Qualifying Results: La Bresse DH World Cup 2018

Aug 24, 2018 at 6:36
by Pinkbike Staff  
Ed Masters back on the big bike and ready to do damage to the top ranks.


Elite Men
1st. Gee ATHERTON 2:32.213
2nd. Amaury PIERRON 2:32.521 (+0.308 )
3rd. Remi THIRION 2:32.771 (+0.558 )
4th. Brook MACDONALD 2:32.832 (+0.619)
5th. Joseph SMITH 2:33.748 (+1.535)

Elite Women
1st. Tahnee SEAGRAVE 2:49.743
2nd. Rachel ATHERTON 2:58.002 (+8.259)
3rd. Tracey HANNAH 3:00.992 (+11.249)
4th. Myriam NICOLE 3:06.471 (+16.728 )
5th. Katy CURD 3:07.379 (+17.635)



Junior Men

1st. Kade EDWARDS 2:36.701
2nd. Henry KERR 2:40.273 (+3.572)
3rd. Elliot VALLON 2:42.148 (+5.447)
4th. Tristan BOTTERAM 2:42.180 (+5.479)
5th. Thibaut DAPRELA 2:43.248 (+6.547)
Junior Women

1st. Valentina HOLL 3:01.333
2nd. Mathilde BERNARD 3:30.627 (+29.294)
3rd. Maya ATKINSON 3:36.589 (+35.256)
4th. Mille JOHNSET 3:46.953 (+45.620)
5th. Tina GOZZI 4:17.528 (+1:16.195)





FULL RESULTS


149 Comments

  • + 302
 Huge FOMO this weekend haha! Everyone I've talked to has said the track is really really good. Hard to tell from the videos, but it looks kind of like a fresh flatter version of Andorra. Seems like it would be pretty challenging in the wet with all of the roots and the fact that you have to stay in a rut for most of the track.

A couple of things:

Gee's last qualifying win was 2016 in Ft. William. Not even that long ago, especially considering he's been injured for a ton of time in between.
This is Joe Smith's best qualifying result with a 5th. Previously it was a 9th in Ft. William in 2013.
Connor Fearon was only down by .147 at the 4th split and he won the 4th sector. He was 62nd at the last sector so he must have made a mistake. He would have been close to the win otherwise.
Martin Maes 1st at the first split.
Tahnee and Kade win qualifying. Omg cute.

The other thing to note is how shaken up the results are! I'm not sure if it's because of the new venue, or no qualiying points, or what, but if I were a betting man, and I am, I would say that the final results won't look much like they do right now. I would have thought the timed training dudes (Troy, Danny, etc) would have been up there, but with the track the way it is, it's hard to know who took it easy and who went for it.

This is shaping up to be by far the most exciting race of the year :0

worldcup.eliotjackson.com/results
  • + 23
 Avoid FOMO by being there man! Your style is missed. Good analysis though. I'm guessing this will all go tits up with the weather tomorrow.
  • + 25
 @BenPea: Thanks dude! After how much fun I had at MSA, I would have loved to!! I had some filming stuff planned for this week since the beginning of the year, though Frown . Hopefully it's in again next year so I can go!
  • + 4
 Yo @EliotJackson on a track like that, with the times so tight, how much difference is 2 secs? Is it really hard to find that time? Like it sounds like such small amount... Is it down to like, i dunno, a comfort brake somewhere, or pinging off a root somewhere? I mean it must be... Do you guys even comfort brake like the rest of us?
  • + 9
 @EliotJackson: If it's as good as your part in the Trance vid, your absence is forgiven.
  • + 5
 @EliotJackson definitively non-qualifying points makes the approach completely different for some, not for all..I was expecting it... good job on your stat site man, fantastic
  • + 17
 @billythegerbil: Haha! I haven't heard of "comfort braking" before. I was thinking about this a bit ago and I realized that your position kind of normalizes the difficulty of a section for you. On an easier section, I can be 0.400 back and be 20th and on a harder section I can be 4.000 back and be 20th. It may be easier to make up time in the second case, but it is the same difficulty to make up positions if that makes sense. All that to say, it's a bit deceiving when the times are tight because you think it would be "easy" to make up that time/positions, but it's really not... At all haha.
  • + 15
 Your site is the dopest dope. The filter options are dialed and the amount of past history you have gathered is insane. Thank you.
  • + 5
 Definitely a bummer that no points are awarded in today's qualifying... Without the points, few of the top racers will give it their all, and you can reason that's the answer for lots of the top racers showing up way further down the list than usual.

