Photo Epic: Jungle Boogie - Petropolis XC World Cup 2022

Apr 11, 2022
by Andy Vathis  



The opening XCO round of the season did not lack any excitement under the Brazilian sun. The heat and humidity spawned nightly storms that kept the track relatively slippery in most areas and rolling quick in others. It’s been 17 years since the last time a world-class race was held in this part of the globe. The course is embedded in a lush jungle complete with an array of impressive rock features and shoots.

The first of the races kicked off on Saturday with the U23s taking centre stage. The men’s race was fast and Martin Vidaurre was there to set the blistering pace. He would take the win with time to spare. The women were next and it was the top three that exchanged punches until the end. Line Burquier would take eventually take the win after burning out her competitors.

Sunday’s main events were not ones to miss. The women started off the morning and Loana Lecomte came out swinging. It seemed like she had enough of a gap to solidify another win, but Anne Terpstra, and eventual winner Rebecca McConnell, found the energy to reel her in in the closing laps. It would be McConnell's first ever World Cup win despite coming close on several occasions. The men’s race was up next. There were mini battles being fought throughout the top spots, keeping everyone on their toes. The heat played a part, with some big names fading out. Eventually, the top three separated themselves just enough to create their own drama. The race was decided in the last few hundred meters with a three-way drag race between Maxime Marotte, Nino Schurter, and Vlad Dascalu. It seemed like Marotte would take his first ever World Cup win after beating Nino to the top of the final climb, but Nino would pip Marotte at the line and take his 33rd World Cup win.


Huge storms would roll in and out of the valley every night reminding us how brutal this part of the world can be.
Huge storms would roll in and out of the valley every night reminding us how brutal this part of the world can be.

We woke to a beautiful day after a big storm overnight.
We woke to a beautiful day after a big storm overnight.

Martin Vidaurre ready to fire the Saturday afternoon heat.
Martin Vidaurre ready to fire the Saturday afternoon heat.

Men s U23 start.
Men's U23 start.

Oleksandr Hudyma fought for his spot on the podium until the last lap.
Oleksandr Hudyma fought for his spot on the podium until the last lap.

Janis Baumann was in the mix but couldn t match Vidaurre s pace. Second place for him here in Brazil.
Janis Baumann was in the mix but couldn't match Vidaurre's pace. Second place for him here in Brazil.

Marin Vidaurre got on the gas and just left. Being from Chile the humidity and heat probably worked to his advantage.
Marin Vidaurre got on the gas and just left. Being from Chile, the humidity and heat probably worked to his advantage.

Martin Vidaurre Kossmann starting 2022 where he left off at the end of the 2021 season.
Martin Vidaurre starting 2022 where he left off at the end of the 2021 season.

Your men s U23 podium - 1st Martin Vidaurre 2nd Janis Baumann and 3rd Oleksandr Hudyma
Your men's U23 podium - 1st Martin Vidaurre, 2nd Janis Baumann, and 3rd Oleksandr Hudyma

Line Burquier ready for her first U23 World Cup start.
Line Burquier ready for her first U23 World Cup start.

The U23 women get their race underway.
The U23 women get their race underway.

Giada Specia led for a lot of the race but would slip back to third late on.
Giada Specia led for a lot of the race but would slip back to third late on.

Sara Cortinovis didn t let a couple of big crashes keep her off the podium.
Sara Cortinovis didn't let a couple of big crashes keep her off the podium.

Line Burquier sat back a little at the start but then when she decided the time was right she was gone and untouchable.
Line Burquier sat back a little at the start but then when she decided the time was right, she was gone and untouchable.

Line Burquier takes the U23 women s win.
Line Burquier takes the U23 women's win.

Your top 3 U23 women 1st Line Burquier 2nd Sara Cortinovis 3rd Giada Specia.
Your top 3 U23 women: 1st Line Burquier 2nd Sara Cortinovis 3rd Giada Specia.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot won Friday night s XCC but would fall ill on Saturday evening and was unable to finish.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot won Friday night's XCC, but would fall ill on Saturday evening and was unable to finish.

The reigning overall winner Loana Lecomte with a solid start to her 2022 campaign.
The reigning overall winner Loana Lecomte with a solid start to her 2022 campaign despite suffering a broken collarbone at the end of January.

