XCC Short Track Results from the Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2022

May 13, 2022
by Ed Spratt  
20 minutes to decide the start order for Sunday.

We are back for another round of flat out XCC racing in Nove Mesto. Here are the results from the XCC Short Track Round 3.



Results:



Elite Women (9 Laps):


1st. Jolanda Neff: 21:01
2nd. Rebecca McConnell: +1
3rd. Jenny Rissveds: +1
4th. Sina Frei: +1
5th. Loana Lecomte: +1



Elite Men (11 Laps):


1st. Luca Schwarzbauer: 22:40
2nd. Thomas Pidcock: +2
3rd. Filippo Colombo: +2
4th. Vlad Dascalu: +2
5th. Christopher Blevins: +3




Full Results:

Elite Women


Elite Men






178 Comments

  • 60 0
 Can I just say, thank you for not posting these with Scribd anymore. This is so much nicer.
  • 58 5
 Some people need to get a life and stop postulating and writing Kate’s obituary. If she never did anything decent results wise the rest of her life she is still better than anyone in this comment section could ever hope to be. Commenting that a woman (or anyone) is 5 lbs overweight? You’re disgusting! Bagging on people that are doing their best to put out their best result? Sad. I’d love to follow some of you losers around your job for a day and just point out all of your inadequacies, failures, lack of talent, laziness, etc.
  • 3 52
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 21:41) (Below Threshold)
 You don't know anything about math do you?

Do you know what a numerator and denominator are?

Do you understand ratios?

Do you understand the term Watts per kilogram?

If you do not understand these terms, you are excused from the conversation.
  • 3 46
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 21:47) (Below Threshold)
 Also thank you for calling me disgusting. My wife disagrees with you.
  • 1 47
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 22:04) (Below Threshold)
 Also thank you for calling me a loser. Again, my wife disagrees with you.
  • 21 2
 This is pinkbike, where toxic bros who couldn't win a local Cat 2 XC race talk shit about women XC racers. Welcome to the party.
  • 1 39
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 4:06) (Below Threshold)
 @Clink1983: how's your mental health?
  • 7 0
 @Willikers: Sometimes Maybe Good, Sometimes Maybe Shit

www.pinkbike.com/u/ambatt/blog/why-im-leaving-pinkbike.html
Nothing new.
  • 3 30
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 4:37) (Below Threshold)
 @Clink1983: I actually read that, sorry to hear about your troubles.

I'm going to correct you though: you can call me toxic if it makes you feel better.

I don't talk crap about women racers; look at my comments here and in other world cup recaps.

I call it like I see it and if the racer happens to be a female I'm not going to pull my punches; that's called being sexist.

It seems like your time here has come to an end, replaced by beta and, ironically enough, sparkle.

Whatever I said here is extraordinarily mild compared to what you've written - don't censor me for that.

One last thing: on bike ability has nothing to do with what's between the ears. Exhibit a is the current topic of discussion.
  • 1 26
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 8:08) (Below Threshold)
 @Clink1983: perfect.

You don't even know what you are writing about
  • 1 27
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 8:27) (Below Threshold)
 I’d love to follow some of you losers around your job for a day and just point out all of your inadequacies, failures, lack of talent, laziness, etc."

This is called stalking and harassment of a private citizen, a misdemeanor.

Commenting on a public figure involved in the sport on the forum that represents that sport is fair game.

Just because you think she's a goddess doesn't negate my opinion nor those of many others.

People who resort to name calling without an @ are weak.
  • 3 17
flag mtb1101 (May 14, 2022 at 13:49) (Below Threshold)
 She hasn't exactly been respectful towards others herself. This includes women racers, Scott employees, cycling enthusiasts she meets in person, or instagram followers.

By your own criteria, Kate's behavioral and personality flaws make her as big of a "loser" as anyone criticizing her.

Besides, if you ain't first, you're last.
  • 2 18
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 14:47) (Below Threshold)
 Courtney yesterday: "All you can give is your very best on the day. Right now my best isn't getting me where I want to be."

You yesterday: "Bagging on people that are doing their best to put out their best result."

