Results: Joe Breeden & Vali Höll Go Fastest on Day 2 of the NotARace Test Session 2021

Jun 4, 2021 at 5:39
by James Smurthwaite  

The results are in from the second day of timing at the NotARace IXS Test Cup Sessions and it's Joe Breeden and Vali Höll who have gone fastest. Riders were reaching even higher speeds today and yesterday's fastest times were smashed in both categories.

Most of the top five for the men remained the same with Joe Breeden and Danny Hart both moving up one spot in the rankings to finish first and second. Loris Vergier moved up from fifth to third while Bernard Kerr delivered another strong performance in fifth. George Brannigan was the only new rider in the top five. Breeden knocked around three seconds off Bernard's winning time from yesterday and while the entire top five was within a second yesterday, the time gaps are much bigger today.

Vali Höll was on a hot streak today and actually posted the two fastest times in the women's field. Her 2:37 this afternoon was around 8 seconds up on yesterday's fastest time and her 2:38 that was also recorded this afternoon shows she has the consistency to go with her speed. The next three fastest times went to Monika Hrastnik, with her best run about 4 seconds back on Höll. Camille Balanche, Emilie Siegenthaler and yesterday's fastest rider Nina Hoffmann round out the rest of the top five.

Elite Men

1st. Joe Breeden: 2:19.051
2nd. Danny Hart: +0.969
3rd. Loris Vergier: +1.280
4th. George Brannigan: +1.708
5th. Bernard Kerr: +1.739

Elite Women

1st. Vali Höll: 2:37.532
2nd. Monika Hrastnik: +3.778
3rd. Camille Balanche: +6.308
4th. Emilie Siegenthaler: +10.217
5th. Nina Hoffmann: +10.901

Full results:


  • 50 0
 jackson goldstone!
  • 3 0
 he did pretty good!!
  • 4 0
 Wasn't expecting that - fast little bugga, isn't he!!
  • 3 0
 Praying for a good result at Leogang! He's so underrated in racing!
  • 2 0
 Killing it
  • 2 1
 @talaskinos: pretty good only?! Damn have you seen who is behind him and the speed top of the word speed he is commiting already? Don't know how much has grown the kid... But that's sure the fastest young talent ever
  • 2 0
 @neimbc: seriously? Kid is extremely fast - any time he's riding with a follow cam you can see how hard they have to work to stick with him. He's a missile.
  • 11 0
 @PauRexs: im sorry my words should have been....daaaaaaannnnnnnggggggggg goldstone killing it like a mutha!!!
  • 2 0
 @talaskinos: didn't get the sarcasm sorry.
  • 2 0
 good @PauRexs:
  • 46 0
 I like these non race formats:
Race numbers
Live timing
Final placings

Great concept.
  • 15 0
 Its not a race!
  • 4 0
 They should call it the Life Series. Its not a race.
  • 15 0
 Well, there is NoScribd, so clearly notarace.
  • 18 1
 But Joe is on Suntour suspension. I thought it was the general consensus that this is no good :-)

Choose your suspension manufacturerand be a d*** about it :-)
  • 2 1
 How can this be so persistent? So many won the Red Bull Rampage on Suntour, Tracey Hannah took the series (and consistently did well in years prior)? I don't read comments (on here, at least) from people claiming that Suntour is bad. Yet I do read so many comments on here claiming that others claim Suntour is bad. How come?
  • 3 0
 @vinay: Check for a press release of Suntour and/or a test of a bike Suntour equipped... Not all are bad comments but they are still lots of guys with 2 neurons stating they are bad (if not utter sh@t), without even trying one themselves.
Personnally I rode a durolux for a bunch of years and it was a really good fork (even great if you consider the pricetag). Not saying it's the best, but for an average rider, it is working wonderfully (and damn was it a sturdy and rigid chassis!)
  • 1 1
 Most of the bad things are hear around with Suntour isn't because of bad performance but some lack of reliability. Problem is, when your bad rep is because of unreliability from different models and through different seasons, it is long to change your image. 1 or 2 seasons ago I was asking around to some friends riding the French Cup and they were telling me to stay away from those because lads on the FC riding on Suntours basically had to always have a spare cartridge in the back of the van. It's fine when you have some big discount or even free forks but the price difference isn't that significant for me to take a chance.
  • 4 0
 You can buy a Suntour Rux 38 for enduro/freeride for $650 USD, you can't even get a Fox 36 for less than $1k USD right now.
  • 2 0
 @Balgaroth: Ah, I wasn't aware of people actually having bad experience with their gear. Most notable complaints in the past were about Manitou forks but it seems like they've regained peoples trust in recent years. Then maybe the image of a brand is also regional. One person tells a bad story at the trailhead and it spreads like an oil stain. I have no personal experience with their gear. All I see is their athletes do incredibly well in different disciplines and I see that maintenance is cheap (as in, spares) and easy.
  • 4 0
 Didn't Tom Pidcock win the last XC race on Suntour? I'm pretty sure he did
  • 2 0
 Love my Suntour Auron.

