The (Almost) Complete Guide to 2019's UCI XC World Cup Teams

Feb 12, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  





With the World Cup XC season kicking off properly in Germany in May, we've taken a closer look at who will be battling it out this year. The UCI hasn't differentiated between Elite and standard teams yet this year so we've passed our magnifying glass over the top 15 teams from last year plus any remaining Elite teams from 2018 to cover as many as possible.




BIANCHI COUNTERVAIL
Stephane Tempier, Nadir Colledani, Chiara Teocchi

Stephane Tempier couldn't quite match his second place overall finish in 2017 but still had a strong 2018, finishing 15th. Nadir Colledani, who enjoyed a top ten in his first year elite, and Chiara Teocchi will continue to ride for Bianchi in 2019. 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Marco Aurelio Fontana becomes an e-bike racer with Focus. Learn more.
Tempier fought a hard one today.



CANNONDALE FACTORY RACING XC
Maxime Marotte, Manuel Fumic, Henrique Avancini

The Grobert sisters move on but Cannondale still fields a strong team. Henrique is the UCI's second highest ranked rider, Maxime is the fourth and Manuel Fumic is the seventh. All will have an eye towards the podium at each of the UCI World Cup races. Learn more.
Maxime Marotte is one of the fast Frenchies challenging Nino Schurter s supremacy in mountainbiking. Up untill the very last moment he was within inches of leaders Gaze and Schurter.



CORENDON CIRCUS
Mathieu Van Der Poel, Loris Rouiller, Petter Fagerhaug, Ronja Eibl, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado

After finishing second overall last year, Van Der Poel lines up for another season of mountain bike racing and confirms he is aiming for the Olympics in 2020. The cyclocross-focussed Corendon Circus team finished sixth in the team rankings last year and will be looking for more of the same in 2019. Learn more.



CS CARABINIERI - CICLI OLYMPIA - VITTORIA
Daniele Braidot, Luca Braidot, Filippo Fontana, Nicholas Pettina

Centro Sportivo (the Italian military mountain bike team) burst onto the scene as a new team last year and ended up 14th ranked in the overall. The charge was led by the Braidot twins who were both regular faces in the top ten. They stay with the team, as does Nicholas Pettina. They are joined this year by Filippo Fontana. Learn more.
Daniele Braidot looses his line looses traction after the rain made things slick in U23 men.



CST SANDD BAFANG MTB RACING TEAM
Yana Belomoina, Martins Blums, Sebastian Fini Carstensen, David Nordemann, Anne Tauber

2017 overall winner, Yana Belomoina, struggled a bit last year as she recovered from a concussion but will be looking to be at the sharp end again in 2019. She will have to battle Anne Tauber hard to be the fastest woman in the team though. CST slimmed down a bit this year with Dider Bats, Grant Ferguson and more moving on. Learn more.
Yana just needed to ride consistently today but she did one beter than consistent.



SUPERIOR XC TEAM
Felicitas Geiger, Fabian Giger, Linda Indergand, Karla Stepanova, Jan Vastl, Martin Gluth

Focus XC Team rebrands as Superior XC Team while Focus fields another French team called Focus MTB Racing. Superior lose Florian Vogel to KMC but bring in a number of fast riders. Linda Indergand will be looking for more of the form that saw her finish third overall in 2017. Learn more.
Linda Indergrand with a slender gap back to Emily Batty.



GHOST FACTORY RACING
Hugo Briatta, Anne Terpstra, Barbara Benko, Marika Tovo, Sina Frei, Lisa Pasteiner

This all-women's team loses Malene Degn, who picked up an Under-23 win for them last year and gains Marika Tovo, the 2x Italian Champion and World Championship bronze medallist. They also bring Maxxis on board as a tire sponsor. Learn more.
GHOST Factory Racing Team 2019. Shot by Andreas Dobslaff.



JB BRUNEX FELT FACTORY TEAM
Ramona Forchini, Sophie von Berswordt-Wallrabe, Tamara Wiedmann, Lisi Osl, Max Foidl, Marcel Guerrini, Annika Liehner, Lara Krahemann, Fabio Puntener, Casey South

After its first year as a UCI Elite team, JB Brunex adds Fabio Puntener and Casey South. Learn more.
Marcel Guerrini rode a solid race which saw him take the win in Andorra.



KMC-EKOI-ORBEA
Annie Last, Florian Vogel, Victor Koretzky, Malene Degn, Thoms Litscher, Milan Vader, Helene Clauzel

A new bike sponsor for team KMC as Orbea bring their cross country bike to the World Cup. Florian Vogel also joins the team in one of the biggest moves of the off season. Learn more.
During the Lenzerheide UCI MTB World Cup stop in Switzerland. - by Sven Martin



KROSS RACING TEAM
Maja Wloszczowska, Ariane Luethi, Sergio Mantecon, Ondrej Cink

Jolanda Neff moves on but Maja Wloszczowska is another fast woman in the Kross ranks. Ariane Luethi, Sergio Mantecon and Ondrej Cink come on board for 2019. Learn more.
Maja Wloszczowska saw her chances for a medal fade a crash in front caused her loose control as well. Nevertheless she took fourth and was cheering for her teammate and friend Jolanda Neff right after.



