Final Results from the Petrópolis XC World Cup 2022

Apr 10, 2022 at 6:54
by Ed Spratt  
Loana Lecomte leads them off the line.


The results are in from the first World Cup of 2022 in Petrópolis after some exhilarating racing. In the Elite Women's race, it would have been easy to write it off as another dominant performance from the young French rider Loana Lecomte but the hard work of Rebecca McConnell and Anne Terpstra flipped things on its head in the later laps. A tough battle the whole race for Rebecca McConnell saw her finally take an Elite World Cup win with a 17-second gap back to Anne Terpstra. Loana Lecomte would have to settle for third place today and fourth and fifth went to Austrian riders Laura Stigger and Mona Mitterwallner.

XC Racing doesn't get much better than the Elite Men's racing with a tense battle between Nino Schurter, Maxime Marotte and Vlad Dascalu coming down to a very tight sprint finish. The race couldn't have been closer as Nino Schurter beats Maxime Marotte by the smallest of margins to equal Julien Absalon's all-time record of 33 World Cup wins. Vlad Dascalu ended the race in third only three seconds behind Nino.

Check out the full results below.

The U23 riders took on the fast and technical Brazilian course yesterday, you can check out the results here.



Live timing is available here.



Results:

Elite Women (6 Laps)

1st. Rebecca McConnell: 1:29:41
2nd. Anne Terpstra: +17
3rd. Loana Lecomte: +38
4th. Laura Stigger: +1:44
5th. Mona Mitterwallner: +1:53

Elite Men (7 Laps)

1st. Nino Schurter: 1:26:52
2nd. Maxime Marotte:+ 0
3rd. Vlad Dascalu: +3
4th. Sebastian Fini Carstensen: +55
5th. Filippo Colombo: +56




Full Results:

Elite Women


Elite Men




Live Race Updates:


The 2022 World Cup XC racing kicks off with the first round in Petrópolis.

The Women's racing kicks off on Red Bull TV at: 16:00pm CEST (7:00am PST, 10:00am EST, 15:00am BST)

The Men will start on Red Bull TV at: 19:15pm CEST (10:15am PST, 13:15pm EST, 18:15pm BST)





7:20 am PST

The Elite Women are off with Martina Berta leading the race off the start line. There was a huge crash in the middle of the pack off the line.





7:22 am PST

Quite quickly Loana Lecomte is at the front of the race, will we see the French rider repeat her dominance from last year?





7:23 am PST

Loana has already built an eight-second gap as they make their way up the first climb on lap one.





7:28 am PST

Friday's XCC Short Track winner, Pauline Ferrand Prevot hasn't had the start today she would have wanted. Currently Pauline is back in 12th place, 37 seconds off the lead.





7:29 am PST

At the second split the gap back from Loana Lecomte to Rebecca McConnell is nine seconds.





7:34 am PST

After the first lap the top five Elite Women are:

1st. Loana Lecomte: 13:47
2nd. Rebecca McConnell: +14
3rd. Laura Stigger: +33
4th. Sina Frei: +33
5th. Anne Terpstra: +34





7:37 am PST

At the first split Loana Lecomte has maintained the 14-second gap back to Rebecca McConnell. The gap has grown to the chasing pack on the first climb of the slightly longer second lap.





7:42 am PST

Looking at the timing it appears Rebecca McConnell is starting to close in on Loana Lecomte with the gap getting down to 12 seconds.





7:46 am PST

We are not sure what has happened with Pauline Ferrand Prevot but she is currently back in 33rd, over three minutes back from Loana Lecomte.





7:49 am PST

After the second lap the top five Elite Women are:

1st. Loana Lecomte: 28:53
2nd. Rebecca McConnell: +14
3rd. Anne Terpstra: +39
4th. Laura Stigger: +39
5th. Linda Indergand: +53





7:53 am PST

After reaching the first split on lap three Loana Lecomte has built upon her lead again with a 16-second gap to second-placed Rebecca McConnell.





