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 short circuit stage.
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 eight riders at each round and at the finish. The bonus seconds are designed to give the short circuit stage more “weight” in the total stage race time so that the XCO stage doesn’t dominate completely. Here the winning time for men is about 25 minutes.
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 hour 15 minutes for men.
This is a great race weekend that doesn’t totally drain you, so you can get back to training quite fast.