Firstly, it was a junior race where we saw sprints with French rider Lisa Bollado taking her first World Cup win after an impressive run. Young French rider Lisa Bollado had a huge run and was the only rider of the day to beat yesterday’s fastest qualifier, leading the field by more than five seconds. Pinkbike Racing’s Amy Kenyon also rode a great race to finish second. Riley Miller rounded out the top three when she rode her bike in the highest position. It was heartbreaking to see top seed Aries van Leuven face the top spot in the tournament.
After the race winner, Lisa Bolado said: “I am very happy to win today, I felt really good on the bike all week. The guys from Commencal helped me a lot on the bike, on the tracks. I had fun all week and I am very happy.”
The junior men’s race saw Leo Abella win as he managed to make a splash in the rain before high winds brought in and caused a weather delay on the track. While the live ended early, the race certainly wasn’t as Henri Kiefer and Bodhi Kuhn had some wild races despite poor rush hour conditions. It would have been a classic run (if we ever saw it) from Boddy Cone, as he managed to cross the line in second place and only 2.447 of the pace. Daniel Castellanos Liberal finished the day in third place, 2899 laps off the lead. Henri Kiefer was another wet-weather pro who managed a fourth-place finish and even joined Bodhi Kuhn in turning green in the second division. It is a pity that we did not get to see the dramatic outcome of the race in Leogang.
Check out the results below.
the first. Lisa Bollado: 3:41,640
the second. Amy Kenyon: 3:46 724
the third. Riley Miller: 3:49.225
fourth. Valentina Rua Sanchez: 3:50 530
Fifth. Vanessa Petrovska: 3:51.468
the first. Leo Abella: 3:11177
the second. Bodhi Kun: 3:13.624
the third. Daniel Castellanos Liberal: 3:14.076
fourth. Henry Keefer: 3:14803
Fifth. Raphael Pelletier: 3:15.575
3:45 a.m. PDT: The women’s junior race is underway
The Junior Finals kick off in Leogang with Transition Factory Racing’s Taylor Ostgaard getting underway.
3:50 a.m. PST: Taylor leaves Ostgaard for the first time
Taylor Ostgaard was running very well before crashing at the bottom of the course. Taylor’s time is just two seconds away from the first five heats, so expect some quick kicks as we race through today’s sprinters.
3:51 a.m. PT: Amelia Dudek is going faster
Amelia Dudek took pole position, with a lead of 1.258 seconds.
3:54 a.m. PDT: Emma Eaton has the lead so far
Emma Iten runs smoothly to take the lead by just over a second.
3:56 a.m. PDT: Vanessa Petrovska takes 3 seconds to take the lead
Vanessa Petrovska is another competitor who runs the fastest time as she finds 3.3 seconds to go to the best time. We still have five drivers and about eight seconds left to set yesterday’s fastest qualifying time.
3:57 a.m. PDT: Another new captain like Riley Miller takes the helm
A strong run from Riley Miller brings her to the front and a little closer to the best qualifying course.
3:59 a.m. PT: Amy Kenyon rises to the top
Amy Kenyon puts in a great race to set the fastest time to date of two and a half seconds. We are still about three seconds behind the fastest qualifier, Iris van Leeuwen.
4:01 a.m. PT: Lisa Bollado outlines the best time of the week for little girls
With a lead of five seconds, Lisa Bolado sees a lead nearly two seconds faster than the seeded qualifier. We still had two riders left, but it was a great race from the French rider.
4:03 a.m. PT: Valentina Roa Sanchez is back 8 seconds
Valentina Rua Sanchez seemed to struggle to lose more than five seconds in the first split. Valentina crosses the line in fourth place.
4:04 a.m. PT: Erice Van Leuven crashes
Erice Van Leuven suffers a major crash in the off-camber section at the top of the course. Iris hasn’t finished running, but she’s ready to run. We hope you weren’t seriously injured.
4:05 a.m. PDT: Lisa Bollado won in Leogang
After Iris van Leuven crashed, it meant Lisa Bolado won the day by just over five seconds. Pinkbike Racing’s Amy Kenyon finished second with Riley Miller third.
4:14 a.m. PST: Heavy rain in Leogang
It’s raining now in Leogang which could make things a little more brutal as the guys prepare to tackle their final round of the week.
4:20 a.m. PT: Rafael Pelletier sets the first time
The rain seemed to abate and not affect the lap times because the first round of the day would have taken place outside the top ten in qualifying.
4:22 a.m. PT: Libertarian Daniel Castellanos takes the lead
Daniel Castellanos Liberal is the new leader of the race as he finds a 1.499 seconds to pass in the hot seat.
4:27 a.m. PT: Leo Abella turns green with every part
French champion Leo Abela had a great race to set the fastest time so far. It is raining heavily and because of the high winds there is a path. It was Leo Abella’s turn to take second place in qualifying yesterday.
4:34 a.m. PDT: Conditions change drastically
As it continues to rain, the rest of the little men should start in about five minutes. Trail conditions can be very sketchy with rain and high winds.
4:41 a.m. PDT: High winds delay racing again by another 10 minutes
The wind is still very strong at the top of the course. The decision was made to further delay the resumption of racing to ensure the safety of the runners.
5:02 a.m. PDT: Despite the lack of live coverage, the juniors are back on track
The knight resumed his march in Leogang, but it seemed that no one could compete with the current chief after the heavy rain.
5:04 a.m. PT: Riders are about 22 seconds off the lead
With the wet conditions now, the fastest rider so far after the restart is 22,366 paces.
5:09 a.m. PT: Crazy Race by Mike Leon Hutter
It was great to see Mike Leon Hutter racing as the wet weather didn’t seem to affect him too much when he crossed the line with just 8.9 seconds to go.
5:16 a.m. PDT: Henry Kiefer Green in the Split 2
If only there were live streams for starters, because Henri Kiefer started a great career.
5:18 a.m. PT: Henry Kiefer is third despite the wet weather
Henri Kiefer built a very special track that managed to secure a platform against dry riders. It was nice to see her live…
5:20 a.m. PT: Hugo Marini passes Hugo Marini for 12th
Hugo Marini was looking fast at the top but lost over 11 seconds in a split four and crossed the line in twelfth place. Only Christian Hauser and Buddy Cohn remain.
5:22 a.m. PT: Christian Hauser finishes the race 12th
Christian Hauser had a consistent run in the wet with a 15.813 seconds to put him back in twelfth place.
5:24 a.m. PDT: Bodycon wins 2nd place!
What an amazing performance from Bodhi Kuhn as he managed to beat the conditions and cross the line after just 2.447 seconds to finish second against the drought runners. We’ve said this many times before, but what a missed opportunity for some wild and talented riders to appear on the live stream that seems to be over before we get to see all the riders.