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UCI World Cup DH nerd question re: 60 qualifiers

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4/28/2020 12:07 AM

Before this rule change was enacted, and ignoring protected riders, what were the best results ever posted by someone who qualified in position 61-80? Same goes for women with the change there (sorry I don't remember the numbers off hand). Excited to hear what the arm chair historians have to share!

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4/28/2020 9:03 AM

Greg Minnaar in Maribor last year in 63rd would be the stand out.

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5/10/2020 5:57 PM

Are you asking what is the best finals result for someone who qualified 61-80 back when they were still taking these folks who qualified (weren't protected) 61-80th to the finals? For example someone qualified 80th but then got on the podium or something like that?

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5/11/2020 12:32 AM

Yes exactly, what was the best final result from someone who qualified 61-80, excluding protected riders.

For example: Privateer John Doe qualified 69th at Mt St Anne in 2013, but finished top ten in finals.

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5/11/2020 5:16 AM

I only started following WCDH around 2010 so this is likely the wrong answer. I didn't check the women's but I expect that due to numbers it might be less drastic. In the mens I looked at MSA 2017 and Lourdes 2017.

It looks like Logan Binggley - MSA - Qualified 80th - Finished 28th - Improvement 52 places.

Lourdes 2017 also had some interesting results.

Baptiste Pierron - Lourdes 2017 - Qualified 76th - Finished 29th - Improvement 47 places.

Alexandre Fayolle in the same race qualified 52nd and finished 1st an improvement of 51 places but is not the answer to your question.

I am sure some of the older mud races might have something similar.

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5/11/2020 7:22 AM

Lourdes 2017 was a crazy mud fest for finals.

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5/11/2020 9:31 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/11/2020 9:33 AM

Digging into my memory banks,

1. Brendan Fairclough crashed in quali and finished 70-something at Pila in 2005, finished 3rd in the race
2. Mark Beaumont crashed and finished 77th in quali's in Vigo in 2007, won the race. Rain in the finals was a factor.
3. Adam Brayton qualified 80th at Champery, finished 6th. Rain in the finals was a factor, obviously.

Thanks to Alex Rankin and Rootsandrain.com for the help.

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5/11/2020 10:58 AM

I also think that Matti Lehikoinen or however you spell his name qualified poorly when he won the race in Champery when Sam Hill got his epic run for 3rd place. So I would say the best spot with a poor qualifier, as Mark Beamont's, is 1st.

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5/11/2020 10:21 PM

Brendan Fairclough is the one that stands out to me, Team robot already put it up. he crashed and thought he was already out so rolled down and qualified something like 78th then made 3rd on race day!

Champery 07, Peaty had an awful run and Lehikoinen deliberately went slow to qualify badly, they finished 1st & second. can't remember the exact qualy places though

Combined with Vigo the same year was the reason they changed to top 20 overall riders always going last

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