Just three weeks after winning the XCO World Championships in Mont Sainte Anne, Pauline Ferrand Prévot has added a second Rainbow Jersey to her collection at the Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships last weekend in Grächen, Switzerland.
While XCO races normally last between one hour and twenty minutes to one hour and forty minutes and take place on a course between 4 and 6km long, Marathon races can be held over 60 to 160km courses and last much longer. The women's course in Grachen was 70km long and featured 3,500 metres of climbing.
Ferrand Prévot set off in the lead group at had a lead by the 14km mark in the race. Pauline's winning time was 3:57:09, with silver medallist Blaža Pintarič 1:53 behind and Robyn de Groot taking the bronze in a sprint 2:40 down.
The men had to contend with a 94km course featuring almost 4,200m of climbing. The race featured many XCO pros including Cink and Flückiger but they faded before the line and Colombia’s Héctor Leonardo Páez León took the win in a time of 4:17:58. XC Marathon World Championship Results
1. Pauline Ferrand Prévot - 3:57:09
2. Blaža Pintarič +1:53
3. Robyn de Groot +2:40
1. Héctor Leonardo Páez León - 4:17:58
2. Kristian Hynek +0:26
3. Samuele Porro +1:13