[UPDATED] Elite XC Results & Overall Standings from the Snowshoe XC World Cup 2023

Oct 1, 2023
by Ed Spratt  
The results are in from the seventh Elite XC World Cup of the year in Snowshoe.

Laura Stigger was unstoppable in Snowshoe as she created a six-second gap on lap two before riding away from the chasing group to secure her first World Cup XCO win. Laura Stigger rode a near-perfect race to master the tough course and stay ahead of challenges from the world's best. Loana Lecomte tried her best to close the gap with the margin shrinking to just 16 seconds at the mid-point on the final lap, but it would prove just too much as the French racer settled for 2nd place. Martina Berta was at the sharp end for all six laps as she wrapped up the penultimate round of the season in third.

What a ride from Jordan Sarrou as he fended off attacks throughout the race before winning a final showdown against Nino Schurter to win in Snowshoe. Jordan Sarrou played a smart race as he remained close to the front allowing him to charge past Luca Schwarzbauer when he punctured on lap five. Jordan faced a last-lap battle but came out victorious for his first win in 2023. Nino Schurter had a great day in 2nd as he led a trio of Swiss racers filling out the top four.

Check out the results below.


Elite Women:

1st. Laura Stigger: 1:21:56
2nd. Loana Lecomte: 1:22:19
3rd. Martina Berta: 1:22:28
4th. Savilia Blunk: 1:22:34
5th. Jolanda Neff: 1:22:42

Elite Men:

1st. Jordan Sarrou: 1:18:38
2nd. Nino Schurter: 1:18:39
3rd. Marcel Guerrini: 1:18:41
4th. Mathias Flückiger: 1:18:48
5th. Tom Pidcock: 1:18:51

The Elite Women's Race as it Happened

Race Updates:

10:00 PDT: The Elite Women are Off
The Elites are off the line with Evie Richards leading into the start loop with a crash causing chaos in the middle of the pack.

10:03 PDT: Laura Stigger Leads the Start Loop
Laura Stigger has moved to the front of the race as she is followed by Martina Berta and Evie Richards.

10:04 PDT: Puck Pieterse Takes the Lead
Puck Pieterse has gone to the front of the race as her overall standings rival Mona Mitterwallner is back in 27th.

10:06 PDT: Evie Richards is Back in 1st with Loana Lecomte 2nd
Evie Richards retakes the race lead as she is closely followed by Loana Lecomte.

10:08 PDT: Puck Pieterse Leads into Lap 1
Puck Pieterse has moved back to the front and is followed by Evie Richards and Loana Lecomte. The leading group also feature Laura Stigger, Rebecca Henderson, Martina Berta and Alessandra Keller.

10:12 PDT: Evie Richards Creates Some Gaps in the First Technical Downhill
Evie Richards shows her skills as only Laura Stigger can stay on her back wheel through the roots and rocks.

10:14 PDT: Mona Mitterwallner in 17th
Mona Mitterwallner is working her way up the ranks after a slow start. Mona is now 33 seconds behind the race leader.

10:18 PDT: A Group of 3 Forms at the Front
Martina Berta leads a group of three alongside Puck Pieterse and Rebecca Henderson as they lead by a few seconds.

10:20 PDT: The Race Comes Back Together
The top eight riders are now split by just six seconds with a further gap of 20 seconds to ninth place.

10:22 PDT: Puck Pieterse Leads into Lap 2
Puck Pieterse is still leading a the end of the first lap with Martina Berta and Rebecca Henderson right behind. Laura Stigger is the only other rider within five seconds of the leading trio.

10:23 PDT: Rebecca Henderson Pulls a Decent Gap
Rebecca Henderson flies into the lead as she makes a wild overtake into the first technical descent of the lap.

10:24 PDT: A Crash for Kate Courtney
Kate Courtney looks to have crashed in the technical downhill after a great start to the race.

10:27 PDT: The Top 8 Riders Come Back Together
The eight fastest riders seem to be closing back up with nothing between the top five.

10:31 PDT: Laura Stigger Creates a 6-Second Gap
Laura Stigger has attacked and blown apart the front of the race with a six-second gap to Haley Batten.

