Until this year, no racer had ever won
all the World Cup races in one season.
However, Switzerland’s Nino Schurter
has now done just that. After winning the
Olympic gold medal last year, Nino won all
six World Cup races this year to win that
series, then capped off the year by winning the World Championships in Cairns,
Australia. Earlier in the year, Nino also won
the Absa Cape Epic, mountain biking’s
toughest multi-day endurance race.
The latest victories earned Nino his fifth
World Cup cross-country title and his sixth
elite men’s World Championship. However,
despite Nino’s domination in the win
World Cup & World Champs
Wrap-Up Nino racks up the “perfect, perfect” season
column, his margin of victory in this year’s
World Championship was the slimmest in
history. Jaroslav Kulhavy finished less than
seven seconds behind Nino at the finish.
Those who remember the 2012 London
Olympics might remember that Nino barely
lost to Jaroslav in a sprint finish at the end,
so the two have a history of epic battles. In
fact, the closest finish in the men’s World
Championships before this year was another match-up of the two, when Kulhavy lost
to Schurter by just over seven seconds.
All in all, this was a remarkable year for
Nino, and one that will likely keep him in
the record books for many years to come.
NEFF AND BELOMOINA TAKE
WOMEN’S XC TITLES
Women’s elite-level cross-country racing
was not nearly as one-sided as the men’s
in 2017, with numerous women scoring
wins throughout the year. Yana Belomoina
of Ukraine was the most frequent winner,
and she ended up taking the women’s
World Cup title, while Switzerland’s Jolanda
Neff won the World Championship. Lea
Davison was the top American at the World
Championships, placing sixth, one place
ahead of Canada’s Emily Batty.
In the U23 ranks, America’s Kate
Courtney won four of the six World Cup
Perfect season: Nino Schurter racked
up the most successful season in
cross-country history, winning all
six World Cup races, plus the World