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Hi there,
Today, Saturday 30 September, is elite race day at the Snowshoe, USA, DH World Cup.
We’re including some brief pre-race notes below (where and when to watch, etc) complete with shots by the one and only Sven Martin and we’ll be back with a summary and post-race notes (many tangents included) after the weekend.
Remind yourself what happened at the last two rounds in our Loudenvielle-Les Gets ‘Views podcast-thing here; read our Les Gets post-race notes here.
James and the Misspent Summers team

Slippery short notes from Snowshoe, USA, DH World Cup R7

  • Round 7 of the series takes place on Snowshoe’s rolling slopes. But the course is far from tame – it’s littered with rocks and roots and tech start to finish
  • Watch Jackson Goldstone’s course preview here (how does he stay so calm?)
  • Ground conditions are slick under the thick forest canopy. Wheels skip left and right as riders fight to hold momentum across the undulating terrain, with steep chutes linked by flatter straights
  • There were many wild moments in practice. Unfortunately, Les Gets winner Benoît Coulanges crashed out and has a broken scahphoid. Junior podium contender Chris Hauser also joined the injury club. Eleonora Farina went down in qualifying and is out with a hand and head injury. Dean Lucas had a horror crash and lay motionless for minutes – luckily he’s on the up and looks to be relatively OK. Get well soon everyone
  • Junior finals was on Friday – watch the full replay for free here
  • All results on this page (junior and elite qualis/semis/finals)
  • A few onlookers have wandered into the course during runs this week. More on that later
  • Elite semi-finals racing starts at 10.30 EDT Saturday 30 September = 16h30 CEST (Paris) = 3.30 PM BST (London)
  • Watch elite semi-finals for free here
  • Elite finals racing starts at 12.45 EDT on Saturday 30 September = 18h45 CEST (Paris) = 5.45PM BST (London)
  • Watch the finals on GCN+, Discovery+ and Eurosport (paywall)
  • Alternatively, if you happen to be in Finale Ligure, watch finals with us on the big screen at Finale Work Space this evening

more below…

  • Dakotah Norton and Nina Hoffmann took the wins at the hotly-contested (and heavily prize-monied) US Open last week (more about that in our post-race notes)
  • Could Norton take his first-ever World Cup win on home soil?
  • Vali Höll won Snowshoe elite qualifying despite being seven seconds behind the leader at the second split – she made up mountains of time in the lower sections
  • Loic Bruni set the pace in the elite men’s qualifying, taking the win and adding maximum points to his series tally. However, the top-three were separated by just 0.355s – the race could go any direction
  • Elite qualifying results here
  • Title chasing: After qualifying, Vali Höll (1,892 points) has a big lead in the overall, 434 points ahead of Nina Hoffmann in second (1,458 points) and Marine Cabirou in third (1,344 points)
  • Höll could win the series overall here if she finishes the weekend holding a lead of more than 400 points over Hoffmann (total available points at next week’s series finals in Mont-Sainte-Anne = 400)
  • Elite men is a tighter battle and the series is still wide open: Loic Bruni (1,380 points) leads by 90 points over second-place Jackson Goldstone (1,290 points) and third Loris Vergier with 1,228 points
  • Live series points standings here
  • Semi-finals startlists here (women) and here (men)
  • Listen to our latest Long ‘Views episode here for a catch up from recent races
  • Remind yourself of all the action from round six (Les Gets) in Red Bull’s Beyond the Line from the French Alps. S1 Episode 4 here
  • Thanks for reading! We’ll be back with our full race summary and notes – we’re trying this format (pre- and post-race) for the last two DH World Cups of the season to see how it works (let us know what you think)
  • PS: We just launched our 2023 DH and enduro yearbooks pre-orders. Please consider pre-ordering to help us gauge print quantities and so we can get your books to you as early as possible. Every purchase helps us keep recording the history of the sport. Thank you. Order on our store
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