5 Things We Learned at the Snowshoe DH World Cup 2019

Sep 10, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
Luke Mier-Smith rode this rocky track smooth enough for second.

Here's what we noticed from the sidelines as it all kicked off in West Virginia.

1. We were treated to two of the closest World Cup finales in history.


Both on and off the track, Snowshoe delivered a fitting finale and we saw two new World Cup overall champions crowned by super-tight margins.

In the end, just 30 points separated Marine Cabirou and Tracey Hannah as the Aussie finished fifth to secure the title. This is the closest women’s series since 2005, when Sarbina Jonnier edged out Tracy Moseley by 23 points.

In the men’s, Loic took the title by 40 points but you only have to go back to 2016 to find a closer series, when Gwin took the title by just 26 points over Danny Hart. However, it should be said that he had the title pretty much in the bag at that point, and just needed a top 40 to secure it on race day. 2016 was also a 7 round series, to find an 8 round series this close you have to go back to 2001, when Minnaar beat Vouilloz by only 12 points.
The moment it was all decided. Danny Hart crosses the line and punts Amaury Pierron out of the hot seat meaning Loic Bruni wins the title. You couldn t make it up.



2. Americans prosper on home soil

With the World Cup returning to the USA for the first time since 2016, the home riders were clearly itching to prove themselves in front of a home crowd. In the elite men’s race, 5 of the top 20 riders were from the States with Charlie Harrison leading the charge and delivering a best-ever 3rd place.

In the junior men’s race, there was also a first-time podium for Matthew Sterling, who has been impressing on the Crankworx tour this year, and Anna Newkirk secured second on the day and in the overall in the junior women’s race.
Charlie Harrison was near the sharp end of proceedings every time the stop watch came out this weekend. He delivered when it mattered most too 3rd place being his best result to date.


3. Danny Hart’s persistence paid off

There’s no doubt that Troy Brosnan has earned the title of Mr. Consistent as he picked up his 6th consecutive top 3 overall finish, however, a close second place for that title surely goes to Danny Hart.

Since joining Madison Saracen at the start of last year, the Redcar Rocket has picked up 9 podiums and has only fallen outside of the top 10 twice in World Cup racing. In Snowshoe, it finally came together for Hart to the delight of his fans and Loic Bruni. Hart undoubtedly won the race in the rock garden where he managed to pull out more than 1.5 seconds on Amaury Pierron in an incredible display of technical riding.



4. Next year’s women’s series is going to be wild

After World Champs, we feared that the women returning from injury would run away with it in Snowshoe but that definitely wasn’t the case. Marine Cabirou showed she can go toe-to-toe with them in West Virginia as she powered home to an emphatic victory. Cabirou was especially impressive on the last section where she was the only woman who really nailed the rhythm section and was rewarded with about 2 seconds of an advantage as a result. Let's also not forget Tracey Hannah, whose laser focus saw her clinically ride out the second half of the season, doing just enough to secure the overall title.

As we head into 2020 we’ll hopefully have a fully fit field of women who will all be challenging for race wins. It’s sure to be a thriller.
Tracey Hannah closed out her season with 5th place which was more than enough to take home the series overall.



5. Thibaut Daprela and Vali Holl take momentum into 2020 and elites

Thibaut Daprela and Vali Holl both ended their junior careers in the manner they started them with commanding wins in Snowshoe. Both picked up more than 10 wins in the two years they were racing as juniors and put in times that will have the elites nervous for their arrival next year. Of course, the step up to elites is never easy but riders like Cabirou, Iles and Walker have all made it look easy in recent years.

Holl and Daprela will both be hot property this off-season and it will be interesting to see if they stay put or are snapped up by new teams in the off-season. Whatever they decide to do, we expect them to be near the top of the timesheets as they kick off their elite career in Maribor in March.
The junior women s field must have let out a sigh of relief today as Vali moves on up to the elites next year. She has absolutely ravaged the junior field the last two years.


