Three members of Mondraker's elite XC team — Bec McConnell, Dan McConnell, and Jofre Cullell — are on the start list for the Games, so Mondraker made special editions of the Podium RR and F-Podium RR XC race bikes to celebrate. The blue-green and yellow version is a nod to Australia, home to Bec and Dan McConnell, while the red and yellow colorway honors Spain, home to both Jofre Cullell and Mondraker itself.
Each rider has both a full suspension F-Podium RR and hardtail Podium RR built for them, since both have benefits on the demanding XCO course and the riders would like to test both on the track before deciding which to ride for the big event. After all, it is the most prestigious XC event in four — no, five years.
Dan has already made history this year as the first Australian mountain biker to be selected for four Olympic Games in 2008, 2012, 2016, and now 2020/1. Bec, also a multi-Olympian, is the first female mountain biker to represent Australia in three Games. 22-year-old Spaniard Jofre Cullell will make his Olympic debut alongside the pair.
After Bec's strong 3rd place showing in Nove Mesto and several impressive elite rides from Dan and Jofre, we look forward to seeing what each of them can do at the Olympics.
The blue-green and yellow colors on Bec's and Dan's bikes match their Australian national team jerseys and are meant to represent the country's resources. Mondraker says yellow signifies beaches, mineral wealth, grain crops, and wool, while blue-green represents the ocean, eucalyptus and other forests, and pastures. The colors are also akin to Australia's national flower, the golden wattle
Jofre Cullell's bikes are painted to represent the Spanish flag. Legend says those colors come from Spain's bullfighting tradition, but it's not quite certain.
SRAM AXS XX1 takes care of shifting.
SRAM Level Ultimate brakes for stoppers, with nothing held back on the oil slick Ti bolts.
All the bikes are specced with Rockshox ID SL Ultimate RL forks on the front, and the F-Podiums have SID Luxe Ultimate RLR shocks in the rear.
They'll all be sitting on customized saddles and Reverb AXS dropper posts.
Maxxis Aspens front and rear are the go-to choice.
Personal touches for the Olympians.
The Olympic XC races will take place Monday (men) and Tuesday (women).