XC World Cup Albstadt Germany 6-8 May – What To Expect

The XCO World Cup is coming in to land for Round 2 of 2022 in Albstadt Germany where the track is smooth, the racing fast and the climbs enormous!

Albstadt has been a classic stop on the circuit for many years. The track is less technical than what we’re seeing at other locations that the World Cup visits and thus the hardtail will be coming out to play this weekend!

Xc World Cup Albstadt Germany 6-8 May – What To Expect
The humble German town of Albstadt is about to have its population doubled for the World Cup weekend! PC: Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool

The Course

A lap of the XCO course at Albstadt is 4km long with a whopping 275m of climbing per lap. That’s 1650m total ascent over 6 laps and 90 minutes of racing. Try and hit those stats on your local trail loop and tell us how you’re feeling. This is a proper climbers track!

Xc World Cup Albstadt Germany 6-8 May – What To Expect
Moisture on the ground is a consistent theme in Albstadt. This weekend might have a couple of slip and slide sections to contend with!

The track is generally not too rough or technical which results in high average speed racing, with the big climbing in mind, of course. There are several wooden features on the track which could get treacherous with some rain, which isn’t uncommon here. The weatherman is predicting consistent light rain throughout the weekend. Enough to keep the slippery parts of the track notably tricky. Check out some POV footage from the track here.

Albstadt World Cup XCO Track

Who To Watch

There are a good few South African riders taking to the start line in Albstadt this weekend! Catch their names below.

u/23 Men
Johan van Zyl
Frederick Smit
Luke Moir
Luca Ruwiel
Tristan Nortje
Daniel Van Der Walt
Kai Von During
Hugo Hahn (NAM)

Elite Men
Alan Hatherly

Elite Women
Candice Lill

Xc World Cup Albstadt Germany 6-8 May – What To Expect
Man are we keen to see the sight again! 2022 could be the year that Alan Hatherly well and truly stamps his mark on the World Cup Circuit!

As for the internationals, Thomas Pidcock is back on a mountain bike and sure to light things up! He placed 5th here last year. Ondrej Cink is known for his incredible climbing form and will be dangerous in Albstadt. Last year’s Sunday XCO was Victor Koretsky’s first ever Elite World Cup win and he has had competitive speed since then to back it up. Alan Hatherly currently leads the Short Track series after winning this year’s opening round in Brazil and took 9th in that XCO to put him 3rd overall on the XCO leaderboard. He may have gotten a touch excited in the Brazilian XCO race but will we see the race-winning brilliantly measured approach from his short track at this weekend’s XCO? We can’t wait to find out!

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot took the win here in 2021 on the final lap from Linda Indergand in the short track race but it was the seemingly unbeatable Loana Lecomte who won the XCO and the following 3 rounds. Rebecca McConnell won her first ever Elite World Cup in Brazil and we hope to see her carry the form into Albstadt. She’s raced so consistently for years now and it all seems to be falling into place for the Aussie. Pauline pulled out of the Brazil XCO due to feeling ill and will be eager to stamp her mark back on the Albstadt track.

Xc World Cup Albstadt Germany 6-8 May – What To Expect
Albstadt is hardtail territory. Expect to see these rigid framed machines all over the track this weekend.

Where To Watch

This is the final year that Red Bull will be in charge of broadcast for the UCI World Cup before Discovery take over that duty but for now, you can watch live on Red Bull TV.

XCC – Friday 6 May – 17:20 CAT

Women XCO Final – Sunday 8 May – 11:00 CAT

Men XCO Final – Sunday 8 May – 14:45 CAT

WATCH IT LIVE HERE

Recap the 2021 World Cup Racing in Albstadt

Albstadt World Cup 2021 Recap

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