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FINAL RESULTS: 🏁 ️‍2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill, Mont-Sainte-Anne ️‍🌈 14

Mont-Sainte-Anne delivered a dramatic, bike-crushing downhill race today for the UCI Mountain Bike Worlds. Race results reveal who won the rainbow stripes.

FINAL RESULTS: 🏁 ️‍2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill, Mont-Sainte-Anne ️‍🌈

Sunny skies and warm, dry conditions greeted downhill mountain bike racers for the 2019 UCI World Championships race in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada today. Following a long week of course inspection, training and preparation, riders were given a single, high-pressure race run in a bid for the coveted rainbow-striped jersey as they represent their home country. The classic, long-running downhill course of MSA is a five-minute torture test for both bike and athlete, but it was in spectacular condition from top to bottom, making for fair, even racing the entire afternoon. Strategy, physical strength and mental prowess must come together with a perfectly performing bike for a gold medal to be earned. Throughout the week mechanical incidents and injuries have sidelined racers, with Brook Macdonald and Reece Wilson going down in training. We're wishing them both a speedy and strong recovery.

Austria's Vali Holl earned another World Championships rainbow jersey and gold medal today, dominating the Junior Women's class. Norwegian rider, Mille Johnset took silver, 12 seconds behind Vali's pace with American Junior, Anna Newkirk, nabbing a hard-fought bronze medal. #USDH

In the Junior Men's category, the Top 5 racers were separated by only 1.8 seconds. All eyes were on fast Frenchie, Thibaut Daprela, who swept the first three World Cup DH rounds, but struggled at the last two races. Today, as the last Junior down the mountain, he struggled again, ending up with a 5th place after falling off the pace through the last sectors of the course. Australia's Kye A'Hern worked hard for his gold medal and rainbow stripes. He had a run that gained momentum the entire way down the course, split times improving at each sector, until he ultimately took the win with a 4:17.776. French fireworks were however to be provided by EWS whiz kid, Antoine Vidal, who secured a silver medal ahead of New Zealand's Tuhoto-Ariki Pene in third..

As the Elite Women got ready to drop in, there was no shortage of captivating story lines to monitor. Would Marine Cabirou continue her recent World Cup win streak and add the rainbow stripes to her trophy cabinet? Would Tracey Hannah bounce back and swipe the coveted jersey for Australia? Could Myriam Nicole or Tahnee Seagrave reclaim their place at the top of the pile with improbable-but-not-impossible returns from injury?

Myriam would strike first, courtesy of an unusually low world ranking, with a time that looked fast and would only go on to look faster and faster as competitors tried and failed to get anywhere near the Frenchwoman’s score. Myriam hadn't raced a single World Cup this year and due to a foot injury and had go around a few features on course to avoid re-injury. That potential weakness did not seem overly penalizing as her overall speed on track was impressive. Tahnee Seagrave rode well and pulled back from a 4-second deficit at the early splits to cross the line in second place at the time, 1.2 seconds back behind Myriam's 4:53.22. With only three riders left to go, Veronika Widmann took a nasty crash in the infamous “Les Dalles” section, leaving only Cabirou and Hannah left to try and unseat Nicole. Cabirou went first, but a tense run saw her lose time the whole way down to land herself in third spot. All eyes to the top of the course, and Tracey Hannah’s attempt at Worlds glory. Sadly, it was not to be for the Australian as she lost time in every section of the track to land in fourth spot at the line, out of medal contention. What a comeback for Pompon, and equally impressive, Tahnee in second.

Elite Men's racing was a drama-filled nail-biter as usual. Here are some notes.

