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Cecile Ravanel to Race Val di Sole World Cup DH

8/22/2017 12:29 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/22/2017 12:34 PM

If you're going to try to race a World Cup DH for the very first time, why not go for the gnarliest one of the year?! Cecile Ravanel has been fully dominating the Enduro World Series and is making the jump to World Cup downhill to see how it goes. The EWS course are as challenging, if not more challenging than some of the World Cup DH tracks, so the crossover should be exciting to see. She has already won the EWS overall in the Elite Women's class, so why not? Here at Vital, we're extremely eager to see how she fairs!

from Cecile and Commencal...
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We glad to say that Cecile Ravanel will race the DH World Cup this weekend in Val di Sole!

Cécile's comment: “To race a DH World Cup has always been a dream, but there was always something stopping me... Maybe I was just scared! Recently there have been a lot of people encouraging me to do it and this round falls at a perfect point in the year! Apparently VDS is the most gnarly track of the year, so if I'm going to be scared anyway, I might as well throw myself in at the deep end!”

This week will be exciting! Stay tuned!

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Cecile from Vital's Aspen EWS slideshow looking like a full-on DH destroyer! photo by Lee Trumpore
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8/22/2017 1:10 PM

OOOHHHH man. Rad!

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8/22/2017 1:26 PM

Contenda

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8/22/2017 3:18 PM

Great to have another contender in the mix!

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8/22/2017 4:09 PM

be awesome to see someone really give a healthy Rachel some competition.

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8/22/2017 7:11 PM

I'm betting she'll be about 5 seconds down.

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8/22/2017 7:24 PM

Thats super cool! Best of luck!

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8/22/2017 11:20 PM

It will be interesting for sure. Considering she will have much more time to train on a single track (granted, that's one hell of a track to memorize), I'd guess she'll fare pretty well.

IFO would not be at all surprised if she got a top-3 result.

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8/23/2017 12:09 AM

Richie Rude, you are up!

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8/23/2017 4:44 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/23/2017 5:20 AM

chyu wrote:

Richie Rude, you are up!

it is a good track for him ... smile
2011 Val di Sole Qualifying 11th .... he ended up 21st in finals


Full Results - Men

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing 0:03:16.693
2 Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:07.649
3 Marc Beaumont (GBr) Gt Factory Racing 0:00:08.194
4 Gee Atherton (GBr) Gt Factory Racing 0:00:09.191
5 Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team 0:00:09.918
6 Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized 0:00:10.108
7 Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:10.771
8 Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team 0:00:10.823
9 Cameron Cole (NZl) Lapierre International 0:00:11.437
10 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International 0:00:12.590
11 Richard Rude Jr (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team 0:00:12.854
12 Bernard Kerr (GBr) 0:00:13.226
13 Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team 0:00:13.400
14 Brook Macdonald (NZl) Ms Mondraker Team 0:00:13.493
15 Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing 0:00:13.536
16 George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci Global Racing 0:00:13.542
17 Joshua Button (Aus) Sc-Intense 0:00:13.580
18 Mickael Pascal (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz 0:00:13.687
19 Benjamin Torrano (Fra) 0:00:13.876
20 Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate 0:00:14.112
21 Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Scott11 0:00:14.627
22 Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas (Col) Cg Racing Brigade 0:00:14.923
23 Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride 0:00:14.954
24 Florent Payet (Fra) Sc-Intense 0:00:14.983
25 Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre International 0:00:15.204

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8/23/2017 6:32 AM

Getting more female rippers into the field is only a good thing, especially that Manon is out (or going to be out- still not sure if she is finishing the season or not?). But I doubt she will be on pace to challenge the top 3. While EWS is baller, DH is just simply different and there are tons of new/different variables for her to deal with. Especially at VDS, which is easily the most gnarly track of the year.

But, I wish her well and would be happy to eat my words come race day smile

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8/23/2017 7:16 AM

onenerdykid* wrote:

Getting more female rippers into the field is only a good thing, especially that Manon is out (or going to be out- still not ...more

Mayweather vs McGregor

Atherton & the women's field vs Cecil

All these athletes crossing grey lines should make for a good sporting weekend wink

I hope she wins. Predict she's top five.

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8/23/2017 7:32 AM

chyu wrote:

Richie Rude, you are up!

bfrich wrote:

it is a good track for him ... smile
2011 Val di Sole Qualifying 11th .... he ended up 21st in finals


Full Results - Men

# ...more

And he was still a Junior racing with the elite's.

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8/23/2017 10:25 AM

It will interesting to watch. She'll be racing a more capable machine, doing basically the same sport, except without the pedaling to the top. Will she be stronger? Or will the differences between formats put her off a little? And how different are the riders at the top of each sport?

Good luck, Cecile!

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8/26/2017 5:05 AM

She qualified 9th and finished 10th. Considering she's on a bike she barely has any mileage on, not to mention no full factory support for this race, I'd say it's a great result for a 1st timer.

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