Pauline Ferrand Prévot Wins a Second Rainbow Jersey at the Marathon World Championships

Sep 24, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
Flag issues sorted Pauline can finally celebrate her stripes.

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.

bigquotesIt was very fast at the start. So I knew I had to make a gap on the downhill so I went full gas. I’m really, really happy!Pauline Ferrand Prévot

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.

bigquotesIt was really technical so I started to prepare for this at the beginning of the season. It’s very hard to describe how I feel because it’s a long time I’ve been trying to win this jersey. Now I am the World Champion. Thank you everybody!”Héctor Leonardo Páez León

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

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  • 50 0
 A Bike Check on these Marathon bikes would be interesting. How they differ from XC setups etc
  • 40 0
 Ferrand-Prevot unable to properly bend arms while riding next season owing to her wearing a comically large number of rainbow stripes jerseys all at once. Season is a disaster. Career over
  • 9 0
 Not over! She goes on to win unicycle XC and Marathon world championships. Legend
  • 3 0
 Should have seen in 2014 when she had the jerseys in road race, cx, and xco all at the same time
  • 23 0
 Yet again a multi world champ in one year! On fire again!
  • 8 0
 I'd bet my lunch money she takes a (well deserved) end-of-season break, comes back to training and is in contention for the CX championships, too.
  • 11 2
 What, no Scribd?! How are we ever going to find out how the rest of the field performed? In a long distance stage race like Cape Epic before the start of the WC season we saw very different names at the top, so I'm curious how they placed.

Personally I love these kind of events. I'm not competitive at all and even though I never enjoyed riding XC multi-lap races, I loved riding marathon. Not necessarily because of the length (you can always stop for a picknick of course) but because there are no laps you don't have these stupid overtake-moves that widen and destroy the trails. And of course you're actually going places, which is nice. At most events you have different distances and sometimes you can even choose while on course, so this really is a race format that can be fun for nearly everyone.

Obviously I have my rose-tinted goggles stuck to my face and competition at the front of the pack must be fierce. Four hours racing at that level is impressive. And Hector for the mens, that's almost 22km/h average. Imagine, that's like riding a regular e-mtb near its engine-cut-off limit for over four hours straight! Not trying to start another e-bike war here (so don't you dare...), just to put it in perspective. Congrats to the medalists!

Pinkbike: I do realize that covering these long distance races is much more difficult than lap races or short (stage) races. But I do think events like these are cool and probably make for some epic pictures too. I would definitely appreciate the effort! Obviously thanks for all that you're doing already.
  • 11 0
 What a comeback for Pauline ! Congratulations !
  • 9 0
 Bravo Pauline !
  • 8 1
 Amazing comeback from illness last year!
  • 1 1
 What illness? She had surgery on both legs this year.
  • 7 0
 @jclnv: Iliac arterial fibrosis. Nasty.
  • 5 0
 That’s pretty amazing. Glad to see Pauline back at it again!
  • 4 0
 The average speeds are phenomenal with that elevation changes over the course distances. Chapeau tup
  • 5 5
 I am interested to know peoples take on women having a shorter and less strenuous (as determined by meters of climbing) course than the men. I would mostly like women’s perspective- does the winning time being similar constitute equality? Does it feel like promoters give women less because of physiological differences without seeing what women want to race or without considering that women can race as much as men? Should equal pay mean equal course?

Personally, I would like to see everyone race the same courses, be it road, mtn, etc. because I don’t think that women should be given less of a task than men. If there is an issue of “it would take longer” or any excuse based on women being less physically capable, I would think it is if nothing else a chance for women’s categories to progress instead of being told “we don’t think your body can handle what a male’s can, so we’re not going to give your gender the chance to try.”

It feels like someone saying, “we don’t think you’re physiologically able to be company President, but you can be Vice President. Let’s pretend that’s the same thing. You’ve worked just as hard, your experience and education is the same, but you’re a woman so... VP.”

But I would like to discuss this, because I could be totally wrong. I would like to hear people’s opinions and learn how I might be over looking something.
  • 5 0
 I think women and men should race the same distance in marathon. I don't want to spout misinformation, but there seems to be some evidence that the longer the distance, the more equal in ability men and women become. Look at Lael Wilcox and others crushing distance records on the Tour Divide and other multi-day, thousand-mile MTB and gravel events. Not the same, I know. But, also, why not? I mean, really, women run 100-mile trail races just like men do. WHY would the pro marathon distances be different? Seems super antiquated to have them race a shorter distance.
  • 2 0
 @KFuller: "there seems to be some evidence that the longer the distance, the more equal in ability men and women become."

Actually as the distance increases the women's field should exceed the men's field since physiologically they're more adaptable to extreme endurance.
  • 2 9
flag mi-bike (Sep 24, 2019 at 9:41) (Below Threshold)
 @samdeatley if you’re trying to start a discussion with this post you’re failing miserably. Back to your cave.
  • 2 5
 If the women had to race the same course as the men some of them would have finished in the dark.
  • 3 0
 @billreilly: actually, it would probably be other way around on a longer distance. In NZ for long distance (50k - 100k) races women and men race the same distances and the same course. And women even beat men....
  • 2 0
 Thats interesting to hear, which is the nature of my question. Thanks for giving good insight and not being an ass.
  • 1 0
 @samdeatley: During the Tour De France, the Olympic road rider Dani Rowe was commentating some days on British TV. She was saying that the mood in the women's road race field is that a comparison with men isn't necessarily helpful, but also that shorter races help differentiate the women's racing but, more importantly, make them much more exciting to watch at times. La Course this year was really thrilling, and I think we've seen that this year with the women's XCO races being really thrilling. There's a shorter distance, so riders have to make their moves more quickly and decisively or lose out.
  • 1 0
 That’s very interesting. Thank you, @lukeb:
  • 1 0
 The reason is that the women's race can then be run completely void of interference from male competitors. Pacing of women by males in marathon/stage races is very common. With the two slightly different courses (the men did climb up higher at one point) it allows the women's race to be started an hour ahead of the men without either race interfering with each other.
  • 3 0
 I'm a big fan of hers. Isn't she dating Julien Absalon?
Damn, just imagine the cycling super-being those two could produce.
  • 1 0
 They’re married, I believe.
  • 1 2
 @Chadimac22: marriage is a form of dating.
  • 6 0
 @onemind123: Having been married for 15 years, I'd say the two are quite different.
  • 1 0
 Isn't Absalon like 25 years older than her?
  • 1 0
 @jdreynolds2: 12 years difference, he's 39, she's 27. If it works for them, c'est la vie.
  • 1 0
 @Augustus-G: Ah okay. I guess she just looks younger than she is and he looks older than he is haha. No judgement here though!
  • 2 0
 What a comeback season taking both the XCO & XCM Crowns!
Bon travail Pauline, bon travail.
  • 2 0
 Second *THIS YEAR*
She has way more than just two rainbow jerseys
  • 2 0
 what a legend PFP is

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