Reaching the Boiling Point: Lenzerheide XCO World Cup, Elite Men and Women

Jul 10, 2016
by Matthew DeLorme  


After the thrashing the XC racers gave themselves at Worlds last week, they were at it again here in Lenzerheide this weekend. This time, they were racing at 1,500 meters of elevation and like last year at Lenzerheide, it was hot. The forecast was for thundershowers today, but they never materialized which meant racers were out in the blazing heat and powdery dust putting themselves well into the hurt box. Ice was in high demand to keep cool during warm up, and the call-up boxes were nearly completely covered by umbrellas.

Jenny Rissveds has had an impressive season so far, and today she took her first win as a pro. Rissveds passed Annika Langvad on the last lap after leading for most of the race. Jolanda Neff had a tough time here last year but redeemed herself today on home soil taking third place. Nino Schurter played a little cat and mouse with Kulhavy on the opening lap, but then turned up the gas and took off for the rest of the race passing a few back markers in the process. Julien Absalon took second for the men and Maxime Marotte continued his top-notch season with another third place finish. Now that the dust has settled the racers can take a few weeks off before MSA and then it's off to the games.


Rissveds was must have know the sky was the limit today when she got to the start.
Rissveds must have known the sky was the limit today when she got to the start.

Reaching the Boiling Point
The women head out into the heat of the day.

Jolanda Neff was flying down Heidi s Hell Neff had a much better day in Lenzerheide than she did last year.
Jolanda Neff was flying down Heidi's Hell, Neff had a much better day in Lenzerheide than she did last year.

Jenny Rissveds was on the gas today. She added her forst pro win to what has been an impressive season already.
Jenny Rissveds was on the gas today. She added her first pro win to what has been an impressive season already.

Reaching the Boiling Point
Alessandra Keller charging hard to sixth place.

Annika Langvad was out front for most of the race but Rissveds would pass her on the last lap.
Annika Langvad was out front for most of the race but Rissveds would pass her on the last lap.

Maja Wloszczowska had a much better day that she did a worlds last week. Maja finished fifth.
Maja Wloszczowska had a much better day that she did at worlds last week. Maja finished fifth.

Katarina Nash had a roaring good day out on the dusty Lenzerheide course. Nash took fourth.
Katarina Nash had a roaring good day out on the dusty Lenzerheide course. Nash took fourth.

World Champion in the U23 category Jenny Rissveds taking the win in the elite women s field today in Lenzerheide.
World Champion in the U23 category, Jenny Rissveds, taking the win in the elite women's field today in Lenzerheide.

In a race which thrived once again with riders taking the lead in turns Jolanda Neff ultimately finished in third.
In a race which thrived once again, with riders taking the lead in turns, Jolanda Neff ultimately finished in third.

Hiding from the sun
Hiding from the sun.

Pre-race cooling for Nino Schurter as temperatures reached tropical levels in Lenzerheide.
Pre-race cooling for Nino Schurter as temperatures reached tropical levels in Lenzerheide.

Nerves raging throughout the start zone for both riders and staff as the race is about to get going.
Nerves raging throughout the start zone for both riders and staff as the race is about to get going.

An uphill start saw riders charging hard.
An uphill start saw riders charging hard.

Jaroslav Kulhavy leading Nino into lap two.
Jaroslav Kulhavy leading Nino into lap two.

Jaroslav Kulhavy was out for revenge as Nino Schurter bested him before his home crowd a week earlier.
Jaroslav Kulhavy was out for revenge as Nino Schurter bested him before his home crowd a week earlier.

Two phones just to make sure. myphoneisbetterthanyours
Two phones, just to make sure. #myphoneisbetterthanyours

Julien Absalon pushed hard today in the heat and took second.
Julien Absalon pushed hard today in the heat and took second.

Battle of the mountain bike superpowers. The French and the Swiss both have an arsenal of riders at their disposal. Maxime Marotte riding in second position here. He d finish in third after Absalon.
Battle of the mountain bike superpowers. The French and the Swiss both have an arsenal of riders at their disposal. Maxime Marotte riding in second position here. He'd finish in third, after Absalon.

Victor Koretzky met the man with the hammer in his lasts laps falling from third position in the race to 13th.
Victor Koretzky met the man with the hammer in his last laps, falling from third position in the race to 13th.

Schurter pleasing the crowd. The course in Lenzerheide might not be the most technical but physically it is demanding.
Schurter pleasing the crowd. The course in Lenzerheide might not be the most technical, but physically it is demanding.

Nino Schurter all but ran away with another win today.
Nino Schurter all but ran away with another win today.

Julien Absalon pushed hard today in the heat and took second.
Julien Absalon pushed hard today in the heat and took second.

Jaroslav is in good form right now. Can it last until the Olympics Kulhavy took fourth today.
Jaroslav is in good form right now. Can it last until the Olympics? Kulhavy took fourth today.