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153 Comments

  • 291 8
 6. Need more races in the US / North America
  • 42 16
 Bring back Windham
  • 62 0
 Or at least 1 consistently here.
  • 57 2
 Indeed. Wish colorado bike parks would step up and build some proper world cup tracks.
  • 37 3
 @slayerdegnar: I live in Colorado and know several folks in the ski/park industry. Thing is, they don't need any publicity for their parks. The winter more than pays for everything and they are pretty firm on not paying the UCI's fees to hold a race. Plenty of proper mountains where a proper WC track can be built out here. Just not much desire by Vail resorts and the few other corp. resort owners out here. Xgames /Dew Tour is enough for them.
  • 36 3
 But when Danny said Big Bear to Wyn I winced. They aren't allowed to build sh1t there. Keep it in the Dirty South, the Eastern rocks, or the PNW but keep racing in the USA!
  • 26 1
 @bman33: US championships were held at Trestle and it trashed Trestle DH trail. I also doubt most of the top riders would be stoked to ride at altitude, granted it presents a new challenge. We do need more trails for the people though! ...and yeah, Vail and Alterra don't care about bikes, they want to close the trails ASAP to get the snow guns out for "Race to Open", gotta get that white ribbon of death sprayed down so they can start selling lodging and food/bev deals to Ikon and Epic pass holders planning Thanksgiving ski vacations (insane!)
  • 18 1
 I'd love to see one at Windrock. They have the terrain and builders but maybe not the infrastructure (lodging, food, parking, area attractions, etc) for that big of a race.
  • 7 0
 They really do need more in the US. As snow shoe showed us, there's some epic racing to be had in the states.
  • 5 0
 Yeah I think the EWS race drove that home too. People who usually place 20-40 at top destinations around the world known for their grippy soil fared way better when it was dusty, slippery, and rocky.
  • 8 0
 Didn't Angel Fire have one at one point? Would love to see something at Jackson Hole or something.
  • 19 2
 Can't really do out West; like its said before if its in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, or Montana the top is going to be 10,000 at least, and especially the xc riders don't want to do that kind of elevation.

Also, the UCI is the third most corrupt organization in the world, behind FIFA and the IOC, and just ahead of the CCP. No resorts out here want to deal with that.
  • 6 4
 @jeremy3220: Tons of lodging & entertainment 15 minutes back into Oak Ridge & 30 to Knoxville. It's a stark contrast because the one thing it has is an international connecting airport 30 minutes from the parking lot. But on site, lots and lots of gravel.

The off road industry hosts some MASSIVE events at Windrock & I've seen a half dozen elite NASCAR style fold out tractor trailers parked there for the off road events, so there is tons of room for it to host the crowds of a National event. But yeah, the only place to lay your head is the RV park 5 minutes down the road, so...
  • 1 2
 @santacruz-ing: I recall reading an article the resort lost money for the UCI fees and building a WC quality track and had low attendance. So they decided not to hosting future event. If thought WV was in the middle of no where, New Mexico can triumphant that.
  • 5 0
 @hamncheez: you forgot FIS too
  • 7 0
 @bizutch: I'm also thinking of the appeal of a place like Snowshoe village (fancy picturesque ski resort) vs Windrock's gravel parking lot. I'd be there regardless but not sure how the UCI perceives that sort of thing.
  • 3 0
 @jeremy3220: Yep there has to be a Starbucks these days. Sad.
  • 11 0
 XC people can shove it...learn to pedal at 8-10K...will make things more interesting. But I agree, needs to be a Snowshoe like resort thats a little 'off the map' - Vail has no interest nor do they need to crowds. Hell look at Whistler, who said FU to Ironman cause of the nonsense they bring to town. These big events cause a lot of grief...
  • 4 0
 @MikeyMT: Have to agree a bit with the XC crowd IF that is a major concern. Numerous Tour roadies train at that altitude and even some here in Colorado. Are they scared a local will embarrass them? Vail now has Whistler (still crying on that one) so they have a built in "big bike event" they didn't have to create. Arguably the largest MTB event around so they could care less about a World Cup especially these days. Vail gives close to zero sh*ts about MTB and MTB parks.
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: Someone may have already asked this, but can you go into more detail?
  • 14 0
 @bman33: I think thats the biggest deal. The western states just don't need the money and therefore hosting these UCI events aren't as desired as they would be in places like WV. Lived in SLC for 7 years and couldn't ever see them doing this.

