[UPDATED] Elite XC Results & Overall Standings from the Les Gets XC World Cup 2023

Sep 10, 2023 at 3:58
by Ed Spratt  
The results are in from the sixth Elite XC World Cup of the year in Les Gets.

Mona Mitterwallner continues the momentum from her win in Andorra as she dominates in Les Gets. The young Austrian rider proves she is just as fast in the dry as the wet after securing back-to-back World Cup wins. Puck Pieterse didn't have the power to challenge the race winner as she dropped back in the later laps and ended the day 38 seconds off the pace. Pauline Ferrand Prevot put in a heroic effort after being ill this week to still take a 3rd place finish at her home race in France.

France claims another win in Les Gets as Victor Koretzky rides a perfect race to cross the line first. After some close battles throughout the eight laps, Victor Koretzky proved unrivalled on home soil as he secured his first win in 2023. Nino Schurter rode an impressive race as after recovering from an illness earlier in the week he managed to ride back from a rear flat to go only 17 seconds off Victor Koretzky. Vlad Dascalu was charging on the final lap and made up two places to end his week with 3rd place.

Check out the results below.


Elite Women

1st. Mona Mitterwallner: 1:14:51
2nd. Puck Pieterse: +38
3rd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:14
4th. Haley Batten: +1:34
5th. Savilia Blunk: +2:28

Elite Men

1st. Victory Koretzky: 1:26:45
2nd. Nino Schurter: +17
3rd. Vlad Dascalu: +21
4th. Marcel Guerrini: +26
5th. Joshua Dubau: +31

Elite Men

Live Race Updates:

6:30 am PDT: The Elite Men's Race in Underway
Jordan Sarrou powers off the line at his home race before a crash takes out some of the riders in the middle of the pack.

6:34 am PDT: Nino Schurter Passes 25 Riders to Reach the Front of the Race
After missing the XCC racing on Friday due to illness Nino Schurter is now leading the race after a hectic start.

6:37 am PDT: Luca Schwarzbauer Takes the Lead
Luca Schwarzbauer has taken the race lead from Nino Schurter as a group of five riders are at the front.

6:41 PDT: Top 5 After Lap 1
1st. Luca Schwarzbauer: 10:35
2nd. Nino Schurter: +0
3rd. Vlad Dascalu: +0
4th. Jordan Sarrou: +1
5th. Victory Koretzky: +1

6:44 am PDT: 4 Seconds Split the Top 11 Riders
After one lap the racing is incredibly close at the front. Only four seconds split the top 11 racers.

6:47 am PDT: Luca Schwarzbauer Still Leads as the Pace is High
Luca Schwarzbauer is keeping the riders honest as he holds a high speed up the climbs. Interestingly currently all three of the leading riders are running RockShox's electronic suspension.

6:52 PDT: Top 5 After Lap 2
1st. Luca Schwarzbauer: 21:39
2nd. Victory Koretzky: +0
3rd. Nino Schurter: +0
4th. Joshua Dubau: +1
5th. Jordan Sarrou: +1

6:53 am PDT: Victor Koretzky Takes the Lead Up the First Climb of Lap 3
Victor Koretzky takes his turn to control the race pace as he passes Luca Schwarzbauer.

6:56 am PDT: The Pace Picks Up
Victor Koretzky has really quickened the speed at the front creating more gaps between the riders. Currently, only Nino Schurter and Jordan Sarrou have stayed right on the leader's rear wheel.

6:59 am PDT: Victory Koretzky Gives Up the Lead to Nino Schurter
Victor Koretzky allows Nino Schurter to pass after he looked back for someone to take over the work at the front.

7:01 am PDT: It's Now a Group of 4 at the Front
With the increased speed there is now just a group of four riders at the front. Nino Schurter leads the French trio of Victor Koretzky, Jordan Sarrou and Joshua Dubau.

7:03 PDT: Top 5 After Lap 3
1st. Joshua Dubau: 32:24
2nd. Nino Schurter: +1
3rd. Jordan Sarrou: +1
4th. Victory Koretzky: +1
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +9

7:05 am PDT: Jordan Sarrou Falls Off the Front
Jordan Sarrou has dropped seven seconds back as Joshua Dubau has really sped up the race. Both Nino Schurter and Victor Koretzky are holding onto his back wheel.

