XCO Photo Epic: Mairiporã XC World Cup 2024

Apr 15, 2024
by Ed Spratt  



The 2024 World Cup season is officially underway after an incredible weekend of racing in Brazil. There were unmissable moments across all four XCO races as the fresh Mairiporã course started the season in dramatic fashion.

Riley Amos started his 2024 World Cup season with a perfect weekend taking both the XCC and XCO race wins. After a chaotic start to the U23 men's racing, a group of five riders quickly formed at the front of the race with Luca Martin and Finn Treudler looking strong in the early stages. On lap three Riley Amos decided to make the most of a mistake from another rider to power into the lead building a gap that couldn't be closed over the following two laps.

Bjorn Riley tried his best to shut the gap to the race winner in the final stages of the race but he would settle for 2nd place, nine seconds behind the race winner. Cube Factory Racing's Finn Treudler rode a great race remaining near the front for every lap and ended the day 20 seconds behind Riley Amos.

The morning after a packed day of XCC and U23 men's XCO racing the U23 women battled the heat and humidity across four full laps. Making it another perfect weekend in the U23s Kira Böhm took the XCC and XCO wins at round one. After a slower start off the line, Böhm was quickly back in the mix at the front as riders chased down a rapid Carla Hahn. As the race continued a group of three formed at the front before Emily Johnston dropped back in the penultimate lap.

Heading into the last lap it was a straight fight between Kira Böhm and Ginia Caluori with a big move in the first half of the lap pushing Böhm ahead with no chance for Caluroi to catch up before the line.

Jenny Rissveds rode a clever race on her way to dominate the final lap to cross the line 27 seconds up taking the first elite XCO win of 2024. XC racing doesn't get much better than this as we saw a close battle throughout the five laps with lead changes and attacks spread out across the nearly hour and twenty minutes of racing.

The trio of Jenny Rissveds, Haley Batten and Savilia Blunk were regulars at the sharp end of the race but a final lap attack from Jenny Rissveds proved too much to overcome. With Rissveds far out in front, it became a battle between Batten and Blunk for second although sadly Batten would crash in a loose turn giving up a chance for the silver medal.

Following the incredible spectacle of the women's race the elite men managed to keep the XC hype rolling as the fresh course in Brazil brought nail-biting tactical racing with everything coming down to an incredible final lap attack from Christopher Blevins. After nearly three years since his first XCO win at Snowshoe in 2021, the US racer is back on top in Brazil.

After a close-knit group held the lead for most of the race, the front runners came back together forming a large group of 13 riders going into the final lap. After several attacks failed to reward riders with any lead it was Blevins' big effort up one of the steepest climbs on the course that pushed him ahead. Despite the best efforts of those following nobody could shut the gap down before the line handing Blevins the victory by two seconds.

Riders have no time to rest after the opening round as they are heading straight into round two this week.



Riley Amos looking to back up his short track victory.
Riley Amos looking to back up his short track victory.

There was confusion at the start of the U23 men s race with what seemed like a jump start and then a crash in the middle of the pack.
There was confusion at the start of the U23 men's race with what seemed like a jump start and then a crash in the middle of the pack.

Bjorn Riley gets his 2024 season off to a great start.
Bjorn Riley gets his 2024 season off to a great start.

Finn Treudler digging deep on one of many punchy climbs here in Mairipora.
Finn Treudler digging deep on one of many punchy climbs here in Mairipora.

Riley Amos ripping through the fast and dusty berms at the top of the course with compatriot Bjorn Riley in tow.
Riley Amos ripping through the fast and dusty berms at the top of the course with compatriot Bjorn Riley in tow.

Riley Amos takes a commanding victory.
Riley Amos takes a commanding victory.

Riley Amos and Bjorn Riley have raced their way up the ranks together and found themselves 1 and 2 on the World Cup podium today.
Riley Amos and Bjorn Riley have raced their way up the ranks together and found themselves 1 and 2 on the World Cup podium today.

Riley Amos takes the win ahead of Bjorn Riley and Finn Treudler.
Riley Amos takes the win ahead of Bjorn Riley and Finn Treudler.

