Who are the 2023 DH World Cup Champions?

Oct 7, 2023 at 12:50
by Ed Spratt  
After the last round of the 2023 DH series, let's see how the results stack up in the overall standings and who are the 2023 overall champions.

2023 Overall Champions
Elite Women: Vali Höll
Elite Men: Loic Bruni

Junior Women: Valentina Roa Sanchez
Junior Men: Ryan Pinkerton



Overall Points Standings

Elite Women:

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Elite Men:

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168 Comments
  • 182 1
 **** Unexpected Performance Award ****

Aaron Gwin : live tv sports commentary
  • 32 0
 Yes. Many thanks for stepping up. That was really fun. Also, his MSA win in the rain from a few years ago is still one of the all-time runs.
  • 24 1
 He adds so much to the commentary. Got better every race. They really needed him, he's been amazing..........but god I miss Rob!!
  • 14 0
 Gwin did a fantastic job in the broadcast booth, no doubt.
  • 6 2
 @cuban-b: I would like to see Gwin and Rob do the broadcast together. That could be awesome
  • 4 0
 @RockCrawler: I would love to see that too! After Gwin gets a few more good race seasons under his belt though
  • 1 2
 @Jdricks: honestly, and no disrespect, but his racing career might be done. Like everyone else, I’d love to see him win another WC, but it’s just not in the cards for this legend.
  • 78 2
 Rachel top 10 from only two races is a flex
  • 51 50
 And it shows how terrible the competition is.
  • 42 7
 No, just a poorly worked out points paying system.
  • 8 1
 Cami as well
  • 14 14
 @DetroitCity: you mean how tight the competition is because a number of girls snuck in the top 10 this year and grabbed points. Next year those girls will be focused on consistent top tens, along with the fast girls from this years juniors. Its only going to get better
  • 34 44
flag DetroitCity (Oct 7, 2023 at 15:39) (Below Threshold)
 @won-sean-animal-chin: first of all, they are women. Not girls.

2nd of all, there is 3 or 4 legit women, plus Rachel. The rest are non competitive.
  • 25 20
 @DetroitCity: WHOOSH
"Legit women"
"The rest are non competitive".

