We are tired but happy to close this UCI Mercedes-Benz MTB World Cup 2021 after three days of crazy mountain bike competitions, which thrilled the public and shook the resort of Les Gets, even in the pouring rain!
Not enough to discourage the spectators who, even if there were fewer of them than in 2019, made the trip to encourage their champions.
Whether in Downhill (DH) or Cross-country (XCO), the French showed that they were in great shape and ready for the next important sporting events: The Tokyo Olympics in July for Cross-country and the 2021 MTB World Championships in Val Di Sole in August.
Another positive point of this event is that the new DH and XCO tracks were unanimously acclaimed by the riders and the public, who saw a great show!
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The French take the win in the Downhill race
In the Men’s DH race, Thibaut Daprela (Team Commencal Muc-off) and Baptiste Pierron (Team Dorval Commencal) took 1st and 3rd place. The German Max Hartenstern took 2nd place.
In the women’s race, Tahnee Seagrave (Team Canyon), the most frenchie of English riders who learned to mountain bike in Les Gets, won ahead of Myriam Nicole (Team Commencal Muc-off) and Camille Balanche (Team Dorval Commencal).
To (re)live the DH events, it’s here !
The XCO finals in daunting conditions
After 1h27 of frantic racing against rain and mud, the young prodigy from Haut-Savoy, Loana Lecomte (team Massi), won her 5th consecutive race this season. She is followed by Jenny Rissveds from Sweden and Evie Richards from England.
In the men’s race, the French World Champion Jordan Sarrou (Team Specialized Racing) took third place on the podium, behinh the Czech rider Ondrej Cink (2nd) and Swiss rider Mathias Flueckiger (1st).
To (re)live the XCO events, it is here !
The event in a few figures
Throughout the weekend, Les Gets has been living with the rhythm of the cycling teams, exhibitors and partners who animated the village throughout the weekend.
- 662 riders from 43 countries
- 124 teams
- 150 volunteers
- 90 accredited media
- Red Bull TV broadcasted the races live from 02 to 04/07/21 and on the L’Equipe channel from 03 to 04/07/21.
- 350.000 views of Les Gets World Cup videos
Special thanks to the volunteers!
This UCI MTB World Cup in Les Gets could not have been organised without the precious help of a highly motivated team of volunteers.
From logistical support, to welcoming teams, spectators, VIPs and media, to the essential positions of marshals, the volunteers contributed greatly to the success of this event and we thank them warmly.
We met 3 volunteers at their posts. Discover their impressions:
Elise, marshal, from Le Havre and a cycling fan
“My mission as a marshal is to whistle at each passage of a rider to ensure the safety of the spectators and the riders. I signed up as a volunteer to experience a cycling competition from the inside and discover new places that I don’t know. This is my first time in Les Gets. In the future, I would like to work on sports events like this and it was a great opportunity to see behind the scenes.”
Maurice, catering manager for the organisation, originally from La Chapelle d’Abondance
“With the help of several volunteers, we prepared packed lunches and lunch buffets for around 100 people during the week of the event. Since I am retired, being a volunteer is almost a second job. It allows me to travel around France, to discover sports or cultural events that I don’t know, and also to meet young people. I like the friendly atmosphere that prevails during these events.”
Céline, VIP receptionist and student in a Master’s programme in event management in Lyon
“I was in charge of the drinks service in the VIP areas. I had the opportunity to volunteer through a friend and it was a chance for me to finally do events after a difficult year because of the covid. I didn’t know the world of mountain biking at all and I am not disappointed. The atmosphere and the competitions are very exciting, and I met some nice people. I’m definitely signing up for the 2022 World Championships again!”