Yo, you drink from that Kool aid DEEP and LONG!
  • 11 1
 @Willikers: What’s up? Try decaf or therapy or cbd or something.
  • 1 16
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 16:56) (Below Threshold)
  • 1 17
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 17:00) (Below Threshold)
 People also ask
Is Sunland CA a good place to live?
It's a fairly safe neighborhood, but scruffy. Neighbors are diverse, many are nice but there are a few bad apples. Some people keep their houses nice and tidy, but most let their houses and yards go, with no pride of neighborhood.

Yeah, sounds about right
  • 1 19
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 17:15) (Below Threshold)
 @AndrewFleming: I think I'm done for now, but poke me again and I'm sure I'll think of something else
  • 13 2
 Hello @Willikers, we meet again. You do realise that every comment that you publish gets downvoted? Maybe you should take the hint and realise that you are the problem
  • 7 0
 Sadly, you’ll see countless negative or derogatory comments on articles about any women’s sport, it’s far from exclusive to XC racing.
Little wonder that there’s such a high dropout from sport amongst teenage girls, citing a fear of being judged as one of the key factors.
  • 7 0
 @Willikers: how the hell did you come to the conclusion that @Clink1983 wrote that article, you absolute, illiterate moron Big Grin
  • 1 2
 @bananowy: Twat much?
  • 1 2
 @laupe: woke mob mentality -

"Weight doesn't matter in Elite endurance events"

Hahaha!
  • 20 0
 Would love to know how much power Schwarzbauer put out in that sprint; he left Dascalu for dead...
  • 7 45
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 10:59) (Below Threshold)
 A lot, but not enough to fend off Amber Heard
  • 4 0
 He went freakin’ nuclear on that sprint, even after leading it out for most of the lap. Pidcock was pretty impressive in the sprint too - after losing position and being several riders back in the group that was gapped from the leading trio he still caught and passed the two guys trying to sprint off Schwarzbauer’s wheel.
  • 18 0
 Gotta love those XC races - Short course or XCO - with such a strong field of riders the action is 100% guaranteed! What a sprint from Neff. Fingers crossed for the Men now!
  • 3 0
 RIP Collell Estape's neck
  • 18 0
 Drone footage was super bad
  • 13 0
 I was worried for Rob and Bart going into the last lap of the mens races. They were just yelling names of the 25 riders at the front. They might have been more out of breath at the end than TP was.
  • 11 1
 @Willikers: Dude, chill. Commenting 6 times in a row just underlines the previous comments about you wanting attention.

Although i do wonder what Kate wrote on Jolanda's post
  • 1 20
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 23:19) (Below Threshold)
 You're telling me what to do on the one hand and you're asking me for the answer to a question that you have that came from one of my comments - do I have that right?
  • 4 0
 @Willikers: Yes, you are right, i didn't realise it was the same person.

Comment was supposed to be under the thread, but it glitched
  • 1 23
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 23:54) (Below Threshold)
 @laupe: here's the deal: you can apologize and I'll see if it's sincere. If it is sincere and you don't ever do this to me again I will answer your question.

By doing so I will risk someone else coming at me like you came at me after someone else came at me. Do you understand how that works?
  • 1 20
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 4:07) (Below Threshold)
 @laupe: that's what I thought.

You'll never know and I will continue on, commenting as I please.

Thanks for your input laupe
  • 9 0
 @Willikers: jeez man, didn't even give me time to respond. Normal people have other things to do, then just hang around being rude on the internet Smile
  • 7 0
 @Willikers: You realise your condition is impossible, right? If you make sure he never does it again before you supply the answer you’ll both just be waiting forever.
  • 1 15
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 8:03) (Below Threshold)
 @laupe: laupe, you aren't very smart are you.

Are you a teenager? I'll give you all the time you need to figure out what age you want to represent
  • 1 12
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 8:05) (Below Threshold)
 @laupe: since I know how you love it when I post a lot.. what is your response about my proposition?
  • 1 13
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 8:05) (Below Threshold)
 @laupe:
  • 1 12
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 8:05) (Below Threshold)
 @laupe: and about my other question
  • 1 11
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 8:05) (Below Threshold)
 @laupe: 4 hours is a long enough?
  • 1 13
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 8:06) (Below Threshold)
 @laupe: so you waltz in here from Norway 6 hours after the last comment and tell me to calm down when it's already done
  • 1 12
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 8:07) (Below Threshold)
 @laupe: only to stir it up by your mere comment drawing attention to yourself

Are you that desperate for attention laupe?