Riding into his last lap proving his confidence Schurter whips it up.
Riding into his last lap, proving his confidence, Schurter whips it up.

Maxime Marotte trying his best to cool down.
Maxime Marotte trying his best to cool down.

It was hot dry and dusty out there today and it pushed riders to the brink.
It was hot, dry, and dusty out there today, and it pushed riders to the brink.

Fontana dug deep today. Many riders struggled with the heat and dust collapsing as their bodies reserves had been exhausted.
Fontana dug deep today. Many riders struggled with the heat and dust, collapsing as their bodies' reserves had been exhausted.

Nino and Julien once again showing mutual respect for each other at the finish line.
Nino and Julien once again showing mutual respect for each other at the finish line.

Sometimes you give it your all and it doesn t go to plan.
Sometimes you give it your all and it doesn't go to plan.


MENTIONS: @mdelorme / @ikeizer




38 Comments

  • + 68
 A whip like that on the last lap, after the effort a race like that takes; yah, I'd call that confidence!!! Schurter is the boss... I don't think I can whip at all with my seat cranked up like that...lol
  • + 50
 Schurter throws better whips on his XC bike with the seat jacked up than most of us on our dh rigs, respect!
  • + 14
 i can't even whip! Frown
  • + 49
 Great. Some ass clown complains about there being too many Batty pictures in the last set and now we don't get any. Thanks a lot, ass clown.
  • + 11
 Look on the bright side, we got pictures of Jenny Rissveds now.
  • + 1
 LOL... was wondering where she was!
  • + 1
 @pedrocaio182: Damn, how did I miss her? Google images first pictures is ridiculous.
  • + 3
 We did get one pic of America's Emily Batty in training (Kate Courtney) in the U23 photos. Emily finished Top 10 and her fans want to see her!
  • + 22
 I can climb 1500m and still whip it better than you..... Schurter
  • + 17
 How Nino doesn't get people paying attention to xc I will never know...so awesome!
  • + 2
 I'm loving this coverage!
  • + 13
 Yeah the whip is sick but I recommend watching Nino on lap 3-5. It's totally ridiculous how fast he's going up/down and especially through the flat tech.
  • + 3
 Yeah he has some insane flow. Watching him reel the leaders back in after that clip-out during the start was pretty impressive too. Dude is (almost) untouchable.

Much respect to Absalon and Marotte too. I think Absalon knew he wasn't on Nino's pace that day, but his last couple laps were beastly. Felt awful for Marotte as Absalon just blasted right by him - he put on one hell of an effort and we're going to see a lot more of him in the future.
  • + 12
 XC = represents youth and spirit , THE BEST part of my life...
  • + 2
 yup. i spent my late teens / early 20's racing XC at National Level = great memories

then DH and FR came along and changed everything!
  • + 12
 Holy XC whip Batman!
  • + 8
 N1NO's mid-race whips.
  • + 4
 i think XC riders deserve way more respect. i wouldn't ride half they stuff they do on a hardtail, let alone without a dropper!
  • + 6
 N1NO is the XC KING~
  • + 1
 Nino is a hell of a rider, imperial on climbs and the best on the downhills but...

MY GOD that guy is cold and not funny !! A true Swiss man.

The best of the best would be Schurter on the track and Kulhavy/Fontana/Fumic/Hermida (pick the one you like) when the race is over to make a bit of a show... Smile
  • + 3
 If he can do that on a xc race and a xc bike just imagine the day that he decides to go Enduro....... Cheers
  • + 4
 N1no! best!!! Smile
  • + 2
 Would love to see more coverage of XC racing like this!
  • + 3
 LOOK AT THE WHIP!
  • + 1
 Does anyone know what the cooling fluid is that nino is putting on?
  • + 5
 It's a bit jizzy ain't it.
  • + 1
 @deepcovedave: Thats what I was thinking but thought someone might actually know
  • + 4
 Clearly it is freshly flown in milk from Lewis Road Creamery...
  • - 3
 Nino can change the sport - make it more aggressive so everyone sees the advantage a FS and dropper, he rides a 27.5 wheel set, now all he needs to do is get in some baggies and he'll be a rock star. (Okay I know he already is)
  • + 10
 Hes on a 29er and rides a rigid post
  • + 9
 Except he doesn't use a dropper and now he rides a 29er.
  • + 0
 @vRidge: Maybe not this course but he's used the dropper on other courses. When did he go 29? He said he preferred the 27.5 because it was more agile.
  • + 1
 Where is the rainbow Jersey?
  • + 1
 He's the point leader in the world cup standings that's why he didn't wear the rainbow jersey, same as Langvad in the women's race.
  • + 1
 no emily batty
  • - 3
 Whip vs. Scrub? Arguably both have a place, but a scrub that much more impressive and practical.
  • - 2
 He had moved back to 29er, and left the kid wheels behind for now.
  • + 3
 Seems like he could win on 24" wheels. I watched the race on TV and all I can say is wow....he is dominate.

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