The French town of Val d’Isere plays host to the final round of the cross-country mountain bike World Cup this weekend, July 28-29. It’s a new venue for the World Cup circuit, but as one of the world’s top ski resorts, Val d’Isere is no stranger to hosting big events, so it should be a good ’un.
The elite men’s race on Saturday July 28 is expected to be a serious battle, as the top two in the series after six rounds are separated by just 12 points. Switzerland’s Nino Schurter (Scott-Swisspower) leads the series on 950 points, but South African Burry Stander (Specialized) has 938 and looks to be in strong form after winning the Windham round. There’s 250 point for a win and 200 for second, so this one’s down to the wire.
In the women’s series, Canadian Catherine Prendel’s 1190 points gives her an unassailable lead over Luna team-mate Katerina Nash of the Czech Republic on 859.
We’ll have live streaming video of all the World Cup action, courtesy of Red Bull, so log at 10:20 (BST) for the women’s cross country race and 12:50 (BST) for the men’s showdown. Follow the links below to tune in.
Here’s the full event schedule for the weekend, which also incorporates the second-last round of the downhill World Cup series.