I was at snowshoe for the UCI finals and was blown away how nice the facilities and amenities were considering it's in the middle of nowhere. It also seemed that most everyone working that event was aware of how much money was being injected into the local economy and treated people really well. Event the state police were cool to deal with there. Last I'd heard, over 16k tickets were sold.
  • 2 0
 @bman33: Yea no doubt...the top athletes should be able to perform no matter the elevation. These big NA resorts dont need the influx...it creates more headache than anything else. Can you imagine ANOTHER event in Whistler in the summer...there is no room for it frankly.
  • 1 0
 one of the large ne resorts would be sweet too. I’d settle for creek too. Snowshoe is awesome but one in civilization could prob draw way more spectators.
  • 3 0
 @ATXZJ: Yup. Angelfire could do it. Its so out there that they need the crowds. Santa Fe is close (kinda)...the resort is a pile but hey...terrain is good.
  • 2 2
 @BDKR: The tops of the Alps, in most cases, are below the base of Colorado and Utah ski resorts. Once you hit about 7,000 feet, elevation REALLY starts to kick you in the lungs.

The UCI charges $250k to host a mountain bike race, plus there are lots of "unofficial fees" that have to be paid, if you get my meaning. For most places it isn't worth the cost and headache.

@ATXZJ I think Brighton would be the perfect place in the West for a World Cup, politics aside. The granite slabs and utah's only real loam give it almost a squamish feel. And then just down the canyon you have a major metropolitan area with a medium sized international airport.
  • 5 0
 Pick at least 3 more venues in the US that would welcome the opportunity. Then, start rotating them with the current venues and adding more racing for the season, thus, eliminating the stupid long break between races, especially at the beginning of the WC season. This would keep things exciting for fans and riders while reducing trail impact.
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 @hamncheez: 250K? Really. I thought it was more in the 25-50K range fee plus all the other add-ons.

US business is different from Euro business and I think that a lot of US resorts just don't want to do business that way. From what I've heard, the UCI asks for a number of things that the are a PIA in the eyes of a lot of US resorts and they'd rather not deal with it. Fair or not, that's just the perception.
  • 2 0
 I would argue that it's not the resorts that are dismissive of the World Cup, it is the communities and people of those regions.

If the community is passionate enough about having a World Cup they can influence and bring about a bid. It comes down to them, not some entity like "Vail Worldwide" or whatever they are called.

Sounds more like the business owners in the regions mentioned aren't pushing for it on their summer calendar. There was a growing event in Asheville called the Mountain Sports Festival. It started as a locals driven idea, got taken over eventually by a private individual and then we had so many outdoor events going on here everywhere of every kind that it wasn't needed anymore.
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 @hamncheez: Yeah, I understand about the altitude, but I wasn't aware of the "unofficial fees". LOL! Perhaps Windham got tired of paying them?

The link posted further up from Velo News was rather enlightening. That's a poor way to do business and I certainly hope that's not the case anymore.
  • 6 0
 @bman33: Snowshoe is a Vail resort fyi. A lot of resorts out West are limited on what they can build and when due to USFS regulations.
  • 1 0
 @bizutch: When was a World Cup held without a lift? 90s?
  • 4 0
 Definitely an amazing track, congratulations to Snowshoe people for that.
  • 2 0
 @bman33: Vail as in in the actual resort or just Vail Resorts? Snowshoe is owned by Vail Resorts is why I ask. Snowshoe originally had a 2 year contract with UCI. The plan was to only have DH next year. Everyone I worked with at World's said that the Olympics next year created a lot of scheduling conflicts.
  • 14 0
 Why is there no World Cup DH race in British Columbia, CANADA ???? Seems totally ridiculous !!!!!
  • 1 0
 @Sugarbrad:
Cairns has no lift
  • 2 1
 @Sugarbrad: Cains in Australia had no lift, and more recently Losinj, Croatia. I don't remember if Lourdes did or not.
  • 5 1
 I'd LOVE to see one in Washington! Idk about the politics etc, but our Cascades most definitely have the terrain, vert, and elevation!
  • 2 0
 @Sugarbrad: Losinj, Cairns, Pietermaritzburg. I’m sure there’s more.
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: Lourdes has the funicular.
  • 3 0
 @jmc361: I heard that about her too!
  • 4 0
 Keystone could put together some really long and proper DH runs. The elevation just adds a new element and challenge. I wish there were more lengthy trail options at Park City/Deer Valley, but the proper DH trails are just straight down and it would be over as soon as it begins.
  • 3 8
flag ibishreddin (Sep 10, 2019 at 15:46) (Below Threshold)
 Arkansas
  • 2 0
 @jmc361: Canberra too...
  • 3 0
 @hamncheez:

Might be challenging to build a new track since several of the SLC resorts (Brighton included) have portions of land leased to the USFS. Generally, long, easily eroded DH mountain biking only trails are not viewed favorably by the agency. A place like Deer Valley or PCMR would have an easier time.

Honestly I think Steamboat would be a better venue in terms of terrain. Some nice long runs to be had there! Maybe Crested Butte?
  • 1 0
 Vail held world champs back in 94' and mount snow in Vermont has also held World Cups.
  • 4 0
 @femto505: Cool, I had not heard of it yet. Just found an update from Whistler and the new 1199 track is scheduled to be open next year. So, likely a World Cup there in 2021, and I'll likely go to that.

Thanks Femto505
  • 2 0
 @slayerdegnar: part of the problem is that CO bike parks are all on FS land, and they need permits and lengthy approval process for new trails, which isn't worth it to build temporary features and trail they would only use for one weekend and then close for the rest of the season so Joey doesn't kill himself.
  • 1 0
 Venue variety in general would be positive for the sport.
  • 4 0
 @Sugarbrad: snowshoes owned by the Aspen (Alterra) Groop not Vail.
  • 3 0
 Silver mountain Idaho. Evaluation 6300ft. 2300 vertical. Probably can’t afford the event but it would work.
  • 1 0
 South Africa doesn’t use a lift @Sugarbrad:
  • 5 2
 @mostlyharmless: windham sucks. Take it to Colorado
  • 1 0
 This Yes
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 @hamncheez: $250K site fee -vs- $850K plus in spectator fees, easily double that in lodging, and probably close to that in F&B. By my math that's $2.5-3m plus for a $250K site fee and $50K in trail work. Pretty darn good ROI.
  • 1 1
 @Sugarbrad: Helen, Georgia US National was the last one I did without a lift in 1995.

But the South Africa World Cup was not lift assist & there was one in South America as well.

Worlds in Cairns had no lift
  • 2 0
 @dhx42: I imagine the 250 k was the investment for whole race, rather than just the bid to the uci to
Hold the race.
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 @hamncheez:

"The UCI charges $250k to host a mountain bike race, plus there are lots of "unofficial fees" that have to be paid, if you get my meaning. For most places it isn't worth the cost and headache. "

As a race organizer and commissaire, I will tell you that the amount is NOWHERE near $250k. And what "unofficial fees" are you talking about?
  • 1 0
 @Sugarbrad: Cairns Australia, the 2017 world championship was shuttles I believe as was Losinj in 2018.
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 @freezeus: 850K in spectator fees???? How much are they charging to enter??? (A few years ago) but I’ve watched races in Les Get, Champéry and Schladming for free! Possibly 5€ to park if I remember correctly!
  • 1 0
 @freezeus Ignore that, I’ve just remembered they charge £40 at Fort William and they must get about 30,000 spectators. A nice earner!!!! And Fort Bill is MILES and MILES from anywhere.
  • 8 0
 It should come to Killington soon, we already have a WC ski race, its easily able to handle the crowds. They have poured so much money into the MTB scene there, have almost 3k verticle decent and probably the most pumped scene of any north east state.
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 @femto505:
A perfect story showing just how much the UCI “loves” mountain biking. They couldn’t even be arsed to tell a resort in person that they had successfully won a bid to hold a race. It’s no wonder that resorts are not falling over each other to host an event.

www.velonews.com/2007/02/mountain/mtb-news-and-notes-what-happened-to-angel-fire_11648
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: yeah man. you know the deal !
  • 1 0
 @Sugarbrad: PMB in South Africa in 2013.
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 I was really impressed with how Snowshoe handled everything last weekend, we make the 5.5 hour drive to ride there quite a bit and all their events and all are always very organized so I figured they would do a great job. Sounds like the riders loved the track and everything was just great so hopefully we get another here in a couple years.

