Qualifying Results: Lošinj DH World Cup 2018

Apr 21, 2018 at 5:59
by Pinkbike Staff  
ELITE MEN
1st // Brook MACDONALD
2nd // Dean LUCAS
3rd // Aaron GWIN

ELITE WOMEN
1st // Rachel ATHERTON
2nd // Tracey HANNAH
3rd // Myriam NICOLE

FULL RESULTS







159 Comments

  • + 126
 I hope Troy kills it. He is so little and cute I just want to roll him up into a little ball and.... oops said to much
  • - 9
flag harrybrottman (Apr 21, 2018 at 8:36) (Below Threshold)
 Troy is like a doobie - all you have to do is smoke him homie.
  • + 22
 He makes me want to just put my hands in the air and shake ‘em!
  • + 4
 his trousers are too tight...its like. seagrave or troys ass for dinner
  • + 105
 F*ck yeah the bulldog !
  • + 28
 Hope it's the year of bulldog!
  • + 8
 I root for others but am pumped for the bulldog nevertheless!
  • + 16
 Bulldog and Blenki sharing 1 and 2 all year long , oh yeah
  • + 22
 Don't do an Eddie at Fort Bill.
  • + 3
 @BenPea: Haha I was thinking the same thing. Hope he keeps it together for a podium
  • + 1
 @BenPea: Same thing for Dean Lucas, such a great guy, but crashing too much ^^
  • + 4
 Who would’ve thought riding a glorified URT would hurt his times?
  • + 1
 Smells like Val d'Isère. I was there, it was like watching a freight train racing downhill. Best dh memory.
  • + 6
 Saw an interview with him and Rob Warner on Redbull TV last night, and he was throwing some serious shade at GT and the Bike he has been on. Basically said that he has been doing everything he can on his part to train and be fit but the bike just never felt like it was there. If he feels like everything is clicking now he could have a hell of the season. But whatever happens it looks to be an exciting start to the season.
  • + 60
 Ravanel is a beast!!!
  • + 15
 its cool to see the girls times are so close.Instead of Rach being up by 15 seconds.It is only qualifying though.
  • + 3
 Agreed, regret not picking her in the pool this week. Impressive qualifying result!
  • + 1
 came here to say this even before knowing the results... that track could scare off many non-DHers...
  • + 23
 Ravanel could be come only rider to have a top 10 in EWS, WC DH, and WC XC.
  • - 43
flag harrybrottman (Apr 21, 2018 at 8:41) (Below Threshold)
 How is she a beast? 5th and over 30 seconds behind Brookie
  • + 1
 @WhatAboutBob: ACC has done well in EWS and DH but never dabbled in XC, has she? She has proven to be proficient on the BMX (olympics 200Cool but I don't whether she ever did any DS or 4X. I do trust that if she ever participated, she should have done well. That said, even comparing a rider to ACC does say something.
  • + 1
 @vinay: ACC has multiple World championships in DS, if I remember correctly
  • + 41
 Vali Höll already got the time for a top ten finish in the elite field. Damn. Just damn
  • + 14
 I love the interview where Rachel says "I'm glad I'm going to be retired by the time you hit elites"
  • + 3
 @Thustlewhumber: which interview was that. I would like to feast on that a little more Big Grin
  • + 2
 This is the ultimate sensation of this qualifying. INSANE!
  • + 1
 It's what she does
  • + 2
 @yzedf: Never been so exciting to look at qualifier results!
  • + 30
 I want to see how Rachel Atherton would hold up on the EWS.
  • - 10
flag Krzymndyd (Apr 21, 2018 at 6:18) (Below Threshold)
 She would most likely win the world title first time out. She is just that much better then any other woman out there in downhill. If they timed the uphills also she would get killed but since its pretty much a bunch of mini dh races.
  • + 30
 @Krzymndyd: Sorry, but You have no idea of what this EWS events are all about...
  • + 13
 she did race a local enduro race last year, but didn't sign up for the full 5 stage race, as she lacks endurance for that. her words
  • + 6
 miniDH races.... well enduro races actually are longer DH races.... not at the same level of jumping.... an enduro stage could last up to 15 minutes, even when others can last 2 minutes... so It is harder for your body than racing DH....the fact is that enduro tracks could be longer but never harder ????????
  • + 14
 @leopaul: I seriously doubt she lacks endurance, have you seen how many road miles the Athertons put in in the off season? She seems to me the type of person that if she decides that her primary focus will be EWS, then she will crush it.
  • + 7
 @PauRexs: I think she would do very well, and would not be surprised if she won the title first time out. I mean if she just went out right now and switched to EWS it might be tough because she trained for DH this year. But given an off-season of training for EWS to get her endurance up, I would not be surprised if she won the whole thing, mich like Sam Hill did. High level DH riders that have crossed over have generally had a lot of success.
  • + 3
 Another element is the amount of practice. WCDH athletes memorize every grain of sand and blade of grass and dial in their lines to perfection. Miss one pedal stroke and they lose. I wonder if Rachel is a meticulous memorizer or if she’s a destroying beast like Hill.
  • + 3
 @Krzymndyd: She has already came out and said she would be shit because she doesnt like pedalling, so i dunno about winning first time.
  • + 0
 @Krzymndyd: try again maybe?
  • + 13
 She would destroy the field first time, every time. Thats basically what happens when top DH riders enter EWS.