MMR Factory Racing
Natalia Fischer Egusquiza, Catriel Soto, David Valero Serrano

David Valero Serrano led the charge for the Spanish team last year and ended up 13th overall. Pablo Rodriguez Guede leaves for Primaflor Mondraker while Natalia Fischer Egusquiza will race for a UCI team for the first time. Learn more.
David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017



MOEBEL MAERKI MTB PRO TEAM
Irina Kalentyeva, Nicole Koller, Karl Markt, Gregor Raggl, Fabiene Schaus, Matthais Stirnemann

Matthias Stirnemann makes his return to Moebel Maerkl after two years at Scott with Nino Schurter. Learn more.
Irina Kalentyeva took fifth today.



PRIMAFLOR MONDRAKER ROTOR
Anton Sintsov, Daniel and Rebecca McConnell, Githa Michiels, Pablo Rodriguez Guede, David Motos, Maria Navarrete

Francesc Arguinbau leaves the Mondraker Primflor line up but they still field a seven-rider line up including regular face in the World Cup top ten, Githa Michiels.

Learn more.
With the dust from the lead three still hanging in the air Daniel Mcconnell chases through the rock garden. Perhaps he s wondering about the pig



SCOTT CREUSE OXYGENE GUERET
Pierre Chabaud, Brice Dujardin, Raphael Gay, Maxime Loret, Isaure Medde, David Menut, Hugp Peyroux, Alex Riboulet, Jens Schuermans, Lucie Urruty

Anther huge line up of riders for Scott Creuse Oxygene Gueret but they lose Hugo Pigeon to full-time enduro racing.

Learn more.
Belgium s Jens Schuermans rode a strong race finishing in fifth. He barely managed to save himself from a crash in this downhill



SCOTT-SRAM MTB RACING
Nino Schurter, Andri Frischknecht, Lars Forster, Kate Courtney

Scott are fielding a super-strong team this year with both elite World Champions in their ranks. They also bolstered their strength in depth with Lars Forster, the European champion. Learn more.
Nino Schurter wireless SRAM Eagle Photo by Irmo Keizer



SPECIALIZED RACING
Annika Langvad, Simon Andreassen, Christopher Blevins, Sam Gaze, Howard Grotts, Alan Hatherly

Specialized Racing describe their line up as "some of the fastest, yet youngest talents on the world stage". Annika Langvad and Sam Gaze are both proven winners and there's plenty of other proven talent here. Kulhavy moves on to a separate supported set up, Ida Jansson leaves and South African Alan Hatherly joins.
Learn more.
Annika Langvad struggled with the course in practice although that did hardly show in the race. Jolanda Neff fell back due to a mechanical after the first lap and Langvad took the lead.



TORPADO-URSUS
Martina Berta, Gerhard Kerschbaumer, Nicola Taffarel, Juri Zanotti

Torpado Gabogas becomes Torpado Ursus for 2019, sharing the same name as a road bike team from the fifties. They line up with four Italian riders for 2019 having added Martina Berta to the fold. Gerhard Kerschbaumer will be looking to add to his first Elite win picked up in Vallnord last year. Learn more.
Image by Piotr Staron



THÖMUS - RN RACING TEAM
Mathias Flueckiger, Alessandra Keller, Kathrin Stirnemann, Ursin Spescha, Vital Albin

Only one Fluckliger brother lines up for Thomus RN Racing this year, the higher ranked Mathias. He will continue racing with the all-Swiss line up that includes fourth place overall from last year Alessandra Keller. Learn more.
Alessandra Keller increased her lead in the last laps and rode to an impressive victory.



TREK FACTORY RACING XC
Emily Batty, Jolanda Neff, Ellen Noble, Evie Richards, Anton Cooper

Trek picks up one of the big signings of the winter, adding Jolanda Neff to its ranks. Batty, Noble, Richards, and Cooper are all retained form 2018. Learn more.
Emily Batty spent a fair amount of time at the front. She took second today and was oh so close to her first world cup win.



Noticeable absences from our list?

The Clif Bar Team hasn't registered this year but have mentioned Catharine Pendrel will be part of the team next year and there may be some men in the team as well. Two big hitters in Julien Absalon and Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesja both announced their retirements after legendary careers. Julien will continue his involvement in the sport and sponsors Jordan Sarrou through Absolute Absalon. Titouan Carod and Reto Indergand race on BMC Racing Team. Pauline Ferrand Prevot is registered as part of the Canyon Factory Downhill team but will continue to ride for Canyon // SRAM Racing in all disciplines. Jenny Rissveds, Laura Stigger and Jaroslav Kulhavy are racing on Specialized independent programs.