  • Matt Walker (the Kiwi kind), put down a blistering 4:12 and held the hot seat for a long time.
  • Bruce Klein, second-fastest in the speed trap all day! Only Loic went faster. #USDH
  • Payet exploded his rear wheel on the Stevie Smith drop
  • Moir had a red rear end on his bike. Anyone know the story?
  • Denim Destroyer didn't care a patch kit in his jeans pockets. Flat tire.
  • Win Neko Mulally's World Champs bike
  • Alex Marin looked NFG and wild! Result not there though.
  • The high-speed section where the speed trap recorded speeds upwards of 70kph? F THAT PLACE! Ha! So frightening.
  • Gwin on the 279 bike off the pace of Matt Walker (NZ) by 2.2 seconds. Makes the rest of the race look super interesting!
  • DAKOTAH NORTON! #USDH. Knocks Matt Walker off the hot seat. Made us shit our pants in The Dalles rocks with a little swap, and hucked and railed and held it together. Up by 1.4 with like 18 or so riders to go. Well done, Dak!
  • Luca Shaw was in touch with Dak's time, but couldn't quite do it. 1 second off. Dak stays in the hot seat.
  • Finn Iles, Canada's most exciting pinball and Justin Bieber look-alike, had a stellar, heart-stopping run, keeping it together through the finish. Up at the top he was ahead by 1.4, but he slowly lost time through the rough and rocks. Finn kept it in the green enough to be up by .5 seconds when he finished. Hot seat for Finn with a 4:10.
  • Mark Wallace was up to 2.5 seconds off the back on the upper splits. Fitness and grit pulled him into a 3rd place at the time of crossing the line.
  • Connor Fearon, flat tire.
  • Dean Lucas, extremely gross nose-case-to-rear-hang-up-to-crash in the rocks. He got up and finished the run. Brutal. No gloves, too.
  • Greg Minnaar is a beast! He was composed, controlled and exactly what we'd expect from the 37-year-old. He took out 1.7 seconds on Finn's time, grabbing the lead with the best of the best to come. Could the GOAT earn his 4th World Champs? #stressball
  • The Feral F*%*ing Kid, Laurie Greenland, back how we like to see him! Loose, ragged, wild and on the edge the entire way down the mountain. Greenland had it until the very end of the last rock section. He hucked, ball-rode and saved it with his feet out. A flat tire was the culprit and he went into 2nd with a just a few remaining. Laurie sent it for Brook and it may be the most exciting DH run we've seen in a long time.
  • Loris Vergier with some kind of off-camera issue, out of contention.
  • Amaury Pierron. Wow. He pulled back a lot of time after some relatively poor upper splits. Going for broke, smooth the rocks and the rough, he crossed the line .6 seconds ahead of Minnaar with Danny, Troy and Loic to go. Amaury didn't have the body language at the end to think he had. We'll see.
  • Danny Hart was earning time and earning time, up by 1 second at one point only to have it dwindle away through the roughest sections of the course. He crossed the line with a great-looking run, but was just .2 seconds off Amaury's time into 2nd at the time. Two riders to go.
  • Troy Brosnan. Perfection. 27.5-inch wheels. Light as a feather, floating, attacking. Almost two seconds up on Amaury's time. Loic remains.
  • Loic Bruni. MORE PERFECT. HE TAKES THE 2019 UCI MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DOWNHILL WIN! Not a single knob out of place, almost 72kph on the speed trap, and the second rider to earn three World Championship Downhills in a row. Super Bruni has delivered as the last rider down the mountain under more pressure than any other rider, even though in his post-race interview, Loic said there wasn't pressure! "I had nothing to lose except my rainbow jersey." He keeps the jersey another year. Now go watch Loic's Outspoken interview series!