I wish the UCI/decision makers would just go back to normal quali points and start lists based on qualifying (with normal 20 protected riders). Gee, like Brook, deserves to start last tomorrow.
  • + 7
 lol, love the "omg cute" comment
  • + 2
 @EliotJackson

Why are there no points for qualifying?
  • + 3
 @EliotJackson: comfort braking is what you do when your a little bit nervous of impeding doom... you will have done it once, like ten years ago!
  • + 2
 @DaveJube: because last year Gwin won the overall on last race qualis. Or does my memory deceive me?
  • + 2
 @BenPea: no he didn't win it in Qualy last year. Basically whoever came first would win the series. But unfortunately Greg flatted.
  • + 1
 @humoroususername: my memory ain't great
  • - 1
 @EliotJackson: So DH-Racing is hard on any Tracks, no matter if it's a hard or an easy one...

Never thought about it that way.
  • + 1
 @billythegerbil: 2 seconds was the difference between Gee (#1) and Fearon (#7), and that's just starting from the top...
  • + 1
 @EliotJackson Hi Eliot, your page is absolutely amazing. Did you code it all yourself? And if so, what frameworks did you use, if I may ask? Smile
  • + 1
 @BenPea: I barely remember what happened at MSA much less last year....lol.

But that seems weird that UCI would just arbitrarily make a rule like that at the end of the season. But then again it is the UCI.
  • + 1
 Can you explain? They all start at the top. @mtbikeaddict:
  • + 1
 @DaveJube: it was probably planned from the start, but the info wasn't really communicated...
  • + 1
 @RoninXXX: As in when starting at the top of the list, from 1st place, a 2 second gap takes you to 7th place. If you started down further in the list, a 2 second gap would take you further, such as from 26th to 38th or 52nd to 81st. That's what I meant, not farther down the track or anything like that. Smile
  • + 80
 Literally just jumped off of my chair when I saw Gee in first!! My colleagues might be slightly concerned about my cheering and punching the air....
  • - 35
flag Euskafreez (Aug 24, 2018 at 6:46) (Below Threshold)
 Si it's not an urban legend, Gee does have some fans Big Grin
  • + 22
 Would be funny/weird if he wins and doesn't even get to go to Worlds.
  • + 51
 @Euskafreez: he’s still one of the best riders of all time
  • + 35
 Fuck yes Gee. Fuck yes
  • + 16
 Straight up, been hanging out for Gee's comeback, perfect track for it being a little shorter and complicated to figure out. Good luck in the finals Gee
  • + 11
 @Euskafreez: oh f*ck yes he does! Go Gee!
  • + 4
 It’s actually possible that timed training means more than qualifying at this round lol
  • + 1
 Stay strong boizz
  • + 16
 @Euskafreez: huge respect for Gee. One of the only riders that has podiums in DH, 4X and Rampage. Cedric Gracia is the only other I can name.
  • + 10
 Oh, and and he competes at Red Bull Hard Line just for good measure.
  • + 9
 @tremeer023: Not only competes but helps design the Hard Line course. Gee is straight up gansta on a bike. Sometimes you forget about guys like him with all the new young bloods poppin up.
  • + 5
 @DaveJube: oh, of course. Still remember the video of him and Dan test riding the big metal ramped double:
Dan: "you going first?"
Gee: "yup".
  • + 1
 @vesko: Agreed - maybe someone should step aside and let Gee take their place - that would be hard, seeing everyone would like to race Worlds.
  • + 5
 Anyone who hasn't seen it, you should check out gee's huge snow jump overshoot on YouTube. Absolute boss, even when he was 12!
  • + 28
 I would be so stoked to see Gee win a WC again.
  • + 24
 Who's this Gee ATHERTON fella? No doubt hes one of the new wave of riders we keep hearing about.
  • + 23
 Great to see Gee back up there, been too long.
  • + 19
 Nice to see Gee up there, go Tahnee, holy fricking 29 seconds Vali Holl!
  • + 9
 puts her in 4th in the elite's !
  • + 9
 Holy crap I can't wait till next year if Val goes pro , its the same comments at every race.
  • + 0
 Shes got that cool calm approach but explodes on the track, such a killer style. @poppagee:
  • + 0
 Can she go pro next year? Not sure of UCI regulations but it would seem like a crime to keep her from the big stage.
  • + 17
 No ELITE MEN results, 2x JUNIOR WOMEN
  • - 6
flag mtbmaniatv Plus (Aug 24, 2018 at 6:50) (Below Threshold)
 Yes. Angry.
  • - 14
flag scott-townes (Aug 24, 2018 at 7:02) (Below Threshold)
 This is pretty standard PB. For some reason they always fuck up displaying the elite men results.
  • - 10
flag Zafotheviking (Aug 24, 2018 at 7:05) (Below Threshold)
 @pinkbike I would like to submit my application to be your new website developer. As the new web dev I will ensure all results will get posted in a timely manner without any errors, such as posting one category twice and leaving off the most followed.

