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It’s a supply of delight to host this yr’s occasion, not only for Leogang, however for the entire nation, and one in every of its most enjoyable prospects, Valentina Höll – who has stepped as much as the Elite competitions after her unprecedented domination of the Junior Ladies class – is the embodiment of trying ahead.
Originally of 2020, the plan was for a cross-country UCI World Championships (cross-country Olympic, cross-country relay and E-MTB) in Albstadt (Germany) in late June, however that was one in every of many competitions affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Leogang was, for the primary time since 2012, already as a consequence of host the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships for downhill, in addition to the 2020 Crimson Bull UCI Pump Monitor World Championships, which has subsequently been cancelled. Subsequent week it hosts a mixed occasion (cross-country and downhill) the place 12 rainbow jerseys might be gained.
A mirror to historical past?
Final time the UCI World Championships have been held at Leogang, it was a full suite of disciplines: XCO, DHI, 4X, Trials, and the inaugural Eliminator rainbow jerseys have been awarded.
The Elite Males’s XCO podium was all-Swiss: Nino Schurter from brothers Lukas and Mathias Flückiger, and the Junior Males’s podium is acquainted: New Zealand’s Anton Cooper from the Frenchmen Victor Koretzky and Titouan Carod. Ladies’s Elite went to Julie Bresset (FRA) from Norway’s Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå, whereas the Ladies U23 winner was the younger Swiss Jolanda Neff – who additionally podiumed within the Eliminator.
In downhill, Greg Minnaar (RSA) gained the Elite Males’s from Gee Atherton (GBR), and within the Juniors a younger Loïc Bruni beat USA’s Richie Impolite. The Elite Ladies noticed a French 1-2 for Morgane Charre and Emmeline Ragot, whereas Canada’s Holly Feniak gained the Juniors from Nice Britain’s Tahnée Seagrave. Each Impolite and Seagrave grabbed the highest steps the next yr.
Course of champions
Lately, the DHI UCI World Cup rounds at Leogang has confirmed its status as a course of champions.
2019 noticed Elite victories for Bruni on his approach to UCI World Cup total victory and his fourth Elite UCI World title, and Tracey Hannah (AUS) on her approach to a UCI World Cup total title. Within the Juniors Thibaut Dapréla (FRA), claimed his third victory in three races on his approach to a dominating total title, and Valentina Höll took her second of the season by which she would declare six of eight UCI World Cup victories and the World Championships.
In 2018, Amaury Pierron (FRA) gained on his approach to the UCI World Cup total title, whereas Rachel Atheron and Valentina Höll each gained on their approach to UCI World Cup total and UCI World Championships doubles – the younger Austrian recording a ‘excellent season’ successful all seven UCI World Cup rounds.
Höll’s margin of victory within the 2018 Junior UCI Worlds was 11 seconds, and in 2019 virtually 13 seconds. The newest UCIWorld Cup race at Snowshoe, she gained by 12 seconds, and the final UCI World Cup at Leogang it was round 18.
Her Juniors instances translate to common Elites top-10s and occasional podiums. And on her house monitor? It’s absolutely the place she has the very best probability to upset the skilled senior riders. With no spectators allowed, that will put a smile on the faces of the various locals who’re volunteering.
Even away from the beginning gate and the velocity traps, Valentina can’t assist ripping it up on the Austrian trails!
Tracks previous and new
Leogang has turn into a daily venue for prime flight DHI competitors – holding 9 UCI World Cups. This yr the well-known 2.5km ‘Speedster’ monitor, the place the highest riders can hit 65kph, receives a brand new technical part. It’s predominantly pure, with root passages, an especially steep space, a bridge and a niche.
The all-new cross-country course is 3.4km lengthy, with an altitude distinction of simply over 200 metres, with technical parts akin to gaps and rooty sections that may alter character because the climate modifications. The E-mountain bike is to be raced on a modified model of the XCO route, 4.3km lengthy with 310 metres altitude distinction per lap.
Who will reach 2020?
Probably the most thrilling features of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships introduced by Mercedes-Benz is that we don’t know the winners until the final minute, and generally the final split-second.
Will Kate Courtney preserve the title she gained in Mont-Sainte-Anne? Can Schurter make it 9? Last week’s XCO World Cup double-header at Nové Město na Moravě could also be a very good type information. Or then once more it might not!
Who will observe the inaugural E-mountain bike UCI World Champions Nathalie Schneitter (SUI) and Alan Hatherly (RSA)?
In DHI, it appears like a very long time away from true top-level competitors because the final UCI World Cup spherical at Snowshoe. Might the French duo Myriam Nicole and Loïc Bruni retain their rainbows?
We’ll discover out quickly!