XC World Cup Round 4, Lenzerheide - Course Preview With Tracy Moseley

Jul 6, 2017
by Matthew DeLorme  




It's got it all. Long climbs, roots, rocks, steep chutes, dirt jumps, dual slalom, drops, and a couple things we don't have names for. Here we are at Lenzerheide, and this XC course is mint. Tracy Moseley does a little pre-race scope for us as we try and point out all the goodies in chronological order.


The start lap loop.
The start lap loop.

XC World Cup Round 4 Lenzerheide - Course Preview With Tracey Moseley

Gradual climbing taped wide. Ample space for passing.
Gradual climbing taped wide. Ample space for passing.

High speed fresh cut. not quite burnt in yet.
High speed fresh cut. not quite burnt in yet.

If these roots get wet......
If these roots get wet......

Mitas Muddy Climb is currently missing a key element. It s still a punchy pain.
Mitas Muddy Climb is currently missing a key element. It's still a punchy pain.

Putting the power down on a the Mitas Muddy Climb.
Putting the power down on a the Mitas Muddy Climb.

Passing opportunities abound.
Passing opportunities abound.

XC World Cup Round 4 Lenzerheide - Course Preview With Tracey Moseley

A lovely lattice of roots with many line choices.
A lovely lattice of roots with many line choices.

There s room on the side....
There's room on the side....

Skirting the awkward double is is much quicker.
Skirting the awkward double is is much quicker.

Would a Stumpjumper joke be inappropriate
Would a Stumpjumper joke be inappropriate?

This is the quick line into what will surely be a traffic jam.
This is the quick line into what will surely be a traffic jam.

That stump might hold things up a touch.
That stump might hold things up a touch.

There s no good way around this stump.
There's no good way around this stump.

Put the power down and rail the corners.
Put the power down and rail the corners.

A bit of fresh track on the last bit of the wooods section on lookers right. Two lines. One clearly slower.
A bit of fresh track on the last bit of the wooods section on lookers right. Two lines. One clearly slower.

Nice fresh cut trail. These roots should get interesting once that dirt gets blown out.
Nice fresh cut trail. These roots should get interesting once that dirt gets blown out.

Out of the first woods section and head over the bridge.
Out of the first woods section and head over the bridge.

Not quite completed as of yet. The bridge is the exit of the first woods section.
Not quite completed as of yet. The bridge is the exit of the first woods section.

A little dirt jumping never hurt anyone. Expect a nice whip or two from Nino here.
A little dirt jumping never hurt anyone. Expect a nice whip or two from Nino here.

Tech zone as the riders head up and out too the second part of the course.
Tech zone as the riders head up and out too the second part of the course.

From the lookers right side of the course there is a pain of a climb to the lookers left side of the course. Doesn t matter that it s paved. It s going to hurt whilst red lined.
From the lookers right side of the course there is a pain of a climb to the lookers left side of the course. Doesn't matter that it's paved. It's going to hurt whilst red lined.

Off the climb and under the DH track. Dry loose berms are all kinds of fun.
Off the climb and under the DH track. Dry loose berms are all kinds of fun.

Going low then cutting through the middle into a mess of roots and rocks.
Going low, then cutting through the middle into a mess of roots and rocks.

Braaaaaaap.
Braaaaaaap.

Across the high speed roots and straight to Hell. Heidi s Hell that is. Now with new features
Across the high speed roots and straight to Hell. Heidi's Hell that is. Now with new features!

Ne A line in Heidi s Hell. That s a tight turn at the end if your not running a Dropper. Those compressions wont be heaps of fun either.
New A-line in Heidi's Hell. That's a tight turn at the end if your not running a Dropper. Those compressions won't be heaps of fun either.

This gradual open field climb out of the game on Heidi s Hell will give riders a little rest.
This gradual open field climb out of the game on Heidi's Hell will give riders a little rest.

The Lenzerheide Drop. Yes there is a B Line. Yes the feature is like butter.
The Lenzerheide Drop. Yes, there is a B-Line. Yes, the feature is like butter.

Flowy single track out in the open after the Lenzerheide Drop.
Flowy single track out in the open after the Lenzerheide Drop.

Big roots. I love big roots. Either lane there s no escaping them here.
Big roots. I love big roots. Either lane, there's no escaping them here.

The last drop into the dual slalom turns. May hurt on a hart tail.
The last drop into the dual slalom turns. May hurt on a hard-tail.

After the drop and into DS. This course has a little bit of all of it.
After the drop and into DS. This course has a little bit of all of it.

Dual slalom done quick. Straight shot to the last turn.
Dual slalom done quick. Straight shot to the last turn.

