Pinkbike Poll: Who Will Win Once Racing Returns?

Jul 17, 2020
by Dan Roberts  

Right about now we would have been in the thick of a racing season. Articles galore covering the downhill and enduro races, fantasy league discussions and team modifications, eagerly sitting on the edge of the sofa while Rob Warner over uses the word unbelievable and maybe even some daydreaming of being able to ride like your favourite pro.

As some parts of the world start to ease restrictions, we're starting to get the faint smell of racing back in our nostrils. The NotARace IXS Cup Test Session gave us a faint feeling of being back at it. At least behind the scenes at Pinkbike we didn’t need much at all to get us very excited at the thought of racing.

Although in other news, sadly, races are still being cancelled in the upcoming modified series and casting a cloud of doubt and uncertainty over if we will be racing in 2020. We have everything crossed.

Bruni and Pierron battled it out all season long. Somehow the fate of their seasons rested in the hands of Danny Hart who was last to drop. Bruni made a few too many mistakes to put the nail in the coffin himself.
Tracey Hannah was a bundle of nerves today and almost threw it away on her final run But in the end she squeaked it out to become a champion
The 2019 DH season was simply incredible. Literally as down to the wire as you can get for both the men's and women's, which saw Loic Bruni and Tracey Hannah come out on top overall after a fierce season of racing.

While we really don't know if we'll actually go racing at an elite level this year, we can still speculate. And perhaps the current situation of lockdowns and restrictions now becomes a legitimate player in athletes’ performance if and when racing resumes. Are the riders in countries who experienced stricter lockdowns going to be at a deficit to those in countries where the restrictions haven’t been as severe?

Looking back to the overall of the 2019 season for both World Cup DH and EWS as a starting point for discussion, let's have a punt at who you think will come out on top when we finally, and hopefully, get back between the tape.

The man on a mission. Sam Hill
Isabeau Courdurier on roots and en route to winning stage 2
[PCAPTION align=center]In the 2019 EWS series, Sam Hill won the overall and with it his third overall title, something never done before in the men’s category. Isabeau Courdurier showed dominance and took a commanding lead in the overall with almost 1.5 times more points than second place.[/PCAPTION]

UCI World Cup Downhill

Who will win the opening round of the elite men's 2020 WC DH?

Who will win the opening round of the elite women's 2020 WC DH?

Enduro World Series

Who will win the opening round of the elite men's 2020 EWS?

Who will win the opening round of the elite women's 2020 EWS?

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  • 123 2
 One of those 10 year old kids making YouTube shredits right now.
  • 5 20
flag dglass (Jul 17, 2020 at 13:45) (Below Threshold)
  • 10 1
 Jasper Penton has been awarded the unofficial 2020 trophies.
  • 41 1
 Exactly. The real poll should be: When do you think racing will return?

