The final World Cup ahead of the 2019 UCI MTB World Championships is on in Val di Sole, Italy this weekend and plenty of Aussies have clipped in to race at the Valley of the Sun.
The Australian downhillers will tackle the infamous Black Snake downhill track, arguably the most technical and demanding on the circuit year after year.
It’s a relentless assault, with big holes, rocks and roots strewn liberally throughout its 2km length.
Tracey Hannah (Polygon UR) could become the first female outside of Tahnee Seagrave and Rachel Atherton (both out injured) to win at the famed track in six years.
The 31-year old Cairns rider finished fourth here last year.
“I have always wanted to win in Val di Sole. The route is very challenging, but I can’t wait to attack come race day. I hope to win, because I dream to conquer the Blake Snake trophy”.
Troy Brosnan (Canyon Factory Downhill Team) is currently equal second overall and will want to podium at Trentino this week after a 10th last year.
Fourteen other Australians will compete in the downhill with finals on Saturday.
Seven Australians will be competing in the cross-country with the short races opening preceedings on the Friday and the XCO on Sunday.
Rebecca McConnell (PMR Racing Team) currently sits eighth overall in the elite women.
While Australian Under 23 champion Matthew Dinham will be contesting his first World Cup this year along with Cameron Wright (Giant Factory Off Road Team).
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