Photo Story: Track Walk - Snowshoe World Cup DH Finals 2019

Sep 5, 2019
by Dave Trumpore  




It's been nearly fifteen years since the global MTB race circuit has descended on Snowshoe, West Virginia, for a race of this caliber. Sure, they have held some US regional and national rounds over the recent years, but not since the glory days of the NORBA series back in the early 2000s has a full contingent of global talent descended on these slopes. Add to that the fact that the United States has been absent from the World Cup calendar since 2015 and you can feel there's something special in the air here this weekend.

A brand new track greets racers this weekend thanks to the dynamic duo of Sean Leader and Neko Mulally, two men who have been hugely impactful over the past few years in putting US downhill racing back on the map. Neko had quite a bit of say as to where the track should be routed down the mountain, and it was Sean who worked his magic both in a digger and by hand to be sure the track took shape to its true potential.

The result is a race course very much true to its old school Snowshoe roots but at the same time very in line with where DH racing has evolved over the past decade. The top features some big jumps, a few of which have the seasoned top DH riders looking twice. A few perfectly sculpted berms to keep the speeds up, while in between are the rocks and roots Snowshoe is known for.

Any fans of past tracks here will be happy to know the infamous West Virginia Wild Zone is alive and well, and perhaps even gnarlier thanks to a few modifications. The bottom of the track is a nightmare of a rock garden that seems to go on forever and ever with multiple lines in some spots and absolutely no obvious good line in others. While past races here have been known for being mud baths, the forecast this week is for nothing but sunshine, a welcome first for international racing at Snowshoe.

A fresh new track and venue are the perfect stage for the battles that will take place of the weekend as both the men's and women's titles are indeed too close to call. Amaury Pierron will be hungrier than ever after Loic Bruni stole the show last week at World Champs, but you can be sure Bruni is feeling just as motivated to take home the rare double title of WC and World Champ. For the women, it is between Tracey Hannah and Marine Cabirou, but with Tahnee Seagrave and newly crowned World Champ Myriam Nicole back in the mix things are not so simple. Both those riders are dangerously fast and if they take a win or mix things up by taking valuable points from between Cabirou and Hannah they could play the spoiler this weekend.

Lots of unknowns and lots of enthusiasm surround this event, and it is surely going to be one heck of a show during the World Cup's return to American soil.

No time rest or reflect on World Champs as teams hit the road or headed to the airport to make their way south.
No time to rest or reflect on World Champs as teams hit the road or headed to the airport to make their way south.

All American neighbourhood mailbox flag truck combo.
All American neighbourhood mailbox, flag, truck combo.

It s been a while since the boom in these parts.
It feels like a step back in time here in some ways

Good times melting away into the undergrowth.
Good times melting away into the undergrowth.

The forest of West Virginia is thick and deep and much of the route is a radio quiet zone so GPS won t save you here.
The forest of West Virginia is thick and deep and much of the route is a radio quiet zone so GPS won't save you here.

The WC circus finale returns to the country that invented the sport
The WC circus finale returns to the country that invented the sport

The Franchise plus Bruce Klein of the Commencal 100 team are ready to go here on American soil.
The Frenchies plus Bruce Klein of the Commencal / 100% team are ready to go here on American soil.

Cappuccino Steve makes an appearance once again.
Cappuccino Steve makes an appearance once again.

Dougie Fresh giving Shaw s V 0 a polish at the Syndicate pit.
Dougie Fresh giving Shaw's V10 a polish at the Syndicate pit.

Dan the man looking to do damage to the field at the final stop after many podiums and no win for 2019.
Dan the man looking to do damage to the field at the final stop after many podiums and no win for 2019.

This is America look what I m whippin up.
This is America, look what I'm whippin' up.

All the mechanics were getting their riders suspension serviced straight away today. After the rough track in MSA and the endless rock gardens here in West Virginia nothing is left to chance.
All the mechanics were getting their riders' suspension serviced straight away today. After the rough track in MSA and the endless rock gardens here in West Virginia nothing is left to chance.

Suspension setting crib notes. Set to self destruct after 5 minutes in this West Virginia humidity
Suspension setting crib notes. Set to self destruct after 5 minutes in this West Virginia humidity

Lots of World Champs colors will be flowing about this weekend as riders are aboard their bikes from MSA.
Lots of World Champs colors will be flowing about this weekend as riders are aboard their bikes from MSA.

Snowshoe will be Vali Holl s last World Cup as a junior.
Snowshoe will be Vali Holl's last World Cup as a junior.

Greg Minnaar has raced here before at a NORBA in the early 2000s.
Greg Minnaar is one of the select few currently racing along with Mick Hannah who has raced here before at a NORBA in the early 2000s.

Luca Shaw stoked after a solid 10th at Worlds no doubt will want to put an even bigger one on the board on US soil.
Luca Shaw stoked after a solid 10th at Worlds, no doubt will want to put an even bigger one on the board on US soil.

Brakes getting prepped after the beatings of Mont Saint Anne last weekend
Brakes getting prepped after the beatings of Mont Saint Anne last weekend

Bikes of Worlds going back together in only half-populated pit at this stage.
Bikes of Worlds going back together in an only half-populated pit at this stage.

