Preview: Nové Město XC World Cup

It’s now or never for the Olympic hopefuls.

This year sees 6 Cross-Country races and 5 Downhill races take place between May and September across 7 countries.

The first two XC races will be crucial for riders looking to go to the Olympics as these are the main events for them to earn sufficient points to qualify for Tokyo. After an exciting first round in Albstadt, Germany, we advance to the second round of the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the Czech Republic to the stop voted ‘Best Event’ eight times  – Nové Město Na Moravě. The 3.9 km-long track Is a true test for the riders featuring steep climbs, technical descents, unforgiving rock gardens and a host of tree roots that will punish even the slightest drop in focus.

On the race weekend, riders take on both the Cross Country Short Track (XCC) and Cross Country Olympic (XCO). Friday’s Cross-Country Short Track race lasts approx. 20 minutes and, apart from the 125 World Cup points on offer, determines the crucial starting spots for the longer Cross-Country Olympic race on Sunday which lasts approx. 90 minutes.   

Who to watch

Preview: Nové Město XC World Cup evie richards
Evie Richards was undefeated in the XCC at this venue last year. Will we see another one of those epic Evie sprints to the line?
Preview: Nové Město XC World Cup henrique avancini
Avancini took his first XCO win here last year and will no doubt be in contention.
Preview: Nové Město XC World Cup tom pidcock
Tom Pidcock put in a heroic effort and fought his way through the field to finish 5th last week. This week he will line up for the XCC and XCO events.
South Africans Alan Hatherly, Candice Lill and Mariske Strauss will be in on the action flying our flag!
Preview: Nové Město XC World Cup nino schurter
Schurter will be gunning for a win and he just needs one more to equal the all-time record of 33.

We just hope Fluckiger’s dropper doesn’t blow up so he can show everyone what he’s got this year. Racing kicks off at 15H00 Friday and again at 11H00 on Sunday. Head to to watch.

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