Photo Epic: Sunday's Best - Lenzerheide World Cup XC 2021

Sep 7, 2021
by Andy Vathis  



A crisp Swiss mountain morning greeted the riders on XC Sunday in what was the final European stop of the 2021 season. The racing was stuck on full throttle as each category took to the start line in hopes of an uphill holeshot and healthy legs once the elevation factor became a harsh reality. It’s been a couple years since the circuit made its way over to take a shot at this largely natural course but even with limited capacity due to a certain global event, the arena was electric, cheering on anyone bearing the Swiss flag, whatever the number plate may read.

The U23 races kicked off the festivities just before the sun laid its rays on the start-finish arc. The women went first and the story was pure domination once again from the young Mona Mitterwallner. It wasn’t as clean cut this time as she took her time getting to the front. Once there, history repeated itself as she took her fifth consecutive win. The young men’s race was a little less predictable but exciting nonetheless. Martin Vidaurre Kossmann did take the eventual win but it wasn’t without some extra elbow grease. The top five riders traded spots until the final lap. Further back, the battle for the Leader’s Jersey blazed on with Carter Woods looking for a top ten finish to reclaim the Jersey - West Virginia will be a nail-biter.

Switching gears to the Elites, the pace picked up exponentially while fears of a possible late day shower disappeared. Last time around, Jenny Rissveds took the win here and did so again on Friday night during XCC but Sunday’s task was much harder. Evie Richards is riding her high off the Worlds win and was lusting after that first World Cup victory before season’s end. She had her sights set and there was no telling her otherwise. The excitement carried on to the men’s race for the final start of the day. It could have been anybody's race. Nino's a crowd favourite and yet his compatriot, Mathias Flueckiger, is now on the same playing field as him. Then there's Victor Koretzky, who as we've witnessed this year can really play into the waiting game while keeping up to the front of the pack. His late attack was thorough, leaving the two Swiss riders in his tracks. West Virginia is going to be one hell of a weekend.

The sun beginning to slowly sink into the valleys around Lenzerheide.
The sun beginning to slowly sink into the valleys around Lenzerheide.

Mona Mitterwallner rolls up to the start line.
Mona Mitterwallner rolls up to the start line.

Caroline Bohe even managed a quick smile as she passed her team mates who were shouting encouragement from the first turn.
Caroline Bohe even managed a quick smile as she passed her team mates who were shouting encouragement from the first turn.

A last lap charge moved Gwendalyn Gibson into the top 5.
A last lap charge moved Gwendalyn Gibson into the top 5.

Leonie Daubermann cutting through the morning sunshine on her way to 4th place in the junior women.
Leonie Daubermann cutting through the morning sunshine on her way to 4th place in the junior women.

Savilia Blunk fought through the field from the back and onto the podium.
Savilia Blunk fought through the field from the back and onto the podium.

Caroline Bohe lurking in second place early in the race.
Caroline Bohe lurking in second place early in the race.

A slow opening lap didn t deter Mona Mitterwallner.
A slow opening lap didn't deter Mona Mitterwallner.

Mona Mitterwallner cruises across the line to keep her unbeaten streak going in 2021.
Mona Mitterwallner cruises across the line to keep her unbeaten streak going in 2021.

It s safe to say Mona Mitterwallner s champagne spraying skills have come on leaps and bounds this season.
It's safe to say Mona Mitterwallner's champagne spraying skills have come on leaps and bounds this season.

Your top 3 junior women 1st Mona Mitterwallner 2nd Caroline Bohe 3rd Savilia Blunk.
Your top 3 junior women: 1st Mona Mitterwallner 2nd Caroline Bohe 3rd Savilia Blunk.

Sporting his newly acquired stripes Martin Vidaurre Kossmann was ready to go.
Sporting his newly acquired stripes, Martin Vidaurre Kossmann was ready to go.

U23 Men s start as the sun just began to crest.
U23 Men's start as the sun just began to crest.

Charlie Aldridge closes out the U23 Men s top five.
Charlie Aldridge: closes out the U23 Men's top five.

Mathis Azzaro into fourth but he was in the mix up until the last lap.
Mathis Azzaro into fourth but he was in the mix up until the last lap.

Joel Roth fought his way back up to third.
Joel Roth fought his way back up to third.

Juri Zanotti put up a good effort and took second.
Juri Zanotti put up a good effort and took second.

Martin Vidaurre Kossmann in control from the very beginning.
Martin Vidaurre Kossmann in control from the very beginning.

Two in a row for Martin Vidaurre Kossmann. West Virginia is going to be interesting.
Two in a row for Martin Vidaurre Kossmann. West Virginia is going to be interesting.

