Final Results: Nove Mesto World Cup XC 2019

May 26, 2019
by Ed Spratt  
Nino Schurter takes fourth place on the day.

Nove Mesto provided some of the most exciting racing in a long time with both Elite races coming down to the last lap. In the Elite Women, it looked like Anne Tauber would take the win until a mechanical caused her to drop a number of places leaving the top spot open to the current series leader and World Champion Kate Courtney. Second place would go to Rebecca McConnell who looked strong all race and would finish just 36 seconds behind Courtney. Haley Smith and Sina Frei would take third and fourth. First-year Elite rider Malene Degn would complete the podium in fifth.

In the Elite Men's race, we would finally see Mathieu Van Der Poel show his dominance after he was able to put nearly 20 seconds in Nino Schurter on the second half of the last lap. Behind Schurter would be Mathias Flueckiger who would build on his first place from Albstadt and would cross the line 1:53 back from Van Der Poel. In fourth place would be Henrique Avancini and fifth would go to Czech rider Ondrej Cink who would hang on to third for most of the race but just couldn't quite keep the pace in the latter half of the final lap.


Elite Men:

1st. Mathieu Van Der Poel: 1:21:54
2nd. Nino Schurter: +19
3rd. Mathias Flueckiger: +1:53
4th. Henrique Avancini: +2:01
5th. Ondrej Cink: +2:12

Elite Women:

1st. Kate Courtney: 1:27:31
2nd. Rebecca McConnell: +36
3rd. Haley Smith: +42
4th. Sina Frei: +45
5th. Malene Degn: +1:33

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Full Results
Elite Men

Elite Women

Race Analysis
Elite Men

Elite Women

Live Race Updates:

1:20 am PDT The Elite Women are off.

1:21 am PDT Annie Last leads the pack.

1:22 am PDT Kate Courtney now leads.

1:27 am PDT Annika Langvad will not be racing today after not feeling "100% race fit."

1:29 am PDT Top five after the opening lap: Rebecca McConnell // Jolanda Neff: +3 // Kate Courtney: +3 // Anne Tauber: +4 // Sina Frei: +4

1:32 am PDT Neff is off the bike on the climb, she has lost quite a few places. Now sits in fifth.

1:36 am PDT Anne Tauber leads the race.

1:43 am PDT Top five after the first lap: Jolanda Neff // Anne Tauber: +0 // Kate Courtney: +9 // Sina Frei: +9 // Rebecca McConnell: +16

1:49 am PDT Anne Tauber has built a five-second lead ahead of Jolanda Neff.

1:52 am PDT Kate Courtney has lost a lot of time and falls back to fifth position.

1:56 am PDT Top five after the second lap: Anne Tauber // Jolanda Neff: +0 // Sina Frei: +22 // Rebecca McConnell: +34 // Kate Courtney: +34

1:58 am PDT Kate Courtney looks to be making her way up to the leaders, she is now third and only 21 seconds back.

2:08 am PDT Top five after the third lap: Anne Tauber // Jolanda Neff: +6 // Kate Courtney: +29 // Sina Frei: +31 // Rebecca McConnell: +31

2:10 am PDT Kate Courtney looks to be closing the gap to Jolanda Neff.

2:12 am PDT Neff and Courtney form a new chasing group, can they close the gap to Anne Tauber?

2:15 am PDT Kate Courtney has passed Neff and looks to be closing the gap to Anne Tauber.

2:18 am PDT The gap from Tauber to Courtney is down to 17 seconds. She has taken 12 seconds back since the start of the lap.

2:22 am PDT Top five after the fourth lap: Anne Tauber // Kate Courtney: +18 // Jolanda Neff: +34 // Rebecca McConnell: +34 // Sina Frei: +44

2:26 am PDT Anne Tauber had to walk through a technical climb section, can Kate Courtney close the gap further?

2:27 am PDT Kate Courtney is only seven seconds back, she has fought back 27 seconds from the end of the second lap.

2:33 am PDT Tauber is fighting back, the gap to Courtney has extended.

2:34 am PDT Top five after the fifth lap: Anne Tauber // Kate Courtney: +11 // Rebecca McConnell: +45 // Sina Fei: +56 // Jolanda Neff: +56

2:39 am PDT It looks like Kate Courtney is leading, what has happened to Anne Tauber?

