Final Results: La Bresse DH World Cup 2018

Aug 25, 2018 at 3:51
by Pinkbike Staff  
Eddie Masters has been killing it this year in both downhill and enduro after missing Mont Sainte Anne and picking up another EWS podium he returned to downhill with a bang ending up the day 8th fastest.

UCI results & live timing.

Final Results:

Elite Men

1st. MAES Martin 2:26.841
2nd ATHERTON GEE+1.391
3rd. MACDONALD Brook +3.125
4th. THIRION Remi +3.787
5th. KERR Bernard +4.168


Elite Women

1st. ATHERTON Rachel 2:51.421
2nd. SEAGRAVE Tahnee +0.638
3rd. NICOLE Myriam +11.662
4th. HANNAH Tracey +12.036
5th. CURD Katy +15.112


Junior Women

1st. HOLL Valentina 2:56.147
2nd. ZIBASA Paula +17.564
3rd. JOHNSET Mille +18.478
4th. ATKINSON Maya +26.896
5th. MONAGHAN Rosy +27.442
Junior Men

1st. DAPRELA Thibaut 2:34.291
2nd. KERR Henry +0.724
3rd. EDWARDS Kade +0.752
4th. BOTTERAM Tristan +1.105
5th. LADEIRA Tiago +4.325






Live Updates:

6:35 - "Did it for the enduro spirit.... good to beat the downhill boys at their own game." - Martin Maes post-race

6:33 - MARTIN MAES DOES IT!!!!!!

6:30 - Brook Macdonald pulls off a wicked run, but only gets him third. He's guaranteed a top-four finish with only Amaury Pierron left at the top to challenge Maes.

6:26 - Loic Bruni gives Maes a run for his money but even the world champ can't keep up with him and loses time somewhere in the last split.

6:21 - Connor Fearon slips a pedal out of the gate, three men left to challenge Martin Maes' time.

6:17 - Gwin goes down! This is Martin Maes' race to lose!

6:16 - Things are looking better and better for Maes. Only 5 men left now and nobody it coming close to the top time.

5:56 - 10 riders left here in La Bresse. Will anyone be able to catch Martin Maes!?

5:46 - Dean Lucas has a chance to unseat Maes, green in the splits at the start, but falls victim to the slippery course.

5:27 - Greg Minnaar can't keep it rubber side down, putting him way outside of podium contention.

5:26 - Gee green through the first three splits but loses time to Maes at the end to slide into second.

5:22 - Eddie Masters on a great run until he clips a tree mid-race. Maes still holding the top spot with top qualifier Gee Atherton up on course next.

5:09 - Enduro shredder, Martin Maes, finds himself in the hot seat with a time of 2:26, the first man down the hill with a sub-2:30 time. Bernard Kerr sits in second, followed by Mick Hannah in third.

4:19 - "Literally the worst race ever... I'm stoked" - Rachel Atherton post-race on the conditions.

4:15 - Tahnee takes second, pulling in time in the final stretch, but crosses 0.6 back to take second.

4:13 - Tahnee in the red, but right on the tail of Rachel's split times.

4:11 - Fastest by over 11 seconds, Rachel takes the hot seat and secures her win in the overall standings, and her title as the first woman ever to take 6 overall World Cup wins.

4:09 - Absolutely crushing it, Rachel is up 7 seconds at split three.

4:06 - Tracey Hannah sends the big jumps, but loses time in the last split to Myriam and can't take first.

4:01 - Myriam Nicole goes green in all the splits, taking the top spot so far in the mud.

3:49 - Katy Kurd takes the lead in La Bresse with seven women left to go.




284 Comments

  • 560 4
 Well Martin, you just made a bunch of EWS racers wanting to go race some DH work cup, including myself hahahaha !!!!!! Not saying that we would do what you just did bro, there is only one freak around here, and it's YOU !!!! Congrats you fucking Champ, we love you !!
  • 27 4
 you guys had lots of wet practice!!!
  • 24 82
flag jozefk (Aug 25, 2018 at 6:57) (Below Threshold)
 @PaulLehr: You mean skills... not 100 runs on 1 track, but 1 run and blind into 3 - 8 tracks .....EWS > DOWNHILL
  • 9 0
 GOGO Yoann on attend que ça Smile
  • 260 3
 The EWS Racers finally found their sport they can retire to!
  • 8 0
 @PaulLehr: Enduro Wet Series they called it.
  • 1 1
 YOBAR! YOBAR! YOBAR!
  • 5 0
 So impressive Martin! Incredible work!!
  • 7 3
 @Trailstunter: LOL, a couple of practice runs each day for 3 days doesn't amount to 100. Way to waste an attempt at hyperbole. You could take 100 practice runs here on your enduro bike and never reach the times these racers do. Move along.
  • 3 0
 Well said, mate! Martin Maes for upset win of the year!
  • 5 29
flag jozefk (Aug 25, 2018 at 10:05) (Below Threshold)
 @ka-brap: well... see it as an percentage then... 1 run to 20 runs... it is 2000% more training... and just 1 stage to go.... not 5 to 8 stages.... simple...
For the rest, not true... Martin was doubting to run on his enduro bike...
He also lowered the dh bike cause it was more like his enduro bike then...

Know your facts Ka-Brappa
  • 1 0
 Edit: joke was already made.
  • 6 5
 @Trailstunter: How can you think a 190mm Fox 40 mounted to 200mm DH frame is anything like an enduro bike? Despite your delusions, it's not. Does Martin want to replicate his geometry so the fit of his DH bike is more similar to his enduro? Naturally, no issue there and it makes perfect sense for him to do so. But he still rode a DH bike.

