Photo Epic: Juniors On A Good Day to Suffer - Leogang XC World Champs 2020

Oct 8, 2020 at 16:26
by Matthew DeLorme  



It's not like we didn't say it wasn't a proper track. Lots of rain and eMTB worlds turned it into a sludgefest. We can't rightly even say we know what happened in the Junior Men's race after the front of the pack over took the back of the pack and the plates were too muddy to read and the lead moto snapped its chain. It was however, exciting to watch and a solid preview of what's to come. Mona Mitterwallner from Austria and Lennart-Jan Krayer from Germany take away the rainbow stripes today.

Aneta Novotna waded through traffic finally settling for the last spot on the podium.
Aneta Novotna waded through traffic, finally settling for the last spot on the podium.

Mona Mitterwallner is your Junior Womens World Champ.
Mona Mitterwallner is your Junior Women’s World Champ.

This is as clean as it got today.
This is as clean as it got today.

There were mechanical failures left right and center.
There were mechanical failures left, right, and center.

The junior women are underway.
The junior women are underway.

Fifth for Line Burquier.
Fifth for Line Burquier.

Mona Mitterwallner unchallenged through the switchbacks.
Mona Mitterwallner unchallenged through the switchbacks.

Mona Mitterwallner lining up in her home country.
Mona Mitterwallner lining up in her home country.

Mona Mitterwallne all alone on the big climb to glory.
Mona Mitterwallne all alone on the big climb to glory.

Those big roots weren t the issue. It was the 6 inches of mud everywhere else.
Those big roots weren't the issue. It was the 6 inches of mud everywhere else.

The Sun was nice for us behind the camera but honestly rain might have made things better.
The sun was nice for us behind the camera, but honestly, rain might have made things better.

Grease All the grease What a course.
Grease, all the grease. What a course.

Might just want to toss those sock and shoes.
Might just want to toss those sock and shoes.

T just want to trow those he front wheels had a mind of their own today.
The front wheels had a mind of their own today.

Mona Mitterwallne took the top honors for the U23 women.
Mona Mitterwallne took the top honors for the U23 women.

Luisa Daubermann getting some maintenance done through the feed zone. She would grind her gears for a solid second place.
Luisa Daubermann getting some maintenance done through the feed zone. She would grind her gears for a solid second place.

An emotional end to a tough race.
An emotional end to a tough race.

Up the start loop for the junior men.
Up the start loop for the junior men.

Riley Amos about to start his roller coaster of a race.
Riley Amos about to start his roller coaster of a race.

Lennart Krayer stayed put in second until he managed to catch Janis Baumann in the last lap after suffering a mechanical.
Lennart Krayer stayed put in second until he managed to catch Janis Baumann in the last lap after suffering a mechanical.

This track is brutal period.
This track is brutal, period.

Lennart Krayer is your 2020 Junior Men s World Champ.
Lennart Krayer is your 2020 Junior Men's World Champ.

Riley Amos turned the jets on a little too late but did force a finish straight sprint between himself and Martin Luca.
Riley Amos turned the jets on a little too late but did force a finish straight sprint between himself and Martin Luca.

Janis Baumann had this one in the bag until a mechanical had him running his bike across the line in second.
Janis Baumann had this one in the bag until a mechanical had him running his bike across the line in second.

There are many ways to tackle a very slick section. This is one is highly unrecommended.
There are many ways to tackle a very slick section. This is one is highly unrecommended.

Luca Martin was solid throughout until he started to fade near the end.
Luca Martin was solid throughout until he started to fade near the end.

Even knobby tires wont cut it here.
Even knobby tires wont cut it here.

She s holdin a bit of water eh
She's holdin' a bit of water, eh?

Men s start.
Men's start.

This course broke souls today and pushed people to the limit. As it should be
This course broke souls today and pushed people to the limit.

Old school pain followed bu old school descents.
Old school pain followed bu old school descents.

Just slide on through.
Just slide on through.

Teabags and top tubes No that s not right. Find a better caption in the comments.
Teabags and top tubes? No, that's not right. Find a better caption in the comments.

