Photo Epic: Dirty Dancing - Nove Mesto World Cup XC 2020

Sep 30, 2020
by Andy Vathis  


Well, here we are. We're finally at the beginning of the short 2020 World Cup season and it started with a mess of a race. Rain and cold greeted the athletes into the venue making the track a slippery ordeal to manage. Tire choice and pressure was all the rage in the pit spaces. It was nearly there for mud spikes in the lower bit of the course.

The women's race began with a strong battle up front for the early leaders that eventually faded down the list one by one. It didn't help that there was a massive pileup mid way through the race that reshuffled quite a few riders. In the end, it became an endurance race as conditions worsened. Kate Courtney would finish just outside the top 5 and Elisabeth Brandau just in front of her. Sina Frei held strong for fourth while the Loana Lecomte tried to nudge her way to the front but finished in third. Evie Richards had a great first time on the elite playing field. She took on Pauline Ferrand Prevot all the way to a photo finish, winning by half a wheel.

It was then the men's turn for a try at the battered course. There were a few strong contenders up front from the beginning that buzzed around until the very end. As the laps wore on, Victor Koretzky was almost driving this boat. He played gatekeeper for a little while before a storming Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo climbed the ladder and took the win from under him. Filippo Colombo would take fourth behind Maxime Marotte. Maximilian Brandl had a good showing in fifth along with Alan Hatherly in sixth.

Trying to shift the worst of the slop before the racing action kicked off.
Trying to shift the worst of the slop before the racing action kicked off.

Evie Richards relaxed and ready for her first short track outing.
Evie Richards relaxed and ready for her first short track outing.

Not the start Jenny Rissveds was looking for in the tough conditions today.
Not the start Jenny Rissveds was looking for in the tough conditions today.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot dialed in. She would lead or at least challenge the front of the pack for most laps.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot dialed in. She would lead or at least challenge the front of the pack for most laps.

Jolanda Neff in her zone ready to kick off the season.
Jolanda Neff in her zone, ready to kick off the season.

Sina Frei rode strongly and was rewarded with 4th.
Sina Frei rode strongly and was rewarded with 4th.

Haley Smith keeping warm in Canadian fashion.
Haley Smith keeping warm in Canadian fashion.

Kate Courtney would come out swinging but miss the top five by that much.
Kate Courtney would come out swinging but miss the top five by that much.

Just like that the 2020 season is underway with the women s start.
The 2020 season is underway with the women's start.

Eva Lechner lead off the start but would later retire.
Eva Lechner lead off the start but would later retire.

The field heads through the lower end of the course which hadn t held up well to all the rain we d had.
The field heads through the lower end of the course which hadn't held up well to all the rain we'd had.

The women s lead pack stayed tight until the end.
The women's lead pack stayed tight until the end.

Annie Last kept a strong pace in the beggining before being overrun by the pack.
Annie Last kept a strong pace in the beggining before being overrun by the pack.

Eventual winner Evie Richard easing into things just off the front.
Eventual winner Evie Richard easing into things just off the front.

Anne Terpstra cranks onto the finish straight.
Anne Terpstra cranks onto the finish straight.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot lead early on.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot lead early on.

Evie Richards made her way through the crowds as the laps wore on.
Evie Richards made her way through the crowds as the laps wore on.

Elizabeth Brandau made a move in the final laps to place herself at the front. She d finish fifth.
Elizabeth Brandau made a move in the final laps to place herself at the front. She'd finish fifth.

Loana Lecomte looks to squeeze past Pauline Ferrand Prevot.
Loana Lecomte looks to squeeze past Pauline Ferrand Prevot.

Elisabeth Brandau looks to be carrying on her form from last season.
Elisabeth Brandau looks to be carrying on her form from last season.

Mud-soaked the women charge into the start finish for another go.
Mud-soaked, the women charge into the start/finish for another go.

A big crash disrupted the field in the middle of the race.
A big crash disrupted the field in the middle of the race.

Who blinks first
Who blinks first?

A photo finish between Evie Richards and Pauline Ferrand Prevot.
A photo finish between Evie Richards and Pauline Ferrand Prevot.

One of those days.
One of those days.

First elite World Cup meant the first short track experience for Evie Richards she got acquainted quickly.
First elite World Cup meant the first short track experience for Evie Richards, she got acquainted quickly.

Reigning champ Kate Courtney all smiles after slotting into 6th place.
Reigning champ Kate Courtney all smiles after slotting into 6th place.

Just outside the top 10 for Jolanda Neff today.
Just outside the top 10 for Jolanda Neff today.

You can bet on Annika Langvad being a threat in the main race.
You can bet on Annika Langvad being a threat in the main race.

Loana Lecomte took a strong third place finish.
Loana Lecomte took a strong third place finish.

Jordan Sarrou feeling the pressure.
Jordan Sarrou feeling the pressure.

Vlad Dascalu is one of the few U23 s that have moved up after making their mark in younger years.
Vlad Dascalu is one of the few U23's that have moved up after making their mark in younger years.

Henry Avancini ready to do battle.
Henry Avancini ready to do battle.

Maxime Marotte would be the best of the Cannondale trio today.
Maxime Marotte would be the best of the Cannondale trio today.

Not the start of the season Ninio Schurter was looking for today but knowing him he ll have more in store for us later this week.
Not the start of the season Ninio Schurter was looking for today but knowing him, he'll have more in store for us later this week.

A blistering men s start in the last bit of light.
A blistering men's start in the last bit of light.

The fast starters would not fair well today.
The fast starters would not fair well today.

Bartlomiej Wawak set the pace early.
Bartlomiej Wawak set the pace early.