A sprint at the line deciding third and fourth.
A sprint at the line deciding third and fourth.

The leaders Jersey went back to Carter Woods after this round but the race is on in West Virginia for the overall.
The leaders Jersey went back to Carter Woods after this round so the race is on in West Virginia for the overall.

Your Men s U23 podium 1st Martin Vidaurre Kossmann 2nd Juri Zanotti and 3rd Joel Roth
Your Men's U23 podium: 1st Martin Vidaurre Kossmann, 2nd Juri Zanotti, and 3rd Joel Roth

Not the race Jolanda Neff was looking for on home soil.
Not the race Jolanda Neff was looking for on home soil.

She just missed out on the short track but would go one better today.
She just missed out on the short track but would go one better today.

Laura Stigger about to continue her strong and consistent season.
Laura Stigger about to continue her strong and consistent season.

Jenny Rissveds coming off a win in XCC on Friday and rest assured she ll be causing a ruckus.
Jenny Rissveds coming off a win in XCC on Friday and rest assured she'll be causing a ruckus.

Short track winner Jenny Rissveds leads the pack into the first turn.
Short track winner Jenny Rissveds leads the pack into the first turn.

Just outside the top 10 for Nicole Koller in 11th.
Just outside the top 10 for Nicole Koller in 11th.

Alessandra Keller with one of her strongest showings so far.
Alessandra Keller with one of her strongest showings so far.

Anne Tauber was in the mix from the get go eventually finishing 8th.
Anne Tauber was in the mix from the get go, eventually finishing 8th.

Linda Indergand was one of three Swiss women in the top 10 today.
Linda Indergand was one of three Swiss women in the top 10 today.

Anne Terpstra just missed out on the podium in 6th place.
Anne Terpstra just missed out on the podium in 6th place.

Loana Lecomte is back in it and comes away with fourth.
Loana Lecomte is back in it and comes away with fourth.

Rebecca McConnell gave it a good go but couldn t quite match Evie Richards in the last 2 laps.
Rebecca McConnell gave it a good go but couldn't quite match Evie Richards in the last 2 laps.

Sina Frei takes charge at the front of the field.
Sina Frei takes charge at the front of the field.

Rissveds finishes a strong third after taking the holeshot and playing cat and mouse at the front.
Rissveds finishes a strong third after taking the holeshot and playing cat and mouse at the front.

Evie Richards jumps ahead in the first couple laps setting the tone for the race.
Evie Richards jumps ahead now, setting the tone for the rest of the race.

Sheer disbelief as Evie Richards takes her first elite World Cup win just a week after taking the rainbow stripes.
Sheer disbelief as Evie Richards takes her first elite World Cup win just a week after taking the rainbow stripes.

Evie Richards left it all out there today.
Evie Richards left it all out there today.

Rebecca McConnell exhausted and ecstatic as she rode into second place.
Rebecca McConnell exhausted and ecstatic as she rode into second place.

Sina Frei was quite rightfully gutted after a mechanical robbed her off the chance to fight for the win in the closing moments of the race.
Sina Frei was quite rightfully gutted after a mechanical robbed her off the chance to fight for the win in the closing moments of the race.

Your tip 5 elite women 1st Evie Richards 2nd Rebecca McConnell 3rd Jenny Rissveds 4th Loana Lecomte 5th Sina Frei.
Your top 5 elite women: 1st Evie Richards 2nd Rebecca McConnell 3rd Jenny Rissveds 4th Loana Lecomte 5th Sina Frei.

Evie Richards is getting used to this feeling.
Evie Richards is getting used to this feeling.

Max Brandl is making a name for himself this season and rightly so.
Max Brandl is making a name for himself this season and rightly so.

Alan Hatherly lining up on the front row before riding into 4th place.
Alan Hatherly lining up on the front row before riding into 4th place.

Nino is ready to go at home.
Nino is ready to go at home.

Victor Koretzky took the win back in Germany with much the same circumstances he faced on Sunday.
Victor Koretzky took the win back in Germany with much the same circumstances he faced on Sunday.

The elite men battle for position off the line.
The elite men battle for position off the line.

Mathias Stirnemann took his final start at a World Cup and did so dripping in old school cool.
Mathias Stirnemann took his final start at a World Cup and did so dripping in old school cool.

Big table off the bat for Nino Schurter.
Big table off the bat for Nino Schurter.

Eventual winner Victor Koretzky throws a t-bog on the opening lap.
Eventual winner Victor Koretzky throws a t-bog on the opening lap.

Luca Shwarbauwer with an impressive tenth place.
Luca Shwarbauwer with an impressive tenth place.

Brandl coming up the ranks finishing ninth.
Brandl coming up the ranks finishing ninth.

