Danny Hart, Morgane Charre & More on the Entry List for the Snow Bike World Championships

Feb 5, 2024 at 2:14
by Ed Spratt  
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The UCI has announced that 50 riders will be taking on the first Snow Bike World Championships this weekend in Châtel.

At the deadline for registration at the end of January, 43 men and seven women had put themselves on the entry list where France is the largest represented country with 18 attending riders. Top-level World Cup riders like Danny Hart, Morgane Charre and Veronika Widmann are potentially getting between the tape this weekend as some high-profile names appear on the initial entry list.

The UCI will publish a final start list on February 9. Until then, check out the entry list below.



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126 Comments
  • 97 2
 No Fabio Wibmer? Seems like he's the most experienced person for this at the moment....
  • 29 43
flag Braench FL (Feb 5, 2024 at 2:52) (Below Threshold)
 there are many ppl doing this since decades for fun. In many cases they have access to Ski Resorts with Bikes cause they know the ppl in charge.

Just cause Mr. Wibmör posts really nice edits about it does not mean he is the hero of all time on Snow Big Grin
But yea i also thought about his name when i started to read the list haha.
  • 36 0
 putting my money on Vinny T for that one !
  • 11 0
 @rismo68: French champs results from yesterday:
1 Thevenard
2 Levesque
3 Tupin
  • 3 1
 he's definetly not a racer. he'd need too many attempts
  • 1 0
 Did you see the spike gash on his leg? Little too close to home that one!
  • 8 2
 @Braench: Bigtim said at the moment.
Never said all time.
But hey, why miss an opportunity to contradict someone online. Right?
  • 2 1
 no but "BOOM BOOM" Beaumont is in
  • 89 1
 Pinkbike, can we talk cookies? Your consent form is a piece of crap; there's no button to refuse all cookies, including those that fall under the so-called "legitimate interest".
Right now it's a real pain in the ass. Please give us a "Refuse all" button !
  • 2 0
 Where do you find this
  • 9 0
 @axelsand5: Europe
  • 42 0
 Any "Reject" button is legally required be equal precedence and ease of use as any "Accept" option.

Don't make users click 75 things to reject/refuse.

Source: Am software engineer who spends a lot of time on compliance
  • 9 0
 100% agree.
But then theres also the autoplay videos too which breaks a bunch of accessibility (and general development) best practices.
  • 1 0
 Doesn't the DuckDuckGo webbrowser filter them out? Saves me a lot of time spent refusing.
  • 1 1
 @thatpeskylimey: please don’t make this about autoplay.
  • 2 0
 Can you enlighten us in the states (and probably other places too) to what you’re talking about? Do you get some option to show or hide certain info from websites?
  • 4 0
 @joecrosby: In the EU (and UK) a website has to make you aware of what cookies they are using. Generally you are given the option to accept, reject or pick and choose. Depending on what browser and plugins you use/have available, the first time you visit a website you are asked "This website sues cookies, do you accept?" Then you have the option to (sometimes) REJECT ALL, or go into the cookie settings to reject, select which ones you accept/reject or accept all.

I use firefox with a 'i don't care about cookies' plugin and almost never see this message/warning when using my PC. On mobile it is different as I cannot use the plugin.

Each site is handled differently and 9/10 times there are some cookies you have to leave on for the website to function but it means there a ton of US sites which have chosen to not comply and therefore cannot be accessed in the EU.
  • 2 0
 @dunnem8: I suppose those in the US who set their VPN to a European country will be given the options as well. The DuckDuckGo webbrowser handles the cookies by default and it works on most popular operating systems. I just haven't found it to work on linux (Manjaro/ARCH).
  • 2 0
 @vinay: Yeah as I mentioned Firefox are good, then plus the plugin, I never see it ever on my PC browser. I use Firefox on mobile too but have yet to find the plugin/add-on.

For US users with a VPN, I imagine they should be given the same options as if they were in the EU. Almost every time you get the pop-up, the two options are 'Accept All' and 'More options'. Then you go to More options, scroll down the list of (sometimes hundreds) of trackers and then find the Reject All button.

