After the U23 racers got their first taste of World Cup Short Track
yesterday it's the turn of the Elite to start their season with 20 minutes of flat-out racing.
In the Elite Women's race it was incredibly close for all nine laps with a big group keeping the speed high at the front. It was the last lap where Laura Stigger pulled out in front, but last year's series winner Alessandra Keller overtook Laura into the arena before a five-rider sprint to the line. Laura kept something in the tank for the final straight and secured her first XCC Short Track win. Alessandra Keller crossed the line in 2nd with Laura's teammate Sina Frei making it two Specialized riders in the top three.
In her post-race broadcast interview, Laura Stigger said: "It's so hard to stay on the wheels of the fast ladies. I had to really fight for my position and during the race I was thinking I really have to close that gap always. That it's turned out like this is incredible."
After getting a very late entry it was a 40th place start for Tom Pidcock, but this wasn't enough to stop him onboard the new Pinarello. While remaining hidden in the pack until the last lap a big move on the first loose corner saw him slingshot into 2nd behind Luca Schwarzbauer on the climb before a big midair overtake to lead into the arena. Despite having Luca and XCC World Champion Sam Gaze right on his rear wheel Tom Pidock managed to keep his position in the sprint to the line and kick off his 2023 season with another win.
Following the race, Tom Pidcock said in his post-race broadcast interview: "I only found out I was racing at three o'clock having already done a three-and-a-half hour training ride this morning.
"I always like racing here having been second in the short track before so it's nice to win one finally."
The first weekend of World Cup XC racing continues with the U23 XC and the first Marathon event tomorrow. You can check out the full results from the Short Track below.
1st. Laura Stigger: 19:02
2nd. Alessandra Keller: 19:03
3rd. Sina Frei: 19:03
4th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: 19:03
5th. Evie Richards: 19:03
1st. Tom Pidcock: 20:17
2nd. Sam Gaze: 20:18
3rd. Luca Schwarzbauer: 20:18
4th. Mathias Flückiger: 20:19
5th. Nino Schurter: 20:19
Full Results:Elite WomenElite Men
Do I miss Rob? Yes.
Do I wish it wasn't behind a paywall? Yes.
But it was fine. Honestly.
The GCN+ coverage felt more like the late 90's OLN days of XC racing and not Freecaster. Pro broadcast on the level of the Giro and the Tour. I like it. We'll see how they do with DH with the course camera coverage.
Pidcock with a 3.5hr training ride pre-ride and unknown race start, goes last to first. Next level.
Pidcock is also outside of the top 40, but i don't know why he was allowed to race
Ps. What’s a newspaper?
Red Bull ate those costs as an advertising expense to promote their product, and it was a glorious era that we will miss.
The average age of a viewer who will consume sports that old way has climbed into the high 50s for some sports (baseball) and with very few exceptions is over 40 for pretty much all of them now. Nobody under the age of 30 consumes media this way anymore. The average age of an NHL viewer is going up one yer PER YEAR. That's obviously completely unsustainable. Channels like ESPN are laying off staff... I mean, it goes on and on.
Pointing to the 50 year old pro sports/paid cable package model and saying "it works for them" is way out of touch with where we're at today. It *doesn't* work for them. Not anymore. The internet changed how the world works in only one generation. If you blinked you might've missed it, but nobody under 30 will pay to look behind the curtain. They grew up in a world where 1000 sites a day try to trick you into doing that. They spend plenty of time staring at screens, but they're not going to subscribe to some old fashioned "sports channel" that *sometimes* shows a bit of biking but most of the time shows shit they didn't choose.
If you are only interested in MTB that is still less than 5€ per world cup and you get some coverage of Enduro races as well, some marathon races and stage races like the Cape Epic.
Did someone mention Grivin Flexstem...???
But on the road, Pidcock is not among the top six riders. (Almost everyone would agree on the following list: Pog, WVA, MVdP, Remco, Roglic, Vingegaard). Pidcock has only 4 victories on the road side.