Despite the track being a slick nightmare at the start of day one, Snowshoe dried gradually and delivered when it mattered on race day.
The 6th round of the 2022 UCI Downhill World Cup once again delivered all the manic highs that we love about World Cup downhill.
Gracey Hemstreet would take the win in Snowshoe, capitalising on a disastrous run for Phoebe Gale, who was 2.7 up at split one before being 16+ down at split two. Aimi Kenyon had a flyer for second, just 3.2 back, with Izabela Yankova completing the top 3.
It might not have been twelve seconds this time, but Jackson Goldstone would put over five seconds into Tegan Cruz who is now comfortably a top three rider. Sebastian Holguin Villa would complete the top three.
It wouldn’t be a good weekend for Madison Saracen with Jordan Williams finishing 13th. He’d be up at the middle two splits before going 21 seconds back at split four.
Mille Johnset would occupy the hotseat as the live feed got to the sharp end.
Vero Widmann would stay on her bike but did have a run in with a tree just before the last steep section. She’s then blow through the course markers on the flat sprint above the final jumps.
Monika Hrastnik would ride smooth and steady, putting ten seconds into Johnset despite having to go evasive to not hit the same tree Widmann did.
Nina Hoffman would be back on the attack after struggling through practice and qualifying to go ten up on Hrastkik. Game on.
Eleonora Farina couldn’t break into top five with her run, losing time the whole way down the hill. Much could be said for your Vallnord winner Vali Holl.
Myriam Nicole would be wondering if it was Groundhog Day as she lost the race in the final sector while up at the splits…
Once again, Camille Balanche showed her class on a hectic track. She’d slowly build into her run, demolishing the final two splits to go over five up as she crossed the line. Also worth noting that the front three, Balanche, Nicole and Hoffman were streets ahead of the rest of he field.
Dante Silve would occupy the hot seat as the live feed got under way, some 2.3 seconds up on Wyn Masters.
The rocks in the woods were getting treacherous. Riders seeming to have little say on which way their front wheel is pointing.
Dylan Levesque builds into a heater, green at all four splits, and takes the hotseat ahead of two Americans.
Max Hartenstern was 2.1 up in the rocks before taking a good old look at the floor. He goes straight into a tree just before the final steeps.
The race can be won or lost in the rocks. Riders with hefty green segments are losing it here, riders who are back coming in but ride it hot are coming out green.
Angel Suarez hits the deck hard going into the first fresh section. He was up at split one as well. He finishes his run though.
Charlie Hatton lights up the top sections but comes off the drops going into the steeps like a man possessed.
Finn Iles attacks in his usual style making wild lines work the whole way down. He goes 4.1 up at split 4.
The crowd goes wild for Dakotah Norton but he’s late to split two on the live feed. He’s been down. He’s still pulling some mad lines though.
Greenland has shrugged off his qualifying nightmare and goes half a second up. His run was a show of attacking riding.
Danny Hart shows how to ride the grease, crossing the line over a second up on his old team mate.
He barely gets it warm before the GOAT takes the hot seat off him on his 150th World Cup start.
Vergier lives and dies by the sword, almost four up, he takes a dive in the rocks… His time is still pretty hot despite the crash. What could have been…
European Champ Andreas Kolb continues his run of form by bumping Minaar into second.
Irish madman Ronan Dunne pins it to second place in one hell of a run.
Bruni crashes out, ending the dream of back to back wins in Snowshoe.
Bernard Kerr shows just how good he is by blitzing the track all the way down to take the lead from Kolb by over a second and a half… Only Pierron can stop the Pivot man winning his first World Cup.
Pierron. Amaury Pierron. What is this guy made of? He could barely move in Andorra… He shows his class once again, knowing fine well that the lower sections are key. Kerr has him covered at the top but the big Frenchman has it sussed and gradually reels Kerr in. He crosses the line 0.4 up. What a win.
Full results can be found on the UCI website here.