“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.”