You just fail to take into consideration why more practice runs are required for a DH event. And you also fail to note that EWS races have practice too. To claim they only take one run and it's their race run is untrue.
  • 7 33
flag jozefk (Aug 25, 2018 at 11:44) (Below Threshold)
 @ka-brap: You braaaaaap a lot, but don't know where you talk about...
EWS has one or a few training, in some not even 1... it is pure blind into the game...
You cannot ever compare DH to EWS..... EWS needs loads more skill...
Many times two days, full days, changing weather conditions, all different trails... only few times ridden at most..
You have no clue...

About the bike.. you have no clue either... modern Enduro bikes are almost like DH bikes... travell and sizing...
  • 18 6
 You sound like a f*cking idiot dude...

And no, enduro bikes are not almost like DH bikes...when was the last time you rode a DH bike? Couldn’t have been recently with that opinion.

No doubt modern enduro bikes are more capable than bikes of yesteryear, but DH bikes are no different...they’ve changed a lot too.

Both specialties have their place and are a lot of fun.

I don’t see Maes pulling this off on a proper track in normal conditions, but I didn’t see him pulling this off to begin with- incredible riding and well deserved
  • 5 29
flag jozefk (Aug 25, 2018 at 12:02) (Below Threshold)
 @nvranka: They are... 180mm bikes... 200mm ... a few mm ...
head angle... just a minimal...
You don't know a freaking F*** about Maes if you talk like this... better dive in his track record smarty...
  • 4 2
 I’m sorry!! I have a new man crush on Pierron!
  • 6 2
 @Trailstunter: calm down lmao, don’t have an aneurism.

My opinion is pretty meaningless so what do you care if I don’t see a repeat in lenzerheide.

Cheer for him if you want, he’s clearly a great rider with a good attitude liked by all
  • 25 0
 @Trailstunter: Honestly all probs to maes for what he did, definetly remarkable that he is able to deliver on a bike thats verry much not his all day everyday rig and especially within a disciplin thats verry much different to what he normally does.
I don't think anyone here neglegts that EWS racers are incredable bikers that can do amzing things on two wheels. That sad though, I also believe your comparison between EWS and DH is totally off topic here, they are two verry different disciplines for a reason. E.g. small mistakes and bobbles can make the difference between 1st and 15th in a DH run, were as in EWS u can expect everyone to mess up/not take the perfect line at least once over the course of 2 days.
What really is impressive about this is that maes takes the win in two totally different disciplines, that have similarities but their own unice challenges (just like shaun white with snowboard and skateboard).

But imho you should just stop trying to pull an analogy towards EWS being better or having the better riders than DHWC or vice versa. Anyone that does that misses the pont that these ppl are all just amazing riders and can be good in anything they really wanna achive greatness in, if they want to.
To determine whats harder or more demanding also falls within the same category, as some ppl will find their challenge to have one run down were all counts and every piece of concentration is needed, while others may find it more attractive to race multiple lines over the course of two days and see who is the greatest enduro rider of the weekend.

So let the people decide themselfe what they find better and pls stop trying to uselessly prove a point. After all what do you want to acchive with this argument? Force people to watch more EWS? Do advertising for EWS? Tell us how dumb we are watching DH instead of EWS? How about we leave the advertising to Maes, he did an amazing job with it today and truly deserved his win, i don't think anyone can deny that Wink
Cheers.
  • 12 0
 @Trailstunter: I'm assuming that you don't ride downhill and aren't in the EWS
  • 198 1
 My head just fucking exploded looking at that side jump nose bonk by Gwin!!! That's something you would expect in Semenuk's edits not DHWC
  • 12 1
 I've seriously gotta see a replay of that. Amazing
  • 30 15
 Do you mean a-Maes-ing?
Hurr hurr
  • 5 0
 Right in front of the camera haha.
  • 16 8
 It turns out 29 inch wheels are not so bad for freeriding after all.
  • 8 1
 coolest move ever seen!
  • 1 1
 @velociraptor-clintthrust: That's a good one! Thumbs up!!
  • 10 0
 Can someone please create a GIF of that move?!
  • 3 2
 The Gwyn Scrub. Unbelievable. If he had come through the slick section without it taking him out, that might have been the move to wij him the race.
  • 150 1
 Apparently, Martin Maes is really good at riding bikes haha!!

Ironically, this looked like one of the most physical tracks of the year. What an awesome race!

I was expecting to see that Martin had just smashed the lower section, and while he did win it, he only won sector 4 by .648 and sector 5 by .122. What seemed to be the case was that everyone who was fast up top was slower at the bottom and vise versa. Gee actually won sector 3 by .809.

Some other notables:

Greg Williamson 4th at split 4 before a crash.
Bernard Kerr in 5th! Yes boy!
Matt Walker, one of the original vanzacs in 13th.

Also, Amaury is too much... too good.

Would have loved to see the Atherton 1 - 1.

worldcup.eliotjackson.com/results
  • 10 1
 Looks like the rain helped prevent it getting sticky for that flat part which must have helped, but there's no taking away from the rest of it.
  • 8 1
 Anecdotally, many would like to believe that the weather during Martin's run played a huge part to him winning (a la Lourdes last year). Just looking at the variety of the top 10 times per split and sector reveal that there really is no data to prove that weather truly influenced the winners today.

@EliotJackson this is great stuff, and to be able to turn it around so quickly is awesome too. Gotta find time to learn this one of these days. I can just imagine the possibilities with data visualization and a whole host of other stuff.
  • 127 1
 Brook MacDonalds WTF look at Maes at the end of his run?!

