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XCC Photo Epic: Leogang XC World Cup 2023

Jun 17, 2023 at 7:11
by Ed Spratt  



Riders didn't have long to rest their legs from last weekend's racing in Lenzerheide as they got back between the tape for the lung-busting bar-to-bar fight of short track racing.

The U23 riders were the first on course as we saw more wins from Ronja Blöchlinger and Adrien Boichis as they are proving to be the riders to beat in the short course format.

A day later and after a wet and windy afternoon that saw a disrupted downhill qualifying session the Elite Women took on the now treacherous course. The conditions were best handled by Pauline Ferrand Prevot and Puck Pieterse who battled at the front throughout the five laps with the World Champion just pulling ahead at the end of the race to lead the round one XC winner Puck Pieterse by five seconds. Evie Richards stayed right on their rear wheels and secured a great third-place finish.

Next up was the Elite Men and after his commanding win in Lenzerheide all eyes were on the powerhouse of Luca Schwarzbauer. A hectic race in the greasy conditions saw another close race between Schwarzbauer and Jordan Sarrou with either rider looking capable of the win. By the last lap, it was the Leogang 2020 XC World Champ winner who took home the top podium position by just two seconds. Martins Blums had an incredible ride to end his day in third.

The elite and U23 now have a short rest before the XCO action gets underway on Sunday.



Maddie Munro leading he U23 pack up the first climb.
Maddie Munro leading he U23 pack up the first climb.

Ronja Bl chlinger was happy to let things unfold in the early laps before making her move.
Ronja Blöchlinger was happy to let things unfold in the early laps before making her move.

No lle Buri powering her way to third.
Noëlle Buri powering her way to third.

Sofie Pedersen will be quietly content with her second place and confident for Sunday.
Sofie Pedersen will be quietly content with her second place and confident for Sunday.

Ronja Bl chlinger will be the last to the grid on Sunday.
Ronja Blöchlinger will be the last to the grid on Sunday.

A big effort from No lle Buri on her way to third.
A big effort from Noëlle Buri on her way to third.

A familiar feeling for Ronja Bl chlinger who is getting used to spraying the U23 XCC champagne.
A familiar feeling for Ronja Blöchlinger who is getting used to spraying the U23 XCC champagne.

Riley Amos is looking to bounce back from Lenzerheide and this track suits him well.
Riley Amos is looking to bounce back from Lenzerheide and this track suits him well.

The U23 men are under way.
The U23 men are under way.

Current U23 XCC leader Adrien Boichis made sure to stay in touch throughout the laps and made his move to the front when it mattered most.
Current U23 XCC leader, Adrien Boichis, made sure to stay in touch throughout the laps and made his move to the front when it mattered most.

Riley Amos on form taking second.
Riley Amos on form, taking second.

Luke Wiedmann made crucial passes to take the last podium step.
Luke Wiedmann made crucial passes to take the last podium step.

Another XCC win for Adrien Boichis.
Another XCC win for Adrien Boichis.

Your U23 XCC podium - Adrien Boichis Riley Amos and Luke Wiedmann
Your U23 XCC podium - Adrien Boichis, Riley Amos, and Luke Wiedmann

Let s see how Boichis he gets on for Sunday s XCO.
Let's see how Boichis he gets on for Sunday's XCO.

Luckily the storms stayed away long enough for both races.
Luckily the storms stayed away long enough for both Elite races.

All smiles for Pauline Ferrand Prevot before race start.
All smiles for Pauline Ferrand Prevot before race start.

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It s only a matter of time before Anne Terpstra is back on a XCC podium.
It's only a matter of time before Anne Terpstra is back on a XCC podium.

The elite women take to the track
The elite women take to the track

Rebecca McConnell Martina Berta and Loana Lecomte battling down the decent.
Rebecca Henderson, Martina Berta and Loana Lecomte battling down the descent.

Evie Richards keeping the pace high at the front.
Evie Richards keeping the pace high at the front.

Rebecca Henderson fighting for position. She d finish just outside the top five.
Rebecca Henderson fighting for position. She'd finish just outside the top five.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot was at the forefront of the race was smart when it mattered most.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot was at the forefront of the race was smart when it mattered most.

Haley batten works her bike around the jump section and into the top 10.
Haley Batten works her bike around the jump section and into the top 10.

Puck Pieterse was very close to taking the win but would ultimately settle for second.
Puck Pieterse was very close to taking the win but would ultimately settle for second.

Jenny Rissveds with a 5th place finish.
Jenny Rissveds with a 5th place finish.

A strong race for Mona Mitterwallner taking seventh and a front row start come Sunday.
A strong race for Mona Mitterwallner taking seventh and a front-row start come Sunday.

