4 Key Stats from World Cup XC Racers in the Pinkbike State of the Sport Survey

Jan 26, 2023 at 7:59
by Ed Spratt  
Welcome to the 2023 Pinkbike State of the Sport Survey. This anonymous survey is designed to help shed light on key issues affecting the professional field and elite competition. We surveyed the best riders in the world to hear their thoughts, ideas, concerns, and criticisms on mountain biking as we go into 2023, all in an anonymous format. To read the introduction to the survey click here, and to see all the other currently published SOTS articles click here.



Cross-country has remained one of the sport's most prestigious race disciplines, with Olympic recognition and multiple sub-disciplines that have reached World Cup status. It continues to attract huge audiences across the world with racing action that can often rival downhill.

Despite its history prestige and its perception of a more professional mountain bike discipline, XC is not without its issues. In the past, the sport has been rocked by a number of doping cases and even in 2022 there was conflict around sportsmanship and an apparent false test result.

XC has seen plenty of changes over the years and despite a shift in World Cup organisation for 2023, the sport has come out the other side mostly unchanged. With all this in mind, what’s the current state of XC heading into 2023?

XC Cohort Details

Number of Riders Choosing XC as their Main Discipline: 49
Men/Women: 25/24
Top 5 Finishers: 6/4
Top 10 Finishers: 4/5
Home Continent:
Asia - 1
South America - 2
Oceania - 3
North America - 8
Europe - 35
Loana Lecomte chasing hard after Pauline Ferrand Prevot.

This year's survey brought in 49 responses from XC racers who were among the best-ranked overall last season. Our numbers this were were raised from the 39 riders who took part we surveyed last time despite adjusting our criteria slightly.

Of the XC racers who responded and filled out our survey, we had an almost even split between men and women. For this year's survey, we had 25 respondents identifying as male with 24 identifying as female. Among all categories including Junior and U23, there were six male top five overall finishers with four female. When it came to top 10 overall riders we had an additional five female racers and four male.

As with all disciplines in our survey and for World Cup as a whole, it remains dominated by European riders with 71% of respondents calling Europe home. North America sat in second with 16% then it was Oceania with 6% and South America with 4%. One respondent was from Asia totaling 2% of our cohort. For this year's survey, we did lose the one rider representing Africa.

The Majority of Riders Need Significant Financial Support to Compete at an International Level

Mona Mitterwallner settling into life in elite just fine. First race first podium.

Despite being an Olympic sport, attracting the biggest viewing figures, pulling sponsors in from outside the sport, and holding a higher professional level than other mountain bike disciplines riders find that for someone from their home country to succeed they will need "significant financial support" to compete at an international level. Only 14% of the riders surveyed would disagree with a further 22% feeling neutral on this issue.

As we head into a new season of racing we have seen the cost of racing is set to rise for both riders and teams limiting budgets even further. From our understanding of the updated cost of racing, a privateer XC racer will now need to pay €150 per race instead of the €80 previously. As riders without support have already struggled in the past they will now need to pay almost two races' worth of fees for a single round in 2023.

From our questions, we already found that 59% feel they rely on good race or event results for their livelihoods, a result which becomes more difficult if you may not be able to have as many chances because of rising costs. It is worth adding that despite an increase in entry fees the prize money for a good result has not risen.

When it comes to race costs which can hamper the ability for people to compete at World Cup level, especially for those outside of Europe, we found that 45% of riders surveyed only have up to 80% of travel costs covered by either their team of sponsors again leaving them out of pocket. A further 37% of top riders surveyed only have up to 80% of accommodation costs covered by their team of sponsors.

One rider who completed the survey commented: "If you are coming from bigger countries it's way easier for you to find a team or sponsors. It would be fair if the team or sponsoring decisions would be made more based on the results - not the nationality or Instagram followers."