Here are all the other registered UCI MTB teams that will have riders on the start line throughout the World Cup season:

ABSOLUTE-ABSALON
BH TEMPLO CAFÉS UCC
BIKE WAY RACING TEAM
BIRK SPORT RACING
BMC MOUNTAINBIKE RACING TEAM
BRUJULA BIKE RACING TEAM
CANNONDALE BRASIL RACING
CESKA SPORITELNA SPECIALIZED JUNIOR MTB TEAM
CODE GTO CADENCIA.MX
CORENDON-CIRCUS
CST 7R MTB TEAM
CUBE-CSOMOR MTB TEAM
CUBE PRO FERMETURES SEFIC
DEL INCA - PIU BIKE
DINAMO - BIKEXPERT - SUPERBET
DMT RACING TEAM BY MARCONI PROJECT’S
DREAM SEEKER RACING TEAM
ELIOS CODE PRO TEAM
EXPRES CZ - TUFO TEAM KOLÍN
FISCHER - BMC
FOCUS MTB RACING TEAM
GAPP SYSTEM - CABTECH MTB RACING TEAM
GERMAN TECHNOLOGY RACING
HARD ROCX SWIX
JBG-2 CRYOSPACE
KTM PROTEK DAMA
MASSI
MEGAMO FACTORY TEAM
MERIDA-WALLONIE MTB TEAM
MITAS MERCEDES - BENZ PRAHA TREK
MMR FACTORY RACING TEAM
MOEBEL MAERKI MTB PRO TEAM
MOUNTAINBIKE RACINGTEAM
NORCO FACTORY TEAM
PIVOT CYCLES - OTE
RDR ITALIA FACTORY TEAM
SANTA CRUZ FSA MTB PRO TEAM
SCOTT - GOLDSTAR SPORTS RACING TEAM
SCOTT CREUSE OXYGENE GUERET
SENSE FACTORY RACING
SERNEKE ALLEBIKE MTB TEAM
SNV - RACING
STRÜBY-BIXS TEAM
SUNN - BEAUMES DE VENISE
SUNN FACTORY RACING
SUPERIOR XC TEAM
SWISS MTB PRO TEAM POWERED BY STOLL
TEAM AHLSELL CUBE
TEAM BRIDGESTONE CYCLING
TEAM BULLS
TEAM MILSLUKERN
TEAM SØRENSEN RACING
TEAM VOSGES VTT
TEAMISGAV-GIANT
THE SUFFERFEST AFRICAN DREAM TEAM
TORPADO URSUS
VALLERBIKE
VELOROC BMC
VOLKSWAGEN SAMOCHODY UZYTKOWE MTB TEAM
VTT VCA ANJOS
ZZK

For a full list of teams and riders, visit www.uci.ch/mountain-bike/teams.


MENTIONS: @Cannondale / @CLIF / @FocusBikes / @GHOST-Bikes / @KrossBikes / @SCOTT-Sports / @Specialized / @thoemus / @trek




68 Comments

  • + 61
 PB - I appreciate the in depth XCO coverage!
  • + 0
 How about Paul the Punter on Scott? Ex-Pinkbiker!
  • + 3
 how has no one commented yet on the mtb racing team called MOUNTAINBIKE RACINGTEAM?

Same advertising firm behind Atherton bikes?
  • + 29
 Bummer that Tandem racing has to sit out another season. Hopefully UCI comes around and gives the group biking the chance it deserves.
  • + 3
 We're blowing it.
  • + 3
 Because it requires twice more attention
  • + 1
 @qreative-bicycle: Like having a party on a bike.
  • + 18
 Finally an XC article! Thank you PB! Can you review some XC bikes please? I can't handle any more slackers.
  • + 17
 Jenny Rissveds on Specialized. Interesting.
  • + 17
 Really, the most interesting part is that she’s BACK! Too bad she doesn’t have a Factory team but I hope she has the support that a rider of her caliber deserves.
  • + 5
 @Chadimac22: True! Hope she get's back to fighting shape for the season!
  • + 2
 @Chadimac22: AGREED! I love that she is racing again more than anything, but seeing her on a Specialized makes me extra happy. She is a massive talent, and will be on a factory team soon if she chooses to do so.
  • + 1
 Specialized's pay back for Kate Courtney jumping ship
  • + 1
 @dypeterc: Not really... Jenny isn't on the factory Specialized team... she's just riding one of their frames.
  • + 12
 After last year, I have never been so excited to watch the Women's XC go down!

