Gallery: A dusty day in Les Gets for the MTB World Cup

The weekend's elite XCO races, as captured by photographer Piper Albrecht.

Dave Rome
by Dave Rome 11.09.2023 Photography by
Piper Albrecht
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The world’s best cross-country mountain bikers descended on the French ski town of Les Gets over the weekend for the final European leg of the 2023 MTB World Cup season.

In the elite women’s XCO race, Austria’s Mona Mitterwallner proved that her debut World Cup win in Andorra a few weeks back was far from a fluke. On a dry and dusty course – in contrast to the wet and muddy conditions in Andorra – Mitterwallner hit the front on the penultimate lap, rode Puck Pieterse off her wheel, then pushed on for her second XCO World Cup win in as many races.

In the elite men’s race, Victor Koretzky had the perfect weekend on home soil, winning the short-track (XCC) event on Friday evening, before backing it up with victory in the XCO on Sunday. On Sunday, Koretzky came to the fore roughly halfway through the race as part of an elite lead selection, before riding clear in the laps that followed.

Before the MTB World Cup packs up and heads over to North America for meets in Snowshoe and Mont-Sainte-Anne, let’s take a look back at the elite XCO races in Les Gets courtesy of our man on the ground, Piper Albrecht.

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