10:33 PDT: Laura Stigger Leads into Lap 3
Laura Stigger crosses the line 10 seconds in the lead as Puck Pieterse moves into 2nd to try and shut the gap down.

10:35 PDT: Martina Berta Shrinks the Gap to 4 Seconds
Martina Berta is pushing hard to catch the race leader as she manages to pull back six seconds from the start of the lap. Haley Batten is now in third as Puck Pieterse struggles through the wet roots and rocks.

10:45 PDT: Laura Stigger Leads into Lap 4
Laura Stigger goes into lap four as the leading rider with a gap of 13 seconds back to Martina Berta. Haley Batten, Puck Pieterse, Loana Lecomte and Savilia Blunk are chasing down 2nd place.

10:53 PDT: Laura Stigger Increases the Gap to 2nd
Laura Stigger is now 28 seconds clear of Martina Berta as she is starting to secure her lead going into the final stages of the race.

10:59 PDT: Laura Stigger Kicks Off Lap 5
Laura Stigger heads into lap five with a 32-second gap back to Martina Berta. Unless the chasing riders can really work together and put in a big effort then it is looking more likely Laura will take the win.

11:01 PDT: Martina Berta & Loana Lecomte Pull Back 4 Seconds
Martina Berta and Loana Lecomte are working hard to close the gap as they manage to pull back a little bit of time.

11:05 PDT: Jolanda Neff Closes in on Puck Pieterse
Jolanda Neff is now just ten seconds back from Puck Pieterse as she may just ride her way onto the podium today.

11:07 PDT: Loana Lecomte Takes 2nd
Loana Lecomte has moved into 2nd place and dropped the gap to 24 seconds. We could be in for an amazing final lap if Loana keeps pushing this hard.

11:10 PDT: Jolanda Neff Catches Puck Pieterse
Jolanda Neff has caught Puck Pieterse as she is pushing hard for a podium finish.

11:11 PDT: Laura Stigger Starts the Final Lap with a 22-Second Lead
Laura Stigger can't relax just yet as a charging Loana Lecomte is closing in on the race leader as she pulled back a good chunk of time in the previous lap.

11:15 PDT: Loana Lecomte is Now 16 Seconds Back
Loana Lecomte has her sights set on the win as she is making some great gains against race leader Laura Stigger. It may just be slightly too much to close but it could definitely be close.

11:16 PDT: Jolanda Neff is Closing in on 4th Place
After passing Puck Pieterse, Jolanda Neff is now just seven seconds behind fourth place as the Swiss rider is having a great race in Snowshoe.

11:19 PDT: Loana Lecomte Loses Time to Laura Stigger
Laura Stigger is looking safe as Loana Lecomte has dropped back five seconds. With less than half a lap remaining Laura would have to make a big mistake for this gap to close.

11:22 PDT: Laura Stigger Wins in Snowshoe
Laura Stigger has ridden an incredible race as she wins the penultimate round of the 2023 World Cup series.

The Elite Men's Race as it Happened

Race Updates:

12:30 PDT: Charlie Aldridge Leads into the Start Loop
Charlie Aldridge flies off the line as he takes the front position into a shorter start loop.

12:38 PDT: Luca Schwarzbauer Starts Lap 1 in First Place
Luca Schwarzbauer is laying down the power in the early stages of the race as he leads Victor Koretzky and Jordan Sarrou.

12:45 PDT: Victor Koretzky Keeps the Pace High
Victor Koretzky isn't letting up the speed as he is testing the strength of the top riders at the front. Tom Pidcock is making his way through the ranks and sits in 8th.

12:48 PDT: Luca Schwarzbauer Leads into Lap 2
Luca Schwarzbauer takes back the race lead to be in front for the start of the second full lap. Tom Pidcock flies through the pack to get into fifth.

12:54 PDT: The Top 4 are Split by 1 Second
It's incredibly tight at the front of the race with three seconds splitting the fastest six riders. Nino Schurter heads up the chase group eight seconds behind Luca Schwarzbauer.

