The XCO UCI Cross-Nation Mountain Bike World Cup at Snowshoe, WV, was not for the faint of coronary heart, each driving or watching. The slick, rocky, rooty course left spectators nail-biting till the very finish of each race.
The Elite Males’s XCO was the day’s ultimate race, and all eyes have been on American Chris Blevins, Frenchmen Titouan Carod Luca, and Spanish veteran David Valero Serrano. Blevins secured a convincing win within the XCC simply days earlier than, and Valero has been knocking on the door of a World Cup win all season, the identical with Carod.
Valero completed a season’s finest second place within the relentless mud and warmth within the earlier spherical in Andorra. The circumstances for the UCI Cross-Nation Mountain Bike World Cup at Snowshoe, WV, couldn’t have been extra completely different, however nothing might cease the Spanish powerhouse from claiming his first World Cup victory.
Wild West Virginia trails
Torrential rain, slippery roots, and rock gardens turned the course into one of the crucial demanding seen on the World Cup circuit for a while, pushing riders and bikes to the restrict. The riders did eight laps on the modified course, as some options from the earlier years have been unpassable with the continuous rain. The abbreviated course set the riders up for shorter laps and cautious race techniques.
Alan Hatherly jumped on the gasoline early, sensing he might take the general World Cup lead after Nino Schurter needed to sit the race out following a crash within the XXC race. On the third lap, Hatherly crashed exhausting whereas battling on the entrance with Blevins, separating him from the lead group for the rest of the race.
Blevins flats, cue the assaults
The lads’s race was an emotional curler coaster; on the fourth lap, whereas within the lead, Blevins suffered a rear wheel flat, fortuitously very near the pits. Luca Braidot and Tituoan Carod took to the entrance so as to add distance to the chase group, however Blevins would rally again and rejoined the entrance on the sixth lap.
Lurking within the distance, presumably not on the radar of the entrance group, was Valero, slowly operating destructive splits and shifting from the highest ten to the highest six and preventing for the win.
Because the riders began the ultimate lap of the course at Snowshoe, Blevins, Valero, Carod, Braidot, Colombo, and Luca Schwarzbauer wasted no time displaying their playing cards. Blevins launched an assault, however the effort of clawing again practically 30 seconds after struggling a flat tire set in, and the group might sense it.
Victory — Valero
Valeros’ race instinct was proper on the cash, attacking the ultimate third of the lap and holding it over among the most difficult sections of the course. The chasers might solely watch trip away on the assent to the rock backyard, placing seconds into the group. He crossed the road on to his staff to share within the celebration, 4 seconds earlier than Carod.
The bike and crew
We spent a while within the pits with the BH staff earlier than the quick monitor, speaking tires, stress, and path circumstances.
The staff went with the Chaoyang Phantom Dry for the quick monitor and was happy with the efficiency, but when the circumstances went south (which they did), the crew moved to the extra aggressive Chaoyang Phantom Moist.
The tire appears just like the older Specialised Quick Observe, and Vittoria Barzo had a child. The casing on the Chaoyang Phantom Moist is strong and held as much as the roots and rocks of WV.
The staff stayed with the 38T entrance chain ring and a Shimano XTR 10-45T cassette because the quick monitor. The Duke wheels gave the Chaoyang Phantom Wets a pleasant footprint and have been extraordinarily mild — take our phrase.
One other part that caught out was the Gemini PRÖPUS one-piece bar stem combo. The look is tremendous clear and is alleged to be 145g for the lightest bundle.
In the end, the bike setup was the correct mix of resilience and race-ready for the UCI Cross-Nation Mountain Bike World Cup at Snowshoe, WV.
Tech Specs: David Valero Serranos’ BH Lynx Race EVO
- Body: BH Lynx Race EVO 100mm
- Fork: Fox Manufacturing unit 34 120
- Crankset: XTR 38T
- Chain: XTR 12 Velocity
- Cassette: Shimano XTR 10-45T
- Pedals: XTR
- Grips: ESI
- Wheels: DUKE XC
- Seatpost: Devine 80mm Dropper
- Seat: Prologo scratch m5
- Bars: Gemini PRÖPUS one-piece
- Tires: Chaoyang Phantom Dry/Moist 120TPI
- Shifting: Shimano XTR 12-speed