Did I take too much of the attention you wanted?
  • 14 1
 @Willikers: Kinda feels like you are the teenager here, a teenager desperate for attention
  • 1 14
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 8:16) (Below Threshold)
 @wingguy: well since he already decided to walk into a conversation that was already dead and stir it back up, I'm putting the onus on him to realize his mistake.

I don't know where you're from or what you are culture is but you do not ask someone for a piece of information after you've just told them to shut up publicly.
  • 1 17
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 8:21) (Below Threshold)
 @laupe: well you've got my attention would you want to do with it?

Nice comeback kid.. my estimated age for you just went down I think you are 12
  • 2 0
 @Willikers: Where I’m from you don’t have a public meltdown over a single critical comment.
  • 1 0
 @wingguy: the outer Hebrides??
  • 12 0
 Nice to see Blevins seems to be feeling better!
  • 6 0
 I'd like to commend the coverage of this race. Feels like action packed even if the track is not, due to the dynamic camera shots. Always moving with fast cuts instead of lingering static shots, multiple angles, crane shots, camera on ATB going side by side the racers, they even have an fpv drone even though it looks crappy.
  • 11 2
 XCC is the most exciting racing in all of cycling IMO.
  • 8 3
 I don't know if Kate has a path back to the top 10 this season, or any other.

She's suffered a string of concussions and seems much more crash prone than most other riders. The combination of the two means Kate is likely far more conservative and tentative on the bike than during her peak of success: late 2018 to mid 2019.

Power numbers and training regimen aside, it's very difficult to ride fearlessly after experiencing the setbacks Kate has.

This is not to mention how strong the top dozen or so riders are: Mona, Loana, Evie, Stigger, Sina as younger guns, PFP, Jenny, Neff, Terpstra, Rebecca, Keller and Indergand among the more experienced riders.

Kate had her heart set on Olympic Gold, and I don't think she has clear goals now in the midst of a third straight mediocre and frustrating season.
  • 4 10
flag efontana (May 14, 2022 at 4:44) (Below Threshold)
 All,
It is actually the fork offset on a short frame. Nino ran into a tree last year because of the change from 51 to 44mm and hit a few stumps, no less. Pidcock runs a 51mm as did Lecomte, when she was winning and Vanderpoel (even though he is tall). I don't know if it is an issue with long wheelbase bikes. No first hand experience there.

I have first hand experience with this as I was trying to solve pedal strike and get 10 more mm of travel in the front. Bought the SRAM 3 position SID in 110mm used. Pleasant rides became a curse fest. On a short wheelbase XC bike the steering is so unresponsive you hit everything. To get a 51mm offset I had to copy the guy who won the overall last year and use DT Swiss.

It was worth $1000 to me to wreck less and hit less stuff.

Pidcock, Lecomte, Mattais, Van der Poel, anyone running the SR Suntour fork, and most Fox forks are raced at 51mm offset. If you see more shimano on the podium it might be the fork offset.

If you put Kate on Lecomte's bike from last year (including tires), it is a different story.

As a case study, look at Ulloa who went form a Scott Spark to Massi. He finished in 69th overall last year. This year he is like 11th, so far.

The same thing could work for Kate.
  • 2 0
 @efontana: I've had pretty bad luck with XC bikes and reduced offset forks. I always go back to 51mm. Not sure if that matters or not, but I agree with you.
  • 1 1
 @Clink1983: Yeah, the 44mm offset fork turned enjoyment looked forward to into a curse fest. You have to yell at the bike to get it to change lines. Absolutely will not change lines late. For me it might have to do with arm length. It requires so much steerage, and elbow bend that it is not a flick and the bracing angles get all messed up. Neff can win on it, but she wrecks a lot. Lecomte may sort it out tomorrow. If the course has lots of roots and stumps the 44mm will hit more of them. If there are climbing switchbacks, the 44 will run into the high side wall (see Tokyo women's race). If it is a drag race with no late changing lines 44 will be ok.
  • 3 11
flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 8:41) (Below Threshold)
 "She's suffered a string of concussions and seems much more crash prone than most other riders. The combination of the two means Kate is likely far more conservative and tentative on the bike than during her peak of success: late 2018 to mid 2019"

I knew she had one but not multiples. Chicken or the egg I don't know but she definitely had a lot more flow in 2018-2019, rode more free and on a hardtail much of the time.

