XCC Photo Epic: Off to a Roaring Start - Albstadt World Cup XC 2019

May 18, 2019
by Matthew DeLorme  


XC World Cup racing got underway with the Short Track this evening here in Albstadt. The twenty minute races were fast paced and offered a glimpse into what we may see come Sunday. Mathieu van der Poel and Kate Courtney made late race moves to take the wins. Kate Courtney and Jolanda Neff finished nearly neck and neck with Courtney edging out Neff in the end while Mathieu van der Poel put the power down to edge out Lars Forster and Nino Schurter for the win.


Mixed skies in Albstadt for the first XCC of the season.
Mixed skies in Albstadt for the first XCC of the season.

Kate Courtney awaiting twenty minutes red lined.
Kate Courtney awaiting twenty minutes redlined.

Jolanda Neff in the new kit looking for the repeat performance from last year.
Jolanda Neff in the new kit looking for the repeat performance from last year.

Women s start.
Women's start.

Jolanda Neff and Kate Courtney were neck and neck at the line. Neff would settle for second on the day.
Jolanda Neff and Kate Courtney were neck and neck at the line. Neff would settle for second on the day.

Kate Courtney already looks on top form.
Kate Courtney already looks on top form.

Kate Courtney opened the taps and flew on the last lap.
Kate Courtney opened the taps and flew on the last lap.

Elisabeth Brandau put on a good fight fending off the pack early on.
Elisabeth Brandau put on a good fight fending off the pack early on.

Kate looking to jump ahead.
Kate looking to jump ahead.

Courtney Neff and Stirnemann.
Courtney, Neff, and Stirnemann.

Nino Schurter dialing in.
Nino Schurter dialing in.

Lars Forster leads the men out of the start.
Lars Forster leads the men out of the start.

Mathieu Van der Poel stayed quiet until the very last lap.
Mathieu Van der Poel stayed quiet until the very last lap.

Henrique Avancini pulling up the climb with Nino chomping at his heals.
Henrique Avancini pulling up the climb with Nino chomping at his heels.

Lars Forster came close to taking it away from van der Poel but he couldn t match MVDP s power.
Lars Forster came close to taking it away from van der Poel, but he couldn't match MVDP's power.

Nino Schurter took a turn at the front and ended his twenty minutes in third.
Nino Schurter took a turn at the front and ended his twenty minutes in third.

Ondrej Cink led out for almost a lap before being swallowed by the group.
Ondrej Cink led out for almost a lap before being swallowed by the group.

Van der Poel had some work to do when the bell rang for the final lap. He would eventually catch and pass Nino Schurter before the final straight.
Van der Poel had some work to do when the bell rang for the final lap. He would eventually catch and pass Nino Schurter before the final straight.

Mathieu van der Poel Lars Forster Nino Schurter. Your Short Track winners.
Mathieu van der Poel, Lars Forster, Nino Schurter. Your Short Track winners.

Rain or shine we expect these seats to be full this weekend.
Rain or shine, we expect these seats to be full this weekend.



66 Comments

  • + 33
 The States have been waiting for Kate longer than she's been alive. The sport needs her over here. We haven't had a even respectable XC racer since Allison Dunlap on either men's/ woman's. And she's not a reformed roadie or bmxer, she's a born and bread Mountain Biker!
  • + 7
 You realize we had a bronze medalist at the Olympics, and a silver medalist at Worlds in the last decade, right?
  • + 2
 @LeDuke: and nobody cared. It's not all about results.
  • + 1
 @LeDuke: and if it is, bronze and silver isn't Gold with Rainbow Stripes, is it?
  • + 6
 Nice to see a racer like Kate being able to mix up the podium so fast for sure.
  • + 8
 Get dat bread
  • + 13
 @BaldBilly: But you said, "We haven't had a even respectable XC racer since Allison Dunlap." If your bar for "respectable" doesn't include an Olympic bronze or World's silver medal, well, I guess we have very different standards.
  • + 2
 @LeDuke: Yeah, but European countries dominate mountain bike racing in all categories, XC, Enduro, and DH in just pure numbers. US has pros competing at the top levels but very few. It is great to see more top level rides represent the US.
  • + 1
 Willow Koerber, Heather Irmiger .....
  • + 13
 No respect for Lea Davison, Mary McConneloug, Chloe Woodruff, Erin Huck, etc? I'm over the moon for Kate's success, but it's disingenuous to say we haven't had a "respectable" XC racer in 15 years.

