At the beginning of this spring, the UCI MTB World Cup is making a comeback with a first stage in France. It was in Lourdes in the Hautes-Pyrénées that the best downhillers in the world met on 26 and 27 March 2022 for a return to the saddle that left its mark on everyone, as the event lived up to the expectations of both the riders and the public, who came in great numbers. This first round of the World Cup thus sets the tempo for a mountain bike season that promises to be incredible and full of emotion.
On the sport side, the qualifications already suggested a good outcome with no less than 6 French representatives in the Elite Men category in the top 10.
On a varied and very complete track, which links technical and demanding sections with faster ones, the riders were able to express all their talent in front of a crazy public.
The result is very positive on the French side with the victory of Amaury Pierron, who outclassed the Canadian Finn Iles. Loïc Bruni, although he was the best time in the qualification, didn’t manage to keep his first place on a very dry track, which had degraded when the riders passed. He finished in a very nice third place full of promise. Benoît Coulanges took a nice 4th place, confirming his status as a challenger.
As for Thibaut Daprela, a fall deprived him of success in spite of a fast and committed first start.
In the Elite Women category, let’s note the very good performances of the French women, with the second place of Myriam Nicole behind Camille Balanche. Tahnee Seagrave completed the podium. Marine Cabirou and Mathilde Bernard finished 5th and 6th respectively.
Congratulations to the whole team of the Lourdes VTT association and to all the volunteers for the quality of the organisation. The French public responded and we hope to see the same enthusiasm in Les Gets for the World Championships from 24 to 28 August.
A promotional stand at the Pro and Team Show
It was essential for the Organising Committee of the 2022 UCI MTB World Championships, which will be held in Les Gets from 24 to 28 August, to attend this exceptional kick-off event in France. A delegation from Les Gets was on hand to encourage the French armada on the slopes and to experience the event in the heart of the exhibitors’ area. A dedicated stand was set up to promote this major world event to the public, who came in droves, as well as to the press, who were invited to a convivial aperitif for the occasion.