Swiss celebration at Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec in the Round 6 of the UCI Mountain Bike XCO World Cup dominated by Northwave’s riders Flueckiger, Neff and Frei with Ghost XC
Northwave and Swiss riders put their landmark on the Round 6 of the UCI Mountain Bike XCO World Cup held on Sunday, August 12th over the Canadian course of Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec. The Italian brand’s sponsored athletes enjoyed the limelight by winning three out of four races with their Ghost XC shoes.
Mathias Flueckiger (Thomus-RN Racing Team) prevailed in the Men’s Elite race completing the seven laps of 4,1-km course in 1:27:26, preceding Italy’s Gerhard Kerschbaumer (+0:15) and France’s Titouan Carod (+0:23) after a dramatic race with plenty of crashes and mechanical. The 29-year-old Swiss achieved his first ever World Cup win recovering positions lap by lap, eventually taking the lead in the finale, favoured by his Ghost XC shoes - characterized by the exclusive XFrame® technology, that eliminates the pressure points on the upper.
Unlike Flueckiger, Jolanda Neff got in Canada the umptheen success of her resounding career. After controlling her opponents in the early race, the Swiss definitely imposed her own pace putting on a show throughout the following six laps with her Ghost X. Neff (Kross Racing Team) eventually clocked 1:29:27, ahead of Dane Annika Langvad (Specialized Racing, +1:52) and Canada’s Emily Betty (Trek Factory Racing XC, +2:06).
Northwave’s hat-trick had started from Sina Frei (Ghost Factory Racing) winning the Women’s U23 race, her fifth seasonal success. The Swiss overwhelmed the field in full swing closing in 1:16:16, with British Evie Richards (Trek Factory Racing XC) runner-up, +1:13 and her Dane teammate Malene Degn to round out the podium, + 3:13.