The final technical climb on the lookers left side of the course. Multiple line choices that pinch at the top though rocks that could bite a rear mech or two in traffic.
The final technical climb on the lookers left side of the course. Multiple line choices that pinch at the top though rocks that could bite a rear mech or two in traffic.

It s going to be a hard charge back into the arena. Nothing super technical just tons of chatter.
It's going to be a hard charge back into the arena. Nothing super technical, just tons of chatter.

Laced with roots and little rocks this final section of the course has little undulations and space to pass. After a few laps the non stop vibrations will be brutal.
Laced with roots and little rocks, this final section of the course has little undulations and space to pass. After a few laps the non stop vibrations will be brutal.

Quick work in the rough stuff on the final natural section heading to the arena.
Quick work in the rough stuff on the final natural section heading to the arena.

Options. T Mo and husband James Richards take the high and low. T Mo exited first.
Options. T Mo and husband James Richards take the high and low. T Mo exited first.

T Mo demonstrates the B line around the final technical feature of the track.
T Mo demonstrates the B-line around the final technical feature of the track.

After waiting for 25 minutes for a fellow to saw through the stump in the exit on the A line with a dull chain saw and then giving up T Mo gets a run through the rock spine.
After waiting for 25 minutes for a fellow to saw through the stump in the exit on the A-line with a dull chain saw and then giving up, T Mo gets a run through the rock spine.

Back into the arena on the....... yeah not sure what to call This. it s covered in carpet and has three lanes. Have fun with it.
Back into the arena on the....... yeah, not sure what to call this. it's covered in carpet and has three lanes. Have fun with it.

Probably the last notable feature on the way back through the start finish line. Don t expect many racers to ride the wall in such a manner.
Probably the last notable feature on the way back through the start / finish line. Don't expect many racers to ride the wall in such a manner. And there you have it, as close to a chronological lap as we can figure.



68 Comments

  • + 86
 That rock drop, i ride those only with my dh bike, that's my personal rampage moment.
  • + 43
 You deserve a wild card my friend
  • + 20
 Personal rampage moments should never be photographed. Never looks as gnarly as it "really" is.
  • + 9
 T-Mo decides it's not significant enough to bother with pads or gloves...
  • + 10
 @GOrtho: XC riders don't use pads!... Only you sissy gravity riders use full body padding and full-face helmets... HTFU!
  • - 7
flag UPBike (Jul 6, 2017 at 18:03) (Below Threshold)
 @billreilly: Why you such a hater? Go write that crap somewhere else. All biking rules.
  • + 13
 @UPBike: Whoa, take it easy... Where's your sense of humour?
  • + 9
 @brokenminds: That's during an enduro race, not an XC race... Big difference...
  • + 2
 #triggered lol
  • + 49
 Wow looks like a great course! can't wait to watch this weekend thanks for the preview PB! More XC=win!!
  • + 4
 Best course of the year IMO. These photos really don't sell it. Nino was just floating and through the tech last year like I've never seen in an XC race before.
  • + 2
 @jclnv: looks like a ton of fun ideed, even on a trailbike. Sean Burns (google) might disagree with that statement about the drop though..
  • + 2
 @bonkywonky: BONEDETH!
  • + 40
 this is what happens when Danny Hart sneaks onto the XC course design team... :-)
  • + 18
 I was actually going to say that I might be inclined to finally watch one of these races. I know its XC and every likes to poo on it, but they're really turning these courses around and its nice to have some features to reward someone with more developed technical ability...it is mountain biking after all.
  • + 18
 You are missing out already just watch the races. The last couple of years the courses became very technical and the guys and girls are killing it!
  • + 9
 They're pretty exciting - the skill and fitness of these guys is off the charts. Things are usually spiced up by mechanicals or crashes on these tougher courses too, and it's only like 1 hour. Definitely watch!
  • - 52
flag Murbahman (Jul 6, 2017 at 13:21) (Below Threshold)
 make sure you bring a pillow. Probably wouldn't bother wasting that hour if I were you. You'll regret it
  • + 16
 @Murbahman: Here you come again, right on cue. Taking time out of your exciting day to tell us, once again, how boring XC is. Are you competing in Rampage this year?
  • - 4
flag Murbahman (Jul 6, 2017 at 18:23) (Below Threshold)
 @iamamodel: on a hardtail but I'm chasing that magic negative 100 props
  • + 12
 Yes in fact, I really do need a 150mm travel enduro bike to ride such a course.
  • - 80
flag Murbahman (Jul 6, 2017 at 13:18) (Below Threshold)
 Gay
  • + 6
 @Murbahman: you do know its 2017 and its been a bit disrespectful to misuse that term for quite a few years now?
Grow up matey.
  • - 10
flag Murbahman (Jul 7, 2017 at 6:20) (Below Threshold)
 Ha ha ha -- sorry, should have used poofters as the noun
  • + 1
 C-mon' - there must be more XC types out there than 80? So, it appears (a) there are only 80 XC peeps and (b) they're all poofs. Could be wrong but that makes XC entirely irrelevant given the number of bikes sold worldwide
  • + 6
 superb trail! thats look like my evening run aroud home.. some drops, some dirtjumps, some corners, lots of snakes and stumps .. everythink what I need for my cross country fun! In My eyes is this right way for XC! Be complete biker! Power is nothing without technique! Thanks for it!
  • + 7
 "Options. T Mo and husband James Richards take the high and low. T Mo exited first."

