Lenzerheide DH World Cup Recap | Presented by SHIMANO

The penultimate round of the 2019 series took riders to the South East of Zurich and into the town of Lenzerheide. Riders had to deal with rain, mist and a ghastly slick track through practice and into race day – but the sun eventually came out and the racing was lit.

Greg Minnaar performs at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th,
Greg Minnaar pops out of the slick woods on the short yet tricky Lenzerheide track.


THE TRACK

The winter ski resort Lenzerheide sits deep in the Swiss Alps. This track has hosted three World Cups and the 2018 World Championships. This year a few minor revisions were made to the track in the form of a new rock garden and a steep wood section to challenge the riders. The track is one of the shorter in the series at only 2.2km long yet still has 413m drop in elevation. Top speeds are around 65kph.

Course Preview with Finn Iles



WOMEN’S RACE

Saturday’s weather conditions were extremely testing with the women getting the worst of the rain and fog early on as Kiwi Kate Weatherly and home hope Emilie Siegenthaler put in strong runs to lead before Cabirou sent down a storming run to take the hot seat. Germany’s Nina Hoffmann was the penultimate rider but a rear puncture put paid to her hopes as fastest qualifier Tracey Hannah failed to beat Cabirou’s time by 0.264s leaving the Frenchwoman to enjoy back-to-back victories and just a 150-point deficit to Hannah overall. Cabirou, 22, said: “Two in a row is just incredible. I did too many mistakes during my run, but I stayed on my bike. I am so happy. I cannot wait to be in Snowshoe.” Australian Hannah said: “It was weird because at the top it was raining and I know how slippery the outside corners get. I had to read the track as it was going. It was fun. Happy to get down without a crash and it’s good for the points overall. I love the old tracks in America and hopefully, it will be dry. I will give it my all.”

Camille Balanche performs at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019
European Champion Camille Balanche dropped out of the misty conditions and went straight into an early hot seat.
Kate Weatherly performs at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019
Kiwi Kate Weatherly was the next rider down and she took less than 2 tenths of a second out of Camille’s time to go into an eventual 4th place finish.
Emilie Siegenthaler performs at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019
Swiss rider Emilie Siegenthaler qualified 5th but stepped in up in her finals run. Up in all the splits with a little time lost in the midsection she finished the day in 3rd.
Tracey Hannah performs at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019
Last rider on the track was series leader Tracey Hannah who said she wanted to win today, and she almost did! She would end up 2nd, just 0.2 off of the win but with a chunk of points and a healthy lead in the series.
Marine Cabirou performs at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019
Marine Cabirou took her second win of the season and although it was as emphatic as last weekend in Italy – a win is a win!

RESULTS:

  1. Marine CABIROU (FRA) 3:34.304
  2. Tracey HANNAH (AUS) +0.264
  3. Emilie SIEGENTHALER (SUI) +7.085
  4. Kate WEATHERLY (NZL) +7.478
  5. Camille BALANCHE (SUI) +7.649
Competitors stand on the podium at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019
Podium from left to right: Weatherly, Hannah, Cabirou, Siegenthaler, Balanche


MEN’S RACE

In the men’s race, Frenchmen Baptiste Pierron and Florent Payet led early on before Britons Reece Wilson and then Laurie Greenland both bettered their times. Amaury Pierron was a man possessed as he earned a huge 4.266s lead with South African Greg Minnaar the only man to get within a second as title rival Loic Bruni, Australian Troy Brosnan and fastest qualifier Danny Hart were all unable to deny him a third 2019 victory. Pierron, who is only 90 points behind Bruni overall, said: “I did not expect this after the first day of practice with two bad crashes. It was perfect conditions, just a bit slippery. I did a mistake at the bottom, but that was enough. For the overall, a win is beautiful.” Bruni, who also has three 2019 wins, said: “I knew Amaury was going to be really hard to beat. I started to lose confidence. I did a pretty good run. They were better than me today. This season is crazy. We don’t have points in quali at Snowshoe, so it will be fullon.”

Finn Iles performs at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019
Finn Iles had a scrapy run which ended in a huck off of the road gap bridge as he pushed wide exiting a turn. Those scrubs were worthy of a medal though.
Reece Wilson performs at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019
Reece Wilson keeps it low on his way to a seasonbest 9th.
Gee Atherton performs at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019
With the visibility improving Gee Atherton charged into a solid 15th place.
Danny Hart performs at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019
Danny Hart dropping through the steeps. 5th place for the Brit today.
Loic Bruni performs at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019
Loic Bruni with some lazy moto steeze as he flys down into 3rd for the day.
Greg Minnaar performs at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019
Just 0.9 sec off the win today for Greg Minnaar – oh so close.
Amaury Pierron did everything possible to keep his series hopes alive. An unreal run where he was hopping, skipping, scrubbing and just visibly faster than everyone on track today. Sensational stuff indeed.
The affable Amaury – always a popular winner.
Men’s podium from Left to Right: Brosnan, Minnaar, Pierron, Bruni, Hart

RESULTS:

  1. Amaury PIERRON (FRA) 2:49.422
  2. Greg MINNAAR (RSA) +0.951
  3. Loic BRUNI (FRA) +1.400
  4. Troy BROSNAN (AUS) +2.160
  5. Danny HART (GBR) +3.222


THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

THE GOOD: Greg Minnaar! 2nd place, less than a second off of a win. The GOAT is peaking as we head to World Champs. Bruni and Hannah are riding for the overall but still attacking the track – wisdom. Pierron is incredible right now – he has the ability to just turn up the heat and take time out of anyone.

THE BAD: That’s what Cabirou said about her winning run. That’s the sign of a champ – winning, but not happy with the run. Always seeking perfection.

THE UGLY: Finn Iles hucking off the wooden bridge / road gap. Well, it could have been a whole lot worse if he never reacted as quickly as he did. Well done.



OVERALL RANKINGS after round 7

ELITE WOMEN

  1. Tracey HANNAH (AUS) 1 460 points
  2. Marine CABIROU (FRA) 1 310
  3. Nina HOFFMANN (GER) 819
  4. Veronika WIDMANN (ITA) 754
  5. Rachel ATHERTON (GBR) 730

ELITE MEN

  1. Loic BRUNI (FRA) 1 312 points
  2. Amaury PIERRON (FRA) 1 222
  3. Troy BROSNAN (AUS) 1 094
  4. Danny HART (GBR) 883
  5. Loris VERGIER (FRA) 859
  6. Greg MINNAAR (RSA) 781
  7. Laurie GREENLAND (GBR) 745
  8. Brook MACDONALD (NZL) 491
  9. David TRUMMER (AUT) 485
  10. Mark WALLACE (CAN) 484


NEXT UP: Final Round, Snowshoe USA, September 5 to 8

Loic Bruni seen at UCI DH World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland on August 10th, 2019
The final round is after World Champs. Loic Bruni is the man to beat and he knows it which is not always a good thing. This guy is pure class though and taking those rainbow stripes or the series lead from him is going to be tough.


With thanks Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull, UCI and Shimano SA / Coolheat.


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