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XCO Photo Epic: Petrópolis XC World Cup 2022

Apr 11, 2022 at 8:54
by Ross Bell  



The opening XCO rounds of the season did not lack any excitement under the Brazilian sun. The heat and humidity spawned nightly storms that kept the track relatively slippery in most areas and rolling quick in others. It’s been 17 years since the last time a world-class race was held in this part of the globe. The course is embedded in a lush jungle complete with an array of impressive rock features and shoots.

The first of the races kicked off on Saturday with the U23s taking centre stage. The men’s race was fast and Martin Vidaurre was there to set the blistering pace. He would take the win with time to spare. The women were next and it was the top three that exchanged punches until the end. Line Burquier would take eventually take the win after burning out her competitors.

Sunday’s main events were not ones to miss. The women started off the morning and Loana Lecomte came out swinging. It seemed like an early end until Anne Terpstra and, eventual winner, Rebecca McConnell worked hard enough to reel her in in the closing laps. The men’s race was up next. There were mini battles being fought throughout the top spots, keeping everyone on their toes. The heat played a part, having some big names fade out. Eventually, the top three separated themselves just enough to create their own drama. The race was decided in the last few hundred meters with a three-way drag race between Maxime Marotte, Nino Schurter, and Vlad Dascalu. Nino would chase down Marotte and take his 33rd World Cup win.


Huge storms would roll in and out of the valley every night reminding us how brutal this part of the world can be.
Huge storms would roll in and out of the valley every night reminding us how brutal this part of the world can be.

We woke to a beautiful day after a big storm overnight.
We woke to a beautiful day after a big storm overnight.

Martin Vidaurre ready to fire the Saturday afternoon heat.
Martin Vidaurre ready to fire the Saturday afternoon heat.

Men s U23 start.
Men's U23 start.

Oleksandr Hudyma fought for his spot on the podium until the last lap.
Oleksandr Hudyma fought for his spot on the podium until the last lap.

Marin Vidaurre got on the gas and just left. Being from Chile the humidity and heat probably worked to his advantage.
Marin Vidaurre got on the gas and just left. Being from Chile, the humidity and heat probably worked to his advantage.

Janis Baumann was in the mix but couldn t match Vidaurre s pace. Second place for him here in Brazil.
Janis Baumann was in the mix but couldn't match Vidaurre's pace. Second place for him here in Brazil.

Martin Vidaurre Kossmann starting 2022 where he left off at the end of the 2021 season.
Martin Vidaurre Kossmann starting 2022 where he left off at the end of the 2021 season.

Your men s U23 podium - 1st Martin Vidaurre 2nd Janis Baumann and 3rd Oleksandr Hudyma
Your men's U23 podium - 1st Martin Vidaurre, 2nd Janis Baumann, and 3rd Oleksandr Hudyma

Line Burquier ready for her first U23 World Cup start.
Line Burquier ready for her first U23 World Cup start.

The U23 women get their race underway.
The U23 women get their race underway.

Line Burquier sat back a little at the start but then when she decided the time was right she was gone and untouchable.
Line Burquier sat back a little at the start but then when she decided the time was right she was gone and untouchable.

Giada Specia led for a lot of the race but would slip back to third late on.
Giada Specia led for a lot of the race but would slip back to third late on.

Sara Cortinovis didn t let a couple of big crashes keep her off the podium.
Sara Cortinovis didn't let a couple of big crashes keep her off the podium.

Line Burquier takes the U23 women s win.
Line Burquier takes the U23 women's win.

Your top 3 U23 women 1st Line Burquier 2nd Sara Cortinovis 3rd Giada Specia.
Your top 3 U23 women: 1st Line Burquier 2nd Sara Cortinovis 3rd Giada Specia.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot won Friday night s XCC but would fall ill on Saturday evening and was unable to finish.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot won Friday night's XCC but would fall ill on Saturday evening and was unable to finish.

The reigning overall winner Loana Lecomte with a solid start to her 2022 campaign.
The reigning overall winner Loana Lecomte with a solid start to her 2022 campaign.

Terpstra and McConnell chasing for top podium spots eventually catching Lecomte.
Terpstra and McConnell chasing for top podium spots, eventually catching Lecomte.

Laura Stigger charging into fourth.
Laura Stigger charging into fourth.

Linda Indergand rode to a solid seventh place.
Linda Indergand rode to a solid seventh place.

All smiles for Rebecca McConnell at the start.
All smiles for Rebecca McConnell at the start.

Anne Terpstra was on one. Her and Rebecca McConnell roped in Loana by mid race.
Anne Terpstra was on one. Her and Rebecca McConnell roped in Loana by mid race.

The women s field is off into the jungle track.
The women's field is off into the jungle track.

Laura Stigger fought back past compatriot Mona Mitterwallner on the last lap for 4th.
Laura Stigger fought back past compatriot Mona Mitterwallner on the last lap for 4th.

