July 30, 2012
SRAM XX1 - Unstoppable
SRAM XX1 Wins First XC World Cup With Nino Schurter, Podiums with Emily Batty
Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) won the final round of the 2012 XC World Cup in Val d’Isere, France on the new SRAM XX1 drivetrain. Nino successfully raced XX1 at the Swiss national championships last weekend and was confident that the new drivetrain would help him clinch the World Cup series. With the prestigious series win behind him Nino can now focus on the two biggest races of the year.
Nino fought a tough battle for the lead during most of the race taking maximum advantage of his 10-42 XX1 cassette. The wide range allowed him to ride hard and fast, charging the climbs and letting it fly on the downhill confident of the secure chain management provided by his X-Sync chainring and TYPE 2 rear derailleur. His win seals an impressive World Cup season, giving him the title of 2012 World Cup champion.
Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek) rode her XX1 equipped bike to a 4th place finish in the women’s elite cross country race as she also prepares for an exciting close to the mountain bike season.
Jérôme Clementz and XX1 Reign Enduro
The SuperEnduro Powered by SRAM in Sauze d’Oulx, Italy featured its first round of the prestigious Enduro of Nations last weekend. The stacked field included top specialists of the discipline who battled for the win over two days of racing. The course features eight special stages with the final stage beginning as a nerve-racking mass start. Jérôme Clementz proved once again that he’s the rider to beat by taking the win. The SuperEnduro race format, which requires the riders to climb to the stage starts, presented different challenges for Jérôme compared to the Mountain of Hell and Megavalanche races in previous weeks. However, his SRAM XX1 drivetrain handled both the climbs and the descents equally well, helping Jerome obtain a well deserved win.