Pinkbike Primer - Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the Lenzerheide XC World Cup 2023

Jun 5, 2023 at 8:46
by Ed Spratt  
Alessandra Keller is killing it at the moment third place on home soil.

We are back with another packed weekend of World Cup racing in 2023 as the XC series continues in Lenzerheide. This week we will see U23 and Elite riders go head to head in the XCC Short Track World Cup and the XCO World Cup. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the 2023 XC World Cup's second round in Switzerland.

What happened at the Last Round?

Pauline Ferrand Prevot was in the mix from the get go.

The first round of the 2023 XC World Cup series saw Puck Pieterse take her first Elite win during her first Elite race after battling with World Champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot. Puck Pieterse managed to shut down the gap to the French rider on the final lap and with an attack through the tech zone she was able to secure the lead and take the win by five seconds. Following closely behind 2nd-placed Pauline Ferrand Prevot was Loana Lecomte who came from behind in the early stages of the race to a point in the last lap where it looked like she may have been in contention for the win. Loana would eventually cross the line 3rd, 11 seconds off the pace. In an incredible achievement, Evie Richards fought back from a flat rear tire that destroyed her chance at securing the win to end the day with an impressive fourth place.

With rain making the course even more challenging for the Elite Men all eyes were on XCC winner Tom Pidcock and whether he could secure a third consecutive win at Nove Mesto. Despite joining the front of the race in the first lap and looking like it would be an easy ride Joshua Dubau would make sure that a win was not a guarantee for the Olympic champion. A mid-race crash would make things even harder for Tom Pidcock but battered and bruised he fought back and managed to get into a position where an attack on the last lap would create a gap big enough to stay ahead into the finish and secure the win. Joshua Dubau fought hard and was more than happy with a 2nd place, just five seconds back.

Elite Women:

1st. Puck Pieterse: 1:23:01
2nd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +5
3rd. Loana Lecomte: +11
4th. Evie Richards: +16
5th. Alessandra Keller: +38

Elite Men:

1st. Tom Pidcock: 1:22:46
2nd. Joshua Dubau: +5
3rd. Nino Schurter: +23
4th. Jordan Sarrou: +23
5th. Thomas Griot: +48

Last year s overall World Cup winner Alessandra Keller will be content with her start to the 2023 season.
Joshua Dubau kept Pidcock close but not close enough.

Tom Pidcock didn t have it all his own way today but was ultimately too strong for the rest.
Loana Lecomte matched her number plate for third. She didn t quite have the pace to catch Ferrand Prevot and Pieterse way up front.

You can view the full results here.

Who is Leading the Overall?

After the first round of the 2023 season, it is Puck Pieterse and Tom Pidcock leading the Elite overall standings. Although with Tom Pidcock skipping the next few rounds it is all to play for in the Elite Men's racing.

Elite Women:


Elite Men:


Where is the Second Round?

Nino Schurter showed exactly how he wanted to play it early on.

Set in the Bike Kingdom Lenzerheide alpine resort racers are challenged to one of the high-altitude races of the season as they race at 1400m above sea level. Since 2015 the venue has offered some incredible racing with no race more dramatic or memorable as last year's Elite Men's final lap where a collision between Nino Schurter and Mathias Flückiger ended both Swiss riders' chance at the win. Just like last year this will be another big race for Nino Schurter as he still hunts the elusive record-breaking 34th World Cup win. There would be no better place for him to do it than during his home World Cup.

These two would stay locked together until the end Pauline Ferrand Prevot eventually coming out on top.
Mathias Fl ckiger will be looking for victory on home soil this weekend.

A strong showing for Thomas Litscher in 7th.
Martin Vidaurre Kossmann doing what he s done all season long.

What's the Track Like?

Luca Schwarzbauer takes a lap of the 2022 course.

The course in Lenzerheide throws up plenty of challenges with some decent climbs as well as some tricky descents. There's plenty to catch riders out as they go head to head, and we normally get some flat-out action with a big sprint to the line if the top riders are close. Sometimes we are even given some bar-to-bar action that didn't go too well last year.

XCO Course Map:


XCC Course Map:


When and What Racing is Happening this Weekend?