Even the Aion Lock (I got for 150€ new) works flawlessly, and way better than a Fox 34 Ryhtm which costs 3x as much.
  • 1 0
 @Trail2000: Correct, Pidcock is on SR Suntour. Hope his collar bone heals up quick for the Olympics.
  • 3 0
 and Kenda...
  • 7 0
 I always thought Suntour's bad rep came from those basic forks specced on 200€ walmart bikes( which of course work like shit), and not from their actually good working forks
  • 1 0
 @c-radicallis: Indeed I also think a part of the problem comes from this.
All I can say on my side is that they sure know how to build robust chassis for their forks (taking advantage of their experience in producing lots of parts for many manufacturers), and their internals are cheap and easy to maintain (even easier than RS)
  • 3 0
 @c-radicallis: Ah, would you think they'd need a different name for their proper mountainbike suspension? Tektro has been making cheaper brakes for a good while too (probably also spec'd on those wallmart bikes) but when they entered the WC racing circuit, their marketing dep't came up with this TRP brand which has become a respected name.
  • 10 0
 So was yesterday practice and today qualis in this 'not a race' format? Or is today the big 'not a race' day??
  • 48 0
 Yesterday there wasn’t a race but there was notarace. Today is also notarace but notarace is also not not a race. Tomorrow there is no notarace and there is also not a race
  • 7 0
 @jamessmurthwaite: Thanks for clearing that up, its obvs really.
  • 10 3
 I don’t feel like top 5 placings will mean a lot here. When it comes to the World Cup the top 10 is going to be a whole lot different I reckon
  • 5 1
 Most World Cup contenders won't push it and risk injury on a race that doesn't count.
  • 2 0
 @toddonbike: Who said there was a race? I thought there was notarace?
  • 6 0
 Anyone else thinking they should take NS bikes seriously!? Previously seen them as a DJ brand, but with Joe and Mick up there I'm starting to wonder if I've misjudged them. The DH team marketing is working a treat!
  • 7 0
 2020 definitely took a toll on Maes, he is now 10 years older in the ranking !
  • 2 0
 May be he wanted to be same age at wyn, so went so fast he aged?
  • 4 0
 Joe Breeden would have been my watch out for rider before this not a race. If he stays fit and away from injury he could challenge for the overall. Looks like he will be after it too, slaying some big names there, race or not, that's a fast time. Then Vali is clearly recovered from her injury and up to speed, thats a statement right there. Domination here she comes.
  • 4 0
 This is all well and good, but when's the Fantasy DH launching for this year?
At this rate I won't even have a full week to ponder my team selection.
  • 5 0
 Joe breeden on fantasy dh team it is
  • 1 0
 What is Gwin doing these days? I thought his preparation last year was not ideal and this year it looks similar. He should travel to Europe at least two weeks before the first race if he wants to be with the music and not continue to ride dry Californian tracks. It looks like a muddy track again in Leogang next weekend.
  • 4 0
 Nice to see Sik Mik up there in 6th on his new bike with Breeden.
  • 3 0
 So, are they riding at Notarace pace?
  • 2 0
 Looks like Minnaar and the Bulldog took the day off, or nursing a hangover before getting serious next weekend.
  • 1 0
 It is good to see those older riders like Sick Mick Hannah and Martin Maes keep up with the new generation.
  • 2 0
 Dunno, they all musta been pretty fast, results are just a blur.
  • 1 0
 Might as well just declare Vali the winner
  • 2 0
 Fking Ed is back!
  • 2 0
 What happened to Reece?
  • 5 8
 Breeden is's means...nothing. next week we don't see im in the top 10
  • 4 0
 It isn’t a race, however racers will be wanting to see how they can push their bikes to 90%. True, Joe is normally a 20 place World Cup rider, but he’s still young and very committed. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him talking top 10 places this year
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