You've got serious problems man
  • 14 6
 @handynzl: Rachel embarasses the rest of the women's field. Points issues or not.... she rules the women's and highlights how shallow that pool truly is. Love to see her fully healthy agains Vali....but.
  • 4 0
 @bman33: to be fair her and ACC are the best female racers of all time so it's a high bar. Agree though that it shows her level that she can be away for so ling, have a kid and come back and win
  • 12 15
 @danstonQ: Yes, there are about 3 or 4 women, plus Rachel, who can win a race, or the title. Thats it. And the only reason any other woman won a race the last couple years, is because Rachel let them.
  • 15 5
 @DetroitCity: thats laughable. A healthy rachel, camille, pompon,vali, nina,tahnee, marine have already proven they can win. Thats 7. Next year you can add 2 or 3 more to that. Harriet, Jess, Gracie, Elanora, Monika, Gloria and Vero have already been close.
  • 2 0
 @DetroitCity: eh, only 8 riders in finals doesnt exactly set them up for success, have an off quali or semi and you're f*cked
  • 10 1
 @russthedog: to be fair, a lot of Rachel’s career did not have a super strong women’s field. Kind of like this season where Vali only really had Nina as a serious rival
  • 4 1
 @stefkrger: I disagree, I think it was dirt or pinkbike that did an article on winning margins and it disproved that idea. Basically winning margins haven't really tightened over the last two decades from memory. She is just a lot better. Also going against your point is Rachel winning this year against almost all of the current contenders.
  • 5 2
 @russthedog: is that so? From my memory I can’t remember a women’s field where there were 4-5 riders capable of the overall. Could be wrong though
  • 1 4
 @stefkrger: have you heard about the notions of "relativity" and "proportionality"?
  • 3 1
 @DetroitCity: You have a point but to be fair she got her ass handed to her in Leogang! It always takes Vali a race or two to get going and Pompon was out so that's a number 1 / 2 rider gone, Cam was out mid season and that's another number 1 / 2 rider. Marinne took a while to get back to form and that's another 1 / 2 rider. Tahnee is getting there but taking time and that's another 1 / 2 rider.
The women's field is as competitive as the men's if all the riders are up to speed and present.
  • 2 0
 @stefkrger: just go look at some historical seasons and judge for yourself. Example 2013 - Atherton, Manon Carpenter, Emmeline Ragot, Myriam Nicole. All capable of winning.
  • 2 0
 @stefkrger: Marine did win two races. Next season should be something to watch
  • 1 0
 BTW, Izabela Yankova didn't seem to have any success into elite... cold shower.
  • 1 0
 @danstonQ: I believe she's been injured for most of the season. If you check you'll see a lot of DNS next to her race results. Roots and Rain is a great tool
  • 2 0
 @danstonQ: I don’t see what the problem is with his assessment. They are women. And many are uncompetitive. What’s the issue here
  • 67 3
 Ok that was a fun season. But can we just all agree that this semis thing did not work and move on? As a fan I get serious fomo if I don’t watch semis, but if I do it’s just too much of a good thing. I’m exhausted just watching 6 hrs of this straight. How hard must it be on the riders?
  • 21 4
 Bring back free streaming!
  • 11 3
 @zoobab2: Let's all have free beer, too.
  • 7 0
 If they binned the semi and just had a 30 rider final I can see this as being a bad thing for the riders not consistently qualifying between 31 and 60 because they miss the exposure of the semi race. If you’re a consistent top 20 rider then I can see the semi being annoying.
I’m assuming they can’t have a televised (actual TV not streaming) 60 rider final because it’s too long for broadcast?
  • 2 2
 @Superburner: I see what you mean, it's not easy. I totally ignore the semis completely because I don't have the time. But I do like the smaller finals list
  • 11 1
 @russthedog: it’s for sure not easy.

Now everyone is so busy hating on the new format they’ve forgotten what the hated about the old format.

One of the previous issues was with 60 riders and only 30 televised you could have podium and hot seat runs you never got to watch. That was annoying.
  • 5 1
 @Superburner: if they can only have 30 riders televised they can still show all 60 riders on the stream. They kind of do this now already. When you watch it on GCN the pre show announcer kind of says it straight out when TV broadcast comes and goes
  • 2 1
 @Superburner: No protected riders.
Top 30 riders qualify for finals in the quali race.
Another 30 riders can qualify in a last chance qualifier on race day (this one can be broadcasted for free).
60 riders in finals.
  • 1 0
 I also think that semis are part of the reason the commentary sometimes suffers in finals. Imagine being in the commentary booth for most of your day, it can be hard to stay coherent. That being said I liked the finals commentary in MSA
  • 51 0
 Jackson got incredibly close to taking the overall in his debut elite season. Amazing.
  • 31 0
 Despite all the adversity he went through with his appendix, missing a race, and being first yr elite. Hard to believe really
  • 5 4
 @won-sean-animal-chin: which race did he miss?
  • 3 0
 @handynzl: maybe im mistaken and he just raced a couple sick, not sure
  • 12 0
 @handynzl: he missed world champs, and raced the first half of the season with an appendix that was far past its expiration date.
  • 6 12
flag handynzl (Oct 7, 2023 at 15:18) (Below Threshold)
 @whistlam8: I know all this, but the person I replied to didn't, even though the points table is literally this article. Just another case of people parroting things they read on the internet...
  • 10 10
 @handynzl: youre wicked smart. More impressive than jackson , some would say. Can i drink your bath water?
  • 8 1
 He's my season champ. Most wins, best style, the biggest gaps, ... I could go on. He's a heavy favourite for winning the overall next year.
  • 2 0
 @Adamrideshisbike: can't wait to see what happens as he puts on some mass and has more experience.
  • 2 3
 @won-sean-animal-chin: so anyone with the ability to read is a genius? I feel flattered, thanks!
  • 4 0
 @Muckal: In the UK we have a tv channel called 'BBC parliament' which can disprove this. Wink
  • 1 0
 Flats cost him the overall. Ditch the carbon wheels!
  • 46 0
 O yes Canada! Jackson and Finn both in the top five, and Bodhi too. Gracey's p7 is nothing to sneeze at either! Thank you to all the riders for the entertainment this season!
  • 3 13
flag DoubleCrownAddict (Oct 8, 2023 at 8:43) (Below Threshold)
 Jackson is the actual World Cup DH champion this year if you take away the semi final points. The semis are stupid and will probably be killed eventually so he is the actual champ in my mind. Or maybe the Pinkbike rider of the year poll to determine the champion now that the points system is screwed. At the very least it's a split championship, like used to happen in college football. Cancel semis, being back Rob, anything less means my boycott continues.
  • 8 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: please have a medal ceremony for your event.
  • 4 2
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Your Boycott is meaningless, as are most of your cancel-crusades. I hope your sworn enemy, YT, makes an incredible gearbox bike, derailleur-hater.
  • 2 2
 @owl-X: Look out for it in the Pinkbike comments.