7:06 am PDT: Victor Koretzky Leads
Victor Koretzky swaps places with fellow French racer Joshua Dubau as they are both closely followed by Nino Schurter.

7:12 am PDT: Victor Koretzky Builds a Gap
Victor Koretzky has broken away at the front of the race. Currently, there is a three-second gap to Joshua Dubau and four seconds to Nino Schurter.

7:13 PDT: Top 5 After Lap 4
1st. Victory Koretzky: 43:01
2nd. Joshua Dubau: +5
3rd. Nino Schurter: +5
4th. Joel Roth: +38
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +38

7:15 am PDT: Nino Schurter Moves into 2nd Place
Nino Schurter has taken the 2nd place position as his job is now trying to close the 13-second gap to Victor Koretzky.

7:18 am PDT: Nino Schurter Pulls Back Time on Victor Koretzky
Nino Schurter isn't quickly closing the gap but it is starting to shrink as the second half of the race progresses.

7:23 am PDT: Victor Koretzky Extends the Lead Again
Just as the chasers were starting to close the gap Victor Koretzky builds it again to 18 seconds.

7:24 PDT: Top 5 After Lap 5
1st. Victory Koretzky: 53:42
2nd. Joshua Dubau: +20
3rd. Nino Schurter: +21
4th. Marcel Guerrini: +52
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +52

7:26 am PDT: Rear Flat for Nino Schurter
Disaster for Nino Schurter as he has a rear flat tire. It's a quick change and he is now 42 seconds back but still in 3rd place.

7:29 am PDT: Joshua Dubau Pulls 3 Seconds Back from Victor Koretzky
Joshua Dubau is starting to close the gap to the race leader as he is now alone in the chasing group.

7:35 PDT: Top 5 After Lap 6
1st. Victory Koretzky: 1:04:42
2nd. Joshua Dubau: +23
3rd. Marcel Guerrini: +48
4th. Nino Schurter: +48
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +48

7:45 am PDT: Victor Koretzky's Lead is Looking Strong Ahead of the Final Lap
With just over one lap left Victor Koretzky is still looking strong with a steady gap of over 20 seconds back to Joshua Dubau.

7:46 PDT: Top 5 Going into the Final Lap
1st. Victory Koretzky: 1:15:44
2nd. Joshua Dubau: +27
3rd. Nino Schurter: +42
4th. Marcel Guerrini: +45
5th. Vlad Dascalu: +45

7:48 am PDT: Nino Schurter is Closing in on Joshua Dubau
The gap is nearly gone between 2nd and 3rd place as Nino Schurter is pushing hard on the last lap.

7:49 am PDT: Nino Schurter Takes 2nd
Nino Schurter proves once again to never count him out as he makes his way past Joshua Dubau to sit in 2nd.

7:51 am PDT: Nino Schurter Brings the Gap Down to 24 Seconds
Since the start of the lap Nino Schurter has closed the gap to Victor Koretzky by 20 seconds. There isn't enough race to close this but it may be closer than Victor Koretzky would like.

7:55 am PDT: Marcel Guerrini Moves to 3rd
There are now two Swiss riders in the top three as Marcel Guerrini passes Joshua Dubau.

7:56 am PDT: Vlad Dascalu Takes 3rd
The 3rd-place spot changes again as Vlad Dascalu is flying on the final lap, he is only five seconds off Nino Schurter.

7:56 am PDT: Victor Koretzky Wins
Victor Koretzky wins at home in France.

The Elite Women's Race as it Happened

4:00 am PDT: The Elite Women are Off
The Elites are off the line with Puck Pieterse leading into the first lap.

4:02 am PDT: Alessandra Keller & Loana Lecomte Move to the Front
Alessandra Keller and Loana Lecomte up the speed as they take to the front of the race up the first climb. Rebecca Henderson is also right in the mix.

4:04 am PDT: Loana Lecomte Leads Rebecca Henderson at the Top of the First Climb
Loana Lecomte is looking strong off the start as she pilots her hardtail quickly up the climbs.

