Start List: Snowshoe DH World Cup 2019

Sep 5, 2019
by Ed Spratt  
Loic Blueni hovering over the XC course.

With the final round of the 2019 DH World Cup already upon us, here are the riders who will be qualifying tomorrow.

If you're playing along with DH Fantasy, then time is running out before the final round gets underway. Make sure to check that all of your chosen riders will be racing, so you don't miss out on crucial points.

You have until Elite Women's qualifying starts on Friday afternoon to get your Fantasy team in order so take a look through the list and make your final changes before racing begins.

Elite Men:

Elite Women:

Junior Men:

Junior Women:

The Fantasy Downhill League is Presented by Trek and SRAM.

MENTIONS: @trek / @SramMedia


  • 14 1
 Fantasy players: Gwin rides 20% faster in America.
  • 4 0
 and neko rides 200% faster in america
  • 3 1
 Dakota rides 2000% faster in America
  • 4 0
 Will the amount of Frenchness this World Cup final brings even be legal in West Virginia?
  • 2 0
 Only if they marry their cousin
  • 1 0
 @femto505: I lol’d right off my chair
  • 4 2
 Not even 90 entries in male elite? Where is the North American downhill scene?
  • 8 1
 You answered your own question...
  • 18 0
 Nobody has a good way to get enough points to race a UCI event.
  • 17 2
 It's what happens when there are literally no races here, we're not just bitching to have more WC's here so we can merely see them. The UCI only cares about Europe, same reason you see literally NO riders from SE Asia and S America too.
  • 1 1
 is everyone riding park and slopestyle? or off riding enduro bikes? it can't be disputed that the states has an outstanding bike park culture, lots of room for dirt jumps and lots of area to be covered on awesome modern enduro bikes, maybe there is a consequence to this?

just throwing ideas around. its certainly a rare thing for america to make a WC podium these days. its all europeans.
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: I'd guess USA has more DH riders than any other country, but inertia's a thing. And the governing bodies are in Europe--harder to schmooze.

If I were on the planning committee I'd choose Croatia over West goddamn Virginia any day too!
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: by sheer population combined with the financial ability to ride, North America has the most riders by a lot no doubt. Not sure if you get over there, but everytime I'm back I can't believe the growth and how packed are the trailheads. Random places like Bentonville alone have 300mi of class trails...despite this I think the biggest difference is how the US treats cycling, especially MTB. Its an 'activity' rather than an actual sport, mostly for adults. Cycling in general [and football-soccer] are EU household sports with lots of support starting young. The best US athletes are in cities focusing on basketball, baseball and football, and the areas that have the big mountains and elevation are very sparsely populated. Oh, and yes, UCI corruption blah blah blah
  • 2 0
 @pbfan08: why blame the UCI? Up to you guys (USA organizers) to put an application in. Europe is not the enemy, they are actually keeping the sport alive...
  • 1 0
 We only ride park!
  • 1 0
 All the f,ing races are in Europe. What do expect. Not all of us can spend the year tramping around Europe riding bikes. We get one race in the states in like seven years. It's bad ass and the riders agree, and guess what? Not a single race in the states next year.
  • 1 0
 That's bullshit. You don't think Snowshoe applied for next year! @FlorentVN:
  • 1 0
 @MelvieD: the original post (which I was responding to) referred to ‘scene’. (Are you making this about the World Cup?) If you have no races in the ‘best country in the world’ who do you think is to blame? There are plenty of grass roots races series in Europe..
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: UCI races=UCI points. And it’s only been 2 years since Americans were on the podium. And looks what happens when we have a race in the States. My counter point was that it is hard for a grass root rider to get on the UCI circuit and secure any funding when he can’t have any UCI points. Because of Snowshoe, there will be more funding for the Americans who finished in top twenty. I was at the Snowshoe World Cup and it was well received, regardless of the pink bike slander it achieved beforehand. The racers loved the venue, and the accommodating crowed, and no ones bike was stolen. I don’t appreciate your “Greatest Country” attitude. I don’t believe The US should get any special privilege, but if we’re going to call it the World Cup, then it should not solely gravitate around Europe. Especially considering our investment into the sport.
  • 3 3
 Sorry for being a newbie to the DH scene, but can someone explain why the UCI World Champion is crowned before the UCI World Cup? It's pretty confusing to me... Is Bruni just untouchable at this point?
  • 6 0
 World Championships and World Cup are two separate entities. The World Championships is a one-off race for the World Champs title while the World Cup is a seven stop series that has run throughout the spring summer. Bruni was crowned World Champion last weekend at Mt Ste Anne and is currently leading the World Cup points series, but Amaury Peirron could still pass him if he finishes higher that Bruni this weekend. Not sure how the math works out on how much higher Amaury would have to finish above Loic to win the World Cup overall. Usually World Champs is held at the end of the season, but for some reason this year it was the penultimate race.
  • 2 0
 World champs is a different "denomination".
World Champion is different that World Cup Champion, first one is just one race, just what happens on that race, and first place gets the jersey.
World Cup Overall is a points based competition that runs through all the season.
  • 2 1
 World champs is a one off race that does not count towards world cup overall. Typically goes post season, but some seasons it be like it do
  • 1 0
 World Championships are not part of the UCI World Cup Circuit. From an outside perspective that probably doesn't make sense, and it's hard to compare it to another sport. Think of it like a one-off championship like the Olympics vs. an international circuit contested throughout the year towards a championship (e.g. Diamond League for track, or if there was an international equivalent of the NBA/MLS/Premier League). They're just separate, but both great to win.

Usually the Word Championships are after the conclusion of the UCI World Cup, but this year is different.
  • 5 0
 @Lokirides This has never made sense to me either. Seems the World Cup Overall is harder to get and has less prestige. You basically get a little glass trophy in a underwhelming ceremony at the last race. The World Champs is one race where everyone gives it there all but in the past we've seen people that weren't really "World Champs" get rainbow Jerseys. Morgan Charre comes to mind who a few years ago just had a great run on one day and wore the stripes. It really should be the overall wears something the next year as the defending champ IMHO. This may be the first year that the World Champ actually wins the overall World Cup.
  • 2 0
 @adrock-whistler: If Pierron wins this weekend and Bruni finishes in 4th or worse, then Amaury takes the overall.
  • 2 0
 @kjjohnson: It's 5th or worse, no?
  • 1 0
 @azogas413: yes, I stand corrected, should have said worse than fourth
  • 3 0
 Yay! Go Ella!
  • 1 0
 I'm thinking Neko might have an edge on this track.
  • 1 0
 maybe put him in the top dozen?
  • 1 0
 Looks like he may have had trouble in practice ? I don’t see him in the timed training. Dak seems to be on pace though
  • 1 0
 @Bmontgomery87: Unfortunately Neko broke his fibula and sprained his ankle. Bummer all around (mostly for him I'm sure)... But it sounds like the standard 6-8 weeks and he'll be back on the bike!
  • 1 0
 Will it be on redbull tv?
  • 1 0
 yes, fortunately
  • 1 0
 it's really hard to tell...
  • 5 0
 That World Champs covfefe caused a lot of trauma huh?

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