Who Can Win the Overall Title? - Snowshoe World Cup DH 2019

Sep 5, 2019
by Ed Spratt  

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:
Loic Bruni into the finish on his gold medal run


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.







Elite Women:
2nd for Tracey Hannah


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.







Junior Men:
Thibaut Daprela is the firm favourite for the junior title but as we ve seen in recent races he is far from invincible.

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.







Junior Women:
Vali Holl took home her 2nd junior title

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.






28 Comments

  • 68 1
 I like the froggies, but my heart goes to Mister Consistency. Allez Troy!!!!
  • 30 0
 Really hoping Brosnan takes the win. As for the overall, eh I have no strong feelings between either Bruni or Pierron, both are deserving.
  • 18 3
 The Frogs are stressing over the jumps. Go Troy!!!!
  • 10 1
 Trace to win.

One of the French supermen are going to win the mens cup, so it would be brilliant if Danny could win the race. He’s been so close every race, needs a bit of a break...
  • 1 0
 That Snowshoe Starting Gate! Going to have to send it to win it.
  • 5 0
 danny would be cool but if we are talking about riders that are so close every race the winner should be troy. Must be soo frustrating being in 2nd so often.
  • 1 0
 @nismo325: yea agree, as I say below, would be nice if Troy/Danny/Loris/Minnar won...
I only say Danny as he’s British ????
  • 12 0
 Bulldog still ends up in the Top 10 overall. End of story!
  • 7 0
 Gonna be an insane race and i am pooling all of my psychic superpowers into Troy, fingers crossed.
  • 6 0
 I am stoked to see how Vali shakes things up in Pro women next year!
  • 3 0
 French men elites are on fire! I got a feeling for next few seasons french would shine even more.
  • 2 0
 So it is Loic and Tracey, unless one of them crashes.
  • 4 3
 Is this a good track for Danny? Feeling like it is....
  • 18 0
 Too pedally for Danny. I think it is Minnaar's turn to shine!
  • 4 0
 @bikekrieg:
Its a real mixed bag - you’re right though, there is even an uphill. But there are a lot of rock gardens...

Tbf I don’t care who wins as long as its Troy, Danny, Loris or Minnar - none of whome have won a race this season.
  • 1 0
 @Richt2000: i was trying to think who does well on new tracks - Hart definitely. Minnaar as well. Anyone else?
  • 1 0
 @russthedog: aaron gwin
  • 1 0
 @bikekrieg: minnarr reallly showed him. Good call.
  • 2 0
 Hindsight is 20/20! @Grosey:
  • 1 0
 @bikekrieg:
Yes too pedally for danny - right ;-)
  • 1 0
 4 hour drive away and its World Cup time for this guy!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 The real question is : Will Bruni still be hangover from last Week ?
  • 1 0
 Super B for the overall, AP for the win on the day.
  • 1 0
 This gonna be eesssiting
  • 1 2
 Dorian will bring the rain and turn this race into a gnarly track fingers crossed.
  • 5 4
 @pinnityafairy: Thanks to human-caused climate change, hurricanes are moving almost 20% slower than 15 years ago. Its not going to make it in time.
  • 2 0
 @scott-townes Thanks to humans developing the mountain bike mountain Bikes are now 20% faster down the hill then 15 years ago. So is it safe to say that mountain bikes are keeping up with climate change?
  • 2 3
 Dorian will bring the rain and turn this race into a gnarly track fingers crossed.

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