking third place and only losing 0.01 seconds to race leader Jackson.



Story of the Race


Elite Women



Elite Men



The Perfect Run


Elite Women
The Perfect Run: 4:38.640 (1.493 seconds faster than the race winner)

// Marine Cabirou: 59.777 // Vali Höll: 1:46.598 // Marine Cabirou: 44.603 // Vali Höll: 40.115 // Vali Höll: 27.547 //




Elite Men
The Perfect Run: 3:56.094 (1.742 seconds faster than the race winner)

// Finn Iles: 52.277 // Jackson Goldstone: 1:28.996 // Jackson Goldstone: 38.252 // Jackson Goldstone: 32.327 // Loris Vergier: 24.242 //




Battle for the Podium


Elite Women




Elite Men




Lap Time Improvement



You can hover over the graph to reveal the lap improvement times.

You can hover over the graph to reveal the lap improvement times.


Elite Women's Winner Split Tracking

Elite Men's Winner Split Tracking



Stats Breakdown


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The 10 Elite Women's race runs were plotted.

The top 15 race runs were plotted before including results at positions 20, 25 and 29.







Overall Standings






Talking Points


Goldstone cracking on looking for his second season win this time on home turf.

Jackson Goldstone was Unrivalled Through Split 2

There's no denying that Jackson Goldstone's performance at Mont-Sainte-Anne was unmatched as he backed up a wild semi-final run with an equally incredible finals ride. The most impressive part of Jackson's run was through the second split where he schooled the elite men and gapped a charging Finn Iles by around 1.79 seconds. Not only was this split quicker than everyone else by a large margin he also beat his dry split time from qualifying by 1.711 seconds. In fact, looking at Jackson's splits the only sector he didn't improve upon in finals (from either qualifying or semis) was the first split where he was 1.034 seconds back from his qualifying run.

Vali Holl locked and loaded for morning practice.

Vali Höll was Only Beaten in One Split by a Top 5 Rider

Vali Höll wrapped up her amazing 2023 season with another perfect race weekend as she won qualifying, semi-finals and finals. Not only did Vali have another weekend with a triple win but in finals she also managed to be the fastest of the podium finishers in all but one split. The only rider on the podium to beat Vali through a split was Nina Hoffmann who went 0.328 seconds up in the third sector. Outside of the podium the only riders to go quicker than Vali in a split were Marine Cabirou and Tahnee Seagrave although both riders ended up pushing too hard and faced difficulties in the lower part of the course.

Young Brit Ethan Craik has had a couple of quality top tens this year and will hopefully ink a big contract for 2024.

What a Result for Ethan Craik

Finally, Ethan Craik deserves plenty of recognition for his career-best elite World Cup result seeing him take 2nd place behind Jackson. Not only did Ethan manage to take the silver medal position but he also set some rapid split times with two second places and no other sectors lower than 9th. Ethan will be a rider to watch when we return to World Cups next year.




