Video: Course Preview with Pauline Ferrand-Prévot - Snowshoe XC World Cup 2019

Sep 7, 2019
by Ed Spratt  

bigquotesThere's a new venue and a new track for the final round of the UCI MTB World Cup 2019 in Snowshoe, USA. Ric partners up with recent UCI MTB World Champion, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot to see what this mountain has in store for athletes this weekend. Red Bull


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 "It's moist....."
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 Geez man, why are you such a chump? Ride a bike a bit so you can turn the pedals. But otherwise great preview, I enjoyed it.
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 Grass on grass on grass. No thanks.
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 He wasnt the best to ride with. The course, technically looks like something i could ride, however slowly and probably have to walk part of the climbs. But it looks like a lame track. She seems like a very nice person with a smile all the time.
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 Track looks good. Fast parts and technical sections.
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 I stopped watching after ten minutes and having seen only one turn and about ten metres total of tech (which was all man-made). It's going to be the battle of the fittest.
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 All XC races are a battle of the fittest
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 @clink83: Two words: Annika Langvad, the fittest from 2016 to 2018, but not the fastest (Pendral, Neff, Batty all beat her on tech courses).
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 @clink83: It's certainly the primary factor, but plenty of World Cup XC races have been decided by technical skills. Remember Langvad losing 10+ seconds every lap at the 2018 World's in Lenzerheide, dramatically highlighted as Courtney passed when Langvad stalled on the roots? Langvad was fading and part of her stall was due to fatigue, but still, she was giving up time in every technical section and eventually couldn't keep pulling that time back with fitness.

There was a time when many World Cup mountain bike racers were just road riders who felt it would be more rewarding or lucrative to be a top mountain biker than a back-of-the-pack road rider. If we go all the way back to 1998, Cadel Evans won in Canmore by putting MINUTES into Miguel Martinez EACH LAP on the descents. Little Mig would pull back most of that on the climbs, but no amount of EPO could allow him to do that all day and he eventually cracked.

It was fewer than ten years ago that riders simply couldn't get away with abysmal technical skills, but even in this era of universally strong skills, there are still meaningful differences.
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