Gold Rush in Nové Město
In their first-ever World Championships, SRAM XX1 Eagle™ and SRAM Level Ultimate were ridden to every gold medal in the Elite and Under 23 categories. And with the Summer Olympics just a few weeks away, the results at this year’s Cross Country World Championships, in Nové Město, Czech Republic, would surely seem to foreshadow things to expect in Rio di Janeiro this August.
Reigning World Champion, two-time Olympic medalist and four-time World Cup overall winner Nino Schurter, of the Scott-Odlo MTB-Racing Team, had already shown the world that he’s fit and ready for battle in Rio. But his gold-medal ride in Nové Město makes him the odds-on favorite for the Olympics. Nové Město was Schurter’s fifth World Championship title and the first Elite Men’s World Championship title for the new SRAM XX1 Eagle™ drivetrain and SRAM Level Ultimate brakes. Schurter finished with a commanding lead over second-place finisher Jaroslav Kulhavy, of the Specialized Racing Team, who added to the SRAM XX1 Eagle™ and SRAM Level Ultimate podium count.
Marathon World Champion Jolanda Neff attacked the start of the Elite Women’s race, but the rest of the day belonged to Annika Langvad. The Danish rider powered ahead of the rest of the pack with her SRAM XX1 Eagle™ drivetrain, SRAM Level Ultimate brakes and RockShox RS-1 suspension, and made winning the World Championship look easy. While they wore national team jerseys instead of their normal Specialized Racing Team kit, it was Langvad’s teammate, American Lea Davison, who maneuvered through the field to secure the second place finish for herself and SRAM XX1 Eagle™, Level Ultimate and RockShox RS-1.
SRAM XX1 Eagle™ and Level Ultimate Brakes were ridden to the top step of the podium in the Under 23 events as well, with the young Swedish phenom Jenny Rissveds taking the women’s gold and New Zealand’s Sam Gaze winning the men’s. Swiss rider Sina Frei followed Rissveds in to take home another XX1 Eagle™-powered silver and her countryman Marcel Guerrini rode XX1 Eagle™, Level Ultimate brakes and the new RockShox SID to take the men’s bronze.
The athletes are focused now on Olympic medals. On August 20 and 21, just a few short weeks from now in Rio, the XX1 Eagle™ drivetrain will have its first shot at Olympic gold.