Race Recap: 2023 European XCO Champs

25 june 2023, krakow poland | results of the 2023 european cross country mountain bike championships as published on bike network

Vlad Dascălu and Puck Pieterse out performed their rivals to win the 2023 XCO European Championships in Poland on the weekend.

With the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup taking a weekend break to fit in the European event, Dascălu won the men’s title over a tricky circuit made even more difficult by the recent bad weather. The start was a frenetic affair with the favourites grouping at the front with the Italian Luca Braidot splitting the leading group on the penultimate lap to mix things up finally. Dascălu, Forster, Luca Schwarzbauer and Pierre De Froidmont all responded to Braidot’s attack with the Romanian making his decisive move shortly after the start of the last lap. In the end, Dascălu won by 14 seconds from Forster followed by Braidot, Schwarzbauer and Spaniard David Valero Serrano.

In the women’s event, Dutch phenomenon Puck Pieterse dominated the elite race from start to finish to add to her U23 European title she won last year. Mona Mitterwallner and the Swiss pair Sina Frei and Jolanda Neff fought out an exciting battle behind with the young Austrian pushing ahead in the last two laps to win the silver medal 26 seconds behind with Frei third, Neff fourth and in-form French rider Loana Lecomte finishing in fifth.


Elite Men
1. Vlad Dascălu ROU 1:19:41
2. Lars Forster SUI +14
3. Luca Braidot ITA +19
4. Luca Schwarzbauer GER +27
5. David Valero Serrano SPA +30

Elite Women
1. Puck Pieterse NED 1:18:26
2. Mona Mitterwallner AUT +26
3. Sina Frei SUI +1:05
4. Jolanda Neff SUI +1:20
5. Loana Lecomte FRA +1:

| IMAGES: Bartek Wolinski |

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