There s some bruised and battered bodies out there. Reece Wilson gets a little TLC after a big crash in Mont-Sainte-Anne last weekend.
It's not just the bikes feeling it after World Champs. There are some bruised and battered bodies out there too. Reece Wilson gets a little TLC after a big crash in Mont-Sainte-Anne last weekend.

Snowshoe is bone dry right now. A welcome relief for anyone who has ever raced the mud baths here over the years
Snowshoe is bone dry right now. A welcome relief for anyone who has ever raced the mud baths here over the years.

Seasonal change in the air as fall is fast approaching
Seasonal change in the air as fall is fast approaching.

Shorter days and cooler nights are upon us and the leaves are already bringing to change. A not so subtle reminder that the season is about to come to an end
Shorter days and cooler nights are upon us and the leaves are already bringing to change. A not so subtle reminder that the season is about to come to an end.

There s no hiding once you depart here. Riders will leave the start gate straight into a big double and then an even bigger road gap.
There's no hiding once you depart here. Riders will leave the start gate straight into a big double and then an even bigger road gap.

Neko Mullay Moir and John Hall in the start hut. Neko helped good friend Shaun Leader put this fresh iteration of the Snowshoe course together.
Neko Mullay, Jack Moir and John Hall in the start hut. Neko helped good friend, Sean Leader, put this fresh iteration of the Snowshoe course together.

A nicely sculpted roller and hip kick off the adjusted Snowshoe DH course.
A nicely sculpted roller and hip kick off the adjusted Snowshoe DH course.

Kade Edwards and Reece Wilson inspect the first jump out of the start gate.
Kade Edwards and Reece Wilson inspect the first jump out of the start gate.

Not Small. Connor Fearon and Jackson Frew give a little scale to the big road gap up top
Not small. Connor Fearon and Jackson Frew give a little scale to the big road gap up top

Besides a few big jumps the top of the track is pretty mellow holding your speed will be key up here.
Besides a few big jumps the top of the track is pretty mellow, holding your speed will be key up here.

As fresh as it gets in the first section of woods. It will be interesting to see this corner evolve and for the ruts and roots to come out during tomorrow s training
As fresh as it gets in the first section of woods. It will be interesting to see this corner evolve and for the ruts and roots to come out during tomorrow's training

The dirt conditions looks perfect at the moment.
The dirt conditions look perfect at the moment.

There s some big jumps and gaps up top which riders will have to tick off in the first few runs tomorrow.
There are some big jumps and gaps up top that riders will have to tick off in the first few runs tomorrow.

This is a massive jump but in the wise words of Kade Edwards it s fine as long as you clear the rock on the landing
This is a massive jump but in the wise words of Kade Edwards it's fine "as long as you clear the rock on the landing"

A massive rock to rock transfer in the upper section.
A massive rock to rock transfer in the upper section.

It ll be interesting to see how riders tackle this rock drop there s the option to gap the rock completely and land straight out in the open.
It'll be interesting to see how riders tackle this rock drop, there's the option to gap the rock completely and land straight out in the open.

Trek s Grant Sides picked up a new wardrobe to blend in with the environment this weekend
Trek's Grant Sides picked up a new wardrobe to blend in with the environment this weekend

riders in the distance looking down yet another section of rocks and roots
Riders in the distance looking down yet another section of rocks and roots

Natural flow before the rocks really kick in.
Natural flow before the rocks really kick in.

Rims and tires could be in for a rough ride here in Snowshoe.
Rims and tires could be in for a rough ride here in Snowshoe.

Riders are going to be hauling through here over a highway of roots
Riders are going to be hauling through here over a highway of roots

Over one of the two rocks in between or around on the roots. Multiple line choices through many sections will keep everyone on their toes.
Over one of the two rocks, in between, or around on the roots. Multiple line choices through many sections will keep everyone on their toes.

So many roots and rocks. Thankfully these are supposed to stay dry all week as the forecast calls from nothing but sunshine
So many roots and rocks. Thankfully these are supposed to stay dry all week as the forecast calls from nothing but sunshine.

As always this is way way steeper than it looks. the lower woods on the Snowshoe track certainly live up to West Virgina s slogan of Wild and Woldwerful
As always this is way steeper than it looks. The lower woods on the Snowshoe track certainly live up to West Virginia's slogan of "Wild and Wonderful."

There s plenty of line choice for riders to scope out tomorrow and get up to speed on.
There's plenty of line choice for riders to scope out tomorrow and get up to speed on.

The infamous Snowshoe rock garden that has been in play in this track from the very beginning
The infamous Snowshoe rock garden that has been in play in this track from the very beginning

This track may well be more to the liking of Martin Maes.
This track may well be more to the liking of Martin Maes.

Anyone who has raced here in the past will recognize this section but they will have never seen it taped so wide and so raw.
Anyone who has raced here in the past will recognize this section, but they will have never seen it taped so wide and so raw.

A beautifully shaped berm before things get super technical.
A beautifully shaped berm before things get super technical.

AG surveys the trackwalkers who in the most part have never laid eyes or tyres on this course.
AG surveys the trackwalkers who in the most part, have never laid eyes, or tires, on this course.

A steep chute and a clever little bench cut to slow riders and force them to change direction. Lots subtle little trails building details are evident on this track.
A steep chute and a clever little bench cut to slow riders and force them to change direction. Lots subtle little trails building details are evident on this track.