For riders from my home country, it is too expensive to compete at an international level without significant financial support from brands or sponsors:
Strongly Agree: 39% (19)
Agree: 24% (12)
Neutral: 22% (11)
Disagree: 12% (6)
Strongly Disagree: 2% (1)
I rely on good race or event results for my livelihood:
Strongly Agree: 20% (10)
Agree: 39% (19)
Neutral: 20% (10)
Disagree: 14% (7)
Strongly Disagree: 6% (3)

How much of your travel costs are paid for by your team or sponsors?:
Less than 20%: 8% (4)
20% - 40%: 4% (2)
40% - 60%: 2% (1)
60% - 80%: 31% (15)
Around 100%: 55% (27)
How much of your accommodation costs are paid for by your team or sponsors?:
Less than 20%: 6% (3)
20% - 40%: 2% (1)
40% - 60%: 0% (0)
60% - 80%: 29% (14)
Around 100%: 63% (31)

The Majority of Riders Still Prefer XCO

Filippo Colombo makes his way past compatriot Mathias Fl ckiger.

Despite becoming increasingly important in recent years, even with its own World Championships, the top riders still prefer the longer format Olympic distance XCO event.

When asked what their preferred style of racing is only five riders selected the recent World Cup addition of XCC Short Track. Since it was first introduced in 2018 the discipline has grown to be a full World Cup event with its own standings, World Championships, and overall World Cup winner at the end of the season. While its ties into grid placement and overall XCO points still remain, it is slowly forming into its own separate format with its own challenges.

Currently, riders practice the XCO race on Thursday before a flat-out day of XCC practice and racing on a Friday. There is more long-distance XCO practice on the Saturday before the main event on a Sunday. We found in our survey that 29% do not like the current weekend practice and race schedule.

One rider felt so strongly that they left us a comment saying: "I think that XCC races should not have the amount for XCO races. Because they change the training plan of athletes, pushes the rider to do and take more risks! These two races must be separate races (for points as well) and not affect each other!"

What is your preferred style of racing?:
XCO: 88% (43)
XCC: 10% (5)
XCE: 2% (1)
I like the current weekend practice & race schedule:
Strongly Agree: 10% (5)
Agree: 29% (14)
Neutral: 16% (8 )
Disagree: 31% (15)
Strongly Disagree: 2% (1)

A Sizeable Gender Pay Gap Still Remains in XC

Pauline like a bat out of hell increased her gap with every passing lap.

Of the 24 female XC riders we surveyed 21 agreed with the statement, "There is a gender pay gap in mountain biking," an issue that is sadly backed up according to our data. Looking at the median pay the men's XC field sits at $50,000-100,000 while the women's drops all the way down to just $10,000-20,000.

Taking a closer look at the numbers and you see that will only one male rider across Juniors, U23 and Elites earnt between 0 and $5,000 USD, but there were five female riders in this pay bracket. The same story continues in the next two lower pay brackets of $5,000-$10,000 and $10,000-$20,000 with 11 Female riders earning either of these amounts compared to just four men.

It's worth adding that the men's results are slightly skewed because of a high earner of over $500,000+ and more riders sitting in the $100,000-$250,000. Whether this is an accurate reflection of actual payment at the top of Elite racers remains questionable but both State of the Sport surveys have returned results suggesting a sizeable pay gap exists between men and women.

There is a gender pay gap in mountain biking:

Strongly Agree: 46% (11)
Agree: 42% (10)
Neutral: 4% (1)
Disagree: 4% (1)
Strongly Disagree: 4% (1)

Female XC Racer's Pay:
0-5,000: 5
5,000-10,000: 5
10,000-20,000: 6
20,000-30,000: 3
40,000-50,000: 1
50,000-100,000: 3
100,000-250,000: 1
Male XC Racer's Pay:
Left Blank: 1
0-5,000: 1
5,000-10,000: 2
10,000-20,000: 2
30,000-40,000: 3
40,000-50,000: 2
50,000-100,000: 7
100,000-250,000: 6
500,000+: 1

Junior & U23 Riders Are feeling the Financial Strain

No lle Buri with another commanding win.

Although they may be the future of the sport the Junior and U23 riders are considerably worse off financially. Of the 18 riders in our survey who race in the Junior or U23 categories only one agreed that there is currently appropriate financial aid for Junior or U23 riders. An overwhelming majority of 71% believe that this is not the case.

