15
Sep
2021

Snowshoe World Cup #5 Qualifying Action

9/15/2021 : sicklines

It’s race day today and you can tune in to watch the race live today at https://www.redbull.com/us-en/events/uci-mountain-bike-world-cup-usa

Qualifying

Finn Iles took the top spot in Elite men qualifying at Snowshoe for the Mercedez-Benz UCI World Cup DHI #5. Throughout the week the Specialized Gravity team has been doing some data acquisition on course in addition to getting some new custom bikes.

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Finn sends a big gap on the course but stays low to save time
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Finn’s data acquisition bike has seen some use at Snowshoe this week

Red Bull Qualifying Video

Loic Bruni ended his qualifying run with a flat which wasn’t too uncommon. He came through the wild zone rock garden with quite a pace so it’s no surprise. He managed to ride this potential rocky crash out in qualifying.

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Loic Bruni narrowly saves himself from a rock garden crash

During qualifying, there was a course shut down due to a big rock moving in the wild zone. This rock was used as a landing for some riders but you can’t see it until after you’re off the drop. The course workers and volunteers made quick work of the adjustment to keep riders safe.

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You don’t want to get off-line coming off this rock and Norco Factory Team DH rider Elliot Jamieson finds out the hard way.

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Elliot Jamieson crashes coming off the rock

Luca Shaw grabbed third in qualifying and was the top USA qualifier. Dakotah Norton (cover photo) also representing the USA took fourth.

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There was a lot of carnage on the fast dry course. Greg Minnaar and Thibaut Daprella went down in qualifying. Greg is in good spirits considering he broke his handlebar and hit a tree with his shoulder. Riders are looking for every second on course and it’s tricky to ride the fine line at the speeds they’re going.

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Thibaut’s kit looked quite dirty from his crash earlier up the hill

Benoit Coulanges was looking fast and smooth on course and ended up nabbing second place in qualifying.

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The course is running well and there are spots with a bit of dust during training. Troy Brosnan navigates through and grabbed 6th in qualifying.

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In Elite women, Myriam Nicole confidently took qualifying by 7.5 seconds. Wow.

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For full qualifying results, check out our full qualifying results post.

Tune in to watch the race live today at https://www.redbull.com/us-en/events/uci-mountain-bike-world-cup-usa


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