A thick canopy of green covers much of the track and when the sun shines it brings with it lots of tricky shadows.
A thick canopy of green covers much of the track and when the sun shines it brings with it lots of tricky shadows.

Deep ferny WV forest.
Deep, ferny WV forest.

It may not be the rust belt but there s still a ton of cool history oxidising in the forest.
It may not be the rust belt, but there's still a ton of cool history oxidizing in the forest.

with the patchy light on some of the faster parts of track these orange highlights on the wheel breaking rocks are a must
With the patchy light on some of the faster parts of the track these orange highlights on the wheel-breaking rocks are a must

roots rocks and more rocks make up a massive amount of the track
Roots, rocks, and more rocks make up a massive amount of the track.

There s no shortage of rocks on the bottom half of the course.
There's no shortage of rocks on the bottom half of the course.

Connor Fearon stops to take in the line options before things get steep on the bottom half.
Connor Fearon stops to take in the line options before things get steep on the bottom half.

The final section of track will be a leg and lung burner as riders pump and pedal their way towards the finish line.
The final section of track will be a leg and lung burner as riders pump and pedal their way towards the finish line.

The finish of the first World Cup race on US soil since 2014.
The finish of the first World Cup race on US soil since 2015.

The venue and pits are at the top of the hill this weekend with not a whole surrounding the finish area in the bottom of the woods.
The venue and pits are at the top of the hill this weekend with not a whole lot surrounding the finish area in the bottom of the woods.

It s good to be back racing World Cup downhill in the States.
It's good to be back racing World Cup downhill in the States.

A fair assessment of what riders think of the track and what fans think about the World Cup retiring to America.
A fair assessment of what riders think of the track and what fans think about the World Cup returning to America.


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155 Comments

  • 56 3
 Thought that picture of Vali Holl was Cody Kelly for a second haha
  • 11 43
flag bizutch (Sep 5, 2019 at 5:58) (Below Threshold)
 Speaking of Vali, will she be the only person to jump the rock gap in the women's field? I feel like the women's final is going to be a huge "go around" session. Heck, pretty sure there are going to be plenty of men in the "go around" line...and a few carted off for the year, thanks to the do or die jumps.

@davetrumpore have I mentioned how I hate Evil Knievel stunt jumps on race courses? This ain't Excitebike and there is no Reset button on the console when a chain snaps on entry.
  • 4 0
 Bet your fun at parties. This track is literally the perfect DH course. Something for everyone
  • 2 0
 @Brainthecrazyfreerider: not as fun as your mom, but I throw down
  • 45 0
 Neko is such a fantastic contributor to the sport. Him and his crew down south are fostering a total revolution for USA mountain biking. So good to see people get excited for east coast riding and so so so so so good to see the WC back in the States!

Hopefully Killington and/or another hill up north will take up the challenge and put together a proper WC track soon.
  • 4 0
 Killington has been putting in new trails finally.
  • 3 0
 How about some west coast love? Plenty of tracks here that could make for a great race. I get that it's expensive for the venue though.
  • 3 0
 @thook: yes please. More west coa$t focus from the bike industry. That's how you expand the sport.
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79: I agree. Let's see, with snow summit stepping up for the US open it could be possible for them to go back to their history. Would also be awesome to see a venue like bootleg be on the circuit. It would be such a refreshing change of scenery.
  • 38 0
 Proper East Coast goodness
  • 4 1
 MURICA !!!!

Beautiful track ! Neko and Sean you have created an awesome track !!! Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile

Cant wait for the riders to hit the track !
  • 34 15
 "The WC circus finale returns to the country that invented the sport". I keep remembering this interview of Martin Whiteley telling the story of his father racing bikes down mountains in his youth and think it would be more appropriate to say "the country that invented this industry" as it seems the sport has been invented a longer time ago and possibly in many different places of the world.
Now thanks guys for the slide show, it's really cool. I love all those pics around the tracks, it makes us feel the atmosphere a little.
  • 52 24
 The first official DH race according to the Charlie Kelly took place on Oct. 21st 1976 in Marin county CA on a hill known as Repack Hill on the east face of Pine Mtn. near mount Tam. The course was 2.1 miles long and had a vertical drop of 1300’. It was official because they’d come up with an accurate way to time the riders from start to finish. The winner was a guy named Alan Bonds. The prize money was a bag of weed. So yeah we have records and times. It’s our sport.
  • 10 5
 Agreed, people have been riding bikes all over the alps way before the 70's. WW1 has plenty example of units using bikes to move through tough terrain. You better believe those original jarheads were having fun on those klunkers! No doubt the commercialization of the sport has moved it along to the golden age of what we've got now, but that doesn't mean ownership of mountainbiking.
  • 30 17
 @fattyheadshok: Yeah, its your sport... Tell that to the french.
  • 19 1
 Real rock drop on a WC course , welcome to America!
  • 8 1
 @ajayflex: Well,i think we're looking good on that American Sport... ^^
  • 25 1
 Everyone has to be a dick and get into a pissing contest about countries, who invented what ,etc. Who gives a shit? We all enjoy riding. Most likely all sorts of 'Western' countries had folks riding bikes well before the term 'mountain bike' was coined. I live in Colorado and see photos at many ski resorts of people riding bikes in the mountains almost 100 years ago. I am sure there are plenty of the same in each mountain range in Europe and Canada, etc. as well. We all love riding bikes, everyone has been doing it for a while. Ride bikes, drink beer, be happy! #gorideyourbike
  • 5 4
 And many people around the world also strapped wings to their arms and jumped off roofs centuries ago, but they sure as shit didn't invent the airplane. Birthplace is defined by more than ideal, it needs the nurturing...
  • 3 1
 A lot of people don't know this, but every time a non-American rides a mountain bike somewhere in the world outside the US, they have to pay 0.04 cents to a holding company representing the interests of Specialized, Trek, and the US govt. In many European countries, including France, this royalty is silently subsidized by the national government (a social welfare safety net thing), so it doesn't get a lot of attention. *For tax purposes the holding company is registered in the Cayman Islands. It's complicated.
  • 1 0
 Honestly I'm jealous of the many US riders who have time and get to ride in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the list is endless. I'm very capable of putting it down out there but would likely take my eyes off the trail because of the amazing views and go airborne in the wrong direction hahaha. Seriously do it while your young. Your wife is not going to sit in a hotel while you go bonkers riding. Reality will crush your ride when you get back but it's still worth it. She will get over it I hope????
  • 1 3
 @Cocorico: do you speak german?

