Yes that is Miguel Martinez 38 years old 2 time Olympic mountain bike medal winner and all around xc animal. The course was a 4.1 km lap that was treated to a night time rain storm so the pre-rides on Saturday went down the mountain with the previous days lines. Once again it turned into the Nino & Julien show as they battled back and forth doing insanely fast lap times. Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) was victorious but Julien has the points for the overall lead, For the women it was Olanda Neff (Liv Pro XC) who is the U23 champion but decided to race with the elite ladies.
Mud, Roots and Orange painted Rocks. QC's finest
Nino's winning bike, Scott, DT Swiss, Dugati tubulars
Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago Sudtirol
Geoff Kabush opts to use his cross skills and run the hill. Marco Fontana grinds on.
Julien Absalon (Fra) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
Evelyn Dong (USA) Slides out on the mud chute
Miguel Martinez (Fra) Tropix-FRM
Lotto AG Esso
Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) making it look easy