7:58 am PST

It looks like Pauline Ferrand Prevot has pulled out of today's racing.





7:59 am PST

The gap from 2nd place to first has extended to 19 seconds at split two on the third lap. Loana Lecomte is going to be tough to beat today.





8:05am PST

After three laps the top five Elite Women are:

1st. Loana Lecomte: 44:09
2nd. Rebecca McConnell: +27
3rd. Anne Terpstra: +34
4th. Laura Stigger: +45
5th. Linda Indergand: +1:13





8:06 am PST

A big mistake for Loana Lecomte in the rock garden at the start of lap four, her lead was almost thirty seconds but she lost a lot of time. The live timing is suggesting the gap could be down to less than 20 seconds.





8:08 am PST

Anne Terpstra has now passed Rebecca McConnell to take 2nd place. On the last lap Anne Terpstra actually took time out of Loana Lecomte, can she pull back the leader?





8:09 am PST

At split one the gap from Loana Lecomte to Anne Terpstra is now only 18 seconds.





8:14 am PST

The chasing group of Anne Terpstra and Rebecca McConnell are now only eight seconds off Loana Lecomte.





8:17 am PST

Anne Terpstra and Rebecca McConnell have now caught Loana Lecomte.





8:21 am PST

After lap four the top five Elite Women are:

1st. Rebecca McConnell: 59:50
2nd. Anne Terpstra: +0
3rd. Loana Lecomte: +0
4th. Laura Stigger: +42
5th. Caroline Bohé: +1:23





8:22 am PST

Anne Terpstra has now taken the lead with a one-second gap to Loana Lecomte and three seconds to Rebecca McConnell.





8:23 am PST

Anne Terpstra is pushing hard at the front of the race and already has a nearly ten-second gap to Loana Lecomte.





8:26 am PST

Rebecca McConnell has now passed Loana Lecomte, it looks like the young French rider is starting to slow down.





8:29 am PST

Loana Lecomte is back in second place but the gap isn't shrinking to Anne Terpstra in first.





8:35 am PST

Disaster for Anne Terpstra as she is slowed down by a lapped rider who doesn't let her pass and almost takes her out as she is told to leave the course.





8:36 am PST

With one lap to go the top five Elite Women are:

1st. Anne Terpstra: 1:14:46
2nd. Loana Lecomte: +10
3rd. Rebecca McConnell: +10
4th. Laura Stigger: +1:28
5th. Mona Mitterwallner: +1:53





8:38 am PST

Rebecca McConnell now goes into second, she will need to work with Loana Lecomte if they are going to close the nine-second gap before the finish line.





8:40 am PST

A huge mistake for Anne Terpstra means Rebecca McConnell is right at the front and Loana Lecomte is only five seconds back. Everything is to play for with half a lap left.





8:43 am PST

Rebecca McConnell is riding away from Anne Terpstra, can she win her first Elite World Cup?





8:45 am PST

At the second split of the final lap, Rebecca McConnell leads by nine seconds.





8:49 am PST

Rebecca McConnell wins her first Elite World Cup!





8:51 am PST

The top five Elite Women in Brazil are:

1st. Rebecca McConnell: 1:29:41
2nd. Anne Terpstra: +17
3rd. Loana Lecomte: +38
4th. Laura Stigger: +1:44
5th. Mona Mitterwallner: +1:53





10:35 am PST

The first Elite Men's World Cup is now underway as Christopher Blevins leads the race into the first shortened lap.





10:37 am PST

Ondrej Cink has now taken an early lead, closely followed by Titouan Carod and Christopher Blevins. Henrique Avancini is sitting in fifth place.





10:47 am PST

After the first lap the top five Elite Men are:

1st. Ondrej Cink: 11:59
2nd. Henrique Avancini: +0
3rd. Nino Schurter: +1
4th. Thomas Litscher: +1
5th. Titouan Carod: +1





10:49 am PST

Henrique Avancini is pushing hard on lap two and makes his way to the front of the race before Ondrej Cink fights back to retake the lead.





