The 2019 UCI World Cup downhill series is now over. The battle for the overall title in the Men’s and Women’s categories were on the line. Two men and two women who could take the overall title and Snowshoe decided who would come out on top. Loic Bruni took the title for the men. Tacey Hannah took the title for the women. Danny Hart had an incredible run and took the win at Snowshoe. Intense Factory Racing WynTV You can watch the replay at https://www.redbull.com/int-en/events/uci-mtb-world-cup-snowshoe-live-stream/live/AP-1XH4Y6ZQS1W11
In this episode of In Between The Races, we follow Danny Hart of the Madison Saracen Factory team from the moment he crosses the line in Vallnord to the dying seconds before his race run in Les Gets. In Between The Races is a series of videos, brought to you by Shimano, that follows the lives and the thoughts of the athletes when they are outside of the tape. In these videos you’ll get to know the riders and how they deal with racing back to back races; what goes through their minds, what are they doing when the spotlight is dimmed, when the pressure is off? How do they maintain their levels of performance? Or how do they turn things around?
Follow Danny Hart from the moment he crosses the line in Vallnord to the dying seconds before his race run in Les Gets.
Snowshoe certainly delivered one of the most exciting races we’ve witnessed on the UCI MTB World Cup circuit. With both the men’s and women’s overall titles on the line, athletes gave it their all and finished the season with a bang. In the women’s field, coming in hot from winning World Champs in MSA last week, Myriam Nicole looks to be back on form a spectactular run saw her slip into second place, above Veronkia Widmann. But it was the Frenchie, Marine Cabirou who laid it all out on the track with a flawless run to secure the win of the day. However, Tracey Hannah’s 5th place position provided her with enough points to take the overall World Cup win for the first time.
Snowshoe made its debut in the World Cup MTB circuit hosting the final race of the exciting and hard-fought 2019 season, full of spectacles and twists. The stars and stripes layout offered two sections, the first one fast and full of jumps and berms, broken up by a natural section that were rough and rocky everywhere. These sections’ flatter nature posed a challenge as riders couldn’t easily pedal though them, so carrying speed naturally was key. A track far from trivial put the world’s top riders to the test, closing out the season in the best possible way, with a razor-sharp finish in the challenge between Loïc Bruni and Amaury Pierron. It was Danny Hart, incredibly fast and precise in his run that led him to his first victory of 2019… In fact, before his descent Pierron was in the lead, while Bruni was in third place. If Hart had landed between Pierron and Bruni, as the split times were indicating, the new world champion would not have had the necessary points to win the overall. But in the end, Hart in an incredible progression displaced everyone by winning the race and stomping out the advantage held by Pierron … Serving the overall victory of the UCI DH World Cup 2019 circuit to Loïc Bruni, the first of his brilliant career. Pierron had to therefore settle with second place both in the race and in the overall, despite an impressive run where he literally flew over the rocks and straight lined impossible trajectories with incredible riding that showed his willingness to lay it all out on the line to win the overall. Third place in front of the home crowd for an Charlie Harrison, who threw down an incredble run on the Snowshoe track backing up yesterday’s third place in qualifying. Fourth place for Loïc Bruni, who was shook with nerves because of the stakes, making some mistakes that cost him about 2 and a half seconds on Danny Hart. Closing the podium was Greg Minnaar in excellent shape, probably the best in the race on the initial part of the track, putting his unparalleled precision and flowy skills to good use. In the women’s race it is still France that dominates with the growing talent Marine Cabirou who is acquiring more and more awareness of her abilities, landing an impeccable run that brought her back to the top step of the podium, in front of her compatriot, newly crowned world champion, Myriam Nicole. Excellent performance by Veronika Widmann who earned the third place spot less than 3 and a half seconds behind Cabirou, also climbing to a prestigious third place in the overall standings. Fourth place for Tahnée Seagrave who evidently has not yet fully recovered her physical form after an injury while Tracey Hannah, fifth at the finish line, ran a tactical race, riding in a rather conservative way to avoid taking risks and obtaining the necessary points to keep the lead in the overall standings on her closest pursuer, Cabirou. The French champion in fact, despite the stage victory, ended the overall with 30 points less than the Australian who can thus raise the trophy of the UCI DH World Cup 2019 overall. In the Junior categories Snowshoe confirmed the results of the season, with the two rulers of thire respective categories, the Frenchman Thibaut Daprela and the Austrian Valentina Höll who set the fastest times by winning the final race and winning the overall for the circuit. Complete Snowshoe Final Classifications Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women World Cup overall Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women
