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Short shows strength in mountain bike mud fest at European Championships

Isla Short showed her gritty determination in the women’s cross-country mountain bike race at the European Championships in the Olympiapark in Munich, while it was…

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Isla Short showed her gritty determination in the women’s cross-country mountain bike race at the European Championships in the Olympiapark in Munich, while it was a French 1-2 on the podium.

Scottish rider Short demonstrated commendable resilience to battle the awful weather conditions around seven laps of the 4.2km course in Munich, fresh off the back of her fourth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games.

Short started down in 25 th place and put in a strong ride that saw her contend with some of the best mountain bikers in the world in some of the toughest conditions as rain and mud battered the course, and finished a lap behind the leaders.

The two French riders, Loana Lecomte and Pauline Ferrand Prevot, led from the off, gaining a gap of 11 seconds on the first lap from the two Swiss riders Jolanda Neff and Alessandra Keller, who worked hard to chase.

In the second lap, Ferrand Prevot pressed on the pace, dropping Lecomte to form a sizeable gap, while Neff managed to drop her Swiss compatriot Keller in a bid for bronze.

On the third lap, disaster struck for Ferrand Prevot, with a mechanical folding her chances of a third European title as her chain was caked with mud. Lecomte, who was 20 seconds back, subsequently overtook into the gold medal position. By this point in the race, riders were running rather than riding up the Munich Mamba hill as the muddy conditions started to deteriorate.

Lecomte took the opportunity with both hands, coming into […]

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