10:50 am PST

Ondrej Cink must be feeling good as he pulls a five-second gap back to Henrique Avancini at the first split.





10:55 am PST

At split two the top five can barely be separated as Ondrej Cink still leads with Nino Schurter in second and Henrique Avancini in third place.





10:56 am PST

Nino Schurter is looking very strong today and takes the lead on the second half of lap two. Can he take the win today and match Julien Absalon's all-time win record?





10:59 am PST

After lap two the top five Elite Men are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 24:29
2nd. Ondrej Cink: +2
3rd. Henrique Avancini: +3
4th. Alan Hatherly: +3
5th. Christopher Blevins: +4





11:01 am PST

Alan Hatherly now takes the lead as the top eight riders are separated by only a couple of seconds.





11:08 am PST

The front of the race is starting to spread out with the leading group containing just five riders. Ondrej Cink is the closest chasing rider, 10 seconds off the pace.





11:08 am PST

Mathias Flückiger is back in seventh place after crashing on the third lap.





11:12 am PST

After lap three the top five Elite Men are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 36:53
2nd. Vlad Dascalu: +0
3rd. Maxime Marotte:+ 0
4th. Alan Hatherly: +0
5th. Henrique Avancini: +1





11:14 am PST

Maxime Marotte has now taken over the lead but the top five are still very tightly packed.





11:20 am PST

At split two there is now a five-second gap back from the leading group of Maxime Marotte, Nino Schurter and Vlad Dascalu to Henrique Avancini.





11:25 am PST

After lap four the top five Elite Men are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 49:23
2nd. Vlad Dascalu: +0
3rd. Maxime Marotte:+ 1
4th. Henrique Avancini: +8
5th. Alan Hatherly: +10





11:26 am PST

Interestingly all of the riders at the front have chosen the easier line through the rock garden.





11:32 am PST

Vlad Dascalu and Nino Schurter are beginning to build a decent gap back to Maxime Marotte in third. Henrique Avancini has fallen further behind, 36 seconds behind the leader.





11:38 am PST

After lap five the top five Elite Men are:

1st. Vlad Dascalu: 1:01:57
2nd. Nino Schurter: +0
3rd. Maxime Marotte:+ 1
4th. Filippo Colombo: 39
5th. Henrique Avancini: +39





11:45 am PST

Maxime Marotte is just managing to hold on to the top two riders but both Nino Schurter and Vlad Dascalu are looking very strong with not much of today's race left.





11:50 am PST

With one lap remaining the top five Elite Men are:

1st. Vlad Dascalu: 1:14:34
2nd. Nino Schurter: +0
3rd. Maxime Marotte:+ 1
4th. Pierre De Froidmont: +45
5th. Sebastian Fini Carstensen: +45





11:52 am PST

Maxime Marotte is now back at the front with Nino Schurter still in second and Vlad Dascalu in third place.





11:55 am PST

The top three riders have been so evenly matched the whole race it is going to be a tough fight for the win today. Will we see Maxime Marotte, Nino Schurter or Vlad Dascalu launch an attack before the finish straight?





11:58 am PST

Nino Schurter has launched an attack to go into the lead, will he keep this speed until the finish or does he want to be first into the next singletrack section?





12:03 pm PST

Nino Schurter takes his 33rd World Cup win in a sprint finish against Maxime Marotte.





12:03 pm PST

After an incredible Elite Men's race in Brazil the top five are:

1st. Nino Schurter: 1:26:52
2nd. Maxime Marotte:+ 0
3rd. Vlad Dascalu: +3
4th. Sebastian Fini Carstensen: +55
5th. Filippo Colombo: +56