4:04 am PDT: Loana Lecomte Leads Rebecca Henderson at the Top of the First Climb
Loana Lecomte is looking strong off the start as she pilots her hardtail quickly up the climbs.

4:09 am PDT: Alessandra Keller Takes a Turn at the Front
Alessandra Keller pushes to get ahead of Loana Lecomte as the race reaches the final part of the second big climb.

4:12 am PDT: A Leading Group of 5 is Forming
Alessandra Keller, Loana Lecomte, Martina Berta, Rebecca Henderson and Puck Pieterse have created a gap back to the chasers led by Mona Mitterwallner.

4:13 PDT: Top 5 After Lap 1
1st. Puck Pieterse: 12:22
2nd. Martina Berta: +0
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +0
4th. Rebecca Henderson: +1
5th. Loana Lecomte: +1

4:13 am PDT: The Finish Straight Brings Together the Top 8 Riders
Ahead of the first climb the leading eight riders have come together with just four seconds splitting the group.

4:15 am PDT: Puck Pieterse Passes Lona Lecomte to Lead the Race
Puck Pieterse takes the race lead as Haley Batten closely follows in 2nd.

4:17 am PDT: Andorra World Cup Winner Mona Mitterwallner Takes 3rd
Mona Mitterwallner is having a rapid start and her prowess on the climbs could make her a threat for the win.

4:19 am PDT: The Leading Three Riders Build an 8-Second Gap
Puck Pieterse, Haley Batten and Mona Mitterwallner are pulling ahead as they head up the second big climb of lap two.

4:21 am PDT: Pauline Ferrand Prevot Tries to Close the Gap
After skipping the XCC race due to an illness Pauline Ferrand Prevot is looking good today as she has almost shut down the gap to the leading three riders.

4:23 am PDT: Haley Batten Launches an Attack to Create a Small Gap
Haley Batten is back racing this weekend after recovering from a concussion and is looking very strong as she finds a two-second gap against Puck Pieterse.

4:25 PDT: Top 5 After Lap 2
1st. Haley Batten: 24:45
2nd. Puck Pieterse: +2
3rd. Mona Mitterwallner: +6
4th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +6
5th. Rebecca Henderson: +28

4:29 am PDT: Puck Pieterse Goes Past Haley Battten
Puck Pieterse overtakes Haley Batten as the leading riders reach the top of the first big climb.

4:31 am PDT: Puck Pieterse Creates a 3-Second Gap
Puck Pieterse has found a few seconds on the rest of the leading riders as Mona Mitterwallner now leads the chase.

4:32 am PDT: Mona Mitterwallner Quickly Shurts the Gap Down
Barely up the second big climb of the lap and Mona Mitterwallner closes the distance to Puck Pieterse. Haley Batten has slightly fallen back from the leading three riders.

4:34 am PDT: A Mistake for Mona Mitterwallner
Mona Mitterwallner makes a small mistake up a technical climbing section and has to unclip.

4:35 am PDT: Pauline Ferrand Prevot Slides Out
It's now Pauline Ferrand Prevot who makes a mistake as she is caught out in the dust and goes down. The World Champ is now 12 seconds back.

4:38 PDT: Top 5 After Lap 3
1st. Puck Pieterse: 37:15
2nd. Mona Mitterwallner: +11
3rd. Haley Batten: +11
4th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +11
5th. Savilia Blunk: +56

4:42 am PDT: Mona Mitterwallner Pulls Back 4 Seconds
Mona Mitterwallner uses her climbing skills to shrink the gap to Puck Pieterse. Pauline Ferrand Prevot is also pushing but can't quite keep up with Mona.

4:44 am PDT: The Gap has Gone as Mona Mitterwallner & Pauline Ferrand Prevot Catch the Race Leader
Puck Pieterse has lost her lead as we now have a group of three riders leading the race.

4:47 am PDT: Mona Mitterwallner Launches an Attack
Mona Mitterwallner has taken the lead as Puck Pieterse looks to be struggling and Pauline Ferrand Prevot makes another mistake.

