Recap: The World Cup Showdown in West Virginia

The World Cup Showdown in West Virginia

Kate Courtney placed fifth in West Virginia, but combined with her three wins early in the season, it was enough to earn her the overall World Cup title for the year. That’s eventual race winner Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (far left) in fourth here. Photo courtesy: Scott
The 2019 World Cup series was one for the history books. When it came to its wild conclusion in Snowshoe, West Virginia, the year-end series titles were on the line in both cross-country and downhill. Here’s a look at the stars who shone the brightest throughout the year and in the World Cup Finals in America’s Appalachian Mountains.


Tahnee Seagrave sails high on the Snowshoe, West Virginia downhill course. Photo by Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool


Nino Schurter got a flat tire early in the race, but he was still able to finish second in the Elite Men’s Cross-Country battle in West Virginia. That was all that he needed to pick up his seventh Elite Men’s World Cup Series title. Photo courtesy: Scott/SRAM

Lars Forster was stoked to win the Elite Men’s Cross-Country final, even if it couldn’t stop Nino from taking the overall title. Photo by Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

Elite Men’s Cross-Country

  1. Lars Forster/Switzerland
  2. Nino Schurter/Switzerland
  3. Maxime Marotte/France(Top Americans: Keegan Swenson, 26th; Nicholas Beechan, 55th; Luke Vrouenvelder, 57th)

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot rode to an impressive win in the Elite Women’s XC race. Photo by Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

Elite Women’s Cross-Country

  1. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot/France
  2. Anne Terpstra/Netherlands
  3. Annie Last/Great Britain(Top Americans: Kate Courtney, 5th; Chloe Woodruff, 6th; Lea Davison, 8th)

Great Britain’s Danny Hart can corner like there’s no limit to his traction. He won the Elite Men’s Downhill race in West Virginia, but that wasn’t enough to overtake Loic Bruni in the year-long points chase. Photo by Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

Elite Men’s Downhill

  1. Danny Hart/Great Britain
  2. Amaury Pierron/France
  3. Charlie Harrison/USA(Other top Americans: Dakotah Norton, 9th; Aaron Gwin, 13th; Luca Shaw, 14th)

Marine Cabirou rocketed to the win in the Elite Women’s Downhill. Photo courtesy of Scott/SRAM

Elite Women’s Downhill

  1. Marine Cabirou/France
  2. Myriam Nicole/France
  3. Veronika Widman/Italy(Top American: Mazie Hayden, 14th)

America’s Charlie Harrison rode to an impressive third-place finish in West Virginia’s Elite Men’s Downhill. Photo by Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

Mathieu van der Poel, shown here at Val di Sole earlier in the season, skipped the World Cup final to prepare for the Road World Championship. Despite missing two events, Van der Poel was still able to finish second overall in the World Cup series. Photo courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool



Overall Elite Men’s Cross-Country

  1. 1. Nino Schurter/Switzerland
  2. 2. Mathieu van der Poel/Netherlands
  3. 3. Henrique Avancini/Brazil(Top Americans: Keegan Swenson, 43rd: Nicholas Beechan, 93rd; Luke Vrouenvelder, 98th)

Kate was elated to win the overall Elite Women’s title at the end of the season in the XCO points chase. Photo courtesy: Scott

Overall Elite Women’s Cross-Country

  1. Kate Courtney/USA
  2. Jolanda Neff/Switzerland
  3. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot/France(Other top Americans: Chloe Woodruff, 9th; Lea Davison, 14th; Erin Huck, 57th)

Jenny Rissveds won the Short Track event here and will likely be a top contender when it’s time to defend her Olympic gold medal next summer. Photo by Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

Overall Elite Women’s Downhill

  1. Tracey Hannah/Australia
  2. Marine Cabirou/France
  3. Veronica Widmann/Italy(Top American: Mazie Hayden, 26th)

Loic Bruni powered to his first World Cup Series title in West Virginia. Photo by Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

Overall Elite Men’s Downhill

  1. Loic Bruni/France
  2. Amaury Pierron/France
  3. Troy Brosnan/Australia(Top Americans: Charlie Harrison, 13th; Luca Shaw, 14th; Dakotah Norton, 15th)

Tracey Hannah picked up the year-end title in Elite Women’s Downhill for the first time in her long career. Photo by Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

The Scott/SRAM team was jubilant after the race, thanks especially to the success of Nino, Kate and Lars. Photo courtesy: Scott/SRAM

Amaury Pierron lost his defense of the overall title this time, but it wasn’t without a fight. Photo by Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool


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