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Tom Pidcock Rides 225km the Day After His Nove Mesto XC World Cup Win

May 27, 2024
by Sarah Moore  
Tom Pidcock soaking it in as he cruises towards the line. Utterly dominant.

Tom Pidcock rode home to Canillo, Andorra from the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport the Monday morning after his Nove Mesto XC World Cup win. He started his ride at 8:36am and arrived home at 4:43pm. He covered the 226.46km (140.72 miles) in 7:38:05 at an average pace of 29.66km/h (18 miles/hour) with 4193 metres (13756.56 feet) of climbing and 2470 metres (8103.7 feet) of descending.


This was Pidcock's first time racing on the mountain bike this season and he took his fifth win in a row in Nove Mesto. He's won every time he's race in the woods of the Czech Republic, with his first win as a U23 in 2020. He followed that up with Elite wins in 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.

This isn't the first time we've seen Pidcock follow up an XC World Cup win with a massive day on the road bike. In 2022, he took on a 190km road ride from Germany to the Czech Republic the day after his victory at the Albstadt XC World Cup. Less than one week after that 190km road ride, he took his third win in Nove Mesto.

Pidcock has said that he is planning on completing the Tour de France, which runs Saturday, Jun 29, 2024 to Sunday, July 21, 2024, before attempting to defend his Olympic mountain bike title on Monday, July 29, 2024.

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  • 174 0
 Yeah...well...I rode 30k the day after Tom Pidcock won in Nove Mesto
  • 16 1
 No you didn't. You rode 29.10km.
  • 19 0
 @cooperquinn-wy: AT LEAST I RODE COOPER
  • 137 1
 Tom: hiya love am back
Missus: you want a tea mekking?
Tom: aye gu on then
Missus: so how wer't ride back?
Tom: aye it wa orate.
Missus: so you fancy doing owt once you get cleaned and had yer tea?
Tom: gu fora ride maybe?

Probably a true thing

*I've no idea whether Tom's partner is from Yorkshire or not.
  • 6 1
 His mother surely is.
  • 98 4
 Breaking news: professional cyclist spends a lot of time riding a bicycle
  • 4 1
 exactly my thoughts when reading this
  • 12 1
 I spent 8hrs/day at work too
  • 1 0
 @brubou: we live in a society
  • 78 3
 Matthew Fairbrother wannabe
  • 8 0
 Not gonna happen
  • 31 1
 No XC racer can compare with that volume and intensity leading up to the Olympics. He’s gonna be in ridiculous shape. Barring some crash or epic mechanical failure, hard to see him not taking the gold.
  • 22 2
 225km in 7.5h on a road ride is no ridiculous pace. Probably more of a recovery ride for him.
  • 10 0
 @pyromaniac: Agree, for a WorldTour pro, this is an easy day out.
  • 6 0
 Well he said something similar a year or two ago; XC racers don't do enough training......
  • 16 0
 It's more likely that he'll be cooked after three weeks at the TDF and he'll be running on fumes. That volume and intensity needs to be the right place and right time to help rather than hinder.
  • 7 1
 @getonyourbike: I think it depends on how the race goes and what the course is this year. He could cook himself if he goes for GC and the GC riders make the race hard, but if he’s just going for stages he can sit in the peloton and chill on most stages where he won’t be competitive for the win anyway. Still a shit ton of volume either way.
  • 2 1
 @pyromaniac: I was referencing him racing in the tour, not his pedal home from the XC event
  • 8 0
 @getonyourbike: i've heard of tour riders claiming that they got into better shape throughout the tour because the intensity was so high. even if he takes a bit of a break, the olympics isn't far behind and the training effect should be strong. either way, he just showed up and won his first XC even of the year. i don't think he'll be in worse shape 2 months from now, especially after the tour
  • 3 0
 @getonyourbike: It can both either way. Some guys will come out of the Tour cooked. Some guys will come out flying for another couple weeks. Is Pidcock stage hunting or taking an aim at a high GC placing? That may be the difference.
  • 6 0
 @pyromaniac: Its not so much the distance its the altitude gain of over 4000m that will get ya!
  • 3 0
 @pyromaniac: I think you need to factor in the almost 14,000 feet of climbing he had to do. That's pretty awesome. Pidcock is so unique. He trains like a true world tour road pro. We know that. He puts in more miles and has the absolute best team to help him be his best. But, he is even as good or better at his mtb tech skills. This is the difference maker in my opinion. He could not be beat by even the best pure-mtb racer in the world. No way he loses the Olympics.
  • 7 0
 @xciscool: I dont think he will be going for GC when Pog, Rog, Remco and possibly Vinge will be there... still tdf is the race of the year so everyone will be going all in
  • 2 0
 @winko: obviously not going for the win, but top 5 or top 10 is possible
  • 5 1
 @getonyourbike: wouldn't be surprised to see him drop out of the TdF after the first 10 days or so. Treat it as a huge training block then taper into the Olympics. If he is top 10 in the TdF it could completely change the script though.
  • 1 0
 @salespunk: Sounds like a good shout to me. Like you say, if his Tour is going well it changes things.
  • 3 0
 @pyromaniac: 4193 metres (13756.56 feet) of climbing
  • 16 1
 The way Pidcock and MVDP drop into XC every so often and just dominate. It makes you wonder if dedicated XC racers could benefit from a proper road training structure. Pidcock made Schurter look like he was nothing.
  • 12 2
 MvdP hasn't dominated in XC since 2019....since then he's had more crashes than wins.......Pidcock is a better MTB racer than him.

