Pinkbike Primer – Everything you need to know before the 2022 DH World Championships – Pinkbike

The biggest race of the year is already upon us with the start of the 2022 World Championships in Les Gets. This year’s racing was intense and wild and we can guarantee it will be no different this weekend. The Les Gets course has proven itself to produce some incredible racing, from the dusty corners of 2019 to the slippery, loose ride of 2021.

The riders have had a few weeks since the last round of the World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne and there are only a few days left before we see the new champions crowned for 2022. Find out everything you need to know below. the start of the races.


Track

FullAttack hiked and biked the updated DH course in Les Gets. It looks like runners will assimilate new sections alongside some updated parts of the previous course.


Previous World Champions

ELITE MEN
2021 // Val di Sole, Italy // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2020 // Leogang, Austria // Reece WILSON // GBR
2019 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Loïc BRUNI // FRA
2018 // Lenzerheide, Switzerland // Loïc BRUNI // FRA
2017 // Cairns, Australia // Loïc BRUNI // FRA
2016 // Val di Sole, Italy // Danny HART // GBR
2015 // Vallnord, Andorra // Loïc BRUNI // FRA
2014 // Hafjell, Norway // Gee ATHERTON // GBR
2013 // Pietermaritzburg, South Africa // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2012 // Leogang, Austria // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2011 // Champéry, Switzerland // Danny HART // GBR
2010 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Sam HILL // AUS
2009 // Canberra, Australia // Steve PEAT // GBR
2008 // Val di Sole, Italy // Gee ATHERTON // GBR
2007 // Fort William, UK // Sam HILL // AUS
2006 // Rotorua, New Zealand // Sam HILL // AUS
2005 // Livigno, Italy // Fabien BAREL // FRA
2004 // Les Gets, France // Fabien BAREL // FRA
2003 // Lugano, Switzerland // Greg MINNAAR // RSA
2002 // Kaprun, Austria // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
2001 // Vail, USA // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
2000 /// Sierra Nevada, Spain // Myles ROCKWELL // USA
1999 // Are, Sweden // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1998 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1997 // Chateau-d’OEx, Switzerland // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1996 // Cairns, Australia // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1995 // Kirchzarten, Germany // Nicolas VOUILLOZ // FRA
1994 // Vail, USA // François GACHET // FRA
1993 // Metabief, France // Mike KING // USA
1992 // Bromont, Canada // Dave CULLINAN // United States
1991 // Ciocco, Italy // Albert ITEN // SUI
1990 // Durango, USA // Greg HERBOLD // USA
ELITE WOMEN
2021 // Val di Sole, Italy // Myriam NICOLE // FRA
2020 // Leogang, Austria // Camille BALANCHE // SUI
2019 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Myriam NICOLE // FRA
2018 // Lenzerheide, Switzerland // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2017 // Cairns, Australia // Miranda MILLER // CAN
2016 // Val di Sole, Italy // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2015 // Vallnord, Andorra // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2014 // Hafjell, Norway // Manon CARPENTER // GBR
2013 // Pietermaritzburg, South Africa // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2012 // Leogang, Austria // Morgane CHARRE // FRA
2011 // Champéry, Switzerland // Emmeline RAGOT // FRA
2010 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Tracy MOSELEY // GBR
2009 // Canberra, Australia // Emmeline RAGOT // FRA
2008 // Val di Sole, Italy // Rachel ATHERTON // GBR
2007 // Fort William, UK // Sabrina JONNIER // FRA
2006 // Rotorua, New Zealand // Sabrina JONNIER // FRA
2005 // Livigno, Italy // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
2004 // Les Gets, France // Vanessa QUIN // NZL
2003 // Lugano, Switzerland // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
2002 // Kaprun, Austria // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
2001 // Vail, USA // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
2000 /// Sierra Nevada, Spain // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1999 // Are, Sweden // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1998 // Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1997 // Chateau-d’OEx, Switzerland // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1996 // Cairns, Australia // Anne-Caroline CHAUSSON // FRA
1995 // Kirchzarten, Germany // Leigh DONOVAN // United States
1994 // Vail, USA // Missy GIOVE // USA
1993 // Métabief, France // Giovanna BONAZZI // ITA
1992 // Bromont, Canada // Juli FURTADO // United States
1991 // Ciocco, Italy // Giovanna BONAZZI // ITA
1990 // Durango, USA // Cindy DEVINE // CAN


What happened in 2021?

Izabela Yankova started the race in Val di Sole with a huge victory in the junior women’s race beating second-placed Kine Haugom by almost 11 seconds. Jackson Goldstone won the rainbow jersey of his first World Junior Championships after a strong performance. There was a close fight with Jordan Williams, but Jackson found 1.812 seconds over the British driver.

