Vali Höll // Elite Women DH // P1
Entering her second season in Elite Women, Vali Höll (RockShox Trek Race Team) carried the weight of two World Cup wins and the 2021 UCI Downhill World Cup Overall title on her shoulders. The determination, speed, and drive are all there. But the lack of consistency in her race runs has been hard to swallow— a 4th, two 5th, and a 6th place have accumulated to third in the Overall.
Going into Vallnord, Vali was seeking one thing. “Every run is perfect until I do my race runs. I just want to get that one clean run, stay on my bike, be happy with my race, and not have any mistakes, which costs me a few spots on the podium. I learn to take the positive out of every race weekend— I’m training, I’m healthy, I’m not injured. I just try every week again and again until it works out.”
After placing fourth in Qualifications, Vali was on a similar track to her season. “I was like, ‘I’m just going to try one more time.’” Come race morning, Vali put finally put down the fast and smooth race run she was looking for.