Monster Energy’s Amaury Pierron and Camille Balanche claim victories at the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in Snowshoe, West Virginia

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Monster Energy’s Amaury Pierron wins the UCI Men’s Elite Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in Snowshoe, West Virginia

“I didn’t crash [in my run] but it was sketchy as hell! It was super hard. I didn’t crash all weekend, so I was super happy.” – Camille Balanche

Double victory for the team! Monster Energy congratulates team rider Amaury Pierron on taking first place in the Elite Men’s Division at the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in Snowshoe, West Virginia this weekend. In the only race of the season in the United States, the 26-year-old from Brioude, France, finished in 3:34.442 to retain his lead in the 2022 World Cup standings.

Also claiming a win at Snowshoe, Camille Balanche, 32, of La Chaux-de-Fond, Switzerland, completed the tough course in 4:28.585 in the Elite Women’s Division and defended her No. the 2022 season. Rounding out a strong performance for the Monster Energy team, 18-year-old Izabela Yankova of Teteven, Bulgaria earned a strong third-place finish in the women’s junior division.

Two weeks after a fierce battle at the 2022 Mercedes-Benz UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in Andorra, the world’s best downhill mountain bike racers gathered at Snowshoe for the sixth race of the tour. In front of thousands of cheering American fans in the West Virginia backcountry, the sport’s global elite staged one of the craziest contests in years.

Weather conditions ranged from monsoon rains, zero-visibility fog early in the week to scorching sun on race day. The riders had to face every conceivable condition this week. Snowshoe’s already technical trail had the added complication of freshly cut loam that didn’t hold up well in wet weather, creating tough peanut butter-like conditions mid-course, followed by the slickest mud-covered rocks that many riders ever had to do. face in the infamous lower rock gardens.

Known for long single-track rocky sections that beat runners, the added mud made for a workout that many runners barely managed, struggling just to keep the rubber side down and in between the tape.

Monster Energy’s Amaury Pierron entered the snowshoe event as the leader of the season standings, but with room for improvement: after suffering a crash in the previous World Cup race in Andorra and finishing at 13th place, Pierron nearly retired from snowshoe racing while continuing to deal with injuries. But rising to the occasion, the “Flying Frenchman” showed his mettle by taking first place in the grueling qualifying and sending it out on the day of the final.

Coming in as the last rider with a chance for victory, Pierron struggled to make up for a nearly two-second deficit on the course. “In the new woods I was trying to go fast and at the big bar my rear wheel slipped and I was almost 180 back, full on the slide. I was like whatever, you lost the race but go ahead, you have points to play for,” Pierron said of the difficult conditions.

Staying the course paid off for Pierron who found a perfect line in the bottom half of the course and was first in 3:34.442, just 0.414 seconds ahead of the next runner.

“I don’t know how and here it is! It’s so good because at this point in the season I think everyone thought I was going to play it safe. I’m not like that, I want to win! I will scare everyone. I was happy today to be in America, it was a kind of redemption. I did it for me, my family and my friends. My race was sick! said Monster Energy’s Pierron after taking the win at Snowshoe.

The win at Snowshoe marks Pierron’s fourth win of the season. He is now among an elite field of just four riders to claim four World Cup victories in a single season. The win also retains Pierron’s top spot in the overall standings for the 2022 season. With 1,180 points, the Frenchman remains solid with a 422-point lead over the next contender, Monster Energy Team French driver Loris Vergier.

British rider Danny Hart claimed 6th place in the Elite Men division, just days after becoming a father for the second time. Everyone at Monster wishes him luck while he’s on the road before heading home to celebrate with his wife, Sophia.

In the Elite Women’s division, Monster Energy’s Balanche came to Snowshoe looking to improve on their third-place finish in Andorra. The Swiss rider practically dominated qualifying and took first place 10 seconds ahead of the next rider. In the final, Balanche’s precise driving style overcame the treacherous muddy trails at the bottom of the track, earning him a finish time of 4:28.585, four seconds ahead of Myriam Nicole. Balanche also managed not to crash once all weekend, when most of the competitors crashed on the difficult track.

“I didn’t crash [in my run] but it was sketchy as hell! It was super hard. I didn’t crash all weekend so I was super happy,” said Monster Energy’s Balanche after taking the Snowshoe win, adding: “After the tricky rock garden at the top I went so aside that I didn’t think I would get it back. I felt like some parts were super slow, but I knew if I could just reach the bottom and not crash, it would be enough. It was, and I’m super-super happy with it!

Buoyed by her win on Saturday, Balanche retains her top spot in the 2022 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup standings in the Elite Women division. With a total score of 1335 points, she holds a lead of 230 points over the next competitor.

The race for the podium continued in the junior women’s division. Monster Energy’s Izabela Yankova came to Snowshoe after recently winning the U19 Women’s Division race at Crankworx Innsbruck 2022. Showing her strong racing IQ and handling dangerous sections of the track with finesse, Yankova completed the course in 5: 30.714 for a solid third place.

“It feels good to be back on the podium! Honestly, I love this track but maybe more when it’s dry. It was a big challenge for everyone this weekend. Super hard physically and mentally. I just tried to give my best and stay on the bike. Third place is not where I want to be but it is a good improvement. I can’t wait for Canada,” Yankova said.

As the reigning Junior World Champion, Yankova is now ranked 4th in the 2022 Junior Women’s Division standings with 195 points.

What’s next for the 2022 downhill season? Be sure to watch the plot thicken as the season’s seventh race at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, August 5-7, 2022. Stay tuned as the season prepares for an end drama that should be made even wilder with so many titles in play!!

To learn more about Camille Balanche, Amaury Pierron, Izabela Yankova and our team of mountain bike athletes, visit http://www.monsterenergy.com. Also follow Monster Energy on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for exclusive updates from the 2022 MTB season.

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