Results: Camille Balanche & Loris Vergier Win the Brioude DH Cup

Mar 13, 2022 at 9:04
by Ed Spratt  
The 2022 Brioude DH Cup has provided another weekend of mini World Cup racing after last week's flat out racing at the Portugal Cup. In the Elite Women's race Camille Balanche took an early-season win as she bested Vali Höll by almost a second. The Elite Men's race saw Loris Vergier just beat out Baptiste Pierron by 0.07 seconds. Vanesa Petrovska took the Junior Women's win and Hugo Marini took the Male Junior victory.

Pinkbike Racing's Thibaut Laly took home an amazing sixth-place finish, less than one second off the win and Aimi Kenyon took a great third place in the Junior Women's category.

Check out the full results below.


Elite Men:

1st. Loris Vergier: 1:34.40
2nd. Baptiste Pierron: 1:34.47
3rd. Benoit Coulanges: 1:34.53
4th. Finn Iles: 1:34.83
5th. Antoine Vidal: 1:34.93

Elite Women:

1st. Camille Balanche: 1:46.07
2nd. Vali Höll: 1:46.95
3rd. Marine Cabirou: 1:47.19
4th. Monika Hrastnik: 1:49.36
5th. Mathilde Bernard: 1:53.37

Junior Men:

1st. Hugo Marini: 1:37.82
2nd. Nathan Pontvianne: 1:38.14
3rd. Jack Piercy: 1:40.19
4th. Alix Francoz: 1:40.24
5th. Mathieu Leboucher: 1:40.94

Junior Women:

1st. Vanesa Petrovska: 1:58.31
2nd. Alizée Lassus: 1:59.71
3rd. Aimi Kenyon: 2:00.49
4th. Lisa Bouladou: 2:05.01
5th. Emy Grandouiller: 2:14.17

Full Results:

Elite Men

Elite Women

Junior Men

Junior Women

More results can be found here.


  • 37 0
 Those are some seriously tight times in the men's elite.
  • 10 0
 On a sub 2 minute track, bound to be hella close. Reminds me of the Shanty Creek NORBA national, all the worlds best DH riders, sub 2 minutes, 1.5 seconds separating the top 20!
  • 6 0
 @stiksandstones: didn't think I was going to get a shanty creek norba reference this morning. Northern Michigan represent.
  • 34 0
 Finns placing might be the most impressive. 4th among 9 french that would have way more time on the track
  • 1 0
 This year the french domination would be massive Smile
  • 14 0
 It is equally impressive for him to get up there in the top ten without a Commencal bike.
  • 25 1
 I would 100% support the DH season being races like this and no UCI BS. Bernard Kerr was talking about the continued limiting of social media in his video this week. Mountain biking needs to escape the UCI and create its own sanctioning body. The only group less fun than the NFL is the UCI, you look to be enjoying yourself lets add a rule to ban that. You look to be promoting the sport and people like you, lets ban you talking to people.
  • 5 0
 Yeah, back in 2020 at the last few WCs, you saw BK having to turn off his gopro in the starting gate.....a few times he 'fumbled' the off-switch...
  • 16 0
 Go Finn... Combo breaker!
  • 9 1
 Short track, lots of laps, close racing and the racers all having fun... UCI cant be involved lol.
But seriously why isnt this a more common thing? Short track is much more exciting.
  • 21 12
 What about the political waters seeding trail growth in Southern BC?
  • 6 0
 Guys, reader mode on ya browser.
  • 5 0
 @dirtyburger: Yeah, though it makes it funnier when someone posts the whole article in a PB comment Smile
  • 2 0
 @dirtyburger: The NY Times hates this trick!
  • 5 0
 Hate to be that guy but, wow, those numbers. Short races are so rad. .07 behind the winner? Not a second between the top 5. That's kinda cool. I love long tracks where you see other elements come into play like fitness and mental composure, and those BIG time differences like ~10 seconds but razor thin racing is cool too. Short races and more of them, would be kinda sick. Definitely not the UCI format though, I reckon.
  • 7 0
 .5 seconds separating the top 5 men, that's close racing
  • 7 0
 no Amaury?
  • 2 0
 ...apparently he called in sick
  • 9 2
  • 4 1
 The complete Muc Off Commencal Team is missing
  • 3 0
 @xMARTINx: Ruffin was there. Also the winner of the junior men races for Muc Off Commencal.
  • 2 0
 He was there doing laps in practice....
  • 4 0
 Camille Balanche was so fast and precise... Impressive runs. Loris did a mistake on the morning but was fast as fu.. on the afternoon.
  • 5 0
 Didn't expect to see Isabeau Courdurier in the mix!
  • 5 1
 My fantasy draw is looking very poor right now.
  • 6 0
 Mine too since half my roster didn't race
  • 1 0
 I picked Baptiste $$$... maybe??
  • 3 0
 Scott DH Factory men all within 0.2 of a second. Practicing together and following the same line or coincidence?
  • 8 0
 If you watch videos of the event, you'll see they were actually all riding the same bike. It's a new prototype "thrandem" DH bike with one ride on the pedals, one on the brakes and another doing steering. Scott claims that this reduces the chance of rider error by giving each rider just one aspect to focus on. Each rider has a timing chip that stops time as they cross the line which is why their times are all so close.
  • 5 1
 Where's our boi Cathro at??!
  • 2 0
 Is Ben Cathro still on track, see he hasnt posted a time yet. Come on noodle man you are the man on my fantasy league...
  • 3 0
 Pinkbike Racing Team posts a sixth place? Way to start a new team!
  • 2 0
 No Miriam this race then?
  • 4 0
 If you watch that video that Commencal-Muc Off just put out, they are very conscious of how tune up races like the French cups can cause injuries, as happened to Amaury in 2020, and indeed Baptiste last year. So they may be quite happy to have them skip. Bit of a shame for us. This also shows there really needs to be more World Cup races in the calendar. Everyone is ready to go.
  • 2 0
 @The-Foiling-Optimist: That makes sense. It would be horrible to ruin your season in a preseason injury!
  • 3 0
 Cami for President
  • 1 0
 You Will have videos during this week, the tv was there.
  • 1 0
 Who was 1st in men qualifier?
  • 1 0
 Finn was
  • 1 0
 damn thats a close top 5
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