2 winner s champagne sprays out of 2 for Riley Amos.
2 winner's champagne sprays out of 2 for Riley Amos.

Kira Bohm torched the U23 XCC and now has the XCO in her sights.
Kira Böhm torched the U23 XCC and now has the XCO in her sights.

The U23 Women open up the racing for the day.
The U23 Women open up the racing for the day.

Much like her XCC performance Kira Bohm came out swinging for the XCO.
Much like her XCC performance, Kira Böhm came out swinging for the XCO.

Ginia Caluori stayed with the lead pack and took second place.
Ginia Caluori stayed with the lead pack and took second place.

Emilly Johnston on her way to the last spot on the podium.
Emilly Johnston on her way to the last spot on the podium.

Kira Bohm takes the win in Mairipora.
Kira Böhm takes the win in Mairipora.

U23 Women s podium - Kira B hm Ginia Caluori and Emilly Johnston
U23 Women's podium - Kira Böhm, Ginia Caluori, and Emilly Johnston

A great start to Bohm s season.
A great start to Böhm's season.

Short track winner Evie Richards getting ready to go again.
Short track winner Evie Richards getting ready to go again.

Not Loana Lecomte s day but she ll bounce back.
Not Loana Lecomte's day but she'll bounce back.

Gwendalyn Gibson wouldn t finish the race after a crash in the rock garden hopefully her injuries aren t too bad and she s back between the tape as soon as possible
Gwendalyn Gibson wouldn't finish the race after a crash in the rock garden, hopefully, her injuries aren't too bad and she's back between the tape as soon as possible!

Chiara Teocchi warming up before one of the biggest days of her career.
Chiara Teocchi warming up before one of the biggest days of her career.

Evie Richards keeping her cool in the Brazilian heat.
Evie Richards keeping her cool in the Brazilian heat.

Haley Batten has been buzing around the podium and today will be no different.
Haley Batten has been buzzing around the podium and today will be no different.

Jolanda Neff looking on form despite the heat and humidity.
Jolanda Neff looking on form despite the heat and humidity.

The elite women get their race underway.
The elite women get their race underway.

A healthy start for Jenny Rissveds getting involved early.
A healthy start for Jenny Rissveds getting involved early.

Kelsey Urban wasn t hanging about today.
Kelsey Urban wasn't hanging about today.

Evie Richards being chased up the winding climb. She d fade into ninth by race end.
Evie Richards chased up the winding climb. She'd fade into ninth by race end.

Jenny Rissveds with Kate Courtney and Anne Tauber in tow.
Jenny Rissveds with Kate Courtney and Anne Tauber in tow.

Chiara Teocchi leading out one of the earlier laps. She would keep the pedal floored for her first elite podium.
Chiara Teocchi leading out one of the earlier laps. She would keep the pedal floored for her first elite podium.

Jolanda Neff carved her way back through the field and onto the podium.
Jolanda Neff carved her way back through the field and onto the podium.

Alessandra Keller just off the podium in sixth.
Alessandra Keller just off the podium in sixth.

Last night s short track winner Evie Richards couldn t quite muster up the legs to back up that performance.
Round one short track winner Evie Richards couldn't quite muster up the legs to back up that performance.

10th place for Kate Courtney.
10th place for Kate Courtney.

Seventh place for Anne Tauber.
Seventh place for Anne Tauber.

Chiara Teocchi didn t shy away from the action and was leading early on as she went in pursuit of her first podium.
Chiara Teocchi didn't shy away from the action and was leading early on as she went in pursuit of her first podium.

Jolanda Neff charging onto the last step of the podium.
Jolanda Neff charging onto the last step of the podium.

Haley batten leading Jenny Rissveds into the jungle.
Haley batten leading Jenny Rissveds into the jungle.

A massive push from Savilia Blunk who got herself the closest to winning a world cup. She d cross the line in second spot.
A massive push from Savilia Blunk who got herself the closest to winning a World Cup. She'd cross the line in the second spot.

Jenny Rissveds takes the first round of the 2024 season.
Jenny Rissveds takes the first round of the 2024 season.

Huge effort from Blunk. She ll be happy with that.
Huge effort from Blunk. She'll be happy with that.