You're welcome.
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79: fair point. However, if not for the French money Ben Franklin convinced France to loan us, we would still be a British colony. So there is that...
  • 1 0
 @bman33: If not for our huge balls and guns France would be making weinersnizzle. Facts.
  • 2 0
 @bman33: Totally agree with your comment. I’m only speaking of one specific narrow discipline. Competitive timed DH mountain biking. The USA takes credit for that. Not claiming we were the first to ride bikes in mountains or off road terrain. There aren’t many sports that can point to a specific day in history and say “Yes the first ___ took place on this day in this location.” In the case of DH it has a definite start date, and location, 10/22/1976 Marin county CA. That’s very rare in the case of any sport.
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79: Wow...Are we on pinkbike?
  • 5 0
 @fattyheadshok: this shows when the sport became official, not when it's been invented.

@jorgeposada @fruitsd79: Now if I had guessed we'd be talking about guns and nazis (implicitely mentioned) within 12 posts from mine I may not have raised the question. This goes way beyond passion now. Calm down, we're only talking about bikes. OK you've "invented" DH and possibly everything we have on earth. Do you feel better?
  • 1 2
 @EnduroManiac: "never let the facts get in the way of a good story." -Napolean Bonaparte
  • 1 3
 @EnduroManiac: You're lucky too and your welcome for the US saving Europe. Facts!
  • 4 1
 @jorgeposada: not quite a fact in fact. It was not the US alone by far. There was (at least) Canada, UK, France and African troops as well.
Whatever the nationality we should have a thought for those guys who (have been) sacrificed an realize they deserve way more respect than being used on debate of who invented dh racing.
  • 1 3
 @EnduroManiac: That's funny trying to give me a history lesson.
  • 3 1
 @jorgeposada: I don’t see what’s funny. Plus we’re still missing many other aspects : the US had their own interest in making this war as at some point they might have been in danger as well. Plus this would have seriously reduced the zone of influence of the US. There were obvious long term economical reasons as well. Post war things benefited a lot to the us, the dollar replacing gold as a reference. Wars are not made by pure devotion and altruism, there are always geopolitical interests behind.
Just in case you believe I’m just anti-us, let’s talk about the other case mentioned in the thread. Why do you think the French (I am french) helped the US against the UK? Because we like freedom fries? Simple: it was reducing the British empire.
So I don’t know if I am theone to give lessons of history, but you certainly need some and especially the underlying background reasons.
  • 1 2
 @EnduroManiac: You must be a hit with the ladies.
  • 19 0
 #windrock2021
  • 4 1
 Horseface WC track 2021.
  • 7 2
 Mang...spectators would freak. No on site Starbucks? Shuttles to the top in Corvette engine equipped rock crawlers. Sunday morning sermon across the loud speaker. hah hahh...
  • 3 0
 I love the place, but nah.
  • 10 1
 Is there a elevation profile for the course? Having been to Snowshoe in winter before I'm curious how it can compare to tracks in the Rockies or the Alps, not a whole lot of vertical to work with.
  • 1 0
 I think its 1500' vert at the most in the winter. So most likely less than that.
  • 2 0
 yeah it’s 1,500. The race is taking place on the backside of Snowshoe on the Western Territory which is the 1,500’ measurement.
  • 12 1
 And it's 1500 feet of bone jarring. Might not look like much, but the most physically exhausting place to race I've ridden. I've ridden on both coasts and tons of mountains and the place is packed with rocks of every shape (round, flat, embedded, rolling, square) stuffed in between every root imaginable and has a shallow sprint in the middle that's fully downhill but you have to lay the power down. Since it's not just 1 type of "bump" you can never relax, so I think that's what makes it so exhausting.

Every other place I've raced or ridden, the terrain is uniform and you can sort of adapt to the terrain style. But at the Shoe, it's just random at all times.

