Mud, sun, speed and wildly technical woods: Leogang World Cup delivered epic racing on Saturday.
After days of rain, Saturday’s sun only seemed to make the course harder. It forced riders to balance dry speed up top with a hunt traction in the lower woods, and to select the right tires and suspension to achieve both.
Canada slides away from Austria with two podiums in the junior races and both Mark Wallace and Finn Iles in the top-10 of the elite men’s race. Another big weekend for Canadian DH!
Highlights: Best Moments from Leogang Downhill World Cup 2022
Thibaut Daprela’s Qualifying Run
Thibaut Daprela’s wild riding style is captivating to watch. The Commencal/Muc-Off racer treads a razor-thin line between victory and disaster and seems to end up with both equally. Saturday tipped towards the latter, with Daprela going down in the lower woods and getting his bike stuck in the course tape. Before that, he was vying for the win. Check out what his lines in Leogang were supposed to look like.
Vali Höll’s Qualifying Run
Another look at what could have been, this time from local (and 2021 World Cup overall winner) Vali Höll. The Austrian’s brutal luck continued on Saturday, with a pair of crashes taking Höll off the podium. But her practice run is clear evidence of the speed she didn’t get to show off in finals.
Bonus: A Day in the Life of Steve Peat
Steve Peat, or “Peaty” is an living legend of downhill racing and one of the OG members of The Syndicate team. But, now that he’s not racing, what does Peaty actually do for the team?
Plenty, including mentoring young Canadian world champion Jackson Goldstone. Dive into a day at the races with the one, the only, Steve Peat:
Double Bonus: Moi Moi TV – Leogang World Cup Practice
Enduro World Series champ Jack Moir stopped by Leogang on his way to the next EWS round to take in the chaos. If the highlights and POV footage made the track look easy, or even reasonable, Moir’s footage of the muddy mayhem in practice will show that it was anything but.