The last two years she was extremely stiff on her fully but has gotten more relaxed this year. Her sessions with Kintner have helped with that.
  • 1 2
 @Willikers: There are a lot of issues with 44 mm forks.
  • 3 6
 Are you kidding me? Her injuries are a speed bump for most mountain bikers/Moto riders. If that’s what holding her back then the proper assessment is “she doesn’t have the mental strength to deal with the realities of bike racing”. I used to be a huge fan, but she’s getting demolished by privateers now. That’s ridiculous.
  • 1 0
 @smgishot13: she's bad.

And just plain mean.
  • 6 0
 Ulloa is becoming super consistent, he would have been top 10 in the Brazil XCO also if he hadn't crashed. Nice to see him backing up the win he had in 2020.
  • 6 0
 Jenny Risvedds mentions she writes something on her arm each race. Today it looks like 'Mor det' when she was crunched up recovering after the race. Translation?
  • 3 0
 IINM, in Swedish that would translate to "Mother it".
  • 2 8
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 19:12) (Below Threshold)
 Also Murder It, apparently!
  • 2 1
 @Willikers: That would be "Mord det". Mord coming from the Latin "Mort" for Death.
  • 1 8
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 21:43) (Below Threshold)
 @Augustus-G: ok, got it

Makes you wonder what mother it refers to
  • 2 0
 @Willikers: Could be a reference to "Nurtuing".
  • 1 9
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 21:51) (Below Threshold)
 @Augustus-G: nurturing?
  • 2 0
 @Willikers: Oops, My Bad typo.... "Nurturing". As in to nurture.
  • 1 10
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 21:58) (Below Threshold)
 @Augustus-G: mother it = the spirit, the health, the soul
  • 15 8
 Supply chain issues with the sparkle supply this year?
  • 3 17
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 10:02) (Below Threshold)
 You didn't see my whip?
  • 1 4
 not enough to crank out the watts needed to make the board apparently
  • 3 7
flag SangamonTaylor (May 13, 2022 at 10:15) (Below Threshold)
 Doesn’t she typically start the season slow? Definitely seems to be a drop though. Wonder how long she’ll keep that factory ride at this rate.
  • 2 9
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 10:20) (Below Threshold)
 @SangamonTaylor: quite the contrary, 4th in the first race last year.
Re-upped with Scott for 2 years recently. They don't care
  • 10 3
 @SangamonTaylor: it's all about the 'Gram for those factory rides. Follower counts:
KC 550K / JN 445K / LL 137K / JR 136K / RM 42K
  • 11 20
flag jhtopilko (May 13, 2022 at 11:26) (Below Threshold)
 @newenglandrocks: Only BS gives KC relevancy. You're right on the money.
  • 17 11
 @jhtopilko: she's a world champ you hack.
  • 16 7
 @lyfcycles: *was a world champ
  • 9 14
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 11:51) (Below Threshold)
 @lyfcycles: current UCI rank: 25th and dropping
  • 8 27
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 12:35) (Below Threshold)
 @lyfcycles: last week she attempted a high-speed pass and failed, crashing hard.

Legit world champs don't do that. She does things like this regularly.
  • 15 7
 @Willikers: I think she's definitely struggling with the modern course designs and her skillsets haven't caught up. Also, everyone around her got better. I guess training on fire roads in Marin County just isn't enough anymore...
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flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 13:14) (Below Threshold)
 @RogerMexico: and they won't. It's way too late - she squandered so much time during covid not working on her skills.
Yep, it's not just one generation but two now that have passed her by. They ALL are good.
Look where the best US riders went to school and trained:. Gwinnie in Western CO, Haley in Squamish, Savilia in Durango. A world cup course is normal to them. They all had a lot of time to learn to manage their efforts, sometimes training in the high mountains and figuring out how to descend without dying.
What does Courtney do? Gets somebody to film her doing road intervals, then films herself lying on a shoulder breathing hard. Last I looked there isn't a rest area on a wc course.