"YOU MIGHT f*ckING WIN MATE!"

Best moment of the year for me haha
  • 7 0
 LMFO when I saw it Smile
  • 4 0
 i think i heard "WTF did you do up there?" Smile what a legend.
  • 115 1
 I, for one, welcome our new enduro overlord.
  • 8 3
 This one's for enduro spirit... ENDURO SPIRIT
  • 79 0
 martin maes you effin legend!!!!! winning an EWS and a DH worldcup within a week, just wow!
  • 19 2
 Also probably one of the nicest guys around.
  • 17 0
 @Protato: seems very humble but also a true competitor.
  • 4 0
 @Protato: Also a Belgian
  • 1 0
 @striveCF15 even if you ignore the fact that DH isn’t his trade the fact that he should have been too jet lagged to compete should have sealed his fate. What a monster!
  • 62 0
 "Down like an old woman"
  • 13 1
 how quickly he came up with that was hillarious^^
  • 16 1
 .....on a cruise ship!

Amaesballs!

I overslept - is the Gwin bonk clip up anywhere?
  • 3 0
 @wassoides: He had been saving that one for such an occasion Smile
  • 28 0
 bit of the old 'freecaster' Rob came out there haha loved it!
  • 1 0
 @wassoides: we call that the rubber man....hits the ground and bounces back up.
  • 15 1
 A far cry from:

"HE WENT DOWN HARDER THAN AMY WINEHOUSE!"

And other classics like

"He's all over the place... LIKE A MONKEY DRY HUMPIN' A FOOTBALL!"

"He looks like he just shit a Lego death star"

"That's as popular as a ginger haired step child!"

"That would have opened up his arse hold like a vintage golf bag!"
  • 1 0
 Best commentary of the year!
  • 1 0
 @vroomvroompartystarter: @TimnberG here are some more...

"He went down like a $20 dollar hooker for Fifty Bucks"

"he's more tired than a Maxxis Minion"

"That bike climbs like a monkey on meth"

"That's easier than a drunken prom date"

"That kid is about as sharp as a beach ball"

well, you get the idea
  • 1 0
 read this in kiwi accent....

He hit the "deck" like an old woman on a cruise ship.
  • 47 1
 With the joking about 'EWS being for DH wash-ups' (even if it's all in good taste) and the sport still being in its relative infancy, it must feel amazing for Maes to show these guys what's up. And not to mention Belgium's first WC win and GT's first on the new bike... the kid can really ride a bike.
  • 8 1
 Maybe a few years ago, there is still the odd dh retiree in there but I think enduro has moved on.
  • 12 27
flag jamesdunford (Aug 25, 2018 at 7:45) (Below Threshold)
 I’m surprised no one is talking about conditions. During the last 10 or so riders, no one got on the podium. Thus, how can we not deduce he had a huge advantage running earlier?
  • 21 0
 Brook did?@jamesdunford:
  • 2 0
 Pretty sure Maes raced DH before...... So yea.
  • 8 3
 @jamesdunford: he 100% did. A few racers brought it up (track getting sticky and slower) but Im surprised the commentators didn't.
  • 4 0
 @jamesdunford: Shaw was up til he went down.
  • 15 0
 Sad thing is that in belgium media there is not a single word about him...
  • 26 3
 @jamesdunford: Cause Pierron crashed, otherwise he and Brook did both...
And the commentators brought it up several times.. have you been watching hockey or something?

The difference was not that big in conditions, Martin just smoked the 3th and 4th section, fair and square win !!
  • 2 0
 @TheHill: Indeed,i would be very surprised if it made the evening news.Maybe RBTF.
  • 2 19
flag jamesdunford (Aug 25, 2018 at 9:12) (Below Threshold)
 Nope, I watch every round. Doesn’t take anyone super intelligent to see he wasn’t anywhere in quali. Not even in the top 15. So down vote me all you want. Conditional clealry were worse (the best guys in the world just about kept in touch. Look in Motocross. Track breaks down in the wet, and they’re slower. @Trailstunter:
  • 6 0
 @TheHill: maybe I can go to the nearby RTBF with my DH bike, my horn, and aa belgian flag, maybe they will finally notice that there are other sports then football or road cycling.
  • 3 0
 @atrokz: He was second to Greenland at 2015 Worlds so...
  • 15 1
 @jamesdunford: Wrong- Maes qualified 12th, which is very solid (and remember that in the last downhill race he entered he got 10th in finals). In his race run today, it was raining a lot harder. So while conditions may have been different for the protected riders, it wasn't necessarily harder for them and easier for Maes. Only 26 riders came after Maes. Conditions weren't that drastic to offer an unfair advantage to Maes and no racer has made such a claim. The only people making such a dumb claim are on the internet.
  • 5 1
 @jamesdunford: You mean he was the first in quali after Gwin? And before Danny Hart? ... Nowhere huh? Wink
  • 1 0
 @zoobab2: maybe if you pretend it's just another cyclocross race?
  • 1 1
 @ka-brap: Franckly, if one wanted to complain I don't think it would be well regarded, he would be crucified as a sore loser and quite unpopular (just seeing how it was for those voicing their opinion on 29er one or two years ago).
  • 2 0
 @zoobab2: ok ???? vous pouvez faire ca et je vais regarder la tele flamande en attendant un video de votre arrestation ????
  • 1 0
 @jamesdunford: amaury? Had he not crashed.
  • 1 0
 @Jenstin: Oh man,i think it's gone snow tonight????
  • 2 1
 @ka-brap: I take that back, I read on my phone and missed it.

