World Cup XCO: Highlights Video & Results from Lenzerheide 2017

Great Britain’s Annie Last and Switzerland’s Nino Schurter both won their respective races at round four of the UCI XCO World Cup in front of a capacity crowd.

For Last, it was the realisation of a long-held dream but it wasn’t easy. The early pace of the elite women’s race was determined by the winner of round three, Yana Belomoina and the veteran Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå.

Annie Last claims her first World Cup win

Heavy thunderstorms the night before had taken their toll on the relatively flat and technical Swiss track leaving conditions were tricky.

As the battle wore on, it was Last who was on the move up at the sharp end and she held on to secure the first British World Cup XCO win for over two decades with Dahle Flesjå and Belomoina finishing behind.

Canadian Emily Batty finished 7th, 1:33 behind Annie Last

Last said, “I have had a tough couple of years, so even to be racing at the front felt incredible. It has not sunk in yet. Unbelievable, so happy.

“An hour and a half race was perfect and having that one lap shorter meant I could get going properly. Today I said to myself, ‘Ride your race, ride your race’ and it paid off.”

Dahle Flesjå added, “Very happy for Annie winning her first World Cup race ever. I told her she has a lot of years to look forward to. I am happy with second place.”

Wet and slippery conditions challenged the Elite racers

The elite men’s race got underway shortly after thunder and torrential rain had further ravaged the track with home favourite Schurter under the biggest pressure.

Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel and France’s Maxime Marrotte kept him honest early on, however his old sparring partner Jaroslav Kulhavy was the man who produced the biggest move late on.

The Czech powerhouse produced an incredible last lap, but he could not overhaul Schurter who held on for a three-second victory that keeps his unbeaten 2017 run intact with Russian Anton Sintsov third.

Schurter said, “It is amazing to win back home with so many people cheering for me. I didn’t have the best feeling at the beginning. Super slippery and I didn’t have the best tyres on.

“I saw Jaroslav coming second last lap and I was lucky that it was one lap shorter than it was supposed to be.”

Jordan Sarrou finished 6th, less than one minute behind Schurter

Kulhavy added, “Incredible race after that start. I like the technical sections of this track. I couldn’t race normally before, but today was a normal race and I am really happy with a podium.”

The series moves next to Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada for the penultimate round on August 5-6.

Elite Women’s result:

1. Annie Last GBR
2. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå NOR
3. Yana Belomoina UKR
4. Jolanda Neff SWI
5. Helen Grobert GER

29. Bec Henderson AUS
61. Kathryn McIncerney AUS
65. Sarah Riley AUS

Jolanda Neff, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå , Annie Last, Yana Belomoina, Helen Grobert – Elite Women’s podium

Elite Men’s result:

1. Nino Schurter SWI
2. Jaroslav Kulhavy CZE
3. Anton Sintsov RUS
4. Maxime Marotte FRA
5. David Valero Serrano SPN

84. Cam Ivory AUS
93. Sebastian Jayne AUS
96. Russell Nankervis AUS

Maxime Marotte, Jaroslav Kulhavý, Nino Schurter, Anton Sintsov, David Valero Serrano stand on the podium at UCI XCO World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland

U23 Women’s result:

1. Kate Courtney USA
2. Sina Frei SUI
3. Evie Richards GBR

41. Holly Harris AUS

U23 Men’s result:

1. Martins Blums LAT
2. Maximilian Brandl GER
3. Nadir Collendani ITA

59. Callum Carson AUS
75. Tasman Nankervis AUS
93. Reece Tucknott AUS

Nino Schurter, another win toward a potential ‘perfect season’

World Cup DH: Lenzerheide 2017 Results, Highlights & Winning Runs

Elite Men:

1. Greg Minnaar
2. Troy Brosnan (AUS)
3. Danny Hart
4. Laurie Greenland
5. Philip Atwill

11. Jack Moir (AUS)

Elite Women:

1. Myriam Nicole
2. Rachel Atherton
3. Emilie Siegenthaler
4. Tracey Hannah (AUS)
5. Tahnee Seagrave

Junior Men:

1. Finn Iles
2. Joe Breeden
3. Sylvain Cougoureux
4. Moritz Ribarich
5. Nikolas Nestoroff
6. Patrick Butler (AUS)

8. Darcy Coutts (AUS)

Junior Women:

1. Paula Zibasa
2. Melanie Chappaz
3. Shania Rawson

Watch Greg Minnaar’s winning run below

Watch Myriam Nicole’s winning run below

Overall men’s standings:

1. Greg Minnaar
2. Troy Brosnan (AUS)
3. Aaron Gwin

5. Jack Moir (AUS)
12. Connor Fearon (AUS)

Overall women’s standings:

1. Myriam Nicole
2. Tracey Hannah (AUS)
3. Tahnee Seagrave

World Cup DH: Team Videos from Lenzerheide 2017

Team: Santa Cruz Syndicate

Riders: Greg Minnaar, Luca Shaw, Loris Vergier

Lenzerheide Track Preview with Greg Minnaar

Team: Canyon Factory Racing

Riders: Troy Brosnan (AUS), Mark Wallace

Fifth World Cup for the Canyon Factory Team, in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Troy Brosnan did an amazing run and finish 2nd. Mark Wallace takes the 17th place. Next stop for the team, Mt St Anne – CANADA

Team: The YT Mob

Riders: Aaron Gwin, Neko Mulally

Last year in Lenzerheide Aaron Gwin came within 96/100ths of a second of winning his first World Cup on Swiss soil, and was highly motivated to take the victory this weekend at Round 5 of the World Cup series. A last minute crash on Thursday saw Aaron in the doctor’s surgery requiring 4 stitches to his right knee yet despite this injury, he went on to win the qualifying race and set the tone for the weekend. Mr Gwin meant business. On finals day, as the last man down, Aaron turned the interval clocks green from the outset, up at sector 1 and 2, and then impressively up by 1.5secs at sector four before a puncture brought his run to an end

Oh man, well, we battled through a tough weekend and got into the finals with a solid shot at the win. Unfortunately I cut a hole in the sidewall of my tire about ¾ of the way down the track. The tire was going flat quick but I pushed it as long as I could. I broke the rim soon after and then everything came apart a few turns later. That’s racin’, sometimes things don’t turn out as you’d hoped, but at the end of the day if you’re content with the effort that you put in, it’s still a positive. The crowds today were massive and it was so cool meeting so many people who appreciate what we do. Good times were had, and I wish we didn’t have to wait nearly a month until the next World Cup, can’t wait!! – Aaron Gwin – The YT Mob

Team: Norco Factory Racing

Riders: Sam Blenkinsop, Joe Smith, Henry Fitzgerald

As most World Cup riders would agree, it would not be fair to label Lenzerheide’s purpose built World Cup track as very ‘bike park’. It may have multiple berms and man-made features, but it’s a very technical and demanding track as well. Due to the high speeds, loose terrain, and top rock garden alone, it test both rider and bike at peak levels. You do not hear many comments about the track being simple or easy. The word wild and sketchy are more often shared amongst the top downhiller’s on the planet.

From day 1 of practice, it was all about getting a handle on the limits of the track. To be fair, this track seems to catch a few riders off-guard. More specifically, sometimes it hard to know whether one is going quick or not on this track. Maybe this is what makes this track so difficult mentally. It’s just hard to know whether you’ve got a hold of the beast or not.

Enter Friday’s qualifying, and all 3 riders were looking ready to rumble. Starting with Sam, just being outside of top 20 protection, there’s a pressure to have a run that satisfies both speed and preservation (of both rider and equipment). Despite a small leak in the rear tire, Sam was able to qualify 39th, he was moving on to the finals. Next up was Joe. With a steady charge, and run he considered less than ideal, he surprised himself with a season best 12th place qualifier. Very impressive, especially with a partial injury. Last up was Henry. Confident in his plan, using ‘modern technology’ (his LITPro GPS timing system) to improve continually improve his performances, the momentum was there. As we agree, numbers don’t lie. For Henry, we believe it’s been a key tool. With a time in mind, Henry came down with a solid run, and qualified for his first World Men’s Elite final. Well done.

