some action from thursday
photos: Giulio Bisio
16 races across eight countries are now behind us. Red Bull TV has trotted the globe capturing the sweat and tears (of joy), thrilling action and dramatic moments. Now the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano will come to an end in Val di Sole (ITA) on 22 and 23 August 2015. (Almost) nothing has been decided yet – it is tit-for-tat and wheel-to-wheel for the last time. Stay tuned with Red Bull TV when the best riders will roar out the gate in one final attempt to claim glory.
After a year of respite, Val di Sole is back on the World Cup calendar – the only stop in Italy and an exciting venue for the season finale. You can expect the last races for the overall World Cup title (XCO & DH) to be fast and tough. Red Bull TV will be on-site, streaming the action on Red Bull TV and redbull.com/bike.
The 2.2 km/ 1.24 mi long downhill track in Val di Sole is known to be one of the world’s most technical and demanding courses. After her victory in 2012, Rachel Atherton described it as "brutal, long, physically demanding and crazy". Racers will be crossing the lines with empty tanks as they leave it all out the track for the last time. The course has been extended by 300 meters and now has an altitude difference of 519 m/ 1,703 ft. including a few new lines. Besides the typical stone and root sections, athletes will have to tackle faster corridors, flowy sections and a road gap. Rachel Atherton has already secured the UCI Mountain Bike DH World Cup overall title in Windham (USA) and can now enjoy the last race.
Within the Men’s Elite, Aaron Gwin might want to try and keep his bike in one piece for this race in order to fend off his rivals. His closest competitor, Greg Minnaar could be fast enough to put a spoke in his plans in the final seconds. But the first World Cup overall title is still within reach for youngster Loic Bruni.