Wawak and Victor Koretzky drag racing through the worst of the slop.
Wawak and Victor Koretzky drag racing through the worst of the slop.

Not where we expect to see Nino Schurter but only a fool would write him off for the main event.
Not where we expect to see Nino Schurter but only a fool would write him off for the main event.

Anton Cooper and Filippo Colombo go bar to bar.
Anton Cooper and Filippo Colombo go bar to bar.

This part of the course was the deal breaker for most.
This part of the course was the deal breaker for most.

Emerging onto the finish straight.
Emerging onto the finish straight.

Mathias Flueckiger with Anton Cooper in tow.
Mathias Flueckiger with Anton Cooper in tow.

A strong short track performance from Alan Hatherly today.
A strong short track performance from Alan Hatherly today.

Seemingly out of nowhere Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo placed himself up front.
Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo placed himself up front fending off attacks from Koretzky and the rest.

What a day for Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo.
What a day for Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo.

He won t forget that in a hurry
He won't forget that in a hurry!

It's everywhere.

Anton Cooper gathers his thoughts after an intense short track here in Nove Mesto.
Anton Cooper gathers his thoughts after an intense short track here in Nove Mesto.

Your top 3 men Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo Victor Koretzky and Maxime Marotte.
Your top 3 men Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo, Victor Koretzky and Maxime Marotte.

Job well done.
Job well done.


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42 Comments

  • 17 0
 Well done Evie Richards! The photo of her just after being interviewed is brilliant!
  • 1 0
 Was a great interview on RedbullTV too, so funny! :-D
  • 12 0
 XC is getting so gnarly, Mathias Flueckiger had elbow pads on. Never seen that in an XC race before...
  • 11 0
 How some of the riders survive without glasses is beyond my imagination....
  • 4 0
 everyone started with glasses, the last rounds some had to take them off, because they were plastered in mud.
  • 3 0
 If any of them wear contacts... RIP.
  • 2 0
 fenders anyone?? hahah
  • 2 0
 @audric: it's mostly from the racers in front of you. A fender would be useless and not aero.
  • 8 0
 oh man this has me jonesing hard for our cancelled Cyclocross season to be resumed.
  • 1 0
 yeah totally looks like a gloomy late November race
  • 8 0
 VIVA MEXICO!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Arriba El Tri!
  • 1 0
 @jakewashere: Arriba Paquita la del Barrio!
  • 4 1
 It's unclear, is this article about the short course race or the full XC race?

Edit: after some thorough digging through each caption it looks like it's for the XCC short track. This should be in the title or at least in the first paragraph somewhere...
  • 5 0
 Rad photos! The low light and framing really capture the intensity of it all...
  • 2 0
 I tuned in to watch an XCC race and got Cyclocross with fat tires and flat bars! What a mess. LOL Great races.
Being from a desert climate I really feel sorry for them. Looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully some better weather.
Prediction: Those riders that regularly compete in multi-day stage races will place higher as the week progresses.

Great Photos PB.
  • 3 0
 Fucking epic. Congrats Jose!!!
  • 2 0
 Poah. Tough one! Thanks for the great shots!
  • 1 0
 That crash in the women's field looked like Eva Lechner's steerer tube snapped off.
  • 6 0
 Looked to me like the one piece carbon bar just came of the steerer tube. Seen a lot of these one piece bars twisting on the steerer tube. Seems like there is not enough friction between the carbon bar and carbon tube. Can’t imagine Nino and Forster are very happy with it.
  • 1 0
 @magnusc: yeh looked like it slipped off the steerer
  • 1 0
 It looked like she crashed fairly hard then the rider behind her rode ever her/the bike. I was surprised there wasn't more mention of it.
  • 1 0
 @magnusc: If you stop motion click through the slo-mo, you can see the stem is still attached and correctly aligned as she and her bike are going down, must've come off as a result of the crash rather than being the cause.
  • 1 0
 @notsofastoverfifty: Yes, definitely caused by the crash. My comment was just to point out that the steerer tube did not crack/snap. The one piece carbon bar-stem just slipped of the steerer. If she had been using a regular aluminium stem she could probably continue riding. These one piece carbon bar-stems seems to twist very easy on the steerer tubes. Remember Forster in Albstadt(?) last year, that bar-stem was all over the place every time he went down.
  • 1 0
 @magnusc: More carbon paste to solve this?
  • 2 0
 Tough day for white kits.
  • 1 0
 Good to see the marshall leaping into action in the crash photo
  • 1 0
 Thanks for pictures Pinkbike.
  • 3 0
 Good work Jose ! .
  • 1 0
 Interesting to see so many Maxxis Aspens on such a muddy day
  • 1 0
 Not really. They clear the mud pretty well.
  • 1 0
 @mollow: I thought knobbier was better to add grip on the muck
  • 1 0
 @gherz: not if the muck packs between the spikes and makes it a slick tire
  • 1 0
 Felicidades José Gerardo!
VIVA MÉXICO CABRONES!!!!
  • 1 0
 Lovit!
  • 1 4
 Could tell you all how to make all your bikes go faster in muddy conditions?






























But some how no one is interested?
  • 2 4
 And they still refuse to add a 25g front mud guard? It would stop so much crap getting in their face!
  • 7 0
 only if you ride in first position
  • 5 0
 Not when there are riders in front of you.
  • 1 4
 Event hough Kate is so pretty even covered with mud, she's not a reigning champ at the moment, Pauline is. And Pauline, is very pretty as well, good choice, Julien Smile
  • 2 0
 Kate is the reigning world cup champ. Pauline is the reigning world champ.
  • 1 1
 please spare me from your drivel

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