@suspended-flesh: Then why you talking about it and why did YTrash change all their stupid marketing?
  • 49 3
 Hell of a finish for Bernard. Figured he would have finished in the teens….
  • 1 0
 I thought he was looking fast in practice coverage. Good on him!
  • 4 1
 Ha!
  • 2 2
 Hahahahahaha, underrated comment
  • 1 0
 Sheesh, caught on after some more comment reading. I'd like to retract my previous statement...
  • 1 0
 @Robstyle: uh oh, what did I miss
  • 1 0
 @xTwoSnakesx: It won't take much searching to figure it out. I won't ruin the punchline for ya haha.
  • 18 0
 Absolutely insane that Jackson pulled off 2nd overall after riding the first half of the season with consistently worsening appendicitis, missing world champs after having surgery to get it removed, and then having a tough recovery. And to cap off the season with a win at home!
  • 3 4
 He's the people's champion. At least North American people.
  • 17 2
 Congratulations to Bruni on being the best rider all year and winning the season despite some bad luck. That said it looks like Jackson is going to win the next x seasons in a row!
  • 9 2
 Congratulations to all the top finishers for making this such an exciting series to watch. As much as it's fun to cheer for someone who just dominates, if they're not dominating a super competitive field, it gets dull. While Jackson looks ready to be the next GOAT, Bruni showed he's not going to make it easy to get dethroned. And with Amaury Pierron hopefully in the mix next season, we won't be short on potential winners next year.
  • 1 0
 He is looking dominant!
  • 3 0
 I Hope Pierron bad luck will come to an end, and he will be riding a whole season against Goldstine. I don’t see anyone else who could match Goldstone pace when he is on a good day
  • 12 0
 Although I am not sure I agree, I understand the reason behind not wanting someone to win the overall title on a qualification run at the last race, taking drama away from the finals. But why was there only 250 points up for grabs at this years final vs 400 at every other round? If Ste Anne was your course, you are disadvantaged from every other venue? I didn’t do the math and it may have made no difference this year, but still don’t understand it. Previous years was 50 points up for grabs in the qualis and 200 for winning the finals with the full 250 going to the winner of the final round. That at least makes the final round as valuable as any other.
  • 9 0
 I agree with you. The point total should be the same, so as not take away from a rider who has a good weekend at that specific track. It seems silly to me.
  • 14 2
 Fun fact, Jesse and Jackson both finished second in their respective elite men's gravity series. Interestingly, they were also the only two men to win more than one race in the season. Both of their names start with J, and both of them are from Canada. They each also won the final round of their respective seasons. Therefore, we can be sure Illuminati is Canadian.
  • 2 2
 I also missed that they both also have birthdays in February, just two days apart. Maybe they ARE Illuminati.
  • 2 5
 You should talk to a human being sometimes.
  • 7 1
 @danstonQ: I'd rather not.
  • 9 0
 This has been a really exciting season to watch. Goldstone winning his first race as an elite. Different winner for each race (until Jackson came back with a vengeance). This last race had me losing my sh!t all alone in my house. Gutted for Fin, he was crushing so hard and he deserves a win IMHO. I'm excited any time Tahnee looks strong, I have been sending all my good vibes her way. Can't imagine what it takes to overcome a TBI to be competitive in this kind of field.

