Tough Racing at World Cup’s 2 & 3

Tough Racing at World Cup’s 2 & 3

Well, that is a wrap on rounds two and three of the 2018 MTB World Cup. Safe to say Albstadt and Nove Mesto didn’t treat us quite as well as 2017. Unfortunately we can’t always write about awesome race results accompanied by podium photos! You’d get bored of that anyway!

It’s been two weeks of disappointment and hard times for both of us. Albstadt brought huge downpours of rain, treacherous conditions and poor form. We both struggled with the conditions, we don’t like to make excuses but as Aussies we are so lucky to spend most of our time riding in nice weather and so we are not exposed to, and yes we are afraid of racing on what seemed like black ice covered in dishwashing detergent.

As our Team Manager Fran said when I crossed the line in Albstadt. Some races you win, others you learn.

The Short Track has brought a new element to the World Cup races and all riders are trying to figure it out. The tactics, the toll it takes on your body, training requirements and equipment choices. By Nove Mesto some riders decided not to race, not getting hung up on the grid position and focusing on Sunday.

So far there is a lot of talk amongst the pits – those from North America love the Short Track. It’s a discipline in Australia and North America that has been around as long as I have been riding mountain bikes. But the Euro’s are not so sure, some love it, some hate it. But we all have to get our heads around it.

Here are the key points where Short Track affects us:
– Top 16 finishers of Short Track are then lined up as top 16 for the XCO Race on Sunday. This is regardless of your World Ranking or World Cup Ranking. If you don’t make the top 16, you are starting third row or further back.
– The bike you race in the Short Track and XCO race must be the same.
– Only the Top 40 in the World Ranking can race in the Short Track.
– Half the amount of points awarded for the XCO Race are awarded in the short track. That’s 250 points for XCO and 125 for Short Track. (Basically if you want to win the World Cup Series, you need to be racing well in the Short Track)

Moving forward we now have six weeks until the next set of World Cup races kicking off again on the 7th July in Val di Sole. Now we are fine-tuning the training and race schedule but you’ll see us next at the Sea Otter Girona race and bike festival on the 9th and 10th of June!

You can also check out our team videos from the World Cup Races on Youtube, or click the links below:

Albstadt XCO

Inside PMRA

Nove Mesto Short Track

Nove Mesto XCO