As far as Windrock hosting one I doubt that will ever happen, they are much closer to other amenities but not many of them. It would take a large commitment from the actual Windrock park as the bike park is a seperate entity rented out by Sean Leader and the Mullalay's. Plus they get a lot of world cup guys out for the Pro GRT to kick the season off and a lot of companies do testing camps out there. They obviously have the terrain and the trail builder (Sean built the track at snowshoe).
  • 3 0
 @Sugarbrad: Snowshoe is actually owned by Alterra, not Vail resorts.
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 @femto505: Not sure how...10,000 people showed up and it was $50/person to get a pass. Most everyone got lodging (they had 600 people arrive for bookings on Friday alone) and we spent way too much money on food there. They sold out all the merchandise...I'd be surprised if they really lost money.
  • 4 0
 @freezeus: Lodging isn't something that's going to return 100% of the total cost to the resort. You may not know but a very large percentage of units at Snowshoe are privately owned and those owners get a percentage of the cost.
  • 4 0
 @diesel84: I think you’d be shocked at the margins for hosting an event like this. Without long term and very major sponsors, a resort has little financial incentive to host an event like. My guess would be is snowshoe was reinvesting in itself anyway and saw it as good marketing and good for it’s local community. They may be hoping to attract future sponsors for future World Cups. They probably did profit some since attendance was higher than a lot expected, but certainly not lucratively enough to sustain a wc stop in their own long term.
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 @gafoto: PC would be a really good place for a WC. Plenty of infrastructure, near a city, and none of the land you need to build a track on is USFS - it's all private. Need to freshen up the track options though.

The general word I've heard is that margins aren't high enough for how much the UCI is a PIA. Whether that perception is fair or not is up for debate. I am frankly surprised DV isn't more interested. The host WC ski events, it's good PR for the bike park, and they could keep most of the bike park open for the event. Plus the mountain trails hardos would love seeing some XC. Some reroutes on NCS and work on lower portion of NCS could put together a decent track.

It's unfortunate because I think the NA west coast needs to two stops to get on the calendar... One in the US and one in BC for it to be worth it for the teams.
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 @dhx42: The PC resort itself doesn't have any meaningful rocks... It would be like Les Gets.
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 @Cord1: apparantly the DH WC at Fort William adds £1M to the local economy over the whole race weekend
  • 2 0
 @km79: problem is the is the local economy (a good thing) but that doesn't fully go to the promoter/mountain paying all the fees.
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 @hamncheez: At PCMR, yes, but I feel like DV has some options...

I have always wondered though what the possibilities would be coming down in the woods under the town lift would be like with proper trail building...
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 @dhx42: Ya, rocks there, but its a slow lift....

I still say Brighton has the best terrain for a World Cup caliber DH track
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 @mostlyharmless: I heard it was coming back. I was there in 2017 and we were told it will be coming back. Hopefully 2021
  • 1 0
 I don't think Snowshoe itself expects to make money on the event. Likely they partner with local businesses and destination marketing ops to cover the shortfall in the hopes that the exposure will make up for the investment over time. So Snowshoe itself might lose money, but support from West Virgina Tourism, regional hotels, and local and state governments trying to stimulate the local economy will let them break even. Meanwhile, all these people are now aware of Snowshoe as a mountain biking destination, so the investment will pay off over time with more people traveling to the area and spending money at hotels, restaurants, and stores. Especially in an economically depressed area like West Virginia, where tourism is welcome.
  • 3 0
 @axcooper: Some things to consider.