When it comes to rider pay for the next generation of Elite World Cup talent, we have an equal split with 55% of young riders earning either 0-5,000 USD or 5,000 - 10,000 USD. Outside of this, a further 28% earn between 10,000 - 20,000 USD USD, before 17% pull in more than 30,000 USD in earnings from mountain biking. U23 riders will have another source of potential income in 2023 as the UCI is adding them to the XCC Short Track racing for the first time at World Cup level. Despite this new addition, and unlike the Junior Downhill World Cup racing being filmed for replays, there has been no word on if U23 XC or XCC racing will be broadcasted or replayed in any capacity.

Looking deeper into the financial situation for the riders of the future it is sad to see that only two riders have their expenses covered in total from sponsors with around 50% receiving less than 60%.

There’s appropriate financial aid for juniors/U21 riders/U23 riders?:
Agree: 6% (1)
Neutral: 28% (5)
Disagree: 56% (10)
Strongly Disagree: 11% (2)
What proportion of your total expense comes from sponsors?:
Less than 20%: 33% (6)
20%-40%: 6% (1)
40%-60%: 11% (2)
60%-80%: 11% (2)
80-99%: 28% (5)
100%: 11% (2)

What were your total earnings from mountain biking last year?:
0-5,000 USD: 33% (6)
5,000 - 10,000 USD: 22% (4)
10,000 - 20,000 USD: 28% (5)
30,000 - 40,000 USD: 11% (2)
50,000 - 100,000 USD: 6% (1)

Other Comments from XC Racers

bigquotesI'd like to see my national body allocate support based on performance, not other factors like age. Currently, I'm being shut out, because I'm no longer considered a "developing athlete". Plus, they still need to be regularly reminded about equal gender representation for projects, although I feel this is improving.

bigquotesNot building programs around individuals - creating an environment that is an inviting and encouraging space for more athletes.

bigquotesMore support from the government, and federations. The financial support is really low.

bigquotesMore international support and focus on the development of the next generation of cyclists.

bigquotesMore professionalism.

bigquotesCreate a structure to support elite athletes to help them perform to their abilities and for youth riders to give them the time and program to work for a professional career.

bigquotesSupport athletes from earlier stages on, not only when they already deliver the results.

bigquotesMore grass-roots support for young or new riders.

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  • 132 5
 "More support from the government"

Government support for sport should be at the grassroots level, not the elite level.
  • 5 1
 Agreed ! But as we see it now, sport is usually looked at from two different, but converging perspectives. One in which the main objective is to bring people in to sport, and another one in which the main goal is the sport itself, or the achievements through sport like the Olympic Games. If you only support grassroots level, aspirations of national excellence at the highest level of international competition is somewhat pointless ( keeps throwing money at it and nothing happens ). National federations scout for raw talent in the grassroots, but it takes a lot of money to bring an athlete up through the categories and in to the elite level . Politicians see benefit in large numbers and relevant results. To inspire and produce these large numbers at grassroots level you need elite models to inspire the young ones, and if there is not enough support for the top level, it will be harder to raise those numbers. With that in mind I can understand were some more support could be beneficial . I also believe there is big difference between being an elite level athlete ( that needs more support ) and being part of the sports elite ( six figure salary ).
  • 22 1
 @Gruta: Elite level athletes are made at the grassroots level, not by the privileged few. IMHO, in todays health crisis, we need to address early adoption of sport from the millions of people currently living an unhealthy lifestyle and not fund/celebrate a handful of people. 5 yr old superstars-to-be don't try the sport because of some XC medalist, they try it because they can.
  • 1 2
 If you are going to represent a country, with the flagged shirt as a "national champ".... government may be involved, not?
  • 1 0
 @StFred: You are not representing your country at a world cup, despite the misleading name. It is a competition between private individuals/companies.
  • 1 2
 I think our government actually does massively support sport through school programs and recreation centres and grants.
I don’t know how much Trudeau makes but he can afford to pay A LOT!
  • 1 0
 @noplacelikeloam: I completely agree with you. But no one is a champion at age 5, and I also believe privilege usually comes at the cost of hard work, personal and family investment . And those 5 year old superstars to be, will still need support when they are due to step on to the elites. Like I said you can`t have one without the other. Everyone has a different background, every country is different , and different views on the subject are required and healthy for the discussion and progress of the sport.
  • 1 0
 @StFred: Sometimes they are not, or not enough.
  • 23 2
 So, out of all the riders surveyed, 18 are making $50k or more, AND 5 of the females and 4 of the males are in the top 10 overall, meaning a significant portion of those 18 are the people making that much.

