Nino Schurter while, before and after the XC race in Lenzerheide.
Photography: Michal Cerveny, Jochen Haar
“The XC course was shortened by one lap – that was probably my luck. I had to give it all to win this really difficult race today. Physically, I was totally exhausted – only the enthusiasm of these incredible fans secured me this victory. It was amazing to race in front of this crowd – without all my local fans, I wouldn’t have won today.”
Nino was not the only winner today – SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing managed to defend the lead in the team ranking. Thanks to great racing of all the rest of the team, SCOTT-SRAM will head to the World Cup in Mont Sainte Anne, Canada with the yellow leader plates. With a 19th place, Michiel van der Heijden raced his best ever Elite XC race. Andri Frischknecht, who just celebrated his 23rd birthday two days ago, managed to finish in 21st. Matthias Stirnemann came in in 36th.
“I was glad the rain came- it made the track a very demanding one and quite a few riders suffered with the technical descents and single tracks”, van der Heijden stated. “Skilled riders definetly benefitted today. I already was in a good shape in Andorra last week and I hope I can even top my results in the remaining World Cups.”
“I am really happy with my 21st place. After good results in Nove Mesto and Albstadt plus the one here in Lenzerheide, I already achieved more than what I could ask for in my first elite year. It’s great fun racing with my team mates and we’ll do everything to keep the team leader plates in the two remianing World Cup races”, Andri Frischknecht said.
The Winner`s Bike- SCOTT Spark RC 900 Worldcup “GOLD EDITION”
SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing uses the multiple title and media award winning Spark 900. Nino & Co chose the 100% race dedicated RC 900 World Cup version. Its frame is the lightest full suspension race bike to date and packed with top-of-the-line specs. In Lenzerheide, winner Nino Schurter raced a very special edition, the “GOLD Edition”. With the one-of-a-kind frame, SCOTT honored the Olympic Gold medalist and designed a frame which not only shines bright in golden colors but also lists some of Nino`s greatest victories.