All smiles for Rebecca McConnell at the start.
All smiles for Rebecca McConnell at the start.

The women s field is off into the jungle track.
The women's field is off into the jungle track.

Alessandra Keller with another strong and consistent finish.
Alessandra Keller with another strong and consistent finish.

Linda Indergand rode to a solid seventh place.
Linda Indergand rode to a solid seventh place.

Laura Stigger charging into fourth.
Laura Stigger charging into fourth.

Terpstra and McConnell chasing for top podium spots eventually catching Lecomte.
Terpstra and McConnell chasing for top podium spots, eventually catching Lecomte.

Anne Terpstra was on one. Her and Rebecca McConnell roped in Loana by mid race.
Anne Terpstra was on one. She and Rebecca McConnell roped in Loana by mid-race.

Mona Mitterwallner settling into life in elite just fine. First race first podium.
Mona Mitterwallner settling into life in elite just fine. First race, first podium.

Anne Terpstra with eventual winner Rebecca McConnell tracking her every move.
Anne Terpstra with eventual winner Rebecca McConnell tracking her every move.

Loana Lecomte led the race early on before being passed by McConnell and Terpstra.
Loana Lecomte led the race early on before being passed by McConnell and Terpstra.

Rebecca McConnell finally out in front on the last lap. A well timed attack had her eyeing up her first win.
Rebecca McConnell finally out in front on the last lap. A well-timed attack had her eyeing up her first win.

Rebecca McConnell finally gets that first World Cup win.
Rebecca McConnell gets that first World Cup win.

She s come close a few times but today belonged to Rebecca McConnell.
She's come close a few times, but today belonged to Rebecca McConnell.

Kate Courtney had one of her strongest showings for a while back inside the top 10.
Kate Courtney had one of her strongest showings for a while, back inside the top 10.

Caroline Boh was very pleased with her sixth place performance.
Caroline Bohe was very pleased with her sixth place performance.

Stigger shattered but well played.
Stigger - shattered but well played.

Your women s podium from the first race of the 2022 season.
Your women's podium from the first race of the 2022 season.

First win and the leaders jersey to go along with it
First win and the leader's jersey to go along with it.

Vlad Dascalu about to unleash beast mode.
Vlad Dascalu about to unleash beast mode.

Henrique Avancini had the weight of expectation on his shoulders this weekend.
Henrique Avancini had a lot of pressure on his shoulders this weekend in his hometown.

Maxime Marotte dialing in the mental before the big show.
Maxime Marotte dialling in the mind before the big show.

Alan Hatherly will be a threat today after taking the XCC win on Friday.
Alan Hatherly will be a threat today after taking the XCC win on Friday.

Thomas Litcher and Christopher Blevins lead the charge into the first turn.
Thomas Litscher and Christopher Blevins lead the charge into the first turn.

Pierre De Froidmont starting off life at his new team with an incredible ride to 6th.
Pierre De Froidmont starting off life at his new team with an incredible ride to 6th.

Vlad Dascalu fighting back from a mechanical in the short track to lead the main race. He lost out in the sprint to Schurter and Marotte and would end up third.
Vlad Dascalu fighting back from a mechanical in the short track to lead the main race. He lost out in the sprint to Schurter and Marotte and would end up third.

Filippo Colombo grabbed the final spot on the podium.
Filippo Colombo grabbed the final spot on the podium.

Sebastian Fini Carstensen put on the gas today. Fourth place in the Brazilian heat.
Sebastian Fini Carstensen put on the gas today. Fourth place in the Brazilian heat.

So close yet so far for Maxime Marotte.
So close yet so far for Maxime Marotte.

No sortage of style for the shouting Brazilian fans.
No shortage of style for the shouting Brazilian fans.

Nino under the banana leaves charging ahead.
Nino under the banana leaves, charging ahead.

Your top three headed into the longest drag race with only a few hundred meters to go.
Your top three headed into the longest drag race with only a few hundred meters to go.

One last look for Marotte. Nino activating the DRS.
One last look for Marotte. Nino activating the DRS.

That s win number 33 for Schurter.
That's win number 33 for Schurter, he now has the same number of World Cup wins as Julien Absalon.

