High Altitude Short Track Showdown - Vallnord World Cup XC 2019

Jul 5, 2019
by Matthew DeLorme  



High temperatures and a dusty track in Vallnord, Andorra, wowed the crowds before the big show as riders once again red-lined themselves for 25 minutes, vying for a place on the front row. Henrique Avancini continued his dominance with another win in the cross-country short track, while Jolanda Neff earned her first victory of the season. Nino Schurter was second for the men and Maxime Marotte rode to third. Alessandra Keller raced to second place in the women's XCST, while Kate Courtney made some late-race moves to finish in third.


Women s start.
Women's start.

Good crowds for short track. Race day should be packed.
Good crowds for short track. Race day should be packed.

Strong performance by Anne Terpstra as she led for a while and stayed in the top five spots.
Strong performance by Anne Terpstra. She led for a while and managed a top five finish.

Kate Courtney attacked part way through but ultimately couldn t hold on in the final lap.
Kate Courtney attacked near the half way mark, but couldn't hold on in the final lap.

Holeshot climb for Alessandra Keller. She d finish in second.
Holeshot climb for Alessandra Keller. She'd finish second.

Kate Courtney was playing the game well it just wasn t enough today.
Kate Courtney was playing the game well, it just wasn't enough today.

Jolanda Neff fighting her way through a dust cloud.
Jolanda Neff, fighting her way through the dust cloud.

Courtney Keller and Terpstra battle it out in the early laps.
Courtney, Keller, and Terpstra battle it out in the early laps.

Fourth for Ramona Forchini.
Fourth for Ramona Forchini.

Alessandra Keller leads Kate Courtney in the last two laps.
Alessandra Keller leads Kate Courtney in the final laps.

Jolanda Neff takes her first win of the season.
Jolanda Neff takes her first win of the season.

The heat took it s toll.
Heat took it's toll.

Neff Keller and Courtney your women s top three.
Neff, Keller, and Courtney: your women's top three.

Men s start powering up the first climb.
Men's start: powering up the first climb.

Nino Schurter fought hard to get back to the leading group after a first corner pile up. He wound up in second between the two Cannondale teammates.
Nino Schurter fought hard to get back to the lead group after a first corner pile up. He wound up in second between the two Cannondale teammates.

Titouan Carod was consistent with his pace and had to make quite a few passes for his fifth place finish.
Titouan Carod was consistent with his pace, but had to make quite a few passes to earn his fifth place finish.

Gerhard Kerschbaumer was good enough for fourth.
Gerhard Kerschbaumer was good enough for fourth.

Maxime Marrotte also had some ground work to do. Third in XCC.
Maxime Marrotte also had some groundwork to do to scratch up to third place.

Try as he did Nino couldn t match Avancini today.
Try as he did, Nino couldn't match Avancini today.

Henrique Avancini got out front and stayed there.
Henrique Avancini got out front and stayed there.

Avancini Schurter and Marotte your men s podium.
Avancini, Schurter, and Marotte, your men's podium.




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Vallnord Bike Park


11 Comments

  • + 12
 Might shave me legs today.
  • + 7
 Women’s race was awesome!

Congrats to Neff and Avancini!
  • + 4
 Lame, awkward short course to watch: must have been even worse to race.

Congrats to Neff and Avancini regardless- great personalities in this sport.
  • + 1
 Totally agree with you. Quite boring accually.
  • + 1
 Worst course in some time.
  • + 2
 I've always admired Neffs cadence, and tried it a few times myself. After watching the difference between Jolanda Neff and Kate Courtney (pushing a HUGE gear), I think I will try the high cadence more often.
  • + 3
 Courtney Neff and Keller battle again on Sunday. Go USA!
  • + 3
 MvdP would own them all
  • + 2
 You can't tell until he's actually raced them. With all respect, I wonder how well he does at altitude against his Swiss opponent when he himself has spent the winter dominating CX below sea level.
  • + 1
 Parabéns Avança e Neff e o seu colar da Liza sipmson
  • + 1
 Great photos!

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