Race Report: World Cup Warm Up at Round 1 of the Portugal Cup DH

Mar 8, 2022 at 15:50
by João Fânzeres  

Well, I'm going to start this blog with a sentence that should be at last: IT WAS A HELL OF A RACE!

Currently, Portugal has three main training spots at a world class level: Lousã, Ponte de Lima and Tarouca. Each and every year we are seeing more and more riders and teams from Europe traveling to Portugal to spend the last few weeks of their off-season program, taking advantage of the good weather, good food and a variety of good trails for testing setups.
That's what happened in Tarouca, a combination of theses factors turned this event the best place to riders and teams test their progress and compare themselves with the rest of the pack.

Knowing this, the Portuguese crowd woke up from the last World Cup in Lousã and headed to Tarouca to cheer and support their Heroes.

What I'm going to show you further down isn't a photo epic or a race report because there are a ton of missing subjects like, pits vibes, public, emotional moments and so, but I felt that these few pictures could give you a taste of what this year World Cup will be.




Can't wait to see how riders will perform in Lourdes but one thing is true: it's gonna be a tight one!


Elite Men

1st. PIERRON Amaury — 2:39:750
2nd. BANDEIRA Goncalo — 2:41:557
3rd. COULAGES Benoit — 2:42:054
4th. VERGIER Loris — 2:42:247
5th. HARRISON Charlie — 2:42:688

Elite Women

1st. NICOLE Myriam — 2:58:347
2nd. HOLL Valentina — 3:00:826
3rd. SEAGRAVE Tahnee — 3:01:740
4th. BALANCHE Camille — 3:05:632
5th. CABIROU Marine — 3:07:406


  • 28 0
 I expect amaury to be shot out of a cannon this year
  • 12 0
 I sure hope so. When he's on his game there's nobody like him, and nobody that's more fun to watch. Really hoping we'll get some wild, seat-of-the-pants runs from him this season, and this is definitely a good sign.
  • 5 0
 Seems like he's finally all healed up, injury-free and back on game. Only two weeks until Lourdes!
  • 3 0
 Is it possible to fit both Amaury and Thibaut in the same cannon?
  • 1 0
 @notenduro: i dont know.. but my money would be on the amauryball !!
  • 1 0
 updating my fantasy picks as we speak
  • 2 0
 @notenduro: Work has it Commencal has a double-barrel Frenchie cannon under development for this purpose
  • 10 0
 Specialized Cannibal tire eh?
  • 3 0
 Yea, finally seeing them on DH bikes. Were raced in the EWS last summer. Hopefully available soon.
  • 3 1
 Are they like guy ass but different?
  • 2 0
 @makripper: No, more like a DHR2 then Assegai.
  • 2 0
 @btjenki: then what's the eliminator supposed to be like
  • 1 0
 @makripper: A Rekon with traction.
  • 2 0
 @NateMob: idk the eliminator does everything but mud in impressive fashion. Dhr2 style but more traction with same brake bite.
  • 1 0
 @makripper: Oh i agree, i was saying it rolls as nice as the rekon but still has teeth. I love the Eliminator as a rear tire!
  • 1 0
 @NateMob: I rode a few bike parks with them front and back. Definitely my go to setup when the weather dries up
  • 5 0
 They're some absolutely brilliant pictures. It's often very hard to get a perspective of the actual steepness in photos but a fair few of these show it really really well. Thank you.
  • 5 2
 Interesting, neither winner is known to have a BMX background.
  • 3 0
 That course looks sick.
  • 2 0
 Gonçalo our flagsman! Someone give him a seat ❤️
  • 2 0
 I was there, great weekend!
  • 1 0
 maybe the race report doesn't differentiate a DNF from a DNS, but there a lot of big names on the DNF list...
  • 1 0
 Do I spy a single crown Trek E bike?
  • 1 0
 Skin suits are back in this year it seems
  • 2 0
 Awesome report ma dude!
  • 1 0
 loic is actually riding spec. rubber. looks to be a new tire!

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