She never cut the umbilical cord, raised in Marin, school on the peninsula, lives on the peninsula. Hasn't grown up.

She actually has said good results aren't necessarily her goal way back in 2020, only no one notice.

A couple of days ago she said she was using these races as training.

The answer is obvious: she's already semi-retired as an Influencer.

Look at this race:. Doing the classic pro Tour breakaway thing, riding at the front to rep the sponsors, then blowing. Because she's now invisible she decided to throw a whip: look at me!!

Such a narcissist, now and then.
  • 14 2
 @RogerMexico: I don't think the courses have changed much in the past 4 years she's been racing elites. (She's only 26 yrs old.) And have you seen the videos of the steep stuff she rides regularly?
  • 3 9
flag RogerMexico (May 13, 2022 at 13:50) (Below Threshold)
 @Willikers: Gibson has been great to watch. I used to live in Western CO and got to see her rip the techier stuff in and around GJ! I'm excited for the young up and comers for the US.

Sparkle has become more of an obnoxious influencer than Batty but, unlike Batty, pretends like she still holds some actual competitive relevancy in the UCI (which she doesn't).
  • 4 20
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 13:59) (Below Threshold)
 @RogerMexico: cool.. I live in NorCal and have always been pretty bored with most of what we have here, dreaming of techy Sedona, Durango and BC.

Batty was actually a good, consistent rider over x years with a functioning brain while on the course, but I could do without two inches of foundation and a Pcar. She knows where she's at and doesn't try to bs her way through it.

Courtney says things like, I'm glad to be competitive??

Um..you know there is a term for that sort of delusion: gaslighting.
  • 33 3
 @RogerMexico: I get everything you're saying, and you're kind of right. But.. she does have rainbow stripes on her sleeves. I don't care how many circumstances led to her victory how much someone has slid since then, it's still worthy of respect. It's easy from the side lines as a never-was to call someone a has-been. But they were literally the best in the world at one point when it mattered.
  • 2 1
 @Willikers: whats the best techy XCish trail in norcal?
  • 2 8
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 14:08) (Below Threshold)
 @mm732: Braille trail in demo? Downieville?
  • 3 12
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 14:10) (Below Threshold)
 @gbyrne: "it's still worthy of respect. "

To you. She inched out Jolo a far, far better bike rider.

You might say the Goat.
  • 2 8
flag RogerMexico (May 13, 2022 at 14:28) (Below Threshold)
 @gbyrne: All fair points. You're right, it is worth of respect and I won't argue against any of that, even though there were many factors weighing heavily in her favor in 2019, as pointed out in another comment below. Obviously I'm not saying she's not an incredibly talent cyclist, of course she is. I just think she's obnoxious...
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 @Willikers: Braille is a lot of fun, but a techy XC trail? I was going to say any of the stuff at Skeggs, which has a pretty good mix of fast flow and some techier bits.
  • 3 0
 @RogerMexico: Rockville? Boyscout?
  • 2 9
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 14:44) (Below Threshold)
 @RogerMexico: Yeah, I don't like my answer either. I'm not a good judge right now, working on trials-y things made me reclassify things in my head.
  • 2 7
flag Raivkka (May 13, 2022 at 14:53) (Below Threshold)
 Kates on the Batty race plan from "Fast to Last"
  • 1 8
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 15:55) (Below Threshold)
 @iamamodel: I would check out Rockville but it's too far
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flag mtb1101 (May 13, 2022 at 16:31) (Below Threshold)
 @gbyrne: The problem is that she rubbed a lot of people the wrong way during her short run of success. She rubbed people the wrong way LONG AFTER her short string of success.

She's an egomaniac, bordering on megalomaniac. She has no sense of humility and attempts to belittle and subordinate anyone and everyone around her.

She has the ego of an all time great and the results of a 2022 era Emily Batty.
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flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 17:42) (Below Threshold)
 @mtb1101: she had the balls to compare herself to Mark Cavendish! Omg.

Cav stated he was clumsy in traditional ball sports like soccer so she took that and ran with it.

"See, I'm clumsy too!"

Only difference is Cav is arguably the Goat, consistently materializing wins out of thin air with, in many cases, fewer watts.

Fer chrisakes he just won a stage at the bloody Giro at 36..

