World Cup racing is back, and Lenzerheide was the perfect venue for an intense weekend of competition. Newly crowned world champions had the opportunity to wear their rainbow-striped jerseys for the first time, while others who weren’t so lucky were eager to prove they had what it took to win. Friday (9/3) started things off with a bang with the XCC short track race. Maxxis managed a top-five result with Nino Schurter (Scott SRAM MTB Racing Team) slotting into fifth place in Elite Men.
Saturday (9/4) held the highly anticipated downhill race. Although Greg Minnaar (SC Syndicate) had just come off an amazing World Championship win, he was bothered by a back injury and slid down the results. In Elite Women, Vali Höll (Rockshox Trek Race Team) had a great finals run and earned her spot on the podium in third place. Jackson Goldstone (Miranda Factory Team) continued his domination in Junior Men by capturing another win and solidified his lead in the overall standings. In Junior Women, Maxxis scored with Izabela Yankova (Trek Bikes) taking the win and continuing to impress.
Sunday (9/5) brought the XCO race to wrap up the weekend. Elite Women took on five laps of the demanding course, but Maxxis athlete Rebecca McConnell (PMX Racing Team) prevailed to claim second place. The Elite Men had to ride one more lap than the women, and the competition level was just as intense. Coming off his huge World Champs win, Nino Schurter (on prototype Maxxis tires) stayed with the lead group during the entire race and came away with second place. Overall, a fantastic weekend for Maxxis XC riders.
With one more destination to go, the World Cup is getting closer to its 2021 season end. We’re excited to continue following along since overall titles are still up for contention going into the final races. Get ready for the next race at Snowshoe on September 18 when the XC World Cup Champion will be crowned!