But will anybody be able to beat Nino this year?
  • + 8
 Between Anton Cooper, Sam Gaze, Mathieu Van Der Poel, Maxime Marotte and a few others I think Nino's days at the top are being challenged. Not saying he's done for at all but he really has to fight hard this season. While I think Nino is great, its good to see tough competition out there.
  • + 7
 He's getting older and there is plenty of talented young blood chasing him. But seeing how much Nino loves and enjoys riding, I hope he does continue to win. He's the reason I started to ride mtb last year (yeah, I'm late to riding) and also the reason I got into racing just this year. It has been a humbling experience, but also a great time. I respect pro xc racer's so much more now that I have felt the pain.
  • + 1
 Probably not in the women race!
  • + 10
 Rob and Bart better come without marbles in their mouths to pronounce some of these team names...jeez.
"CST SANDD BAFANG"
"CS CARABINIERI - CICLI OLYMPIA - VITTORIA"
"MOEBEL MAERKI"
  • + 20
 Rob will just say:

"CST Sand Bag"
"CS Carabiner Olympic Victoria"
"Meagen Markle"

Easy...
  • + 7
 The strangest thing for me is that Kerschbaumer wasn't picked up by Specialized or Canyon (or someone else with a big budget. With some technical training that guy would be the biggest threat to Nino.
  • + 4
 Kerschbaumer is a machine! If he hadn't had those mechanicals at I think la bresse he would have won hands down. I can't remember what happened at world champs. But kerschbaumer is the one to watch.
  • + 3
 From what I've heard he is pretty wild guy who trains by himself haha. During winter he apparently works as skiing instructor and spends all free time climbing mountains and riding pow and doesnt even ride bikes at all until spring Big Grin
  • + 2
 I suppose he's got a contract with Torpado for another season or two. After that, I think, he's gonna go with bigger players. Meanwhile Torpado have basically won the lottery with all that podiums he will without a doubt get.
  • + 1
 He was with a big team before with Bianchi I believe coming out of u23s but struggled with that atmosphere and when he went with a smaller team, he said he does much better. Probably something to do with the pressure in a larger team.
  • + 4
 I don’t know who 50% of these riders are but I’d like to know by seeing more XC, less Amaury Pierron rolling around in the bushes on a two wheeled mobility scooter!
  • + 0
 If you didn't have a good laugh with the Amaury video, you are in trouble, dude! This or you're so much in love with Bear Grylls that you couldn't handle it Big Grin Big Grin
  • + 2
 Wonder what happened to Kulhavy. I remember him being one of the front-runners, on Absalon/Schurter level. Then he fell back and now he's not even with the factory team. Although, it's not quite clear what that 'independent program' from Spesh is.
  • + 4
 "Marco Aurelio Fontana becomes an e-bike racer with Focus..." Is this the graveyard for ex-XC racers?
  • + 9
 Is e-bike racing really a thing?
  • + 1
 @jwestenhoff:
In Italy sadly yes. There's an e-enduro championship ????
  • + 2
 don't mind the ????
  • + 1
 When you're too old and slow to hang with the fast guys, I guess you have to go to e-bike racing to earn some money if you can't find a real job.
  • + 5
 XCO racing is fun to watch now with the tech downhills and shorter tracks.
  • + 4
 Excited for Rissveds to be back!
  • + 4
 Thats a fuck load of teams.
  • + 4
 What about the dude in the Hawaii jersey?
  • + 1
 wasnt that the estonia martin loo? hes changed team this year
  • + 2
 I don’t know most of the team or athletes but thanks pinkbike something to dig while I’m bored in class lol
  • + 4
 cmon Henrique Avancini
  • + 1
 @jamessmurthwaite can you please add Martin Gluth to the Superior XC Team rooster and direct the link to www.superior-xc-team.com? Thank you
  • + 1
 Done!
  • + 1
 @sarahmoore: you added Martin to CST
  • + 1
 Which one is the South African Velosolutions team? They are going to race the UCI WC, aren't they? Pretty sure almost everyone will be rooting for them.
  • + 2
 Luca e Daniele Braidot orgoglio friulano!!!
  • + 2
 I want to hangout with Team Ghost! Wowzers!
  • + 2
 Go Maja! Allez allez! Or whatever it is in Polish
  • + 1
 Damn some of these teams have some long ass names lol
  • + 1
 Will there be also UCI winter WC on snow?
  • + 1
 yeet
  • - 1
 Scott sram should be called superior racing
  • - 2
 Did I miss something...where did Kate Courtney end up?
  • + 9
 Scott-MTB team.
  • + 4
 She joined Nino on Scott. The article mentions “both world champions” riding for the team in the Scott section.
  • + 13
 Must have been a heavy rock...
  • + 3
 @Chadimac22 @Tearsforgears

Ahhh,I see that now. Thank you.
  • + 1
 yo-EDDY, you can press Control+F and then search for a name on a website. HTH
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