113 Comments

  • 88 0
 NINOOOOOOOO!!!!!
  • 57 0
 Nino achieving the pinnacle of his carreer, and being aware of it. Also not being ashamed of showing his humanity and all the effort it takes to take his greatness even further. A masterclass of what it means to be a legend. Hat off
  • 6 3
 The finish worked out perfectly for him. Letting Marotte pass him near the end before the last downhill allowed Nino to draft him to the finish and then pass at the end.
  • 3 2
 @DoubleCrownAddict: after he made sure to stay in second on that climb when Marotte I think overtook both I knew he would get it before the finish line. All he needed was to stay second and he would figure out a way. Great race
  • 20 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: "Letting Marotte pass him". I've been watching again the final and I still see Nino not being able to follow Marotte's counterattack. Congrats to Nino, disappointed for Marotte who did a great race and really deserves a win in WC.
  • 6 16
flag stubestrong (Apr 11, 2022 at 1:30) (Below Threshold)
 nino thanks MVDP and Pidcock for giving him the chance to hit this record...
  • 35 0
 Well done Austrian girls!!
  • 2 49
flag mi-bike (Apr 10, 2022 at 9:32) (Below Threshold)
 Wrong thread. Today's the Elite Men & Women racing.
  • 15 0
 @mi-bike: it‘s not all about Vali!
  • 34 0
 The men's final was pretty sick. Not a huge XC fan but it's cool to see someone reach co-GOAT status live.
  • 31 0
 Somewhere in Monterey, Levy has broken out his secret stash of Tim Horton's to celebrate...
  • 31 2
 @pinkbike , pity the fantasy league is not ready for the first world cup
  • 8 0
 The content from PB since outside+ is somewhere...

Frown
  • 26 0
 Last lap of the mens race, the TV direction was fucking appalling.
  • 9 1
 Sadly, next year we'll all be wishing we still had RedBull coverage when it's even worse.
  • 27 1
 AUSSIE! AUSSIE! AUSSIE!
  • 8 0
 She Fking did it!!!! Such a long time coming and so well deserved. So great to finally see her get on the top step. Amazing achievement to win won of these things.
  • 19 0
 # dachshundsrule
McConnell was next level. I expected her to be strong today after her summer of racing a ton but she did a great job sitting on Loana after the catch.
Maybe flow monster Terpstra went a little early in retrospect but you gotta shoot your shot. Great ride by her, loved her through the rock garden. Clueless back markers are always an issue at the end of long races.
This Stigger, Mona, Bohe battle is going to be epic this year. Laura definitely wasn't going to have the pipsqueak finish in front of her after chasing her down.
Too bad we lost the big guns but it was a great race.
  • 17 0
 That was a great race. Congrats Nino Schurter on your 33 victory!
  • 9 0
 A great day for Nino.
1. Tie up Julien Absalon.
2. Win a sprint finish between the 2nd & 3rd oldest riders in the field. (Karl Markt is 42. Yes, he's older than Absalon)
3. Do it on Avancini's front porch. Bonus!

Congrats Nino. One more time!
  • 8 0
 Racing this year so far is madness. Loving it. First time winners abound.

"XCO" I get stands for Olympic distance distance XC, but does anyone know why short track is called "XCC"?
  • 2 0
 Criterium ?
  • 1 0
 @marc-c: That makes sense.

XC Short Circuit?
  • 3 0
 Corto?
  • 1 0
 Court
  • 12 1
 Anyone know what’s up with Bart’s back? Doesn’t look right.
  • 3 0
 Probably kyphosis. You can even see it in old race photos from 25 years ago.

Doesn't appear to stop him, I think he still placed ~30th or so at this year's Cape Epic.
  • 7 0
 24 hours later no one has mentioned Gwinee, aka Gwendalyn Gibson. 13th in her first Elite race with ZERO media coverage! None! Unbelievable. Looking at all the names she is ahead with so much experience behind them this is a tremendous result. Savilia was at Sea Otter this weekend but pulled a solid 7th in her first Elite race in Spain earlier and is young. She has all the tech skills and has an absurd max heart rate. These young women deserve way more props than they are given from both the media and us, the fans.
  • 1 0
 Shes been killing it the last few seasons!
  • 6 0
 Man, what a great race and one hell of a way to kick off the season. Huge congrats to Becca, it was only a matter of time... watch out now cause she's got the first one out of the way.
  • 4 0
 Yep! Probably the strongest overall rider. Almost always in the top three and now her time has arrived!
  • 7 2
 Not one comment on Blevins?! Great ride. He's clearly stronger than last year, raced and did well at the cape epic and placed well here.