N33no cemented himself into mtb history.
N33no cemented himself into mountain bike history. We're not sure we've ever seen the legend as emotional about a win.

Avancini saluting his home crowd like the champion he is.
Avancini saluting his home crowd like the champion he is.

Pierre De Froidmont cooling down after a heater.
Cooling down after a heater.

Vlad Dascalu was frustrated to come so close to winning his first elite World Cup.
Vlad Dascalu was frustrated to come so close to winning his first elite World Cup.

Henrique Avancini didn t end up with the result he was hoping for but this weekend was huge for the sport in Brazil.
Henrique Avancini didn't end up with the result he was hoping for, but this weekend was huge for the sport in Brazil.

Nino Schurter cooling off the crowd.
Nino Schurter cooling off the crowd.

The top 5 elite men from Petropolis Brazil.
The top 5 elite men from Petropolis, Brazil.

What a place. What a week. Thank you Brazil.
What a place. What a week.

Thank you Brazil. What a place.
Thank you, Brazil.


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43 Comments
  • 56 0
 Me: *sitting in bathtub screaming at my phone*
My wife: *bursts through the door* "What?! What's wrong?"
Me: "oh, sorry, Nino just won his 33rd WC race"
My wife: "What the heck are you talking about?"
Me: "never mind. I'm good."
  • 17 2
 What's up with the bath tub?
  • 13 1
 @FloridaHasMTBToo: I was taking a bath on a Sunday afternoon...
  • 4 0
 @danielfloyd:


hell yeah, I was bathtub too during the race - had to get that epsom salt to chill out the muscles from riding
  • 3 0
 Bathtub is my safe space.
  • 37 2
 Rebecca's F-bomb during the post race interview was a great addition to her first WC win. So much emotion from both her and Nino at the finish.
  • 9 0
 I think that was quite restrained and formal by Austrailian standards.
  • 21 0
 The photo of the U23 start.... put your goddamn phone down and cheer on your boys. Its bad enough at shows, didn't know it had gotten to this point at bike events.
  • 1 0
 Track looks rad though!
  • 18 0
 It's world wide, 24/7, even when in control of a 4,000lb moving object down roads filled with other humans.... The worst invention ever conjured for humanity.
  • 1 0
 It's got to be the ten wannabe Instagram influencers and brand marketers in that shot, surely?

Thousands of others looked like they were having a great time and not being consumed by self-doubt because they missed a future world champ flying by....
  • 2 0
 Nobody is even holding their phone so its wide frame either, major fail all around
  • 16 0
 Thank you bike world for the presence here! It was an amazing show! I am sure the thousands present here won´t forget the experience soon!
  • 1 0
 The crowd looked and sounded amazing. The post race interviews were bedlam.
  • 9 0
 "Being from Chile, the humidity and heat probably worked to his advantage"
Humidity no... heat yes (Central part)
  • 7 0
 Go Bec - Well deserved after another National Title and years of campaigning at the World Cup. Fantastic photos and a great course Avancinis - made for tight and fast racing so great to watch.
  • 9 0
 How can there be not a single photo of nino doing a whip... Wild
  • 7 0
 For the next round I will choose my fantasy-team based on the best photos.
  • 3 0
 what fantasy legue?
  • 1 0
 @JPaul7310: The one on this site? lol. There's a tab for it. For XC, Enduro, and Downhill.
  • 1 0
 @fpvteg: I think you'll find xc doesn't exist
  • 3 0
 @AndyVathis no humidity here in Chile, and actually Martin did his pre race prep in the ski resorts close to Santiago.
  • 3 0
 great photos!
  • 3 0
 Rides shoots and leaves?
  • 2 0
 Great racing, great atmosphere, great photos, we want more!
  • 1 0
 that 2nd picture with the mountains & sky is amazing
  • 1 0
 "Nino activating the DRS"...nice!
  • 1 0
 I hope they go back to this venue every year!
  • 1 0
 Come to brazil
  • 1 2
 How did Avancini finish the race?
What place did he get?
  • 18 0
 He finished in 13th place, but for us (brazilian people) the did a marvelous work, great circuit. Of course we would like him to won, but maybe next time. Even myself that does not like XC modality, I liked very much that circuit and I want do ride there with my enduro bike.
  • 2 0
 Looking up results is hard and stuff.
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