It's very rare for me to meet someone who doesn't Accept All every time, because who the f*ck wants to go the extra 1-2 steps just to see a website? I just find it scary just how systematic and pervasive it is to see just how many companies are buying/using your info for every website you visit. Sometimes it takes too long to find the Reject all button and I cave and accept them but he majority of the time I take the extra step to reject because f*ck them, I hate it
  • 1 0
 Sort of related, but when you get the crappy cookie options without a reject all button, does turning off just the main legitimate interest stuff do everything, or do you need to turn off all the individual vendors as well, because that is a major pain in the ass.
  • 1 0
 @el-nombre: pretty sure it should turn off all and any that you can turn off. There's always some 'necessary' ones that stay on but the individual vendor ones should be turned off. You can usually see that they are off if there is a reject all then a confirm button
  • 1 0
 @dunnem8: I don't think I have ever clicked accept all. But yeah, quite often I haven't bothered with the legitimate interest. I think it is an annoying exception though. How would their interest be "legitimate" without further definition? If they want my data, they can ask for it. "Which websites have you visited today?" I might give an answer occasionally. But don't go rummaging through my computer.

Either way, I think the EU regulations are much more strict than the US ones and for instance Meta and Google is negotiating completely different regulations with the EU than with other governments.
  • 48 0
 How is Sabrina Jonnier not mentioned in the article, living legend right there.
  • 9 0
 Came to comments specifically to say this!
  • 4 0
 Yeah for real. I mean Danny is no slouch but still.
  • 5 0
 They only mentioned some current WC racers but yeah, she's been super dominant back when she was competing. Otherwise Scott Beaumont would deserve a mention as well.
  • 38 0
 Danny Harts balls might not be as big at this event.....brrrrrrrrr
  • 2 1
 The counterpoint is that compared to the rest of the field, and to other bits, they will be as big as ever.
  • 11 0
 Danny Hart's balls and spiked tyres - what a combo!
  • 1 0
 If there’s a giant snowball fight after the race, we know who is going to win with his giant snow balls.
  • 3 0
 Danny has graciously handed the balls award to Cameron Mcadoo who showed them off in style.
  • 30 4
 Cannot believe that they make snow bike world championships which is a sport that barely anyone does and is not accepted in most ski resorts. To promote winter biking, they should have made fat bike world champs which supports a whole category of bikes and there are actual trails all around the world groomed for this sport. Very lame UCI.
  • 5 3
 This event screams desperate a UCI attempt to create more french or swiss world champions. The sprinkling of other nationalities (go Danny, Vero), no Austrians, and not a single entry from outside europe.
  • 5 0
 We just did a fatbike DH race at Highland MTB park and it was LIT. Basically a full moto rut mud race but on snow. Could totally work on a bigger scale as much as I kina hate to admit.
  • 3 0
 @CamNeelyCantWheelie: That race was one of the toughest things I've ever done on a bike and also the most fun. The people who were actually fast were crazy to watch. Definitely need more places doing it.
  • 20 3
 This stupid event's only got like three years left before there's no snow anywhere so let the baby have its bottle.
  • 15 0
 In the words of Amaury Pierron : snow is for skiing, not mountain biking.
fullattack.cc/le-social-flo-2-la-securite-amaury-pierron
  • 2 0
 South side of Chatel has no snow and the mountain bike trails have been cleaned up and are
  • 2 13
flag mcfadden999 (Feb 5, 2024 at 8:33) (Below Threshold)
 Sounds like the work of Michael Obama
  • 4 2
 @mcfadden999: living rent free in your head since 2008 baybe
  • 1 0
 @Ricolaburle: Are we talking about the same guy that got pressured by Loic Bruni into running a mullet when he was already winning on a full 622mm setup?
  • 15 0
 Please FIS... give us some gravel ski WC!!! Sure as hell Candide would be a hot candidate.
  • 1 0
 Waiting for SNO bike, GVL ski crossover omnium.
  • 15 1
 How's there a 63 year old on the list?? What the hell is going on
  • 9 0
 Looong life expectations and gooood health in switzerland
  • 7 0
 The guy below 70 this year
  • 7 0
 There's also a 70 year old!
  • 1 0
 Maybe they wanted to have a Masters category? I dunno... it's a good question.
  • 1 0
 why not?
  • 2 0
 DH Master World Champ 2016 Val di Sole
  • 2 0
 @puukkopedro: 2nd at DH Master World Champs in 2021 and 2023
  • 1 0
 Can't wait to see this! For sure no lack of experience Wink
  • 1 0
 Exactly, I’ve got my fingers crossed for a Sabrina Jonnier/Danny Hart victory.
  • 14 5
 How can this be a serious event?! Only serious part will be the injuries.
  • 3 2
 Snow is softer than dirt and rocks
  • 12 1
 @tralebuilder: are you serious? have you ever skied? An icy piste is as hard as concrete
  • 8 0
 @tralebuilder: nothing is sof when you're ragdolling at 70km down a ski slope....
  • 1 0
 @t0pher1: Right?? If you've ever caught a downslope edge on a snowboard - smashing the back of your head on ice, or landing on your back off a jump, it's crippling... Not forgiving. 20 years of snowboard injuries. Broken wrist, spleen damage, herniated discs, concussions. All from packed snow and ice.
  • 1 0
 @t0pher1: I have lived in Chatel for over a decade. Trust me the injuries at the bikepark are way worst than on the ski slope. Sure icey slopes are hard but you can slide...Plus with the forecast for this weekend I think the slope will be softer...
  • 1 0
 @iduckett: @t0pher1 There are much less trees and rocks in a ski slope to hit and get a concussion from than many DH courses.