Elite Men's 2019 World Championships Downhill Race Results

  1. BRUNI Loic - FRA, 4:05.544
  2. BROSNAN Troy - AUS, +0.581
  3. PIERRON Amaury - FRA, +2.549
  4. HART Danny - GBR, +2.805
  5. MINNAAR Greg - RSA, +3.187
  6. GREENLAND Laurie - GBR, +4.896
  7. ILES Finn - CAN, +4.981
  8. NORTON Dakotah - USA, +5.490
  9. WALLACE Mark - CAN, +6.129
  10. SHAW Luca - USA, +6.347
  11. WALKER Matthew - NZL, +6.948
  12. GWIN Aaron - USA, +8.560
  13. HARRISON Charlie - USA, +8.600
  14. WILLIAMSON Greg - GBR, +9.087
  15. McDOWALL Kirk - CAN, +9.196
  16. FRIXTALON Hugo - FRA, +9.619
  17. TRUMMER David - AUT, +9.819
  18. MOIR Jack - AUS, +9.952
  19. THIRION Remi - FRA, +9.972
  20. ESTAQUE Thomas - FRA, +10.577
  21. MAES Martin - BEL, +10.714
  22. WALKER Matt - GBR, +10.849
  23. MULALLY Neko - USA, +11.101
  24. ZABJEK Jure - SLO, +11.627
  25. LANGEVIN Hugo - CAN, +12.112
  26. BRANNIGAN George - NZL, +12.166
  27. KLEIN Bruce - USA, +12.196
  28. PIERRON Baptiste - FRA, +12.859
  29. MARIN Alex - ESP, +13.185
  30. FREW Jackson - AUS, +13.722
  31. KOLB Andreas - AUT, +14.029
  32. DICKSON Jacob - IRL, +14.386
  33. FAIRCLOUGH Brendan - GBR, +15.803
  34. KERR Bernard - GBR, +16.313
  35. MANSON Magnus - CAN, +16.359
  36. GUTIERREZ VILLEGAS Marcelo - COL, +16.467
  37. SEHNAL Stanislav - CZE, +16.729
  38. HARTENSTERN Max - GER, +18.419
  39. HANNAH Michael - AUS, +19.570
  40. FEARON Connor - AUS, +19.726
  41. MASTERS Wyn - NZL, +19.800
  42. THIBAULT Samuel - CAN, +20.774
  43. GRANDY Silas - GER, +21.701
  44. BARANEK Rastislav - SVK, +22.933
  45. WEBER Lutz - SUI, +23.481
  46. PALAZZARI Davide - ITA, +23.662
  47. ZWAR Oliver - AUS, +24.456
  48. WRIGHT Keegan - NZL, +26.783
  49. POMBO Emanuel - POR, +28.127
  50. HAFNER Matthias - GER, +28.583
  51. MAURER Simon - GER, +28.841
  52. KUSHIMA Yuki - JPN, +30.444
  53. ZWAR KVIST Benjamin - AUS, +32.143
  54. ESTRADA PULGARIN Mauricio Ernesto - COL, +32.814
  55. LUCAS Dean - AUS, +32.866
  56. PARDAL Francisco - POR, +33.475
  57. ALCANTAR de los REYES Fabian - MEX, +34.699
  58. WEBER Basil - SUI, +37.556
  59. WENDE Yannick - BOL, +47.749
  60. IMOTO Hajime - JPN, +48.816
  61. VERGIER Loris - FRA, +50.428
  62. MATTUS Juho - EST, +1:04.391
  63. GARCIA RAMIREZ Jose - MEX, +1:06.776
  64. SUKCHANYA Chinnapat - THA, +1:07.256
  65. von KLEBELSBERG Johannes - ITA, +2:00.155
  66. BLENKINSOP Samuel - NZL, +2:39.189
  67. LANFREDI Gabriel Imseis - BRA, +4:02.810
  68. IRMISCH Erik - GER, DNF
  69. PAYET Florent - FRA, DNF
  72. MACDONALD Brook - NZL, DNS
  74. WILSON Reece - GBR, DNS
  75. REVELLI Loris - ITA, DNS

Elite Women's 2019 World Championships Downhill Race Results

  1. NICOLE Myriam - FRA, 4:53.226
  2. SEAGRAVE Tahnee - GBR, +1.204
  3. CABIROU Marine - FRA, +1.694
  4. HANNAH Tracey - AUS, +4.121
  5. SIEGENTHALER Emilie - SUI, +5.391
  6. FARINA Eleonora - ITA, +8.555
  7. CHAPPAZ Melanie - FRA, +18.109
  8. VERBEECK Vaea - CAN, +18.783
  9. A'HERN Sian - AUS, +20.590
  10. CAPPELLARI Carina - SUI, +23.813
  11. MILLER Miranda - CAN, +24.336
  12. RUBESAM Sandra - GER, +25.805
  13. HRASTNIK Monika - SLO, +28.978
  14. NOGUEIRA Camila - ARG, +32.203
  15. SORIANO Samantha - USA, +35.090
  16. RONNING Frida Helena - NOR, +36.036
  17. BALANCHE Camille - SUI, +37.995
  18. SALAZAR Mariana - ESA, +39.667
  19. WASHAM Caroline - USA, +42.030
  20. ASTLE Georgia - CAN, +46.888
  21. WIDMANN Veronika - ITA, +47.509
  22. HAYDEN Mazie - USA, +2:00.311
  23. GROSSMANN Steffanie - NAM, +2:04.642
  24. DEEKABALLES Vipavee - THA, DNF


