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Results of the Mercedes Benz UCI World Cup DH Race - Snowshoe, WV

Results of the Mercedes Benz UCI World Cup DH Race - Snowshoe, WV

Snowshoe, West Virginia was the stage for the last Mercedes-Benz Union Cycliste Internationale(UCI) Downhill (DH) race of the year. As the worldwide governing body for cycling, overseeing all forms of the sport including competitive, recreational, transportation and fun, UCI represents the interests of 194 national and five continental confederations, over 1,500 professional riders, more than half a million licensed competitors, several million cycling enthusiasts, and two billion bicycle users internationally.

In April/May 2019, the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup kicked off around the world with a series of races including Olympic Cross-Country (XCO), Cross-Country Eliminator (XCP) and Downhill (DHI). Each discipline had categories for Elite Men and Elite Women. There were also under-23 categories in the XCO and junior categories in the DHI. The cross-country series and the downhill series each had seven rounds, some of which are held concurrently. Other host countries for 2019 included Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Scotland, Andorra, France, Italy, and Switzerland.

Snowshoe, WV, featuring 4,848 feet of elevation in the Appalachian Mountains was the final leg of the series and the only race in the U.S. this year. The exciting competition began September 2nd and concluded September 8th.

Crowned XCO UCI World Champion just one week prior in Quebec, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot from France won in Snowshoe ahead of Anne Terpstra (the Netherlands) and Great Britain’s Annie Last. Ferrand-Prévot finished the UCI World Cup season third in the overall standings behind the USA’s Kate Courtney and Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff, who posted Snowshoe finishes of 5th and 11th respectively.

The Elite Women’s win was claimed for the third time in a row by Marine Cabirou, who finished second at the Worlds Elite downhill competition. Australian Tracey Hannah needed a top-six finish to claim the overall UCI World Cup title, and she scraped in at 5th place to do just that.

Men’s Elite UCI World Champion Nino Schurter from Switzerland fell to fellow Swiss Lars Forster on Sunday but still finished with the overall UCI World Cup win. The Elite Men’s victory went to Great Britain’s Danny Hart.

Bruni is the overall winner in the Elite Men’s competition although fellow Frenchman Amaury Pierron was extremely close. (So close in fact that nothing was decided until the end of the day on Sunday.) The two Frenchmen finish their UCI World Cup campaigns with 1462 points and 1422 points respectively.

The French athletes Loïc Bruni and Myriam Nicole, crowned UCI World Champions, finished fourth and second respectively in Snowshoe. Congratulations to everyone on a remarkable season of competition.

 

 

Results of the Mercedes-Benz UCI mountain bike world championships

Results of the Mercedes-Benz UCI mountain bike world championships

The race results from the 2019 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz have been posted. Congratulations to all the winners as well as the 700 elite athletes who were riding for their 56 countries. The annual event, which ran from Wednesday, August 28th to Sunday, September 1stwas hosted by the Quebec Summer Events Corporation for the third time in beautiful Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada. Hosting 50,000 visitors over the span of just two weekends, 2019 was extra special as it marked the 30thanniversary of the UCI World Championships.

Sunday, September 1 was the day for the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Downhill. A long-standing favorite for riders on the world tour, the 3-kilometre downhill course is legendary. Junior Women took to the course at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Junior Men. The Elite Women started at 1:00 p.m. and the Elite Men began starting at 2:00 p.m.

Expectations ahead of the Junior Women DHI were that the same three 2018 winner would triumph again – Valentina Höll (AUT), Anna Newkirk (USA) and Mille Johnset (NOR). Indeed, all three were on the podium again with Valentina Höll as champion again with an incredible time of 5:01.033. However, the silver and bronze riders switched positions: Mille Johnset, (+12.928) was second this year and Anna Newkirk took third (+21.230). The UCI Men Junior DHI race followed with Australia’s Kye A'Hern taking top honors with the winning time of 4:17.776. Frenchman Antoine Vidal, (+1.144) won silver and Tuhoto-Ariki Pene took bronze with (+1.294). The happy Tuhoto-Ariki Pene claimed New Zealand’s first medal of the championships.

Of the 25 starters in the Women Elite DHI, the top five qualifiers: Myriam Nicole (FRA), Tracey Hannah (AUS), Marine Cabirou (FRA), Emilie Siegenthaler(SUI) and Tahnée Seagrave (GBR) were all poised as contenders. In the end it was a fairy-tale comeback for the injury-prone French star, Myriam Nicole who claimed the rainbow jersey with a winning run of 4:19.607. Great Britain’s Seagrave took the silver medal (+1.204), and Cabirou the bronze (+1.694), adding to France’s medal count.

The main question in the Men Elite DHI was whether or not Loïc Bruni would get his fourth world title, making history as the second man ever to win three in a row. In the final run, Bruni flicked and floated and kept it clean, to take gold with the winning time of 4:05.544. It was silver for AustalianTroy Brosnan at +0.58 and the bronze for Pierronfrom France (+2.549).

Click HERE for the final medal standings per country.

 

 

 

 

 

Mercedez-Benz UCI MTB World Cup Finals - Snowshoe, WV

Mercedez-Benz UCI MTB World Cup Finals - Snowshoe, WV

Don’t Miss the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals in

Snowshoe, West Virginia 

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Beautiful Snowshoe, West Virginia is the destination for the last Mercedes-Benz Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Downhill (DH) race of the year. Featuring a whopping 4,848 feet of elevation in the spectacular Appalachian Mountains and boasting 11K acres of pure adrenalin-packed adventure, no serious mountain biker or fan is going to want to miss this event!

UCI is the worldwide governing body for cycling, overseeing all forms of cycling: competitive, recreational, transportation and purely for fun. According to the official website, UCI represents the interests of 194 national and five continental confederations, over 1,500 professional riders, more than half a million licensed competitors, several million cycling enthusiasts, and two billion bicycle users internationally.

Beginning in April/May 2019, the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup kicked off around the world with a series of races including Olympic Cross-Country (XCO), Cross-Country Eliminator (XCP) and Downhill (DHI). Each discipline had categories for Elite Men and Elite Women. There were also under-23 categories in the XCO and junior categories in the DHI.

The cross-country series and the downhill series each have seven rounds, some of which are held concurrently. Other host countries for 2019 have included Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Scotland, Andorra, France, Italy, and Switzerland. The Snowshoe, WV venue is the final leg of the series and the only one race in the U.S. of the year.

At the moment, two Frenchmen are poised atop the men’s standings: Loïc Bruni for Men’s Elite and Thibaut Dapréla for the Men’s Junior category. Tracey Hannah from Australia is at the top of the Women’s Elite standings and Valentina Höll from Austria is the top Women’s Junior. 

The jam-packed schedule of Mercedes-Benz Union UCI DH training, qualifying and final events starts at noon on Thursday 9/5. Full details can be found HERE.

IF YOU GO

Pittsburgh International Airport is four hours from the top of the mountain. Bike-friendlylodging optionsare still available and include rooms, townhomes, and condos. Bike storage, lockers, and trail access are still available; however, the Snowshoe bike park will be closed to regular visitors from 9/3 to 9/12/19.

Tickets provide daily event access from Wednesday, 9/4 to Sunday, 9/8/19 and include Western Territory lift rides. Save $10 on adult tickets if you purchase before August 31st. The $40 per person discount rate climbs to $50 on September 1st). Children four and under are free, while kids aged 5-12 are just $10. Don’t wait. Click HEREto purchase.