Austrian dominates Snowshoe race as Wilson edges Bruni out by just 0.032s.

Women's Race:

Austrian Vali Höll dominated the first Snowshoe downhill in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and Briton Reece Wilson edged out Loïc Bruni by .032 seconds to both earn their maiden elite wins.


Tahnée Seagrave was the first woman down the mountain who would ultimately make the podium and her run got off to the fastest first split of the day, but there was too much time lost in the last quarter. 2019 Snowshoe winner Marine Cabirou used her jumping skills to great effect and leapfrogged Briton Seagrave to take the hot seat with a time of 3:45.928 as 19-year-old Höll sat poised in the start gate.

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Vali Holl performs at UCI DH World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 15, 2021

After a string of crashes and frustrating Finals runs, Höll was ready to just enjoy the last rounds of the year in Snowshoe and it worked as she turned the splits green all the way down with her strong, straight lines. She was four seconds up on Myriam Nicole's winning Qualification run by the finish line and, with a big smile of satisfaction and relief, Höll took her place on the hot seat with some rivals left. Höll won here in Snowshoe in her last race as a Junior. And with sky-high expectations as a pro, pressure and bad luck got to her as she remained winless last year and this year. A win here would absolutely salvage the season and set the stage for next year.

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Competitors stand on the podium at UCI DH World Cup in Snowshoe, USA

Swiss Camille Balanche put together another solid run for an eventual second place, while world champion Nicole was looking good for another win after going 3.672s up at split three before she crashed - only to bravely get up to finish in fourth and keep the overall World Cup lead. World Champion Nicole was on an absolute tear with a huge lead on top but the tire slipped right on a straightaway and she hit the side of a rough section and went down on the left side. She tried to get going again quickly but bike problems delayed her run quite a bit.

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Camille Balanche on one of the insanely rough sections of the course

Elite Women result
1. Vali Höll AUT 3:40.233
2. Camille Balanche SUI +4.617
3. Marine Cabirou FRA +5.695
4. Myriam Nicole FRA +9.895
5. Tahnée Seagrave GBR +10.414

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Men's Race:
Frenchman Thibaut Daprela was early to start in the men's race but suffered a big crash and he thankfully got back to his feet to hold onto the overall World Cup lead with one round remaining. Daprela's closest rival Loris Vergier smashed the quickest Qualification time set by Canadian Finn Iles by four seconds with Bruni's lightning-fast run shaving half a second off his time after a Quali puncture.

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Reece Wilson pulls a rabbit out of the hat for his first Elite World Cup win.

Canadian Mark Wallace put together the race run of his season to claim fifth at the end of the day before Scottish rider Wilson, 25, recovered from his huge crash in Les Gets to put in a perfect final few sectors to claw back ground on his rivals and earn a maiden victory by just 0.032s. Reece Wilson had the lead in the final half of the race but went down .5 seconds on the last quarter section with just high speed segments remaining. He crossed the finish line and shockingly recovered the deficit by the thinnest of margins.

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Finn Iles was the fastest qualifier and the last chance to unseat Reece Wilson.

Elite Men result
1. Reece Wilson GBR 3:10.066
2. Loïc Bruni FRA +0.032
3. Loris Vergier FRA +0.580
4. Finn Iles CAN +1.289
5. Mark Wallace CAN +1.332