XC is a game of attrition. It's pushing one's body to the brink of imploding, and then shoving over the edge. The XC World Cup started of with a bang this weekend in Pietermaritzburg, and while it looked like Nino Schurter might run away with the first win, luck would not be with him. Julien Absalon and Jolanda Neff took the first win on the redesigned track at round one. Conditions were hot and dry, and riders fought to keep from getting too over heated so they could make it to the end.