Just this last winter he had a very bad crash in a velodrome, puncturing a lung and breaking ribs. On top of that his home was invaded, his family terrorized and he was beaten..

And she has the monomania to attach herself to this guy

THAT is called rubbing people the wrong way.
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flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 17:51) (Below Threshold)
 @mtb1101: on top of that she posted a compliment to Jolo's gram that she had to delete because it went viral.

Jolo did not respond and stiff arms her whenever she gets too close.

Check out J's Reddit AMA - says everything you need to know about what she thinks about her
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 @Willikers: Link to the AMA?
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 @Willikers: bud, the vibe you’re giving off is that you asked her out and got burned. Proactively coming on here to talk trash about a World Cup-level XC racer makes you look really desperate for her attention.
  • 2 21
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 19:15) (Below Threshold)
 @GPP2117: in your mind.

I'm just talking to like-minded fellas, of which you are not.

Bugger off now
  • 2 16
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 19:16) (Below Threshold)
 @GPP2117: you'll note below I did not proactively come here to talk trash about her.

I came here to talk about the racing and attendant things that might come up.

Regard below, be humbled
  • 1 16
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 19:17) (Below Threshold)
 @GPP2117: also you are not my bud, bud
  • 1 16
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 19:19) (Below Threshold)
 @GPP2117: since I'm on a roll.. this girlfriend analogy has been used for decades before you were born.

Nice to see you bring back something old and tired - you in a small market or something?
  • 1 13
flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 19:20) (Below Threshold)
 @pwhite2021: Google jolanda Neff, Reddit ama

Look for hi I'm jolanda Neff
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flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 19:32) (Below Threshold)
 @GPP2117: geez your pithy nothing comment really got me thinking.. you are right..
Went across the bay to ride up olh.. ran into her.. meaning to say I love you Kate...

I blurted out You Suck Courtney!

Oopsie.
  • 5 1
 @Willikers: there is not a single response from Jolanda to any question about Kate. Is that the point you were trying to make? It's a bit disingenuous to mention the AMA as some sort of 'tell all' about the relationship between Jolanda and Kate, when there is literally no substance to that effect, in that AMA
  • 3 1
 @dunnem8: I didn't see any mention of Kate in Jolanda's AMA.

willikers is free to offer whatever take he wants as long as pink bike allows, but it's clear that his takes are often not based on reality.
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 @dunnem8: are you stupid? I just looked and found it again.

"Tell all"? - go look at my comment moron. I did not say that.

If you can read between the lines you can get a general gist but you can't even find the effing comment. You didn't even look.

Such an implausibly dim switch you are.
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 @Willikers: "Check out J's Reddit AMA - says everything you need to know about what she thinks about her"
It says nothing. There isn't a single comment even vaguely approaching what Jolanda Neff thinks about Kate Courtney. You're talking out of your arse
  • 1 4
 @dunnem8: you are f*cking dumb as sht
  • 1 4
 @dunnem8: teach a moron to fish, he'll still eat rocks
  • 10 4
 Can't believe I'm winning the Fantasy XC. Why didn't anyone else enter though??
  • 7 2
 Congrats to Schwarzbauer. When watching all the slick tires I had a thought for what MTB used to be in the past
  • 9 7
 They were nobby when he started..
  • 7 1
 No one will be able to touch Pidcock on Sunday
  • 4 5
 That's what she said.
  • 7 4
 Is Mona Mitterwallner the daughter of the guy who owns Redbull or something? Why do the commentators keep us apprised of her placings every lap and talk about how good she is or isn't about this or that?
  • 18 0
 I think it's because she's the world and European junior champ and it's her first season in the Elite category. And she had a perfect world cup season last year, so she's one to watch out for...
  • 1 2
 @eaurouge: I would say they talked far more about her than, say, Lecomte.
  • 2 0
 Great racing for sure, but I can’t figure out why some of these teams don’t race the short track like a crit and use some tactics. How many racers are there from KMc Orbea and Absolute Absolon? Surely they could have used they paved section to move some riders up.

Maybe I’m just not seeing what it means to be a MTB team. Seems like they all race for themselves.