His stated goal is the overall xco champs and I can see him using xcc as endurance + pace + tactics + efficiency training for it. Sit on the best wheels in the world, learn.

Then kill the xco.
  • 6 0
 To me it appears to be completely the opposite. He went flat out in XCC and then paid the price in XCO...
  • 1 0
 @jayjay1989: you caught my post ipa mistake, just switch the xco with xcc in my post for it to make sense.
  • 7 0
 No comment about Nino using that aerodynamic advantage of his integrated cable headset? That clearly got him the big W today!
  • 10 3
 The Brazilian jungle forest canopy is not doing any favours for some camera angles and coverage. Great course though.
  • 3 0
 Doesn't make for very good wide angle shots when the horizon is only a few meters away. Thus the higher number of Head-On camera angles than we usually see. Congrats to Rebecca on her first Big Win.
  • 8 0
 Awesome, amazing race! Great job Becca well deserved!
  • 6 0
 What happened to women's USA rider? Kate seemed to do okay compared to her XCC results but Hayley doesn’t seem too have faired well. Mechanical?
  • 10 0
 Probably not fully recovered from the cape epic
  • 3 0
 @Willikers: yup. Similar to Pauline I believe.
  • 4 0
 @generictrailrider: she had a lot of pop for the xcc, might have been the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back
  • 2 0
 @generictrailrider: ah, turns out she was sick as well
  • 13 1
 Kate did amazing considering she had a 4th row start. I'd be stoked with the race if I was her.
  • 2 2
 @MDW83: yeah Kate did awesome for that start. It takes repeated strong results to get the starts that give you a shot at the podium. She had a funk last year, it happens with younger athletes as they build on their endurance and not surprising when they switch coaches. She’ll have a good career.
  • 2 2
 @MDW83: she is stoked.
You could easily be argued that this should be a 13th place finish and that she could easily be 5 plus minutes down on the winner.

Relative to last year it could easily be argued that this is a much worse result, having finished 4th in the opening round where she is traditionally strong.

It could also be argued the reason she does well at the beginning of the season is because the rest of the field is concentrate on the middle of it to work themselves in.

Her UCI ranking climbed to 19th a month ago due to small results in Puerto Rico. After this race even though she got a ninth her reading actually fell to 21st.

That's a testament to the quality of the racing and the depth of the field.

The girls are so good technically and so fast that her win in 2019 has no relevance to them.

They are simply much faster and much better on the bike than she will ever be.

Once the big guns get back you will see how intense 1-10 will be.

If she gets a top 10 again it will be to a confluence of factors in her favor.

I see her hovering around a 20th place ranking for the rest of her career, possibly moving up to 15th on a good year.

She squandered 2+ years doing nothing to get faster, only getting healthier.

Fact of the matter is she's not a good athlete. She's an elite endurance athlete but not a good athlete. That holds her back tremendously.

She won her championship due to sheer will and being severely underweight.

Guess what the future is now and she will be remembered as a footnote in the history of the sport.
  • 1 0
 @Willikers: loving all of your insider knowledge and all of these “facts”.
  • 1 2
 @MDW83: sorry to continue this but Instagram randomly fed me the start of the race which I had not seen

It turns out although technically she was in the fourth row in practice there were two rows to consolidate the first 20 riders

So Courtney did not actually have to fight her way from 21st to 9th, having other riders in her way.