Anybody disappointed in the No Rain forecast besides me?
  • 1 0
 @Cpolism: Correct... the track uses the full 1,500 ft. that Snowshoe has to offer. The start hut is right up in the village at the top (OK, maybe 20 or 30 ft. below the top), and the finish line is all the way at the bottom.
  • 5 0
 It's not a lot of vertical, but some of the most technical tracks are on the East Coast (look at MSA- about 600 vertical meters and one of the gnarliest tracks on the world cup circuit). Lots of roots, rocks, and rain. I now live 20 minutes from Schladming and while it is for sure longer and steeper, there's more technical riding back home on the East Coast. Just because there may not be epic skiing, it doesn't mean the biking shares the same fate.
  • 5 3
 And I get neg repped for a terrain description. Butthurt meter is set to hyper-sensitive today. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Mixed answer on that. The side of the hill this race is on is known as the Western Territory. There are 2 western style steeps that run almost parallel to one another running at over 1.5 miles and 1500' drop(ish). Sheas is at 47 degrees I think on the lower. So while we are steeper and longer than anyone until upstate NY, it is not the Rockies or the Alps. It is an anomaly, incredible fr the cation really, but it isn't out west. On biking many riders come east in the summer, the riding here is endless and top notch. Locals in conjunction with Snowshoe are working on the regional offerings and we just got bronze level. Check it out on mtba.
  • 5 1
 Maribor: 1476 ft down, 8530 ft long - 17.3% grade
Ft Bill: 1853 ft down, 9240 ft long - 20.05% grade
Leogang 1551 ft down, 7441 ft long - 20.84% grade
Vallnord: 2103 ft down, 8236 ft long - 25.53% grade
Les Gets 1804 ft down, 6547 ft long - 27.55% grade
Val Di Sole: 1797 ft down, 7022 ft long - 25.59% grade
Lenzerheide: 1319 ft down, 5702 ft long - 23.13% grade
Mont Saint Anne: 1982 ft down, 8923 ft long - 22.21% grade
Snowshoe: 1500-ish ft down, 6600-ish ft long (haven't seen official stats; these are estimated from Trailforks) - 22.73% grade

Compared to the other tracks this year, seems like Snowshoe is pretty much right in the middle.
  • 1 0
 @toast2266: Grade comparisons tell a very skewed & limited picture. Val Di Sole feels and rides WAY more than 2.86% steeper than Snowshoe and every one of the racers will tell you the same. Same goes for Leogang, which far from my favorite track, is quite steep.
  • 2 1
 @ka-brap: oh, for sure. Overall grade only gives a vague idea of the track, and I don't think anyone's trying to say that Snowshoe is comparable to VDS or Vallnord in terms of being steep. Hell, Les Gets is (by the numbers) the steepest overall, but I think most would agree that steepness isn't really the defining characteristic of that track.

Mostly, I think the takeaway is that people who are saying that Snowshoe doesn't have enough vert to work with are wrong - while it's not a ton of vert, it's comparable both in vert and length to a bunch of other WC tracks, and really, it's more about how the track uses that vert and what the terrain looks like.
  • 1 0
 My backyard= 1200 feet down. There is a hiking spot here in NC called MT Baker, easily WC caliber, mega tech brutal rocks. The run I was drooling at needs to be petitioned for MTB. Most hikers don't dare hike up that trail. Getting the balls up to go hike a bike it. Will post the go pro of my arrest.
  • 1 0
 Forgot to mention MT Back was 1780 Vert of step mega tech rock and roots.
  • 1 0
 @jorgeposada: you may want to ask the Hick Hucksters about federal court.
  • 1 0
 @bizutch: Please have you ever seen a Federal Court let alone been subpoenaed to be there?. Hello Brooklyn, Supreme Court.
  • 1 0
 @jorgeposada: google Hick Hucksters Federal Court. You'll understand d what I mean. They thought they were gonna ride where ever too
  • 12 2
 Beast coast gnar!
  • 7 0
 This is going to be epic!
  • 6 0
 So will all those people who said Gee only won Hardline because he built the course be backing Neko for the win here?
  • 1 0
 In answer to my own question, not now. Heal up fast Neko.
  • 3 0
 @pinkbikeaudience Can we get a World Cup Pit Tents Fantasy League started up? I want to get odds on which set of tents will be tossed like a KITE off the lot & down the mountain the furthest. My money is on the Mondraker tents.

It won't be a Snowshoe race without a "gust" to keep tech support honest Big Grin
  • 5 1
 I am looking forward to more @davetrumpore photos. By far my favorite photog of the crew. The lighting/ editing and composition are always spot on.
  • 10 9
 This is a bit of a relief. Dave T’s social media suggested he came into the ‘Shoe with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, so glad this provided a positive view of things. This is my “home court” and I think it will be an epic race.
  • 65 19
 How so? I've been here multiple times, raced here multiple times etc. And like just about anyone else who has ever been here has a humorous appreciation for how the place is quite old fashioned, a bit janky, and pretty much stuck in a Time Warp way out in the middle of nowhere (nearest grocery store is an hour away)... It's always been like that at snowshoe. Sorry if posting photos of a condo that costs $700 for the duration of the event looks like something out of a 1970's sitcom offended you. Or if the entire racing community bring forced to grocery shop at a Walmart an hour drive away doesn't make you chuckle a little inside ... Or are you referring to me pointing out that the venue wants $50 per person for admission, including children 13 years or older (and also charging for parking). Because yeah, that's just ridiculous
  • 16 15
 @davetrumpore: dt, i am personally offended that wal mart is an hr away. Thanks a lot Trump
  • 15 1
 @davetrumpore: So there is no supermarket but a Starbucks? Damn that place has its priorities right.
Great photos though, thanks!
  • 28 3
 Excuse me, is this the right thread to argue about socialism?
  • 36 0
 @WAKIdesigns: No, this one's earmarked for Brexit and transgender. You need to scroll further down the home page for socialism.
  • 38 1
 @WAKIdesigns: No!!!!