Those are tough odds to make a living.
  • 67 76
flag Three6ty FL (Jan 26, 2023 at 14:59) (Below Threshold)
 Are we back to only two genders now?
  • 13 28
flag scary1 (Jan 26, 2023 at 15:09) (Below Threshold)
 @Three6ty: yeah…I’m kinda gender confused
  • 15 55
flag Three6ty FL (Jan 26, 2023 at 15:26) (Below Threshold)
 @scary1: As an Older man, I am trying to keep up with the younger generation and want to make sure I'm not offending anyone. So this article seems like it's not very inclusive of any other genders that I am being told there are in existence.Wink
Very short sighted from a very progressive Magazine like Outside.
  • 26 26
 @Three6ty: currently there are only two gender categories for UCI racing. Though I know a lot of the big gravel events in the US include a non-binary category. So maybe we'll see the inclusiveness expand to the higher profile events eventually.
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flag Three6ty FL (Jan 26, 2023 at 15:40) (Below Threshold)
 @MDW83: Very Short sided on the UCI Front.
  • 38 20
 It does seem very strange that a man isn’t able to extend their career by 10+ years by competing as a woman.
  • 11 2
 @MDW83: Continuing the discussion points you have alluded to...

Playing the numbers, with the following per wikipedia, "Transgender identity is generally found in less than 1% of the worldwide population, with figures ranging from 0.1% to 0.6%", if we translated that to elite sport (mountainbiking only) then we have on any given weekend about 140 starters in Male XC, 60 (at best) Women XC, 120 in Male DH, and 15 in Female DH, so a total of something in the vicinity of 235 elite athletes, so statistically there should be 2 transgendered athletes. Are we starting a whole new division just for them? Especially when the Elite categories are the 1% on their own anyway (in terms of athletic prowess) so the pool from which to draw from is already very small. (Of course this discounts Kate Weatherly, but we're talking the future essentially. But she does prove the point that a trans gender person is just as likely to become an elite athlete as, say, a gay man, so there is a small opportunity for another trans gendered athlete in years to come)

Perhaps you will have more turn up for an amateur event, certainly the entrant numbers can get into the thousands, so you may have a class of 10-15 people. And if they so choose to run a class like that, then all power to them.
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 @handynzl: ya, I wasn't actually suggesting the UCI do this. But I do think it is great that local events embrace inclusivity and grow the sport.

As you note (good job, btw), the real numbers are very small. I don't get why cis-males get all bent out of shape. Cheers.
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flag jclnv (Jan 26, 2023 at 16:16) (Below Threshold)
 @MDW83: LOL! You have to be trolling? A “cis-male” is a derogatory term. The actual term is just “male”.
  • 16 6
 @jclnv: Good point. You are right, to be male is to be male. I shouldn't distinguish between those who were born as such, and those who may have transitioned that way. Thanks for pointing it out.
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flag noplacelikeloam (Jan 26, 2023 at 16:37) (Below Threshold)
 @Three6ty: I don't know man, I was watching Alien Covenant last week and now Im totally confused by how many genders there are. Pick a number.
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 @MDW83: Wrong. Male is a biological fact. A “trans” male is a self identification based on thoughts and feelings. It’s not based in reality anymore than someone identifying as an alternator from a 1993 Nissan Micra. Which is why the majority of people don’t take the term seriously. These maybe uncomfortable facts for those indoctrinated in this societal mind virus but I suspect you will grow out of this way of thinking.

