Pinkbike Primer: World Cup DH Racing is back for round four in Lenzerheide

After a break of almost a month, we are back for the fourth round of the 2022 World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Find out everything you need to know for round four below.


Track

We haven’t seen too many changes to the Lenzerheide course over the years, although we sometimes add a new section. The track was always flat, with riders hitting high speeds before the classic big drop in the finish area. .


Previous winners

Elite Men

2021: Loris Vergier
2019: Amaury-Pierron
2018//Worlds: Loic Bruni
2017: Greg Minnar
2016: Danny Hart
2015 : Greg Minnar

Elite women

2021: Myriam Nicole
2019: Marine Cabirou
2018//Worlds: Rachel Atherton
2017: Myriam Nicole
2016: Rachel Atherton
2015 : Rachel Atherton


What happened in 2021?

Jackson Goldstone began racing at Lenzerheide with his third consecutive World Cup win and another after winning the World Championships. Crossing the line just over two seconds back is the fastest qualifier, Pau Menoyo Busquets. James MacDermid rounded out the top three junior men, four seconds behind Jackson.

The Junior Women’s race saw European and World Champion Izabela Yankova continue her dominance beating Gracey Hemstreet by three and a half seconds. Izabela’s race time would have been good enough for fifth place in Elite Women qualifying.

After some incredible runs, Myriam Nicole put more than two and a half seconds between her and the Elite women’s peloton when she took victory in Lenzerheide. Tahnee Seagrave was back in top form as she finished in second place. Vali Höll shrugged off her bad luck last year to secure third place.

It was French domination in the Men Elite race as Loris Vergier won his second consecutive World Cup. Loïc Bruni was again in fine form taking second place, with then-series leader Thibaut Daprela in third place. Amaury Pierron completed the French sweep of the podium.

Check out the results below.


Elite women
1st. Myriam Nicole: 3:10.661
2nd. Tahnee Seagrave: 3:13.323
3rd. Vali Holl: 3:16.776
4th. Nina Hoffman: 3:19.110
5th. Camille Balanche: 3:19.222

Elite Men
1st. Loris Vergier: 2:46.921
2nd. Loic Bruni: 2:47.118
3rd. Thibaut Daprela: 2:47.291
4th. Amaury Pierron: 2:47.549
5th. Laurie Greenland: 2:48.189


Junior Women
1st. Izabela Yankova: 3:29.096
2nd. Gracey Hemstreet: 3:32.597
3rd. Kina Haugom: 3:40.435
4th. Phoebe Gale: 3:43.483
5th. Leona Pierrini: 3:45.263

Junior men
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 2:51.065
2nd. Pau Menoyo Busquets: 2:53.315
3rd. James MacDermid: 2:55.119
4th. Jordan Williams: 2:55.702
5th. Oliver Davis: 2:55.932


What happened in the last lap?

Round 3 of the 2022 Downhill World Cup in Leogang delivered another day of incredible racing. In juniors, Phoebe Gale rode a dominant run to edge fastest qualifier Jenna Hastings by 14 seconds. Gracey Hemstreet, winner of rounds one and two, had to settle for third place today, just over 15 seconds off the winning time. Among the junior men, it was Jordan Williams who took advantage of his victory in Fort William to edge Jackson Goldstone by four seconds. A strong performance from Lachlan Stevens-McNab puts him in third place.

Camille Balanche proves that she was once again the one to beat in Leogang after a perfect and controlled race that brought her victory by more than 11 seconds. Myriam Nicole had some problems at the top of the course but kept going to take second place. Eleonora Farina also had an excellent run to secure third place. The elite men saw a first World Cup winner as Matt Walker just beat fellow Briton Danny Hart to the line by 0.325 seconds. Angel Suarez had an incredible run to take third place, just a second and a half away.

Check out the results below.