4:50 PDT: Top 5 After Lap 4
1st. Mona Mitterwallner: 50:00
2nd. Puck Pieterse: +0
3rd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +5
4th. Haley Batten: +24
5th. Savilia Blunk: +1:15

4:53 am PDT: Pauline Ferrand Prevot Loses Time Up the First Climb
Pauline Ferrand Prevot caught back some time at the end of lap four but now she has lost more time with a gap of 11 seconds to Mona Mitterwallner.

4:58 am PDT: Mona Mitterwallner Pushing Hard at the Front
Mona Mitterwallner has picked up the pace with the gap to Puck Pieterse building to 12 seconds. Pauline Ferrand Prevot is now 36 seconds off the leader.

5:04 PDT: Top 5 Going into the Final Lap
1st. Mona Mitterwallner: 1:02:20
2nd. Puck Pieterse: +18
3rd. Haley Batten: +53
4th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +54
5th. Savilia Blunk: +1:55

5:08 am PDT: Haley Batten & Pauline Ferrand Prevot Drop Over a Minute Back
Haley Batten and Pauline Ferrand Prevot fall further behind the race leader as they are now over a minute off the back wheel of Mona Mitterwallner.

5:13 am PDT: Pauline Ferrand Prevot Attacks to Gap Haley Batten
Pauline Ferrand Prevot is pushing hard as she is trying to build a gap to Haley Batten and avoid a sprint finish.

5:15 am PDT: Mona Mitterwallner Secures Back-to-Back Wins
Mona Mitterwallner was unmatched in Les Gets as she wins her second elite World Cup by 38 seconds

Full Results:

Elite Women


Elite Men


Overall Standings:

Elite Women


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  • 53 1
 Nino getting second after a flat is just insane
  • 8 0
 Yeah and also looked like he was done at around the fifth lap and then just bounced back
  • 8 2
 And starting at the back of the grid...
  • 8 0
 @Tambo: not at the back, but he was 4th row
  • 10 2
 Maybe it's time for Nino to rethink his Aspen ST 170 TPI Tire choice, the lower rolling resistance and weight isn't worth it if he has punctures that ruins his chance of winning...
  • 3 0
 @danielfloyd: true, still adds to the performance
  • 32 0
 3 Cheers for Haley and Savilia! Savilia finally made a podium. Great day for them
  • 2 0
 They were both on fire. Haley had her butt kicked by Kristin Armstrong the past few weeks and absolutely sent it. Savilia is so smart, not going out super hard on a gnarly track and letting the race come to her and her strengths. They were both incredible.
  • 1 0
 Rockrider is picking some good athletes.
  • 24 3
 Don’t hate on Kate. She might not be doing as well as she did a few years ago but she is certainly not doing bad by any measure. Usually in or just outside the top 10. I think based on what she has done, she should get the benefit of the doubt. She also seems to truly love what she is doing and has a positive attitude. More than I can say for the keyboard warriors that like to hate, complain, accuse, whine, bitch, moan, etc. Those are the real losers in this world.
  • 3 3
 Well said
  • 2 1
 She also has been near the front of the race (at least 6th place) in both the XCC and XCO. I think she crashed on the last lap of XCC which knocked her back in placement. Her overall standings are sandwiched between the two most recent Olympians so can't be that bad.
  • 1 1
 There just isn't the same level of race after race, season after season dominance in the women's XC as there is in Men's.

Who was the last truly dominant female WCXC rider? I'm talking someone who was almost guaranteed to win, and won multiple seasons? Probably Dahle and Neff. Dahle was 30 when she started her streak but was a long time threat to the Podium for years prior. Neff was 21. Dahle also continued to be a podium threat for several after her streak.