But you're right; being on a road team is a massive advantage, and they're far ahead of MTB teams for resources, training camps, altitude training, etc Look at the women's u23 XC races; Holmgren was in another league to the rest - and she's a first year U23.
  • 3 0
 Some do train on the road, but training on the road and racing on the road are two different things. The road racing sharpens the sword, and refines the body.
That being said, if Pidcock crashes on the road, he has time to recover for another road race. If he misses a XCO weekend, no problem.
The dedicated XCO racers don’t have the calendar that road racers do, and if they miss some due to a crash, it’s hard to come back.
  • 4 0
 I'd say all of them do road training; that's where the fitness comes from - but is it of the quality that the road teams do? I'm not so sure......
  • 7 3
 It's like professional road cycling is some sort of performance enhancement. Odd
  • 4 0
 It is not just the training, it is the program. Top road teams have budgets that are 20x top MTB team and every aspect is analyzed in detail.

As an example Team EF has a second semi truck (plus mechanic's semi, plus the team bus) that is a dedicated kitchen on wheels just for meal prep for the riders.
  • 3 1
 @GFozzz: or professional road racers get some kind of enhancement
  • 1 0
 @salespunk: I remember Ineos sending two semis to at least some of Tom's cross races this year. For a one rider "team". With two riders/winners at this event I imagine they're still going pretty big
  • 8 3
 The top xc pros simply are not as good of athletes in terms of physiology. If they were they would ride road because that's where the money is. Mvdp makes €4.5ish mil per year, pidcock €3ish mil per year. They only race xc cuz they enjoy it.

The xc guys could train all they want, if they could do 6.4w/kg for 20 or the same kind of peak watts after fatigue as mvdp or pidcock, they would have been snapped up by a road team long ago. Not trying to be mean but it's the minor leagues of cycling
  • 16 0
 Can you please make an article on who got selected for the olympics ?
  • 16 2
 Insanity - ..
would you rather do this or the new hardline gap feature? slow v quick death
  • 51 0
 I mean I theoretically have the ability to do the ultra ride. The gap would just leave me as a smear on a rock in wales
  • 5 0
 I’m not entirely sure I could make the drop in for the first ramp without sliding to my doom in between the gap
  • 7 2
 225km is nothing for even weekend warrior MAMIL roadies. The hardline canyon gap is pushing limits of human stupidity and ragdoll physics.
  • 6 0
 Gotta make up the loss in training load from only riding for an hour the day before. The lad has got bigger fish to fry.
  • 5 0
 What's going on with the precision of all these unit conversions?

