Last year’s junior world champion Jenna Hastings finished 10th overall in the final in elite downhill at Loudenvielle in the French Pyrenees.
The Pivot Factory rider, in her rookie year, was sixth in the semifinal and 10th in the final won by Austria’s Valentina Holl, in the weather-affected event.
Meanwhile national champion Toby Meek was the best of the kiwis in the elite men’s downhill, but neither he nor fellow MS Mondraker rider Brook MacDonald qualified for the finals.
Meek was 41st fastest in the semifinals in wet conditions, 10 seconds down on the leader, and MacDonald 59th.
French star Loic Bruni won the final, with the third kiwi member of MS Mondraker, Tuhoto-Ariki Pene the leading kiwi overall in 29th on the standings.
There is no break for gravity riders, as they head to the French-Swiss border for the final European round of the World Cup this weekend, joined by cross-country and enduro, before heading across the Atlantic for the final two rounds at Snowshoe, USA and Mt Sainte Anne in Canada.