1) There isn't any local business.
2) There are no regional hotels.
3) EVERYBODY in the area as far White Sulpher Springs at the least know it's THE major destination in the western part of the state.
4) EVERYBODY IN THE REGION knows this is a Ski/Snowboard/Mountain Bike/Motorcycle, and general good time destination.

You have Cass at the bottom of the mountain in one direction and Slaty Fork in the other. These are both VERY small single street towns. Cass doesn't even have a gas station! Both have real small general stores and tiny places to grab a bite. Slaty Fork is the better destination for loading up on supplies, and actually has some lodging as well.

After that, Marlinton is next closest place and that's 30 miles out.

The above said, I believe Snowshoe does expect to make money and IS USED TO DOING SO. There are numerous races there including the GNCC which is reportedly just plain nuts as well as numerous other events. These have been going on for years and wouldn't continue if they steadily lost money. The only reason Snowshoe may have lost in the case would be because of UCI requirements.

And never mind the resort owners, the property owners (individuals that own the units) would much rather have people staying in them than not. As an owner of any room or condo there, when it's occupied you are getting paid. If that room or condo is paid off, then that money goes into your pocket sans what's needed for the HOA fee's.

The TLDR here is that ALL owners want to see these events. Especially during the summer when the occupancy rates are normally lower.

The best things that could happen would be if the state reduced the tax rates (I paid 50 bucks a night in taxes alone this last weekend!) and mountain bikes were cheaper. The average Joe has a hard time spending two thousand dollars on a mountain bike.
  • 2 0
 Killington
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 @thisspock: There’s seems to be rumors of Killington throwing their hat in the ring for a World Cup among some of the locals.
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 @Sugarbrad: la Bresse 2011. Bikes in the back of vans with cardboard between them.
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 7. you shouldn't shorten the finish area the night before the race.
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 It was crowed for sure. Not a lot of room to work with. Next time I think they push the finish line up the hill a little.
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 @BigballmcCall: I was there and from everything I heard, it was done by the media to either fit the screen or their equipment in some way or another. Last minute move race day...
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 I think it was a ProGRT race when I watched a junior racer fly through the finish area and end up in the ravine down there. Not sure if his brakes failed or what, but even without the fence they put in for the world cup, it's a tight finish area at Snowshoe.
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 Having snapped a pedal off the original step down booter they made there years ago, it can be a tough place to taxi into. But, I didn't even have 4 piston brakes back then.

Maybe we can add a Nitro Circuis airbag to the wish list just so the finish line celebrations can get rowdy!!! Big Grin
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 @BigballmcCall: Super crowded. Was down there during qualifying and was surprised how little room there was for spectators. They could have moved some of those trucks back a bit and set the bathrooms up there. Plus the "VIP" section had the concessions(?)

We ended up watching the finals at the start and just listened through the PA. Either way, kick ass event.
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 @ATXZJ: not sure what else they could do with a building on one side and the lift on the other. Shortening the actual track is all I can see.
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 @ATXZJ: Haha we did the same thing. As we seen the lift line from the Quali`s and said no way for the race. Then I was at the start gate as the top riders left.
  • 48 0
 Snowshoe was a proper track.
  • 6 2
 YES! Get rid of tracks like Les Gets which have no rocks, roots, tech. Snowshoe was tight because you had to deal with rollers, limited berms, lots of natural tech, and a couple fitness/ pedal areas. Need more tracks like that.
  • 36 0
 I learned that at 58 years of age - I really haven't grown up all that much. This racing stuff is exciting!
  • 4 0
 the eternal allure of one-upmanship is a lifetime pursuit. it never gets old. i think its in our dna.
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 Minnaar was 6th overall. Kind of hope he beats Daprela next year - he will literally be able to say 'don't worry son, I was winning world cups before you were born...'
  • 27 0
 The end of Danny's race run video is insane. I'm so glad he waited so long to turn off his camera. What a unique insight.
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 Made me sad whe he finishes, wins, turns to cheer for the cameras, and all the cameras are mobbing Loic.
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 @spaceofades: He just won a WC. I doubt he cares if a few cameras are not pointed at him...
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 @spaceofades: yes that was bs on the live feed, it was just solid loic for 2 minutes after Hart puts down one of the most unbelievable runs we've seen.