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30 Comments
  • 31 0
 Would have loved to see Jackson/Finn in a 1-2 finish. By my math, Finn in 2nd would have given him third in the overall by 3 points over Loris. Despite all the (deserved) grumbling about the switch from Redbull this was am all time season when it comes to the actual racing. Great way to end an great season.
  • 28 1
 What could have been for Dakotah! No better way to go into 2024 than 9th in the world and lots left on the table. Go Full Stack Dak!
  • 27 0
 Gutted for Finn, stoked for Jackson. What a race.
  • 2 1
 I came here to literally say this exactly! Hopefully next season we'll see all of Finn's hard work payoff and maybe a Canadian 1-2
  • 11 1
 MSA in October was the coolest thing they could have done. October is the best month to ride Quebec and I can't believe some people doubted that
  • 3 0
 And we all thought it would be snowing
  • 7 2
 @CamT: There's a high chance in any part of the country that is snows in October, or any month of the year for that matter Smile
  • 3 0
 @VPS13: Not sure if you are serious or not, but I lived in Quebec city for my first 25 years and snow in October (Especially early October) is a freak event
  • 8 1
 Ed, could you please give us cumulative finals time and a breakdown of each rider's time vs the perfect (fastest) time for each race. I would love to see who the fastest riders were over the whole season. I'm sure there's other cool season stats you could lay out for us nerds.
  • 8 1
 Might sound like the twilight of Bruni's success and french domination... but I might be wrong. Also, let's wait for Amaury Pierron, Daprela and Coulanges who are hungry for victories, as well as Vigé, and few others who could bring some surprises. So yeah, I might be wrong.
Congrats anyway and huge respect to Jackson, Dakota, Finn, Oisin, Ronan, Andreas, Bernard, Luca.... and I wish Laurie all the best for next year ;-)
Once again: what a wonderful season and what a finale!!!
Can't wait until the next season.
Cheers everyone
  • 3 0
 Unbelievable run from goldstone and mastered consistency from Bruni, I really believe both played a masterclass today. Jackson at raw out speed and domination on this track. And Bruni at mind games and composure on a run that can throw a whole years worth of hard work away. No wonder he said he rode tight! Despite all this I feel GAETAN VIGE got swallowed up in the story! What an unbelievable comeback to end the season with a podium!!
  • 7 1
 We won’t be having as many different race winners next season.
  • 7 3
 I get your drift I'm drinkin' what you're pissin' I'm pickin' up what you're puttin' down I smell what you're stepping in I'm baggin' what you're mowin' I'm tastin' what you're squeezin' I'm catchin' what you're tossin' I'm tyin' what you're dyein'
  • 3 1
 @Dogl0rd: most people just aren't ready for your gospel o dog l0rd
  • 9 2
 Goldstone Goldstone Goldstone Goldstone Goldstone Goldstone Goldstone Goldstone
  • 5 0
 Solid season for Kolb & BK
  • 5 1
 So many good story lines... What-ifs from Dak and Finn. Crailk from out of nowhere. WHAT A SPORT!!!
  • 3 2
 The more I watch the more I realise that the iconic winning runs are iconic because of the whole 'package' perfectly aligning, coming together and that's why these presenters are going to always water down /ruin what could be iconic events. I mean Danny Harts Word Champions wouldn't just be the same if Rob and Pagey hadn't been commenting! Imagine that run with these two presenters - not including Gwin in thisSmile
  • 1 0
 How close has the racing been this year. 5th to 9th position separated by 0.262 seconds at MSA. Using the winning average speed that time gap works out to be 2.86m in distance at the finish line, bugger all over 2.6km.
  • 1 2
 What’s with Bruni calling his racing boring? Since when are controlled, precise runs boring when delivered at that speed and consistency?

That said, it does seem like a changing of the guard might lie ahead, and I’m thrilled. Quite apart from the excitement delivered by current crop of young guns, I really look forward to seeing where Asa Vermette will be at when he’ll be joining elite. But that is not for today…
  • 6 1
 Cuz he's a dog. He knows Jackson threw down the run of the day...run of the year. He won the overall, but he senses the glory lies in smashing the field, not winning on points.
  • 1 0
 Is there anyway to watch the last few rounds? Missed a lot of the DH this season due to the semi and race run on the same day.
  • 2 0
 You can view replays at Tiz cycling, just need to faff with the calendar a bit to find the right page
  • 2 0
 Thanks Ed for your in-depth analysis, that's always been an interesting read after the show.
  • 2 0
 What happened to Tahnee Seagrave!!???
  • 2 0
 Crashed in the rock garden
  • 1 1
 She is one of the many riders to get repeatedly taken out by flats and crashes this year.
  • 4 0
 @wellbastardfast: and then shotgunned a beer with the crowd
  • 1 0
 @wellbastardfast: Cheers!!! Haven't got round to watching it yet!!!







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