Photo Epic: XCC Hot Laps - Lenzerheide World Cup XC 2019

Aug 9, 2019
by Andy Vathis  


Photo Epic presented by Topeak



It was a short lap. We knew when we walked the course the lap times would be fast, blisteringly fast. Short track is always a bit of high-speed mayhem, but today seemed like they were passing every two minutes. And they pretty much were. The men were turning sub-two-minute laps and the women just over two minutes. Mathieu van der Poel takes another win after playing the field again, and Pauline Ferrand Prevot takes another sprint finish win from Jolanda Neff.


Long shadows but short laps. This is going to get crazy.
Long shadows but short laps. This is going to get crazy.

Kate Courtney is still trying to find that fuel which drove her to lead the pack in earlier XCC races this season.
Kate Courtney is still trying to find that fuel which drove her to lead the pack in earlier XCC races this season.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot had a smile of confidence before the race.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot had a smile of confidence before the race.

Eva Lechner ready for battle. She placed a solid fifth in Val Di Sole s XCC round last week.
Eva Lechner ready for battle. She placed a solid fifth in Val di Sole's XCC round last week.

Bec Henderson had plenty of time at the front of the pack.
Bec Henderson had plenty of time at the front of the pack.

Anne Tauber was just one of few Women who decided they wanted a try at the front.
Anne Tauber was just one of few women who decided they wanted a try at the front.

Strong comeback from Jenny Rissveds. She moved up the pack steadily throughout the race to finally take third.
Strong comeback from Jenny Rissveds. She moved up the pack steadily throughout the race to finally take third.

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot stayed with the lead group as they took off from everyone else.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot stayed with the lead group as they took off from everyone else.

Jolanda Neff had a strong race but fell prey to Prevot s tactics in the end.
Jolanda Neff had a strong race but fell prey to Prevot's tactics in the end.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot has been back on form and takes another win.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot has been back on form and takes another win.

Pauline is back. Sunday is going to make for some great racing.
Pauline is back. Sunday is going to make for some great racing.

Not the race Kate Courtney wanted. She ll be hoping to step it up come Sunday as the points spread is getting larger.
Not the race Kate Courtney wanted. She'll be hoping to step it up come Sunday as the points spread is getting larger.

Neff and Prevot sprint for the finish.
Neff and Prevot sprint for the finish.

Rissveds gave it absolutely everything she had.
Rissveds gave it absolutely everything she had.

Jolanda Neff feeling that sprint finish.
Jolanda Neff feeling that sprint finish.

Annie Last catches her breath at the end of a hard race.
Annie Last catches her breath at the end of a hard race.

Gassed at the end of a hard six laps.
Gassed at the end of a hard six laps.

Pauline Jolanda and Jenny take the top three spots.
Pauline, Jolanda, and Jenny take the top three spots.

Mathias Flueckiger was competitive for most of it but would fade near the end.
Mathias Flueckiger was competitive for most of it but would fade near the end.

Nino hasn t had the best of seasons at short track. He seemed almost pensive on the line.
Nino, pensive on the start line.

Nino is up against a front row that is just as hungry as he is.
Nino is up against a front row that is just as hungry as he is - and maybe more.

Cool as a cucumber as per usual.
Cool as a cucumber as per usual.

Jordan Sarrou had the holeshot and a top ten finish.
Jordan Sarrou had the holeshot and a top ten finish.

Men s blistering start.
Men's sprint start.

Great race for Maxime Marotte. Fourth for him on what was one of the fastest XCC courses of the season.
Great race for Maxime Marotte. Fourth for him on what was one of the fastest XCC courses of the season.

Mathieu van der Poel once again played the others like a fiddle and walked away with the win.
Mathieu van der Poel once again played the others like a fiddle and walked away with the win.

putting down the power on the first climb.
Putting down the power on the first climb.

Henrique Avancini moved his way up and attacked Nino in the final laps.
Henrique Avancini moved his way up and attacked Nino in the final laps.

Mathieu van der Poel breathing down Nino s back. He d turn the jets on once again and took the win.
Mathieu van der Poel breathing down Nino's back. He'd turn the jets on once again and take the win.

Avancini leads Nino and Mathieu through the woods.
Avancini leads Nino and Mathieu through the woods.

Nino Schurter had his moments at the front be he would have to settle for third.
Nino Schurter had his moments at the front be he would have to settle for third.

Mathieu van der Poel about to kick it up a notch on the final lap.
Mathieu van der Poel about to kick it up a notch on the final lap.

Big win for Van der Poel.
Another big win for Van der Poel.

Avancini gassed still trying to figure out how to defeat van der Poel.
Avancini, wrecked, still trying to figure out how to defeat van der Poel.

Mathieu van der Poel showed us a glimpse of his power today but he still has to survive Sunday s race.
Mathieu van der Poel showed us a glimpse of his power today but he still has to survive Sunday's race.

Not an easy one today.
Not an easy one today.

Mathieu van der Poel Henrique Avancini and Nino Schurter for the Men s flower ceremony.
Mathieu van der Poel, Henrique Avancini, and Nino Schurter for the Men's flower ceremony.

Toast.
Toast.

Anton Cooper feeling the burn at the end of short track.
Anton Cooper feeling the burn at the end of short track.


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18 Comments

  • + 7
 What a season, featuring the meteoric rise of Prevot, the return of Rissveds and the abrupt fall of Batty, Langvad and now Courtney. On the men's side, the crown is now Van Der Poel's for the taking. The upcoming World Championships should be an absolute classic!
  • + 9
 I wouldn't say Prevot has had a meteoric rise, she just can actually ride again at full power.
  • + 9
 @clink83: From barely being able to put on hospital slippers at the end of last year to the top step of the podium two weekends in a row is pretty meteoric as far as I'm concerned. :-)
  • + 6
 How exactly has Courtney fallen? She has 3 XC wins on the season in addition to at least 2 short course wins.
  • + 3
 Van der Poel isn't racing again after Sunday... No Worlds nor Snowshoe for him as he prepares for the Road World Championship... Shame!
  • + 3
 @billreilly: Shame? This road worlds parcours seems made for him. Him and a couple of other offroaders doing great in road cycling is great publicity for our sport. Every mainstream commentator mentioned his MTB exploits during his spring road season ánd how difficult it is to win an MTB world cup (apart from short track). They also allways mention his own words that he does MTB simply because he likes it more. I love it, because in the traditional road racing world, it's all business. VDP is like the guy in shorts showing up in an office full of suits who gets away with it, because he's awsome at what he does.
  • + 7
 I remember very well my negative thoughts towards the UCI's announcement of the addition of XCC in late 2017. XCO will always be my fave, but I was wrong -- the XCCs have been incredibly exciting, dramatic, dynamic.
  • + 7
 It was refreshing seeing Nino finally attack and go hard during an XCC race. It was great change of pace and made this one of the better short course races this year.
  • + 7
 Courtney’s problem is the shiney bike. It all went down hill when she took out the N1NO edition.

You know, because in today’s world correlation always means causation.
  • + 4
 That was some damn good watchin'! Have a feeling Sunday is going to be more of the same, plus 1 hour.

Great to see JR, PFP, and AL all continuing to do well/better. Quite inspirational I'd dare say.
  • + 7
 Jenny is too legit to quit. What an awesome woman.
  • + 1
 Love most of the photos, but can you please dial down the super close up face-photos. We don’t need to study the riders face worms, pimples and nose hairs.
  • + 0
 Nino was the freshest after the finish, victory on Sunday of his
  • + 5
 If by "freshest" you mean attacked the hardest for 7/9 laps, then yes.
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