If Kate only wins the overall once but continues to race for another 10 years, that wouldn't be outside the norm, nor would be it outside the realm to see her win it once again.
  • 1 0
 (2 most recent gold medalists i meant obvs)
  • 3 0
 @PHeller: there seems to be something about the women's riders that they dominate for about 2 years when they are youngish and then fade a bit, still performing very well but not as they once were. Kate and Loana did it, Puck and Mona are doing it now, and Jolanda and PFP did it although both retained a bit more dominance afterwards, especially PFP obviously but still not to the extent they once were. It could also be the whole field strengthening behind them more over time. I suspect some kind of burnout related to women's biology and longevity when you're trying to perform at the highest level at a very low weight. PFP seems to have found the ideal balance, although she did falter for a bit. Keller seems to manage it well which is why she's able to ride consistently near the front.
  • 4 0
 @ab36: It's a game of runs isn't it? Bec Henderson was going great at the start of 2022. Anne Terpstra as well and she's 32!
She's not one to make excuses but Jolanda hasn't been the same since her near fatal accident. She did explain how it compromised her immune system so she gets sick a lot. Of course the rest is self-explanatory.
The difference between 6th and 20th place then yesterday's race was about 2 minutes. That's insanely tight. They are many world and Olympic champs in that grouping, many of whom could win on a given day. Marti Berta came close and no one talks about her.
For anyone to be at or in front of that group is a big, big deal.
  • 1 0
 @cantaloupe13: Well said. To the neff topic: Of course that huge, dangerous crash at the end of 2019 had a huge impact on her health. But in my very own opinion her current team is just the wrong one for her. Let's look at 2019 (before the crash). She had no world cup win in the XCOs. A lot podiums though. She didn't look as strong as before back then already. Later of course she still had some very strong races. Like Tokyo 2021 and MSA 2022. What imresses me is that she mostly has a rather slow phase after the starts and then a pretty strong pace after that. But still I think trek is not the right team for her. Sure it is not all their fault and she is very loyal. But there were to many team mistakes in the last few years. Plus I saw her in the team area again with her team at two races this year. I saw them several minutes and in previous years they (especially neff) seemed pretty relaxed with some smiles and giggles. She looked focused but somehow perplexed/clueless. This year I saw no happy faces there from neff. Of course they are not there for fun. I saw her at so many races the last few years personally. But I have never seen her like that
  • 2 0
 @f1philip94: She seems to be pals with her teammates on insta but as we know social only tells a very small part of the story.
She's going through a very rough time, knowing she should be at a much higher level while simultaneously trying to mentor the younger riders.
  • 23 3
 GCN/Eurosport just shows the top 4 or so riders for the majority of the race. It makes for a bland broadcast and a lot of top riders are getting practically no screen time. Switch it up a bit and show a bit more of the field.
  • 7 4
 Agreed. Everyone is talking about the DH broadcasts but the XC had been just as horrible. They talk about and video the top ten riders and about nothing else. On top of that the video quality has gone down considerably as well.
  • 6 1
 Agreed. The director of the broadcast does terrible job from that perspective. Often seem like there is ten racers, sometimes only three.
  • 2 2
 Agree. Apart from the announcers, I think the DH coverage is as good or better than before, but the XC coverage was clearly better with Red Bull.
  • 18 0
 Nino is a machine.
  • 6 24
flag RoadRunner13 (Sep 10, 2023 at 11:49) (Below Threshold)
 38 years old, and closing a 40 sec gap on a VERY good climber. Yeah, sure, we all believe it, true natural athlete :'D
  • 4 0
 Ah damn, I had a pun but it doesn't work in english. In french "molecular machines" are called "nanomachines", so the pun was ninomachines, but, well, doesn't work.
Also him and Marotte (and Skarnitlz which I've never realy paid attention to) are the oldest guys of the pack.
  • 3 0
 @Will-narayan: This is the same in English.
  • 6 0
 Ah Mona, so happy for her second win! I felt that after getting top 10 in XCC (pretty rare for her) she is on fire, and she delivered!
  • 2 0
 Yeah, the young guns have been killing it this year in women's. 5 out of 6 Elite WC XCO's won by U23's.
  • 2 1
 Mona was such a hot head last year but of course she was just a teenager. She has really upped her mental and physical game significantly. She was flying that last lap, big props for everything.
  • 2 0
 @brance: Even though it seems like she's been on the circuit forever Laura Stigger was doing really well earlier in the year before her set back. She's only 22!
  • 5 2
 This was supposed to be a reply about Courtney just being top ten at best. Still relevant so I'll keep it. Top ten in the WORLD though. When was the last time you were tenth best in the world at something?