Myriam Nicole rode a perfect race in the elite women’s race to grab the lead by almost five seconds. Marine Cabirou put in one of the most impressive performances as she fought through her Les Gets injury to cross the line in second place. 2020 World Champion Camille Balanche didn’t match her winning run from the previous year, but she still left Val di Sole with the bronze medal after a great run on the tricky course.

The elite men’s race provided plenty of drama as Greg Minnaar claimed his fourth world championship title. Benoit Coulanges came close to taking first place, but he settled for the silver medal crossing the line 0.227 seconds behind Greg. Troy Brosnan rounded out the top three runners and was the only other person to come within a second of Greg Minnaar’s winning time.


Elite women


1st. Myriam Nicole: 4:06.243
2nd. Marine Cabirou: +4.827
3rd. Camille Balance: +6.099
4th. Monika Hrastnik: +9.085
5th. Tahnee Seagrave: +9.781


Elite Men


1st. Greg Minnaar: 3:28.963
2nd. Benoit Coulanges: +0.227
3rd. Troy Brosnan: +0.441
4th. Loris Vergier: +1.166
5th. Danny Hart: +1.850


Junior women


1st. Izabela Yankova: 4:30.865
2nd. Physio Haugom: +10.844
3rd. Gracey Hemstreet: +13.245
4th. Simonka Kuchynkova: +15.153
5th. Delia De Mocogno: +15.512


Junior men


1st. Jackson Goldstone: 3:37.097
2nd. Jordan Williams: +1.812
3rd. Lachlan Stevens-McNab: +3.560
4th. Ethan Craig: +4.848
5th. Oisin O Callaghan: +6.218


What happened in the last round of the World Cup?


Elite women


1st. Vali Holl: 4:56.012
2nd. Nina Hoffman: 4:59.159
3rd. Eleonora Farina: 5:00.522
4th. Jess Blewitt: 5:11.908
5th. Monika Hrastnik: 5:12.210


Elite Men


1st. Finn Islands: 4:11.717
2nd. Laurie Greenland: 4:11.955
3rd. Troy Brosnan: 4:15.221
4th. Aaron Gwin: 4:17.531
5th. Bernard Kerr: 4:18.100


Junior women


1st. Phoebe Gale: 5:09.223
2nd. Izabela Yankova: 5:16.084
3rd. Gracey Hemstreet: 5:16.805
4th. Valentina Roa Sanchez: 5:27.466
5th. Aimi Kenyon: 5:28.439


Junior men


1st. Jackson Goldstone: 4:13.766
2nd. Jordan Williams: 4:17.566
3rd. Bodhi Kuhn: 4:20.302
4th. Lachlan Stevens-McNab: 4:26.463
5th. Ryan Pinkerton: 4:26.966


List of entries


DH – Junior Women


DH – Junior Men


DH – Elite Women


DH – Elite Men


Weather forecast

The weather promises to be rather mild for the week of racing in Les Gets. The only worrying part of the current forecast comes from the chance of rain showers and thunderstorms for the finals. Hopefully it will eventually miss the zone and we will have the same conditions for every runner.

Tuesday August 23 – Walk on track
Sun and scattered clouds // 22°C // 1% precipitation // wind 9km/h

Wednesday August 24 – Coaching
Rather sunny and warm // 24°C // 1% precipitation // wind 7km/h

Thursday August 25 – Qualifications
Partially sunny and warm; a thunderstorm in places in the afternoon // 25°C // 40% precipitation // wind 7km/h

friday august 26 – Coaching
Intermittent clouds and sunshine with a thunderstorm in the area in the afternoon // 23°C // 55% precipitation // wind 7km/h

Saturday August 27 – Finals
Rather cloudy and warm with a few showers and a thunderstorm // 23°C // 60% precipitation // wind 9km/h

Weather forecast as of Monday 22nd August from Accuweather.


The schedule

Tuesday August 23
• 1:00-4:00 p.m. // Inspection of the downhill course on foot – Riders and teams

Wednesday August 24
• 9.30am-1.30pm // Official Downhill Training – Juniors and Women Elite
• 1.45pm-5.45pm // Official Downhill Training – Elite Men

Thursday August 25
• 08h00-09h00 // Official downhill training – Juniors and Women Elite
• 09:00-10:00 // Official Downhill Training – Elite Men
• 10.30am-11.30am // Qualifications – Juniors
• 11.45am-1.30pm // Qualifications – Elites

friday august 26
• 09:00-12:00 // Official Downhill Training – Juniors and Elite Women
• 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. // Official Downhill Training – Elite Men

Saturday August 27
• 08h00-09h00 // Official downhill training – Juniors and Women Elite
• 09:30 // Final – Women Juniors
• After // Final – Men Juniors
• Followed by a prize-giving ceremony for the junior categories
• 11.15am-11.30am // Official Downhill Training – Women Elite qualified for the final
• 11.30am-12.30pm // Official Downhill Training – Men Elite qualified for the final
• 1:15 p.m. // Final – Elite Women
• 2:35 p.m. // Final – Elite Men

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


How to watch


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