When you try to line up the DH jump and slopy xc chute and give up and decide to do speed pans at the suggestion of Andy Vathis.
When you try to line up the DH jump and sloppy XC chute and give up and decide to do speed pans at the suggestion of Andy Vathis.

Foot out. Flat out isn t really the term here. Foot out and try not to eat it.
Foot out. Flat out isn't really the term here. Foot out and try not to eat it.

Martin Luca gave it his all.
Martin Luca gave it his all.

Much love between these two young competitors.
Much love between these two young competitors.

When the rainbow stripes were so close but just out of grasp.
When the rainbow stripes were so close but just out of grasp.



Full results here


41 Comments

  • 18 0
 Googling Aneta Novotna gives some seriously NSFW results. You've been warned.
  • 9 1
 One person's warning is another person's recommendation, ha ha.
  • 2 0
 Thank you ????
  • 1 0
 Oops emoji turned into question marks. Don't know how to edit a comment so I could remove them.
  • 1 0
 But that's not her, so all chill ;-)
  • 2 0
 @stefanolo: You can't be a professional athlete with that much silicone in you :')
  • 1 0
 same here ..... at the office hahahaha
  • 2 0
 @makkelijk: but you can be a professional Smile )
  • 1 0
 All I got was pictures of horses...
  • 10 1
 wouldn't it have been better to put ebike worlds after so the course didn't get totally chewed up before the proper racing?
  • 8 0
 > Teabags and top tubes? No, that's not right. Find a better caption in the comments.
Never go full moto
  • 2 0
 It should read "teabags ON top tubes"
  • 7 0
 Forecast is more rain on the weekend. The course will be terrible. I can't wait!
  • 8 0
 Those cyclocrossers will be in their element.
  • 5 0
 @iamamodel: Yes, except they can't change bikes every half lap......
  • 8 2
 So they're allowed to give each other sweaty hugs and blow they're lungs out next to each other on the course, but have to wear masks on the podium.
  • 5 1
 They will interact with other people than fellow racers when they go up and down to the podium.
  • 4 1
 @magnusc: Let them take it off at least for the photo.
  • 1 0
 @TheJD: I agree the mask on the podium looks mostly for show and to make a statement that everybody should be cautious. Therefor seeing racers hugging or shaking hands makes no sense, and I don’t know why they keep doing this. It sends the wrong signal.

My first rule of not getting sick with the flue or any other virus/bug, is to not touch my face. I think this also applies to the mask. If you keep touching the mask you might transfer the virus from your hands to the mask and then your face. Therefor leave it on. Do not take it on, off and on again.
  • 6 0
 Is this actually fun? As an Australian, this is completely foreign and looks miserable. I look at the photos of the bikes and am impressed that they actually work.
  • 2 1
 no, its not
  • 1 0
 If you go into an absolute mudfest race with the right mindset, it can actually end up being quite fun. Some of my fondest memories are of races where in half of the compressions I was burying my wheels past the axles in mud. The turns are super drifty and the falls don't hurt too badly (for the most part). Looking at the repair bill after impacting all of the bearings with mud, on the other hand, is not great
  • 4 0
 first pic says "A Good Say To Suffer"
  • 4 0
 Ya don't say
  • 4 0
 Sloppy joe, slop sloppy joe
  • 4 1
 The course looks ridiculous. What a joke!
  • 3 0
 Would running a set of Cyclocross wheels work better in this mud?
  • 2 0
 When did Cross Country became Cyclecross?
  • 1 0
 There might be mountains in mountain biking, but I see only one peak.
  • 2 0
 peaked helmets, waste of plastic.
  • 1 0
 @robjordan81: Here the sun can kill you.
  • 1 0
 One of those where you just put DH mud tyres on your bike.
  • 1 0
 There is a space before the link to the results
  • 1 0
 Pro races will be total carnage
  • 1 0
 Shout out to the boy quad-podding down there!
  • 1 0
 Results?
  • 26 1
 1. Loic Bruni 2. Sam Hill 3. Aaron Gwin You can tell from the photo
  • 2 0
 Muddy
  • 1 1
 Not looking good for Nino... hope I'm wrong...
  • 1 0
 After some rounds in the mud all look the same

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