12:59 PDT: Luca Schwarzbauer Still Leads into Lap 3
Luca is having a great start to the race today as he is able to keep coming back to lead at the end of every lap.

13:01 PDT: A Crash for Charlie Aldridge
Charlie Aldridge was on a great run today but a crash has pushed him back to 12th place.

13:07 PDT: The Racing Remains Tight with 15 Riders Split by 10 Seconds
Snowshoe is delivering the goods again as we are having an amazing fight at the front with no time at all splitting the fastest racers.

13:08 PDT: Luca Schwarzbauer Leads Again into Lap 4
Luca manages to hold back both Tom Pidcock and Victor Koretzky as he fronts the race into another lap.

13:10 PDT: Tom Pidcock Muscles his Way to the Front
Tom Pidcock lays down the watts to push past Luca Schwarzbauer with Victor Koretzky following him to take 2nd place.

13:14 PDT: Tom Pidcock Drops to Fourth with a Front Flat
Despite pushing hard Tom Pidcock has to pull into the tech zone as he flats his front tire. Victor Koretzky now leads.

13:16 PDT: Nino Schurter Pulls a Huge Overtake to go 3rd
Nino Schurter is wild today as he flies past a group fo riders on a technical descent to go third.

13:17 PDT: Nino Schurter Leads
Nino Schurter looks hungry for another World Cup win as he is looking strong at the front.

13:18 PDT: Nino Schurter is 1st Heading into Lap 5
Nino Schurter heads up the effort into lap five with Luca Schwarzbauer 2nd and Mathias Flückiger in 3rd.

13:21 PDT: Tom Pidcock is Back in the Pits
After being given a mud tire to replace his front flat, Tom has gone back in the pits to swap this for something faster. Tom is now in 16th, 32 seconds back.

13:24 PDT: A Puncture for Luca Schwarzbauer
Disaster for Luca Schwarzbauer as he picks up a rear flat letting Jordan Sarrou move into first place.

13:29 PDT: Jordan Sarrou Leads by 15 Seconds into Lap 6
Jordan Sarrou has a great lead into lap six as Marcel Guerrini is 15 seconds back in 2nd.

13:32 PDT: Mathias Flückiger Takes 2nd
Mathias Flückiger heads up the hunt for Jordan Sarrou as he is now 13 seconds off the race leader. Nino Schurter sits in third another second back.

13:38 PDT: Marcel Guerrini Closes the Gap to 7 Seconds
Marcel Guerrini leads a trio of Swiss riders as the gap to the race leader closes to just seven seconds.

13:39 PDT: Jordan Sarrou Leads by 4 Seconds into the Final Lap
The racing is incredibly close there is just one lap remaining.

13:42 PDT: Marcel Guerrini Passes Jordan Sarrou
Marcel Guerrini has flown passed Jordan Sarrou as Nino Schurter now sits right on the pair's rear wheels in third.

13:42 PDT: Marcel Guerrini Passes Jordan Sarrou
Marcel Guerrini has flown passed Jordan Sarrou as Nino Schurter now sits right on the pair's rear wheels in third.

13:49 PDT: Jordan Sarrou Beats Nino Schurter in a Sprint Finish
What an amazing race as Jordan Sarrou bests Nino Schurter to take the win in Snowshoe.

Full Results:

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Elite Men:


Overall Standings:

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  • 50 1
 Pidcock 5th with 2 flats.... legend.
  • 14 1
 I saw the results and thought maybe he's human after all, guess not....
  • 8 1
 No way! 2 flats and still got 5th place? Is this for real?
  • 7 8
 Two front tire changes, but just one flat. They only had a mud tire at the first tech zone where he flatted, so they threw that on. But they swapped it out for a faster-rolling option at the other zone.
  • 5 3
 Pidcock 5th with bad luck (flat), bad support (wrong tire) and bad decision (seems like second pit stop was not the best option)
  • 16 0
 @absentminded: In the post race interview Pidcock said he flatted twice. As Gaze said in the commentary booth; changing back to a little less rolling resistance would be a stupid ide, but I guess the rest of the commentary team didn’t believe him.
  • 7 0
 @absentminded: He said two flats in the post race interview.
  • 36 0
 Nino is the oldest man out there, and he is still killing it.
  • 8 54
flag Rich-Izinia (Oct 1, 2023 at 16:01) (Below Threshold)
 Remember the time Nino and company mooned the White House? What a class act…
  • 18 0
 @Rich-Izinia: all's fair in shenanigans and tomfoolery
  • 42 9
 @Rich-Izinia: to be fair, trump was the president. Most American voters voted for somebody else….twice
  • 29 3
 @Rich-Izinia: Classier than the ass that was in the White House at the time!
  • 12 2
 @Rich-Izinia: They didn't moon the White House, the mooned the embarrassment that called himself the president.
  • 24 1
 Miss Blunk is Really stepping it up! Great job!!
  • 4 2
 Who'd have Blunk it?
  • 23 1
 The track in places would be great for Enduro or DH and for that I respect XC incredibly
  • 9 0
 Modern XC tracks have brutal sections and the top riders are bombing through them like their on an enduro. It’s even more impressive live
  • 16 0
 What an unbelievable race! Pidcock 5th after all the flats, Schurter lost the sprint but super strong all over the race. Kate eat the ground hard but seems fine except some scratches(Apparently she hit it so hard the Garmin called her husband cause of a crash.....dang)

Henrique Avancini - thanks for all of your years of racing, fighting but also putting a lot of effort in building a massive cycling community around the world. It was his last race today......
  • 12 2
 Was it just me, or did the place look empty?? But I guess the U.S. is a small place and there are no other options where to have the race (sarcasm). At the level of popularity of the sport right now, if they brought this race out west (Utah, Colorado, California) they would have Les Gets size crowds.
  • 7 2
 100% agree. Races should be held where people live and ride every day. Not in some ski resort hours away from where people spend their every day life. It’s sadly the same with most of the races in Europe.
  • 5 0
 It's been the same issue for years, there just aren't that many venues that have the facilities to hold a WC DH round AND actually want to
  • 13 0
 @n734535: XCO, XCM and XCC should not suffer because DH riders need a lift to get to the top of the course.
  • 3 1
 The US race has to be near Mont Sainte Anne. That’s why Windham NY and Snowshoe WV have hosted it over the past 20-ish years. There are some other good options in VT for sure but being close to a major airport is also critical. And the races have to be held at a ski resort. Where else would the infrastructure support it with parking, lodging, etc.? But regardless of where it’s held in the US, the crowds of spectators will be weak. It would be the same in CO, CA and UT.
  • 7 2
 @AndrewFleming: yeah there's probably more mountain bikers on the east coast simply because there are more people. Snowshoe is a shorter driving distance from more major cities than anywhere in UT or CO. I think with only one world cup around and with pro cycling being relatively unpopular in the US, turn out is just not going to be great. But of course no where in UT, CO, or CA is apparently bidding for the event so the whole point is moot.

However, at the venue, things felt very busy. The downhill track was especially busy. I think lots of people were too hungover to attend XCO and/or left early to get home. The XCO track is also boring, with only one good spectator spot (the incredibly gnarly downhill) where relatively few people could get a great view of it and if you left your spot to go to the finish or anywhere else on the track, you weren't able to get back to it.
  • 5 0
 @ab36: Idk I felt like there were a decent amount of people at both the DH and XCO, especially given Snowshoes location. Keep in mind a lot of the XCO track you cant even get to as a spectator. They have specific corrals. Wouldn't surprise me if it looked emptier on TV bc of that. Also can't believe you thought that XCO track was boring. Id argue it's one of the more exciting and gnarly ones on the circuit and a lot of riders agree.
  • 1 0
 @n734535: There are plenty of venues that can accommodate a DH World Cup here in the U.S. Southwest, but I think you are correct in that they probably just don't want to do it.
  • 1 0
 @Carl1861: & @ab36 Don’t miss the requirement for the US race to be relatively close to Mont Sainte Anne and ideally in the same time zone and less than a days drive which Snowshoe is already a stretch. There’s no way that the UCI is going to have a race in the US southwest and then Mont Sainte Anne the following weekend.
  • 1 1
 @yoimaninja: There's the super gnarly downhill and a couple of other singletrack-y bits but other than that it's gravel roads basically. I wouldn't enjoy racing on it myself but if the pros like it then that's all that matters. It is not great as a spectator because only that one section is really interesting to watch and it's hard to get a front row seat for that. You can't always tell things from tv but all of the other WC courses look more interesting to me - especially nove mesto and Lenzerheide.