*pokes wasps nest and runs*
  • + 8
 Her brothers don't race ews so she wouldn't do well #jokes
  • + 11
 It’s much easier to build endurance than to build skill. That’s why ex downhillers, not XCers dominate EWS. With access to Red Bull coaches and facilities Rachel would turn into EWS killer within one winter. It doesn’t mean she would demolish Cecile straight away but please bear in mind that Cecile was behind Caro and was outclassed by Tracy Moseley in the same way she outclasses the rest of the girls right now.
  • + 0
 @sino428: I have some real feedback... So I know she is not on the endurance hard trainning and sufering at all... She is just very skilled and prepares just enought to easly win in DH. EWS is suffering and many others things... Then she can not finish a local enduro race someone said... We have to respect that some Dh racers what they like is just going down without pedaling too much in a controled enviorment... that s it.
  • + 2
 @PauRexs: I think it’s ridiculous to think that Rachel couldn’t finish a local enduro race. She of course could, she just chose not to because she didn’t want to. She said she doesn’t like pedaling. It doesn’t mean that she couldn’t do it if she wanted too.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: As much as people like to talk about EWS as some kind of all mountain discipline, at the end of the day it’s still a downhill race. They aren’t timing the uphills so the ‘race’ is still happening on the downhills.

I also think the endurance thing is even a bit overblown when it comes to riders on that level. Top DH riders have great endurance. They train hard, ride long distances on the road bikes, etc.

