Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup

After two wet World Cups, Maribor delivered deep dust and hot racing.

South Africa’s Greg Minnaar put in a flyer and almost bagged another win but for two flying Frenchies and a very fast Brit. Deeper into the field, young(ish) Theo Erlangsen squeezed into 50th position to keep all the Saffa supporters proud. Here’s your recap of all the action.

Vergier was on fire all weekend winning Saturday’s Qualifier and Sunday’s Final.

Elite Women

Tahnée Seagrove was the first of the big names to race and she duly turned the splits green the whole way down to unseat Mille Johnset. The crowd – an absent element from last year’s rounds in Maribor – were treated to a brilliant run from their Slovenian star, Monika Hrastnik. Having won the European Championships here last week, she pulled back a 2.164 deficit at split one to go fastest by a tantalisingly close margin of 0.004 seconds. The Italian Champion, Eleonora Farina, took advantage of Hrastnik’s slow top section and kept the green splits rolling. Farina had looked especially dialled in morning practice and that translated into finals as she went fastest by 3.171 seconds. World Champion Camille Balanche said she was struggling with the track during practice, but went on to go fastest in Timed Training and third in Qualification. However, her finals run was not quite on-point and she lost a lot of time in the final third, ultimately slotting her into third place. Second in Qualification, Myriam Nicole, was already almost three seconds up by split two, and although she lost some time lower down the track with fatigue setting in, she crossed the line to go fastest with one rider to go. After a storming Qualification, Vali Höll could not find the speed in her finals run, finishing down in sixth. Nicole claimed the win and takes the World Cup leader’s jersey. Farina was delighted with second place, 1.322 back. Balanche, Hrastnik and Seagrave completed the podium.

Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Vali Holl rode aggressively but the splits showed she lost time – and a shot at the podium – in the second half of the track. P6 for Vali.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Tahnee Seagrave risked far less and put in a clean and composed run for P5.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Recently crowned EU Champ and Slovenian local Monika Hrastnik was pumped with her run and P4 podium place.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Camille Balanche had some good splits on the top of the track before fading a little and landing in P3.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Italian Eleonora Farina rode very direct lines and powered through the rough for a brilliant P2.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
The day belonged to Myriam Nicole who was up on the field from the second split and used all her strength to maintain the margin to the line.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Myriam: “It was physically a hard run. I’m exhausted.”
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Elite Women’s podium.

Results: Elite Women

Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup

Elite Men

The men’s finals headed into the top 20 with the French Champion, Benoît Coulanges, having just taken the hot seat. Notable mentions go to Andreas Kolb for going fourth despite a snapped chain early in his run, and Dan Slack, the first-year Elite who went third, but it wasn’t until Loïc Bruni that Coulanges’s time was beaten. Danny Hart and Matt Walker were both in touch through the first half of the track, but slipped down the standings during the lower sections. Greg Minnaar, on the other hand, was showing red splits early on, but gradually clawing back tenths to finally go fastest by a nail-biting 0.092 seconds. Laurie Greenland pulled a similar trick, knocking Minnaar off the hot seat before he’d had time to draw breath by an equally exciting 0.082sec. The penultimate man on the hill was the number one board of Thibaut Dapréla who was quickest through split one and built his lead all the way down, crossing the line 1.085sec to the good and obviously stoked with his performance. A French win was guaranteed, but would it be the winner from the last round in Les Gets, or the double winner from last year in Maribor? Loris Vergier was, he said, going slow to go fast; a typically puzzling statement from a rider who made perfect sense of this track. Down at splits one and two, he floated his way toward a 1.138 second advantage by split four and a winning margin of 1.775 to secure a perfect World Cup weekend. Dapréla, Greeenland, Minnaar and Bruni were second to fifth respectively.

Theo Erlangsen: “Had a pretty good run, just a few too many mistakes and when times are so tight like this it puts you back a bit. Hungry for World Champs now.”
As composed as ever, Reece Wilson kept the rainbow kit sparkly and went P21 today.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
P14 for the flying Frenchmen Remi Thirion.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
It was another great run from 2021 French National Champion Benoit Coulanges who kept building speed and clawing back time through his run. A fast mid and lower section put him into the hot seat, before dropping to P6.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Loic Bruni tucked in the high-speed sections, hoped the holes and powered his way into the hot seat with a clinical run. He finished the day 3 seconds back in P5.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
P4 for Greg Minnaar: “I was so pumped crossing the line to see that I had knocked Bruni out of the hot seat. You know you’ve have had a good ride when you beat Loic, he is an incredible rider, as well as person. But today Loris Vergier was on another level – so amazing to watch. I feel really honored to be able to mix it up with these guys every now and then.”
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Laurie Greenland went into full attack mode which landed him in the hot seat and a P3 result.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
With some mega drifts and incredible speed through the rock garden Thibaut Daprela keeps the points lead with a P2 for the day.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Vergier had the best finish line approach strategy of all the riders – don’t pedal, just tuck and let the bike carry speed.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Vergier celebrates his first World Cup victory of 2021.
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Elite Men’s podium.
Winning bike: Vergier’s very green Trek Session.

Results: Elite Men

Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup
Results and photo recap from Maribor DH World Cup

Watch the winning runs

Round 4 is scheduled for Lenzerheide in Switzerland on the 4th of September.


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