Video: Danny Hart Aims to Claim the Overall Title in 2020

Nov 13, 2019
by WD-40BIKE  

“I think my riding style is quite smooth, until race run,” says two-time downhill world champion Danny Hart. “Then it starts getting a bit sketchy, a bit wild sometimes—that’s when you’re going fast. So it’s fine.”

A quintessential downhill racer, Hart is an astute student of the sport—known to study courses, test new technologies and experiment with lines—while having the ability to apply all his learnings, and ride to his fullest potential, when it counts: The final race run. “When it comes to the final race run, I know that I’ve done everything I can in my power to have the best run possible,” says Hart. This confidence has been Hart's key to success during his ten-year elite racing career.








In 2019, Hart’s consistency culminated with a win at the final round of the UCI World Cup series in Snowshoe, West Virginia. “This year, I kept getting closer and closer to the win—just being a few seconds off most of the time,” said Hart. “And then by the last race, it was good to put it all together for a win.” The victory gave fans one of the most spectacular series finales in recent memory as Hart’s speed—and course split times—continued to improve all the way to the finish.







With a proven ability to improve as the season progresses, Hart is looking to start the 2020 season more prepared than ever. Anticipating major life changes—like getting married in November and his first baby due in February—Hart is getting ready for 2020 even earlier than normal.






“I’d like to come into the first World Cup in the best shape I’ve ever been,” admits Hart. Beginning 2020 preparations in October, Hart has already been in the gym to do “a little bit of ‘pre-training,’ if you like” before his official training efforts began in early November.








If a more-prepared Danny Hart is able to enter the start house at round one of the 2020 UCI World Cup series in Portugal—and history is any indication—it will bode well for his aim to claim the overall championship, which is the only major title that has eluded him to this point in his career. “I have been able to win single races,” acknowledges the 2011 and 2016 World Champ, “But the goal is to be the best overall on the season.”


77 Comments

  • 68 11
 Surely everyone aims for the overall lol
  • 54 3
 Maybe but how many athletes could actually achieve that goal: Danny certainly could
  • 30 7
 “Competitive athlete aims to win” riveting!
  • 49 0
 I don't, and don't call me Shirley.
  • 3 6
 Seems like he didn't in 2019?
  • 8 1
 “Candidate aims to win election”
  • 2 0
 @fingerbangextreme: exactly - nice guys finish last... incidentally, that's what she said.
  • 2 0
 @wowbagger: There’s trouble in the cockpit! “What is it?!” It’s the place where the captain sits, but that’s not important right now!
  • 30 3
 "That's a bold move Cotton, let's see if it pays off"