Fair play to Chiara Teocchi. Great start to her season.
Fair play to Chiara Teocchi. Great start to her season.

Kelsey Urban with a career best and an insane 8th place.
Kelsey Urban with a career-best and an insane 8th place.

Your first elite women podium of the 2024 XCO season.
Your first elite women's podium of the 2024 XCO season.

Jenny Rissveds back atop that middle podium spot.
Jenny Rissveds back atop that middle podium spot.

The king of Brazil had to come see what all the fuss was about.
The king of Brazil had to come see what all the fuss was about.

Filippo Colombo would fight at the front throughout the race.
Filippo Colombo would fight at the front throughout the race.

Victor Koretzky is definetly one to watch on this course.
Victor Koretzky is definitely one to watch on this course.

Simone Avondetto about to have the best ride of his career so far.
Simone Avondetto about to have the best ride of his career so far.

Chris Blevins didn t show his best in last night s short track but would soon forget all about that...
Chris Blevins didn't show his best in last night's short track but would soon forget all about that...

The Elite men are off.
The Elite men are off.

Sam Gaze drawing blood on the opening lap of the race.
Sam Gaze drawing blood on the opening lap of the race.

The front of the field rip their way up one of many punchy climbs on the course.
The front of the field rips its way up one of many punchy climbs on the course.

10th place for Vlad Dascalu.
10th place for Vlad Dascalu.

Sam Gaze putting in the watts for a seventh place finish.
Sam Gaze putting in the watts for a seventh-place finish.

Martin Vidaurre found himself at the head of the race more than couple times. He d finish with his first elite podium - finally finding his footing.
Martin Vidaurre found himself at the head of the race more than a couple of times. He'd finish with his first elite podium - finally finding his footing.

Eigth place for Alan Hatherly. He was lost in the mix at first before getting himself aquianted with the top ten.
Eigth place for Alan Hatherly. He was lost in the mix at first before getting himself acquainted with the top ten.

Joshua Dubau would lead his fair share of the race but would slip outside the top 10.
Joshua Dubau would lead his fair share of the race but would slip outside the top 10.

Needless to say the Specialized squad were steering the ship for the most part.
Needless to say, the Specialized squad were steering the ship for the most part.

Simone Avondetto taking on some much needed hydration through the feed zone.
Simone Avondetto taking on some much-needed hydration through the feed zone.

Filippo Colombo also had a brief stint at the front. He d unltimately loose a sprint to Koretzky at the finish line.
Filippo Colombo also had a brief stint at the front. He'd ultimately lose a sprint to Koretzky at the finish line.

A good start to Jordan Sarrou s season with a 4th place.
A good start to Jordan Sarrou's season with a 4th place.

Thomas Griot with a late race charge into the top 10.
Thomas Griot with a late race charge into the top 10.

Victor Koretzky would have to settle for second behind his team mate.
Victor Koretzky would have to settle for second behind his teammate.

Chris Blevins smiling as he knows what s about to come next
Chris Blevins smiling as he knows what's about to come next.

Filippo Colombo has been fighting back from an injury last year and showed he is well and truly back on the pace.
Filippo Colombo has been fighting back from an injury last year and showed he is well and truly back on the pace.

Martin Vidaurre Kossmann with his first podium in the elite ranks.
Martin Vidaurre Kossmann with his first podium in the elite ranks.

Christopher Blevins coming across the line for his first win since 2021.
Christopher Blevins coming across the line for his first win since 2021.

Big job done.
Big job done.

What a day for the Specialized boys.
What a day for the Specialized boys.

No walk in the park in these parts.
No walk in the park in these parts.

Thousand yard stare from Thomas Griot.
Thousand yard stare from Thomas Griot.

Vidaurre as animated as ever post race.
Vidaurre as animated as ever post-race.

What a ride from Wilier s Italian youngster Simone Avondetto.
What a ride from Wilier's Italian youngster Simone Avondetto.

A tough day out there for Nino Schurter.
A tough day out there for Nino Schurter.

