Don’t Miss the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals in
Snowshoe, West Virginia
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.