Final Results - Val di Sole XC World Cup 2017

Aug 27, 2017
by Pinkbike Staff  
Results:



Elite Men

1 // Nino Schurter
2 // Stephane Tempier
3 // Julien Absalon




Elite Women

1 // Jolanda Neff
2 // Yana Belomoina
3 // Maja Wloszczowska




U23 Men

1 // Nadir Colledani
2 // Martins Blums
3 // Petter Fagerhaug




U23 Women

1 // Kate Courtney
2 // Sina Frei
3 // Evie Richards






Standings:



Elite Men




Elite Women




U23 Men




U23 Women




56 Comments

  • 10 0
 Serious question, why do American men barely participate in XCO? Howard Grotts is the highest ranked American, with a top 15 finish at one race, but he only participated in 2 all season. The next highest guy only participated in 1 race. What gives?
  • 7 4
 "We" don't have anyone strong enough to compete. Similar to road racing, not very many American's racing at the World Tour level and fewer still (i.e. none) able to contend for high profile wins.
  • 5 0
 @seanblurr: Grotts had a 13th place and 26th place finish, that's pretty competitive. Why isn't he at any other races?
  • 10 0
 @MTBLegend92: because hes off racing things like the Breck Epic and Leadville with wins and better money.
  • 8 3
 Hey at least we have Gwin
  • 6 4
 @grgsmith: and rude. I wonder how he'd do in an XC race lol
  • 3 0
 Time and money. Grotts will be there consistently in future seasons, I would imagine. As Blevins develops and Kate Courtney moves to the elites, I would imagine seeing more top Americans. It's similar to why it's difficult finding top American riders at UCI World Cups. Aside from Powers and Hyde, it doesn't make sense for a lot of riders to go over there because of the challenges related to logistics, time, and money.
  • 7 1
 I think it is the lack of racing. I lived in the SF Bay Area between 2006 and 2009 and didn't find one local XC race. The only ones I heard of was the NorCal High School series or drive two hours to Sea Otter once a year. In contrast, here in Canberra I could race XC or marathon nearly every month (and BMX every week, dirt crits every summer week, DH every second month), and we've got only 5% of the Bay Area population.

You gotta have the race scene.
  • 6 0
 @iamamodel: There's tons of XC races in the Bay Area
Summit dirt crit series in San Rafael
Santa Rosa dirt crit series
Tamarancho Classic
SoNoMas
Grasshopper series
CCCX series in the south bay/Monterey
Then a few hours past that you have Shasta Lemurian, the race series in Folsom, Big Sandy, Tahoe 100k and lots of shorter races up there. Not all those races existed before 2009 but there were others like Skyline in Napa.

I don't think it's lack of options. In the states it's hard to just spend a few years giving racing a shot, some people do it alongside university but if you're working you're expected to work 40 hours + a week and maybe get 2 weeks off a year. Gwins interview was a pretty good example of this, he's on top of the world now, but in his early 20s he was working a dead end job and couch surfing for years before that. I'm not saying it's easier to do that in Europe, but it's definitely more socially acceptable to "put your life on hold" to pursue something like bike racing.
  • 2 3
 Cycling just does not seem to be a strong point for USA, it used to be but until recently with Gwin dominating the downhill, we just loose a lot. Not sure if our freedom makes us weak or if other countries are just better but British cycling seems dominant, then a bunch of other countries, then US. Possibly too many spoiled kids that did not try and too many poor kids that never could.
  • 3 0
 It's simply lack of exposure from not living in a Europe-central industry. There are guys placing 30 and 40th with full factory-ride contracts. It's because those guys are doing the Swiss Cup series, racing the European Championship, available to sponsors, etc. And chances are the team managers have seen them progress since youth.
  • 4 0
 It's the same in Canada, as well as with skiing and snowboarding. Most kids are more into going out and hucking their meat off the dirt jumps/terrain park/1/2 pipe than training for racing. Lots of natural talent, just not much interest in the racing disciplines.
  • 2 0
 The XC racing scene is a far cry from what is was in the past in the PNW. There used to be plenty of races each season to choose from that would often draw BC rippers across the border the likes of Ryder Hesjedal, Geoff Kabush, Roland Green, Kirk Molday, and others as well. No promoters seem interested in putting on XC events these days in this area. The races are few and far between and are usually the 30/50 mile variety. Things in this area really have never been the same as prior to the collapse of NORBA.

