Slip Sliding: Lenzerheide U23 XC Photo Epic

Jul 9, 2017 at 17:13
by Matthew DeLorme  



Eyes on the prize as always.
Eyes on the prize, as always.


This is what the morning looked like in Lenzerheide.
This is what the morning looked like in Lenzerheide.


Womens start.
Womens' U23 start.

Evie Richards had an early lead but she eventually slipped back to third.
Evie Richards had an early lead, but she eventually slipped back to third.

Not sure how this set up necessitates a bib.
Not sure how this set up warranted a photographer's bib.

Evie Richards and Sina Frei making their way up one of the course s technical climbs. Frei would overtake Richards seconds after.
Evie Richards and Sina Frei make their way up one of the course's technical climbs. Frei would overtake Richards seconds after.

One small slip cost Evie valuable seconds.
Evie's slip cost her valuable seconds.

Sina Frei Kate Courtney and Haley Batten struggled to keep the pace of Evie Richards at start. The three of them battled for second.
Sina Frei, Kate Courtney and Haley Batten struggled to keep the pace of Evie Richards from the start. The three of them battled for second.

Kate Courtney rode to the front in lap three and would ride to victory unchallenged.
Kate Courtney rode to the front in lap three and would ride to victory unchallenged.

Kate Courtney had a comfortable lead coming into her last lap. Sina Frei in second.
Courtney, with a comfortable lead coming into her last lap. Sina Frei in second.

Another Victory for Kate Courtney.
Another Victory for Kate Courtney.



Si

Just so you know. Carriages have priority. Ignore it and the Swiss will fine you .
Just so you know: Carriages have priority. Ignore it and the Swiss will fine you,.

Martins Blums looking all business at the start line.
Martins Blums looking all business at the start line of the men's U23.

Simon Andreassen was back on it in Andorra riding to victory unchallenged. What will today bring
Simon Andreassen was back on it in Andorra, riding to victory unchallenged. What will today bring?

The men s U23 start saw a double crash piling riders up.
A double crash at the men's U23 start piled the riders up.


Martins Blums keeps the leaders jersey with another win.
Martins Blums kept the leaders jersey with another win.

Sebastian Carstensen
Sebastian Carstensen

Petr Fagerhaug led the series but is now loosing ground.
Initially, Petr Fagerhaug led the series, but is now loosing ground.

Sebastian Carstensen Fini almost lost it at this one. Props though.
Sebastian Carstensen Fini almost lost it here. Props though.


A night of rainfall had turned a dry and dusty track into a slick slippery challenge.
A night of rainfall turned a dry and dusty track into a slick, slippery challenge.

Simon Andreassen Takes the high line to avoid the roots.
Simon Andreassen Takes the high line to avoid the roots.

Martins Blums on his way to first place.
Martins Blums on his way to first place.

Point and shoot in Heidi s Hell. Peter Disera makes a quick exit.
Peter Disera makes a quick exit from Heidi's Hell.

Biting down the pain.
Biting down the pain.

The sweet taste of victory.
The sweet taste of victory.



14 Comments

  • + 11
 Fantastic images as per normal. Loving the XC coverage. Course was legit and racing was fantastic. Seems like XC racing is making a bit of a come back. Proper technical courses like this are the reason. It's not just dirt roadies winning like years ago. Real MTB skills combined with incredible fitness and determination are needed to win. Some super fast young talent coming into the sport too.
  • + 4
 Kate of NorCal - we noticing how rad your'e riding!
  • + 4
 XC is getting more tech! They need seat droppers!
  • - 13
flag slayerdegnar (Jul 9, 2017 at 20:57) (Below Threshold)
 Absolutely disgusting. They should be ashamed of themselves.
  • + 3
 Didn't know Bruce Willis was into MTB (third photo down)?
  • + 2
 Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Bruce Lee. All of 'em.
  • + 4
 Sweet one-footer! haha
  • + 2
 Yeah Fini with some XC steez!
  • + 2
 Great you guys provide coverage of all races unlike TV.
  • + 2
 Awesome! Love the coverage, keep it up PB!
  • + 1
 The hardest sport in the world. No doubt in my mind. Pure suffering up and down!
  • + 2
 Nadir Colledani#2
  • + 2
 Kepp up the XC love PB!

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