Video: The Final Fight for the 2019 World Cup DH Overall Title

Mar 22, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

bigquotesSnowshoe, USA, September 2019 - a location and date that has secured its place into the mountain biking hall-of-fame. As defending 2018 UCI World Cup overall champion, Amaury Pierron, stepped into the start gate, he had to put down a ground-shaking run to secure the 2019 title. However, with 1222 points to his name, he needed fellow Frenchman Loic Bruni and current leader (1312 points) to finish outside the top 3.

After crashing out in qualifying (luckily, qualifying at this final round carried no series points), Amaury Pierron set off much earlier in the pack than his rival for the series win. And it was a trademark Pierron ride, blindingly fast and bordering on the impossible. Amaury attacked and attacked some more, hitting turns with both wheels drifting and launching fully committed into the dangerous rocks. It was a huge run that looked unfathomably fast; could anyone decode it? The wait in the hot seat for Pierron would be long and tantalising.

It was then time for Loïc Bruni to bite the bullet. Superbruni took to the course with enormous pressure on this last ride of the summer. Bruni rode the wheels off it. With the incredible performances of Pierron and Harrison before him, he had to. Assuming Pierron would take the win, Bruni needed to finish no worse than third to confirm his first-ever series title.

As he crossed the finish line, Bruni looked on in disbelief. He was sitting third and there was still one very fast man to go. If Danny Hart, who had blitzed qualifying, finished between him and Pierron, the title would be Pierron’s. Nobody could have predicted what happened next.

Hart has had a consistent run of results in 2019, finishing on the podium in all but one of the World Cup races before Snowshoe. But, despite qualifying first at Round 6 in Lenzerheide and also at the World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, he had never found the speed to beat the field in finals. As Hart placed sixth for times at splits one and two, it appeared today wouldn’t be his day either. Sixth would mean the series was Bruni’s.

But suddenly Hart was up into second place at split three. This spelt disaster for Bruni, who now stood ready to congratulate his friend Pierron on taking the series at the last minute, literally. Hart was nearly a second slower than Pierron and looked set to equal his season-best second place from Round 1 in Maribor.

However, as soon as Bruni had seen it slip away, it was unexpectedly back in his grasp. Hart pulled a miracle and went fastest at split four by a slim 0.7 seconds. If he won, the points from second place wouldn’t be enough for Pierron to leapfrog Bruni in the overall standings. The wait was excruciating, and to make it worse Hart went through the speed trap at 54kph, a full 3kph slower than Pierron at this crucial moment before speeding towards the finish line.
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22 Comments

  • 16 1
 from the best season finish to no season at all, we've certainly hit the ground with a bump. i'm just going to keep watching this until the racing starts again.
  • 7 0
 Yeah, what a let down.... I've been anxiously waiting for the season to start since last October and we came so close. On the bright side of things at least our entire sport doesn't revolve around organized competition, the free-ride scene is still kind of doing their thing (via social media) .

That said there is no substitute for the adrenaline of WC downhill, but at least there is still something to talk about here, and we can always re-watch the entire 2019 season. Stay positive all.
  • 6 0
 Watching this live had me to emotional while following the entire season and watching every race, and even watching it again, I felt the same way. What an incredible finish to a season. When Danny come out ahead in the final split, and everyone loses their minds is the best part.
  • 6 0
 Pinkbike, you've peaked way too early!
  • 1 0
 "The Final Fight for New World Cup Content..."
  • 4 0
 Love how everyone completely ignores Danny after a spectacular win. Loic should've been at his knees thanking him.
  • 6 0
 He was later on..sort of hard to praise another when you’ve just accomplished something you have been working towards literally your whole life. Danny Hart would have done the same if the roles were reversed.
  • 2 0
 @abueno: yeah if you watch Danny’s GoPro on YouTube there’s an amazing moment where Loic says “thank you so much I love you” - I’m not crying, you’re crying ????

youtu.be/GEHniLfQlXI 4:30 onwards (Altho the whole video is worth watching)
  • 3 1
 Best day of my life. Dressed up as Mario and Luigi, followed the riders down the course blasting super mario music.

Shameless plug for my Snowshoe UCI WC DH film.

youtu.be/trdwN2GwbeI
  • 2 0
 Danny, Amaury, Loic and everyone else looking for redemption and results must have been dying for this season to begin. What a let down.
  • 1 0
 That was an epic race! the standard of racing from Loic, Danny and Amaury was awesome!!! Stay positive everybody - all this crap all blow over....
  • 2 0
 Danny Hart's last run and what followed still gives me the chills. Best drama ever!
  • 2 0
 Every time something unbelievable happens in downhill racing, Danny Hart is involved
  • 2 0
 I'm a big fan of Danny's but pierron's Les Gets run was the best of last year imo.
  • 2 0
 THE moment of last DH season. Thanks to DH !
  • 1 0
 Every time Pierron made a wrong turn at the traffic light. Claudio: THAT'S A TWO WHEEL DRIFTING!
  • 1 0
 DH went from huck, to flat, in one year.
  • 1 0
 2020 was a pre-production model.
  • 1 0
 Soo good!
  • 1 0
 Great
  • 1 0
 Unforgetableeeee
  • 1 0
 This gave me shivers!

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