@davetrumpore and @mitochris... Of course, West Virginia is one of the most sparsely populated states in the country with not too much in the way of industry any more. With that in mind, it's a surprise there is even a resort there until you consider that some of us are willing to pay to drive out to the middle of nowhere to relax, snowboard, ride dh, generally have a good time, AND GET AWAY FROM THE NEGATIVES OF URBAN AND SUB-URBAN AREAS. Not having a Walmart anywhere near is a plus. Snowshoe just needs a bigger general store which is a half mile from the center of the village.

Still janky, rocky, and rooty. Snowshoe "still" isn't for dirt roadies.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I don't know, you're the one bringing it up.
  • 1 0
 Any link ?
  • 9 0
 @mitochris: It is a upside down resort with everthing at the top of the mountain, including a Starbucks. Do like everyone else who comes and bring your own food and supplies or eat at one of there restaurants. I'm pretty sure there was a supermarket between MSA and West Virginia.
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 Yeah, the ticket thing is a bit ridiculous $50. I asked if my bike park season pass would work and it does not in case anyone was wondering. Oh well we are staying on the mountain so we dont have to pay for parking and since we come up here to ride a few times a year I hope that $50 a person they are getting ends up in some new stuff on the mountain.
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 @BDKR: I live just outside of DC. I was going to head out there but work and some finances got in the way. I just could not swing what was going to be a $600+ weekend to watch the race once everything was said and done. I ride out in West Virginia all the time. I like having no cell signal. I like riding in solitude. The trails around Davis are magnificent. I like zero light pollution at nights.

The general store is such a small thing. I usually bring a big cooler since just about every room has a small kitchen so all meals are made there. Cuts down on expenses as well.
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 @davetrumpore: I agree on the costs. Part of the reason I am not going. But, how dare you make fun of the arcade!
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 @jmhills: A cooler full of grub is pretty much a must on big weekends. The GNCC is just nuts.

And yes, it is a bit of cash isn't it. And it seems the taxes on the rooms have shot through the roof over the last couple of years.

Too bad we won't get to see you there. :-(
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 @metaam: I'll see myself out then... tadala la la la... (shows back in the door) you sure you don't want to talk even a tiny bit about Ocean pollution and Flight tax?
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 There's a little grocery store at the base of the mountain that has everything you need and another 15 minutes toward Lewistonburgvilletown is a small grocery & stuff.

Every condo on the mountain has a kitchenette. I've always been able to save more money staying there and eating than any other race we've gone to.

I signed up to volunteer today but can't make it. Maybe someone can take my spot if you're looking to save money (probably too late) with free camping at Silvercreek & free shuttle the whole weekend.

That's the cheapest resort to stay at...and if there were a grocery store up top, there'd be less trails. Big Grin
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 @davetrumpore: Did you rent the egg condo like you guys did with Fraser the one year? Best bro spot on the mountain, but hardly private.
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 @BDKR: I am a teacher and have a bunch of grading to get through this weekend. Then, for the same reasons, I just cannot swing the total cost and time to go. The year just started and getting a day off is neigh on impossible. As I do not want to go just for the single race, I would like to be there for both the full program, I would need a few days up there to truly get the full experience.

Oh well, I am going to hit a local trail for a few hours, then come home and watch the live stream. Working on planning a weekend out at Davis to ride Plantation really soon.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Only on the premise that the conversation will ultimately be steered towards trade embargoes and veganism.
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 @jmhills: Camping out is damn cheep, that's that my bud and I are doing. Throw up a tent or a Hammock in the woods and everything's alright.
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 @davetrumpore: Which is why all of us West Coast riders are like, WTF UCI we have bigger mountains, better trails and the scene isn't even close. Port Angeles could easily host, Bellingham, Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie, not trying to take anything away from W. Virginia, but Washington state is where its at!!
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 @BDKR: as a European, it sounds like the ultimate US experience.
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 @davetrumpore: you are the sassy bike shop employee of photographers. always sassin' and prissin'
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 @davetrumpore: Untouched would be a more accurate description than "old fashioned." The beauty of Pocahontas County is its remote location however it can be a challenge. On the grocery store you need to pack a cooler but this is a very well stocked market at the front entrance at the base. There are no box stores of any kind nor could this locale support one, this the hour away wal-mart and such. There is a town called Marlinton that is just 35 minutes away with a larger market, liquor store, ect. The lodging conditions you are describing are odd as there is a huge variety of not only modern lodgings but luxury accommodations. I agree the RAD and local taxes are too high, they have gone too far, but the cost of lodging for summer season are about right. You know, I rent some places and we gouged no one, even gave deals for long stays, but many of my peers were not aware of this event. People who booked early made out in many cases but I'm sure there are some lessors seeking to gouge our visiting friends, that seems to be a worldwide issue. The admission costs are not on the hill alone, but you know this. This is actually a really cool place to be, an amazing place to rise. I could say something negative but if I have to take issue with a single part of your statement it is the surprise at a DH'er lamenting being in a remote mountain area. Isn't that a big part of what makes this great? Do we need a Wal-Mart or less of them?