2:41 am PDT Anne Tauber has fallen back to sixth place.

2:42 am PDT Flat rear tire for Jolanda Neff.

2:42 am PDT Kate Courtney now has a 52-second lead.

2:46 am PDT Another technical problem for Anne Tauber.

2:48 am PDT Kate Courtney takes her second World Cup win of the year!

2:50 am PDT Elite Women Top Five: Kate Courtney: 1:27:31 // Rebecca McConnell: +36 // Haley Smith: +42 // Sina Frei: +45 // Malene Degn: +1:33

2:51 am PDT Anne Tauber crosses the line 10th after a disastrous last lap.

4:35 am PDT The Elite Men are on track, who will take the win this week?

4:42 am PDT Top five after the opening lap: Mathieu Van Der Poel // Henrique Avancini: +0 // Nino Schurter: +0 // Reto Indergand: +2 // Jordan Sarrou: +4

4:47 am PDT Henrique Avancini leads a group of four riders going at a very fast pace on the first full lap.

4:54 am PDT Top five after the first lap: Nino Schurter // Mathieu Van Der Poel: +1 // Mathias Flueckiger: +5 // Henirque Avancini: +5 // Ondrej Cink: +7

4:56 am PDT Ondrej Cink is having a great race so far, currently sits in third, now only two seconds off the leaders.

5:00 am PDT Mathieu Van Der Poel and Nino Schurter are starting to build a significant lead.

5:05 am PDT Top five after the second lap: Nino Schurter // Mathieu Van Der Poel: +1 // Ondrej Cink: +16 // Henirque Avancini: +37 // Mathias Flueckiger: +38

5:15 am PDT Top five after the third lap: Mathieu Van Der Poel // Nino Schurter: +0 // Ondrej Cink: +24 // Mathias Flueckiger: +42 // Henirque Avancini: +42

5:21 am PDT It looks like Cink may by falling back to the chasing group.

5:24 am PDT The gap to Nino Schurter and Mathieu Van Der Poel is growing with 43 seconds back to Ondrej Cink.

5:25 am PDT Top five after the fourth lap: Mathieu Van Der Poel // Nino Schurter: +0 // Ondrej Cink: +44 // Maxime Marotte: +54 // Mathias Flueckiger: +55

5:31 am PDT Cink looks to be building a gap up again with the chasing group. now 15 seconds ahead of fourth place.

5:33 am PDT A two second gap has formed between Mathieu Van Der Poel and Nino Schurter.

5:37 am PDT Top five after the fifth lap: Mathieu Van Der Poel // Nino Schurter: +0 // Ondrej Cink: +1:20 // Mathias Flueckiger: +1:31 // Henrique Avancini: +1:31

5:42 am PDT Mathias Flueckiger passes Ondrej Cink and goes into third.

5:44 am PDT Henrique Avancini now moves into third.

5:47 am PDT Top five after the fifth lap: Mathieu Van Der Poel // Nino Schurter: +0 // Ondrej Cink: +1:36 // Mathias Flueckiger: +1:36 // Henrique Avancini: +1:36

5:54 am PDT Van Der Poel has sprinted off. It looks like Schurter can't keep up.

5:55 am PDT He has already put 15 seconds into Nino Schurter.

5:57 am PDT Mathieu Van Der Poel has taken his first World Cup XC win!

6:00 am PDT Elite Men Top Five: Mathieu Van Der Poel: 1:21:54 // Nino Schurter: +19 // Mathias Flueckiger: +1:53 // Henrique Avancini: +2:01 // Ondrej Cink: +2:12


  • 60 1
 Bart Brentjens is a really good co-commentator. He brings real expertise to the table, is fair in his judgments, and calm and collected in his delivery. Works well with Rob Warner.
  • 14 1
 Defiantly. Something I think Claudio is sometimes missing from his DH commentary.
  • 19 1
 @Issara62: Sometimes? I think you should mean all of the time.
  • 36 0
 Agreed. His own rider was in winning position, got a mechanical and he still remained calm and able to deliver objective commentary. Anyone else would probably have been going nuts... He admitted verbally he was extremely nervous, but you would not notice.

