Courtney, Schurter, Höll Win 2019 World Cup Championship; Forster, Hart, Cabirou Win Snowshoe races

10 September 2019

The battle for this year’s World Cup titles concluded last weekend in Snowshoe, West Virginia when Nino Schurter (SCOTT-SRAM) won the Elite Men’s XC overall and Kate Courtney (SCOTT-SRAM) pushed past the previous Elite Women’s XC points leader to take the title with a fifth-place finish. Vali Höll (SRAM TLD Racing) finished a phenomenal season with a victory in both the Junior Women’s DH race and the title for the category.

Schurter and Courtney, your 2019 World Cup champions. 📸@maddogboris

Holl wrapped the Junior Women's DH Championship up with another win at Snowshoe. 📸@maddogboris

“Wow, I think it’ll sink in over time,” Courtney told VeloNews.com. “It’s a battle for this every race. You can’t make a big mistake. You can’t give up. You have to fight for every spot in every race and it’s not over until it’s over. I went out really hard knowing I wanted to make a statement, if I wanted to put some distance between me and Jolanda [Neff], and that took its toll. The middle of the race was about collecting myself and finding the will to fight for every single spot and every single point.” Anne Terpstra (Ghost Factory Racing) was fourth overall in XC, with Sina Frei (Ghost Factory Racing) in seventh place, and Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team) rounding out the top ten. Terpstra took second place in the Snowshoe race, with Pendrel in tenth place for the day.

Terpstra looking confident through the Snowshow tech.📸@maddogboris

 Schurter, who had almost certainly secured the title in points after the World Cup in Lenzerheide, took second place at Snowshoe, with Lars Forster (SCOTT-SRAM) taking the race win. Mathieu Van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), who did not compete in Snowshoe, took second place in points for the year, with Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Torpado Ursus) in sixth place.

Forster was on a mission at Snowshoe.📸@maddogboris

 In Elite Men’s DH, Danny Hart (Madison Saracen Factory Team) took the day’s victory and fourth overall for the year. Troy Brosnan (Canyon Factory Downhill) was third for the year, with a sixth-place finish at Snowshoe; Loris Vergier (Santa Cruz Syndicate) was fifth overall and 11th for the day; Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) was sixth overall and earned fifth place in the day’s race; Mark Wallace (Canyon Factory Downhill) was eighth overall; David Trummer was ninth for the year; Dakotah Norton (Unior/Devinci Factory Racing) was ninth at Snowshoe and 15th for the year; and Dean Lucas (SCOTT Downhill Factory) was tenth both overall and in the day’s race.

Hart in the first woods section of Hareball. 📸@maddogboris

Minnaar staying fast and low through the aptly named lower rock garden. 📸@maddogboris

Vergier letting it dance through the off-camber. 📸@irossum

 In Elite Women’s DH, Marine Cabirou (SCOTT Downhill Factory Team) took her third consecutive World Cup win at Snowshoe as well as second place for the year; Veronika Widmann (Insync Racing) landed on the podium at Snowshoe in third place and also took third place overall; and Emilie Siegenthaler (Pivot Factory Racing) was sixth for the year and seventh in the day’s race. Kate Weatherly, who suffered a serious injury in practice for last week’s World Championships, took eighth place overall despite being unable to compete in Snowshoe.

Cabirou didnt let any orange paint derail her focus. 📸@maddogboris

Widmann held everything together up top, giving her good momentum on the bottom half of the course. 📸@maddogboris

Siegenthaler chose her trusty Minions to manage the roots and rocks of Snowshoe. 📸@maddogboris

 Anna Newkirk (SRAM Young Guns) earned second place in both the Junior Women’s race and overall. In Junior Men, Kye A’Hern (Canyon Factory Downhill Team) did not compete at Snowshoe but finished the year in second place overall. Lucas Cruz was (SRAM TLD Racing) third for the day and overall.

Newkirk battled the new track to slot in her usual 2nd place.📸@maddogboris

The SCOTT-SRAM team with a lot to celebrate. 📸@maddogboris

 

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