Bartlomiej Wawak cutting through the trees on the far ned of the course.
Bartlomiej Wawak cutting through the trees on the far ned of the course.

Ondrej Cink and Titouan Carod do battle mid way through the race.
Ondrej Cink and Titouan Carod do battle mid way through the race.

Sixth for XCC specialist Henrique Avancini.
Sixth for XCC specialist Henrique Avancini.

Fourth for Alan Hatherly. The battle raged on around him as the laps counted down.
Fourth for Alan Hatherly. The battle raged on around him as the laps counted down.

Mathias Flueckiger traded punches with Nino Schurter and would ultimately take third.
Mathias Flueckiger traded punches with Nino Schurter and would ultimately take third.

Nino Schurter takes control at the front of the pack.
Nino Schurter takes control at the front of the pack.

Victor Koretzky kept it cool while the two Swiss leaders hashed it out in the early laps.
Victor Koretzky kept it cool while the two Swiss leaders hashed it out.

Koretzky across the line edging out Nino and Flueckiger on the last lap.
Koretzky across the line, edging out Nino and Flueckiger on the last lap.

A strategic play in the final minutes got Koretzky the W. Fair play to him.
A strategic play in the final minutes got Koretzky the W. Fair play to him.

Henrique Avancini won the short track on Friday night but could only manage a 6th place finish today.
Henrique Avancini won the short track on Friday night but could only manage a 6th place finish today.

Bartlomiej Wawak cools down after his red hot ride into 7th place.
Bartlomiej Wawak cools down after his red hot ride into 7th place.

Your Elite Men s podium 1st Victor Koretzky 2nd Nino Schurter 3rd Mathias Flueckiger 4th Alan Hatherly and 5th Titouan Carod
Your Elite Men's podium: 1st Victor Koretzky, 2nd Nino Schurter, 3rd Mathias Flueckiger, 4th Alan Hatherly, and 5th Titouan Carod

Stateside now for one last spray.
Stateside now for one last spray.



24 Comments

  • 76 0
 I demand a bike check on Mathias Stirnemann’s bike and kit!
  • 16 0
 Best outfit in the field.
  • 59 1
 came for the table, was not disappointed.
  • 57 0
 Throwing a T-bog on the opening lap is straight savage!
  • 8 40
flag danielfloyd (Sep 7, 2021 at 5:12) (Below Threshold)
 if only it was a proper t-bog
  • 23 0
 @danielfloyd: Wrong hand off relative to the way he's turning? Top beefing, award yourself 10 salty bmx points
  • 5 1
 @pbuser2299: bars should be locked in at 90 degrees, but its just technicalities.
  • 31 0
 Text book flat table from Nino, as expected.
  • 19 0
 I'm not sure which is the best shot: Nino's table, Koretzky's one-hander, or Mathias Stirnemann's kit and bike. I agree with above, we need a bike check on Stirnemann's whip.
  • 9 0
 The steeze pics are cool and all, but that portrait of Jolanda Neff looks like it's straight out of 1930's Hollywood. Less the rad shades, anyway.
  • 2 0
 With this kind of shots, I prefer pics over video. Tnx to RB & AV.
  • 15 2
 How about adding stylepoint into the results?
These top dogs know how to race a bike thats for sure.
  • 10 0
 The past few years the women's racing was more exciting to watch, but this past weekend the men's XCO was more entertaining IMHO. When Koretzky attacked and Nino was gapped I thought that would be the finishing order. The pass that Nino put on Flueckiger right at the end seemed to crush Mathias' hopes and the gap at the line showed that.
  • 12 0
 These guys take the piss. I can barely keep my bike upright in XC races.
  • 6 0
 Great Racing. Super Photos to add to my desktop slide show... Jenny did pretty well. Sina's Flat was downer though. Wondering when they going to learn to leave the S-Works Casing tires at home on rocky courses. Evie's enthusiasm is downright contagious. That girl is wound up like a 10-Day clock and ridin' high. Nino's just having way too much fun gettin' steezy out there! LOL Can't wait for Snowshoe.
  • 9 0
 Schurter with more flair there than some Slopestyle athletes....

#gobig!
  • 8 0
 Even more amazing is that Stirnemann made it 4 laps before being pulled!
  • 6 0
 I missed when the nose embiggerizer replaced the nasal strip.
  • 2 0
 Hasn't the ramp been removed for the race?
  • 2 0
 Have Koretzky bought himself a dropper seat post?
  • 1 0
 Can the caption for the U23 women be updated from Junior to U23?
  • 1 0
 Crazy that Nino was only WC to not win.
  • 1 0
 They keep the ramp....
  • 1 0
 Epic photos indeed!

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