Round 3: Val Di Sole
UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup 2023
Val Di Sole put on a show this weekend. Weather changes in the men’s final meant the riders had to navigate both dusty and slick sections, making a notoriously technical track all the more treacherous, resulting in some spectacular bails, crashes and saves across almost every event.
In both the juniors and the elites, Kiwi women showed Val di Sole how it’s done. Sacha Earnest continued her Crankworx winning streak with a P1 in finals, with Erice Van Leuven pushing hard into second after a fortnight spent recovering after a crash in Leogang. Jess Blewitt later snagged her first podium of the season, finishing in third behind Vali Höll and Camille Balanche.
1st. Vali Höll: 4:07.440
2nd. Camille Balanche: 4:10.353
3rd. Jess Blewitt: 4:12.210
4th. Marine Cabirou: 4:12.445
5th. Nina Hoffmann: 4:12.689
1st. Jackson Goldstone: 3:34.926
2nd. Finn Iles: 3:37.150
3rd. Thibaut Daprela: 3:37.366
4th. Troy Brosnan: 3:38.797
5th. Loris Vergier: 3:39.121