… and even his English is getting better (or less bad ;-) ).
  • 5 11
flag DONKEY-FELTCHER (May 26, 2019 at 7:33) (Below Threshold)
 Claudio is fantastic@Issara62:
  • 17 5
 @Issara62: Definitely. Not defiantly. What is wrong with people?
  • 14 14
 Rob Warner drives me crazy. He's a professional commentator, but can't be bothered to learn how to pronounce the host town name. (Hint: "Nove" does not have three syllables.) He should spend less time applying shoe polish to his pornstache and more time studying up.
  • 4 4
 @MtbSince84: same. Last week he kept pronouncing Flueckiger's name fluckinger. I can understand one not knowing how to pronounce some new kid's name but in that case there have been two Flueckiger brothers racing in world cup for more than 2 decades, plenty of time to ask one of them or any Swiss fan how to pronounce it correctly.
  • 9 1
 @m1dg3t: ease up turbo, I'm sure it's just autocorrect, don't lose sleep over it.
  • 2 1
 @opignonlibre: Yeah, that's a pretty egregious one. Also Henrique Avancini's given name - I don't speak Portuguese, but pretty sure it's pronounced like the Spanish Enrique (en-REE-kay). Warner says it hen-REEK.
  • 1 0
 @ajayflex: Fuk outta here with your apathy & complacency. Turbo. LoLoLoL
  • 39 3
 Kate Courtney is the strongest again.

For the people who don't know, Rebecca McConnell's relatives had to finance Rebeca's trip to Europe by selling sweets. Something similar happened for the first Downhill World Cup where Sian A'Hern didn’t have the money to travel to Maribor. Big wake up call for the Australian companies.

Canadians will comment a lot about Haley Smith; Congrats.

From what I saw, it was an AXS (Rear Derailleur) fail after a small crash on Anne Tauber’s bike.

  • 18 0
 AXS or not, you can’t help it when a hanger is fudged.
  • 10 0
 Hate to say it but there are no Oz companies sufficiently interested in and capable of financially supporting XC MTB riders let alone female XC riders. Or any other sort of MTB discipline regardless of sexual persuasion. Our mob just have to live on the love of their people...
  • 11 0
 @chribi yep the sport is becoming massive in this country now - getting harder to find a parking spot at Stromlo on a sunny Saturday. That equates to a lot of money (and potential talent) floating around. Surely the Australian Sports Commission can get behind XCO, if only for the potential Olympic prestige factor...?

In the meantime, Bec McConnell's crowdfunding page for Australian XC riders:
  • 4 1
 @chuckobike: If you watch the interview just after the race, she said it was her mistake, and as she described it, it was a small mistake (hit on a rock - climbing), and the derailleur stopped working properly afterwards. I don't think she bended the hanger, but hey; what do I know.
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flag chyu (May 26, 2019 at 6:26) (Below Threshold)
 Loic Bruni's girlfriend on podium.
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flag alaric0108 (May 26, 2019 at 6:57) (Below Threshold)
 @chyu: for me a podium, it's the top 3.
  • 11 4
Have you seen how skinny these guys/girls are? You could probably fit 7 on a podium...
  • 10 6
 @caltife: but why? Why should they sponsor her or really anyone else? Why should tax payer dollars go towards an athlete? Companies want a return and these athletes give little in return, male or female. Ask a customer in a store to name a pro cyclist and you’re most likely to hear Lance Armstrong as a response.

The vast cycling public couldn’t give two f*cks about who is winning XCO. It’s fun for us who are involved to watch and see these athletes do well.

It’s stunning to watch Van Der Poel win Amstel and then XCO after a full cross season. That’s staggering.

Lots of athletes in lots of sports are trying to make a go of it. Some do a better job than others and take charge of it. Look at Bex Baraona and Martha with their Gowaan Girls enterprise. Not looking for a hand out but actively trying to find a position in the market and support themselves by supporting their own industry.
  • 13 1
 @bonfire: and yet people are mocking Emily Battey for doing social media stuff.
  • 1 1
 @LaurensVR: You make my day !
  • 14 5
 @chyu: shes an professional xc racer, not someone's bf
  • 6 9
 @clink83: She's actually both. Ignoring one and focusing on the other is the mistake.
  • 4 0
 @chyu: @edspratt:@pinkbike: but no Malene Degn in the fantasi league!
Are you going to update it?
  • 5 1
 @chribi you bend a derailer hanger, you are hosed-no matter what drivetrain system...frame manufacturers and hanger design could be done better. Ya can't blame AXS, not by any means.
  • 7 1
 @stikmanglaspell: That is true, but Eagle is far more sensitive to adjustment, by far, than any other MTB drivetrain and a mere scrape anywhere behind your right foot could mean you can't put power down anymore. Eagle is OEM on my new XC race bike but I'm 'upgrading' to 1x11 SRAM - same company, better product. I've been racing XC for 26 years and Eagle is the only drivetrain that has failed me during multiple races in multiple ways.
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 @LaurensVR: Extremely strong and fit world class athletes.
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 @chribi: can't see why an Australian company would. Given this is a global series it would need to be at least a high profile international company, and we don't have too many of those, let alone with sizeable European business where most of the races are.