No race scene, no rider development. Meanwhile, cyclocross draws big numbers in WA/OR.
  • 2 0
 @GorgeousBeauGaston: while I agree with you, I have waaaay more time for riding working a 40 hr week than when I was in college (essentially 80 hr+ weeks)
  • 4 0
 It's time off, but it always came down the money. I raced BMX, XC, DS (before 4X) and DH. My brother raced with me at those events and he also raced track, we have the nations oldest running velodrome in town. We worked full time and trained/rode 3-5 days a week. I had a 2nd shift job where I got off work at midnight and would ride 18 miles after work, mostly interval training. The roads were mostly empty. Tried to fall asleep by 2 and wake up at 10am and go ride mtb (rode to the trails, 25-35 miles). Put on 5000+ miles a year and 15+ hours a week. I always made the top 8 of DS and was top 10 in XC. My legs were too big to race anything above sport(intermediate) XC. My brother made the mains at BMX nationals. We had friends in the expert classes and pro classes that hauled butt. If they went to Sea Otter or a NORBA event, they placed high or won. But travelling out of state was a $600-1500 "trip" in the late 90's. With a mortgage or rent, car payment, bills, kids, it was hard to do 7 rounds around the US paying out of pocket or without a sponsor floating the bill. We don't have a national union or scholarship program, like some countries, that help junior or higher riders race around the country or world. Our top state pros (WI) can't afford to race the national events, so they stay home or travel to nearby states. I've seen it in motocross too. We had fast friends that beat the top guys and could do it on a regular basis, but without a sponsor, we were just local legends...
  • 2 0
 One could argue medical costs and student debt in the states and the lack of vacation time once working prohibits a lot of post-college aged riders from racing. I dont know many young working guys who have more than one bike, and young families have troubling finding time or money.
  • 1 0
 @PHeller: I stepped back out of racing in 2004 because I had 2 kids. Had half the time and 1/4 of the money. Also the local race scene folded, if I wanted to race, I had to travel. I did a few out of state. With kids and a wife and no sponsor, it was expensive. As far as insurance goes,"I was riding my bike and hit a dog". That always works.
  • 10 0
 You have to really admire Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesja, 44 year old mother competing at this level against women almost half her age!
  • 1 0
 Absolutely. I wanted her to come second in the series (which she was about half way through the race).
  • 6 0
 Maja 2nd overall!
  • 2 0
 I thought it was very cool that second overall changed several times throughout the race. And you could see them battling for it.
  • 3 0
 What an insane Racer Shurter is! I really had goosebumps when he finished. This was MTB history!
  • 4 0
 Another fine result from the big gear masher Tempier.
  • 2 0
 My legs hurt in sympathy just looking at the images!
  • 4 0
 I don't follow XC too much, but I sometimes watch the replays while working on other stuff and each time I see Tempier it blows my mind. Mashing like a beast all the time! Congrats to him for another second place.
  • 5 1
 Phenomenal KATE! amazing
  • 4 1
 Completely in beaten for an xco season - that's so crazy!
  • 3 0
 Good to see Neff back on form.
  • 2 0
 I'd be interested to see how many people watch the cross country live VS the dh live...
  • 6 3
 1) Nino
  • 7 5
 Yana :-)
45 kilos of pure endurance
  • 2 0
 Rissveds to retire? Was she on hot sauce and is no longer?
  • 3 0
 She had two members of her family die earlier this year and missed the first several races.
  • 3 0
 She has had a shit year personally. Grandparents have passed away and issues with the Swed Cycling Fed. She we refocus and be back at it next year.
  • 1 0
 @MTBLegend92: - Don't forget she also had to shut down her blog because after winning Olympic gold, all the extra media exposure brought a lot of sexual harassment.
  • 2 0
 happy about Martins Blums. Big moment for a small coutry
  • 2 1
 There was a little bit suspens in XC than in DH for elite men this season, wasn't it ? Smile
  • 2 0
 Schurter is beast! but my hat's off to Tempier,he really pushed him hard
  • 1 0
 It was only a matter of how long.
  • 1 0
 Bravo VLAD! mult succes in continuare.
  • 1 0
 Glad to see Absalon back on the podium
  • 1 0
 Where is Van Der Pole?
  • 2 0
 He will be back next year. Focus on cross now.
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