For the record I don’t care what people claim that they are, just don’t expect me to be compelled to call you what you decide to be. Or agree that biological men should be allowed to compete in women’s sports (funny how we don’t have to worry about women competing in men’s sports isn’t it?), or be imprisoned with women, or be allowed to use women’s public washrooms.
  • 23 12
 @jclnv: I guess my question to you is: why do you care so much how a person wants to identify?
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flag jclnv (Jan 26, 2023 at 16:59) (Below Threshold)
 @MDW83: Really? Here’s one from this week. www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-64413242
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 @Three6ty: don’t worry about it. You’re just unaffected by the desperate need for meaning , thinking “likes” from people you’ve never met will somehow improve your social status amongst your fellow rudderless useful idiots .
Or, you’re a horrible person and must be eliminated from the gene pool.
  • 3 5

"I don't know man, "

That's totally racist.
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 @Three6ty: if we were they wouldn't have to put the words "they identify as"
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 @MDW83: I personally don't care.

But there are still a lot of question marks in how this effects sports. I don't have answers. It is definitely going to continue being a problem for a while.

For the record, I share a home with an "adult" (legal age) who is I would say "confused" (gay, straight, gender, etc), and a TON of guests are of the alphabet soup variety. I'm an otherwise normal hetero dude from a different generation who is really struggling to keep up with everything. But it is a welcoming home.
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 @scary1: Ok Internet tough guy. Keep hiding behind your keyboard.
  • 2 5
 @Three6ty: pffft hahaha.! Been here since the beginning,champ.
You need a name and address or something? What are we doing here? Clown
  • 3 2
 @Three6ty: apparently you’re stumped by sarcasm too.
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 @jclnv: sorry, not good enough.
This whole world is mental.
  • 3 6
 @MDW83: why don’t YOU care about REAL women being displaced from podiums , locker rooms and bathrooms where they SHOULD be able to feel safe and not compromised from MEN with a severe mental disorder ?
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 @scary1: transgender people represent 0.01 to 0.06 of the world population. The propeotion of those who are elite athletes is even smaller. I think you are overstating the so called problem.

Though I do understand if/when it happens there is a discussion to be had re: fairness.
  • 3 1
 @MDW83: Leia Thomas.
How many lost scholarship opportunities because of that 1 ?
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 @scary1: I have all I need.
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 @Three6ty: oooh goody! I’ll be expecting a “package”.
  • 10 0
 who the hell are the 12%
  • 19 0
 Maybe the crowd based in the Alps who can get to most of the events relatively easily?

I'm guessing though, I have no UCI ranking and no BMX background
  • 9 0
 Likely the western/central european based riders that can drive to 80% of the races within a reasonable amount of time.
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 For example: if you live in Switzerland/eastern France/Northern Italy, you can get to 7 out of 10 rounds (including World Champs) with the longest drive being about 12 hrs to Vallnord. The rest are less than 9 hrs and 4 of those being less than 5 hrs. Only ones that are longer is Fort Bill and the 2 rounds in North America.
  • 4 0
 @wilsonians: I'll pay money to watch them drive over the Atlantic Razz
  • 5 0
 I watched a video about football the English premier league wages from a retired keeper . He got asked the question if he thouggt players got paid too much.
His response was they are paid how much they are worth as an asset to the club , he said there were some who's wages were massive but on the whole they weren't paid that much.
The issues with mtb is the fields are very big and with under 23 and 19 . I reckon it costs a lot of money for the teams to travel with maybe only limited TV / spectator revenue .
Maybe the fields need to be smaller and up and coming racers need to focus on national racing series, if they are good enough to move up to wc level
I bet teams will take more notice of a national series if this is the talent pool.
  • 3 0
 That is fair to say for the U23 and U18 but that only works if you are European. If you are outside of Europe, the teams dont bother looking beyond as the likelihood of the rider coming to to Europe, speaking a language and then staying is not worth the effort.
  • 1 0
 @Supermoo: The same happens in CX; if you're not picked by a Belgian team, then most give it up and do something else.
  • 1 0
 I guess if fields get smaller then mtb teams will have to send scouts out to national series. Isn't shop sponsorship kinda like giving young people a hand up and then it's up to company reps ect
  • 8 1
 Pay gap is absurd and very strange! I can name 8 women competing in XC and 3 men. More of a gravity focused rider but still. The men just fall into the masses.
  • 4 1
 not that strange. riders are paid what they are worth to a sponsor. If it wasn't that way, every sponsor would just have all women riders so they could get the same value for less cost.
  • 12 0
 I found this interesting as well. In general, I prefer to watch men's elite sports. There are some exceptions to this. Women's XC is one of them. I love the personalities and parity much more than on the men's side. I just find it more entertaining.
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 @rrolly: I enjoy watching the women's events as well, but I think that might just be because I have an appreciation for all things bike related, and I appreciate the subtleties, not just watching the fastest possible runs. My wife, not really a bike enthusiast, enjoys watching too but she has zero interest in the women's events. She says it's less exciting.