Calling someone dumb because they have a different opinion to you is ridiculous. I'm fortunate enough to have a) visited LB on Thursday and looked at the track b) having been involved in data acquisition in Motocross for over a decade and c) have enough of an understanding to know what works.

This place is full of clueless people who don't seem to have a concept of how track conditions change.
  • 2 0
 @jamesdunford: For the record, I did not call you dumb. I said your claim was dumb. And there is a difference between the two.

Yes, of course track conditions change. It happens at every race, probably nowhere more so than Val di Sole. My point was that while track & weather conditions change, the conditions between start number 37 and 63 weren't unfairly different. You could argue that Maes had worse conditions because he had less visibility. And when you watch his race run, you can see that he almost completely crashes in one of the "easiest" sections of the track. The same can be argued for track conditions between Maes and the next 16-26 riders. Different? Of course- that's racing. Enough to offer an unfair advantage? Not at all.
  • 4 0
 @jamesdunford: There's footage of Martins race run, the only advantage he had looks to be the bottom grass corners weren't as cut up - track up top was just as slick and Martin was riding LOOSE!
  • 1 0
 @sarah-maude: yup. He was on the GT downhill team wasnt he?
  • 4 2
 Here Martin's full race run...
All I see is a much faster speed and better control than all the rest of the field...

www.redbull.com/int-en/tv/video/AP-1VWBVJTN92111/mens-winning-run-dh-la-bresse
  • 1 0
 @atrokz: they did mention: he was 2nd at junior world championships
  • 1 0
 @Trailstunter: Faster yes, but let's be honest- his run was pretty loose (which made it more awesome to watch). He almost got bucked at :32 and almost high-sided himself in the asphalt berm. Definitely an on the edge race run.
  • 1 0
 @ka-brap: let's agree to disagree
  • 3 0
 @jamesdunford: 5 of the top eight qualifiers finished inside the top 8 so that throws your theory out the window somewhat. And 2nd qualifier Pierron was clearly on pace to join them before his crash. And Luca Shaw was also on pace to go close to the win. The qualifiers we're clearly representative of the riders real pace.

The only difference is that Maes made a significant jump from his qualifying position , while all of the others stayed around the same. With the new start order, guys who werent on pace this weekend like Vergier, Hart, Brosnan, Iles, Blenki started later than they should have under the old start system. That made it seem like the track was slowing them down but they just werent fast on this track.

People who qualified well, finished well (unless they crashed). Look at Roots & Rain, and then tell me I'm wrong.
  • 46 1
 Despite that crash, Pierron proves he's the top dog. Amazing season out of that kid. He'll be the man to beat going forward.
  • 11 0
 He was all or nothing, he purely enjoyed the last WC.
  • 9 40
flag zoobab2 (Aug 25, 2018 at 9:16) (Below Threshold)
 I was praying in front of my screen that Peirron would slip, god listened and he slipped in the last section!
  • 16 2
 @zoobab2: What's wrong with you
  • 9 3
 @mentalhead: Like Maes, He's Belgian. Can't blame him.
  • 42 0
 Holy shit Gwin's nose manual/scrub
  • 11 1
 Even when he crashes he finds a way to be a standout. UCI dh's sickest move of the year
  • 34 1
 Rachel is a beast! Great run! First woman with 6 overall World Cup wins!
  • 24 0
 Great to see a proper battle between Rachel and Tahnee. Makes things a lot more interesting. Rachel's still the Queen but only just.
  • 23 1
 UCI: LISTEN UP!!!!! STOP MUCKING AROUND WITH THE FORMAT. THE BIG TEAMS JUST WANT MORE AIR TIME. REDBULL JUST WANT TO MANIPULATE THE "STORY" TO SUIT THEIR COVERAGE. BOTH RESULTED IN A F##K UP WITH THE COVERAGE. NO LIVE FEED ON THE WINNING RUN. RIDERS TREATING QUALIES LIKE A PRACTISE RUN.

* KEEP POINTS FOR QUALIES
* START TIME BASED OFF QUALIES

KISS !!! (Keep It Simple Stupid)
  • 27 3
 What a frustrating race to watch. Wow
  • 33 5
 thanks uci for ruining the wc races .. this is why best quali time should the last to come down the hill .. everytime ! and yeah last top 15 guys clearly have stickiest mud conditions ... maes was the 12th quali time, gee the first .. if the real starts list was respected, it's maybe no gonna be same story. anyway congrats to maes, definitely ! what a beast, it's too funny to watch him beat all the big bike guys, it's gonna be a good battle in switzerland for the world champs
  • 6 4
 @sevenup: Yup def, great run nontheless but the weather factor played it's part here.
  • 7 2
 @sevenup: Yea, if it had been old start list style times I think bull dog would have won today, It got allot sticker. But that's DH racing and Mae's and Gee deserve that result. Mae's was always gonna be a great DH racer with the skills he's got, racing against Sam Hill ain't easy.
  • 7 2
 I still think it's good that the ones battling for the overall get roughly the same condition. It's a bit frustrating for the race win but the overall is really what it's all about.
  • 15 19
flag jozefk (Aug 25, 2018 at 7:00) (Below Threshold)
 @sevenup: @dueling:

Crybabies... Maes just beat all fair and square... Skills, commitment, raw power and endur(o/ance)
  • 12 2
 @Trailstunter: lol with your "ews>downhill" comment everywhere your clearly fair .. dude both ews and wc dh are sick ..
  • 6 25
flag jozefk (Aug 25, 2018 at 8:11) (Below Threshold)
 @sevenup: I am LMAO of all the DH groupies to take the bite...
I love EWS and DH, too bad EWS has not the coverage with media like DH.
But EWS is the kings class, not DH... EWS is much more spectacular and takes more skill to ride so much on a day, total different tracks and mostly changing weather conditions. Much more demanding too for the body...
DH is a great sport, but a total different discipline than EWS...
Martin just showed it... he was not on a DH bike since Fort William, and he smokes them all here ...
  • 13 0
 @Trailstunter: @Trailstunter: He's just a great rider! He's also used to pushing in Flat Wet Sections (TM) with his Enduro Wet Series (TM) skills. Also that new gt fury with high piv horst must pedal great in that mess. The dude is smart and lowered his front fork, he knew exactly what to do

kudos!
  • 2 0
 @TobiasHandcock: I think it is fine as is, mabye hardest conditions for the best.
Like ekstra weight in standard car racing.
Makes the overall more interesting.

Well did Maes' lower frontend also help him, have more grip??
  • 3 1
 @Trailstunter: You forgot to mention focus, dedication, determination, heart, clear vision, enthusiasm, drive..
  • 4 7
 @DuelingBanjos: Thanks for reminding me Wink +1 to you...
Martin is still 21... he is already for years in EWS cause he won all there was in juniors..
A multi trick pony... slalom, 4cross, downhill, enduro, it does not matter, he won them all and proves he wins them all...
Next years, Martin will be stronger even due to age and muscle development and will be the man to beat, watch my words...
  • 4 0
 @Trailstunter: @Trailstunter: Maybe i'm a little bit a dh groupie but your seem to be a total maes groupie. (joke man)

You're right on the some point with the enduro but you're dissing to much dh race. Racing in dh is so hard, not lot of enduro guys can make the cut on a saturday wc quali(a lot are ex world cup racers(rude, hill, cunningham) but honestly theyre 4/5 riders on the top 20/30 in enduro who can make the top 60 in a world cup quali and vice versa. Lot of dh guys seem to struggle to find the speed at ews at finale ligure last year, but some really arrived during the season this year (keegan, eddie the eagle)

So ok maybe Maes was an alien, but not all the enduro world series riders..

Personnaly I race enduro and dh both and at national round, enduro need more multi-skilled but the intensity in a dh race run has no equivalent, and not everyone can make that intensity..(
I do not say here that I am pro, not all lol) like I said before, in my opinion both are sick but different

But you can think what you want ! the owner of my local gt shop told me today that the next year plan for maes is racing all the world cup race and a couple of ews, i'm curious what your boy can do on the overall ! Wink
  • 1 7
flag jozefk (Aug 25, 2018 at 12:58) (Below Threshold)
 @sevenup: Who said all enduro riders?

Martin, I talked to him a few times personally, is indeed a multi skilled pro ... he wins it all.. slalom, 4 cross, enduro, dh... does not matter... his father was a world champ already...
He went into the elite cause he had nothing more to win in juniors... still he is one of the youngest of the field... you underestimate Maes to the level that you dont know shit about biking.....
btw it is not that different... Maes just showed the DH groupies... he won it easy... without months of training..

Dive into history before you bark against the wrong tree pls...
  • 5 3
 @monz9dk: No, It was fine when it was seeded by the qualifying. Mae's is arguably one of the top 5 but he had conditions that were allot better than the top 5 guys.
  • 3 6
 @TobiasHandcock: complete utter BS
  • 4 2
 @Trailstunter: you seem to know everything, for sure ..
  • 3 1
 The UCI rule change next year that only one of the last 20 down the mountain can win. To prevent unfortunate incidents such this going forward.
  • 1 0
 @TobiasHandcock: Ive posted this a few times but I'll just post it once more.

5 of the top eight qualifiers finished inside the top 8 so that throws your theory out the window somewhat. And 2nd qualifier Pierron was clearly on pace to join them before his crash. And Luca Shaw was also on pace to go close to the win. The qualifiers we're clearly representative of the riders real pace.

The only difference is that Maes made a significant jump from his qualifying position (9 seconds quicker than his qualification), while most of the others only improved by 3-5 seconds. With the new start order, guys who werent on pace this weekend like Vergier, Hart, Brosnan, Iles, Blenki started later than they should have under the old start system. That made it seem like the track was slowing them down but they just werent fast on this track.

