Tom Pidcock bookends MTB World Cup season with another win

Meanwhile, Nino Schurter was riding to his 11th overall World Cup victory.

Ryan Simonovich
by Ryan Simonovich 08.10.2023 Photography by
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Strange things happen this late in the season. Last week, it was Tom Pidcock who suffered two flats but rode his way back to a podium finish. A week later, Mathias Flückiger was the one forced to the pits, allowing Pidcock a chance to pounce and cap off the Ineos rider’s season with another victory. 

Pidcock takes the lead.

Brief analysis 

Another win for Pidcock was a fitting finish to the season for the rider who also won the first World Cup race of the year in the Czech Republic. Along the way, Pidcock picked up the rainbow jersey in Glasgow, proving that he can continue to mix and match road racing and cyclocross with mountain biking. 

The final victory wasn’t easy though. Flückiger was strong, and one can only imagine what the battle may have looked like if he wasn’t handicapped with punctures. Mont-Sainte-Anne’s brutal conditions also made the racers work for it, forcing everyone off their bikes in numerous spots due to slick, muddy conditions. Even when they were able to ride, the roots and rock slabs were more reminiscent of a hockey rink than a mountain bike trail. 

The race was also a chance for wildcard riders like Guerrini and Andreassen to show themselves near the front. Guerrini went well at Snowshoe last week, and Andreassen delighted with the Dane’s best World Cup showing since 2020. 

Finally, Schurter kept his consistency by clinching yet another World Cup overall title. 

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