Lenzerheide XCO World Cup - U23

Jul 11, 2016
by Matthew DeLorme  
As dust settled from one of the most exciting races of the World Cup this year, a blazing sun heated up the mountainside in the Swiss town of Lenzerheide. As some were still finding their way home after partying through the night, cross country riders warmed up for their races. With four races to go, crowds came out in mass.

The Men's Under 23 field had the best of the day, as the temperature remained pleasant for their race. With the World Championships fresh in mind, some riders were fired up as they sought to prove their power.

UCI s Simon Burney making sure the show runs smooth in Lenzerheide. The men s U23 field s start is moments away.
UCI's Simon Burney making sure the show runs smooth in Lenzerheide. The Men's U23 field's start is moments away.

Crowned World Champion a week earlier Sam Gaze rocks the rainbow stripes in Lenzerheide.
Crowned World Champion a week earlier, Sam Gaze rocks the rainbow stripes in Lenzerheide.

Looking back to see where his competition is Carod never let go of his lead.
Looking back to see where his competition is, Carod never let go of his lead.

Titouan Carod can always be found in front and in Lenzerheide he took off like there was no tomorrow. He overtook the lead motorbike here catching us by surprise.
Titouan Carod can always be found in front and in Lenzerheide he took off like there was no tomorrow. He overtook the lead motorbike here, catching us by surprise.

World Cup leader and World Champ Sam Gaze chasing Titouan Carod.
World Cup leader and World Champ Sam Gaze chasing Titouan Carod.

A lonely race for a strong riding Carod today.
A lonely race for a strong riding Carod today.

Simon Andreassen was poised on a good result today. A solid race saw him ending in second after overtaking Sam Gaze.
Simon Andreassen was poised on a good result today. A solid race saw him ending in second after overtaking Sam Gaze.

Arnis Petersons from Latvia fought hard for a medal today giving Sam Gaze and Simon Andreassen a run for their money. A fourth place was his at the end.
Arnis Petersons from Latvia fought hard for a medal today, giving Sam Gaze and Simon Andreassen a run for their money. A fourth place was his at the end.

Romain Seigle Georg Egger and Andri Frischknecht in pursuit of the race leaders.
Romain Seigle, Georg Egger and Andri Frischknecht in pursuit of the race leaders.

The wallride saw its fair share of action although many riders opted not to ride it.
The wallride saw its fair share of action, although many riders opted not to ride it.

Faster than his own shadow.
Faster than his own shadow.

World Champion in the U23 category Jenny Rissveds taking the win in the elite women s field today in Lenzerheide.
World Champion in the U23 category, Jenny Rissveds, taking the win in the elite women's field today in Lenzerheide.

In a race which thrived once again with riders taking the lead in turns Jolanda Neff ultimately finished in third.
In a race which thrived once again, with riders taking the lead in turns, Jolanda Neff ultimately finished in third.

Sina Frey was back on the gas again in Lenzerheide and retained the leaders jersey after another win.
Sina Frey was back on the gas again in Lenzerheide and retained the leader's jersey after another win.

Kate Courtney took second place finishing just over forty seconds off Frei.
Kate Courtney took second place finishing just over forty seconds off Frei.

Anne Tauber had a strong ride in the heat to third place.
Anne Tauber had a strong ride in the heat to third place.

Evie Richards had a rough go of it falling back to sixth place.
Evie Richards had a rough go of it falling back to sixth place.


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24 Comments

  • + 9
 xc is getting pretty gnarly
  • + 6
 Lead moto is to remove lapped riders before the leaders catch them. 80% rule, if the rider falls behind by 80% then they are removed from the course.
  • + 3
 This level of xc looks pretty rad, but coming from a DH background, I don't under stand the U-23 age break? It seems like it should be 18 and under and "open"? I'm sure someone has a good answer though?
  • + 22
 It takes time to have enough watts to fight with the big dogs, you're definitely not ready to ride with Schurter and Co at 18 years old...
  • + 4
 It comes from the road side of things. While there is no doubting that DH does require a huge amount of physical ability, it is just not possible to have the same level of endurance fitness at 19 as the pro's who are mid-20s (usually, there is always the odd freak athlete).
  • + 1
 @ChrisRidesBikes: ok thanks. I suspected it had something to do with road cycling.
  • + 6
 Kate Courtney is a very nice person.
  • + 4
 Nice job everyone! Was a fun looking track.
  • + 4
 Scott dominating on 3 out of 4 races this weekend
  • + 1
 It seems that nino with his new bike and 29er si so much faster than the rest. He is blowing them away!!!!
  • + 1
 Lots of strong riders in U23 men in this current crop.. It will be a matter of time before they take a shot at n1no.
  • + 1
 Simon Andreassen, Sam Gaze and Carod are the future of men's mountain biking!
  • + 1
 What even is the point of the leading moto? Seems unnecessary.
  • + 9
 It's to help officials, camera men and other competitors who are about to get lapped know the lead racer is coming. Dh gets whistles, xc gets motos
  • + 1
 Thnx for clarifying the BASE is needed
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