Your Men s Elite Podium - Christopher Blevins Victor Koretzky Filippo Colombo Jordan Sarrou and Martin Vidaurre Kossmann
Your Men's Elite Podium - Christopher Blevins, Victor Koretzky, Filippo Colombo, Jordan Sarrou, and Martin Vidaurre Kossmann

What a show for round one.
What a show for round one.


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38 Comments
  • 31 0
 Great start to the 2024 season.
Watched the highlights as I am not going to pay the hideous $29 CAD / month to watch live.
Ross Bell your photography is amazing.
  • 10 0
 Could we get an article on how the Olympic teams are being selected? There was constant talk on the live show about it but no actual details.
  • 9 1
 Sadly, you need to pay for the premium package to get that kind of info.
  • 5 0
 The selection process is likely different for each country but first getting as many UCI points from the top 3 riders is what helps the countries get into that top 8 position, where there are 2 slots available. Choosing who is in those 2 spots is a different story.
  • 1 0
 @edspratt - Go on, you know you want to trawl the websites of national sporting bodies to work this out...
  • 1 0
 @Supermoo: Moo is correct. Top 8 countries all get two riders and selection depends on each national body. Some pick strictly off voting others pick by a criteria (i.e. most UCI points previous year + current year).
  • 3 0
 Well, if last time is any indicator, the USA will set up a process, then not follow it
  • 8 0
 USA was on fire this weekend. Great to see the athletes getting up to the top in all the categories.
  • 7 1
 Why no mention of how Nino's race went? Your comment doesn't tell us any more than the results sheet.
  • 5 0
 It didn't go well but sometimes a bike race pales in comparison to other aspects of life. All respect to Nino for even taking the start.
  • 11 0
 Nino's long-time physio Frank Holfeld died this week.
  • 5 0
 @opignonlibre: He also crashed according to Escape Collective.
  • 2 0
 @dougfs: wow, thank you for this info. was not aware. max respect for Nino no matter his finishing position.
  • 1 0
 @lukeb: indeed he did. His grief did not seem to hold him back till the crash
  • 1 0
 He has been struggling with an eye infection all week and didn't have the form. He also chrashed hard in the start of the race
  • 5 0
 Amazing photos!
  • 3 1
 Someone please create a Mid Travel trail bike version of this format. 3 Climbs, 3 Downs with 5 laps. Imagine the carnage and intensity!
  • 9 0
 I don't think I'm way out of line to think that most riders would want at least a mid travel trail bike for the level of current xc tracks, it just so happens that most time is made up on the climbs so the bikes they are using are the best for purpose (even though in an ideal world more travel would be better in the downs).
  • 4 1
 @alexhyland: most of the riders were using their shorter travel bikes this weekend for the very reason that they wanted the most efficient climbing bike.
More travel on the downs isn’t necessarily faster but it will be more comfortable
  • 1 0
 Looks like Specialized is bringing back the Captain tire? Pictures 11 and 22 from the bottom show Vidaurre running them front and rear.
  • 1 0
 They've been showing up here & there for the past few years but no public release.
  • 1 0
 RockShox claims that Flight Attendant requires both fork & shock to operate. Obvious from this weekend at least at the WC level that is not true.
  • 4 1
 Vidaurre is set to be the guy for next years. GOAT in the making.
  • 4 0
 Until the WT road teams come calling......
  • 2 0
 The gold on gold 34 is really growing on me. Great job Jenny and ladies!
  • 2 0
 What's the white thing that Kira Böhm's wearing?
  • 5 0
 vest full of ice packs. warm up the legs but keep body temp down until race time
  • 2 0
 Ver tudo isso ao vivo foi inesquecivel !
  • 2 0
 Rad spread. This is how I will be watching this year!!
  • 3 0
 Amazing photos @andy9 !
  • 1 0
 Now let´s make a DH world cup stage here in Brazil! It would be awesome!!!
  • 1 0
 Good pics but unfortunately the best one, Blevins at the finish line, is OOF.
  • 1 0
 Thanks PB for the new additions to my Desktop Slide Show.... Great photos as always.
  • 1 0
 Congratulations to Jenny Rissveds. Here's to more mental health journeys finishing atop the podium.
  • 2 0
 wow ! amazing pictures !







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