The race results from the 2019 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz have been posted. Congratulations to all the winners as well as the 700 elite athletes who were riding for their 56 countries. The annual event, which ran from Wednesday, August 28th to Sunday, September 1stwas hosted by the Quebec Summer Events Corporation for the third time in beautiful Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada. Hosting 50,000 visitors over the span of just two weekends, 2019 was extra special as it marked the 30thanniversary of the UCI World Championships.
Sunday, September 1 was the day for the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill. A long-standing favorite for riders on the world tour, the 3-kilometre downhill course is legendary. Junior Women took to the course at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Junior Men. The Elite Women started at 1:00 p.m. and the Elite Men began starting at 2:00 p.m.
Expectations ahead of the Junior Women DHI were that the same three 2018 winner would triumph again – Valentina Höll (AUT), Anna Newkirk (USA) and Mille Johnset (NOR). Indeed, all three were on the podium again with Valentina Höll as champion again with an incredible time of 5:01.033. However, the silver and bronze riders switched positions: Mille Johnset, (+12.928) was second this year and Anna Newkirk took third (+21.230). The UCI Men Junior DHI race followed with Australia’s Kye A'Hern taking top honors with the winning time of 4:17.776. Frenchman Antoine Vidal, (+1.144) won silver and Tuhoto-Ariki Pene took bronze with (+1.294). The happy Tuhoto-Ariki Pene claimed New Zealand’s first medal of the championships.
Of the 25 starters in the Women Elite DHI, the top five qualifiers: Myriam Nicole (FRA), Tracey Hannah (AUS), Marine Cabirou (FRA), Emilie Siegenthaler(SUI) and Tahnée Seagrave (GBR) were all poised as contenders. In the end it was a fairy-tale comeback for the injury-prone French star, Myriam Nicole who claimed the rainbow jersey with a winning run of 4:19.607. Great Britain’s Seagrave took the silver medal (+1.204), and Cabirou the bronze (+1.694), adding to France’s medal count.
The main question in the Men Elite DHI was whether or not Loïc Bruni would get his fourth world title, making history as the second man ever to win three in a row. In the final run, Bruni “flicked and floated and kept it clean,” to take gold with the winning time of 4:05.544. It was silver for AustalianTroy Brosnan at +0.58 and the bronze for Pierronfrom France (+2.549).
Click HERE for the final medal standings per country.