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Report of the 2023 edition
The Downhill competition thus was set in the Auvergne resort of Super-Besse. With nearly 10 nationalities present – United States, Italy, England, Slovenia, Poland, Norway, Germany, Brazil, Romania, France – riders from around the world were in attendance. Riders challenged the stopwatch on the vertiginous slopes of Sancy for two days.
The Super-Besse Resort went to great lengths to host this international extreme sports competition. Providing ski lifts, ski slopes, an entertainment hall, as well as access to the baseterrain for freestyle displays, initiation sessions, and DJ sets.
stage 1 compiègne13-15 july 2023
stage 2 super besse17-18 july 2023
Our first gathering was at 12:00 for the rider meeting, explaining race rules, safety guidelines, and, of course, providing encouragement.
Riders, supporters, and volunteers shared their first meal of a series of three splendid culinary creations: Cheese salads from the Vosges and Auvergne regions, a royal paella, and a Saint Nectaire cheeseburger. A culinary excellence prepared by Nicolas Beau and Alexandre Perrin that received unanimous praise from all competitors.
A Downhill like this is very different from a Boardercross or a Freestyle line: it engages all muscles. It’s also a test of endurance, demanding strong physical commitment. But the pleasure is there, the sensations are on point. We witnessed a remarkable sports competition on this first day.
A final drink at the bar run by Lulu and Nadine, serving locally brewed beer from Murat le Quaire’s LA BANNE brewery. A shot of courage, and everyone was ready for rest.
And if that wasn’t enough excitement for you, you could admire the world’s best freestylers in a breathtaking demonstration. Rodeos, double backflips, cork 720s, supermen. It was all there at dizzying heights. An enthralled audience, a stunning spectacle. You might ask, “Is something missing?” Well, no!! The bottom of the hill terrain and the animations were electrified by DJ sets featuring Reggae, Jungle, and Neurofunk music by PAATCHA.
This final was shaping up to be one of the most intense races in a long time. We headed up to the start and changed ski lifts.
“It feels like leaping into the void at the end of the world.” It was an epic, heroic race, evident in the dropping times. All competitors gave it a shot. Whether at the top of the rankings or towards the end, each descent was a test of concentration, endurance, and strength. In the afternoon, the competition reached an incredible level. The top three competitors exuded electrifying and genuine camaraderie.
They encouraged each other, exchanged advice for the best run. Speeds approached 67 km/h, and the times dropped below two minutes. It was madness. The competition concluded amidst the applause of a numerous audience that recognized the remarkable sporting performance. The riders confronted the mountain, pushing their limits beyond what they could have imagined. Everyone congratulated each other, showcasing the camaraderie that characterizes this extreme sport.
n the PRO category, the podium was a dream. Downhill legend PETE TATHAM emerged victorious, his experience and the technology of his board (with brakes) made the difference.
So, PETE took the first place in his last participation in a world championship. The astonishing DOMINIK KAMINSKI secured the second place with a riding style closely resembling snowboarding. He provided an impressive lesson in technique and control (without brakes). In a powerful style, DAVID RZACA claimed the third place with a committed and aggressive ride. His impressive fall on his last run was fortunately not too serious… phew. At the foot of the podium, we find MATT BRIND, the most decorated competitor who gave his all.
Notably, PIERRE-YVES COMTE, a 36-year-old French rider, finished 11th among the PROs. The top French rider, an impressive performance. OPEN (amateur) ANDY BRIND secured the top spot with a very fluid style. Close behind was GEORGE POLLARD, enthusiastic from start to finish. In the third place, “COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO,” a Frenchman, FLORIAN LANTELME, emerged from the podium with a very aerial run.
OPEN (amateur) ANDY BRIND secured the top spot with a very fluid style. Close behind was GEORGE POLLARD, enthusiastic from start to finish. In the third place, “COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO,” a Frenchman, FLORIAN LANTELME, emerged from the podium with a very aerial run.
MASTER (+35 years)
MARK BISHOP impresses with an improvised and impactful ride. More than enough to secure the first place. In second position, TILEN JAVORNIK, a specialist in the discipline, despite some fatigue, showcases his downhill talent. On the third step, we are pleased to find MACIEJ KOGUT with his incomparable and powerful style.
JUNIOR (-18 years)
It’s the French rider, NOE FAVREAU, who emerges victorious in his first international competition. Starting out in Mountainboarding, he will be one of the champions in the years to come.
French rider MARGAUX ROLLAND, after an impressively physically demanding performance on a challenging track, claims the first place. Her riding partners, SONIA NICOLAU and EMMANUELLE KEDARDRA, both injured, accompany her on the podium.
Finally, we salute the extraordinary performance of two great champions, PABLO CIPRIANO, 8 years younger than the competition’s youngest rider, and STEVE BIRKBECK, a 58-year-old rider with experience. A valuable lesson, demonstrating the accessibility of the discipline across all ages.
pressThey talk about us
Sancy Backcountry : Le partenariat Sancy Backcountry & WMC
La montagne : Les championnats du monde de "mountainboard" sont à Super Besse : focus sur cette pratique sportive méconnue en France
France 3 : Connaissez-vous le mountainboard ?
Radio RVA : Les championnats du monde de Mountainboard dévalent les pentes de Super-Besse
Loire Atlantique Mountainboard : Vivez les championnats du monde 2023
a hugethank you !
Finally, none of this would have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of our 30 volunteers.
Thank you to them, thank you to you, and see you very soon.