And how XC mtb would be the best place for their marketing dollars? We don't have any companies involved in mtb besides small time retailers.
  • 3 0
 @bonfire: agree on all points. Unfortunately, we Australians already have some of our income tax dollars going towards our National sports federation and the athletes they 'support.' In terms of cycling, top of the pile for support is track cycling and at the other end is MTB. They like to forget that Cadel Evans was originally a mountainbiker...
  • 30 0
 Ha! Not all about the coffee over at Norco: Go Haley!
  • 7 0
 Haha awesome comment Smile Go Haley indeed!
  • 6 0
 @Nanojump: Coffee or race results Hmmmm?

Go Haley Go!
  • 5 1
 To add to the off topic, I was really surprised that they drink gut rot at the Norco tent..
  • 7 0
 Maybe that's the motivator, podium and we'll get you coffee from a cafe, lose and it's another week of Nescafe (pedals like mad).
  • 28 0
 Gutted for Tauber, she really deserved her first win.
  • 1 0
 Yeah that was weird. She was there and then suddenly not even in the frame...
  • 1 0
 It was a bummer for her for sure.
  • 16 2
 Not totally convinced Kate wouldn’t have won even without Tauber’s mechanical, she closed 8 seconds on her in the second to last lap and was 11 seconds down starting the last...either way we missed out on the possibility of an even more exciting finish. MVP’s final lap in the men’s race was some serious Superman stuff!
  • 22 1
 Kate also had a flat tire and still won
  • 2 1
 @femto505: I think she actually said "when I was flat" not "when I flatted." Referring to a mid race fade.

Looks like everyone's running with the flat story. I also think she would have passed Tauber.
  • 3 0
 @Feideaux: no, she thanked Brad (her mechanic) "for the wheel change" right after crossing the finish line. She flatted.
  • 2 0
 @JasonALap: oh thanks, I missed that. Good pick up.
  • 17 0
 Bec McConnell is doing a super good ride!
  • 2 0
 Super good
  • 17 0
 Awesome to see J-ris back on track. Solid debut after a two year hiatus!
  • 16 0
 What cycling discipline will Van Der Poel crush next?

Friggin street? The man can't be stopped.
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flag WAKIdesigns (May 26, 2019 at 11:40) (Below Threshold)
 Except he won’t crush in Downhill and defo not in BMX...
  • 3 0
 Ravanel comes from XC. I think Mathieu van der Poel could eventually do quite well in the EWS too if he really wants to.
  • 6 0

Bold statements.

I also see that sarcasm escapes you.
  • 2 4
 @hllclmbr: nooooooooooooo
  • 3 0
 The next logical might be track: pursuit, points/elimination, Madison, omnium?
  • 14 0
 Fantastic racing, ladies and gentlemen!
Van der Poel is on another level, we must be honored to have him racing mountain bikes.
Also,a mexican in 8th?!
  • 3 0
 Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo. JGUA!
  • 15 1
 Me too, she definitely deserved it. Kate Courtney’s comeback was absolutely mind blowing though!
  • 20 1
 ... and for all those who said Lenzerheide was a fluke...
  • 13 0
 Stoked for Bec! Canberra and Australia represent!!
  • 11 1
 Loved the pump track being added to the race, Nove' is probably the best track on the circuit not to mention the most difficult. Having the good fortune to ride it once, it is very tough but amazing as well.
  • 1 2
 It was hard for them to pump good with the high post. I'd like to have seen a guy with a dropper gain some speed on it!
  • 1 0
 @rrsport: holy crap, Blev's got skills!
  • 11 0
 Excellent result for Haley Smith. Special mention to Jenn Jackson, 31st in only her second euro WC.
  • 4 0
 yeah keep an eye on JJ. Her ascent in the cycling world has been insane.
  • 9 0
 Haley's ride was quite impressive. She had fastest last lap by a huge margin. A bit more aggressive early on and she can compete for the win.
  • 13 2
 Wow Kate is on a mission this year
  • 10 0
 "Yeah but you know, Nove Mesto is too technical for VDP, he can't beat Schurter on descents"
  • 9 0
 What a batshit crazy women's race. Also how is Nino still consistently still in the top 3?
  • 9 0
 Because he’s still one of the (if not the) best riders in the world. If MVDP didnt exist, Schurter would still be relatively unchallenged.