29.66 km/h = 18 mi/h

and yet

4193 m = 13756.56 ft
  • 4 1
 nothing has happened unless its on STRAVA - guess he smashed some KOM`s on his way home...
  • 1 0
 he trains shit on strava recently...
  • 4 0
 Nice little zone 2 cruise
  • 2 3
 Yo, you have the dates mixed up, "Pidcock has said that he is planning on completing the Tour de France, which runs Saturday, Jun 29, 2024 to Sunday, July 21, 2024, before attempting to defend his Olympic mountain bike title on Monday, July 29, 2024."
  • 3 0
 Which date is wrong?
  • 3 0
 Which dates are wrong?
  • 3 0
 Which date was wrong?
  • 3 0
 Which dates were wrong?
  • 2 2
 Which dates was wrong?
  • 3 0
 What dates are wrong?
  • 3 4
 Which wrongs are date?
  • 21 0
 Who is dating whom and why is it wrong?
  • 3 1
 Im autistic never mind. Thought that jun 29th was july 29th lmao
  • 2 2
 These dates are off
  • 3 2
 These dates taste wrong
  • 2 1
 @IsaacMagers: ah yes autism, the dyslexia for dates
  • 2 0
 I want to believe the guy is just super humanly amazing on a bike and there is no funny stuff going on in the background.
  • 1 1
 The speeds and long range attacks in road races the last few years sure makes me worry. The amazing performances remind me of the 1990's and early 2000's where the roadies were doing amazing things day after day and it turned out it was all due to illegal performance enhancing drugs. Maybe it is just better nutrition and "marginal improvements" but it hard not to get suspicious.
  • 4 0
 @jonemyers: It's being credited to more like a nutrition revolution than "marginal" gains.

They've gone from thinking they need to starve themselves to get the grams down to the minimum possible to smart watches that hound them to eat non-stop all day. Lots of articles about how road racing has become the worlds largest eating contest. They literally have to train their bodies over time to push through huge amounts of specially formulated carbohydrates without getting sick
  • 1 0
 12k in elevation gain is definitely a big day that I can appreciate. But Lael Wilcox’s 262km a day around the world is way more interesting and impressive!
  • 2 0
 The guys fell into the big pot-o-performance-enhancing-drugs when they were infants.
  • 3 0
  • 2 0
 Did he have a trailer for his suitcase :-)
  • 2 0
 Panniers I guess.
  • 1 1
 I do this everyday, before I’ve gotten out of bed! But, seriously, that’s crazy and very impressive.
  • 1 0
 This let me thinks bad Smile
  • 1 1
 Doesn't he do that every year? Maybe he rode TO nove mesto after a race before last time, my memory not so good
  • 4 0
 It's in the article.
  • 2 0
 He rode from Albstadt to Nove Mesto once before this is just him tootling home from the airport. Although I assume someone came to the airport and took his bags and delivered his road bike to him.
  • 2 1
 What a beast, would love to see him do well in the Tour.
  • 1 0
 I am surprised he did not ride all the way back from the podium to home
  • 6 7
 Burnt that juice off baby
  • 3 3
 And thats why he wins
  • 4 1
 It's not a popular point of view on a MTB forum, but road racers train far more than most MTB racers - and can handle it. Doesn't mean they're better, as there's more to MTB than pure fitness.....And not all road riders have the explosivity that the MTB riders need to have.....
  • 3 0
 @Starch-Anton: I’m not sure that they train more. They definitely train differently, and perhaps with more miles. But even DH racers put in a lot of road miles.
  • 1 2
 if he did that on a fat bike I might be impressed
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