Is this because it's faster, or because T Mo is a beast?
  • + 23
 Yes.
  • + 2
 Option 2.
  • + 6
 Are B-Lines mandatory for world cup races? I find it interesting that they have them on courses for such high level athletes. Obviously the intent is for them to take longer to ride...do any riders actually use them?
  • + 18
 I think it´s necessary because of traffic jams.
  • - 32
flag Murbahman (Jul 6, 2017 at 13:17) (Below Threshold)
 Lol. Keep ya' pants on mate. It's an XC course hahaha
  • + 3
 @cebolla: that would make sense. cheers
  • + 5
 if your an hour in struggling because of a crash or existing injury, those B-lines comes in handy.
  • + 7
 More features than my average AM/trail ride. Eek
  • + 3
 Freaking killer course. There's plenty of technical features, all of which are plenty hard when your average heart rate is over 180bpm! Should make for some fantastic racing. If it rains...
  • + 6
 these courses look like a ton of fun to just ride.
  • + 2
 Seems like a good fun track to ride. I just hope that these funnels towards that one holy tree stump don't trigger huge queues that take the whole flow out of the thing. For a single lap race it wouldn't be much of an issue. But on races where the last few riders are being lapped four times it may get annoying. On a positive note, I just hope that after a race like this, racers, team managers and trail builders return to their homes, offices and factories determined to improve their home trails, training methods and bikes. To be prepared to race trails like this.
  • + 3
 Great coverage and pictures. Nice to see diverse content on PB. Doing that stuff with a HR of 150+ for a couple hours is full on.
  • + 1
 Going to be a busy weekend, the DH looks sick, and the XCO is a must watch... Schurter is a bloody machine, with skills to match, and this course is going to suit him, if he can keep his wheels on the ground for long enough #whipforthewin
  • + 5
 that definitely is a cliff on a 19lb hardtail with skinny tires!
  • + 5
 ...and a full-height seatpost
  • + 3
 and bars only a bit higher than their front tires
  • + 2
 Nice to have these pics of the track commented by an experimented rider like T-Mo. Looks like some serious challenge, once again.
  • + 5
 T.MO rocks!!!
  • + 3
 H311 Y3AH!!!!
  • + 4
 I hope that EWS and Red Bull pick up Tracey Moseley.
  • + 2
 Put your hand up if you aren't running a dropper post. cool, now put your hand up if you can still have children
  • + 3
 A three lane magic carpet ride?
  • + 2
 Gonna be a good race. Looks like a fun course.
  • + 1
 XC is finally looking like real-world MTB : hard climbs, tech climbs, fast sections with berms, drops
  • + 2
 It has looked like this for a few years at least.
  • + 1
 Huh? Do you think xc racing just discovered hard or technical climbs like they were racing in a velodrome before? Watch an xc race in the last 5 years. Or just google one word, "Schurter".
  • + 1
 @warmerdamj: London Olympics ?
  • + 1
 Strange mixing colour and black white imagery. Can't think of a good reason!
  • + 1
 expect a few crashes and tumbles on this course!! Should be fun to watch! for an XC race ;0
  • + 1
 The photos without T Mo are kinda pointless, as we have no idea which way the riders will be going.
  • + 1
 Great stuff T Mo and Pinkbike!
  • + 1
 Should be good wet or dry
  • + 1
 Nice course! Fast and furious
  • + 1
 More rock drops on xc courses please!
  • + 0
 Nice to see a bit of xc action here ???? The road climb is the first part of the lap guys !
  • + 2
 Bring on the rain
  • + 0
 looks like awesome xc race! the drop is proper! cant wait for the lycra bravery hehe
  • + 0
 but not my likeing of a track for xc at all
  • + 0
 Huge scalfs
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