People who qualified well, finished well (unless they crashed). Look at Roots & Rain, and then tell me I'm wrong.
  • 20 0
 We would've all seen Maes' run in real time if they had the traditional starting order too.
  • 9 1
 My biggest frustration with this round indeed..
  • 3 14
flag deez-nucks (Aug 25, 2018 at 9:05) (Below Threshold)
 You would have seen him lose too.
  • 19 0
 Gee! Awesome Let him race worlds
  • 13 0
 Top 10 in overall. 3rd best from GB. Not so smart GB.
  • 17 1
 Holl you beast
  • 18 3
 No one's laughing at Enduro now!
  • 3 0
 Maybe Sam Hill, he came to the EWS and dominate it, including all the super ews superstars...
  • 2 0
 @xMARTINx: Umm.. pretty sure Hill is good enough to laugh at/dominate just about anyone, not just the EWS. He did have a prior career, ya know...
  • 1 0
 @xMARTINx: yeah he posted up like a g and pooped on the ews
  • 14 2
 Yeah Martin Maes!! People will talk about the varying weather conditions but the magic happened in between splits 2 and 3. ;-)
  • 9 1
 Just realized Maes also put a second over everybody else in the Schlitte section. Wow!
  • 10 0
 Martin's run was very very good. But the thing that impressed me most......... was riding that bike up hill all the way too the start of the run. Enduro through and through. Haha.....
  • 17 6
 Holl 3rd in elite on that time. Amazing. Make her elite next year please.
  • 7 1
 not the same conditions for the women elite ..
  • 24 0
 She doesn't want to be in Elite next year. Being in Elite is a full-time, 100% commitment and with her still yet to finish the equivalent of high school, she has other priorities at the moment. Be patient, she's only 16 and will get there soon enough.
  • 3 1
 @ka-brap: If Loic managed to get his bachelor while riding at the top, i'm sure she could too...
  • 1 0
 @zede: True, but this is info coming straight from her so, yeah
  • 6 0
 @zede: she’s a kid, let her be a kid for another year.
  • 9 0
 Martin Maes looking at Amaury Pieron run on the screen.. just like Matti Lehikoinen looking at Sam Hill run.... ans just got unbelievable win
  • 11 0
 Quick!! Everyone go buy a GT
  • 11 5
 This is me grasping at straws, but there was a rumor going around of the Athertons splitting from Trek and I saw something today that might confirm that. If you look back in the season, even as recently as MSA, Rachel's white World Cup leader's vest had Trek on it. Today it didn't. Also, on the podium one would think Rachel would be cognisant and pro enough to take the vest off to show the big Trek printed on her chest. Not today, for the biggest podium of the year. Or I'm full of shit, which is possible too.
  • 38 1
 I think it's due to your extensive crashing
  • 10 3
 MAES ! On 27.5 wheels!
  • 1 0
 heard the same rumor, silly season is starting soon!
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flag digitalsoul (Aug 25, 2018 at 6:41) (Below Threshold)
 Maybe Trek didn't have enough cry boxes and safe spaces for Rachel.
  • 3 1
 Downhiller gonna reduce their travel to 190mm now.
  • 3 4
 @endurocat: #f*ck29ers
  • 2 6
flag mattcltfd (Aug 25, 2018 at 10:36) (Below Threshold)
 They are both retiring. Last season for them. Age + hormones. So cute.
  • 10 2
 No, he went on a beast run and he had a bit of luck with the rain coming down while he was on track, cleans up your tires.
  • 10 1
 Maes made it with “the spirit of enduro!”
  • 6 0
 What's useful for the top Enduro riders to now know. If they want to earn a bit of extra cash, they have a good chance of winning some downhill world cups if they want to race them also!
  • 5 0
 "good to beat the downhill boys at their own game" -Martin Maes

Oh man, thems is fightin words.

Reminds me a bit like Shaun Palmer and his: "I dont know, these guys are training hard and practicing and I was out drinking all night, then come out here and beat them all. It's like maybe I should retire and give someone else a chance to win ." Yeah, he was the best.
  • 2 1
 Definitely said in jest, the accent just didn’t quite carry over
  • 1 0
 @kleinblake: No irony there for sure, I agree it sounded rather arrogant. Didn't he say something similar after Fort William?
  • 1 0
 @kleinblake: yeah, I figured it was in jest but there are many truths said in jest.
Palmer wasn't serious either but he was still breaking balls. It's all good though
  • 1 0
 @DaveJube: Palm was for sure a lot more serious
  • 1 0
 @kleinblake: he was just the best though, was he not?
  • 2 0
 @DaveJube: definitely
  • 8 0
 For the record, here is his winning run, and what a run!

www.facebook.com/RedBullBike/videos/226688518011861
  • 8 0
 So how does a old woman go down?
  • 12 0
 You've never been on a cruise?
  • 2 1
 Don’t be vulgar Wink
  • 2 0
 Slip and fall of course
  • 7 0
 27.5 is safe for now. We weren’t ready for the what’s Gwin winning on 29 would do to the internet.
  • 7 2
 I said and I say it again: the well known young female talent is called HÖLL. If you don‘t have an ö, use OE. That world make it HOELL and is the common international writing.
  • 4 0
 Maes was amazing but my highlight of the day from Rob Warner when Amaury went down 'He's down like an old woman , he hits the deck like an old woman on a cruise ship" paraphrased as missed a bit but had me cracking up. Almost as good as the Danny Hart balls line ????????????????
  • 9 1
 Amaesing
  • 6 0
 Strange times.... Downhillers winng EWS..... Enduristi winning DH WCs...... What a time to be alive!
  • 7 0
 First belgian victory in DH! Martin Maes l'extraterrestre!
  • 6 0
 A big Win / Win for Maes and the launch of the new GT's Fury........#ENDUROASF?*K
  • 7 0
 What a stupid starting order...
  • 3 0
 What a fantastic podium. Amazing come back seasons for 2-5 from injury or off years. And Maes. Wow. Very tip of EWS, and has proven to be nearing the elitists of DH. Early this week he said he hopes to focus on DH next year as well... Be amazing to add him to the elite top 10 riders on any given weekend. So happy for Gee, Brook, Remi, Bernard. NO QUIT!!!
  • 7 1
 Maes... you Fastard! Beast Mode!!!
  • 6 2
 It is incredible how much time Maes pulled in the sticky woods section. Nobody will catch him today

