RESULTS: Timed Training, 2017 Lourdes World Cup Downhill

We've heard the rumors of DH 29ers being faster, but timed training at the 2017 Lourdes World Cup was the first public documentation of what advantages they hold. Santa Syndicate riders Greg Minnaar, Luca Shaw and Loris Vergier were on the 29-inch-wheeled bikes while the rest of the field ran 27.5-inch wheels.

Timed training is a special session of practice for the Top 80 Elite Men, Top 10 Elite Women and Top 10 Junior ranked riders on the circuit. The sessions gives riders a chance to push closer to race speeds with distraction-free, top-to-bottom runs. Pushing race pace is not mandatory and there are no points at stake, so results from the runs are only an approximation of true race speeds.

Gee Atherton, fastest in timed training.

Read the results below and do some analyzing. What a race this will be!

Gee Atherton, 1st

Danny Hart, 2nd
Bernard Kerr, 3rd
Aaron Gwin, 4th
Remi Thirion, 5th

Elite Men's Timed Training Results


Download Men's Results - PDF file

We'll update with text versions and more as we get more info! Apparently Tissot is no longer timing the races, so the flow of results is a little less smooth right now.

Rachel Atherton, 1st.

Manon Carpenter, 2nd
Emmeline Siegenthaler, 3rd
Tahnee Seagrave, 4th

Elite Women's Results


Finn Iles, 1st

Junior Men's Results

Greg Minnaar without a rear tire.


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4 comments
  • fabdemaere

    4/28/2017 2:55 PM

    Yeah Zach! Congrats on being a VitalMTB photo squid! Hard work pays off.

  • bizutch

    4/28/2017 11:21 AM

    Ummmm....Sven....did someone sheer the tire off for him with the sharpest of blades? Or did someone unbolt his axle and pull it off? DH tires don't just disappear. Or am I just not squinting hard enough to find where it's balled up at in the frame?

  • Scrub

    4/28/2017 3:10 PM

    The rotational mass of 29" just obliterated the rubber into tiny dust particles.

  • bizutch

    4/28/2017 7:43 PM

    I'm being serious

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