Myriam during training at MSA.
Myriam Nicole at Fort William in May.
Sisters back in the game. Supportive if each other's recovery and both on track. Tahnee with silver, Myriam with gold.

Junior Men's 2019 World Championships Downhill Race Results

  1. A'HERN Kye - AUS, 4:17.776
  2. VIDAL Antoine - FRA, +1.144
  3. PENE Tuhoto-Ariki - NZL, +1.294
  4. CRUZ Lucas - CAN, +1.304
  5. DAPRELA Thibaut - FRA, +1.889
  6. JAMIESON Elliot - CAN, +5.060
  7. MEIER-SMITH Luke - AUS, +6.662
  8. LAFFEY Patrick - CAN, +6.994
  9. SHERLOCK Seth - CAN, +7.438
  10. GALE Sam - NZL, +9.077
  11. KLAUS Janosch - SUI, +9.323
  12. GOMILSCEK Zak - SLO, +9.359
  13. STERLING Matthew - USA, +9.361
  14. INIGUEZ Matteo - FRA, +9.456
  15. SILVA Dante - USA, +9.706
  16. FORESTA Joseph - USA, +10.411
  17. ROSS Blake - NZL, +11.397
  18. DUNNE Ronan - IRL, +13.255
  19. SUETOS Cole - USA, +13.814
  20. LEHMANN Hannes - GER, +14.209
  21. EDMONDSON Jamie - GBR, +14.578
  22. BANDEIRA Goncalo - POR, +15.546
  23. DOOLEY Austin - USA, +16.153
  24. DOWNEY Cooper - AUS, +16.722
  25. MUMFORD Luke - GBR, +17.422
  26. WILLIAMSON Luke - GBR, +17.794
  27. GAREIS Zach - USA, +19.695
  28. HANCOCK Emmett - CAN, +19.779
  29. BOONSANE Methasit - THA, +20.999
  30. SAWYER Jaxon - AUS, +23.384
  31. CLEMENTS Justin - CAN, +23.580
  32. CUMMING Christopher - IRL, +23.830
  33. GONZALEZ GRIMAU Adrian - ESP, +24.993
  34. PARSONS Finn - NZL, +25.868
  35. BARRETT Jasper - RSA, +26.035
  36. ARCUS Joshua - AUS, +26.485
  37. VULETA Louis - NZL, +29.087
  38. DESCALZO Facundo - ARG, +30.499
  39. BARKE Alex - NZL, +30.827
  40. EBDON Jake - GBR, +31.194
  41. ARBLASTER Will - AUS, +32.155
  42. JOHANSON Robert - EST, +32.799
  43. GOMBALA Oliver - SVK, +32.945
  44. VANIN GIASSON Ismael - BRA, +48.427
  45. McCONVILLE Milton - CAN, +54.834
  46. BONILLA MEDINA Adrian Felipe - COL, +55.628
  47. AKIMOTO Takumi - JPN, DNF
  48. BAECHLER Yannick - SUI, DNF
  49. GAJDOSECH Gonzalo - ARG, DSQ
  50. CORNEY Ethan - AUS, DNS

Top 20 times with Splits


Kye during his seeding run on Friday.
Kye's Canyon Sender

Junior Women's 2019 World Championships Downhill Race Results

  1. HOLL Valentina - AUT, 5:01.033
  2. JOHNSET Mille - NOR, 12.928
  3. NEWKIRK Anna - USA, 21.230
  4. GIMENEZ Nastasia - FRA, 38.316
  5. SCOTT Jordan - USA, 46.863
  6. MURRAY Fiona - NZL, 47.412
  7. VOYSEY Cassie - AUS, 52.679
  8. CHAPPAZ Lauryne - FRA, 54.002
  9. THIES Sabine - RSA, 1:31.874
  10. MERTEN McKenna - IRL, 1:33.916
  11. ERTEL Amy - CAN, 1:34.979
  12. PARHAM Autumn - USA, 1:50.583
  13. GOLDSTONE Bailey - CAN, DNF
  14. SKRYPNEK Madison - CAN, DNF


Vali during training earlier this week.
Vali with her YT TUES.


