96th UCI Cycling World Championships Glasgow 2023 – Day 8 Dean Mouhtaropoulos//Getty Images
With most road events in the World Championships wrapped up in Glasgow, Scotland, we now head into the Tweed Valley for the mountain bike races taking place in the Glentress Forest.
The XCO race taking place Saturday, August 12, is made of a course that promises an exhilarating experience for racers and spectators, featuring steep climbs through the forest, slick rock gardens, a couple of gap jumps, and twisty descents reminiscent of classic downhill races. The technical aspects of the course will definitely favor the all-rounders who won’t hesitate to take on the A-lines (the more difficult lines) and risk it all for a chance to take the title. Related Stories How to Watch the Women’s World Road Championships
Between the start list and the challenging course, it all hints at a high-speed and intensely competitive race, ideally suited to the explosive and dynamic skills of Swiss rider Nino Schurter and British favorite Tom Pidcock, who got third place at the short track race on Thursday.
More From Bicycling play icon The triangle icon that indicates to play Video player poster image Additionally, the newly-crowned Road World Champion Mathieu van der Poel is hungry for a good result that would help him qualify for the XCO race at the 2024 Paris Olympics and could possibly pull off an impressive road and MTB double. “I’m covering the cost [in order] to qualify for Paris. I want to race on […]