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 World’s 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.