Obviously those at the top get the press but all these athletes are incredible.
  • 5 0
 The sprint for the 7th place between Lecomte and Henderson caught more hypes than the first six haha
  • 7 1
 Nino could have won that
  • 5 1
 Yeah if he'd pick a tire besides the Aspen ST.
  • 3 0
 When was the last time two Americans podiumed at any world cup, in any discipline?
  • 5 0
 Val di Sole DH 2022? Dak in 3rd, Gwin in 4th.
  • 1 4
 Dakotah Norton podiumed and placed 2nd last week at Loudenvielle DH World Cup 2023. Literally 0.777 off from the 1st place run
  • 1 0
 Was wondering the same for XC. Never?
  • 5 0
 @ab36: I think Haley batten and Kate Courtney may have shared a podium two years ago, XCO or XCC.
  • 2 0
 2018 Lošinj Croatia had 3. Gwin 1st, Shaw 2nd, Norton 5th.
  • 1 0
 @ab36: Back in the 90s, frequently. The World Cup at Mammoth in 1993 for example.
1st Juli Furtado
2nd Susan Demattei
4th Tammy Jacques
1st Dave Wiens
3rd John Tomac
4th Don Myrah
5th Johnny Weissenrieder
  • 3 0
 Last time in Elite XCO is I think Albstadt 2021. Courtney and Batten.


Gibson and Blunk were both on U23 podiums later in that same year.
  • 3 0
 Seems to be lots of illness in Les get do I have to stock up on bog rolls and pasta again...
  • 2 0
 I won’t say the C-word lol but my whole family just got it for the first time, you may want to stock up
  • 2 4
 @aks2017: no they didn't, it's just a cold
  • 4 0
 what happened to Gunnar Holmgren?
10th to 33rd in the last lap
  • 3 1
 Who is the English guy doing the commentary with Bart and Rick on Women’s Elite?
  • 1 6
flag KingPooPing (Sep 10, 2023 at 5:44) (Below Threshold)
 Josh Carlson. If i recall he rode with Giant doing some enduro stuff
  • 8 3
 @KingPooPing: Josh Carlson is quite clearly not English mate
  • 7 0
 Oli Beckingsale I think. I missed the start so didn't hear him get introduced
  • 3 6
 @motdrawde: I didn't say he was.
  • 5 2
 @motdrawde: Josh is from Australia, although we tried pretty hard to adopt him up here in Canada. Great guy, be interested to hear how he does commentary.
  • 7 4
 Nina Schurter? I barely knew her.
  • 3 1
 I think you're thinking of Nino Hoffman
  • 2 1
 I find it very interesting that at every race there are people being 5 and 6 laps down on an 8 lap race. How is that possible???
  • 13 0
 Backmarkers get pulled by race officials under a method called the "80% rule" to keep the course clean i.e. remove the possibility of riders closer to the front encountering the impediments or interference that would likely occur if they were frequently riding up against lapped backmarkers.

The 80% rule is time-based, not necessarily when backmarkers are actually getting lapped. If the removal happens on lap 2 of an 8-lap race, then the rider's result is recorded as -6 laps since they only completed 2 laps before being pulled.
  • 1 1
 @Ginsu2000: So they could have completed more laps but never got the chance.
What is the minimum requirements to enter a WC race? Could I pony up the entry fee and enter?
  • 7 1
 @Sscottt: Yes, if they were allowed to continue riding for approximately the same duration as the winner's race time, they would be able to complete several more laps.

No, you can't just pony up an entry fee and ride a world cup. Entry requirements are (per the UCI web site)

1. Having obtained at least 60 UCI points in the UCI XCO individual reference ranking (*).
2. The national federations may enter a maximum of 6 supplementary riders per category. These riders must
wear national team clothing