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After the UCI DH World Championships of Mont-Sainte-Anne last week, the best downhillers in the world are back to challenge each other in the World Cup circuit at the final event of the season in Snowshoe, West Virginia that for the first time in history hosts an event of this magnitude in the world of MTB. As can be seen from the course preview, Snowshoe offers two sections, the first and the final one, with numerous jumps and banks on a very hand built course, while the central part is ragged and natural. Today’s qualifying sees Danny Hart again in the lead, as in the qualifications of the Worlds of Mont-Sainte-Anne and the last round in Lenzerheide, with two and a half tenths of a second between him and the newly confirmed World Champion, Loïc Bruni. Third place in front of the home crowd for the American Charlie Harrison. Troy Brosnan continues with consistent results to collect important points for the overall, ending in fourth place while Greg Williamson landed in 5th. After missing out on gold in MSA, Tracey Hannah returned to first place in Snowshoe qualifying, besting her direct rival in the overall title race, Marine Cabirou, by more than two and a half seconds. Third position, almost 10 seconds back, went to the new World Champion, Myriam Nicole. Right behind we find Veronika Widmann in a promising fourth position, followed by Sian A’Hern in fifth place. In the Junior field, the qualifying heat sees the two new world champions in each category dominate on the US track, Kye A’Hern and Valentina Höll. Complete results: Snowshoe qualifications Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women Tomorrow the final round will be played with the live stream on Red Bull TV.
Mont-Sainte-Anne hosted the UCI DH World Championships for the third time out of a total of four World Championship events held in Canada in MTB history. The long and technical track of the Québec resort has completely dried up from the rain that poured during qualifying on Friday becoming completely dry and dusty, therefore particularly challenging considering the high speeds that are reached in many stretches of rough terrain. And it was speed that was the factor in Mont-Sainte-Anne, with the top riders who had to raise their limit really giving 110% in order to be competitive in this incredibly tight race. In this growing spectacle of technique and speed, it was Loïc Bruni with the fastest run, winning his fourth world title, his third consecutive since 2017. The French rider reconfirms himself as world champion thanks to an impeccable, aggressive run and clean, the result of a truly admirable technical ability and fitness. Silver medal for Troy Brosnan who, has had a heck of a season occupying the lower steps of the podium, and bordered so close to victory in the most important event of the year. The Australian was so close to victory with an aggressive and spectacular run that he built section by section, with a style and a stubbornness reminiscent of his mentor Sam Hill in the golden years of downhill. Amaury Pierron couldn’t hide his disappointment for third place but the young Frenchman can be happy with the bronze medal for which he gave it his best, in a truly epic challenge. Danny Hart has shown that when he is really fit, he is able to amaze the crowd even on dust and not just mud. Fifth place went to Greg Minnaar who was the first to significantly raise the level of the race, at the age of 37, he is still incredibly competitive in search of his fourth title. The fastest American was Dakotah Norton, coming into a very impressive 8th place, followed by Luca Shaw in 10th and Aaron Gwin in 12th. Myriam Nicole donned the rainbow jersey after her return to the brutal MSA track after having been absent all season due to a serious injury. The long wait has rewarded “Pompon” with the victory of the title thanks to a run with clear, constant progression where the French athlete managed playing her cards with constancy and determination, and without making mistakes. Silver medal for another athlete who returned to racing here in Mont-Sainte-Anne after a long absence due to injury, the British Tahnée Seagrave, put down a solid run, yet far from the performances she put in during the season, before her injury. The bronze medal went to Marine Cabirou, confirming her growth this season, finishing 1 second and 7 tenths behind Tahnee. Tracey Hannah started well but suffered a drop in the second half of the long Canadian track, closing out in fourth position, visibly disappointed. The 2019 junior world champion is Australian Kye A’Hern who won the rainbow jersey with over a second of time ahead of Friday’s qualifying winner, Frenchman Antoine Vidal. Bronze medal for the Tuhoto-Ariki Pene kiwi. The Frenchman Thibaut Daprela, ruler of the World Cup season and favorite for the title, failed to do better than the fifth position on the long, demanding track in Mont-Sainte-Anne. Few surprises in the Junior women’s category where the favorite Valentina Höll has not disappointed the expectations by winning the rainbow jersey almost 13 seconds ahead of the Norwegian Mille Johnset. Third place for Anna Newkirk. Standings: Elite Men Elite Women Junior Men Junior Women Good luck to Brook Macdonald we we’re wishing for a quick and complete recovery. Stay strong Bulldog!