On Sunday at 3 p.m., in Neve Mesto, Czech Republic, Nino Schurter is racing to defend his World Champion jersey. The 4x Cross Country World Champion, who already won on the demanding XC World Cup in Nove Mesto 3 times, is looking forward to the race: Besides his big competition with Julien Absalon, Nino for sure will have an eye on Olympic Champion Jaroslav Kulhavy, the local hero. “The track in Nove Mesto is as good as it gets, quite technical, with a lot of roots and rocks. What’s also very special here is the crazy crowd- the course is very compact which creates a great atmosphere.”
This year’s World Championships are earlier than previous, due to the Olympic games in Rio. But not any less important than in other years. Excitement is guaranteed as we can expect a big battle between Schurter, Absalon and Kulhavy.
Photography: Martin Bissig