Results:


Elite women
1st. Camille Balanche: 4:08.218
2nd. Myriam Nicole: 4:19.586
3rd. Eleonora Farina: 4:24.281
4th. Louise-Anna Ferguson: 4:29.876
5th. Monika Hrastnik: 4:30.258


Elite Men
1st. Matt Walker: 3:28.816
2nd. Danny Hart: 3:29.141
3rd. Angel Suarez: 3:30.370
4th. Amaury Pierron: 3:30.530
5th. Andreas Kolb: 3:31.249


Junior Women
1st. Phoebe Gale: 4:28.749
2nd. Jenna Hastings: 4:42.853
3rd. Gracey Hemstreet: 4:43.949
4th. Delia Da Mocogno: 4:48.373
5th. Vanessa Petrovska: 4:52.766


Junior men
1st. Jordan Williams: 3:39.314
2nd. Jackson Goldstone: 3:43.318
3rd. Lachlan Stevens-McNab: 3:43.969
4th. Davide Cappello: 3:44.172
5th. Remy Meier-Smith: 3:53.407


General classification after the 3rd round


Elite women



Elite Men



Junior women



Junior men


Weather forecast


The weather is looking mixed in Lenzerheide as we expect to see rain throughout the weekend, although it doesn’t look like it’s bad enough to really affect the race.

Thursday July 7 – Coaching
Variable clouds with thunderstorm // 16° // 80% Chance of Precipitation // 9 km/h Wind

Friday July 8 – Qualifications
Mostly cloudy with a touch of rain in the afternoon // 15° // 59% Chance of Precipitation // 7 km/h Wind

Saturday July 9 – Finals
Mostly cloudy with a touch of rain in the afternoon // 18° // 65% Chance of Precipitation // 7 km/h Wind

Weather forecast for Saturday July 2 from Accuweather.


The schedule

Thursday July 7
• 08h45-11h15 // Official Downhill Training – Group B
• 11.15am-12.30pm // Official Downhill Training – Group A and B (mixed training)
• 12.45pm-3.15pm // Official Downhill Training – Group A
• 3:30-5:00pm // Timed downhill training session
• 5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m. // Inspection of the downhill course on foot – Riders and teams

Friday July 8
• 08h45-10h15 // Official Downhill Training – Group B
• 10.15am-11.45am // Official Downhill Training – Group A
• 12:15 p.m. // Placement race – Junior women
• 12:30 p.m. // Qualifying round – Junior men
• 1:30 p.m. // Qualifying round – Women Elite
• 2:00 p.m. // Qualifying round – Elite Men
• Followed by // 30 minutes on foot inspection of the downhill course – Riders and teams

Saturday July 9
• 08:15-09:15 // Official Downhill Training – Junior Women, Junior Men, Elite Women
• 09:45 // Final – Junior Men
• 10:30 a.m. // Final – Junior Women
• 10.50am-11.05am // Official Downhill Training – Women Elite qualified for the final
• 11.05am-12.05pm // Official Downhill Training – Men Elite qualified for the final
• 12:30 p.m. // Final – Elite Women
• 1:30 p.m. // Final – Elite Men
• Rewards to follow

Note: All times are local and subject to change by the event organizer.


How to watch

Pinkbike will provide you with the best daily coverage of Lenzerheide this week. Log in to Pinkbike to take epic photos, videos and results from timed training, practice, qualifying and finals, plus tech and news.

You can also watch the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on redbull.tv. The DH live stream begins on Saturday, July 9 at 12:25 p.m. CEST.

Programme: Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Lenzerheide LIVE on Red Bull TV:

Lenzerheide DHI Women: July 9 live on Red Bull TV at 12:25 CEST
Lenzerheide DHI Men: July 9 live on Red Bull TV at 1:45 p.m. CEST

(Every hour CEST, replay available immediately after the races. Times subject to change at the discretion of the organizers and Red Bull.)


Fantasy League 2022


Don’t forget to complete your DH Fantasy team for round four this weekend, because the Fantasy league is a lot more fun if you participate in every race.

The Fantasy Downhill League is presented by Specialized
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