Fresh Out of The Box – Schurter Takes SRAM XX1 Eagle™ & Level Ultimate to First World Cup Win Fresh Out of The Box – Schurter Takes SRAM XX1 Eagle™ & Level Ultimate to First World Cup Win

Fresh Out of The Box – Schurter Takes SRAM XX1 Eagle™ & Level Ultimate to First World Cup Win

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The humid, tropical and unpredictable climate of Cairns, Australia would play host to the long awaited opening round of the 2016 UCI World Cup Cross Country season.

The sometimes crippling excitement and uncertainty of racing success is ever so relevant and a common energy lingering around the pits of any opening race – however, former Olympic medalist, World and World Cup Champion Nino Schurter is no stranger to balancing these emotions and capitalizing on the pressure to perform. Having spent only a few weeks training with the new XX1 Eagle™ drivetrain and new SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, Nino was confident that they were the optimal choice that would inevitably allow him to take the win over his competitors.

The sometimes crippling excitement and uncertainty of racing success is ever so relevant and a common energy lingering around the pits of any opening race – however, former Olympic medalist, World and World Cup Champion Nino Schurter is no stranger to balancing these emotions and capitalizing on the pressure to perform. Having spent only a few weeks training with the new XX1 Eagle™ drivetrain and new SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, Nino was confident that they were the optimal choice that would inevitably allow him to take the win over his competitors.

Schurter was dominant from the beginning, riding calm and calculated throughout the event, while one of his toughest competitors, Julian Absalon, fought back from an early-race mechanical problem. But calm and calculating for Nino Schurter still means a pace too fast for anyone else. Absalon would inevitably finish in 3rd place an impressive 27seconds back.

In the Women’s field, as Nino did in the Men’s, Annika Langvad (Specialized Factory Racing), the 2015 World Cup finals winner also started her season off in winning fashion — just the way she ended the year prior with SRAM XX1 Quarq, GUIDE Ultimate and RockShox RS-1.


Battling just behind Langvad for a majority of the race was Linda Indergand (Focus XC Team), who despite her determination and commendable effort lost ground on the final lap as Langvad attacked toward the finish line. Both Langvad and Indergand used SRAM XX1 drivetrains, RockShox suspension (SID and RS-1), SRAM Level and Guide Ultimate brakes.

Young riders Kate Courtney and Sam Gaze both from the Specialized Factory Cross Country team took convincing wins in the U23 class rounding out an extremely successful opening weekend of UCI World Cup Cross Country racing. Courtney and Gaze also used SRAM XX1 drivetrains, SRAM GUIDE Ultimate brakes and RockShox suspension.

The World Cup tour takes a brief pause before the next round on the 22nd of May in Albstadt, Germany.

- All photos by Sven Martin

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