Windham XC World Cup news

No Scandinavian outside top 6 yesterday on the XCE.

Women Elite:

1. Jenny Rissveds – Scott-Odlo – SWE

6. Ingrid Bøe Jacobsen – Sepura XC – NOR

Men Elite:

6. Emil Lindgren – Giant Off Road Team – SWE

On what looked like a very boring course, Jenny Rissveds didn’t like it. Grass up and then grass down on a ski slope. The XCO course seems as funny but with some forest sections too, watch the Track Check with Cannondale Factory Racing here:

 

my training went to South Africa

Tried to ride XC with the Remedy today. Wasn’t as fun as the riding on wednesday. Go hard or go home they say so this evening was a hard fight. Some nice trails, a lot of water, a couple of nice guys and great weather.

Stats here: Movescount

So let us forget that and move on to this big weekend. First XCO World Cup in Pietermaritzburg in South Africa and LIV Pro Team is ready:

Without Marianne Vos who is in Sea Otter winning. Won the Short Track race today.

And then we got the cool men’s team, Cannondale Factory Racing:

Will any team ride with the XTR 9000 that was released today you think? Not so impressed so just giving a link to info about it: Bikeradar

But cool front derailleur.

Riding and dreaming

Rode to Langeskogen after work today to see if I could find some more nice singletracks. Rode some of them I rode last time and one part some times in different ways. But hard to find so much more, some dead ends and a lot of just going up (was at 100m altitude and the mountain is over 400m). The steep downhill we rode last last time in the dark with wrong glasses was much better in in the light with good sight. Much to learn but the bike delivered flawless.

So steep down on some part and I should go left, braked so I was on the front wheel and thought I was going over but did it and got a bit to the left to so I missed a big hole. Riding technical trails is like a dream with the Liteville 301 and 27,5″. My 2,25″ Racing Ralph doesn’t have the best traction but with my bike it is more than enough. Impressed each ride 🙂

Map and stats: Movescount

And than happiness begins. Emma Johansson made it to her first top 10 at the World Champion in Time Trial (Ellen van Dijk won). And Cannondale released a great video from Hafjell. Best team for the first time in 5 years, I’m proud:

Why Cannondale was the fastest team in Hafjell

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Today I saw it. Their bike is so awesome. Haven’t been impressed by Cannondale hardtail since the first Flash. Their 29er hasn’t been in my taste but Flash 29 Carbon 1 for next year that is a Team Replica got into my taste. The composition is great with fresh painting like the new Merida’s too:

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Hi-Mod frame, FSA K-Force 700mm bar and K-Force seatpost. Lefty with XLR like it should be. Sram XX1 with a great Hollowgram Si crankset. Enve wheels with DT350 hubs. Avid XX World Cup brakes. It got my thinking of 29er for next year 😉 Sram XX1 triggers with a little green on too, felt perfect. Change the saddle for a green Tune Komm-Vor, mount a Tune Wasserträger Uni bottle cage and a pair of Crank Brothers Eggbeater 11 and ready to win races with style:

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WC Andorra by CFR

While waiting on the next round of XCO/DH World Cup in Mont Sant Anne tomorrow we can enjoy Andorra Cannondale Factory Racing style:

And if you liked Behind The Barriers and ex commentator at CyclingDirt Colt McElwaine you should check out their new project. BTB TV, from the ProXCT race in Vermont first: BTB TV