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FINAL RESULTS - Snowshoe World Cup Downhill

There was no shortage of carnage leading up to race day at the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Downhill in Snowshoe, West Virginia. Rainy weather throughout the week kept moisture on the ground making the technical, rock-filled DH track tricky and treacherous. That didn't stop the fastest mountain bike racers in the world from attacking the track and the results are in from race day.

Elite Women's race notes

  • Nina Hoffman was impressive through the tech, ultimately coming to a stop (like almost all the women) around the tricky tree at the end of the final rocks.
  • Vali Höll rode fast up top, almost died twice off the double drop (only one to hit it), rode too tight through the woods and blew a corner into the flat end section which decimated her overall time.
  • Myriam Nicole attacked and was very fast, but she had a crash in the rocks which ultimately proved costly.
  • Camille Balanche rode smart, but very aggressively, almost washing out the front at the top. She avoided some of the tricky parts in the rocks that claimed the others. Great racecraft and riding resulting in a big winning margin at the end.

Elite Men's race notes

  • "More slippery than an otter's pocket." - Rob Warner during pre-show making Eliot laugh uncontrollably. Gonna miss that shit.
  • Minnaar 150th race start, Payet 100th race start. Bonkers!
  • Matt Walker broke kneecap and hand yesterday. DNS.
  • Dante Silva #USDH with an early hotseat taking 6 seconds off Amaury's qualifier. YEAH DANTE!
  • Revelli with a smash into the rocks but kept going
  • Portions of track drying nicely compared to when women ran, but rocks still an ice rink
  • Austin Dooley #USDH and fastest US qualifier, was on pace, but had some bobbles. Still 2nd at the time he crossed the line. YEAH DOOLEY!
  • Levesque goes into hotseat by 3.6 seconds with a great run.
  • Thirion always so exciting to watch pulling inside line at last rock exit.
  • Hartenstern was 2 seconds into the green and went off the bike with more complications on the way to the bottom.
  • Luke Meier-Smith with a wild one but off the pace. Always fun to watch.
  • Angel Suarez took a big hit in the upper rocks. Rode to finish, but ouch!
  • Hatton was shredding, then a bobble-to-footplant off the second rock in the double drop took him down. He still pinned it to the bottom.
  • Finn Iles. Perfection through every section. 3:40 at the line, 2.8 up. Will it hold? Is he the Finnball Wizard(TM)?
  • Dak crashed early unfortunately, but stunned everyone with a crazy line on the double drop!
  • Gwin down safely, but too conservative? 3rd place at the time he crossed the line.
  • Greenland with a wild run, pinballing and deflecting, making it up a small deficit to Finn in the last section with a triple-double in the rhythm. Into first by .4 with a 3:39!
  • Ethan Craik with a dramatic, bike-swapping run into 4th. 15 riders remain
  • Coulanges looking good until his feet blew off in the middle rock section.
  • Mark Wallace stayed upright with a slight stop into the tree at the end of the last rocks, but wasn't in touch for the top.
  • Trummer successfully (and unintentionally) foot-planted off the double drop, making up time through the bottom crossing the line into 3rd.
  • Matteo Iniguez, stylish, loose and a rowdy run into 6th, 4.7 off the pace. Nice one!
  • The Redcar Rocket returns with a flawless run, hitting his lines. Danny Hart goes into first by 1.2 seconds. The Top 10 remain and the track seems to be drying out slightly in the critical sections
  • Jamie Edmondson had the fastest top split, but he couldn't hold that pace throughout. His run indicates that the rocks are still extremely unpredictable.
  • Troy Brosnan destroying the upper half going into the rocks up by 1.1 seconds. Then, he washed the front end and took a big hipper into the rocks. He still finished his run crossing in 9th.
  • GREG MINNAAR!!! His 150th start, was up to 3.4 seconds behind in the upper splits and used his mass and momentum to chip away all the way to the bottom. He goes into 1st by .3 seconds!
  • Heartbreak for Loris Vergier, just OWNING every split until he went down in the exit of the last rocks. Even with that crash, he crossed the line in 4th.
  • Austrian, Andreas Kolb, everyone's new favorite podium threat with the flashy mustache, put it all together the entire way down and takes 1st place away from Minnaar by 1.2 seconds, even with a stop at the tree at the end of the rocks. 5 remain.
  • Ronan Dunne!!! The Irish sleeper backs up an awesome qualifier, up at most splits and dabbing in the final rocks, crossing the line in 2nd place. Fantastic result for the young gun.
  • Just went we thought the track was drying up, Loic Bruni showed that it was still slick as ice in spot, going down, breaking a brake lever. Eliot confirmed he was .9 seconds up at the time of his crash, too. On to MSA for SuperBruni.
  • Bernard Kerr, downhilling's favorite vlogger and style master absolutely smoked the course, even saving a stem-ride mid-rocks. He crossed the line 1.4 seconds faster than anyone so far into first. Thibaut and Amaury remain.
  • Thibaut had troubles up top and did not compete for the top. One to go.
  • Amaury Pierron. Up at the first, losing significant time in the next sectors and then slowly clawing his way back through the rocks crosses the line for the win by .4 seconds. Bernard, Kolb and Dunne 2, 3 and 4 with their best finishes and Greg Minnaar on the podium in 5th for his 150th World Cup Downhill start. Amaury becomes the 4th rider to win 4 World Cup Downhills in a season and according to the Red Bull webcast, he considered not even racing this weekend, still banged up after his crash in Andorra. Can't make this stuff up!

Post-race Interviews

 



Elite Men's Results

Amaury Pierron

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Elite Men's Overall Results After Snowshoe (Top 10)

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Elite Women's Results

Camille Balanche

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Junior Men's Results

Jackson Goldstone

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Junior Men's Overall Results After Snowshoe (Top 20)

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Junior Women's Results

Gracey Hemstreet

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Junior Women's Overall Results After Snowshoe

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