Hump
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flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 12:02) (Below Threshold)
 They do. Unlike in a crit there isn't a designated sprinter, the riders' forms can be near equal on any given day. It's also near impossible for a team to control the front, regardless of course. It's best just to let them fend for themselves - the fastest ones on the day will find advantageous wheels to exploit.
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 @Willikers: possibly that’s all the explanation. Every one fro themselves.

Hump
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 @HumpDiesel: it's just a theory. I was mostly referring to the women's race.
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 Great race start to finish for the lead group. Any updates on what happened to PFP for the dnf? She was staying with it through the first 4 laps then disappeared.
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 Snapped her chain
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 @Willikers: SRAM
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 Bauke Mollema
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 @mm732: SRAMed her chain
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 @gbyrne: She's lucky. So far my Bronson has had a SRAMed GX derailleur, a SRAMed Monarch Plus, a SRAMed Reverb, and then the replacement Monarch Plus was SRAMed.
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 My god, how does that pass for a World Cup course?
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flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 15:34) (Below Threshold)
 It's a grassy crit
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 @Willikers: they should call it that!
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 @Willikers: That's what she said.
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 @packfill: Um, they do... (X)Cross Country Criterium.
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 @handynzl: cross country implies mountain biking. Grassy crit is much more fitting for what this was.
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 Rissveds also commented after the race, saying the course was a lot less technical this year. It seems like they removed that whoop/drop section from previous years. Maybe the organizers tried to make it more spectator/broadcast friendly at the expense of technicality?
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flag Willikers (May 14, 2022 at 18:10) (Below Threshold)
 @Jamminator: yup, they did. Great move, also made for tight racing

The panning camera on the front straight was great as were the long shots at the end of it.

Really could see the riders expressions well
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 Neff in the top spot. Another good Jenny result. Blevins on the comeback with 5th. Alright alright alright.
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 That wasn’t so much an XCC rave as much as it was a group 20-min FTP ramp test.
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 Evie have an off day or did something happen?
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 Bad back and other issues
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 @Willikers: She kind of hinted her back seemed better so was rooting for her. Hopefully she can give it a rip on Sunday!
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 @Dtwillow: I hope so
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 She crashed during the race.
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 @Willikers: I think she had a minor crash too which took her out of the chase.
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 @MDW83: yes. She's had a tough year already, hope she can remind us Sunday how really good she is.
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 Kate's 2019 season was a product of a series of extremely fortunate events for her, unfortunate for other riders:

1. PFP recovering from surgery
2. Langvad suddenly retiring
3. Rissveds still suffering from depression and chaotic circumstances with Swedish Cycling
4. Batty dropping from a top 3 rider in 2018 to back of the pack

She had just broken through with a surprise 2018 Worlds gold medal and was riding a tide of confidence.

She peaked during the first half of the season, but a combination of an extremely ambitious mountain training program mid season and her own tendency to overtrain marked the beginning of the end of her string of wins.

Since then, she's been surpassed by a wave of top younger riders and some vet riders returning to form.

It will be interesting to see how she spins one mediocre results after the next; so far, she's been blaming circumstances or bad luck. How long before her followers figure out she's not that good?
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flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 14:37) (Below Threshold)
 Right about now. The number of cheerleading comments on her gram have dropped precipitously since she got waxed at a domestic stage race a few weeks ago. Overtraining.. I'd say she overtrains certain aspects, some of which have little relevance in going fast on a world cup course, and severely undertrains many others.
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 What about Jolanda in 2019?

I 100% agree with you, but imagine how hard it is for Kate, being the "best" in one season and suddenly you can't even compete for a podium
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 Might be time for a switch up in coaching/training approach? Talent is there but something isn't working.
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 But who cares?

Leave her to her career she’s hardly hurting anyone other than herself.

She had a good run and it was good to watch, now it’s time for some others to have their good runs.
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 @gramboh: could be the bike…new platform isn’t working for her.

Who knows
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 Ulloa coming for that top spot!!
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 Jolo, Blevins are back, Gwinnie rising Yeah buddy
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 Love to see Gibson rising in the ranks and competing with the lead groups!
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flag Willikers (May 13, 2022 at 12:33) (Below Threshold)
 @RogerMexico: for sure! She looked extremely composed in that front group.

Would love to see Savilia there too..

US XC looking good right now!
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