I'm open to questions, obviously i am at Snowshoe.
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 @Underlook: I love riding in WVa because it is untouched. This track is going to be so awesome to watch. I ride "trail" style bikes. I could never see myself doing a DH. I love to see the skill of the rider handling all the different things nature throws at them. That, in my book, is the point. This will be a more entertaining track to watch than say Ft. Williams or Les Gets because it is real and tech.
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 So what's the parking situation gonna be like? Cost? Any chance to park at the top? Anywhere to buy showers?
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 @BDKR: Lol welcome to the Enduro of the DH @davetrumpore ... untouched, remote, wild, gnarly, and awesome racing Wink
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 I think some of may be missing Dave's point. All of what you described about the area sounds awesome and rad for a weekend of riding. Definitely on the list, but for the WC circuit it may leave a bit to be desired. Packing a cooler full of food for a weekend to support a factory DH or XC team is probably not what they are looking for....
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 @dhx42: You don't think they go grocery shopping before other World Cups?
It isn't like they are camping and cooking over a fire. They prepare, buy food, and then likely don't leave for the week/weekend.
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 @lwkwafi: The point is that infrastructure isn't quite what the WC teams are used to and makes things harder for them. Not a big deal. They obviously have different requirements than you and me...
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 @davetrumpore: I gather you're staying in Mountain Lodge, so I understand why you're less than thrilled with the accommodations. It's one of the oldest, if not the oldest, property on the mountain. And ironically, one of the few that charges for parking. For those considering coming to Snowshoe, best bet is to rent from vrbo or one of the local rental agents, like Remax (their rates are lower than booking through the resort and they do 4 nights for the price of 3 in the Summer). I'm in a renovated 2 bedroom close to the Village for $530, with free parking. In any event, thanks for the pics and enjoy the Snowshoe sunsets. I know I will.
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 @brainbckt: Oh, good to know about remax. I have done vrbo a few times, even in the mountain lodge. I will make sure to get one with a/c next time (they do exist). This weekend we are staying again at some of the 3br 'condos' on Summit dr. Always great sunsets overlooking the Western Territory and plenty of deer that come right up to the balcony. Definitely looking forward to some Big Timber Porter and Greenbrier Valley Mothman Black IPA, oh, and the racing. Sometimes the resort doesn't do too bad. We did Expedition Station twice and it was about 100 a night, but good AC and place to cook our breakfasts, so we were okay with it.
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 @zephxiii: NO, nowhere to buy showers. With some minor exceptions Snowshoe is the same as most ski resorts in that most lodging is in the form of individually owned homes rented. As for parking, the only pay parking I have ever seen is at Silvercreek. I would advise you to just park a the bottom and ride the bus up. It is just too busy to park up top. Once you add team set ups and trailers tight will be an understatement.
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 @dhx42: So your option is that WC events should be held in urban areas? I'm going to have to disagree. Whether skiing or riding the best places are destinations and we sure as heck don't want your dollar stores mucking the places up. Sounds to me like no one should let Dave plan the trip.
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 @dhx42: I don't think they do. I think very few people seek out the prepackaged and uneventful route in this lifestyle.
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 @brainbckt: It isn't the oldest but it is a mixed bag on the inside for sure. If you are looking for slope side on a budget that is exactly where you will end up. There is a 5 star hotel, our only hotel up top, just a handful of blocks away.
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 @lwkwafi: Big Timber is a def yes. AC? Not so much. One of the main attractions here is not needing it.
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 @Underlook: I mean, you can think that, but, shit still gets hot sometimes. 5k of elevation doesn't mean it can't be hot. And with no circulation possible in Mountain Lodge, it doesn't really work. Sup and I slept on pull out couch with porch door open and fan on in June, and it was still hot. You may 'live' there, but I have been enough times to appreciate AC when trying to get a good night's rest and ride hard the next morning.
This weekend def won't be an issue, though. Hell, my wife is packing puffy coat because she will be cold standing outside in 50s-60.
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 REMAX at the base of the mountain (they're online too) is the best.
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 @onlyDH: Just a low toleance for trolling and people bullshitting on here... People exactly like you who signed up today just to say write this. So tell me who's the prissy one ???

Quite cowardly of you
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 @davetrumpore: Ignore it. Keep cranking out killer photos. I cannot be at the races but yours do a great job of filling in the blanks with action shots as well as atmospheric. I enjoy taking photos and respect what you all do in the short amount of time/ quick turn around schedules required of you. Keep it up.

There are only a few photogs following the UCI circus but the few of you do a great job keeping us in the know.
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 Still think Vali Holl should figure out how to pull a Mat Hoffman, racing both Junior & Elite

Looks rad though. Can't wait to watch it without VPN
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 I would stick my neck out here and say Snoeshoe looks rougher than MSA! Lots of punctures this weekend.
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 It's hard to say. I've ridden Snowshoe a lot and tend to agree with your assessment. HOWEVER, MSA has some high speed sessions that are still rather rough. The fast sections on this course appear smoother.

