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UCI Mountain Bike World Cup XCO #2 Albstadt Preview – May 21-22

by pedalmag.com
Catharine Pendrel  ©  Michal Cerveny
May 20, 2016 (Albstadt, GER) – UCI Mountain Bike World Cup XCO #2 kicks off in Albstadt, GER at the Bike Park this weekend starting on Saturday, May 21 with the U23 Women and continuing on Sunday, May 22 with U23 Men, Elite Women and Elite Men – see schedule below.

Lots of Canadians will be on the start line including elite riders Catherine Pendrel (Luna), Emily Batty (Trek), Sandra Walter (Liv), Raphael Gagne (Cannondale), Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox), and U23’s Catharine Fleury (Cyclone d’Alma), Frederique Trudel (Specialized), Peter Disera (Norco), Alexandre Vialle (Team Canada), Marc Andre Fortier (Team Canada) and more. Fleury was on the podium in 2nd at round #1 in Cairns, Australia.

Emily Batty  ©  Michal Cerveny

The fields will be stacked with more top riders than in Cairns including elite women Jolanda Neff (Sui) Stockli, and reigning MTB world champ Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabo Liv. The perennial battle between Nino Schurter (Sui) Scott-Odlo and 2015 winner here, Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC, will now include Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized who was injured and did not race at Cairns. The German venue first organized an XCO World Cup back in 2013 and this is the fourth time the popular site has welcomed the world’s top riders. Stay tuned to Pedalmag.com for all of the race action this weekend.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup XCO #2 – Schedule
Saturday, May 21
– 13:00 (7 am EST) – U23 Women – Start Loop 3.6 km + 5 x 4.2km Laps = 24.6 km

Sunday, May 22
– 9:00 (3 am EST) – U23 Men – Start Loop 3.6 km + 6 x 4.2km = 28.8 km
– 11:20 (5:20 am EST) – Elite Women – Start Loop 3.6 km + 6 x 4.2km = 28.8 km
– 14:20 (8:20 am EST) – Elite Men – Start Loop 3.6 km + 7 x 4.2km = 33 km

Start/Finish  ©  Michal Cerveny


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