She was, in fact, sitting 7 ft behind number one Rider Evie Richards

The false narrative Courtney weaves is in direct contrast to what is happening. She said she was on the 4th row but can clearly see she is not

Fascinating
  • 1 1
 @generictrailrider: please refute one or all of them

Sarcasm is the lowest form of humor you know
  • 1 2
 @generictrailrider: it's not insider knowledge at all, you only think it is. Everything is available you just have to know where to look
  • 2 0
 @Willikers: is it Breitbart,? I bet it’s Breitbart.
  • 1 0
 @whambat: no idea what you're talking about wink
  • 2 0
 @Willikers: dude, why the hate on for Courtney?
  • 2 2
 @MDW83: because of her constant need to be the center of attention, which draws attention from the media, such as pink bike, to not even mention other American athletes.
She's as much an influencer as she is former world champion, unrelenting in her self promotion. I would have commensurate respect for her achievements if she let her ride and talk for itself and worked in a smart way to get better, not over promising and under delivering.
She is also a master of double talk, contradicting herself.
She's had to delete multiple things on Instagram due to either throwing somebody selfishly under the bus inadvertently or taking the attention away from the rider whose account she left a message on. As nice as she was about it the social media monster she created has a life of its own to the detriment of other athletes.
Domestic riders Gwendalyn Gibson had an amazing result, Christopher Blevins rode extremely well last weekend but Outside/pinkbike decided they weren't worthy of the tiniest of mentions.
Haley Batten has a higher UCI rank but was not mentioned.
That's not right.
I care about the racing and the myriad fascinating stories in it; there are so many story lines to be written about that are neglected.
I see her following the same path as Yana Belomina - someone who won it once due to youth and extreme will who now languishes around UCI ranking 20th.
But mostly she has said publicly her goal is not too necessarily finish highly and can see mountain biking as a lifetime sport. Fine, simultaneously she leads people to think that she is progressing to the top of the mountain again.
It has to be one or the other, not both.
The psychological games she plays with her followers doesn't go unseen.
  • 9 2
 What about Warner's hair plugs though?
  • 1 0
 seamless - didn't even notice until then, think its the first time hes commentated hat-less?
  • 8 3
 My planned XC Fantasy Team:

Nino Schurter
Maxime Marotte
Vlad Dascalu
Sebastian Fini Carstensen
Rebecca McConnell

Damn you, Pinkbike.
  • 3 0
 Considering the fantasy inflation you might be able to afford 3 Big Grin
  • 8 0
 Yeeeaaaah Bec!
  • 4 1
 I loved the race for the outstanding performances by all; however, the coverage was abysmal. There were periods when they kept the camera on with no racers in view for nearly 30 seconds. During the final laps of both the men's and women's races, they chose to show camera shots of riders who were no longer in contention and we missed shots of the leaders passing some camera positions. It is as if there was no director or the director did not understand what the state of play was with the race. Rob and Bart did well, but the cameras that they chose to cut to at key moments is highly questionable.
  • 5 0
 Awesome result Pierre! Belgian on the podium next time?
  • 3 0
 So proud to root for Pierre de Froidmont, from XCC Start grid pos. 35 to XCC 13th and now XCO 6th. This guy is amazing. Go Go Pierre
  • 6 1
 Thrilled for Bec! Well deserved. TREK did you see that?
  • 1 0
 She hasn't ridden a Trek since 2016...
  • 5 0
 Great racing , awful red bull TV coverage.
  • 4 0
 Did either Rissveds or Batty give a reason as to why they didn't travel to Brazil?
  • 1 0
 Félicitations à mon compatriote Pierre de Froidmont pour son incroyable 6° place !

Il espérait faire cette saison un top 10 "dans un grand jour", eh bien, c'est fait !