That said, you're dead on about punctures. I've had weekends where I've flatted multiple times per day and my fastest ain't **** compared to these guys.
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 @BDKR: I would agree, Lower Hareball at SS is extremely rocky but its more of the loose relentless type. MSA looked like it had bigger rocks, big rock drops and such. Both gnarly just different.
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 Yeah, it's more like an obstacle course than a race course. It looks epic!
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 @Aem221: We must be looking at different Hareballs. Loose rocks? They don't seem to move for my bike. There is very little flow on the tech trails.
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 @Underlook: there is a hole in my downtube that begs to differ. One came out of the switchback, caught up with me after I made the turn since it straight lined and punched my tank.
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 Man I cant wait to ride Lower Hareball when the race is over!
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 Word
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 once again thank you to all the photo-Media- Men and Mr.Cathro for bringing all of us step closer to all the action and amazing sights and sounds .
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 Cool track...to watch someone else ride it Big Grin
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 Gettin all patriotic over here. Proper US track.
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 Used to race this place back in the day, loved it, even in the peanut butter mud, great to have a WC back in the states, Whiteface Mtn would be a sick WC, just sayin
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 Fantastic photos - they're all great, but the ones without any riders, bikes, or obvious trail features are just beautiful and compelling on a level beyond race coverage. Nicely done.
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 I see West-by-God Virginia is still rocky and rooty as hell. Track looks awesome! Get ya some 'Merica! Its all relative in West Virginia
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 I'm in disbelief that it's not pouring rain, so stoked to see everyone there!
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 Track is certainly lookin wild and wonderful! Looking much better in these pics than the initial vitalmtb video from a few weeks back. Bummed I couldn't make the trek down but still pumped to watch it this weekend!
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 Great job on the track guys!!

I'm going to try not to miss the live coverage.
Still waiting for some video of worlds. Anyone have a link?
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 RedbullTv. It's free
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 Hopefully they will have some more cameras on track compared to the world champs.
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 It looks like they're trying. There are a lot of platforms i've not seen there before.
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 that overgrown Dirtbike made me sad all the way thru the Photo Story.
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 Watch out for Mothman!
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 Meanwhile, riders in Appalachia call this kind of riding "daily grind", and we love it!
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 What's that Starbucks bullshit after that article on all the $5K+ espresso setups at the XC World Cup?

Downhill really is the neglected stepchild of the bike industry.
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 Not sure if you can, and this is a limited offer, but if you can hmu on the side I can host a few tents gratis. Primitive camping, no showers, but pretty.
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 1. 'MERICA!!!! 2. Good to see a Palm Pilot still in use. 3. DODGE 4. West Virginia Mountain Mamas!
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 Totally sucks that there are no amateur races. Raced the NORBA's there and grew up racing in WV. Would have definitely made the trip and raced if there were amateur races.
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 AWWWWWW YEAHHHHHH.
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 Cappuccino steve hello
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 Those settings are surprisingly different. My guess is that one is for a heavy rider and one is for a quite light rider?
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 Needs more rocks amirite Losinj?
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 and Media Women !
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 Snowshoe is a great ski resort Wink
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 WTF is going on with Neko's arm in that thumbs up pic? is his arm broken? He could wrap that thing halfway around an adult fir tree.
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 ILL BE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 24 more hours i cant wait
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 Anyone see Blenki's POV video on insta of the track where he gaps over that rock mentioned above?

So sick
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 Hope Connor brought toilet paper
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 Oh, a much wider Wild Zone. I can dig it.
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 Cappuccino Steve!
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 come to Colorado uci!!!! less flat!
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 HOLY SHIT that's some good photog work... nice!!
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 I hope RedBull TV let the US watch this race.
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 i don't think its up to them, thought it was licensing issues?
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 Use a VPN brother. That's what helped me watch MSA.

I used Freevpn.me, but there are lot of options out there. Look at www.pinkbike.com/news/final-results-mont-sainte-anne-xc-world-champs-2019.html and search vpn to see what some others have used.
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 It's a world cup so on redbull TV for everyone... UCI treats world cup series and world champs as two separate "products" and hence get two different contracts for broadcasting and production. This round will be just like the other world cup rounds in terms of access to live feed, and will be produced by red bull (MSA was not)
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 @davetrumpore: Awesome! Thanx!
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 the only reason the RBTV didn't air the world camps race is because NBCsports had it on their channel ( because it was world champs). There is no tv coverage scheduled for this race. With that being said. RBTV will be avail for us.
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 @moutnbiker: I watched the world champs on the NBC station and I was surprised in that it wasn't a total disaster. It was pretty bare bones compared to the Redbull coverage as there was no "pregame" with the announcers or course previews, etc. The broadcast came on and the just went right into the riding. But they showed plenty of action, and the announcers (whoever they were) just called the action and for the most part just stayed out of the way.
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 @sino428: I set my DVR to record it and when I went to watch it, it was f*cking NASCAR that had been extended. then it was post race crap, then some other show with Rutledge Wood (whom I like). But none the less no MTB. However, I did watch it live via RBTV with a VPN.
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 Yyyyyyeeeeesssss!!!!
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 PUMPED TO BE STOKED!
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