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U23 Cross Country : 2014 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships

U23 Cross Country
Today we will find out who is the strongest U23 cross-country riders. 49 riders will be ready for start when the women starts at 1pm. They will do five laps on the 3,2km long track.
By: Karl Erik Andresen
The riders who are expected to be the strongest will be the reigning world champion from Switzerland Jolanda neff, the Swedish favorite Jenny Rissveds and of course the rising star from France, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot.

Three Norwegian girls will be competing, and there are big expectations from Ingrid Bøe Jacobsen, who came in a strong 3rd place at the Eliminators event earlier this week. Henriette Elvrum Handal and Sylvi Sommer are the two other girls who will fight for the title.

An exciting development in the men’s class

There is a great excitement before the guys starts at 15.30 today. 99 runners are set to start, and they ride 6 laps.
It will be interesting to see the choice of bike, since many riders have chosen to use a full suspension bike instead of the classic hardtail bike.

Because of the rocky and rough trail it is expected that most of the men will be riding full suspension. Later today we will learn if this will be a decisive for a victory