Thank you for your consideration.

Z
  • + 3
 Thank golly for @elliotjackson
  • + 14
 Either Rachel had an issue or played the tactics card - 8 secs on such a short track!
  • - 32
flag RedBurn (Aug 24, 2018 at 6:56) (Below Threshold)
 getting old ?

(looking for 4537232 negative props, please downvote)
  • + 1
 They were on a wet track so it's likely mistakes were made
  • + 11
 They don't get points for qualis this race, probably she went for a safe run
  • + 3
 Apparently she aggravated her shoulder in timed training..maybe taking it easy as a result? Her head game seems to be up and down this year.. comes out of injury, gradually gets back up to speed (and beyond..last round!!) then has a reminder of her mortality and eases off again...
  • + 1
 @RedBurn: you earned your downvote fine sir!
  • + 4
 Past women result, the older they gets, the faster they are. And most of them retired whilst they are still winning.
  • + 9
 The full PDF of Men Elite, which is currently missing from this page, is chronorace.blob.core.windows.net/webresources/20180824_dh/bres_dhi_me_results_qr_y.pdf
  • + 1
 thank you good sir!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 All the “enduro pussy” comments must have sparked a good result from Ed Masters ????
  • + 11
 Joe Smith as well, flat Pedal Pinner !!
  • + 10
 Go on Gee!!!
  • + 7
 probably the first time Neko beats Aaron in many years, he must be stoked. props Neko
  • + 4
 Neko beat Aaron last year at the US Open...
  • + 3
 @stylishskier: Aaron crashed on that one...still 2nd.
  • + 3
 Games being played here or has the track change that much since timed training!? 13 seconds slower for the elite men and 6 seconds slower for the women...or maybe it's just down to no points being on the table?


Well done Gee anyways...
Valentina HOLL, is she just teleporting from the top to the bottom?! Girl is lit up!
  • + 3
 It rained. According to Vital/Dirt.
  • + 3
 Rain happened
  • + 6
 YEAH GEEEEEEEE!!!
  • + 2
 We have fourth placing rider from The Netherlands? That must have been a while! BMX, sure (especially the ladies). But I didn't expect them to do this well in WC DH racing anymore.
  • + 1
 He is leading the ixs European cup of i'm right.
  • + 1
 @martijnsteenblok: Alright, wasn't aware of that. He did repeat it in finals, so he really is that good. I'll pay more attention from now on.
  • + 5
 WHATT??!! Not the top 5 men's list I expected. Go Gee!!
  • + 9
 No points up for grabs unlike a normal round.
  • + 1
 The Syndicate boys totally lost It! What‘s the matter boys? I only can speak for Luca, might be a little distracted by

www.schweizer-illustrierte.ch/stars/schweiz/mountainbikerin-jolanda-neff-privat-nach-ihrem-wm-sieg#gallery-13
  • + 1
 @jps-photos they are trying to create more drama for the race, the 50 points normally awarded to #1 qualifiers is added to the race points this weekend, thatbwaybitvall comes down to the race run.

