Young Guns: XCO World Cup Round 3, La Bresse

May 29, 2016
by Irmo Keizer  
The U23 field always has the honour of racing first. Tomorrow's elite is fast, very fast. We've seen the likes of Lars Forster, Victor Koretzky, and Jenny Rissveds work their way to the top of the elite field in no time. Thus, these ladies and gents are the ones to watch. First of the bat, the women U23. With two contenders for that top step, the racing is heating up.

U23 Young Guns - La Bresse
Lots and lots of spectators plus locals peering out of their windows to the sounds of buzzing rollers.

Although the weather remained dry for days the course did not dry up fully. Treacherous trails for riders.
Although the weather remained dry for days, the course did not dry up fully. Treacherous trails for riders.

Kate Courtney prior to the start in her leader s jersey.
Kate Courtney prior to the start in her leader's jersey.

Cameras line the startline minutes before the start.
Cameras line the start line minutes before the start.

La Bresse will pump at heart rates high as the women s U23 field gets underway. A long climb brings the riders up on top of the hillside.
La Bresse will pump heart rates high as the women's U23 field gets under way. A long climb brings the riders up on top of the hillside.

Evie Richards took the lead in the first lap at La Bresse. She set a furious pace which only Sina Frei was able to follow.
Evie Richards took the lead during the first lap at La Bresse. She set a furious pace which only Sina Frei was able to follow.

So much carnage in this section early on. Then the riders spread out and got their flow.
So much carnage in this section early on. Then the riders spread out and got their flow.

Evie Richards came out guns a blazing with a first lap lead. she finished second for the day.
Evie Richards came out guns blazing with a first lap lead. She finished second for the day.

Hannah Grobert wearing more of the track than she wanted when traffic got thick.
Hannah Grobert wearing more of the track than she wanted when traffic got thick.

Some hit the deck harder than others.
Some hit the deck harder than others.

A quick track side concussion test ended this day quickly.
A quick trackside concussion test ended this day quickly.

Sina Frei takes another win here in La Bresse.
Sina Frei takes another win here in La Bresse.

Digging deep. That s what this race was about.
Digging deep. That's what this race was about.

Serena Tasca points and shoots to sixth place.
Serena Tasca points and shoots to sixth place.

Anne Tauber looking sharp in the techy bits.
Anne Tauber looking sharp in the techy bits.

Kate Courtney had a stroke of bad luck and finished seventh.
Kate Courtney had a stroke of bad luck and finished seventh.

Railing the inside line. The dirt yesterday was sublime.
Railing the inside line. The dirt yesterday was sublime.

Anne Tauber rode another consistent race. Marking her second third in this season her mountainbiking career is off to a flying start.
Anne Tauber rode another consistent race. Marking her second third this season, her mountain biking career is off to a flying start.

Sina Frei is riding incredibly strong. After overtaking initial race leader Evie Richards she pulled away from the field to take the win with a gap of 1 minute and 28 seconds.
Sina Frei is riding incredibly strong. After overtaking initial race leader, Evie Richards, she pulled away from the field to take the win with a gap of 1 minute and 28 seconds.

Your women s U2e podium another win for Sina Frei second for Evie Richards and third for Anne Tauber.
Your women's U23 podium, another win for Sina Frei, second for Evie Richards and third for Anne Tauber.

With a women's race dominated by Sina Frei once more and a field spread out, it is now up to the men. The sound of buzzing tires filled the air once again as riders warm up for their race.

World Cup leader Sam Gaze prepares for the start of the La Bresse World Cup.
World Cup leader, Sam Gaze prepares for the start of the La Bresse World Cup.

Titouan Carod rode away from the field straight from the start line. The Frenchman made no mistakes and the rest of the field could only follow.
Titouan Carod rode away from the field straight from the start line. The Frenchman made no mistakes and the rest of the field could only follow.

Sam Gaze dives into the rocks while Simon Andreassen heads up to the descent.
Sam Gaze dives into the rocks while Simon Andreassen heads up to the descent.

Romain Siegle chased hard and rode a strong race finishing in third.
Romain Siegle chased hard and rode a strong race, finishing in second.

Sam Gaze worked hard to get into third. He remains in the lead of the 2016 UCI MTB World Cup.
Sam Gaze worked hard to get into third. He remains in the lead of the 2016 UCI MTB World Cup.

Today was a game of cat and mouse no matter where you were in the field.
Today was a game of cat and mouse no matter where you were in the field.

Titouan Carod took control early and didn t look back.
Titouan Carod took control early and didn't look back. His confident riding left no questions to who was strongest today.

Danish rider Sebastian Carstensen Fini chased the leaders to finish in 4th.
Danish rider, Sebastian Carstensen Fini chased the leaders to finish in 6th.

Marcel Guerrini charging dow the front side. Guerrini finished fourth.
Marcel Guerrini charging down the front side. Guerrini finished fourth.

Simon Andreassen worked his way up the field finishing in fifth.
Simon Andreassen worked his way up the field, finishing in fifth.

Best to run to the tech zone when you have a flat.
Best to run to the tech zone when you have a flat.

Marcel Guerrini had a solid ride to fourth place.
Marcel Guerrini had a solid ride to fourth place.

Sam Gaze stays in the leaders jersey after a third place finish.
Sam Gaze stays in the leaders jersey after a third place finish.

Five laps took their toll on the U23 mens field.
Five laps took their toll on the U23 men's field.

A home run with a home win. What could be better for Titouan Carod...
A home run with a home win. What could be better for Titouan Carod...

The course held up well to heavy rainfall last night although riders received their fair share of mud.
The course held up well to heavy rainfall last night, although riders received their fair share of mud.

French bubbles on a French podium.
French bubbles on a French podium.

Will the weather hold for the elite races Some fresh rainshowers during last night watered down some sections.
Some fresh rain showers during last night watered down some sections.


MENTIONS: @ikeizer / @mdelorme




14 Comments

  • + 24
 Jesus on last picture: Calm down people! Yes those guys ride down faster on semi slicks than Enduro brah on Minions.
  • + 14
 Astonishing pictures.
  • + 8
 Second picture in .... is that guy the real life "Bobs Burgers ????!!!"
  • + 1
 @glenno: hah! The spez mechanic!
  • + 5
 That looks like a proper XC track to me. Nice. I think the thing that puts me off XC much of the time is the over-groomed, barely technical trails that seem to be the majority..
  • + 14
 I would not want to ride this on a hardtail. The rocks call to me. Mad respect to all you nut jobs who do.
  • - 4
flag GabrielDugas (May 29, 2016 at 12:31) (Below Threshold)
 I notice that in the previous years, XC tracks tends to come back to mountain biking by adding tech bits here and there. I wonder if XC bikes will actually evolve to be more ridable in tech and steeps, it would be awesome.
  • + 5
 I like that theres rocks there. Looks like fun, and yes even on a hardtail.
  • + 1
 The track IS fun. Good to ride. The area however is even more fun!
  • + 1
 @ikeizer: I am speechless - the report, the photos, just second to none. Thank you so much. Please keep up theis good work
  • + 1
 @robertmatusek1974: thanks a lot, appreciate it Smile
  • + 5
 Why no redbull TV. ..
  • + 2
 Some of the sections are considered DH tracks in our place, respect for these guys!

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