Race guide: 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup - Vallnord

Race guide: 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup - Vallnord

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British riders resume the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup season in Vallnord, Andorra, with the third round of the cross-country and the fourth round of the downhill.

The Great Britain Cycling Team will be represented in the cross country under-23 races, while a number of other British riders will compete for their trade teams across both disciplines.

The team

Cross-country

Evie Richards will start in grid one on Sunday, following her fantastic gold medal winning ride in round two of the series in Albstadt.

Evie Richards wins the under-23 race at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

With a silver medal from the opening round of the series also to her name, Richards will be hoping to continue her run of excellent results, as she eyes a podium finish in the world championships in Cairns later this year.

Her team mate Ella Conelly, only in her first year in the under-23 age group, will be focussing her efforts on a strong performance in the opening lap as she continues her development at the top level in the sport.

Frazer Clacherty will line up in the under-23 men’s race, after recording a career-best finish of sixth in Albstadt.

Frazer Clacherty will line up in the under-23 men’s race, after recording a career-best finish of sixth in Albstadt.

His chance of another good result will be significantly heightened by his starting position on the second row; a huge move up the ranks for the young rider.

Also in action are Annie Last (OMX Pro Team) in the elite women, Isla Short (OMX Pro Team) in the under-23 women, Grant Ferguson (CST Sandd American Eagle Mountainbike Team) in the elite men and Iain Paton (Scottish Cycling) in the under-23 men.

Downhill

Tahnee Seagrave was on top of the world at the bottom of the mountain as she won her maiden world cup round in Leogang.

The British rider will have to fight for the top spot in Vallnord as world champion Rachel Atherton is due to make her return, after dislocating her shoulder in training before the Fort William world cup.

Before her injury, Atherton had won 14 world cup rounds on the trot and remains unbeaten since 2015; whether the recent break and recovery will have damaged her chances in Andorra remains to be seen.

Rachel Atherton in the HSBC UK | National Downhill Series

Manon Carpenter just missed out on the elite women’s podium in Leogang, finishing in fourth place; the Welsh rider will be determined to make the medal positions this time - could there possibly be a British one-two-three in Vallnord?

There will be a great number of British riders lining up at the top of the Vallnord downhill run including Laurie Greenland, who finished fifth in Leogang and Danny Hart, the current world champion, who has some ground to make up; only managing an 11th place finish in his season-opener.

Schedule (UK time)

Annie Last at the Hadleigh Park International

Saturday

12pm: Elite women downhill
1pm: Elite men downhill

Sunday

7.30am: Under-23 women cross-country
9.15am: Under-23 men cross-country
11.15am: Elite women cross-country
1.45pm: Elite men cross-country

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