Tahnee put 8 seconds(!) I to Rachel!!! Way to go girl!!!
  • + 4
 Fastest qualifier Gee Atherton will start 21st from last tomorrow. Still don't like the new rules.
  • + 1
 Second that!
  • + 4
 British Cycling Federation with some serious egg on their face.
  • + 5
 When the GB team was announced, Gee didn't have enough points or results to make the cut. It's simple as that, and even Gee has said as much. Their decision was a good decision with the information they had at the time. With that said, I'm super stoked that he followed up MSA and timed training here with an absolute heater in qualis. Hope he can back it up in the finals.
  • + 4
 Fair points. I guess what I should’ve alluded to was Sven Martins comments on how the French team is picked after the last race of the season. Either way, great to see Gee back up to speed. @ka-brap:
  • + 1
 Looking forward to the race even if the overalls are a done deal. We know the elite mens and lets face it as long as rach can stay sunny side up she has the womens sewn up, Tahnee is too far back
  • + 2
 Why push it in qualifying when no points are given? Seems like smart riders will take it easy and throw all their engery into the race run.

Time will tell
  • + 1
 Yeah, I think that's smart. Save energy, manage injury risk and get a slightly less chewed track(dos the track change much in the last runs in the last day?)
  • + 2
 Only 2 Canadians qualified Yay Finn and Mark .. Some crazy tight times with 17 racers on the 2:42 second, and one of them was Kirk McDowall, in 61st place. Damn dude!
  • + 3
 Minnaar I feel is gonna be sleeping in the hot seat with the time he’ll spend in it!
  • + 2
 He's lucky that he's even racing... by previous UCI rules, he wouldn't have been protected (since he's sitting in 40th position in the standings).
  • + 1
 @srjacobs: Any idea what happened? Did he wreck or was he riding during a tsunami?
  • + 1
 @Rigidjunkie: No idea, just saw that he qualified 115th and was worried that he wouldn't get to race since he missed half the season. I confirmed on the UCI website that he's on the start list for tomorrow, though.
  • + 0
 What!? where has gee been all season? I know he still has it in him to get on that top step. I remember when it was him and Gwinn fighting for first. It seems in recent seasons he has put in a solid effort but no wins. It would be nice to see a Atherton sweep for the last race of the season.
  • + 1
 Top 50 or 60 advance? I know I should know this considering it’s the last race.

Also everyone should be rooting for Angel to get a top 5
  • + 1
 But he's not available in the Fantasy League, so that would be a top-5 points that I don't get... Wink
*KIDDING!, people, I'm kidding!*
  • + 2
 So - it's the last WC race of the season. Has anyone figured out how to predict the start order based on qualifying results?
  • + 1
 That would be awesome if the Trek team finishes strong. Rumor has it the Athertons are parting ways with Trek after this season? Way to go, Gee.
  • + 1
 Where are they going?
I don't know of any team that will be able to sign all three riders, especially with the $$$ Rachel can get.
  • + 2
 I love how last year Pierron getting second would have got some reaction out of people, but it's so normal now haha.
  • + 2
 No shit. He's let himself and his country down. Bouge ton cul Amaury (even if this is just your victory lap) !
  • + 2
 @BenPea: hahaha, gotta keep the french streak going!! Loic et Loris aussi doivent bouger leurs culs!! haha but Then again it would be nice to see gee man win, being half french half english is making this situation very difficult.
  • + 3
 @macimecdufour: Tell me about it dude.
  • + 2
 Fuck Yeah Gee......anyone know where Gwinn ended up....no mens results posted
  • + 3
 11th Check out Eliot Jacksons WC results site, excellent detail.
  • + 2
 Valentina Holl has been on a streak this year. She should give the women some competition when she goes elite
  • + 3
 Does anyone know why there is no championship points with this qualifying?
  • + 4
 It's to make the final more exciting apparently......
  • + 1
 Seen on Bruni's FB post too
  • + 2
 No points for qualis, more points in finals for the final round.
  • + 1
 More incentive to push harder in the race run
  • + 1
 Good for Gee. It'd be good to see him on the podium, or better yet, atop it. It's been a minute.
  • + 1
 Fastest timed training time: 2:19
Fastest Qualies Time: 2:32