Kudos Martin, back to back win EWS > DH
  • 6 0
 Can we chat about Gwins scrub or whatever that was.
  • 4 0
 Physics hate him!
  • 2 0
 I call it gwrub
  • 1 0
 He is riding his BMX/jump bike too much...
  • 1 0
 I will try it next time I race a World Cup DH rave
  • 5 0
 Say it with me! MAR-TIN MAES! MAR-TIN MAES! MAR-TIN MAES! Dude is a freaking animal! Salute #aMAESing
  • 3 0
 It would have been insane to listen to Rob Warner scream, "LOOK AT THE TIME," as Martin passed the finish line. Sadly we didn't even get to see his run. Is what it is I guess eh.
  • 4 0
 Glad to see Gee right up there again. The guy had so much injuries over the past seasons. Glad he got a chance again to show how good he really is.
  • 5 0
 Congrats to Maes!Amaury was once again on another level!
  • 4 0
 Highlights of the race for me:

Finn's pull-off mid air and Gwin's crazy sideways scrub thing.
  • 5 0
 And so the season concludes and the dark ages rise again...
  • 1 0
 One more race. ????
  • 3 0
 let's not forget what a great bike handler Maes is! He rips up a dual slalom course as good as anyone! Would have loved to see Sam Hill in the mix!
  • 2 1
 They really need to do something to attract more women to the sport. They time difference between the top 5 is staggering. The difference to the men is even more staggering. If there was more competition then they would have no choice but to up their game and times would tumble. Women have proven to be able to compete and beat the men in motorsport which is incredibly physical. I'm sure things could change in this sport if they was more uptake in women competing.
  • 2 1
 Credit where its due, maes must have put together good run, but the track definitely looked like it turned to shit, riders were losing time out of nowhere, pierron was killing it but still lost time before he crashed, rain washes the mud away, people just cant admit it.
  • 1 0
 Rain gets rid of mud? You do know how mud's made, right? Wink
  • 1 0
 @mtbikeaddict: It thins it out, so the tyres can get to the base soil and grip.
  • 1 0
 5 of the top eight qualifiers finished inside the top 8 so that throws your theory out the window somewhat. And 2nd qualifier Pierron was clearly on pace to join them before his crash. And Luca Shaw was also on pace to go close to the win. The qualifiers we're clearly representative of the riders real pace.

The only difference is that Maes made a significant jump from his qualifying position (9 seconds quicker than his qualification), while most of the others only improved by 3-5 seconds. With the new start order, guys who werent on pace this weekend like Vergier, Hart, Brosnan, Iles, Blenki started later than they should have under the old start system. That made it seem like the track was slowing them down but they just werent fast on this track.

People who qualified well, finished well (unless they crashed). Look at Roots & Rain, and then tell me I'm wrong.
  • 5 0
 MAES ING
  • 4 0
 Aaron's nose bonk to scrub must have Semenuk smiling.......
  • 7 6
 Can we stop pretending like the track wasn’t getting progressively fked as it went?

The start order makes zero sense, but was gold Gee and Martin today.

The highlight of the day was “The Gwynn” scrub
  • 1 0
 5 of the top eight qualifiers finished inside the top 8 so that throws your theory out the window somewhat. And 2nd qualifier Pierron was clearly on pace to join them before his crash. And Luca Shaw was also on pace to go close to the win. The qualifiers we're clearly representative of the riders real pace.

The only difference is that Maes made a significant jump from his qualifying position , while all of the others stayed around the same. With the new start order, guys who werent on pace this weekend like Vergier, Hart, Brosnan, Iles, Blenki started later than they should have under the old start system. That made it seem like the track was slowing them down but they just werent fast on this track.

People who qualified well, finished well (unless they crashed). Look at Roots & Rain, and then tell me I'm wrong.
  • 3 0
 Such a great year of racing! The Frenchies killed it this year! I’m already pumped for next year WOOO!
  • 4 0
 27.5” wheels dominate men’s and women’s!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Any link to the live streaming? On Redbull.tv, this link says "video unavailable":

www.redbull.com/int-en/tv/video/AP-1U6A9CNH91W11/mens-dh-finals-en-la-bresse
  • 1 0
 SOmething is weird, works on one tab, doesn't work in another.
  • 1 0
 I had problems with that link aswell, but if you click on the TV tab instead of live events on the redbull site you'll get this link which was working fine for me www.redbull.com/int-en/tv/tv. Looks like two different players/streams where in the latter one you can only watch live and not go back in time.
  • 1 0
 Replay in on now - including Cedric Gracia's French version
  • 3 0
 Hahaha,comes to my mind the Aumery lashing out at Enduro on WynTV.
  • 2 0
 Hey Pinkbike guys why have you Amaurie Pierron down for second with Gees time? Gee got second not Pierron.
  • 2 0
 @Pinkbike Staff:
It's not Pierron second but Atherton.