Gwin saved the commentary box. He brings so much to the table and I just like hearing him speak. I can't wait for next year
  • 12 0
 Love that both Jackson and Nina got top 3. Syndicate=W
  • 6 2
 + speechless Steve Peat crying of joy. Legend!
  • 11 0
 Rachel top 10 with 2 races and Camille top 5 only half a season and one of the races with 0 points is insane!
  • 7 1
 What a year! Men, women, juniors. Such good competition, such diversity of people performing. The Discovery coverage started out weak and continued to improve throughout the season. MSA will be the starting point for next year and I’m stoked to see where they are by the end of next year. Love the guest commentary and I hope Gwin is too in the mix to be able to mess with the commentary next year. Aumory and Thibault will be back, and lots of the top guys finished healthy. Hope Rachel is in full training mode and coming back to challenge Vali. The future is bright.
  • 3 0
 What if Rachel mentors Vali on Team Atherton next year? Mega dynasty
  • 1 4
 @suspended-flesh: if they can afford her you mean. I imagine she will be well into 6 figures to hire
  • 2 2
 @suspended-flesh: That would be my bet too
Vali is not the type to go to a team for the sake of money and she had an offer before her junior career to join Atherton. Would love to see it, especially as I have one of their team jackets!
  • 11 2
 Richie almost snuck in the Top 50 overall in two races. Pretty impressive
  • 5 1
 hope he s doing more dh race next season because he can be in the top 20
  • 10 2
 Amaury. Come back please...
  • 4 1
 Vali Holl had 3 events this year where she took maximum possible points, finishing first in quali, semi, and finals.
She had 1 event where she was 2nd in qualifying but 1st in semis and finals.
Pretty impressive (and yeah, I get it, Rachel and Cami weren't there for much of the season, but still...)
  • 7 0
 Great victory for Valentina, for Colombia and the entire Latin world!!!
  • 3 0
 True! First Champ from S America, right? Awesome!
  • 2 0
 @owl-X: Yess Smile
  • 9 3
 Congratulations to Vali, without a doubt the most dominant rider of 2023.
  • 3 2
 A bit too much dominant I would say. No suspense this year, like if we already knew the final result...
But Nina did something great. Marine is getting better and better... and we missed Camille and Myriam (and Rachel).
No doubt that both Höll and Goldstone are rising the bar and push the competition to a crazier level. That's positive and everything is still possible.
  • 2 1
 @danstonQ: Thats really only due to Camille getting injured. First half of the season was close between the two of them.,
  • 5 0
 somebody ought to pick dylan maples up next season, need more ca guys in the series!
  • 2 0
 I've had a great time this year. Did Worlds as a volunteer timing official which was awesome. Stood at the top strapping transponders on and shooting the s**t with the riders, the Loudenvielle as a marshaller doing track walk with the Trek Factory team.
If I can recommend to anyone, volunteer for a race. That ID badge and high vis gets you places. I have met so many cool people from Kade Edwards to Vali Holl and everyone in between and got some cool team gear and a few things signed.
It's worth the work and a better holiday than sitting on a beach in Cancun!
2023 was epic!
  • 2 1
 Chris Ball thanks you for buying his dinner last night lol
  • 1 0
 @owl-X: LOL! Met him in Loudenvielle. Was staying at the most expensive hotel in the pit complex! How the other half live!
  • 2 0
 @Widgets: in a very general sense, they live because you’re volunteering.
  • 1 0
 @owl-X: Yeah but I'd kill to swap my job for that so an element of quid pro quo
  • 7 2
 Semis suck. Finals behind a paywall blows
  • 4 3
 Great season. Congratulations to Vali, Loic and the junior champs.

