RESULTS - Timed Training, Leogang World Cup Downhill 4

A newly taped track isn't much slower than last year and times in Leogang remain incredibly close.

RESULTS - Timed Training, Leogang World Cup Downhill

Anewly taped track in Leogang, Austria, greeted World Cup downhill mountain bike racers for the first day of practice and timed training today. In the Vital track walk slideshow, some riders liked the course changes, others didn't seem too happy. Most competitors agreed, however, that riding the course would give them a fair and true assessment of the track alterations.

While timed training results are usually a good few seconds off of race times, today's efforts put the fastest Elite Men riders in the low 3:20 zone, with Bernard Kerr the fastest rider and only one to hit 3:21. Compare that with timed training results from last year at 3:18 and Amaury Pierron's 2018 winning time of 3:10, and the course changes have not significantly slowed down top-to-bottom pace. Rachel Atherton put a serious dent in the Elite Women's class with a run 4.5 seconds faster than 2nd place, Tracey Hannah. Junior Men is nicely mixed up with current #7, Patrick Laffey from Canada, swooping in for the fastest time. Vali Holl gets back to the top in Junior Women today after her a long winning streak was ended in Fort William last weekend with a 2nd place.

 

Track changes aside, the list of times today emphasizes just how close the competition is in Leogang with multiple riders finishing within the same second. Some gaps between places are a mere few thousandths-of-a-second apart. The smallest mistake, the wrong cog selection and even a stiff breeze can impact a race result in Austria. 3rd through 9th today were all in the 3:24 range, and the difference between finishing in 3rd and 21st is only three seconds.

A big heck yes to Charlie Harrison and Mitch Ropelato in 4th and 5th. #USDH

Timed training is a special session reserved for the current top riders in each class. It is not mandatory and results do not count toward overall points or series ranking. These results are purely for observation and analysis by riders and teams as they prepare for qualifying tomorrow. The timed training information is also a great baseline for off-track speculation by us impatient internet lurkers.

Troy Brosnan, Rachel Atherton, Thibaut Daprela and Anna Newkirk are current World Cup series leaders coming into Leogang.

Elite Men's Leogang Timed Training Results

Elite Women's Leogang Timed Training Results

Junior Men's Leogang Timed Training Results

Junior Women's Leogang Timed Training Results

 

 

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