Even when you compare a typical race it’s probably not as different as people think due to the lack of practice allowed in EWS. Take a typical DH race weekend. These riders have a practice day full of runs, timed training, practice runs on qualifying day before their run, then more practice before they hit a race run on Sunday. Considering the EWS is largely just race runs with limited practice, the amount of actual riding probably isn’t all the different.
  • + 0
 @PauRexs: unfortunately I do know what I am talking about and have friends that race the ews but I should go into a little more detail by what I mean. Rachel would need to commit to the training for an EWS and not just a week of training but a whole year at least. I am not saying it will happen over night but she does have all the skills. Endurance is easier to build as you get older. After all It only took one year of serious training and changing of his diet for Bradley Wiggins to go from a track cyclist to winning the Tour de France.
  • + 1
 I think this what Ravanel is doing, she’s saying “look, Im at the top of my game and I want a challenge, either you come to me or I’ll come to you.” EWS isnt drawing the female riders from WCDH like the mens field with Hill, and many EWS riders were successful former downhillers but if Ravanel does well in WCDH she’ll be the first EWS racer to challenge the WCDH women.
  • + 1
 @sino428: good point.
  • + 1
 @SlodownU: as I said. Her words. But I’m sure if she’ll just train slightly in that direction she could easily keep up with the others
  • + 21
 Didn‘t see that coming - so his GT was the problem than
  • + 1
 Who would’ve thought riding a glorified URT would hurt his times?
  • + 1
 *then
  • + 16
 Sad to see Bruce Klein crashed or something - was on top 20 splits for a bit then lost a bunch of time
  • + 16
 Luke Cockburn 45th in tracksuit bottoms and a T shirt, keeping the DH privateer dream alive!
  • + 16
 4 American men in the top 20? What is this, 1994?
  • + 3
 3 kiwis in top 10. Welcome back to the good old days
  • + 15
 Go Valentina! Austria is so dang proud!!!
  • + 14
 Vali Höll would be within the top 10 at w‘s elite! Go Vali!
  • + 7
 Because of UCI's lame new rules, Aaron Gwin will be the last down the hill and Brook will be the 19th from last down the hill (a few top twenty guys from last year are not racing).
  • + 4
 God that's rediculous
  • + 1
 So how is the starting list made up then, fastest protected rider out ranks fastest overall rider?
  • + 2
 They've changed the start times again. Dean Lucas's is now the last rider down
  • + 7
 "The Bulldog has no regard for personal safety."
  • + 5
 What happened to Keegen Wright?
Put him on my team and not even a phone call to say he was not going to show up?
  • + 0
 As of last Saturday he was in Rotorua. He's only doing EWS this year.
  • + 3
 @handynzl: Ok thanks! Well if you see him, he is off the team if dont make it to Fort Bill?
  • + 0
 Keegan is racing EWS
  • + 1
 He’s at Sea Otter. Yuck.
  • + 1
 @schwaaa31: hahah lol Hopeless!
  • + 1
 Shame, he was a steal at $10000
  • + 1
 Then why TF is he on the Trek fantasy league?
  • + 6
 Cant read the results sheet for the men
  • + 1
 Scribd is back!
  • + 4
 Damn, what happened to Mike Jones?!? 4th after split 3 and finished 72nd...
  • + 3
 Because we he wants to sit on the podium all afternoon and get a tan ????
  • + 2
 Rear flat Frown
  • + 6
 Let's go Ed Masters!
  • + 5
 Where are the Scribd haters?
  • + 5
 LETS GO LUCA SHAW!
  • + 2
 Dude was looking seriously quick on his POV footage from practice. Guess all that Pisgah riding growing up prepared him for some rocks...
  • + 1
 definately. I’ve been pulling for Luca for so long now. Hope he can have a break through season and catch some podiums
  • + 4
 Guess who’s on my fantasy team?? ???????? The Bulldog is back!!!
  • + 1
 Also the UNNO lads are 52'nd and 27'th, here goes my team Frown
  • + 3
 Watch the GOAT! ! 13th in the quali, slowest through the speed trap. Pure talent! Wink
  • + 3
 This qualifying thing is the real open melon of the year, (and in every race ) and we get no living streaming yet...
  • + 2
 Hoping Bruni still manages to have a go at qualifying, at least he should be a protected rider, hoping he doesn't push too much though.
  • + 0
 DNF
  • + 2
 @Dart4X: he still can race tomorrow as he is protected
  • + 2
 All he had to do is roll out the start gate.
  • + 3
 Good qualifying result for Cecile R, wonder how she’ll do in the race?
  • + 2
 WHY is Brook not on my fantasy team?
Well went for Blenki in stead, but still got some points yay!