I'm sure that the UCI and Discovery will be happy with the drama that the men's elite (and Junior womens) at least going down to the final race...

But let's face it, the semifinals are not there for the riders, and probably contributed to more than a few of the raceday crashes.

They are there for one reason only, and that is to justify putting the finals behind a paywall. Doubt the numbers will add up...
  • 4 3
 Nonesense. They are professional riders doing 2 runs in 1 day is easily trained for
  • 2 0
 Great season. It'll be great to see a full womens line up with Cami, Myriam and Rachel all back next year. Lose the semis and protected rider status to make it more interesting.
  • 10 6
 Semi finals was a joke, there should have been points on the line.
  • 4 3
 So there were points for semis the whole season? Why not this race?
  • 14 0
 @allmountainrider81: they don’t want the results of the World Cup overall to be decided before the finals. In previous years they did the same, making all points to the race and none in quali.
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flag no-good-ideas (Oct 7, 2023 at 13:18) (Below Threshold)
 @pisgahgnar: so they changed the points format just for one race? Seems kinda stupid given that Vali had it locked before this even started.
  • 12 0
 @allmountainrider81: It has been like this for years, is not new. They do it so the season is decided on the actual final run, not on the qualification (previously) nor on the semis (new this year)
  • 3 0
 @no-good-ideas: that's the nature of the women's series. Is there a way of making that more competitive? I don't know.
  • 4 5
 @elyari: last year did not have any semi final.
  • 5 1
 @no-good-ideas: You obviously can't completely prevent the overall being decided before the last final. Without a semi I think the idea of giving no points other than the final is good, but the semis being pointless is too weird.
  • 2 1
 @elyari: iirc it’s only been a couple years. And it’s dumb.
  • 5 0
 @inonyme: correct, there was qualys and thats why I highlighted that on my phrase: "qualification (previously) nor on the semis (new this year)"
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 @finnspin: My point is that modifying the points process just to delay the outcome of one category seems poorly thought out.
  • 3 0
 @no-good-ideas: agree. Having different rules for different races is weird too.
Good thing it really doesn’t seem to matter: the fastest riders win no matter how you set it up!
  • 3 0
 @no-good-ideas: I see that point, it's a bit weird to do something like that just for a potentially better show. But let's be honest, the main reason that there are points in qualifying is also to make a better show, they don't want riders sandbagging to start earlier, they want the best runs to happen in the broadcast.
Weird balance of making interesting viewing and good competition. From my perspective, no points in the quali of the last round is a lot less confusing and convoluted than for example all the protected rider rules, so I didn't mind it so much.
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 @BenPea: It would be a lot more competitive if other top racers never crash, have injuries, etc., but that's racing.
  • 2 0
 @finnspin: I agree with your point regarding sandbagging. I’d just prefer to see a consistent system vs one that changes for maximum entertainment value. Makes it more of a managed show than a competitive sport at that point.
  • 1 0
 The current system may not help top 3 or even top 10, but folks fighting to come up ranks ‘might’ (???) benefit? I generally think UCI should get f$”@& and all future DH races (under the umbrella of UCI) should be run by union voted (meaning riders unionize!) rules.