Same thing with the women's - didn't see Marine at all.


I get the overall is a big deal but at least give us a bit of the actual race winner...
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 @spaceofades: dude seriously! I get it, Bruni was excited for the overall but I wanted to see Danny after that insane run. At least they interviewed him but seems like all the focus was on the French riders lol.
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 @DylanH93: The top story was his winning run's effect on the overall and Bruni's 'Thank you'. Danny gets his props for the win, too, but is was cool to see the realness of the moment from his helmet's perspective.
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 Loved that you can see that Danny deathgrips the last portion after the grass pedal sprint. Mental!
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 I learned it takes about an hour to walk straight back up the ski run from the finish area since the lift line was insane. I would do it all over again....such a rad weekend as was happy to be there in person. Oh, the 'radio silence' in that area of West Va. is not joke.
  • 5 0
 FYI, if you had a HAM radio there, you'd have had endless entertainment. Repeater towers everywhere. Oh, and can't believe I wasn't invited to the wedding.
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 @bizutch: If I am back there any time soon, I will mini two-ways with me for sure. Wedding was kept pretty small..
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 The cell service interruption is intentional due to the radio telescope observatory nearby. At least that is what I was told a few years ago.

Wikipedia:

“The telescope sits near the heart of the United States National Radio Quiet Zone, a unique area located in the town of Green Bank, West Virginia, where authorities limit all radio transmissions to avoid emissions toward the GBT and the Sugar Grove Station. The location of the telescope within the Radio Quiet Zone allows for the detection of faint radio-frequency signals which man-made signals might otherwise mask. “
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 @dodgerpuppy: they're listening to aliens..
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 @mtbmaniatv: better than them listening to us (the gov’t that is)!
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 @dodgerpuppy: yep. Stopped by the science center right near there
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 @mtbmaniatv: They are listening "FOR" aliens. ;-)
  • 21 0
 We learned what we already knew! that Downhill is the most wonderfull sport in the World!
  • 2 1
 Phuck yeah brother! And having peeps come from all over the world to your town and tear 5h1t up is nothing short of awesome! I'm sore as phuck from humping those hills, but i'd do it again in an instant!
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 " to find an 8 round series this close you have to go back to 2001, when Minnaar beat Vouilloz by only 12 points."

And 18 years later Minnaar is still a beast !
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 The Mte Saint Anne World Cup that @KovarikRacing won FYI. The person who wins the final World Cup each year, if they aren't the overall leader, gets overlooked.

Everybody bum rushes the series winner & there sits the guy who won the Grand Finale after having fought for a win all year, all alone.

I can still remember the video clearly as GM busts through the line, Kovarik sitting anxiously in the Hot Seat, and then as Kovarik realizes he's won & is ready to be showered with adulation, everyone bum rushes past him like he's not even there.

If Danny hadn't affected the overall, he wouldn't even be part of the story. Most remember GM beating Nico & no mention of The Karver.
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 Killington could easily host it - had US Nationals last year, plenty of places to stay, big enough mountain, and sufficient technical course.
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 Except that it was US Open not Nationals and it was a 1 and done race track that was shutdown by the state after the race due to Act 250 Bi-laws. The Massive jumps halfway way down aren't even there anymore and it's not really a ride-able trail anymore. Should Killington encourage larger mountain bike events to happen on their mountain? Yes, 100%. But they'd have to sacrifice other trails on the upper mountain for that to happen.
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 That's what I was thinking, or Whiteface/Lake Placid- the highest in the east.
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 8.Minaar and Pierron need to get a room, looking at that first photo...
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 Frenchie kissy
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flag endlessblockades (Sep 10, 2019 at 13:22) (Below Threshold)
 So you are an expert regarding the point at which 2 men should retire to the bedroom together?
  • 3 4
 Wow, that took it an unnecessary twisted direction
  • 8 0
 Now let's TEAM RUMORS time begin!!!
  • 3 0
 Now all we needs is a Fantasy Silly Season.
  • 1 0
 REAM TUMORS !
  • 1 0
 i predict some trouble at MS Mondraker. nothing to do with the riders performance...but, MS may be dissolving...which is a total bummer.. just a birdie.
  • 1 0
 @tadgercat: I sure hope that's not the case! I'm also hearing things about Canfield Brothers. It would be a shame to lose any of these, never mind the loss of work people will suffer.
  • 5 0
 Kye A'Hern and Sian A'Hern are growing to be monsters. Fear not. Aussies will torment the top of the downhill for the rest of time
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 agreed. I think Sian will be in the mix, fihting for 4-8th all season in 2020
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 EuroCup = 5 races , prize money , number plate/trophy/exposure .