  • + 3
 Gwin slowly turning up the heat.
  • + 3
 If you want to go fast get a Mondraker
  • + 2
 And if you live in Canada? Not a lot of mondy dealers that I've seen
  • + 8
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: you don’t deserve one. Your trail network is so good you would have an unfair advantage. It’s just science.
  • + 2
 It'll be interesting to see how Danny Hart does with the new bike this year.
  • + 4
 blenkinsop for the win
  • + 4
 Good start for Finn
  • + 2
 Get in, Ravanel and Blenki
  • + 2
 But! BLENKY whole course! Way to go Kiwis!
  • + 1
 There is some loose units at the top of the mens list. Definitely a track for the aggressive riders.
  • + 2
 Tracey still got it... just be safe!
  • + 1
 Anyone know why eleonora farina isn't racing? I was keen to see how she would do and I couldn't seem to find her Insta page?
  • + 1
 Whats the story with Neko? Didnt see his name listed anywhere however im sure ive overlooked it.
  • + 2
 He is somewhere in the 20s, a few places behind Angel.
  • + 1
 Neko is 31st in quali
  • - 18
flag harrybrottman (Apr 21, 2018 at 8:52) (Below Threshold)
 Probably the most overrated mountain biker of all time.
  • + 9
 @harrybrottman: He was finishing top 10 last year before he got injured. He's doing huge things for DH racing in the eastern US. Meanwhile you are trolling on pinkbike. You're talking out your ass mate.
  • + 10
 @harrybrottman: Think before you speak. Neko has done a whole lot more for the sport than most Pros. During the off season, he has been doing serious work helping build a Windrock Bike park TN, while also organizing a race series in the South East. This is after helping put Bailey MTB park on the map too. While he has had a lot of help, he's definitely one of the more proactive racers and is giving back in ways that most riders aren't.
  • - 1
 @harrybrottman: You’re thinking of Eliot Jackson.
  • + 2
 @inter71: B.S. Eliot Jackson has so much style and a great attitude. Hater.
  • + 0
 @tetonlarry: Nice virtue signaling. I’m a fan of his style. But, big factory contract, where are the results? Didn’t even race. Where is he?
  • + 2
 Did they change the numbers they take to the mains? Is it still 80 and 20?
  • + 2
 same here, anyone knows how many elite riders qualify? 80 or 60? or something else by the new rulles
  • + 2
 60 elite men
  • + 1
 Lads are at 60, are the ladies at 10?
  • + 2
 Miranda Miller only qualifies for the final thanks to that P by her name. 19 other ladies ahead of her...
  • + 2
 Loris with a crash? Not sure with the new rules if he is protected or not?
  • + 1
 He is protected. As every other rider marked with a "P".
  • + 1
 I have Loris on my team. Hope he can put one together on race day!
  • + 2
 the bulldog is back!
  • + 2
 Go Cecile!
  • + 1
 Hey, does anyone have a link to the qualifying run video action?
  • + 1
 Nothing yet. You have to wait until Red Bull push the highlights video out. There's no live broadcast or replay of the full session sadly.
  • + 1
 @Fahhhmed: Oh whelp. Wish they covered the whole of the action at every race. At least, I can watch tomorrows race. Thanks for the reply, I'll stop wasting time searching for a link.
  • + 1
 There's some footage here (top 3 runs of mens and womans): www.redbull.com/int-en/losinj-qualifying-results-2018
  • + 1
 MacDonald on the charge!!!
  • + 1
 Katy Curd is up to speed fast, nice!
  • + 2
 Charlie Harrison 11th
  • + 1
 Andreas KOLB!!!! NOT SPONSORED AND 24th ?? AWESOME !!!!
  • + 4
 Not riding for a trade team does not mean he is not being sponsored... His sponsors include MRC Trading, Saracen Bikes, Fox Head Europe and others.
  • + 1
 @eldiddo: ok. STILL AWESOME !!!!
  • + 1
 LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE......BRING IT ON
  • + 1
 mr. Andreas Kolben also rocks!!!
  • + 1
 What happened to Dickson?
  • + 1
 Do they give points in qualification only for elite?
  • + 1
 What happened to Matt Walker?
  • + 1
 Vali Höll you amaze me everytime you lay it down!
  • + 1
 Why didn’t matt walker start?
  • + 1
 Damn! Okay!
  • + 0
 Image links are down. Using mobile...
  • + 0
 Link to start of race time(timezones)?
  • + 2
 Redbull have a countdown timer on their site
  • + 1
 Disregard..45th
  • - 1
 Looking bad for Iles. Almost regretting getting him for the fantasy league
  • + 2
 Atherton and Fearon are down there with him also. Don't give up it isn't race day yet.
  • + 1
 @RLEnglish: and unfortunately I have Fearon on my roster as well
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