Colorado-based 23-year-old surfs through slippery circuit to finish third in Les Gets mountain bike worlds.
Van der Poel scored the win ahead of Pidcock with a bike throw at the line.
Results from the short track at the 2012 collegiate national mountain-bike championships in New Mexico
2010 Collegiate National Mountain Bike Championships: short-track results
Sun Valley, Idaho, will host the cross-country mountain bike nationals for the next two years; gravity events to be at own venue, which has not been announced.
SEA OTTER: Todd Wells and Georgia Gould take impressive wins in the Pro XCT short-track race at the Sea Otter Classic.
After the first weekend of cross-country, short-track and Super D racing in the H2O Overdrive Triple Crown, Max Plaxton and Kelli Emmett are the overall series leaders. Next up in series is Colorado's Chalk Creek Stampede May 14-16.
Less than one month after taking the marathon cross-country national championship race, held at the Firecracker 50 race in Breckenridge, Colorado, Horgan-Kobelski comes into this weekend's USA Cycling mountain bike national championships in nearby Granby as the odds-on favorite to win.