I've crashed on bikes and skis, and injured myself on both, I don't think one is inherently more injury prone than the other. On the ice/snow you tend to slide for much longer instead of coming to a complete stop in a few meters which gives plenty of time to absorb energy. On skis/snowboard the biggest issues are knee injuries but that doesn't really apply here, so overall I would say it is not less safe than riding on a DH course.

I still prefer skiing over riding my bike on ski slopes but once in a while it is always fun to do stupid stuff like that. I really enjoyed that time when we did cyclocross in a ski resort. Course involved going down an easy ski slope with some slalom, we had a few ridiculous crashes but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
  • 1 0
 Def depends on locale. We live in New England where our base is pure ice. Powder’s in the trees. My point was, riding on snow is far from soft landings around here. I’d agree, in my experience ski/mtb are about equal in terms of pain. For sure powder or “spring” conditions have softer landings! Those days are hilarious fun. Butters for days. And yea, I personally would prefer snowboard to biking on a ski slope.
  • 4 0
 @zeeman - To be fair this sport hasn't caught on anywhere - these will be the only people who do DH snow biking this year would be my guess - it is absolutely ridiculous wasting time and money on this circus event when they are doing their best to screw up DH and Enduro - which actually have real people competing every week.
  • 1 0
 Your rant is kind of out of scope. I don't think the UCI is spending money on this, rather getting money from it. The organizer is, which is not UCI.
  • 6 0
 Kevin Meyer trying to sneak 2 entries,
  • 5 0
 bit surprised no Austrians are attending since they have their own race series on snow and would probably do well...
  • 5 0
 Sabrina Jonnier and Scott Beaumont in the mix...
  • 5 0
 where can we watch this? I'm curious.
  • 6 7
 On your sofa, in bed, out on a walk, down the pub, on a ride... choices are endless.
  • 2 0
 In Linga, Chatel
  • 39 0
 You need to have a SnowBike All-Access Subscription which can be authenticated through SportShare+, ActionNetwork, or GCN+, but you need an ESPN+, WMB Go, or Discovery+ annual subscription, plus the additional “Sports 3, 4” package - which you need DirectTV for.

Then this is the tricky part.

You have to find a way to hardwire your DirectTV satellite connection in with your digital streaming platform, since each provider only broadcasts 1/2 of the screen. So you need a time sync box, SDI to HDMI converter, and an ATEM switcher (I recommend those from Blackmagic) to make sure both halves line up.