For Saturday’s finals, there’s not much to say. All guys had a good practice, and with it being just being past the ½ mark in the World Cup season, strong finishes and points are on the line. With Henry up first, it was great to see him racing in the finals. Unfortunately, the top rock garden (maybe the toughest of the year) decided to pull him off his bike. Getting back up, he finished his run with a decent time considering a big fall. Hank finished up 75th on the day. Next was Sam, simply put, this track’s been tough over the years (never finishing inside the top 20). As some of you can appreciate, sometimes you just can’t get a handle of certain tracks or trails. With a steady run, Sam came down an impressive 6 seconds quicker than qualifying, finishing 33rd on the day. Last was Joe, steady and slightly conservative (his words) might summarise his run best. So this made his season best 19th place finish even more impressive. A good day.

The team is now off for a few weeks, besides Henry racing Canadian National Championships in 2 weeks, the remainder of the team gets a bit of a chance to rest and recover after a 6 week straight race tour. Next big events, Mont Sainte Anne World Cup, and Crankworx Whistler, including EWS Whistler.

Team: Team Dorval AM Nicolai

Riders: Mélanie Chappaz, Mariana Salazar, Benoit Coulanges, Maxime Ciriego

(Translated from French)
A rather mixed race; the day of qualifications went very well, all the pilots were motivated to do better Saturday at the final.
Unfortunately, the team had some bad luck on Saturday; Mariana Salazar fell on top and lost a lot of time to get his bike and go back. It ends in 13th grade.
Boys Benoit Coulanges & Maxime Ciriego know every 2 a puncture on the middle of the track and end up their run.
Despite everything, the good point of the week: Mélanie Chappaz finishes at a beautiful 2nd place very close to the first and she accentuates her advance on her opponents to the overall of the World Cup.
Now a bit of rest for the pilots before going to the French Championships at Carroz in a few weeks!

Aaron Gwin’s hopes of a win were slashed. Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull

Video: Highlights From a Wild Lenzerheide World Cup Downhill

All action race highlights from a sun-scorched Lenzerheide World Cup


You’ve seen the results

You’ve seen the full replay

And now you want an eyeful of the best bits.

Intrepid filmmakers (and by “intrepid” we mean lightly toasted in the scorching Swiss sun) the Parkin Bros were track side to capture the action at an arid Lenzerheide World Cup final.

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Home turf: Claudio Takes On Lenzerheide, World Cup Preview

Loose, dusty and rough. How will Claudio Caluori fare on the new World Cup track he helped create?

For the very first time the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup pays a visit to Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Boasting a newly built track, that’s been specifically designed with racing in mind, and surrounded by snow-capped mountains and an emerald lake, it’s the picture-perfect setting for a new round.

Course commentator, Claudio Caluori, has been involved with the track from the start and has seen it turn from an untamed mountain to a World Cup worthy run. Join him and Colombia’s Marcelo Gutiérrez as they take you on a loose, dusty and rough ride down the epic new track.

What’s your involvement been with this course build?

Claudio Caluori: Many people think I built the track but I didn’t. Rafael Rhyner from Trailworks built and designed it. Before the course was there I walked down the mountain with Rafael and we discussed what lines would be good to use, so I’ve seen it transform from a mountainside to a World Cup course.

What were you looking for when scoping out the course?

We tried to have a good mix between bike park style and natural stuff as more and more riders were asking for natural stuff. They don’t want to just have a freeway bike park track. I think Rafael got a good mix.

Is the course comparable to any other on the circuit?

No, it really has it’s own style. It’s not completely natural but it’s not bike park either because even the built stuff is rough and loose. I had my concerns when I looked at it and walked down the course. It seemed that some parts might be a bit weird. But when you ride it on your bike it all works out. My favourite part is the jumps, they’re shaped so well. It’s really good fun. The last drop is a bit scary, it was good to survive that one without a crash.

What’s the most challenging aspect of the track?

The first rock garden isn’t that easy if you come into it with speed. Before that there’s an off camber section which is really soft and loose. We wanted to leave it completely natural, but the ecologists here said we’re not allowed to ride on top soil, so yesterday we had to scrape it off, put it on the side and will have to put it all back after the race.

What’s the style of the course?

Every track builder has their own style. Rafael comes from a bike park background, not race tracks, and you can see that, but he managed to merge both worlds together and create both natural stuff and bike park elements.

Some people are saying its way too bike park, but as soon as they ride it they’ll see otherwise.