Also the pros might say they like it but it doesn't mean they actually do.

Snowshoe also charges $80 per person to enter which isn't terrible but is discouraging for attendance. MSA charges $20 per day for parking but that's a lot cheaper if you carpool. I wonder what the europe cups charge.
  • 2 1
 @ab36: There are way better places to hold an XCO race in Utah, but they won't do it because of the altitude.
  • 2 0
 @MarkJ70: That’s not a factor. The WC races in Europe are all at higher altitudes.
  • 4 0
 @yoimaninja: This. I was lucky enough to get photo access through work. The UCI was pretty aggressive about fan access this year. It was excess I would say. There were a lot of zones on the course you couldn't access as a spectator without doing A LOT of hiking and that would require you know where you are at and can navigate those woods. Even for DH, you couldn't cross the course once the race started, there were plenty large gaps between riders that they should have let people cross, but nope, once the race started they were told to not let anyone cross.
  • 12 2
 I dont understand how race teams are so often so bad at replacing wheels.
  • 2 2
 Schwarzbauer went from leading to 42 seconds down. SRAM Transmissions seems to be a struggle, although Nino's rear change in Les Gets was about half this time, so maybe lack of practice with it.
  • 9 0
 @dougfs: Don’t think it’s not very drive train specific. We have seen these horrible wheel swaps for years. Even Pidcock’s first front wheel swap was painful to watch.
  • 4 4
 I think it should be up to the riders to do the fixes and replacements during the race.
  • 3 1
 I think it's a lack of practice under pressure, it's way different changing a tire fast when no one is looking vs changing a tire when everyone is looking at you, knowing you can influence the outcome of the race. On pidcock's change, it was painful to see the mechanic struggling to get the thru axle in by hand first, then changing to a power tool, which took forever
  • 1 3
 After 5 laps I guess his pads were quite worn and close together making it tricky to insert the rotor. Second change was faster cause pads already apart.
  • 2 0
 I know little about F1 car racing but what I do think is that they practice their pit stops. Not everything can is foreseeable, but having to reinstall a wheel is. And even though replacing wheels in F1 car racing is part of a good race (like, one where the racer completes a good few laps), it still is well worth being good at in bicycle racing.

Still, trailside repairs are part of mountainbike racing and also what components are being sold on to the customer. It used to be part of XC racing and it has always been part of enduro racing. Not sure what triggered the change to go roadie-style but I don't like how mechanics are being roasted for being unable to perform a repair in a hurry. It is something the rider should be able to do and also levels the playing field between racers who have a lot of team support and those who don't. If the racers struggle with a repair, it is also good to know for us potential customers.
  • 4 1
 @Joaomc: Nah, pads don't wear that quick and the distance between the rotors and pads doesn't change that much
  • 9 1
 Today proved once again, the fittest rider doesnt always win the race! Mechanicals dont discriminate.
  • 4 0
 Nice work again Gunnar!
  • 6 2
 XC is the new DH
  • 4 3
 Keller is rad!
  • 9 0
 No, Keller ist ein Radfahrer.
  • 1 3
  • 4 7
 WTF is going on with Kate Courtney?!
  • 6 2
 Consistently doing well?
  • 15 1
 Scott posted the video of her crash on Insta, looked savage! A faceplant-to-scorpion, takes some guts to get back on after that, kudos.
  • 5 1
 @HankHank: She had not one but 2 bad crashes. I'm actually very impressed that not only did she finish the race, but still ended up in top 20.
  • 5 1
 She was doing well and had 2 big crashes, both on that same downhill section (different lines) and both times it took her a while to get up and moving again. Her time was actually pretty good considering.
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