What a way to start the XCO season. Bottom left: The Olympic champion was in good spirits with her mechanic Yanick Gyger.
Bottom right: The only one to follow Jenny Rissveds, was her own shadow.
“I actually got pretty nervous before the start. It’s the first XCO race of the season and I was not sure how fast my legs would be able to turn after the long distance races at Cape Epic. But it seems that the plan of this years preparation is working out excellently.”
“It’s true I was pretty tired right after the Cape Epic and had to put focus on recovery. But as soon as the race was going and I got my head into it, I felt strong. Good to know I’m on track also on the “short” distance. The next weeks I start my fine tuning for the World Cup.”
Left: Michiel van der Heijden setting the pace in front of Matthias Stirnemann
Right: Andri Frischknecht right up there in his first Elite season
Bottom: Matthias Stirnemann still recovering from Cape Epic
“What effect the Cape Epic will have on our physical condition- positive or negative- we will find out later in the season. What’s proven already is the fact we are super motivated and full of confidence after the great success at Cape Epic.”
It was good to see how the great spirit from Cape Epic is carrying on and that the switch to XCO racing has been successful.
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The next races will be on separate programs. While Jenny Rissveds and Nino Schurter compete at the SRAM Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California April 21-22nd., the rest of the team travels to Haiming Austria for the next round of the Swiss Cup.