1. Sept
2. Spring 2021
3 Spring 2023
4. Never
  • 7 0
 @blowmyfuse: if he hadn't been MIA since november 2019
  • 5 7
 @robito: Racing already returned, too soon. Winrock, and NW Cup.
  • 108 0
 My prediction is there ends up only being one WC race and one EWS. And Ed Masters wins them both.
  • 37 0 a fat suit.
  • 14 0
 on an e-balance bike
  • 2 0
 Yes. Or Martin Maes wins both. Prefer the Eddie though.
  • 22 0
 Ed Masters winning the triple of DH, Enduro and XC is a hill I’m willing to die on
  • 3 0
 Wearing Jorts and thongs...
  • 85 2
  • 4 0
 Up-vote, but for the wrong reasons unfortunately.
  • 6 1
 Yup - It must be a typo - I think they meant 2021. (Insert sad face emoji.)
  • 49 4
 Probably not anyone from US, because it's highly doubtful Europe will lift travel restrictions with out rapidly rising case count.
  • 30 9
 merica! fuk yah!
  • 4 6
 Most pros have long-stay visas for Europe so theyre allowed in.
  • 9 2
 @billreilly: What do you mean? US riders cant even go to Italy, have to quarantine in Switzerland, Aussie riders cant even leave the country? Heard nobody is going, it will be a euro season.
  • 6 5
 but they deserve the right and freedom to win though
  • 5 2
 Dude, you don’t have to be right all the time. I mean sure we’re totally effing up the management of the pandemic in ways unheard of in educated nations. But can’t I believe for a little longer that Gwin will win gold and Richie Rude will smash to a big fat W. Please, let me believe a little longer.
  • 1 0
 @MrParker: We just had Alex Volkanovski travel to Dubai to defend his UFC world title and a friends husband who has to travel for work has been back and forth between Asia during our whole lockdown. You can leave the country if you have to getting back in is an issue with quarantining and being accepted in due to other countries restrictions is another.
  • 47 3
 That dude Randy
  • 42 1
 It's an older joke sir, but it checks out
  • 22 0
 We all win.
  • 14 0
 I know what will lose: my work productivity.
  • 16 2
 Whoever's not voting Amaury after that fire edit he put out is crazy
  • 6 7
 Amaury is fast no doubt. But edits are not racing and when it comes to speed, looks can be deceiving. Just ask Claudio!
  • 13 0
 Guess he hasn't seen the edit.
  • 2 0
 @BiNARYBiKE: he showed some speed last year though!
  • 4 0
 @Clem-mk: I said he was fast! And I saw the edit. I just honestly don’t always trust what looks fast on an edit. When you watch racing it can be surprisingly hard to tell who is going fastest. Heck when I ride I can’t even always tell when I’m riding my fastest. Just to be clear I think Amaury is the guy to beat right now.
  • 4 2
 @BiNARYBiKE: amaury doesn't just look fast, he is fast. He just happens to be the fastest looking
  • 12 1
 I would really love to see Gwin make a comeback. At least see him healthy and see how he stacks up at this point on the Intense.
  • 17 5
 People answering Courderier knowing that Ravanel is back to dominate.
  • 12 1
 my prediction is sad Very sad as I'm afraid Ravanel will not return this year.
  • 2 0
 @flaflow: Do you think so? That would be very sad indeed.
Do you think we`ll see her back making Youtube videos ``à la Barelli``?
  • 11 2
 She kind of announced she wouldn’t be riding so it would be a surprise to see her win.
  • 4 0
 I thought she said she had retired on a video.
  • 1 0
 @fedfox: whaaaat! Damn
  • 14 1
 Dick Pound World Champ
  • 10 0
 Josh Brolin from The Goonies...full send and rode the wheels off of that thing. Pin it or bin it. It's pandemic season.
  • 11 0
 Nina Hoffmann missing?!
  • 9 0
 How does Greg Minaar have so few votes!? Do we never learn?
  • 5 0
 I really can't argue with that statement. But its not that he can't, its more that they all can.
  • 8 0
 Because by the time racing returns he'll be 50. No doubt he will still be fast AF but one needs to be fast AP to win
  • 7 0
 Troy Brosnan. Why? Because he likely has had the most opportunity to actually train. Otherwise its gonna be a Frenchy.
  • 4 0
 Legitimately why I voted for Troy too. Troy was shredding runs while the Euros got locked up inside.
  • 4 0
 @Jamminator: Cant deny that he's arguably the most consistant rider out there too.
  • 8 1
 I'd love to see the Denim Destroyer do the business.
  • 7 1
 I was gonna answer Kate Courtney, but I don't see her as a choice. I'm still going with Kate.
  • 4 0
 Greg Minnaar. As he nears eventual retirement he is the kind of Character who wants to finish on top and seems highly motivated to be those fast frickin frenchies as he puts it ...
  • 7 1
 Troy is coming for the Frenchies this year :-)
  • 1 0
 Phrasing... Boom!!
  • 5 0
 Why wasn't the DH tandem roster a question?
  • 3 1
 'Sam Hill won the overall and with it his third overall title, something never done before in the sport' except by t-mo and ravanel. Oh wait, are they participating in a different sport?
  • 1 0
 It is true what they say. It is hard to perform a measurement without affecting the outcome. I wanted to see what people have voted but it doesn't seem to be possible to do so without voting yourself.
  • 1 0
 I'll have to take your word for it, Werner
  • 2 0
 I believe that COVID will spoil another 2 or 3, maybe 4, years of fun for us, let's see who of all the drivers will survive this economically...
  • 3 0
 I know things are a bit slow for MTB news but this shows Pinkbike must be desperate for content
  • 3 0
 I voted for Brook because it would be awesome! Go Bulldog!
  • 2 0
 The answer is simple, we will win, getting to watch some sweet sweet racing.
  • 4 0
 Where is Nina Hoffmann?
  • 3 0
 No Nina Hoffmann to vote for in womens DH??
  • 3 0
 No Charlie Harrison option
  • 2 0
 Mountain Biking. Mountain Biking will win.
  • 3 1
 Why isn't "The Fans" an option?
  • 1 0
 Gee Atherton been playing g in his own personal bike park built by dan Atherton all summer....????????????????????
  • 2 0
 Adam the Privateer
  • 1 0
 The fans. The fans will win.
  • 1 0
 Poppin open a big Ole can of worms eh' pinkbike!
  • 1 0
 Chris Grice is going to take the win in Junior DH
  • 4 2
 No Brendog?!
Cmon guys!!
  • 2 1
 Did anybody else just click the names they knew?
  • 2 0
 we will race over zoom
  • 1 0
 Rob warner for the win lol
  • 1 0
 I don't care who wins...I just want to see them race.
  • 2 4
 Pinkbike say they want racing to resume. But why should it ever resume in a world with covid? Why would it be okay and safe in say, November 2020? When it wasnt ok in April 2020?
  • 1 0
 The way everybody has "drank the coolaid" in this world...NEVER...ESPORTS!
  • 1 0
 We all win, once racing returns.
  • 1 0
 A man and woman will win the dh and i reckon a man and woman for enduro
  • 1 1
 I didn't know that PELOTON made a DH / ENDURO model???
  • 1 0
 We will...
  • 2 4
 Isabeau Courdurier VS Cecile Ravanel??? Haha... come on. Cecile of course.

Welcome back old witch. Wink
  • 1 1
 the one on the bike
  • 2 4
 Corona cool aid bollocks for the win
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