I think from a marketing perspective, there are a lot of nuances that those of us who are so into bikes that we frequent sites like this fail to consider. Ultimately, that's all these pro riders are - employees of the marketing departments.
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 @trialsracer: To a degree your marketing department is a fair comment, but I think some of this is down to their own personal marketing of themselves.

I was very interested in watching Nino take his place in the record books. The Pidcock story was somewhat interesting to me as well, but nothing came as close to the multiple storylines in the women's field for me. Following Neff, Courtney, Batty, PFP, Richards, Keller, Pendrel, etc. has been so good.
  • 5 0
 No surprise when Road teams come calling and some riders say 'yes'. The sport needs to generate far more money from sponsors, TV, etc 500,000 is a lot of money, but not in professional sport, it's peanuts.
  • 5 0
 Someone make a betting platform where a certain percentage of the earnings go directly to the riders according to their performance.
  • 3 0
 That's how Madison Square Garden started!

  • 1 0
 Higher profile in betting would boost revenues up significantly.
  • 6 0
 Hmm I have to agree with xcc marring the XCO. It needs to be decoupled
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 "If you are coming from bigger countries it's way easier for you to find a team or sponsors. It would be fair if the team or sponsoring decisions would be made more based on the results - not the nationality or Instagram followers."

Disagree with this. Unfortunately the cold truth is that it is all about selling bikes and making money.
  • 1 0
 These articles are so poorly written they aren't even worth reading.

First you write "We found in our survey that 29% do not like the current weekend practice and race schedule." then right below this statement there's this info:

I like the current weekend practice & race schedule:
Strongly Agree: 10% (5)
Agree: 29% (14)
Neutral: 16% (8 )
Disagree: 31% (15)
Strongly Disagree: 2% (1)

Tell me how 31% + 2% equals 29%

Also, WTF are you trying to say here? This makes zero sense

"Despite becoming increasingly important in recent years, even with its own World Championships, the top riders still prefer the longer format Olympic distance XCO event."

Did you mean 'Despite XCC becoming increasingly important in recent years, even with its own World Championships, the top riders still prefer the longer format Olympic distance XCO event.'

It's wild that Outside expects us to pay to read this stuff when it's such a poor quality product that's being put out.
  • 4 1
 I wonder who that male rider is on 500k+....
  • 9 2
 I'm guessing MVDP. Not sure what he's getting paid as a XC rider, but I'm sure it's decent. I would assume he would also include the income he gets from all disciplines and I'm sure a guy that's won multiple TDF stages is doing okay.
  • 32 1
 Nino would be my guess.
  • 8 0
 I was initially thinking Nino Schurter - and then realized that with MVP and Pidcock, there are two guys in the mix who are on full roadie setups. You'd think if all three of them were in the survey, that should have been at least three guys in that bracket.
  • 5 0
 Pidcock makes a boat load I'm sure
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 @jsnfschr: MVDP is making a lot more than $500k but its tough to use that as 'mtb' salary. I bet that is Nino.
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flag jsnfschr FL (Jan 26, 2023 at 13:24) (Below Threshold)
 @g-42: I wonder if Sagan would be in the mix? I don't think he did much actual XC, but I know he raced a bunch of e-XC races this year. I'm guessing he's got a massive contract with Spec (and other sponsors).
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 @wilsonians: That's what I was basing my guess upon, strictly XC income.
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 @wilsonians: I would say Nino is probably the only guy to make over $100k from mountain bike earnings, but MVP would be the guy over $500k (two different questions on the survey).
  • 9 0
 @like2pedal: media rumours have Pidcock on a 4million euros a year contract with Ineos. Which is consistent with other roadies of his calibre and potential.
  • 8 0
 Yea, MVDP and Pidcock both have contracts in the millions a year. So technically they could check the $500k+ box, but it's more likely Nino since I don't think PB would survey guys that get paid primarily to race road. I am shocked though that Nino, even Nino, is bringing in that kind of cash. I guess Scott is probably paying him $250k and then all his other endorsements add up to another $250k.
  • 4 0
 @edspratt can we get clarification that this is just XC salary?
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 @btjenki: World championship in men's cross-country in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022 and the overall UCI World Cup in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022 and thus become the first man to hold 8 World Cup overall titles. He won the gold medal in mountain biking at the 2016 Olympics, the silver medal 2012 Olympics and the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics.