In the past, MVDP had some issues with burning himself out early, but he’s arguable one of the strongest riders in WCXC, as evident by his consistent results in XCC. He’s learning to keep some of the power in reserve. Schurter will need to adjust his strategy to a more calculated MVDP. It’ll be a good season.
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 @PHeller: Hes 6'2, on the steeper tracks I think hes going to suffer. Nino will probably attack on the uphills to wear him out.
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 @clink83: The taller guys can generate more power because of longer legs generating more leverage. Schurter is a freak Incredible Hulk to be at the top for so long among the big guys while being a relatively short.
  • 4 0
 @clink83: then Nino tried, up on the pedals giving it all and MVdP just followed him delivering the power sit down!
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 @tacklingdummy: Taller guys are also heavier, so the extra watts get swallowed up pushing the extra muscle mass uphill.
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 @Fix-the-Spade: yep, body mass increases faster than power does.
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 @Fix-the-Spade: Yeah body weight plays, but think the height/weight ratio plays with muscle mass a big role. Also the course can be a factor on rider's strengths/weaknesses. If I was a pro XC racer though, I'd rather have Van Der Poel's body specs compared to Schurter because I think it is an advantage. However, I think Schurter trains harder than anyone in the sport which is why he has been on top for so many years.

Van Der Poel is 6'0" 165lbs
Nino Schurter is 5'8" 150lbs
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 @tacklingdummy: it's not an advantage at all unless the track is flat. If you look at road cycling all the GC riders are small guys, the big guys are all sprinters or spring classics riders. XCO races might be short enough that his size isn't as big of a deal, but it does slow him down. I know from personal experience, I'm 6'4 and 200-220ish and can't climb for shit outside of clysdale classes, but have no problem maintaining 20mph on a road bike on flat ground.
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 @clink83: It is all about watts/kg. At 75kg Van Der Poel has to climb at around 450 watts to match Nino when he is climbing at 400. That is a lot of power to produce.

Probably more importantly Van Der Poel when compared to Nino probably has another 200 watts of thermal energy to disipate. Spring races, with shorts climbs and long low grade descends to cool on (Can you say Nova Mesto) are right in his wheel house. Hot summer races with longer climbs and short steep descents (MSA) are going to be another challenge.
  • 1 0
 If you look at is this way:
at 150lbs to climb at 6w/kg Nino has to put out roughly 408w
at 165lbs MVDP is doing roughly 444w
at 200lbs I would have to do 594w
Those are pretty significant jumps in power numbers...
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 @clink83: And that is why 200lbs aren't racing WC XC. At 60kg I "only" need to do 360, not even close to that number.
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 @clink83: clydesdale is the dumbest race class ever invented. Last I checked hoops for people under 1.80m wasn't an olympic sport.
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 @WhatAboutBob: I'm glad you mentioned the heat thing...Ive noticed I tend to blow up spectacularly when race day is hot/hotter than normal at paces that don't seem that bad...i always wondered about getting heat soaked. I'm not sure if I've seen any science on it.

@mi-bike I care what people that can't race in my class think, I really do.
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 @WhatAboutBob: But, Van Der Poel is producing more watts because his legs are longer. Longer legs have more leverage. Physics. Just like using a wrench. The bigger wrench will give more leverage with less effort.

