Tell me about the sta­ges

The time trial sta­ge has a short cour­se (5–6 min­utes) that rew­ards swift riders that have good tech­ni­cal skills. Here you have the opport­u­ni­ty to give it all you have in your fight again­st the clock. The results from this sta­ge deter­mi­ne your star­ting position for the cross-coun­try Olym­pic sta­ge. The dura­tion of the time trial is short com­pared to the dura­tion of the XCO and the­re­fore we award “bonus seconds” for the five fas­test riders in the time trial.

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The cross-coun­try Olym­pic sta­ge has seve­r­al long stret­ch­es of natu­ral sing­le-tra­ck, shor­ter gra­vel stret­ch­es, tech­ni­cal ele­ments with alter­na­ti­ve lines, and many good over­ta­king opport­u­nities. It’s a fun cour­se to ride and a fun cour­se for specta­tors becau­se the riders pass the are­na many times per lap. Expect a win­ning time of about 1.5 hour for men.

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The short cir­cuit sta­ge uses a fast-paced, tech­ni­cal­ly easy cour­se that alter­nates among fun sing­le-tra­ck, easy ele­ments and fine gra­vel stret­ch­es. Expect shoul­der-to-shoul­der chal­lenges in this cour­se! The­re are “bonus seconds” for the fir­st five riders at each round and at the finish. Here the win­ning time for men is about 25 min­utes.

This is a great race week­end that doesn’t totally drain you, so you can get back to tra­i­ning qui­te fast.

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