If MvdP and Pidcock are on multi-millions, I’d say Nino for a million or less is a total bargain.
  • 2 0
 @k1campbell: MVDP was on at least Euro 2 million in 2021
Some teams (but not all) pay a relatively low base salary then very large performance bonus.
and for multiyear contracts for race winners, the income from last year will roll over to next year.
So, if you are on 2 mil and win a grand tour in year 1, year 2 and 3 will be paid as a grand tour winner. not say 2mil base pay but more 4mil plus bonuses for that year. plus income from there own sponsors like redbull etc

None of the roadies would bother with this survey all it does is help tell people what you make.
the rich roadies live in Monaco as there is no income tax, but living cost are very high.
Very very small apartments start at euro 1k week, and you need to show you have at least Euro1mil in assets.

lots of roadies and lower ranked MotoGP riders live in Andora. with 10% tax I think and cheaper living
  • 5 0
 @jclnv: T Piddy and MVdP are on more than Nino because of their Road and Cross programmes. Nino, while very successful, has always, and continues, to compete in a sport that is truly the (very) poor cousin to Road cycling.

So Nino on less than one million is not only a bargain, but his market value, too.
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 @gcrider: Also in road cycling, they have a minimum wage, which in the World Tour ranks is just on $60,000 USD. Pro Continental minimum wage is also much better than the average in MTB it seems, with Pro Conti minimum wage at $44,000.00 USD.

And for that, all you need to be able to do is keep up with the bunch, and carry a few extra water bottles (or bidons if you are pretentious) now and again. Not a single gap jump in sight to worry about. Smile

But then, your sock height does get measured....
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 @handynzl: I understand the road aspect but I would have thought winning as many championships as Nino would elevate you far beyond the norm.
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 Always got the impression Henrique Avancini is a superstar in Brazil. He’s my wildcard for the $500k+ if we’re discounting MvdP and T Piddy.
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 @jclnv: He is above the norm...in his pond. Most are barely making 5 digits in MTB.

We need to grow the pond.
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 @like2pedal: €4 million from Ineos
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 @jclnv: I don't disagree about Nino's accomplishments. But his reach is the smallish MTB world. Road (unfortunately) gets about 50x the eyeballs on TV (think Europe). MVDP and Pidcock also race and continuously win in CX which is yet more eyeballs. And then they come to MTB and win again. You don't get paid on past accolades as much as you do for current and future TV/media eyeballs. Which is why MVDP and Pidcock make way more money. ... Another case in point.. MVDP (and Wout) gets paid $15,000 by CX race promoters to just show up and race. MVDP will likely pull down close to $200,000 this CX season JUST in appearance fees. Different level than even the top dog in the XCO MTB world.
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 @btjenki: That's fair. I wonder if Nino showed Scott the Nove Mesto race footage when he renewed his contract Wink
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 @jsnfschr: I doubt he was part of the survey; he hasn't been on a MTB race since the Olympics.....And I doubt he gets paid seperately by discipline......
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 Is this just team salary or does it include other incomes as well? Such as personal brand deals.
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 No one's making $250,000 to $500,000?
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 I want to be one of the 6% who apparently don't care at all about their results to make a living!
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 XC racers would rather XCO over a full XC - interesting
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 You spelled World Series wrong PB
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 Hmmm... they keep on keeping on with it, don't they...
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