In regards to thermal energy, Van Der Poel likely has an advantage as well because he is taller and lean. That likely means he has more surface area (skin) to mass ratio so he can dissipate thermal heat better. More efficient.
  • 2 1
 @tacklingdummy: longer legs don't produce more wattage, having more cardiac output does. Body mass increases at the cube root as you get taller, but cardiac output only increases by the square root if I remember right. You're arguing about pretty settled science...
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 @clink83: Then why don't you see dwarfs and many short people dominating professional cycling and for that matter all sports? Please show me your studies of "settled science". VO2 max definitely is one of the factors as well, but all things being equal longer legs will produce more power.
  • 2 1
 @tacklingdummy: uh...small people do dominate cycling outside of gravity sports.
Lance Armstrong was/is 5'8 and 165lb...people said he was too heavy to be a GC rider.
Alberto contador..5'9 137lbs
Chris froome 6'1 147lbs
Julian Absalon 5'11 154lbs
Matthias flukiger 5'8 143lbs
Marcos fontana 5'8 150lbs
Should I go on?
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 @tacklingdummy: Power and Torque are different. Yes Power is the product of Torque and Velocity but they are different.

When it comes to cycling sustained power output, force (or torque) is rarely the limiting factor. At cadences that these guys pedal at they around only having to push with an equivalent force of 25kgs. Well within the capacity of nearly any reasonable fit person.

The limiting factor is getting the energy to muscles to maintain that force and that pedalling cadence continuously. A bigger athlete, typically has bigger lungs, bigger heart, and more blood, so they can maintain a high power output of course they need more power because they are bigger.

In cycling, climbing tends to be dominated by short people. There are very few world class climbers over 6ft tall. Cycling is one of the few sports where being tall is a disadvantage.
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 @clink83: Yes, there are outliers of somewhat smaller, but if you look at then entire population of world class XC racers, they are on the taller and leaner side. You still don't see very many small world class XC racers under 5'8". You really using Lance as an example when he was totally juiced. Lol.
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 @WhatAboutBob: Yes, there is a point of diminishing returns, and it is a loaded with many different affecting factors. However, most of the racers are taller than average and I would bet have longer legs than average as well. My point still is with all things being equal (same muscle mass, same V02 max, same everything), the longer legs will generate more power because of leverage. Cheers.
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 @tacklingdummy: Longer leavers do not produce more power. They produce more torque, which is different. Sorry this common mix-up of torque and power drives me crazy.

Generally world class XC racers are smaller than average. Men are usually 5'5-5'10 and women are usually 5'0-5'6. There is of course exceptions but that is the norm. It is really hard be tall and light and still have sufficient strength to handle your bike well. On the road tall and lean works, but you need some upper body strength to ride XC.
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 @WhatAboutBob: Torque is a measure of how much a force acting on an object causes that object to rotate. Force per pedal stroke basically. Power is a product of torque and rotational speed (i.e. cadence).

Your heights are off. Just go to any local XC or road race and all the top guys are taller than average. We are just spinning our wheels. Agree to disagree. Smile
  • 1 1
 @tacklingdummy: the local XC racers are all little guys. Our fastest local looks like Nino(and can put out Nino like power numbers), and he's one of the best XC racers in the country.
  • 1 1
 @tacklingdummy: iirc I think you are telling a former uci pro XC racer that he doesn't know how big racers are....
  • 2 1
 @tacklingdummy: I always like to agree to disagree.

My heights are not from local races. I have probably been to 30 world cup XC races in the past 15 years. The racers are not tall.