UCI ain’t shit without riders.
  • 1 0
 @pisgahgnar not really all the points just the regular points, lets make it really interesting if we are going to do that all the points normally available for a race all in the finals. So you get first you get first place qualifier, semi and finals points. They way they do it they make it harder to catch up
  • 3 0
 @Tarka: The irony of the U in UCI standing for Union is not lost.
  • 2 3
 @no-good-ideas: It’s no different to how it has been for the last 10 years where there were no points for qualifying at the final round. Person wouldn’t have any points for qualifying or the semis. If your not good enough to make the final they why should you get points
  • 2 0
 Worth pointing out that in elite men there were 7 different winners from 8 races, 5 of whom were first time winners. Pretty cool.
  • 2 0
 Woot nice to see Ryan Pinkerton end up #1.
When was the last time an American won overall in the Juniors?
  • 2 0
 Richie Rude in 2013.
  • 3 1
 Jackson wins at home, but Loic takes the throne.

#sadokistforuci
  • 2 2
 Benni and Tibo taking honors whilst injured. Damn. I want a full points-by-course breakdown by @eliotjackson - would be so awesome
  • 3 3
 Wow, somebody downvoted this immediately… wtf? I was trying to prop their seasons! Why so pi$$y ????
  • 2 0
 @Tarka: Somebody''s finger slipped - happens all the time.
  • 2 1
 Great race and season of uncertainty. Great commentary as well. Thanks!
  • 2 0
 Eurosport 2 full coverage for finals would be great next year, please.
  • 4 7
 I couldn’t wait for this years racing to start the dh and enduro. But I have to say after paying for Eurosport I have watched almost none of it. Let’s hope the formats and coverage evolve a bit because otherwise our type of biking is in trouble.
  • 3 3
 No pity for you.
  • 7 1
 Your loss. It has been a great season to watch.
  • 2 0
 Wow you missed a great season due to being a cry baby
  • 3 4
 The sport lost something big this year and I don't think it's just Rob.
  • 5 0
 Is it you? Have we lost you?
  • 1 1
 @owl-X: not yet. But between rob, pierron, Rick/CG, GCN production, it's definitely less of a vibe this year. Watched every world cup but fingers are crossed next year will be better.nare you saying you thought this year was as good any?
  • 1 1
 @CreekRider75: Im certainly looking forward to a season where everyone is race fit and ready. Both mens and women's will only be improved with a full strength field.
  • 2 4
 Did Gwin retire? He seems to be MIA.
  • 1 0
 Maybe he is still adapting to the freedom of not living in California?
  • 1 0
 @fgiraffe: Freedom or lack of freedom is the same everywhere in the US. Not until you go outside the US (only in some countries) do you experience more normal conditions. I'm guessing since you live in SF, you don't like the dystopian policies.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: One Bay, One Thug. We have the best and worst here. You're as free here as you dare to be because there are no police. AND we have the Pacific Ocean. Policy, Schmolicy. Dystopia is an important band.
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: SF, Oakland, and some other Bay Area cities are a no-go zone for me now. Too much crime and homeless. I'm not fond of zombie lands.
  • 1 1
 @tacklingdummy: Sounds like some Fox News propaganda. Go on a Frisco Slums Rideout and take back the streets. Fvck a zombie .
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: That is not Fox News propaganda stuff. I am born, raised, and live in San Jose and know first hand. Also, For over a year, I lived, went to college, and worked in SF and know several people who live in SF. Hundreds of businesses in your SF closed up shop because of the crime and homelessness is a fact. SF, LA, Oakland, etc are horrible now. Your political biases are clouding your views to look at the problems objectively.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: Naw dude, it's my personal opinion. I've lived in the belly of the beast for 35+ years. I don't belong to either of the 2 parties at war (they are 2 cheeks of the same ass). San Jo has the same issues - I visit often.
  • 2 0
 @tacklingdummy: Also - The Doom Loop Narrative is breaking down. I ride all over the City once a week and business are thriving again. Covid really fvcked things up but the drug and homeless issues persist. The weather is too good here - they can't be stopped.
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