The Canyon MTB Racing Team arrives in Albsdadt, Germany, healthy, fit, and ready to roll for two weeks of back-to-back UCI Cross Country Mountain Bike World Cup Racing.
What's on tap?
The second round of the 2022 Mountain Bike World Cup sees Emily Batty back in action after an extended break from competition dating back to August of 2021. With a starting position of 57, she'll undoubtedly have some work to do to get back near the front; however, Emily has expressed her plans to be more of a long game, and she's put in the work and brought her patience and wisdom to the 2022 race season.
Jenn Jackson kicked things off in Germany with the XCC event showing she's in good form and ready to fight for positions. She started the XCC mid-thirties and finished a solid 18th place earning herself the third row call up for Sunday's main XCO event.
I'm excited to be starting the short tracks this year and have the legs to be in the mix of things! It was tight racing, fast-paced, jostling for position, and fighting to hold wheels. 18th today means the third row starts for Sunday, which is a big move and hopefully gives me space to step up for the primary race!
During April, Laurie Arseneault showed some early signs of form and achieved some fast laps in a deep and competitive field at the US Cup in Fayetville, Arkansas. A short stay at home in Terrebonne, Quebec, and a visit with the family will likely see her recharged and ready for battle during Sunday's second round of the UCI Cross Country Mountain Bike World Cup Albsdadt, Germany.
Who are the main contenders?
If history and momentum tell us anything, we think Rebecca McConnell, Loana Lecomte, Jolanda Neff, and Pauline Ferrand Prevot will likely be near the front of the race. Beyond that, we believe our ladies will have a strong showing and turn some consistent laps as they build toward the latter half of the race season.
How to watch
Elite racing is available for streaming. Check out the entire weekend racing schedule below.
- Women's elite XC short track — 5:30 p.m. local, 11:30 a.m. ET
- Men's elite XC short track — est. 6:15 p.m. local, 12:15 p.m. ET
- Men's junior XCO — 9:30 a.m. local, 3:30 a.m. ET
- Women's junior XCO — est. 11:15 a.m. local, 5:15 a.m. ET
- Men's U23 XCO — 3:30 p.m. local, 9:30 a.m. ET
- Women's U23 XCO — est. 5 p.m. local, 11 a.m. ET
- Women's elite XCO — Noon local, 5 a.m. ET
- Men's elite XCO — 3:15 p.m. local, 8:15 a.m. ET