Congrats to Nina and Max, of course all tge others too!
  • 3 0
 Hey Pinkbike. Amaury was 10th not second
  • 4 0
 And gee was second....PINK BIKE admin, drink your coffee and edit this. Props to GEE
  • 3 5
 Pinkbike editors do not proof what they publish. It's outside their payscale. They have minions in the comments section to do that sort of work for them.
  • 3 1
 Remember. Its alllllll free. You get what you pay for.
  • 1 0
 by the way, amaury wasn't second, gee was, so please correct the summary of the results pinkbike, thanks. the script is correct.
EDIT: it's corrected, thanks.
  • 2 0
 as rachel said in her final interview: the course was a little too flat for a dh world cup.
  • 1 0
 The difference between 1st and 43rd in the elite mens was the same as the difference between 1st and 3rd in elite womens. That is some wild sh1t
  • 4 1
 Hill you beast
  • 1 0
 Eyyyy got the top 3 men right! Would have been top 4 if Amaury hadn't washed out
  • 3 0
 What a season!!!
  • 3 2
 6:35 - "Did it for the enduro spirit.... good to beat the downhill boys at their own game." - Martin Maes post-race
  • 1 0
 Finn Iles' reaction at the end of his run is quite weird : seemed very angry
  • 2 0
 He was on a great run then seems to have made a mistake off camera. Not unreasonable that he'd be a little pissed off
  • 2 0
 Remi back on the podium-hell yeah!
  • 3 0
 Bien joué Martin!!!
  • 1 0
 I'm betting someone got the top 4 in Mens... gutted that I second-guessed myself and picked Pierron. Cry
  • 2 0
 Is there somewhere to watch Maes' run, or was it just not recorded?
  • 1 0
 it was posted on pinkbike just now as part of the highlights
  • 2 0
 Enduro is cool again, Down Country is dead. R.I.P. (for at least 3 years)
  • 1 0
 I like how redbull's coverage of Martin's winning run was about 5 seconds long.
  • 1 0
 Love that Warner said something along the lies of where's Sam Hill when you need him.
  • 2 0
 Well I'd say Wyn has some explaining to do to GT!!
  • 1 0
 Can't help thinking British Cycling will regret not sending Gee to the Worlds....
  • 1 1
 Every dog has his day... we've seen nothing recently to suggest Gee could have duplicated this weekend's success at Worlds.
  • 1 0
 I found the live timing mildly exciting.
  • 3 3
 Good on Maes winning!! but that 3rd sector like he run though the tape? lol Good on he for winning though!!!
  • 3 1
 Spirit of enduro.
  • 2 6
flag mattcltfd (Aug 25, 2018 at 10:18) (Below Threshold)
 Has it done an "enduro" ? cut the tape ? just saying... No spirit in enduro just cheathers.
  • 2 1
 Gutted for Amaury & Loic! But what a race to watch!
  • 1 0
 Me too, they where in my fantasy league team all season
  • 1 1
 Today the experience at the Enduro Wet Series payed of huge for Maes! One up for enduro!
  • 2 1
 Katy Kurd back on podium, after serious injury!
  • 1 1
 in Junior maybe... 14sc behind ???? is that the same race we watched ?
  • 1 0
 @mattcltfd: What? She's on the podium, Rach and Tahnee just went 11 seconds faster than third place.
  • 1 0
 Amaury did not get 2nd, he got 10th... ???
  • 1 0
 PB results have Amaury second, UCI results have Gee.
  • 2 0
 SIKMIK IS BACK
  • 1 0
 Did they show the overall standing? This race had to shake that up.
  • 1 1
 Sure, whatever, Maes won. But can you fit a water bottle into the frame he rode?
  • 1 0
 Actually, yes you can
  • 2 0
 Amazing
  • 1 0
 The KERR brothers. Henry only 4 sc behind his big bro.
  • 2 0
 DOES NOT COMPUTE
  • 1 0
 One for the historians among us:
When was the last time a GT won a DH WC?
  • 4 0
 When athertons were on gt, not exactly ancient history.
  • 2 0
 Beaumont at Val Di Sole?
  • 2 0
 What happened to Neko?
  • 1 0
 So 8 for 8?
  • 3 2
 650b ain't dead!
  • 7 7
 Enduro is for pusssies? Yeah, i think not!
  • 8 4
 No one ever said enduro is for pussies, bud
  • 3 3
 @igorov: oh man that proved it. A dude talking into a saddle microphone should def be taken seriously
  • 2 0
 @ahauck: "a dude talking into a saddle" = downhill world cup champ
lots of people says enduro is for pussies, for people afraid of jumping, etc
if you never heard that is because is hang around xc'rs
  • 1 1
 @Jouber: I know who Pierron is. No, I don’t ride xc
  • 1 0
 didn't see that coming
  • 1 0
 Blenki so Wild
  • 1 1
 Spirit of Enduro vive la revolución
  • 5 8
 youtu.be/RVEohM8BOQQ

Showing my age here, but my girlfriend thought Martin Mae's looked like Chezney Hawkes. To be fair his one hit wonder is very suitable for the win Smile Wink
  • 3 1
 You clearly don't know his history of biking...
  • 3 0
 @Trailstunter: I'm in no way inferring that Martin is a one hit wonder! In hindsight perhaps i should have chosen my words better. Here's hoping he does well at the World Champs. It's excellent news for DH and the EWS that more guys and girls are crossing over for events. It will ultimately inrich both disciplines!

However, he does have a certain passing resemblance to the above mentioned singer.
  • 1 0
 @esprit99: +1 dude Wink Love
  • 1 1
 How about doing a sanction hpp based on the dh bike?!
  • 1 0
 27.5 FTW!
  • 1 2
 wooooooo rach!!!
  • 2 4
 Aw man gutted for Tahnee, an that silly dsq
  • 2 6
flag zyoungson (Aug 25, 2018 at 7:20) (Below Threshold)
 cry me a river.
  • 2 0
 @zyoungson:

U said that u loved me - why did u leave me.......all alone?
  • 6 0
 She would still be second in the overall without the dsq
  • 3 1
 @src248: cheers,
  • 3 5
 Any body else think that Laurie Greenland looks like Sterling Archer?
  • 4 0
 Dark hair, black turtle neck... yep spitting image.
  • 2 0
 @ka-brap: seriously, next time you watch archer look compare the facial features an see if I'm wrong.....
  • 2 4
 Damn that sucks for tahnee, not even a second she could have won
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