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Gallery: Going solo at the XCO World Cup in Val di Sole

Piper Albrecht captures the action from the elite XCO races.

Dave Rome
by Dave Rome 03.07.2023 Photography by
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It was a big weekend of bike racing! While a certain French race kicked off in Bilbao, Spain, the mountain bike world was tuned in to the fourth leg of the UCI MTB World Cup.

Situated in a valley in northern Italy’s Trentino region, the challenging terrain of Val di Sole never fails to produce exciting racing. With a shared downhill and cross-country World Cup round, the crowds were buzzing, the weather was scorching, and the racing was brutal. 

In the elite women’s cross country, it was once again first-year elite racer Puck Pieterse who took to the front and didn’t look back. Meanwhile, the race for second was hard fought between local racer Martina Berta and reigning world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot. 

In the men’s, Nino Schurter made the most of the tight, steep, and technical course to wear down his opponents. In the end, Schurter would go on to get his 35th World Cup win, while the race for second and third remained thrilling till the end. 

Photographer Piper Albrecht was on the ground getting his lenses covered in the dust, sweat, and champagne of all the action. 

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