What's really cool is that Kate is a product of the NICA program, I believe. Based on all the adolescent, 100 lb. whippets that beat my butt at the GJOR today, there's more on the way!
  • + 2
 @LeDuke: he actually has no idea who Georgia Gould is. Bummer.
  • + 3
 "If you ain't first, you're last"
Ricky Bobby
  • + 2
 I think 'respectable' and 'top' are different. Kate is a 'top' racer at the beginning of her elite career and already world champ. It is clearly visible that it wasn't a one-off result and she'll be in the mix fighting for the win regularly. Women's field is unbelievable and Kate is one of my five favorites... Smile
  • + 1
 1. Carl Decker
2. Adam Craig
If that’s not born and BRED American power I don’t know what is. But this new kid is cool!
  • + 15
 Great way for the World Champ to open her season..... Kate looks strong!
  • + 9
 "Mathieu Van der Poel stayed quiet until the very last lap."

Did the editor even watch the race? Kind of missed that massive MVDP attack and short breakaway with Nino and Avancini...
  • + 1
 hey where did you watch it? I couldn't find it on Redbull Frown is there a replay available somewhere?
  • + 1
 @KFYORK: thanks man, for some reason i couldn't find it on redbull.tv
  • + 7
 Jolanda always covering the brakes with her fingers,if the tracks are technical up or down she will be almost impossible to beat ,what a great year it might be for the women and men field this year ,good luck to all
  • + 9
 Nice images as always. Would also like to see a "XC tech" photo epic.
  • + 6
 XC its awsm !!!. Thanks Pinkbike.
  • + 5
 The VDP attack on the 7th lap was from another planet. Curious to see the watts lol
  • + 1
 More impressive for me is that Nino went with him.
  • + 1
 lol, Nino started on front line, VDP was 25th because of Kerschbaumer, so pulling 1500 watts after climbing the ranks is quite something. And Nino won't survive 2 or 3 attacks like that in the race today.
  • + 2
 Anyone notice the proto tread Lars and Nino are running? Anyone got deets? Doesn't look very sticky.... Small side knobs with what looks like maybe different semi-slick compounds in the middle?
  • + 1
 Its still the standard Aspen, they have snipped/cut the triangle tread Between the three perpendicular treads in the center to make it seven faster rolling.
  • + 3
 Where was Langvad? She was the queen of short track last year.
  • + 2
 5th place. She was up there in third for most of it. I think she is probably feeling the effects of a Spring Road campaign.
  • + 4
 Bit of a transition going from 4 hour road races and Cape Epic stages to 20 minute sufferfests.
  • + 2
 @Jamminator: tell that to MVDP
  • + 1
 @scotteh: MVDP did less than a dozen road races. MVDP started 40+ Cyclocross races this winter...which are all-out 60 minute intensity sessions, much mor similar to XCO.
  • + 3
 What's with the weird covered vents on the Scott team helmets?
  • + 10
 That's the more aerodynamic version of the helmet. It's commonly used in road racing in cool weather. Short track racing benefits a surprising amount from aerodynamic enhancements and there's little penalty for slightly reduced cooling in the current Albstadt weather.
  • + 1
 the covered vents can be taken out of this road helmet
  • + 2
 That yellow SID looks amazing!
  • + 2
 No start for Jenny Rissveds due to a cold.
  • + 0
 Ahh that's a shame. Hope to see her racing again soon.
  • + 1
 Was very entertaining watching MvDP climb the ranks over the race. Every lap he kept gaining positions. Next level stuff.
  • + 1
 Champing at his heels, cuz English.
  • + 1
 nipping at his heels is how I've always heard it
  • + 1
 why do Neff and Courtney both get to wear rainbow colors?
  • + 16
 Neff just has the bands on her arms so it's technically not a Rainbow jersey. The colors around the sleeves, whether it's rainbow or country colors signify a former World or National Champion. Kate has the full rainbow current World Champion jersey. She'll be rocking the rainbow sleeves in the future if she's not the current WC.
  • + 3
 Cuz stripes for life
  • - 3
 Did you miss Langvad, Pendrel and PFP, too?
  • - 1
 Short race , saving it for Sunday then
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