Saalfelden Leogang, Austria, 10 June 2022 – The international Cross-Country elite racing kicked off the promising World Cup weekend in Saalfelden Leogang with two spectacular XCC races that were hard to beat in terms of excitement and drama. In the end, Loana Lecomte and Mathias Flückiger won their respective races in difficult conditions.
Traction would be a battle for the women competing for starting spots and overall points in the Cross Country Short Track (XCC) race. Wet conditions leading up to the race created soft, slippery conditions which made the large climbs on this track even more challenging.
Rebecca McConnell was able to blast out of the start and put herself in the holeshot position early on in the race. This course saw riders go straight out of the start into a massive climb which established much larger gaps between riders than we are used to seeing in these Short Track races.
Lap one ended with McConnell (Australia) in the lead and Rissveds (Sweden) following closely behind. McConnell was looking strong and held onto the lead through laps 1, 2, and 3; but Loanna Lecomte (France) was able to battle past McConnell in the 4th lap of the race.