North American Cup = 5 races, prize money, number plate/trophy/exposure.

World Cuo champion (grand champion) as it is now most points from all races.

Benefits - smaller teams focus money on geo based series within a series. Build up to full series.
- spread venues around for more variance.
- give injures riders an opportunity to complete s series if injured or mess up with bad results
- more fantasy leagues / opportunities
- cheaper to get involved from a sponsorship perspective because if local options
- subscription based red bull tv viewing (yes I’d pay no if money goes back into sport , to the riders and to medical/safety response... I think a stepped model be good initially where you get current “basic” coverage free paid by sponsors, but then offer in-depth coverage on a paid bracket to get more. E.g. helmet cam top 5... ability switch cameras live etc...lots of opportunity.

Of course add the world champs race at the end of the year .

North America; st Anne, bromont,Vermont, whiteface, Jersey.., West Virginia .... just east coast... west coast options start with whistler and could move south,,,

Great season, great job red bull bringing to the masses. I do miss the dirt magazine coverage from yesteryear but damn we have it good these days. Media coverage is absolutely amazing. Quality and Bruni fast edits right to our pocket TVs. !! Insane
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 Not sure I agree with the comment on the women's field next season, Tahnee isn't anywhere near 100% yet and still has a lot of rehab to do. She won the first two splits where she was attacking by a second and then took it easy down the rest of the track. That said, Cabirou had a fantastic season and I hope that momentum continues to next year. More contenders for the win is always good
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 I don’t think they are trying to take anything away from rachel, marine, and tahnee. Just stating caribou and Hannah are on better form and are far more likely to take wins regardless of competition in 2020.
  • 1 0
 And so is Pompom. 2020 gonna be a great year in the woman battlefield
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 @fracasnoxteam: whoops meant Myriam not marine caribou twice.
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 This was the first world cup in at least 5 or 6 years where we've had two US women qualify for the finals. We've got some strong talent coming up on the mens and womens sides. Awesome event!
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 Essential to watch Danny's POV footage of his winning run to see just how much we missed on the TV. Great footage and the madness at the end was even better. The best thing is the respect among the riders. They are genuinely happy to see their competitors do well. In the background you can see TB giving DH the thumbs up with a massive grin. Great race, couldn't have written the plot any better! Take that EWS!
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 Bring one to Killington!!!
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 Killington as everything to host it, now do they want to deal and pay the UCI is another matter.
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 @bizutch: UCI requires amenities, lodging, and a lift. Talia submitted a bid years ago and the only thing holding us back was lack of vert.
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 How bout a couple of races in oz or nz?? The home support might be just enough to get Tb over the line to get on that top step.
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 Forgive me if this a stupid question my American riders, but... do they have a US Downhill champs season like we have in the UK? I would like to watch that.
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 What a great vid - the run almost as thrilling as the moments in the finish area
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 @jamessmurthwaite in #2 you say first time in the US since 2016. You mean 2006 yes? Been at least 12 years as far as I recall.
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 You forget about Windham?
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 @Patsplit:
Edit: I did. It was 2015 though, no US races in 16
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 Angelfire bike park has the same rocky, rooty, steep gnar that it had in 2005. I wish they would bid on another WC Race.
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 Last USA World Cup was 2014 not 2016... 5 long years ago
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 Way to go Chuck!!!!

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