www.vojomag.com/news/transferts-2022-pierre-de-froidmont-nouvelle-recrue-du-team-kmc-orbea
  • 3 0
 Where is Evie? I missed the very beginning and she isn't in the top 20. Did she start?
  • 12 15
 Evie got the same stomach problems that got Jolanda. Probably something with the water quality but I don’t want to speculate.
  • 7 1
 @Morganican: I was wondering that. Makes me curious if Anton Cooper will start since he missed the short track. They are all a part of the same team, so it could be water or something going around just with them since they are always close together.
  • 47 1
 @Morganican: dont want to speculate but heres my speculation
  • 4 0
 @Morganican: I highly doubt any of them were drinking the local water.
  • 3 3
 @Morganican: at least 7 pb members need jokes explained to them.
  • 6 1
 @Morganican:Even despite the fact they have tons of water's bottles to serve athletes, every home in Brazil (including the poorest ones) got water's filtering. Food preparation? I doubt, as there are hygienical protocols stronger than most of the so-called developed countries, specially on those events. If you don't want to speculate... don't speculate.
  • 2 0
 Milan Vader had a nasty crash a couple days ago on a road race, close to die. Hope he recovers well. Anyway, seems road is going to be ahead dirt for him with Jumbo
  • 4 0
 What a finish!!!!
  • 4 0
 GO NINO!!!
  • 3 0
 That's exactly how I would have picked my fantasy team.
  • 5 2
 Red Bull setting the bar pretty low for Discovery with that coverage.
  • 2 0
 German team supported by Stop&Go Marderabwehr
You caught my eye, advertisement is working
  • 2 0
 Cameron Orr coming through the field to grab 15th in his first Elite World Cup race. That's an amazing result!
  • 2 0
 It looked like Maxime had it, just a few too many tired muscle fibers.
  • 2 0
 By ek, men's race was epic....Nino is a titan
  • 2 0
 Is Neff racing
  • 2 0
 no
  • 6 132
flag no1000 (Apr 10, 2022 at 7:52) (Below Threshold)
 she got that jabby jab and got that blood clot clot
  • 47 3
 @no1000: f*ck off
  • 30 3
 @no1000: STFU and get off the internet
  • 4 33
flag onlyDH (Apr 10, 2022 at 9:02) (Below Threshold)
 @no1000: lol
  • 1 0
 She is just not Friday or today.
  • 2 0
 Is there no Fantasy XC?
  • 11 0
 Reality has finally caught up.
  • 1 1
 Wow. Only one American male, and three women. There were more riders from Mexico representing. Team USA XC is going down...
  • 8 0
 I feel like it's the best situation for the US it's been in years with Blevins on the rise and competitive at some races. Solid women's crew also. Team USA is going up!
  • 1 0
 Troll much?
  • 4 0
 Most of the good US riders are focused on US races. Granted those races are mostly gravel, but if there sponsors don't care and they can make a living not traveling to Europe it makes sense. However, Riley Amos is killing it in the U23 and Haley Batten has been up there all last year. Based on her Cape Epic performance I think we will see great things. Lifetime Grand Prix series also made any US racers want to focus mostly on US races.
  • 1 1
 @Ososmash: *re: lifetime - those with a strong social media presence
  • 3 0
 Consider how unpopular competitive cycling is here relative to Europe and South America we're doing ok.
It's getting better but if you look at high school and collegiate sports participation, cycling, let along MTB racing, doesn't even make the top dozen sports. Most of the US top athletes are out playing Ball & Stick sports.
  • 1 0
 @Augustus-G: You can definitely not speak for all a Europe. We do have the same problem in Germany. And there's not really a roster of riders that are up there from any one European country except Switzerland, France and now Denmark plus potentially the Netherlands/UK when Van der Poel and Pidcock are racing.
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 @Xaelber93: I was speaking as an overall entity and you as part of Europe are miles or kilometers should I say, ahead of us in terms of avid and competitive cyclist. Your pool of interested individuals is a much greater percentage of the population. In the US a lot of kids from 6-12 cycle but after that it falls off the cliff and only in the past several years has the NICA programs taken off beyond a couple of states. We've still got a long way to catch up even to Germany.
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 It is literally part of the application process. See Geoff Kabush's Cycling Tips op-ed.
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 @Augustus-G: You actually have high school bike racing (I guess only in certain schools based on geography and affluence, but still).
Here in the UK, at University level ball sports and rowing are still the only games in town.
Any university cycling team is a loose collection of students there purely on academic merit with, if they are lucky, a free jersey and race entries subsidised.
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