Luca Schwarzbauer leads the pack at the start.

With XCC and XC World Cup events all in one weekend it is a pretty stacked schedule, here is what you can expect to find happening this weekend.

All times CEST

Thursday, June 8
• 10:00-12:00 // Official XCO Training - Women
• 12:00-14:00 // Official XCO Training - All Riders
• 14:00-15:30 // Official XCO Training - Men
• 16:15-17:15 // Official XCC Training - U23
• 17:30-18:15 // World Cup Cross-country Short Track - U23 Women
• 18:15-19:00 // World Cup Cross-country Short Track - U23 Men

Friday, June 9
• 09:00-11:00 // Official XCO Training - Women
• 11:00-13:00 // Official XCO Training - Men
• 16:00-17:00 // Official XCC Training - Elite
• 17:15-18:00 // World Cup Cross-country Short Track - Women
• 18:00-19:00 // World Cup Cross-country Short Track - Men

Saturday, June 10
• 09:00-12:00 // Official XCO Training - All Riders

Sunday, June 11
• 08:30 // World Cup Cross-Country Olympic - U23 Women
• 10:30 // World Cup Cross-Country Olympic - U23 Men
• 13:00 // World Cup Cross-Country Olympic - Women Elite
• 15:30 // World Cup Cross-Country Olympic - Men Elite

Note: All times are local and subject to change by the UCI/event organizer.

What's the Weather Expected to be?


It looks like we are in for a difficult week of weather as rain and thunderstorms are expected throughout the week.

Thursday, June 8

Partly sunny with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm // 18°C // 48% probability of precipitation // 35% probability of thunderstorms // wind 6km/h

Friday, June 9

Periods of clouds and sun with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm // 20°C // 88% probability of precipitation // 35% probability of thunderstorms // wind 7km/h

Saturday, June 10

Periods of clouds and sun with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm; warm // 21°C // 60% probability of precipitation // 24% probability of thunderstorms // wind 7km/h

Sunday, June 11

Partly sunny with a thundershower in spots // 20°C // 40% probability of precipitation // 12% probability of thunderstorms // wind 4km/h

Weather forecast as of Monday, June 5 from Accuweather.

What Happened Last Time in Lenzerheide?

The fifth XC World Cup of 2022 in Lenzerheide provided dramatic racing with a huge upset in the Elite Men's racing.

Kicking off racing was the U23 Women where Sofie Pedersen just beat Line Burquier in a sprint finish. Puck Pieterse completed the top three just over a minute back. Martin Vidaurre Kossmann made it five wins in a row as he went 26 seconds up on Canadian Carter Woods. Charlie Aldridge rounded out the top three, 56 seconds back.

Loana Lecomte secured back-to-back wins after a strong race saw her take eight seconds on Jenny Rissveds. Alessandra Keller fought hard for a win on home soil but settled for an amazing third place, 24 seconds back.

Racing could not have been closer in the Elite men's race with Nino Schurter and Mathias Flückiger battling hard across all six laps. Both riders were purely focused on the win and they crashed before the finish handing the win to Luca Braidot who also had an incredible race hanging onto the Swiss riders across the six laps.

Elite Women (5 Laps)

1st. Loana Lecomte: 1:17:31
2nd. Jenny Rissveds: +8
3rd. Alessandra Keller: +24
4th. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +2:06
5th. Anne Terpstra: +2:06

Elite Men (6 Laps)

1st. Luca Braidot: 1:17.32
2nd. Alan Hatherly: +0
3rd. Mathias Flückiger: +4
4th. Nino Schurter: +12
5th. Filippo Colombo: +32

U23 Women (4 Laps)

1st. Sofie Pedersen: 1:06:00
2nd. Line Burquier: 1:06:00
3rd. Puck Pieterse: 1:07:12
4th. Noëlle Buri: 1:08:19
5th. Ronja Blöchlinger: 1:08:35

U23 Men (5 Laps)

1st. Martin Vidaurre Kossmann: 1:08:08
2nd. Carter Woods: 1:08:34
3rd. Charlie Aldridge: 1:09:04
4th. Mathis Guay: 1:09:28
5th. Simone Avondetto: 1:09:54

Who has Won here Before?

