Halpin's been in Tucson all winter (rumor has it he ripped Jensen's legs off a couple weeks ago, sorry Adam). Halp's my winner. He's always been a MT Cross favorite and this year he takes his first Griz Win. If you watch check out his new Cannondale.
B. Hoffman will be legit, but I can't pick someone not from Zoo town. I'm slotting Hoffman in 2nd, Jensen 3rd, and Little Matty in 4th. Matt beating Jensen is like son beating father, and in this instance the son isn't ready to fill dad's shoes (atleast not yet). I was at the Yellowstone Ski Race this year and watched Zak Strong kill it on the skinny skis. He's my pick for 5th. My male surprise is Graham "Meng Dynasty" Meng taking the 3rd fast bike split to Halpin and Hoffman. Another surprise will come from Ben "Horangatang" Horan. He's more serious then ever and will slip into the top ten with ease. I'm not going to make a prediction about Doug "Dale" but I will say keep your eye on him because he's either going to combust or be in the top 20.
On the ladies side I like Jen L. Kipp will be legit, but nothings stopping the JL train. She will etch her name in MT Tri history and grab the win.