Geez this track got rough.
  • + 1
 @MickandRorty: Yea, I'm stupid.
  • + 2
 Great to see Eddie up there. Favourite rider on the circuit right now.
  • + 2
 Impressed with Eddie Masters and Martin Maes!
  • + 1
 Not too likely to happen but it would be pretty sick to see two Atherton's on top. Been awhile.
  • + 1
 This is a pretty impressive year for the Commencal team... and for the Pierron family haha
  • + 1
 Eddie Masters is a G. Not sure there’s another rider who could podium ews one weekend and qualify 8th in DH the next..
  • + 4
 Martin Maes?
  • + 1
 @gigamike: yeah maybe him
  • + 1
 Valentina Holl vs. Mathilde Bernard is gonna be a great battle, if not this round some time soon. Y2k internet props Gee!
  • + 1
 So stoked for Joseph Smith. The guy can ride, been around forever. Be nice to see him take this qualifying form to race day.
  • + 1
 The womens times are getting impressively close to the mens times. This is awesome
  • + 1
 I was fairly confident an Atherton was going to qualify first, just would have guessed the wrong one.
  • + 1
 Congrats going first. You are now awarded with no points and the worst track conditions. #BecauseUCI
  • + 1
 Gee isn't protected.
  • + 1
 Wondering how will Valentina HOLL be priced for the Fantasy League next year. Well over 500K? Hope not Wink
  • + 1
 Vali Höll - with a time of 3:01 that would be fourth with the pros! Not bad!!
  • + 2
 what happened to minaar ?? does he get to race tomorrow??
  • + 1
 Gee'd up from the knees up
  • + 2
 Geez, he's back@!
  • + 2
 Win it Gee, just win it!
  • + 1
 Damn, Vali Höll would have qualified 4th in women's elite.
  • + 1
 Great to see thirion and mulally back at the sharp end too!
  • + 2
 Go Gee!!!
  • + 1
 Tahnee is on fire! Great to see Gee up there as well.
  • + 1
 What does the "P" stand for after position?
  • + 1
 Protected rider. It says it at the bottom of each results page.
  • + 1
 @iamamodel: and I assume that means even if they DNF qualifying, they'd still start?
  • + 1
 @PHeller: I think so. The rules say something like 'if they are outside the top 15' so they have to go to qualifying, but a DNF is okay. We've seen more than once a rider who was a little sick or injured and hoping to be okay for the finals go to qualifying and merely roll in down the start ramp, thereby attend qualifying.

This is Pinkbike so if I have it wrong, there will be a correction soon.
  • + 1
 @iamamodel: nope you're completely right! As long as they leave the start hut they're all good
  • + 2
 Go Gee!!!!!
  • + 2
 holy shit gee is first
  • + 2
 Gees sir!!
  • + 2
 That was maGEEficent
  • + 2
 Well Geez....
  • + 1
 Qualifying must have been on much tougher conditions than timed training?
  • + 2
 Gee f*cking Atherton !!!
  • + 1
 OMGWTFBBQ!!!
  • - 3
 Darth Bummer back at the pointy end of things! Nice!
Below threshold threads are hidden

Post a Comment



You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account? Sign up

Join Pinkbike  Login
Copyright © 2000 - 2019. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.083816
Mobile Version of Website