And even then, you’ll need an output monitor that can share two media sources simultaneously.
  • 1 0
 I'm also very curios, but looks like nobody is broadcasting. I orefer watching this to not watching gravity racing at all in the dh offseason. The urban DH races are still a few weeks away...
  • 2 0
 And it's quite a nice rider line up too by the way
  • 7 2
 How does Danny sit down with balls that frozen
  • 1 0
 The cremaster (a specific testicle muscle) does perfectly the job in case of low temperatures (and fear). Check this out.
  • 4 0
 Sabrina is going to be there. That's the name I haven't heard in a long time..
  • 5 0
 I cannot find the link for the fantasy league.
  • 3 1
 What are the rules for the race?
Is it a mass start?
are they allowed to used spiked tyres?
Will Rob Warner be commentating, if not, he should be.
Poor Danny is going to leave Nz hot laps for the cold, I feel for the lad.
  • 2 0
 This event is all about the UCI claiming more Olympic metals.
I can imagine in order to reduce risk to the organizers. It will be an individual time trial.
Spiked tires will be allowed.
Could you imagine spiked tires in a mass start?
A few more riders with incredible skills like Danny Heart and I would watch it.
It’s all about the riders.
  • 2 1
 @Mr-Fisher: I heard from a reliable source spiked tyres are allowed and it's super G and dual slalom.
Could be fun, but cold for the riders too.
  • 5 0
 Will flat pedals win these medals?
  • 2 0
 for sure!
  • 3 0
 They should hold this in BC. It'd be great. Our snowpack consists of rocks and dirt right now, so it'd be an easy transition for most people.
  • 1 0
 UCI really needs to change their name they are NOT international. Nobody from North America? Once again UCI props up their clown show status. They are the worst thing to happen to MTB. Clueless, and greedy. Like a leech on the sport
  • 4 0
 Claude Gex, yob 1954 racing Benoît Fellay, yob 1961 ;-)
  • 1 0
 Didn't Rob Warner talk about this in the interview? FIS has could have medals available in Olympics so this could be included, whereas UCI could not get more medals. Maybe I remembered totally wrongly.
  • 5 0
 Go frickin get em Danny
  • 4 0
 Shaun Palmer not taking the bait...
  • 1 0
 It was weird and lame at the winter X-Games...
... and honestly I did not grasp what would have changed that.


Just organize the odd bike snow day as Verbier etc... for fun but as UCI event?!
  • 4 2
 If I was about to embark on a WC season.... No chance you'd have me sliding down a piste on a bike.
  • 1 0
 Is Snow Bike really a sport? Does anyone have a link to some content on YouTube? I'd be interested to see what a race actually looks like.
  • 1 0
 @Niarf: Oh wow. That actually looks like fun.
  • 3 2
 No entry from Rude & Maes? I thought they're experts on the white powder.
  • 2 0
 I suspect this is about getting UCI points for many of the riders...
  • 1 0
 On the UCI Snow ranking?

Useless for any other discipline.
  • 1 0
 You’re right! Gex Claude trying to find “The Way Back” because he hasn’t lost any of his skills. It would be hilarious if he actually wins.
  • 2 1
 Should have done fatbikes lap style. Like cyclocross but in the snow with fat bikes.
  • 2 0
 Apparently this sport has not caught on in USA.
  • 2 0
 People do ski grass n dirt, Candide mostly.
  • 1 0
 It will be a first for everyone, so at least it's even.
  • 1 0
 Let’s go Stefen Peter!
  • 1 0
 Gij niet?
  • 1 0
 is discovery+ televising this?
  • 2 2
 is anyone else questioning why the 2 best downhill bike drifters on the planet, Kovarik and Hill aren't racing?
  • 1 0
 That’s pretty “cool”
  • 1 0
 Hardly a world championship is it? No one from outside continental Europe
  • 1 0
 Where can you watch this?
  • 1 0
 They should all go on FATBIKES!!!!
  • 5 6
 Can we change it to European Championships? Not much stood about it, at least one person outside of Europe would be nice.
  • 16 2
 Go tell that to the NBA world champions
  • 5 0
 @T-Bot: Then maybe you should have entered?
  • 3 0
 @fneuf: I have been for years. They said they are thinking about it.
  • 4 6
 The organisers need to have a chat with themselves if this only attracts 7 women.
  • 4 0
 In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't attract a ton of riders anyway. I guess the proportion is close to any other cycling discipline except artistic cycling.
  • 2 0
 I think the bigger issue is attracting people to the event at all....
  • 1 1
 Boom Boom for the win
  • 5 6
 Why so few women?
  • 27 0
 Because more didn't enter.
  • 4 11
flag glasvagas FL (Feb 5, 2024 at 3:57) (Below Threshold)
 @commental: Cheers Sherlock.
  • 13 0
 @glasvagas: Maybe you can ask all the women who didn't enter and report back?
  • 14 4
 @hexhamstu: Aye ill ask yer maw when I see her later.
  • 3 6
 Oh my...Pinkbike is about to EXPLODE !!!!!
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