After debuting in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Short Track racing returns to Val di Sole on Friday, August 2nd as the curtain-raiser to the Cross Country race to be held on Sunday, August 4th.
With intensity and explosiveness being the essential characteristics for any rider who wants to win, the race consists of an hour of racing incorporating multiple laps of a short circuit.
The Short Track circuit includes some spectacular sections that are technical in nature. One such example is the short but tough ascent of the rock garden located in the Four-Cross area. The course is comprised of a circuit 1 Km in length with 15 meters of climbing that’s comprised of cross country, four-cross and downhill sections.
The competition assigns points that count for the overall ranking in the XCO World Cup, and also sets the starting grid for Sunday’s cross country race.
One year ago, Mathieu Van der Poel clinched victory ahead of Nino Schurter and Maxime Marotte. The Dutchman is again the big favorite for the 2019 edition. For the Italian Gerhard Kerschbaumer, the race represents a real litmus test in cross country racing. Last year Kerschbaumer finished seventh in the Short Track, before becoming one of the protagonists in the Sunday race.
In the women’s competition, the spotlight will be on the defending champion Dane Annika Langvad, who took victory last time out ahead of Anne Tauber and Alessandra Keller.
Access to the track:
To access to the path races : DH, 4X and XCO you have to enter from the main entrance and follow the signs. We reccomend to reach the 'VIEW POINT HOT-SPOT', the most spectacular spots. Crossing the course is only possible at the 'CROSSING POINT' and please remember to obey signs and marshal directions. Whistle's marshal indicate the arrival of the rider.
What to dress and what to bring:
We recommend that you wear boots or hiking boots, and to take a hat with you just in case it's very sunny. Wearing layers of comfortable clothing is appropriate in nearly all weather conditions. If you want an autograph from your favorite athletes, take everything you need with you and don't forget your camera.
Help us to respect the enviroment:
Carry any litter or rubbish to the bottom of the course, in the World Cup Village! Don't leave it on the woods.
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