Personally my money is on the ever reliable Brosnan getting a win or two on the board to go with his consistency to take the title.
  • 10 0
 You wouldn't happen to bi biased a bit, would you Wink
  • 4 0
 @Kamba6: Absolutely!! But even without my bias, dude is stupid quick and consistent!
  • 3 0
 I’d say he’s actually one of the smarter ones.
  • 7 0
 He's the Danny Pedrosa of MTB. Brilliant rider, but always the bridesmaid...
  • 1 0
 @motard5: hahahah dude, I spilled my coffee over your comment. Hahaha, best comment I've seen today
  • 14 0
 "his first baby due in February" : sounds highly contradictory with claiming the overall title next year !
  • 5 0
 He will be gone on the circuit most of the time, so sleep deprivation shouldn´t be to big of a deal Smile
(I know what I´m talking about: 14 month and the only nights I slept through were when I went on a bike trip with the boys - when you are suddenly happy that the guy next to you only snores a little bit) Big Grin
  • 4 1
 Same for me, that's the one thing holding me back :/
  • 1 0
 Him and his wife are going to need good support, and a separate bedroom (+ear plugs) if he wants any chance to get a good night of rest.
  • 1 0
 Your username reflects what you have been through.
  • 10 0
 I love watching Danny ride and his determination but Bruni has simply been next level this season, now he knows how to stay on his bike he just looks unstoppable. Saying that I'd love to see Troy take the title as that lad well and truly deserves it IMO
  • 1 0
 I reckon danny and amaury have the highest speed potential on the circuit but agree logic had the consistency - next season will be rad!
  • 12 3
 Danny, if you're reading this, I think you're a right funny c*nt. Can you do a jokes video next time please? Jokes with Danny, Danny does standup, something like that. It would be cool and funny like the start of this video. A welcome break from the norm of riders saying "We're here in blah blah blah, yeah my run was pretty good" and that kind of fluff.
  • 10 0
 That wasn't long enough.
  • 9 1
 That's what she said
  • 6 1
 I think that whist the tracks are wide open and not technical like they once were then Danny will be top 5 but not top 1. I believe that if the tracks were more old school then Danny would be top man. The lower rock garden at SnowShoe showed where his skills were on a different level. Pretty much the only rider to pass that tree, rooty right hander without issue. I would be pretty sure that this is where he won the race.
  • 4 0
 Just like the tracks at his bike park in Hamsterley
  • 2 0
 @johnnyboy11000: rode there once on the way back from nationals in Wales.
Loved it, what a great riding spot Hamsterly is. Would love to go again and ride with the locals.
  • 1 2
 Yeah, he won the race passing a tree.
  • 4 0
 Great video - hope this dude keeps ripping hard till next season. Definitely a fave.
Not sure what that music was but I personally found it to be a solid change from the typical “bleep bloop bleep” computer generated mountain bike video music. It fit well for sure with the riding. If it’s too loud you’re too old...right? I am pretty old though...
  • 5 0
 I have met both Danny's mum and sister. But not the man himself, or indeed his dad. True fact.
  • 4 2
 Oh t'would be delightful to see Danny boy with some winning splendour resting on his mantlepiece before the chilly months move in. That awful cacophony was very unbecoming though.
  • 1 3
 Absolutely awful. Does that racket even qualify as music?
  • 1 0
 @jaame: just metalcore
  • 1 0
 Would love to see this happen but unfortunately the Frenchies, and Brosnan to name a few will be extremely hard to beat next year I feel. Still best of luck Danny, always one of my favourite riders to watch blast down the track
  • 3 0
 I used all conditions lube in a wet day once, but didn't let that ruin my day, well done Danny! ps. that was fun
  • 5 0
 Go Danny!!!
  • 1 0
 Love this guy. And I'm sure we are all fans and have seen it... but just in case:
2011 world champ run is maybe the GOAT. Sound on is essential.
youtu.be/YfMQdFGTKAs
  • 2 0
 AWESOME!.Good to see world cup riders in humor after all the hustle and bustle of W.C.riding. Also, nice choice of music!!! Speed metal and speed bikes. Do it Hartster!
  • 2 0
 A dude I work with tells me spraying WD-40 on sore joints will make the pain go away, and I say " are you nuts?" .... hmmm maybe he's on to something
  • 4 0
 So Monty Python Big Grin
  • 2 0
 ...class lads, danny & scotty know a thing or two about getting loose, wild, and fast on bikes...
  • 1 0
 Next season is going to even more exciting that the last - the top is getting tight and Danny along with the frechies is clearly in touch! Good Luck Dude!
  • 3 0
 They mean 2011 not 2010 world champs
  • 2 0
 the most down to earth fella, he so deserves to win big next year, go on Danny do it for the North East.
  • 2 0
 Danny, my (humble) advice for you: take it “easy” in the qualies, and win the races.
  • 1 0
 Go Danny. Not sure why so many people are keen to write him off pre-season? Perhaps they're not familiar with what's been achieved?
  • 2 0
 Big claim but definately one of the few who could. Roll on 2020 .
  • 2 0
 There's no wet lube left because danny's mechanic used it all on his guns.
  • 1 0
 He’s gonna have a job on his hands beating those two frenchies! Can’t wait!
  • 2 0
 Thats wild! I also aim to claim the overall title in 2020
  • 3 1
 Thank god for the mute button, that NOISE on the video, FFS!
  • 4 0
 But when you're in the mood for it... you go fromJail ....to Jailbreak
  • 2 0
 Great vid!!!! So stoked for next season....too bad it’s only November
  • 2 0
 The riding part got me so hyped. Bring on WC Season 2020 already.
  • 1 0
 Insane riding - Danny Hart is an absolute boss. Good luck in 2020 on and off the bike
  • 2 0
 about time to have a good song with a good video
  • 2 0
 Love watching pro riders corner
  • 3 0
 50 psi??
  • 2 1
 Awesome riding Danny! Fast dude needs fast music... More metal more better!! \m/
  • 1 0
 "Danny Hart Aims to Claim the Overall Title in 2020". Thanks for clarifying that out. I thought he wanted to be second.
  • 1 0
 Hopefully having his first kid won't slow him down.
  • 1 0
 Jean Girard is training harder.
  • 1 0
 I saw you better on the Giant but it's okay you can do it!
  • 2 0
 That was splendid.
  • 1 0
 OK Danny, but please put some lockers on your bikes Wink
  • 2 0
 2020 is gonna be epic
  • 2 0
 Proper!
  • 1 0
 Stay on your bike, Danny!!!
  • 1 0
 OMG...Love to watch this guy ride..GIVER DANNY!!
  • 1 0
 Danny Hauling Ass & Ripping Tracks
  • 1 0
 Hilarious intro, and best WD-40 vid since the GT BMX Code 4130
  • 1 0
 STAY ON YOUR BIKE DANNY!!!!
  • 1 0
 *Blegh!*
  • 1 0
 Have it Danny!

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