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sspomer sspomer 9/1/2019 7:58 AM

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Those Red Necks might bring some Man sized chain saws. Hell, lumber milling demos in the pits!

I had an idea regarding chainsaws at races. most of them have just an engine. Some have an empty bar on. I bet an old eight speed chain would fit nicely Over a chain saw bar instead of into as they do. You wouldn't have to necessarily have it driven by a swapped out drive sprocket. It could just sit there on the bar while you rev your engine. Sounds boring that way though.

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Troy's run was amazing, thought he had finally done it! Geez, .5 of a second on a 4:08 track, insane. Bruni has the best mental game in the business.

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We dont have wind tunnel budgets, but, we're gonna have to toy around with different visor cuts, losing rainbows by half a second on a 5 minute track is aerodynamic battles, not skill or speed.

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Exactly, if Loic was as aero as Troy he would have one by even more time! Just kidding, believe me, aerodynamics are super important! But as Lee said below I would think height and width of rider and their tuck makes a much bigger impact on wind resistance.

.5 of a second is a ridiculously small amount of time, you definitely can't say Loic has more skill than Troy. The difference could be a host of things, Loic's bigger front tire, Loic got slightly better backside on one or two doubles, Troy hit one rock a little harder than Loic, Loic snuck in an extra pedal stroke or two, line choice in one or two key sections, Tire pressure, tire type, rim width, etc.

The thing is Loic seems to be the best at finding that extra 3-9 tenths of a second in a 240 second race. Which to me means he can push it the little bit extra to get the win.

I so wanted Troy to win and he obviously has an amazing mental game, a great bike and great support. He keeps just missing though, he beats Amuary, Danny and Greg but Loic nips him, he beats Loic, Greg and Danny but Amaury just nips him. If it happened once or twice I would just say it's bad luck but it's been happening for years.

Think about it, if Troy just pushed a little harder on any corner or in the rocks he would have won (he also could have crashed, something he almost never does). Loic seems to be the one who can consistently rise to the occasion (4 world Championships in 5 years, 3 WC victories this year vs. zero for Troy.

Their equipment is so different too, it could be that Troy out rides everyone every race but his bike is just slower (suspension design, tires, tire pressure, wheel size, suspension performance).

There are so many variables and if you broke the track up into 100 sections I bet Troy won almost half of them.

Anyway, I'm a huge fan of Troy and would love to see him win a few World Cups and World Championships! A more aerodynamic visor will certainly help!

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I dont think it's mental. His suspension moves like nothing I have seen in all my years of riding, racing & spectating. The Ohlins setup at this moment in time is unlike anything else...period. The rider has arms & legs and his movements to compensate but not at the speeds that suspension can. I watch his bike the entire run every time.

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I agree with Oz. His suspension is working very well, no doubt, but his body position is so sound and precise. Its like watching a video game. He'd make a lot of bikes look good.

That said, for the nerds, it seems pretty clear the fork is crazy linear. EG a lower "finish rate" on the air spring than anyone in the field (except Finn). This allows the fork to ride high but still use more of its available travel.

"But he'd be bottoming all the time". Yeah, that's where the damping magic is being applied. Guessing he has something position sensitive in there.

Anyway, no matter how awesome his suspension works 72 kph is mad through that stuff.

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Bruni's body position is also text book, which allows the suspension to work at its best. Over used cliché but he really is 'one with the bike'.

Oh and he won in 2015 on Boxxers FYI ;-)

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Two thoughts...

Bruni is the most composed bike rider of all time. So precise. So perfect.
Troy is the best sportsman of all time. After so many second places, he still finds a way to congratulate the winner in a way that makes you go "woh, what a good dude".

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