To earn the minimum requirement of 60 UCI points would mean being way quicker than anyone that 99.99% of people on PB has probably ever ridden with. In other words, the worst riders in a world cup XC field are way, way faster than any normal human being. It's like asking "How good an athlete?" is the worst player in the NBA or NFL.
  • 1 1
 @Ginsu2000: Thanks! I always wonder who the slowest fastest riders in the world are. The everyday person's hero.
  • 2 3
 Incredible ride by Koretzky, but damn, Nino may have had the ride of the day. So stoked for Mona on the women's side - what a dominant win with almost no mistakes. It wasn't cool that the men got eight laps and the women six, though. Koretzky crossed the line to begin the final lap at approximately Mona's winning time. If the men's and women's are supposed to be of approximately equal length, then the men should not have gotten that extra airtime.
  • 2 1
 Wasn't hating on Kate, I'd love to see her back on the podium, she trains like a beast and was world champ then overall champ only a few years ago.
  • 2 0
 How is everybody watching the XC and downhill races now?
  • 7 0
 I just pay 21€ on GCN for the three complete months of DH racing. I don't wanna struggle with some not stable free streamings. The GCN app is pretty useful as some races happen during my working hours.
  • 3 1
 The replay works fine for me at tiz-cycling.io/categories/mountain-bike
  • 6 0
Agree it really is worth it to get a season's worth of good coverage. Use the GCN app to stream to my chromecast/big screen TV. It's been thoroughly enjoyable honestly, gets better every race as well.
  • 2 0
 I pay the 8 bucks a month gcn+ to watch the xcc and xco .
  • 3 1
 @KingPooPing: Do you not watch the DH on gcn+? Been quite a show this season. West Virginia is next, mountain mama.
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: friend, l did not. Dh isn't really my thing. Cool tech and amazing athletes but just can't get into it.
  • 1 1
 @KingPooPing: I don't understand, but I support your choice.
  • 1 0
 Line Burquier might be finding the step up difficult? Or she's probably waiting for her Canyon to arrive
  • 2 1
 She doesn't look like the rider of last year; when she used to beat Puck regularly. In fact, she didn't have a great CX season, when the season before she was the 4th best U23 CX racer behind the 3 Dutch youngsters - they've all made progress, she hasn't. Maybe it's over racing....
  • 1 1
 Pauline FP wasnt supposed to be ill and out for this race? Sudden recovery?
  • 3 0
 No, I think she actually skipped XCC to recover for the XCO race. Paid off apparently!
  • 3 0
 @vinay: Ok, and still she takes the 3rd place. What a beast!!!
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flag RoadRunner13 (Sep 10, 2023 at 11:50) (Below Threshold)
 Schurter the same : he was supposed to be ill, and then, he just flies like a rocketship. Haha, what a fraud this guy.
  • 2 0
 @RoadRunner13: you are obviously entitled to your opinion but why do you think he's a fraud?
  • 2 9
flag RoadRunner13 (Sep 11, 2023 at 2:34) (Below Threshold)
 @singletrackjamaica: because Schurter is on juice (well he's probably not alone, since Fluckiger was busted). AMA leaks showed he was treated for asthma for years. He was listed on the files, as well as Cancellara and others. Only clean athletes that's for sure :'D.
Treatment for heavy asthma and yet performing like a rocket at 38 ? Yeah yeah, sure sure
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 @RoadRunner13: I assume you are a doctor and therefore you know exactly how asthma might or might not limit an athlete, and how an inhaler might or might not provide an athlete an unfair advantage (sarcasm alert for the rest of you). As an asthma sufferer and a (low level performing but enthusiastic!) endurance cyclist, I can assure you there aren't too many like me who are happy to have it. None of us really know if any of these athletes are doping, but simply performing at a high level is not a good reason to claim one is a fraud. Nino has one of the most well dialed training regimes and a lifetime of racing experience to support the idea that he might just still be competitive rather than assuming and claiming publicly that he is cheating.
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 @RoadRunner13: you come across as very childish and bitter with all your negative posts.
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flag RoadRunner13 (Sep 11, 2023 at 9:34) (Below Threshold)
 @dcaf: "Nino has one of the most well dialed training regimes and a lifetime of racing experience"
Funny, we heard the exact same things about Lance back in the good ole days : "I train harder than others, I have the best trainers, the best food, blabla". And obviously other riders don't train, eat mcdonald's and everything.
I don't say he can't perform, am just saying that a 38 yo swiss rider who was in the AMA files and who can easily close a 40 sec gap in only 1 lap on the best climbers in the XCO peloton, well, let me be very skeptical. Besides, an athlete who is absolutely not shaped as a climber.
But I guess it is just the Jumbo Visma syndrome : "Nino train better, harder".
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 Hopefully they add the current overall. I think Nino still leads?
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