Mona Mitterwallner settling into life in elite just fine. First race first podium.
Mona Mitterwallner settling into life in elite just fine. First race, first podium.

Anne Terpstra with eventual winner Rebecca McConnell tracking her every move.
Anne Terpstra with eventual winner Rebecca McConnell tracking her every move.

Alessandra Keller with another strong and consistent finish.
Alessandra Keller with another strong and consistent finish.

Loana Lecomte led the race early on before being passed by McConnell and Terpstra.
Loana Lecomte led the race early on before being passed by McConnell and Terpstra.

Terpstra and McConnell chasing for top podium spots eventually catching Lecomte.
Terpstra and McConnell chasing for top podium spots, eventually catching Lecomte.

Rebecca McConnell finally gets that first World Cup win.
Rebecca McConnell finally gets that first World Cup win.

Laura Stigger charging into fourth.
Laura Stigger charging into fourth.

Loana Lecomte lead the race by a decent margin and almost got away with it.
Loana Lecomte lead the race by a decent margin and almost got away with it.

Rebecca McConnell finally out in front on the last lap. A well timed attack had her eyeing up her first win.
Rebecca McConnell finally out in front on the last lap. A well timed attack had her eyeing up her first win.

She s come close a few times but today belonged to Rebecca McConnell.
She's come close a few times but today belonged to Rebecca McConnell.

Kate Courtney had one of her strongest showings for a while back inside the top 10.
Kate Courtney had one of her strongest showings for a while, back inside the top 10.

Caroline Boh was very pleased with her sixth place performance.
Caroline Bohe was very pleased with her sixth place performance.

Stigger shattered but well played.
Stigger, shattered but well played.

Rebecca McConnell finally gets that first World Cup win.
Rebecca McConnell finally gets that first World Cup win.

Your women s podium from the first race of the 2022 season.
Your women's podium from the first race of the 2022 season.

First win and the leaders jersey to go along with it
First win and the leader's jersey to go along with it

Vlad Dascalu about to unleash beast mode.
Vlad Dascalu about to unleash beast mode.

Henrique Avancini had the weight of expectation on his shoulders this weekend.
Henrique Avancini had the weight of expectation on his shoulders this weekend.

Thomas Litcher and Christopher Blevins lead the charge into the first turn.
Thomas Litcher and Christopher Blevins lead the charge into the first turn.

Maxime Marotte dialing in the mental before the big show.
Maxime Marotte dialling in the mind before the big show.

Alan Hatherly will be a threat today after taking the XCC win on Friday.
Alan Hatherly will be a threat today after taking the XCC win on Friday.

Pierre De Froidmont starting off life at his new team with an incredible ride to 6th.
Pierre De Froidmont starting off life at his new team with an incredible ride to 6th.

Vlad Dascalu fighting back from a mechanical in the short track to lead the main race. He lost out in the sprint to Schurter and Marotte and would end up third.
Vlad Dascalu fighting back from a mechanical in the short track to lead the main race. He lost out in the sprint to Schurter and Marotte and would end up third.

Filippo Colombo grabbed the final spot on the podium.
Filippo Colombo grabbed the final spot on the podium.

Sebastian Fini Carstensen pipped Colombo to 4th in the sprint to the line.
Sebastian Fini Carstensen pipped Colombo to 4th in the sprint to the line.

So close yet so far for Maxime Marotte.
So close yet so far for Maxime Marotte.

Marotte making shapes in the jungle. He would be just a few watts short of a win.
Marotte making shapes in the jungle. He would be just a few watts short of a win.

Your top three headed into the longest drag race with only a few hundred meters to go.
Your top three headed into the longest drag race with only a few hundred meters to go.

No sortage of style for the shouting Brazilian fans.
No shortage of style for the shouting Brazilian fans.

Nino under the banana leaves charging ahead.
Nino under the banana leaves, charging ahead.

What a place. What a week. Thank you Brazil.
What a place. What a week. Thank you Brazil.

Sebastian Fini Carstensen put on the gas today. Fourth place in the Brazilian heat.
Sebastian Fini Carstensen put on the gas today. Fourth place in the Brazilian heat.

One last look for Marotte. Nino activating the DRS.
One last look for Marotte. Nino activating the DRS.

That s win number 33 for Schurter.
That's win number 33 for Schurter.

Vlad Dascalu was frustrated to come so close to winning his first elite World Cup.
Vlad Dascalu was frustrated to come so close to winning his first elite World Cup.

Henrique Avancini didn t end up with the result he was hoping for but this weekend was huge for the sport in Brazil.
Henrique Avancini didn't end up with the result he was hoping for but this weekend was huge for the sport in Brazil.

Nino Schurter cooling off the crowd.
Nino Schurter cooling off the crowd.

The top 5 elite men from Petropolis Brazil.
The top 5 elite men from Petropolis, Brazil.

Thank you Brazil. What a place.
Thank you, Brazil. What a place.


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