Jagged Teeth: Lenzerheide XC World Cup 2017 - Practice Photo Epic

Jul 8, 2017 at 11:28
by Matthew DeLorme  




As the pits are spread out all over creation and this course is a bit of a monster, we thought we would do a bit of a practice piece to see how the racers are getting along. It's full on and practice is wrapped up but now that it's over the rain has started. It' will be a different beast tomorrow. There will be eight crushing laps for the men and seven for the women. It's going to be a wild one!


Catharine Pendrel choosing lanes in the final practice.
Catharine Pendrel choosing lanes in the final practice.

Specialized squad burning a few laps.
The Specialized squad burning a few laps.

Jagged Teeth Lenzerheide XC World Cup 2017 - Practice Photo Epic

Nino took it easy today just checking things out before the showdown tomorrow.
Nino took it easy today, just checking things out before the showdown tomorrow.

Marco Fontana leads a group through the rough stuff.
Marco Fontana leads a group through the rough stuff.

Emily Batty on her final practice lap. Putting down the power on a course that is likely to be much different tomorrow if we get the rain that s in the forecast for tonight.
Emily Batty on her final practice lap. Putting down the power on a course that is likely to be much different tomorrow if we get the rain that's in the forecast for tonight.

Quinton Hermans is another cross racer who has taken to XC WC this season.
Quinton Hermans is another cross racer who has taken to XC World Cup this season.

Mani Fumic has been looking solid on course hopefully he moves up in the rankings.
Mani Fumic has been looking solid on course, hopefully he moves up in the rankings.

Maxime Marotte headed into the rock spine at race pace.
Maxime Marotte headed into the rock spine at race pace.

Loic took a lap with girlfriend Malene Degn before DH finals today.
Loic took a lap with girlfriend Malene Degn before DH finals today.

Jolanda Neff could do well on home soil. Last time she raced here she was foiled.
Jolanda Neff could do well on home soil. Last time she raced here she was foiled.

Suspension services are plenty for the boys at FOX.
Suspension services are plenty for the boys at FOX.

Emily Batty and Mechanic Matt Opperman ready for the weekend.
Emily Batty and Mechanic Matt Opperman ready for the weekend.

Eva Lechner takes to the rock spine like a duck to water.
Eva Lechner takes to the rock spine like a duck to water.

Carlos Co
Carlos Co

Evie Richards will be looking to take it to the front of the pack this weekend.
Evie Richards will be looking to take it to the front of the pack this weekend.

Linda Indergand on the roots of the back side of the second loop.
Linda Indergand on the roots of the back side of the second loop.

Just an old fellow cutting grass the old fashioned way.
Just an old fellow cutting grass the old-fashioned way.

Pauline gets ready to take to the course.
Pauline gets ready to take to the course.

The party started early this morning in the pits.
The party started early this morning in the pits.

Cannodale train in the open fresh stuff.
Cannodale train in the open fresh stuff.

Nino Schurter burns a race pace lap on day one of practice.
Nino Schurter burns a race pace lap on day one of practice.

Jagged Teeth Lenzerheide XC World Cup 2017 - Practice Photo Epic

The dark horse form CX. Mathieu van der Poel had a rough time with the altitude in Andorra. Can he come out here and give Nino another run for his money
The dark horse form CX. Mathieu van der Poel had a rough time with the altitude in Andorra. Can he come out here and give Nino another run for his money?

Helen Grobert making quick work of Heidi s Hell.
Helen Grobert making quick work of Heidi's Hell.

Yana Belomoina is in top form and will be on the hunt for that third win.
Yana Belomoina is in top form and will be on the hunt for that third win.



MENTIONS: @mdelorme




15 Comments

  • + 13
 Thomas Frischknecht leading Nino!
  • + 1
 Thanks, came down here to ask who the rider was in baggies and rainbow stripes. Loic Bruni may also need a shirt like that if he plans to check out the XC track more often (and so does T-Mo of course), just to impress Smile .
  • + 3
 @vinay: Can only wear the rainbows in the discipline they were won in.
  • + 4
 @jclnv: In competition yes, but if you are a world champ in anything then you can wear what you like in your own time Wink I would say I'd go full rainbow but that may have other connotations
  • + 1
 @BeardlessMarinRider: Yeah, that's what I thought. If you've got the rainbow stripes, you're going to wear it for media/sponsor stuff too, after all.
  • + 7
 Is it just me or does this track look better to ride than the DH? I feel like the WC downhill tracks are getting pretty boring, same venues, most seem to just focus on wide open areas, not a lot of technical trail.
  • + 4
 Thanks to a brand-spanking-new baby, this will be the first WC XCO that I get to stream live. Win-win!
  • + 5
 Wish I had the power to weight ratio these racers have.
  • + 3
 You know you have made it when you got your face on your water bottle like Loic Smile
  • + 3
 You also know you have made it when your girlfriend looks like that and is a badass on a bike!
  • + 1
 Hope tonights races are gonna be tight and exciting like last nights. Vdp might give nino a run for his money. Best to all racers!
  • + 2
 Fantastic images, keep the great coverage coming. Some rider interviews on the Pinkbike YouTube channel would be cool...
  • + 2
 So they managed to saw that stump down. I'd like to have a spin around that track
  • + 1
 Nice stuff PB!
  • + 1
 Who's this Heidi anyway?

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