With the 2019 World Cup series finishing up this weekend in Snowshoe let's take a look at who could take the overall title.Elite Men:
The Elite Men's racing comes to a close with a final showdown of the three fastest racers of the year. Not only are they the top three in the World Cup overall but they also secured the gold, silver and bronze medals at World Champs last weekend. With a full 250 points on offer in finals and no points offered in qualifying, it brings Troy Brosnan into the mix to break up the two Frenchmen at the top. Loic Bruni is the most likely to take the overall win on Saturday, with a 90 point lead over second-placed Amaury Pierron. Bruni would have to mess up pretty badly to miss out on the top spot. If Loic Bruni can keep his lead over Pierron, it will be the first time he has won the World Cup title and it will go perfectly alongside his victory at World Champs last weekend.
For Amaury Pierron to make it two overall wins in a row, he will have to make sure he wins the race and Loic Bruni places fifth or lower. This seems like a tall order but with a crazy track that has plenty of features that will suit Pierron, it may be possible.
The wildcard this weekend is Troy Brosnan - there is a reason he is often referred to as 'Mr. Consistent'. With the increased number of points on offer, Brosnan has a chance at the overall as long as Loic Bruni and Amaury Pierron don't surpass 1344 points.
2019 has been an interesting year for the Elite Women with Myriam Nicole out from the beginning of the season, then Tahnee Seagrave in Fort William and finally Rachel Atherton leaving Les Gets with an injury. As we arrive at the final round, both Nicole and Seagrave are back, but in their absence, we have seen some amazing racing with plenty of new names getting great results and showing off their skills on the world stage.
The two riders to capitalise most on this year's events have been Tracey Hannah and Marine Cabirou. Coming into the final round, Hannah holds a lead of 150 points. As long as she comes fifth or better if Marine Cabirou wins then the Australian will take the title. But on the new rough and rowdy track, anything could happen.
Thibaut Daprela was a name that dominated the conversation earlier in the season and despite not quite achieving his early-season glory in the latter half of 2019, Daprela has secured the overall title in his final Junior year. Although the title race is over, second through to fifth is still all to play for with current World Champion from Mont-Sainte-Anne, Kye A'Hern, holding second place heading into the final round. But Seth Sherlock, Lucas Cruz and Patrick Laffey are all within 41 points of A'Hern and with 60 points up for grabs, this is definitely a race to watch this weekend.
It was no question that Vali Höll would take the title again in the Junior Women's this year and her victory definitely comes as no surprise. What will be interesting going forward is how she copes with the move to Elites next year and how much she will shake up the Pro Women's ranks. Unlike the Junior Men, the top three positions have already been decided with the two fast Juniors Anne Newkirk and Mille Johnset getting second and third respectively.