Back to back wins for Loana Lecomte.

Despite Switzerland having some of the fastest riders on the world circuit Nino Schurter is the only Swiss rider who has made it work on home soil taking the win in 2016,17 and 18. Other than Nino it's only Jenny Rissveds who has managed to secure multiple victories here as every year it continues to produce some unpredictable results.

Elite Men

2015: Jaroslav Kulhavy
2016: Nino Schurter
2017: Nino Schurter
2018//Worlds: Nino Schurter
2019: Mathieu Van Der Poel
2021: Victor Koretzky
2022: Luca Braidot

Elite Women

2015: Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa
2016: Jenny Rissveds
2017: Annie Last
2018//Worlds: Kate Courtney
2019: Jenny Rissveds
2021: Evie Richards
2022: Loana Lecomte

How to Follow the Racing?

Tune in to Pinkbike to catch all the Lenzerheide coverage throughout the week with results, photo epics, bike checks, race analysis and more.

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 I don't care who wins, as long as we get a Jenny Rissveds interview.
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 Hopefully Nino and Matias can keep to themselves on the final lap this year. How is it possible there were no cameras or camera phones around when that “situation” happened? Looking forward to a great weekend of XC racing!
  • 9 4
 Yea, lets hope Mathias can keep it to himself
  • 18 0
 Hey PB, Autoplayer almost got me caught at the office. Would you be able to at least play with no sound ? Damm
  • 18 1
 Great! Just updated my XC fantasy team
  • 2 1
 I put Nino and Levy on my DH fantasy team
  • 6 5
 Wait? What? There's a Fantasy league this year?? I can't see the menu option at the top of the screen?
Maybe it's geo-restricted? Like the Never-Win-It-Wednesday is now?
Or maybe it's behind the Outside paywall??
Oh boy, I'm so glad it's running this year, I was a bit worried that the site would change for the worse after the buy out.
But I felt reassured when the staff said "Hey, don't worry. We've got more money now to do better things!"

Hmmm... I still can't find the Fantasy XC league though?
Can someone send me a link to it?
And maybe a link to the DH Fantasy league too while you're at it.

Thanks in advance!
  • 3 2
 @bikes-cost-too-much-now: pretty sure its a running joke, there isnt one despite constantly being asked for
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 @xrob: whoosh, right over your head
  • 4 0
 "Where is the Opening Round?" Copy/paste from DH article I presume (it was in Nove Mesto about a month ago)
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 How can we watch all of the racing this wkd?
  • 3 0
 If it's like last round, in Australia you can watch U23s XC and elite XCO on Youtube. To watch the full elite XCO I had to pay and sign up to GCN.
  • 3 0
 there was an article on this. for us kiwis the best option is CGN+
  • 1 0
 That canyon bike the other rider was on looked like the shock was mounted like the Super Calibre and the new epic...or is that just how the Lux looks from the behind/side?
  • 3 2
 Everything I Need To Know - I'll have to pay so will probably just go for a ride instead.
  • 3 4
 Most sensible course of action - the athletes are excellent and the spectacle can be exciting, but it's just American Idol on wheels. The corporate element is also contaminating and intrusive - and there's little of that in the woods
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 Prediction-the peanut butter jar will still be undefeated.
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 Something something, don't ask me why.
  • 2 4
 That hill in that top picture, that's the Matterhorn right there. Yes, 29" is big indeed. 26" is the mountainbike wheelsize, I tell you.
  • 5 5
 GCN need to call Rob Warner and get him for the commentary alongside Bart.
  • 7 7
 Don't be a boomer, give them an opportunity. XC was well commented
  • 4 2
 @Joakinho: that sucked. Bring back Warner!
  • 2 1
 @deaner2: Warner was, for me, not the best for XC commentating. He was OK at DH but his XC was just a bit meh - I dont need someone to shout "grrr" down the mic when someone is putting in a load of effort!
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 @paulskibum: Haven't heard his replacements. I can appreciate Warner's knowledge and enthusiasm, but generally I prefer a sober commentating style to volume and intensity turned up to 11.

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