Just for reference the average pro-road racer is 5'9, with climber tending to be a bit shorter then that on average.
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MVdP is 6'0" not 6'2"
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 @WhatAboutBob: This is from your article "A recent study of professional cyclists by Pro Cycling Stats revealed that the average height of the riders was 1.80m" That is 5 feet 10.86 inches. That is well above average as the average male is 5 feet 8 inches. 5.9 feet does not equal 5"9" because there is 12 inches to a foot. Wink
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 @tacklingdummy: Dope. Bad math on my part. Most embarrassing.
  • 8 0
 Congrats MVDP!
  • 7 1
 @jclv - any comments about the women’s race and repeat winner?
  • 4 0
 @COnovicerider: It's looking more and more like I was completely wrong! It's a remarkable improvement since last year.
  • 2 0
 @jclnv: it’s all good. Just giving you *hit.
  • 2 0
 @COnovicerider: I totally deserve it.
  • 2 0
 Anton cooper this, anton cooper that... leave him alone and let him grow. I understand the press needs an anglo rider up there, but you are just going to burn him with all the pressure. His goal for the season should be top 10. He actually has the potential to be a podium rider in the future.
  • 4 0
 Huge props to Bec and ream! Such grit and persistence to self-finance after not renewing with Trek a couple years back.
  • 7 3
 I totally called Haley Smith having a strong result today from yesterday's post. AMAZING JOB Haley!
  • 18 0
 Dude, you’re like a modern day MTB Nostradamus. Nice work.
  • 4 1
 Stoked to see Kate win again, but Jolanda and others will definitely have their time this season. The season is long and a number of things have to fall into place to win.
  • 5 0
 And very good race from Cink, good to see him back
  • 4 0
 Awesome races to watch, but the Red Bull website kept buffering constantly.
  • 5 0
 What an amazing race the guys race was, XC is where its at just now.
  • 5 0
  • 5 0
 Awesome Haley!!!
  • 4 0
 And BOY oh boy the Czech crowd ! Love this race
  • 2 0
 Motivation to go ride: seeing a guy in a t-shirt lined up to race against the worlds best mountain bikers. Forget sponsors just go out and race
  • 2 0
 That was

We saw him, too and then checked the starter list. Quite impressive. Sam can hang in all the bycicle disciplines it seems.
But where does he find the time?
  • 6 2
 Emily Batty ouch...
  • 3 0
 True that. I wonder what is going on or wrong with her...
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flag thesharkman (May 26, 2019 at 10:36) (Below Threshold)
 It wouldn't be the first time a beautiful female athlete spent too much time in front of cameras and not enough time training. Reminds me of Anna kournikovah.
  • 4 1
 @thesharkman: aren't you the one who made that same comparison last week or whatever?
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 Why the guesswork? There could be something that completely unrelated to her media presence. Maybe she's carrying injury, maybe she just got burnt out racing, maybe she's just as good as she has always been but the competition just got better. Either way, I don't think this kind if guessing makes sense or is even respectful towards the athlete. The camera thing doesn't make sense at all. I don't know about other websites/magazines but I think Kate Courtney has had more exposure here on Pinkbike than Emily Batty. And still Courtney seems to be doing just fine.
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 @thesharkman: you have some sour balls mate. Who cares, honestly. I’d rather watch her show than Seths Bike Hacks
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 Ridiculous that Bec McConnell doesn't have a full factory ride
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 Hey Pinkbike;
Why isn't Isla Short (who just came 15th and was 22nd at Rd 1) not an option on the XC fantasy league, i wanted to pick her from the start.
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 Hey Maglor;
Did ye aye?
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 @MeltingSimmo: Hey James, bored much?
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 @maglor: Hey Maglor, you sure my name is James?
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 It's awesome seeing Jenny Rissveds. She started at 68, finished at 33!
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 Fudge. Traded Fluekiger for Anton Cooper on my fantasy team. Blerg
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 You got the SID, do you really want the brakes?Big Grin
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 Sandra Walter ...Catherine Pendral...JENNIFER JACKSON...kicked butt...WOOHOO!!!
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 Is it definite that MVDP is going to sit out the next two rounds, as per the commentary during the race?
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 Cool to see Nino right up there again!
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 lol @ the thumbnail for this article...I think pinkbike needs to look at the year on that image a bit closer.
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 Fumic totally rolled his rear tire off the rim. Bummer dude!
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 And wasn't his rim broken? It looked very out of true IMO.
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 He's on ENVE rims.
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 Schurter might have to move back to a 27.5 wheel setup to start beating Van Der Poel.
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 What’s wrong with Emily Batty? She is disappointing so far this season
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 She said something about showing up heavy this year. (crazy when you look at these gals)
I'ld say she maybe changed her training and is trying to get refocused/back in the right groove.
Give her time.
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 USA, AUS, CAN Final for women's race. Anglo American domination.
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 How is Australia American?
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 @vinay: we were all ruled by the British at one point
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 @femto505: Does that make it Anglo AMERICAN?
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 Yeah, I'm pretty sure a Brazilian is more American than one of those kangaroo desert people.
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 @vinay: I was referring to Australia as Anglo - English, as in Commonwealth like Canada.

You know, things like the queen on currency, a parliamentary system.... Ect
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