Anne Terpstra with a strong ride to 4th and a front row call up.
Anne Terpstra with a strong ride to 4th and a front row call up.

Puck Pieterse continuing her strong start to the 2023 season.
Puck Pieterse continuing her strong start to the 2023 season.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot s smart riding was rewarded with the short track win.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot's smart riding was rewarded with the short track win.

Evie Richards left it all out there.
Evie Richards left it all out there.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot Puck Pieterse and Evie Richards completing the podium.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot, Puck Pieterse and Evie Richards completing the podium.

Alan Hatherly is back on form and ready to go.
Alan Hatherly is back on form and ready to go.

Jordan Sarrou seems to be finding his feet in this 2023 season.
Jordan Sarrou seems to be finding his feet in this 2023 season.

Nino Schurter raring to go.
Nino Schurter raring to go.

Men s Elite start.
Men's Elite start.

The race was wide open from the get go with many different characters in the mix.
The race was wide open from the get-go with many different characters in the mix.

Luca Schwarzbauer keeps Sarrou and Fluckiger at bay on the second lap.
Luca Schwarzbauer keeps Sarrou and Flückiger at bay on the second lap.

Jens Shuermans with a burst of speed took the lead in the latter laps But would take fourth in the end.
Jens Shuermans with a burst of speed took the lead in the latter laps But would take fourth in the end.

Alan Hatherly fighting for positions ending his evening in fifth.
Alan Hatherly fighting for positions, ending his evening in fifth.

Sarrou Leading out the pack mid stanza.
Sarrou Leading out the pack.

Martins Blues leading the field up the climb.
Martins Blums leading the field up the climb.

Alan Hatherly will be hoping to go one better on Sunday than he did in Lenzerheide last week.
Alan Hatherly will be hoping to go one better on Sunday than he did in Lenzerheide last week.

Joshua Dubau continued his strong start to the 2023 season.
Joshua Dubau continued his strong start to the 2023 season.

Luca Schwarzbauer with yet another strong ride in XCC.
Luca Schwarzbauer with yet another strong ride in XCC.

Jordan Sarrou takes the win here in Leogang.
Jordan Sarrou takes the win here in Leogang.

Jordan Sarrou seems to go well around this place.
Jordan Sarrou seems to go well around this place.

Can Jordan Sarrou keep the fire going into Sunday
Can Jordan Sarrou keep the fire going into Sunday?

The Trek duo of Vlad Dascalu and Anton Cooper debrief after the race.
The Trek duo of Vlad Dascalu and Anton Cooper debrief after the race.

Men s XCC podium - Jordan Sarrou Luca Schwarzbauer and Martins Blums
Men's XCC podium - Jordan Sarrou, Luca Schwarzbauer, and Martins Blums


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9 Comments
  • 9 0
 great photos!
  • 3 0
 If you see any of that as an invalid complaint I cant help. At least there is coverage! The commentary from Ric is painful. He’s had months to do some XC research and he still says some pretty dumb stuff. Too many things to list. I guess if ya know ya know.
The drone coverage is a cool addition, don’t get me wrong but it isnt exactly great, come on… At least there was no overuse of the birds eye view shot this weekend its a pretty pointless shot when used multiple times a lap. The camera positioning is more my issue. They had no camera for the rock roll last weekend, and one of the descents this weekend only has the chase drone? To be honest Id wager its the same TV crews doing it all as last year and UCI/Discovery have very little if any say.
  • 1 0
 WOW the white socks white shoes combo is something!!! Smile
  • 1 3
 it would be nicer if we had video of racing
  • 4 0
 You can and I'd say the investment of 33€ for a whole year of racing has already been worth it for me Smile
  • 3 1
 Its a small investment. You do have to listen to the uneducated XC commentary from Ric McLaughlin and is constant repeating exactly what Bart just said, but its still worth it... Definitely not as well done as RedBull though with soe poorly planned camera locations. Hopefully they improve.
  • 1 1
 @WRXJim: you just want to complain right? There are just so many more cameras + drones than Redbull ever cared providing.
  • 1 0
 @opignonlibre: I agree! I honestly think the coverage is even slightly better than in RB-times. The stationary cameras (at least in XC) cover every inch of the course and then they’ve got all their drones on top of that! Ialso really like the amount of small interviews they do shortly before and after the race Smile
  • 1 0
 @opignonlibre: I dont agree, but thats ok.. I certainly didnt "just complain" but solid come back '-) I even said it was a small and worthwhile investment to pay for GCN+. Guess you missed that?
Go back and watch last years Leogang, or Lenzerheide on RedBull and see what you think?
The birds eye shot from the drone is ok once or twice a race, but it was over done last weekend. Thankfully they used it for the side shots this week.
Im just thankful its televised and done well. nothing wrong with asking for even better is there?







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